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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...

New challenges for an evolving Earth Day (Pt 2)

By Daisy Simmons on Apr 19, 2018

2001-2015: The partisan divide deepens ... With 30 years of continuing momentum behind it, Earth Day 18 years ago entered the new Millennium bigger than ever. The UN announced preparations for Earth Day 2000 a full year ahead of the fact. On the...

Is this the coolest job in the wind industry?

By Daisy Simmons on Apr 13, 2018

A dream come true for rock climber, outdoors enthusiast Jessica Kilroy. Photo: Courtesy of Great Big Story. Hanging from ropes, 350 feet in the air, is all in a day's work for Jessica Kilroy. Kilroy: "The company I work for specializes in fiberglass...

Finding common ground amid climate controversy

By Karin Kirk on Apr 3, 2018

Scientists have been researching human-caused climate change for more than 50 years, inexorably fitting together puzzle pieces of atmospheric composition, interactions between different parts of the Earth system, rates of change, and feedback...

What’s causing a chaotic spring?

By Samantha Harrington on Mar 30, 2018

Ann-Marie Taranto, a teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, and her class of second and third graders noticed wild temperature swings during the end of February and first two weeks of March. In one February week, high temperatures fluctuated between 70°F...

Coastal states tackle Trump offshore drilling plan

By Bruce Lieberman on Mar 13, 2018

The Santa Barbara coast in southern California has been hit hard in recent months with fire and mudslides, twin assaults on the area's spectacular natural beauty and affluent communities. But in 1969, another deadly disaster, that one man-made, scarred...