Tag: global warming

Earth Talk: Preventing beach erosion

Beach erosion is a huge issue for coastal areas in the U.S. and elsewhere. According to the non-profit American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), all beaches endure storms and other natural disturbances that cause them to lose sand, but the causes of beach erosion are not always the same.


New McAuliffe ad highlights Cuccinelli’s record on science

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has released a new television ad highlighting Ken Cuccinelli’s attacks on University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann.


Earth Talk: Sea level rises not letting up anytime soon

Since sea level measurements were first recorded, in 1870, global averages have risen almost eight inches. The annual rate of rise has been 0.13 inches over the past 20 years, which is close to twice the average from the previous 80 years. Future estimates for sea levels vary according to region but most Earth scientists agree that sea levels are expected to rise at a greater pace than during the last 50 years.


Earth Talk: Sustainable communities and climate protection

Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming even as Washington politicians continue to debate whether or not to mandate emissions cutbacks. In lieu of federal action, some states and municipalities are taking action on their own to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.


Bryan McGannon: The Surprising Pro-Environment Business Segment

The climate proposals recently announced by the President will divide the business community. Fossil fuel companies will be alarmed and clean energy businesses will be encouraged. But one segment of the business community seems united in its support of limits on power plant emissions and other policies to protect the environment: small business owners.


Earth Talk: Global warming and mosquito-borne disease

If by pollution you mean greenhouse gas emissions, then definitely yes. According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of Public Health, the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by creating more mosquito-friendly habitats.


Earth Talk: Global warming solutions

Americans care more about the environment than ever before and the overwhelming majority of us acknowledges that climate change is real and human-induced. But still we continue to consume many more resources per capita than any other nation and refuse to take strong policy action to stave off global warming—even though we have the power to do so.


Andy Schmookler: If these are the early stages …

“If these are the early stages, I shudder to think what’s on the path ahead.” Two things brought that thought to mind.


Earth Talk: Climate change impacting rivers?

Global warming is no doubt going to cause many kinds of problems (and, indeed, already is), and rivers may well be some of the hardest hit geographical features, given the likelihood of increased droughts, floods and the associated spread of waterborne diseases.


Earth Talk: The impact of deforestation on global warming

By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads. According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation.


Earth Talk: Global warming and extreme weather

Dear EarthTalk: What is the scientific consensus on all the extreme weather we’ve been having—from monster tornadoes to massive floods and wildfires? Is there a clear connection to climate change? And if so what are we doing to be prepared? – Jason Devine, Summit, Pa. Extreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, […]


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Report: Global warming pushes extreme downpours up 33 percent in Virginia

A month after extreme storms devastated Virginia, an Environment Virginia report confirms that extreme rainstorms are happening 33 percent more frequently in Virginia since 1948


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Report: 2012 summer on track to be one of hottest on record

AccuWeather.com reports the summer of 2012 is in the running for one of the top three hottest summers in the past 60 years in the United States and southern Canada


Ken Plum: The weather is changing

Politicians speaking at outdoor events on a pretty day invariably and jokingly take credit for the weather. But no one has stepped up to take credit for the weather lately. Records are being broken; new highs are being set


Chris Graham: Global smarming

“Yeah, so there goes your theory.” My friend Eli again. Trying to tell me that because the high temperature hasn’t gotten out of the low 60s the past couple of days, yep, you guessed it … “Global waming is a hoax, man. Been telling you that for years,” he said


Climate change program in Waynesboro

The Social Action Committee of the Waynesboro UU Fellowship will present a program on Climate Change on Thursday, March 8th at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 565 Pine Ave, Waynesboro. The program will be presented by Kara Ball of the Climate Reality Project. Ms. Ball is Director of Strategic Relationships, Office of the President […]


Pat Byington: Follow the scientists

Dr. James McClintock, a renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham marine biologist who has conducted research in Antarctica for more than 25 years, told me the following story. “You work in a scientific lab in the quietest place on Earth — Antarctica. “There’s a Crack! Boom! “You rush to the window of your remote lab with a […]


Groups say UVa. must balance transparency and academic freedom in considering request for professor’s records

Twelve organizations concerned with free speech and the integrity of scientific inquiry on college campuses today asked the University of Virginia to protect academic freedom when it answers a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center and Robert Marshall, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. The […]


Kathleen Rogers: Women’s equality and the climate change challenge

On Aug. 26, we commemorate Women’s Equality Day and reflect on the true meaning of equality. The day is important, not just to evaluate where women are in terms of representation and equal pay for equal work, but also to consider the ramifications of what would happen should half of the world’s population be left […]


A hidden truth about climate change

   Column by Riane Eisler Submit guest columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference makes evident potential catastrophic effects of climate change, including its enormous economic and human tolls. It also clearly shows how poor nations in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and island states will suffer most from the inevitable floods, droughts and […]


Global warming – or just hot air?

  Column by Edward R. Long, Ph.D. Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net On Nov. 19 a message was provided on the World Wide Web that 168 megabites of e-mail correspondence, computer code, and documents from the computers of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (UEA’s CRU) were being released. The initial take was this had […]


Planet’s future depends on Copenhagen

  Column by Sarah van Gelder Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net As the Copenhagen Climate Summit approaches, some world leaders predict there will be either no deal or one so weak that it will be virtually worthless. Little wonder. Climate change could be one of the toughest issues the world has ever faced, less because of the […]


Earth Talk | A new Ice Age?

Dear EarthTalk: It has been said that global warming will bring a new ice age. Is this true or only fiction? |- Nitisha Jain, Delhi, India While no one can be sure what and how severe the effects of global warming will be, it is entirely possible that one outcome of our profligate use of […]


Earth Talk | China and global warming

Dear EarthTalk: Has China been making any progress reducing its output of global warming gases, and/or in tackling other environmental problems? –Bill W., Saugus, Mass. Decades of rapid-fire development and lack of government oversight has meant that China now faces some serious environmental challenges. According to research by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China surpassed […]


Group thanks members of Congress for vote on climate bill

American Values Network has launched a local pastor thank-you campaign thanking Members of Congress who voted in favor of the House climate bill. The campaign is a continuation of American Value Network’s half a million-dollar media campaign built upon faith and military leaders coming together to highlight the moral and national security implications of climate […]


Earth Talk | Population and warming

Dear EarthTalk: To what extent does human population growth impact global warming, and what can be done about it? – Larry LeDoux, Honolulu, Hawaii No doubt human population growth is a major contributor to global warming, given that humans use fossil fuels to power their increasingly mechanized lifestyles. More people means more demand for oil, […]


Edward R. Long | Global warming – man, or nature?

Both the new president and both sides of the aisle in the new Congress have been politically convinced, or see an opportunity for a government power play, that man’s carbon-dioxide emissions are the cause of global warming. But is man really responsible? More than 30,000 American scientists and engineers do not think man is the […]


Today’s Winner | Global warming makes a comeback

It was in the 50s here in the Valley today. Which must be proof that global warming is making a comeback. Since that snowstorm a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas was proof that global warming is a hoax.


Cap-and-Trade: The debate matters

Op-Ed by Al Weed Opinions Wanted! Click here to learn more The Senate debate on the Lieberman-Warner bill to reduce carbon emissions was the first serious national recognition of the challenge of climate change. Al Gore’s Nobel Prize notwithstanding, until an effort to change our energy culture through public policy is made, the U.S. is […]