Climate change denialism requires more than just not knowing the relevant facts. It also requires a firm resolution to never know them.
Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read more about Determined ignorance: still impervious to facts
After Obama’s SOTU message on February 12, 2013, Jill Stein, Green Party 2012 presidential candidate, addressed a national video audience with "Our Green State of the Union" assessment -- what Jill Stein herself called the “REAL state of our nation.”
We need a real discussion of where we are, so we can set our priorities right and secure the future for our imperiled families, communities, country and planet.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is offering a free webinar on various aspects of Hurricane Sandy. The webinar takes place on November 27 at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time. You need to register at the UCS website beforehand. Here are the details:
After the largest Atlantic hurricane on record affected U.S. states from southern Florida to northern Maine and as far west as Wisconsin, analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote a series of blog posts on topics from the relationship between the storm and climate change, to the economic costs and health impacts, to how we can prepare ourselves and our infrastructure to be more resilient.
The webinar will be moderated by UCS climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel and will feature:
Last night superstorm Sandy’s ferocious winds found Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein at Boston City Hall plaza making remarks at a 350.org vigil during a campaign stop in her own state. How relevant was that! 350.org an organization dedicated to find global climate solutions. Today Dr. Stein is scheduled to go to Texas to support the Keystone XL pipeline Tars Sands Blockade. Another pro-environment activist movement. Read more about Stein's ‘Climate Change’ Reality & Responsibility Re Sandy
Happy Friday! We've been hoping that Friday's Plantidote would become Petidote. But this seems like a good spot for weekly garden and plant link round up. Grab your reading glasses, today's plate is overflowing .... Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-05
A couple days ago, Correntian ydrasl sent me a story about the USDA's new plant hardiness zone map, in which my former Zone 10 has become Zone 9B. First of all, 9B sounds more like a shoe size than a garden zone, so that's not good. Second, if this is all the PTB intend to do about climate weirdness, we are well and truly ..... But wait -- I'm not done! Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-31
As of December 31 of this year, people with asthma who use inhalers will no longer be able to buy over-the-counter versions. During the Bush administration, the FDA banned them, because they contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that affect the ozone layer. Or at least that was the excuse.
Now the only option is to get a prescription from a health-care professional for a more environmentally friendly -- and more expensive -- version that uses hydrofluoroalkane (HFA). Read more about Hurry Up and Die, Asthma Sufferers -- You're Wrecking the Environment!
Graduate student and climate activist Tim DeChristopher threw a monkey wrench (figuratively speaking) into a Bush administration scam when he bid on parcels of government-owned land being hastily auctioned off for drilling. As it turns out, the auction itself was determined to be illegal, so DeChristopher's bidding really had no impact on anyone. Read more about What's Wrong with This Picture: Non Violent Climate Activist Going to Prison
According to Rene Montagne on Christmas Eve morning, "One thing that is clear is that the U.S. and China are no longer observers in the international climate debate, but leaders." How's that for objective reporting? Read more about In NPR Fantasy Land US and China Are Climate Change Leaders
[cross-posted at NPR Check]
Readers of NPR Check busted David Kestenbaum for airing crap about climate change during his coverage of the UN Copenhagen Conference. As "doggydaddy" writes, Read more about NPR's Junk Science and Junk News on Climate Change
American families have long felt squeezed, if not choked, by housing expenses (emphasis mine):
Specifically, between 1996 and 2006, all the major categories of homeowner expenses increased faster than incomes. Mortgage payments increased 46 percent, utilities 43 percent, property taxes 66 percent, and property insurance 83 percent. By contrast, homeowner incomes increased by 36.3 percent. Rental costs also increased faster than incomes. Rents increased by 51 percent between 1996 and 2006, while renter incomes increased only 31.4 percent over the same period.