350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

There are so many societies in which the elite made decisions that were good for themselves in the short run and ruined themselves and societies in the long run…. Similarly, in the United States at present, the policies being pursued by too many wealthy people and decision makers are ones that — as in the ...

350 or bust: Some Saturday Fun – Tag, You’re It!

This climate hawk is taking the day off – hope you enjoy this video, too, while you enjoy your Saturday!

The Disaffected Lib: China’s New Climate, And Yours

Southern China has been enduring the worst drought in half a century but not any longer.   Now the region is inundated by flood waters, it’s newly engorged rivers, including the Yangtze, overflowing their banks.   550,000 people have already been relocated and further areas are expected to be evacuated. Television channels that were only recently broadcasting ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Pentagon Releases New Clean Energy Strategy

pentagon.jpg The U.S. Department of Defense has released a new strategy for how the U.S. military will address growing concerns over energy consumption. The military remains the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and accounts for 1% of total consumption in the United States. As concerns continue to mount over oil prices and ...

350 or bust: Bangladesh Surpasses Solar Energy Goal of One Million Homes, Sets New Target

I’ve declared today to be  “Good News Friday” on 350orbust. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of bad news out there, but today we’re going to focus on some feel-good stories to start the weekend off. From a country that is too often in the news for tragic reasons, here’s a story that celebrates ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stories From the March on Blair Mountain – Part 1 The March

5812635770_02534c2672.jpg I arrived a few days early to headquarters in Marmet, WV with an overly large pack that threatened to topple me over with one slightly unbalanced step. A sleeping bag, multiple changes of clothes, a bottle of Listerine, and ample bug spray would have to last me through the long and arduous journey of ...

Politics and Entertainment: This Saturday in Canada: Stop the Tar Sands

This email is going out to all 350 supporters in Canada regarding a global action taking place this Saturday, June 18th being coordinated by several of our partner organizations. Dear friends, The Candian tar sands are the largest industrial project on the planet, and one of biggest threats to a safe climate future. Right now, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Thinking About Sustainable Cities

– Your lawn can’t legally look like this? People are understandably mystified by some of the things I do, they have different outlooks on life. When they see a TV in the garbage they think, “Someone upgraded to a Plasma,” while I think, “There’s a few more pounds of lead to leach into drinking water.” ...

350 or bust: David Wins Against Pesticide Goliath

Fellow climate hawk Lori from over at Adventures In Climate Change recently shared how wonderful this new documentary, A Chemical Reaction, is.  At the risk of raising the ire of Francis, our anti-documentary curmudgeon, I’m posting this link to the trailer and hope to get my hands on the full length documentary soon. It tells ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Report: Broad Bipartisan Support For Action On Climate Change

climatechange.jpg A new report by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication shows that voters in America are concerned about global climate change, and would support broad action by the federal government to prevent future disaster. The report shows that voters from both major political parties are at odds with most Republicans in Washington, ...

350 or bust: White Water, Black Gold

You can’t practice abstinence while running a brothel. Yet politicians of almost all stripes talk simultaneously about developing the Alberta oil sands while getting serous about reducing carbon emissions. Sound like a crock? It is. Mitchell Anderson, It’s the Tar Sands, Stupid It’s not just the carbon emissions from the tar sands that are polluting ...

Impolitical: Go Canucks…and a few other things

It’s the big Canucks game day and all so people are likely not going to be very interested in Canadian politics. But some big things are happening that bear mentioning. First of all, the ludicrous situation with how the two strike actions going on in the country are developing. The Harper government is giving Air ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Atmospheric Trust Litigation

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Do the governments of the world have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere?  On May 4th, a group of children and young adults filed lawsuits against all 50 U.S. states and the Federal government for their failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their strategy is to have the atmosphere recognized ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious With Rhubarb Kuchen

Here in northern Ontario where I live, rhubarb is the first harvest from the garden that we  look forward to.  In anticipation of a meal of homemade pasta and grilled eggplant that’s planned for tonight (thanks to Michael who is willing to share his expertise in Italian cooking gained in the kitchens of his mother ...

Leftist Jab: Hack Pundit Of The Week: Bronwyn Eyre

I often wonder if newspapers aren’t better off publishing high school essays instead of paying columnists. The writing might suffer but the research would be much better. Case in point: Bronwyn Eyre’s new column in Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix focusing on climate change. What makes it particularly execrable is her utter lack of effort in researching ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” ~ Albert Einstein

Accidental Deliberations: On incomplete reporting

Yes, it’s a problem if the Cons are giving different answers about climate-change policy to different audiences. But I’m not sure how the difference between federal action making next to no difference and its making even less than that makes for a more significant story than the prospect that each set of numbers from the ...

350 or bust: Analysis of Britain’s Shape After Sea Level Rise, Ken To Barbie “It’s Over”, And More News

It’s Friday, and I’m just wrapping up two very time-consuming work projects, which means I’m in the mood for some good news, and a good laugh – come to think of it, I’m always in the mood  for those things. Anyway, here’s some links that offer just that – have a great weekend, and remember, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Bill McKibben’s Recent Op-Ed On Climate and Severe Weather Remixed Into Video

Check out this excellent video version of Bill McKibben’s recent Washington Post op-ed “A link between climate change and Joplin Tornadoes? Never!” Narrated and illustrated by Stephen Thomson of Plonomedia.com, the video is a great visual representation of McKibben’s widely-circulated op-ed. Watch here, and share this widely: <!–break–>

350 or bust: The Trouble With Carbon

More from The Agenda With Steve Paikin, this week broadcasting from the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 – Ingenuity in Energy Solutions being held at the University of Waterloo.  Last night’s discussion focused on transportation and how they way we move impacts on the current climate crisis. The hour-long discussion started off with an excerpt from ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – With health care once again receiving plenty of attention on the U.S. political scene thanks to the Republicans’ plan to dismantle publicly-funded Medicare, the differences between Canada and the U.S. are once again serving as a major point of discussion. And Aaron Carroll has posted a neat ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything?  According to Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation, our economy and our entire domestic food supply ...

350 or bust: The Problem We’ve Created

The world needs to reduce carbon emissions. While oil and gas were cheap, there were few incentives to seek newer, cleaner and renewable resources. But time is now the biggest factor. We’re running out of cheap energy and continuing to contribute to the current climate change problem. What, if anything, have we learned in the ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious

Where we live in northwestern Ontario we don’t have access to a lot of local market gardens  or farms. But what we do have on our doorstep are lakes full of pickerel and jackfish, as well as some trout and perch. Mark took our youngest daughter out on their first fishing trip of 2011 yesterday ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Ralliers March To Preserve Blair Mountain And Stop Mountaintop Removal

mountaintop-removal-mining-video.jpg This week, hundreds of marchers will convene in the West Virginian wilderness to walk over 50 miles in 5 days. Organized by Friends of Blair Mountain and Appalachia Rising, the March to Blair Mountain is a 7-day event in which participants will weather obstacles such as the outdoors, possible intimidating counter protestors, port-a-potties, and ...