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If you’ve been following GMM, you know my house burnt down a few weeks ago in the endless series of California wildfires.  See our posts,  California Burning 4.0  and Living Like A Climate Refugee. Jack Makes Its After finally getting back on the property for the first time several days later, this was the only thing I could recognize, a Jack-o-lantern my oldest daughter carved from clay and fired back in her first-grade class.   She is getting her Master’s in December. Hey, it’s only...

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Will There Be a Second Dust Bowl? And What Happened to the Topsoil From the First One?

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself –Franklin Delano Roosevelt By Lambert Strether of Corrente Will the Great Plains once again looks like they’re part of a world imagined by dystopian futurist Simon Stålenhag? Let’s hope not. Unfortunately, this picture (taken at John Martin State Park in Colorado) suggests otherwise: Of course, that’s just one photograph. In the “Dirty Thirties,” there were many photos like this one, taken in the Texas Panhandle under FDR’s Farm Security...

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With Bankruptcies Mounting, Faltering Oil and Gas Firms Are Leaving a Multi-billion Dollar Cleanup Bill to the Public

Yves here. This is extremely frustrating. I scheduled this post how the oil industry is dumping huge costs on citizens and it didn’t fire as set in the backstage. Apologies. By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in New York who a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Originally published at DeSmogBlog Amid a record wave of bankruptcies, the U.S. oil and gas industry is on the verge of defaulting on billions of dollars in...

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Rana Foroohar and Mark Blyth: How Deep Will the Depression Get?

Yves here. There’s a lot to like about this interview with Rana Foroohar and Mark Blyth, yet there are some odd sour notes. For instance, Blyth repeats what is essentially a Democratic party stereotype about Trump voters, that they are Rust Belt victims of manufacturing loss. As we have repeatedly stressed, the average household income of Trump voters was substantially higher than that of Clinton voters: $72,000 versus $61,000. We’ve linked repeatedly to the Washington Post article, It’s time...

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Top Law Firms Called Out for Serving Fossil Fuel Industry Clients in New Climate ‘Scorecard’

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1558 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, more original reporting. By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about...

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Oil Industry’s Shift to Plastics in Question as Report Warns $400 Billion in Stranded Assets Possible

By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety of other publications.Originally published at DeSmogBlog. Off Africa’s eastern coast, north of Madagascar, lies Aldabra Atoll, a cluster of coral islands that surround a tropical lagoon. Aldabra is a UN World Heritage Site that’s home to a stunning array of wildlife, including tens of thousands of...

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Brazil’s Pantanal Wetland is On Fire, Joining Other Places Where Wildfires Rage or Have Recently Burned Out of Control

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The West Coast apocalypse has crowded out much discussion of other wildfires. And as the southern hemisphere moves into its summer season, Australia is bracing itself that it doesn’t repeat last season’s armageddon. But many people are not aware that Brazil’s  Pantanal – the world’s largest wetland which is only one of the natural wonders of that...

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Topsoil Degradation, Soil Erosion, and Soil Governance (Global or Otherwise)

By Lambert Strether of Corrente I wish I could be doing a cheerful perambulation through soil taxonomies (again), but today I want to focus, at a high level, on two escalating problems with soil: The degradation of our (the world’s) topsoil, important because that’s where grow our food, at least so far; and the loss of soil as such, due to erosion (we just looked at the effects of erosion on river systems in considering sediment). The press seems to have addressed topsoil first, a couple of...

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How Charles Koch Is Buying Credibility With Academic Investments

Lambert here: Trust the science! Except when it’s bought and paid for, of course. By Tom Perrett, a researcher and contributor at DeSmogBlog. He has a long standing interest in environmentalism and political ecology, having undertaken a research project on degrowth for the Schumacher Institute. Originally published at DeSmogBlog. In 1996, Richard Fink, an executive at Koch Industries and a top advisor to Charles Koch, outlined a three-tiered strategy for getting the petrochemical...

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Climate Crisis and Population Growth Will Displace 1 Billion over Next 30 Years

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yesterday was one of those days that I learned far more from the commentariat in their comments on my post about climate change and the Oregon wildfire crisis than I conveyed in my text, More than 500,000 People in Oregon Flee Wildfires. A half a million people have been displaced so far by the wildfire crisis in Oregon alone. Now, one thing the...

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