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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Californians Want to Fix the Drought—Without Spending Any Money

Californians agree their state's drought is a big problem, but they're not enthused about spending money to alleviate it. That's one of the takeaways from a just-released University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times poll. Some...Show More Summary

How Much Cleaner Will Obama's Climate Rules Make Your State?

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out the centerpiece of President Obama's climate strategy—a plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants. The main takeaway was that by 2030 the regulations will cut these emissions, the biggest single driver of global warming, by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. Show More Summary

North Carolina Softens Proposed Penalties for Disclosing Fracking Chemicals—But Doctors or Firefighters Can Still Face Criminal Charges

North Carolina lawmakers have softened a controversial bill that would have made it a felony to disclose the chemicals used in fracking. Under the version of the law that passed the state legislature on Thursday, the offense has been knocked down to a misdemeanor. Show More Summary

WATCH: This Thunderstorm Time Lapse Is Absolutely Nuts

Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...OH JESUS LORD GOD, NO, THE GATES OF ANOTHER DIMENSION ARE OPENING! Some epic structure by Clareton, WY several hours ago!!! #wywx #weather — Basehunters Chasing...Show More Summary

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process. North Carolina isn't on that...Show More Summary

VIDEO: Is the BP Oil Spill Cleanup Still Making People Sick?

After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when an oil rig explosion sent five million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the company behind the spill, BP, went swiftly into damage-control mode. One of its first steps was...Show More Summary

That Amazing 'Solar Roadways' Project Has a Working Prototype

Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways,"a system of modular solar panels that could be paved directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, "literally any surface under...Show More Summary

This Year's Wildfires Could Incinerate the Nation's Fire Budget

The upcoming wildfire season could cost $400 million more to fight than the Forest Service and Interior Department have in their available budgets, according to a report those agencies released today. The forecast estimates that theShow More Summary

Virginia Oil Tanker Derailment: "The River Was On Fire"

On Wednesday afternoon, a CSX train carrying crude oil jumped its tracks in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, sending three tankers careening into the James River with a fiery load; it was the second derailment for the company this year....Show More Summary

US Supreme Court Endorses EPA's Efforts to Reduce Cross-State Pollution

This story originally appeared on the Guardian's website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The US supreme court endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to deal with air pollution blowing...Show More Summary

No, New York Times, Keystone XL Is Not A "Rounding Error"

Tim McDonnell The New York Times had an interesting story earlier this week that aimed to put the carbon footprint of the Keystone XL pipeline, widely derided by environmentalists as the coup de grâce for climate change, in a broader context. Show More Summary

6 Photos of the Oldest Living Things in the World

For the last decade, photographer and artist Rachel Sussman has traveled the world to document its oldest living organisms. Her photographs, stories, and essays are interwoven in her new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World. I...Show More Summary

Poll: More Than Half of America Doesn't Believe in the Big Bang

According to a new poll, 51% of Americans do not believe in the Big Bang. 51% of Americans are wrong. 42% of Americans are not falling for this "evolution" mumbo jumbo. They too are wrong. 37% of Americans are not convinced that humans are causing global warming. Show More Summary

This Climate Scientist Just Won Another Victory in Court

Michael Mann, the perennially embattled climate scientist best known for his "hockey-stick" temperature graph, came out victorious yesterday in a court battle against a Virginia legislator and a conservative think tank that had sought...Show More Summary

NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. Show More Summary

No, the "Blood Moon" Does Not Mean the World Is Ending

Why is this night different from all other nights? Tonight the clouds will part, the heavens will open, the stars will shine, and the moon will bleed. Groovy! The blood moon, a deliciously named full lunar eclipse rendering the moon red, will be visible in the skies above North America around 2 a.m. Show More Summary

Will Colbert Use "The Late Show" To Save the World?

Jumping from his niche cable show on Comedy Central to a plum CBS slot will roughly triple Stephen Colbert's national television audience. So when he takes over David Letterman's late night show next year, we at Climate Desk be tracking...Show More Summary

Watch Harrison Ford Fight Climate Change In a Fighter Jet

Any film that opens with Harrison Ford buckling into a fighter jet for the sake of science can't be all bad. Especially when that's followed by Don Cheadle tromping through Texas cow country, followed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman strapping on a flak jacket and pushing into the heart of Syria's civil war. Show More Summary

Residents Displaced by Massive Sinkhole Reach $48 Million Settlement With Mining Company

Twenty months after a 30-acre sinkhole opened up in the swamp behind their community, Bayou Corne, Louisiana, residents reached a $48 million settlement with the salt-mining company Texas Brine. Geologists say the company's collapsed...Show More Summary

Here's Why the World Is Spending Less on Renewable Energy

The United Nations climate folks think global investment in renewable energy needs to hit $1 trillion a year by 2030 to keep global warming to an acceptable level. So it might seem disconcerting that in 2013, investment dropped for the...Show More Summary

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