Tallying the True Costs of Fossil Fuels

Monday, the New York Times reported that a National Academy of Sciences study tallied the cost of burning fossil fuels and found that it was running the county about $120 billion dollars each year. That price tag is based almost entirely on health care costs and thousands of premature deaths from...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Health, Policy

McKibben Reminds Us that We Have Yet to Come to Terms with Our Limits

In A Timely Reminder of the Real Limits to Growth, a recent opinion piece in Yale Environment 360, Bill McKibben reminds us that it's been 37 years since publication of the book, Limits to Growth, which warned, "If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

G20 Leaders Signal an End to Free Ride for Fossil Fuels

On one or two occasions, friends of mine have complained about renewable energies because they have to be subsidized to survive. (Yeah, I know. Fun party conversation.) My response is always to point out that we've been subsidizing fossil fuel production for decades. I never go into any details, ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

Meeting a New Face of Rain

Autumn has come here to Maryland, and the way it has made itself felt is by a change in the quality of the rain that has been a frequent visitor for many months. This has been a very rainy year, though my area has been lucky in that we've not experienced the damaging flooding that other parts of ...

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Tags: Climate change, India, Rain, Weather

Kids Spin the Wheel of the Planet's Future, Sure to be Interesting Times

Awhile back I posted about "villains recast as heroes" and the sun's shift from life-force to life-threatening force. It turns out that the current crop of kids has indeed grown up with the specter of climate change hanging over them, and they do easily accept the concept that too much sun can be...

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Tags: Climate change, Cohort, Generation, Kids

Do those opposing climate action even know where the high ground is?

I think it's fair to say that a measure of how morally bankrupt your position is on an issue is related to how much you have to lie to rally public support for your position. (No, I'm not talking about that other issue currently dominating the news. I'm talking about climate change legislation.) ...

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Tags: Climate change, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

Climate Week in New York City

Beginning on September 20th government officials, business leaders, and scholars will all gather in New York City for a week to attend meetings and events dedicated to combat climate change. Climate week will serve as a precursor for the climate change summit which will take place this December i...

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Tags: Climate change

AM Inspiration: Africa and the Political Environment

International climate change talks founder again and again on the differing realities to be found in developed versus developing nations, with good reason: climate change is being already affecting parts of the African continent. GreenBusinessAfrica reports "For most rural people especially in th...

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Tags: Africa, Climate change, Criticism, Culture, Developing nation, Literature, Western

Should climate change be a priority? recently surveyed 19 nations on whether or not government should take more action on reducing climate change. Fifteen nations, including the largest greenhouse gas emission contributors--China, US, and Russi--believe the government should see reducing change as a high prior...

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Tags: Climate change

AM Inspiration: Summer Nights, Country and City Versions

The summer seemed to get off to a late start this year for many of us on the East Coast. All the rain and cool temperatures have finally given way to warm temperatures and warm nights. If you're trying to use less air conditioning this summer--or don't have it at all--there are a variety of strat...

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Tags: Air conditioning, Climate change, Energy efficient, Global warming, Season, Summer

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