Tag Archives: Climate Crisis

Chart of the Day

NASA brings us this chart showing international consensus on the climate crisis: Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide … Continue reading
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WATCH: Supercut of Republicans Using the Bible to Deny Climate Crisis

Related to my earlier post about denying science in the context of contraception, here’s a particularly facepalm-worthy video of various elected politicians using the Bible to deny man-made climate change: Continue reading
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Chart of the Day: Climate Crisis Edition

Yeah, global temperatures from the World Meteorological Association:

Another gigantic piece of evidence that the right will deny. I wonder what the next nine years will look like? (Not good.)
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Obama’s Climate Speech is a Big Effing Deal

So says Jonathan Cohn: Even so, make sure you pay attention to what President Obama says on Tuesday, when he talks about climate change in a speech at Georgetown University. The announcement Obama makes is likely to be big f***ing … Continue reading
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Alex Jones Believes ‘Weather Weapons’ Might’ve Caused Oklahoma Super-Tornado

My Wednesday column and weaponized tornadoes! Well, it didn’t take long for Alex Jones to poop out a ridiculous conspiracy theory surrounding the monster tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. Did you know the government has “weather weapons” … Continue reading
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How Many More Disasters Before We Take This Crisis Seriously?

My Tuesday column: As we observe the aftermath of the horrifying tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, I can’t help but to feel simultaneously crushed by the loss and brutally angry by the disease that likely produced it. For so many reasons, … Continue reading
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‘CO2 Levels Have Never Been This High’

Andrew Friedman reports the awful news (is it ever good news?): The news that CO2 is near 400 ppm for the first time highlights a question that scientists have been investigating using a variety of methods: when was the last … Continue reading
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Helping The Apocalypse

According to a new study, belief in the biblical end times makes people less likely to support measures to alleviate the climate crisis: The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the … Continue reading
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Quote of the Day

“[W]e can’t repair the effects of past behaviour on our atmosphere as quickly and as easily as we might cleanse a stream or river. It will take, for example, until the second half of the next century, until the old … Continue reading
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Republicans Are Dominating State Politics, Destroying Science

My Thursday column: Many of us are enjoying our post-election schadenfreude, observing as the Republican Party increasingly marginalizes itself, demographically and politically, and scrambles to cut a narrowing path to the White House while also attempting to shove the tea … Continue reading
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The Most Ridiculous Thing You’ll Read All Day

And it comes to us from Andrew Stuttaford of the National Review Online, who writes: “We waste a fortune on measures (that will have no impact for decades, if ever) to tamper with the climate. Some of that money would … Continue reading
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Super Stupid

Very Serious George Will continues to confound rationality with his total ignorance and deliberate deception on the climate crisis. In his latest piece, he attacked the president for connecting the upswing in wild fires with global warming in his inaugural … Continue reading

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Feeling a Little Better About Brian Schatz

The incoming senator from Hawaii: “For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation,” Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D), whom Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) tapped for the seat, … Continue reading

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Eat Less Beef

My Tuesday column explains how to win a free car (sort of)… Today I’m going to teach you how you can get a free Prius, and you barely have to do anything to get it. Until recently, I owned a … Continue reading

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Good News: We’re Driving More Fuel Efficient Cars

We’re driving slightly less often, using less fuel and creating fewer emissions: Brad Plumer reports: New vehicles purchased in November of 2012 got 24.1 miles per gallon, on average. That includes all new cars, SUVs, and light trucks. By contrast, … Continue reading

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The Climate Cliff

My Thursday column is pretty grim: Credit where credit is due, Matt Yglesias coined the phrase “climate cliff” via Twitter the other day in reference to the now inevitable 2°C global temperature increase. I liked it so much I thought … Continue reading

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How to Fight the Climate Crisis Without Dealing with Idiot Congressional Republicans

Matt Yglesias detailed what the EPA is capable of doing following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA — a ruling that allowed the federal regulation of carbon emissions. The EPA dipped its toes in the water of actually … Continue reading

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Too Little Too Late

Could this be some good news on the climate crisis? Not really. President Obama is “putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China,” Businessweek reports. … Continue reading

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Hang on Tight. The Climate Crisis is Going to Get A Lot Worse.

It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to hold the global temperature increase to under 2-degrees — the threshold at which the climate crisis becomes seriously dangerous. The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by … Continue reading

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We’re Making Too Many Babies

My Monday column: If someone asks you what is the planet’s most dangerous problem, your immediate answer should be overpopulation. There are simply too many people and nowhere near the resources to adequately sustain the current population, much less the … Continue reading

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