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Tuesday July 3rd 2012

‘Climate’ Archives

The One Chart Every Environmentalist Needs To See

The One Chart Every Environmentalist Needs To See

I wrote a piece last week on the debate about environmental strategy: Should climate hawks be focused on “yes” to things in order to foster a positive message? Or should they be saying “no” more often to disastrous projects? Most would agree it’s a healthy combination of both. And the chart below, courtesy of KC [...]

IEA Report: Natural Gas Is Not The Answer To Climate Problem, Existing Cleantech Is — And It Could Save $100 Trillion By 2050

IEA Report: Natural Gas Is Not The Answer To Climate Problem, Existing Cleantech Is — And It Could Save $100 Trillion By 2050

The once staid International Energy Agency continues its string of blunt, must-read reports laying bare the reality of our climate and energy system. While so many “experts” and politicians make hand-waving pronouncements about how the primary solution to climate change is more R&D or how cheap natural gas is the answer to our [...]

Virginia Lawmaker Says ‘Sea Level Rise’ Is A ‘Left Wing Term,’ Excises It From State Report On Coastal Flooding

Virginia Lawmaker Says ‘Sea Level Rise’ Is A ‘Left Wing Term,’ Excises It From State Report On Coastal Flooding

Virginia’s legislature commissioned a $50,000 study to determine the impacts of climate change on the state’s shores. To greenlight the project, they omitted words like “climate change” and “sea level rise” from the study’s description itself. According to the House of Delegates sponsor of the study, these are “liberal code [...]

Must-Read: Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth

Must-Read: Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth

Image: Cheng (Lily) Li. JR: If we stay anywhere near our current greenhouse gas emissions path, we will cross many climate tipping points this century. There’s the nearby tipping point for an ice-free arctic, with all that means for making our weather much more extreme and for triggering another tipping point, the rapid loss of carbon from [...]

How Biodiversity Loss is Like LeBron James Miami Heat

How Biodiversity Loss is Like LeBron James  Miami Heat

JR: With game 7 of Heat vs. Celtics tonight, it seems like an apt time for this repost. AP photo by Michael D. Lemonick, via Climate Central Ecologists have been saying for decades now that the world is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis. Hundreds of species are vanishing every year, thanks to assaults to the environment that include [...]

Open Thread Plus Climate Cartoon Of The Week

Open Thread Plus Climate Cartoon Of The Week

A penny for your cyber-thoughts. How about crowd-sourcing some real pennies for cartoonist, Stephanie McMillan, who has given me permission to reprint her cartoons. Here’s the link to Paypal where you can donate to her if you like her cartoons.  CLICK HERE (then click where it says DONATE). Related Posts: Carbon Dioxide Pollution [...]

Winning On Climate: Framing The Debate Means Being Both For And Against Things

Winning On Climate: Framing The Debate Means Being Both For And Against Things

There’s an age-old debate playing out among climate hawks today: Do you win environmental battles by fighting against something or fighting for something? Grist’s David Roberts had a thought-provoking piece on the issue yesterday, lamenting the oppositional tactics of enviros: And as a substantive matter, oppositionalism is a woefully [...]

Darrell Issa Again Shows Deep Disdain For Green Jobs, Even With 338,000 Of Them In His State

Darrell Issa Again Shows Deep Disdain For Green Jobs, Even With 338,000 Of Them In His State

Darrell Issa really, really dislikes green jobs. by Adam James Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is continuing his witch hunt against American jobs. Why? Because they are classified as green. It may seem like an odd tactic for a politician to go after these kinds of jobs and isolate so much of his own constituency, since 338,000 of the green [...]

Exxon Contributes $86,000 To ALEC, Which Then Helps Promote Weak Fracking Regulations

Exxon Contributes $86,000 To ALEC, Which Then Helps Promote Weak Fracking Regulations

By Jessica Goad As the New York Times reported last month, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing corporate front group, has been behind various efforts to enact watered down state regulations for the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Times noted that ALEC’s model legislation being [...]

Unprecedented May Heat In Greenland, Temperature Hits Stunning 76.6°F

Unprecedented May Heat In Greenland, Temperature Hits Stunning 76.6°F

Figure 1. Difference between the number of melt days in 2011 and the average number of melt days during the period 1979 – 2010. Large sections of the island experienced twenty more days with melting conditions than average. Image: Arctic Report Card. by Jeff Masters, via the WunderBlog The record books for Greenland’s climate [...]

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