Why UN Climate Agreements Fail

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Shamus Cooke: It’s become undeniably clear that U.S. government inaction on climate change is directly linked to the “special interests” of corporations that dominate the government. It’s due time that those concerned about our climate draw a similar conclusion.

Could Transportation Planners Have Dreamt Bigger?

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Allison Mannos: Advocates ought to be examining ways to work with the Legislature to create incentives, mitigation funds and other pots of money that advance transportation and housing balances, multimodal transportation and good construction jobs in the region.

How Your Home Fills with Carbon

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Sharon Kyle: Reducing carbon emissions will not stabilize the climate, going carbon negative for a long time might. As long as we get power from fossil fuel-fired power plants we cannot even hope to have a stable climate.

The Shift in State of the Atmosphere

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Andrew Glikson: The release to the atmosphere and oceans of hundreds of billions of tons of carbon from fossil biospheres, at the rate of >2 ppm CO2 per year, is
unprecedented in geological history of Earth, excepting events such as asteroid impacts which excavated and vaporized carbon-rich sediments, interfering with the carbon and oxygen cycles, which led to mass extinction of species.

After Peak Oil, Are We Heading Towards Social Collapse?

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Emily Spence: With the current peak-oil interval, we have a grace period when oil is still fairly inexpensive and abundant. At the same time, we cannot expect our government leaders to help society transition off of heavy oil dependence on account of their being controlled by “big business” interests. Therefore, it is up to average citizens to create the reforms that lead into localized economic and social development.

Obama, Democrats, Tackle Climate Change While Bush Adds To His Poisoned Legacy

Thursday morning, House Democrats took firm control of the environment issue by ousting Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. John Dingell. In his place, the caucus chose Rep. Henry Waxman. Besides seating a committed environmentalist as head of the influential energy committee, the vote removes one of the auto industry’s best friends from a key [...]

A Progressive Foreign Policy for the 21st Century

by John Peeler – The recent crisis between Georgia and Russia, and the ineffectually truculent response of the Bush administration, illustrate the utter bankruptcy of the Bush foreign policy, and the need for a fundamental reexamination. At the same time, there is little in the campaign rhetoric of Barack Obama — and none whatever in [...]

Light Bulbs and Laws: Will We Let Global Warming Cook Us?

David Crisp

In recent generations, the test was the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and maybe the Cold War. With polar bears drowning in open Arctic waters and evermore fearsome storms spinning out of warming oceans in every corner of the globe, it’s becoming apparent that our generation’s test could well be global warming. But given [...]

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