Author Archives: Alexa Jay

Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Mark Hertsgaard’s powerful new book Hot examines what the rapidly warming planet means for humankind over the next fifty years. His focus is on what he terms “Generation Hot” – those who will live their adult lives during the coming … Continue reading

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Republican deficit demagogue threatens to de-fund CIA climate monitoring and analysis

Republican deficit demagoguery and aversion to supporting the climate science enterprise may jeopardize the future of the CIA Center on Climate Change and National Security, a small unit launched in 2009 with a directive to advise the federal government on … Continue reading

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The national security frame: a path forward for climate change communication?

After a spike in late 2009 propelled by the Copenhagen climate conference, mainstream media coverage of climate change dropped off steeply.  One dimension of the issue, the intersection of climate change impacts and national security, has been increasingly accentuated in an … Continue reading

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House Republicans prepare to attack EPA greenhouse gas rules

The new Republican majority in the House is making moves in its plan to hamstring EPA regulations, particularly of greenhouse gases.  EPA is currently moving forward with GHG regulations for fossil fuel-based power plants and petroleum refineries, with proposed standards … Continue reading

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U.S. climate envoy Jonathan Pershing: in implementing the Cancun Agreements, the U.S. will be the focus of global attention

On January 5, Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the framework established by the Cancun Agreements signals a busy year for implementation of climate … Continue reading

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DC District Court of Appeals rejects bid to stay EPA GHG regulations

On Friday, December 10, the DC District Court of Appeals rejected a bid by business groups, right-wing legal organizations, and the state of Texas to delay EPA greenhouse gas rules until legal challenges against the regulation are resolved.  EPA regulation … Continue reading

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Arctic seals listed as threatened by climate change; polar bears get critical habitat designation

The Obama Administration cited habitat disruption primarily due to climate change as the reason for its proposed listing of six subspecies of Arctic seals as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act.  The seals would be the first species since the … Continue reading

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MacCracken federal court Declaration defending EPA Endangerment Finding

Many of the legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases have sought to undermine EPA’s reliance in its Endangerment Finding on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment reports.  Dr. Mike MacCracken, Chief Scientist … Continue reading

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Final hearing of the House global warming committee: “a fight that is far from over”

In the final hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on December 1, witnesses Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, Dr. Peter Gleick, Richard L. Kauffman, Dr. Kenneth Green, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. testified on climate … Continue reading

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House Republicans disband global warming committee

During a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing today on energy security and climate change, ranking member Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) announced that it would be the final hearing for the committee.  Created in 2007 by … Continue reading

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