Monthly Archives: October 2013

McKibben on Keystone XL, the Obama problem, and fossil fuel divestment

It would be great if the Obama administration would follow Bill McKibben and 350.org in standing up to corporate power — and if more environmental group leaders had McKibben’s skill as a public intellectual and 350.org’s action-oriented creativity. Check out McKibben’s latest … Continue reading

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21st Century climate extremes and the next “Greatest Generation”

Can catastrophic events serve as lasting climate wake-up calls? Why do some disasters have deep and long-lasting consequences for our society while others do not? And what can we do – and should we do – in advance of such events … Continue reading

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Review comments on CAR-6: U.S. Climate Action Report draft lacks long-term strategy

The Sixth U.S. Climate Action Report does not set post-2020 emissions reduction goals nor discuss the effects of near-term actions, such as promoting the rapid expansion of natural gas use, that may undermine longer-term efforts to curb emissions and phase … Continue reading

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Lowering approval ratings of climate science denialist lawmakers

A new poll sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters finds that calling attention to a Congress member’s climate science denialism has “an important impact on the incumbents’ approval ratings and ratings on key personal dimensions.”

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On “Thin Ice” and the climate science-politics collision

The documentary film “Thin Ice” shows the work of some of the scientists who are advancing understanding of global climate change — a problem that now must be dealt with in the arenas of politics, public policy, the media, and … Continue reading

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Marfa Dialogues/NY: Examining climate change through art, activism, and science

Here’s something we’re looking forward to on an upcoming visit to New York City: More than 30 leading cultural, academic, and advocacy organizations have launched a two-month series of events “that will combine art, activism, and science to bring together … Continue reading

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Whistleblowing and the Environment

The Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour made its first stop of the 2013-2014 season at West Virginia University, in an event titled Whistleblowing and the Environment: From Climate Change to the Gulf Oil Spill. CSW director Rick Piltz joined whistleblowers … Continue reading

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“Obama and Harper — Modes of Support for Fossil Fuel Development”

The United States and Canada exemplify the power of the dominant energy interests. The governments of both countries strongly support the expansion of domestic fossil energy extraction, production, and export. But the collision between climate science and energy politics, and … Continue reading

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On the government shutdown and climate research

“Every day, this shutdown is having adverse effects on a wide range of climate research across the federal agencies,” we said to Climate Wire. “Rick Piltz, director of the Climate Science Watch program at the Government Accountability Project, added that furloughing … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal fails to notice we’ve seen the hottest decade ever

The IPCC’s climate science assessment concludes that humans are causing climate change and that it’s going to get worse. If this comprehensive report is what the Wall Street Journal editors consider to be a “flimsy intellectual framework,” it is unclear what … Continue reading

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