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Steam rises from the stakes of the coal fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Carbon Emissions Plan

Courts delivers major blow to President Obama, putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants.

February 9, 2016
U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
Workers clear falling snow from the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington

In Spite Of What You See Outside, Global Warming Is Real

The Earth is, in fact, a sphere — no matter what you see as you look out your bedroom window. Similarly, the planet is warming — no matter how cold it is outside your bedroom window.

January 23, 2016
U.S. President Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington

State Of The Union: Five Things That Might Happen, Five That Won’t

Not much is expected in the final year of a presidential administration, especially one marked by partisan gridlock.

January 14, 2016
Participants looks at a screen projecting a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget

Democratic Candidates Must Remain The Standard Bearers On Climate Change

Failing to address climate change is a mistake—one the party, the nation, and ultimately the world cannot afford to repeat at next Sunday’s fourth Democratic Debate.

January 11, 2016
Obama smiles as he holds his end of the year news conference at the White House in Washington

5 Hidden Ways Obama Has Transformed America For The Better

You can judge President Obama’s results by how desperate Republicans are to reverse them. If there’s ever a time to stop and appreciate the singular presidency we’ve just all lived through, it’s now. Here are five hidden successes from the president’s tenure.

January 11, 2016
gun rally

This Week In Crazy: Welcome Back To The Nuthouse

And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

January 8, 2016

5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016

The 5 Worst Things To Happen In 2015

You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.

December 28, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz arrives onstage before the start of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Perils Of Warming Planet Are Ignored By GOP Hopefuls

The Pentagon has concluded that climate change represents “immediate risks” to national security. But the latest GOP debate contained nary a reference to it — instead it was a carnival of bravado and bluster. How much longer can they refuse to discuss it?

December 19, 2015

In Homestretch Of His Presidency, Obama Seeks To Cement Gains

White House official: “We intend to push a bunch of big pieces of business over the finish line next year.”

December 18, 2015

Exxon’s Weapons Of Mass Confusion On Climate Change

This is far from a natural phenomenon. A handful of corporate interests are causing these catastrophes. Oil, coal, auto and a few other industrial powers have profited for decades by spewing fossil fuel contaminants into the world’s atmosphere.

December 16, 2015
Garrett Rajkovich is surrounded by dead Thompson seedless grape vines due to no water allotments for the Firebaugh farmer, which has resulted in permanent farmland retirement. (Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

More California Farmland Could Vanish As Water Shortages Loom Beyond Drought

Land retirement is coming to California agriculture. The drought will end someday, maybe even this winter, but farmers will still face long-term shortages of water.

December 15, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Sexy Lincolns And The Danger Of Trump

Stephen Colbert gave a very special welcome to presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

December 15, 2015
A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 at Le Bourget

Climate Change Issue Needs A Churchill

The long slog to slow global warming and avoid its worst environmental, economic and security consequences is hard and often thankless political work. Republicans running for president are obviously not keen on picking up that shovel. They treat the issue as not a problem, a problem for others to solve or unsolvable.

December 15, 2015
The China Central Television (CCTV) building and the Central Business District area are seen amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution, in Beijing

China, U.S. Relationship Key In Climate Agreement

Even as smog levels in Beijing often turn the sky a smoky gray, one thing was clear at the global climate change talks in Paris: China, once a laggard, emerged as a key player in the battle to help avert the worst effects of global warming.

December 13, 2015
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, President-designate of COP21, tests a microphone during a visit of a conference room on the site of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget

Climate Talks: Slimmed-Down Draft Proposal Still Leaves Major Issues Unresolved

With time running out to meet a self-imposed deadline, negotiators Wednesday released a new draft agreement on fighting climate change that was slimmer than earlier versions while still leaving major issues unresolved.

December 10, 2015
French President Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a family photo during the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget

Here’s Who’s Missing As 185 Nations Bid To Cut Climate Pollution

Just 10 nations are sitting on the sidelines of the United Nations effort to rein in climate change, which drew unprecedented support from world leaders.

December 8, 2015
Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015
Trump, global warming, sea level, political cartoon

Cartoon: Mr. Trump Addresses Global Warming

“If the sea levels rise, I’ll bomb the hell out of the ocean!”

December 2, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Messing With Texas Textbooks

Larry Wilmore examined the latest school textbook revisions from Texas — eliminating references to the slave trade, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan.

December 2, 2015
A French police officer patrols in front of the entrance of the venue for the COP21 World Climate Summit at Le Bourget

Heated Exchanges Over Claim Of A Link Between Global Warming And Terrorism

As world leaders convene in Paris this week to confront the long-term threat of global warming, the fact that their talks are taking place in a city still recovering from a deadly terrorist attack has amped up a long-running debate about how much climate change contributes to extremist violence.

December 1, 2015
Protester Amy Walburn holds a butterfly-shaped placard in front of the Sydney Opera House during a rally held ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

With Climate At ‘Breaking Point’, Leaders Urge Breakthrough In Paris

World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming.

November 30, 2015
Smokestack of a factory that is in operation in New Jersey emitting smoke into the atmosphere.

How The Rise Of Renewables Brings A Fix For Climate Ever Closer

United Nations climate talks set to begin in Paris next week promise to produce a landmark deal that has eluded diplomats for more than two decades.

November 30, 2015

World Leaders Launch Bid For Climate Breakthrough In Paris

Leaders of nations responsible for about 90 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions have come bearing pledges to reduce their carbon outputs.

November 30, 2015
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