January 22nd, 2020 | by World Resources Institute
Thousands of people took to the streets of southern Iraq in July 2018. Their anger stemmed from a litany of problems, everything from poor public services to lack of job opportunities to widespread government corruption
January 8th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
If Iran and the US go to war, no one will win in this conflict. Not the US, not Iran, and definitely not Iraq, which has been placed right in the middle of this war between the US and Iran. People cheering for war and saying that "Trump will wipe Iran off the map" do not realize that it's not about Iran or Trump. It's more than that — it's about power, and the battle for this power or control will not care about casualties of war
January 4th, 2020 | by Paul Fosse
The Saudi government sold off a small 1.5% share of the largest oil company in the world (Aramco) about a month ago. Aramco has huge reserves and it has proven it can produce that oil at a low cost. This oil doesn't require risky deep sea platforms, fracking, or traveling to the Arctic circle to drill
October 12th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Global warming and climate change get a lot of attention -- well, not in the mainstream media, but among niche media outlets like CleanTechnica. However, whether in the mainstream media or in niche publications, some of the big challenges of a quickly changing climate are not often highlighted, and I'm quite confident that most people haven't considered them at all
September 30th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told the BBC that if a war was to break out between Iran and Saudi Arabia, oil prices could rise up to "unimaginably high numbers." He says this is possible if the world doesn't try to deter Iran, and that more escalation will threaten the world's interests. "Oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven't seen in our lifetimes."
September 14th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
As Hurricane Florence surges ashore in the Carolinas, it's worth casting our minds back a dozen years to An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore and his documentary crew attempted to mobilize the world around the imminent and pressing challenge of global warming then and since. His messages included the threat of increased severity and frequency of Atlantic hurricanes, something which is looking more and more prescient over the past few years of unusual storms
May 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
20th century thinking misses why electric cars are patriotic bulldogs of any country they are sold in
January 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
Osama bin Laden must be laughing in his grave, as the saying goes
August 25th, 2016 | by Chris Dragon
It’s 5:43 am and I can’t sleep. The fire is mounting another assault. On August 7th, rumor has it that [&hellip
August 23rd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan
Global warming and climate change get a lot of attention — well, not in the mainstream media, but among niche [&hellip
March 3rd, 2015 | by Sandy Dechert
For the first time, research has conclusively demonstrated the link between climate change and human conflict. Colin P. Kelley, now [&hellip
February 17th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor
Originally published on Energy Post. By Vincenzo Bove and Petros Sekeris Politicians usually claim they wage war for “idealistic” reasons. [&hellip
April 8th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan
From Le Grist (yes, I took it upon myself to change their name): Discussions of how to respond to climate [&hellip
October 24th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor
This is an awesome guest post from yet another one of our awesome readers, Rich Loomis. Rich offered the data [&hellip
September 4th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer
Are we getting more cranky and fractious as the planet heats up? It certainly seems so. The US is only warmer by just a few degrees on average over the last 30 years, and yet the culture seems to have become a lot angrier than thirty years ago. But that's just one person's subjective sense of what's happening.
To see if there is a connection between rising temperatures and rising bellicosity, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Columbia University's Earth Institute counted tropical conflicts and compared the timing to the El Niño warming cycles.
Coauthor Mark Cane, a climate scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was among the earliest to predict the rhythm of El Niño/El Niña cycles, in the 1980s. That discovery is now used by organizations around the world to plan agriculture and relief services.
The higher temperatures during El Niño years double the risk of civil wars across 90 affected tropical countries, the authors found.
July 11th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Some more clean (& dirty) tech policy and politics stories from the last week
February 10th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan
Two GREAT videos I just saw this week nail some of the major problems with coal and oil (other than [&hellip