January 29, 2014
Re "GOP seeks to tap water crisis," Jan. 27 Good of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to drop by to help California fix our drought. Regarding reduced water deliveries to farmers to protect an endangered fish species, he claims that people from his part of the world wouldn't understand "how you can favor fish over people. " Neither would we. Perhaps he can help his people understand that it is never that simple. Perhaps he can explain that as a consequence of the changing global climate, the Southwestern part of our country is becoming ever drier, making it more difficult for all species, including people and fish.
January 21, 2014 |
Global warming continues unabated -- yes, parts of the U.S. are now freezing and we were recently sucked into the polar vortex. No matter, NASA says, the average global temperature hasn't ceased its upward creep. The space agency announced Tuesday the results of a study by its Goddard Institute for Space Studies showing 2013 in a tie with 2006 and 2009 as the seventh-warmest year since 1880. 2005 and 2010 are the warmest on record. Year over year, temperatures may drop, but more important is the change decade over decade, scientists say. There's been a rise of 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880 as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have ratcheted up, the research shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 |
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100. Climate change, experts say, will worsen the flooding and erosion coastal areas already face during big storms as rising sea levels result in higher tides and bigger waves and storm surges.
January 7, 2014 |
"The Daily Show" returned from its holiday break and attempted to avoid controversy. Gone were the days of the so-called war on Christmas, Jon Stewart said. They planned to avoid hot-button issues such as politics and religion. Instead, they would focus on something more benign. Like the weather. As it happens, much of the country is caught in the grip of record cold temperatures and snow, caused by something called a polar vortex. And according to the hosts and pundits on Fox News, those freezing temps are further evidence that global warming is a hoax.
December 21, 2013 |
Tom Steyer is standing upright near the corner of a small, beige meeting room at Georgetown University, arms at his sides, eyes shut intently. Half a dozen ministers and priests surround him, laying hands on his torso. Together, the pastors begin to pray, asking for divine help in shaping public opinion: "Soften them.... Open them to you … for your purpose.... Claim the promise made to Moses. " It is a curious warmup for a technical conference about an oil pipeline. But like many other environmentalists concerned that America is dawdling as the world burns, these ministers, each a leader in efforts to mobilize churchgoers against climate change, see Steyer as, quite literally, a godsend.
December 10, 2013 |
Monday night on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert addressed a serious topic: global climate change, with a serious guest, Harvard environmental scientist David Keith. As the author of the book, "A Case for Climate Engineering," Keith suggested to Colbert a very simple tactic to combat the steadily warming planet. Have a fleet of planes deposit tons of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. "Spray pollution into the atmosphere to stop it warming," Keith said. "So in the end, pollution saved them all," Colbert said.
November 13, 2013 |
Society has slowed down global warming several times over the last century without even trying, new research says. A study found that the rate of global warming has ratcheted down in response to major world events, including the two world wars, the Great Depression and, most recently, a global ban on ozone-depleting substances. Researchers attribute the most recent slowdown, since the late 1990s, at least in part to the decline in emissions of chlorofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases that were phased out under the 1989 Montreal Protocol . The international treaty was not intended to fight climate change, but to protect the atmosphere's ozone layer.
October 9, 2013 |
Scientists have determined when the climates of numerous locations around the world will shift to a new, hotter normal as a result of higher greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study released Wednesday in the journal Nature. The tropics appear most likely to be the first to shift to an unprecedented new climate, perhaps as early as the next decade, the analysis shows. The average location on Earth could experience a substantially different climate by 2047 if human beings continue to do little to rein in emissions of heat-trapping gases, the report warns.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Polar bears and penguins are usually the first creatures that come to mind when considering the likely victims of global warming, but a new study finds that fish, coral and other inhabitants of the tropics will be the first to take the brunt of climate change. An analysis of global temperatures over the last 150 years combined with forecasts generated by 39 independent models concludes that animals in areas closest to the equator will be forced to cope with temperatures that are outside their historical range in as little as about 15 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - For the first two years of his late-in-life second act as governor, Jerry Brown focused almost exclusively on California's woeful budget situation. Now, with the immediate crisis having passed after a hard-won tax increase, Brown is back trying to change the world, like the Jerry Brown of yesteryear. But instead of looking toward higher office, the three-times-unsuccessful candidate for president is trying to effect that change from the state Capitol. As he works through hundreds of bills on his desk that must be signed or vetoed by Oct. 13, Brown has taken steps aimed at combating global warming, reversing growing income disparity and giving undocumented immigrants a series of new rights.