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Protesters Target Google’s Ties to James Inhofe, Senate’s Noted Climate-Change Denier

July 24, 2013 | 4:51 pm

Protesters Target Google’s Ties to James Inhofe, Senate’s Noted Climate-Change Denier

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Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had some strong words on the subject of climate-change deniers: “You can hold back knowledge, but you cannot prevent it from spreading. You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar.” So it’s struck a lot of people as very strange […]

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Bay Area Climate Change Plan Won’t Actually Reduce Emissions

July 16, 2013 | 1:08 pm

Bay Area Climate Change Plan Won’t Actually Reduce Emissions

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by Angela Hart, SF Public Press Bay Area planning officials say efforts to encourage dense development will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. But what they rarely mention publicly is that their goal, a 15 percent per capita reduction of carbon dioxide from cars and light trucks by 2035, actually represents an overall emissions increase. […]

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Obama Announces Climate Change Plan

June 25, 2013 | 10:35 am

Obama Announces Climate Change Plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take […]

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Governor’s Budget Move on Cap-and-Trade Angers Environmentalists

May 24, 2013 | 8:33 am

Governor’s Budget Move on Cap-and-Trade Angers Environmentalists

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Governor Jerry Brown has spent a lot of energy focusing on the dangers of climate change lately. Speaking to a group of scientists Thursday, he warned, “it’s over” in five years, unless the world steps up efforts to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that are warming the atmosphere. But while Brown is preaching action on […]

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New Lawsuit Opposes California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

April 16, 2013 | 1:19 pm

New Lawsuit Opposes California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

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California’s quest to reduce global warming hit another obstacle on Tuesday. A conservative legal group filed suit to block California’s new cap-and-trade carbon market. The Pacific Legal Foundation alleged that the market’s charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax, and taxes in California require approval by a two-third majority in […]

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Interview: Al Gore on Fracking

February 19, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Interview: Al Gore on Fracking

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Last week on KQED’s Forum program, Al Gore spoke with host Michael Krasny about his new book and a bunch of other topics. One subject that perked our interest because we’ve been covering it: fracking. As KQED Science’s Lauren Sommer explains … Fracking is an oil-extraction technique in which millions of gallons of water, mixed […]

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NASA’s Hansen: California’s Cap & Trade Doomed to Fail

December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

NASA’s Hansen: California’s Cap & Trade Doomed to Fail

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As climatologists go, James Hansen is a legend. In 1988, he was already warning Congress about the dangers of global warming. The scientist normally speaks in measured tones, but he evoked nervous laughter from the crowd at the Commonwealth Club of California last night when asked by Climate One host Greg Dalton why he didn’t […]

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How a Sandy-Type Storm Could Short-Circuit Silicon Valley

November 6, 2012 | 3:35 pm

How a Sandy-Type Storm Could Short-Circuit Silicon Valley

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First the good news: The Bay Area has plans in place for a storm as big and bad as Sandy. Now the bad news: Planning is about as far as it goes. We haven’t built new levees or seawalls, moved electrical equipment higher up, or relocated much of anything out of the flood plain. So […]

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Climate Change: Can Marine Life Adapt to More Acidic Seas?

September 26, 2012 | 4:30 pm

Climate Change: Can Marine Life Adapt to More Acidic Seas?

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Marine scientists from around the world are gathering in Monterey this week to discuss what is sometimes a little-noticed climate change problem: ocean acidification. The oceans have become about 30 percent more acidic since the start of the Industrial Revolution – the result of soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Today, oceans absorb about […]

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Remembering Life Aboard Coast Guard Icebreakers

May 10, 2012 | 11:57 am

Remembering Life Aboard Coast Guard Icebreakers

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On Monday Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller wrote about a Coast Guard icebreaker ship, the Glacier, that’s headed to the scrapyard… Glaciers are slipping away everywhere. It was tough to see this one go. I’m talking about a ship, not an actual river of ice. This morning I watched the retired Coast Guard icebreaker […]

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