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Who’s Afraid Of Greta Thunberg?

Who’s Afraid Of Greta Thunberg?

The character of Greta Thunberg is part of a polarised global confrontation regarding climate change. Despite what her critics may say, her speeches have contributed to social mobilisation and awareness of the climate crisis and the future of the planet.

Why Companies Should Let Their Workers Join The Climate Strike

Why Companies Should Let Their Workers Join The Climate Strike
Multinational ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s will close its Australian stores for this month’s global climate strike and pay staff to attend the protest, amid a growing realisation in the business community that planetary heating poses an existential threat.

Why Some Conservatives Are Blind To Climate Change

Why Some Conservatives Are Blind To Climate Change

Imagine this: A young professional couple at a party mentions they’re thinking of buying a home in a popular waterfront neighbourhood that scientists have found is vulnerable to coastal flooding.

Is Climate Change A Socialist Plot?

Is Climate Change A Socialist Plot?In the past year, we have heard from several right-of-centre members of the media-political elite in Australia - some of whom dined together at Kirribilli House on the weekend - that climate change is exaggerated for the purposes of introducing a “socialist” carbon tax.

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?

Want Citizens To Care About Climate Change?Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property from rising temperatures, rising sea levels and greater frequency of extreme weather events

Crazy Weather And Crazy Facts Making You Crazy

Crazy Weather And Crazy Facts Making You CrazyIt seems that extreme weather is becoming more extreme and increasingly common. We can't pick up one of the few remaining papers, visit a news website, turn on the radio, without hearing of another hurricane, tornado, mudslide, nor'easter, or common everyday snow storm called Billy Bob, Wilma May, or a cyclopoop.

Why Is There So Little Grassroot Action Against Climate Change?

Why Is There So Little Grassroot Action Against Climate Change?While Americans support action on climate change, many don’t see the issue as an immediate threat and so the issue does not elicit the powerful responses necessary for Americans to mobilize, argues sociologist Doug McAdam.

Why Is Climate Change Such A Hard Sell In The US?

Why Is Climate Change Such A Hard Sell In The US?

President Donald Trump on June 1 took the dramatic step of removing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement – the product of many years of diligent and difficult negotiation among 175 nations around the world. Recent polls reveal that six in 10 Americans oppose Trump’s move.

How Bad Could The US's Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement Be?

How Bad Could The US's Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement Be? Even before the Paris Agreement was signed in December 2015, market forces and policy measures were starting to tilt the world toward a lower-carbon future. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions peaked in 2007, and Chinese emissions may have peaked in 2014.

Good Grief! Even The Weather Is Now Political

Good Grief! Even The Weather Is Now PoliticalUntil recently, weather talk was an easy filler for any awkward silence. But tragically for polite conversationalists everywhere, the weather is no longer mundane.

Does Your County Believe In Climate Change? Check The Map

 

Does Your County Believe In Climate Change? Check The MapA new detailed, easily navigable opinion map clarifies what people in each county, city, and even congressional district in the United States believe about climate change.

Trump Questionnaire Recalls Dark History Of Ideology Driven Science

Trump Questionnaire Recalls Dark History Of Ideology Driven SciencePresident-elect Trump has called global warming “bullshit” and a “Chinese hoax.” He has promised to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate treaty and to “bring back coal,” the world’s dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuel.

Should Oil Companies Like Exxon Be Forced To Disclose Climate Change Risks?

Should Oil Companies Like Exxon Be Forced To Disclose Climate Change Risks?Exxon Mobil announced on Oct. 28 that it may have to take the largest asset write-down in its history. The company said that 4.6 billion barrels of oil and gas assets – 20 percent of its current inventory of future prospects – may be too expensive to tap.

You Can’t Handle the Truth!

You Can’t Handle the Truth!Movie buffs will recognize this title as the most memorable line from “A Few Good Men” (1992), spoken by the character Colonel Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson (“You can’t handle the truth!” is #29 in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 top movie quotes).

Why The Paris Climate Agreement May Lock In Warming For Centuries

Why The Paris Climate Agreement May Lock In Warming For CenturiesThe Paris climate agreement set a “safe” global warming limit of below 2℃, aiming below 1.5℃ by 2100. The world has already warmed about a degree since the Industrial Revolution, and on our current emissions trajectory we will likely breach these limits within decades.

