An blast of ice-cold wind and snow is slamming the Midwest. Some forecasts show parts of Illinois and Minnesota could reach a wind chill of -60 degrees Fahrenheit — as cold as Antarctica. And businesses and schools are shutting down as the weather poses a hazard to human life.
Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property from rising temperatures, rising sea levels and greater frequency of extreme weather events (hurricanes, drought-induced wildfires, etc.).
In the spirit of a new year and a new Congress, 2019 may well be our best and last opportunity to steer our ship of state away from the twin planetary perils of environmental chaos and militarism, charting a course toward an earth-affirming 21st century.
As the Trump administration tries to undermine the COP 24 climate talks in Poland, new U.S. government data shows that ice melt at both of the planet's poles—driven by rising air and ocean temperatures resulting from human-caused global warming—is worse than previously thought.
Just over three years ago, I was clinging to a rock in 20 meters of water, trying to stop the current from pulling me out to sea. I peered out into the gloom of the Pacific. Suddenly, three big dark shapes came into view, moving in a jerky, yet somehow smooth and majestic manner. I looked directly into the left eyes of hammerhead sharks as they swam past, maybe 10 meters from me. I could see the gill slits, the brown skin. But most of all, what struck me was just how big these animals are—far from the biggest sharks in the seas, but incredibly powerfully built and solid. These are truly magnificent creatures.
A world on fire: Trump's dizzying outrage cycle fuels our anxiety like a drug - but his presidency's dangers are very real
I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill -- Dexedrine -- was a revelation. It made whatever I was doing absolutely fascinating. Amphetamine sharpened my focus and banished all appetites except a hunger for knowledge. I spent that entire night writing 35 pages of hand-scrawled notes about a 35-page article by the philosopher Ludwig Feurbach, thereby convincing the professor who would become my advisor and mentor that I was absolutely fascinating.
The fiery street protests challenging French President Emmanuel Macron over his proposed higher taxes on gasoline and the young climate activists of the Sunrise Movement who sat in at prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office might seem like antagonists – one resisting, the other seeking, faster and more ambitious movement away from fossil fuels. I’m not so sure about that, though. Some deep currents connect the two movements, currents that raise a fundamental challenge for the climate movement – how to shed the issue’s historic framing as a question of austerity and sacrifice.
The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil not only marks the rise of another populist nationalist leader on the world stage. It’s also a turning point for the global politics of climate change.
A red sun rises, and green freeway signs are unreadable in the thick air as morning traffic crawls toward Silicon Valley. It’s just one day into the nightmare of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, 150 miles to the north, and toxic smoke has already blanketed the Bay Area, where it will deepen over two weeks. I ask myself what I’m doing out here in my car adding to the mess. Ever since last year’s fires ripped through my family’s place in the Napa hills, I’ve felt especially vulnerable. My respiratory passages clench up at every hint of smoke. And now there’s a twinge of chest pain I’ve learned to read as fear, not a second heart attack. It’s a sensation I can calm, but it comes back when I face the enormity of what we’ve done to the Earth and each other.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post published a new interview with President Donald Trump. He was even more incoherent than usual in this interview, but perhaps his most off-the-rails comments were on climate change.
Here are 7 of the most ridiculous and embarrassing moments from Trump's latest interview revealing he has no idea how to be president
In what has become an ongoing saga, President Donald Trump gave an interview to the Washington Post published Tuesday that reinforced just how inept and unfit he is to be president.