Tag Archives: Climate change

Climate change and poverty are as much of a threat as terrorism for many young people

Climate change and poverty are as much of a threat as terrorism for many young people

It will probably come as little surprise that recent surveys have found the majority of adults in Europe think that international terrorism is the most pressing threat to the continent. Though this is valuable information about what adults think, little is known about what children and young people perceive as the greatest threats to life […] … learn more→

Trump questionnaire recalls dark history of ideology-driven science

Trump questionnaire recalls dark history of ideology-driven science

President-elect Trump has called global warming “bullshit” and a “Chinese hoax.” He has promised to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate treaty and to “bring back coal,” the world’s dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuel. The incoming administration has paraded a roster of climate change deniers for top jobs. On Dec. 13, Trump named former Texas Governor […] … learn more→

Lord Krebs: scientists must challenge poor media reporting on climate change

Lord Krebs: scientists must challenge poor media reporting on climate change

Ocean acidification is causing fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry of the world’s oceans yet only one in five Britons has even heard of ocean acidification, let alone believes it a cause for concern. Around 97% of climate scientists believe global warming is principally driven by human activity, yet only 16% of the public […] … learn more→

How hot is it? Why even skeptics should trust climate scientists

There’s a reason no one can agree about climate change, and on some level, it’s the same reason you curse the gods on rainy days when the forecast said sunny. Meteorology and climate science, in general, are complicated and speculative — reliant on mathematical models that aren’t always fully accurate to paint pictures of yesterday, […] … learn more→

Gambling on climate change

1. Do you think climate change is an urgent problem? 2. Do you think getting the world off fossil fuels is difficult? Those are the questions with which Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund and Martin L. Weitzman of Harvard begin Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet (Princeton University Press). The […] … learn more→

How well prepared are businesses for climate change?

The world is changing. The weather is becoming more volatile, with the number of extreme weather events on the rise. Climate change represents the new normal: the Earth is already showing the impacts of our actions, which will continue to become more visible. More and more businesses recognize what is at stake and are grappling […] … learn more→

Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed

If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average. Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year for […] … learn more→

Australian Academy of Science brings climate change closer to home

The Australian Academy of Sciences today released the new The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. This is an extensively revised update of a similar publication in 2010. Its stated purpose is to “provide an understanding based on our present scientific knowledge, of some key questions about climate change”. What is notable about the […] … learn more→

Isolated scholars: Making bricks, not shaping policy

In last month’s State of the Union address, President Obama sounded the alarm on climate change, pausing to enumerate his administration’s accomplishments but also underscoring the problems that lie ahead. Though his speech encompassed myriad issues facing the American public, Obama emphasized that \”no challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.\” […] … learn more→

The economic cost of climate change: time for new math

Climate change is as much an economic problem as an environmental one. The effects of climate change, such as damage from more severe weather or health problems from higher temperatures, will impose a cost on society. On the other hand, moving away from a fossil fuel-based energy system will require significant investments into low-carbon technologies. […] … learn more→