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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

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

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

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

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]

Moderate Environmentalists Go Nuclear

Last year, many scoffed at the suggestion that support was growing for nuclear power. Before the release of pro-nuclear documentary Pandora's Promise, green magazine Grist wrote, "Of the 10 leading enviro groups in the US, zero support new nuclear power plants."[read more]

How Earth Day is Just Like New Year's Eve

April 23, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Earth Day and New Year's

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems like New Years’ Eve: A disappointment.[read more]

Let's Rename Earth Day

April 23, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Rename Earth Day?

The subject of renaming Earth Day remains more relevant than ever in light of the world’s ongoing inaction on climate change, the over-running of Congress by climate zombies, Obama’s multi-year fecklessness on this gravest of threats, and the amazing climate silence of the U.S. media.[read more]

Preaching to the Climate Converted

In the first episode of the $20 million Showtime series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, which aired last Sunday, we meet a 46-year-old evangelical Christian named Nelly Montez. Montez was laid off from a local meatpacking plant that closed due to a drought.[read more]

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]