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Red State

A nervy image. And Andrew Sullivan explains: This is a map of global temperature anomalies for last month. Pretty uneventful until you get to the Arctic, where the feedback loops of warming, loss of ice-reflection, more warming and so on … Continue reading

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David Frum: Are Republicans suffering from a change of political weather or climate?

David Frum says climate. That would make the Republican Party not an elephant, but potentially a dinosaur, right?

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Going Green by Driving Your Car?

Are human carbon emissions actually greening the Earth? According to the UK’s Independent, a new study says that trees today are growing faster in Maryland than they did 225 years ago (the oldest trees in the study), and the researchers attribute … Continue reading

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Copenhagen: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

And no plan B. In response to the failure of Copenhagen’s climate talks, an editorial writer at Spiegel bemoans humanity: Copenhagen’s collapse merely confirms the opinion of those who view climate change as some pipe dream of scientists, left-wing politicians … Continue reading

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Climate Change Watch: A Reminder of the Mentality That Barack Obama Faces

Representative John Shimkus, earlier this year, on why there’s no need for any serious concern about global warming:

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Barack Obama: Climate Change’s Neville Chamberlain?

Environmental peace in our time? At Salon today, environmentalist Bill McKibben says that, with regard to global warming, civilization has an existential threat before it akin to Adolf Hitler. The slow-working of politics as usual, in other words, won’t work. You … Continue reading

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Evolution, Global Warming, and How Scientific Sausage Is Made

Are you a skeptic of evolution and global warming? I’m not particularly skeptical of either of these two ideas, at least in their broad outlines, but there is an article in the most recent Popular Mechanics that gives me less confidence about … Continue reading

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25, 5, and 2: Three Great Reasons Not to Buy a Hummer

This evening I watched an extraordinary documentary titled A Crude Awakening (which can be found at Amazon here), and in the film three numbers jumped out at me: 25 5 2 And what do these numbers represent? 25 is the percentage … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The View from Germany’s Window

In Spiegel today, Christian Schwägerl takes after President Obama and America in their tag team foot dragging on climate change (rightfully so, I think): For most Americans, the world beyond the US’s borders is nothing more than an irritating nuisance. Hence arguments based … Continue reading

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One of the Arctic Ice Satellite Photographs That George Bush Was Hiding, and That Barack Obama Recently Declassified

More polar ice retreat images here.

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What Bush Was Trying to Hide: One of the Arctic Ice Retreat Photos President George W. Bush Kept Classified and That President Barack Obama Recently Declassified

“Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer. Photograph: Public Domain.” Notice, in this photo, just how much white reflective surface space has turned to dark sun-radiation aborbative … Continue reading

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Senator Al Franken v. T. Boone Pickens: Remember the Wind Farm Ads—or the Swift Boat Ads?

Wind Farm ads v. Swift Boat ads? Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has recently shifted gears in his political activism, promoting green energy sources (like wind) in ads and at congressional hearings. But Pickens was also a major funder of the Swift … Continue reading

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The White Roof Movement

My wife and I are seriously thinking about getting the roof of our house painted white (for energy efficiency and environmental reasons). And today the New York Times has an article on the “White Roof Movement.” Money quote: Studies show that white … Continue reading

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Cap and Trade: The Big Picture

At Salon.com today, physicist Joseph Romm suggests how to frame the debate on “cap and trade”—and win it—as the bill passed in the House now heads for a vote in the Senate: The key to framing a win on this bill is to portray it — … Continue reading

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