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Weekend Reading: Mandela and divestment; National Academy of Sciences on "Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change"; Hansen et al. on "Assessing 'Dangerous Climate Change'"; denialists on AMS climate survey

A few highlights from our weekend reading: (1) Joe Romm at Climate Progress on "Nelson Mandela's Legacy for Climate Hawks;" (2) Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences; (3) "Assessing 'Dangerous Climate … Continue reading

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If these are the early stages...

"Climate change has stopped being hypothetical. It’s already part of our lived experience.  If these are the early stages, I shudder to think what's on the path ahead,” says author Andrew Bard Schmookler. "If the climate scientists are right, we ain’t … Continue reading

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2013 Ridenhour Prizes

The Ridenhour Courage Prize was awarded this year to climate scientist James Hansen, recently retired as head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize was awarded to Jose Antonio Vargas -- journalist, filmmaker, and founder … Continue reading

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On the InsideClimate News Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting

Media Matters for America has a good discussion of how InsideClimate’s award-winning report on the million-gallon tar sands pipeline oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River highlights shortcomings in the major mainstream media and challenges facing environmental reporting. Andy Revkin at … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Foundations Must Step Up Giving to Government Watchdogs"

Foundations "would do well to give money to groups that are challenging how Washington works," writes Pablo Eisenberg in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "Watchdog groups like the Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, … Continue reading

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More on the prospective Al Jazeera America news channel

A few excerpts from sane commentary in the Washington Post, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and the New York Times.

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Al Jazeera purchase of Current could improve U.S. TV coverage of climate and global environmental politics

Al Jazeera's purchase of Current will give the Qatar-based 24-hour news network a greatly expanded reach into the U.S. cable and satellite TV market beyond its much more limited availability now. From my experience on Al Jazeera English discussing climate … Continue reading

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Top climate stories of 2012

A list of the most notable, often most worrying, climate-related stories of the year, along with a few links that will allow you to explore the stories in more detail. Because of some of the things on this list, Americans … Continue reading

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Petition to “Put Climate Change on the Agenda in the First Presidential Debate”

The League of Conservation Voters has posted for signing a petition to Jim Lehrer, the moderator for the first presidential debate scheduled for October 3. “We urge you to ask President Obama and Governor Romney how they will confront the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Russell E. Train, 1920-2012, a giant of environmental protection

Russell Train, a visionary conservationist who led the Environmental Protection Agency and pioneered the development of U.S. environmental law and policy under Presidents Nixon and Ford, died on September 17.  He exemplified how a conservative could support strong environmental protection. He criticized … Continue reading

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