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Tag: Global Warming

Bloomberg: Climate Threat Deadlier Than Terrorism

Although some politicians and media pundits who lean toward the right of the political spectrum regard global warming as an overhyped pet issue that mostly gets liberals hot under the collar, New York City mayor and media baron Mike Bloomberg (who’s moved around quite a bit on said spectrum) suggests that it is potentially much worse than the threat of terrorism. He made the comment Monday at a U.N. climate change conference.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE

At the Limit

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE

Peace With the Earth

Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore’s very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 READ MORE

Crying Wolf

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE

Al Gore

Al Gore’s Nobel Speech

Why did Al Gore waste eight years of his life as America’s vice president? He’s much better at trying to save the world. Watch his Nobel Prize acceptance speech and see for yourself.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE

From Oil Wars to Water Wars

While Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were once again warning the world about the devastating effects of global warming, Senate Republicans and the United States government were working at home and abroad to bring us closer to catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Climbing Out of the Oil Ditch

After a generation of self-indulgence, America is very close to taking a big step away from foreign oil and all of the environmental and security problems we’ve come to associate with that phrase. Now, if we can just keep the energy industry at bay… .

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE

Beyond Kyoto

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE

Flying Coach on a Planetary Scale

If one thinks of the world as an airliner, we’re all behaving like thoughtless passengers who invade the space of the persons behind them by reclining their seats. The only difference is that with respect to the world, we’re killing each other by poisoning the air.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE

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Gore and Bush Survive Each Other’s Company

By all accounts it was an awkward meeting between two men who’ve clearly disliked each other since the 2000 election: Al Gore and George W. Bush, grinning uncomfortably for the cameras. Gore, who was invited by tradition because of his Nobel win, offered a tension-breaking comment during the photo op, but the president just kept smiling in silence.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

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Gore Puts Venture Money Where His Mouth Is

Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has teamed up with venture capital heavyweight Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to try to close the “significant gap between the capital needed and the capital currently deployed to create enduring solutions to the climate crisis.” The alliance will have a global focus and will seek to multiply by “many times” the $200 million already invested by KPCB in green projects.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE

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California Sues the EPA

California is sick of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to block two-year-old legislation that would cut auto emissions in the state well beyond federal guidelines, and the state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the agency, which under the Bush administration has failed utterly in its principal mandate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE

U.N. Report

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE

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Bill Maher on the Politics of Fear

The “Real Time” host makes the case for prioritizing our fear: “What’s really scary this Halloween is that the same group of idea-free losers who won the last presidential election could win the next one by making us afraid of the wrong things, which is why this Halloween, I’m going as something truly horrifying: a melting polar ice cap.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2007 READ MORE

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White House Explores Global Warming’s Health Benefits

The White House should hand out pamphlets featuring stock photos of squealing, happy children and serene-looking seniors entitled “Global Warming And You!” after spokeswoman Dana Perino’s startling musings about possible “health benefits” of global warming.  Perino made the comments, with a disclaimer, in speaking with reporters Wednesday at the White House.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE

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White House ‘Eviscerated’ Climate Report

When Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control, went before Congress to testify on the effects of global warming on Americans’ health, she was about 10 pages lighter than planned. According to a source within the CDC, the White House “eviscerated” Gerberding’s prepared remarks, slashing 10 of the original 14 pages.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Living With Climate Change

Because the problem is likely to stretch on for decades, even centuries, even if humankind acts immediately, we had better get used to the idea of adapting.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE

Al Gore and the Blue Sky Theory

Funnyman Durst sends up the absurd criticism of Al Gore and the Nobel Prize.  Why stop at global warming when there’s plenty in the world of science and nature to deny?

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE

Drowning in Denial

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE

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Krugman:  Right Wing Afflicted By ‘Gore Derangement Syndrome’

Why is Al Gore the target of such vitriolic attacks from the right side of the political aisle?  Paul Krugman has a few ideas as he puzzles over the epidemic he calls “Gore Derangement Syndrome,” which has become more pronounced since Gore’s Nobel Prize win last week.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

Arnold at the UN

Schwarzenegger and Gore Team Up at U.N.

Celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental superstar Al Gore stole the show at Monday’s U.N. climate crisis speechathon, offsetting President Bush’s notable absence. Schwarzenegger rallied the crowd with his unique Hollywood-infused rhetorical flair: “One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore to Snub Struggling Indians?

The Khasi tribespeople of India want to honor Al Gore with an award of local handicrafts and a “small amount of money” for raising awareness of the climate change that they say has ravaged their scenic province, the name of which translates to “abode of the clouds.” A Gore representative says he is humbled, but unsure if he’ll make it to the ceremony, which will be held at a preserved village near a sacred forest.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE

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Ad Agencies Vie for Gore’s Green Campaign

Signaling a sea change in the advertising business, four top-tier ad agencies are lining up to pitch to former Vice President Al Gore in hopes of landing the account for his Alliance for Climate Protection and helping Gore design a multimedia global warming campaign with a whopping $100-million annual budget.  The takeaway, according to AdAge:  Global warming is hot on Madison Avenue.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE

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The Skinny on Climate Change

By way of pointing out the vulnerability of both the human body and the global climate, artist Spencer Tunick photographed around 600 eco-conscious men and women in the altogether, posing atop a diminishing glacier in the Swiss Alps for Greenpeace.

Posted on Aug 19, 2007 READ MORE


The 10-Year Weather Forecast

A team of British scientists has developed a short-term, 10-year projection of the climate crisis—that’s short-term because most global-warming models work with centuries. And, yes, their findings indicate it will continue to get hotter through the next decade.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


Relieve Your Carbon Guilt

Want to fight global warming but just can’t live without air conditioning? The U.S. Forest Service has a solution. By purchasing “carbon offsets,” individuals can now make up for their environmental damage in the American way: Just put it on the card, and let someone plant a tree for you.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Ravages Europe

Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Can Nukes Save the Planet? Not So Fast

You may have seen the bumper stickers: “Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Power.” With oil prices high and the planet cooking, some prominent green voices want us to reconsider nuke plants. Long before Monday’s earthquake in Japan started a nuclear plant fire (causing a radioactive water leak), writer Rebecca Solnit was trying to stop this line of thinking in its tracks, calling it defeatist and naive.

Posted on Jul 16, 2007 READ MORE

Al Gore: Rock ‘n’ Roll Impresario

Why run for president when you can jet-set around the world mingling with rock stars? Al Gore seems to have found a third way for his career prospects by spicing up his global warming outreach with a series of concerts called “Live Earth.” The tour launches from Sydney and will feature appearances by Madonna, the Police, Garth Brooks and a group of Antarctic scientists performing via satellite in front of icebergs.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE

Not Your Father’s Heat Wave

While it may be frowned upon to discuss the weather, in this age of global warming it’s worth noting that the current heat wave is expected to break records throughout the western United States. Boise, Idaho, for instance, is about to be 6 degrees hotter than ever, while the town of Baker, Calif., which conveniently possesses a 134-foot-tall thermometer, recently topped off at 125 degrees. Can the ice caps be far behind?

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Three Questions for Al Gore

Popular Mechanics probes the former vice president about his newly green home, his new concert series and the future of ethanol.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Hurricane Season:  The Readiness Is All

Despite the lessons of Katrina, the U.S. is still incredibly vulnerable this hurricane season and looking toward a future—and still lacking in vision—that could spell serious trouble for previously pummeled targets like New Orleans, as well as some unexpected areas of the country.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Microsoft’s Global Warming Game Contest

College-age video game enthusiasts can now claim their gaming habits may help save the world.  Microsoft is launching a contest this summer, the Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge, offering cash and other prizes to whiz kids who dedicate their game design skills to the cause of global warming

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE

G-8 Nations Agree on Climate Strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached a compromise with George W. Bush over climate change. The G-8 nations will work toward a replacement for the Kyoto treaty and a 50 percent cut in emissions by the year 2050. But in a concession to Bush, the goals will be nonbinding.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE

Too Little Too Late

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE

G-8 Cools on Bush’s Global Warming Plan

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE

A Pompous Circumstance

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

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE

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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

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

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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


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

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


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

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