UN Climate Report Confirms Human Role in Global Warming

Cross-posted from this small planet: A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists sponsored by the UN, concludes that the rate of climate change is certainly caused by human activity.  Talking about their findings, chairman of the panel, Thomas F. Stocker said, Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In […]

Innovative Icebreaker Design Cuts Wider Path, But With Risk Of a Rougher Ride

There is a new icebreaker ship being built in Finland called the Baltika. When the ship is constructed it will be used by Russia.The interesting thing about the Baltika is that the ship has an asymmetric hull that will cut a wider clear path for shipping than do current icebreakers. (Above–An image of the Baltika from the […]

Dirty Business: How Unaccountable Bureaucrats Kill Clean Technology | this small planet

President Obama speaks regularly about how the United States government should encourage the development and deployment of clean technology to reduce our dependence on oil, especially the oil imported from countries that hate us. I couldn’t agree more. The problem is, though, that no matter who sits in the White House, there are thousands of […]

Follow China’s Lead on Regulation?

Mitt Romney yesterday in Jackson, MS. “Under a Romney administration, regulations would be “updated and modernized and streamlined,” he said, adding, “I want regulators to see businesses and enterprises of all kinds as their friends, and to encourage them and to move them along.” Usually highly critical of China and its trade practices, Romney said […]

Despite The Risks, Republicans Won’t Allow Debate On Climate Change

A recent article in New Scientist said that changing weather patterns have increased the chance for recurring drought in East Africa.  (Above–Oxfam photo of a family gathering firewood in drought-stricken Kenya in 2011.)   From New Scientist— “Last year’s drought occurred because both of the region’s rainy seasons failed. We already know that the trigger for the […]

Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP Spill Size | Mother Jones

Kate Shepherd reports on emails released under FOIA that confirms what we feared during the BP Macondo well blowout:  in an effort to get the blowout off the television, the government downplayed the environmental damage.  in her report in Mother Jones yesterday, Kate reports on the emails. Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP […]