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Environmental writer Tom Schueneman, a contributor to numerous environmental and sustainability-focused blogs and websites, publishes his flagship blog GlobalWarmingisReal as a resource of news, commentary, and information on climate change, energy, and sustainability. \

Climate change and sustainability are the issues of our generation. Meeting the challenge is a three-legged stool requiring action from individuals, business, and government. GlobalWarmingisReal addresses those three aspects of change (or lack thereof) through essays, research, and news reporting. Our aim is to help the concerned citizen understand the importance and urgency of the issues we face in the 21st century.

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Oceanic Acidification - The Scenario In 100 Years' Time
July 30, 2008 09:08 AM - , Global Warming is Real

A new study by scientists into the future effects of acidic sea water shows that the reduced pH value of the oceans’ surface waters will have drastic results in around 100 years’ time. The scientists, from Sweden and Australia, carried out the world’s first research into how a lowered pH of the sea’s surface water affects marine animal life. In their project, they allowed sea urchins of the species Heliocidaris Erythrogramma to fertilize themselves in water where the pH has been lowered from its normal 8.1 to a pH value of 7.7. This means an environment three times as acidic, and corresponds to the change expected by the year 2100.

Toronto Pays Citizens Hefty Grants For Projects Reducing Carbon Footprint
July 28, 2008 10:12 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The Canadian city of Toronto is paying citizens for going green. What’s been named the 'Live Green Toronto program', launched recently, has $20 million available over the next five years for citizen-driven carbon savings projects. The funding, in the form of subsidies, will go to projects that will help the city make good on its target of reducing its carbon footprint by 6% by 2012. The city’s mayor, David Miller, indicated that Toronto needs all the help it can get to achieve its ambitious plans. The mayor was quoted in the Toronto Star commenting that "the plan’s success depends on residents creating change."

Department of Interior To Hold Auction of Oil Lease Rights in Alaska National Petroleum Reserve
July 28, 2008 09:24 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The Bureau of Land Management announced last week that it will sell lease rights for oil and gas exploration in 2.6 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars
July 23, 2008 11:05 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Faced with the prospect TXU Energy seeking approval for 18 new coal-fired power plants on the fast track, the farmers and ranchers of small rural communities across Texas stood up to the Goliath of a Texas-sized energy developer and an acquiescing state government. And win. Fighting Goliath: The Texas Coal Wars tells the story. The film was produced by the Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media, and directed by Mat Hames and George Sledge.

Nature Conservancy Goes Public with Voluntary Carbon Offset Program
July 22, 2008 09:08 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The Nature Conservancy is going public with its Voluntary Carbon Offset Program, offering individuals the opportunity to offset part of their own carbon footprints by contributing funds to set aside private lands that would othwerwise lay idle and degrade for conservation and forest regeneration. The first project on the Conservancy’s carbon offset slate is protecting and regenerating part of Louisiana’s Tensas River Basin, an ecologically key 47-acre tract of currently unproductive farmland that will soon form part of 3,600 acre conservation management system within the Lower Mississippi Valley.

The Ying and Yang of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Position on Climate Change
July 21, 2008 11:55 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Less than a week after releasing its response to the April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that the EPA should take action to assess the risk of greenhouse gas emissions and regulate those emissions unless there is a good scientific reason for not doing so, the EPA issued a report entitled Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems.

New Exchange For Trading Home-Brewed Biofuels
July 17, 2008 11:09 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Industrially produced biofuels are wildly controversial but it’s very easy to produce good stuff yourself. Small businesses and even individuals are getting into producing their own biodiesel en masse. There’s even a new exchange now on which producers can sell their surplus diesel to interested parties.

Russian Research Team Pulls Up Stakes and Gets the Heck Out Due to Melting Ice
July 17, 2008 11:02 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Station “North Pole-35” consists of 21 researchers and two dogs living in huts on an ice flow in the western Arctic Ocean, or at least it did until the project was cut short by about six weeks due to the unexpected extent of the sea ice melt.

Climate Security Act Vote Looms in Senate - Yea or Nay?
May 15, 2008 09:28 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act passed the U.S Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last December by a vote of 11–8. In the coming weeks the legislation will come to a full vote on the floor of the Senate. The bill calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 71% below 2005 levels by 2050 – phased in at 4% by 2012 and 19% by 2020.

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