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Learning from Sandy

By Eric Jaffe, Atlantic Cities | January 14, 2013 From a behavioral perspective, the hardest thing about adapting to the slow process of climate change is creating a sense of urgency. After a close call with Hurricane Irene a couple years back, and a horrible clash with Hurricane Sandy this past fall, New York is […]


Debunking the denial

By Phil Plait, Slate | Jan. 14, 2013 The difficulties in debunking blatant antireality are legion. You can make up any old nonsense and state it in a few seconds, but it takes much longer to show why it’s wrong and how things really are. This is coupled with how sticky bunk can be. Once […]


Climate change aid fails to materialize

By John Vidal | The Guardian Wealthy countries have not only failed to provide cash to help poor people adapt to climate change, but much of what they have agreed to give so far has come out of existing aid budgets or in the form of loans that will need to be repaid, new research […]


Growing costs of natural disasters

Edward Tenner, The Atlantic As thousands of survivors of Superstorm Sandy still are unable to return to their homes and others remain without power, debate over public response is growing. Does the Federal flood insurance program need reform? Will a multibillion-dollar swinging gate, like one in Rotterdam, shield Manhattan at the cost of additional flooding […]


Obama, Romney send in answers to ‘Science Debate’

President Obama has assembled the most scientifically accomplished administration since the time of the founding fathers.


  Dr. Jay Gulledge on what rising seas mean for the U.S.

Scott Simon talks with Dr. Jay Gulledge about what sea-level rise might mean for the nation, and what we can do today to prepare.


  Rising tide in Norfolk, Va.

Mayor Paul Fraim tells Need to Know that if sea-level rise continues, some parts of his city may have to be abandoned to the rising tide.


  No president is an island

Hannah Yi talks to director Jon Shenk about his documentary, “The Island President,” which chronicles former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed’s fight against climate change.


  How dirty is the cloud?

Apple’s iCloud is at the vanguard of personal computing. But is it too reliant on dirty energy?

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