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Al Gore On Corruption In Politics & Media

I just read a wonderful article about and interview with Al Gore on POLITICO. Worth your time, I believe. Al Gore is such an excellent communicator. One of the best out there on the topic of global climate change. However, if you aren’t drawn to read the full thing, here are some key excerpts from the interview part picked out […]

May 3rd

The World’s Deadliest Predator, Revisited

Building on yesterday’s post from GatesNotes (Bill’s official blog) about killer mosquitoes, and our previous stories about deadly sharks and deadlier humans, here’s a visual statement about Earth’s real #1 predator—plastic. This predator is not living now, but it used to be, and it’s multiplying. Thanks to The Unbounded Spirit via the Sierra Club on […]

April 30th

Technologies For Direct Removal Of Atmospheric Carbon

Two weeks after the release of the report from IPCC Working Group Two, the  report from Working Group Three was released. While the previous report dealt with the likely effects of future climate change, this new report focuses on mitigation strategies. And while considerable emphasis is put on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this report also […]

April 21st

Caution: Now Entering The "Years Of Living Dangerously"

Last week something rare and extraordinarily positive occurred on American television. Fortunately, through YouTube and 350.org, the rest of the world got to see it too. “Something positive?” a critic questions. “If climate change is as bad as you tree-hugger people claim it is, how can anything about it be positive?” The phenomenon tends to […]

April 20th

Millennials See Keystone As More Than Just A Pipeline

The Keystone pipeline proposal has hit a Nebraska stop sign, but it has deeper problems than right-of-way issues across the United States.  After all, the controversial proposal for transporting Canada’s tar sands was never just about the pipeline.  Just ask the thousand students who rallied in front of the White House recently, who were willing […]

April 5th

Hilarious Daily Show Clip On Fracking (VIDEO)

This is absolutely hilarious… but also absolutely sad. Most of what is in this Daily Show fracking video is no joke at all. The ramifications from fracking that are highlighted here are real — even the earthquakes. And Chevron’s attempt to pacify a community that had just seen an explosion that killed one of its […]

April 2nd

Coal–Climate Connection To Hit TV Screens Nationwide

By Dayna Reggero The upcoming SHOWTIME® docu-series, Years of Living Dangerously, premiering on April 13, provides an opportunity to meet the people and see the places affected by climate change. Sharing these stories is a host of major film, television and news figures, including Jessica Alba, Mark Bittman, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and many more. […]

April 1st

Republican "Hipster" Commercials & Two Great Parodies (Videos)

There’s a decent chance you’ve seen the ridiculous “young Republican” or “Republican hipster” commercials that came out on March 16. They’re so ridiculous that I think most of us thought they were parodies. Apparently, not. Of course, parodies have since been made. Below are the original commercials in case you missed them (first two), followed […]

March 25th

Review: The Long Shadow Of Chernobyl

Though we try to keep a very positive focus here, PlanetSave isn’t just a blog about the wonders of the natural world and the glory of Mankind’s inventions. It also offers knowledge and a caution about our failures as individuals and as a species. We’ve all made mistakes before, big and small. By acknowledging anthropogenic […]

March 20th

All 3 Fukushima ALPS Nuclide Scrubbers Shut Down Tuesday

Construction of the Advanced Liquid Processing System at TEPCO’s ruined Fukushima nuclear power complex (photo: TEPCO, via mainichi.jp). Still dealing with the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and three meltdowns at its Fukushima I nuclear power complex, Tokyo Electric Power Company had more bad news yesterday about its Fukushima ALPS cleanup efforts. […]

March 19th

Paris Smog Can Take Cars Off The Streets

Travelers cherish the city of Paris for the charm of its luxurious springtime, but maybe not this year. Since last Wednesday, air pollution in Paris and 22 suburbs has topped the safe limit for PM10 particulates (80 mg/cubic meter). The Paris smog readings hit 180 mg on Friday, more than twice the accepted safe limit. This […]

March 18th

Two Contrasting Views Of Our Energy Future

The issue of where we will get our energy from in the coming decades is becoming ever more urgent. CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere at alarming rates, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated that the majority of known reserves of fossil fuels will need to be left in the ground if we […]

March 18th

Is Investing In Oil Companies Risky?

