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As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

Durwood Zaelke | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Durwood Zaelke

Bad news can be paralyzing, and that's a problem when it comes to climate change. The steady drumbeat of bad news can numb us.

Flaring Under Fire in North Dakota's Bakken Boom

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

was the largest oil spill in the current Bakken boom and may prove to be the largest land spill in U.S. history. While oil companies have so far avoided concerns of environmentalists, they may not be able to evade a lawsuit alleging lost income by mineral rights' holders due to the flaring of natural gas.

Climate Change: China, U.S. Bring Toy Fire Truck to Seven-Alarm Fire

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Lo and behold, the leaders of the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases came to an agreement to address the problem of climate change. Was it a visionary and bold plan to address emissions from the energy sector? No.

Arctic Council Fiddles as Region Melts

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, pushing species toward extinction, accelerating ice melt and sea level rise, and amplifying climate change worldwide.

We Must Lead It

Terry Tamminen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. But will this reignite the debate on climate change or have three widely publicized stories already done that for us?

Black Carbon More Powerful Contributor to Climate Change Than Previously Thought: New Study

Jake Schmidt | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

For the past two decades, NRDC's Dump Dirty Diesels Campaign has been working in the U.S. and internationally to solve the problem of dirty diesel exhaust.

Black Carbon Second Only To CO2 In Heating The Planet

Posted 01.15.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: No discussion of climate change can get very far without focusing on greenhouse gases — pollutants in...

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

Arctic Ice, Polar Bears and... Soot?

Astrid Caldas | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
Astrid Caldas

You have probably heard about melting Arctic ice and the drastic decrease in glacier size. And while you may be aware that the increase in greenhouse gases is to blame, at least in large part, you may not realize that a substance called black carbon is an accomplice.

The New Face of an Old Enemy

James Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Thornton

Unexpected threats to the health of global systems keep emerging and this might be the landmark week in which a broad public recognized a new threat to the global climate: black carbon.

Eco Etiquette: Is The Carbon Footprint Passe? 5 Global Warming Offenders to Know Now (PHOTOS)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Somebody said to me that ...