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Declassified Cold War Files Show Disturbing Nuclear Targeting of Population Centers

Among the industrial infrastructure and military sites that analysts concluded would achieve “high levels of damage” for the Soviet Union is one particularly troubling type of target: “population.” “It’s disturbing, for sure, to see the population centers targeted,” William Burr, a nuclear historian and senior analyst at the National Security Archive, told the New York Times. The SAC [Strategic Air …

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Charles Pierce -At This Point, If You Deny Climate Change, You Are a Traitor to Your Species

ORLD LEADERS INK PACT!” Sorry, some sportswriting broke out there for a moment. We continue. The deal was struck in a rare show of near-universal accord, as poor and wealthy nations from across the political and geographic spectrum expressed support for measures that require all to take steps to battle climate change. The agreement binds together pledges by individual nations …

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Robert Hunziker – The Perfectly Nasty Ocean Storm

The oceans of the world are currently experiencing a “perfect storm” that is nasty, real nasty with too much warming, too much acidification, too much CO2, too much fishing, too many chemicals, too much Ag runoff, too much radiation (Fukushima), and too little ice (Arctic Ocean) bringing on too much methane (CH4). Whew! How much can the oceans handle? The …

In the Warming Arctic Seas – Subhankar Banerjee

Following is an excerpt from the article, “In the Warming Arctic Seas,” published in the Summer 2015 Issue “Climate’s Cliff” of the World Policy Journal. To read the full article click here. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge I was standing in the back of the sled when it broke through the ice, plunging into the frigid water of the Hulahula River. Just …

Drilling & Nuclear Power in the Arctic by ROBERT HUNZIKER

In the farthest regions of the north, the Russians have already drilled, but the Americans are coming. Shell makes preparation to drill. So it is, the most distant Northern Hemisphere will never be the same. Not only that, but astonishingly, Russia is doubling down on its risky energy play with grandiose plans to power Arctic drill rigs with floating nuclear …

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Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial – BILL McKIBBEN

THE Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change. Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no. By “extreme” I don’t just mean that Shell …

Finally, Some Climate Crisis Honesty: Forget About a 2˚C Future; It Will be 4˚-6˚C Degrees, and Soon – Dave Lindorff

A tectonic shift is occurring suddenly in the debate over climate change. Only a year ago, at least in the US corporate media, there was always a rough equivalence accorded to those experts who were warning about a looming climate disaster facing mankind, and those who called the whole thing a “conspiracy” by corrupt scientists and politicians (albeit without ever …

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Ocean currents impact methane consumption

Large amounts of methane – whether as free gas or as solid gas hydrates – can be found in the sea floor along the ocean shores. When the hydrates dissolve or when the gas finds pathways in the sea floor to ascend, the methane can be released into the water and rise to the surface. Once emitted into the atmosphere, …

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ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy – Jeffery D. Sachs

ExxonMobil’s current business strategy is a danger to its shareholders and the world. We were reminded of this once again in a report of the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic Committee, chaired by ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The report calls on the US government to proceed with Arctic drilling for oil and gas – without mentioning the consequences for climate change. …

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What is the source of mysterious methane emissions at Four Corners?

This is a joint release of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), NOAA, NASA and the University of Michigan (U-M). A team of scientific investigators is now in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest, aiming to uncover reasons for a mysterious methane …