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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

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Stand Still for the Apocalypse

Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank.

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A Brief History of Climate Science

In 300 B.C., a student of Aristotle observed that humans could change regional temperatures by draining marshes and clearing forests. More than 2,000 years later, a Swede quantified carbon’s role in keeping the planet warm.

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U.N. Conference May Reveal Obama’s Commitment to Climate

If President Obama is serious about confronting global warming, he’ll have the opportunity to show it through the actions of U.S. representatives at the United Nations climate change summit in Doha, Qatar,  next week.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Act Now on Global Warming, Experts Urge

Professors at Columbia University pressed lawmakers to take advantage of widespread public interest in global warming after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy before a lifeless economy and the “fiscal cliff” dominate the American political discussion again.

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Children Who Lose Contact With Nature Don’t Fight for It

“In one generation,” George Monbiot writes of a new kind of environmental crisis, “the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from more than half to fewer than one in 10. In the US, in just six years (1997-2003) children with particular outdoor hobbies fell by half.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Naomi Klein on the Link Between Climate Change and Capitalism

In an appearance on “Moyers & Company” over the weekend, Naomi Klein told Bill Moyers that the recent devastation left by Superstorm Sandy could be the catalyst for economic and political change in this country.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE


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The World Bank’s Dire Report and Warning on Climate Change

The entire planet will be hurt by climate change, but a bleak new report says some of the poorest countries will feel its effects the most.

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Truthdigger of the Week: James Balog

In “Chasing Ice,” a new film on the disappearance of Arctic glaciers, author, award-winning photographer and reformed climate-change denier James Balog used time-lapse photography to capture global warming in progress.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Global Warming Likely to Match Our Worst Fears, Study Finds

Newer, more complete scientific models suggest that the worst predictions of man-made global warming—an average global temperature increase of 8 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100—may be the most accurate.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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American Opinion on Climate Change Follows Rising Waters

A Rasmussen poll released Friday shows 68 percent of Americans see global warming as a “serious problem,” up from 46 percent in 2009. In 2010, Gallup reported 48 percent of Americans thought the dangers of global warming were exaggerated.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Memo to the Military: Give a Damn About the Warming Planet

Global warming could be American imperialism’s undoing if Pentagon officials don’t prepare accordingly, a group of experts effectively reported in a study warning against such “climate surprises” as natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought and epidemics.

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Trailer: ‘Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle’

“Cape Spin!” tells the story of how unlikely alliances (“Kennedys, Kochs and everyday folks”) teamed up to do battle over a proposed waterborne wind farm and what would be the largest clean energy project in America in one of the 1 percent’s most treasured playgrounds: the sea surrounding Cape Cod.

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Romney Flip-Floppulence

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Was Sandy a Wake-Up Call?

We’ve had two once-in-a-century storms within the span of a decade. Will we finally get the message?

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A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

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We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

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Watch: Chris Matthews Rips Climate Change Deniers as ‘Pigs’

The MSNBC host had some harsh words for those who do not believe in global warming after the devastation and destruction caused by superstorm Sandy.

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The Fallacy Behind Environmental Protection and Economic Growth

Harms resulting from society’s quest for ever-expanding economic growth are clear, no more so than with the global climate. Why aren’t environmental journalists making that connection?

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

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Clinton Mocks Romney, ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ Knocks Obama, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s latest campaign deception and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offering praise for President Obama.

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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: What’s the Connection?

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is prompting people to ask exactly how the storm is related to climate change. Category 1 hurricanes are typical October fare, and Sandy’s collision with another storm is unusual, says Chris Mooney at Mother Jones.

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Who Owns the World?’

President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may ignore the issues of global warming and nuclear proliferation, but Noam Chomsky addresses those and other topics in a talk he gave last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


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Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

The planned route of this six-state, 1,700-mile proposed pipeline is fast becoming a flashpoint in the war of attrition against the corporate state.

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Activist Tim DeChristopher to Be Released From Prison

The environmental activist who was sentenced to two years in prison for disrupting the transfer of public land to the oil and gas industry will be released to a halfway house on Oct. 24 after spending 18 months in custody.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney and Obama: Too Cowardly to Discuss What Really Matters

Acclaimed social philosopher Noam Chomsky wants you to know that presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are ignoring two of the gravest threats to humankind: climate change and nuclear war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE



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The New ‘Golden Age of Oil’ That Wasn’t

Last winter, fossil-fuel enthusiasts began trumpeting the dawn of a new “golden age of oil” that would kick-start the American economy, generate millions of new jobs, and free this country from its dependence on imported petroleum. But the future may prove far more recalcitrant than these prophets of an American energy cornucopia imagine.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



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What Environmental Reporting Leaves Out

Reports that scientists are “surprised” that their climate-related predictions are being surpassed suggest that chaos theory—which says the particulars of the breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems are unpredictable—is going unread, disbelieved or ignored.

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Lives and Money: ‘The Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet’

A landmark report published this week by the Climate Vulnerable Forum links neglect of global warming to 5 million deaths and a loss of more than $1 trillion annually.

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Arctic Sea Ice Cover Shrinks to Record Low

Warming temperatures have reduced the area of frozen sea on the planet to roughly 2.2 million square miles, less than half of what it was four decades ago, suggesting that irreversible and accelerated climate change will be upon us in the coming decades.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Bad News for Threatened Species: We Don’t Need You

An international grouping of scientists has published a list of 100 species headed for imminent extinction. Blame human greed and the relentless destruction of habitat.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Melting Ice Makes Polar Scientists Anxious

Melting ice caps are the canaries in the coal mines for the probable and impending global climate catastrophe. Arctic ice sheets endured record-breaking melt this summer with the annual thaw of the region’s floating ice reaching the lowest level since satellite monitoring began more than 30 years ago.

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Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

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The Climate Bites Back

As a wildfire/flash flood cycle ravages the American heartland, “the climate bites back” may be the 21st century’s karmic rejoinder to the hysterical screams of “freedom!” and “property rights!” when it comes to urban sprawl.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Nears New Orleans

President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as Isaac, a tempest of wind and water barreling toward the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, has been upgraded to hurricane status.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Court Overturns Coal Pollution Ruling

A U.S. appeals court Tuesday overturned an Obama administration rule aimed at decreasing harmful pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said the reductions would have resulted in health benefits for more than 240 million people.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaign Heating Up ... The Planet Too

Polls show Romney isn’t connecting with voters. Has Obama defined him? An anti-Romney ad features a steelworker’s story of losing his wife to cancer right after a Bain restructuring cost him his job and his company medical insurance. And the month of July set new temperature records, but policymakers aren’t budging on climate change. These issues and more are debated on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is Here to Stay

Excuse me, folks, but the weather is trying to tell us something. Listen carefully, and you can almost hear a parched, raspy voice whispering, “What part of ‘hottest month ever’ do you people not understand?”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Still Denies Global Warming Despite Record Temperatures

July was the hottest month in the U.S. on record, yet many in the GOP continue to dispute global warming and the science behind it.

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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Drought Belts the Breadbasket

Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest—the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock—is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

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