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Sea Levels Could Rise at Fastest Rate in Human History

Sea Levels Could Rise at Fastest Rate in Human History

Without the emissions cuts laid out in the Paris agreement, global temperatures could reach 2 C as early as 2040 and cause the fastest acceleration in sea level rise in human history, according to a new study. Sea levels could rise up to a foot in the most vulnerable cities by mid-century, with the rate […]

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    Geoengineering Unlikely to Work

    Geoengineering Unlikely to Work

    By Alex Kirby The global watchdog responsible for protecting the world’s wealth of species, the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has looked at the hopes for reining in climate change through geoengineering. Its bleak conclusion, echoing that reached by many independent scientists, is that the chances are “highly uncertain.” “Novel means,” in this context, […]

    7 Solutions to the Climate Crisis

    7 Solutions to the Climate Crisis

    It’s no secret—here in the U.S., there’s an election coming up. It’s soon. It’s a big decision for American voters. And it’s a big deal. It’s also not the only decision with global consequences this fall. Because at the same time the U.S. campaign season was getting into the business end of things, more and […]

    President Obama, Here’s How to Cement Your Climate Legacy

    President Obama, Here’s How to Cement Your Climate Legacy

    Wednesday started the last 100 days of Obama’s presidency. So rather than speculate on who our next leader will be, let’s focus on what our current one still has the power to do on behalf of our climate. With an election season as inconceivable as this one’s turning out to be, it’s easy to forget […]

    Is the Media to Blame for Climate Inaction?

    Is the Media to Blame for Climate Inaction?

    For years climate reporting had two strands: climate science got more alarming as we got closer and closer to exceeding various warming thresholds, and climate diplomacy and public policy were a relatively unbroken saga of disappointment and delay. The media flocks to bad news, conflict, grid-lock, failure. Both strands of the pre-2014 climate story nourished […]

    ‘Signed, Sealed and Delivered’: Paris Climate Agreement Reaches Major Milestone

    ‘Signed, Sealed and Delivered’: Paris Climate Agreement Reaches Major Milestone

    The European Union formally joined the Paris climate agreement today, tipping the global agreement over the much-anticipated 55 percent emissions threshold needed for entry into force. The agreement crossed the 55 country threshold in September at a UN event hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The agreement will enter into force in 30 days, just ahead […]

    4 Reasons the Paris Agreement Won’t Solve Climate Change

    4 Reasons the Paris Agreement Won’t Solve Climate Change

    Many hail the Paris agreement—set to cross the threshold this week to come into effect—as a panacea for global climate change. Yet tragically, this perspective neglects to take into account the scientific reality of our climate system, which tells a much different story. Our latest research, Young People’s Burden: Requirement of Negative CO2 Emissions, appeared […]

    Yes—Donald Trump Is a Threat to the Planet

    Yes—Donald Trump Is a Threat to the Planet

    In just a matter of weeks, we will be confronted with a critical decision. It is not mere hyperbole to assert that we are facing a make-or-break election as far as climate change is concerned. My co-author Tom Toles (the Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post) and I put it this way in the […]