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A Preview of the San Francisco Green Film Festival

When you hear the words “green film festival,” the first thing to come to mind is probably not “entertainment.” Green films tend to be dry, if important, flicks that follow a particular issue or environmental leader and leave you, at the end, either inspired or enraged. Summer popcorn fare they are not. True to form, the San Francisco Green Film Festival promises a number of earnest films, including Global Focus: The New…
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by: Amy Westervelt – Winter 2011

Bill McKibben

Nancie Battaglia Journalist, author, and activist Bill McKibben, by all rights, should be an egomaniac. He graduated from Harvard, where he was the editor of the university’s acclaimed Crimson. He moved straight on to a staff writer position at The New Yorker, where he stayed for several years, eventually leaving on principle when his boss, editor William Shawn, was fired. He wrote the first book for a mainstream audience on climate change,…
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by: Amy Westervelt – Winter 2011

If Natural Gas Is Bad for Coal, Is It Good for Us?

Ever since reading Adam Federman's cover story on natural gas drilling in the Northeast (Spring 2010), I've been mildly obsessed with natural gas, particularly shale gas, which is reached via a controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic facturing, "fracking" for short,…
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by: Amy Westervelt – November 24, 2010

Prop 26: The Scariest Anti-Environment Bill You’ve Never Heard Of

About three weeks ago, environmental groups who had been doing a decent job of raising awareness about Prop 23 -- the California proposition intended to stall implementation of carbon regulation (which was passed as AB32 years ago) -- seemed to collectively realize…
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by: Amy Westervelt – October 26, 2010

Solar Back on the White House

Few groups do activism as well or as effectively these days as the folks behind 350.org. By galvanizing the movement to regulate carbon around a single, symbolic number -- 350 (most scientists not working for oil companies believe in order to stabilize…
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by: Amy Westervelt – October 6, 2010

Market Forces Spur Carbon Management, but not Quickly Enough

Carbon Disclosure Project releases Global 500 report

It’s funny that while Republicans seem to want to fight any sort of carbon legislation, corporations are seeing CO2 reductions as a good business move. Perhaps in the case of carbon, laissez-faire capitalism might actually work. The only problem with that strategy,…
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by: Amy Westervelt – September 20, 2010

Schneider’s Last Stand

Science as a Contact Sport
by Stephen Schneider, PhD
290 pages, National Geographic Books, 2010

Warning: Science humor ahead. If you happen to know any physicists, you know they are extremely intelligent, often quirky people. Sometimes they are quite witty. Most often, that wit reveals itself in the form of science jokes that only other scientists can really appreciate. Science as a Contact Sport, the latest book from Nobel Prize-winning physicist and climate scientist Stephen Schneider, PhD, is filled with such humor … and it’s the better…
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by: Amy Westervelt – Autumn 2010

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