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19 Feb 2017

Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured “Big Conservation”?

Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber  and food under the newly devised “Rainforest Plus” label. There would surely be an international outcry.
Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness...

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22 Jan 2015

Naomi Klein: A crisis this big changes everything

The world's collective failure to tackle climate change comes down to one big problem, says Naomi Klein: the clash of climate necessities against corporate power and a triumphant neo-liberal world order. So after decades of government dithering, she told Oliver Tickell, it's time for civil society to unite and build a radical justice-based movement for climate action.
The world's collective failure to tackle climate change comes down to one big problem, says Naomi Klein: the clash of...

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17 Jan 2015

Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 ‘planetary boundaries,’ according to researchers

For the last 11,700 years until roughly 100 years ago, Earth had been in a "remarkably stable state," says Carpenter. During this time, known as the Holocene epoch, "everything important to civilization" has occurred. From the development of agriculture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, to the Industrial Revolution, the Holocene has been a good time for human endeavors. But over the last century, some of the parameters that made the Holocene so hospitable have changed.
For the last 11,700 years until roughly 100 years ago, Earth had been in a "remarkably stable state," says Carpenter....

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4 Jan 2015

Heavyweight Response to Local Fracking Bans

Longmont a northern Colorado city vaulted onto the front lines of the battle over oil and gas drilling two years ago, when residents voted to ban hydraulic fracturing from their grassy open spaces and a snow-fed reservoir where anglers catch smallmouth bass. But these days, Longmont has become a cautionary tale of what can happen when cities decide to confront the oil and gas industry. In an aggressive response to a wave of citizen-led drilling bans, state officials, energy companies and industry groups are taking Longmont and other municipalities to court, forcing local governments into what critics say are expensive, long-shot efforts to defend the measures.
Longmont a northern Colorado city vaulted onto the front lines of the battle over oil and gas drilling two years ago,...

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23 Dec 2014

Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

New research predicts that climate change will transform agriculture, with a drop in yields of up to 18% by 2050 in terms of calories harvested. By then, the global population will have risen by more than 18%, so the consequences could be calamitous.
New research predicts that climate change will transform agriculture, with a drop in yields of up to 18% by 2050 in...

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20 Dec 2014

Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance

Ebay announced on Thursday it s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the lobbying group s views on climate change. The online marketplace is the latest technology firm to part ways with the rightwing organization over environmental concerns.
Ebay announced on Thursday it s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the...

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13 Oct 2014

Bear Town USA

Brower is 81 years old, a great-grandmother who has lived all her life along the northern coast of the Beaufort Sea, the last 60 years in this Inupiat village of about 250 people on Barter Island. In the mid-1990s, summer ice began to disappear, she said recently, speaking in Inupiaq as her daughter Marie Rexford interpreted. The period of open water grew longer, she said. And then came the bears. Polar bears used to spend time on the ice far from shore hunting seals, she said. But when the ice vanished, they began ambling on land more often than before. Soon villagers were seeing more of them than anybody could remember, especially the last few years.
Brower is 81 years old, a great-grandmother who has lived all her life along the northern coast of the Beaufort Sea, the...

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24 Jun 2014

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

More than a million homes and businesses along the nation s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and tourism into turmoil. That is the picture of what may happen to the United States economy in a world of unchecked global warming, according to a major new report being put forward Tuesday by a coalition of senior political and economic figures from the left, right and center, including three Treasury secretaries stretching back to the Nixon administration.
More than a million homes and businesses along the nation s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being...

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15 May 2014

Rate of US honeybee deaths ‘too high for long-term survival’

Honeybees are dying off at too high a rate to guarantee their long-term survival, even though fewer were lost last winter, a US government report said on Thursday. A number of studies - including one from Harvard researchers last week - have linked the collapse of honeybee populations to a widely used class of insecticides, which either kill the bees outright or make them more susceptible to pests and disease.
Honeybees are dying off at too high a rate to guarantee their long-term survival, even though fewer were lost last...