What Are The Three Main Tactics Of Climate Denial?

Here Are The Three Main Tactics Of Climate DenialThe recently elected One Nation senator from Queensland, Malcolm Roberts, fervently rejects the established scientific fact that human greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, invoking a fairly familiar trope of paranoid theories to propound this belief.

Do Climate Disaster Movies Hurt The Climate Cause?

Do Climate Disaster Movies Hurt The Climate Cause?Given that 2016 is expected to be the hottest year on record, with several months that not only surpassed old heat records but did so by increasingly large margins, it stands to reason climate change should be an issue we as a nation are rushing to address.

Why Physical Scientists Can’t Tackle Climate Alone?

Why Physical Scientists Can’t Tackle Climate Alone?"Getting the social cost of carbon right is most pressing, given its importance to policy," says Charles Kolstad. "It's also an area where rapid research progress should be possible."

Can The Climate Movement Break Free From The Jobs Vs Environment Debate?

Can The Climate Movement Break Free From The Jobs Vs Environment Debate?For two weeks this May, organizers across 12 countries will participate in Break Free 2016, an open-source invitation to encourage “more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.”

Why Development Should Focus On Climate Adaptation

Why Development Should Focus On Climate AdaptationOne of the biggest threats to a thriving world today is that the world’s poorest people face disproportionate risk from climate change. The World Bank’s Turn Down the Heat report notes that climate change threatens to erode progress made on reducing poverty.

How To Weather The Next Few Years Of Climate Change

How To Weather The Next Few Years Of Climate ChangeThe title of this piece should instead be: how to weather the next few years of stupid politics over climate change while watching the oceans rise, acidify, and lose oxygen, and while watching extreme drought, forest fires, and weather slap us upside the head.

Australian Coastal Communities Demand Action On Climate Threats

Representatives of Australian coastal communities have gathered this week to discuss the major challenges they face. Delegates at the conference in Rockingham, Western Australia, represent 40 councils around Australia, some falling within the 24 federal electorates held by a margin of 5% or less.

Climate Change Confusion Creeps Into Trump Camp

Climate Change Confusion Creeps Into Trump CampDespite the Republican US presidential candidate’s claim that climate change is a hoax, a new survey has found that more than half of his supporters believe global warming is happening.

Even Local Climate Change Perceptions Are Colored By Ideology

city council 3 7Worsening wildfires endanger communities. Invasive insects imperil forests. In the American West, many worry about these threats — but fewer fret about climate change, a major force behind both the burning and the bugs. Why? Apparently, because lots of people don’t see the local connection. Polling residents of eastern Oregon

For Better Or Worse The Next President Is In the Climate Driver's Seat

For Better Or Worse The Next President Is In the Climate Driver's SeatBy putting a temporary halt to Obama’s cornerstone climate policy, the Supreme Court puts the next president in the driver’s seat. Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to halt, at least temporarily, implementation of one of the central components of the federal effort to constrain U.S. climate emissions, the Clean Power Plan.

Who Politicized The Environment And Climate Change?

Who Politicized The Environment And Climate Change?An environmental activist friend of mine recently shook her head and marveled at the extraordinary accomplishments of the last several months. “Still lots of work to be done,” she said. “But wow! This has been an epic period for environmentalists!”

Look To Our Religious Leaders For A Climate Change Plan B

Look To Our Religious Leaders For A Climate Change Plan BIn the lead-up to the Paris climate change summit, US President Barack Obama recently said “We only get one planet. There’s no Plan B”. Of course he’s right – there’s no other planet we can retreat to. Obama’s statement emphasized the urgent need for international agreement in Paris to minimize human-caused climate change and its impacts.

Is Doubting Climate Change Becoming A Political Liability?

Is Doubting Climate Change Becoming A Political Liability?North of the 49th parallel, Canadian voters turfed the decade-old government of Stephen Harper. With close ties to the Albertan oil industry, Prime Minister Harper was an established friend of fossil fuel. As leader of the former Canadian Alliance Party, Harper in 2002 had gone as far as to describe the Kyoto Protocol as a “socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.”

