Midnight In The Desert — climate change

See this bizarre Plan B to cool the planet

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See this bizarre Plan B to cool the planet

As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fall woefully short and many scientists agree cuts alone will not be enough to avert the consequences of climate change, radical new schemes are being proposed. While “Plan A” remains tackling the problem at its source, these “Plan Bs” includes a raft of so-called geoengineering solutions. One of those is a controversial idea known as stratospheric aerosol injection. The idea basically involves spraying a bunch of aerosols into the stratosphere so the reflective particles block and reflect the sun’s rays, ultimately cooling the planet. This already happens naturally through volcanic eruptions but some...

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Your Questions About The Starving Polar Bear Video Answered

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Your Questions About The Starving Polar Bear Video Answered

The video of a starving polar bear (above) has been seen by millions of people online over the past few days. For some, it's a symbol of what many polar bears may face in a warming climate. For others, it's a red herring. So what can one gut-punch of a video really tell us? Quite a lot. Here we answer some of the most asked questions we've seen about the video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and elsewhere: Why couldn't the film crew help the bear? Watching the emaciated polar bear struggle to move and desperately dig for food in a...

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Massachusetts Attorney’s General wants climate change warnings on gas pumps

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Massachusetts Attorney’s General wants climate change warnings on gas pumps

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants gas station owners to post warnings at the pump that say customers are spurring climate change by filling up their tanks. The idea came up in oral arguments in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday in a case challenging Exxon Mobil’s record on addressing the threat of global warming and the attorney general's claim that the company misinformed the public over the threat. Justice Frank Gaziano asked how gas stations are involved in “deception or fraud related to climate change.” “Because, your honor, the gas sold at those gas stations is among the premier contributors...

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California governor blames devastating wildfires on climate change and says deadly winter infernos will be 'the new normal' 

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California governor blames devastating wildfires on climate change and says deadly winter infernos will be 'the new normal' 

California's governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be 'the new normal', as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a 'new reality' where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and...

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"Alternative Facts" about Climate Change

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"Alternative Facts" about Climate Change

Recently, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have called for the establishment of an adversarial “Red Team/Blue Team” (RT/BT) process to assess the credibility of key findings of climate science. These highly publicized requests echo earlier calls for an RT/BT process by New York University physicist Steven Koonin. The underlying premise is that previous assessments of climate science are untrustworthy, self-serving, underestimate key uncertainties, and lack participation from critical voices. The implicit message in RT/BT requests is simple: only the current administration can conduct a fair and unbiased assessment of climate science. Both the underlying premise and...

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