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Facing the Climate Crisis Without Hysteria

April 16, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability," was released last week to the usual fanfare, hype and alarm. The New York Times headline summarized the report by stating, "the worst is yet to come".[read more]

Communicating Climate Uncertainty in Wet Times

February 18, 2014 by David Hone

Weather and Communications

As politicians don Wellington boots and wade through flooded fields and streets in southern England, the subject of climate change is rising up the agenda. While all but a very few have stayed away from direct attribution, it is also clear that nobody has a good set of words that describe the current situation.[read more]

Colorado Health Department Disavows Activists' Favorite Fracking Researchers

February 5, 2014 by Simon Lomax

State public health officials in Colorado have recently publicly disavowed the latest paper from a team of researchers whose work has been routinely cited by political activist groups that want to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

New Poll on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Indicating Growing Opposition, Waning Support

January 30, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

A new poll that was recently released, and was conducted by USA Today, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future, indicates that support for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline may be waning while opposition is growing.[read more]

Breakthrough Institute on Cheap Nuclear Energy

October 7, 2013 by Charles Barton

Low cost, abundant, carbon free energy that can be quickly available is the key to averting a climate disaster. Massive amounts of carbon free energy may not be available within the next 40 years, yet the power companies worry about nuclear costs.[read more]

Methane Leakage Not a Deal Breaker for Natural Gas

July 31, 2013 by Max Luke

Methane and Natural Gas

Although fugitive methane emissions reduce the short-term emissions benefit of coal-to-natural-gas switching ­– and definitely should be addressed for that very reason – they do not limit natural gas’s potential as a bridge fuel to a low carbon future.[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]

Climate Concerns Rise in the East

November 23, 2012 by Charles Arthur

A new study from the Carbon Trust reveals a divide between Generation Y’s attitude to carbon reduction in the East and West. The study, which questioned over 2,500 young people aged 18-25, across five continents in Brazil, China, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, sought to...[read more]

Climate Change is Simple: the Cause, Effect, and Consequence of Global Warming in 15 Minutes

October 29, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Speaking at a TEDx event at The Evergreen State College,  Grist staff writer David Roberts pushes back against the concerted effort to confuse and sow doubt about climate change. The key points about climate change, its causes and effects, are simple, Robert says. Give him 15 minutes and he’ll prove it.[read more]

Surprise! U.S. thinks nuclear energy is a good idea

March 28, 2012 by Dan Yurman

A Gallup poll shows 57% of Americans favor its continued use A poll published by the Gallup organization shows that a majority of Americans continue to favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity for the U.S. According to the poll, the 57% who favor nuclear power this year is identical to the percentage...[read more]

Not all energy is fungible - and it matters

March 22, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

Via the NYT Green blog comes a new survey by the Pew Center indicating that a smaller majority of Americans now prefer further federal funding of research into alternative energy technologies (specifically, wind, solar, and hydrogen) as a priority over additional exploration of oil and gas supplies. If the comparison seems to be a bit of...[read more]

Geoengineering research, getting real

December 1, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Geoengineering research is emerging from the laboratory. Government-funded scientists in the UK are moving forward with a pair of small-scale, carefully-controlled experiments–one to test the qualities of particles that could be used to block the sun’s rays, and another in which droplets of water will be pumped into the air using a one-...[read more]

Americans lead charge into the abyss

October 28, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Yet another poll is out that details one more time how far American opinion on climate change is moving in the wrong direction. Since July 2006, the percentage of Americans who think “there is solid evidence the earth is warming” has dropped from 79% to 59%, and the overall portion blaming it on human activity dropped from 50% to 34%....[read more]

Guest Post by Bill Becker - Climate Action: Down to Business

October 26, 2010 by Joseph Romm

This is the first two parts of a multi-part series by guest blogger William Becker, executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project. 1.  THE SITUATION There will come a time when governments are forced to act on global climate change. Its impacts will be increasingly devastating and undeniable. Its costs will swell...[read more]

Is new global warming poll cause for despair?

October 18, 2010 by Andrew Freedman

News flash: Americans are confused about global warming. Of course, that's not exactly earth-shattering news, considering the bevy of polling data released during the past year, much of which has shown declining majority support for the view that global warming is primarily caused by human activities — a view held by the vast majority of climate scientists.[read more]