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Thursday September 20th 2012

‘Climate’ Archives

How To Keep The Lights On: More Reliable Electricity Will Require Smart Investments And Clean Energy Solutions

How To Keep The Lights On: More Reliable Electricity Will Require Smart Investments And Clean Energy Solutions

by Richard Caperton and Adam James This past Friday night a devastating storm swept through the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, knocking out power for millions of homes and businesses across 10 states and the District of Columbia. As of Monday more than 2 million consumers were still without electricity. This disaster highlights how critical [...]

EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule Gets Largest Number Of Public Comments For Any Federal Rule

EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule Gets Largest Number Of Public Comments For Any Federal Rule

2.1 Million comments are delivered to EPA Assistant Administrator for Air Gina McCarthy. Photo: Josh Lopez by Susannah Marshall It turns out a lot of people support the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of carbon dioxide from power plants. Recently, 2.1 million comments were submitted to the EPA in support of its proposed Carbon [...]

Agriculture Undersecretary On Wildfires: ‘The Climate Is Changing, And These Fires Are A Very Strong Indicator Of That’

Agriculture Undersecretary On Wildfires: ‘The Climate Is Changing, And These Fires Are A Very Strong Indicator Of That’

Photo: US Dept. of Agriculture A top official overseeing the health of America’s lands is warning about the influence of a climate change on the intensity of wildfires. With Colorado facing a severe drought, less summer snow pack, and a strong heat wave, the state is experiencing the most destructive wildfire in its history. Scientists are [...]

Confirming The Human Fingerprint In Global Ocean Warming

Confirming The Human Fingerprint In Global Ocean Warming

Recent warming of the top 2300 feet of the ocean alone corresponds to an energy content of more than one Hiroshima atomic bomb detonation every second over the past 40 years. A new analysis of all the recent data makes clear that this remarkable warming can only be explained with man-made greenhouse gas emissions — JR. by Dana Nuccitelli, [...]

BLM ‘Auctions’ 720-Million-Ton North Porcupine Coal Tract To Single Bidder For $1.10 A Ton

BLM ‘Auctions’ 720-Million-Ton North Porcupine Coal Tract To Single Bidder For $1.10 A Ton

By Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts The Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management auctioned a major tract of Wyoming coal to Peabody Energy at a bargain-basement price of $1.10 per ton yesterday. The North Porcupine coal tract in the Powder River Basin went to the single bidder, Peabody subsidiary BPU Western [...]

Thinking Big: NREL Study Shows 80 Percent Renewables Possible By 2050

Thinking Big: NREL Study Shows 80 Percent Renewables Possible By 2050

by Adam James and Bracken Hendricks Americans have always prided themselves on thinking big. When it comes to energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has given big-thinkers everywhere a shot in the arm with a new study that concludes: “Renewable energy sources, accessed with commercially available technologies, could adequately supply [...]

The ‘Bleeding Heart’ Campaign To Help Big Energy In Germany

The ‘Bleeding Heart’ Campaign To Help Big Energy In Germany

by Jürgen Trittin, Chairman of Parliamentary Group of Germany’s Alliance ’90/The Greens This text was first published in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on June 7, 2012. Translation by Craig Morris, Petite Planète. We are witnessing a campaign. Germany’s four biggest power corporations, which still control 80 percent of [...]

Climate Denial Hits Brazil

Climate Denial Hits Brazil

Doug88888, via Flickr by Chris Mooney, via Desmogblog Last year, I wrote about how journalists in developing nations were doing a better job of covering climate change, largely because denial hadn’t really taken root in many of these countries. In particular, I singled out Brazil for praise: According to a study by James Painter of the [...]

Far out in North Carolina

Far out in North Carolina

The extensive salt marshes on the Outer Banks of Carolina offer ideal conditions for unravelling the mysteries of sea level change during past centuries. Here is a short report from our field work there – plus some comments on strange North Carolina politics as well as two related new papers published today in Nature Climate Change. The Outer [...]

Lakoff Slams Obama’s Dreadful Messaging

Lakoff Slams Obama’s Dreadful Messaging

In mid-August my book on persuasion and communications will come out. I’ve been working on it for a quarter century (!) and it is easily my most useful and best written book. So I’ll be writing more about persuasion and messaging over the next few months. While many people thought Obama was a great communicator when he was elected, in [...]

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