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EarthTalk: Should We Blame the California Drought on Environmentalists?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested?   — Betsy Martin, Butte, MT While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in…

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Stalwart GOP climate deniers such as James Inhofe have lost all vestige of credibility

Papal Encyclical Deprives the GOP of its Last Vestige of Legitimacy

Climate denying Republicans can no longer take refuge in religion. Those who eschew the virtues of science have been morally defrocked by the Pope’s recent rejection. In the process of calling for bold environmental action, the Pope has admonished conservative critics in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Pope squarely addressed Republican climate deniers when he said, “It must be said…

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Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Energy politics is the main obstacle preventing governments from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations workshop. Fossil fuel subsidies are exacting a high toll on societies worldwide, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, hindering sustainable development and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Opposition to Science Invites a Climate Catastrophe

Our efforts must be informed by science if we are to seriously address the threat of climate change. However, there are a significant number of people, corporations and governments that are resistant to scientific discourse. Science is at the heart of environmentalism. On a wide range of issues, it is the work of scientists that has brought important issues to…

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Climate Denial and the Erosion of U.S. Democracy

U.S. democracy and a free, open society is under siege as Republicans run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution as they seek to stifle scientific climate research and citizen science.

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Punishments Proposed for Climate Change Deniers

One of the central environmental debates in recent years among the nation’s politicians – if not the scientists – is whether human activity is actually causing climate change. Or, in some cases, whether climate change is real at all. The topic is especially hot among pundits and think tanks on the conservative side of the political aisle. For example, the…

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Extreme Weather, Climate Controversy Set the Political Stage

The flow of news and developments directly and indirectly related to climate change has been fast and strong this past couple of weeks as government leaders in the U.S. and around the world prepare for U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris.