global warming

Open Season on Climate Science

I coined the term “Serengeti Strategy” to describe how industry special interests and their powerful patrons single out individual climate researchers or teams of scientists for attack, not unlike the way lions of the Serengeti target an individual zebra from the herd. This week, they are out for blood again.

Flying In, Flying Away

Melting ice means that bird species of the North Atlantic and North Pacific — separated for millennia by a frozen sea too large and bereft of food to cross — now have a passage between oceans. Their migrations suggest unprecedented shifts in the native ecosystem of the Chukchi Sea, and the globe.

The Measure of a Fog: Energy

The climate problem is an energy challenge. Fossil fuels are the lifeblood of the our world, and virtually everything we do, make, buy, drive, wear, and consume is touched by or dependent on the infrastructure use to harvest, distribute and burn coal, natural gas, or oil. How do you replace an energy system?

Of Climate Science and Hypocrisy

In an article co-published this afternoon with the good folks at InsideClimate News, reporter Lisa Song uncovers research suggesting that climate scientists are considered more trustworthy by the general public if they are perceived to be leading low-carbon lifestyles themselves. Is that fair?

The Climate Denialist’s Ruse

Much of contemporary science has accumulated into a deep understanding of the natural world that is inconvenient for the leading Republican candidates for president. Willed ignorance is a disaster for climate policy, and it is worse as an approach to science in the public sphere. 

The Measure of a Fog: Distance

The changes we’re making to the planet’s complex machinery — changes arising from a colorless, odorless gas tied to positive-sounding things like progress and prosperity — can seem both placeless and everywhere. In a short-film series, we explore the scale of climate change, and why it’s so hard to fathom.

What’s the Social Cost of Carbon? Higher.

The U.S. puts the social cost of carbon at around $36 per ton of emitted carbon dioxide, and federal agencies draw upon this figure when they do cost-benefit analyses for anti-pollution policies. But many analysts argue that this figure lowballs the costs, and a new study reinforces that idea.

Climate Change: An Invisible Issue on the Campaign Trail (Again)

A Gallup poll released this week showed that that the proportion of Americans identifying humans as the primary driver of global warming is at an all-time high, while the percentage of Americans saying they worry about climate change is at its highest point in eight years. And yet, the presidential candidates aren’t talking about it.