Climate

John Lennon Said It Best: ‘Living is Easy with Eyes Closed’

John Lennon Said It Best: ‘Living is Easy with Eyes Closed’

I was floored by this Saturday’s New York Times article, Seeing a Supersize Yacht as a Job Engine, Not a Self-Indulgence. I was amazed not only by how the subject of the article, Mr. Jones, rationalized his extraordinary consumption habits, but also by the mere fact that the article was published. The $34 million that […]

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    Scientists Confirm Burning Fossil Fuels Significantly Worsens Australian Drought

    Scientists Confirm Burning Fossil Fuels Significantly Worsens Australian Drought

    American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions, which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity. Southern Australia has been experiencing declining rainfall since […]

    Pope Francis Calls Destruction of Nature a Modern Sin

    Pope Francis Calls Destruction of Nature a Modern Sin

    Pope Francis called for more respect for nature in an address at the University of Molise, an agricultural region in southern Italy. Francis said the destruction of South America’s rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation is a sin of modern times. The Earth should be allowed to give her fruits without being exploited, Pope […]

    Quakers Divest From Fossil Fuels

    Quakers Divest From Fossil Fuels

    The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has announced that more than $2 million of assets have been divested from fossil fuels and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation. Image courtesy of 350.org By doing so, Philadelphia area Religious Society of Friends join a growing number of religious communities, […]

    Los Angeles City Councilman Presents Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Proposal

    Los Angeles City Councilman Presents Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Proposal

    A Los Angeles city councilman is thinking big and long range when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Paul Koretz said the city should target a cut of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The climate crisis is no longer out there in the future,” Koretz told reporters at […]

    Republican Leadership Shuffle Churns Up More Anti-Environmental Extremists

    Republican Leadership Shuffle Churns Up More Anti-Environmental Extremists

    The recent ouster of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) from his Congressional seat has shaken Washington Republicans and rattled open several leadership positions. And—as hard as it is to believe—the House Republican conference apparently hadn’t even hit bottom yet. Then Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference […]

    So You Want to Change the World? Better Read This First

    So You Want to Change the World? Better Read This First

    History is often made by strong personalities wielding bold new political, economic or religious doctrines. Yet any serious effort to understand how and why societies change requires examination not just of leaders and ideas, but also of environmental circumstances. The ecological context (climate, weather and the presence or absence of water, good soil and other resources) […]

    Andrew Revkin Promotes Environmental Understanding (And Plays a Mean Guitar)

    Andrew Revkin Promotes Environmental Understanding (And Plays a Mean Guitar)

    On Dot Earth for The New York Times, environmental journalist Andrew Revkin examines the efforts to balance human affairs with Earth’s limits, tracking relevant developments “from suburbia to Siberia.” Looking at climate change, Revkin reflects, “Science just tells you the shape of the problem. It doesn’t tell you what to do.” This highlights the importance […]

    Can Businesses Make the Big Pivot for a More Prosperous World?

    Can Businesses Make the Big Pivot for a More Prosperous World?

    Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is a global expert on sustainable business strategy and a “practical evangelist” for going green. His articles touch on the crossroads between the environment and business, covering such topics as how CEOs can save the world from global warming and the one thing business dies without. Winston, author of […]