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Climate fears turn to doubts amongst Britons

The U.S. isn’t alone in having public opinion shift against the proposition that the global climate is warming, mainly due to human activity. Great Britain has fallen from 41% to only 26%, Germany from 62% to 42%. The media need to hold climate skeptics to the same standards as climate scientists. For more information on

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Reliance on oil sands grows despite environmental risks

The U.S. produces 5 million barrels of oil a day, and imports 10 million more. The biggest source of imports is — surprise! — Canada. Much of Canada’s oil is from oil sands, aka tar sands, that is sent south in pipelines. The relationship is politically advantageous, but environmentally risky. For more information on climate

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Are they paying attention?

Published on May 28, 2010 by in Policy, Science

The New York Times editorializes that the National Academy of Sciences reports just published offer persuasive evidence that putting off dealing with global climate warming would be folly. It hopes the reports jolt the Senate into passing an energy and climate bill like the one the House passed last year. For more information on climate

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A fresh menu of climate and energy priorities

Published on May 26, 2010 by in Policy

Here, Andy Revkin follows up his post on the National Academies’ new reports. All use “climate change” in the title. A colleague suggests a different frame: Adapting to the Risks and Opportunities of Climate; Advancing our Understanding of Climate; Limiting Human Influences on Future Climate.

 
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Academies (again) seek action on climate change

Published on May 25, 2010 by in Policy, Science

In this column, Andy Revkin discusses the reports just issued by the National Academies of Science, noting that NAS has warned about global warming since 1991. The new reports review climate science, analyze ways to cut greenhouse gases, and how to build a sustainable society given climate change. For more information on climate change, be

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