Eli Melaas

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We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says

World leaders want to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, but this climate scientist says we could do it in ten years.<p>As we stare down the barrel of a world totally transformed (read: destroyed) by climate change in the not-so-distant future, a lot of the brightest minds around the world are spending a …

“A vote for Hillary is a vote for fracking”: Josh Fox talks Bernie Sanders, climate change and the political revolution we need

“We cannot afford a ‘gas bridge.’ Only Bernie Sanders is saying let’s go direct to renewables”<p>It was chilly and overcast last Saturday as a thousand people filled up the old Cohen’s Vaudeville Theater in downtown Kingston, New York. Though officially a Bernie rally, the event felt as much like a …

Shale gas 'worse than coal' for climate

<b>The new kid on the energy block, shale gas, may be worse in climate change terms than coal, a study concludes.</b><p>Drawn from rock through a controversial "fracking" process, some hail the gas as a "stepping stone" to a low-carbon future and a route to energy security.<p>But US researchers found that shale …

The Democrats have no soul: The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way

<b>In this April 6, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans trust Democratic presidential front-runner Clinton more than Republican leader Donald Trump to handle a</b> …

Political Science

The similarities between Trump support and climate denial

It’s long puzzled climate realists: why do free market supporters oppose free market solutions to climate change? The answer may be related to another puzzling question: why does Donald Trump have such unwavering support among a certain segment of American conservatives?<p>A recent paper by Jeremiah …

Climate

Wind and solar are growing at a stunning pace (just not enough to stop climate change)

There's good news and gloomy news on climate change in this new report on renewable energy from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.<p>First, the celebratory stuff. Renewable energy — mostly wind and solar, plus a little geothermal and biomass — is growing at a record pace. Last year, the world's nations …

Global warming predicts colder water off Iceland.

Over the past few years I’ve heard a lot of nonsensical claims from climate science deniers: The Earth isn’t actually warming, carbon dioxide isn’t a …

Warmer Winters Will Mean Catastrophic Effects For The Environment And Human Life

For many, the winters we remember from childhood are becoming just that: memories. Winter’s record warmth in recent years — especially the shockingly …

These plastic-eating bacteria could help cut down on waste

Recycling is <i>so</i> 20th century. According to one new study, there could be a new way to cut down on plastic waste: bacteria that consume one of the major components of our old bottles and clothes.<p>The study, published Thursday in Science, focuses on a newly-discovered bacterium called <i>Ideonella</i> …

Pollution

Meat Is Murder — On the Climate, Anyway | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here</b><b>.</b><p>Beware the cows.<p>Sure, it looks like we've got them where we want them, penned up in farms, easily led to the meat-packing plants. But in an ongoing display of passive resistance, they may be trying to …

NASA confirms February 2016's shocking global warming temperature record.

<b>Update, March 12, 2016</b>: Data released Saturday from NASA confim that February 2016 was not only the most unusually warm month ever measured globally, …

Environmental Activism as if We Wanted to Win: It's Time to Stop Acting and Start Doing What Matters

After seven years of a dark depression, induced by the failure of federal climate legislation back in 2009, the U.S. climate movement finally broke free of its deadening pessimism at COP21, and emerged from Paris energized.<p>But the genuine feelings of optimism are coming home to an obsolete strategy …

Greening the clothing industry isn’t just about cotton and water. The message counts, too

<i>For a quick explainer on how to buy better, watch our video; and for a look into life as a “slow fashion” business owner, read our interview with</i> …

Sustainability

Unprecedented scientific report says decline of pollinators a threat to food security

Around the world, the animals that pollinate our food crops - more than 20,000 species of bees, butterflies, bats and many others - are the subject of growing attention. An increasing number of pollinator species are thought to be in decline, threatened by a variety of mostly human pressures, and …

We’re recycling way too much and it isn’t benefiting the economy or the environment — here’s how design can help

But recent research into the environmental costs and benefits and some tough-to-ignore market realities have even the most ardent of recycling fans questioning the current system.<p>No one is saying that using old things to make new things is intrinsically a bad idea, but consensus is building around …

Sustainability

Thomas Piketty on the rise of Bernie Sanders: the US enters a new political era

The Vermont senator’s success so far demonstrates the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections<p>How can we interpret the incredible success of the “socialist” candidate Bernie Sanders in the US primaries? The Vermont senator is now ahead of …

Middle-class

Global warming in overdrive: We just had the hottest January ever recorded

Global warming went into overdrive in January, leading to astounding temperature records.<p>January was the globe's most unusually warm month ever …

Thirsty continents are slowing down expected sea level rise, scientists say

Despite the accelerated melting of glaciers and ice sheets, sea levels aren't rising quite as quickly as scientists anticipated. The reason: Continents are absorbing more of the water before it flows into the seas, according to a new study.<p>Scientists at<p>NASA’sJet Propulsion Laboratoryfigured this …

Global Warming

MIT Tool Gives the Cost of Installing Solar Panels on Any Roof in Your City

How good is your roof for solar power?<p>The world, it seems, is falling in love with solar energy. Recent years have seen the increasing adoption of solar power around the world as an alternative energy source for everything from individual homes to the entire energy grid, with the United States' …

Forests are supposed to help stop climate change. These forests didn’t

Forests play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, helping to mitigate climate change by storing carbon that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere. So maintaining sustainable forest management practices that maximize the trees’ ability to act as a carbon sink — for example, planting more …

Climate Change

Conifer forest expansion blamed for boosting global warming

An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread …

Climate Change

Climate change in charts: from record global temperatures to science denial

Much has been written about climate change in recent months, what with that record-breaking hot year we just had and the qualified success of the Paris climate talks.<p>But if there’s one criticism I’d have of the media coverage, it’s this.<p>Not enough graphs.<p>So here are six that you might have missed, …

Climate Change

Climate Change

This series of visualizations shows how some of Earth's key climate indicators are changing over time.<p>Recent satellite observations have detected a …

Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming. Here’s the problem

Last week, when NASA and NOAA jointly announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record by a sizable margin, the news may have seemed purely factual in nature.<p>Yet it’s also politically resonant. Not only are this year’s crop of Democratic candidates much more gung-ho on climate change than their …

Climate Change

Please Stop Saying Humans Aren't Causing Climate Change

<i>This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>The world’s run of record-breaking hottest years is …

Yes, Actually, Global Warming Probably Helped Supersize This Weekend's Blizzard | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here</b><b>.</b><p>As one of the largest blizzards ever recorded barreled down on the shore town of Cape May, New Jersey, local restaurateur Keith Laudeman was more worried with rising tides than with falling …

Vermont solar growth slowed for now as utilities hit limit

RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) — Less than two years after Vermont almost quadrupled the amount of renewable electricity that homeowners and small businesses can …

Solar Power

How much damage is the Porter Ranch leak doing to the climate?

Stephen Conley has flown pollution-detecting airplanes over some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation. But never before has the<p>UC Davisscientist encountered as much methane in the air as in recent months over suburban Los Angeles.<p>Over and over, Conley has flown his single-engine plane …

Oil & Gas Industry