Global Warming

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

A Groundbreaking Year for Environmental Journalism and Activism

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s been one of the most interesting and groundbreaking years in a long time for environmental activism, environmental journalism and the Sierra Club nationally and in my home state of Alabama. Since I made the decision to cross the line and join the club to get personally…

NASA Study Reveals Industrial Soot’s Role in Glacier Retreat

A NASA-led team of scientists has uncovered strong evidence that soot from a rapidly industrializing Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps that began in the 1860s, a period often thought of as the end of the Little Ice Age, according to a new peer reviewed study published Sept. 3…

Rapid Arctic Ice Thawing Could Cost the Global Economy $60 Trillion

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By John Vidal – Rapid thawing of the Arctic ice could trigger a catastrophic “economic timebomb” which would cost trillions of dollars and undermine the global financial system, a group of economists and polar scientists now say. Governments and industry have expected the widespread warming of the Arctic region in the past 20 years to…

Alabama, Mississippi Proudly Bring Up the World’s Rear Again

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Republican Governors Announce Joint Venture to Develop Hard to Get Tar Sands Crude – By Glynn Wilson – The rest of the world is moving away from the burning of fossil fuels for energy to combat global warming and climate change as well as dangerous air and water pollution. Even Virginia is moving ahead in…

Tropical Ecosystems Boost Carbon Dioxide as Temperatures Rise

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By Glynn Wilson – NASA scientists and an international team of researchers have found tropical ecosystems can generate significant carbon dioxide when temperatures rise, unlike ecosystems in other parts of the world, further exacerbating global warming and climate change, according to a new study. The researchers discovered a temperature increase of just 1 degree Celsius…

Canadian Tar Sands Crude Coming Soon to Mobile?

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The Mobile Bay Sierra Club will present a program on “The Canadian Tar Sands’ Crude Oil Coming Soon to Mobile” at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. TransCanada Pipeline Co. is moving thick tar sands crude oil to Mobile via rail cars, then pumping it through a proposed…

The Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Reaches Another Dangerous Benchmark

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The level of the most significant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, passed a long-feared benchmark this week, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for three million years, scientists reported Friday. Carbon dioxide gauges atop Mauna Loa, the volcano on the big island of Hawaii that has long been ground zero for…

Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she answered an…

The Sun Is Rising in the West on Alternative Energy

Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a few weeks ago that his city would be off coal power entirely by 2025, it was both exciting and, as Al Gore put it, “a really big deal.” It was also only part of the story. The other part —…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…