Climate change will singe today’s young generation. How much chaos it causes is still up to us, but not for long. This report by the World Bank paints a grim picture of how rising greenhouse gas emissions will lay waste to some crops, seaside cities and villages dependent on glacial waters. The time to act, 20 years ago, or now, according to this analysis.
Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity. But will the state build on that lead? Energy experts say that depends on whether coal power is retired or continued as a major source of power on the grid. ERCOT’s Warren Lasher explains different scenarios that could evolve over the next 15 years.
Paul Fleischman’s new primer on climate change and global pollution, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, manages to be both a complete survey of the key issues and highly readable. It would make a great companion for any environmental class, but also social studies, journalism or current events studies.
Years of Living Dangerously, the epic series by Showtime that just won an Emmy, takes a panoramic look at the current state of climate change, following celebrities and newscasters around the planet as they take stock of the state of rainforests, oceans and drought-stricken farmland (West Texas is featured).
Environmentalist Bill McKibben, by way of inviting everyone to a mass climate action demonstration in New York on Sept. 20-21, had withering words for the world’s leaders, who he says are failing to get serious about the climate crisis.
Like many kids of her millennial generation, Natalie Tran grew up on fast food meals, fried chicken and hamburgers that her parents lugged home after long work days. Today, she’s rethinking that past while working as a student organizer championing “real food” for the national Real Food Challenge, which is taking hold on campuses nationwide.
Since we became a nation of urban dwellers, we’ve inevitably lost touch with the weather and how it sustains us. We in the cities and burbs have come to see bad weather as a threat to our roof shingles and perhaps to our decorative shrubs. But there’s a whole sphere of existence out there that depends mightily upon the proper sunshine, rainfall and temperatures for its livelihood, and ours.
This morning I noticed a hummingbird in the clover that I allow to grow in my backyard. Good thing my yard’s weed-friendly, this poor hummingbird was flying madly about to make a breakfast of the tiny flowers.
Polls have long showed that the US citizenry wants more action against climate change than the government is willing to enact. Now a new poll shows that a coveted, growing group of voters is highly supportive of climate action.
While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.
Organic agriculture, long considered healthier for soil, water and wildlife, also helps mitigate climate change, according to a study done by European agriculture experts.
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.
Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.
More than 2,000 developers will be joining a hackathon this weekend with lofty aspirations: Solve world problems. The geek fest has already produced several helpful apps from previous gatherings.
SXSW Eco will host its third annual conference Oct. 7-9, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees to see speakers on green power, energy efficiency, urban gardens, sustainable design, climate change mitigation, bike trails, mass transit, organic agriculture and nature conservation, to name a fraction of what will be featured at this green showcase at the Austin Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.
In his first major policy address since taking over at the Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz sought to explain the administration’s “all of the above” energy plan and answered critics who accuse Obama supporting natural gas development despite concerns that fracking contaminates air and water.
Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased.
The “London Array” off the coast of Great Britain is a massive wind farm, capable of powering 500,000 homes. But will such projects tip the scales enough for the UK to meet its renewable energy targets? The critics are gathering.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.
I remember 2007, when we started this website. People were tip-toeing toward greener behaviors. Activists were writing kids’ books explaining the greenhouse effect and urging tots to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. Scholars had assembled tomes, politely pointing out that we’d be running out of oil pretty soon. How things have changed on this Earth Day 2013…
You know those righteous 20-somethings you see on the news inveighing about how they’ve got the Earth on their shoulders and have to pick up the pieces of their wanton, consumerist elders? They do have a burden unlike any previous generation. God help ’em. But here’s a little secret, they’re no greener than those elders, in fact, the Boomers out-green their kids in significant ways, according to a new survey by DDB.
The Keystone pipeline opposition has galvanized, with activists angered not just over the pipeline’s heavy carbon footprint, but the lack of transparency and political influence-peddling around the DC review and permitting for the project. This week, Friends of the Earth filed an FOIA request to bring information to light about what it sees as a corrupted process.
Climate change will continue to worsen wildfires in the U.S., with the area burned each year expected to double by 2050, according to a report released this week by the USDA’s Forestry Service. But that’s not all. Profound changes are ahead for forests in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, as climate change rearranges natural habitats.
Hurricane Sandy’s attack on the New Jersey and New York coastlines was no freak of nature, according to a new report. The hurricane’s unusual westward turn was precipitated by extreme ice melting in the Arctic, revealing an ominous new pattern for hurricanes to come.
The Obama Administration released its revised environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, portraying the project as a relatively safe way to transport oil from fields in Canada and North Dakota to the US heartland and ports at Houston. The review has riled environmentalists and pleased oil interests.