Arctic sea ice has been in a death spiral for over 30 years with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise and permafrost melt. As the surface area of sea ice has declined, the ice thickness during the summer minimum dropped a remarkable 85% from 1975 to 2012.
Leading climate scientists and museum experts called on science and natural history museums to “cut all ties with the fossil fuel industry and funders of climate science obfuscation.” In a letter released this week, scientists and museum experts specifically singled out David Koch.
The Smithsonian is damaging its reputation with a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a misleading Koch-funded exhibit downplaying the risks posed by human-caused climate change. Time for the world’s “largest museum and research complex” to cut ties with the anti-science crowd.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is taking unprecedented steps to block climate action. But while his efforts can’t save the coal industry, which is “dead man walking,” he can make it much harder for Americans to save ourselves from Dust-Bowlification and the loss of our coastal cities.
The now-classic book “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming” has been made into a must-see documentary. The impeccable story-telling, clever visuals, and existentially important theme-make this an instant classic.
March 2014 to February 2015 was the hottest 12-month period in NASA’s database. The global warming trend that made 2014 the hottest calendar year on record is continuing. The latest science says we should soon be entering a period of rapid surface warming. It might be here now.
Energy-related CO2 emissions flatlined globally in 2014, while the world economy grew. The International Energy Agency reports is “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of [CO2] that was not tied to an economic downturn.” Here's who deserves credit.