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Some Good News On Climate Change?

I’m always posting bad news about our warming planet so here is some small bit of encouraging news from Indonesia and the Nature Conservancy’s Peter Ellis. Ellis and his colleagues are doing something unusual—fighting against climate change by helping to improve logging operations. This idea remains controversial in the conservation community, but the Arlington, Va.-based [...]

With so much evidence and overwhelming consensus by scientists that Climate Change is real, it’s natural to wonder who still denies it and why. In a fascinating review of polling evidence we see that it’s probably who you expect it is but perhaps not for the reasons you think. So why do these Americans refuse [...]

Two articles today about the changes that can be directly attributed to climate change.  From Australia: The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific [...]

Not only are we causing the world to heat up, we’re driving out the animal population. The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results [...]

President Obama addressed climate change at the United Nations. “Today, I am here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and its second largest emitter, to say we have begun to do something about it….but let me be honest, none of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there will be [...]

President Obama wants the United States to be a force for good globally on the issue of climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer [...]

More than 400,000 people attended the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, days before world leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit. Organizers say some 2,600 solidarity events took place around the world. Footage taken from a drone gives an amazing glimpse into the activism which [...]

A Somber Take On Climate Change

As thousands march, and the Marshall Islands suffer, world leaders convene in New York this week to discuss climate change.  Robert Stavins (a former professor of mine) has a particularly dreary take: It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next [...]

For residents of the Marshall Islands, normal life is disappearing. The Pacific Ocean’s encroaching waters are wiping away beaches and poisoning drinking water. Crops are shriveling amid persistent drought, and massive floods have forced thousands of people from their homes. “Life is quickly becoming like living in a war zone,” Tony de Brum, the island [...]

Organizers didn’t over-promise when they said it would be the biggest climate march in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and elected officials from the United States and abroad joined the People’s Climate March, ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations [...]

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