March 30, 2014 Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability - IPCC Working Group II Final Draft Report March 30, 2014
March 28, 2014 Can Europe wean itself from Russian natural gas?
March 27, 2014 Export Stupidity by Richard Heinberg
March 21, 2014 The Hip-Hop Caucus, and and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, announced a college tour designed to get young African-Americans on board in the fight against climate change. http://climate.hiphopcaucus.org/
February 2, 2014 Shipping fracked gas to Asia only boosts coal and dooms the climate
January 22, 2014 At Davos, push for clean energy as climate weapon
January 21, 2014 "A Big Fracking Lie" by Bill McKibben and Mike Tidwell in Politico
January 20, 2014 Heather Mizeur wins backing of Sierra Club in Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor
January 19, 2014 Energy Company Eyeing Gas Basin that Runs Under Southern Maryland
January 16, 2014 - Ben Cardin, Fellow Senators Vow Action on Climate Change
January 15, 2014 Researchers find nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks in District’s aging pipe system - A new study "said that while pipeline safety has improved in recent years, incidents involving natural gas transmission systems in the United States cause an average of 17 fatalities and $133 million in damage every year."
January 9, 2014 - The EPA to require S. Calif. offshore fracking reports
January 9, 2014 - 700 Major US Companies Call for Climate Action
October 12, 2013 - Fracking Leases sold in Va. part of Taylorsville Basin (extends from east of Frederick to Annapolis)
November, 2013 Public Opinion on Global Warming in Maryland 2013
November 15, 2013 Governor Brown Releases California Fracking Regulations
November 14, 2013 World Bank on Mobilizing Climate Finance at the UN Framework Convention - Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013
October 17, 2013 World Health Organization Finds Air Pollution Causes Cancer
October 10, 2013 Set the Right Price on Carbon and Investors will Come from the World Bank - Their consensus: Current levels of public and private finance won’t even begin to do the job.
September 30, 2013 A vice-president at the World Bank speaks out on the new IPCC report and what climate change means increasing world poverty
September 27, 2013 - U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions
August 28, 2013 Fracking contracts can leave landowners high and dry - by the Washington Post Editorial Board
Aug 27, 2013 - op ed in Balt Sun - Beat Baltimore brownouts with solar. Maryland should require solar on all housing.
August 26, 2013 - Hold the water: Some firms fracking without it. A story from dry Texas.
August 23, 2013 As air pollution from fracking rises, EPA to set rules
August 19, 2013 Petition demanding bi-partisan action on climate change now from Senators Whitehouse, Merkly, Udall, Coons, and Menendez.
August 6, 2013 NOAA released Bulletin of the American Meteological Society study : State of the Climate 2012 - Report download from BAMS ; slides on report; NOAA site
August 3, 2013 Washington Post Sunday Magazine has a cover story on http://blog.skytruth.org/ a website on the extent of fracking wells across the country.
August 2, 2013 A Republican Case for Climate Action - Call for a carbon tax from heads of EPA in Republican administrations
July 31, 2013 US auctions 1st offshore wind energy leases in 2 areas off New England coast to RI firm. The Dept of Interior reports the areas leased are expected to be able to support more than 4,000 megawatts (MW) of wind generation – enough electricity to power an estimated 1.4 million homes.
July 18, 2013: Mike Tidwell explains why he's walking 100 miles, from Camp David to DC, in the Walk for our Grandchildren.
July 14. 2013 - EPA to Allow Consumptoin of Toxic Fracking Wastewater by Wildlife and Livestock - story from Nation of Change
July 10, 2013 - "Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination", Truthout article by By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (see this page for info on link to fracking)
July 4, 2013 WBAL needs to tell the truth about climate change: Meteorologist's denials of man-made global warming do a disservice to the public by Noel Levy in the Baltimore Sun
July 1, 2013 United Church of Christ to become first U.S. denomination to move toward divestment from fossil fuel companies
June 28, 2013 Methane in Pennsylvania Groundwater May Originate in Fracked Gas Wells - Scientific American article on new Duke Univ. study
Are Our Emotions Preventing Us From Taking Action on Climate Change? - From 1/2/13 but an excellent response to Obama climate leadership, this article discusses guilt and apathy which can result from overemphasis on individual action. The public can be energized to take action but a "society-wide mobilization must start with our government."
