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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 15:30:22 +0000

 



Atlantic Crossing

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:42 +0000

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More importantly, the days spent on crossing by sail put nothing into the atmosphere except the breath of the sailors. Today’s commercial passenger fleet is responsible for 3 to 5 percent of climate forcing, on its way to 15 percent according to some IPCC projections. Clearly it is going in the wrong direction.

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Whitehall’s Fracking Science Failure

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:07:24 +0000

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The issue here is about science and uncertainty. So first, What is ‘science’? It is a process for how we find, measure and then evaluate the real world in order to identify how it works. The problem is, particularly for contentious debates in the media and politics, that we seldom hear about the degree of confidence attached to scientific findings, or the uncertainties that surround them.

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The Carbon Code: Imperfect Answers to Impossible Questions

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:13:56 +0000

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“How can we reconcile our desire to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change with our dependence on the systems that cause it? How can we demand that industry and governments reduce their pollution, when ultimately we are the ones buying the polluting products and contributing to the emissions that harm our shared biosphere?”

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Trump is Slow to Fill Key Agency Positions: Is this a Good Thing for the Environment?

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:11:47 +0000

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Administrative incompetence and an unwillingness to operate within established practices may not be impeachable offenses. I can guarantee it is likely to turn out to be political suicide. For climate defenders and supporters of a more moderate national agenda, that may not be such a bad outcome.

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The Banality of the Anthropocene

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:03:07 +0000

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There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene. But to my mind, one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of people it fails to trouble.

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The Case for Phasing out Alberta’s Tar Sands

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:17:31 +0000

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Proponents call them oil sands while opponents call them tar sands. Whatever they’re called, Alberta’s bitumen reserves are so massive, James Hansen warns that it could be game over for the world’s climate if all are extracted and burned.

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Stock hedges, home insurance, and our misunderstanding of risk

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:08:52 +0000

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There is no insurance policy that will protect us against catastrophic climate change. We cannot get our habitable climate back on any time scale that matters to humans once it’s gone. The insurance policy is us, that is, changes in our behavior and our technology done quickly enough to matter. There is no other hedge that will help us.

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On the Thawing Tundra, Researchers Race to Understand Black Carbon’s Impact

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:23:23 +0000

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Black carbon is a product of incomplete combustion from forest fires and the burning of both wood and fossil fuels, and its influence on the Arctic is like the proverbial death by a thousand cuts.

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The Implications of Isolation

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:44:32 +0000

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Isolation is a common driver of speciation, consider for example the unique fauna found on islands like the Galapagos, and they wondered to what extent these chuckwallas had been isolated from other populations.

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Toward a Climate Insurgency

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:29:19 +0000

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Neither glitzy, eloquent nor subtle, Brecher methodically lays out an interlocking vision of direct action within a constitutional legal framework to build the powerful nonviolent climate insurgency necessary to turn the ship around.

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#PUTAPRICEONIT: Combating Climate Change through Carbon Taxation

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:23:25 +0000

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Carbon taxes are witnessing a huge uptick in attention. The advent of the Trump era is causing clean energy and climate defenders to pursue alternative policy priorities to those of the Obama era.

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