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GOP Still Denies Global Warming Despite Record Temperatures

July was the hottest month in the U.S. on record, yet many in the GOP continue to dispute global warming and the science behind it.

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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

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Drought Belts the Breadbasket

Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest—the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock—is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

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Massive Iceberg Cuts Loose From Greenland Glacier

A block of ice twice the size of Manhattan has broken loose from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Scientists were quick to say that no single event of this kind can be attributed to climate change.

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Global Warming

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Heat Wave

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Wait for It

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Mammoth Climate Change

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Heat Envy

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Cooked

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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Climate Change: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’

Evidence supporting the existence of climate change is pummeling the United States this summer, from the mountain wildfires of Colorado to the recent “derecho” storm that left at least 23 dead and 1.4 million people without power from Illinois to Virginia.

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Deadly Weather: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’

Recent weeks have seen the worst wildfires in Colorado history, the breaking of 2,000 temperature records, a mid-Atlantic storm that killed 23 and left millions without power, and a heat wave that sent the East Coast and the Midwest back to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. But few mainstream meteorologists are talking about climate change.

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Feeling the Heat

Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Colorado Wildfire: Taste of Things to Come

The wildfire that raged through Colorado’s Waldo Canyon, just one of the many that lit up the state in recent weeks, consumed 346 homes and claimed at least one life. The event is consistent with predictions made by the world’s top climate scientists.

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Carbon Emissions

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Failure in Rio—Now What?

The Rio+20 Earth Summit produced nothing in the way of international reforms to counteract the destruction of the planet, confirming that governments cannot be relied upon to solve the environmental crisis collectively. Some people will give up. Others will breathe a sigh of relief and get to work restoring their natural surroundings themselves.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Urge Earth Summit to Act on Population Growth

Finally, someone in the mainstream is talking about Earth’s population problem. Talk falls short of action, of course, and it’s unlikely anyone with power will listen. But nevertheless the world’s leading scientists warned at the Rio+20 Earth Summit on Thursday that unchecked population growth and overconsumption could be civilization’s undoing.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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China’s CO2 Emissions Higher Than They Seemed

A paper published this week in Nature Climate Change shows China’s carbon emissions could be 20 percent higher than previous estimates, a disparity that would cast doubts on current predictions of the pace of climate change.

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Scientists Paint a Grim Picture of Earth’s Condition

A group of scientists is warning that the Earth—beset by environmental destruction, climate change and unbridled population growth—is heading for a tipping point that, once passed, will unleash a catastrophic breakdown in the planet’s biosphere that will bode ill for all creatures—including man—that call it home.

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Time to Remake the Climate

Scientists are telling us we can engineer our way out of the climate crisis, and with the intellectual property behind most of the solutions sitting in the public domain, any person or country with a few billion dollars could do it.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Ernest Callenbach: Last Words to an America in Decline

Ernest Callenbach, author of the beloved 1975 utopian novel “Ecotopia,” died of cancer last month at the age of 83. Days later, a sort of farewell detailing his hopes for the world he left behind was discovered on his computer.

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Study Raises New Concerns About Fracking

A study into the safety of gas drilling in New York state’s Marcellus Shale concludes that natural faults and fractures, exacerbated by the effects of fracking, could allow chemicals to reach the surface and contaminate drinking water supplies much sooner than experts previously predicted.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Asylum

The World Health Organization calculates that one in four people in the United States suffers from chronic anxiety, a mood disorder or depression—which seems to me to be a normal reaction to our march toward collective suicide.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s Industry Over Environment in New ‘Bioeconomy Blueprint’

Critics say a new White House-sponsored program aimed at encouraging the development of “green solutions” to energy and manufacturing problems is a green light for corporate giants like Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, Monsanto and Dow to develop the “bioscience” industry without government oversight.

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Denial

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Unsinkable—in a Bad Way

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The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

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Titanic Tribute Cruise

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We Screwed Up: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe—powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.

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Flower Snow

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Dirty Air Set to Become Biggest Environmental Killer

A new report predicts urban air pollution will become the No. 1 cause of premature death in the coming decades, beating out poor sanitation and dirty drinking water to take more than 3.5 million lives per year.

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A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

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Easy Winter

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Get Well

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Gore: End Quarterly Reporting, Save the World

Al Gore has yet another good idea that’s likely to be ignored by the business and political community: In the interest of economic and environmental sustainability, companies should be encouraged to focus on long-term rather than short-term investment goals by dropping the requirement to post quarterly earnings.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Great Carbon Bubble

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



Sam-Lehman (CC-BY)

Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government

Don’t expect the present anti-government “consensus” to last. Global warming and the freaky, increasingly extreme weather that will accompany it is going to change all that.

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Zuccotti Park Reoccupied

Barricades in Zuccotti Park have finally come down, causing protesters to immediately reoccupy; in the face of budget cuts, some teachers opt to work for free; meanwhile, Kopimism, a new religion based on file-sharing, emerges. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Global Politics

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Where’s Winter?

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Scientists List Their Favorite Discoveries of 2011

Increasingly chaotic weather, potentially habitable planets and closing in on the elusive Higgs boson are just a few of the developments observed and discoveries made by the scientific community in 2011. The editors at LiveScience asked university scientists to describe what they think were the most important advances of the year.

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Climate Apartheid

The “American way of life” can be measured in per capita emissions of carbon. In the United States, on average, about 20 metric tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere annually, four times as much as in China.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Canada Becomes the First Country to Quit Kyoto

From its perch above one of the world’s biggest polluters, Canada’s conservative government decided it would be too expensive and pointless to meet its obligations to the Kyoto Protocol.

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A Mild Victory in Durban

After the summit ended Sunday, initial reaction basically ranged from “Historic Breakthrough: The Planet Is Saved” to “Tragic Failure: The Planet Is Doomed.”

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



Karmen Meyer (CC-BY)

The Durban Deal Is No Deal

Another round of climate negotiations, another vague promise to commit to something in the distant future and another slow-motion step toward disaster for the world’s poor and vulnerable. The Durban deal puts the U.N.’s 194 nations on track to begin negotiating a legally binding pact by 2015, six years after we were told to expect such a treaty in Copenhagen. (more)

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Durban Climate Talks in Tatters

John Vidal and Fiona Harvey with The Guardian describe the latest collection of blowups at the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, where negotiators from 194 countries, in their third consecutive round of all-night talks, seem powerless to come to any sort of agreement.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Schalk van Zuydam

Listen to the People, Not the Polluters

High above the pavement, overlooking Durban’s famous South Beach and the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean, and just blocks from the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where up to 20,000 people gathered, seven activists fought against the wind to unfurl a banner that read “Listen to the People, Not the Polluters.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Thousands March for Climate Justice in South Africa

This week, “Democracy Now!” is broadcasting from Durban, South Africa, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 17, is taking place. Host Amy Goodman points to the high-stakes issues on the table at the conference, including the future of the Kyoto Protocol, and covers the action from last weekend’s marches.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Friends of the Earth International (CC-BY)

5 Questions for the Durban Climate Talks

How will nations finance the effort to slow and adapt to climate change? What role will the U.S. play? And will the countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol vote to renew it? These are some of the questions journalists are looking to answer during the U.N. climate talks under way in Durban, South Africa, this week. (more)

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