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A Pompous Circumstance

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Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Mayors Impatient for Climate Action

Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the “void” caused by national governments’ failure to act.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


The Queen Gets Her Revenge

Queen Elizabeth began a toast on Tuesday by teasing the president: “I wondered whether I should start this toast saying I was here in 1776, but I don’t think I will.” Though she has since departed our shores, the British monarch is not done teaching Americans a lesson—her carbon footprint for the trip will be calculated and matched with a donation to an environmental charity.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Detroit’s Answer to the Prius

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Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/John Heilprin

Celebs, Rove Clash at Press Dinner

Karl Rove lashed out at singer Sheryl Crow and eco-activist Laurie David at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, one of the last stops on David and Crow’s nationwide tour to raise awareness about global warming.  David later said Rove threw a “tantrum”; Rove insisted he was intentionally insulted by the celebrity duo.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Boobie Trap

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Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE    


The Dark Side of Ethanol

A new study out of Stanford University says ethanol could worsen smog problems, as the alternative fuel may produce dirtier air than gasoline. Ethanol has already been something of a mixed bag for environmentalists, who are desperate for politically viable alternative fuels but troubled by the high cost of corn-based ethanol.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


UK Forces Climate Talks at U.N.

Over the objections of other members, the UK has brought the climate change debate to the U.N. Security Council. Russia, China and Pakistan said it was the wrong venue for the issue, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett pointed out that rising sea levels, mass migration and economic catastrophe would almost certainly impact global security.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Manhattan submerged
siliconbeat.com

Cash In on Global Warming

Why worry about preventing the climate crisis when you can profit from it? An online gambling site received more than 3,000 bets in three days on whether or when major U.S. landmarks will be flooded. Most are banking on Manhattan being underwater by 2011.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
cnn.com

Have Your Hummer and Hug It Too

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make the environmental movement sexy. Why get rid of Hummers, California’s governor argued Wednesday, when you can make them run on biofuel and hydrogen, like his? Schwarzenegger has a warning for politicians who stand in the way of environmental progress: “Your political base will melt away as surely as the polar ice caps. ... ”

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Real Cause of Global Warming

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Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE    


Scientists Study Memory Loss Among Politicians

This week the satirist targets the convenient forgetfulness of politicians, who so frequently can’t remember why, when and how they screwed up.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


drought
greenpeace.org

Climate Crisis Threatens Billions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the climate crisis could afflict billions of people, especially the poor, with food and water shortages, drought and flooding. “For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data,” explained one of the panel’s leading scientists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Elephant in the Room

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Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Top Court Puts Heat on EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is being spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court to revamp its regulatory policies regarding greenhouse gas emissions from cars—a major concern in the debate over global warming, and one that the agency had previously reserved the right to ignore.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Ice sheet
utexas.edu

Thinning of Antarctic Ice Alarms Scientists

Polar ice experts warned Wednesday that a Texas-size block of ice in the Antarctic has thinned surprisingly fast. The Amundsen Sea Embayment contains enough water to elevate sea levels worldwide nearly 20 feet.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Matt Straight

Global Warming Propaganda Video

Conservative ideologues have apparently abandoned the ridiculous claim that the jury’s still out on global warming. The new talking points, as outlined in this Heritage Foundation video, are as follows: Global warming has happened before, it won’t be catastrophic and it’s not worth endangering the global economy.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


Joel Hunter

Truthdig Podcast: The Consistent Christian

Former Truthdigger of the Week Dr. Joel Hunter, author of “Right Wing, Wrong Bird,” joins the podcast this week to explain why things didn’t work out with the Christian Coalition and why global warming and poverty bother him as much as gay marriage and abortion.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


How Flying Saucers Could Save the World

It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are working on a number of bizarre emergency plans to fight global warming, including a mock volcano that spews reflective dust and a solar shade made up of a trillion flying saucers. Scientists have been hesitant to discuss such “geoengineering” schemes, but they may be our only hope if humans fail to curb emissions or the crisis turns out to be worse than predicted.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Religious Conviction vs. Political Dogmatism

Evangelical Protestantism in the United States is going through a New Reformation that is disentangling a great religious movement from a partisan political machine. This historic change will require liberals and conservatives alike to abandon their sometimes narrow views of who evangelicals are.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Warmest Winter in at Least 125 Years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared this winter the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. So far, 2007 appears likely to rank as the warmest overall year. Annual temperatures have broken the record in 10 of the last dozen years.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush

A Coalition of the Unwilling

While America is still begrudgingly coming to terms with the climate crisis, British politicians, scientists and newspapers have been shouting from the rooftops for years. So why is the U.S. so far behind its closest ally? Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman spoke with more than 20 experts to find out.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Supreme Court Gives Gore’s Oscar to Bush

The satirist reports that the justices have applied their electoral wisdom to the Academy Awards.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
news.bbc.co.uk

U.N. Leader: Climate Crisis as Dangerous as War

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned Thursday that the danger posed by war “is at least matched by the climate crisis,” and urged the U.S., which produces roughly 25 percent of all greenhouse emissions, to take a leading role in addressing global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


