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President Obama Greets G20 With Climate, China, Ukraine (VIDEO)

The G20 meeting of the world’s most influential political and economic leaders in Brisbane, Australia, began slightly off-track today, according to Reuters. President Obama put out a few words about climate change at the start, announcing a much-needed US pledge of $3 billion to get the world two-thirds of the way toward a $10 billion […]

November 15th

Sanctions Trouble Russia-ExxonMobil Kara Sea Oil Well (Part 2)

(The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Let’s look at the pluses of the Kara Sea discovery first. ExxonMobil, the largest American petroleum company, and Rosneft, one of Russia’s huge state-owned oil companies, really hit it lucky, striking oil with their first well—drilled […]

October 11th

Obama: We Can’t Afford To Deny Climate Change

In a couple of hours, everyone in the United States with access to cable TV and Showtime can hear President Barack Obama say he favors making the energy industry absorb the real price of the carbon it introduces into earth’s atmosphere. In other words, ante up the cost of carbon emissions. From Years of Living […]

June 9th

Military: Climate Strategy Vital, Not Political Chicken Game

A panel of extraordinary military leaders—16 men and women generals and admirals, including prior commanders, commandants, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—came to a pretty devastating conclusion recently about climate strategy. The Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analyses, a 70-year-old federally funded think tank, says that current actions by the […]

May 28th

Colbert & Tom Friedman Discuss Global Weirding (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert recently sat down with Tom Friedman — an American journalist, columnist and author who is passionate about tackling climate change — for some fun + a call for climate action now. Of course, Colbert was in his fake über-conservative hat (which we get to watch for a bit longer until he takes over […]

May 26th

National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]

May 6th

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