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Global Warming is Real : Get the Facts Now

Global warming is the challenge of our times. It is important not as an isolated, ambiguous theory or political wedge issue but how the reality of global warming impacts nearly every aspect of humanity and life on Earth. Whether it be the economy, sustainable development, politics or realizing our place in the web of life that sustains us, understanding global warming is central in meeting the challenge and opportunities of the 21st century.

Global Warming is Real (GWIR) is designed for you, the concerned citizen, as the go-to resource for news, commentary and education on all aspects of global warming. From first-hand reporting and thoughtful commentary to the latest in climate science and solutions, GWIR touches on a range of issues including climate change, managing population growth, alternative energy, battling the politics of denial, and more. Awareness is the first step in facing the challenge of global warming. Within that challenge is an opportunity to build a better world for ourselves and for the generations that follow.

Garbage, especially plastic waste, chokes our oceans and alters marine habitats

Plastic Waste in Our Oceans: Problems and Solutions

One of the unexpected corollaries of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the increase in public awareness about the tons of garbage that litter our oceans. In the first few weeks after the March 8 disappearance of the passenger jet, searchers scoured huge swaths of the Indian Ocean, and found nothing but garbage. In the process of looking for wreckage from the
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Congress Finance committee approves a bill to extend the renewable energy tax credit.

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The bill now goes to the floor of the Senate for debate. If the bill becomes law it
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The Port of Los Angeles receives a grant in the EPA's new program for sustainable ports

New Sustainable Ports Program To Reduce Carbon Emissions and Environmental Pollution

Ports are vital to world trade and the US economy. With the new Sustainable Ports initiative, the EPA and stakeholders aim to improve ports’ environmental performance. Hosting the first “Advancing Sustainable Ports Summit” in Washington D.C., the EPA awarded six U.S. ports $4.2 mm in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants.

Mudslides and climate change. Does the recent tragedy in Washington state portend to much such devastating mudslides in a changing climate?

The Relationship Between Landslides and Climate Change in North America

While the causal factors involved in landslides are complex, there is a strong body of research which supports the idea that climate change will increase the number of slides. The key factor connecting climate change to landslides is water. This linkage has been evinced in both geological and hydrological research. As University of Washington geologist Dave Montgomery explained in an
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Hey Poor Folk! Coal Is Here To Save The Day!

Phew! Just when I thought the income disparity in the U.S. was about to lay the knockout punch for the working class, we have a secret weapon.  It is black, filthy, carcinogenic and comes from the good ‘ol U.S. of A.  It’s COAL! Lest you think this blog post was written during the industrial age, let me clarify.  No, coal
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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.

Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

Synergistic Solutions to the Water Energy Nexus

March 22 was World Water Day and the theme for 2014 is Water and Energy. Water and energy can be perceived as almost synonymous. Water is required to generate energy and water is also a major draw on energy. The fifth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) reiterates the point that water and energy are
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What to Do About Climate Change : Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Increase your understanding of climate change: the science, politics and economic factors that shape our future. With awareness of the interconnected issues of energy, climate and sustainability you can be an active part of the solution of global warming.

Learn how you can reduce your personal carbon footprint and save money the process. Learn about climate policy, renewable energy, the pros and cons of carbon capture technology, the benefits of reforestation, ocean acidification, melting ice and more. Get the facts on climate change, learn about the solutions.

You can make a difference.