June 29, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Safe to have kids? It's normal for a 21-year-old like me to be stressed about my future - will I get a job, and what am I doing with my life? But it's not normal for people like me to be scared about the future of the planet. Carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million in Antarctica, which had been the last place on Earth to remain under that historic threshold. Frighteningly, that extremely high level of the greenhouse gas was first hit only three years ago, meaning climate change is advancing rapidly and is affecting the entire planet - even places that humans do not inhabit.
December 17, 2015 |
Less than a month after a terrorist massacre of Parisian concertgoers and cafe patrons seemed to target modern civilization itself, the same city hosted a rare triumph of international order. Defying expectations depressed by repeated failures to reach a global climate accord - as well as the daunting complexity of the issue and competing interests involved - nearly 200 nations signed on to an agreement to limit global warming. The countries agreed to reduce climate-changing emissions enough to keep the resulting average global temperature increase under 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, about half of which has already taken place.
December 8, 2015 |
Nearly 200 world leaders - among them the heads of state of the two countries that produce the most carbon dioxide emissions, China and the United States - made strong statements to open the continuing climate control summit in Paris last week. But any accord reached before the meeting ends Friday will likely lack the thunder of their speeches. Even before the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) began, scientists warned that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was setting the bar too low. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced similar pessimism, saying the reductions in carbon dioxide emissions being pledged by each country were too modest.
September 25, 2015 |
THE LITTLEST CHANGES inside one small household - a faster shower, a lighter meal, a different light bulb - could ripple out into the human family across the earth. That was the message Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told a large audience at the World Meeting of Families yesterday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Turkson, a Ghanaian, is considered to be the public face of Pope Francis' war on global warming, and he reiterated a message the leader of the Catholic Church hopes to drive home with followers.
June 20, 2015 |
Pope Francis issued a much-anticipated papal letter Thursday on the state of the Earth, decrying the modern "culture of waste" and warning of the "tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world's poorest. " He also decried the voracious consumerism of developed nations, and deplored what he said were moneyed interests seeking to obscure scientific knowledge of the problems and thwart necessary political action. "Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production, and consumption," Francis said.
October 2, 2014
Global warming concerns aren't worth risking good coal, oil, and gas jobs so soon after the recession. We can put off action on global warming, but we'll pay a worse price in the end. Face reality and adapt. |Stephen M. Smith, Burlington City The long term risks to everyones' health far outweigh the short term goals of a few jobs in these types of energy that aren't clean. |JoAnn Williams, Media With the effects of climate change clearly apparent, action to mitigate it is urgent and can be taken in an economically feasible way. |Bill Fanshel, Bryn Mawr Seriously combating global warming with renewable fuel - wind, sea, sun - should enable us to replace those allegedly lost jobs without economic repercussions.
June 5, 2014 |
TOM STEYER, a politically active hedge-fund billionaire from San Francisco who calls global warming "the greatest moral crisis of our time," draws the sign of the cross on his left hand with a ballpoint pen every day. His right hand will soon be busy writing something else: large checks that he hopes will help elect Democrat Tom Wolf as the next governor of Pennsylvania. Political advisers say the progressive, unconventional retired financier has decided to invest a fortune - estimates range from $8 million to a whopping $15 million, depending on the closeness of the race - to block Gov. Corbett from a second term because he believes that the Republican "den[ies]
May 22, 2014 |
PAT SAJAK may not think the Earth is getting warmer, but one thing is for sure: Sajak himself is steaming. The usually mild-mannered "Wheel of Fortune" host took to Twitter to claim, "Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists. " Huh? While a reasoned argument might be that civilization is too dependent on fossil fuels to put that genie back in the bottle so we're just going to have to live (or possibly not live) with the consequences, the notion that being overly concerned with the future of the planet (right or wrong)
February 12, 2014 |
In the high-stakes conflict over U.S. climate-change policy, groups that deny or cast doubt on global warming brought in $7.2 billion from 2003 through 2010 - less than a third of it publicly traceable to the donors. In a recently released study of 91 such organizations, a Drexel University professor found that $5.2 billion of their funding was "dark money" from undisclosed sources. Also of unknown origin: $78 million channeled by major benefactors through a special nonprofit that then redirected the money while keeping the givers' identities private.
February 4, 2014
With major international corporations like Coca-Cola and Nike finally acknowledging that global warming is bad for business, efforts to curb the causes of climate change are getting some needed allies. Companies that rely on clean water and predictable weather are welcome participants in this important conversation. It is in their best interests, and everyone else's on Earth, to address global warming. For far too long, some fossil-fuel barons have tried to shout down anyone linking climate change to the economy, as they either insisted that there is no such thing as global warming or claimed that mandatory efforts to cut greenhouse gases would raise consumer prices.