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Is Buffett Putting Profit before Earth’s Livability?

Warren Buffett wants steady, reliable profits. He stands to do handsomely in the short term, given the current price of oil and recent trends. However, in the long run (say 10-20 years), oil prices will crater as the countries of the world makes their halting way through their

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Biden is Right to push for Climate Agenda on Economic grounds

In Biden’s 1st SOTU, he doubled down on his climate agenda, asserting that it would save Americans $500/year in energy costs. He promised to build 500,000 charging stations, upgrade miles of highways, and modernize the nation’s ports and airports, all to lower transportation costs for Americans. He said

Incredible Transformations for Shuttered Coal Plants

Would you dine out in a repurposed coal plant? Or play basketball in a community center that once emitted massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere? Or meet classmates on campus at the new union building that spewed out black smoke for years? Many of the folks who

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OurTake: COP26 — the Most Important UN Climate Summit Since COP21

COP26 is the most important UN climate summit since COP21 in 2015 when the Paris Agreement was signed. At that meeting, representatives from 195 member nations (called Parties; COP stands for Conference of the Parties) made Unilaterally Determined Commitments (UDCs) to lower their carbon emissions, the invisible gases

Our Take: An Empty-handed Biden Will Bereave us all

A piece in The Guardian titled “Is Joe Biden about to show up at COP26 empty-handed?”, by climate activist and author Kate Aronoff, argues persuasively that President Joe Biden has the executive powers necessary to set the US on a course to replace climate-heating fossil fuels with ones that

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OUR TAKE: The Four Tasks

No matter what happens at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Scotland next month, now is the time for all actors besides the governments of the world —individuals, universities and research labs, corporations, faith-based organizations, and civil society—to examine their

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OurTake: Our Last Chance Just Went — Glasgow Will be a Fiasco

For years the climate crisis was “long”. Now it’s here. For months the Glasgow Climate Summit has been a looming disaster. Today, after Democrats admit they’ll have to cut deeply into Biden’s omnibus Build Back Better reconciliation bill, and China announced it wouldn’t be ending coal-fired plants anytime

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OUR TAKE: Heat Projections Higher in Recent Climate Models

Global climate models have been used by climate scientists since the 1970s. They have been refined over the years as more data have accumulated and computers have become faster and more powerful. Yet, even the relatively simple models from the 1970s have proved to be quite accurate at

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OUR TAKE: Joe Manchin & Ecocide

Damn Joe Manchin. We’re toast, burnt toast, as a nation and a species. Manchin is guilty of killing American democracy — a woefully inadequate social welfare Reconciliation bill guarantees Trump 2024,  ecocide — a token American response to the climate crisis guarantees the failure of the UN climate

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OUR TAKE: Unintended Consequences! Bushfire Smoke Prompts Plankton Bloom

Who in Australia would have guessed the 2019-20 bushfires would trigger a huge, continent-sized phytoplankton bloom in the Southern Ocean?  Deadly to animals, out of season, unprecedented in two decades of satellite records, this anachronistic event was tracked by biological oceanographers of the University of Tasmania, with results

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OUR TAKE: Supergrid — Bring It On

A barrage of news images of downed electrical towers and power lines from recent climate related hurricanes and tornados are a bleak reminder that our power system is careening towards failure. In an opinion piece by Jennifer M. Granholm for CNN Business, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy says