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September 15th, 2008

Gillian Caldwell on the Tomorrow Matters radio show

15
Sep

1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell was interviewed last week on the Tomorrow Matters radio show, hosted by Deborah Lindsay. During the hour-long interview, Gillian talked about all aspects of the campaign, the urgency of taking bold climate action, the role of climate change in the presidential campaign, and took questions from callers.

Here's the full interview in MP3 format (I've also embedded it on this page below). Be sure to pass it along!

 

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September 12th

Climate news this week: the world's newest island, scandal at Interior, China debates climate--9/12

12
Sep

Perhaps the biggest climate news this week comes from the North Pole, which apparently has become the world's newest island (see NASA image below):

The North Pole has become an island for the first time in human history as climate change has made it possible to circumnavigate the Arctic ice cap.

The historic development was revealed by satellite images taken last week showing that both the north-west and north-east passages have been opened by melting ice.

Prof Mark Serreze, a sea ice specialist at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in the US said the images suggested the Arctic may have entered a "death spiral" caused by global warming.
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September 11th

Climate Blogs this week: Ike, Corruption and Greening NYC--9/12

12
Sep

For the past few weeks Think Progress’ Wonk Room has been blogging extensively about the link between global warming and more severe storms. This week, hundreds of thousands of people have begun fleeing the gulf coast in preparation for 100 mph winds and storm surges as high as 20 ft. Tropical storm blogger Dr. Jeff Masters reports:

Ike is now larger than Katrina was, both in its radius of tropical storm force winds–275 miles–and in it radius of hurricane force winds–115 miles. For comparison, Katrina’s tropical storm and hurricane force winds extended out 230 and 105 miles, respectively. Ike’s huge wind field has put an extraordinarily large volume of ocean water in motion. When this swirling column of water hits the shallow waters of the Continental Shelf, it will be be forced up into a large storm surge which will probably rival the massive storm surge of Hurricane Carla of 1961. Carla was a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds at landfall…
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A reprieve for Coal River Mountain

12
Sep

Some good news from West Virginia regarding Coal River Mountain:

Massey Energy has not yet begun blasting apart a Raleigh County mountain that environmental groups hope to preserve for a wind-power project, state officials said Wednesday.

Department of Environmental Protection officials said that any blasting at Massey's Bee Tree Surface Mine would not be allowed until the company obtains the rest of the required permit approvals. DEP inspectors visited the site Wednesday to confirm that blasting did not start, as environmental groups had feared that it might.

Grassroots opposition to Massey's plan has been impressive. We hear from our friends at Coal River Wind that West Va.'s governor has received nearly 2,500 emails and hundreds of calls since Tuesday morning. This is only a temporary reprieve though, not a permanent solution. If you haven't already, visit Coal River Wind's website and learn what you can do to save Coal River Mountain.

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Obama & McCain: silent on climate change

12
Sep
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Cross-posted at The Huffington Post.

Barack Obama and John McCain are ignoring the biggest news event in human history. They aren’t alone. Very few media outlets are reporting the news either.

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Going green: a 12-year-old leads the way

11
Sep
Betsy and Elizabeth
1Sky's Betsy Taylor & Going Green
contest winner Elizabeth Rintels

A twelve year old inventor visited the 1Sky offices yesterday and we were blown away by her creativity and dedication to the environment. Elizabeth Rintels recently won the grand prize in a Going Green contest sponsored by the Weather Channel and By Kids for Kids, Inc.

Ever wonder how much water and energy gets wasted when you take a long shower? Elizabeth figured out that reducing her average shower time by just one minute will save an estimated 1000 gallons of water annually. It also saves energy because the water doesn’t have to be heated! She created a nifty device that signals a red light and makes a beeping sound for every half-gallon of water consumed in the shower. See a detailed description and diagram below.

Check out the photograph and Elizabeth’s $10,000 prize! It pays to Go Green!

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September 9th

David Sandalow's priorities for the next president

10
Sep
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The following is a guest post by David Sandalow. Mr. Sandalow is an Energy & Environment Scholar and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a former Assistant Secretary of State and Senior Director on the National Security Council staff, and the author of Freedom from Oil. Cross-posted at The Connect U.S. Fund. -- Luis

The dependence of our cars and trucks on oil weakens the United States and constrains our foreign policy. The buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere threatens our national security and imperils the planet. The next President has an unprecedented opportunity to tackle both problems.

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Stop mountaintop removal in West Virginia's Coal River Mountain

9
Sep

We've received an urgent call to action from our friends and Green Jobs Now partners at Coal River Wind in West Virginia. Richmond, Va.-based Massey Energy has announced plans to begin mountaintop removal Wednesday (tomorrow, September 10) on Coal River Mountain, an area of West Va. with enormous wind power development potential. Blasting Coal River Mountain will eliminate some of the potential for the production of clean wind energyand the creation of good, green jobs, and it will be harder for local residents to stop the continuation of the mining once it has started.

Governor Joe Manchin has the power to stop this catastrophe--and Coal River Wind needs your help convincing him to grant Coal River Mountain a stay of execution. Call Gov. Manchin today at 1-888-438-2731 or sign the Coal River Wind petition. You can find out more about Coal River Mountain and what you can do to save it at the Coal River Wind website.

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September 8th

Brita Climate Ride: Gen X, Gen Y and the Greatest Generation pedaling together

8
Sep

The following is another guest post from Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride, a multi-day bicycle ride to raise money and awareness of climate change. Click here for more details.Caelin Quinn

Who are the more than 100 people who have raised money to ride their bicycles 300 miles from the Big Apple to the nation’s capital, to make a statement about climate change and renewable energy? Do they have calves like Lance Armstrong? Personal fortunes like Paris Hilton? Aspirations of political fame? A chemical imbalance?

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September 5th

Climate news this week: Gustav spares the Gulf, more Arctic woes, and a win over coal -- 9/5

5
Sep

This week we saw Gulf Coast residents avoid a weather disaster similar to what they faced in 2005, more evidence of global warming acceleration in the Arctic region, and some good news in the fight against dirty coal, among other news.

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