Climate Ethics

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Scientists Have Announced a Plan to 'Refreeze' the Arctic - and It's Wild

So crazy, it just might work.<p>Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unheard-of 20°C (36°F) …

Global Warming

Government scientists are caught between new gag order and their own ethics policies

Scientists working for the U.S. government found themselves facing a bit of a contradiction on Monday. It turns out that a gag order reportedly placed on scientists and employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violates the integrity …

Government

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Climate Change

Exxon must turn over decades of climate change research

So regulators can determine if it knew about the impact of its business and chose not to speak up.<p>A court in Massachusetts has ruled that Exxon Mobil must reveal how much it knew about our looming environmental apocalypse. The oil giant is under investigation by the state's attorney general, Maura …

Fake news is old news to climate scientists

Think fake news is a recent plague, borne of the presidential election? It’s not.<p>“The notion of ‘fake news’ is hardly new to climate scientists like …

Climate Change

The ethics of climate change: A primer

With a ratcheting up of awareness culminating in the Paris climate change conference, 2015 may have been the year that the threat of climate change was finally taken seriously. But a question remains: Who, if anyone, is most deserving of blame, and who should be held responsible?<p>Today, six of the …

Climate Change

Why climate change is an ethical problem

<b>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the ethics of global warming. Need a primer? Catch up here.</b><p><i>Stephen M. Gardiner is professor of philosophy, and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of</i> …

Climate Change

Exxon Goes After Climate NGOs, Warns Them Not To Destroy Communications

The oil giant says its request is "focused on groups or individuals directly involved in a campaign to discredit our company."<p>ExxonMobil appears to have hinted at possible subpoenas against numerous environmental groups investigating whether the oil giant covered up the risks of climate change.<p>An …

Climate Change

This Republican Is On A Crusade To Investigate Anyone Who Investigates Exxon

Not even the feds are safe from this climate denier’s shenanigans.<p>Go digging into Exxon Mobil’s past and you’ll almost certainly hear from a particular House Republican with a long history of denying climate change.<p>In recent months, the actions of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House …

The Ethics of Having Kids in a Climate Crisis

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.<i>NPR</i> …

Climate Change

Without a longer-term view, the Paris Agreement will lock in warming for centuries

Antarctica's ice sheets will continue to melt long after this century. Antarctica image from www.shutterstock.comThe Paris climate agreement set a …

Climate Change

Warren and Whitehouse: Exxon Climate Scandal a 'Master Class' in Corporate Rigging

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) have a thing or two to say to about efforts by Exxon, and their Republican …

America is too damn hot: U.S. faces dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity

Heat is the No.1 weather-related killer, and as carbon pollution continues, global temperatures will keep climbing<p><i>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.</i><p>Across the United States, we’ve hit the dog days of summer. Most regions are now seeing their hottest temperatures of the year, and …

Climate

Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court

The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost<p>Investigative journalism has uncovered a “web of denial” in which polluting industries pay “independent” groups to disseminate misinformation to the public and …

Did Exxon Lie About Global Warming?

At 9 a.m., ExxonMobil's shareholders start to file into Dallas' Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for their annual meeting. Security personnel check …

Earth-like planet that ‘could be habitable’ discovered

<b>Good news.</b><p>If we use up all the earth’s resources and predictions of a global warming Dooms Day type-scenario do come true, there might be a get out …

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. So why isn't it getting more play in the election?

With the exception of a handful of quacks and deniers, the vast majority of scientists believe that human activity – primarily the burning of fossil fuels – is driving up temperatures around the world, and that the pace of global warming is accelerating faster than earlier believed. Warmer …

Climate Change

Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past

The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields<p>There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global …

Paris agreement is a strong signal that 'we will solve climate crisis', Al Gore says

Leading environmental activist says cheaper renewable energy provides an opportunity to create a sustainable world economy – but we must do more<p>Al Gore, former US vice-president, Nobel laureate and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, has led the global discussion about climate change for many …

Climate justice and its role in the Paris Agreement

A woman in Burkina Faso collects firewood. Developing nations – and particularly women in these nations – are more vulnerable to climate change, and …

Climate Change

What if the whole world went vegan? - Conservation

If every person on Earth adopted a vegan diet – without milk, meat, honey, or any other animal-sourced foods – the greenhouse gas emissions …

Climate Change

Silliest Acaddemic Research Paper

Professor Mark Carey of the University of Oregon! He easily wins for his paper — funded to the tune of $412K by the National Science Foundation — on …

Climate Deniers Mock ‘Feminist Glaciology’ Study

The paper draws on the literature of feminist political ecology and geography, which examines...

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House Science Chair takes his war on climate science one step further

Lamar Smith — a Texas congressman and climate change denier who, for some reason, is also the chair of the House Science Committee — has quite a …

Climate Change

Exxon Mobil’s insane argument against action on climate change

Exxon Mobil has devised a bizarre new argument to wriggle away from its shareholders’ demands: Humanity can’t fix the problem we created, so we …

Climate Change

The major cause of inequality that no one's talking about

Everyone knows that wealth feeds wealth and the rich are getting richer.<p>But now a new study has found that even what is seemingly the most universal …

Slashing beef intake by half key to meeting climate targets, say scientists

Reducing beef consumption by almost half can help the planet from warming up, suggests a new study by Swedish climate scientists. The study …

Fossil fuel funded report denies the expert global warming consensus

The infamous Heartland Institute has distributed to elected officials a nonsense, non-science report full of denial<p>We all know about the various organizations that fund or support the climate-change denial industry. Perhaps the best known is the Heartland Institute, which actually puts on climate …