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Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet 'Uninhabitable'
James Hansen, the country's most prescient climatologist, is out with another must-read paper, "Climate sensitivity, sea level and atmospheric carbon dioxide." The paper, co-authored by a number of Hansen's former colleagues at NASA, is an antidote to the rosy scenarios the mainstream media have recently been pushing. The key findings are The Earth's actual sensitivity to a doubling of CO2 levels from preindustrial levels (to 550 ppm) - including slow feedbacks - is likely to be larger than 3-4°C (5.4-7.2°F). Given that we are headed towards a tripling (820 ppm) or quadrupling (1100 ppm) of atmospheric CO2 levels, inaction is untenable.
10th January 2014
Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change
Corporations are created by state-issued charters. Where corporations are violating their duty to the public trust - governments have an obligation to stop them from doing so or to revoke their charters.
10th January 2014
Climate fix could make warming worse
New research suggests that attempts to artificially cool the planet could have unforeseen and damaging consequences. Rainfall around the tropics could be cut by 30% with significant impacts on rainforests in South America and Asia and increasing drought in Africa. The changes would happen so quickly there would be little time to adapt, say the researchers.
10th January 2014
Plants 'could stop being brake on global warming'
Earth's vegetation could be saturated with carbon by the end of the century and stop acting as a brake on global warming, scientists warn.
10th January 2014
Exposed: The myth of the global warming 'pause'
Scientists can now explain the "pause" in global warming that sceptics have used to bolster their arguments. Sceptics had claimed we have nothing to fear from climate change because it has stopped being a problem.
10th January 2014
Climate Denial on Display: Greedy Lying Bastards for Rent and On Demand
When I was first asked to help with the launch of the movie Greedy Lying Bastards, I really wasn't too sure of the title. Would people be turned off by the aggressive tone of calling people like David and Charles Koch and other individuals behind the attack on the science of climate change "bastards" "liars" and "greedy"? Are the people featured in the film, like Fred Singer, who pretend to be experts on everything from the links between cigarettes and cancer, near-earth asteroid disasters and climate change, actually bastards? Are they greedy liars? Is it a fair claim? So I looked up the formal definitions of the words to see if they fit.
18th July 2013
Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney's Law Firm Represents TransCanada's Pipeline in Alaska
A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama's personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada's South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project.
18th July 2013
Reuters Exposed: Publication Openly Hostile To Climate Coverage, Top Editor Doubts Climate Science
David Fogarty, former Reuters climate change correspondent in Asia, came forward on Monday to describe the hostility he faced inside the organization toward any climate-related story. According to Fogarty, "from very early in 2012, I was repeatedly told that climate and environment stories were no longer a top priority for Reuters and I was asked to look at other areas. Being stubborn, and passionate about my climate change beat, I largely ignored the directive." Fogarty offers an inside look at the growing "climate of fear" within Reuters and its reticence to cover one of the most pressing issues of our time - a shift that ultimately led to his departure.
18th July 2013
Scientists Predict Looming Climate Shift: Will Ocean Heat Come Back To Haunt Us Once Again?
Will ocean heat come back to come to haunt us? Yes, but perhaps not in the way some might think. Heat buried in the deep layers of the ocean will not re-surface any time soon. Instead, when the subtropical ocean gyres spin down, they will no longer be efficiently removing heat from the tropical surface ocean. The transport of ocean heat to depths, and to the poles, will drastically slow down, and this will allow the surface of the tropical oceans to warm rapidly.
18th July 2013
Big environmental footprints: 21 percent of homes account for 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions
Energy conservation in a small number of households could go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, scientists are reporting. Their study, which measured differences in energy demands at the household level, appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science Technology.
18th July 2013
What The Dirty Energy Industry Earns From Millions In Lobbying
When you combine the lobbies of electric utilities (representing the coal industry) and the lobbies of oil and gas interests, there is no industry that puts more money into buying politicians and influence from year to year than the fossil fuel industry. So far this year, the utilities and the oil and gas industry combined have already pumped a staggering $75.7 million into lobbying activities, and we still have more than five months left until the end of the year. But that amount is a mere pittance when compared to the $285 million the two groups spent lobbying during 2012, or the $295 million they spent the year before.
15th July 2013
Global warming games - playing the man not the ball | John Abraham
Attacks against scientists, feeble attacks to mislead the rest of us, defended by the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund I hate to talk about myself, so this first part will be short. A little biography is necessary to set the stage for this post. A few years ago, I heard well-known climate contrarian Christopher Monckton speak on human-caused climate change. Monckton has been a favorite hero of ...
15th July 2013
Seas may rise 2.3 meters per degree of global warming: report
BERLIN (Reuters) - Sea levels could rise by 2.3 meters for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study by the leading climate research institute, released on Monday.
15th July 2013
New York's MTA to sell $125 million 'catastrophe' bond
(Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the biggest transportation network in North America, is selling a $125 million "catastrophe" bond designed to cover the costs of damage from a future storm or hurricane, investors said on Monday.
15th July 2013
David Miller: Climate change is hitting big cities. They need to take action
We can simultaneously fight climate change and adapt to it - but we need to act now, says a former Toronto mayor
15th July 2013

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