Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Decision To Back Out Of Paris Climate Accord

Only 28% of Americans support President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Accord, but it’s not clear that this will harm him politically.

What does MIT Know?

Via Boston Magazine:  MIT to Trump: Stop Citing Our Climate Research If You Don’t Understand It.

Withdrawal From The Paris Accords: Much Ado About Nothing?

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords was neither the big win his supporters claim nor the disaster his critics fear.

Trump Reportedly Ready To Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

Reports indicate that President Trump is preparing to fulfill a campaign promise and withdraw the U.S. from the accord on climate change reached in Paris in 2015.

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

The Coal Industry Is Dying, And It Isn’t Coming Back

Canada is phasing out coal as a source of electricity production by 2030. The same thing will happen in the United States no matter how much politicians try to stop it.

Hottest January on Record

Via the DMN:  Phil Plait: Last month was the hottest January on record — by a lot. January 2016 was the hottest January globally since records began in 1880. And it didn’t just edge out the previous record holder for January, it destroyed it.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

Florida State Employees Ordered Not To Refer To “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming”

Don’t say “climate change” or “global warming” if you work for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

Huh?! (Temperature on Mars Edition)

“I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”–Kentucky state […]

Majority Concerned About Global Warming, Supportive Of Measures To Combat It

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that the public is broadly concerned with the issues surrounding global warming, climate change, and the impact human activity is having on the environment: Seven in 10 Americans see global warming as a serious problem facing the country, enough to fuel broad support for federal efforts to limit greenhouse […]

Obama’s New Carbon Rules Pose Political And Economic Risks For Questionable Benefits

The EPA’s new carbon rules leave much to be desired.

Basic Math and Representative Blackburn

Lack of understanding or basic dishonesty?

U.S. Murder Rate On Track To Be Lowest In More Than 100 Years

Homicide rates are on pace to be lower than they were at the start of the 20th Century.

The Most Anti-China Article You’ll Read Today

At Foreign Affairs there’s an article, sub-captioned “The Superpower That Is Poisoning the World”, on China’s environmental problems. It recaps how China is poisoning its air, water, and soil and exporting its environmental problems to its neighbors and the world. Read it and weep. Back in 2005 I wrote a series of analysis pieces on […]

A Stunning Chart (2012 Temps)

Via Bill McKibben: h/t:  Rodger Payne at the Duck of Minerva.

BP To Pay $4.5 Billion In Fines, Plead Guilty To 11 Counts, In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

More than two years after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, during which oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months and caused severe environmental damage along the Gulf Coast, BP has reached a settlement with the Federal Government on the claims against it: LONDON — BP, […]

(Melting) Ice, Ice, Baby

Via the BBC:  Arctic sea ice set to hit record low Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said data showed that the sea ice extent was tracking below the previous record […]

July Was Hottest Month In U.S. Since Records Have Been Kept

July was the hottest month on record for the United States: In 118 years of U.S. records, July 2012 stands as king, hotter than any month previously observed. NOAA reports today that the average temperature across the continental U.S. was 3.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average, 0.2 degrees hotter than the previous record set […]

Greenland’s Ice Takes a Summer Vacation

Via The Atlantic:  Greenland’s ‘Extreme Melt Event’ In a five-day period in July, Greenland experienced an “extreme melt event.” On July 8, about 40 percent of the ice cover had thawed a bit at the surface. Five days later, an estimated 97 percent of the surface area was thawing. Nearly the entire surface of the […]

U.S. Carbon Emissions Down Thanks Largely To Natural Gas

Carbon emissions in the U.S. have declined just as use of natural gas in electricity production has increased. That’s no coincidence.

Did Dinosaurs Destroy Their Own Climate?

A new theory about what killed off the dinosaurs: Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists. Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane. Large plant-eating sauropods […]

Paper or Plastic?

I remember the days when stores were making the transition from the old style brown paper bags to the newfangled plastic ones–in the name of the environment.

