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Catalonia and Scotland: Independence via incompetence

Within a few years, it's entirely possible that Europe will have two new sovereign nations. Their birth will be the result not of proud liberation movements overcoming oppression or post-colonial struggles to build independent economies and societies. No, these new states will come into being, if …

Attempts To Silence Climate Scientists Have Been Desperate But Effective

<b>Published on</b> October 7th, 2017 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>0<p>October 7th, 2017 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>Originally published on <i>Nexus Media</i>.<br>By Jeremy Deaton<p>People …

One of the oldest climate change experiments has led to a troubling conclusion

One of the regular complaints of climate change doubters and skeptics is that scientific projections of a dire future are too heavily based on computer simulations, or models, which — they say — rest on a variety of questionable assumptions.<p>But a major climate change study published Thursday relied …

Climate Change

Replacing the US electric grid could cost $5 trillion

The grid modernization debate and initiatives have been on the table for years, but now President Trump's proposal for a $1 trillion investment in American infrastructure is reviving questions about how much investment the energy infrastructure needs, and how much it would cost to replace, upgrade, …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Climate

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Flat for a Third Year Running, but the Economy Continues to Grow - MIT Technology Review

Repeat after us: reducing the use of fossil fuels won’t necessarily ruin the economy.<p>New figures published by the International Energy Agency show …

Fossil Fuels

The Carbon Bubble is about to pop

Despite Trump's denial of climate change the the ghastly attacks on climate science and mitigation in the new proposed budget, the Carbon Bubble -- …

Here's what would happen if the world runs out of oil

Imagine that one night, just after the last parents finish tucking in their toddler after falling into a post-ice cream coma, that … poof! All of the world's oil in untapped reserves vanished from the Earth into a Great Fossil Fuel Heaven.<p>What remains is just the oil that exists in government or …

Fossil Fuels

Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying

Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism.<p>Imagine a United States in which the president has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to scrub its website of climate-change content, his counselor and …

Literature

Megastorms vs. megadroughts: Climate change brings a potentially devastating “atmospheric river” to California

After years of drought, the Golden State is hit by epic storms — and it’s just the beginning of climate chaos<p>As the incoming Trump administration turns Washington increasingly freakish and bizarre, reinventing government as reality show, Mother Nature is doing something equally dramatic 3,000 miles …

Climate Change

The 9 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2017

From old favorites like V.E. Schwab to debut authors like Vic James, here's the year in fantasy.<p>As 2017 approaches, the real world has become a …

Books

The scary, unimpeachable evidence that climate change is already here

When Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump about his thoughts on climate change, the president-elect responded, “Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.” He’s not alone; according to Pew Research less than half …

Global Warming

I only read sci-fi & pop-sci books by women in 2016, and this is my list

Two years ago, I made my New Years Resolution to read one fiction and one non-fiction book each month, and I’ve (mostly) kept it up since then. But …

Major flooding in UK now likely every year, warns lead climate adviser

Major flooding in the UK is now likely to happen every year but ministers still have no coherent long-term plan to deal with it, the government’s leading adviser on the impacts of climate change has warned.<p>Boxing Day in 2015 saw severe floods sweep Lancashire and Yorkshire, just weeks after Storm …

Boxing Day

Pathways to 1.5°C: Market-driven, transformative solutions to combat climate change

<b>Co-written with James Newcomb, MD and Aman Chitkara, Snr Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute</b><p>What if the real momentum in actions to address climate change in the years ahead comes from voluntary decisions by customers, communities, corporations, and other institutions to choose clean and affordable …

Seth Meyers has some thoughts on Donald Trump and climate change

Anyone hoping that Donald Trump would moderate his opposition to fighting climate change once in office is bound to be disappointed, based on his …

Donald Trump

Map of the entire visible universe released to the public

In 2010, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) was fired up and pointed towards the heavens. Equipped with the …

A ‘Star Wars’ Fan Gives ‘Rogue One’ The Opening Crawl It Deserves

<i>Rogue One</i> starts off the same way as <i>Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens</i> (and every other installment in the series with a Roman numeral in the title), with the Lucasfilm logo and iconic “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” text. Everyone knows what to expect next: the opening crawl. …

Star Wars

16 Book-To-Film Adaptations To Look Forward To In 2017

Novelists and short story writers are to thank for several of the more inventive movies that’ve come out in 2016. “Elle,” a haunting story about fear, anxiety, and triumph after assault, is based on the novel <i>Oh...</i> by Philippe Djian; “Arrival” is based on a short story by sci-fi writer Ted Chiang …

Books

Solar Is Being Held Back by Regulations, Not Technology

Due to the drop in costs for solar technology and increases in electric utility rates, solar photovoltaic-generated electricity is now less expensive than grid electricity, and adoption is rising rapidly throughout the U.S. In fact, Bloomberg reported that the American solar industry had a record …

Solar Power

The Intergalactic Battle of Ancient Rome

A long time ago, in a world not so far away, a young man who longed for adventure was swept up in a galactic war. Forced to choose between two sides …

The Case for Bringing Back Torture Is a Ticking Time-Bomb

A former CIA interrogator who terrorized prisoners hasn’t learned the lessons of his own immoral behavior.<p>As Donald Trump prepares to become president, his campaign rhetoric about wanting to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” has opponents of brutal interrogation tactics anxious …

Political Science

Could waves become the next big renewable energy source?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The force of crashing waves can generate huge amounts of energy.<p>But there's a catch: how do you develop technology that can withstand the sea's harsh environment with minimum disruption to the ecosystem?<p>One Israeli-based company, Yam Pro Energy -- believes it can offer the ideal solution …

Renewable Energy

THE IMPRINTED BRAIN THEORY

The Imprinted Brain Theory<p>What causes mental illnesses like schizophrenia and autism? We have long known that both tend to run in families and that …

Autism

The best YA books of 2016

This may have been a rough year in a lot of ways, but 2016 has been a great one for new YA books.<p>The YA world has every genre imaginable, from …

This interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)<p>Playing around with …

Renewable Energy

Tackling the vital challenge of financing the world’s water infrastructure needs

We cannot talk about water and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 without also looking at everything that depends on it: from climate, food and …

World Economy

The 20 best books of the year, according to readers

No one knows good books better than the people who read them.<p>Book recommendation sharing website Goodreads just released its 2016 Goodreads Choice …

Just what our crumbling, aging infrastructure doesn’t need: Trump’s plan

Donald Trump has made rebuilding America’s decrepit infrastructure a centerpiece of his political pitch. And it seems many top Democrats are …

Looking For The Best Books Of 2016? NPR's Concierge Is Here To Help

NPR's annual Book Concierge is back. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary joins <i>Morning Edition</i>'s Rachel Martin to talk about the year in fiction — and to share a couple of her favorite titles from 2016.<p>If you're looking for the books mentioned on-air, here are links to:<p>The Underground …

Books