William Leslie

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There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history. Now we’re facing a sixth.

There have been five mass extinction events in Earth's history. In the worst one, 250 million years ago, 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species died off. It took millions of years to recover.<p>Nowadays, many scientists are predicting that we're on track for a sixth mass …

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene

Roy Scranton at <i>The Opinionater</i>:<p>The biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we …

The Price Of Ignoring Climate Change Is Far Higher Than We Think

In the future, society will have to pay for each puff of carbon emissions emitted today. And the bill from the damages–from rising seas and the spread of diseases–is going to cause sticker shock.<p>Critics of strong national climate change policies often talk about how much taking action costs the …

Fossil Fuels

How climate change will hurt the U.S.

Slide 1 of 10<p>At left, Michael Stanek hugs his daughter Kennedy amid the rubble of homes in Vilonia, Ark. in April. A tornado-packing storm system …

Climate Change

States of Denial: We Don't Need No Climate Education

Given the flagging rank of American students in science and math, updated science standards would seem to be a good idea. But some are trying to block this progress. (iStockphoto/clearstockconcepts)<p>Oil and gas interests trump truth for many state legislators. The second in a two-part series.<p>Our …

A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change

This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that …

Fossil Fuels

How framing can move climate change from scientific to social fact

Most of us simply don't see ourselves in the melting ice, and the hockey-stick graphs – we need a way of thinking and speaking about the changing climate<p>Climate change is a scientific fact, and increasingly a lived human experience. But it is not yet what sociologists call "a social fact". It's not …

Climate Change Deniers Are Ignoring the Facts and Doubling Down on Their Extreme Beliefs

We are seeing the conversation on climate change shift, as the media has started asking candidates where they stand on this critical issue. The politicians who continue to ignore basic science and deny that climate change is occurring and human activity is a driving force behind it, are beginning …

John Oliver's viral video: the best climate debate you'll ever see

The new HBO comedy show <i>Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</i> recently made a mockery of media false balance in its climate science coverage. Oliver was interviewed on the science podcast <i>Inquiring Minds</i> last week, and host Chris Mooney voiced my feelings exactly:<p><i>"I feel like they said in 4 minutes</i> …

It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy …

Why 'Global Warming' Is Scarier Than 'Climate Change'

A quick check of the TIME.com archives reveals that I’ve used the term “global warming” in 545 posts, videos and articles—not counting this one. And …

Climate Change

The Pentagon Wants to Tackle Climate Change -- But Congress Forbids It

As rising sea levels begin to engulf naval bases and extreme weather exacerbates conflicts worldwide, the military has sounded the alarm that climate …

NASA Shows 60 Years of Climate Change in 15 Seconds

This winter has been kind of insane in the U.S., with a polar vortex one week and snow storms in the South the next, which has some climate …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Climate Change Will Challenge Our 'Capitalist Culture'

Neil deGrasse Tyson says the wealthy will soon be forced to pay attention to climate change: Not because of any political movement, but because of basic economics.<p>During an interview on All In With Chris Hayes on Monday, the renowned astrophysicist said the evidence is mounting that climate change …

Don’t care about climate change? Perhaps this artist & his trusty garden hose can help

I am the first to admit that I am not excited about climate change. I think it’s kind of a bad thing. Like, really bad. But it turns out it is far …