A loophole signed into law during the Bush administration has been fiendishly tough to close.
- In 2005, then-Vice President Dick Cheney was head of the Energy Task Force. This task force provided recommendations that informed the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
- One such recommendation that was later signed into law was to provide an exemption for hydraulic fracturing fluid (or fracking fluid) from being regulated by the EPA.
- Cheney previously served as CEO of Halliburton, which just so happens to be the world's largest provider of fracking services.
The war machine needs fuel, perhaps so much as to make protecting oil redundant.
- A new study shows how the United States' Military is the largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world.
- These emissions come from both combat and non-combat operations.
- The use of some of the fossil fuels the military burns to protect the supply of oil creates an interesting paradox.
While there's plenty to be worried about, it's important to remember that we're making progress, too.
- If we do nothing, global temperatures could rise as high as 10 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
- Fortunately, humanity is hard at work at keeping temperature increases below the 2 degrees Celsius mark.
- These 7 projects are just a snapshot of what humanity is collectively doing to fight back and beat climate change.
Climate change is a dire threat, perhaps it is time to put the people who created and denied the problem on trial?
- A new essay published in Jacobin argues that the time has come to try the executives of oil companies for crimes against humanity as a result of their actions promoting climate change.
- There is a legal precedent, as the heads of several German companies were tried for such crimes after WWII.
- Even if it never comes to pass, discussing the idea could give us a sense of what steps to make the world a greener place are possible.
South Africa is no longer the only place on the continent that has urban wealth clusters
- The wealth of Africans is projected to grow by a third over the next decade
- The continent's wealth is agglomerating in a number of urban clusters, in the south, east and west
- Wealth is collected in a few other places - isolated capitals and mini-clusters stretching from Morocco down to Angola