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Climate Skeptic

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Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



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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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Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



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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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Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE



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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


Jensen and Hedges

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



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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



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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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BBC

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.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


Punxsutawney Phil

Celebrated Groundhog Sees Shadow, Human Handlers Claim

It’s a tad goofy, this Groundhog Day tradition—and PETA, campaigning for an animatronic Punxsutawney Phil, would even say it’s inhumane—but if weather forecasts by clairvoyant rodents are your thing, we, who just spent part of the morning researching the origins of Groundhog Day, certainly aren’t going to judge.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Fighting a Shell Game in the Arctic

A legal challenge by environmental and indigenous Alaskan groups may dampen Shell Oil’s chances of drilling for billions of barrels of oil in the U.S. portion of the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. It’s feared the controversial plan could spell disaster for endangered species as well as increase global warming.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


Climate Change Deniers Freeze Al Gore in Effigy

Some climate change deniers have schlepped a frozen sculpture of Al Gore to Alaska to prove that, science be damned, global warming can’t possibly be happening because “it still gets cold” in the arctic state.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Global Warming on the Move

A new study says that global warming is on the move at the pace of a quarter of a mile each year, a seemingly minor shift that could have major consequences for plant and animal species that cannot easily adapt to rising temperatures.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Greenpeace International

Climate Discord: From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen

The nonbinding, take-it-or-leave-it Copenhagen accord may be a failure, but the whole process has inspired a new generation of activists.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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What Went Awry in Copenhagen?

A lot of hoopla, and even hope, went into this month’s Copenhagen climate convention, and leaders from a slew of nations showed up to try to strike an agreement. So why wasn’t a bigger, better deal reached by the end of their power huddle?

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Save the Bottom Line

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Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes

As the United Nations’ climate summit enters its final week in the home country of Hans Christian Andersen, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this gathering looks more and more like a fairy tale.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Sarah Palin
AP / Ross D. Franklin

Palin’s Climate Epiphany

Back in the heady days of 2008, as governor of our most at-risk state, Sarah Palin sounded a dire warning against climate change. What a difference a book tour makes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


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thenation.com

Naomi Klein to Danes: Ease Off the Controls in ‘Hopenhagen’

So, author-activist Naomi Klein has spent the last few days in Copenhagen, taking in the developments—and appreciating streamlined and functional Scandinavian design—at the climate summit, but she has a message for her Danish hosts: Cool it on the whole control freak thing, or the “Hopenhagen” conference isn’t going to be a success.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science

Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


The ‘Human’ Factor Missing in Copenhagen

Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / america.gov

Take Me to Your Climate Leader

“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Some Summit

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Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE



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EPA Moves Toward Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Who needs Congress? The EPA officially determined Tuesday that “greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.” Under the Clean Air Act and with the blessing of the Supreme Court, the agency might now be able to regulate emissions that contribute to the climate crisis. (continued)

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


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California Climate Change Primer With Your Host, Gov. Schwarzenegger

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently isn’t one of those Republicans who believe that growing international concerns about climate change stem from a vast left-wing conspiracy. Here, he takes stock of the climate-related challenges his adopted home state may face and what’s to be done about them.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Obama on His Own

In Copenhagen, a major binding agreement at the global warming summit is not to be. Not this year. In Washington, the Senate is so divided that it became clear months ago that climate legislation will be pushed off until 2010 at the earliest. Still, the United States can meet the challenge of a world demanding that it take the lead on global warming. Here’s how.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / nattu

The Copenhagen Conundrum

Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn’t with the science, it’s with the solutions.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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