Tag Archives: Climate Change

Robert Jensen : The Craziest Person in the Room

The craziest person in the room: Reflections on how a mediocre white guy can try to be useful It’s the job of people with critical sensibilities — those who consistently speak out for justice and sustainability, even when it’s difficult … Continue reading

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Kristin Moe : Polluted Houston Neighborhood Draws the Line at Tar Sands

Children from the Manchester neighborhood in Houston with oil refinery smokestack in the background. Photo by Tar Sands Blockade. Photo by Tar Sands Blockade / YES! Magazine. Houston’s most polluted neighborhooddraws the line at Alberta Tar Sands East Texas is … Continue reading

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Bruce Melton : Calling all Earthlings

Alien beings emerge from “What Was Once Lake Buchanan” as the water level falls. Photos by Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog. Calling all earthlings:Climate change communicationsmay as well be from aliens Relative to most of the 20th century, Austin’s … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Earth Night

Is ‘Earth Night’ coming? Image from Wikimedia Commons. Earth Night Al Gore wrote in 1992, ‘the maximum that is politically feasible still falls short of the minimum that is truly effective.’ Making it ‘politically feasible’ to tackle extreme climate change … Continue reading

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Bruce Melton : World Bank on Climate: ‘Turn Down the Heat’

Glacier melt. Photo by Dave Appleby / Flickr / Truthout.Is it really this bad?World Bank on climate:‘Turn down the heat’ Instead of working on climate pollution emissions reductions, we are now emitting more than was imagined in the 1998 worst-case … Continue reading

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Bryan Farrell : The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You, Keystone XL

Four activists are locked down to construction equipment on a recently clearcut easement leased by Keystone XL pipeline builders TransCanada. Inset photos below show local residents supporting the demonstrators and treesitters in the 50-foot pines at the rural East Texas … Continue reading

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Bruce Melton : Extreme Weather like Sandy Caused by Arctic Warming

Seaside Heights Amusement Park, Jersey Shore. Image from underthemat.Superstorm Sandy:Research shows how Arctic warmingdirectly causes extreme weather Climate change plain and simple: Arctic Sea ice melt caused Superstorm Sandy. And things are starting to get crazy with this ongoing string … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges : Heartland Resistance to the Pipeline

Treesitters in Winnsboro, Texas. Photo from the Tar Sands Blockade.Resistance in the heartland:The Great Tar Sands Blockade Ranchers, farmers, and enraged citizens, often after seeing their land seized by eminent domain and their water supplies placed under mortal threat, have … Continue reading

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Roger Baker : Converging Global Crises and Why We Deny Them / 2

An unraveling earth. Graphic from Sound of Cannons.Converging global crisesand why we deny them  / 2 If the total human impact on nature is approaching a natural limit, we face difficult choices. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | … Continue reading

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Roger Baker : Converging Global Crises and Why We Deny Them

Cartoon from Belonging Las Vegas. Converging global crisesand why we deny them It is the system itself that is unsustainable, but the public tends to interpret the problem as being a function of bad leadership. By Roger Baker | The … Continue reading

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Bruce Melton : The Biggest Misunderstanding About Climate Change

Padre Island National Seashore, four wheel drive only beach. Anyone who has been to the beach knows that warming over land is much greater than warming over water. Photo by Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog.The biggest misunderstanding about climate … Continue reading

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David Morris : Texas Judge Rules Sky Belongs to the People

The sky! Image from Wikimedia Commons.Texas judge rules:‘The sky belongs to everyone’ Is this a ‘shot heard round the world’ for fight against climate change? By David Morris / On the Commons / August 4, 2012 “Texas judge rules atmosphere, … Continue reading

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