We’re committing ourselves to many thousands of years of a warmer world if we don’t take action quickly. We’re pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the GHG emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 56 million years ago

Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth’s last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds. A new study finds humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate nine to 10 times higher than the greenhouse gas was emitted during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a global warming event that …

Green New Deal must address transportation & land use. Right now, it doesn’t.

From Smart Growth America Two weeks ago, a Green New Deal resolution was unveiled to tackle climate change in a way that will create new jobs and economic opportunity. It’s just a resolution—general guiding principles for any future legislation—but even at this 10,000 foot view, there is still a gaping hole. Like most conversations about climate change, it is largely …

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality,

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality, February 13, 2019 Les Leopold, Common Dreams Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road …

John Bellamy Foster on the ‘Green New Deal’: AOC’s resolution must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2019/02/12/john-bellamy-foster-on-the-green-new-deal/ US Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez introduces Greem New Deal resolution, Feb. 8, 2019 To bring about meaningful change, the resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base. by Vaios Triantafyllou,  Truthout, February 9, 2019 A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist …

The Dangers of Climate Change Pseudo-Activity: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. We are flexing muscles on the shore, refusing to get our feet wet.

And here is the problem: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. The Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, is right when he says that “The threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to ‘be active’, to ‘participate’, to mask the Nothingness of what goes on.”  We are flexing …

Climate Strike: How a 7th-grader’s strike against climate change exploded into a movement. See fridaysforfuture.org

How a 7th-grader’s strike against climate change exploded into a movement, By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post February 16 Alexandria Villasenor, 13, skips school to strike in front of the United Nations, with signs reading: “School Strike 4 Climate” and “Cop24 Failed Us.” (Sarah Blesener/For The Washington Post) NEW YORK — On the ninth Friday of her strike, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor wakes to a …

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? Recent cases and opinions equating environmental protection and human rights

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? By Isabella Kaminski, Climate Liability News, International |  November 8, 2018 The possibility of holding companies legally responsible for human rights violations was the latest aspect discussed in the Philippines Commission for Human Rights’ investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s role in climate change. At the latest evidence session at the London School …

Zillow and others bringing mass insta-sales into housing market

By Patrick Clark, Bloomberg Business Week February 14, 2019 With its tan stucco exterior and red tile roof, the Rittenhouse home on South Star Canyon Drive looks a lot like the other houses in Power Ranch, a large planned community southeast of Phoenix. Mark, a meat buyer for a grocery chain, and Anne, a nurse, bought the house for $293,000 …

Doubling of Arctic methane with earlier spring rains from warming in the Arctic

Arctic Bogs Hold Another Global Warming Risk That Could Spiral Out of Control: As warming brings earlier spring rains in the Arctic, more permafrost thaws, releasing more methane in a difficult-to-stop feedback loop, research shows. By Phil McKenna Inside Climate News, FEB 19, 2019 The study appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. A doubling of the rate of methane released in the Arctic …

What cities and the executive branch should be doing to get to good, fair internet access for everyone. Book review: Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.

What cities should be doing? We celebrate Chattanooga and Lafayette and Wilson…so many of these cities that are heroes now have depended on their existing municipal electric utilities as a first step towards breeding fiber, but there are only a few thousand cities in the United States that have a municipal electric facility available, so there has to be a broader …