Environment and Oceans Articles
September 17, 2012
OIL AND ICE
Shell Oil announced it will postpone efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean after the company’s oil spill response barge failed another round of testing, raising serious questions about the company’s preparedness to drill in some of the harshest conditions on the planet.
September 11, 2012
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 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
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 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
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
CLIMATE AND ENERGY
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
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
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
Record heat is driving record wildfires across the US Southwest, and one study of 16 climate models shows that this is only the beginning.
June 27, 2012
A new CAP project will promote sustainable ocean industries and examine the importance of healthy marine ecosystems to the American economy.
June 14, 2012
CLIMATE AND OCEANS
The Arctic is warming at an alarming rate – twice as fast as the rest of the planet – and according to a new report, those changes will be a key driver of geopolitics in the coming years.
June 6, 2012
BP’s legal strategy of subpenaing scientists’ personal emails to fight penalties over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil leak catastrophe is rubbing the science community the wrong way.
April 30, 2012
A just-released poll from the Yale and George Mason climate change communication programs finds that more Americans support action to reduce global warming than the media and Beltway insiders would have you believe.
April 24, 2012
The earth is warming. But can we be sure that humans are the cause? Yes. The same way cycling officials were sure that biker Floyd Landis doped with synthetic testosterone while winning the 2006 Tour de France.
April 18, 2012
A new analysis from CAP assesses how climate change is exacerbating human conflict and migration patterns in one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped regions and suggests a policy response that cuts across many spheres of governance.
April 4, 2012
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.
March 27, 2012
For the first time in U.S. history, greenhouse gasses from new power plants will be regulated at the federal level, representing the first, small step toward a coherent climate policy in the United States. Here are the top five facts to keep in mind.
March 5, 2012
Fifty-six million years ago, a surge of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere raised the acidity of the world’s oceans, driving many organisms to extinction. Anthropogenic carbon emissions are doing the same thing today, only 10 times faster.
February 29, 2012
“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.”