We need to shift financing and subsidies from dirty fossil fuel projects to renewables. Paris needs to stimulate new policies worldwide to put a price on carbon and to facilitate investments for a rapid global transition to renewable energy, especially in developing countries.
From desertification to eroding shores, climate change has intensified resource scarcity, poverty and hunger. Vast new waves of migration may have a political ignition, but the fuel is climate change, from Africa to Asia. Somehow, even Syria's conflict can be attributed to the spark of longer-term drought.
Last time we checked, global warming and climate change still exist for the same reasons as before. Sustained public pressure will now be needed to force politicians to take the next critical actions on climate.
Since September 2010, weather-related disasters were declared in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. And 40 million people live in counties recently affected by five or more disasters.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon ...
It's good to get people excited about science. Science is awesome! But let's not forget that science is a human endeavor built by, and for, real people. We can't stop at enthusiasm if we all want to move forward together.
This year's El Niño can already lay claim to spawning Mexico's record-breaking Hurricane Patricia or contributing to one of the worst ever outbreaks of peatland and forest fires in Indonesia, but it might only be just getting started.
For public agencies, the drought has highlighted how unprepared the region is for growing pressures from population growth and from climate change, which has already been implicated in worsening the severity of the drought.
Even if precipitation remained the same, the increased temperatures would mean that, instead of snow and accompanying snowpack, which serves as a natural reservoir that slowly releases water into the Colorado over the course of the year, rainwater would drench the system at points.
Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country's population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of sustained poverty reduction.
Developing countries lose more and are damaged more. This is why developing countries have been continuously, tirelessly fighting for loss and damage in the climate negotiations. Meanwhile, developed countries like the United States, those who have caused the climate change we know today, have only evaded the topic.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
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With dramatic El Nino conditions building in the Pacific and predictions of an unprecedented deluge of rain hitting drought-starved California this winter, will the "save water" mantra evaporate as the first raindrops fall?
The plains of Colorado's Western Slope were lush after heavy rains last spring. But a trend towards warmer, drier weather may soon leave the land par...
In what ways can we positively affect masses of people? That kind of philanthropy is really difficult. It's actually much more difficult than running a business.