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Thu, 2008-09-25 14:21Ross Gelbspan
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"Drill Here, Drill Now" Hits the Jackpot!

Las Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson upped his ante in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s unregulated issues-advocacy group in August, with a $750,000 donation that helped propel the organization to the No. 2 fundraising spot among so-called 527 political groups this election season.
Thu, 2008-09-25 08:43Ross Gelbspan
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Gore to Followers: "Disobey!"

Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon.
Thu, 2008-09-25 08:36Ross Gelbspan
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It's Not Just Wall Street that Needs a Bail-Out!

The rapid rise in emissions means the world could warm faster than previously predicted, said professor Barry Brook, director of the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He said CO2 concentrations could hit 450 ppm by 2030 instead of 2040 as currently predicted.
Tue, 2008-09-23 06:37Ross Gelbspan
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As Humans Squabble, Nature Starts to Vent!

The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists.

Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species. In the past few days, researchers have seen areas of sea foaming with gas bubbling up through “methane chimneys” rising from the sea floor.

Tue, 2008-09-09 13:34Ross Gelbspan
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Warmer Surface Waters Trigger More Destructive Hurricanes

While there is no apparent connection between warming and an increase in the number of hurricanes, there is a growing literature – including some half-dozen peer-reviewed studies – which find that warmer surface waters generate more powerful and destructive hurricanes. 

Tropical Storms 50 Percent More Intense since 1970s

Changes in Tropical Cyclone Number, Duration, and Intensity in a Warming Environment   


Thu, 2008-09-04 06:50Ross Gelbspan
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Scientist: Arctic Melt Indicates Warming is "Not Stoppable"

“I think we're at a point where it is not stoppable but it can be slowed down. And if you think about the magnitude of effects on our society, then we really need to buy ourselves more time to get ready for some very substantial changes that are ahead.”  – Warwick Vincent, director of the Centre for Northern Studies at Laval University in Quebec.

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