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Nurse Your Medicare—Obama’s Coming for It

The only reason President Obama is interested in health care reform is to please big business; Aaron Swartz memorials have become the setting of discussions about transforming the U.S. justice system; meanwhile, Obama’s pick for secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, is no stranger to the Cayman Islands. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Thawing Tundra Threat to Frozen Carbon

The melting of Arctic ice frozen for many thousands or even millions of years is speeding up a potential route for carbon frozen deep below ground level to seep into the atmosphere.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

In the near future, President Obama is expected to give construction on the Keystone XL pipeline a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down. The decision he makes could determine the fate of the Canadian tar-sands industry and, with it, the future well-being of the planet. If that sounds overly dramatic, let me explain.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Spring Season Soon to Sprout Earlier

Analysis of observations of budburst—that promising moment near the end of winter when green shoots begin to appear on the first trees—show that spring could arrive dramatically earlier by the end of this century.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Farmers Face Fraught Future

American farmers could lose millions of dollars to rising temperatures, faster-growing weeds, smaller yields and new pests, says a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Alaskan Climate Team Hasn’t Met in Years

A rapid-response task force set up by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with the stated intent to protect the state from the worst effects of climate change hasn’t convened since March 2011, newly released documents show.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE


Only ‘Corrupt’ Scientists Believe in Climate Change, Fox News Host Claims

Studies have shown nearly all climatologists support the science of global warming. But don’t try telling that to Brian Kilmeade, who has never let facts get in the way of his opinions and beliefs.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035

The amount of fresh water needed to produce energy for the world is set to double within the next 25 years as civilization’s reliance on coal and biofuels increases, the International Energy Agency projects.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Economist Stern: ‘I Got It Wrong on Climate Change—It’s Far, Far Worse’

Lord Nicholas Stern, the widely respected author of a landmark 2006 government-commissioned report on global warming’s effect on the world economy, says he underestimated the risks and should have been more “blunt” about the dangers posed by rising temperatures.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Europe’s Carbon Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

A combination of successful lobbying, political interference and lack of economic growth has wrecked the carbon market designed to combat climate change. It is now cheaper to pollute the atmosphere than to invest in becoming energy efficient.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Fossil Fuels ‘Too Valuable to Burn’

Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a disastrous waste of finite natural resources that prevents their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaires Covertly Funding Attacks on Climate Science

Secretive groups known as Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are funneling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate science “without revealing the identities of [their] wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.” An audit trail links them to a likely source.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Climate Deniers

“Global warming is a total hoax. And I’ll tell you how I know. Because it’s cold, today, where I live. That’s jus’ science,” Stewart satirically said on his program Wednesday night.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Plan to Salt the Oceans Gets Thumbs Down

One proposed method of counteracting greenhouse gas emissions—fertilizing the oceans with algae-nurturing iron—would be hugely expensive, requiring a new industry to match the size of the global coal-mining sector, a study says.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Historic Inaugural Speech, Powell Slams GOP Idiocy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s promise on climate change and Paul Ryan gets a less than favorable response on Inauguration Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE


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The Myth of Human Progress

The mounting distortions of climate change and the rapid depletion of natural resources have done little to blunt the self-destructive notion of ceaseless expansion. The road we are on points toward human extinction.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE


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There Will Be Heat in America, Landmark Study Says

According to a report released by the National Climate Assessment on Friday, the steps taken by President Obama so far to reduce emissions are “not close to sufficient” to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Has All the Warming Gone?

Global temperatures may not warm as much over the next few years as scientists had expected. But what happens to the atmosphere this decade is a poor guide to the Earth’s longer-term future.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE


How to Reach the Last 20 Percent

There’s a big reason climate change differs from so many public policy challenges: Unlike other crises, addressing the planet’s major environmental crisis truly requires mass consensus.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Is It Hot Enough for You?

All right, now can we talk about climate change? After a year when the lower 48 states suffered the warmest temperatures, and the second-craziest weather, since record-keeping began?

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Mass Extinction Forecast With 6C Temperature Rise

Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Is Barack Obama Getting Serious About Global Warming?

Americans demoralized by President Obama’s lack of initiative on the climate problem are being told he is “seriously considering” hosting a summit at the White House, intended not to outline his plan to tackle the crisis, but to “apprise” members of the public “about how they can act.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


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Ending the Silence on Climate Change

“What should really be scaring the daylights out of us—the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant—is global warming,” Bill Moyers says on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.” “Get this one wrong and it’s over—not just for the USA, but for planet Earth.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sky’s the Limit

The gifts you’ve already been given in 2012 include a struggle over the fate of the earth. This is probably not what you asked for, and I wish it were otherwise—but to do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: These are the true gifts.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Grab a Fork, Mealworm Time Is Approaching

Bad news, meat lovers and occasional carnivores. Insects could become the sustainable meat of the future if world leaders do nothing and global warming remakes the climate.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Insurance Industry Is Taking Climate Change Seriously

Now that it’s paying an average of $50 billion a year in weather- and climate-related losses, the insurance industry has become a believer in global warming.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Dream of a Global Climate Deal Is Over, Experts Say

The results of negotiations over the last decade have given observers virtually no reason to believe in a process that is counted by governing leaders as successful for simply surviving.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Landmark U.N. Climate Report Leaked Online

A little-known U.S.-based climate change denier named Alec Rawls leaked an early draft of a major global warming report, claiming that a single sentence about the influence of cosmic rays on the earth’s climate “completely undercuts the main premise and the main conclusion of the full report.” Other report reviewers say he is wrong.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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A Growing Water Deficit in the West

A three-year study by the Department of the Interior has concluded that a hotter, drier climate is threatening the water supply for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado River.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Could Climate Change Mean Scarce Christmas Trees?

Droughts are expected to intensify as global warming advances. Abnormally low rainfall in Tennessee this year hit the evergreen crops that will supply Christmas trees in roughly eight years.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE


Doha Climate Talks Roundup

An activist observer of the negotiations in Doha, Qatar, this week dismissed offers by developed countries as “an empty shell, an insult to our futures. There is literally no point in countries signing up to this sham of a deal, which will lock the planet in to many more years of inaction.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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How Can Cities Save Themselves? (Video)

A new report by a trio of British research and development groups surveys some of the world’s fastest-growing cities with an eye to the vulnerabilities they will face as global warming raises the sea level and temperatures.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE



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An Open Letter to America’s Climate Envoy

For activists, negotiators and journalists interested in a prosperous human future, the U.N. climate negotiations held each year are grueling, emotionally draining events. In a letter to Todd Stern, Obama’s representative at talks going on now in Doha, Qatar, Nikki Hodgson of the Adopt a Negotiator Project captures the mood well.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Expect Allergies to Get Worse With Climate Change

The results aren’t in, but researchers are beginning to study how warmer weather, longer summers, expanding insect migrations and shifting rainfall may lead to more pervasive and expensive allergy problems in the near future.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Climate Curbing Pledges Inadequate, Study Says

Despite climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing’s insistence that the U.S. deserves credit for its “enormous” efforts to stall global warming and help poor countries prepare for it, a scientific scorecard showed that the opposite is true.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE


A Legacy We Dare Not Leave

You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way, this time in Doha, Qatar. You also might not have noticed that we’re barreling toward a “world ... of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions.” Here in Washington, we’re too busy to pay attention to such trifles.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S.-Size Ice Cube Melts

In a report released at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, this week, the World Meteorological Organization said an area of Arctic ice bigger than the United States disappeared under warmer temperatures this year.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 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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