Al Gore Asks How Many Climate Disasters Will It Take For Us To Act

By Brad Johnson @ Climate Progress Jun 22, 2011 at 11:54 am Vice President Al Gore has rejoined the public fight on global warming, issuing a clarion call to take action to address the climate crisis. Twenty years ago, he participated in the international mobilization against the future threat of fossil fuel pollution heating up our atmosphere. For decades, he and other leaders have battled the fossil fuel industry and their corporate and political allies to mobilize for a sustainable civilization. Now, the crisis of dangerous climate change is upon us. ...

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GE Sees Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Power in 5 Years

By Brian Wingfield @ Bloomberg Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. (GE) “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to want to have solar at home,” Little said yesterday in an interview in Bloomberg’s Washington office. The 2009 average U.S. retail rate ...

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Wake Up, Freak Out

Wake Up, Freak Out HD cut from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

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Antique Pressed Orchids Used as Climate Change Data

By Jess McNally Plants picked by Victorian collectors up to 150 years ago are a valuable new source of data for ecologists seeking to understand how climate change will affect the timing of flowering plants. Scientists have used the carefully labeled and dated specimens of the early spider orchid, Ophrys sphegodes, to examine the affect of spring temperatures on flowering. The flowers were collected between 1848 and 1958. The results, in Journal of Ecology September 21, found that for a 1.8 degree Fahrenheit increase in the spring ...

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Does cold weather disprove global warming?

The skeptic argument... It's freaking cold! "Austria is today seeing its earliest snowfall in history with 30 to 40 centimetres already predicted in the mountains. Such dramatic falls in temperatures provide superficial evidence for those who doubt that the world is threatened by climate change." (Mail Online) What the science says... It's easy to confuse current weather events with long-term climate trends, and hard to understand the difference between weather and climate. It's a bit like being at the beach, trying ...

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