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If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

‘Good Practice’ Makes Perfect Sense for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Reducing climate-warming gases enough to prevent global temperatures from exceeding a 2°C rise is simple—if all countries do as well as the best.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Paradise Burning, or Why We All Need to Learn the Word ‘Anthropogenic’

When fire can eat at Washington’s Olympic National Park, a rain forest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Still Winning the Investment War

The campaign to convince investors not to pour their money into the extraction and use of fossil fuels is failing to gain enough converts to be effective, experts say.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE

40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Norway Pumps Up ‘Green Battery’ Plan for Europe

Hydraulic engineers in Norway aim to use surplus power from hydropower plants to cut the need for fossil fuel and boost European electricity supplies.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Emissions Threaten Age of Uncertainty for Carbon Dating

New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can be scientifically dated.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart: The Way the World’s Going, a Nuclear Iran’s Gonna Be the Least of Our Problems

In an inspired rant, the “Daily Show” host explains why climate change, consumerism, Ebola and other such concerns are far more pressing than whether Iran will become a nuclear power in 10 to 15 years, as some conservatives allege.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Study Finds the Recession—Not a Decline in Coal Use—Cut U.S. Emissions

Researchers say it was the economy, rather than the replacement of coal by natural gas, that drove the recent drop in U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE

2015 Is Expected to Be Hottest Year on Record

According to more than 135 years of data on global temperatures, four of the five hottest months on record happened in 2015: February, March, May, and now June.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

People and Planet Benefit From ‘Green’ Buildings

Research worldwide shows that environmentally friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Loss of Seabirds Highlights Double Danger for Species

Scientists say increasing human impacts on habitat are combining with climate change to put serious survival stresses on species and ecosystems.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Brings Ill Winds for Airline Industry

Scientists say wind patterns altered by climate variability are costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time—and increasing CO2 emissions.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

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Fossil Fuel Fraud

Oil, gas and coal companies have damaged our planet by lying to the public about climate change, even though they have known for decades that it is real and man-made.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Muslim Scholars Say Climate Change Poses Dire Threat

An Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Record Torrential Rainfall Linked to Warming Climate

Scientists show that devastating increases in extreme rainfall over the last 30 years fit in with global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

As Glaciers Melt in Ecuador, Pope Francis Challenges Technocrats, Touts ‘Keeping’ the Environment

Pope Francis continues to preach environmentalism as he addresses crowds in Latin America, a challenging message in poor countries where over-exploitation of natural resources is a constant temptation.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: It’s Painful to See the Fate of the Human Species, but We Must in Order to Change It

In an interview conducted earlier this year, Noam Chomsky admitted it’s much easier to ignore the major issues of the day and pretend information is inaccessible than it is to take action.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the saint from whom the pope took his name.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Warn Giant Nuclear Sarcophagus in Marshall Islands Is Leaking

One hundred and eleven thousand cubic yards of radioactive debris lies within Runit Dome, a “hulking legacy of years of U.S. nuclear testing” whose fragile structure is vulnerable to breaking from violent weather associated with climate change.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Bobby Jindal

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

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Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican

The activist and “This Changes Everything” author said she was “surprised but delighted” to receive an invitation from the head of the Catholic Church to lead a conference this week, adding that while others may think his ideas on economics are wrong, she’s on his side.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Gospel of Denial

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis

His extraordinary call for saving the ecosystem has resonated with the global community. The question now is: Will Earth’s people, both ordinary and powerful, act on his message to prevent the planet from becoming a “pile of filth”?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the young white man who killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina should be prosecuted for hate crimes or terrorism. Lizz Winstead says Donald Trump “just replaced bedbugs as America’s No. 1 pest” upon announcing his campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE

Catholic Climate

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Snake Handlers

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

What Do the Pope and ‘The Martian’ Have in Common?

The science fiction film starring Matt Damon is a timely cautionary tale for us fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. Pope Francis gets it, as his climate change encyclical shows. Will the rest of us?

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Issues Major Call to Rescue a Planet in Crisis

In a close reading of the first papal encyclical focused exclusively on the global ecological crisis, The New York Times finds the head of the Catholic Church calling on leaders and people from all cultures to act to protect the world’s ecosystems and the disadvantaged from predatory and shortsighted political and economic systems.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Pope, the Saint and the Climate

Invoking his namesake, St. Francis—the patron saint of animals and ecology—Pope Francis says flatly that a “very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Hoax of Climate Denial

It’s often claimed that environmental science done in federal agencies is “politically driven” and therefore suspect. While widely held, the idea is demonstrably false. It ignores the simple fact that most of the major contributions of the twentieth century, at least in the physical sciences, came from just such government science.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

G-7 on Environment

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Making Polluters Pay Us Is Step 9 to Saving the Economy

Instead of investing in dirty fuels, let’s start charging polluters for poisoning our skies—and then invest the revenue so that it benefits everyone.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is the Moral Behind HBO Series ‘Game of Thrones’ That Climate Change Is Our Common Enemy?

A Vox clip makes the compelling argument that the popular HBO television show, based on fiction by George R.R. Martin, is “secretly all about climate change.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Forget About the ‘Hiatus’—Warming of the Earth Has Continued

After re-examining data that seemed to show global warming slowing since 1998, U.S. scientists say temperatures have continued to rise steadily.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Who Created ISIS?

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Noah’s Ark

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

Global News Organizations Will Cooperate to Publish Climate Stories

An unprecedented alliance of news publishers, including The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily, have announced they will allow other organizations to publish their climate change stories for free in an attempt to raise awareness in the run-up to the next United Nations climate summit.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

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