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A Review of Two Books by John Michael Greer: Dark Age America and The Retro Future

John Michael Greer acknowledges that his aim with Dark Age America is an ambitious one. The book is his attempt to sketch out the likely course of …

Sustainability

Sea Level Rise Is Accelerating And Its Rate Could Double In Next Century

This has important implications for the coast: It is much harder to plan for and adapt to accelerating sea level rise than it is for seas rising at a …

Climate Change

By 2100 Cities Are Going To Become Unbearably Warm

By 2050, 70% of the world's population could be living in cities.<p>Egan Jimenez Woodrow Wilson School<p>A heat wave is one of the deadliest forms of …

Climate Change

Is it Possible for Everyone to Live a Good Life within our Planet’s Limits?

Imagine a country that met the basic needs of its citizens – one where everyone could expect to live a long, healthy, happy and prosperous life. Now …

Sustainability

Here are all the ways climate change will ruin your flight

Look forward to disruptions related to heat, wind, and water.<p>Flying is kind of a drag. There are plenty of routine hassles—the airport security lines, the cramped seats on the plane, the jet lag once you arrive at your destination—not to mention all the delays and cancellations you can’t …

Climate Change

The 10 Best Environment, Climate Science and Conservation Books of 2017

Whether you are giving gifts to others or to yourself, or if your New Year’s resolution is to read more books, this list of the best popular science books of 2017 in environment, climate science and conservation is a great place to start reading and gifting<p>As I mentioned here, 2017 truly was the …

Books

2017 Crushed a Major Temperature Record and Scientists are Sounding the Alarm

It’s been very cold over North America for days, but globally, 2017 has ended up smashing the record for the hottest year on record without an El …

Global Warming

Greenland's ice sheet is driving global sea level rise. One section is melting 80% faster.

Scientists found ice melt runoff in a section of Greenland suddenly surged as the climate changed.<p>Average temperatures around the world may be slowly ticking upward, but their effects on the environment can be sharp and quick.<p>Earlier this week, we learned that Arctic sea ice extent is declining at …

How to Lose the Climate War

<i>Published by</i> <i>INSURGE INTELLIGENCE</i><i>, a participatory investigative journalism platform for Open Inquiry and coordinated action in service of people and</i> …

The most accurate climate change models are the ones predicting the most alarming consequences

Print<p>The climate change simulations that best capture current planetary conditions are also the ones that predict the most dire levels of …

Climate Change

Rising seas may eventually submerge some important U.S. historical landmarks

Sea-level rise this century may threaten Jamestown in Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas; the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which launches all of NASA's human spaceflight missions; and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina, the tallest brick lighthouse in …

Climate Change

Global catastrophe is just two melted glaciers away

In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization …

Climate Change

The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid

Even casual readers of the news know that the earth is probably going to look very different in 2100, and not in a good way.<p>A recent Times opinion piece included this quotation from the paleoclimatologist Lee Kump: “The rate at which we’re injecting CO2 into the atmosphere today, according to our …

Morality

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe

More than 15,000 scientists have signed a chilling article titled “World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," urging global leaders to …

Climate Change

Over half of Greenland’s ice sheet is in danger of melting.

New research in the journal Geophysical Research Letters confirms that 139 glaciers are exposed to the melting influence of ocean water, many of …

The Climate Risks We Face

Since the dawn of the industrial age, humans have been pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning coal, oil and gas. Researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory, perched on the side of a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, have measured atmospheric levels of this …

Climate Change

An apocalyptic mass extinction will begin in 2100, scientists say

A mass extinction that wipes out humanity will be under way by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so …

New study shows a 1-in-20 chance climate change will cause a complete societal collapse

Most of the world’s human population, and the health of ecosystems across the planet, could face an existential threat by the end of the century if …

Stop Talking Right Now about the Threat of Climate Change. It’s Here; it’s Happening

Because we have burned so much oil and gas and coal, we have put huge clouds of CO2 and methane in the air; because the structure of those molecules …

Climate Change

What Lies Beneath? The Scientific Understatement of Climate Risks

A fast, emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change. But this is excluded from …

Sustainability

Three Things We Don’t Understand About Climate Change

Thinking about climate change is not something that comes natural to humans — or ‘consumers’ as we have been called for decades. It is not only …

CO2 is Changing the Jet Stream in Ways that will Create more Harveys

The evidence is mounting that we have entered a new regime of prolonged record-smashing extreme weather events thanks to our as-yet unrestricted …

Climate Change

Harvey is part of a pattern of extreme weather scientists saw coming. They're still shocked.

“We still get overwhelmed because extreme weather is by its nature peculiar.”<p>There is nothing surprising about a hurricane hitting the central Texas coast in late August, as Hurricane Harvey did on Friday night. Hurricanes have been recorded since Christopher Columbus encountered one in 1495. We …

How Will Human-Forced Climate Change Affect the Pacific Northwest?

<b>It is an issue of extreme interest to almost everyone: how will human-forced climate change affect our region?</b> <br>This blog will review what I believe …

Climate Change

Why Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us

Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Until we …

Sustainability

Persistent wildfires raging in Greenland signal a changing Arctic climate

Greenland, the land of ice and snow, is burning

This is going to sound weird, but there’s a wildfire right now in west Greenland. You know, that huge island of mostly ice? Part of it is on …

Climate change will feed wildfires: experts

Out-of-control wildfires like the ones that brought destruction to southern Europe, North America and parts of South Africa in recent weeks will …

Climate Change

Climate Change Is Killing Us Right Now

<i>This story originally appeared on New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>A young, fit US soldier is marching in a Middle Eastern …

Climate change scientists 'very worried' Greenland ice sheet might start to melt 'faster and faster'

Scientists are “very worried” that the Greenland ice sheet might start to melt “faster and faster”, a leading scientist has said.<p>The problem is that …