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The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

Not that this will convince the deniers, but… The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th [...]

We’re Already Paying For Climate Change

Dealing with climate change will cost us a great deal.  This is the source of much of the argument over climate policy.  However, the cost of doing nothing is probably immeasurably higher as described by Mark Schapiro. The Environmental Protection Agency has an estimated price for the effects of greenhouse gases: It’s called the “social [...]

Denying Climate Change On Two Continents Is Too Scary

I thought America was way behind the times on the science of climate change, given the positions of fact-free Republicans who populate our House of Representatives. Our northern neighbor, Canada, is surprisingly anti-environmentalist, considering they are socially more progressive than the U.S. with their single payer health care. Canadian PM Harper, who is as committed to proliferating the production of [...]

Miami Underwater?

Miami Underwater?

While developing countries have been experiencing the consequences of climate change for a while, the United States is only beginning to feel its effects. One area that is likely to be among the most affected is Miami: Miami and its surroundings are facing a calamity worthy of the Old Testament. It is an astonishing story. [...]

You May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn’t

A military guy who was once a skeptic has changes his ways, largely because something got in the way of his previous position: facts. Writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a recent Op-Ed, Rear Adm. David Titley (Ret.) — who was initially a climate skeptic — worked on a Navy task force to study the [...]

Another Victim Of Climate Change

The National Parks are struggling to cope with climate change: By comparing 289 national parks’ climate data over the past 10 to 30 years to the historical range of variability from 1901 to 2012, the scientists were able to determine that 235 of the parks, or 81 percent, have experienced extreme recent warm conditions; 78 [...]

Kentucky Republican: Climate Change Unproven Because ‘Temperature On Mars Is Exactly As It Is Here’

Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith knows (via Daily Kos) just why climate change has not been proven. “As you (Energy & Environment Cabinet official) sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I don’t want to get into the [...]

The Long Road For Climate Regulations

The regulations proposed last month to combat emissions from existing power plants were a critical step toward combating climate change. But the regulations are a long way from taking effect.  In a column for the Hill today, I discuss the long path forward and also how this path ensures that if the regulations are finalized, [...]

Republican Candidate For Congress: Climate Change Can Be Disproved With A Simple Thermometer

A Louisiana State Representative, who hopes to win her district’s U.S. House seat, posted a campaign video on YouTube calling climate change “the greatest deception in the history of mankind,” and asserts that it can be disproved using a simple thermometer. So, all of the scientists who have weighed in need to sit down and [...]

Worried About Climate Change?  Change The Forecast

The Outer Banks in North Carolina is a popular summer resort.  Recently they got some bad news: The dangers of climate change were revealed to Willo Kelly in a government conference room in the summer of 2011. By the end of the century, state officials said, the ocean would be 39 inches higher and her [...]

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