Two pessimistic National Academy reports on "geoengineering" reject the term because “we felt ‘engineering’ implied a level of control that is illusory.” They find "There is no substitute for dramatic reductions in the emissions of CO2 ... to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change."
If you feel a moral obligation to embrace science-based strategies to protect “unsuspecting infants” from serious dangers, should you be more concerned about those who oppose mandatory vaccinations for childhood diseases or those who oppose mandatory action against climate change?
What would it mean if there is a global agreement coming out of Paris? To quote Churchill’s remarks after the Allies defeated Rommel for the Battle of Egypt in the fall of 1942, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
The Energy Department has pulled the plug on FutureGen 2.0, an attempt to reboot a failed Bush-era project to capture CO2 from a coal power plant and bury it underground. It's more evidence we shouldn’t expect large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage before the 2030s at the earliest.
If the world keeps listening to the siren song of delay from the anti-science crowd and their enablers, then eventually people won't go through this elaborate charade of wondering whether some large rodent in Pennsylvania can predict the weather — the forecast will always be the same. “Bloody hot.”
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.