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29 Mar 2014

IPCC report: climate change felt ‘on all continents and across the oceans’

Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans", damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday. Government officials and scientists are gathered in Yokohama this week to wrangle over every line of a summary of the report before the final wording is released on Monday - the first update in seven years.
Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans", damaging food crops, spreading...

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12 Mar 2014

Oil Sands and the Post-Apocalyptic Wonderland

With the Keystone decision pending, and the kerfuffle over the potential environmental impact of the pipeline on American soil, I wanted to give my readers some idea of what it looked like where the oil that the pipeline will transport is sourced from. Most of you know that the oil will come from Canada's oil sands, located in the northeastern corner of Alberta, Canada's petro-province.
With the Keystone decision pending, and the kerfuffle over the potential environmental impact of the pipeline on...
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1 Nov 2013

Noam Chomsky slams Canada’s shale gas energy plans

Canada's rush to exploit its tar sands and shale gas resources will destroy the environment "as fast as possible", according to Noam Chomsky. He said: "It means taking every drop of hydrocarbon out of the ground, whether it's shale gas in New Brunswick or tar sands in Alberta and trying to destroy the environment as fast as possible, with barely a question raised about what the world will look like as a result."
Canada's rush to exploit its tar sands and shale gas resources will destroy the environment "as fast as possible",...

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23 Sep 2013

Human role in warming ‘more certain’ – UN climate chief

Scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse gases from human activities are heating the planet, the head of the UN's climate panel says. Rajendra Pachauri made the comments in an interview with BBC News. The panel is due to deliver its latest report on the state of the climate later this week in Stockholm, Sweden.
Scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse gases from human activities are heating the planet, the head of...

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30 Oct 2012

What Do the Koch Brothers and Hurricane Sandy Have in Common

If you believe that these two extreme storms, a hurricane colliding with a massive winter storm in late October, are typical Mother Nature activity, you re living in a Dick Cheney fantasy world. Before trapped emissions created the greenhouse effect and rapid glacier ice melts played havoc with cyclical weather, what is now categorical evidence of climate change disasters, hurricanes would hit southern Florida once every ten years. It was regarded as exceptional and rare. Fast forward to 2008, and on the average, five to ten hurricanes hit the U.S. shores during hurricane season. As late as the 1980s, the idea of a hurricane smashing the northeast coast from New Jersey to Maine would be unthinkable or totally exceptional.
If you believe that these two extreme storms, a hurricane colliding with a massive winter storm in late October, are...

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29 Jul 2012

Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course

The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main cause. This, according to Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Never mind that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of other climatologists around the world came to such conclusions years ago. The difference now is the source: Muller is a long-standing, colorful critic of prevailing climate science, and the Berkeley project was heavily funded by the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation, which, along with its libertarian petrochemical billionaire founder Charles G. Koch, has a considerable history of backing groups that deny climate change.
The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main...

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23 Jul 2012

Loading the Climate Dice

Climate change denial is a major industry, lavishly financed by Exxon, the Koch brothers and others with a financial stake in the continued burning of fossil fuels. And exploiting variability is one of the key tricks of that industry s trade. Applications range from the Fox News perennial - "It's cold outside! Al Gore was wrong!" - to the constant claims that we re experiencing global cooling, not warming, because it's not as hot right now as it was a few years back.
Climate change denial is a major industry, lavishly financed by Exxon, the Koch brothers and others with a financial...

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18 Jul 2012

Iceberg breaks off from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier

The Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland has calved an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan, scientists say. Images from a Nasa satellite show the island breaking off a tongue of ice that extends at the end of the glacier. In 2010 an ice island measuring 250 square km (100 square miles) broke off the same glacier.
The Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland has calved an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan, scientists say. Images...

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25 Jun 2012

Gulf Shrimp Widely Contaminated With Carcinogens

Conservative estimates indicate that the 2010 BP oil disaster released over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, followed by at least 1.8 million gallons of dispersants. While the use of dispersants helped mitigate the public relations disaster by preventing the persistent formation of surface oil, as well as keeping many beaches visibly untouched, they also drove the oil deeper into the water column (and food chain) rendering a 2-dimensional problem (surface oil) into a 3-dimensional one. Additionally, research indicates that dispersants prevent the biodegradation of toxic oil components, as well as increasing dispersant absorption into fish from between 6 to 1100 fold higher levels.
Conservative estimates indicate that the 2010 BP oil disaster released over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf,...

