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Why won't media make climate tie on spiking peanut butter prices?Peanut butter.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:42:23 +0000

Photo: Stephen DannWill consumers get the jarring truth about why peanut butter prices are suddenly chunky? So far, it looks like the media is feeding them a smoothed-over version that omits the impact of the climate crisis. First, the bad news. As …

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Valdez redux? Scientists sound alarm over key Gulf fish species

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 02:37:50 +0000

Could one of the Gulf of Mexico’s most abundant fish face the same fate as Prince William Sound’s crashed herring population? A new study [PDF] by a team of researchers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences raises …

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Close coal: D.C.-area coal-fired power plant to closegenon-station-180x150.jpgThe Potomac River Generating Station.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:37:32 +0000

Just a month after Michael Bloomberg used it as a backdrop for his $50 million donation to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, officials in Alexandria, Va., announced a plan to shut down the plant.

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Science connects climate change and wildfires. Why won't the media?fire-truck-flickr-us-forest-service-apache-sitgreaves-national-forests.jpgFire truck.

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:12:17 +0000

One of the least controversial impacts of climate change is more frequent, severe, damaging wildfires in America's West. Why won't reporters say so?

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Climate crisis fueling Mississippi River’s historic floodsmississippi-river-flooding-flickr-chris-wieland.jpgMississippi flooding.

Thu, 12 May 2011 01:11:55 +0000

The Mississippi River flooding part of downtown Memphis.Photo: Chris WielandThe Mississippi River is experiencing its second “500-year flood” since 1993. That’s no freak occurrence — scientists say it’s a result of human-made carbon pollution changing our climate. “All extreme weather …

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Renewable energy saving lives in Afghanistan

Mon, 09 May 2011 22:49:04 +0000

The Wall Street Journal today reports on efforts to make U.S. troops safer by reducing dependence on fossil fuel-powered generators and batteries: Batteries make up as much as 20% of the weight of the 100 pounds of gear a Marine …

Taxpayer-subsidized parking at Yankee Stadium going belly-up?yankee-stadium-flickr-ben-w-500.jpgYankee stadium

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:02:31 +0000

Photo: Ben WHere in D.C., Nationals fans are used to having their view of the Capitol blocked at Nationals Park by the giant, mostly empty parking lots that loom over center field. And now owners of parking lots at the …

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75 percent of NPR ‘clean energy’ panel has cashed polluter paychecksnpr-logo-463.jpg

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 02:00:31 +0000

You don’t have to been on Big Oil’s payroll to be on National Public Radio’s (NPR) clean energy panel, but it sure helps! I got a chance to watch the taping of this week’s Intelligence Squared debate on clean energy, …

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breaking the newsNASA Global Temperatures Through 2009

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:19 +0000

The watchdog organization Media Matters has uncovered disturbing new internal emails from the Washington bureau of Fox News. The emails suggest Fox News’ slanted coverage of climate science isn’t the result of a subtle bias, but of a deliberate directive …

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Inhofe "Inception"

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 22:32:47 +0000

The National Wildlife Federation Climate Capsule team’s favorite summer movie was Inception. It got us to thinking, what if you could enter the dreams of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Big Oil’s MVP? Also this week — updates on tar sands, …

Groups: Gas must be included in Gulf disaster tally

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:12:44 +0000

The National Wildlife Federation has been a leader in pressing the federal government to hold BP and other parties fully accountable for the Gulf disaster. While attention has been focused on the oil spilled, NWF joined NRDC today in writing …

2010's extreme heat: A window on our future

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 01:37:07 +0000

According to a new National Wildlife Federation report, the sweltering summer of 2010 could be considered mild compared to the typical summers of the future.

Making monkeys out of climate deniers

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 18:06:48 +0000

What can spider monkeys, peacocks, ostriches & sheep tell us about global warming & the climate debate on Capitol Hill? With the Senate dropping the ball on climate action & global temperatures continuing to soar, this week’s climate news is …

NWF scientist visits habitat hit hard by oil spill

Thu, 27 May 2010 03:16:44 +0000

Dr. Doug Inkley, certified wildlife biologist & senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, called me from Louisiana at 6:30am Central time. He was heading down to Venice Marina for another long day on the water viewing the effects of …

BP still stonewalling EPA on dispersant chemicalsPlane Sprays Dispersant Over Oil SpillRedacted

Mon, 24 May 2010 20:23:05 +0000

BP’s oil spill size cover-up started to unravel on Friday as BP finally admitted its figure of 5,000 barrels a day lowballed the true size of the spill. But another of BP’s cover-ups is still going strong. BP has already …

