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Posted inPolicy & Politics

Fossil Fuel P.R./Ad Campaigns Reaching Crescendo in Election Season

On May 13, the date of West Virginia’s presidential primary, CNN launched what the progressive group, Think Progress, called a “coal fest”. “ISSUE #1: MAKING GAS FROM COAL: REDUCING DEPENDENCE ON OIL” flashed across the television screen as senior business correspondent Ali Velshi expounded on the prospect of converting coal into liquid fuel. “The advantage […]

Posted inFeature Article

2008 Grantham Prize ‘Special Merit’ Winner: Reporter, Photographer Ed Struzik

For 28 years, Canadian writer Ed Struzik has skied, dogsledded, snowmobiled, helicoptered, canoed, and ridden icebreakers as part of his writings about the Arctic. Since long before most journalists paid the northern territories much heed, Struzik has covered the change brewing in these empty lands as his beat. This summer, Struzik’s experience, contacts, and talent […]

Posted inPolicy & Politics

Kyoto Accord Compliance Markets: Can Emission Trading Offsets Work? (Pt.1 of 2)

The global market for carbon reductions is growing rapidly, having doubled in value in the last year alone to more than $64 billion. The European Union Emissions Trading System (EUETS) comprises most of the market, with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other various offset markets valued at almost $14 billion. These latter offset markets […]

Posted inWeather Extremes

Global Warming and 2008 Extreme Weather? Newsweek’s Begley Answers ‘TRUE’ on a Link

There was really no mistaking the July 7/14, 2008, Newsweek as intending to be something special: Forget that the label promoted it as a “Summer Double Issue.” That’s not the point. The “Lincoln vs. Darwin” cover illustration, with the “Who Matters More?” come-on was one part of the hint, but bigger still was the (mostly) […]

Posted inClimate Science, Policy & Politics

EPA I.G. Report Finds Scant Hope For Volunteer GHG Control Efforts

A July report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General finds “limited potential” in voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction programs. The report most likely puts just one more nail in the coffin of volunteer GHG efforts that have been a mainstay of the Bush administration EPA but which are pretty much guaranteed to […]

Posted inClimate Science

Physics Society Restates Position After Blog-Driven ‘Kerfuffle’ Erupts

A recent “kerfuffle,” as a headline writer for termed it, once again underscored the influence of the blogosphere’s echo chamber – and just how quickly it can spread bad information. The American Physical Society, APS, last month saw fit to “reaffirm” its official position on climate change after a flurry of online reports and […]

Posted inEnergy, Feature Article, Policy & Politics

Parsing Opinion Polls … and Politics … In Covering Offshore Drilling Campaign Issue

Opinion polls are fueling politicians and candidates to push for more U.S. offshore oil drilling, with the media looking on intently. Since the issue became a political focal point in May and June, polling has been relentless: Zogby. Rasmussen. Field. Gallup. Quinnipiac. CNN. Bloomberg. The list goes on. All point to an increasing public desire […]