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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    

Carbon Capture and Storage Can Cause Earthquakes, Making It 'A Risky And Strategy'

New research suggests that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be a far more limited climate solution than previously thought because it can induce earthquakes, which can cause CO2 leakage.We’ve known for a long time that underground injection of...

Posted November 7, 2013    

Study: Arctic Sea Ice Loss Shifts Jet Stream, Driving Deluges In Europe, Drought In Mediterranean

Yet another study finds Arctic sea ice loss can shift the jet stream and alter the climate.Arctic sea ice volume in 1000s of cubic kilometers (via Robinson). A new study links recent ice loss to changes in European precipitation.Scientists predicted...

Posted November 1, 2013