The percent of continental America currently experiencing exceptional drought has reached the highest levels ever recorded over the past 12 years.
In the midst of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, it has been interesting to see how the world’s leading countries and politicians are responding. If I had even an ounce of hope that Republicans could come around on energy policy in the face of this catastrophe, I think I completely lost it this week.
Here’s some of the biggest global warming and environmental politics news and commentary from the last week or so, along with some fun cartoons. Rocket Fuel in Our Water? The inspiration for the cartoon above, among other things: information that there is rocket fuel (or a component of it) in water supplies across the U.S.
The Clean Air Act is getting attacked by leading polluters and some members of Congress. Over a couple dozen scientific, environmental, and progressive organizations told Obama in a letter sent to him on Friday that he needs to make sure to stand up for this critical piece of U.S. legislation. Here’s the letter: Dear Mr.
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
One good way to create jobs, as Obama and his secretary of transportation Ray LaHood know, is to invest in efficient, green transportation, like bicycles. One recent study in Wisconsin showed that bicycling adds $1.5 billion/year to its economy. Now, another study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Estimating the
As I’ve covered on here twice recently, while it may be colder in parts of the U.S. and Europe, it is drastically warmer in the Arctic. In fact, the warming in the Arctic is likely causing the cooling in these regions. As I discussed before, think of it like this: if you open your refrigerator
This is a difficult list to come up with when you cover these topics every day. There are so many big stories, many of which never even hit the mainstream media. Well, I know these are popular (I’m drawn in to them, too) and it’s always useful to reflect a little… So, here’s my Top
Here’s our roundup of interesting (good & bad) environmental and wildlife news of the week, other than what we’ve covered already. White House: Polar Bears Not ‘Endangered’ The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status. In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service
We’ve got some good news this week regarding sharks. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives just passed the Shark Conservation Act (apt timing considering our last 10 Friday Photos post was on sharks… and the fact that the lame duck session is drawing to a close soon in Congress). The Act will bring an end to shark
Are you fed up with Japanese whaling, or with the battles between Japanese whaling vessels and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society? Apparently, the U.S., the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand are a bit fed up with the former and a bit worried about the latter. They’ve issued a joint statement (below) both opposing whaling in
Bike theft and vandalism has been a bit of an issue for the world’s biggest bike-sharing program, Vélib in Paris, which has been, nonetheless, extremely successful and dwarfs U.S. bike-sharing programs (so far). But recent research on the matter has found basically nothing to worry about concerning bike-sharing theft and vandalism in the U.S. and
It seems we always take the most basic things for granted. With regards to adequate water, air, and soil (things we assume will always be there) we are gradually becoming more mindful of them, and their limits. But how many of us are worried about phosphorus (P) running out? Well, lately, more and more agricultural
Carbonfund has put it bluntly, telling the U.S. that its presence in Cancun is more of a problem than a help at this point. With Congress essentially in gridlock and unable to do anything meaningful with regards to climate change, the U.S. really isn’t of much use in Cancun, the organization argues. “The US has
In a tremendous show of support for climate action, 259 investors with over $15 trillion in capital called on political leaders headed to Cancun at the end of this month as well as the incoming U.S. Congress that the time to take action on climate change is now. Ceres writes: Citing potential climate-related GDP losses
The 2010 Convention of Biodiversity (CBD) was held in Nagoya, Japan last week. The atmosphere must not have been very pleasant, considering that most 2010 targets were not met. Nonetheless, representatives from all countries of the world except the U.S. and Andorra (pop. 83,000) met and worked on creating a strategic plan for 2011-2022. Yes, no
Have toxic soil? Plant some roses. That’s what residents of a town in Macedonia have been advised to do since the lead and zinc mill that contaminated their soil isn’t doing anything to clean it up. Jess Leber of Change.org writes: For 30 years, nothing has come up roses for a Macedonia town suffering extreme
According to a report that analyzed 450,000 responses from 151 nations, personal income is indeed related strongly to two categories of subjective experience: “life evaluation” and “emotional well-being“…but only up to an annual income of 75, 000.00. Beyond that level, subjective reporting of emotional well-being and “positive affect” do not change. Researchers sought to quantify
Wasted food energy in the U.S. totals some 2150 trillion kilojoules per year–more than the U.S. could produce in ethanol (grain) biofuels. Further, an article in the New Scientist asserts that this amount is greater than the energy produced annually from all the oil and gas extracted from the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest Earth Policy Institute news release by Lester R. Brown discusses the issue of appliance efficiency, with information on this issue from countries around the world. Lester R. Brown There are enormous opportunities to use energy more efficiently. Investing in energy efficiency is often far cheaper than expanding the energy supply to meet growing