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Want to hire a climate denier? There’s a market for that

While it’s usually not particularly difficult to track how dirty-money think tanks, pseudo-media outlets and advocacy groups are related, we recently stumbled across a group that makes it all too easy: Talent Market. Admittedly, we’re a little late to the party. Noam Scheiber at the New York Times called it the “right wing’s casting agency” back […]

Earth’s magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change

The world experienced a few centuries of apocalyptic conditions 42,000 years ago, triggered by a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles combined with changes in the Sun’s behaviour. That’s the key finding of our new multidisciplinary study, published in Science. By Chris Fogwill, Keele University; Alan Hogg, University of Waikato; Chris Turney, UNSW, and Zoë […]

February 24th

3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

Agriculture’s impact on the planet is massive and relentless. Roughly 40 per cent of the Earth’s suitable land surface is used for cropland and grazing. The number of domestic animals far outweighs remaining wild populations. Every day, more primary forest falls against a tide of crops and pasture and each year an area as large […]

February 21st

Texas Blackout: Fossil fuel plants caused the shutdown, but you’d never know that from listening to climate deniers at the WSJ

As legitimate media has struggled to catch up with the professional liars who blamed wind for gas and coal’s failure to perform to expectations in Texas, those committed to the party line will keep on lying, as evidenced by a second Wall Street Journal editorial on the topic, just as false as the first. When the Republican […]

February 18th

Texas deep freeze: Fossil fuel power plants can’t run when it’s too cold or hot. Climate change makes it too cold AND too hot.

The coal, gas and nuclear power plants that generate most of the world’s electricity have to be kept cool in order to function properly. However, this will be increasingly challenging as the world gets warmer. By Dr Ethan Coffel and Dr Justin Mankin Carbon Brief Waste heat from these facilities is typically released into the atmosphere or nearby […]

February 16th

GOP was fine with an actual coal lobbyist in charge of Interior, but find Deb Haaland “extreme”

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Monday highlighted a Wall Street Journal story on Deb Haaland—President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior—with a tweet accurately stating: “Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking.” Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 15, […]

February 16th

Carbon capture: Shell oil’s solution for the climate crisis – keep burning oil, plant lots of trees

For the first time, Shell has released a “pathway” showing how the world could potentially meet the Paris Agreement’s ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C. This marks a significant shift in attitude towards action on climate change, given that only six years ago executives at the oil-and-gas major were sceptical about warming not […]

February 12th

Has ExxonMobil murdered millions of people with the pollution from the fossil fuels it sells?

For decades, polluters and their apologists have conducted a concerted campaign to discredit and destroy science they knew showed how burning fossil fuels is a public health threat. (There’s even a pithy hashtag!) Then, in the 1990s, when the EPA considered regulating second-hand smoke, the tobacco industry devised a plan to substantially restrict the science EPA […]

February 11th

Michael Mann wants court to officially ratify reality of climate science

More than eight years ago, noted Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann threatened to sue two right-wing bloggers and their publishers for defamation. Both the anti-regulation think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the National Review magazine defended attacks on Mann’s scientific conclusions and compared him to Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach convicted of child sexual abuse. By Meteor […]

February 10th