Ignoring the tremendous risks of global warming and climate change (you know, the ones that threaten human civilization as we know it), how risky is it from a purely financial perspective to invest in oil companies? I can’t say that I (or anyone) can answer that question, but some numbers recently shared in an article […]

March 13th

XL, Or No XL? Public Comments End With Poll Surprise

Laying a pipeline across agricultural land (photo: eponline.com). Friday afternoon, and officials at the State Department are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. The official public comment period on the northern extension of the $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline expired today. And the unofficial public comment that’s making the news is today’s release of […]

March 7th

Los Angeles Council Unanimously Puts Off Fracking

When the hydraulic fracturing measure passed the Los Angeles City Council today, several tweeters posted photos of this meeting (source of the above: Walker Foley on twitter). The City Council of Los Angeles, second-most populous metro in the United States, voted 10-0 today to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other “unconventional” deep-underground drilling methods to produce […]

March 1st

Canada Water Tests Positive For Fukushima Cesium-134

Bad news from the annual American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. Researchers there announced today that radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, when three reactors melted down after the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake and subsequent mega-tsunami, have finally reached the West Coast. John Smith, a research scientist at Canada’s Bedford Institute […]

February 25th

Neil Young Tour Took On Tar Sands — 10 Reasons The Tour Rocked (Other Than The Music)

http://youtu.be/J_QAdup7G0o Legendary rocker Neil Young, born in Toronto, recently went on a tour in Canada aiming to support the rights of First Nations when it comes to tar sands development. Needless to say, First Nations citizens are being almost completely ignored and greatly harmed by reckless development of the tar sands. Young asserted that Canadian […]

February 10th

Beijing Air Not As Bad As Delhi Air

Beijing has been getting a lot of attention for its crazy bad/deadly air. However, a reporter at the New York Times has noted that Delhi’s air is often even worse. “Despite Beijing’s widespread reputation of having some of the most polluted air of any major city in the world, an examination of daily pollution figures […]

January 29th

Fish…Oil.

Crude oil is a fossil fuel and was made naturally from decaying plants and animals, like this prehistoric dunkleosteus, living in ancient seas millions of years ago. Damn dunkleosteus, why couldn’t your decayed remains have become solar PV cells? Joe Mohr is a cartoonist for a variety of publications and children’s writer and illustrator. His […]

January 24th

Gas Pipeline Nixed In Pinelands Reserve… For Now

“Truly a special place,” says the National Park Service online guide. (Pictured: the Mullica River, from wiki commons). The fragile environment of the New Jersey Pinelands gained a rare win this month over development pressures, as represented by the governor, the utility industry, and multistate corporate interests. Lane closures last fall on the George Washington […]

January 23rd

Second-Hand Sunrise In Beijing Smog

Winter brings darkness and poor air quality to Beijing again this year. A viewscreen in Tiananmen Square produces a synthetic sunrise (China Foto Press/Wang Jinghua). On Thursday, a gray murk of smog displaced the dawn in Beijing. This time, China implemented an unusual and futuristic way for citizens to watch the sun come up. Video. […]

January 18th

Academic, Government Researchers Watch Coastal Kelp For Fukushima Contaminants

A diver in California’s kelp forest. A new study will explore possible radioactive contamination from the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns (Wikimedia Commons/Ed Bierman). Biology professor Steven L. Manley of California State University, Long Beach, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Head of Applied Nuclear Physics Kai Vetter have set up monitoring off the state’s coast throughout […]

January 16th

"Return To Fukushima" Airs This Week

It’s not too late to catch America Tonight‘s exclusive four-part series, Return to Fukushima. The television special delves into real-world impacts of the nuclear disaster, industry and government efforts to mitigate the damage done, and how any ongoing fallout could affect the safety of Americans. Last night’s installment dealt with the ghost towns the Japanese […]

January 7th