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Bush Wants to Shaft Endangered Species Before Leaving Office

He may be a lame duck, but the president still has the power to mess with America. His latest project: pushing through rule changes that would reduce protections for endangered species. Given the wonky complexities of the rule-changing process, it will be difficult for Barack Obama to undo the damage, but then that’s the whole point.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



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Turning Trash Into Electricity

Here’s a solution to the energy crisis Americans are sure to love: A company called Geoplasma is building a plant in Florida that will vaporize garbage with a plasma torch, turning 1,500 tons of waste into 60 megawatts of the good stuff. It may not be as clean as solar, but hey, America is the Saudi Arabia of trash.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


His Drilling Plan Is Full of Holes

Touring America’s oil rigs and nuclear plants, John McCain sometimes sounds as if he’ll produce enough wind to power the nation all by himself.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Nam Theun 2 Dam
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World Bank Finds Itself Wanting

The World Bank is being criticized for a persistent lack of environmental focus in an internal review of its lending activities. The new report rails against the environmental degradation caused by many bank-funded projects in poor countries that harm local communities in the name of “development.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Carbon Footprints

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Posted on Jul 20, 2008 READ MORE


Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid

While the presidential candidates trade barbs and accuse each other of flip-flopping, they agree with President Bush on their enthusiastic support for nuclear power.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Official Says Cheney Pushed EPA Censorship

A former EPA official alleged Tuesday that the vice president’s office influenced congressional testimony about the public health effects of climate change. Last October, it was revealed that six of 14 pages of the proposed testimony of the director of the Centers for Disease Control were deleted because so many references to global warming had been cut.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Calif. Mandates Car Stickers With Global Warming Scores

Starting with 2009 models, new cars in California will sport a sticker that rates just how environmentally friendly they are, based on emissions and fuel economy. Not to be outdone, the European Union might require governments to monetize and budget for emissions.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


Weather Reports Are Missing the Story

While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Al Gore
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Al Gore Endorses Barack Obama

The former vice president is throwing his political capital behind the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. “From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States,” Gore blogged on Monday.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Whites for Obama

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Polar Bears ‘Threatened’

The plight of the polar bear has come to represent the real-world impact of the climate crisis, so it is only fitting that the Bush administration had to be ordered by a court to make a decision on the endangered status of the species. After years of delay, the Interior Department finally classified the animal as threatened, but also promised to fight any meaningful protection.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


?Earth Hour?

Actor Jeremy Piven wants you to turn your lights off. Especially you, Atlanta. It’s part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Ice Shelf
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The Ice Is Falling

A prominent Antarctic scientist says a large ice shelf is disintegrating much faster than he predicted. In fact, it’s “hanging by a thread,” according to David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. The concern over melting ice shelves has to do with the tremendous amount of water they store. The more they melt, the more sea level rises.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


At the Limit

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Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Political Climate Change

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Peace With the Earth

Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore’s very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE


Crying Wolf

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Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Al Gore’s Nobel Speech

Why did Al Gore waste eight years of his life as America’s vice president? He’s much better at trying to save the world. Watch his Nobel Prize acceptance speech and see for yourself.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


From Oil Wars to Water Wars

While Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were once again warning the world about the devastating effects of global warming, Senate Republicans and the United States government were working at home and abroad to bring us closer to catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Climbing Out of the Oil Ditch

After a generation of self-indulgence, America is very close to taking a big step away from foreign oil and all of the environmental and security problems we’ve come to associate with that phrase. Now, if we can just keep the energy industry at bay… .

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Beyond Kyoto

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Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Flying Coach on a Planetary Scale

If one thinks of the world as an airliner, we’re all behaving like thoughtless passengers who invade the space of the persons behind them by reclining their seats. The only difference is that with respect to the world, we’re killing each other by poisoning the air.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Gore and Bush
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Gore and Bush Survive Each Other’s Company

By all accounts it was an awkward meeting between two men who’ve clearly disliked each other since the 2000 election: Al Gore and George W. Bush, grinning uncomfortably for the cameras. Gore, who was invited by tradition because of his Nobel win, offered a tension-breaking comment during the photo op, but the president just kept smiling in silence.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Living With Climate Change

Because the problem is likely to stretch on for decades, even centuries, even if humankind acts immediately, we had better get used to the idea of adapting.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


From Loser to Laureate

The attention on Al Gore’s trajectory misses something about this second act and second actor. As he approaches 60, Gore’s staking out something of a new path for his generation.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
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Draft Gore for President?

Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their crusade against global warming. Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq.  That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Stressed kid
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Stressed Kids Fret About the World

A study of 7-to-11-year-old Brits found that the climate crisis and terrorism have added to the usual pressures of school and friendships to drive kids batty. Luckily, schools that engaged world-weary children with lessons and activities related to global catastrophe managed to alleviate some of the tension.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
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Gore Has His Eye on the Prize

Forget the Oscar—the Nobel Peace Prize is where it’s at, and environmental advocate and former Vice President Al Gore may soon add one to his trophy case. That’s according to the predictions of a number of Nobel experts who did some handicapping for Reuters.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Eye-Roller in Chief

Leave it to George W. Bush to disappoint already low expectations. The president unveiled his dud of a plan to combat the climate crisis at a highly publicized meeting Friday of the world’s 16 biggest polluters.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Arnold at the UN
indybay.org

Schwarzenegger and Gore Team Up at U.N.

Celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental superstar Al Gore stole the show at Monday’s U.N. climate crisis speechathon, offsetting President Bush’s notable absence. Schwarzenegger rallied the crowd with his unique Hollywood-infused rhetorical flair: “One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
businessinnovationinsider.com

Ad Agencies Vie for Gore’s Green Campaign

Signaling a sea change in the advertising business, four top-tier ad agencies are lining up to pitch to former Vice President Al Gore in hopes of landing the account for his Alliance for Climate Protection and helping Gore design a multimedia global warming campaign with a whopping $100-million annual budget.  The takeaway, according to AdAge:  Global warming is hot on Madison Avenue.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Extreme Weather Ravages Europe

Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Lowell Wood
Rolling Stone

Can Dr. Evil Save the World?

The Pentagon’s favored weaponeer, above, has a proposal to stop global warming—without burning less oil, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of mainstream proposals. And it’s so crazy it just might work. It also might destroy the planet in the process. Interested? Read on ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


Bush & Co. Blocked Hurricane Report, Says Journal

From the AP: “The Bush administration has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday.”

  • As ThinkProgress points out, this is the third time in less than a week we’ve heard such accusations.

  • Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Gore on global warming

    Gore on Climate Skeptics: Some Still Debating ?Whether the Moon Landing Was Staged?

    That’s what the man-on-a-mission has to say about those who claim that the evidence isn’t in on global warming.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Living with global warming
    From U.S. News & World Report

    Global Warming? Better Figure Out How to Live With It

    Many climate scientists now see global warming as inevitable (to a certain extent), and are now focusing on the controversial idea of figuring out how to live with it. U.S. News & World Report serves up the surprising details.

  • Also, check out U.S. News’ Q & A with Al Gore, and U.S. News’ story on the insurance industry cashing in on the global warming problem.

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


  • Lawrence Bender
    Courtesy Paramount Classics

    Lawrence Bender: The Truthdig Interview

    Bender, the producer of every Quentin Tarantino movie, describes how he produced the Al Gore global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Check out:

  • Why he thought a guy nicknamed “The Robot” would a compelling documentary subject
  • His take on Gore’s inability to capitalize on global warming when he was in office
  • His recognition that climate change barely registers on most voters’ minds

  • Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE



    Courtesy Paramount Classics

    Lawrence Bender: The Truthdig Interview

    Bender, the producer of every Quentin Tarantino movie, describes how he produced the Al Gore global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Check out:

  • Why he thought a guy nicknamed “The Robot” would a compelling documentary subject
  • His take on Gore’s inability to capitalize on global warming when he was in office
  • Bender’s recognition that climate change barely registers on most voters’ minds

  • Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Climate Scientist to Think Tank: Stop Misrepresenting My Research

    A global warming researcher is claiming that a Big Gas-funded think tank has been misrepresenting one of his studies in an effort to throw doubt on the reality of global warming.

  • Earlier: The think tank goes after Al Gore.
  • Keep in mind that, to date, there have been no peer-reviewed studies that cast real doubt on the fact of global warming.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore at a DNC fundraiser
    AP / John Marshall Mantel

    Gore Revs Up Global Warming Campaign

    The former vice president is going high profile with his climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth.” Speculation is rife that he is using the issue as a stalking horse for the White House in 2008.
    Check out an early review of the movie.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenpeace Founder Does Nuclear U-Turn

    The man who helped found the environmental aid organization argues that nuclear power—once his sworn enemy—is now the planet’s only hope for slowing global warming.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Bear Ice Cap
    From polarice.com

    Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House

    Bush & Co. have apparently been muzzling climate scientists from speaking forthrightly to the public about global warming. Shocker, right?
    Perhaps they thought last week’s head fake on giving more free rein to NASA scientists would throw reporters off the scent….

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


    George Will
    From crooksandliars.com

    Global Warming and Its Discontents

    As George Will tries to refute the mountains of evidence pertaining to the threat of global warming, New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her new book on the subject.

    Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


    glaciers
    From www.jeffsweather.com

    Ozone Pollution Is More Harmful Than Realized

    Ozone, which had been considered a minor player in global climate change, is actually a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, according to NASA.
    Worse, scientists are reporting that climate change is “irreversible,” as Arctic sea ice has failed to re-form for the second year in a row.

    Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


    86 Evangelical Leaders Join to Fight Global Warming

    Finally! Evangelicals in the news for something unrelated to divisive social issues. | story

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE



    From the BBC

    Experts Warn of Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’

    As we near a possible point of no return, even Tony Blair says climate change is advancing at an “unsustainable” rate.
    Predictably, Bush’s expert says the issue needs further study.
    Earlier: NASA’s top climate expert said the Bush administration tried to silence him.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. To Rely On Private Sector To Defeat Climate Change

    Officials tell a global summit that fuel-efficient technologies will reduce greenhouse emissions. | story Meanwhile, German scientists say that plants may be producing greenhouse gases. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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