Climate & Energy

<em>Wall Street Journal</em> trips over emissions trading

A useful rule of thumb: Lower emissions are better for the environment

In the unlikely circumstance that reporters ever grow weary of chasing twitches in the oil markets or interpreting the wanderings of the Dow, they have a new toy to play with: the price of carbon. …

Climate change making for salty seas, says study

Climate change is making the Atlantic Ocean more salty, according to research being published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Increased evaporation and reduced rainfall are to blame. Keep an eye out for even saltier …

Carbon pricing works! Doesn't! Does!

Sometimes the issue with a particular technology is the technology itself

In arguing for efficiency mandates, Joe Romm notes the failings of carbon pricing as a solution to climate change: That means a price of $400 a metric ton of carbon (whether achieved through a tax …

World could be fossil-fuel free by 2090, study says

The world could wean itself off fossil fuels entirely by 2090 with trillions of dollars worth of investments in renewable energy and a concerted worldwide push, according to a study by Greenpeace and the European …

Arctic ice thinning even in winter, study finds

A new study found that Arctic sea ice has been thinning steadily in winter since about 2001, with last winter’s ice shrinking by nearly 20 percent. The new data could speed up forecasts for when …

Obstruction of justice

Virginian coal protesters receive B-minus plea bargain for Kingsworth-like activism

“You’re Hannah, right?” Hannah Morgan, a 20-year old from Appalachia, Virginia, was one of 11 protesters in handcuffs early Monday morning on Sept. 15 at the construction site for a coal-fired power plant being built …

Wisdom of crowds

Majorities oppose mountaintop removal mining

The first nationwide poll ever taken on the subject finds that most Americans oppose the practice of mountaintop-removal mining, specifically the Bush administration’s recent bid to repeal the stream buffer zone rule. Of course, much …

Terra Madre notes: Vandana Shiva rocks the house

A food/climate manifesto presents new visions for responding to climate change

Turin, Italy — I’ve just come out of the most hopeful and interesting discussions of climate change I’ve ever witnessed. Anchored by Indian food-sovereignty activist Vandana Shiva, the panel discussion at Terra Madre unveiled a …

The imminent nuclear revival

Still imminent! And kudos to Joe for getting a voice of sanity out into the MSM: The critics argue that the same money spent elsewhere — on wind power, or on retrofitting buildings — could …