Climate Change News

The Fossil Fuel Resistance

Rolling Stone April 11, 2013

As the world burns, a new movement to reverse climate change is emerging - fiercely, loudly and right next door.

Coal Fired Power Plant

Chance for Cheap Climate Change Solution Fades

Scientific American January 3, 2013

The chances of keeping temperatures below a 2-degree-Celsius rise over preindustrial levels drop precipitously the longer policymakers dither, according to a new study that finds political will is the biggest uncertainty in fighting climate change.

Production Tax Credit For Wind Power Saved, For One Year

Clean Technica January 2, 2013 

Supporters of the production tax credit for wind power can breathe a little easier, at least for now. Whatever else anybody says about the “fiscal cliff” legislation drama, in the end, our friends over at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) are sure in a celebratory mood.

Climate Change: Generational Evil (VIDEO)

Huffington Post December 29, 2012 11:00 am

The following video is a compact and emotionally moving overview of the problem and solutions to climate change. It is designed to be a quick and compelling way to get up to speed on the issue and help others do the same.

warmingEditorial: Save the planet. Save Social Security. Save Medicaid. Tax carbon.

St. Louis Post Dispatch December 27, 2012 6:00 am

If Congress and the president were more rational than political — admittedly, a very big if — they could kill a covey of birds with one stone.  They could replace the payroll tax with a carbon tax.

New York Times December 27, 2012 

DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters,Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.

Time to Confront Climate Change

New York Times December 27, 2012

Four years ago, in sharp contrast to the torpor and denial of the George W. Bush years, President Obama described climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing challenges and pledged an all-out effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Arstechnica Dec 24 2012, 8:12am

Although many industries have fought to prevent action on climate change, there's at least one major business that's taking it seriously, according to a recent perspective in Science

TomDispatch December 23, 2012

As this wild year comes to an end, we return to the season of gifts. Here’s the gift you’re not going to get soon: any conventional version of Paradise. You know, the place where nothing much happens and nothing is demanded of you. The gifts you’ve already been given in 2012 include a struggle over the fate of the Earth. This is probably not exactly what you asked for, and I wish it were otherwise -- but to do good work, to be necessary, to have something to give: these are the true gifts. 

Sunny uplands: Alternative energy will no longer be alternative

The Economist November 21st2012 11:00 am

Rebranding is always a tricky exercise, but for one field of technology 2013 will be the year when its proponents need to bite the bullet and do it. That field is alternative energy. The word “alternative”, with its connotations of hand-wringing greenery and a need for taxpayer subsidy, has to go. And in 2013 it will. “Renewable” power will start to be seen as normal.

Rolling Stone July 19, 2012 

If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. 

The Big Heat 

New Yorker July 23, 2012

Corn sex is complicated. As Michael Pollan observes in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the whole affair is so freakishly difficult it’s hard to imagine how it ever evolved in the first place.

New York Times July 2, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One day in 1991, high in the thin, crystalline air of the Peruvian Andes, Lonnie G. Thompson saw that the world’s largest tropical ice cap was starting to melt. It was the moment he realized that his life’s work had suddenly become a race.

Screaming Trees

National Journal June 15, 2012 | 6:26 a.m.

DILLON, Colo.—Dan Gibbs keeps dead beetles in the back of his beat-up Chevy Silverado. He has a wooden block with beetles impaled on it, each insect about the size of a grain of rice. He’s got vials of embalmed beetles and their larvae. He carries around pieces of wood that show what those tiny beetles do to a mature lodgepole pine: They drill deep into the trunk and infect the tree with a fatal fungus that stains its wood blue.

New York Times April 30, 2012

It may never be as well known as the Cretaceous extinction, the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Yet the much earlier Permian extinction — 252 million years ago — was by far the most catastrophic of the planet’s five known paroxysms of species loss.

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