PEABODY ENERGY 'EXPERTS' SOW DOUBT ABOUT REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

According to publicly available court records, US coal company Peabody Energy recently submitted expert testimony to the Minnesota Public Utilities commission arguing that, ”CO2 is not harmful and is actually good for the planet” and that “there is no empirical scientific evidence for significant climate effects of rising CO2 levels, and there is no convincing evidence that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) will produce catastrophic climate changes.”

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NASA SAYS THREE FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE IS UNAVOIDABLE...

Waves batter the seawall at Wimereux, on the Channel coasts of the United Kingdom and northern France. (Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Scientists say coastal cities around the world are all but certain to face catastrophic flooding in the coming decades.

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A LIVING CARPET OF GREEN SLIME EXPANDS ACROSS LAKE ERIE...

(Photo: Michigan Sea Grant/Flickr)

Scientists worry that the near-record algae bloom could poison water supplies, as it did in 2014.

 

Summer blooms of algae in Lake Erie are nothing new. But the most severe algae outbreak in the past decade is now under way, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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THE COMING ERA OF UNLIMITED — AND FREE — CLEAN ENERGY...


Solar energy is ready for primetime. (Nicky Loh/Bloomberg)

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones.  McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.  It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out.  McKinsey was wrong, of course.  There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use in 2000; there are billions now.  Costs have fallen so far that even the poor — all over world — can afford a cellular phone.

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EU CLIMATE CHIEF SAYS “NO PLAN B” FOR PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

There is “no plan B” if the Paris climate conference ends in failure, Europe’s climate chief has warned, urging world leaders to intervene to force their ministers to agree a landmark deal this December.

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WHILE YOU WERE ON VACATION, A CHUNK OF ICE THE SIZE OF AN ASTEROID FELL INTO THE OCEAN...

An iceberg in Greenland. (Photo: Michael Schwab/Getty Images)

With Arctic temperatures rising rapidly thanks to climate change, Greenland’s ice sheet is melting and raising sea levels.

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WHITE HOUSE AIMS TO BOOST HOMEOWNER RENEWABLE ENERGY USE...

 

The White House on Monday expanded its push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar panels, smart grid technology and other alternative energies for homeowners and builders.

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