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A Paradox From Climate Change Past

Human history is rife with stories of environmental catastrophe and powerful civilizations felled by climate change — the Mayans, the Egyptians, the Sumerians. But while countless scholars have scoured the historical record to understand the risks of climate change, few have looked to the past for answers to how modern societies will need to adapt. “Climate change causesREAD MORE

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10 Reasons California Is Greener than New York

“Go West, young man,” wrote Horace Greeley. “No, seriously. They have burritos over there.” When Greeley penned those words (the first few, anyway), he fired the first shot in a bicoastal battle for supremacy that still rages today. Some young Americans did indeed head west, to California, where they enjoyed surfing, sunshine and salsa. Others stayedREAD MORE

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10 Reasons New York Is Greener than California

Frank Sinatra, the epitome of cool, said that if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. But what if you can’t make it there? Well, then, you’ll probably run away to California, like so many others before you. With its ample sunshine and eco-friendly reputation, California does provide New YorkREAD MORE

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Five Facts About Climate Change to Set the Record Straight

Ifyou watched this year’s State of the Union address, you might remember President Barack Obama’s frustrated nod to congressional climate change doubters. “Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we did not deny Sputnik was up there,” Obama said. “We did not argue about the science or shrink our research and development budget.READ MORE

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In an Oil Boom, Reason to Mourn 55 Mph Speed Limit

InDecember, U.S. lawmakers voted to end the nation’s decades-long ban on the export of crude oil, which was passed to limit American dependence on foreign oil. Fittingly, the move came almost 20 years to the day after the repeal of another key energy policy: the 55 mph speed limit. Both measures were created in response toREAD MORE

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Climate Games

The year 2015 will be remembered as a watershed moment in the fight against global warming. This year delivered a papal encyclical, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from U.S. power plants, and a landmark international agreement on climate change, which President Obama described as a “turning point for the world.” It’s against this backdrop that BarnardREAD MORE

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Is Natural Gas Worse Than Coal?

Climate activist and author Bill McKibben has likened 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming to the legal drinking limit, and the global carbon budget to a six-pack shared between friends. The total proven coal, oil and gas reserves? That’s “the three 12-packs the fossil-fuel industry has on the table, already opened and ready toREAD MORE