Global warming is getting a little scary, as its consequences emerge more quickly than most scientists had expected, in soaring global temperatures, unprecedented wildfires and many other effects. Meanwhile, humanity has made very little progress in taking action, with CO2 emissions higher now than ever before, having actually increased 60 percent over the past 25 years – all while we've been fully aware of the problem. Among other things, a new study suggests, a meaningful carbon tax could trigger food shortages by 2050 for many of the poorest people in the world, and even be worse than climate change continuing completely unabated.
SAG HARBOR, NY —It was standing room only on the lawn in front of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum on Thursday evening as "Defend H2O" held an outdoor cocktail party and panel discussion about the future of the East End's local water supply and coastal way of life. The event, "Living On The Edge In The Face Of Climate Change: An Engaging Conversation On Coastal Living," included a discussion with actor and environmental advocate Alec Baldwin and marine scientist and Defend H2O founder Kevin McAllister. The talk centered on protecting and restoring the environmental quality of local groundwater, surface waters, wetlands and beaches. Baldwin reported that he and his wife Hilaria have their own well
Caption Close It seemed a reliably friendly crowd Saturday at a town hall dedicated to climate change effects in flood-prone areas of Houston. More than 100 had packed the community center auditorium east of downtown, many sporting T-shirts with environmental slogans. They nodded grimly at the dire predictions, cheered approvingly at the mention of Houston's commitment to the Paris climate accord. Then, like climate change itself, things heated up. “I see this whole thing as low-hanging fruit,” declared Sheila Blake, who has been flooded three times in three years and is weary of promises being made to find solutions only to have governmental resolve fade. “What are your plans to protect us?”
This piece was first published in this column on January 4, 2015. As Nigeria is marching towards the 2019 General Elections, I think we should reflect on how we all got “tensed up” in the run-up to the 2015 General Elections. Has there been any change, as promised? Has Nigeria started the process of change? Will change still be the focus of the upcoming general elections? I think I can guess. When the campaigns finally take off we will be celebrating “the change”. In the next few weeks, I shall be “celebrating” the changes, the processes of change and the “business as usual” change. January 4, 2015: The most common word among Nigerians now is “Change”. In every corner of villages, towns, cities
A recent study warned that we may soon be on an unstoppable path to climate disaster. But some are pinning their hopes on new technologies. Can these work? Simon Wilson reports. What's happened? Earlier this month – in the midst of the northern hemisphere heatwave that saw wildfires in the Arctic, temperatures above 40˚C in Japan, and vast swathes of Europe suffering crop failures and sweltering sleepless nights – an influential group of mainly Nordic climatologists published an apocalyptic warning about the future of the planet. Currently, global temperatures are just over 1˚C above pre-industrial levels and rising at an average of 0.17˚C each decade. The Paris Agreement on climate change commits
The more wildfires, the more CO2 Re: “Fight California wildfires with a federal carbon tax” (Letters to the editor, Aug. 15): In her Aug. 15 letter, Catherine Percival suggests wildfires will worsen if CO2 levels continue to increase. It is true that CO2 levels are dangerously high and getting worse, and also true that wildfires and CO2 levels are closely linked. However, to be clear: CO2 does not support combustion; it is the result of combustion. Thus, wildfires produce CO2. The more fire, the more CO2. It does not work in reverse. Increased CO2 does not promote fire danger in and of itself. As for the rest of her argument, be it by carbon tax or some other means, I agree we must reduce CO2. But
A dream solution is that humans could develop a way to suck as much CO2 from the atmosphere as we release, and combined with greenhouse gas emission reductions, we could slow or reverse the tide of climate change. Scientists have found a way to rapidly create the mineral magnesite in a lab both inexpensively and potentially at scale. This could be coupled with carbon sequestration, a process in which carbon is injected and stored underground, typically in depleted oil and gas fields. Reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere can be both a result of reducing input as well as increasing output of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The research was presented recently at the Goldschmidt
It's clear the deniers have scientists over a barrel. Of course no ethical scientist will be able to say, “This particular event is a result of climate change.” They have to talk about trends over time. That's not a powerful way to counter the deniers. But why feel any need, anymore, to counter them? It's all too clear, and there's close to unanimous agreement among the ethical scientists. Countering the deniers makes their arguments seem legitimate.
The following is an address from Gary Allen, president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), delivered at the opening ceremony of the CBU Annual General Assembly on Monday. The theme of this year's CBU Assembly (held on Tuesday, August 14) [was] 'Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Technology and Content Options for Caribbean Media.' This theme resonates in our Land of Wood and Water, which is often hit by drought, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. The CBU expresses thanks to our partner, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), with whom we have designed sessions in which we hope you will participate tomorrow. The catastrophic hurricane season of September 2017
The Interior Department's internal watchdog said it closed its investigation into alleged censorship of a National Park Service (NPS) report because it was released without edits. Reveal reported in April that Trump administration officials had removed mentions of climate change from a draft report examining the impact to NPS sites from sea-level rise and storm surges. That prompted Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate, after five House Democrats, led by House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), asked for the probe. But in May, after opening the investigation, NPS released the report, which directly blamed human-induced climate change
Friday, August 17, 2018 Inter Press Service ROME, Aug 17 (IPS) - Climate change is on us. Parts of the planet are burning up. Heatwaves across the northern hemisphere have dried vegetation and withered crops. Forests are ablaze in North America, Europe and Asia – even as far north as the Arctic Circle. The polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. Massive storms and floods have devastated communities. Deserts continue relentlessly to encroach. And the extraordinarily hot spells this summer followed on from the extraordinarily cold spells of last winter. In 2018, extreme weather is the order of the day. The melting polar ice cap in July 2018, at 80 degrees North, inside the Arctic
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's claim that “environmental terrorist groups” created the conditions that enabled California's wildfires triggered substantial blowback from environmental groups, who chastised the Trump administration official for downplaying the role of climate change in the blazes. Zinke said in a radio interview with Breitbart News that environmental extremists were preventing the government from properly managing forests ― leaving excessive fuel on the ground for the deadly blazes. The statement is just the latest as the Trump administration moves aggressively to open more public land to natural resource extraction, including logging. Zinke later equivocated on his view, telling