It's an interesting paradox when you think about it: production and consumption activities heavily concentrated in cities have contributed to some 80 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Yet innovative solutions to combating climate change will also come from cities. Take the Japanese district of Yokohama, for instance. Home to more than 3,5 million people, the district emitted almost 20 million tons of CO2 in 2007 because of ongoing forest and farmland degradation and extensive construction work. The consequences were significant, as the increase of buildings and paved surfaces resulted in an urban heat island effect that slowed the cooling of the land surface.
Why does Elizabeth May get a media beating for stating we have another terrible example of our need to be very, very serious about climate change? Just like other catastrophic events, a given tragedy is proportional to the tough questions that necessarily follow. "But not now"? May was immediately berated by Justin Trudeau, other politicians, some of the media and social media. The charge? She was "trying to make a political argument out of one particular disaster." How's that? Stating that climate change is political, instead about science, is exactly the problem.
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We are now officially through half of the United States Presidential election primary and caucus season, and there are currently 5 contenders left in the Republican and Democratic parties vying for their party’s respective nomination. Delegate math shows that Governor John Kasich has no chance to become the Republican nominee, so we’re left with four real candidates to examine. The differences between the candidates of the two major parties could not be greater. On the Democratic side, there are two candidates who proudly embrace science and agree that action on climate issues is sorely needed. On the Republican side, both of the remaining candidates reject the scientific consensus and instead argue that climate change is nothing more than a series of unfortunate weather events. It is important to remember that acceptance of climate science is not necessarily limited to one political party. Recent polls show that majorities of voters within both the Democratic and Republican parties (as well as Independent voters) accept that climate change is real and that human activity is a contributing factor. The discrepancy between the desires of voters and the views of the candidates can best be seen in the contributions from the fossil fuel industry, which will be described in detail later. As for the candidates remaining in the race, only Republican frontrunner Donald Trump lacks a record to verify his statements on climate change. But judging on his statements alone, he will not be a friend to the environment if he secures the nomination and subsequently wins the White House.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
The world cannot afford a Republican president with views like these.
Climate change is pushing fish toward the planet's North and South poles, robbing traditionally poorer countries closer to the Equator of crucial natural resources, U.S. biologists said in a study published on Wednesday.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
And yet the countries primarily responsible for climate change are the ones dragging their feet
Some day the climate change argument will be over and one side will emerge victorious, but that day almost certainly won't come in our lifetimes. People on both sides of the fence believe strongly in their stances, and neither side seems swayed by convincing arguments made by the other.
According to a new book, humanity is rapidly pushing past Earth’s planetary limits. More than 7 billion humans live on Earth, but we consume so many resources it would take more than one-and-a-half Earths to sustainably supply us all. While this may sound dire, we already have the means to ensure our survival.
The fixed division of labor between crested penguin parents increases their chicks' vulnerability to food shortages made ever more common by climate change. The parents have been unable to adapt their habits to the challenges of increasingly frequent years of limited food supply and, as a result, will become further threatened by extinction.
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