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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 special interests that profit from fossil fuels will not wither away and die without a fight. They have deep pockets, and they will stop at nothing to disrupt and delay this historic transition. So let's stand up to them.
In America today, the truth is upside down on clean energy. We have allowed ourselves to be successfully tarred as the people who will hurt the economy by the fossil fuel forces who will guarantee the economic decline of America.
Our media has a responsibility to educate the public on issues affecting the planet. Covering the climate crisis only as a political issue shields from public view the vital scientific and moral elements of the debate.
The best way to counter back-room lobbying and misinformation about climate change is not to hunker down as some climate scientists have, but to foster greater transparency and open debate around the risks of not acting now.
Low carbon technologies, renewables and balanced energy polices -- and their export potential -- represent a new way of living that can help free us from today's high unemployment and the specter of economic stagnation.