Then things go very wrong. But when Noah's family gathers food for all the animals and for themselves into the ark, they all share again, living peaceably for the year they spend shut in during the flood.
What exactly is it that Jeb's dodging? I think he is trying to escape the "denier" label. He has constructed an extreme strawman in an effort to seem moderate. He addressed the word "denier" in this most recent interview, mocking those (like me, I suppose) who use the word.
This weekend, I'm thinking about the real value of the "cheap" gas we're burning, the real value of a small plastic bottle of clean water, the real value of an American soldier.
The advent of a strong voice from the medical profession, in the push for a meaningful climate treaty at the Paris Climate Summit in December, is hugely welcome. It is part of a multi-sectoral mobilisation that is offering increasing hope around the world that humankind can see off the climate-change threat, and spin its collective response into a global renaissance.
If they do not convince more people to take action (that the problem represents an opportunity for those who come up with solutions) the power of capitalism will not be leveraged to solve this problem.
From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agenda around those goals. Therefore 2015 is a unique year to shape the agenda for the next 15 years.
Energy supply is inevitably linked to this challenge. Energy and its appropriate availability to all people can boost economic development and human well-being (e.g. cooking, heating, cooling, lighting, transportation). But it could also worsen the adverse impacts such as climate change, air pollution, and regional disparities.
The forests that produce our oxygen are in turn dependent on animal species that are sustained by them, and pay it back in various ways, such as by dispersing seeds. The vast interdependence of life is a bedrock principle of biology, from bees to buffalo to banyan trees. As glaciers melt and sea levels rise, our fellow species and we will sink or swim together.
I have a duty not to interfere with your freedom of speech for example. Positive rights are duties I have to do things for you -- like a duty to provide you with food. Philosophy is pretty good at generating an account of negative rights.
Pope Francis's much anticipated encyclical on the environment and address to the UN provides Catholics a rare opportunity to take the lead on presenting the moral argument surrounding climate change.
Elders around the world may be our best hope for solving the "super wicked" problem of climate change. Short-term thinking created our current climate predicament.
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California is joining a climate agreement with eight foreign nations and four states that aims to keep the world's average temperature from rising another 2 degrees Celsius. All signatories of the Under 2 MOU commit to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieve a per capita annual emissions target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.
This week Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut wisely announced a new electric car rebate program that gives a more immediate discount than any other state has provided to date; you get the rebate right at the dealership, whether you're leasing or buying the car. In the car-selling world, they call that "cash on the hood of the car."
Now, with the quakes disrupting the wheat harvest and maize planting season, and with assets, infrastructure and markets destroyed, the challenge ahead is to provide immediate relief while staying the course for long-term improvements.
Carbon pollution is undeniably the material cause of Earth's climate breakdown, but what is the root cause? Blaming our growth-dependent economic systems does not, in my view, go deep enough. Ultimately, religion is responsible -- but not in the way secularists might assume.