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Pursuing progress on a finite planet at @dotearth and The rest? Family, friends, songs:

Can Genetics and Breeding Do for Cassava What They've Done For Corn? — Bill Gates spends a lot of his time probing the minds and work of researchers and analysts trying to solve the world's biggest problems. The results often end up on his GatesNotes blog. His new post focuses on the plant genetics research of Edward S. Buckler, a U.S.

'Extreme Whether' Explores the Climate Fight as a Family Feud — If you're in the New York metropolitan region, I encourage you to see " Extreme Whether," an pioneering and brave effort by playwright and director Karen Malpede to use theater to explore the clashing passions around human-driven global warming and our fossil fuel fixation.

Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting — There was quite a bit of pushback after The Times ran " The Problem with Energy Efficiency," an Op-Ed article by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger arguing that LED lighting, while deservedly resulting in a Nobel Prize for inventors of the underlying technology, was not an energy panacea.

A Passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-Era Whistleblower — Rick Piltz, a gutsy whistleblower who revealed a pattern of politically torqued rewriting of climate science reports during the first term of President George W. Bush, died early Saturday morning after a fight with cancer.

Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming — A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents. In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A.

Rick Piltz of @govacctproj @climatesciwatch was... — mpulaskibehling 0 0 2014-08-29T19:01:00Z 2014-08-29T19:01:00Z 1 134 606 9 1 739 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Rick Piltz of @govacctproj @climatesciwatch was potent force for limiting political efforts to torque science findings.

Never Mind the Anthropocene — Kate Raworth, who works at the intersection of economics and environmental sustainability, isn't happy with the composition of the Anthropocene Working Group, which is weighing whether this age of rising human influence on Earth's operating systems is generating a new geological epoch.

Does the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans, Deserve a Golden Spike? — BERLIN - I just participated in the first face-to-face meeting of the Anthropocene Working Group, a subset of a branch of the International Commission on Stratigraphy examining whether humanity's growth spurt (in both numbers and resource appetites) has caused sufficient change to Earth systems to leave a discernible trace in layered rocks that will build and endure far into the future.

David Roberts Questions Naomi Klein's Capitalism-Focused Climate Quest — I interviewed the writer Naomi Klein back in 2011, when she used an article in The Nation to lay out the anti-corporate theme that's now the centerpiece of her new bestseller, " This Changes Everything - Capitalism vs. The Climate."

Nature Talks Back, and Sounds a Lot like Edward Norton — I'm catching up with the " Nature is Speaking " education push by Conservation International, featuring a set of videos in which actors give voice to the oceans, rain forests and other beautiful and bounteous facets of the planet's sheath of life.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @cwhope: @Revkin 'Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge' Charles Darwin

Oct 23, 2014

I liked a @YouTube video Andrew Zolli: The Big Picture - Building Resilience

Oct 23, 2014

New live version of "Liberated Carbon" ("it'll spin your wheels, nuke your meals, turn your night to day..")…

Oct 23, 2014

Not quite a law of physics, but close: On contentious issues, a paucity of evidence leads to an overabundance of assertion.

Oct 23, 2014

I'm following @JustusUWAYESU after learning of his life curve from Rwandan dump via @nytimes… Go Justus!

Oct 23, 2014

A @drtucker tribute to Rick Piltz: A Hero in Our Time- The Climate Notes Podcast

Oct 23, 2014

.@natgeo: Global warming shrinking mountain goats: Study sees population up, hunting solution.

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