Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change

Poll shows a big leap from two years ago

By Evan Lehmann, ClimateWire on April 27, 2016, reposted fr0m Scientific American.

The number of conservative voters who believe in climate change has almost doubled in the past two years, according to a new poll that attributes the rise in part to a lessening hostility toward the issue by Republican leaders.

Forty-seven percent of conservatives now say the climate is changing, a leap of 19 points since the midterm elections of 2014, according to the survey released yesterday by Yale and George Mason universities. The poll did not ask respondents whether climate change is caused by people.

The jump accounts for the single biggest change among all voting groups, and it could symbolize a softening among conservatives on an issue that has sharply divided the political parties, according to Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

A number of things might have affected people’s attitudes, including Pope Francis’ encyclical calling for climate action, a record-warm winter and media coverage around the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the report.

Leiserowitz also attributes the rise in conservative belief to a reduction of attacks against climate science and policy in Congress and on the campaign trail.

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Article: Martin MacInnes, Farm

I had not seen the family in twenty-one years, since my grandfather’s funeral here at the over-full cemetery just above the waterline, gravestones beaten and inscriptions weathered to illegibility.…

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The Politics of Science Fiction: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Rise of Solarpunk

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Video post.  Via Synthetic Zero.

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Adaptation: In Progress

Thanks to Bill Jordan at Environmental Prospect for inspiration (see here) and also to the  Q Brothers!


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” (II,i: 81-117)


The man has some kind of fever
It must be spring
But you have no reason
To cause such discord
Because of your petty jealousies

Women make the world
Men exploit it
And now we all choke
On diesel fumes
And toxic waste

Monsoon rains flood the streets
Poisoning rivers above and under ground
While in other parts
The land is so dry
It breaks the plow

What happened to works and days?
What happened to festive nights?
We used to sing in the streets
Now we barricade our doors
Against our neighbors

Grandmother moon
Who once lit our dreams
Grows pale and turns her face
Throws up her hands
And a tide of fear and pestilence

The seasons loose their mind
In this climate
Roses freeze in full bloom
Crocus buds speak out of turn
Mocking order

The stunned world watches
Waters rise
Against all and none
Because we just can’t get along
The parents and the origin of this disease

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How Climate Change and Failed Agricultural Policies have Contributed to Conflict in Syria

The conflict in Syria and the rise of Isis have displaced half a nation of people and generated the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. Some 8.7 million people are now suffering food insecurity, and the country’s agricultural infra

Source: How Climate Change and Failed Agricultural Policies have Contributed to Conflict in Syria

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