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Our Comment in Nature Calling for Oil Sands Moratorium

June 30, 2014 by Mark Jaccard
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Here is the press release for our 'Nature' paper, released June 25, calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion. This means no loss of current jobs in the oil sands. But it does mean a return to sanity from this selfish rush to accelerate global warming, ocean acidification and ecological destruction.[read more]

Of Climate Change and Invalidated Assumptions and Plain Old Obstinance

June 27, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating as it is important.[read more]

Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Risk and Carbon Taxes

The choice is apparent to all but the most extreme head-in-the-sand idealogues: We can learn from science and from the mistakes of the past, take on the “climate bubble” now, and unleash the power of innovation to spur the next industrial revolution.[read more]

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Equity at Stake in Solar Energy Ownership Debate

June 23, 2014 by Ben Mandel
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Equity and Solar

Despite the many benefits rooftop solar already confers, it will likely need to play an even larger role going forward if we are to reach ambitious decarbonization targets. Yet its proliferation to date has raised prickly questions of policy design and social equity.[read more]

More Scrutiny for National Groups, Big Donors Funding Colorado 'Ban Fracking' Campaign

June 20, 2014 by Simon Lomax
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Ban Fracking Campaigns

Over the course of recent months, Energy In Depth Mountain States has examined the national activist organizations and ultra-rich donors who are pushing many local and statewide campaigns to ban oil and gas development in Colorado.[read more]

Science is Science, but Indifference Trumps All

June 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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Can you think of anything more revelatory, more condemning of a broad population, than their consistently putting their own short-term gratification ahead of the well being of the world’s children, including their own? Perhaps we need a term for such willful indifference.[read more]

How Much Public Support is Needed for Policymaker Action on Climate Change?

June 11, 2014 by Kelly Klima
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The vast majority of scientists and researchers in the United States and throughout the world agree that manmade emissions are likely exacerbating climate change. Despite U.S. news articles to the contrary, since 2007 no scientific body has disagreed with this position.[read more]

Resetting the Climate Conversation: The EPA's Focus on the Pocketbook, not Polar Bears

June 10, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Most of the solutions being discussed to meet the EPA's proposed mandates—renewables, natural gas, utility efficiency programs—have been around for decades and are already gaining traction. Yet the language the EPA uses to describe the proposed rule represents a significant shift.[read more]

Nearly Everyone We Talk to In Turkey Says It's Getting Warmer. Is It?

June 9, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Turkey and Global Warming

Through Google translate and an extremely basic command of the Turkish language, we have been asking people as we travel if the climate has changed where they live. We've been surprised by how unanimous the response is: nearly everyone says that it is warmer than it once was.[read more]

Yale Poll: Americans Much More Worried About 'Global Warming' Than 'Climate Change'

May 31, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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'Global Warming' and 'Climate Change'

Do we finally have the answer to the age-old question of what term is better for climate hawks to use: “global warming” or “climate change”? In new polling by the Climate Change Communication efforts of Yale and George Mason, “global warming” is the winner, across the board.[read more]

Mosaic Poll Finds that Americans Still Love Solar, And They Love to Own It!

May 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

American Opinions on Solar

It never ceases to amaze me that even well-educated, well-informed people who care about clean energy have no idea how affordable solar has become. Or that different financing options are available. Maybe this has all happened too fast for the word to get out to the general public. But Americans love solar.[read more]

Changing the Discussion: It's All About People

May 15, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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People and Changing the Discussion

“It’s always amazing when a United Nations report that has global ramifications comes out with little fanfare.” So starts an article in Forbes magazine talking about the most recent UNSCEAR report on the consequences of the Fukushima accident in Japan.[read more]

The 97%: Watch John Oliver's Hilarious 'Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate'

May 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Debate and Consensus

Some 97 out of 100 actively publishing climate scientists agree with the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming. The challenge for the media is how to accurately reflect that consensus. One way NOT to do it is to give equal time to climate science deniers.[read more]

National Climate Assessment Report: Who Cares?

May 13, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Climate Studies and Public Apathy?

Earlier this week the White House released the latest National Climate Assessment Report, causing the rare flurry of attention in the mainstream press. The report summarized what anyone paying attention already knows; that climate change is happening now and impacting all parts of the world.[read more]

A Tale of Two Climate Reports, and a Call to Action

May 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Much has been made of the very sobering National Climate Assessment report that came out recently. Climate change is affecting where and how Americans live and work as well as their health, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather much more likely.[read more]