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6 Jun 2012

Schneiderman crushes Koch Brothers in climate-change lawsuit

The New York Attorney General s office recently won an important decision in Albany County State Supreme Court when a lawsuit by a Koch Brothers -backed political organization, which attempted to stop New York s involvement in a multi-state campaign to cut climate changing emissions, was dismissed.
The New York Attorney General s office recently won an important decision in Albany County State Supreme Court when a...

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15 Apr 2012

Some Asian glaciers ‘putting on mass’

Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers. A French team used satellite data to show that glaciers in part of the Karakoram range, to the west of the Himalayan region, are putting on mass. The reason is unclear, as glaciers in other parts of the Himalayas are losing mass - which also is the global trend
Some glaciers on Asia's Karakoram mountains are defying the global trend and getting thicker, say researchers. A French...

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11 Apr 2012

We’ve Fracked So Much Gas We’ve Got No Place to Put It

As you can see above (courtesy of the government of Nebraska), natural gas in the United States has gotten really cheap. Fracking and horizontal drilling mean that supplies are skyrocketing, but an unseasonably warm winter means that demand for natural gas was unusually low.
As you can see above (courtesy of the government of Nebraska), natural gas in the United States has gotten really cheap....
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17 Feb 2012

House votes to expand drilling, approve Keystone XL

House lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline and expand drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The 237-187 victory for Republican leaders - as part of one portion of a much larger energy and infrastructure strategy - was a relatively painless start to what has become a difficult endeavor for the overall package.
House lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline and expand drilling offshore and in...

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16 Feb 2012

Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science

The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a curriculum that would cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet. "Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective" one document said.
The documents, from a nonprofit organization in Chicago called the Heartland Institute, outline plans to promote a...

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13 Feb 2012

Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters

The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe, North America and China, a study shows. As global temperatures have risen, the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice in summer and autumn has been falling.
The progressive shrinking of Arctic sea ice is bringing colder, snowier winters to the UK and other areas of Europe,...

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5 Feb 2012

Global warming James Delingpole claims green zealots are destroying the planet

Just imagine a world where you never had to worry about global warming, where the ice caps, the drowning Maldives and the polar bears were all doing just fine. Imagine a world where CO2 was our friend, fossil fuels were a miracle we should cherish, and economic growth made the planet cleaner, healthier, happier and with more open spaces. Actually, there s no need to imagine: it already exists. So why do so many people still believe otherwise?
Just imagine a world where you never had to worry about global warming, where the ice caps, the drowning Maldives and...

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5 Feb 2012

Island nations want climate change in world court

Johnson Toribiong, president of Palau, said Friday his country and other island nations had formed an expert advisory committee to bring the issue before the U.N. General Assembly. That would allow the world court in the Hague to determine the legal ramifications of climate change under international law
Johnson Toribiong, president of Palau, said Friday his country and other island nations had formed an expert advisory...

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4 Feb 2012

Global Warming Engine Unexpectedly Slows

Preliminary reports from the Energy Information Administration's "Annual Energy Outlook" (which will be fully published in April) suggest that any carbon crisis may not be quite as imminent as thought. Not so long ago, the EIA predicted carbon emissions levels would rise by 37 percent between 2005 and 2035. The EIA - get this - now thinks that global CO2 emissions in 2025 will be 6 percent lower than they were in 2005.
Preliminary reports from the Energy Information Administration's "Annual Energy Outlook" (which will be fully published...

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4 Feb 2012

So, why are the plant zones changing?

