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treehugger.com

Biofuels Blamed in Global Food Crisis

While environmentalists and opponents of foreign oil may have found common cause in the use of biofuels, a new, confidential World Bank report estimates that the recent increase in plant-based fuel production has actually contributed to a 75 percent rise in global food prices, sparking riots across the world and pushing millions beneath the poverty line.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Bloomberg.com

It Ain’t Argentina This Time

The International Monetary Fund, the darling lending institution of neoliberal capitalists, believes that the U.S.‘s current mortgage crisis is dragging down the world economy. The IMF is predicting at least a two-year global economic downturn, led by the U.S. credit crunch, that also has a gambling chance of turning into a “global recession.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Al Gore
Eric Lee / Paramount Classics via NYT

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


Chris Hedges on Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

In his book “Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia,” John Gray warns that as the era of liberal intervention in international affairs wanes, it is being replaced with “primitive versions of religion” that will be used to fuel apocalyptic violence.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


America’s Approval Rating Takes a Hit

Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity—the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the Internet. But there’s not much else to admire about the United States.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Video collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes GOP senators grilling Condi on Bush’s troop escalation plan; a brutally ironic film reminding us that Saddam Hussein was a 40-year CIA asset; and “The Simpsons” on global warming.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


spartacus
Wikipedia

Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


child sweeping
warc.jalb.de

Report: World Bank Fails to Address Poverty

A new report by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group criticizes the international lending organization for failing to alleviate global poverty with programs that focus too single-mindedly on growth. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion people subsisted on less than $1 per day in 2001. (h/t: Common Dreams)

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 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


Power Exec Struggles With Industry

James Rogers may head the power industry’s main trade association, but he disagrees with the group’s opposition to emissions caps.  The forward-thinking CEO wants energy providers and the Bush administration to accept the reality of global warming and embrace the future: “The science says we need to act.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
climatecrisis.net

Faithful Respond to Global Warming

The Rev. Sally Bingham tells NPR about her efforts to bring science to the faithful, including screening Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for congregations around the country.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Kermit and the hyrbid
From TreeHugger.com

It (Actually) Is Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog sang the blues about being green, but the author of this N.Y. Times piece chronicles how he made the relatively painless switch from being a profligate energy waster to an energy conserver.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


the Internet
cybergeography.org

U.S. Loosens Grip on Internet

The Commerce Department has agreed to lessen its oversight of the Internet, a move celebrated by critics who’ve been campaigning in recent years to internationalize control of the network.

Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


Arnold and Richard

Truthdiggers of the Week: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Branson

Truthdig salutes the California governor and the Virgin empire founder for their leadership in the fight against global warming.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
From California Resources Agency

Schwarzenegger Signs Global Warming Bill

California today became the first state in the country to impose a mandatory cap on greenhouse gases. The new law commits the state to a 25% reduction by 2020.

Posted on Sep 27, 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


    Richard Branson and Bill Clinton
    From the NYT

    Earth’s Temperature Hottest in 12,000 Years

    Even scarier than the 12,000 figure: Earth is within one degree Celsius of the maximum temperature of the past million years. (Above: Richard Branson pledges $3 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative to fund research into alternative energy sources.)

    Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Arctic Ice Decline Confirms Global Warming Predictions

    The amount of ice being formed in the Arctic winter has declined sharply in the past two years, which a NASA scientist called “the strongest evidence of global warming in the Arctic so far.”

  • Also, this summer was the second-hottest on record in the continental U.S. since records started being kept in 1895.

  • Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Scientists: Global Warming Fueling Hurricanes

    Nineteen scientists from 10 institutions collaborated on a paper concluding that the burning of fossil fuels, which warms the climate, is also heating the oceans and intensifying hurricanes like Katrina. Some skeptics remain unconvinced.
    Of course, some skeptics remain unconvinced that America ever landed on the moon…

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Ozone hole
    BBC/NASA

    An Environmental Success Story (for Once)

    Two of the scientists responsible for sounding the alarm on the thinning ozone layer have reported that the hole over the Antarctic has stopped widening, and may close within a generation or two.  If true, this proves what can be achieved when government works to address, rather than deny, an environmental catastrophe.  Global warming, anyone?

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Sulfur may be the solution.
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    An Inconveniently Smelly Truth

    A Nobel laureate has proposed shooting sulfur into the atmosphere as an emergency measure to curb global warming. The short-term fix would not solve the problem, but would buy some time by temporarily reflecting some of the sun’s energy away from the planet.

    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Heat Wave Kills 140 Californians

    About 140 Californians died last month from a severe heat wave, the most casualties since 1955, when air conditioning became widespread.  Officials were left scrambling to explain the inordinately high number of deaths, unusual for a place where people are used to the summer heat.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    In Warmer World, Even Inuit Buy Air Conditioners

    We swear we’re not making this up: “Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers,” reports Reuters. (Above photo a satire.)

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    National Review Editor: ‘Hooray for Global Warming’

    Truthdig readers, we need your help: We can’t figure out if this pro-global warming column by a National Review Online editor is tongue-in-cheek satire or actual criticism. Thoughts?

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    al gore satire
    From youtube.com

    GOP PR Firm Hid Authorship of Al Gore Satire

    An anti-Al Gore / global warming video recently appeared on YouTube. It posed as an amateur work, but was in fact created by a slick Republican public relations firm that shills for Exxon.

    Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats Just Lost Any Excuse Not to Vote in November

    House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said that if he remains in power after the November elections, there will be no action on global warming for the entire 110th Congress, according to Energy and Environment Daily.
    Scary enough for you?

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    GOP Sen. Compares Global Warming Believers to Nazis

    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he is reminded of the Third Reich when he observes the tactics of people like Al Gore in their attempts to raise awareness about global warming.

    Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Green Antarctica
    AFP/ Craig Potton

    Expert: Trees Could Grow in Antarctica Within Century

    Due to global warming, the icy continent could revert to how it looked 40 million years ago—with bushes and trees, an environmental expert told an international scientific conference.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and Al Gore

    Jon Stewart Schools Al Gore in Profit Mongering

    On “The Daily Show,” Al Gore says he is giving away 100% of the profits of his book and movie to causes related to global warming. But Jon Stewart has a better idea….

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    George W. Bush
    From ronlim.com

    Supreme Court to Fact-Check Bush’s Global Warming Distortions

    On the very day that Bush again peddled the blatant misrepresentation that “there’s a debate over whether [global warming] is man-made or naturally caused,” the Supreme Court injected some sanity into our discourse by announcing it will decide whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming.
    Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    ice caps
    From jeffsweather.com

    Greenland Ice Caps Melting at Staggering Pace

    OK, panic.
    According to the L.A. Times: “The massive glaciers are deteriorating twice as fast as they were five years ago. If the ice thaws entirely, sea level would rise 21 feet.” Some experts think the melting is occurring in ways that computer models had not predicted.

    Posted on Jun 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Global Warming in Venice, N.Y.

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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Earth
    From Raw Story

    Study: High Earth Temperatures Manmade, Not Natural

    The National Academy of Sciences, reviewing a broad swath of scientific studies, concludes that the presently high temperature of the Earth is due to human action, not cyclical natural temperature spikes.

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Gore on Charlie Rose

    Gore Talks Solutions With Charlie Rose

    The former vice president gives perhaps his most thoughtful, thorough TV interview to date on the global warming crisis. Watch the entire show for free here.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Survey: World’s Image of U.S. Slips Further

    The real shocker is that our image has tanked even among people in countries closely allied with us. In Spain, only 23% have a positive opinion—down from 41% in 2005.

    Posted on Jun 13, 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


    Andy Borowitz: Gore Could Cause ‘Global Boring’

    The political satirist reports: “The election of former Vice President Al Gore to the White House could result in a disastrous phenomenon called ‘global boring,’ in which millions of people around the world would fall asleep in an unprecedented narcoleptic pandemic.”

    Posted on May 26, 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


    Al Gore
    Courtesy Paramount Classics

    Gore: America in ‘Category 5’ Denial on Global Warming

    Al Gore, in an interview with The Nation, says that no meaningful change will happen on the global warming front until the public starts demanding it of their leaders. And right now, the people have other things on their minds.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Nasty Foes Now Owe Apology to Gore

    “Like many prophets, Gore has often been derided as an annoyance, an extremist and possibly a madman. Every great American mind of our time felt compelled to take a shot at him.”

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    AL Gore smear
    From crooksandliars.com

    Exxon-Backed Pundit Compares Gore to Nazi Propagandist

    Sure, it’s despicable. But it’s also a bit gratifying to see how low Big Oil has to stoop to try to squelch Al Gore’s message.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore and Drudge
    Matt Drudge removed from his web site an apparently false story about Al Gore being hypocritically unfriendly to the environment after a blogger called him on it.

    Drudge Falsely Smears Gore

    We usually don’t like to point to mud fights, but on something as deadly serious as global warming, we thought it proper to call out conservative Internet kingpin Matt Drudge, who tried to peddle the apparently false story that Gore & Co. were hypocritically environmentally unfriendly at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Snubs Gore Film on Global Warming

    “We need to set aside” the issue of what is causing global warming, the president said, in defense of his decision not to watch Al Gore’s movie. To which Gore later thundered back, “Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus? Is it because Exxon Mobil wants us to set it aside?”
    Not that this is a surprise, but what a tragedy nonetheless that the man who could most effect meaningful change on the issue of global warming won’t even watch an acclaimed movie on the issue.

    Posted on May 22, 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


    Big Oil Launches Attack on Al Gore

    A think tank bankrolled in part by oil companies has launched a disinformation campaign against Gore’s “global warming alarmism” in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore lecture
    From a123.g.akamai.net

    Gore 2008 Buzz Is Growing

    As Al Gore crisscrosses the country to promote his new global warming movie, Democrats are speculating with feverish intensity about the former veep’s political future.
    Update: Arianna appears to be on board, and even Franklin Foer of The New Republic is gushing about Gore’s movie.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Smokestacks
    From chinadigitaltimes.net

    Report: 162 Million Africans at Direct Risk From Global Warming

    A charity group warns that over 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die by the end of the century if global warming continues its march unabated.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Gore magazine covers
    From the Wall Street Journal

    Gore for 2008?

    Favorable publicity surrounding Al Gore’s new global warming movie has contributed to the buzz that the former VP has his sights set on the White House in 2008. A former aide tells the WSJ that he’s been talking about it.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    time_cover

    Time: Earth Is at the Tipping Point

    Time magazine’s special report on global warming is so worrisome that even a Bush administration scientist might take notice.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Hansen_60_minutes

    Top Climate Scientist Ravages Bush on ‘60 Minutes’

    NASA scientist James Hansen says that in three decades of government work, he has “never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public.”

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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