Climate Change

Global Insurers Call BS On Climate Deniers

I live in South Jersey, so yeah, Sandy is about to make my life uh interesting.
So before the power/interweb goes out let me reiterate a point that is not made often enough in the climate change debate - Big Business is not united in their denialism.
One sector that is particularly immune to fossil fuel propaganda is the global insurance and reinsurance industry - because unlike consumers or politicians they are on the hook when the reality of Climate Change strikes.
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North America Behind The Curve On Climate Change and Energy

Just three short years ago, it appeared that North America was on the verge of finally kicking that nasty dirty energy addiction that was crippling our economies and our energy independence.  The United States had elected a president (Barack Obama) who set incredibly lofty goals for renewable energy targets, and green energy investments across the continent were higher than anywhere else in the world.
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Topics Worth Debating: Colorado Burning Down

Tonight's presidential debate will be held in Colorado, where wildfires recently burned 202,425 acres of land (316.3 square miles). Those wildfires killed five people, forced the evacuation of 34,500 people, and destroyed over 600 homes.
It's part of a pattern: Scientists say global warming is making large wildfires more frequent and more intense. America's next president will have to address the problem in both the short-term (more federal money going to disaster response & relief) and in the long-term (cutting carbon pollution and/or dealing with our constantly-rising cost of inaction).
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The Science Guy Rides Again

Bill Nye is now taking on the grown-ups, challenging climate change deniers, and objecting to the Christian right's encrouchment on science education.
Squaring-off against Creationists, Nye warns that replacing scientific facts with Christian lore in children's education is not just a disservice to those children, but also a threat to America's competitiveness in a world of increasingly sophisticated scientific knowledge.
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Psychological Study Reveals Why Misinformation Is So Effective

An intriguing new study released last week in Psychological Science in the Public Interest reveals why people are more apt to believe false information being fed to them by the media and politicians.
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'Goliath' Melting Year Shatters Records in Greenland

It’s been a “Goliath,” record-setting melting year in Greenland, home of the world’s second largest ice shelf. On August 8th, a full four weeks before the end of “melting season,” cumulative melting on the island had exceeded the previous record set in 2010, which included the full season.
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B: NH Prison Privatization Risks Placing Industry over Public Interest

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B: David Roberts on How and Why to Talk about Climate Change

Some progressives say they're afraid to talk about climate science and the urgent need for climate action because it's too complicated.
In this TED Talk, Grist's David Roberts says it's easy to understand climate science, simple to communicate the danger of climate inaction, and he'll convince you if you give him just 17 minutes of your day:
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B: State of the Poles - June 2012: Arctic Ice Extent Below Normal; Antarctic Ice Near Normal

The  state of global polar sea ice area in early June 2012 has once again  fallen below climatologically normal conditions (1979-2009).
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