The interesting front-page story about the shifts in the Agriculture Department s plant hardiness zone maps since 1990 [ New plant map shifts area to warmer zone, Jan. 26] included this headline on the continuing page: Plant map doesn t measure climate change. However, nothing in the article discusses the relationship of the zone changes to climate change, whether global, national or regional. The nearly uniformly northward shifting zones reflect increases in average winter low temperatures between 1976 and 2005 at 8,000 weather stations. While this doesn t fully measure all the changes in climate, if this nationwide pattern is not attributable to global climate change - specifically to the global warming that scientists have concluded is unequivocal - what, pray tell, is responsible? The failure of The Post, not only to make the connection with global climate change but also to seemingly disavow it, is most puzzling.
The interesting front-page story about the shifts in the Agriculture Department s plant hardiness zone maps since 1990 [...

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25 Jan 2012

Michael Oppenheimer on Global Warming

A member of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and global warming expert Michael Oppenheimer speaks at St. Francis College about the facts of global warming and what we can to lessen the impact.
A member of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and global warming expert Michael...

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18 Jan 2012

John Boehner’s Keystone XL conflict of interest

Bill McKibben, a climate activist and co-founder of the group 350.org, wrote in an e-mail that Boehner has received more than $1 million from fossil-fuel companies, "and now we find out that he s got extensive personal investments in companies dependent on tarsands oil."
Bill McKibben, a climate activist and co-founder of the group 350.org, wrote in an e-mail that Boehner has received more...

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11 Jan 2012

Songbirds as a Casualty of Warming

As the United States experiences a snow shortage, researchers have released a study showing that declining snowfall in the mountainous regions of Arizona is causing a cascading series of effects that are proving devastating to songbirds
As the United States experiences a snow shortage, researchers have released a study showing that declining snowfall in...

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4 Jan 2012

Former pipeline inspector calls Keystone XL a potential ‘disaster’

By forcing the White House to make a decision on the politically and environmentally toxic Keystone XL pipeline as part of an agreement reached in December to extend the payroll tax cut, Republicans are being lambasted by environmental groups for undercutting the federal environmental review process. Now, a whistleblower is claiming that the company overseeing the development of the proposed project, TransCanada, also has a track record of undercutting quality at the expense of the environment -- further calling into question the decision by Congress to prevent a new federal environmental impact study for Keystone XL.
By forcing the White House to make a decision on the politically and environmentally toxic Keystone XL pipeline as part...

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31 Dec 2011

The History of MIT’s Blatant Suppression of Cold Fusion

Every citizen who is concerned about the future of clean energy generation and the future of our environment should read this report. Every MIT student, every MIT graduate, and every financial contributor to MIT should read it. Judge for yourself where the facts lead.
Every citizen who is concerned about the future of clean energy generation and the future of our environment should read...

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30 Dec 2011

PBS Covers Link Between 2011’s Mind-Boggling Extreme Weather and Global Warming It’s Like Being on Steroids

Mainstream news outlets spent a lot of time in 2011 covering the record-breaking year for extreme weather in the U.S. But only a few of them spent much time exploring the link between those events and global warming (see With No End in Sight for Texas Drought, ABC News Explains: Every Farmer in the World Will Be Affected by Climate Change and links below).
Mainstream news outlets spent a lot of time in 2011 covering the record-breaking year for extreme weather in the U.S....

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22 Dec 2011

Climate Cognitive Dissonance: The Profound Contradiction Between Science and Markets on the Road to 10°F Warming

On one side, the world s governments have pledged to hold temperature rise to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). To have even a 50/50 shot at meeting that target, humanity has a carbon budget of about 1,400 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide between now and 2050. The more we exceed that budget, the more the 2 degrees target slips out of reach. Here s the thing, though: The world s proven fossil fuel reserves, if burned, would create about 2.8 trillion tonnes of CO2, double that carbon budget. If countries are serious about 2 degrees, they must be planning to leave a lot of fossil fuels in the ground. Right?
On one side, the world s governments have pledged to hold temperature rise to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). To have even...

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22 Dec 2011

German Energy Consumption Drops 4.8% in 2011, With Renewables Providing 20% of Electricity

According to new figures released from Germany s energy working group, AGEB, energy consumption in the country dropped 4.8% in 2011 from 2010. German consumption of oil fell 3%, gas by 10.2%, lignite coal by 0.7% (although hard coal rose 3.7%), and nuclear by 22.9%. At the same time, use of renewable energy climbed by 4.1% and represented about 20% of the country s electricity and 10.8% of total energy in 2011.
According to new figures released from Germany s energy working group, AGEB, energy consumption in the country dropped...

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22 Dec 2011

Occupy BP – Oil spill aftermath

I continue to be astounded by the lack of coverage of the consequences of the BP oil spill. The underlying concern, was anxiety about how the spill would impact the region's economy, health, wildlife, and habitats, both human and animal.. So if that was our concern then, why do we seem to have zero concern now, since now is when we are beginning to learn what those consequences actually are: a failed shrimp harvest, dolphin deaths, sea turtle deaths, dire worries about human health, an ocean floor deadened by blankets of oil and dispersants, and long-term damage to Gulf fish, including possible cellular damage.
I continue to be astounded by the lack of coverage of the consequences of the BP oil spill. The underlying concern, was...

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22 Dec 2011

Warming-Driven Drought and Extreme Weather Emerge as Key Threat to Global Food Security

This year has seen a great many important climate stories. Obviously, the continued self-destructive failure of the nation and the world to reverse greenhouse gas emission trends always deserve to be the top story in some sense:
This year has seen a great many important climate stories. Obviously, the continued self-destructive failure of the...

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21 Dec 2011

Google’s Solar Flair $94 Million Investment in PV Projects

Here's more evidence of Google's flair for renewable energy deployment. Adding to the $850 million in clean energy deployment investments, Google is putting another $94 million into four solar photovoltaic projects representing 88 MW of capacity around California. The projects will be built by a leading North American developer Recurrent Energy.
Here's more evidence of Google's flair for renewable energy deployment. Adding to the $850 million in clean energy...

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19 Dec 2011

Climate Change – THE greatest scientific frauds ever foisted

It s been a while since we ve had a good, old-fashioned, knock-down, drag-out discussion about the whole topic of climate change. My own feeling, as many regulars on this blog know, is that the issue of global warming/climate change is one of, if not THE greatest scientific frauds ever foisted on mankind, and now information is becoming public at an increasing rate that backs up that assertion.
It s been a while since we ve had a good, old-fashioned, knock-down, drag-out discussion about the whole topic of...

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14 Dec 2011

Beisner Rejects Koch-Funded Study Confirming Climate Change Science

Calvin Beisner is running low on allies in his effort to deny climate change. Beisner, the head of the Cornwall Alliance, is trying to stop other evangelical Christians from supporting efforts to curtail climate change with warnings that scientists are liars and environmental protection will destroy Christianity, promote mass genocide and hurt the poor.
Calvin Beisner is running low on allies in his effort to deny climate change. Beisner, the head of the Cornwall...

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14 Dec 2011

Pollution locator for Koch Industries

See the pollution record of various Koch owned and operated idustries around the country brouht to you by Scorecard -- Scorecard is the web's most popular resource for information about pollution problems and toxic chemicals. Find out about the pollution problems in your community and learn who is responsible.
See the pollution record of various Koch owned and operated idustries around the country brouht to you by Scorecard --...

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11 Dec 2011

The Wall Street-climate change connection

Think "climate change" and the companies that come to mind are oil giants like Exxon Mobil or BP - not JP Morgan or Bank of America. But a new study by Urgewald, a German environmental organization, establishes a strong link between large multinational banks and the coal industry, one of the biggest contributors to climate change
Think "climate change" and the companies that come to mind are oil giants like Exxon Mobil or BP - not JP Morgan or Bank...

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10 Dec 2011

Climate Change Threatens Western States Water Supplies

by Tom Kenworthy Western states that rely on snowpack for their water supplies are going to face a challenging future because of climate change, a senior Department of Interior official warned a Senate subcommittee Thursday. "Warming and associated loss of snowpack will persist over much of the western United States," Assistant DOI secretary Anne Castle [...]
by Tom Kenworthy Western states that rely on snowpack for their water supplies are going to face a challenging future...

