April 17, 2014 |
For Horsham sculptor Paula Winokur, a defining moment came when she was in a small boat in Alaska, viewing a glacier. Suddenly, the whole front of it calved off. "It was an overwhelming experience," she later recalled. For Philadelphia sculptor and furniture maker Peter Handler, an altered planet was more of a gradual realization. And when the recession brought about a slowing of commissions for his custom furniture, a friend suggested it was an opportunity to pursue what he wanted.
April 10, 2014 |
'Dear Sophie . . . " The man who is arguably the nation's best-known climate-change scientist was writing to his granddaughter. The letter was about monarch butterflies and a bullfrog, to be followed by others sounding environmental themes. James E. Hansen - "Bopa" to Sophie - wanted to teach her "how science works, how we investigate cause and effect," he said recently. Explaining it to her - in letters he plans to turn into a book called Sophie's Planet - "will help me put the climate story in a language that a broader audience can understand.
April 6, 2014
Young, healthy, and overtaxed In suggesting that signing up more young healthy adults for Obamacare "will no doubt be an easier sales job once tax penalties tallying in the hundreds take hold," The Inquirer looks forward to a time when people who want to live their lives as they see fit for themselves are increasingly taxed to where they can no longer afford it ("Reform's rocky, promising start," April 2). Scary. Humorous stories of Internal Revenue Service revenuers chasing hillbilly moonshiners to tax them for their illegal hooch are history, but new ones about them chasing hermits to tax them for doing nothing might seem equally funny to Inquirer editors - but not laughed at by freedom-loving Americans.
March 30, 2014 |
As 8:30 p.m. Saturday rolls into local time zones around the globe, iconic buildings and cultural sites, from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower and the Parthenon, will go dark. For one hour - Earth Hour, as the event has been dubbed by its founder, the World Wildlife Fund - nonessential lighting will be turned off to draw attention to the threat of climate change, and to encourage action. In Philadelphia, the light strip across the Peco building will be turned off, said spokesman Ben Armstrong - right after the lights tout the company's Smart Ideas energy efficiency program.
February 20, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, an astrophysicist and liberal Democrat now serving his eighth term in Congress, announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection in November. He becomes the third member of New Jersey's congressional delegation to say he would either resign or retire from office by the end of 2014, joining U.S. Reps. Robert E. Andrews, a Democrat, and Jon Runyan, a Republican, both of South Jersey. On the other side of the Delaware, Republican Jim Gerlach of Chester County also is retiring.
February 17, 2014 |
After last week's megastorm that solidified the legacy of the winter of 2013-14, one meteorologist confidently pronounced: "The back of winter is broken. " If that, indeed, is the case, those who have been shoveling the thousands of pounds of this stuff or have spent days without heat or lights likely would agree that winter is getting precisely what it deserves. "It's been a long, cold winter," said Bruce Terry, senior forecaster at the government's National Weather Center, in College Park, Md. "If you like snow, it's a bonanza.
February 12, 2014 |
In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors. In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.
February 4, 2014
With major international corporations like Coca-Cola and Nike finally acknowledging that global warming is bad for business, efforts to curb the causes of climate change are getting some needed allies. Companies that rely on clean water and predictable weather are welcome participants in this important conversation. It is in their best interests, and everyone else's on Earth, to address global warming. For far too long, some fossil-fuel barons have tried to shout down anyone linking climate change to the economy, as they either insisted that there is no such thing as global warming or claimed that mandatory efforts to cut greenhouse gases would raise consumer prices.