With the legislative and executive branches of government firmly committed to pretending climate change doesn’t exist, will the courts act to protect the environment and the citizens of America? Don’t bet on it. Here’s why.
The Inquisition of Climate Science by James Lawrence Powell is an essential literary resource for understanding how modern climate science is conducted, and equally, for understanding how climate change denialism … [Read full article]
Dr. James E. Hansen has announced his retirement as head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, where he began his career in 1967. He plans to engage more actively in … [Read full article]
Obama has done more than any US president in history to combat global warming, but we are still insanely far behind what is needed to avert true catastrophe, and … [Read full article]
by Rob Painting of Skeptical Science As a recent SkS post by Dana Nuccitelli has pointed out global warming hasn’t stopped, despite a recent lull in global surface temperatures. The oceans, which … [Read full article]
by Dr. Joe Romm of Climate Progress (repost) “Climate dice,” describing the chance of unusually warm or cool seasons relative to climatology, have become progressively “loaded” in the past 30 years, … [Read full article]
I just posted on NOAA’s 2011 weather and climate announcements, and spent a bit of time at the beginning of the post pointing out how, despite minor differences due … [Read full article]
Quick News: “New research into the Earth’s paleoclimate history by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies director James E. Hansen suggests the potential for rapid climate changes this century, … [Read full article]
I seldom do opinion pieces, but sometimes, one opinion gets expressed – one amongst so many – that finally pushes me passed that proverbial tipping point. Case in (tipping) point, Tuesday’s op-ed by New York Times columnist David Brooks entitled ‘Milquetoast Radicals’ — a putative criticism of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Brooks’ main complaint – apart from the so far lack of a single coherent message (that presumably the media can then attack and dismiss) — is that protesters lack “big ideas”, offering only a litany of “small” complaints, thus offering only “small solutions.” As if it were the job of protesters to formulate economic policy for the country.
Well, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to see this statement from NASA’s James Hansen, perhaps the top climate scientist in the world. But it’s a statement we seem to keep ignoring. Here’s the statement I’m referring to:
“Climate change — human-made global warming — is happening. It is already having noticeable impacts…. If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”
The stream of activists willing to get arrested in front of the White House to try to block the development of the Tar Sands XL pipeline in the U.S. continues to flow strong. Today, over 140 activists were arrested, including top NASA climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.
In response to reports of personal attacks on climate scientists worldwide, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has published an open letter saying that such threats only serve to create a hostile environment that inhibits the free exchange of scientific findings, subsequently making it extremely difficult for scientific findings to be made available to policymakers and the public.
11 veteran U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists (Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth) have jointly called for non-violent disobedience in front of our grand White House this summer to try to stop the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.