Sign the Live Earth Pledge (Al Gore implores you!)

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Seriously. He sent me an email and everything.

Anyway. Click here to sign the pledge.

1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;

2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”

3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;

4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;

5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;

6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.



Center for Biological Diversity: Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Via the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support Protection for Penguins Threatened by Global Warming

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it’s officially considering protecting 10 of the 12 penguin species we petitioned to protect under the Endangered Species Act. The penguins are threatened with extinction due to global warming, industrial fisheries, and other threats.

The Service’s “positive finding” begins a 60-day public comment period on whether the penguins should advance to the next stage in the Endangered Species Act listing process, with a formal proposal to list them as threatened or endangered. Please submit your own comment today in support of protecting these magnificent birds!



All that "global" "warming" "hype"

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

If Home Depot is serious about protecting the environment, they must stop advertising on Fox — a network that consistently spreads misinformation about and denies the existence of global warming….

Sign the petition here.




DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jul 2, 2007 8:33 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and Chicago Tribune recommend veggie diets for planet and health — 7/1/07

Two huge papers — the New York Times and Chicago Tribune — gave veggie diets ringing endorsements on Sunday, July 1. Other, Monday July 2 papers have calls for animal welfare standards, which I will look at in a separate alert.

The Sunday, July 1 New York Times carried an article, by Alex Williams, on the cover of the Sunday Styles Section (section 9) headed “Buying Into the Green Movement.” The point of the article is to “question the notion that we can avert global warming by buying so-called earth-friendly products, from clothing and cars to homes and vacations, when the cumulative effect of our consumption remains enormous and hazardous.” It quotes an author who says that “Green consumerism is an oxymoronic phrase” and discusses how the news media have been responsible for “turning environmentalism into fashion and distracting from serious issues.” That article is on line at

Of most interest to those of us particularly concerned with animal issues, is a small related section, on page 9, headed, “Tread Lightly, Fly Directly.” It recommends ways to reduce your carbon footprint, taking “a few suggestions from among 77 offered by ‘The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook’ by David de Rothschild, the official companion book to the Live Earth concerts.”

The number one suggestion offered in the New York Times summary is:

“Whenever possible, replace meat with soy or other vegetable protein in your diet. It takes eight times as much energy to produce a pound of meat as it does a pound of tofu.”

(Let’s hope Al Gore read the New York Times this Sunday.)

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The Sierra Club: 2 Global Warming Actions

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Rather than posting a Table of Contents for each week’s Sierra Club Currents, methinks I’ll just start excerpting choice action alerts, since that’s all I care about anywho. Plus, some of their recent “news items” have been decidedly speciesist.

So, here they are – two global warming-related alerts from the latest ed. of Club Currents. If you’d like to read this week’s issue, go here.

Take Action: Senate — Call for a Stronger Energy Bill!

In two weeks, the Senate will vote on broad global warming and energy legislation. This is an opportunity to move the country in a new direction — one that curbs global warming, cuts our dependence on oil, and creates a new clean energy economy.

Unfortunately, the proposed legislation fails the test. We need urgent and meaningful action including a national Renewable Energy Standard, guaranteed fuel economy improvements, and strong energy efficiency programs — not business as usual.

Use our Action Center to call your Senators and tell them that America needs a stronger energy policy!

Take Action: House — Make Sure Bills Fight Global Warming!

The House of Representatives will also have the opportunity later this summer to vote on important energy legislation that helps curb global warming and America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Energy legislation passed by the House must reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities and vehicles: These steps are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 — or two percent a year — the level scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

Please take the time to ask your Representative to support crucial provisions to boost renewable energy production and raise fuel economy standards–that America needs clean energy that will create jobs, save consumers money, and curb global warming.



Greenpeace: Global Warming SOS

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Via Greenpeace:

Global Warming SOS

The latest news about the impacts of global warming is out, and scientists’ predictions include everything from mass extinctions to food and water shortages. And the impacts are already being felt around the world. So in light of all of this dire news, it’s time for Congress to take action. And surprise, surprise, some of them actually are!

