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Greenland, Antarctica May Be Vulnerable To Rapid Ice Loss

Humanity faces 70 feet of sea level rise, possibly coming much sooner than has been expected if we continue with unrestricted carbon pollution. Two recent studies underscore our perilous situation.The first study found, “East Antarctica’s Ice Sheet...

Posted August 3, 2013    

Brain-Eating Parasites Thrive As Global Warming Heats Up Lakes

It’s a myth there are no winners from climate change. “Global Warming is Doubling Bark Beetle Mating, Boosting Tree Attacks Up To 60-Fold.” The decline in creatures with shells “could trigger an explosion in jellyfish populations” and “Climate...

Posted August 2, 2013    

Obama: Keystone Jobs A Blip, Pipeline Might Raise Gas Prices

In his big June climate speech, president Obama said he would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”In an interview with The New York Times this week, Obama repeated...

Posted July 30, 2013    

Natural Gas Must Peak Between 2020 and 2030 To Meet Climate Goals

A new report finds natural gas must peak “sooner than many policymakers currently realize is necessary—if the United States is to meet its climate goals and avoid the worst impacts of global warming.”The report, from the Center for American Progress...

Posted July 28, 2013    

Court Affirms Michael Mann's Right To Proceed In Defamation Lawsuit

A stunning DC Superior Court decision Friday on behalf of climatologist Michael Mann against the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) found:There is sufficient evidence presented that is indicative of “actual malice. The CEI Defendants have...

Posted July 21, 2013    

Like Butter: Study Explains Surprising Acceleration Of Greenland Ice Melt

Meltwater from the surface of the Sermeq Avannarleq Glacier drains down toward interior ice. This photograph depicts a region about 10 miles from the ice sheet margin in Southwest Greenland. A new CIRES-led study helps explain the surprising...

Posted July 20, 2013    

GOP Staffer Uses Pseudonym To Call on GOP to Admit Climate Change Is Real And Take Action

“Someone in the GOP needs to say it: conservation is conservative; climate change is real; and conservatives need to lead on solutions because we have better answers than the other side.”The good news is that someone in the GOP did say it. The bad...

Posted July 17, 2013    

Energy Risk: Sharp Rise In U.S. Earthquakes Directly Linked To Fracking

Distant Quakes Trigger Tremors at U.S. Waste-Injection Sites"Cumulative count of earthquakes with a magnitude ≥ 3.0 in the central and eastern United States, 1967–2012. The dashed line corresponds to the long-term rate of 21.2 earthquakes per year,...

Posted July 15, 2013    

The Climate Change Skeptic Caucus: 113th Congress Edition

Climate change is happening, humans are the cause, and a shocking number — more than 65 percent — of congressional Republicans refuse to accept it.155 elected representatives from the 113th Congress have taken over $51 million from the fossil fuel...

Posted June 27, 2013    

Report: Birds Highly Threatened By Climate Change

(Credit: AP/Elaine Thompson)Let’s say you’re a bird, flying north for the spring. You’ve spent the winter in the southern tip of South America, and on your way to the Arctic, you stop in Delaware Bay to feast on horseshoe crab eggs. Only this time,...

Posted June 25, 2013    

Economic Growth Through Innovation, and a Carbon Price

This is one in a series of viewpoints on the core question of growth — JR.(Credit: Flickr user Novae)Should we try to limit economic growth? Given the dire straits carbon-powered growth has put our planet in, it’s hard not to at least consider the...

Posted June 23, 2013    

Governor Blacklists Newspapers After Criticism of Energy Policies

Credit: APFollowing a critical series of articles in three Maine newspapers this week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) office has cut off those papers’ access to administration officials.The same week the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal,...

Posted June 20, 2013