June 27, 2013 Paul Krugman's NYT op ed "Invest, Divest and Prosper" - President's climate plans increases jobs!
June 25, 2013 Obama's speech on climate change, and the plan. Here's ClimateHoward's blog post on the highs and (very low) lows of the speech.
June 19, 2013 Obama Preparing Big Effort to Curb Climate Change - NYT
June 8, 2013 - Tell Lawmakers: Level the Playing Field for Renewable Energy Investing from Green America
May 27, 2013 - Lines in the Sand - re Tars Sands by Elizabeth Kolbert
May 26, 2013 - Going to Jail for Justice - Bill Moyers interview of Tim DeChristopher who inspired tar sands arrestees and the entire climate movement.
May 23, 2013: We are out of time on climate change, says Eugene Robinson in an op-ed in the W.Post..
May 23, 2013: Amphibians are vanishing, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
May 18, 2013: Without Water Revolution - Tom Friedman in the NYT states: "...about the “Jafaf,” or drought, one of the key drivers of the Syrian war. In an age of climate change, we’re likely to see many more such conflicts."
May 17, 2013 A Black Mound of Canadian Oil Waste Is Rising Over Detroit - The New York Times reports Tar Sands waste is growing in U.S. and we are selling it so it can be burned overseas.
May 14, 2013 For Insurers, No Doubts on Climate Change
May 2013: Watch the world change over three decades of satellite photography. See the retreat of the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska, the leveling of mountains for coal mining, the strip mining in Alberta's boreal forests for tar sands oil, the destruction of Amazon forests to logging.
May 10, 2013: CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach 400 ppm, "a long-feared milestone," scientists reported.
"reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years." According to Ralph Keeling, who runs the monitoring program: "It means we are quickly losing the possibility of keeping the climate below what people thought were possibly tolerable thresholds.”
May 9 , 2013 - The Obama Administration's Natural Gas Policy Is Tragically Misguided - Waste that will haunt future generations - Chris Martensen on why Liquified Natural Gas exports are a bad idea
April 2013 - New data from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication . About six in ten Americans (58%) say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States.” See also this update to their long term study - Public support for Climate & Energy Policies, April 2013
April 30, 2013: Some daily readings at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii are at 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere.
April 28, 2013 - Renewable Energy Wins in North Carolina Thanks to Key Republicans. They resisted a barrage of lobbying from the fossil fuel industry. Right wing Americans for Prosperity's response - Right wing Americans for Prosperity's response - “This was a horrible vote by Republicans, and they need to be held accountable,”
April 23, 2013 Solar Energy: This Is What a Disruptive Technology Looks Like - about how solar is gaining
April 12, 2013 The Mounting Economic Toll of Erratic Weather - from Kiplinger Magazine
April 11, 2013 Bill McKibben writes in Rolling Stone about the powerful climate movement growing around the world.
March 18, 2013 Storm Surge Risk Amplified By Climate Change, Study Finds - article from Huffington Post; also coverage here, from ThinkProgress.org.
March 15, 2013 China's announcement of a carbon tax heralds need for worldwide conversation on pricing carbon www.brookings.edu/research/topics/carbon-tax
March 13, 2013 What’s the best way to design a carbon tax? Lawmakers ask for suggestions - from Washington Post - great start to important dialog. See also Waxman, Whitehouse, Blumenauer, and Schatz Release Carbon Price Discussion Draft
March 11, 2013 - Jeremy Grantham, large scale investor, opposes tar sands development on Charlie Rose. www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12812
March 8, 2013 More evidence of spike in global temps - Global temperatures are higher than they've been in 4,000 years, according to research published in the journal Science. The NYT has a report here. Read ClimateProgress report here.
