Tag Archive | greenhouse gas

These 5 Ancient Monsters Couldn’t Survive Climate Change, So How Can We?

For now, let’s ditch the apocalyptic buzzkill with a smug look backward at some other mind-blowing beasts that failed to adapt to climate change.


Frack from Fiction: What is Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing has entered our vocabulary as a hotly contested topic, dished up daily through our national media. Fracking is responsible for a huge economic boom through technology that significantly boosts the harvest of natural gas. Meanwhile, the process of hydraulic fracturing receives plenty of bad press for its potential to do lasting environmental damage.

Romney: Fossilized Ideas in a Climate of Change

Romney has reinvented himself as the Ron Popeil of fossil fuels, touting them as our best bet to stimulate economic growth. Few people argued with this thinking fifty years ago, but our collective carbon footprint has created massive environmental damage that could jeopardize our very existence.

China, Renewable Energy, and Their Case for Environmental Funding

China, Renewable Energy, and Their Case for Environmental Funding

population, industrial pollution, renewable energy
China’s carbon footprint grows daily with help from the U.S. and Europe.

At more than 1.3 billion inhabitants and counting, the People’s Republic of China represents almost 1/5th of Earth’s total population. China’s population and advanced industries continue to grow at an alarming rate, creating a unique set of environmental issues.

Cap and Trade and The Triumph of Bipartisan Politics

Cap and Trade and The Triumph of Bipartisan Politics

Back in the 70’s, long before sustainability became synonymous with survival, people who sought to champion environmental causes endured a lot of stigma. Remember the old stereotypes regarding godless hippie Communist tree-huggers? Well, a lot of these folks graduated from college to become movers and shakers who began advocating the policies that now comprise Cap and Trade.

California Cap and Trade: Conservation, Controversy, and Big Money

California’s lawmakers approved Assembly Bill 1532 on May 29th, known as the Cap and Trade program. The bill imposes strict emission limits on companies and power plants that release huge volumes of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Regulatory mandates, along with economic incentives, form a kind of carrot-and-stick policy.

Recycling Wastewater from ‘Oil Sands’ Mining: Too Little Too Late

What is oil sands mining? Crude oil deposits lie beneath the earth among layers of rock, water,  and sand in the form of bitumen, a heavy, viscous type of crude oil that mixes with the geological strata like cold molasses.  Mining these oil sands deposits takes place in the Athabasca region of northern Alberta, Canada, […]