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BP cover-up begins to unraveldeepwater-oil-spill-from-space_via_NASA.jpg

Fri, 21 May 2010 04:34:51 +0000

UPDATE: BP finally admits its 5,000 barrels per day estimate lowballs the spill. If BP America’s president can’t say for sure the BP oil spill isn’t gushing 70,000 barrels per day, how can we trust BP’s official estimate that it’s …

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The Scene in Louisiana: Disaster LoomingMedia on the docks in Venice, LA on Twitpicthis is the southern most tip of the delta - #oilspill - larr... on Twitpic

Tue, 04 May 2010 03:36:09 +0000

I’m in Venice, LA today, near where the leading edge of the Gulf Coast oil spill has started to ooze ashore. Despite the sense of looming disaster you get from talking to people here, there are at least two groups …

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Fire ants, poison ivy, deer ticks: Global warming’s big winnersscreenshot_clim_change.jpg

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 06:43:05 +0000

HEAR the buzz of dread! FEEL the rash of terror! SEE the creatures of despair! WATCH … They Came From Climate Change! The National Wildlife Federation created the Climate Invaders report & accompanying video to bring attention to a very …

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Murky future for Clean Water Act restoration

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 03:02:46 +0000

Now that health insurance reform has passed Congress, is it finally time to restore the health of America’s waters? I know what you’re thinking — the Clean Water Act already protects the nation’s waters, right? That we learned our lesson …

Dow trying to have it both ways on climate?

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:40:22 +0000

Does Dow Chemical support climate action? Or think it would destroy America? Depends on which Dow Chemical you’re listening to. Is it the Dow Chemical that’s a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership? That Dow made a major investment …

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Corporate farming to trump saving salmon?

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:41:58 +0000

What’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) up to? Under pressure from Stewart Resnick, billionaire corporate farmer & major campaign donor, Feinstein is attempting to put a legislative limit on how much water from the California Bay-Delta system goes to rescuing the …

Polluter lobbyists, Senate staff: A murky relationshipjames_inhofe.jpgSen. James InhofeSen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:09:53 +0000

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)At first it seemed like simply one bad idea from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). But now we know the real story — a tangled web of public officials, polluter lobbyists, and efforts to gut the Clean Air …

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Entourage season finale delivers surprises and sustainabilityAdrian-Grenier-wire_616.jpgBrilliant Earth on Entourage

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 06:10:08 +0000

Warning: If the season finale of Entourage is waiting on your TiVO and you haven’t watched it yet, come back and read this post later as it contains spoilers. On the season finale of HBO’s Entourage, Matt Damon stole the …

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Washington Post doubles down on fact-free climate denial

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 20:42:33 +0000

Is there any media outlet that enables global warming denial more effectively than the Washington Post? After today’s op-ed from one of the top deniers in the world, the latest in a long line of denial op-eds, you have to …

Big Oil creates phony climate denial site, lies about itpinocchio.jpg

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 02:12:05 +0000

A friend just alerted me to the website, which is running ads on From the site’s “about us” page: Our mission is to educate the public on the positive effects of additional atmospheric CO2 and help prevent the …

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Washington Post gives polluters a free pass on dirty money and lies

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 02:34:43 +0000

In today’s Washington Post, David Fahrenthold’s front-page story spends its first 15 paragraphs detailing Big Oil’s massive campaign against clean energy while incredibly avoiding any mention of one little detail: money. In fact, to believe the first 15 paragraphs, the …

Pay no attention to footnote #5

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 21:54:49 +0000

UPDATE 12:35pm: I’m now hearing NAM/ACCF has indefinitely postponed their press call to release their bogus jobs study. Apparently they’re saying they need to “further analyze” the numbers. Does that mean “even with our thumbs on the scale, we couldn’t …

Senate GOP: Nuke, baby, nuke!

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 02:32:49 +0000

Republicans in the Senate claim to have an “alternative” to the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. (OK, so it was just Sen. Lamar Alexander, but we’ll accept his claim that he has some so-far-anonymous colleagues behind him). But …

Do as Heartland says, not as it does3632214315_afd930e6fa.jpg

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 02:56:39 +0000

If you’re a green blogger who wants to cover a Heartland Institute event, you better pony up hundreds of dollars in entrance fees or you’re not allowed inside. But if you’re a Congressman holding a hearing on global warming and …

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Heartland Institute terrified of Gristnot-allowed.JPG

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 20:11:01 +0000

Can I cover Heartland Institute events as media? It depends on who’s watching when I ask the question. Back in March 2008, the Heartland Institute held its “First International Conference on Climate Change” in New York City. Heartland is one …

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