Feb 28, 2013 The Climate Reality Project launched "Reality Drop" to spread truth and counter climate change denial. Posting online to refute deniers explained here - and see the site - https://realitydrop.org/
Report on Amplifying Public Opinion: The Policy Impact of the U.S. Environmental Movement -
Feb 22, 2013 - Md., D.C. utilities pay paper mills burning ‘black liquor’ for alternative fuel credits - Not a good thing. Mike
Tidwell of CCAN comments
Feb 22, 2013
Fracking in Md.: Let’s look before we leap - www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fracking-in-md-lets-look-before-we-leap/2013/02/22/dd080b68-7c78-11e2-a044-676856536b40_story.html
Feb 21, 2013 Keystone Pipeline: Bad for Business and the Economy, Business Leaders Say and here.http://asbcouncil.org/press-release/keystone-xl-pipeline-bad-business-and-economy-business-leaders-say
Feb 17, 2013 ForwardOnClimate.org estimates nearly 50,000 attended the largest climate rally ever! See:
Feb. 15, 2013 "Sanders and Boxer introduce ‘fee and dividend’ climate bill; greens tickled pink" - article in Grist.org on The Climate Protection Act of 2013
Gas prices were up in 2012 while Big Oil made billions in profits. Industry spend those billions lobbying to preserve tax breaks and repurchasing stock for shareholders instead of investing in technology or alternative enegy;
Farmland conversion for biofuels leads to deforestation
Here's an unintended consequences of the push for biofuels in the United States: Farmers are converting the United States’ prairie lands to farms at rates comparable with deforestation levels in Brazil, Malaysia and Indonesia – rates not seen here since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. This contributes to climate change because grassland holds carbon in the soil better than cropland.Tall grasses are also the breeding grounds for ducks and other birds. Read articles here and here
Feb 21, 2013 Keystone Pipeline: Bad for Business and the Economy, Business Leaders Say www.reuters.com/ & http://asbcouncil.org
July 19, 2012
Bill McKibben does the mathBill McKibben wrote an article in Rolling Stone that lays out our predicament. He discusses three numbers, their implications for our planet and civilization as we know it -- and the enemy we have to confront. For example: "The five biggest oil companies have made more than $1 trillion in profits since the millennium – there's simply too much money to be made on oil and gas and coal to go chasing after zephyrs and sunbeams. Much of that profit stems from a single historical accident: Alone among businesses, the fossil-fuel industry is allowed to dump its main waste, carbon dioxide, for free. Nobody else gets that break – if you own a restaurant, you have to pay someone to cart away your trash, since piling it in the street would breed rats. But the fossil-fuel industry is different, and for sound historical reasons: Until a quarter-century ago, almost no one knew that CO2 was dangerous. But now that we understand that carbon is heating the planet and acidifying the oceans, its price becomes the central issue."
Mike Tidwell says extreme fossil fuel extraction means more extreme weather
Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) writes in an essay in the Baltimore Sun about climate extremes and the folly of using extreme techniques such as fracking to extract yet more fossil fuels. Check out the CCIHC blog as well.
Activists urge end to subsidies for fossil fuels industriesCommon Dreams reports that 350.org, Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers for Common Sense held a rally in DC to announce legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) that would eliminate tax subsidies for fossil fuels industries. Several CCIHC members attended.
James Hansen reasserts that extracting tar sands oil means "game over for the climate"In an op-ed in the New York Times, NASA scientist James Hansen encouraged President Obama to deny Canada access to transport its tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries. He said it's also imperative that Obama offer incentives to keep fossil fuels in the ground. He said: "If we turn to these dirtiest of fuels, instead of finding ways to phase out our addiction to fossil fuels, there is no hope of keeping carbon concentrations below 500 p.p.m. — a level that would, as earth’s history shows, leave our children a climate system that is out of their control."
