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National Climate Assessment

Red States Are Way Ahead of Congress on Global Warming

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Americans across the country have been grappling with a range of severe, climate change-related weather events, including prolonged droughts, extreme precipitation, heat waves and, like Florida, coastal flooding. And majorities in both blue and red districts want federal action.

When Is the Science Settled?

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

The first stage in planting doubt is to deny the evidence. When the evidence can no longer be denied, the second stage kicks in with its disingenuous claim: "The science isn't settled." This most cynical trick of disinformers exploits a germ of truth that strikes at the heart of all science.

Kate Sheppard

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using...

Climate Change: Changing Design, Not Minds

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Like many complex social problems, climate has been reduced to a religious debate -- you must believe as I do! But actions speak louder than words, and it's pretty easy to see where our past actions have us headed.

Frogs in a Warming Climate Pot: Let's Jump Out Now Before We 'Croak'

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

So far, we haven't had the will, and the sense of responsibility, to do what's often inconvenient in order to change the climate trajectory. Too many attempt to stay comfy in individual cocoons, avoiding action and seemingly unconcerned even about their own children, let alone their neighbors on this planet.

Big Investors Retreat From Fossil Fuels

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Last week's news seemed to show the market moving towards an acceptance of climate change's negative impact on corporate earnings -- and a rejection of fossil fuel investments on purely financial terms.

Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I ask, though, how "free" are we now as mining, oil and lumber companies lobby to exploit the land, and as legislators grant corporations enormous tax breaks and subsidies?

A Senator's One-Fingered Salute to America's Military Leaders

William S. Becker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

Let's hope that the tide soon washes away not only skepticism, but also the skeptics who for one reason or another refuse to accept reality. When they occupy leadership positions in government and block responsible action, they are as much a threat to national security as the climate disruptions they ridicule.

Climate Change Chatter: Science and Politics

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Sen. Marco Rubio on climate change: "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists a...

Is Benghazi Really a Bigger Problem Than Climate Change?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Last week, convergence on Nader's new book. This week, divergence as Matalin and Lamarche clash over party beliefs, the GOP shrugs at warnings about extreme weather and Dems question need for a Select Committee on Hillary.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the House voted along party lines to open yet another Benghazi investigation -- adding to the 13 hearings and 50 briefings already completed. Democrats, who are considering boycotting the hearings, should instead hold alternate hearings on all the real and ongoing problems being ignored, like income inequality, gun deaths (approximately more than 40,000 since Benghazi), and climate change. On Tuesday, climate change was the subject of a very different kind of investigation. The National Climate Assessment -- an 800-page report from 300 scientists -- warned that climate change is already here. "The question," said one lead scientist, "is are we able to meet the challenges, given the growing understanding of how much the climate could change this century?" Unfortunately, the answer for the GOP seems to be: "Benghazi." On an utterly non-partisan note: here's wishing moms everywhere a very happy Mother's Day!

Turn the Talking Points into Far-Reaching Action on Climate

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

The most important news of the week had nothing to do with celebrities behaving badly or who will occupy the White House after President Obama. The most important news this week is about the precarious fate of our species.

What Is Mother Love?

Molly Rauch | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

Climate change is literally making us heartsick - both because it severely compromises our children's future, and because it harms our hearts. Let's protect that miraculous parenting resource, our font of mother love, our hearts.

The National Climate Assessment: What It Will, and CAN'T, Accomplish

David Ropeik | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

It is unlikely this single body of work, as informationally rich and shrewdly framed as it is, will prompt much of a change in public opinion, at least not enough, fast enough, to give leaders the public mandate that would make action politically easier.

Kate Sheppard

The White House Calls In Al Roker For An Assist On Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new climate report is out, and you better call Al. Al Roker, that is. Not the other Al. When it comes to a celebrity messenger...

Coral Loss, Water Supplies, Increased Temperatures Top Hawai'i and Pacific Region Concerns in 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment

East-West Center | Posted 07.07.2014 | Hawaii
East-West Center

"Climate change is here, climate change is happening, and we have to do something about it," William Aila Jr., Chair of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, repeatedly emphasized during his opening remarks at a recent briefing.

The Way Forward To Kicking Our Carbon Addiction

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The disturbing news is all here: Threats to agriculture from drought, danger for coastal residents and businesses from rising seas, more frequent intense hurricanes, more asthma attacks for kids, the spread of insect borne disease, and much more. But the good news is that this disease has a cure.

The National Climate Assessment: No Time to Waste

Al Gore | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Al Gore

When Pensacola, Florida, gets two feet of rain in 26 hours, that is exactly the kind of extreme and destructive event that scientists have long warned will become way more common.

The Risks to U.S. Water Resources From Climate Change

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There are hundreds of pages of information, observations, projections, and conclusions to absorb -- almost all of it bad news.

Climate and Cigarettes: Will the National Climate Assessment Spark Real Action?

Jamie Henn | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

In order for us to see real progress on climate change, our politicians need be just as embarrassed to stand next to the CEO of ExxonMobil as they would be to stand with the head of Philip Morris.

To Live Dangerously or Not to Live Dangerously? It's Our Choice

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today, a national committee of experts in agriculture, climate science, commerce, and disaster relief released the National Climate Assessment. The report is the nation's foremost comprehensive, peer-reviewed analysis of the impacts of climate disruption, showing us the effects of climate disruption across the country.

Reality: Is This Thing On?

Scott Thill | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Scott Thill

At this snail's pace, we will be ready for climate change long after it has laid waste to us. Just keeping it real. For real. Real.

The 5 Scariest Charts In The New National Climate Assessment

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green

The U.S. federal government released its third National Climate Assessment on Tuesday, emphasizing that climate change is not only an issue for the di...

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Is Already Here, Says Massive Government Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger in the United States, according to a government report iss...

Kate Sheppard

White House To Make Another Big Push On Climate With New Report On Impacts

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The White House is making another big push on climate this week, starting with the Tuesday release of the National Climate Assessment,...