South Bay to Discuss Autism Epidemic; Winograd for Congress Brings Experts Together

Graffiti on a building at the Del Amo Superfund site near Torrance.

Marcy Winograd: With more conclusive research will come louder and more urgent demands for environmental clean up at Super Fund sites near Torrance, stricter regulation and federal oversight of oil company pollution in Wilmington, and the political will to ensure our port reduces its diesel exhaust from idling trucks in San Pedro.

Man with Parkinson’s Sign Responds to Teabag Hecklers

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Robert Letcher: Medicare paid for brain surgery that significantly mitigated my suffering. When I got my brain implants turned on, life became almost ordinary for awhile–and we all cried tears of happiness. That’s why I can honestly say that I am not driven by “EGO”; rather, I am driven by “I-OWE”.

Border Collies in the Rain

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Robert Singer: What I need to do is create the equivalent of television for dogs. It’s not that hard, I can just go someplace they have never been and follow local dogs and gather up the brush, leaves and dirt where they urinate and defecate.

More than Merely Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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Bob Letcher: If we agree simply to total up CO2 emissions, China ends up being the world’s biggest emitter. But, if we agree to account for China’s much larger population, by ranking per capita emission, the US can go back to its familiar cheer: “We’re #1! We’re #1! Whhoooa!!”

CO2, Mass Extinction of Species, and Climate Change

1.  The terrestrial atmosphere as “lungs of the biosphere” – an analogy.

Andrew Glikson: Lost all too often in the climate debate is an appreciation of the delicate balance between the physical and chemical state of the atmosphere-ocean-land system and the evolving biosphere, which controls the emergence, survival and demise of species, including humans.

Defying Progressives, Obama Revives Nuclear Power

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Randy Shaw: Many progressives are so excited that Obama is not Sarah Palin that they accept any small step as a great leap forward. The irony is that many of these progressives saw a night and day difference between Obama and Clinton in the primaries, yet now accept policies from Obama that are virtually identical — if not more conservative — than those we feared from a President Hilary Clinton.

California’s Prop 16 is Worst Measure on June Ballot

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Paul Hogarth: Every election cycle has an awful state ballot proposition, with plenty of corporate funding to fool voters. For the June primary, it’s Prop 16 – a thinly veiled power grab by PG&E to shut down competition to keeps its monopoly.

Copenhagen Failed Us; What Do We Do Next?

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Nick Arguimbau: All considered, we have lost twenty years for bringing about meaningful climate change mitigation and we have little time left because every year that the atmospheric CO2 load increases, there is even a lesser chance that the dangerous processes can be reversed.

Europe’s Post-Copenhagen View of Obama

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Steven Hill: Mr. Obama isn’t delivering because he can’t deliver. The majorities needed for major policy changes are too high a threshold, even for someone with Mr. Obama’s political gifts.

Ocean Wave Generators for Southern California

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S. Blair Fox: Maybe it’s time for Southern California to look, again at the ocean wave generator as a means to produce power for our local grid. The advancement of technology has made harnessing the power of the ocean a workable solution to our energy needs. In the near future, we may find that the great California coastline will give us more than just great pleasure.

Home, for Free

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S. Blair Fox: The movie begins with a vivid description of how life formed on our planet while showing us arial views of colorful, jagged formations and steam-heated pools. It describes how the balance of our biosphere formed to create the complex structures of today’s ecosystems.

Winograd Calls for a Green New Deal – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

President Obama’s second recovery plan must invest in future industries with large pay-offs in terms of career-path learning and earning opportunities in the Green economy. Put laid-off Boeing missile defense workers back on the job building electric buses for the future. Put college professors back to work in Green Energy Departments at universities across the country. Put steelworkers back to work strengthening our bridges in earthquake-prone California. Put everyone with a hard hat back to work building solar panel parts now outsourced to China.

Looking for a Common Language at Copenhagen

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We shouldn’t be surprised to have seen so much parochialism at Copenhagen. For all that international relations have matured over the past several decades with the spread of a global consciousness, some things just don’t change.

Obama, Copenhagen, and the Global Warming Skeptics

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Denying what most leading scientists think is nothing new in U.S. history. It was dramatically illustrated already in the famous Scopes “monkey trial” of 1925.

