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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.

Website: http://www.globalwarmingisreal.com/blog/


Tom Schueneman


Alaskan Glaciers REALLY are Shrinking
August 8, 2009 10:00 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

"Fifty years of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research on glacier change shows recent dramatic shrinkage of glaciers in three climatic regions of the United States. These long periods of record provide clues to the climate shifts that may be driving glacier change."

NOAA Reports Record Ocean Surface Temperatures for June
July 21, 2009 07:30 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported findings of preliminary analysis from the agency's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina that shows global ocean surface temperatures for June broke the previous record set in 2005.

US at Bottom of G8 Emissions Reduction/Climate Change Action Rankings
July 2, 2009 10:27 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

The US ranks next to last among G8 member countries when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and paving the way toward a clean energy economy, according to a World Wildlife Fund SE-Allianz study released July 1.

"Two Degrees" of Separation: Obama Needs to Outline his Yardstick on Global Warming
June 30, 2009 10:39 AM - Jake Schmidt, Global Warming is Real

In the midst of the fight of our lives (the House floor debate on the American Clean Energy and Security Act), a coalition of major U.S. groups called for the Obama Administration to outline its "yardstick" on global warming. What is it that this "scientific and pragmatic" Administration will use to measure our efforts to solve global warming pollution — its yardstick?

Canadian Government Backs Veg Growers Renewable Heat & Power Project
May 26, 2009 10:47 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

The Canadian government announced it will commit as much as $1.6 million to help Seacliff Energy Inc. build a combined heat, power and organic fertilizer plant in Ontario as part of the government's Agri-Opportunities program.

Geothermal Energy Is On The Rise As An Alternative Energy Solution
May 21, 2009 09:51 AM - Angelique van Engelen, Global Warming is Real

Recently, the US Department of Energy announced it has two forms of finance available to catapult the speedy development of enhanced geothermal systems into being. The stimulus package will spur growth of this type of energy by 15 to 16 percent by 2012 or 2013. The sector will benefit from the provision of $42 billion worth of grants for renewable energy and new technology to boost efficiency, along with over $130 billion in tax credits and loans. So what exactly is geothermal energy, how does it operate and will it become widespread?

Sustainable Ag, Ecosystem Services Big Part of Green Economy Solution
May 18, 2009 10:39 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

With world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, large investments in ecological infrastructure services need to be made, and fast, if more in the way of food, water, energy and social crises are to be avoided, asserted UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner as the latest bi-annual meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development opened in New York City last week.

Developing "Green" Plastics: Brazil in the Lead
April 27, 2009 09:42 AM - Andrew Burger, Global Warming is Real

Brazil has become a leader in what promises to be a huge industry and global market that would have an equally profound, widespread and positive impact when it comes to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention air, water and land pollution from human waste products more broadly speaking–bioplastics.

UN's State Of The World's Forests Reveals Deforestation Is Speeding Up
April 7, 2009 10:01 AM - Angelique van Engelen, Global Warming is Real

Around 20% of the world's forests are being illegally chopped down, a trend at its worst in Africa. The continent has lost around four million hectares of forests annually between 2000 and 2005, representing one-third of all global deforestation. Given the fact that Africa only hosts 16% of the world's forests, this is a devastating rate. And growth in Europe's need for wood (for use as biomass, among others) will likely stimulate the practice. The numbers for Asia and the Pacific, although seemingly positive, also tell stories of reduced biodiversity resources. The continent's 2005 total forest size of 734 million hectares was bigger than its 2000 level but the increase was mainly due to China's reforestation plantations. Natural forests are still being logged, only the practice is invisible!

Algae Biofuels - The Hype, the Hope, the Promise
March 27, 2009 05:57 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

The Algae Biofuels World Summit concluded this week in San Francisco. I was on-hand and on assignment for Triple Pundit Monday at the day long pre-conference briefing featuring leaders in research, government, and business involved in pushing the infant industry toward commercial-scale production.

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