President Barack Obama meets in October with leaders from across the U.S. to discuss climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama heads to a terror-scarred Paris Sunday night to tackle one of the most important priorities of his second term — climate change...Read more
A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) shows that the climate denial echo chamber organizations funded by ExxonMobil and Koch family foundations produced misinformation that effectively polluted mainstream media coverage of climate science and polarized the climate policy debate.Read more
Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change...Read more
When he puts it like that, it seems totally worth a try...Read more
The December 2015 Paris Climate Conference initiated by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) will be attended by leaders of most of the nations of the world...Read more
"We’re going to have a say on whether they’re going to get their money or not,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said. | Getty
The simultaneous climate and budget deadlines give the GOP a tool to derail a legacy-defining pact for the President.
A Yale University survey showed one-fifth of Americans do not think climate change is real, even though there is a near-consensus among scientists that the problem exists. Where does the split come in?
Umiujaq (Canada) (AFP) - On the front line of climate change in the Canadian Arctic, scientists hunt for clues to a potentially catastrophic global warming trend: melting permafrost.
Still reeling from the worst terrorist attacks in French history, Paris will host nearly 140 world leaders gathering next week to spearhead a climate pact tasked with keeping Earth liveable for humanity...Read more
Paris climate talks: the issues
Climate change is starting to have a personal impact on billions of people and we need to cut back on greenhouse gases and adapt to a warmer world...Read more
Heads of state invited to climate talks in Paris starting on Nov. 30 have confirmed they will attend even after the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people, a French presidency source said.Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.Read more
Matters seem to have escalated in the current dispute between Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Read more
THE CURRENT GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY CONDITION
WE MUST MOBILIZE FOR A SAFE CLIMATE!
Time is running out to protect our miraculous planet. Our task ahead is clear: we either phase-out fossil fuels now or we end humanity. No gradual, decades-long plan for emissions reductions or carbon budgets can plausibly protect a livable climate—despite widespread belief otherwise.Read more
A new video simulation from NASA is so beautiful to watch, it's easy to forget it's tracking one of the biggest disruptors of our climate...Read more
People hold placards at last year’s climate march in Paris. Photograph: Tom Craig/Demotix/Corbis
People around the world should protest ‘on behalf of those who can’t’, say organisers of climate march forbidden in light of Paris terror attacks...Read more
U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday said Congress would not approve the Obama administration's $500 million request for its first payment into a United Nations climate fund, a move they said would undermine the upcoming climate change summit in Paris.Read more
Climate change is increasingly understood as an issue of inter-generational justice, and it has become a truism that today's children will bear the brunt of our inaction. In spite of this, children are rarely addressed in climate change policy - or given a seat at the table when climate change agreements are being discussed. In countries around the world, the voice of the generation with the most at risk is mostly unheard...Read more
COP-21 FUEL "TAX" POSSIBLE. W.H.O PLAN FOR RAISING THE COST OF FOSSIL FUELS TO OFFSET THEIR NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS
A residential block covered in smog in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province (AFP Photo/STR)
Don't forget public health at Paris Climate talks: WHORead more
Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years...Read more
Can the earth be saved by bureaucrats in long meetings, reciting jargon and acronyms while surrounded by leaning towers of documents?Read more
France will limit a U.N. climate summit in Paris starting in two weeks' time to core negotiations and cancel planned marches and concerts after the attacks that killed 129 people, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday.Read more
Paris (AFP) - If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say.Read more
President Obama and other world leaders will still meet in Paris later this month, despite the recent spat of terrorist attacks. In fact, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the meeting is essential, and must go forward...Read more
The Paris climate talks are set to begin at the end of this month. Here’s what you need to know about which nations are involved, what policies they will be hashing out, and what the chances are of substantial progress...
The goal of COP-21 – the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 21st Conference of the Parties – in Paris at the end of November is to produce an international agreement to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by an amount necessary to prevent a 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature this century. With that as a goal, the conference is doomed to failure. Three reasons why:Read more
The Forests of Oregon, viewed from Bend. Credit: Rod Parmenter
Efforts to foster forests and slow deforestation, which is one of the leading causes of global warming, are largely being glossed over by most nations as they prepare for a historic round of climate negotiations.Read more
US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is ‘definitively not going to be a treaty’. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AP
US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treatyRead more
An island in the Maldives, which is vulnerable to rising seas.
Credit: Alessandro Caproni/Flickr
If rich countries don’t agree to help poorer ones recover after storms amplified by global warming tear villages apart, or help communities prosper even as their homes sink into rising seas, climate negotiations in Paris risk being scuttled...Read more
“…it boils down to the fact that the world is in a state of potential destruction. There’s no use worrying about anything else.”
