One of the endless frustrations of trying to communicate about climate change with people who are relatively new to the topic, at least beyond the level of headlines and bumper stickers, is the paucity of really good introductory material. This is why I’m particularly pleased to see a new publication, Climate Change: Evidence & Causes, . . . → Read More: Climate Change Evidence and Causes
After listening to and reading excerpts from last night’s State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects, to put it mildly. The pattern here of a president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan . . . → Read More: The Climate Impact Line
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One of, if not the, bedrock issue(s) we face regarding climate change is urgency. Put simply, how bad is it, really?
I have contended for a long time that when you take a broad and deep view of the situation, including (but not limited to):
The very long atmospheric lifetime of CO2, which makes our emissions effectively . . . → Read More: The missing urgency over climate change
I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for recommendations. The primary reason I think so highly of this work is simple: . . . → Read More: The sociology of climate change
Yet another article is making the rounds, raising eyebrows, and otherwise causing people to exhaust their cliche reserves. This one is about the discovery that pine beetles are now invading parts of New Jersey, and have already “killed tens of thousands of acres of pines, and [they are] marching northward”.
This should not be a surprise . . . → Read More: Beetlemania
Naomi Klein, a writer whose works I’m sure most readers of this site know anywhere from passably to quite well, recently authored the article in NewStatesman, How science is telling us all to revolt. It’s a perfect example of the kind of unsettling, yet incredibly hard to refute, piece that’s appearing more often from climate . . . → Read More: Science, extraordinary conclusions, and entering the Metricene
Pete Sinclair has a good roundup of some articles about the general topic of a “carbon bubble”, which I highly recommend: Carbon Bubble anyone? “The Scientific Trajectory is Clearly in Conflict”
Just to make sure we’re all on the same virtual page, I asked Google to define bubble:
1. a thin sphere of liquid enclosing air or another . . . → Read More: Carbon bubble: Pop vs. deflate, doom vs. hope
The Carbon Brief has a must-read article up, Carbon briefing: Making sense of the IPCC’s new carbon budget, that points out the precarious nature of our emissions situation:
So how big is the budget? For it to remain likely that we stay below two degrees, the total amount of carbon released through carbon dioxide emissions must be . . . → Read More: Carbon budgets and US emissions
We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy, and we should stop using it because it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.
I was born just in time to be a starry-eyed . . . → Read More: We need to have an adult conversation about climate change