Christopher Mims

Christopher Mims's dystopian non-fiction is sought after by an ever-growing roster of publications.

Climate Policy

Oil-fattened Congress well on way to preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gases

Congress is now moving to make it illegal for the government to regulate greenhouse gases, under any circumstances. Apparently killing off possibly the last chance the U.S. had to act on climate change in time to avoid its worst impacts …

Climate Change

Does climate change mean more tsunamis?

March 11 tsunami leads to an explosion at Chiba Works, an industrial (chemical, steel, etc.) facility in Ichihara, Japan.Photo: @odyssey Update: The intent of this piece isn’t to attribute today’s tragedy to climate change. Apologies to those whom I misled …

With a Little Help From My Friends

Thanks to Ringo Starr, Chevron won’t be forking over $18B to Ecuadoran Indians

Photo: Rainforest Action Network At least for now, Chevron doesn’t owe Ecuadoran villagers $18 billion for completely ruining their jungle with oil, a U.S. district court judge has ruled. That’s a reversal of a decision made last month by a …

Business & Technology

Pacific Northwest sends coal a Dear John letter

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Sustainable Business

Why climate change is now irrelevant to clean energy

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Arial} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #1f0199} Clean energy isn’t about climate change any more, it’s about China. So says cleantech investor Alex Taussig. That’s his takeaway from last week’s summit of ARPA-E, …

Climate Change

Climate change satellite goes out in blaze of ‘Glory’

Photo: NASANASA’s Glory satellite was supposed to measure both solar radiation and the Earth’s capacity to retain it in the course of global warming. Instead, it died trying. The satellite’s launch platform, a “Taurus XL” rocket that is every bit …

Politics

Unemployment down; now we get to care about the environment again

The department of labor’s February jobs report is out, and unemployment dropped 1 percent in just three months, to 8.9 percent. It’s the biggest drop in 28 years. The inverse relationship between unemployment and public concern about the environment means …

Sustainable Food

World’s dollar menu will now cost $1.50

Image: Bloomberg TV USFood is more expensive than ever, says the U.N. We’re talking revolutions in the Middle East, food riots on The Glenn Beck Show-level expensive. Globally, food prices are up by a third since December 2010, putting them …

Politics

All I need to know about Congress’ phony deficit reduction debate I learned from this comment

House speaker John Boehner telling the press he plans to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending from the Federal budgetPhoto: Speaker John Boehner The spending bill wending its way through congress would gut the Environmental Protection Agency, and also cuts …