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Tokelau Islands Now Use 90% Solar Electric Power

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The tiny South Pacific nation of Tokelau has switched to renewable energy sourced primarily from solar power. Consisting of 4,032 photovoltaic panels and 1,344 batteries with generators running on biofuel derived from coconuts, the $7.5 million Tokelau Renewable Energy Project is considered one of the world’s largest off-grid solar systems. Tokelau, which has a total…

Earth Hour 2012 – Saturday March 31 8:30pm

Earth from Space

Will you be turning off the lights this weekend for Earth Hour 2012? Earth Hour is a world-wide effort to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. This year, Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 31 and starts at 20:30 (8:30pm) wherever you are. People all over the world — and…

Big Oil’s Greed Costs American Jobs

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  Pennsylvania labor activists marched on Capitol Hill yesterday in protest against the shutdown of three refineries in the state. Politicians from both sides supported them in their call to stem the job losses and address the imminent threat to the nation’s energy security that the loss of gasoline production in the east coast now…

Taylor Oil’s Seven Year long Gulf Oil Spill Still Leaking

Waterkeeper Alliance says this image was taken on Dec. 30, 2011, and shows an oil sheen from the Taylor Energy platform that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

    Environmental groups on Thursday sued an oil company over the pace of its cleanup of a Gulf of Mexico spill that continues seven years after it was triggered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. “The plaintiffs filed suit to stop the spill and lift the veil of secrecy surrounding Taylor oil’s seven-year-long response and…

Climate Change

Earth Hour 2012 – Saturday March 31 8:30pm

Earth from Space

Will you be turning off the lights this weekend for Earth Hour 2012? Earth Hour is a world-wide effort to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. This year, Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 31 and starts at 20:30 (8:30pm) wherever you are. People all over the world — and…

Physicist Richard Muller Tells US Congress Climate Change Is Real

Ex-Skeptic Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project

A prominent climate change skeptic told Congress on Monday he no longer doubts that global warming is real and caused by humans, and joined other scientists in urging action to stop it. Physicist Richard Muller, director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, whose two-year research was funded in part by a foundation formed by…

Climate-Change Effects Seriously Underestimated

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Cornell University professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, Charles Greene, one of the authors of “A Very Inconvenient Truth,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Oceanography, has stressed that: “Even if all man-made greenhouse gas emissions were stopped tomorrow and carbon-dioxide levels stabilized at today’s concentration, by the end of this century the global average temperature…

Wildfires Caused By Climate Change Alter Yellowstone Forests

Climate change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will increase the frequency of wildfires and alter the composition of the forests by 2050, according to a team of ecologists who modeled the effects of higher temperatures on fire occurrence.

“We are following the long-term effects of fire in the Yellowstone area and encountering some lessons and surprises that challenge the way we think about fire in the area,” said Erica A. H. Smithwick, assistant professor of geography and ecology, Penn State, and principle investigator on the project. “Yellowstone National Park is the first national…

Time For Climate Activists to Get Tough

An activist in arrested during a protest on Copenhagen during the COP15 climate summit. (Courtesy of JustDoitFilm.com)

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Rolling Stone by Jeff Goodell   Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved?  Is it time to take to the streets, express some outrage, maybe engage in a little guerilla warfare against Big…

Extreme Weather Linked To Climate Change

Joplin, Missouri after a tornado hit the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. "We do know that because of climate change those kinds of events will very, very likely become more common, more frequent, more intense. So what we can say is that these kinds of events that we are seeing are consistent with climate change." (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)

by: Rosanne Skirble via commondreams.org Scientists say storms likely to become more frequent and intense The powerful tornadoes and other extreme weather events that have cut swaths of destruction across the United States over the past month have prompted many to wonder if they are part of a new trend. Are these violent storms the…