PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

12/17/22

...Nuclear Fusion NOT Nuclear Fission

Despite the hype, we shouldn’t bank on nuclear fusion to save the world from climate catastrophe | Robin McKie

By Robin McKie 12/17/22
The revelation that researchers had succeeded in creating a nuclear fusion reaction that generated more energy than it consumed made reassuring reading last week. For…
12/16/22

...The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) —12/7-12/19

COP15: Your Guide to the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference

11/18/22
This December, the race to protect the planet's biodiversity will be front and center when representatives from countries around the world gather in Montreal, Canada,…
12/15/22

…HEAT and all its ramifications

Global warming is real, so why is it cold outside?

By Tiffany Means 12/15/22
The occurrence of record-cold weather can seem puzzling during an era of global warming. After all, given that the world is getting warmer, how can…
12/09/22

…wildfires

Smoke From California Wildfires Dimmed Solar Energy in 2020

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes 12/09/22
In September of 2020, the smoke from major wildfires in California made the skies so dark that the state’s solar power production was reduced by…
12/06/22

…The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Could Biden’s climate agenda trigger a new trade war?

By Andrew Ross Sorkin et al. 12/06/22
The European Union is crying foul over the Inflation Reduction Act, saying the billions in climate subsidies it offers create a trade imbalance.
12/01/22

…Drought Dries up the West

Officials fear ‘complete doomsday scenario’ for drought-stricken Colorado River

By Joshua Partlow 12/01/22
The first sign of serious trouble for the drought-stricken American Southwest could be a whirlpool. It could happen if the surface of Lake Powell, a…
11/24/22

…COP27

COP27: Key outcomes for food, forests, land and nature at the UN climate talks in Egypt

By Aruna Chandrasekhar and Others 11/24/22
The COP27 summit in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh made history by including food, rivers, nature-based solutions, tipping points and the right to…
11/10/22

…Hurricanes and Flooding

History-repeating hurricane paths in Florida amaze meteorologists

By Amudalat Ajasa 11/10/22
2022′s hurricanes Nicole and Ian hit in same respective locations as 2004′s Jeanne and Charley; in both years, the storms struck 43 days apart...
10/13/22

…wildlife populations plunging by almost 70% in 50 years…while human populations double

WWF

Living Planet Report 2022

By Rob Alkemade, Francisco Alpfzar and Others 10/13/22
The Living Planet Report 2022 is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. This flagship WWF publication reveals…
07/21/22

…the national climate emergency declaration….that wasn’t

A climate change emergency

By Isaac Saul 07/21/22
Biden's climate change plan. Democrats had hoped to invest as much as $550 billion in their sweeping Build Back Better plan to create new programs…
07/15/22

...Joe Manchin, once again, tanks climate legislation

Manchin says he won’t support new climate spending or tax hikes on wealthy

By Tony Romm and Jeff Stein 07/15/22
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) told Democratic leaders Thursday he would not support an economic package this month that contains new spending on climate change…
06/30/22

...the Supreme Court hobbles the EPA and cooks the planet

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling upends Biden’s environmental agenda

By Maxine Joselow 06/30/22
The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions could have far-reaching consequences, according to legal experts, which could…

Ruling: West virginia et al. V. Environmental Protection agency et al.

06/30/22
In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan rule, which addressed carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants.…
04/22/22

…where are we on this Earth Day outside of 2.6˚warmer than in 1970?

Earth Day is a Time for…Anger

By Bill McKibben 04/22/22
Let’s note that Earth Day was born in 1970 not as a celebration, and not as an occasion for greenwashing press releases, and not as…
04/13/22

…the relationship between war and climate change

A ‘Silent Victim’: How Nature Becomes a Casualty of War

By Emily Anthes 04/13/22
The Black Sea Biosphere Reserve, on the southern coast of Ukraine, is a haven for migrating birds. More than 120,000 birds spend the winter flitting…
04/04/22

…3rd IPCC report concludes “now or never!”

Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns

By Brad Plumer and Raymond Zhong 04/04/22
Nations need to move away much faster from fossil fuels to retain any hope of preventing a perilous future on an overheated planet, according to…
03/21/22

...misinformation, disinformation, dark money and greenwashing

The Dirty Dozen: The Biggest Nonprofit Funders of Climate Denial

By Alex Kotch 03/21/22
In its recently released report on climate impacts and adaptation, a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points out the very real…
02/27/22

…the key findings of the IPCC report released February 28

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

By Hans-O. Pörtner, Debra C. Roberts and Others 02/27/22
This report recognizes the interdependence of climate, ecosystems and biodiversity, and human societies and integrates knowledge more strongly across the natural, ecological, social and economic…
09/14/20

...Climate Change and Food; Farming and Eating Sustainably

Graphic by Mary Tiegreen, CCR

Interactive: What is the climate impact of eating meat and dairy?

By Daisy Dunne 09/14/20
Food production accounts for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and takes up half of the planet’s habitable surface. A taste for meat has…
01/05/22

…Don’t Look Up

Graphic by Mary Tiegreen, CCR

Just a little too slow

By Bill McKibben 01/05/22
The runaway success of Don’t Look Up—after 11 days it’s already the third-most viewed film in Netflix history—should have several salutary results, including perhaps a…
12/22/21

…climate change in 2021

These 193 stories show the reality of climate change. In every country in the world.

12/13/21
Politicians have argued. The summits have come and gone. But the truth is that climate change is already upon us. This is Times Opinion’s tour…
05/25/21

…nuclear energy and its role in reaching our climate goals

The Great Turning Point for Humankind: What if Nuclear Energy had not been Abandoned in the 1970s?

By Ugo Bardi 05/25/21
I remember having read Walt Disney’s book, “Our Friend, the Atom,” (1957) in the 1960s when I was, maybe, 10 years old. That book left…