Monthly Archives: May 2012

Rising Temperatures Expose Cities’ Vulnerable Electrical Supplies

Extreme summer heat drives up electricity demand  for cooling. This can strain electrical supply, transmission, and distribution systems and thereby increase the risks of very costly and disruptive blackouts.  An analysis released by Oak Ridge National Laboratory cites two examples in … Continue reading

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Federal report warns of costly impacts to US cities from changing weather extremes

A new report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory warns that urban areas in the U.S. “are vulnerable to extreme weather events that will become more intense, frequent, and/or longer-lasting with climate change. ” The authors say that the “true consequences … Continue reading

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Cold Cash, Cool Climate

Jonathan Koomey’s new book, Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs, offers a concise, compelling analysis of why innovative entrepreneurial approaches are needed in order to limit global climate change, and to improve the quality of life while … Continue reading

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End Polluter Welfare Act would eliminate more than $110 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

S. 3080, the End Polluter Welfare Act (EPWA), sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was introduced on May 10.  If enacted, the legislation would eliminate more than $110 billion in US taypayer subsidies to the … Continue reading

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Rally at US Capitol to end fossil fuel subsidies

Supporters of the newly introduced End Polluter Welfare Act rallied at the U.S. Capitol May 10 to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison, along with 350.org climate activist and author Bill McKibben, Brent Blackwelder of Friends of the … Continue reading

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021

The USGCRP released its long overdue new strategic plan without fanfare on April 27.  Most notably, the new strategy aims to enhance the federal research program’s science-for-society component by informing decision-makers with good scientific communication.

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Hansen: It’s time for the politics to follow the science on global warming

“President Obama speaks of a ‘planet in peril,’ but he does not provide the leadership needed to change the world’s course. Our leaders must speak candidly to the public,” James Hansen writes in a powerful op-ed column in the New … Continue reading

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A coordinated right-wing campaign to turn the US public against renewable energy?

“A network of ultra-conservative groups is ramping up an offensive on multiple fronts to turn the American public against wind farms and Barack Obama’s energy agenda,” the UK Guardian reports.  Having pushed global climatic disruption pretty much off the radar … Continue reading

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Thanks to State Farm insurance for dropping the Heartland Institute

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White House sat on BP Gulf disaster photos: Where’s the ‘scientific integrity’ policy to cover that?

Previously unreleased government photos show “the White House and BP have been hiding the truth about the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf,” says John Hocevar, Ocean Campaign Director at GreenpeaceUSA.  Who was responsible for the government taking almost two … Continue reading

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