Solar Activity Not a Key Cause of Climate Change, Study Shows 

Dec. 22, 2013 — Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows. (reprinted by Science News, Dec. 22, 2013- see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131222161813.htm) The findings overturn a widely held scientific view that lengthy periods of warm and cold weather in the past might have been caused by periodic […]

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The Urban-Rural Water Wars of Nevada 

By Sarah Goodyear, published in Next City 12/19/13 (see http://nextcity.org/infrastructure/entry/the-urban-rural-water-wars-of-nevada) Seven states draw water from the Colorado River. Nevada’s take is only 300,000 acre feet, or about 2 percent. Credit:Flickr user K. Oliver Las Vegas has a water problem. Ninety percent of the city’s water comes from the Colorado River, specifically the reservoir at Lake Mead. […]

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Conservative Donors Pump $1Billion a Year into Climate Denying Groups, Study Finds 

By Kiley Krow, News Investigation (published Dec.23, 2013)  http://www.nationofchange.org/conservative-donors-pump-money-climate-denying-groups-study-finds-1387813573 Organizations that actively block efforts to address climate change are funded by a large network of conservative donors to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year, according to the first in-depth study into the dark money that fuels the denial effort. The study, published Friday in […]

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Utah Clean Air Rally 

 Join hands to support clean air in Utah! On Saturday- January 25th bring your voices, your signs, and wear your gas masks to the the state capitol steps to show our legislators & governor that we demand effective action to clean up  our air in Utah.   Stay tuned for more details to come soon. […]

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Fracking in Utah’s Most Remote and Pristine Red Rock Desert? 

by Jana Richman (published in the Examiner November 22, 2013  http://www.examiner.com/article/oil-exploration-escalante-utah) During the week of November 7, 2013, employees from a company with offices in Pennsylvania and Colorado, Front Runner Seismic, showed up in the small town of Escalante, Utah, (pop. 800), and quietly went about their business, knocking on doors, offering contracts of various […]

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Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal 

by Zach Carter (published in Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/08/tpp-trade-agreement_n_4409211.html)   WASHINGTON — The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post. The […]

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Utah imposes no-burn rule as season’s first inversion sets in 

Air quality » Under new rules, officials expect to ask Utahns to take action even though pollution levels haven’t yet breached federal standards. by Brian Maffly (published 12/11/13 in the Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57245936-78/utah-inversion-lake-salt.html.csp (Kim Raff | Tribune file photo) Utah regulators on Wednesday approved a plan to improve the Wasatch Front’s wintertime air quality. Inversions […]

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How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness 

When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us. by Jay Walljasper (published in YES! magazine http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/how-to-design-our-neighborhoods-for-happiness?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=20131203) Biology is destiny, declared Sigmund Freud.  But if Freud were around today, he might say “design is destiny”—especially after taking a stroll through most modern cities. The […]

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Utah research says winter smog takes big hit from wood burning 

by Judy Fahys-  first published June 7,2013 in Salt Lake Tribune (see http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56427415-78/utah-pollution-winter-wood.html.csp)   Even though there might be just a few wood stoves and fireplaces pumping out smoke on northern Utah’s smoggy winter days, they are having a huge impact on air quality. In fact, wood stoves and fireplaces, coupled with exhaust from cooking grills, […]

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David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ 

Author, journalist, and producer of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract published Dec. 7, 2013 in the Guardian’s op-ed section (The Observer):  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/david-simon-capitalism-marx-two-americas-wire […]

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Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt 

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions. NewStatesman- Oct. 31, 2013 (see http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt) Waste land: large-scale irrigation strips nutrients from the soil, scars the landscape and could alter climatic conditions beyond repair. Image: Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier […]

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Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon 

  By Coral Davenport, published Dec. 5, 2013 in the New York Times WASHINGTON — More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. […]

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Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions 

Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show Article by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent published in The Guardian, Wednesday 20 November 2013 11.07 EST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The climate […]

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“We Have to Consume Less”: Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis 

Video interview:  http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/21/we_have_to_consume_less_scientists

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Feds Reveal Data Behind ‘Social Costs of Carbon’ 

   

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