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More Fracking Controversy, Continued

More Fracking Controversy, Continued

In the post below, I wrote about the recent and instantly controversial study from Cornell that calls into question the greenhouse gas advantage that natural gas was assumed to have over coal and oil.  This BBC article, for instance, points out what may seem like the …

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More Fracking Controversy

More Fracking Controversy


You may be entirely aware by now that the controversy over shale gas resources and their extraction by hydraulic fracturing heated up last week with the publication of an important paper in Climatic Change, a well-respected scientific journal.  (Here is a great little video on what exactly …

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The Germans Really Get It – Part Deux

The Germans Really Get It – Part Deux


I wrote here recently that the Germans, in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, are seeking the right path:  phasing out nuclear power.  What is astonishing to me, and gratifying beyond my fondest wishes, is that the whole country is embracing it.  That means the public, and …

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The Big Fool Says to Push On

The Big Fool Says to Push On


Just a quick update on the situation in Japan relative to the nuclear facility at Fukushima:  The rating for the accident has risen to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s highest level.  As people have been at pains to point out, it is not – as yet – as …

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Tar Sands – The Fight Continues

Tar Sands – The Fight Continues


I have written on a number of occasions here about the Alberta tar sands.  Like many environmentalists, I find the idea of ripping tar out of the ground with excavators the size of aircraft carriers – or sucking it up after spending months softening it with injected …

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Nero is Fiddling

Nero is Fiddling

You know the EPA made its endangerment finding on greenhouse gases for a reason:  There are a number of ways in which human health is now being harmed or threatened by climate changes including steadily rising temperatures and temperature extremes.  An article just out in a peer-reviewed …

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Economic Development in the Arctic

Economic Development in the Arctic


There’s an event next Wednesday, April 6th, in NYC that you might like to attend.  It’s being cosponsored by NYU’s Center for Global Affairs (where I teach) and the government of Québec.  Our public programming at CGA is, as a rule, pretty interesting and engaging.
This program,

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Lester Brown's Plan B

Lester Brown's Plan B


Here’s a terrific book from the sustainability pioneer Lester Brown that I used in my Clean Tech class last Fall.  It touches on everything that needs examination.  It shows the state of the climate system and the impacts we’ve been experiencing, and it looks closely at all the …

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The Germans Really Get It

The Germans Really Get It


(Poster in front reads: Fukushima warns: Pull the Plug on all Nuclear Power Plants. White banner behind reads : ‘Solidarity with the people in Japan.’  AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)
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I wrote last Fall about how the Germans get it:  that nuclear power, in a sane society, should not long endure.  …

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Global Consciousness of Climate Change

Global Consciousness of Climate Change

“Hundreds of millions in thousands of cities, towns and communities in a record 134 countries were expected to have participated …”  That’s the word from the Earth Hour folks.  Good on ya!  (See a slideshow here.)

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Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011
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Nuclear State of Play

Nuclear State of Play


The FT has had some excellent coverage of the nuclear disaster in Japan.  Obviously, as I’ve mentioned here, and has been bruited about all over the world, the Fukushima Daiichi nightmare has implications for nuclear power all over the world.  The FT has provided a very useful “atomic …

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Stupefied by Civilization

Stupefied by Civilization


There is an op-ed in today’s NYT from a Japanese astrophysicist, Satoru Ikeuchi.  He recalls the words of a predecessor in Japanese science:  “The more civilization progresses, the greater the violence of nature’s wrath.”  I am not a Luddite, by any stretch of imagination.  I firmly believe, …

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Why Nuclear is NOT the Way to Stop Climate Change

Why Nuclear is NOT the Way to Stop Climate Change

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The Nuclear Crisis in Japan

The Nuclear Crisis in Japan


In a previous post, I flagged an analysis by Robert Alvarez on the situation with the spent fuel pools.  Here is a look from this morning at the situation from another expert, David Wright, at the Union of Concerned Scientists:  Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima.  …

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