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People’s Climate March: Morning After Musings

Corporate apologists are going to be most threatened by the moral message that religious and social justice groups brought to the airwaves.

Sometimes, one has to break from journalistic detachment to emotionally process a historic event. On Sunday, about 400,000 people showed up to the People's Climate March in New York City, more than quadruple the number predicted by march organizers.  Last night, as…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – September 22, 2014

Nearly 400,000 Marchers Sound the ‘Climate Alarm’ in New York City

Largest climate protest in history draws comparisons to the first Earth Day action in Manhattan 44 years ago

New York City: A massive river of humanity poured through the canyon of concrete called Manhattan this morning as the People’s Climate March kicked off. Advertised as the largest climate march in history, it was predicted that as many as 100,000 people…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – September 21, 2014

Wilderness Next Door

Following the same route over and over has become a kind of walking meditation.

I had just paid my nonrefundable deposit on a guided Mt. Rainier summit expedition and was watching Chasing Ice, a documentary about the retreat of glaciers across the globe, when my hypocrisy hit me like an avalanche. A self-styled environmentalist, I loved wilderness so much I was about to blast three tons of CO2 into the atmosphere to climb the Nisqually Glacier, before it melted. The whole thing seemed absurd. Ken Rowland…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – Autumn 2014

What’s the Secret Behind Germany’s Clean Energy Success?

The US may never beat them in soccer, but we can in renewable energy

Last month, Germany was in the news for all the wrong reasons: in addition to crushing all would-be challengers in the World Cup, Germany and the US are in the midst of a serious diplomatic crisis after the CIA was caught spying…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – August 6, 2014

All Together Now!

Environmental organizers busy laying plans for the People’s Climate March

If everything goes according to plan, the People’s Climate March could be the largest climate demonstration in the United States to date. On September 20 and 21, waves of citizens will descend on New York City to show public support for the…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – July 31, 2014

A Pipeline to the Past

Condoleezza Rice sells Keystone XL as a Solution to the Crisis in Ukraine

This is not the first time Condoleezza Rice has used a political crisis to advance the interests of the petroleum industry. In an op-ed in The Washington Post last week, the former Secretary of State connected the political fate of Ukraine to…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – March 11, 2014

Silver Lining in a River of Gray

Federal investigation could break cozy relationship between NC regulators and Duke Energy

Good news about the environment is depressingly rare. Just see, for example, the recent coal pollution disasters in the South. In addition to the third largest coal ash spill in US history that happened in North Carolina earlier this month, on January…
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by: Björn Philip Beer – February 19, 2014

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