Climate Change

Why Education is the Key to Managing Climate Change

Education that improves climate literacy builds consensus and lays the foundation for the acquisition of the specialized expertise required to solve the problems we face. Education including basic scientific literacy is a catalyst for change and a bulwark against misinformation and disinformation that impedes action. A well-informed population also serves the public interest on many other levels. People who are apprised of the threats faced by civilization can make informed decisions in their personal lives and at the ballot box. No threat looms larger than climate change and while this is a daunting challenge we still have time to avert a catastrophe. If...

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IPCC Report is Our Final Warning

The evidence for climate change is irrefutable, it is impacting all areas of the globe and humans are the cause. While some of the effects of global warming are irreversible there is still time to prevent some of the worst impacts. However, the planet is warming faster than previously thought, and the window of opportunity to act is rapidly closing.  On August 9, 2021, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I released its sixth comprehensive assessment. This 3,500-page state-of-the-science report combines multiple lines of evidence making it the most comprehensive scientific undertaking on the climate crisis to...

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The Most Effective Solutions to Climate Change

There are effective solutions to the address the climate crisis and there is still time to avert a catastrophe. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change we must half carbon emissions by 2030 and zero them out by 2050. While we are seeing optimistic signs from governments, businesses, and civil society, it is not enough and time is running out. If we are to have any hope of succeeding we need an "all hands on deck" collaborative approach that includes science-based policies from all levels of government. As reviewed in a study titled "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene," urgent...

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The Case for Climate Optimism

The state of the climate is indeed perilous but contrary to the prevailing pessimistic narratives, we have seen major improvements since the signing of the Paris accord. This includes climate emergency declarations around the world, the climate advocacy of young activists like Greta Thunberg, and mass public protests. We have witnessed the proliferation of climate groups like the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion. We have also seen leadership from countries around the world (Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Morroco, and Chile)*. In the U.S. politicians like Washington Governor Jay Inslee promoted the Green New Deal and drove climate change to the top of the agenda in...

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It is Not Too Late to Stop Catastrophic Warming

The situation is perilous but it is neither too late nor too expensive to reign in climate change. For decades action to combat global warming was delayed by climate change deniers, while such denial is in decline it is being replaced by "doomers"  who say we are beyond the point of being able to do anything about it. While we may be dangerously close to tipping points from which we may not be able to recover, the best science we have suggests that there is still time to act.  There is no doubt that acting on climate change at the required scale...

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The Best Blogs and Websites About Climate Change

The Green Market Oracle has been recognized as a leading green business website and now it is being honored as one of the top climate change blogs. On May 6, 2021, Feedspot released their list of the Top 45 Climate Change Blogs and Websites To follow in 2021. Their ranking of the top climate change blogs/websites was determined by their team of 25 expert panelists based on relevancy, blog post frequency (freshness), social metrics, domain authority, traffic, and many other parameters. According to Feedspot founder Anuj Agarwal, this is the most comprehensive list of climate change blogs/websites on the Internet....

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Carbon Emissions – Red States and Blue States (Infographic)

Red states produce and consume more carbon than blue states. This holds true for both Republican state economies and the lifestyle choices of citizens in red states. GOP-controlled states produce and burn more fossil fuels than their blue counterparts. The 26 mostly red states that generate the highest levels of carbon pollution (including per capita emissions) are concentrated in the Deep South, Appalachia, and the Great Plains. Texas is the nation's largest domestic oil producer and they also have the largest carbon footprint. Texas has almost twice the level of emissions compared to second-place California even though the latter has...

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Banks Fund Climate Change & Biodiversity Loss

Major banks may be slowly backing away from financing some fossil fuel infrastructure, but they fund a wide range of projects that contribute to climate change and biodiversity loss.  While banks claim to be embracing sustainability this does not square with many of the projects they finance. According to the Bankrolling Extinction report produced by portfolio.earth banks are funding crimes against nature.  In 2019 alone the world's largest investment banks provided $2.6 trillion worth of ecosystem destroying financing that has been linked to biodiversity loss and mass extinctions. Fifty top investment banks are named in the report including big American banks.  While...

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Climate Change is Fueling Deadly Extreme Weather and Costly Climate Disasters

There were a record number of extreme weather events and climate related disasters in 2020.  An ever warming planet has increased both the intensity and the frequency of these events. The data shows that such events are becoming more intense and more frequent. They are also growing ever more deadly and causing increasing financial losses amounting to trillions of dollars. Last year these events were compounded by COVID-19. According to a new report, last more than 50 million people were hit simultaneously by climate-related disasters and the pandemic.     In 2020 there were many extreme weather events and climate disasters that...

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Summary of Positive Biodiversity Stories

Buried under apocalyptic headlines, there were a host of positive biodiversity stories in 2020. Progress in habitat protection and species reintroductions suggest that we are seeing efforts to combat biodiversity loss. Last year scientists discovered dozens of animals that were thought to be extinct as well as hundreds of new species ranging from large mammals to tiny amphibians. These discoveries help us to understand that this planet is teaming with more life than we know.. Local initiatives are taking place all around the world. One of the most well known is the Trillion Trees Initiative. This global initiative has garnered support from...

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