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Does Global Warming Stir Up More Violent Storms?

In the wake of Gustav, three more tropical storms are lining up to pummel U.S. coasts. The increased frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms this season has stirred up the debate about whether global warming causes violent weather. Many scientists … Continue reading

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X Prize Foundation Sponsors Alternative Energy Forum

The X Prize Foundation will host a discussion of alternative energy ideas at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Wednesday, September 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT. Some of the world’s most renowned leaders … Continue reading

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Environmental Time Bomb Ticks Benearth Arctic Soils

There’s an environmental time bomb ticking beneath the Arctic soil. Scientists warn that global warming could release huge stores of carbon dioxide trapped in Arctic soils, immediately accelerating climate change and disastrously impacting the environment. Scientists have long known that organic carbon frozen in … Continue reading

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Global Warming Opening Arctic to New Navigation

Global warming is melting Arctic ice and opening up new navigable ocean in the extreme Arctic north. The day is soon coming when Arctic Ocean waters the size of the United States will be ice-free and navigable for most of … Continue reading

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On Step Closer to Affordable Hydrogen Fuel

The world just got one step closer to affordable, clean hydrogen fuel. Scientists at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio have developed an efficient way to convert ethanol and other biofuels into hydrogen. The new catalyst uses ethanol to make … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown’s Plan to Increase Energy Efficiency

Like many of us, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is concerned about the world’s energy appetite and its repercussions for the environment (see our Aug. 20 post). Brown is one of several national leaders invited by “The Wall Street Journal” … Continue reading

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How Would You Use U.S. Resources to Save the World?

On its opinion page “The Wall Street Journal” has sparked debate among top political and business leaders on how to allocate our diminishing resources to solve the world’s growing problems. Their challenge: “How would you spend $10 billion of American resources … Continue reading

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Congress Girding for Oil Fight

Congress is girding for an oil fight that could shut down the federal government. Republicans are tired of being stonewalled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and are planning to go on the attack when Congress reconvenes on September 8. At … Continue reading

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Are Possible Water Wars Just Overblown Hype?

Are dire predictions of future water wars just overwrought environmentalists fanning the flames of fear? You be the judge. By 2025, the United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population will live where water is scare. Unsafe drinking water kills more … Continue reading

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Great Lakes States Prepare for Water Wars

The Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water and 95% of the fresh surface water in the U.S. With droughts and the population shift from the Midwest into southern and western states, the eight states and two … Continue reading

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