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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Will Sochi Have Enough Snow?

The Winter Olympics kicked off yesterday in Sochi, Russia (first up: men's snowboarding). When Russian President Vladimir Putin pitched Sochi to the games' organizers back in 2007, he promised there would be "real snow"... a bold claim for a town better known as a seaside summer resort. Show More Summary

Why Bill Nye Won The Creationism Debate Last Night

They warned Bill Nye not to do it. Not to go into the hokey museum of the America's leading young Earth creationist, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, and try to reason with the guy. Evolution defenders have long turned down such high-profile public debates, of the sort that creationists yearn for. Show More Summary

Ken Ham: "There's Been Climate Change" Since Noah's Flood

When Bill Nye the Science Guy took the stage Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., his task was to refute the idea that Biblical creationism is a scientifically valid idea—one that should be taught in schools. But as we've seen again and again, science denial is rarely limited in scope. Show More Summary

How the Feds Are Ripping You Off To Benefit Big Coal

Federal coffers are missing out on what could be billions of dollars in lost revenue due to shoddy accounting work by the office that handles leases for coal mines on public land, according to a report made public today by the investigative...Show More Summary

Watch Live: Bill Nye the Science Guy Debates Ken Ham (the Creationist Guy)

As we reported earlier, the case for evolution is a slam dunk. Nonetheless, a lot of people don't accept it, and tonight at 7 pm ET, a mega debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, leader of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, goes forward. Show More Summary

Here's What People Are Saying About the Big Keystone XL Report

The end is in sight for the tumultuous public debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for TransCanada Corporation's controversial pipeline project—and...Show More Summary

Only Obama Can Block the Keystone Pipeline Now

The decision on whether or not to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, has always been President Obama's to make. But the environmental stakes...Show More Summary

How 2 Inches of Snow Created a Traffic Nightmare in Atlanta

This article originally appeared on Conor Sen's personal site and was published by the Atlantic. It is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. I know what you’re thinking (I grew up outside of D.C. and Boston): "How can 2 inches of snow shut down Atlanta?" Before I got here, I thought that too. Show More Summary

You Might Be Cold Right Now, But Your Planet Isn't

This week, the central, southern, and eastern US have all experienced yet another bout of frigid cold and snow, one that left motorists in the Atlanta area stranded in their cars overnight. Freezing air from the Arctic has been an all...Show More Summary

6 Things Obama Can Do on Climate Without Congress

When President Obama takes the stage this evening for his annual State of the Union address, a likely theme will be how the Oval Office can work toward its goals on everything from income inequality to the federal debt without relying on an obstinate, unproductive Congress. Show More Summary

Donald Trump's Climate Conspiracy Theory

When chilling cold first descended in early January, we had an occasion to correct Donald Trump on climate science. To do so, we simply explained that the widely recognized phenomenon known as winter doesn't refute global warming, especially since winter is inherently limited to one hemisphere. Show More Summary

No, Climate Change Is Not Waking Bears From Hibernation

Last week, a rogue black bear made a cameo appearance for skiers at the Heavenly Mountain Resort near Lake Tahoe. The month before, a 260-pound male bear had to be put down by wildlife officials after breaking into several cars and a home in the same area. Show More Summary

These 11 Popular Sodas Tested Positive for a Potential Carcinogen

The chemical compound that gives some sodas a caramel-brown color could be a carcinogen—and according to a new study by Consumer Reports, it's in many popular soft drinks at levels that exceed what many experts consider safe. Between...Show More Summary

NASA: 2013 Tied For the 7th Hottest Year on Record

Yesterday, NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), jointly put the year 2013 in its climate context. It was a very hot one: NASA's data have 2013 in a three-way tie for the seventh hottest year in recorded history, while NOAA's have it in a three-way tie for the fourth hottest. Show More Summary

Believe It: Global Warming Can Produce More Intense Snows

We all remember "Snowmageddon" in February of 2010. Even as Washington, D.C., saw 32 inches of snowfall for the month of February—more than it has seen in any February since 1899—conservatives decided to use the weather to mock global warming. Show More Summary

6 Scary Facts About California's Drought

"Fire season just didn't end this year." The comment came from Scott Miller, the Los Angeles County fire inspector, in the wake of the Colby Fire in the foothills near Los Angeles. The fire is now 30-percent contained, but it serves as the latest reminder that California is facing an increasingly alarming drought—one that today prompted Gov. Show More Summary

PHOTOS: Koalas, Tennis Players Grapple with Australian Heat Wave

Parts of Australia are in the midst of a massive heat wave, straining resources and sparking fires. Matches had to be suspended at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where temperatures hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are photos showing...Show More Summary

Global Warming Denial Hits a 6-Year High

The latest data are out on the prevalence of global warming denial among the US public. And they aren't pretty. The new study, from the Yale and George Mason research teams on climate change communication, shows a 7-percentage-point increase in the proportion of Americans who say they do not believe that global warming is happening. Show More Summary

The First Lawsuit Against Obama's New Coal Limits Just Got Filed

In December 2012, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., dismissed a suit by the company behind a proposed new coal plant in Texas that sought to block new carbon dioxide pollution limits on power plants proposed by the EPA. The court's reasoning was that any appeal would have to wait until after the rules were finalized, not simply proposed. Show More Summary

How Wall Street Can Solve the Climate Crisis

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they're solar panels, protective seawalls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the UN's climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate...Show More Summary

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