Renewable Energy – A Conservative Approach

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In the United States , we can rebuild our manufacturing base by investing in renewable energy sources while creating good paying jobs that provide clean energy production. While those in favor of building nuclear power plants claim nuclear energy is inexpensive and cost effective, they have not factored in the costs and risks associated with the building and maintenance of storage facilities for nuclear waste.

Two Alaskan Women, Two Alaskan Stories

Sarah Palin, Riki Ott

Palin and other conservatives want us to ignore the fact that shrinking the government and deregulation doesn’t help the small business person and the average worker; it turns the country over to massive corporations like Exxon Mobil. That’s what Riki Ott is telling us.

Call to Environmental, Peace & Labor Movements to Join Forces to Stop Global Warming

Marcy Winograd

On earth, we have work to do — and we need to put America back to work. We need a Green New Deal that invests in both public and private works projects; installing a million solar panels on roof tops; developing wind farms; building rapid transit; repairing our aging infrastructure – ports, levees, bridges.

The Next Nasty Attack from the Right

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The global warming debate is going to be painful, particularly if the make-Obama-fail crowd has its way, and if the major media does its usually sloppy job of defining the issue. Nonsense like “death panels” come to mind.

Empty Hands on the Climate, and What Obama Needs to Do

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Why has so little been accomplished? Because coal, shale, oil, big manufacturers, and utilities — the big old polluters (BOPs) — have beaten back anything better.

Did Margaret Atwood’s “Saint Dian Fossey” Predict Current Atrocities in Congo?

International Primate Protection League Marker On Fossey Grave © G. Nienaber   Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/did-margaret-atwoods-sain_b_301686.html

By the time of her murder, one day after Christmas in 1985, poaching had been all but eliminated from the Virungas. Fossey learned to make peace with the inhabitants of the forest and even delivered a Batwa baby at her annual Christmas bash for the Africans in 1984.

Washing Dishes for Change

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The companies too big to fail have grown larger. The financial companies still run under the same model and free of much regulation like before.

Things Get Cleaner with Coke

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According to the Internet mailing, a can of America’s Drink can also remove rust from chrome bumpers, loosen rusted bolts, remove grease from clothes, clean windshields, dissolve T-bone steaks or clean truck engines.

Obama Lights Up Another One

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The President shook his head, then patted his shirt pocket and asked, “Pardon me, would you like a cigarette?”

High Court Losses Stun Environmentalists

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Environmentalists are 0-for-5 at the high court this term.

What Cap and Trade Programs Are Really About

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Is a “cap and trade” system for managing U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide likely to be as successful as the sulfur dioxide “cap and trade” program established by the Clean Air Act of 1990? Most people familiar with the sulfur program agree that it has been a success. Yet plans to use the same kind [...]

What is Cap and Trade?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cap and Trade is an environmental policy tool that delivers results by placing a mandatory cap on emissions while providing sources flexibility in how they comply. Successful cap and trade programs reward innovation, efficiency, and early action and provide strict environmental accountability without inhibiting economic growth. In other [...]

Yet Again, The Right Is Wrong – This Time About Cap-And-Trade Costs

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Don’t conservatives, ConservaDems, the Republican Party, and the rest of the “climate change is a hoax” crowd ever get tired of being wrong? For several years, business lobbyists along with GOP and other right wing mouthpieces in Congress and on the air have been yowling that the US cannot afford what they claim is the [...]

Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth

Green thumb: Joy Murphy Wandin enjoys her garden. Picture: Craig Sillitoe/The Age

he largest interfaith gathering in the world will take place on December 3, 2009, in Melbourne, Australia, under the auspices of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Religious and spiritual communities and other people of goodwill will be addressing international concerns about the environment, peace, poverty, and the need to deepen awareness [...]

Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Changed How We Understand Everything

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Dr. Stephen J. Hawking, the author of A Brief History Of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell, and who is said to be very close to formulating a theory to explain everything in the universe, is “very ill” in hospital, according to Cambridge University where he’s taught mathematics since 1979. There was a hint [...]

Crazy Man Ahead: Boehner Speaks Out On Cow Farts

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I’ve made no secret of my dislike of House Majority Leader John Boehner and his obstructionist approach to being a major voice of a minority party. But I always figured, what the hell, maybe there’s a method to his madness. Well, there’s madness afoot alright but of a different sort. “Man Tan” Boehner, one of [...]

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