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9 Dec 2011

Australian Green Party Leader: U.S. Climate Denial Machine “Being Directed Straight into Australia” Via Murdoch’s News Corp

The Winning Aussie Strategy: Fighting Back Against Deniers and Talking About Climate Change If President Obama needs a role model for his stance (or lack thereof) on climate change, he should look no further than the Deputy Leader of Australia’s Green Party, Christine Milne. In a wide-ranging interview with Climate Progress at the COP 17 [...]
The Winning Aussie Strategy: Fighting Back Against Deniers and Talking About Climate Change If President Obama needs a...

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9 Dec 2011

EPA Implicates Fracking in Groundwater Pollution at Wyoming Gas Field

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking " a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution. The draft finding could have a chilling effect in states trying to determine how to regulate the [...]
CHEYENNE, Wyo.  "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that...

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9 Dec 2011

The Kyoto Protocol and the High Cost of Fighting Climate Change

The key barrier to fighting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is that any such scheme is likely to be expensive. Some people find that argument straightforward, even obvious; to others, it s na ve and incorrect. For those in the former camp, recent news has provided an instructive example.
The key barrier to fighting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is that any such scheme is likely to be...

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8 Dec 2011

Obama:: Any Effort to Tie Keystone to the Payroll Tax Cut, I Will Reject

Politico reports this news coming from President Obama's joint appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper: "Any effort to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut, I will reject. So everybody can be on notice," Obama said in a warning to Congressional Republicans. "If the payroll tax cut is attached to a whole bunch of [...]
Politico reports this news coming from President Obama's joint appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:...

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7 Dec 2011

ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’

GOP legislators in many states have given ALEC free reign to write anti-health care reform and anti-environment legislation. Now, ALEC is fighting to kill Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose a serious health threat to children and the ecosystem.
GOP legislators in many states have given ALEC free reign to write anti-health care reform and anti-environment...
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24 Nov 2011

Politicians Need to Listen to the People, Not the Polluters

Corporations who bear the most responsibility for contributing to climate change emissions - and then profiting from those activities - are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations like the upcoming COP17 meeting in Durban. At the same time, these carbon-intensive industries are working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world.
Corporations who bear the most responsibility for contributing to climate change emissions - and then profiting from...

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14 Nov 2011

Clean Energy Has Highest Documented Rate of Return of Any Federal Program, But the WashPost Cluelessly Smears the Effort

The National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2001 that a handful of clean energy technologies returned about $30 billion on an R&D investment of about $400 million. The United States is an amazing venture capitalist when it comes to clean energy R&D.
The National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2001 that a handful of clean energy technologies returned about $30...
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14 Nov 2011

Utility CEO on Solar: In 3 to 5 Years You’ll Be Able to Get Power Cheaper from the Roof of Your House Than From the Grid

The fundamental issue of our day [is] climate change....The people who were opposed to climate change legislation used one of two tactics. They either said, "Well, we don't believe it's happening." Which, of course, is just a bald-faced lie. Or the second part of the one/two punch is, "We can't afford to do anything about it because a synonym for the word "green" is "expensive." But looking forward, electric vehicles will be far cheaper to operate than internal combustion engine vehicles. And solar panels on the roof will provide power more cheaply than taking power from the grid.
The fundamental issue of our day [is] climate change....The people who were opposed to climate change legislation used...
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12 Nov 2011

A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel: a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes.
Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an...

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10 Nov 2011

Unanimous agreement among scientists Earth to suffer major loss in species

The thylacine, the dodo, the great auk, the passenger pigeon, the golden toad: these species have become symbols of extinction. But they are only the tip of the recent extinction crisis, and according to a survey of 583 conservation scientists, they are only the beginning. In a new survey in Conservation Biology, 99.5 percent of conservation scientists said a serious loss in biodiversity was either 'likely', 'very likely', or 'virtually certain'.
The thylacine, the dodo, the great auk, the passenger pigeon, the golden toad: these species have become symbols of...

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9 Nov 2011

Keystone XL pipeline debate Canada to the Gulf – inform yourself

The Keystone Pipeline transports synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma, and on to the U.S. Gulf Coast. (See Map) The "XL" designation is the expansion plan indicated in red. This is a hugely controversial expansion both environmentally and politically. Keystone XL has faced lawsuits from oil refineries and criticism from environmentalists and some members of the U.S. Congress.
The Keystone Pipeline transports synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands in northeastern...

