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Hackers to the Rescue

This weekend, hackers from around the world met at “hackathon” events to tackle climate change and disaster-risk management during the semiannual Random Hacks of Kindness global conference. (more)

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The Last Mountain / Vivian Stockman

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Moment

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. beamed from the big screen this weekend, featured prominently in documentary filmmaker Bill Haney’s latest film, “The Last Mountain,” which opened Friday to positive reviews in New York and Washington, D.C.

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Romney Acknowledges Climate Change

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his stance on climate change Friday, recognizing that humans have contributed to global warming even though GOP leaders have typically disputed this scientifically supported concept. (more)

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AP / Lori Mehmen

The Sky Really Is Falling

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with self-delusion.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


Our Imagination Deficit

While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn’t do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Snowmelt Could Flood Western Communities

For all the advantages that record snowpacks offer regions susceptible to summertime drought, a sudden warming of temperatures could soon release millions of gallons of water into river channels and narrow canyons, flooding cities and towns throughout the American West. (more)

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Climate Shift Has Cut Global Wheat Crops, Study Finds

A report in the journal Science links temperature changes to a 5.5 percent decline in wheat production worldwide, with drop-offs occurring even in countries where technological efforts have diminished the impact of climate change on crop yields.

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Greenland Melting

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Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


Winds of Unchange

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Elephant in the Room

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Naomi Klein on Climate Change, Union Busting

This is one instance in which we would hope that Naomi Klein wouldn’t get it right, but as the “Shock Doctrine” author explains in this “Democracy Now!” interview, certain current events (ahem, Gov. Scott Walker) point to a troubling trend taking hold in the U.S. ...

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AP / Mahesh Kumar A.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.

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Fouling the Clean Air Act

In a largely hidden component of its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: protecting it from what the new majority calls the handcuffs of environmental safeguards.

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AP / Shawn Poynter

Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.

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A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

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Award Recognizes Uncompromising Change-Makers

As the freshly shellacked president cuts deals with a triumphant Republican Party, the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship was awarded to two uncompromising activists.

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Flickr / Tim Keegan (CC-BY-SA)

Everything Is Negotiable, Except Nature

The president is fond of compromises, but the terms of the climate change conundrum aren’t set by contending ideologies. In the case of global warming, chemistry rules, which means there are lines, hard and fast.

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Cancun, Climate Change and WikiLeaks

Critical negotiations are under way in Cancun, Mexico, under the auspices of the United Nations to reverse human-induced global warming, and the United States is engaged in what one journalist called “a very, very dirty business.”

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U.N. Study: Forecast Is Grim for Climate Change

Last year’s Copenhagen climate summit was a bit of a bust, so much is riding on next week’s global huddle in Mexico in terms of, you know, the future of our planet and other minor considerations. But a new study by UNEP ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

$100 Billion More for Climate Change?

Like a chubby kid doing a chin-up, a group of finance ministers and heads of state has declared that it is “challenging but feasible” to generate $100 billion a year by 2020 to fund a program allowing developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce domestic emissions.

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Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



BP and Other Polluters Pay for Senate Campaigns

The Guardian is reporting that some of Europe’s biggest polluters, including everyone’s favorite oil company, have given $240,200 in campaign donations to U.S. senators who, coincidentally, helped defeat climate change legislation.

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Levi Johnston: ‘I Don’t Watch a Whole Lotta News’

Could this be the face of the future of politics? Let’s hope not. Alaskan pinup boy turned wannabe politico Levi Johnston has a bit of a tough time answering “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell’s fairly basic questions about evolution, abortion and global warming ... (continued)

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The Carbon Racket

Proponents say cap and trade will save the world, but an innovative green project in Nepal exposes the carbon market’s flaws.

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Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

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Slow Burn

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News at 11: How Climate Change Affects You

Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


Hawking

Hawking: Human Salvation Lies in Space

Despite what some global warming naysayers might still insist, it’s not looking like planet Earth is going to be a super-comfy place to reside indefinitely. Now, superphysicist Stephen Hawking has suggested an alternative.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


Global Warming Denial

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AP / IgorYakunin

Moscow Is Melting

The Russian capital has suffered nearly 50 fires as Muscovites cope with the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the city. The BBC reports that it got up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday. Guess they won’t be needing those funny hats.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Hottest Decade Makes Global Warming ‘Undeniable’

We started calling it “climate change” because it’s not all about getting warmer, but when the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are each, in turn, declared the hottest decade on record, it’s safe to say things are heating up. According to the annual State of the Climate report, the evidence is “undeniable.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges

Live Chat: Chris Hedges on Global Warming

If you missed our inaugural Q&A session with author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges in which he discussed with readers his latest column, “Calling All Future-Eaters,” or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



Tesla Motors

How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Hitij

Calling All Future-Eaters

We sit passive and dumb as corporations and the leaders of industrialized nations ensure that climate change will accelerate to levels that could mean the extinction of our species. Homo sapiens, as the biologist Tim Flannery points out, are the “future-eaters.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bullit Marquez

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges and Derrick Jensen on Totalitarianism and Resistance

What is it going to take for concerned and engaged citizens to finally feel as though some crucial threshold has been crossed—that our nation’s political system and the global corporate culture it both serves and feeds into will never represent them or serve their needs?

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Global Jet (CC-BY)

Heat Wave Silences Climate Skeptics

It’s odd how little we’ve heard lately from the skeptics who deny that climate change is real. What’s the matter, people? Heat stroke?

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

‘Climategate’? Not So Much

A British panel investigating allegations that several scientists studying climate change had massaged their data to prop up global warming claims has largely cleared them of those charges ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" (CC-BY)

Save the Trees, Save the Planet

What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE



ecopolitiology.org

Wind Farmers Head Out to Sea

You’ve heard of offshore oil drilling, how about offshore wind farming? The first offshore wind project has been approved to be built five miles off the Massachusetts coast over the objections of Cape Cod residents and vacationers who worry it might disturb their view. The $1 billion project could power 400,000 houses.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change

Instead of taking U.S. aid money for climate change, Bolivia is taking a leadership role in helping organize civil society and governments, globally, to alter the course of the next major U.N. climate summit.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Crisis and Climate Could Affect HIV/AIDS Rate

The global economic crisis and climate change can obviously wreck economies and ruin the planet, but both could also help spread HIV/AIDS, experts say, as inequality increases vulnerability and, left unchecked, could lead to a “universal nightmare.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

An Island’s Disappearing Act

A 30-year territorial dispute between India and Bangladesh was resolved this week when a tiny uninhabited island, known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis, up and disappeared (Ta-da!) due to rising seas.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


Hey, Dummy: Climate Change Is Real

We’re the nation that put a man on the moon, so we can’t be stupid. We’re just pretending, right? We’re not really taking seriously the “argument” that the big snowstorms that have hit the Northeast in recent weeks constitute evidence—or even proof—that climate change is some kind of hoax.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Palin Calls Global Warming Research ‘Snake Oil Science’

During her speech at a logging conference in Redding, Calif., on Monday, Sarah Palin criticized California’s environmental regulations, pointed to her polar-bear-related lawsuit against the federal government, and compared certain global warming research to “snake oil science.”

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