Environment and Health

What I’m Giving Up in 2012

What I’m Giving Up in 2012

I generally make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of becoming a better person — more disciplined, healthier, or, at the very least, less pathetic. Some of these resolutions last until nightfall. Some don’t. None ever sees February.

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Climate Change Disaster Has Struck

Climate Change Disaster Has Struck

Rats. I’d been counting on climate change. By some genetic quirk, my Scandinavian-bred body has always suffered badly from the cold. It’s a good thing that my grandfather settled near New York City rather than boarding the “Swede train” for Minnesota. Connecticut’s winters are bad enough.

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Mitt’s Personhood Problem

Mitt’s Personhood Problem

During the presidential election season — which, in case you haven’t noticed, has already begun — it’s up to reporters to link major state-based political events to positions of the presidential candidates. One such event of late was Mississippi voters’ defeat of a constitutional measure known as a “personhood” amendment.

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Durban Diary: Repaying Climate Debt

Durban Diary: Repaying Climate Debt

A major flashpoint at the UN Climate summit in Durban is how nations in the global north should deliver the money that they’re supposed to give countries in the global south to support efforts to deal with climate change.

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Durban Diary: What’s on the Table?

Durban Diary: What’s on the Table?

There are hundreds of issues and interests at stake at the 2011 UN climate summit, as well as representatives of the 192 countries who signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. But just two questions are on everyone’s mind.

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A Blizzard of Bad Climate News

A Blizzard of Bad Climate News

A tsunami of scientific studies is showing that global warming isn’t only real, it’s happening faster than we thought and our window of opportunity to act is shrinking. This is very scary stuff.

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