To be clear, we are not suggesting ending the use of fossil fuels tomorrow. Decarbonizing our industries, homes, transportation, power generation and food production will take time. But we must make this transition as quickly as humanly possible.
Youth sports are in desperate need of reform. Less and less kids are playing sports in America and kids from disadvantaged economic backgrounds are...
On June 15, environmental activists gathered at the Smithsonian Castle for the institution's Board of Regents meeting, and marched to the National Museum of Natural History to protest climate-denier-oil-baron David Koch being on the museum's advisory board.
There are five months remaining until COP21; however, there are less than 10 days of negotiations left until the Paris meeting -- only two more meetings of negotiators, one in August and one in October. This is not very much time at all to finalize the conditions of the framework and have all parties agree to implementation.
When it comes to saving our oceans, I'm wondering: What would Pope Francis do? With his sprawling encyclical on the fate of our planet this month, the pope became an unexpected revolutionary. I never thought I'd see bold environmental leadership arise from this powerful, historically conservative institution.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. ...
It has been a bad couple of weeks for regressives (the accurate term for "conservatives"). The 10-day period from June 18 to June 26 has been such a disastrous time for regressives that it may be looked back upon as the time when it became clear that history has passed by the "Conservative Movement" and left it untenable.
Although fossil fuels and renewable energy are not mutually exclusive in aiding development efforts, the truth is that when we take a closer look, we can actually see that research supports the importance of renewable energy in achieving economic development and universal energy access.
I never expected to sit down and read a 180-page treatise written by the pope. As a Jew, I don't generally spend my spare time studying Catholic teachings. But I do think about my children's future, and how climate change will alter their lives.
Last week, in a message addressed to the world, Pope Francis took the truly historic step of defining climate change and environmental stewardship in strictly moral terms.
He is being honest. He is revealing what our leaders want to hide. And he is calling politicians and economists to be truthful in their accounting of the benefits and costs associated with their policies.
Doesn't religious belief prevent those of faith from engaging with the insights of science? Actually, not really.
The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.
The White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new peer-reviewed report saying inaction on climate change is a dire threat to human health and the economy. It specifically estimates the physical monetary paybacks across 20 sectors of the U.S. by year 2100 if world leaders successfully limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Offsetting isn't a complete and total "fix" to the climate mess, and it isn't intended to be. Poorly implemented, it may even become the ploy the pope worries about. But done right, it's an incredibly effective tool in a very large toolbox, yet it will only deliver on a large scale if it's embedded in a functional, well-regulated, and global climate-change response.