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AGU urges federal agencies to maintain scientific integrity and transparency

American Geophysical Union Open Letter Urging Protection of Scientific Integrity

It is not unusual for incoming administrations to enact temporary hiring freezes or communications advisories. However, what has happened in the past few days bodes ill for an open and honest discussion about environmental issues, particularly climate change. As one EPA insider told me: “…(this) concerted effort to make scientific climate change information disappear rather than offer compelling arguments to…

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AGU Statement on Climate Change - revised and reaffirmed for 2013

AGU Statement on Climate Change: Update

On Monday the American Geophysical Union (AGU) released a revised position statement on climate change, sending a clear message in its title: Human-induced Climate Change Requires Urgent Action. Established in 1919 as a committee within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. The international non-profit now has more than 61,000 members…

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Video Friday: Looking Forward to 2013 – Climate Perspectives from 8 Scientists

Earlier this month the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union wrapped in San Francisco. Peter Sinclair, videographer and publisher of Climate Denial Crock of the Week, put together this short video for Yale Climate Forum highlighting the perspectives of eight scientist on the state of the climate and their concerns for its future trajectory.

Fakegate: Who’s the Fake?

In recent weeks, the climate community has been in a bit of an uproar over leaked documents from the Heartland Institute (H.I.). One of which was a memo outlining specific strategies that H.I. claims is “a forgery apparently intended to defame and discredit The Heartland Institute,” not written by “anyone associated with The Heartland Institute, “ nor does it “express…

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Satellite Studies Reveal Groundwater Depletion around the World

Access to freshwater resources has always been a critical need for human and all forms of life on Earth. With a world population estimated at just shy of 7 billion and growing, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says agricultural production will need to increase 70% by 2050. As agriculture takes up most of human water use, that’s going to…

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Researches ignite escaping methane gas from the melting ice

Melting Arctic Ice is Releasing Massive Amounts of Methane

The melting Arctic ice is causing huge quantities of methane gas to be released into the atmosphere. Concerns about climate change-inducing greenhouse gases are often centered on carbon dioxide (CO2), but methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20-30 times more potent than CO2. Each methane molecule is actually about 70 times more potent in terms of trapping heat than a molecule of…

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Bipartisan task force urges further research on "climate remediation" technologies

Bipartisan Task Force Recommends More Research on Climate Remediation (Geoengineering)

A task force from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report earlier this month urging a coordinated government effort to research the “potential effectiveness, feasibility, and consequences of climate remediation technologies”. Climate remediation is defined as techniques and processes “intentionally deployed to counter the climate effects of past greenhouse gas emissions on the atmosphere”. Such techniques may include anything from simply…

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