Daniel Ross

Can we reach 100 percent renewable energy in time to avert climate catastrophe?

Ten years ago, two climate scientists, Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, published a groundbreaking article in Scientific American outlining a road map for becoming 100 percent reliant on energy generated by water, wind and sun by 2030. This was something that needed to be done “if the world has any hope of slowing climate change,” the researchers warned at the time.

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The world’s biggest institutional user of oil is grappling with the impacts of climate change

The 150 mph winds that Hurricane Michael blasted through Tyndall Air Force Base last October left a trail of destruction, ruin and exorbitant financial loss at one of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) key military bases. The damage could have been worse. Fifty-five of Tyndall’s fleet of F-22 fighter jets had been flown to safety before the hurricane hit. Nevertheless, some of the 17 remaining F-22 jets—their combined worth a reported $5.8 billion—suffered damage, along with roughly 95 percent of the buildings.

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Carbon Capture: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report lays out a rather grim set of observations, predictions and warnings. Perhaps the biggest takeaway? That the world cannot warm more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C) over pre-industrial levels without significant impacts.

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Republicans Have Denied Climate Change for Far Too Long - and It's Taking a Toll on the Military

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A rock seawall protecting the Air Force’s Cape Lisburne Long Range Radar Station on Alaska northeastern coast is under increasing duress from extreme weather patterns affecting Arctic sea ice—nearly $50 million has been spent replacing vulnerable parts of the wall already.

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Medicine Residue Is Everywhere in Our Rivers and Lakes - and Fish Are Behaving Strangely

For all the well-documented sources of environmental pollution—think chemical manufacturers, energy plants, mining operations and agricultural processes—there’s another major source of contamination that continues to get short shrift by those charged with protecting the nation’s waterways and the public’s health: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

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How the U.S. Military Played a Role in America's Obesity Crisis

There’s no avoiding the debris of modern living on a trip to your local grocery store—rows and rows of foods and products that, if not ready to eat, are designed and packaged to be prepared quickly and to last an age. Makes sense, right? Busy lives require time-saving measures.

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Trump Might Make You Pay $70 to See the Grand Canyon

As summer approaches and millions gear up for an anticipated pilgrimage to America's national parks, many travelers are holding their breath in anticipation of a possible fee hike at 17 of the nation’s most visited and profitable parks.

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Is Something Fishy Going on Between the University of Florida and the Agrichemical Industry? Consumers Have a Right to Know

The food and agrichemical industries have over decades funneled billions of research dollars into the nation's universities—a relationship that has led to observable bias in industry-funded university studies, as well as concerns that findings favorable to the sponsor’s interests are cherry-picked for public consumption. An impending court case involving the University of Florida could further lift the veil on the particulars of this dynamic.

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Millions of Americans Are Ingesting a Chemical Some Experts Believe Has No Safe Exposure Level

Karen Deichelbohrer has lived in her home roughly three miles from Wurtsmith Air Force Base near the shores of Lake Huron, Michigan, for about 20 years. Her husband passed away two years ago. Her daughter moved out eight years before that. And Deichelbohrer, now 65, lives in the roomy four-bedroom house alone with her five cats and a dog.  

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Sued Over Misleading Diet Soda Ads

Advertising campaigns behind diet drinks from Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper have long promoted the idea that consumers are taking the healthier, more weight-conscious option when it comes to choosing their favorite sodas. Diet Coke emphasized its drink has "no sugar, no calories." Diet Pepsi tried launching its slender "skinny" can only a handful of years ago. And Diet Dr. Pepper's "Lil Sweet" mascot is no subtle nod to the product’s supposed ability to shrink those who drink it.

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Uncovered Coca-Cola Emails Expose 3 Ways Big Food Casts Doubt on Science, Endangering Public Health

An email thread involving industry-backed food organizations and former Coca-Cola executives offers a rare window into the tactics food companies use to counter dietary warnings put forth by government health agencies when the warnings have the potential to damage the corporations' bottom lines.

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Live Concerts Are Environmental Disasters, but Singer Jack Johnson's Shows Are Anything But

The profits generated by live concerts are not insignificant. Globally last year, gross box-office revenue exceeded $5.5 billion and attendances reached nearly 74 million. The environmental impacts from live concerts are equally as pronounced, but far less understood and appreciated.

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Why Glitter Must Be Banned

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden.

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Peace and Quiet Is Getting Harder to Find in America's Wild Areas

Every year for the past four years, I’ve fled the endless cacophony of life in Los Angeles for the pristine quiet of the Sequoia National Forest. Rarely are two worlds more different. And yet, with each year that has passed, I’ve noticed what seems to be a growing rumble of trucks thundering through the park and the din from the thousands of yearly visitors, which left me wondering: Is life in the Sequoias getting louder?

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6 Places Where Nestlé Is Threatening Local Communities With Its Bottled Water Plans

With much of North America still in the grips of a drought going back years, managing dwindling drinking water resources is a pressing topic. And in a year when bottled water sales in the United States are expected to exceed soda sales for the first time, Nestlé Waters—a water-for-profit poster child that dominates the bottled water industry, with multiple operations across the U.S. and Canada—is at the front lines of numerous battles being waged in local communities across North America.

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Evidence Is Mounting That a Koch Brothers-Owned Paper Plant Is Poisoning People in Arkansas (Video)

The economic pulse of Crossett, a small town of some 5,500 people in west Arkansas, has long been measured through the paper and pulp processing plant owned by the Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific. A subsidiary of Koch Industries, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper products, including paper towels (like Brawny) and toilet paper (like Angel Soft).

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Is the U.S. Finally Ending the Toxic Practice of Burning Old Munitions in Open Pits?

By the year 2020, the U.S. is expected to have on its hands a growing stockpile of munitions nearing 1.1 million tons that are no longer considered useful to the military. As a means of disposal, these munitions, including small arms cartridges, rockets, mortars, artillery shells, tactical missiles and other wastes, have for decades been burned or detonated on large trays out in the open at military bases across the country.

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Lax Regulatory Enforcement Leaves Thousands at Risk of Lead Poisoning in California

California's regulatory agencies have repeatedly failed in their testing, enforcement and cleanup of various lead-contaminated sites in the state, an investigation by Truthout has revealed.

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