Waterfowl are flying south weeks later than they did only a decade ago. And oysters are dying from the increased acidity of salt water, an effect caused by the ocean's absorption of carbon dioxide from the air. It's clear: We are already facing a crisis and we need to address it now.
The fate of coastal wetlands is another blatant example of hard over soft. Once massive buffers against storm incursion, wetlands served human needs additionally through complementary cultivation of hay for fodder for saltwater farms.
As an environmental leader and as a Catholic Latina mother, I hope Pope Francis will be a voice against climate change, deadly pollution, and the destruction of natural resources that threaten our planet and the lives of the poor most severely.
Recently, two organizations combined their talents and experience to address ocean solutions on the scale required to make a difference. As we always tend to measure value in dollars, they predicated their recommendations on the following analysis:
Two Sundays ago, I traveled to the nation's capital to attend what was billed as "the largest climate rally in history" and I haven't been able to get the experience -- or a question that haunted me -- out of my mind. Where was everybody?
Dire warnings that our localized environmental impacts could trigger global-scale "tipping points" and permanently break the planet have no scientific basis, authors of a new paper argue. Not everyone agrees.
You know the news is going to be bad when they bury it at 4 p.m. on a Friday. We dealt with this for eight years during the Bush administration. I never thought we'd be doing it again under John Kerry's State Department.
It could be difficult for human civilization to survive a global catastrophe like rapid climate change, nuclear war, or a pandemic disease outbreak. But imagine if two catastrophes strike at the same time.