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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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eggrole (CC BY 2.0)

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.

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AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

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.

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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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Kim G. Appels (CC-BY)

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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Dave Morris, jenspie3 (CC-BY)

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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Azzazello (CC-BY)

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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simone.brunozzi (CC-BY)

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.

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AdamCohn (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE


Global Politics

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Where’s Winter?

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John McNab (CC-BY)

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.

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Tavis Ford (CC-BY)

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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NASA / Glenn Research Center

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.”

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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)

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



WWF@COP17 (CC-BY)

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.”

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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.

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‘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.

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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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AP / Schalk van Zuydam

Cry, the Beloved Climate

The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba.

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Oxfam International (CC-BY)

Climate Negotiators Gear Up for Another Round of Bullying

The next round of international climate negotiations begins in South Africa on Monday, and a report by the World Development Movement forecasts that rich countries are set to continue using the same coercive tactics that marred previous talks: tying aid money for developing countries to watered-down deals.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


Keystone XL: Ring Around the Rose Garden

More than 10,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., last Sunday with a simple goal: Encircle the White House.

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Elvert Barnes (CC-BY-SA)

Investigators and Activists Target Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, just two days before thousands of protesters encircled the White House, the State Department inspector general’s office said it would launch an investigation into the vetting process for a controversial oil pipeline that would snake its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

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WWF Greater Mekong

Extinction: Another One Bites the Dust

A subspecies of rhino native to Southeast Asia has been wiped out. There are now just 50 members of its parent species, the Javan rhino, left in the world. It’s a reminder that the danger in endangered is real, and we can’t just sit back and hope conservationists can keep human beings from annihilating Earth’s biodiversity. (more)

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



Poster Boy (CC-BY)

Global Warming Just Got Hotter

For the clueless or cynical die-hards who deny global warming, it’s getting awfully cold out there.

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Why an Unusually Melty Arctic Means Trouble

Dr. Tom Wagner of NASA is remarkably cheerful as he explains how the historic melting of sea ice in the Arctic threatens to exacerbate climate change across the globe.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



OMI/Aura/NASA

Big Winter for Arctic Ozone Hole

Unusual weather ripped a sizable hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic last winter, exposing people in northern Russia, parts of Greenland and Norway to high levels of UV radiation. Human activity did not cause the hole’s sudden appearance, scientists said in a report released Monday. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



Disasters Merging

Catastrophic convergence, the “collision of political, economic, and environmental disasters,” is the theme of Christian Parenti’s epic new book, “Tropic of Chaos.”

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Flickr / Koshyk

Climate Change and America’s Deadly National Parks

After learning that tourist deaths in Yosemite National Park increased this season compared with a typical year, Mother Jones reporter Kiera Butler asks whether the events that are rearranging the Earth’s climate might be the culprit. (more)

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



MFA Norway / Tomas Solli

24 Hours of Inconvenient Truths

With the proportion of Americans concerned about climate change dropping from 62 percent four years ago to 48 today, Al Gore is poised to turn the tide in a daylong lecture on the subject, with an hour devoted to every time zone in the world. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



tarsandsaction (CC-BY)

D.C. Protests That Make Big Oil Quake

The White House was rocked Tuesday, not only by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, but by the protests mounting outside its gates.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


It’s My Planet and I’ll Fry If I Want To

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Flickr / Ryan Vaarsi

Activist Spells Out Our Great Shame

Gus Speth, environmental lawyer, former Clinton adviser and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, who was arrested Sunday at the White House while protesting a proposed oil pipeline, has some bad news for American optimists. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Shadia Fayne Wood / tarsandsaction

Pipeline Protesters Jailed Outside White House

Author, activist and founder of the global environmental movement 350.org Bill McKibben was arrested outside the White House on Saturday along with 64 others protesting the construction of a pipeline from Canada’s tar sands sites to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



NRDC

Picturing Climate Change in Your County

The National Resources Defense Council has given us a view from above on extreme temperature, smog and allergen pollution, drought and flood vulnerability in the United States for select periods over the last two decades. (more)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / longhorndave (CC-BY)

Most Conservative White Guys Deny Climate Change

It’s not just a political stereotype: Conservative white men really do make up a disproportionate percentage of climate change deniers. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



moregrumbinescience.blogspot.com

If You’re Under 35, You’ve Never Experienced ‘Normal’ Earth Climate

Physical scientist Robert Grumbine crunches some numbers to determine that “the last time the global mean was below the climate normal was March 1976.” Basically Grumbine is looking for “normal” climate, and he sees things diverging after 1940. So tell us, old-timers, what was it like before the planet started melting? (more)

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE


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