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BP proves Beyond Petroleum was greenwashing, joins “biggest global warming crime ever seen”

The tar sands are rightly called one of the world’s greatest environmental crimes, as I’ve written. No company that invests in the Canadian tar sands can legitimately call itself green. Yet BP, the oil company that lavished millions on advertising...

Posted December 18, 2007    

Judge Rejects Detroit’s Clean Car Act Attack

In a ruling last Wednesday–potentially as significant as the CAFE standards of the energy bill–United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii rejected a lawsuit challenging California’s 2002 Clean Car Act (AB1493), which calls for vehicles to produce...

Posted December 17, 2007    

Bush team, humiliated by Papua New Guinea (!), blinks in Bali, sort of

London – At least that’s how they’re covering it outside the United States. Similar to how it was reported on British TV last night, The Toronto Star, in an article titled “U.S. backs down after needling” reports the game-changer at the UN climate...

Posted December 16, 2007    

Japan harnesses new form of bio-energy: electric eels!

The shocking feel-good environmental story of the season–a Japanese inventor has figured out how to light an aquarium’s Christmas tree using an electric eel : Two aluminum panels inside the eel’s tank work as electrodes to catch its power. Cables...

Posted December 14, 2007    

UN Creating Small Adaptation Fund by Going Carbon Neutral

The IPCC has warned us that developing nations are poised to bear the most dramatic effects of global warming, and so far we (the world) have done practically nothing to counter or prevent that fact. But the UN is trying. This week in Bali the UN...

Posted December 14, 2007    

EU to Bush: No Road Map, No Summit

What good is a road map when your navigator isn’t paying attention? There is one day, Friday, left in the climate negotiations in Bali (because of the time difference, attendees are already sleeping off Thursday). The EU is calling for language that...

Posted December 13, 2007    

California looks for yet more clean energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released its biennial integrated energy policy report. The 301-page report looks at various issues confronting California and makes recommendations on how to address them. The issues include: Rising...

Posted December 13, 2007    

An ice-free Arctic by 2013?

Maybe Climate Progress isn’t alarmist after all. Maybe this future is nearer than everyone thinks: I was called “over-alarmist” by one of the people who took my bet that the Arctic would be ice free by 2020. But one of the country’s top ice experts...

Posted December 12, 2007    

Time to shut down the IPCC?

I have a long column at Salon.com, “Desperate times, desperate scientists,” which discusses how dire the climate situation is and how desperate climate scientists have become in the face of global inaction. In general, I am a fan of what the...

Posted December 12, 2007    

NASA: 2007 Second Warmest Year Ever, with Record Warmth Likely by 2010

According to NASA scientists: Through the first 11 months, 2007 is the second warmest year in the period of instrumental data, behind the record warmth of 2005, in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis. The unusual warmth in 2007...

Posted December 11, 2007    

CNBC Energy Bill Debate with Dan Weiss

Yesterday, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, Dan Weiss, went on CNBC to discuss ‘the economic benefits of going green’ as it relates to the energy bill currently in Congress. Weiss, in general an...

Posted December 11, 2007    

Call for a Presidential Science Debate

Science writer/blogger Chris Mooney at The Intersection and others came up with a good idea that I signed on to — a statement supported by many distinguished scientists, and a bunch of semi-distinguished bloggers: Given the many urgent scientific...

Posted December 10, 2007