Tag Archives: Environment

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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When Government Regulations Fail

The EPA has been laughably ineffectual, and here’s the latest awful example of their incompetence. They backed off a fracking investigation at the behest of the gas company being investigated. When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his … Continue reading

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Today in Climate Change

From local ABC affiliate WLS in Chicago January 9, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Water levels on Lake Michigan are the lowest in recorded history. If the level continues to drop, the Chicago River could reverse itself and send untreated sewage … 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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A Massive Step Backwards on Energy

Yeah, the recent push for coal as a substitute for oil isn’t helping matters: In a report destined to frustrate advocates for global action on climate change, the Paris-based International Energy Agency projected Tuesday morning that in five years’ time, … Continue reading

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This Glacier Footage is Amazing

The largest glacier “calving” ever caught on film, and it looks like a Summer blockbuster movie CG effect. After having watched the new Pacific Rim trailer, I expected a giant monster to emerge from the ice.

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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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Sea Levels Rising at an Alarming Speed

Another bit of alarming climate news that most Americans will totally ignore: The global sea level is rising 60 percent faster than previous reports issued by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to a new analysis … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“So to me, what’s interesting about it is that this catastrophe that occurred and the manmadeness of it, there wasn’t a single – there is no conspiracy single bad person that you can say “It all goes on them.” It’s … Continue reading

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Are We Ever Going to Change?

The UN is convening a huge climate summit in Qatar, but contrary to the hopes of some participants I’m ashamed to say that America will continue to be a lone holdout when it comes to serious participation. I have very … Continue reading

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More Horrifying News on the Climate Crisis

The World Bank’s latest warning on the climate crisis: Climate change is already having an effect: Arctic sea ice reached a record minimum in September, and extreme heat waves and drought in the last decade have hit places like the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Mitt

Artist – John Cole The before and after photo sets of Hurricane Sandy have begun to emerge. Some of them are pretty horrific. The Washington Post The LA Times The Weather Channel Buzzfeed And New Jersey.com has a set of … Continue reading

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The Sad Takeaway from Hurricane Sandy

This is going to sound cynical but I witnessed the exact same thing with support for healthcare reform after SiCKO was released and with the climate crisis after An Inconvenient Truth. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, you can expect … Continue reading

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House GOP Kills Jobs. Goes On Vacation.

While congress goes on vacation for another two months on the orders of House Majority Shitkicker Eric Cantor, 400 people at Siemens, a company that produces blades for wind turbines, will lose their jobs because congress still hasn’t renewed the … Continue reading

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Full Staff

Artist – RJ Matson In other news, a Dane County, Wisconsin judge struck down Governor Scott Walker’s anti-collective bargaining law today, ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Also — according to a tally from ThinkProgress, today’s congressional vote for the … Continue reading

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