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Doing Well by Doing Good by the Planet

January 27, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Good for the Planet

The climate problem is real. The objective needs to be to make more and more salaries and more and more livelihoods dependent upon an accelerate progression up the global warming learning curve. This could be the best way to address the problem.[read more]

NOAA: 2013 Fourth Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Global Temps

The latest State of the Climate report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880.[read more]

Research Affirms Climate Impacts Are Already Here

December 18, 2013 by Dan Huber

This year saw the release of three notable reports related to climate science. They paint a clear picture: Global warming is largely caused by human actions, climate change impacts are already occurring, and some future impacts could be catastrophic to communities, businesses and ecosystems.[read more]

350 Or Bust: Scientists Warn Even 2°C Warming Could Lead To Disaster

December 6, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Warming Targets

Humanity is choosing to destroy a livable climate, warn 18 of the world’s leading climate experts in a new study. Led by James Hansen, they make the strongest case to date for a target of 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the air, or about 1°C (1.8°F) total warming.[read more]

Is a Carbon Tax a Sensible Alternative to Subsidies?

December 4, 2013 by Cutter Rolles
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Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any policy.[read more]

Are Typhoon Disasters Getting More Common?

November 14, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Weather and Evidence

I have recently been engaged in a Twitter debate with Jeff Sachs, of Columbia Earth Institute, about extreme weather events, such as typhoon Haiyan. The lesson here is that if you are going to pick cherries, make sure that the fruit is not a lemon.[read more]

Wind Energy Has Dramatically Cut Global Warming Pollution In The US

October 31, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
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As is required by Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency recently released annual greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.[read more]

We Need to Have an Adult Conversation About Climate Change

October 24, 2013 by Lou Grinzo
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We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy; it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.[read more]

It's Still the Lock-In

October 3, 2013 by Lou Grinzo
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We’ve put ourselves in a very deep and nasty hole with our past emissions. Can we get out? Of course. But anyone who tries to tell you that the situation isn’t urgent, or that it will be cheap or easy to save ourselves is probably a liar of the first order.[read more]

Arab Summer: Warming-Fueled Drought Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

September 10, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Warming and Syrian Unrest

Warming-worsened drought is causing problems all around the Mediterranean, especially Syria, and it is now increasingly clear that the climate models that had been predicting the countries surrounding the Mediterranean would start to dry out were correct.[read more]

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

September 3, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Warming and Labor

Here’s a Labor Day review of what we know about the impact that global warming is projected to have on labor productivity: A new NOAA study projects that heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.[read more]

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OTEC Can Be a Big Global Climate Influence

September 3, 2013 by Jim Baird
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OTEC Climate Influence

OTEC uses the temperature difference between cooler deep and warmer surface ocean waters to run a heat engine and produce electricity. Global warming needs to be put on a permanent hiatus at the same time as the world is looking for more energy. OTEC provides both.[read more]

IPCC Report: Global Warming Caused By Humans, Impacts Speeding Up

August 19, 2013 by Joseph Romm

IPCC Report

The Fifth, and hopefully final, Assessment Report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change is due next month, but leaks are already out: It is 95 percent likely that human activities, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels, are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.[read more]

Brain-Eating Parasites Thrive As Global Warming Heats Up Lakes

August 2, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change and Your Brain

Some invasive species, such as the brain-eating Naegleria fowleri, benefit from climate change. So the next time someone says there will be winners and losers in global warming, remember that some winners could help make Homo sapiens one of the biggest losers.[read more]

Eternal Energy Production

June 13, 2013 by Jim Baird
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Fossil Fuel Production

 

It is hard to see how 15 terawatts of renewable energy can be attained by 2050 in the absence of a large OTEC component.[read more]