5 countries dump 50% of plastic pollution in the oceans

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Nearly half of the estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic that flow into the world’s ocean every year originate in just five rapidly developing economies in Asia — Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. At its recent Our Ocean 2017 conference, the Ocean Conservancy announced it is seeking to raise over $150 million in […]

A brief note on Trump’s counterproductive Iran nuclear manoever

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Trump’s refusal to recertify the nuclear agreement with Iran does exactly the opposite of what Trump and Sen. Tom Bomb-bomb-bomb Cotton pretend. It does not weaken any chances of Iran building a Bomb, something the leaders there have said for more than a decade that they are not pursuing. It does the opposite. By Meteor Blades While […]

Climate Change: Like 50 million years ago, we could be heading for a hyperthermal

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Scientists at Dartmouth College engage in climate change research have found a way to determine what the carbon dioxide level was in the Earth’s atmosphere during the early Eocene period that began about 60 million years ago and ended about 40 million years ago. During the Eocene, global average temperatures were 10º Celsius higher than […]

Drain the swamp: Trump puts assorted foxes in charge of government henhouse (What could go wrong?)

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The Trump administration is slowly filling positions below the cabinet officer level in the “mission agencies” of the federal government (e.g., EPA, NOAA , Interior, DOE, etc. whose job it is to implement a specific set of statutory mandates). The appointed individuals are leading day-to-day decision-making on policies from public health and safety to environmental protection to […]

James Howard Kunstler: Blade Runner 2049’s future of techno-narcissism

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I took myself to the new movie Blade Runner 2049 to see what kind of future the Hollywood dream-shop is serving up in these days. It was an excellent illustration of the over-investments in technology with diminishing returns that are dragging us into collapse and of the attendant techno-narcissism that afflicts the supposedly thinking class in this […]

Doug Jones gets League of Conservation Voters backing in AL special Senate election

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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will support common-sense environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Doug Jones for U.S. Senate from Alabama in the December 12th special election. Jones is a lifelong Alabamian focused on protecting civil rights and protecting the state’s natural resources that are enjoyed […]

UK Government launches ambitious Clean Growth Strategy to meet climate change goals

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The UK Government has announced an ambitious new Clean Growth Strategy to drastically cut carbon emissions and combat climate change, including £557 million for the country’s third renewable energy Contracts for Difference auction set for spring of 2019. By Joshua S Hill  The Clean Growth Strategy is designed to grow the national economy while simultaneously cutting greenhouse […]

EV report part 4: Imagine if your Tesla didn’t just drive itself, it PAID for itself

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The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read parts one, two and three. By John Farrell  An Eye Toward Autonomy Autonomous vehicles, typically using […]

The Madhouse Effect – How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy

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Michael Mann and Tom Toles have collaborated on a book about climate change entitled “The Madhouse Effect — How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy.“ By Steve Hanley Mann is  “Professor Hockey Stick,” the person who dared warn us back before the turn of the century that, left […]

Drain the swamp (or permafrost): Selling out the arctic

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The wild and unspoiled northeastern corner of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been protected from development for more than half a century, but that’s never stopped oil and gas companies from wanting to drill there. On several occasions, they’ve come dangerously close to succeeding. But now, thanks to the chaos of […]

EV Report part 3 – Making charging stations as ubiquitious as gas stations

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The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read parts one & two. By John Farrell  With a virtuous cycle of falling battery costs […]

Trump puts rival CEO who wants to muzzle NOAA in charge of the agency

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A nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just been announced and follows the pattern of putting conflicted business leaders in charge of agencies. As a former NOAA scientist and manager, it was particularly troubling to me that two nominees this week to lead my former agency fit this disturbing pattern.  President Trump nominated Barry […]

Scott Pruitt’s cynical move to dump the Clean Power Plan

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Yesterday, the EPA took a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of […]

The alarming ties between Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels and his faux Marine Protected Areas

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If you haven’t read this article already, I urge you to do so. It is one of the most important pieces on water, the Delta and coastal protection that you will ever read. Everybody who cares about stopping the Delta Tunnels and restoring our salmon and other fish populations MUST read this article and share […]

Electric vehicles: 8 states band together to build EV charging network

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Eight US governors are poised to significantly expand the EV charging infrastructure in their states. Colorado governor John Hickenlooper told the National Governors Association at its annual Energy Innovation Summit in Denver recently that Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and New Mexico will band together to build EV charging stations along 11 major transportation corridors […]