IPCC on Climate – Tragedy of the Commons

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 5:35 pm

The White House released the National Climate Assessment Report today eliminating legitimate doubt that climate change is underway with increasingly dire and catastrophic consequences to the global biosphere and to human life yet to come. The report is the product of more than four years of work by hundreds of scientists and it is substantially more comprehensive and alarming than its predecessor report issued in 2009. Unlike the United Nation’s report released three weeks ago, this report focuses on what is happening in eight geographical regions of the United States.


Pseudo-Protests and Serious Climate Crisis

By: Monday February 18, 2013 11:15 am

Going in, I was of mixed views regarding Sunday’s rally in Washington, D.C., to save the earth’s climate from the tar sands pipeline. I still am. Why on a Sunday when there’s no government around to protest, shut down, or interfere with?

2012: Hottest Year On Record For United States

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 3:47 pm

It’s official: 2012 was indeed the hottest year in 100+ years of record keeping for the contiguous U.S. (lower 48 states). The record-breaking heat in March certainly set the table for the record and the heat just kept coming through the summer. The previous record holder is very noteworthy. 2012 broke 1998′s record by more than 1°F! Does that sound small? Let’s put in perspective: that’s the average temperature for thousands of weather stations across a country over 3,000,000 sq. mi. in area for an entire year.

US Drought Update

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 7:15 pm

The current US Drought Monitor map was published today.

All but four Chicago-area counties in the US state of Illinois are disaster counties. Illinois has 102 counties. In short, Illinois, and I mean the whole of this giant Midwest state, is a government-listed, aid eligible disaster area. Illinois is, in pertinent part a leading US producer of corn, soybeans and swine, with 76,000 farms covering 28 million acres amounting to nearly eighty percent of Illinois total land acreage.

Sunday Tar Sands Action: “Fight Fight Fight!”

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 5:00 pm

This morning, while 50 of their friends faced another day in jail, 45 more Americans were arrested as part of an ongoing sit-in at the White House. The DC Park Police have been telling organizers of the sit-in that they were keeping the first wave of demonstrators in jail to deter people from taking part in the civil disobedience. In fact, the arrests have just the opposite effect.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eli Kintisch, Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope – or Worst Nightmare – for Averting Climate Catastrophe

By: Sunday August 22, 2010 1:59 pm

Welcome Eli Kintisch, and Host Eric Pooley , author of The Climate War. [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev] Hack the Planet: Science’s Best Hope – or Worst Nightmare – for Averting Climate Catastrophe While the politicians in Washington [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric Pooley, The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth

By: Sunday July 11, 2010 2:00 pm

For three years, former Time chief political correspondent Eric Pooley has followed the political fight over limiting the amount of carbon pollution emitted by the United States — and the Climate War is his blow-by-blow report from the front. Urgent and timely, the book is a behind-the-scenes page-turner for the green set, a detailed explanation of this country’s national inaction on carbon limits. It’s a rich story of scientists, schemers, politicos and hacks, but the main characters are three men who have tried — and up till now, failed — to forever change the way America uses energy and hopefully help stem global warming.

Morning Swim: May 13th, 2010

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 5:00 am

A brief look at what’s happening in the news on the morning of May 13th, 2010.

Boxer, Democrats Pass Climate Bill Through Committee Without Amendments

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 6:20 pm

Boxer refused to give in to Republican obstruction. Fed up with waiting for the Republicans to stop their boycott, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed their climate and energy bill without a markup, sending the chairman’s mark directly out of committee.

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