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Climate change is messing with cocktail hour

Kenn Wilson Come Friday, I'm usually pretty torched after a typical week of being attacked as a hypocrite for working on climate change in the ski industry. So, often, I'll join our company CFO for a cocktail. Our favorite is a Manhattan, which I mix up with some Gentleman Jack if possible, because I like owner Brown-Forman's work on climate change. And, in theory, I escape. Or so I thought. But it turns out that global warming may affect weather patterns crucial to the bourbon aging process, according to a terror-inducing study conducted for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Hey, now. …

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The Deniers are Devious Even When Admitting They're Wrong

There is dancing in the streets in the climate world these day after another of the deniers bit the dust. I'm talking of course about Richard's Muller's study that shows warming is, in fact, happening. http://tinyurl.com/3ntvrom Not only that, but the big baddies at Koch funded the study. And even better, the biggest baddie of all, the Wall Street Journal op ed page, published the public mea culpa by the scientist in question.  Told you so. But actually if you read Muller's piece, you realize he's debunking something that even most of the deniers now take as fact--the idea that …

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What's the greenest business?

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. On Oct. 17, Newsweek will release its attention-getting rankings of the top "green" publicly traded global companies. Last year, the magazine ranked Dell as No. 1. Dell is no slouch on operational greening: The company, along with Hewlett Packard, has led the tech industry in lifecycle stewardship, with a willingness to take back and recycle its old hardware, among many other progressive internal waste reduction measures. Dell also leads in the energy efficiency of its products. But is Dell really the greenest company in the world? It depends on your criteria. The Newsweek analysis looks at …

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The cold revolution: Ski bums unite to save our snow

Photo: Shay HaasThis essay was originally posted on OutsideOnline and is reprinted here with their kind permission. If there's snow around, and you give an Inuit child one ski, or a Moroccan elder a plastic bag, both will naturally do one thing. They’ll slide downhill. Why? Because having fun is a piece of being human. A big piece. That's why 1,500 youth, but also some grandparents and half a dozen infants, gathered Sept. 23 on a rainy night in Whistler, British Columbia, for the world premiere of All.I.Can, a new ski film by some young and ambitious Canadian upstarts called …

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Greatest fear, greatest hope

This was originally published by High Country News' Writers on the Range syndicate. Thanks for their permission to reprint it here. Last month, three little girls, ages 8, 5 and 2, and their mother, were killed in a Wyoming flash flood that washed away their van. It was the kind of torrential downpour climatologists predict will increase as the planet warms. Their father survived. He alone can speak of the horror of trying to save his family, only to realize he could barely save himself. In the rushing water, he ran up against the greatest fear humans can experience: that …

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Public opinion on climate just tipped

One of the hallmarks of tipping points is that you don't know when you're in one. There's growing agreement that peak oil, for example, happened between 2004 and 2008. Still, you're never sure about such inflection points until well after the fact. This week, though, sure feels like the tipping point on public opinion on climate, and so I'm going to stick a fork in it right here, folks. Climate opinion just tipped. Why do I say that? In the last week: Australia, with huge coal reserves -- but rapidly passing the Arctic as ground zero for climate impacts with …

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Representative Tipton: My 150 isn't even my biggest truck

Recently U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton came to Aspen to speak to his Republican supporters here. He said that he drove an F150, and that that wasn't even his biggest truck. And then he lamented the fact that it cost $78 to fill his tank halfway. And so we should drill for more oil in the US. When I heard, that I wondered both what he was trying to say, and what people thought of it. Do Republicans, even tea partiers, like to flaunt how unthrifty they are, or how much of  America's resources they use? No Republican president from TR …

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The Deniers are Coming Through the Wire

I published an op-ed in the Denver Post today about climate change's first casualty, which might be joy. The article isn't terrible, really, and it's posted here: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_18201745 if  you care to read it.  But I urge you to look in particular at the comment section, where every single one of the 59 or so comments is from a denier, and most of them call me a fool and an idiot. In fact, most of the stuff I write for mainstream publications garners the same response. (Making a strong case for the argument that I am a fool and an idiot, but not so much making …

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Poison, poop, and trash: spring in the park

Yesterday, I was at the park with my kids after dinner, a "night session" as we call it. The dandelions, ubiquitous this time of year, had a distinctly sinister curve to their stems that meant they'd been sprayed recently with 2-4-D, the world's most widely used herbicide. You can smell it vaguely in the air, too, the sweet smell that wafts from outside a nursery. The health effects of 2-4-D are unclear -- it's a synthetic plant hormone -- and there's some concern it can be linked to cancer and Lou Gerhig's disease. Or, others say, there is no concern. …

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A foolproof way to talk about climate change

If you're like me and have to talk about climate science in public forums a lot, you struggle with the denier community and how to talk about the issue. Personally, I find the denial world so outrageously out of touch that I mostly hit the science head on and then blow the deniers out of the water with facts if they challenge me. But straight science isn't always the best approach for all audiences, especially very conservative ones. You need to skirt the question  sometimes. Over the years, there have been a number of ways to dodge the issue. One …

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