Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Bad news for climate change

In August alone, loggers and farm interests leveled 300 square miles of Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government reports (via AP). That’s a land mass larger than greater Chicago — taken out in the span of a single month. It also …

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New study finds sun’s contribution to recent warming is ‘negligible’

Earth to deniers — global warming is caused by human emissions, not solar activity. The Naval Research Laboratory and NASA report that, “if anything,” the sun contributed “a very slight overall cooling in the past 25 years.” D’oh! The study …

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Why scientists aren’t more persuasive, part 1

Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king … The subtle art of combining the various elements …

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Letterman rages on global warming

I am (slightly) less pessimistic than David Letterman. If, however, it is indeed “too late” as he says, then he has certainly nailed the reason: “We have had no leadership.” But I’m going to view the glass as one-tenth full …

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More Couric and Palin, on drilling and climate change

More excerpts from the Couric interview with Palin, on subjects including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trademark borderline-incoherence is in full effect: Here’s the transcript. Here’s the part on climate change, where she tries to back off …

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Is coal with carbon capture and storage a core climate solution?

The goal of carbon capture and storage (CCS), also called carbon sequestration, is to take carbon dioxide that would have been emitted into the atmosphere from new or existing power plants (usually coal) and instead store it someplace, hopefully forever. …

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Obama says energy will remain a top priority despite financial crisis

On the campaign trail in Reno, Nev., today, Barack Obama attempted to quell fears that the financial crisis would lead him to shelve key components of his agenda if he were elected. During Friday’s debate, he said he would still …

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McCain claims U.S. has ‘the world’s largest oil reserves’

John McCain did an interview via satellite yesterday with WSYX ABC News in Columbus, Ohio, in which he claimed that the United States has the world’s largest oil reserves. You can watch the video, or here’s a transcript of the …

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Tony Blair talks climate change with Charlie Rose

This is a meaty discussion of climate change from ex-U.K. PM Blair, albeit colored by his timid, centrist, status-quo biases: