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April 3, 2014 Exxon Mobil's response to climate change is consummate arrogance

theguardian.com - Because those organisations, groups like As You Sow, CERES, and the îInterfaithî îCenterî on îCorporateî îResponsibilityî, managed in very short order to get Exxon...

April 3, 2014 10 reasons why 76% of Americans ignore climate disasters

Source: MarketWatch

C’mon, admit it, we humans really are causing our own climate suicide. But so what? We’ve got freedom of choice. And we love our cars. They need gas. And we’re a bundle of mental contradictions. Is climate a “big issue?” Gallup...

March 27, 2014 Climate change: While we fiddle, the world burns ... and floods and parches

Source: LA Times

Here’s a statistic for you. Out of 10,855 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals last year that dealt with some aspect of global warming, all but two accepted human behavior as the primary cause. Oddly, that represents a...

March 26, 2014 Voices from the Shale - Pinochio Award for Spectra Energy’s "Ground Game" on Sabal Trail Pipeline – While Company Pushes 8 Pipeline Projects in 14 States; Meanwhile PHMSA Documents Corrosion Problems

Source: Mike Benard, featured commentator

Spectra Energy has eight new pipeline projects in the U.S. that, if approved, will result in more than 830 miles of pipeline in 14 states. In addition, it is constructing a new underground natural gas storage reservoir in...[more]

March 24, 2014 Environmentalists: Hold Your Noses But Deal With Carbon Capture And Shale Gas Drilling

Source: Forbes

It didn’t exactly stop the presses. But at least it made the back pages: China will cut its coal use to 65 percent of its electricity generation by year-end instead of by 2017, which is nearly 1 percent less than in 2013....

March 24, 2014 The vital role of business in tackling the water and sanitation crisis

Source: The Guardian

Take a moment to reflect on the over 750 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water, and the 2.5 billion people who live without basic sanitation. We take these services as a given in the west, and we've done so...

March 22, 2014 Exxon Decision Shows Growing Climate Clout Of Investors

Law 360 - Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:34 PM ET) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s agreement to disclose how it evaluates the climate change risks of its energy assets is a rare, significant victory for shareholder activists that...

March 22, 2014 Did Nasa fund 'civilisation collapse' study, or not?

Source: The Guardian

Blogger Keith Kloor, who writes for Discover magazine, claims that my article on a Nasa-funded study modelling civilisational collapse scenarios is so inaccurate that it constitutes "a sad commentary on journalism today." The...

March 20, 2014 Climate Change? Global Warming? This is About Science…What Are Scientists Thinking?

Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman, G&A Institute

Climate change. Real or not? Global warming. Really? The argument goes back and forth — is Mother Earth warming? Or perhaps cooling? (Skeptic: Look at this winter weather. What warming?) Is climate change the result of human...

March 18, 2014 Were North Carolina Regulators Helping Duke Energy Avoid Big Fines?

Source: Moyers and Company

News broke last week that Duke Energy and its North Carolina regulator had worked together to minimize penalties the utility would have to pay for leeching chemicals into the drinking water. And this was before a coal ash spill...

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