Having your homeland engulfed by the ocean because of climate change doesn’t make you a refugee, a court ruled last week. That's no excuse to leave people helpless.
As the Philippines struggle to recover from Typhoon Haiyan—which killed thousands of people and is one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record—a new UN report suggests the South Pacific should prepare for more catastrophes. 2013 is set to be among the ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, and sea levels are at their highest point ever, making low-lying coastal regions more vulnerable to super storms like Haiyan, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday.
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Plenty of people deny science. But there are tricks that make communication work.
Early Friday morning, members of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of their fifth mammoth assessment of all the world’s best scholarship on global trends in climate change. The outlook, predictably, is not good. The planet is absolutely warming at a pace that is “unprecedented.” And the report’s authors can say with 95 percent certainty that the prevailing cause of climate change is human activity.
Australia elected a new prime minister on Saturday—a divisive, brash conservative named Tony Abbott who promises to make Australia a far-right paradise after six consecutive years of liberal rule. Abbott, 55, is a Rhodes scholar and a former Oxford boxing blue (a Commonwealth’s analog to John Kerry’s windsurfing).
It was overshadowed by the fatal plane crash in San Francisco, but don't be surprised if the horrific runaway train accident in eastern Quebec, where oil tanker cars derailed and exploded, killing at least five and wiping out the downtown district of the small town of Lac-Megantic, has the far greater ramifications. That's because just about everything these days that involves the transport of North American oil factors into the high-stakes debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.
The best television coverage of President Obama’s climate speech Tuesday wasn’t on Fox, CNN, or even MSNBC. It was on the Weather Channel, the only network to carry the address live and to treat it as the major development that it was.
It’s shaping up as a pretty big news week. The Senate is voting on immigration reform, the Supreme Court is handing down potentially historic decisions, the George Zimmerman trial is getting underway, and, somewhere on the planet, Edward Snowden is making a run for it.
Grappling with climate-change nuance in a toxic political environment
Its a climate-change mystery: As global warming has plateaued, scientists are more certain than ever about the long term trend. But where did the heat go?