What do allergies, heart attacks, salmonella outbreaks, and depression have in common? Give up? Well, most Americans don’t know either, according to an October report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. The answer is that they’re all symptoms of a warming planet – just some of the health problems that experts say we can… » Read More
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human activity has pushed the planet across four of nine environmental boundaries, sending the world towards a danger zone, according to a study published on Thursday
This article is part of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. On Thursday, Jan. 15, Future Tense will hold an event in Washington, D.C., titled “How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?” For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website....
America has 2.5m miles of oil and gas pipelines. But none of those pipelines are anywhere near as contentious as the Keystone XL, which would transport tar sands crude oil from Canada to refineries on the US gulf coast. Over the past six-plus years, Keystone has become a stand-in for a broader debate about climate change. It’s also the subject of much myth-making about climate change and the economy. Below, a look at some of the most prominent of those myths, and the truth behind them.
Editor’s note: Dan Bloom often uses humor to try to make a point about serious issues such as climate change and global warming. Here he mines a few treasured Yiddish words and phrases to write an oped about the problems humankind faces. By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — Look, we have only one “drerd” …
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
A wry look at what's happening and what we can do about it
IIt's hard to think of too many animals that could take out a grizzly bear.
At nearly 1,000 pounds and standing up to eight feet tall on its hind legs, the razor-toothed beast seems immune to all but the fiercest of contenders — and yet, one of the biggest threats to grizzlies is a tiny animal, hardly bigger than your fingernail.
Meet the mountain pine beetle.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
I've witnessed this in BC - not a pretty sight, acres of land with dead pines, the forest creatures displaced and starving.
It sounds like the opening of a disaster movie: Humans have broken four of the planet’s nine planetary boundaries and a new era of potentially devastating climate change has begun. Sadly, it’s not. This was a sobering finding published last Thursday by climate…
In a survey of physicians in the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the majority of doctors said their patients were already experiencing medical conditions associated with climate change and that physicians should be educating their patients and policy makers about climate-related health effects. Seventy-seven percent of ATS physicians — a group of doctors specializing in respiratory health and critical care — who responded said air pollution associated with climate change is exacerbating chronic conditions such as asthma in their patients. Nearly 60 percent reported increases in allergies from plants or mold and injuries from severe weather related to climate change. Many of the physicians who responded to the survey said exposure to smoke from wildfires had caused or worsened lung conditions in their patients, and changes in precipitation and weather patterns seemed to be affecting patients as well, the Huffington Postreports. Overall, 89 percent of the physicians believe that climate change is happening, and 65 percent believe it is relevant to patient care, the survey found.
A report in the journal Nature says the world can only afford to extract a fraction of its known reserves of fossil fuels for any realistic chance of keeping global warming to within two degrees. And that means much of Canada's oil resources must go untapped.
Climate change is undoubtedly upon us, and it will cause irreversible impacts on both the environment and world economies if action is not immediately taken, warns a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Only time will tell if millennials will change the ways governments look at climate change. If the present is any reflection of the future, then yes, they will bring change. But if the American people know one thing it is that those we elect to repre...