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10 Quick Updates on the Deepwater Spill

10 Quick Updates on the Deepwater Spill

Last week I wrote broadly about the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and how it has caused an ugly collision of private companies, politicians, regulators and lobbyists.  One week later, as the oil gushes on, little has improved both …

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Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres New U.N. Climate Official

Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres New U.N. Climate Official


Last Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Costa Rica’s Christiana Figueres to be the organization’s top official on climate change.  The appointment comes after the resignation of UN climate chief Yvo de Boer, last February, considered to be …

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The Spill, The Bill and the EPA's Will

As someone who follows global climate issues for a living, the past month has been a whirlwind of incremental progress, speculation and literal explosions.  Following the daily – make that hourly –  ticker has been valuable in understanding the current climate position of the U.S. and …

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James Fallows on L.A. versus Beijing

James Fallows on L.A. versus Beijing

While many of us are looking towards the sea, wondering how the oil mess will get cleaned up, I thought I’d direct reader attention up from sad waters.
James Fallows at the Atlantic has been adding to a useful series on his blog (

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Happy Earth Day – A Retrospective

Happy Earth Day – A Retrospective


The photo above was taken in a U.S. Senate hearing room on April 21, 1970.  It shows (left to right), Senator Edmund Muskie (D-ME) and Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) talking with Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, during a hearing on water …

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Climate Shocks and Exports

Climate Shocks and Exports


Loosely defined, a climate shock is a deviation from typical regional climate conditions that often results in unfavorable conditions.  From floods, droughts and cyclones to hurricanes and tsunamis, these episodes affect livelihoods in many ways. They wipe out crops, reduce …

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The Economist on the Climate Science Battle

The Economist on the Climate Science Battle


In recent months, I’ve addressed the range of environmental anecdotes, U.S. climate “scandals” and the larger debate over the legitimacy of climate science.  Generally speaking,  it’s obvious to me that no matter your stance on …

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Links From Around the Web

Treat yourself right and watch this remarkable TED video, featuring the charming and enlightening Dan Barber.  Owner of the famous Pocantico Hills farm, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan is an expert …

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Climate Change in Developing Countries: Some Interesting Facts

Climate Change in Developing Countries: Some Interesting Facts


A good report, from the Current Science Journal, passed over my desk this week.
From 2009, the paper looks at the issue of climate change from a developing country perspective and provides a …

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The Changing Reputation of Climate Science

The Changing Reputation of Climate Science

The March 1st issue of Newsweek magazine has a good article outlining how climate science has become a bruised, intensely politicized issue that is negatively impacting public support for environmental …

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Does the Health Care Bill Prevent or Encourage Climate Legislation?

With the health care debate kicked forward, various post mortems are speculating whether the bill passing makes a cap-and-trade legislation more or less likely.
On the one hand, Obama’s win on contentious health reforms may have

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Where Does U.S. Aid Go?

Where Does U.S. Aid Go?

Though I tend to stick to climate related topics, new-to-me OECD foreign aid data (via William Easterly’s blog) seemed particularly relevant to draw attention to here.
Below is a graph showing all U.S. aid, by recipient, from 2004-2008.

It’s …

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Exciting Opportunities with the U.S. FPA

Exciting Opportunities with the U.S. FPA


Many exciting opportunities  are popping up from the U.S. Foreign Policy Association.   Readers may find it useful to see these  in one place and so, voila:
1. The U.S. FPA wants more bloggers. Apply here!
Take it from …

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Links from Around the Web – Sushi Edition

Links from Around the Web – Sushi Edition


1.  On March 3rd, the Obama Administration announced its support to declare the bluefish tuna endangered and to

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The New Climate.gov Website

The New Climate.gov Website
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