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No serious energy policy in sight

Posted on March 7th by Tom Yulsman. 2
Global warming debate in Congress almost seems like a sex addiction As oil prices rise, Rep. Ed Whitfield will hold hearings on global warming Here we go again . ...

The Homer Simpson-John Riggins plan for energy independence

Posted on October 26th by Tom Yulsman. 4
Just as the prospects for solar energy are looking up, could the new Congress wind up promoting a new vision of "renewable" energy that includes nuclear power and even ...

The case for a transformative energy policy — in two images

Posted on May 23rd by Tom Yulsman.
As the former editor of an earth science magazine (Earth, RIP), I appreciate the power of imagery to cut through the fog of complexity and ambiguity. So here, in two ...

The graph that may have made Obama say ‘HOLY S . . . T!’

Posted on April 1st by Tom Yulsman. 4
Note: CEJournal is back in business after a bit of an R&R break. Sorry folks, this graph is no April fools joke. It was one of the graphics used ...

“Covering Climate Change” launches at News University

Posted on December 1st by Tom Yulsman. %
It has been five months in the making, and now an interactive course on climate change that I've produced in association with Internews and the Poynter Institute's Read More →

Warm conditions speed summer melt of Arctic sea ice

Posted on July 7th by Tom Yulsman.
The monthly June ice extent for 1979 to 2009 shows a decline of 3.3% per decade. (Image: National Snow and Ice Data Center)    Climate skeptics continue to Read More →

Will we take the first, small step toward grappling with climate change today?

Posted on June 26th by Tom Yulsman. %
One way or another, history will likely be made today when the House of Representatives votes on the Waxman-Markey climate and energy legislation.  The bill may not be up to the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

James Hansen on civil disobedience against coal plants and other issues

Posted on April 17th by Tom Yulsman. %
Part 1 of an interview in which the NASA scientist discusses global warming, tipping points in the climate system, and climate policy   On April 10, freelance journalist  Susan Moran and ...

Three major developments on climate change today

Posted on March 10th by Tom Yulsman.
EPA gets ready to declare CO2 a danger to the public     This video portrays results from a new system for mapping CO2 emissions in the United States over time. In April, ...

A Can of Worms

Posted on February 16th by Tom Yulsman. 3
Editor's note: See the end of this posting for a correction. [caption id="attachment_1000" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Photo: Ivan Lian from Flickr Creative Commons"][/caption]   I should have known better. I have, in fact, known ...

Open notebook: Tips for reporters on the coming climate wars

Posted on January 16th by Tom Yulsman. %
Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in my open notebook project. (The previous posting was a Q&A with Roger Pielke, Jr.) As I mentioned in my first post, ...

Open notebook: interview with Peter Dykstra, formerly of CNN

Posted on January 6th by Tom Yulsman. 4
Editor’s note: This is the third installment in my open notebook project. As I mentioned in my first post, I’ve been commissioned to write about the future of the ...