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30 Oct 2011

Last Two Winters’ Warm Extremes More Severe Than Their Cold Snaps, Study Finds

During the last two winters, some regions of the northern hemisphere experienced extreme cold not seen in recent decades. But at the same time, the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11 were also marked by more prominent, although less newsworthy, extreme warm spells.
During the last two winters, some regions of the northern hemisphere experienced extreme cold not seen in recent...

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30 Oct 2011

The Coolest Solar Manufacturing Technology You’ve Never Heard Of The Optical Cavity Furnace

The Optical Cavity Furnace is a new piece of equipment for making solar cells that is about to rock the photovoltaic industry by slashing costs and increasing efficiency. The news should not just excite tech nerds-by reducing the cost of producing solar cells by nearly three-quarters, this new technology represents another big step on the path to making clean energy the cheap kind of energy.
The Optical Cavity Furnace is a new piece of equipment for making solar cells that is about to rock the photovoltaic...

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24 Oct 2011

BP gets Gulf oil drilling permit amid 28,000 unmonitored abandoned wells

Since BP s catastrophic Macondo Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the Obama Administration has granted nearly 300 new drilling permits [1] and shirked plans to plug 3,600 of more than 28,000 abandoned wells, which pose significant threats to the severely damaged sea.
Since BP s catastrophic Macondo Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the Obama Administration has granted nearly 300...

Publisher: The Washington Post

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20 Oct 2011

A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data

Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims. Remember, this was not long after the Climategate affair had erupted, at a time when skeptics were griping that climatologists had based their claims on faulty temperature data.
Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley...

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6 Oct 2011

Oil lobby group got help from muzzled federal expert

While Environment Canada scientists must request permission before speaking to reporters, newly released emails show that the main oil and gas industry lobby group has direct access to the department's technical expertise.
While Environment Canada scientists must request permission before speaking to reporters, newly released emails show...

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29 Sep 2011

Despite What You May Hear From the GOP, Businesses Still Think Clean Energy is Hot

In covering the Solyndra media circus, the press has been infatuated with the politics of clean energy. So they ve often missed - or misreported - the most important story about the business community s support of a sector that has had "explosive" jobs growth since 2003, as a recent Brookings Institution report found.
In covering the Solyndra media circus, the press has been infatuated with the politics of clean energy. So they ve often...
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25 Sep 2011

Melting ice is Earth’s warning signal – and we cannot ignore it

Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From the frosted plains of the Arctic ice pack to the cool blue caverns of the mountain glaciers, the dripping away of frozen water is the most crystal clear of all the Earth's warning signals.
Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From...

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24 Sep 2011

American divide over global warming getting deeper

The headline on the 1975 report was bold: "Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" And this article that coined the term may have marked the last time a mention of "global warming" didn't set off an instant outcry of angry denial.
The headline on the 1975 report was bold: "Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?" And this article that...

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24 Sep 2011

Moving Planet Climate Rallies Around the World

It s been raining photos for 36 hours at 350.org HQ in San Francisco. As the sun moves around the globe, we ve been watching images pour in from almost everywhere (except North Korea) - from Hanoi, from Cape Town, from Buenos Aires, from Delhi.
It s been raining photos for 36 hours at 350.org HQ in San Francisco. As the sun moves around the globe, we ve been...

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26 Aug 2011

Koch’s response actually agrees with Greenpeace Toxic Koch report

Well, ok, Koch didn t agree with everything we said in our report. Koch's so-called "response" in fact fails to even address the vast majority of our report's findings. They make no mention of their lobbying activities to block comprehensive chemical security legislation, their campaign contributions to key lawmakers, or why they have failed to convert their dangerous chemical facilities to safer processes
Well, ok, Koch didn t agree with everything we said in our report. Koch's so-called "response" in fact fails to even...
23 Aug 2011

Despite Rick Perry, consensus on climate change keeps strengthening

Over the past few days, fact-checkers have been kept busy debunking this statement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), on why he doesn t believe that humans are heating the planet: "I think we're seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change."
Over the past few days, fact-checkers have been kept busy debunking this statement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), on...

