January 2, 2016
By Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Daniel Press Among climate scientists, the consensus is that we must become carbon-neutral by 2050 to avoid catastrophic environmental disruptions. Negotiators at the recent summit in Paris accordingly focused on curbing carbon dioxide emissions. There's a major problem, however, with a CO2-centric strategy. Because carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for a century or more, and because we won't abandon fossil fuels overnight, neutrality by 2050 simply isn't good enough to keep the Earth from warming 2 degrees Celsius - the generally agreed-upon limit - much less the ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius that many nations support.
December 21, 2015 |
A week after world officials reached a historic agreement in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change, a group of local environmental activists gathered Saturday in Philadelphia to energize each other for the city's role. "It will come down to the local [levels] and states to really lead the way," said Anthony Giancatarino, director of the energy democracy program at the Center for Social Inclusion. "We actually have a huge role to play. " The international agreement gives Philadelphia "a backdrop to be ambitious" in its actions to curb climate change, said Giancatarino, who is also chair of the policy committee at Green Justice Philly.
December 8, 2015 |
While many American Jews are committed to social justice issues, climate change is a cause they have been "slow to embrace," a rabbi told a conference in Bala Cynwyd on Sunday. "Why is climate change not a Jewish issue?" Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin asked the 40 people gathered at Temple Adath Israel for an afternoon program titled "Protecting Creation. " The answer might be that many Jews are focused on causes like civil rights, fair labor, the security of Israel, and the needs of the poor and elderly, Cardin proposed.
December 5, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE Bay watch Thanks for the editorial "Weaker than the storms" (Tuesday). Discussions of storm damage always seem to focus on ocean-side dunes and crashing waves behind weather reporters. But on a barrier island like Long Beach Island, storm surges can destroy the homes, properties, and lives of those who live on the bay side. All the dune-building in the world will not have an impact on bay-side storm surges, in which the low-lying land is no match for the rapidly rising water.
December 2, 2015
HAVE THEY gone crazy? From reports of the kinds of protest, some college students are auditioning for "The Gong Show. " Today's activists are the minority of college youth, as they always are, and are starved for an inspirational, generation-defining issue. Over the weekend, journalist and analyst Juan Williams said something that summarized my thoughts. When he was in college, he and his activist friends had explosive issues such as segregation, voting rights, the draft, the Vietnam War to protest.
November 23, 2015
ISSUE | CITY FIREFIGHTERS Keep Sawyer at helm As a proud supporter of Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Club Valiants, a Philadelphia association of minority firefighters, urges him to retain Derrick Sawyer as the city's fire commissioner. Sawyer embodies the qualities that every successful leader must have: competence, knowledge, courage, loyalty, and dedication. Sawyer is a self-driven and meticulous individual who can multitask and function in high-stress, fast-paced environments. He is a quantitative and analytical thinker with a professional attitude and diligent work ethic.
November 20, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE Focus on today Amy Feldman, the Narberth homeowner who came to appreciate the effects of environmental conditions on health and became an active member of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, should reconsider her support for the CCL's dangerous plans ("A facelift for this cold house," Sunday). Around the world, people suffer because of climate change. Yet aid agencies are unable to properly help them because of the nearly $1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 7 percent is dedicated to adaptation support.
November 12, 2015 |
At the end of the Obama administration's speed-of-tar deliberations on the Keystone XL pipeline, even the president acknowledged that the project was not especially important to the environment or the economy. Which raises a question: Why on earth did he spend seven years considering it, let alone take the unprecedented step of smiting it by presidential fiat? The answer, of course, is that environmentalists decreed Keystone a symbol of global climate change and fought it as if it were the pipeline to the planet's watery doom.
November 4, 2015
ISSUE | PROCESSED MEATS New warnings are tough to stomach It can boggle one's mind when all these reports of foods that are unhealthy come out ("Beware that bacon burger - processed meat linked to cancer," Oct. 27). There are a plethora of diets, some of which conflict with each other. Now, the World Health Organization reports that processed foods are harmful. I don't doubt the science, but the absolute risk is rather low and seems to reflect the group that ate processed foods daily.
October 30, 2015 |
The lowest-polling Republican presidential candidates sparred over a new budget accord and other issues Wednesday, but they also shared broad goals of reducing the size of government and lowering taxes. The debate, which preceded the main GOP event, was telecast on CNBC from Boulder, Colo. Focusing on the economy, it featured Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and former Gov. George Pataki of New York.