The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. This staggering reversal of decades of Chinese energy policy was the inevitable result of China's recent pledge to peak CO2 use in 2030 or earlier, especially when combined with goals to slash air pollution. Here's why.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named retiring 8-term Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), a physicist, as their next CEO. It's a good match. Both Holt and the AAAS are equally alarmed about our inaction on human-caused climate change.
The new U.S.-China climate deal greatly increases the chance of a global agreement in 2015 that could put the world on a path toward avoiding catastrophic warming. It also ensures that carbon-free energy will be the dominant source of new energy in the coming decades.
If the lesson some people learn from the 2014 election is that trying to put climate change, clean energy, and the environment on the national agenda won't ever work, they will be learning exactly the wrong lesson. Here's why.
The world's leading scientists and governments repeatedly emphasize "irreversible impacts" of human-caused climate change. What do they mean by irreversible and why is it so important to understanding the unique immorality of inaction?
The world’s top scientists and governments have issued their bluntest plea yet to the world: Slash carbon pollution now (at a very low cost) or risk “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”