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23 Aug 2011

What tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline mean for climate change

Bill McKibben is leading what may be the largest green civil disobedience campaign in a generation, against the proposed construction of the 1,600-mile long Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to American refineries at the Gulf of Mexico, and many are concerned about the associated impacts on the climate. Digging up new sources of fossil fuels will inevitably increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, and the tar sands result in higher carbon emissions than even conventional oil.
Bill McKibben is leading what may be the largest green civil disobedience campaign in a generation, against the proposed...

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22 Aug 2011

Climate change and cooperation

The evidence is unmistakable: climate change is already occurring. South Asia with its delicately balanced ecology, its heavy reliance on monsoons, its critical dependence on agriculture and persistent mass poverty, is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change. Increased variability in the magnitude and timing of rain fall during the monsoons could increase the instability of agriculture production and add to the burden of the poor.
The evidence is unmistakable: climate change is already occurring. South Asia with its delicately balanced ecology, its...

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11 Aug 2011

Do scientists disagree about global warming?

Climate change has become a touchy subject in the Republican primary. Though some candidates once supported plans to reduce carbon emissions, such strategies have fallen out of favor with Republicans in recent years. Even acknowledging that human beings are causing climate change can be politically problematic for some Republicans.
Climate change has become a touchy subject in the Republican primary. Though some candidates once supported plans to...

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8 Aug 2011

Top Companies Claim To Fight Global Warming, But Sponsor ALEC’s Climate Denial

The fight against global warming pollution requires the investment of everyone, including the world s multinational corporate giants. Many companies have taken official stances on climate pollution, pledging to reduce their greenhouse footprint in order to reduce the threat of a destabilized climate
The fight against global warming pollution requires the investment of everyone, including the world s multinational...

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1 Aug 2011

All 50 States See Record Highs in July

The horrible July heat wave , lasting weeks in some cities, the entire month in others, affected nearly 200 million people in the United States at some point. Preliminary data show that 2,712 high-temperature records were either tied or broken in July, compared with 1,444 last year, according to the NCDC. At least one weather station in all 50 states set or tied a daily high temperature record at some point during July.
The horrible July heat wave , lasting weeks in some cities, the entire month in others, affected nearly 200 million...

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18 Jul 2011

On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling

Climate change also threatens the very existence of many countries in the Pacific, where the sea level is projected to rise three feet or more by the end of the century. Already, Nauru s coast, the only habitable area, is steadily eroding, and communities in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have been forced to flee their homes to escape record tides.
Climate change also threatens the very existence of many countries in the Pacific, where the sea level is projected to...

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18 Jul 2011

Why Global Warming Alarmism Isn’t Science

In this week s The Week That Was, Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, offers a concise explanation of why global alarmism, as represented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is not science
In this week s The Week That Was, Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project,...

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11 Jul 2011

Links to various climate sites

We ve often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change, and so here is a first cut. Unlike our other postings, we ll amend this as we discover or are pointed to new resources.
We ve often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of...
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3 Jul 2011

Global Warming Boosts Worst Wildfires ‘Since the Last Ice Age’

Climate change is creating the ideal conditions for wildfires drought and heat. And while only a secondary effect, it is ruining July 4 celebrations around the country, since in many places the risk posed by fireworks is simply be too great.
Climate change is creating the ideal conditions for wildfires drought and heat. And while only a secondary effect, it is...

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3 Jul 2011

Misuse of Food and Climate Data at Forbes

Forbes, which regularly publishes biased, misleading, and distorted opinion pieces on climate issues, has just published a remarkable one by Patrick Michaels. Michaels is well known for his regular misleading statements about climate. And while his statements are mostly worth ignoring, this one contains a particularly remarkable combination of errors and falsehoods. He accuses a variety of other people (including Justin Gillis of the New York Times) of misrepresenting data on food production and climate risks while simultaneously doing exactly that.
Forbes, which regularly publishes biased, misleading, and distorted opinion pieces on climate issues, has just published...
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