Yesterday, for the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million in our planet's atmosphere. Now, more than ever before, we are reaping the consequences of our recklessness.
Given the domination of our political system by big money in this post-Citizens United world, the question is whether it will be possible for the U.S. government to take the large-scale political actions that are necessary to address climate change.
The West Antarctic Peninsula is warming about four times faster than the global average. It is the biggest "canary in the coal mine," signaling one of the largest impacts of climate change for the entire world.
Oil and coal companies and their allies are working hard to deceive the public about climate change. They have nearly unlimited resources to sow doubt, but we have one critical advantage: Reality is on our side.
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.
Much of the media has done a particularly bad job covering the climate crisis. Instead of informing the public about the facts, they have treated the issue as if the same political divisions they cover also exist in the scientific community.