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Pope should ignore Ghanaian cardinal and UN on climate change

Natural climate change and extreme weather threatens to make life even more difficult for Ghanaian cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson’s fellow countrymen.


Sir Crispin Tickell to lecture at Washington and Lee on climate change

Sir Crispin Tickell, a former British diplomat with particular interest in the relationship between the environment, politics and business, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on May 5, at 5:30 p.m.in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.


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Letter: Spending on climate change misguided?

A moral tragedy is unfolding because of the overconfidence of groups like Earth Day Network that we know the future of climate and that control it by through our carbon dioxide emissions.


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Earth Day: Examining the relationship between climate, poverty

The policy gulf between the development and environmental communities might not at first seem obvious but occasionally our interests travel on different trajectories. The compelling need to provide energy to the estimated 1.2 billion people who do not have access to electricity crashes into the reality of the climate change consequences of providing that energy from coal and fossil fuels.


Demonstrators outside Chamber energy conference question Dominion’s failure to act on climate

Demonstrators outside the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Sustainability Conference this morning met conference attendees with signs like “Dominion – Global Warming starts here” and other signs urging the state’s largest utility to quit its membership in ALEC-the American Legislative Executive Council.


Are we past the point of no return on climate change?

While we may not yet have reached the point of no return—when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming—climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close.


Environmentalism must re-focus on known problems: Time to cut climate campaigners loose

Climate change increasingly dominates the environmental movement. Besides last month’s Earth Hour, an event focussed on “changing climate change,” climate activists will take centre stage at this year’s Earth Day on April 22.


Report: Low-income Americans benefit from clean energy?

While climate change threatens the public health and economic well-being of everyone, low-income Americans are especially vulnerable to the extreme weather and dramatic increases in electricity costs associated with global warming, according to a new report released Wednesday by Natural Resources Defense Council.


Sierra Club names State Sen. Wagner #1 climate obstructionist

Demonstrators with the Sierra Club picketed outside an event for Senator Frank Wagner on Thursday at Town Center in Virginia Beach to protest the Senator’s opposition to EPA rules to regulate carbon pollution from coal and gas fired electricity power plants.


New NRDC Issue Brief: Best way Virginia can fight climate change, beat EPA emissions targets by 20 percent

With climate change already damaging Virginia’s economy, endangering citizens’ health, and threatening coastal cities, a new issue brief shows that if the Old Dominion were to meet its already existing voluntary energy goals, the state would actually beat the carbon emission targets in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan by 20 percent.


Earth Hour based on a myth: Time to kick climate campaigners off the stage

Earth Hour 2015 demonstrates how radical climate activists are ruining the credibility of the environmental movement.


Sierra Club blasts Dominion’s plans for a new gas-fired power plant

Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell and Dominion Virginia Power President Robert Blue continue to take us backwards in the critical work of addressing climate change.


Global climate agreement in the works

A legally binding and universal agreement limiting carbon emissions to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius—has been elusive to date, but environmentalists remain optimistic that 21 could be their lucky number.


Energy East: Worse than Keystone XL?

The Energy East Pipeline is a $12 billion project proposed by TransCanada Corp. that will combine existing, converted natural gas pipelines with new pipeline construction to carry oil some 2,800 miles across Canada from Alberta’s tar sands fields to export terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick.


New report urges long-term view, greater margin of safety in planning for sea level rise

On the eve of a Federal Emergency Management Agency meeting in Norfolk on flood risk management, a new report by the Sierra Club warns that sea level rise is accelerating and that greater precautions should be taken in planning for growth along the coast.


Keystone XL will not be approved any time soon

Keystone XL pipeline supporters want to facilitate expansion of Canada’s oil sands, a critically important energy resource for North America, by encouraging the expansion of important arteries such as Keystone to bring crude oil to refineries in the United States.


Divestment and fossil fuels

The climate movement has embraced divestment—that is, ditching stocks, bonds or investment funds deemed unethical or morally ambiguous—given how effective the tactic was in helping topple Apartheid in South Africa by shaming the companies still willing to do business there.


Health impact of coal

Coal combustion plants account for more than half of Americans’ electric power generation. According to Coal’s Assault on Human Health, a report by the non-profit Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.


Veteran peacebuilder discusses global climate change as a destabilizing social and political threat

Global climate change and human conflict are two different problems, dealt with by different groups, right? Wrong. In fact, the United States military combats terrorism and climate change. Both are huge threats to national security.


