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Climate Data Shows Clear Signs of Warming

Hundreds of scientists from 57 countries have fed evidence into a new report that provides a clear picture of how patterns, changes and trends of the global climate system show that our planet is becoming a warmer place.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Bold Pathways Point to a Low Carbon Future

A scientific report for the U.N. Climate Summit sends out a positive message that the tough task of cutting CO2 emissions to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C can be achieved by following a set of bold practical steps.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

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Whalers’ Tales Shed New Light on Arctic Ice

A new study analyzing the log books of British whaling ships’ journeys more than 200 years ago has gathered vital data on the Arctic ice sheet before extensive fossil fuel use began to affect climate.

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U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

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Campaigners Spy Signs of Concern Among Frackers

U.K. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas asks if the NATO general secretary really believes Russia is secretly the puppet master behind efforts to stop shale gas extraction in Europe, or if anti-fracking campaigns are just becoming more effective.

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Fracking Boom Threatens U.S. Water Supplies

Widespread fracking for oil or gas may have transformed the U.S. energy market, but campaigners warn that the boom is seriously depleting or contaminating vital water supplies.

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Cutting Emissions Is ‘Perfect Option’

Limiting climate change simply by cutting the use of fossil fuels is a much better option than ambitious bioengineering projects such as trying to limit the effects of the sun, researchers have found.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Buried Carbon Causes Deep Concern

Deep beneath the Great Plains of America, scientists have discovered a vast buried store of organic carbon that poses a potentially serious danger to the climate.

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Oil Companies Take Trillion Dollar Gamble

Oil companies are using investors’ money on high-risk extraction projects based on the dubious belief that oil prices will go on rising, and with little regard for climate change factors.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Round-the-Clock Solar Power Is Here

Solar power has suffered from one serious drawback: there are times when there is no sunshine to provide it. Now that is changing.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

How petro-pollution and nuclear fallout interact remains largely unstudied, but the answers can’t be good. And it’s clearer than ever that we won’t survive without ridding our planet of both.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

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Potential of Non Fossil Fuel Foams

Fossil fuel based foams used to insulate buildings and provide safe packaging could be replaced by materials derived from wood.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Team Makes Oil From Algae—Fast

Although it’s still a long way from commercial viability, a U.S. team has produced oil from algae in less than an hour, in contrast with the millions of years the natural process needs.

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An Even Quicker Death for the Great Barrier Reef?

As if climate change weren’t destroying the natural wonder quickly enough, the Australian government’s approval for construction of one of the world’s largest coal ports will involve dumping 3 million cubic meters of earth drudged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Reverend Billy

The leader of the Church of Stop Shopping faces a year in prison for a 15-minute musical protest he and his choir staged in a Chase Bank in Manhattan in September.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse

Corporations and governments promote the burning of fossil fuels, which means the dumping of its waste product, carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere where, in record amounts, it heats the planet. This is not an oversight; it is a business model.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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In the Battle for Tax Subsidies, Big Oil Beats Renewables and the Poor

A collection of articles and studies questions our commitments to a better world. As Big Oil rakes in near-record profits and massive tax subsidies, renewable energy ventures remain under-subsidized. And some 50 million Americans remain mired in poverty.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Change to Cut Global Food Production, Increase Water Demand

Scientists and other experts are now taking an even dimmer view of the effects of global warming, and believe it will decrease worldwide food production even as demand from an expanding population increases. At the same time, climate change will increase the competition for potable water. And some changes are already occurring.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Renewables ‘Need Huge Mineral Supply’

The world will have to hugely increase its consumption of minerals, and to find sustainable ways of exploiting them, if it is to replace fossil fuel technologies with renewables, researchers say.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch Brothers Stand to Make $100 Billion From Keystone Pipeline

Through their investments and various subsidiaries, Charles and David Koch could make a fortune from the transcontinental oil pipeline, contrary to previous Koch claims.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Universities Urged to Cut Fossil Fuel Ties

Campaign groups accuse British universities of being too deeply entwined financially with the fossil fuel industry and urge them to divest within the next five years.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Nuclear Closures Could Raise Emissions

American nuclear power is fighting to survive because the price of natural gas has plunged. But without enough renewable replacements, closures could lead to a big rise in emissions rates.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Financial Big Guns Aim at Fossil Fuels

The fossil fuel industry and its subsidies are targeted as world finance fires warning shots suggesting that sustainable energy and tackling climate change must be key priorities.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Petroleum corporations are warned they may face a damaging backlash if they try to resist mounting pressure and high profile campaigning for climate change legislation.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Ecuador Will Allow Oil Drilling in the Amazon After Initiative Falters

“The world has failed us,” President Rafael Correa said Thursday as he explained that a conservation plan to save Yasuni National Park from being savaged for petroleum had not garnered enough international support. This comes as devastating news to environmentalists the world over as the region contains “more species in one hectare than all the wildlife in North America.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE


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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Gas Prices Suck

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Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


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Misogynist Much? Politico Attacks Times Editor Jill Abramson

Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Financial Crisis Looms From Carbon, Experts Say

The next global economic shock could come from the carbon markets as an investment bubble in fossil fuels grows to the tune of trillions of dollars.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Fossil Fuels ‘May Prove Worthless’

As concern grows about how much fossil fuel the world can afford to burn, a British university launches a program to research what to do about “stranded assets” such as coal and oil that may have to be left unexploited.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Jill Stein Arrested During Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

The Green Party candidate was detained by authorities and charged with criminal trespassing Wednesday after she tried to deliver supplies to demonstrators in Texas.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


Don’t Fall for Corporate Blackmail

They may balk at regulation, but unlike textile or electronics firms, fossil fuel companies are extracting a resource that is relatively rare, altogether finite and—most important—tied to specific geographies.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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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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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.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History

Along with “fivedollaragallongas,” the energy watchword for the next few months is: “subsidies”—a word representing at least $10 billion in freebies and possibly as much as $40 billion annually in freebie cash for an energy industry already making historic profits.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 28, 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


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