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Climate Crisis

Can the Maritime Industry Rescue the World's Most Vulnerable?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The IMO, a UN body regulating international shipping, is meeting in London next week to look at proposals to reduce emissions from shipping, an increasingly large source of CO2 which is exempt from the Kyoto Protocol.

What Does Japan's Nuclear Crisis Mean for the Climate Movement?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, there has been an increased focus on prevention. Ironically enough, it is our failure to pay heed to the benefits of prevention that is at the root of the climate crisis.

To Address Climate Change We Need to Measure Poverty Better

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As long as we are unable to measure the poverty impact of climate change, we run the risk of either overestimating or underestimating the resources that will be needed to face it.

Preparing for the Next Oil Shock

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Even before the recent upheavals in the Middle East, there were signs that the time is approaching when global oil extraction will peak and begin its terminal decline.

The Epidemic Strikes Again

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

China is just the latest victim of the climate epidemic that it is taking its toll around the globe with palpable, often immediate disasters and human suffering.

Would Civil Disobedience Galvanize a Grassroots Climate Movement?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

While many still hope for a focal hero like Dr. King to come along and pull together the climate movement, we have to realize something -- the movement has already begun, and we are its heroes.

Revolutionary Egypt: From Red Sea Of Old To Tahrir Square Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Uprisings, whether in ancient or in modern Egypt, are not fulfilled by overthrowing pharaohs. There needs to be a "Sinai" and perhaps many years of troubled experiment and exploration.

The World's Most Dangerous Epidemic

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

The world is facing an escalating global epidemic. Today, it claims 350,000 deaths per year and in 2030 the annual death toll will be approaching one million -- the majority of them will be children.

An Answer for Bill O'Reilly

Al Gore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Al Gore

Last week on his show Bill O'Reilly asked, "Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?" and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question. As it happens, increased snowfall was fully predictable.

Skepticgate: Revealing Climate Denialists for What They Are

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Greenpeace USA's lead researcher just broke the story about a congressional investigation requested by Rep. Waxman that may finally put the climate denial machine under the microscope.

How to Talk to Climate Skeptics? Stick to the Basics

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The first question is actually whether you should deal with them at all. But if you do decide to go head-to-head, I would offer some advice.

The Koch Brothers' Climatologist

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Russ Baker

The other day, USA Today ran an article reporting that 2010 had tied 2005 as the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. But what really caught my eye was who they chose to question the significance of the news.

Why the Wild Winter Weather?

Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Winter weather has been especially harsh this year, as it was last year. Scientists have long predicted that weather across the Northern Hemisphere could get colder with global warming. How might this work?

Macrowikinomics: Wikinomics Meets the Energy Grid

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Don Tapscott

To really tip the scale in favor of green energy, we need an infusion of Wikinomics principles. The need for cross-sector collaboration in developing and scaling new technologies is paramount.

Climate Communications: Time to Up the Ante

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Whatever you think about the Cancun Agreements, there's no doubt that the climate movement needs to up its game in 2011.

From Cancún Compromises to Concrete Action: We Don't Need a Binding Deal to Act Now on Efficiency

Roger Platt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Roger Platt

What if you were told that the United Nations -- and its scientists and economists -- had already identified the biggest opportunity for greenhouse g...

The Human Climate: A Real Ecological Crisis

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

No matter how much we feel we care about our planet, to be confronted with the parts of ourselves that we may have amputated can be more alarming than anything else.

Look Beyond The UN For Climate Solutions

Tommy Stadlen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tommy Stadlen

Some argue we must trust the private sector to make green development profitable enough to slow warming. This is wishful thinking. Win-win opportunities exist, but not to the extent required to cut emissions radically.

What Happened (and Why): An Assessment of the Cancún Agreements

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Stavins

The acceptance of the Cancún Agreements suggests that the international diplomatic community may now recognize that incremental steps in the right direction are better than acrimonious debates over unachievable targets.

Fox News Manipulates Climate Coverage

Al Gore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Al Gore

Fox News has consistently delivered false and misleading information to its viewers about the climate crisis. New leaked emails now suggest that this bias comes directly from the executives responsible for their news coverage.

Climate Change Endangers Public Health in the United States

Cecil B. Wilson, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Cecil B. Wilson, M.D.

The urgency for climate change solutions is rapidly increasing and leading medical and public health groups across the country agree: climate change is hazardous to our health.

Building Blocks for a Climate Agreement

Gro Brundtland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gro Brundtland

In the transition to a low-carbon economy, a global registry of national targets for renewable energy and efficiency could lead to a "race to the top" -- a race that Denmark could win just as easily as its bigger neighbors.

Building Blocks Toward Global Climate Action

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Timothy E. Wirth

Rather than bemoan our human frailty, let us resolve to make what progress we can on climate change, when we can. Its rising impacts -- on our poorest neighbors today and on our children tomorrow -- demand no less.

The Next Crash Will Be Ecological -- and Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

The world's governments are gathering next week in Cancun with no momentum and very little pressure from their own populations to stop the ecological vandalism that has caused the hottest year on record.

The G-20: Fighting for a Safe Spot on the Deck of the Titanic

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ervin Laszlo

The ship is heading toward a iceberg, while passengers squabble to secure a spot on the upper deck. Does that make sense? To the leaders of the world's twenty richest nations, it apparently does.