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Insurance Industry Is Taking Climate Change Seriously

Now that it’s paying an average of $50 billion a year in weather- and climate-related losses, the insurance industry has become a believer in global warming.

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Dream of a Global Climate Deal Is Over, Experts Say

The results of negotiations over the last decade have given observers virtually no reason to believe in a process that is counted by governing leaders as successful for simply surviving.

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Landmark U.N. Climate Report Leaked Online

A little-known U.S.-based climate change denier named Alec Rawls leaked an early draft of a major global warming report, claiming that a single sentence about the influence of cosmic rays on the earth’s climate “completely undercuts the main premise and the main conclusion of the full report.” Other report reviewers say he is wrong.

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A Growing Water Deficit in the West

A three-year study by the Department of the Interior has concluded that a hotter, drier climate is threatening the water supply for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River.

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Could Climate Change Mean Scarce Christmas Trees?

Droughts are expected to intensify as global warming advances. Abnormally low rainfall in Tennessee this year hit the evergreen crops that will supply Christmas trees in roughly eight years.

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Doha Climate Talks Roundup

An activist observer of the negotiations in Doha, Qatar, this week dismissed offers by developed countries as “an empty shell, an insult to our futures. There is literally no point in countries signing up to this sham of a deal, which will lock the planet in to many more years of inaction.”

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A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

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How Can Cities Save Themselves? (Video)

A new report by a trio of British research and development groups surveys some of the world’s fastest-growing cities with an eye to the vulnerabilities they will face as global warming raises the sea level and temperatures.

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GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

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Katrina, All Over Again

Hurricane Sandy, if you are poor, is the Katrina of the North. It has illustrated the depraved mentality of an oligarchic and corporate elite that, as conditions worsen, retreats into self-contained gated communities, guts basic services and abandons the wider population.

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An Open Letter to America’s Climate Envoy

For activists, negotiators and journalists interested in a prosperous human future, the U.N. climate negotiations held each year are grueling, emotionally draining events. In a letter to Todd Stern, Obama’s representative at talks going on now in Doha, Qatar, Nikki Hodgson of the Adopt a Negotiator Project captures the mood well.

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Scientists Expect Allergies to Get Worse With Climate Change

The results aren’t in, but researchers are beginning to study how warmer weather, longer summers, expanding insect migrations and shifting rainfall may lead to more pervasive and expensive allergy problems in the near future.

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U.S. Climate Curbing Pledges Inadequate, Study Says

Despite climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing’s insistence that the U.S. deserves credit for its “enormous” efforts to stall global warming and help poor countries prepare for it, a scientific scorecard showed that the opposite is true.

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A Legacy We Dare Not Leave

You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way, this time in Doha, Qatar. You also might not have noticed that we’re barreling toward a “world ... of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions.” Here in Washington, we’re too busy to pay attention to such trifles.

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U.S.-Size Ice Cube Melts

In a report released at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, this week, the World Meteorological Organization said an area of Arctic ice bigger than the United States disappeared under warmer temperatures this year.

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Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula.

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World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly

The “good news” of the World Energy Outlook 2012 is really the bad news: The energy industry’s ability to boost production of oil, coal, and natural gas in North America is feeding a global surge in demand for these commodities, ensuring ever higher levels of carbon emissions.

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The New York Times

How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Elizabeth Dalziel

Stand Still for the Apocalypse

Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank.

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World Focus on the Middle East

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A Brief History of Climate Science

In 300 B.C., a student of Aristotle observed that humans could change regional temperatures by draining marshes and clearing forests. More than 2,000 years later, a Swede quantified carbon’s role in keeping the planet warm.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. Conference May Reveal Obama’s Commitment to Climate

If President Obama is serious about confronting global warming, he’ll have the opportunity to show it through the actions of U.S. representatives at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar,  next week.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Act Now on Global Warming, Experts Urge

Professors at Columbia University pressed lawmakers to take advantage of widespread public interest in global warming after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy before a lifeless economy and the “fiscal cliff” dominate the American political discussion again.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Children Who Lose Contact With Nature Don’t Fight for It

“In one generation,” George Monbiot writes of a new kind of environmental crisis, “the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from more than half to fewer than one in 10. In the US, in just six years (1997-2003) children with particular outdoor hobbies fell by half.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Naomi Klein on the Link Between Climate Change and Capitalism

In an appearance on “Moyers & Company” over the weekend, Naomi Klein told Bill Moyers that the recent devastation left by Superstorm Sandy could be the catalyst for economic and political change in this country.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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The World Bank’s Dire Report and Warning on Climate Change

The entire planet will be hurt by climate change, but a bleak new report says some of the poorest countries will feel its effects the most.

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Truthdigger of the Week: James Balog

In “Chasing Ice,” a new film on the disappearance of Arctic glaciers, author, award-winning photographer and reformed climate-change denier James Balog used time-lapse photography to capture global warming in progress.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



‘Pro-Life’ Lawmaker Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions, New Karl Rove Election Theories, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest conspiracy theory involving President Obama and a BP oil settlement.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Global Warming Likely to Match Our Worst Fears, Study Finds

Newer, more complete scientific models suggest that the worst predictions of man-made global warming—an average global temperature increase of 8 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100—may be the most accurate.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Sandy and Disaster Capitalism

Less than three days after Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the United States, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute blamed New Yorkers’ resistance to big-box stores for the misery they were about to endure.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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American Opinion on Climate Change Follows Rising Waters

A Rasmussen poll released Friday shows 68 percent of Americans see global warming as a “serious problem,” up from 46 percent in 2009. In 2010, Gallup reported 48 percent of Americans thought the dangers of global warming were exaggerated.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Memo to the Military: Give a Damn About the Warming Planet

Global warming could be American imperialism’s undoing if Pentagon officials don’t prepare accordingly, a group of experts effectively reported in a study warning against such “climate surprises” as natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought and epidemics.

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Trailer: ‘Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle’

“Cape Spin!” tells the story of how unlikely alliances (“Kennedys, Kochs and everyday folks”) teamed up to do battle over a proposed waterborne wind farm and what would be the largest clean energy project in America in one of the 1 percent’s most treasured playgrounds: the sea surrounding Cape Cod.

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Down and Out at Rockaway Beach

Life lurched back into motion as power was restored to all but 5,800 Manhattan residences and businesses over the weekend. But prospects for a return to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy remained dim for some 130,000 people who call the Rockaways home.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Talking About Sandy

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Hurricane Mitt

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Even in Writing, Obama and Romney Ignore Climate Change

Even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney discussed the pressing issue of climate change in a pair of CNN op-eds the presidential candidates wrote, making one of their final pleas to voters before next week’s election.

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Was Sandy a Wake-Up Call?

We’ve had two once-in-a-century storms within the span of a decade. Will we finally get the message?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

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More Michele Bachmann Hypocrisy, the Latest Political Sex Scandal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his endorsement and another GOP political candidate says something dumb about rape.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Chris Matthews Rips Climate Change Deniers as ‘Pigs’

The MSNBC host had some harsh words for those who do not believe in global warming after the devastation and destruction caused by superstorm Sandy.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The Fallacy Behind Environmental Protection and Economic Growth

Harms resulting from society’s quest for ever-expanding economic growth are clear, no more so than with the global climate. Why aren’t environmental journalists making that connection?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



Clinton Mocks Romney, ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ Knocks Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign deception and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offering praise for President Obama.

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