John Stossel

‘20/20’ Host Says Global Warming May Be ‘a Good Thing’

John Stossel has truly gone off the deep end. While appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show, the co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20” called Robert Kennedy Jr. an “imbecile,” suggested global warming could be “a good thing,” and implied combating the crisis would “wreck the lives of poor people.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore

And the Oscar Goes to ... Al Gore

“An Inconvenient Truth” took home two Academy Awards on Sunday, one for best documentary and the other for Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” (best song). In case you missed it, here’s a video summary of Al Gore’s night at the Oscars.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


power lines
pbs.org

Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Cools to Global Warming

Stephen Colbert stands firm when a climate change expert admonishes him for running five dishwashers and a 12-cylinder car.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Global Climate Pact Wins Approval

A British-led group of legislators from around the world has agreed to a nonbinding declaration meant to lay the groundwork for a Kyoto Protocol replacement. While the statement will have no enforceability, organizers hope the agreement will spur momentum after U.N. talks stalled in November.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Said and the Unsaid

The most instructive way to interpret Bush’s State of the Union speech is to focus on what he didn’t say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Political Climate Change Needed

Unfortunately, framing the global-warming issue in catastrophic terms tends to paralyze us, not mobilize us.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert on global warming

Colbert Cools on Global Warming

Stephen Colbert on climate change: As long as it’s only 99.9 percent of scientists saying that greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming, then all the science isn’t in.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Susan Solomon
AP / Jacques Brinon

Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Susan Solomon

Truthdig tips its hat this week to the U.S. government scientist who braved certain backlash from the Bush White House for pushing through the most authoritative report yet on the dangers of global warming. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bad News From Global Warming Experts

The most authoritative climate change panel, with 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is expected to project the biggest change in average temperatures in thousands of years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that even if governments manage to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, oceans will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Pelosi Wants Energy Independence Laws by July 4th

A day before the House voted to end subsidies to the oil industry, Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a committee on energy independence and global warming. The speaker set a deadline of July 4th for “a package of legislation to truly declare our energy independence.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
chasingmidnight.com

Doomsday Clock Nears Midnight

On Wednesday the “doomsday clock” ticked two minutes closer to midnight as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists assessed threats from nuclear proliferation and global warming. Meant to signify humanity’s proximity to a major global catastrophe, the clock is currently set to 11:55 p.m.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Toyota Prius
autointell.de

Save Money and the Planet at the Same Time

The higher cost of hybrid cars is worth it in the long run, according to a comprehensive new study. When considering not just fuel economy but insurance, maintenance, depreciation and other factors, a Toyota Prius owner can expect to save $13,408 over five years, compared with a non-hybrid in the same class.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Simpsons

‘Inconvenient’ Simpsons

As usual, “The Simpsons” cuts to the quick of the global warming “debate.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Exxon Allegedly Paid for Climate Misinformation Drive

Following in the footsteps of big tobacco, ExxonMobil paid 43 ideological groups $16 million to attack the science behind global warming, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The real scandal isn’t that Exxon paid such groups to pimp its version of “reality,” but that the media felt obligated to take an “on the other hand” approach in reporting those fringe assertions about climate change.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


New Year Ball
timessquarenyc.org

A Grim Outlook for 2007

A majority of Americans believe 2007 will bring a terrorist attack on the U.S., a major natural disaster and an increase in global warming, according to a new AP poll. Less than a third believe the U.S. will withdraw from Iraq, while 25 percent expect the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Fish Out of Water

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Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Polar bear
firstpeople.us

Polar Bears Threatened

The Department of the Interior will recommend adding polar bears to the endangered species list, a rare acknowledgment by the Bush administration of the impact of global warming. The world’s largest bears depend on ever-shrinking Arctic sea ice for their survival.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Golden Gate
mikelevin.com

Golden State’s Green Law

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Industrialists and environmentalists alike are watching intently as the world’s seventh-largest economy prepares to meet that goal—assuming the landmark law survives numerous court challenges.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: Will Americans Sacrifice for Posterity?

Staving off global warming will depend on our willingness to take the long view and adopt the radically earth-friendly policies that are needed.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


ice shrinks
news.bbc.co.uk

Global Warming Slams Arctic

Last month Arctic sea ice shrunk by an area the size of Alaska when compared to historical averages, according to a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. By 2040, summer ice could disappear altogether.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert on Christian Conservative Hypocrisy

Stephen Colbert mocks the Christian Coalition’s rejection of Joel Hunter (last week’s Truthdigger of the Week) as its president. Hunter wanted to expand the group’s agenda to address the AIDS epidemic and poverty—issues the Christian conservatives thought would cause people to confuse them with liberals, or perhaps Jesus. Watch it

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
northlandchurch.net

Truthdigger of the Week: The Rev. Joel Hunter

This week Truthdig salutes the Rev. Joel Hunter, who recently resigned as president of the Christian Coalition because the group was unwilling to accept his agenda on global warming, poverty and AIDS.  While we don’t endorse Hunter’s stand on choice and gay marriage, we admire the consistency of his pro-life position.  As the pastor himself says, “unless we are caring as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb, we’re not carrying out the full message of Jesus.”

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


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