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The Jehoshua Novels


What’s in the trash this Friday? –> US Delays Review of Contentious Keystone Pipeline

AP, By Josh Lederman & Dina Cappiello, April 18

Washington – The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State [...]

Old-school coal is making a comeback

McClatchy, By Sean Cockerham, April 17

Washington — Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas [...]

The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.

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UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century

Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, April 11

Greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly twice as fast over the past decade as in the previous 30 years, bringing the world closer to warming that will bring dramatic [...]

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet.

The Independent, By Steve Connor, March 31

The negative effects of climate change are [...]

And Teabagger Heads Explode in 3….2….

The UN has issued yet another firm and fact-filled statement with respect to global warming:

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Beautiful art expressing an ugly world

Politicians discussing climate change until the very end

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series “Waiting for Climate Change,” Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw attention to rising sea level change. Laced with black humor, these grim and apocalyptic [...]

Deny This You Koch….ers

From the Register:

A trio of glaciers in a vast region of northeastern Greenland previously thought to be stable are thinning and moving into the sea, forcing climate scientists to reevaluate their projections of sea-level rise upward.

“We’re seeing an acceleration of ice loss,” study coauthor Michael Bevis of Ohio State University told USA Today. [...]

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

Climate Central, By Bobby Magill, March 10

Oil refineries and drilling platforms in the U.S. are vulnerable to sea level rise and greater storm surge. Fuel pipelines, barges, railways and storage tanks are vulnerable to melting permafrost and severe weather. Warming seas and water shortages put nuclear and other electric power plants at risk. Power [...]

Speak the Speech, I Pray You

….Trippingly off the tongue:

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Iditarod race draws dogs and mushers to Alaska for epic contest

Annual dog-sled marathon attracts 69 entrants Dog teams to make ceremonial start in Anchorage on Sunday

Reuters, March 1

Dozens of mushers and their sled-dog teams will on Saturday mark a ceremonial start to Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race, which takes contestants through nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of wilderness over [...]

Japan Mulls Nuclear Revival Not Even 3 Years After Fukushima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes re-opening plants shuttered after disaster

TIME, By Bryan Walsh, February 25

If there was one thing that seemed certain in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011—the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl—it was that nuclear power in Japan and the rest of the world was in major trouble.

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Obama to decide on Keystone pipeline within months, governors say

Los Angeles Times, By Michael. A Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, February 24

Washington — President Obama told the nation’s governors Monday that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a matter of months, signaling he did not intend to let a recent court ruling derail his decision on whether to approve the [...]

The Oilsands-Inspired Creation that Looms in Washington

The Tyee, By Andrew Nikiforuk,

Winnipegger Mia Feuer’s art reflects the ‘sculptural’ transformation of Alberta’s landscape.

Reviewers alternatively call the Washington, D.C. exhibit dystopian, eerily beautiful, or a “nightmarish manifestation” of environmental ruin.

In particular, many are attracted to the ominous black skating rink that occupies the rotunda. The plastic rink may or may not [...]

US and China agree to cooperate more closely to fight global warming

Deutsche Welle, February 15

The US and China have agreed to cooperate more closely in combating global warming during a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry to Beijing. The top US diplomat also urged Beijing to ease its internet controls.

Beijing – In a joint statement on Saturday the US and China said [...]