4/26/2012W.Post editorial urges Obama to get "serious about climate change"
The editorial comments on an interview in Rolling Stone in which the president said he thinks climate change will be a big issue in the campaign. The editorial concludes: Climate change is one of the great challenges of this century, and the country needs a big, realistic debate about policy to address the threat. We encourage Mr. Obama to follow through on his words, giving the issue — and truly serious ways to deal with it — the prominence they deserve in this year’s election.
Poll shows Americans link weather extremes to climate change
The NYT reports that a new poll shows 69 percent of respondents agree that climate change is affecting recent weather. Researchers at Yale and George Mason commissioned the poll. “Most people in the country are looking at everything that’s happened; it just seems to be one disaster after another after another,” said Anthony A. Leiserowitz ofYale University, one of the researchers who commissioned the new poll. “People are starting to connect the dots.”
The end of the article includes a plug for 350.org's 5/5 event:
A group called 350.org is planning a worldwide series of rallies on May 5, under the slogan “Connect the Dots,” to draw attention to the links between climate change and extreme weather. (The group’s name is a reference to an ideal concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.) “My sense from around the country and the world is that people definitely understand that things are getting freaky,” said William E. McKibben, the founder of 350.org. “During that crazy heat wave in March, everyone in Chicago was out enjoying the weather, but in the back of their mind they were thinking, this is not right.”
Republican Meteorologist sends message to his party
Check out a blog by meterologist Paul Douglas, who says that acknowledging climate science "doesn't make you a liberal." (Not that there's anything wrong with that....) Here's one quote: "I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I am a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment, and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me uncomfortable," and "This is not about 'insuring more fat government research grants.' I have yet to find a climate scientist in the '1 Percent', driving a midlife-crisis-red Ferrari into the lab." ....
Editorial in the w. post 3/24/12
Rising concern on climate change
The W. Post, in an editorial 3/24/12, says: "Rising sea levels threaten to inundate low-lying roads in Louisiana, costing billions in port activity, The Post’s Juliet Eilperin reports. Northrop Grumman sees potential damage to billions in shoreline defense infrastructure, such as the imperiled drydock in Hampton Roads built to construct the next generation of aircraft carriers. Other factors are also at work in these examples of rapid coastline loss. But Louisiana and Virginia offer a picture of how further sea-level rise and higher storm surges — just one set of climate-related risks — could seriously disrupt human activity.
America, meanwhile, is fixated on . . . paying an extra buck per gallon at the gas pump.
A recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) underscores how myopic the country’s energy debate is — and, consequently, how delinquent the United States has been in leading the world. The organization calculated that the world is on course to increase its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050. ......"
Tom Toles from the W. Post 3/16/12
Study says cleaner energy (natural gas) won't lower global temperature enough to avert disastrous climate change
Nathan Myhrvold, previously a proponent of geoengineering to solve the climate crisis, has published a paper with climate scientist Ken Caldeira saying that switching to natural gas won't reduce carbon enough to avoid severe warming by the end of the century. Grist.org reports on his paper.
“There is no quick fix to global warming,” Caldeira said. “Shifting from one energy system to another is hard work and a slow process. Plus, it takes several decades for the climate system to fully respond to reductions in emissions. If we expect to see substantial benefits in the second half of this century, we had better get started now.” Cladeira and Myhrvold say that rapid transition to clean energy will be needed, and low-carbon sources won't be enough to make a change: “If countries were to start right away and build really fast, so that they installed a trillion watts of gas-fired electricity generation steadily over the next 40 years,” Myhrvold said, “that would still add about half a degree Fahrenheit to the average surface temperature of the Earth in 2112—that’s within a tenth of a degree of the warming that coal-fired plants would produce by that year.” They say a "substantial benefit" to global temperatures will come only from conservation, solar, wind and nuclear energy. (although he doesn't look at other issues -- such as huge expense, radioactive waste -- involved with nuclear energy).