Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

Arab Revolts & the Climate Connection

Over at Climate Central, I discuss this¬†recent essay that argues climate change has “played a necessary role” in the uprisings sweeping through the Arab world since January.

The Upside to Global Warming

A climate blogger goes down the yellow brick road: The Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has resigned, finally relenting to weeks of massive protests. Is he the latest casualty of climate change? I think I see an upside that everyone else is missing. If more oppressed populaces, inspired by the Egyptians (who were inspired by the…Continue Reading…

Cramming for a Column

Roger Pielke Jr. notes Paul Krugman’s recent learning curve on Egypt. As I pointed out, it helps if you have the right tutor.

About That Trigger

As the saying goes, third time is the charm: Expert consensus grows on contribution of record high food prices to Middle East unrest I have to say, the “status quo” media does come in handy some times. For example, one day “Scientific American jumps the shark,” and another day they are cited prominently in a…Continue Reading…

The Egyptian Inkblot

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt continue to be a fascinating ink blot. Peak oil is now another instigator being thrown into the volatile mix. (It’s not clear to me if declining oil reserves would count as as trigger or underlying cause.) As Andrew Revkin noted earlier this week, “everyone with an agenda seems to…Continue Reading…

At the Barricades

The big news and the big picture is captured by Anthony Shadid in his NYT dispatch, starting with this pitch perfect opening line: The future of the Arab world, perched between revolt and the contempt of a crumbling order, was fought for in the streets of downtown Cairo on Wednesday. His piece goes on to…Continue Reading…

The Revolution Will Not be Deferred

It’s not exactly Dewey Defeats Truman, but you can file this headline in the Never Mind department.

Romm Doubles Down on Egypt/Climate Link

I have a few questions for Joe Romm. 1) When you discuss the 2007-2008

Tunisia and Egypt: Some Common Denominators

As I offhandedly mentioned yesterday, my biggest problem with the claim that global warming is a contributing factor to Egypt’s uprising isn’t that it’s parasitically opportunistic.¬† It’s that it undermines serious, legitimate debate on the linkages between climate change, demographics, environmental degradation, poverty, and sociopolitical factors, such as built-up frustration over government repression. And that…Continue Reading…

Locusts & Frogs

Those who are straining mightily to make a causal connection between Egypt’s revolt and climate change will appreciate Steve Colbert’s intro here: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Intro – 1/31/11 Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive And here’s the highlight of the show. Dead on…Continue Reading…