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We’re on the verge of a wind revolution

By Jan Ellen Spiegel on Aug 23, 2018

Block Island offshore wind farm aerial view (Source: Wikipedia (Ionna22/CC BY-SA 4.0)). There's no question the U.S. is a latecomer to offshore wind. Just look at the numbers. In U.S. waters, there are precisely five turbines. They're just off Block...

A novelist’s New York state of clime

By Michael Svoboda on Aug 14, 2018

In 1976, when Billy Joel released "A New York State of Mind," his winsome tribute to the city he called home, few Americans were worried about climate change. Climate scientist James Hansen's critical testimony to Congress was still more than a decade...

Climate change science comeback strategies

By Karin Kirk on Jul 26, 2018

Credit: Image by Karin Kirk. Staircase wit. L'esprit de l'escalier. It's the way the perfect response in an uncomfortable conversation comes cruelly late, occurring only after the crux moment has long since passed, and you're descending the stairs on your...

Colorado’s 416 Fire raises wildfire uncertainties

By Samantha Harrington on Jul 6, 2018

Smoke plume from 416 fire as seen from U.S. Hwy 550, north of Durango, when the wildfire was just getting under way in early June. (Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service.) Heidi Steltzer lives close enough to the 416 Fire blazing through Colorado's San Juan...

RIP Commentator Charles Krauthammer

By Bud Ward on Jun 25, 2018

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Charles Krauthammer. Those steadfastly rejecting climate change science or arguments for "doing something" about the issue lost a strong voice with the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles...

Climate doubter becomes a climate advocate

By Bruce Lieberman on Jun 12, 2018

Conservative Alex Bozmoski used to doubt the reality of global warming. But several years ago, in a college class, he learned the science behind climate change and became convinced that it is a real and serious threat. That got him thinking. Bosmoski:...

Native Americans move toward energy independence

By Bruce Lieberman on Jun 7, 2018

Lakota Solar Enterprises founder Henry Red Cloud (Photo: Courtesy of Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center) For the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, the sun is more than a source of energy. Red Cloud: "Native people's way of life - language, song, dance,...

Q&A with author of ‘Blackfish City’ novel

By Amy Brady on Jun 6, 2018

For this month's column, I spoke with Sam J. Miller, author of the thrilling new novel Blackfish City. This book, like Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, looks to a future time when Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is barely...

Books and reports on ‘truthsquading’

By Michael Svoboda on May 31, 2018

Nearly forty years ago, when their own scientists confirmed what government and university researchers were learning about the likely consequences of the rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere, fossil fuel companies like Exxon and Shell faced a choice:...

‘Avengers’ casualty: environmental understanding

By Michael Svoboda on May 22, 2018

Actor Josh Brolin as Thanos, raising the gauntlet that now holds four of the six Big Bang 'infinity stones.' Truth is "the first casualty" of war. So declared historian Philip Knightley, echoing sentiments voiced as far back as ancient Greece, in his...

Meet scientist, feminist, activist Sarah Myhre

By Karin Kirk on May 18, 2018

At the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans last December, Sarah Myhre, PhD, joined with other scientists on a panel presenting and fielding questions on the science, economics, and politics of climate solutions. Sarah Myhre, a veritable...

Rising sea levels putting wildlife at risk

By Kristen Pope on May 17, 2018

Just as rising seas pose serious threats to coastal residents and human-built systems and structures, and cause human climate refugees to flee low-lying atolls, these seas are also threatening many diverse species of wildlife. UC-Davis graduate student...

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