Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the host of Earthbeat Radio. IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 3:24pm
Why the World Bank Must Divest from Fossil Fuels
The World Bank’s latest report on climate change, “ Turn Down the Heat ,” warns that the planet is on track for a four-degree Celsius temperature rise by 2100. Like many scientists, the bank fears that such an increase would be incompatible with civilization as we know it.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 10:13am
On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of a Good Storm to an Energy Revolution
There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline high of a good storm. It’s like a good horror film: And this “Frankenstorm,” coming right on Halloween, is giving us the best of the worst of storms. As the waters rise, the weathercasters feed our high, red circles and arrows signaling danger.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 7:37am
The Six Stages of Climate Grief
Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?
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Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 9:09am
How Did Coal-Rich India End Up With Power Blackouts?
“If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it, then you are allowed to steal some,” said Shivpal Singh Yadav, a minister for public works for India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). “But don’t be a bandit.” Caught on camera, Yadav’s words were replayed in newscasts across India on August 9, 2012, nine days after a power failure left half of India’s population—one-tenth of the planet’s people—without power. Among the Indian states that suffered the blackout, twice, was Yadav’s home state of UP.
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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 8:07am
A Perfect and Hot Storm
I was driving toward my home in the foothills of the Shenandoah mountains when the wind really started to worry me. It was blowing debris horizontally across Interstate 66 with gusts that were flying at over 80 miles an hour. Then lightning began forking all around. The night sky was ablaze. Large trees sprawled across several lanes of traffic.
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Monday, February 6, 2012 - 8:10am
Fracking Perils: A Dangerous Misstep on the Road to U.S. Energy Independence
Folks, I've got some good news and some bad news about the nation's ever-elusive quest for a sound energy policy. The good news: Finally there's some under-the-radar bipartisan consensus in Washington. The bad news: Both parties are dead wrong.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:53am
Measuring Progress: A Better Alternative to the GNP
Tent cities and shacks sprung up on empty lots across the country. Food lines at soup kitchens wrapped around city blocks. Unemployment soared to 25 percent. Farmers watched helplessly as crop prices plummeted, then lost their land. The evidence was clear, yet at the height of the Great Depression, Congress lacked the tools to accurately measure just how the economy as a whole was faring. With no commonly accepted national income data, they had no guideposts upon which to base sound economic policy.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 9:32am
A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline
Children have a way of speaking to our hearts.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:09am
Obama, Earthquake Is a Wakeup Call on Dirty Energy Standards
A 5.9 earthquake — the strongest in over 100 years to strike the East Coast — forced the evacuation of personnel from the White House and U.S. Treasury. Some protesters outside the White House joked that Mother Nature was just trying to jolt President Obama awake to take action on climate change and stop relying on dirty energy. Too bad Obama was vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and couldn’t have heard the joke first-hand.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:22am
Obama's Dirty Energy Fixation
Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Like Japan, Chile is seismically active. It suffered the sixth-most powerful earthquake--8.8--ever recorded on a seismograph only last year. The irony of peddling nukes in an earthquake zone after a devastating nuclear accident was apparently lost on Obama.
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