—Ansel Adam’s final interview, Summer of 1984.Read more
1000 MILLENNIALS TOOK THE STREETS FOR JUSTICE ON RACE, CLIMATE, IMMIGRATION
On November 9th, a wave of people power swept over Washington, DC. In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 millennials took the streets for justice on race, climate, and immigration.Read more
President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park Seward, Alaska last September. | Getty
It's no accident the president rejected the Keystone pipeline before he seals a global deal to combat climate change.Read more
21st Conference of the Parties on Climate
UNFCCC COP 21/ CMP 11. 30 Nov – 11 Dec, 2015Read more
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, ending the political fight over the Canada-to-Texas project that has gone on for much of his presidency.Read more
A man sunbathes in the midday sun during a heat wave at Glenelg beach on January 13, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.
U.N. climate negotiations begin in Paris in less than a month.
Diplomats steeling themselves for a historic round of United Nations climate negotiations remain divided by a handful of stubborn disputes. Discord persists over financial and procedural issues, for example, and over how pollution from farming and deforestation should be addressed alongside energy generation.
The fundamentals of climate science, however, are not among the issues being debated...Read more
The Republican Party could be the single greatest impediment to global efforts to slow climate change. But cracks are forming in the conservative wall of denial.Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are hot but not too bothered by global warming...Read more
The world is getting hotter. But a lot of important people aren't "buying in."Read more
The following are highly recommended global warming educational videos. Some of them include humor to help make their points. Please watch as many as you can to quickly become educated about the escalating global warming crisis.Read more
WHY THE PARIS DECEMBER UN CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (COP21) IS DOOMED TO FAIL BEFORE IT BEGINS...
You wouldn't know it from the happy spin emanating from the Oval Office, but a Third World revolt in Bonn, Germany, this week almost derailed the Paris climate change negotiations in November. Although peace has been restored for now, it only happened by papering over this fundamental conundrum: The world can either avert climate catastrophe or seek "climate justice," not both.Read more
WILL THE "INTELLIGENT ELITE" ACT IN TIME TO RESOLE CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION?
But let us return to James Lovelock for a moment; early on in The Vanishing Face of Gaia he does recognize his pessimism and the fact that the the grim message in his last book, The Revenge of Gaia, gave us nothing to hope for.
TO HOPE OR NOT TO HOPE: HOW FEARFUL SHOULD WE BE OF CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION?
(harnessing the power of waves could help our climate, according to Lomborg.)
Catastrophic climate destabilization. Sounds scary, right? Well, quite frankly, most of the projected impacts of our changing climate are, in fact, very scary. But is fear useful to us in this situation?
To be honest, when Lovelock says in The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning that “it is too late for us to try to save our familiar world,” the effect for me is that hope and optimism quickly dissipate. It’s hard to act when failure is guaranteed.Read more
Global warming has significantly increased the likelihood that the record for average October maximum temperatures is set this year, scientists say. Photo: Leigh Henningham
Barring a freak weather event, this month will set a new record for the average daily maximum temperature in October across Australia. I am sure the USA will follow...
(Dust Bowl, circa 1930s. By U.S. Department of Agriculture (NRCSDC01008) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
So, on the advice of Greg Craven, we ask the question: what’s the worst that could happen? Looking to sources we believe are highly credible, we find James Lovelock, fellow of the Royal Society, former NASA consultant and author of The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, who tells us that “we do have to take seriously the possibility that global heating may all but eliminate people from the Earth.” A solemn response to our question.
If the Greenland ice sheet melts completely, will drive up sea levels in the coming decades by about 20 feet. Photo: AFP
Researchers gather empirical data from the bone chilling glaciers in Greenland to assess the impact of climate change amid the looming threat of suspension of government funds for these projects...
Greg Craven, the high school science teacher who created The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See 2, also wrote a book called What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate. A quick, easy, and fun read, this little book explains the platforms of the "warmers" and the "skeptics," or those who support the idea that we should take significant action to cut carbon emissions and those who oppose this idea, respectively.Read more
JOIN JOB ONE FOR HUMANITY: RESOLVING CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION AND CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION...
As is evident from our previous call to action, Universe Spirit believes that Job One for Humanity is to reduce the impact of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate destabilization--a real threat to humanity with potentially catastrophic consequences--and that we must act quickly in order to mitigate and adapt to these consequences.
Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective to see how our actions are affecting the planet.
And what better perspective than from space?Read more
Our world is at a turning point; revolutions are happening everywhere, and the push for change is in the air.
Yes, change is literally in the air. Human activity is causing carbon in the atmosphere to increase about 2 ppm per year. As of this writing, we are at 393 ppm, so if we continue with business as usual, it won’t be too long until we’ve reached 450 ppm. According to Jeremy Rifkin (referencing James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), 450 ppm would correspond to a temperature increase of six degrees Celsius in this century, and “the end of human civilization as we’ve come to know it.” So now’s the time to harness the revolutionary energy that is sweeping the world in order to save this planet and all of its beauty, to save all the glory of humanity’s existence.Read more