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Things added in May, 2009

Why can’t we just get along?

Posted on May 28th by Tom Yulsman. 44
A couple of days ago, I noticed a steep spike in page views here at CEJournal, and it has kept up. This was puzzling because I hadn't begun to do ...

U.S. and other countries fail to adequately monitor pigs for flu

Posted on May 26th by Tom Yulsman.
Lack of surveillance could contribute to emergence of a deadly pandemic At a teleconference with reporters last week timed to coincide with release of a new study, a team of ...

There he goes again

Posted on May 24th by Tom Yulsman. 7
UPDATE 5/27/09: See Roger Pielke, Jr.'s description of Joe Romm's 180 degree turn on cap-and-trade policy, particularly the use of offsets. Two excerpts: I’ve come to depend upon Joe Romm for ideological ...

Global warming could be twice as bad as projected

Posted on May 22nd by Tom Yulsman. 4
Study in the Journal Climate received very little press attention The roulette wheel on the left, produced by MIT researchers and based on a new study, depicts different probabilities ...

Theater of the absurd

Posted on May 21st by Tom Yulsman.

Cap-and-trade hangover

Posted on May 21st by Tom Yulsman. 6
Two days ago, I drank the cap-and-trade Kool-Aid, spiked by a generous portion of climate modeling. I wrote that if the legislation likely to pass a House committee today ...

The cap-and-trade Animal House

Posted on May 20th by Tom Yulsman. 2
  Yesterday, my colleague and friend Keith Kloor posted an hysterical send up of some of the players in the climate debate. He pictures a "Democratic politician (Waxman-Markey) at the wheel ...

Cap-and-trade: how much would the legislation tame global warming?

Posted on May 19th by Tom Yulsman. 6
NCAR climate modeler Tom Wigley runs several scenarios for CEJournal to find the answer How big an impact would the cap-and-trade legislation now being marked up in a House committee actually ...

TVA dumping toxic coal ash in poor, black communities

Posted on May 14th by Tom Yulsman. %
First an environmental nightmare. Now an environmental justice outrage.   In December, 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash laden with arsenic, lead and radioactive elements spilled from an impoundment at ...

Emerging climate policy: Rube Goldberg would be proud

Posted on May 12th by Tom Yulsman. 5
A Rube Goldberg device for brushing teeth — an analogue for cap-and-trade legislation now emerging from Congress?   Joe Romm was almost jumping up and down for joy in ...

Was winter ’08/’09 warmer or colder than usual?

Posted on May 10th by Tom Yulsman.
The answer to whether it was warmer or colder than usual this paste winter depends on where you live. Click on the map for an explanation from NASA's Earth ...

What if all journalism went on strike for a week?

Posted on May 10th by Tom Yulsman. 2
In his typically  brilliant column in today's New York Times, Frank Rich asks the public a question: "Does it want to pony up for news, whatever the media that ...

Protecting polar bears: Obama follows Bush’s lead

Posted on May 9th by Tom Yulsman. 3
Endangered Species Act will not be used to curb greenhouse emissions The polar bear is threatened by a long-term trend of declining sea ice. (Photo by Ansgar Walk, from ...

Scientists ice global cooling dead enders

Posted on May 6th by Tom Yulsman. 6
Bloggers' claims are plain wrong, they say In all my years as a science journalist, and after reading probably thousands of scientific papers, I've never seen one that opened like this:  Anthropogenic ...

Australian scientists: shut down all coal power plants

Posted on May 1st by Tom Yulsman. 2
A group of Australian climate scientists has written an open letter telling the electric power industry Down Under that the days of coal-fired power plants are numbered:  The unfortunate reality is ...