2018/08/14: none of this is inevitable, and one of the main barriers between us and a stable planet - one that isn’t actively hostile to human civilization over the long term - our economic system.
dramatically reimagine sectors like transportation and agriculture “at very fast rates.”
humans have to create their own negative feedback mechanisms so the Earth can maintain a stable level of carbon in the atmosphere. That means expanding and repairing the Earth’s natural “carbon sinks,” like big forests that can effectively suck emissions out of the atmosphere and store them naturally.
For high-emitting countries like the U.S., Steffen says the first step to avoiding planetary apocalypse is basically self-evident: “absolutely no new fossil fuel developments. None. That means no new coal mines, no new oil wells, no new gas fields, no new unconventional gas fracking. Nothing new. Second, you need to have a rapid phase-out plan for existing fossil fuels,” starting with coal
The monetary stakes, it turns out, are not the biggest obstacle to rational action on global warming.
On Thursday, President Trump made the first major move of his administration since the appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: he withdrew from the Paris Accord, a non-treaty entered into by President Obama that committed the United States to serious economic deprivation in order to ac
That might sound crazy. These days, with the Trump gang on a smashing spree through America's science and environmental laws, it's easy to feel pessimistic. It's easy to think that with progress
Can we transition to these renewable energy sources and continue using energy the way we do today?
Chinese miners dug up 3.87 billion tonnes of coal last year, leaving the country grappling with major environmental problems from crippling air pollution to dried-up riverbeds
A new study shows that extra CO2 in the atmosphere isn't speeding up rainforest tree growth. Uh oh?
Peabody Energy, the world's biggest private coal company, is trying to pitch itself as a friend of poor people. Oh, the ironies abound.
Glasgow recently became the first European university to join the rapidly-expanding fossil free divestment movement. Following hot on the heels of the Australian National University, Glasgow promised to
I've heard it many a time, and you probably have too. It's supposedly the trump card to any argument on addressing climate change globally: "Yeah, but what's the point? Isn't China building a new coal
Dropping shares in fossil fuel companies might not make a huge difference on its own, but it can help lay the groundwork for other types of climate progress.
China's recent move to limit imports of the dirtiest coal from 2015 onwards is a scary prospect for Australian miners. The proposed restrictions will ban the burning of coal with high levels of ash or
If we don't act fast and act big with a carbon tax, says Henry Paulson, we'll face a crisis that will dwarf the banking collapse.
Landmark UN analysis concludes global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth
Druid perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society
Some developing countries have oversized carbon footprints because they manufacture so much of our junk, and their factories are sending smog back our way.
The European Commission has presented a new climate and energy policy framework for 2030 that focuses heavily on emissions reductions. Currently the EU implements "20-20-20" targets, which require a 20
Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show