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EPA panel clears Pruitt’s climate denial by misquoting scientific integrity policySource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-02Climate change cited as a leading national security threat around the worldSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-02Study: Batteries and clean energy will outcompete fossil fuels by 2020Source: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-0216 attorneys general sue Scott Pruitt for blocking implementation of EPA smog ruleSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-02Northwest braces for historic heat waveSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-02Texas oil executives come out against anti-transgender legislationSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01Wind farm with Tesla battery storage proposed for offshore MassachusettsSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01Senior EPA official resigns with scathing message for Trump and PruittSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01Dakota Access Pipeline billionaire still doesn’t understand why people don’t like his projectsSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01Court tells Trump’s EPA to enforce methane rule for oil and gas drillersSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01This utility is being investigated by the FBI for trying to block rooftop solarSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-08-01Clean water advocates tell Trump administration to ‘stop pandering to polluters’Source: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-07-31Tesla surprises with 310-mile range Model 3Source: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-07-31Despite Trump’s promises, the Keystone XL fight is far from finishedSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-07-31Landowners challenge pipeline developer, saying taking property is unconstitutionalSource: ThinkProgress ClimatePublished on 2017-07-28 Older...

Grist Climate and Energy RSS

Trump axed a federal climate panel, turning a blind eye to public safetySource: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-22Trump halted a study of coal’s health effects in AppalachiaSource: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-22California defies Trump claim that environmental regulation kills economic growthSource: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-22The oil industry fears Trump’s regulatory rollback could backfire.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-21Here’s how a Republican Congress might talk itself into taxing carbon.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-21Companies are turning ocean trash into running shoes and sunglassesSource: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-19British Columbia is having its worst wildfire season in recorded history.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-18Minnesota report: Proposed tar sands oil pipeline would harm tribes.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-18Supervolcanoes: The secret to a battery-powered future?Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-18California went all-in on natural gas. Can it do the same with renewables?Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-17California scientists are calling for the largest U.S. investment in climate research in years.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-17Court says pipelines — not Exxon — are to blame for a major oil spill.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-17The world’s largest volcanic region was just discovered in Antarctica.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-17The European Union is considering an electric car mandate.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-16Wind and solar energy are literally (that’s a literal ‘literally’) saving lives.Source: Grist C&EPublished on 2017-08-16 Older...

Shut Up or the Kid Dies. What the Frack?

When hydraulic fracturing goes wrong, people get sick and corporations silence them. What the Frack? Climate Justice and Our Culture was the highlight of my final day at SXSW Eco 2013. This five-member panel was led by Dr. M.K. Dorsey, director of the Climate Justice Research Project at Dartmouth College. I was stunned by what I heard in this session; here are some highlights. If you're not familiar with hydraulic fracturing, click here for a simple summary. Hundreds of chemicals are mixed with sand and water, and millions of gallons of this mixture are blasted into the ground until the earth to cracks. Natural gas is collected as it escapes through these cracks, and much of the chemical cocktail remains in the earth. Details of the poisonous mixture are kept secret by gas companies, but about half of the ingredients are known. Many of the chemicals have been linked to cancer and others are known to cause respiratory damage. Some of this stuff can short-circuit the way your brain communicates with your body, it can also impact your fertility. We don’t know exactly how these chemicals affect children, but we do know that this crap has caused serious illnesses. During this session, Michael Green told a story so appalling that I thought it could only happen in some third-world country that I’m too lazy to read about; he explained how gas companies silence their victims. Green is some bigwig from the Center for Environmental Health, which is dedicated to protecting children from toxic threats. His story resembled that Erin Brockovich movie, but there’s more poison, less ethical behavior, no...

M. Sanjayan Was Condemned to a Drowning Death

“Your child is going to die from drowning.” That’s what some astrologist prick told M. Sanjayan’s family when he was a little boy. So they kept him away from water and wouldn’t teach him to swim. Sure it defies logic, but the death of their child was foretold. What’s a freaked out parent to do? It’s several decades later, and the child has outlived the astrologer (suck it, pseudoscience). Now he’s on live television responding to questions that he wasn’t prepared to answer. Dr. Sanjayan is on the David Letterman show discussing climate change. If you watch the interview, you’ll see an admittedly skeptical Letterman challenging the optimism of a well-informed, charismatic scientist, but Sanjayan didn’t see it that way. He says he left the interview thinking, “Damn, I gotta learn about this.” During his presentation at SXSW Eco, Sanjayan explained what he decided to learn and how his work on an eight-part series for Showtime helped him do it. Despite the big names involved with the Showtime project, Sanjayan was reluctant to participate. He didn’t want to contribute to “just another show about climate change.” He told the producers that he would contribute only if the show was compelling and creditable, so they promised to do three things. First, to tell real human stories. If the story sucks but the people in the story are compelling, people will watch it. Second, to focus on things that are happening right now. Most people think that climate change is something that’s gonna happen at some point in the future, so they need to see current events. Finally, to send Sanjayan...

Joseph Dumont “Can Advertising Save the World?” SXSW Eco 2013

Joseph Dumont is a co-executive producer of the documentary “The Naked Brand.” In a 15 minute short talk, Joseph asked these questions: – In advertising what is changing for us? – How do we communicate with people moving forward? – How has advertising changed? We were then shown a pretty cool and amazingly old “The Flintstones” cartoon. Joseph quipped that Fred Flintstone had the first environmental car. (It’s cuz, ya know, they used their legs to power their cars made of stone and wood…ya get it? ya get it?) After showing cartoon footage, he then showed us a clip of Fred and Barney smoking cigarettes. It’s kind of amazing to think that this kind of advertising took place…though of course, I’m sure we have shitty advertising going on today as well. The following was taken directly from their site: “The Naked Brand is a story about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet.” Anyway, that commercial was broadcast many a year ago, when many people really did think cigarettes were not bad but good for you. But even in 1994, Joseph reminded us, we had the 7 major tobacco CEO’s testified before Congress stating that nicotine was not addictive. I guess they were all on something a bit more potent than tobacco to say something as insane as that. So now we have today, where only (according to Dumont) 20% of the people trust in advertising as we’ve known it. What...
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