Al Gore is back in the spotlight with his cause célèbre: the perils of climate change. His new documentary is out, and
it comes at a moment when the world’s largest economy
is reconsidering its commitments.
By backing off on climate change agreements and ignoring the ever-growing industry of renewable energy, the new US president is assuring that China will eventually become a future energy leader.
Recent studies show that climate change associated with pollution has led to an increase in mercury levels found in fish. Unfortunately, lowering the levels is more complicated than just controlling emissions.
Americans are confused about what scientists have concluded with regard to climate change. That’s because the fossil fuel industry has been systematically funding a misinformation campaign about the role of carbon emissions in order to protect their interests.
With the climate heating up, glaciers melting and sea levels rising, coastal cities are in danger. One solution is to build high-tech floating islands that will rise and fall with the water.
China is in the midst of a renewable energy revolution. Plagued by growing air pollution and the need to import fossil fuels from abroad, Beijing’s energy strategy is beginning to pay off both economically and environmentally.
As the temperature at the poles rises, so do the water levels throughout the rest of the world. One of the first victims is the reindeer population. The rest of the world will no doubt follow.
Although the scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that global warming has been gravely exacerbated by human activity, there are some phenomena, such as growing atoll islands, that give cause for skepticism.
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, many of its commitments to EU regulations on climate regulations will be reconsidered. And the correlation between Brexiters and climate deniers is disturbing.
The evaporation of a lake in the Bolivian Andes is indicative of the key issue surrounding climate change negotiations: how to reconcile emissions reduction without affecting the economic growth of developing countries.
The crusade against GMOs has gotten out of hand. Despite volumes of scientific studies, Greenpeace insists on denouncing agricultural biotech innovations as unsafe. Unfortunately, the planet’s poorest will pay the highest price.
Many sites across the world are at risk from climate change. But some governments would prefer not to have too much publicity in that regard, lest the gathering reality have a negative impact on tourism.
The signing of the Paris Agreement by 175 parties is a major step in stemming climate change. But the future will be a long hard slog to keep the world from overheating.
What do narrow tree rings in Florida have to do with encroaching glaciers in Greenland? Both are connected to a lull in sunspot activity.
The sudden drop in oil prices has significant implications for oil extraction and, consequently, on carbon emissions.
Climate change may soon be affecting the world’s most important chocolate- producing regions. Barring a concerted effort by farmers and producers to adapt,
the world’s chocolate lovers may face a dire situation in the not- so-distant future.
The climate agreement signed in Paris has been hailed as a great achievement by leaders and participants at the Climate Change Conference. Some important critics, however, see it as an outright fraud.
As we gear up for the Paris climate conference, there are signs to encourage the optimists: the bilateral agreement between the US and China, and an understanding that fixing policy is more effective than reducing gases.
In his most recent encyclical, the Pope has called on all people, not just Christians, to take responsibility for protecting creation against humanity’s self-destructive streak.
Severe climate change disrupts societies and creates political instability. In Syria, just prior to the civil war, a prolonged drought forced large segments of the population from the countryside to the city.
New technologies have combined with government incentives to raise the profile of wind power. Despite its persistent shortcomings, wind should prove to be a crucial element in our energy future.
California’s drought is the worst since records have been kept. If it continues, then the state will be forced to make the regulatory and infrastructure changes it has thus far been reluctant to make.
At every summit on climate change nations make pledges to contribute to the financing of initiatives. Over the years, developing countries have become cautious regarding commitments from developed countries, which do not always materialize.
Carbon emissions lead to more CO2, which plants use to make their food. Studies are now registering more plant life in the world. This might be due
to an increase in carbon emissions. So in effect, the main culprit of global warming might become responsible for a greener planet.
One of the biggest obstacles in achieving a climate change agreement has been a seeming contradiction between the right to growth of the developing world and energy related emissions reduction.
Tackling climate change requires investment. But the source of this investment has led to conflict at recent summits to address the issue. One development is the steady increase of developing economies helping other developing economies.
In an attempt to lower carbon emissions, a movement to boycott investment in fossil fuels has begun. While the motives may be noble, the efforts, upon closer inspection, are rather unrealistic.
Thanks to the Suez Canal, many alien organisms have entered the Mediterranean Sea. With Egypt planning to widen the channel, an environmental challenge must be addressed with methods that will prevent a potential ecosystem upheaval.
The US-China agreement on carbon emissions is a positive step forward, but closer inspection shows that it was formulated in a way that would not arouse too much opposition from domestic opponents on either side.
As winter approaches Europeans are again realizing just how vulnerable they are when it comes to fuel supplies. This awareness is pushing the EU to establish a unified Regional Policy in order to protect its fuel sources.
