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Phoenix and Blacksburg Top 2015 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards

Phoenix, Arizona and Blacksburg, Virginia top this year’s list of the top green cities according to the US Conference of Mayors (USCM).  The Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards honor cities for innovative programs that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  An independent panel of judges selected the winners from a pool of applicants.  The awards […]

June 22nd

New York Children at Risk from New Gas Pipeline

West Village, Tribeca  zip codes 10014, 10013, 10011 and 10001 at ‘ground zero’ of new pipeline entrance. The New Jersey/New York Expansion Project, informally known as “The Spectra Pipeline” (Spectra Energy is the Houston-based natural gas infrastructure corporation behind the project),  is a new, 30-inch-diameter pipeline that will transport up to 800 million cubic feet […]

July 2nd

Arctic Ocean Could be Source of Massive Amounts of Methane

  A new report has shown that the Arctic Ocean could be a significant contributor of methane to the atmosphere. The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, looked at airborne observations of methane to determine how much of the greenhouse gas was being expelled from the Arctic Ocean, up to latitudes of 82° north. “We […]

April 23rd

US Map of Biggest Polluters (Interactive)

  The EPA release a cool new interactive map yesterday that lets you check out who are the biggest greenhouse gas polluters in your neighborhood (or anyone’s neighborhood in the U.S.). It’s pretty awesome… if you’re really into protecting our climate and/or maps. I just checked out my home town of Sarasota and some neighboring […]

January 12th

EPA Global Warming Finding "Supported by the Underlying Science"

Witch hunts seem to be all the current GOP has money or time for. For example, Senator James M. Inhofe (Okla.) — one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in the world — requested a review of the EPA’s greenhouse gas endangerment finding by the Office of Inspector General (IG) recently.

The report from the IG is in. Surprise, surprise.. it found that:

– “EPA met statutory requirements for rulemaking and generally followed
requirements and guidance related to ensuring the quality of the supporting
technical information.”
– “…the TSD was a highly influential scientific assessment
because EPA weighed the strength of the available science by its choices of
information, data, studies, and conclusions included in and excluded from the TSD.”

September 29th

Where and How? New Carbon Footprint Study Shows Location, Lifestyle Matter

UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The “tool” here is the “carbon calculator” made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website.

April 17th

Climate Science News of the Last Week (or So)

Other than all the big news we wrote about last week (click on our Global Warming or Science categories above), here are a number of climate science stories I thought were worth sharing: Climate Science Human Impact of Climate Change While many might think that environmentalists only want to protect the environment for its own […]

February 6th

Hunting for Methane (+ Fun Explosions) [VIDEO]

The release of methane from underneath Arctic ice is expected to be a major issue in coming years as permafrost melts (if we don’t act to stop climate change soon). Methane is about 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2 over a 100-year time period and about 72 times more potent over a 20-year […]

January 18th

Global Weirding News of the Week

Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the global weirding portion. Climate: Student Reporters Take on Climate Change and Security Coincidences abound—just after posting an item […]

January 17th

Global Climate and Warming Affected by Cloud Feedback

“It’s a vicious cycle – warmer temperatures mean clouds trap more heat, which in turn leads to even more warming,” explains Andrew Dessler, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dessler warns that clouds will amplify the warming of anthropogenic climate change in a cloud feedback which will lock the […]

December 10th

Future at Risk on a Hotter Planet

Lester R. Brown We are entering a new era, one of rapid and often unpredictable climate change. In fact, the new climate norm is change. The 25 warmest years on record have come since 1980. And the 10 warmest years since global record keeping began in 1880 have come since 1998. The effects of rising temperature […]

December 3rd

Unexpected Impact of Green Revolution on Climate Change

The Green Revolution of the late 20th century saw advances in high-yield agriculture which scientists are only now realizing had a massive impact on climate change. [social_buttons]Researchers have estimated that if not for the increased yield of crops the additional greenhouse gases that would have been entered into the planet’s atmosphere would have been equal […]

June 15th

Geoegineering Ethics – Getting Serious & Humble About Climate Intervention [Video]

Earlier this Spring, 200 climate science experts and policy makers gathered in Pacific Grove, California for ‘Asilomar 2’ (named after the first conference on bio-engineering held there in 1975), a pivotal conference for the emerging science of geoegineering. It was a meeting that many attendees regretted was even necessary. [social_buttons] 2009 was a big year for […]

Future Temperatures Could Exceed Human Livability

All the focus on reducing climate change is based on what will happen this century, but what happens the century after if we fail? According to new research findings, reasonable worse-cast scenarios for global warming if rising greenhouse gas emissions are not stamped out immediately could see Earth’s temperature exceed that which humans can tolerate […]

May 5th

EPA’s "Climate Change Indicators in the US" report: Issues for Society and Ecosystems

[social_buttons] The last major section from the EPA’s new Climate Change Indicators in the US report is society and ecosystems. Below are key summary points. Clear changes in growing seasons, bird migration leaf growth and blooming dates have occurred and the trends suggest that they will continue. Heat-related deaths show much more variability, despite clear heating […]

April 29th