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September 11, 2012


Understanding The Human-Caused Arctic Death Spiral

This review of literature and data about historical sea ice levels in the arctic circle destroys any doubt that the globally unprecedented decline in ice at the north pole is real and caused by human emissions. Beware, facts ahead.

September 6, 2012


The Religiosity of the Fracking Debate

The debate over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has a religious aura to it, despite each side claiming to have science on its side. Adam Briggle discusses the politics of fracking, and the perils of values debates that masquerade as science issues.

August 29, 2012


In Fear Of Firebugs

Amidst one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in the western U.S., climate change is making tree-killing pine beetles more vigorous, leading to drier forests and the potential for worse fires.

August 28, 2012


The Networked Energy Web

The U.S. stands at the cusp of a transformation that will connect the ongoing innovations in information technology with the emergence of intelligent, efficient, secure, and cleaner energy networks. We present a framework for understanding and accelerating this transformation.

August 21, 2012


Caution vs. Recklessness in the Arctic

As offshore oil drilling edges ever closer to becoming a reality in the Arctic, CAP examines the level of readiness for a spill and how the oil and gas industry could learn from the fishing industry’s stewardship of arctic resources.

August 15, 2012


U.S. Droughts and India’s Blackouts: Here’s the Connection

Veteran environmental writer George Black uses climate change to connect the dots between widespread drought in the US, rising food prices, and catastrophic blackouts in India, and comments on the media’s unwillingness to do the same.

August 10, 2012


Soot Pollution 101

Jackie Weidman and Susannah Marshall explain what soot is, how it harms your health, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards to reduce the pollution, which are open to public comment.

August 8, 2012


Climate 2.0: What Is Expected Of Business Now?

If we cannot solve climate change through global cooperation among national governments, perhaps the private sector is where the solution lies. Ryan Schuchard asked 14 thought leaders about what businesses are doing to reduce carbon. Here is what they said.

July 10, 2012


America’s Fire Future

Record heat is driving record wildfires across the US Southwest, and one study of 16 climate models shows that this is only the beginning.

April 4, 2012


March Heat Records Crush Cold Records by Over 35 To 1

New heat records swamped cold records across the country in the month of march by a startling margin, prompting some in the climate science community to ask whether we are seeing evidence of global warming feedback loops.

February 29, 2012


A Call For Supporting Michael Mann

“Although not initially of his own choosing, Michael Mann has been the most important, resilient, and outspoken warrior in the climate battle–responding to threats and persecution with courage and resolve every step of the way.”