The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate
AL GORE | ROLLINGSTONE.COM | 06/22/14 | ENV
In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization.
NRC kicks evacuation plans back to the state
CHRISTINE LEGERE | CAPECODONLINE | 06/21/14 | CP
"The commonwealth of Massachusetts has the overall authority for making protective action decisions (e.g., sheltering and evacuation) to ensure the safety of Massachusetts residents during a radiological event," Macfarlane said. Plant critics say that authority would allow the governor to demand Pilgrim be closed because it's impossible to come up with a viable evacuation plan should the plant have an accident.
Green Means Go
Professional race-car driver Leilani Munter refuses to slow down until she’s taken fans across the finish line—to a sustainable future.
TOMMY TOMLINSON | ONEARTH.ORG | 06/05/14 | MP
Let’s ... end any silly debates about whether you can be green and be a badass right here and now. Leilani Munter happens to be an electric-car-owning, rainwater-collecting, backyard-composting vegan who also used to be a stunt double for Catherine Zeta-Jones and who currently makes her living as a professional race-car driver.
A Cautionary Tale: Tar Sands Oil And Health. Part 2
SHARON GUYNUP | WHOWHATWHY.COM | 06/05/14 | KXL
Questions have been raised in Congress about the possible health effects that may result from pumping 35 million gallons a day ... from Alberta, Canada, through the heart of America to refineries on the Gulf Coast. And there are questions that are barely being asked or answered. Here, we take a look at some of them.
Fuel for Discussion
OPINION | CAPE COD TIMES | 06/03/14 | CP
Nuclear power, used responsibly, is an important part of the country's drive toward energy independence. However, without a concerted effort to deal with this hazardous waste that this process creates, we could potentially face horrors that would outstrip anything we, or even Edgar Allen Poe, could imagine.
Climate engineering can't erase climate change
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY | PAYS.ORG | 06/03/14 | TS
Tinkering with climate change through climate engineering isn't going to help us get around what we have to do says a new report authored by researchers at six universities, including Simon Fraser University ... We have to reduce the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere.
Cape Cod natives protest nearby Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant
ALISON KING | NECN.COM | 05/30/14 | CP
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate
HBO | 05/28/14 | CL
‘A Government Of Thugs’: How Canada Treats Environmental Journalists
EMILY ATKIN | THINKPROGRESS.ORG | 05/30/14 | PP
According to Tom Henheffer, executive director of the non-profit Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), the Canadian federal government has been actively working for the last decade to prevent journalists’ access to information, particularly in science-related fields.
Woods Hole allies with energy firms
Federal funds slip, but researchers remain confident of independence
BRYAN BENDER | BOSTONGLOBE.COM | 05/25/14 | OOI
The potential that Woods Hole’s world-renowned expertise in deep water exploration could become a new tool for oil firms ... is troubling to some environmental groups and others who worry the institution’s scientists could be co-opted by private interests if they are forced to rely too heavily on their support for research.
House Votes To Deny Climate Science And Ties Pentagon’s Hands On Climate Change
RYAN KORONOWSKI | THINKPROGRESS.ORG | 05/25/14 | PP
With a mostly party-line vote on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) that seeks to prevent the Department of Defense from using funding to address the national security impacts of climate change.
Climate change to result in less nutritional food, report says
EVAN HALPER, TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU | REDDING.COM | 05/25/14 | FW
Climate change threatens to undermine not only how much food can be grown but also the quality of that food as altered weather patterns lead to a less desirable harvest, according to a new study.
Pope Francis Makes Biblical Case For Addressing Climate Change: ‘If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us’
JACK JENKINS | THINKPROGRESS.ORG | 05/22/14 | ENVPope Francis made the religious case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on his fellow Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire warning about the potentially catastrophic effects of global climate change.
Tar Sands Blockaders Shut Down Enbridge Work Site
No more 'band-aids,' protesters say
LAUREN MCCAULEY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 05/22/14 | KXL
Climate defenders in Canada have stopped work on a section of Enbridge's controversial 'Line 9' pipeline in Burlington, Ontario Tuesday morning, as part of a rising tide of resistance against the proliferation of tar sands oil—dubbed "the dirtiest fuel in the world."
Climate change: Get ready or get sued
GAIL SULLIVAN | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 05/19/14 | WCC
Now a major insurance company is suing Chicago-area municipal governments saying they knew of the risks posed by climate change and should have been better prepared. The class-action lawsuits raise the question of who is liable for the costs of global warming.
Climate Contrarians Cook Up New 'Controversy'
MICHAEL E. MANN | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM | 05/19/14 | M
Recently, a somewhat obscure scientific journal rejected a paper. Somehow, that made the front page of the London Times and spawned a number of articles in the right-wing press. How in the world does a rejected manuscript warrant front-page media coverage? Here's how.