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Category Archive for 'Climate Change'

Chris Hedges on the last gasp of climate change liberals: The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leadersin New York called […]

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Tidal power!

These are the kinds of things you can get done, once you’ve acknowledged there’s an actual problem: Scotland is building what it calls the world’s biggest tidal array in the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland, the country’s government announced last week. Once built, the tidal array is projected to provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes, […]

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Author Robert Jay Lifton says people are starting to acknowledge global warming: AMERICANS appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that […]

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The NOAA has released a study on the acidification of the oceans and the impacts it will have on Alaska’s coast. The predictions are very grim… What is ocean acidification? When carbon dioxide dissolves in this ocean, carbonic acid is formed. This leads to higher acidity, mainly near the surface, which has been proven to […]

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So that means we’re winning, right? Awesome! The Earth is currently riding a hot streak that would make Barry Bonds blush. This May was the hottest May in history, and, we learned today, it was followed by the hottest June. June marked the 352nd consecutive hotter-than-average month, a stretch reaching back to February of 1985, and it doesn’t […]

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Getting warmer

You’d almost think something had changed: The first six months of 2014 were the hottest ever in California, according to the National Weather Service. The period was nearly 5 degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. […]

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So Cameron’s new UK cabinet has gotten rid of environmentalists. In light of the widespread winter deluges, that’s just plain crazy. First the “badgers moved the goalposts”. Now environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has been shown the red card in a cabinet reshuffle. The environmental views of Paterson’s replacement, Liz Truss, are little known, but the former Shell […]

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In a few days there will be an abridged version of last winter’s polar vortex (meteorologists are split on using this term for the event) descending into the Eastern two-thirds of the country… As for next week’s weather, polar air will again be spilling southward from the Arctic Ocean. That’ll be good enough to convert […]

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Is this the stupidest fucking thing you ever saw? Just when I think it can’t get any worse, they top themselves: Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. “Coal Rollers” are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra […]

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Mansplaining

I was in an elevator yesterday with a man maybe ten years younger, and we shared traditional Philadelphia summer pleasantries: “Sure is hot!” But he insisted it was no hotter than ever, and that storms weren’t getting worse. “The bad storms happen more often, and do more damage,” I said. “That’s not true, you just […]

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