Santorum and Climate Change Theology

Rick Santorum sounds like someone applying for a job in a religious institution, not someone running to be the President of the United States.

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama Administration has halted, for the moment, a pipeline project that has become a political football.

Global Warming Holding Off The Next Ice Age?

Are carbon emissions saving us all from a cold, cold fate?

Despite Congressional Reprieve, The Old Incandescent Light Bulb Is Still Dead

Welcome technological change, or crony capitalism?

Republicans Save The Light Bulb

Congressional Republicans got a major concession as price for averting a government shutdown: saving the incandescent light bulb, at least now.

Mitt Romney Flip-Flops On Climate Change

Here’s Mitt Romney on climate change in June: It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming? The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides, could easily have said what he knew many in his party’s base wanted to hear. Instead, […]

Perry and Galileo

Governor, that analogy does not mean what you think it means.

Obama Adminsitration Backtracking On Smog Rules Angers Environmentalists

Environmentalists are upset by President Obama’s decision to abandon stringent new smog regulations, but he made the right decision.

Report: Obama White House Intervened To Get Loan For Questionable Solar Energy Firm

The connections between the White House and failed solar energy company Solyndra deepen.

No Science Please, We’re Fox

Bill Nye, who started his career explaining science to children, finds it harder to explain the subject to a Fox Business Network Host H/T: Mediaite

Chris Christie: Climate Change Is Real, Human Activity Contributes To It

The climate change deniers aren’t going to like what Chris Christie has to say.

Hybrid Cars, Rare Earth Elements, and Supply

President Obama wants a million hybrid cars on the road by 2015. That’s easier said than done.

Climate Change And Politics

As with most of the other issues facing us, our political conversation about climate change and what to do about it basically just involves yelling at each other.

Tornado Summary for April

Via NOAA (each read dot is a tornado):  

Pesticide Exposure Leads to Lower IQs in Children

A survey of three studies demonstrates consistently that exposure to certain pesticides used in farming diminishes mental development.

Nitrogen Pollution Costs Europe Billions Per Year

A five year study in Europe determined that the costs of using nitrogen fertilizers significantly outweigh the benefits, costing billions of dollars worth of damage. Nitrogen pollution costs Europe between 70 and 320 billion euros ($100bn-$460bn) per year in its impact on health and the environment, according to a major European study launched in Britain […]

The Fukushima Reactor Suffered a Partial Meltdown

The Japanese government has announced that the Fukushima Reactor suffered a partial meltdown.

Reversing Desertification

My latest post over at Forbes is about how responsible management of livestock can reverse desertification. If these procedures are followed, it would alleviate some concerns that I had expressed earlier this month.

Will Malthus Have the Last Laugh?

We’re heading towards a future of higher food prices and more hunger.

Smog In Wyoming Thicker Than In L.A.

The AP notes that as a result of natural gas drilling, smog in parts of Wyoming is the worst in the country: Wyoming, famous for its crisp mountain air and breathtaking, far-as-the-eye-can-see vistas, is looking a lot like smoggy Los Angeles these days because of a boom in natural gas drilling. Folks who live near […]

Helium Reserves, Cutting Spending, and Prudence

The privitization of Federal helium reserves is a textbook example of the damage to the nation that can be caused by imprudent budget cutting.

England Facing Coldest Winter in More Than 300 Years

Forecasters in the United Kingdom are saying that upcoming winter could be the most severe the nation has experienced since Charles II was King: If you thought last week was as cold as you could bear it, brace yourself. Forecasters say the worst is yet to come, and this winter could be the harshest since […]

EPA Acts Unilaterally on Climate Change

Frustrated that it couldn’t achieve desired environmental legislation despite huge majorities in both Houses of Congress, the Obama administration has decided to govern by executive fiat.

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A Right Wing Fever Swamp Feeding on the Delusions of a Lefty

Let’s keep our eye on the ball, people.

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