After years of inaction by the Bush Administration, Congress has finally taken matters into their own hands with a science-based, long-term solution to global warming. Help build support for critical action on global warming, contact your representative today. We owe it to ourselves, future generations, and to the planet to stop global warming now, before it’s too late.

Take Action >> Tell Congress to pass the Safe Climate Act.



DawnWatch: UK govt agency says Go vegan to help climate — 30 May, 2007

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: May 30, 2007 2:47 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: UK govt agency says Go vegan to help climate — 30 May, 2007

Groundbreaking news from the UK! The Daily Telegraph, 30 May, 2007, includes an article by Charles Clover headed, “Go vegan to help climate, says Government agency.” (p7)

It opens:

“It would help tackle the problem of climate change if people ate less meat, according to a Government agency.

“A leaked email to a vegetarian campaign group from an Environment Agency official expresses sympathy with the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, which bans dairy products and fish.

“The agency also says the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering recommending eating less meat as one of the ‘key environmental behaviour changes” needed to save the planet.

“It says that this change would have to be introduced ‘gently’ because of ‘the risk of alienating the public’.

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RAN: Tell the AAM to stop blocking global warming legislation!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Via the Rainforest Action Network:

Tell the AAM to stop blocking global warming legislation!

Right now, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is pouring millions of dollars into trying to block groundbreaking global warming legislation by suing states like California, Vermont and Rhode Island.

At a hearing in Sacramento this Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will decide whether to allow California’s groundbreaking legislation to proceed – a decision that will have consequences for all states seeking to enact similar laws.

This week, we need as many people as possible to write AAM President Dave McCurdy and let him know that thousands upon thousands of car owners and potential car buyers want the AAM to stop sinking money into fighting regulation and start investing in real solutions to global warming. Fill out the form [here] to write the AAM now!



NWF: Check Your Senators First Global Warming Vote!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Via the National Wildlife Fund:

Check Your Senators First Global Warming Vote!

The U.S. Senate voted May 15, 2007 against Amendment No. 1094 to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The amendment–offered by Senators Kerry, Feingold, Collins, Sanders, Carper, Biden, Reed and Whitehouse–triggered the first global warming vote in the Senate this year and would have directed the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure it considers the impacts of global warming when it designs levees and other projects.

The good news is a majority of the Senate voted for the amendment, 51-42. Unfortunately the amendment required 60 votes to pass, so despite the majority support, it was defeated.

Find out how your senators voted below and send a quick message with your thanks or disappointment.



Environmental Defense: Tell the EPA to Fight Global Warming

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Via Environmental Defense:

Tell the EPA to Fight Global Warming

The Environmental Protection Agency is standing in the way of states trying to take their own actions to fight global warming.

At the healm of statewide efforts to fight global warming is California who has submitted a waiver to the EPA to regulate car emissions across the sunshine state. But, the EPA has yet to grant California the waiver and is thus preventing historic state actions to reduce greenhouse gases.

Take action! Tell EPA Administrator Johnson to grant California’s waiver and pave the way for statewide global warming actions across the country.



Ecological Internet: Call for Fast Tracking of New Strengthened post-Kyoto Agreement

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Via Ecological Internet / Climate Ark:

Call for Fast Tracking of New Strengthened post-Kyoto Agreement

More than 1,000 government delegates are now meeting in Bonn to try to break gridlock in international climate change negotiations amid widening public concern and widely evident global warming impacts. This is the first time government climate delegations have met since the U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a spate of reports this year, drawing on the studies of some 2,500 scientists, which predict grim consequences of global warming if swift action is not taken. These climate change policy-makers must be challenged to develop a strengthened Kyoto regime as soon as possible that transitions the world to low carbon societies. […]

With the strengthened science, evident climate impacts now, and the rapidity of their advancement; negotiations must commence immediately, or at the latest in Bali in December, for a strengthened and expanded Kyoto system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This can not wait until 2012 when the present Kyoto protocol expires. As was done to successfully address the ozone hole under the Montreal Protocol, timetables must be advanced and mandatory participation in emission cuts expanded if the world is not to burn.

Click here to read more and take action.



