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January 21, 2011

This Week's Blogosphere Soup

A quick review of this past week's happenings in the blog world

It was a short week, but a lot happened. Here's a rundown of blogs and articles I tripped over:

-- The Atlantic's Joshua Green, who writes frequently on climate change and energy, doesn't like the current climate on this issue.

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced that 2010 had registered as the hottest year on record. Nothing new here: nine of the last 10 years have been among the warmest ever. The news highlighted one of Washington's biggest failures over the last two years: its inability to advance climate legislation. It was also a grim reminder that things could get worse. Some crucial policy areas have always been neglected and some initiatives stalled. But rarely has a first-order concern like the nation's climate and energy policy actually regressed -- and so dramatically as we've seen since the last presidential election.
-- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu writes in HuffPost that strong U.S.-China relations equals good news for the planet.

-- Is this type of headline shocking anymore? "Opponents to Fracking Disclosure Take Big Money From Energy Industry."

-- Advice for expecting parents who'd rather reuse old baby stuff than buy new baby stuff.

-- Immigrants and cyclists in L.A.

-- Speaking of cyclists, here are some useful tips on making a shopping trip by bicycle ... with piles of snow on the ground. And the blogger uses the word "smushed." Read it here. And here's a perspective from Michigan on snow and bikes. The Sierra Club's bike page is a great resource no matter where you live.

-- And lastly, I initially thought Starbucks' new size the "Trenta" -- it's like an XXL equivalent for espresso drinkers -- was some sort of joke on The Onion. But I stand corrected. The volume of a Trenta exceeds a typical human stomach. I fear Wall-E wasn't so far off.

Have a happy and healthy weekend!

-- Brian Foley


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