24 Aug '11, 6pm

Public opinion on climate just tipped:

One of the hallmarks of tipping points is that you don't know when you're in one. There's growing agreement that peak oil, for example, happened between 2004 and 2008. Still, you're never sure about such inflection points until well after the fact. This week, though, sure feels like the tipping point on public opinion on climate, and so I'm going to stick a fork in it right here, folks. Climate opinion just tipped. Why do I say that? In the last week: Australia, with huge coal reserves -- but rapidly passing the Arctic as ground zero for climate impacts with epic fires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, and dust storms -- passed a carbon credit law , with a tax coming up next. Canada rolled out regulations that will likely phase out coal by mid-century. Michael Mann's "hockey stick" research was once and for all vindicated . Prominant Republicans like Jon Hunstman and Chris Ch...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-08-23-public-opi...

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