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While Vicky Hartzler Fiddles, the Globe Burns: October 2014 was Hottest on Record

On November 2014, Republican member of Congress and global warming denier Vicky Hartzler noticed it was cold. This, she decided, was proof enough to ridicule the idea of global warming. So she took to Twitter:

 

Rep. Hartzler is in her 54th year on Earth. Someone so well-experienced with the seasons really should have […]

Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted In Favor Of Opening Private Medical Records To Big Government?

Chellie Pingree voted for the GOP Secret Science Reform Act. Perhaps Representative Pingree simply sees the way the wind is blowing, and is happy to go along with the rising tide of right wing politics in America, health, privacy and science be damned. […]

Roll Call: Anti-Environment Democrats Who Voted For The XL Pipeline – Including Donald Norcross

Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party lost ground in the House of Representatives, and lost control of the U.S. Senate. These losses were largely due to the inability of the Democratic Party to inspire voter turnout from the liberal political base that it has traditionally taken for granted.

Being taken for granted by the […]

The Lilies Of November

This photograph shows just one of the manifrstations of climate change. This morning, I took this photograph of day lilies coming into blossom in my garden.

It’s mid-November, and we still haven’t had a killing frost. I live within 100 miles of the border with Canada.

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Climate Change Brings November Spring Flowers To The Northeast

For many years, I lived in the South. I can still remember the sense of wonder that I felt in late October, my first year there, seeing that there were still garden plants blooming outside.

Fast forward 20 years, and the South has moved North. I live just a couple of hours from the border […]

The Boundaries Of Skepticism About Climate Change

Yesterday saw the official release of the latest scientific report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is dominated by a skeptical perspective. The scientists who wrote the report repeatedly questioned the data that is widely assumed to show that climate change is taking place and has largely been caused […]

Conservative Calls For Climatologists To Be Rounded Up And Shot In Order To Stop Scientific Reports On Climate Change

Tomorrow, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release a new report summarizing scientific knowledge about climate change.

Excerpts from the report:

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and […]

Corporate Responsibility Splashes All Over The Place At First Data In Omaha

“First Data and KKR work together to measure and improve the environmental performance of our business through the Green Portfolio Program established with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).”

That’s the promise that comes from First Data, an online payment company with an avowed vision to “To shape the future of global commerce by delivering the […]

Elm Tree Dreams Die Quietly

1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.

1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.

1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.

1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME […]

A Plastic Bag In Every Gutter! American Chemistry Council Spends Big To Keep Congress In The Bag

Far from promoting scientific literacy, the American Chemistry Council seems to be devoted to advancing the cause of ignorance. […]

Mythological Mechanics Of Oil Spill Amnesia Explored By Consumer Researchers

I have often remarked, with surprise and dismay, how quickly the American people have been to forget about oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon. I noted how, just months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama began efforts to expand offshore drilling in […]