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Markey to hold what may be final hearing for House committee on global warming

The House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 1 to discuss climate change from “national, economic, and planetary security perspectives.”  Chairman Edward Markey (D-MA) has assembled a list of prominent witnesses, … Continue reading

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‘Climategate’ lives on in federal court challenges to EPA greenhouse gas regulations

With all hopes for passage of climate and clean energy legislation in the Senate long gone and the deadline for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases fast approaching, the showdown on climate has moved to the courts.  A number of legal challenges … Continue reading

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Support passage of whistleblower protection in the lame duck

The whistleblower protection community has reached the end game for passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, a package of badly needed reforms that would restore meaningful whistleblower rights to federal government employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, … Continue reading

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Climate scientists form rapid response media team to counter denialist claims

A group of climate scientists has formed a “climate rapid response team” to communicate accurate information to the public and actively engage the denialists and politicians who are launching attacks on climate science and scientists.

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Post-election rundown: was cap-and-trade vote a deciding factor?

After major Democratic losses turned the House of Representatives majority over to the Republicans, commentary on whether controversial votes were a liability for candidates is widespread.  For cap-and-trade climate legislation, a number of competing analyses suggest that the answer depends on how you … Continue reading

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A good night for climate change deniers and contrarians

A rising tide of Republicans took over the House of Representatives and strengthened the party’s position in the Senate last night, sweeping in a fresh round of climate deniers and contrarians.  Americans have turned over the House leadership and committee … Continue reading

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U.S. federal task force calls for domestic and international climate change adaptation strategy

The U.S. government should move toward a coordinated national climate change adaptation strategy, says a federal interagency task force in a recent report to the President. Obama should take ownership of this issue with a strong statement of recognition and … Continue reading

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US faces collision between energy demands and water scarcity, reports Circle of Blue

The U.S. must integrate water and energy planning as the nation heads into a collision between rising energy and water demands and increasing water scarcity, warns Circle of Blue Waternews, an international news network of journalists and scientists reporting on … Continue reading

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Pakistani ambassador: “I urge leaders to pay attention to what climate change means for people”

The connection between extreme weather events and the warming climate was the focus of testimony by Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani and climate scientists Michael Oppenheimer, Thomas Peterson, and Michael Wehner before the House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy … Continue reading

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New US survey: public wants climate action, and large climate change “issue public” cares deeply

Despite a common perception in Washington, DC, huge majorities of Americans “still believe the earth has been gradually warming as the result of human activity and want the government to institute regulations to stop it,” Jon Krosnick, the Stanford University … Continue reading

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