Climate & Energy

THE SOUND OF PROGRESS

One doctor’s quest to sound the alarm on ‘wind turbine syndrome’

By the time the pediatrician Nina Pierpont settled in upstate New York, she had already built a rather diverse and full career. As the Connecticut …

Extending the runway

Delaying an international climate treaty: not as bad as it looks

[See update at bottom.] The big news this weekend was that a coalition of world leaders made it official: there will be no full-fledged, legally …

One reason Congress might consider scrapping the filibuster

Lester Brown came to our office today and had a nice chat with us Gristers. (Have you watched my diavlog with Brown? It’s must-see tv!) …

An Appalachian tale

Editor’s Note: Author Ann Pancake grew up in the heart of West Virginia coal country. Her 2007 novel Strange as this Weather Has Been is …

Greenpeace calls on world leaders to stop rainforest destruction

Photo courtesy Greenpeace International via FlickrLast week, Greenpeace activists blocked rainforest destruction in Indonesia’s Kampar Peninsula by chaining themselves to excavators. Activists then draped a …

Looks like the European Trading System has worked after all

Europe to easily beat Kyoto target

Europe made a major commitment under the Kyoto Protocol that U.S. conservatives have been telling us for years it would never achieve.  In fact, the …

Is There A Light of Hope Beneath the Mud?

Salvadoran mudslides: A plea for climate change solutions and holistic water policy

Torrents of mud and boulders flattened villages in El Salvador recently, leaving over 100 people dead and thousands homeless. From all indications, climate change will …

Can perfect markets induce capital investment?

Question: are there any examples of a completely free market inducing investment in mature, capital-intensive industries? I’m not sure there are. More problematically, I’m not …

Cleaning up after the enemy of the human race

Is “we’re going to burn the coal anyway” an argument for carbon sequestration?

I’m involved in an ongoing email debate over the wisdom of “clean coal” — that is, coal power plants that capture and sequester their carbon …

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