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Journalism entails more than stenography: PBS Newshour malfeasance re Clean Power Plan

October 11th, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Trump Administration’s decision to undermine America’s economy and future prospects by its announced intent to reverse the Clean Power Plan and expand its denial of that Chinese Hoax, climate change made headlines and created an imperative for serious news coverage.  Last evening, the PBS News Hour — often the gold standard when it comes […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · climate zombies · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · journalism · SciComm · science · Science Communication · science denial

Energy BOOKSHELF: Emancipate Slaves, End Climate Change?

March 25th, 2017 · Comments Off on Energy BOOKSHELF: Emancipate Slaves, End Climate Change?

Head-slapping moments liberate intellectually. A weltanschauung shifting moment is powerful, especially that sudden light bulb over the head event which seems so self-evident in retrospect. Slavery fosters pollution Slavers are operating outside the law already and thus typically have utter disdain for any form of environmental regulation and/or protection. Slavers are despoiling humans for profit, why […]

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Tags: energy bookshelf · environmental · environmental justice

Bernie Sanders’ drinking problem

March 31st, 2016 · 1 Comment

While the Bernie bird video has gone viral, CitiSven has focused on a prominent item in the images that — well — probably almost everyone else let their eyes pass over without consciously registering that there was a water bottle on the podium. This guest post is a far more thoughtful and eloquent look at […]

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Tags: environmental · guest post · plastic · political symbols

It is past time for #election2016 to address #climate & environmental justice. Let’s start to change this in Flint.

March 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on It is past time for #election2016 to address #climate & environmental justice. Let’s start to change this in Flint.

The two Democratic candidates are going to Flint, Michigan, for a debate. Sparked by the horrific lead poisoning of (far, far) too many under Republican Governor Rich Snyder’s ‘watch’, this debate is expected to focus on challenges for urban minorities. A growing chorus is emerging advocating that the focus truly revolve around the core issue […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental justice

Shhh … when it comes to #weather/#climate links, nothing to be seen here (@WashingtonPost edition)

December 27th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Shhh … there is nothing to be seen here. Even with perhaps the nation’s top political cartoonist on climate change, Tom Toles, and the excellent climate/energy/science reporting of the likes of Chris Mooney, article after article in The Washington Post discussing ‘weird weather’ in the DC area and elsewhere goes with nary a mention of […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · journalism · media · Washington Post · weather

Minimalist plastic bag fee shockingly does not cause panic on High Street

October 5th, 2015 · Comments Off on Minimalist plastic bag fee shockingly does not cause panic on High Street

Across societies, relatively small policy changes have led to real change.  Getting people off a lazy addiction to plastic bags (and thus reducing plastic impacts — from use of fossil fuels to produce them, to reduced litter on the streets, to reduced impacts on wildlife) is one example. Over a decade ago, the institution of […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental economics

Marie (@JudithCurry) Antoinette’s solution to #Climate #heatwaves + #EnergyPoverty: “Let them buy air conditioners”

July 2nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sometimes comedians come too close to the truth. There are people who, it seems, truly thinks that the “solution” for climate change is something like Futurama’s ice cubes into the sea … Absurd, no? Well aligned with what climate science tells us will be happening with increasing frequency, there are a number of regions that […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · Energy · environmental · Global Warming

Requiem for Canadian glaciers (and #climate #science)

April 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wonder what your favourite glacier to ski or hike will look like in 20 or 40 years? A new study makes detailed predictions about how the glaciers in B.C. and Alberta will melt and shrink between now and 2100. Nature Geoscience just published a sobering look at likely deglaciation in Western Canada during the 21st century with […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · science

Birds die …

September 1st, 2014 · 3 Comments

Birds die … naturally and due to human causes. To provide some context, 5 billion birds dies in the United States each year. America’s cats kill between 1.4 to 3.4 billion (yes, 1,700,000,000 to 3,400,000,000) birds per year (along with somewhere between 6.9 to 20.7 billion small mammals(chipmunks along with mice …)). U.S. windows kill nearly […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration