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.).
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.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report lays out a rather grim set of observations, predictions and warnings. Perhaps the biggest takeaway? That the world cannot warm more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C) over pre-industrial levels without significant impacts.
We’re becoming inured to name-calling and bullying threats as a substitute for governing. We’ve seen that on immigration, tariffs, foreign affairs and other topics. Sloganeering for isolationist and protectionist approaches dominate, while on purely domestic problems, the White House/Republican-majority Congress response centers on handing the problem off to the states or to the private corporate marketplace.
Hightower: Climate Activists Are Fighting the Right by Subverting Its Most Effective Campaign Strategy
What's in a name? By definition, the name of a person, place or thing is its personal designation... a distinct way of being known to others. Unless, of course, it's the opposite -- a label meant to disguise who or what a person or thing really is. In other words, a fake name.
New research shows that we may well be on the edge of a civilization-destroying climate change event. And we must do something about it.
Environmental and public health groups are launching a "Twitter storm" on Friday to compel NBC to end its "climate whiteout" and cover the impacts of global warming on the Winter Olympics. So far, the network, which calls itself "the proud home for all U.S. coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang," has failed to address the fact that increased temperatures due to climate change are threatening the future of outdoor winter sports.
Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align intuitively with global warming: heat records, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, hurricane damage and heavy rainfall.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a game-changing lawsuit against five major oil companies in an attempt to recover the cost of damages from climate change and make infrastructure improvements to cope with its effects. In addition, as part of his recent offensive to tackle climate change, de Blasio announced plans for the city’s pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies over the next five years, a massive victory for the global divestment movement.
A year ago, we revisited the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity." Signed by a majority of Nobel laureates in sciences at the time and more than 1,700 leading scientists worldwide, the document warned, “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.”