The heat is rising – as is fossil fuel’s toll on fresh water

May, June and July were the hottest on record for the continental United States. No surprise to those of us living here. From Joe Romm’s summation of NOAA’s report on…

Hellishly hot, round two?

Peter Brannon, author of The Ends of the World, has taken another look at the fossil record for an article in The Atlantic. What he shows us is how very…

Vox goes deep on climate change

David Roberts of Vox is on a tear. His lengthy, data-filled pieces on climate change and energy provide nuance and context, and paint clear pictures of complicated issues. Here are…

Renewables are here: don’t build that bridge!

Vox’s David Roberts has a nice article about what the falling costs of renewable energy mean for the notion of using natural gas as a “bridge” from coal and oil…

Reflecting on James Hansen

We have reached the 30 year mark of James Hansen’s landmark testimony to Congress about climate change. There’s been a lot of coverage about how strikingly accurate Hansen’s projections were….

Washington state closes in on carbon pricing

If, as they say, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment, Washington state has been steadily improving its judgment in the area of carbon pricing legislation….

The anti-extinction rapid response team

What would you do if you found a highly endangered or thought-to-be-extinct plant about to become roadkill on the highway of human activity? A group of Californians is rescuing endangered…

A measure of what’s missing

There’s nothing more fundamental to practicing science, making policy or simply getting your bearings than measuring. This point was recently made in two very different ways: a story about the…

Droughts muddy clean energy picture in California

Renewable electricity generation is booming in California. Renewables periodically provide over 70 percent of the electricity on the state’s grid. Yet in February and March carbon emissions associated with generating…

EPA science advisors push back

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting on May 30 should be interesting. The board is scheduled to review Scott Pruitt’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The board added, in…