August 1, 2013 |
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt didn't waste time Tuesday night before taking a jab at his key Democratic rival. "Hi, my name is Rush Holt and I'm a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but enough about Cory Booker," the Democratic congressman said before a filled auditorium of more than 200 people at Mercer County Community College, at a town hall dubbed "Geek Out Live. " While Holt started by jabbing, he spent nearly two hours focusing on his effort to inject his ideals into the Senate.
July 29, 2013 |
One in a series of occasional articles about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. Even though she'd been walking in the woods for only a few minutes, Jen McIntyre was in distress. Tears were running down her cheeks. She couldn't breathe through her nose. "I feel like this is our new reality," McIntyre said recently of the allergies that have begun to plague her. McIntyre, 43, of Mount Airy, never had allergies, aside from reactions to the odd dog or horse.
July 9, 2013
By Kevin Shivers President Obama's recently announced climate-change agenda calls for stiff new limits on carbon emissions at coal-fired plants. That will hit Pennsylvania hard. A 2012 study by the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance found that 14,500 Pennsylvania jobs depend on coal, which contributes $7.5 billion to our state economy. Coal has actually reduced emissions 70 percent since the 1970s, and the cost of new regulations could devastate an already struggling industry. The climate-change proposal will also affect our state's small farms, restaurants, manufacturers, and even commercial offices, which will be deemed "stationary sources" of pollution.
July 9, 2013 |
The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a "29-year-old hacker" revealed his nation's spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change. Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans' concerns (last of 21 - Pew poll). Which means that Obama's declaration of unilateral American war on global warming, whatever the cost - and it will be heavy - is either highly visionary or hopelessly solipsistic.
July 8, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - There's a dangerous but basic equation behind the killer Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer: More heat, more drought, more fuel, and more people in the way are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires. Scientists say a hotter planet will only increase the risk. More than two dozen wildland fires are burning from Alaska to New Mexico, fueled by triple-digit temperatures and arid conditions. In the Arizona mountain town of Yarnell, a blaze apparently sparked by lightning killed 19 members of an elite firefighting squad who had deployed their emergency shelters a week ago when erratic monsoon winds sent flames racing in their direction.
July 7, 2013
Charting right course on climate President Obama's plan to set standards for coal-fired power plants is what Pennsylvania needs to reduce the most challenging changes expected due to increasing greenhouse gases. Expert studies predict the state will experience 100-degree-plus temperatures on 24 days a year by mid-century, up from just two now. With higher temperatures, we'll experience worse air pollution, pollen, and insect problems. Asthma among children, already high in Philadelphia, is likely to rise with the temperatures.
July 5, 2013
IN HIS SECOND inaugural address, President Obama vowed to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. " Months later, he is making good on the promise. Recognizing that effective climate policy will not pass in a gridlocked Congress, the president outlined his own plan last week that calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Carbon pollution is not subject to federal regulation, despite being the main driver of human-induced climate change.
July 1, 2013 |
A dozen or so people were climbing stairs and shuffling through corridors in the abandoned apartment house on Lancaster Avenue, but the atmosphere in Hawthorne Hall felt more like that of a cathedral. For years, the building housed a theater used by fraternal organizations such as the Knights of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. But for the last month, it has played host to an enormous, multi-room indoor art installation made of found objects - all part of the Hidden City Festival, which has curated installations at nine other abandoned or underused sites around the city.
June 28, 2013 |
President Obama's new initiative to combat climate change could help New Jersey achieve its aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even as some of the state's programs to deal with the problem have been curtailed in recent years, according to environmentalists. In a major policy announcement Tuesday, the president outlined steps to require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, to curb greenhouse gas emissions from heavy trucks, and to develop more energy-efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday delivered his most forceful push for action on global warming, declaring that his administration would impose tighter pollution controls on coal- and gas-fired utilities and establish strict conditions for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Obama also announced that the government would take climate change into consideration in its everyday operations. The shift could affect decisions on a range of issues, including bridge heights, flood insurance rates, and how the military gets electricity overseas.