Last week, it was announced that the atmosphere has reached a carbon dioxide concentration of 400 ppm. In the face of difficult realities like this, Anna Fahey recommends we tap into our “Dark Optimism” to confront with courage and resilience the difficult emotions that our climate crisis evokes. Guest author Kurt Hoelting wrote up her keynote speech from a recent climate conference at the Whidbey Institute. “Dark Optimism is our capacity to face dark truths, while believing unwaveringly in our human potential, and I think we can harness that.” Read more.
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Of the 100 medical opinions I’ve gotten, 97 of them say that my liver damage is a result of binge drinking. Two of them weren’t sure if it was caused by the booze, and one actually disputed the idea.
My friends aren’t so sure though. I’ve asked ten of them, and only four think it’s mainly the liquor at fault. So although no one denies I’m in serious danger of liver failure, there’s some uncertainty over the cause, … read more »
The US Senate Energy Committee in late April issued a “discussion draft” of comprehensive legislation on how atomic wastes will be managed. Legislators draft bills routinely, but this is an unusual case for several reasons. For one, it has bipartisan backing including Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Wyden (D-OR), Murkowski (R-AK) and Alexander (R-TN). (Senators Feinstein and Alexander also each issued alternative proposals.) For two, and more surprising, the senators are inviting public comments on their draft. The deadline is May … read more »
National Journal takes a look behind the scenes at what Republican leaders and activists are saying about climate change, and it includes some good news.
The best thing I read this week was this European history told the way we’re used to hearing about Native American history. It’s funny in that way that also makes you want to cry for shame.
We recently updated you on the new stormwater permits that will soon dictate how Washington State’s most populated areas manage polluted runoff that damages
water quality and can flood low-lying property. Here we’ll tackle the new Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.
These cities are legally obligated to try to control water that runs off pavements, roofs and streets in built areas every time it rains. Along … read more »