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As of January 10, 2012 only 14.7 percent of the U.S. was covered by snow compared to 61.7 percent at the same time last year.
Johnson County, Texas hasn't had a burn ban in effect for three weeks, the ban's longest rescindment since one was enacted in early spring.
Whether it's the flooded Northeast or drought-stricken Texas, the threats couldn't be more different, but the problems are remarkably the same: Farms are devastated. Power plants shut down. Water supplies are threatened.
In a surprise announcement, Governor Rick Perry has declared that he will sign an executive order recalling all of Texas' firefighters and implementing an "emergency mandatory day of prayer and fasting."
Regardless of whether I am able to fight some of these Central Texas fires myself, I will certainly join in with other residents of Central Texas to try to provide much-needed support to those who have been displaced from or have lost their homes.
A new paper estimates that "fracking" produces relatively few greenhouse gas emissions, and that the emissions due to extracting the gas are small in comparison to the emissions from burning it.
Since I first appeared, many people have helped me reduce the number of acres burned by wildfires from about 22 million in 1944 to an average of 6.5 million today, but my work isn't done yet. I still need your help.
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The culture of moneyed interests, war and techno-diversion, which is global in scope, is killing us at the same time that its media apologists reassure us that everything is fine and under control.
Weathering the storm of the coming century will require immigrant rights, social justice, and environmental advocates to come together to offer a new vision of how society must deal with the multiple crises we face.
The harbingers of a warming planet vary across the American landscape. In the Gulf states, it's monster hurricanes. In the Midwest, swarms of tornadoes. In the East it's those killer heat waves and blizzards. But in the West, we just burn.
It's smarter to repeat to yourself the mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change. Just be careful to make sure you don't let yourself wonder why all these record-breaking events are happening in such proximity.