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Most countries aren’t hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price (november 2019)

This widespread failure to act on the existential threat posed by climate change has prompted more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries to sign a “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” declaration. Published independently of the climate pledge report, the declaration begins: “Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic …

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The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change (October 2019)

While climate skeptics and deniers often accuse scientists of exaggerating the threats associated with the climate crisis, the available evidence suggests the opposite. By and large, scientists have either been right in their assessments, or have been unduly conservative ( Dale Jamieson, Michael Oppenheimer and Naomi Oreskes )

Why universities need to declare an ecological and climate emergency (September 2019)

Universities pride themselves on preparing students for a bright future. But with the climate in crisis, where disasters of “unprecedented” scale and impact become the new normal, what future will our students have? As we face environmental degradation and biodiversity losses of unimaginable proportions, universities and other educational institutions’ priorities should be adequately preparing their …

‘There’s no scenario that stops sea level rise in this century,’ dire U.N. climate report warns (September 2019)

The new Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), comes during a week when the world is fixated on what many now call the climate crisis. The planet has already warmed 1°C since preindustrial times, and July was the hottest month in the …

From Antarctica to the Oceans, Climate Change Damage Is About to Get a Lot Worse, IPCC Warns (September 2019)

As the planet warms, diverse ecosystems—from mountain glaciers to the icy Arctic to the oceans—are already seeing dangerous effects from climate change. Future warming will threaten food supplies, force the migration of countless species and dramatically change the icy regions of the world. The changes are coming. How much is up to us, scientists warn …

What everyone needs to know about the threat of mass extinction (Fall 2019)

“It’s important to note that the costs of biodiversity loss are more dramatic for people in the developing world, since they tend to be more reliant on natural resources in their immediate environments. For example, in many poor countries, local fish are a crucial source of cheap protein. So when marine ecosystems are disturbed — …

The Global Food Crisis Is Here (August 2019)

Climate change is projected to drive up hunger rates, malnutrition, and child stunting. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we think this is just a matter of not having enough food to eat. It also has serious implications for global political stability. Regions affected by food shortages will see mass displacement as people migrate to …

Can we survive extreme heat? (August 2019)

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come (Jeff Goodell). “Think of the Earth’s temperature as a bell curve, Climate change is shifting the bell curve toward the hotter end of the temperature scale, making extreme-heat events more likely.” (Michael Mann, director of the Earth System …

Ice Apocalypse (November 2017)

The collapse of Pine Island and Thwaites in Antartida could happen faster or slower, I don’t think we really know yet, but it’s within the realm of possibility, and that’s kind of a scary thing (Jeremy Bassis, a leading ice sheet scientist at the University of Michigan). “Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 …

The fallacy of endless economic grow (May 2017)

What economists around the world get wrong about the future (Christopher Ketcham). “The idea that economic growth can continue forever on a finite planet is the unifying faith of industrial civilization. That it is nonsensical in the extreme, a deluded fantasy, doesn’t appear to bother us. We hear the holy truth in the decrees of …