Media Matters: Global Warming – CNN has crossed the line…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Via Media Matters:

Global Warming – CNN has crossed the line…

On May 2, CNN Headline News aired the special Exposed: The Climate of Fear. The program was hosted by Glenn Beck, whose long history of factual distortions on global warming has been well documented by Media Matters. (Read more about the special.)

Use the following contact information to tell CNN that this issue is too important to get the facts wrong and mislead the American people.

One CNN Center
Box 105366
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1906

Read more…

Beck’s global warming special dominated by industry-funded “experts,” serial misinformers

CNN’s Beck: A Climate of Smear

CNN host channeled Beck on global warming: “[T]he cause and how we can help is something that is up for debate”



LCV: Tell your Senators to co-sponsor the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming bill!

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/8/07:

See also: Urge Your Senators to Stop Global Warming! from Ms. Magazine (who, not-so-coincidentally, has a special Global Warming issue on the stands right. now. Green feminism – that’s the stuff.)


Via the League of Conservation Voters:

Tell your Senators to co-sponsor the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming bill!

As you know, LCV has been at the forefront of efforts to demand that our leaders come up with real solutions to solve the most critical environmental problem we face – global warming.

Last night at our annual DC dinner with over 500 leading environmental activists, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Environment Committee, challenged us to step up to an even larger leadership role.

Senators Boxer and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced legislation that would halt global warming – The Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act.

The Sanders-Boxer bill (S. 309) is a comprehensive plan for cutting global warming pollution, which is why it has been endorsed by some of the country’s top environmental and public health organizations, including LCV. If passed, the bill would:

* Gradually reduce U.S. emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050;
* Call for greater reliance on clean, renewable energy sources;
* Establish a “cap and trade” program to help businesses meet pollution reduction goals without suffering economic losses; and
* Promote energy efficiency and reduce emissions from cars.

Every day, more and more people are realizing that global warming cannot be ignored, and that finding a solution will be the defining moment of our time. But the wake-up call needs to be persistent, and it needs to be heard by lawmakers who have the power to pass global warming legislation now.

Click here to ask your Senators to support this important legislation.



UCS: Urge ExxonMobil to Take the Next Step

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Via the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Urge ExxonMobil to Take the Next Step

For years, ExxonMobil has been undermining science and casting doubt on the facts about global warming—just like the tobacco industry tried to mislead the public about the dangers of smoking.

Earlier this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report documenting how ExxonMobil funneled millions of dollars to climate contrarian groups and worked to delay meaningful action on global warming.

Our report received widespread media coverage, prompted Congress to hold a hearing about ExxonMobil’s actions, and has generated new pressure on the corporation. Faced with public outrage, ExxonMobil launched a campaign aimed at softening its image and recently agreed to stop funding several of the 43 climate contrarian groups highlighted in the UCS report.

But this is not enough! By withholding funding from just a handful of groups and continuing to support the rest, ExxonMobil is simply trying to improve its image while it continues to deceive the public and undermine legislation to reduce global warming pollution.

Send the letter [here] to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and VP of Public Affairs Ken Cohen urging them to take real action to address global warming.



Audubon: Tell Congress to Act on Global Warming NOW!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Via Audubon:

Tell Congress to Act on Global Warming NOW!

Scientists say that we need to take action on global warming within 10 years or we will reach a tipping point when it will be too late to prevent the worst effects of global warming pollution: rising sea levels, an increase in intensity and length of extreme weather events, the proliferation of infectious diseases, and massive extinctions. Carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gases linger in the atmosphere for decades or centuries, meaning that additional pollution will create an almost irreversible warming effect for centuries to come.

We still have time to turn around the global warming crisis.

Write to your U.S. Senators and Representative today and tell them to take action on global warming now.


Tagged: Fight Global Warming for Earth Day 2007

Monday, April 9th, 2007


Fight Global Warming for Earth Day 2007

There’s no time to waste! Unless we address global warming now, it could cause devastating coastal flooding severe wildfires, droughts, and could kill off 50% of Earth’s species.

But two new groundbreaking bills, the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (S. 309) and the Waxman Safe Climate Act (HR. 1590) would fight global warming by reducing emissions and promoting energy efficiency through the use of clean, renewable energy sources.

[Please] urge your members of Congress to support these crucial bills and help stop global warming in its tracks.



