Shell abandons Arctic because of market forces, not environmental epiphany

Why Shell Abandoned the Arctic: A Primer on Market Forces for Activists

While the laudable efforts of activists have been given credit for ending Arctic drilling, environmentalists could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics at play. Attributing Shell’s decision to cease its drilling operations in the Arctic to environmental protest is an undeniably compelling narrative. If only a handful of passionate kayaktavists could stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. The problem is that it is not true. It…

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Greenpeace Launches Campaign to Establish an Arctic Sanctuary

Warming twice as fast as the rest of our world, the Arctic region has become a climate change hotspot. Given the profound ramifications for ecosystems and societies across the region and worldwide, the rapid (from an Earth history perspective) warming taking place in the Arctic has scientists, governments, environmentalists and public interest groups concerned, as well as focused on trying…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: The Real Price of Gas; Koch Bros. and the GOP; Google Bets Big on SolarCity, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Oil prices in the US spiked a couple of months ago and  have recently dropped down to under $4/gall. It is a good time to remember that gas prices in the US are artificially low. In the US we pay mostly for the extraction, delivery,…

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Mato Grosso is the center of soybean production and the rapid rise of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil

Brazil Forms “Crisis Counsel” in Response to Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold, according to recent satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later. Most of that deforestation is in the state of…

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Koch Industries Works in the Shadows, but Big Player in Funding Climate Denial and Working Against Clean Energy

You may not have heard of Koch Industries, and when you think of corporate climate change deniers, you likely think of companies like Exxon. Compared to Koch’s funding of the great climate change denial machine, Exxon has spent chump change. From 2005 to 2008, Koch has spent $25 million to fund denier groups and lobby organizations opposed to clean energy…

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Greenpeace Activists Hang Banner on Mt. Rushmore – Challenge Obama to Lead on Climate Change

Greenpeace activists hang a banner on Mt. Rushmore to challenge president Obama and the G8 to take action to curb global warming.

Waxman-Markey Comes to Washington

A brief summary of Waxman-Markey energy and climate legislation. Now passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will it pass Congress intact this year?