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February 21, 2013 How Not to Fix Climate Change

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

After much back and forth, James E. Hansen and I had agreed on a date to meet. Hansen, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is the scientist most closely associated with climate change activists like Bill...

December 28, 2012 Time to Confront Climate Change

Source: NY Times

Four years ago, in sharp contrast to the torpor and denial of the George W. Bush years, President Obama described climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing challenges and pledged an all-out effort to pass a cap-and-trade...

December 26, 2012 Don’t kill the shale-gas boom

Source: Washington Post

Let’s not smother the shale-gas boom. It is the crown jewel of the disappointing economic recovery. Why tamper with success? Yet, there are those who argue that benefits of shale gas could be maximized if we restricted gas...

December 20, 2012 Maybe Climate Change Just Really Isn't A Problem After All?

Source: Tim Worstall, Forbes

As far as I’m concerned the great unknown of climate change has been what is the climate sensitivity? Everything else that we’ve been told I’m just fine with. That methane and CO2 are greenhouse gases for example. That...

December 3, 2012 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Al Gore – Carbon tax could help U.S. back away from fiscal cliff

Source: Thomson Reuters

Nobel laureate and sustainable investment chief Al Gore has long favored a tax on carbon dioxide to curb global warming. Now, he said in a Reuters interview, a carbon tax could do something more: help pull the United States back...

November 27, 2012 Why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

Source: Reuters

It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency. This report spells out what the world would be like if...

November 27, 2012 How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?

Source: NY Times

After Hurricane Sandy, many asked if climate change were to blame. While scientists are not sure if the storm was caused or made worse by human-induced global warming, they agree that it is clear that humans are changing the...

November 12, 2012 What Obama should do now: Tackle climate change

Source: Washington Post

Step up, Mr. President: No more worries about reelection. Now you can tackle those issues that you said had to wait for your second term. Outlook has given you a head start on how to address immigration, climate change, banking...

October 28, 2012 Wall Street makes plans to open Monday even as Sandy bears down

Source: Reuters

New York-based stock exchanges are sending officials into Manhattan on Sunday to stay in hotels and coworkers' homes as the NYSE and Nasdaq prepare to open for business on Monday, even as Hurricane Sandy closes off public...

October 1, 2012 Air Pollution, Coal and Charles Dickens

Source: Peter D. Kinder

I’ve found few people credit my descriptions of the air pollution accepted as normal in the late 1940s and 1950s. But Charles Dickens had described them in the aptly named – on several levels – Bleak House a hundred years...[more]

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