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We must somehow engage with the GOP to move forward and deal effectively with climate change

Helping Republicans to Get Real on Climate Change

We will never be able to pass climate and energy legislation in the US without engaging conservatives. So it is crucial that we understand their opposition to the science of climate and develop strategies that are consistent with their ideological bent. Although modern-day Republicans have a reputation for being anti-environment, it has not always been this way. Historically, some of the most environmentally oriented Presidents…

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Will American ever wake up to the reality that surrounds them?

National Climate Assessment Report: Who Cares?

Earlier this week the White House released the latest National Climate Assessment Report, causing the rare flurry of attention in the mainstream press. The report summarized what anyone paying attention already knows; that climate change is happening now and impacting all parts of the country (and world), and those impacts can only get worse in a “business-as-usual” future. As the…

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Norman Borlaug - one of many inspirational figures of the environmental movement

Drawing Inspiration from Environmentalists who have Gone Before Us  

As we continue to hope for the birth of a new era of environmental responsibility, we can draw inspiration from those who have gone before us and done so much to move us forward.  Here are the abbreviated biographies of six environmentalists who invested their lives into the noblest of noble causes. Judy Bonds The anti-mountaintop removal mining activist, Judy Bonds, died in 2011 at the age…

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Nuclear energy is essential to avoid runaway climate change

Abandoning Nuclear for Fossil Fuels Lays the Foundation for Runaway Climate Change

The explosion of the Fukushima reactor in 2011 prompted many nations to abandon nuclear power and turn to fossil fuels to meet their energy requirements. On March 11 of this year, Japan marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and ultimately led to a global push away from nuclear power. As predicted a year after the Fukushima disaster, concerns about the dangers of nuclear power are laying…

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Does the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline rest in the hands of a bought and sold government?

Campaign Finance and the Fate of Keystone XL

While a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed yet again, the ultimate fate of the project is directly related to campaign finance. There is a war being waged through the medium of campaign finance that pits environmental concerns against the fossil fuel industry. The Keystone XL would transport more than 800,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen from…

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IPCC Climate Mitigation Report: “Business As Usual” Won’t Get It Done

World governments and global society need to take actions that realize cuts of 40%-70% in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if global mean temperature ranges aren’t to be driven outside safe bounds and human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are not to drive climate change away from a state conducive to life as we know it, according to the third and final installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Report.

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Latest IPCC Installment Highlights Climate Risks, Potential for Adaptation

The threats, risks and costs associated with a rapidly changing climate continue to mount, making the benefits and rewards to be gained by enacting global adaptation and mitigation policies and initiatives yet more valuable and urgent, according to the latest installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.