UCS: Tell the Wall Street Seven to Stop Financing Global Warming!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Via the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Tell the Wall Street Seven to Stop Financing Global Warming!

Across the United States, utilities are proposing the construction of more than 150 coal-fired power plants. Construction of these plants would increase U.S. global warming pollution by 25 percent, making it virtually impossible for the United States to bring emissions down to levels scientists say are needed to avert the grave threats posed by global warming. The Wall Street Seven, a group of banks including JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley, are the major funders for the new plants.

Please send a letter calling on these banks to end their support for proposed coal plants and to help finance clean, renewable energy instead.



I guess you could always throw it out with the bathwater…

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Photo via Steve Rhodes

“The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says, ‘You need to intervene here,’ you don’t say, ‘Well, I read a science fiction novel that tells me it’s not a problem.’ If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame-retardant. You take action. The planet has a fever.”

– Former Veep Al Gore, Urg[ing] Congress to Take Action on Climate Change



DawnWatch: Glenn Beck follow-up — strong piece on meat and global warming 3/15/07

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Note: the previous alert re: Glenn Beck is available here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Mar 16, 2007 7:09 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Glenn Beck follow-up — strong piece on meat and global warming 3/15/07

Yesterday, Thursday March 15, Glenn Beck again covered meat eating and global warming on his Real Story, inviting PETA’s Matt Prescott on for a follow-up. I send a huge thank you to all who thanked Beck for the first round. Viewer enthusiasm encourages follow-ups. The second segment on the issue was remarkable, offering information we rarely hear on TV.

Glenn Beck, who I would describe as a libertarian with conservative leanings, is a somewhat controversial figure. And many people find his glib manner off-putting. I received a couple of emails from people sorry to see DawnWatch mention him. That saddens me as the last thing I wish is for DawnWatch to offend anybody. The whole point of DawnWatch is to help spread a message of compassion as widely as possible. But DawnWatch is strictly non partisan. When Pat Buchanan put “Torture on the Farm,” about factory farming, on the cover of his magazine, I urged people to send appreciative letters. We are still waiting for a factory farming cover story from liberal bastions such as Mother Jones or The Nation, but when we see one, I will do what I can to encourage support. The animals desperately need attention from the full political and societal spectrum — they cannot afford to be aligned with only one area. I therefore do my best to make sure that DawnWatch does not appear to have any such alignments.

You can watch Glenn Beck’s Thursday, March 15, segment on meat eating and global warming on line here.

The transcript is on line here and I will paste the relevant portion below.

In it, Beck says how much he loves the taste of chicken and other animals, but he gives Prescott loads of space to discuss in detail the cruelty and the disastrous environmental impact of the modern meat industry. I hope many of you will send thanks in order to encourage similar guests in the future. Feedback makes a huge difference. Glenn Beck take comments at me [at] and says that he reads all of them, though he cannot reply to each.

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DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

Monday, March 12th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Mar 11, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Glenn Beck and Atlantic Monthly cover meat and global warming 3/8/07

Late last year the UN released a report about the contribution of livestock to global warming. Whereas Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, didn’t even acknowledge the impact of livestock, most press that does acknowledge it doesn’t dare suggest that changing our eating habits would be a good way to affect global warning. The coverage in the March 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine is fairy typical. The article reports:

“The Bovine Menace

“Forget SUVs and tractor-trailers—the world’s livestock play a larger role in global warming than all of our planes, trains, and automobiles combined, according to a report from the Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD), an organization that promotes “ecologically sustainable livestock production systems.” Between the deforestation that’s necessary to create grazing lands, the fossil fuels required to manufacture fertilizer for the crops that feed the world’s growing livestock population, and the gases released by animal manure (and yes, animal flatulence as well), livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. The good news: There are ways to reduce these emissions, including more efficient feed production, improved soil conservation, and a better diet for all those gassy cows. Given that the global production of meat and milk is on track to double by 2050, livestock’s current environmental impact would need to be cut
in half just to stay within the present level of damage to the global ecosystem.

—“Livestock’s Long Shadow,” Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative, H. Steinfeld et al.”

The article is on line at and the Atlantic Monthly takes letters at

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