Scientific fraud underlies global warming scare

Why is it that when politicians make basic science mistakes in support of the hypothesis of dangerous human-caused global warming, no government agency or university representative corrects them? It is not as if such errors are rare; they are happening all the time.


Save the Earth: It’s the only planet with chocolate?

A witty sign showing up at climate rallies proclaims: “Save the Earth – It’s the only planet with chocolate!”, and for good reason. The severe weather, extreme temperatures and irregular rainfall associated with global warming is more pronounced in the tropical regions where cocoa is cultivated from West Africa to Indonesia to South and Central America.


NOAA and NASA lied on temperature records

Last week NOAA headlined their home page, “It’s official: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record.” NASA proclaimed in their January 16th news release video, “2014 was the hottest year on record.” But these announcements are effectively lies.


Taming the climate debate

The climate controversy is one of the world’s most important discussions. At stake are billions of dollars, countless jobs, and, if U.N. representatives who met in Peru are right, the fate of the global environment itself.


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Still in denial about climate

It’s hard to believe there are still any climate change deniers. But a recent survey by the non-profit Center for American Progress found that some 58 percent of Republicans in the U.S. Congress still “refuse to accept climate change.”


Saving our soils and climate with biochar

Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years.


Getting kids into environmental activism

Young people can also get involved in environmental protection efforts right in their own backyards even without the support of a non-profit.


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Silver linings in Rolling Stone rape fiasco

Rolling Stone alleged a gang rape at UVA and now doubts its own report. I have no knowledge of the matter. Maybe the victim was completely honest. Maybe she was largely honest but too drunk, or just too traumatized, to remember which fraternity house she was in. Maybe she made it all up.


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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice, and freedom, everywhere

At the surface, the tensions over the failure of grand juries in Missouri and New York to indict cops who killed unarmed suspects in a pair of recent petty-crime cases have been directed at police.


Talk Nation Radio: Stephen Nash on climate disruption in Virginia

Stephen Nash’s new book Virginia Climate Fever looks at the state of Virginia, and unless we radically change our ways it doesn’t look good.


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Sen. Tim Kaine suggests improvements to proposed EPA rules

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to the EPA in response to the agency’s request for input on its proposed Clean Power Plan.


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Mark Herring submits comments on EPA proposed Clean Power Rule

Attorney General Mark Herring has outlined to the EPA an evaluation approach that considers economic, health, and environmental benefits alongside implementation costs.


Final day for comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

Today marks the final day that the EPA will accept public comments on its proposed national standard to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


David Swanson: There goes Virginia’s climate

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know:


Earth Talk: Re-using greywater at home

Re-using your greywater may be the only way to keep your lawn and garden healthy without taking more than your fair share of the community’s precious freshwater reserves.


Del. Sam Rasoul earns 100 percent rating from Sierra Club

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has received a perfect score on the Virginia Sierra Club’s first General Assembly Legislative Scorecard.


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Sierra Club publishes 2014 Climate and Energy Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

For the first time, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has published a Virginia General Assembly Climate and Energy Scorecard.


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Tim Kaine statement on Senate Keystone pipeline vote

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Senate’s vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.


Much hotter summers, loss of forests expected as Virginia climate heats up

Wide ranging climate change impacts throughout Virginia are detailed in a new book, Virginia Climate Fever, by journalist Stephen Nash.


Over 210,000 Virginians submit comments in support of curbing carbon pollution

Since the EPA first began collecting them, more than 7 million Americans have submitted public comments in support of national standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


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Press Conference: President Obama and China President Xi Jinping

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi Jinping in a Joint Press Conference in Beijing, China, on Nov. 12, 2014.


U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity.


Climate change and food’s nutritional value

It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time.


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David Swanson: 57 candidates and nothing on

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before Game 7 of the World Series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at a television with your family. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any other way you could write about it.


Earth Talk: Sweden’s environmental leadership

It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).


Andy Schmookler: Concerned about where our nation is heading?

Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known?


The force is not with us: We identify with our fantasy heroes, why not emulate them?

The the destructive force that has arisen on the right is only one side of America’s present national crisis. The other side is the weakness of the response from Liberal America to this profound threat to our nation’s well-being.


Virginians headed to NYC for largest climate event in history

Over 80 activists from Richmond and surrounding areas began their journey to the People’s Climate March taking place today in New York City. The march, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is being hailed as the largest climate march in history.


Earth Talk: Ethanol’s unrealized promise

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.


Northam attends Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission meeting

Today Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam attended the inaugural meeting of the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.


USDA provides $328 million to conserve wetlands and farmland, boost economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.