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Canadian Arctic Warming Unprecedented In 120,000 Years

Credit: xkcdRecent warming has been unprecedented in speed, scale, and cause. Last year, we reported on a study that found the rate of warming since 1900 is 50 times greater than the rate of cooling in the previous 5000 years, which threatens to...

Posted February 1, 2014    

Jekyll And Hyde: The Two Sides Of Obama's Energy Strategy

CREDIT: C-SPANIn his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy.On the one hand, the President clearly stated his Dr. Jekyll commitment to cutting carbon pollution...

Posted January 30, 2014    

What Is The Most Dangerous Impact Of Climate Change?

NOAA concluded in 2011 that “human-caused climate change [is now] a major factor in more frequent Mediterranean droughts.” Reds and oranges highlight lands around the Mediterranean that experienced significantly drier winters during 1971-...

Posted January 26, 2014    

Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

The “60 Minutes” team poses for photographers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Nov.10, 1993. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark LennihanBy Joe Romm and Emily AtkinFor Robert Rapier's direct response to the 60 Minutes segment that first appeared on...

Posted January 8, 2014    

60 Minutes Hit Job On Clean Energy Ignores The Facts

Clean technology is booming by every key indicator — but you would never know that from Sunday’s absurd 60 Minutes piece touting an imaginary “Cleantech Crash.”As documented in the recent Department of Energy (DOE) report, “Revolution Now: The...

Posted January 7, 2014    

Faux Pause 2: Warmest November On Record As New Studies Confirm Warming Trend

Last month saw the hottest global November surface temperature on record, according to the latest data from NASA.Earth’s surface temperature in °C for each November since 1880 (compared to base period, 1951-1980). Red line is smoothing with a 15-...

Posted December 17, 2013    

Study: Arctic Warming Drives More Extreme Summer Heat Waves, Droughts, And Deluges

Global warming reduces the temperature difference between the equator and poles, which in turn has been linked to the observed northward shift in the jet stream. Via Climate Central.A new study links the past decade’s “exceptional number of...

Posted December 11, 2013    

350 Or Bust: Scientists Warn Even 2°C Warming Could Lead To Disaster

Humanity is choosing to destroy a livable climate, warn 18 of the world’s leading climate experts in a new study. Led by James Hansen, they make the strongest case to date for a target of 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the air, or about 1°C (...

Posted December 6, 2013    

Bridge Out: Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Higher Than EPA Estimates

A major new study blows up the whole notion of natural gas as a short-term bridge fuel to a carbon-free economy.Natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), a potent heat-trapping gas. If, as now seems likely, natural gas production systems leak 2.7% (or...

Posted November 28, 2013    

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas's Value-Add

Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell uses would — if widely adopted — reshape domestic and international energy consumption and investment trends.Shell...

Posted November 25, 2013    

Syria Today Is A Preview Of Veterans Day, 2030

The worst direct impacts to humans from our unsustainable use of energy — over the next few decades — will, I think, be Dust-Bowlification and extreme weather and food insecurity: Hell and High Water.But all of the impacts occurring at once will...

Posted November 14, 2013    

To Those Who Want To See Nuclear Power Play A Bigger Role In Climate Action

Who killed nuclear power? Hint: It’s not the people who actively supported placing a high and rising price on carbon pollution.Four of the country’s top climate experts have distributed an open letter “To those influencing environmental policy but...

Posted November 8, 2013