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Tag: Global Warming

Climate Change Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival

We urgently need to view climate change not as a slow, linear process to which we can adapt safely over time, but as a nonlinear set of events involving dramatic and irreversible changes to the global ecosphere.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Top U.S. Scientist: Pope’s Climate Push Is ‘Raving Nonsense’ Without Population Control

Without detracting from the moral significance of the pope’s message, a leading U.S. scientist has pointed out that the pontiff’s call for action on climate change is meaningless without a corollary call to limit the size of the human population.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Lawmakers Challenge Republican Congressional Leaders’ Stance on Climate

One week before Pope Francis visits the U.S. Congress, nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers have broken ranks with party leaders and called for action against climate change.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed the Role of Fossil Fuels in Global Warming Decades Ago

A groundbreaking investigation reveals how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming in the 1970s, then led efforts to block solutions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: President Obama on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: ‘New Orleans Is Coming Back’

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Oceans Would Perish Even If Levels of Atmospheric Carbon Were Reduced

While the “future dramatic removal of huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” could restore greenhouse gas concentrations to pre-industrial levels, the world’s oceans would “stay warmer, and more acidic, for thousands of years, and the consequences for marine life could be catastrophic” unless the burning of fossil fuels is stopped, a team of German researchers warns.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

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

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

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

U.S. Scientists: No Way to Stop Warming of Oceans

On Thursday, a group of climate scientists working for the U.S. government gave notice that warming temperatures in the oceans are irreversible, regardless of any drastic actions that might be taken to reduce greenhouse gas 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

Climate Change

Posted on Jun 24, 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

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

Noah’s Ark

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Makes His Case for Revolt

American society has some serious issues. As Boston NPR affiliate station WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook puts it on the latest episode of “On Point,” our country’s problems range “from a ruling oligarch corporate elite to looming environmental catastrophe to an alarming erosion of civil liberties.” What’s to be done? 

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE

Mother Nature

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

For Nader, Defiance Is a Way of Life

Our democracy may be farce, our citizens may be entranced by electronic hallucinations and our ecosystem may be collapsing, but the longtime gadfly, armed with his 50-year-old typewriter, will not give up.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

2015 Trends

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Rants at Obama

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Global Temperature

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Starbucks Talker

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Hoax

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE

Science in an Age of Opinion

In the media at large, the validity of vaccines, global warming and other scientific findings are being overturned without giving thought to the politics of the sources or the bias of the audience.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Luke Bowerman

That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Plans to Allow Drilling on America’s East Coast

The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


Following the Hottest Year on Record, Republicans Remain Clueless on Climate Change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress—some of them cynical, others clueless—in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Watch the Planet Get Hotter and Hotter

Last year was the hottest on record. That’s sad. Even sadder, this animation from Bloomberg showing a pretty clear trend from 1880 onward.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Edict on Climate Change

Could the pontiff achieve a feat that has eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

Geoengineering Could Worsen Climate Change

Resorting to geoengineering to tackle climate change would be an admission of failure, UK scientists say.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE

Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE

Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change Deniers

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE

Fox Climate

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE


Keystone Pipeline Passes House, One Vote to Go in Senate

The Obama administration has been considering whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for six years, a delay tactic that has Congress—the current, pre-GOP-wave, lame duck Congress—very close to going over his head.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals

The good news is that U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reached an agreement on limiting carbon emissions in their two countries.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE

Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time

The animal agriculture industry is the primary cause of the destruction of the ecosystem. Becoming vegan is the most important step we can take to save the planet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE

Warm Evolution

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

U.N. Science Panel Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out This Century

The destabilization of the climate will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on humans and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, the most important assessment of global warming yet published says.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE

A Sea of Climate Change Denial

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE

Amazon Deforestation Reaching New Heights—and the Future May Be Worse

Over the past two months, the Brazilian Amazon has registered a sharp spike in deforestation.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

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