No region, no economic sector will remain untouched by climate change, says White House science counselor John Podesta
While it remains unclear how many definitive reports it will take to convince everybody that climate change is a real, not-so-distant threat to our planet, the one released by the White House Tuesday morning will go a long way toward that cause.
Unlike other reports released in the past month, the National Climate Assessment (NCA) focuses solely on the U.S. and the droughts, downpours and more that will be boosted by manmade climate impacts. The report was prepared by 300 scientists managed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a collaboration of 13 federal departments and agencies.
Cowboy and Indian Alliance calls on "Man Who Helps the People” to protect America's land and water
Thousands of people joined the farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession along the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday. The procession was the largest event yet of the five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment.
Photo by Bora Chung
“Today, boots and moccasins showed President Obama an unlikely alliance has his back to reject Keystone XL to protect our land and… more
Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive – March 19, 2014
Initiative can now appear on the state's November 2014 ballot
The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests last week, allowing for the possibility of a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot.
photo by desrowVISUALS.com on Flickr
Fukushima Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating – March 12, 2014
Three years on, cases of post traumatic stress disorder are on the rise
So much of the impact of a disaster like the earthquake and tsunami three years ago in Fukushima, Japan is tangible—radioactive leaks, food scares, petitions and lawsuits have all taken place since March 11, 2011.
Photo courtesy IAEA Imagebank
The emotional distress faced by many in the areas near the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is far less palpable, though. Predictions on the nuclear future of Japan and other large nations like the U.S. are much easier to find than… more
Americans in Biggest Cities Driving Less – December 5, 2013
"The driving boom is over"
Even if you saw agitating, bumper-to-bumper traffic during your morning commute, know that the numbers say things are changing.
The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG). The study is a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau on the nation's 100 most populated, urbanized areas, which are home to more than half of the U.S. population.
From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of the country's largest city's, according… more