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Wind Energy Has Dramatically Cut Global Warming Pollution In The US

October 31, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

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

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

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

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

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]


OTEC Can Be a Big Global Climate Influence

September 3, 2013 by Jim Baird

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

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

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]

Energy Risk: Arctic Strategy Clear on Drilling Goals Not Conservation Goals

May 17, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

arctic drilling risks

New policy emphasizes U.S. security interests in the Arctic. That makes sense in the light of the Arctic’s international significance. But the administration’s plan makes the mistake of equating security with drilling for oil in the region.[read more]

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion: National Security Implications

March 29, 2013 by Jim Baird

ocean thermal energy conversion

With Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion deployment, the navy can become energy self-sufficient in its own domain and can be relieved of a heavy burden in the Middle East; a win for the navy, a win for the planet.[read more]

Global Warming Needs Global Technology

February 13, 2013 by Lewis Perelman

Global Warming via Shutterstock

Technical fixes created by, for, and in rich countries will not work to solve global energy problems. For clean technologies to be both widely and rapidly adopted, they need to be developed, produced, and deployed in the particular environments where they are to be used.[read more]

Draft Climate Change Assessment Warns Of 9°-15°F Warming for Most Of U.S.

January 14, 2013 by Joseph Romm

The assessment, put together by dozens of the country’s top climate experts, makes clear that if we stay anywhere near our current emissions path, we are headed towards a devastating 9°F to 15°F warming over most of the United States (this century), with ever-worsening extreme weather, heat waves, deluges and droughts[read more]

Has Climate Change Stopped?

January 14, 2013 by David Hone

In a report released just before Christmas, the UK Met Office lowered its decadal forecast for the expected average global temperature. This was a noticeable change from previous forecasts and was the result of a new climate model being put into use. On the one hand we are seeing an increase in the number of severe heat events globally, yet on the other there has been seemingly little change in global average temperature for much of the last decade.[read more]

How Do Americans View Environmental Issues?

January 7, 2013 by Bill Squadron

A recently released report by VeraQuest Inc. titled “VeraGreen: A Look at American Attitudes and Behaviors on Environmental Issues,” examines how Americans view environmental issues such as global warming and the involvement of government in the private sector. The report surveyed a stratified random sample of 3,506 online...[read more]