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How is Earth Day like New Years' Eve?

How Earth Day is Just Like New Years’ Eve

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems a little like New Years’ Eve, at least to me. Which is to say a disappointment. Even…

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are we overselling the natural gas fracking boom?

Climate One: Overselling the Fracking Boom

In the Climate One video clip Trevor Houser, a partner in the Rhodium Group and climate negotiator at the 2009 COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen discusses a “middle road” for natural gas. Despite the good news that at the end of 2012 US carbon emissions were down 12 percent relative to 2005, there remains a long road to sustainable and sufficient…

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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.

Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West,…

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Facts and figures about climate will not change people's hearts

Why We Need a New Climate Change Narrative

We need new narratives to combat the pervasive popular and political inertia. Our old narratives are not working and may even lead to apathy and indifference. Despite the scientific consensus about anthropogenic climate change we are not moving fast enough to change our perilous course. According to a 2013 Pew survey, only 69 percent of those surveyed accept the view…

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The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona emits nearly 20 million tons of CO2 every year

Navajo Nation, National Parks, Wilderness Remain at Risk with Planned Retrofits of Coal-Fired Power Plants

Special feature by Doug Pelton Jennifer Mckay, a 38-year old research librarian with the University of Alaska, remembers the day back in 1997 when she was invited by a Navajo friend to the First Mesa, a three-hour drive east of Ganado where Mckay, an anthropology major, was interning at the Hubbell Trading Post. On the mesa located within the Hopi…

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Climate Departure: New Study Projects Timing of Departure of Climate Variability From Recent Norms

Climate variability for the coming century Planning for a sustainable future is obviously made much more difficult when a rapidly changing climate is added to the equation. Planning effective policy and development goals will depend greatly on where we find ourselves in ten, twenty, thirty or fifty years. A recent paper published in the journal Nature, authored by Camilo Mora and his…

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