Posts tagged ‘environment’

Democratic Donors Withhold Funds Over Absence of Climate Change from Obama Campaign Message

by , posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

from Democracy Now!

A group of Democratic donors have announced they will withhold some of their financial support from President Obama’s re-election campaign for not speaking out more about climate change. The group of roughly 100 political donors say Obama should directly address mocking by Republican rival Mitt Romney on climate change last week during his acceptance speech in Tampa. President Obama is also being urged to use his acceptance speech tonight to reaffirm his 2008 campaign promise to aggressively tackle climate change. We’re joined by Betsy Taylor, political consultant and president of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions. She is working with the donors who are threatening to withhold support.


The Smoking Gun of Climate Change

by , posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

from The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on RT

In what could be the “smoking gun” proving the planet is rapidly changing as a result of climate change – sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is now sitting at its lowest recorded level ever – breaking a previous record set in 2007.


Bill McKibben’s Thought Bubble

by , posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 5:08 pm


Bill McKibben shares this call to action for what could not only be the biggest fight of our time, but of all time.

The fossil fuel industry is quickly destroying the planet, and making the fight to protect our future increasingly challenging as industry lobbying, and unabated growth continues. We all need to come together and rally behind leaders like Bill McKibben,, and countless others, to save this planet. How? With passion, spirit, and creativity, and as Bill says, sometimes putting our bodies on the line. Will you join the fight?


Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean

by , posted on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

from the Center for American Progress

As offshore oil drilling edges ever closer to becoming a reality in the Arctic Ocean, the Center for American Progress examines the region’s lack of readiness in the event of a spill. The video highlights the concerns and challenges facing the Coast Guard charged with its protection, the grave doubts of the scientific community about the lack of knowledge in this area, and the perspectives of those who depend on the Arctic Ocean for their livelihood.


The Drought and the Coming Food Price Bubble

by , posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 9:05 am

from The Real News Network

TIm A. Wise (Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University): US food reserves at an historic low as biofuels, climate change and speculation exacerbate food crisis.


The planet vs. the fossil fuel industry: Bill McKibben explains why both can’t win

by , posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

from Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer (Current TV)

Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Sptizer to discuss “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” the Rolling Stone article he described on Twitter as “the most important thing I’ve written in many years.”

See also: “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” by Bill McKibben,, July 19, 2012 9:35 AM ET

“Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is.”



by , posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 8:35 am

It rained last night. According to the rain gauge in my backyard it rained about 1 1/4″ and Tom Skilling said on Facebook that

Heaviest rain in nearly a year has fallen at Midway tonight! 2.02″ fell this evening amid 50 mph wind gusts. 1.50″ of that total came down in just 30 minutes! The last time that much rain fell at Midway was on July 23 last summer when 2.30″ fell.

Huge relief. We were all dancing around the house at midnight calling out to each other when we started to hear the drops fall on the roof (we’d been hearing thunder and seeing lightning for more than an hour prior to the actual rain). You can already see the grass starting to green up, and I’m sure my vegetables are loving this.



John Fullerton: Can Financial Reform Fight Climate Change?

by , posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

from GRITtv with Laura Flanders

Former managing director at JP Morgan John Fullerton wants to see a complete re-imagining of the world of investments. If we don’t, Fullerton argues in this conversation with Laura Flanders, our grandchildren will ask us, “What were you thinking?”


Bill McKibben of on Colorado Wildfires, Debby, Keystone XL, and Failure of Rio+20

by , posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 10:23 am

from Democracy Now!

With extreme weather fueling wildfires in Colorado and record rainfall in Florida, the Obama administration has moved closer to approving construction of the southern section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. We’re joined by environmentalist, educator and author Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign “Today is one of those days when you understand what the early parts of the global warming era are going to look like,” McKibben says. “For the first time in history, we managed to get the fourth tropical storm of the year before July … These are the most destructive fires in Colorado history and they come after the warmest weather ever recorded there … This is what it looks like as the planet begins to warm. Nothing that happened [at the United Nations Rio+20 summit] will even begin to slow down that trajectory.”


The Carbon Pollution Rule and Global Warming

by , posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

from the Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy Daniel J. Weiss explains why the Carbon Pollution Rule is important for the environment.