The top climate issue is the cost and consequences of inaction. The science now makes clear failure to very aggressively try to "solve" climate change is not either a rational or moral option for a nation or humanity as a whole. Fortunately, solving climate change is super-cheap!
The "Après nous le déluge" Koch brothers are placing an $889 million bet they can stop the rational, moral path of climate action in its tracks in 2016 -- so they can extract a few more tens of billions of dollars while dooming billions of people to unnecessary suffering. What are you going to do?
Another epic blizzard is bearing down on New England. There is a long-term pattern of more extreme precipitation in this country, particularly in New England in the winter. Climate scientists had long predicted this would happen in a warming world. Here's why.
Climate scientist, Nicole Hammer, will be in the First Lady's box tonight. I spoke to her about her work with Moms Clean Air Force to “mobilize the Latino community to understand and address the devastating effects that disproportionately affect the health of Hispanics and their families.”
NOAA and NASA report 2014 was the hottest year on record. The 2010s are on track to be hottest decade on record. The 1980s were the hottest decade at the time. Then they were beat by 1990s, which in turn were beat by the 2000s. And we'll keep setting records unless we slash carbon pollution ASAP.
The Northern Hemisphere has recently seen a big jump in extreme weather events. A growing body of research ties that jump to “more frequent high-amplitude (wavy) jet-stream configurations that favor persistent weather patterns” (as a new 2015 study puts it) -- linked directly to global warming.
It is government's job to tell farmers the best science as we know it today. If some choose to reject the truth because of their anti-science ideology then at least the majority can fully understand why they need to make serious planning efforts to deal with extreme weather, drought, and the like.
Smoldering peat fires release staggering amounts of CO2. Since drying out the peat wetlands worsens those fires, and since global warming is one reason they are drying out, this process is at risk of becoming a vicious circle, a dangerous amplifying carbon cycle feedback.