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Potentially Important Climate Deal

Representatives of nearly 200 nations reached an accord on curbing carbon emissions this past weekend in Lima Peru.  Robert Stavins gives the bottom line. Although it is true that the Lima decision text was watered down in the last 30 hours (as a result of very effective opposition by developing countries), the fact remains that […]

Pope Francis believes climate change is a moral and ethical issue. “The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously,” he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change […]

Cass Sunstein describes a new study by Troy Campbell and Aaron Kay that shows that belief in climate change for Republicans is affected by worries about how much fixing it will cost: In the most important of several experiments, they presented a large number of participants, both Republicans and Democrats, with this description of the […]

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top meteorologist warned Wednesday that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record and placed the blame on the continued increase in greenhouse gases. “There is no pause, there is no hiatus in global warming,” said Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization. A French scientist, […]

Evolutionary biologist Sean B. Carroll explains: Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies. As we gather this holiday season to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for, at the top of our list should be those who have had […]

Never mind how cold it is now; 2014 is likely to be the warmest year on record. Overall, this was the warmest October since record-keeping began in 1880. And it’s not just October that was remarkably warm. The entire year so far, since January, has also been the warmest on record—a good 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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 […]

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