Climate Change

Report: Greenhouse Gases at All-Time High, 'We Are Running Out of Time'

Report: Greenhouse Gases at All-Time High, 'We Are Running Out of Time'
Yet another report from actual scientists suggests what needs to be accepted as fact by now: the world is burning and humans are at fault. According to Reuters, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday that carbon dioxide concentrations grew faster in 2013 than at any point since reliable records began. The results? A changing climate and extreme weather, all because humans continue to burn fossil fuels.
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Brandon Perkins
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Not So Great Scott: FL Gov Refuses to Learn Anything from 'Lesson' with Climate Scientists

Not So Great Scott: FL Gov Refuses to Learn Anything from 'Lesson' with Climate Scientists
Republican Florida governor Rick Scott has always had a huge problem when it comes to the environment. To begin with, he has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in climate change, and certainly not the role that human beings play in exacerbating the problem. But, facing a fierce opponent with a stellar environmental record in this year’s gubernatorial race, Scott has had to swallow his pride and open up to the idea that he is wrong on climate change. The truth, however, is that the entire experience was more of a publicity stunt than a science lesson
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Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits

Judge Rules Dominion Violated MD Constitution with Zoning Exemptions, Frackers Promise to Get Federal Permits
Earlier this month, a court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Maryland-based LNG project from local zoning laws violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via fracking. Dominion is still confident that it'll receive the exemptions at the federal level.
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Microsoft to ALEC: Buh-Bye

Microsoft to ALEC: Buh-Bye
Microsoft has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group, CNET reports. The group’s lobbying efforts to block the development of renewable energy apparently was the last straw for Microsoft, which noted in a statement that the company had been involved in ALEC’s Communication and Technology Task Force, but had cut all ties to the group and would no longer pay dues to it.
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Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska

Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska
The release of carbon dioxide into the air from factory smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska, a new report says. Ocean water becomes more acidic when it absorbs carbon dioxide released by human sources, such as the burning of fossil fuels. Increased ocean acidification could harm important Alaska commercial and subsistence fisheries and communities that rely heavily on them, according to the new research aimed at spurring discussion on how to address the changes.
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Becky Bohrer
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Aussie Press Council: Murdoch Rag Intentionally Distorting Climate Change Facts

Aussie Press Council: Murdoch Rag Intentionally Distorting Climate Change Facts
The Australian Press Council upholds complaints of misleading reporting after an investigation into Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Australian revealed intentional distortion of climate change reports.
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As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers

As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers
Once touted as the answer to U.S. energy consumers' dreams, it is beginning to look like the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking" may be as much of an environmental obscenity as the name suggests. From poisoned wells to frackquakes, methane release to quality of life drains, hydraulic fracturing hasn't been all it was cracked up to be. So why not add a little radiation to the mix?
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Bill, Baby, Bill: Gas and Oil Production Nears All-Time High, but Gas Prices Do Too

Bill, Baby, Bill: Gas and Oil Production Nears All-Time High, but Gas Prices Do Too
Back in the summer of 2008, incurable Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pushed the slogan "drill here, drill now, pay less," claiming that making the U.S. more oil-independent would be a solution to high gas prices. Democrats, worried voters would reject the reality there's nothing we can do to lower market-set gas prices and absolutely terrified of saying no to Big Oil, embraced the slogan. Later, President Barack Obama implemented it as our national policy. Six years later, how's drill-baby-drill working out for you?
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No Hemming and Hawing from This Party's Opposition to Oil and Gas Pipelines

No Hemming and Hawing from This Party's Opposition to Oil and Gas Pipelines
It has been difficult for those fighting the proposed New England expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, especially when it comes to educating the public and lobbying policy-makers. It seems impossible to get a clear message from elected representatives on where they stand on the issue. However, one small — but active and well organized — party has shown how to come out and condemn the continued subsidization of fossil fuels.
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NASA Will Soon Find Out Exactly How Man-Made All that Global Warming Actually Is

NASA Will Soon Find Out Exactly How Man-Made All that Global Warming Actually Is
Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. Some of the carbon dioxide is sucked up by trees and oceans, and the rest is lofted into the atmosphere, trapping the sun's heat and warming the planet.
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Alicia Chang
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