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Dot Earth Blogger — New York Times
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Pursuing progress on a finite planet at @dotearth and The rest? Family, friends, songs:

From Maine to Denmark, Islanders (Including Students) Seek Sustainable Energy Solutions — Back in a September piece on humanity's long climate and energy march, I mentioned a fall course in which students from College of the Atlantic on Mount Desert Island in Maine, along with some residents of nearby islands, were headed to Denmark to learn how an island there had achieved energy self sufficiency using renewable sources.

A Chat on New York's Shale Gas Ban with Anti-Fracking Superhero Mark Ruffalo — On Twitter early this morning, I had a productive exchange about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's decision to ban shale gas development in New York with Mark Ruffalo, the actor best known for playing the Marvel comic character Hulk.

With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking — After years of gauging the environmental, medical, economic and political risks of hydraulic fracturing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is moving to ban this method of extracting natural gas from shale deposits in New York State. [ Update, 9:30 p.m. | See the end of the post for an excerpt from the state health study that underpinned the decision.]

How a Porcupine and YouTube Helped Save the Bronx Zoo's Budget — Below you'll find a guest post by Nikita Iyengar, a talented Pace University environmental studies major graduating later this month. The post draws on her research for her senior thesis, which is focused on the adoption of online and social media by the Wildlife Conservation Society, one of the world's oldest environmental groups.

Methane and Holes on Mars and Earth — I hope you'll excuse this but I can't resist after a tough pulse of climate news and academic work. After reading Ken Chang's story in The Times and seeing NASA's news release on the intriguing methane releases measured on Mars, and seeing the image below of the tiny hole drilled in the surface (at left), I couldn't help posting the following musing on Facebook: Can't wait for the methane catastrophe conspiracists to start equating the Martian hole with the Siberian one.

In Climate Talks, Soft is the New Hard — This piece takes the long view in gauging efforts to stem global warming and its impacts using the tools of diplomacy. It is not about the details of the outcome of climate treaty talks that concluded yesterday in Lima, Peru. (Here's what parties sought; here's the final sketchy result.)

At Climate Talks in Lima, Not 'Same as it Ever Was'? — Longtime readers will recall how I've cited the Talking Heads lyric " same as it ever was" quite often over the years in assessing negotiations aimed at forging a new global agreement on slowing global warming and limiting its impacts.

Oregon Moves Toward Girding Schools Against an Inevitable Great Quake — In the Pacific Northwest, which will face a great earthquake (and almost certainly a tsunami) when the offshore Cascadia fault next ruptures, there are signs of progress in efforts to limit losses. The earthquake timeline above, from Chris Goldfinger and others at Oregon State University, illustrates just how certain it is that a big one is coming.

New Studies Close in on Methane Leaks and Bolster Calls for Strong E.P.A. Rules — A new peer-reviewed analysis of sources of leaks in natural gas drilling and well operations strongly bolsters growing calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to settle on regulations cutting wasteful, harmful emissions of methane from both new and existing oil and natural gas wells.

Forests Sprout in an Urban Age — Back in 2002, when I wrote about " The Megalopolis as Eco-Strategy" (part of a special Science Times section), a lot of scientists told me that the mass migration of humans from rural areas to cities would have environmental benefits in the long run.
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Dec 19, 2014

SciAm Blog Network revamp plus List of 2014 “best of” lists, Part I

Dec 19, 2014

From Maine to Denmark, islanders (Incl. @collegeatlantic students) seek sustainable snergy solutions @EnergiAkademiet

Dec 19, 2014

Update to @dotearth post on @nygovcuomo fracking ban with link to reaction along struggling Southern Tier.…

Dec 19, 2014

I'd love help transcribing Q&A with @Harishhande on entrepreneurship aimed at ending energy poverty.… revkin@nytimes

Dec 18, 2014

Did the @NYTimes play a role in bringing about change in U.S.-Cuba relations? @farhip @washingtonpost

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