Climate Change

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Fossil fuel dinosaurs need to adapt to the new energy climate or go extinct

By Meteor Blades The three-year-old fossil-fuel divestment movement, initiated by Bill McKibben and other climate activists, has been fairly successful at getting institutions—foundations, municipalities, universities and pension funds—to divest fossil fuels from their stock portfolios. In fact, 509 divesters have shed fossil-fuel investments worth an estimated $3.4 trillion. The latest example is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Although the […]

March 25th

NASA reports a shocking climate change milestone

By Meteor Blades Jeff Masters and Bob Henson at Wunderblog at Weather Underground have posted a stunning analysis and commentary. The headline: “February Smashes Earth’s All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin.” Here’s what they had to say about it: On Saturday, NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report. February 2016 has soared past all […]

March 14th

Another headline you should get used to seeing: Warmest Winter Ever

By Meteor Blades The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that this was the warmest winter ever recorded for the 48 contiguous states in the 122 years records have been kept. Alaska had its second warmest winter. This followed the warmest fall ever for the contiguous states. And the hottest year on record. And it appears […]

March 9th

At the Flint debate, any friggin chance of climate questions for Hillary & Bernie?

By Meteor Blades Eleven Republican debates. Six Democratic debates. Tonight, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will participate in their seventh. Watch the Flint debate TONIGHT – we’re streaming it live then posting the video and transcript. So far, in all these debates, perhaps five minutes have been spent talking about climate change. About the same amount as has been […]

March 6th

Leo DiCaprio wins Oscar for Best Climate Activist!

By Meteor Blades Climate change has been invisible from both parties’ debates so far, but Leonardo DiCaprio went there as he accepted his Best Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards last night. Here’s a thought, CNN. Sign DiCaprio as guest-moderator to ask climate questions at Sunday’s debate. Here’s a transcript: And lastly, I just want to […]

February 29th

DiCaprio Calls For An End To “The Politics Of Greed”

This article was first published on Gas2. Reprinted with permission.  Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar Sunday night for his his role in The Revenant. His acceptance speech thanked all the usually people, as expected. But then he took the opportunity to speak about a subject he feels passionately about — climate change. Making The Revenant […]

February 29th

Cap and Trade 101

A cap is a limit on pollution defined by a government: so a government legally defines how much of a pollutant companies can produce. If they produce more, they have to pay fines. The polluting companies are assigned credits by the government as well. If they are polluting too much and won’t stop, they can buy credits from […]

February 29th

Why Putting A Price On Carbon Is Critical

Originally published on Gas2. Reprinted with permission. Don’t call it a carbon tax. Everybody hates the idea of taxes. But unless society addresses the damage done by burning fossil fuels, the world is on a collision course with reality. Cataclysmic changes are in the offing and those changes will impose enormous costs on our global […]

February 28th

If climate change hurts poor countries more, does that make it a win for us?

By Meteor Blades Joe Romm at Climate Progress points out that a new study rightly reiterates what we already know—that people in poorer, developing countries will suffer disproportionately from global warming even though they have contributed little or nothing to the crisis because they have historically been low-level emitters of greenhouse gases. But the study, commissioned by the University of […]

February 9th