There Is Still A Problem In How Americans View Climate Change

How Politics Is Still A Problem How Americans View Climate ChangeMore than three out of four Americans—or 76 percent—now believe that climate change is occurring. The number is up from 68 percent just one year ago, but partisan politics are still a huge factor in how people respond.

Obama Uses Regulation To Make Environmental Policy; It's Not Unusual or Illegal

Obama's Use Of Regulation To Make Environmental Policy Is Not Unusual And Not IllegalIt’s a big few weeks at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA issued a regulation clarifying its authority to regulate bodies of water throughout the country. This week it issued an “endangerment finding,” a precursor to a regulation governing carbon emission from aircraft.

Can The US Have 100% Clean Energy By 2050 or Before?

Can The US Have 100% Clean Energy By 2050 or Before?Converting the world’s entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy could effectively fight ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution deaths, create jobs, and stabilize energy prices.

Pope Is Making Climate Change A Moral Issue

Pope is making climate change a moral issueThis summer, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical letter in which he will address environmental issues, and very likely climate change.

Social Sciences Are Best Hope For Ending Debates Over Climate Change

Social Sciences Are Best Hope For Ending Debates Over Climate ChangeTo detoxify the debate over climate change, we need to understand the social forces at work. To reach some form of social consensus on this issue, we must recognize that the public debate over climate change in the United States today is not about carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas models; it is about opposing cultural values and worldviews through which that science is viewed.

Deniers vs Alarmists? It's Time To Lose The Climate Debate Labels

Deniers Vs Alarmists? It's Time To Lose The Climate Debate LabelsThe climate debate seems to be as polarised as ever. While joint political pledges offer some hope that climate change no longer has to be a partisan issue, a look at the comments below most articles on global warming says otherwise.

Why We Need To Listen To The Real Experts In Science

Why We Need To Listen To The Real Experts In Science

If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice. But the Australian suspicion of authority extends to experts, and this public cynicism can be manipulated to shift the tone and direction of debates. We have seen this happen in arguments about climate change.

Why I’ll Talk Politics With Climate Change Deniers But Not Science

Why I’ll Talk Politics With Climate Change Deniers But Not Science

There are many complex reasons why people decide not to accept the science of climate change. Climate scientists, myself included, have strived to understand this reluctance. We wonder why so many people are unable to accept a seemingly straight-forward pollution problem. And we struggle to see why climate change debates have inspired such vitriol.

The World’s Worst Anti-Climate Policies and How To Fight Them

The World’s Worst Anti-Climate Policies and How To Fight Them

The climate science might be gloomy but at least governments seem to be doing something about it. But this is only half the story. Side by side with policy initiatives designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions have come new policies that have the opposite effect: increased emissions.

China's Mythical Coal Habit Is No Excuse For Climate Inaction

China's Mythical Coal Habit Is No Excuse For Climate Inaction

I’ve heard it many a time, and you probably have too. It’s supposedly the trump card to any argument on addressing climate change globally: “Yeah, but what’s the point? Isn’t China building a new coal plant every week?”

Here’s How To Sell The Climate Change Message

Here’s How To Sell The Climate Change Message

Each of the 125 leaders attending the New York climate summit this week has been given four minutes to speak to the world. They (or their aides) may well have dipped into the climate literature to add scientific ballast to their speeches.

The People’s Climate March: This Generation’s March On Washington?

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On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people swarmed into the nation’s capital for one of the most iconic moments in the civil rights movement: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More often remembered today simply as the March on Washington, it was seen by many as a turning point for the civil rights movement, which helped spur passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Political Pressures Leave Politicians Unwilling To Take Steps To Cut Transport Emissions

Political Pressure Leave Politicians Unwilling To Take Steps To Cut Transport Emissions

Transportation continues to generate a large proportion of emissions worldwide, even as emissions from other areas of the economy fall. In the EU, transport accounts for around 30% of CO2 emissions, and is rising. It’s the transport sector that is set to derail the EU’s overall emission reduction objectives.

Bill McKibben Talks Global Climate Change

Bill Moyers Talks Climate Change With Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, talks about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to big oil. Also included a interview with McKibben and Democracy Now.

Mind The Climate Gap – It’s Got Wider

Mind The Climate Gap – It’s Got Wider

The shortfall between what governments say they will do to cut greenhouse gases and what actually needs to be done by 2020 is growing steadily bigger, the UN says.

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