New York Times Closes Its Environment Desk. Please, Nobody Laugh

 

This isn’t just serial. It’s super serial. Pravda is about to close down its Environment department, source of some of the most compelling and moving news stories of the last four years.

Among them:

Every time you take an unnecessary shower a baby polar bear dies.

No, it’s getting hotter. Really, it’s getting hotter. Dr James Hansen says so and he works at NASA.

Just because global warming stopped in 1997 doesn’t mean it’s not going to start again, no sirree – and when it does it will be worse, much, much worse.

Al Gore: why selling my environmental channel Current TV to oil-funded Jew-haters for $100 million was the morally right thing to do.

We shall miss you, New York Times environment desk. You saved us from ManBearPig!

Members have made 23 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Mike H Thatcher

    If I take a really long unnecessary shower, can I kill a full sized polar bear?

    Where do I pick it up so I can mount it in my home?

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    • January 12, 2013 at 2:38 am
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  2. Profile photo of Nanda Panjandrum

    Woo-Hoo! Not a moment too soon.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:01 am
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  3. Profile photo of Austin Murrey Member

    Another victory for those of us who hate “science”.

    The end of eco-fundimentalism will be the best thing for science since phrenology was excluded from serious discussion.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:11 am
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  4. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Admit it, James. You’re going to miss it. The comedian (though you are a lot more than a comedian) needs his straight man.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:13 am
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  5. Profile photo of Duane Oyen Member

    Andy Revkin actually mostly transitioned away from this a couple of years ago, seeing the handwriting on the wall, and being personally embarrassed by/offended at some of the East Anglia e-mails.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:16 am
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  6. Profile photo of Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    Surreal, super-surreal, indeed.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:30 am
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  7. Profile photo of EJHill Contributor

    Soap-on-a-rope.jpg.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:35 am
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  8. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    hahahahahaha!

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:56 am
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  9. Profile photo of Whiskey Sam Inactive

    Best news from the NYT in ages!

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    • January 12, 2013 at 4:08 am
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    James Delingpole Post author
    drlorentz: James, just saw FrackNation last night. You were great in it, though not as fiery as in your columns. Rather muted, I’d say. · 9 hours ago

    I suppose the bottom line is Dr Lorentz that with movies you have an allotted role and you stick to it. If I’d come across as fierier maybe it would have unbalanced it. Also, in real life, I’m really warm and lovely and cute. Just ask my mother. No, actually, don’t.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 4:10 am
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    James Delingpole: This isn’t just serial. It’s super serial.

    … You saved us from ManBearPig! · · 1 hour ago

    Classic! Well written, sir.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 4:23 am
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  12. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Inactive

    Speaking of how f***** was my valley. BP just proudly announced that its windfarm in north central Pennsylvania has gone online. Beautiful wild country no longer.

    http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=2012968&contentId=7082649

     

    818051742.jpg

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:00 am
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  13. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    That Delingpole dude is like totally ripped, man. No wonder he’s a viscount.

    EJHill

    . · 1 hour ago

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:10 am
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    Chris Campion: That Delingpole dude is like totally ripped, man..

    The reality is scary…

    Reality.jpg

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:34 am
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  15. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Now, what will My Parrot read when He’s doing His business?

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:43 am
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  16. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    Smashing!

    EJHill
    Chris Campion: That Delingpole dude is like totally ripped, man..

    The reality is scary… · 11 hours ago

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    • January 12, 2013 at 6:24 am
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  17. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    James, just saw FrackNation last night. You were great in it, though not as fiery as in your columns. Rather muted, I’d say.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 6:30 am
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  18. Profile photo of Hartmann von Aue Member

    Great news! Thanks!

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    • January 12, 2013 at 8:06 am
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  19. Profile photo of Severely Ltd. Member

    James, after all the trees, oil, articles, comments, speeches, water-cooler vitriol, and other resources expended in the effort to convince us that global warming is real, the proponents would now like to fade into the woodwork? Is that what’s going on?

    Despite my respect for people like you, because of my ignorance of all things math/science, I’ve stayed largely neutral on this issue. But this is telling, they do seem to be trying to slink away without being noticed.

    If this is the end of the movement, many, many people will be shattered that the world won’t be ending as anticipated. After all, that was a small price to pay for that giant club with which to beat on Capitalism and the Right.

    tabula rasa: Admit it, James. You’re going to miss it. The comedian (though you are a lot more than a comedian) needs his straight man.

    Tab’s right, you’re sad to see it go too, aren’t you?

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    • January 12, 2013 at 11:41 am
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  20. Profile photo of 3rd angle projection Inactive

    At what point do they re-brand and become the New York Behind the Times? Not a big deal but long over due.

    N-Y-B-T. Can you hear the chant? NY’ers are great at chants.

    “Let’s go Yankees…” “Ennn Why Bee Teee….” It’s magic!

    They can sell hats and other really cool stuff to offset the next round of layoffs!

    N-Y-B-T………….

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    • January 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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  21. Profile photo of Andrew Barbaro Inactive

    How long before the BBC, Fox and Sky stop talking about carbon and man’s influence on the planet temperature as though the science is settled?Or s it the case that if they keep saying 2+2=5 often enough, we will believe it?

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    • January 13, 2013 at 3:36 am
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  22. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher

    Hmmm. I need to think of something really decadent to enjoy as a symbolic savoring of this moment.

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    • January 14, 2013 at 6:31 am
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    Cornelius Julius Sebastian: Hmmm. I need to think of something really decadent to enjoy as a symbolic savoring of this moment.

    Baked Alaska!

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    • January 14, 2013 at 6:54 am
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