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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 [...]

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 [...]

That’s what organizers are calling it: “The biggest climate march in history.” The People’s Climate March, a protest to demand action on climate change, will bring together over 1,000 organizations, groups from 300 colleges, and 479 buses full of activists from across the country in what organizers are calling “the biggest climate march in history.” [...]

Philip Kokic, Mark Howden  and Steven Crimp of  CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency, say there is less than a 1 in 100,000 chance that global warming over the last 60 years could have been as high without human involvement. Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical [...]

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