Climate and Environment

28 Sep 2013

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its long awaited climate change report. An executive summary was released on Friday, and the complete but unedited report will be available on Monday.

Grist has an excellent collection of links to writings about the report, including a sprinkling from the usual skeptical sources. You really need to look no further than Fox News in order to find some of the loudest denials.

10 Jun 2010

The impact of the BP oil spill is only now being felt, and yet we have demands from the oil industry and Britain, not only to "lay off" our criticism of BP (because British pensioners could supposedly starve to death if we don't), but to allow any and all new drilling (because Louisiana residents will supposedly starve to death if we don't).

We are facing the prospect of the death of the Gulf, the destruction of entire species of animals, as well as the utter devastation of a way of life for many people in the Gulf, because we can't take a moment to ponder these events without immediately demanding that we proceed, business as usual.

30 May 2010

Fix it! Fix it!

The New York Times just published an article titled Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill. In it the author, Elisabeth Rosenthal, wrote:

Americans have long had an unswerving belief that technology will save us—it is the cavalry coming over the hill, just as we are about to lose the battle. And yet, as Americans watched scientists struggle to plug the undersea well over the past month, it became apparent that our great belief in technology was perhaps misplaced.

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