Climate & Energy

The financial crisis is distracting us from … everything!

Prince Charles busted out with a strong message on Tuesday: This economic stuff is scary, but climate change is the real crisis. Word. But it turns out Chuck ain’t the only one using this device. Depending whom you ask, the …

Newspapers call out climate and energy in prez endorsements

As of Tuesday, 222 daily newspapers had endorsed Barack Obama for president, and 93 had picked John McCain. Many papers mentioned climate and energy, those dark-horse Big Issues in this campaign, as a reason for backing or choosing not to …

Update on 350.org’s campaign to recruit McCain and Obama

The next international gathering to discuss climate change is scheduled to take place in Poland in December. The folks at 350.org want America’s next president to pledge to attend those talks — a signal that the United States is back …

New Mother Jones piece flaunts climate starpower, but lacks practical suggestions

Magazines like to tease their readers with headlines that promise answers to seemingly intractable problems. Such seems to be the intent of the lead story of the December 2008 issue of Mother Jones, entitled “How to rescue the economy and …

Wonders

Media discovers that “McCain and Obama have distinct priorities on energy.”

Democrat gets black mark from environmental lobby for backing of corn-based ethanol

This Guardian story was written by reporter Ed Pilkington. Grist is a member of the Guardian’s Environment Network. —– BROWNSVILLE, Neb. — Barack Obama has enjoyed near-universal backing from American environmentalists, with the Sierra Club, the country’s largest grass-roots environmental …

Oregon guv outlines climate-change-fightin’ plans

Oregon’s governor on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to attack climate change. Under Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s (D) vision, which will be taken up by the state legislature, homes and buildings will produce net-zero emissions by 2030; a $5,000 tax credit …

Voices in favor of green stimulus spending

I think it kind of disappeared in the rush late last week, so if you haven’t already, check out this op-ed from Chip and me in the Seattle Times. It seems to be part of a growing chorus calling out …

Study: Water-vapor feedback is ‘strong and positive,’ so we face ‘warming of several degrees C’

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters ($ub. req’d), “Water-vapor climate feedback inferred from climate fluctuations, 2003-2008” analyzed recent variations in surface temperature and “the response of tropospheric water vapor to these variations.” They concluded that the “water-vapor feedback implied …