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McConnell Suddenly Believes In Science

The soon-to-be Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, would often say he’s not a scientist, but now that he wants to pass the Keystone Pipeline he has become one. In remarks on the Senate floor, hours before a vote on a bill that fast-tracks construction of the pipeline, McConnell pointed to the “science” supporting the legislation. “Those […]

It is among the more obvious conclusions, but when you charge a lower price for something you get more of it.  Evidence from Australia’s recent shift to a prime minister who is opposed to reducing carbon emissions: Back in 2011, Australia’s Labor Party enacted a national carbon tax as a way of tackling global warming. The […]

With their heads literally stuck in the sand, more than 400 protesters in Australia mocked the government’s reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit this weekend. Reuters reports: Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s perceived failure to address climate change is all the more galling in the wake of an agreement between […]

Obama Veers Left

The Hill notes how the president has gone left since the midterm election. In a surprise, he announced a major deal on climate change with China during a trip to Beijing Tuesday. That followed another unanticipated move — a Monday statement pressuring the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new net neutrality rules for the Internet. The […]

China and the United States, the world’s two biggest economies and emitters of greenhouse gas, have signed an historic climate change agreement to reduce carbon pollution. President Obama made the deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly […]

Rapid action is necessary to address greenhouse gas emissions according to a UN climate change report about to be released. Flooding, dangerous heatwaves, ill health and violent conflicts are among the likely risks if temperatures exceed 2C above pre-industrial levels, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will say. Yet on current trends, […]

I’m always posting bad news about our warming planet so here is some small bit of encouraging news from Indonesia and the Nature Conservancy’s Peter Ellis. Ellis and his colleagues are doing something unusual—fighting against climate change by helping to improve logging operations. This idea remains controversial in the conservation community, but the Arlington, Va.-based […]

With so much evidence and overwhelming consensus by scientists that Climate Change is real, it’s natural to wonder who still denies it and why. In a fascinating review of polling evidence we see that it’s probably who you expect it is but perhaps not for the reasons you think. So why do these Americans refuse […]

Two articles today about the changes that can be directly attributed to climate change.  From Australia: The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific […]

Not only are we causing the world to heat up, we’re driving out the animal population. The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results […]

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