If we are to combat global warming, shifting energy systems towards carbon neutral technologies will be essential. Carbon capture and storage can help reach international goals.
The next frontier of Chinese economic growth could come in part from a much needed effort to curtail the pollution in its major cities and make residential buildings on the whole greener.
Although the world economy is still highly dependent on fossil fuels, we are approaching a point in time when oil will not be worth the trouble. At the forefront in preparations is one of the world’s biggest oil-producing nations.
The US state of Florida, especially the city of Miami, is vulnerable to sea level rise. Almost everyone agrees that something needs to be done. Unfortunately, some politicians fear alienating the economic interests that support them.
Southern California had been enjoying a respite in seismic activity until an earthquake hit this year. Now the fear of a long overdue giant quake has got the population on edge.
The US government’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review explores the implications of climate change on defense strategy. Can it also extrapolate the security benefits of reducing carbon emissions?
As global temperatures rise, possible sites for the Winter Olympics are diminishing. A new report shows that skiers at once storied Olympic sites will soon be struggling with slush.
The money sustaining the climate change counter-movement comes largely from vested business interests. But rather than using it to fudge scientific data, which is harder than it seems, the fund go mostly to PR and lobbying.
There is no doubt that the Earth is warming. Yet while many scientists predict a hot future, others have predicted a new Ice Age in northwestern Europe due to a weakening of the Gulf Stream.
One of the biggest environmental problems facing us in the future is the extinction of plant and animal species within delicate ecosystems due to rapid population growth.
Can rising sea levels be equated with government persecution? A court in New Zealand has had to deal with the question of whether people escaping the effects of environmental catastrophe can be treated as political refugees.
After years of stagnation and then the tsunami, the Japanese finally have something to get enthusiastic about. Their successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games should pull them out of the doldrums as well as focus attention on the Fukushima cleanup.
The water in the Pearl River Delta is so polluted that the population of pink dolphins, which had become a symbol of Hong Kong, is now at risk. Efforts are currently under way to mitigate the danger.
Climate change has opened new frontiers in the wine industry. As traditional winegrowing regions become hotter and drier, the quality of the grapes grown there, and hence the wine, will inevitably be affected.
Venezuela’s economy is driven by the oil industry. Although for years Chavez blamed developed nations for the ecological crisis, he was always ambiguous when it came to greening the industry that fueled his Socialist agenda.
John Kerry, long a champion in the fight against climate change, will get a chance as the new Secretary of State to link environmental issues with those of national security, and reestablish the US as a “green” leader.
A corollary of climate change is the increase of extreme weather and the damage it inflicts on private property. In order to cope with the changes, insurers need to reassess their policies on catastrophe insurance.
Incremental progress was made at the most recent climate change conference. A new regime with more rational classifications has been established. But will the US and China, the two biggest polluters, ratify the agreement?
America keeps getting battered by hurricanes – and in some of the most densely populated parts of the country. Governments are now ramping up preparations for the stronger and more frequent storms that scientists predict for the future.
In just a few years, thanks to government subsidies, the Chinese have almost cornered the solar panel market. After the US hit Chinese imports with tariffs, the EU is now considering antidumping action against China, raising the tension level on all sides.
Between global warming and illegal fishing, hundreds of fish species are at risk of extinction. One way of combatting this problem in the short term is to get tough with those who fish illegally.
All businesses are vulnerable to weather and climatic conditions. Adaptation is imperative. As businesses adapt, an array of opportunities open up.
The surge of piracy around the Horn of Africa has sent shippers scrambling for alternative sea routes. Ironically, the effects of global warming could offer up new passages in the Arctic.
Coastal cities like Venice have the most to lose as sea levels rise. Yet the need to protect homes, habitats and heritage has inspired an international collaborative effort to adapt as the sea encroaches inexorably on one of Italy’s cultural treasures.
The effects of global warming have manifested in a spate of extreme weather. If the trend continues, insurance companies will need to tweak their models or suffer financial losses.
In the span of a year, nuclear power has gone from being seen as the most viable clean energy source to a dangerous and overly expensive vestige. What can be done to revive it?
When theMaldives government fell, the tiny archipelago nationmay have set off a symbolic sinking of all communities located at sea level.
In the name of jobs, the US president has had to sacrifice his loftier promises about dealing with climate change, much to the dismay of those who hoped he would have an impact.
Is climate change a security issue? The debate is gaining traction in the UN, but the issue has been met with resistance, suspicion and a fair share of hypocrisy.
What does fear of darkness have to do with melting ice caps? For penguins, the combination may lead to extinction.
Most people are alarmed by climate change because it is poisoning our planet. Now others are joining the bandwagon for the sole reason that it will negatively affect their bottom line.