Former Vice President Al Gore to Speak at Venter Institute's Sustainable Lab Grand Opening Event November 9

Nov 9: AL GORE TO SPEAK AT VENTER INSTITUTE’S SUSTAINABLE LAB GRAND OPENING

Musical Entertainment Headliner is Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe ROCKVILLE, Md. and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research institute, today announced that former Vice President Al Gore will be the special guest speaker for their “Step into the Genome” Black Tie Grand Opening Fundraising Event on November 9, 2013. To celebrate the opening of More Info »

Climate Change—The Time for Action is Now

CLIMATE CHANGE —THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW

Let me start this blog by quoting—verbatim—several key conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Climate Change 2013, also known as the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5): Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia… The atmosphere and the ocean have warmed, More Info »

Photo at top of Page: the Palen Project - courtesy BrightSource Energy

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION ON PALEN’S NEGATIVE IMPACT

The California Energy Commission’s environmental analysis of the Palen CSP project is only the most recent of many set-backs for a company that many think of as the flagship of Obama’s Industrial solar fleet. According to the executive summary, the negative impacts on “Cultural resources,” “land use,” and visual resources all need to be mitigated. More Info »

This Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a member of the BLM Silver State Hotshot crew using a drip torch to set back fires on the southern flank of the Rim Fire in California. The blaze has scorched 343 square miles of brush, oaks and pines and 11 homes, as of Saturday Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)

STATES OF DENIAL

States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress The United States suffered from numerous extreme weather events in 2011 and 2012. In fact, there were 25 severe storms, floods, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires that each caused more than $1 billion in economic damages, with a total price tag of $188 More Info »

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SCRIPPS: SOLVING THE MYSTERIES OF HIATUS IN GLOBAL WARMING

Global mean temperatures have been flat for 15 years despite the increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases, but a new Scripps study shows cooling in the equatorial Pacific Ocean explains the discrepancy New research by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego climate scientists attributes the attenuation of a worldwide temperature increase to a cooling of More Info »

The peaks of the Bernese Alps rise above dirtier air at lower altitudes. A new study shows soot created in the industrial era contributed to rapid Alpine glacial retreat. Credit: Peter Holy

SOOT SUSPECT IN MID-1800S ALPS GLACIER RETREAT

A study of the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the 1860s has uncovered strong evidence that absorption of sunlight in snow by soot, or black carbon, released by a rapidly industrializing Europe was to blame. The study, led by NASA and co-authored by a researcher at the University of California, More Info »

This is a picture of Syncrude's base mine. The yellow structures are the bases of pyramids made of sulphur - it is not economical for Syncrude to sell the sulphur so it stockpiles it instead. Behind that is the tailings pond, held in by what is recognized as the largest dam in the world. The extraction plant is just to the right of this photograph and most of the mine is to the left.

ATTACKS ON CLIMATE CHANGE HINDER SCIENCE SOLUTIONS

Starting in late September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release its Fifth Assessment Report in three chapters and a summary. Not to be outdone, contrarians have unleashed a barrage of attacks designed to discredit the science before it’s released. Expect more to come. Many news outlets are complicit in efforts to undermine the scientific evidence. More Info »

Phytoplankton bloom in the South Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Argentina captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. (Probably Coccoliths) - NASA, courtesy Wikipedia

IS GEOENGINEERING A SILVER BULLET FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

Altering environments to suit our needs is not new. From clearing land to building dams, we’ve done it throughout history. When our technologies and populations were limited, our actions affected small areas — though with some cascading effects on interconnected ecosystems. We’ve now entered an era in which humans are a geological force. According to More Info »