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Following the Polling on Global Warming

(originally published on August 8, 2012 on ecoAffect.org) Just like the rest of the planet, America is heating up. So far this year we are seeing nine new record high temperatures for every record low. Some of those new record high temperatures are literally frightening, smashing old all-time records by 30 degrees or more. Even Read more

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ACUPCC 5th Anniversary: 2012 Climate Leadership Summit

originally published July 11, 2012 in ecoAffect.org n March 2007 ecoAmerica and partners AASHE and Second Nature, launched the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then over 675 schools in all 50 states with nearly 40% of America’s higher education students have signed on to measure and report their emissions, take immediate steps to reduce them, and develop and Read more

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Climate Change: Stop Adapting, Start Preparing

(originally published June 7, 2012 at ecoAffect.org) Despite political polarization, there are some aspects of the climate issue where broad public consensus obtains. For instance, according to ecoAmerica’s “American Climate and Environmental Values Survey,”1 80 percent of Americans now agree with the statement, “I’ve noticed changes in the seasonal weather patterns where I live.” 77 percent Read more

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Connecting with Americans: A Fresh Perspective

On October 4, 2011, 80 strategic leaders representing academia, business, government, media, NGOs and foundations from various sectors gathered in Washington, DC to share thoughts on protecting ecosystems, people and our planet from the accelerating affects of atmospheric pollution. In a structured day of expert speakers and working groups, participants prioritized solutions to break through Read more

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Hint: Try Facts and Reality

Science is key to denier arguments about climate change. They keep the denial debate vibrant by claiming the science isn’t settled. They embrace the any scientist who disagrees with some aspect of a climate report as if he or she was a messiah. In response, like Pavlov’s dogs, we begin to drool. Environmentalists keep drooling Read more

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Solution as Problem?: Sociologists on the Climate Wars

(originally published April 25, 2011 in ecoAffect.org) Perhaps more than any other issue save abortion, climate change solutions as developed by progressive environmentalists embodied the divide in political philosophies in America. Republicans who champion freedom, American independence and free-market capitalism while abhorring big government and tax solutions to problems found Cap and Trade and the Read more

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Climate Communications: Conflicts and Opportunities

(published in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, March 2010 Vol. 4, Issue 1, page 66) Right wing political pundits in America review the New York Times on a daily basis seeking grist to rouse the rancor of their rabid followers. When ‘‘Struggling to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus’’ hit the front Read more

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Beyond Words

“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.”       Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) “One of the most essential roles of the ecologist is to create the language in Read more

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Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus

Here I was interviewed by the New York Times about environmentalism. Read more

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An Interview with Bob Perkowitz

Here’s an interview I did for treehugger.com   Read more

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