May 13, 2013 |
News flash: Global warming hits California! That's right -- the Golden State has become the Golden Baking State, with temperatures soaring into the triple digits . For example, in Johnny Carson's “beautiful downtown Burbank” on Sunday, the thermometer hit 103 -- hot enough to melt Ed McMahon's smile. And on Mother's Day no less! Apparently it really isn't nice to fool with Mother Nature. You may think this is just a “heat wave.” But you're wrong. This is Al Gore Vindication Day. This is climate Armageddon.
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April 9, 2013 |
The politically touchy topic of climate change will be taught more deeply to students under proposed new national science standards released Tuesday. The Next Generation Science Standards, developed over the last 18 months by California and 25 other states in conjunction with several scientific organizations, represent the first national effort since 1996 to transform the way science is taught in thousands of classrooms. The multi-state consortium is proposing that students learn fewer concepts more deeply and not merely memorize facts but understand how scientists actually investigate and gather information.
April 4, 2013 |
In March, the State Department gave the president cover to open a big spigot that will hitch our country to one of the dirtiest fuels on Earth for 40 years or more. The draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline acknowledges tar sands are nasty stuff for the environment, but concludes that the project is OK because this oil will get to market anyway - with or without a pipeline. A public comment period is underway through April 22, after which the department will prepare a final statement to help the administration decide whether the pipeline is in the "national interest.
April 3, 2013
Re "Most in U.S. worried about sea level rise," March 30 Building sea walls and other measures to protect coastal developments address the symptoms of climate change, not the cause. We need to support legislation to counteract global warming, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Climate Protection Act of 2013. Insurance companies should think twice about offering storm insurance for coastal areas; or if they do, the premiums should be comparable to what Californians have to pay for earthquake insurance.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Tuesday announced a nationwide plan to help wildlife adapt to threats from climate change. Developed along with state and tribal authorities, the strategy seeks to preserve species as global warming alters their historical habitats and, in many cases, forces them to migrate across state and tribal borders. Over the next five years, the plan establishes priorities for what will probably be a decades-long effort. One key proposal is to create wildlife "corridors" that would let animals and plants move to new habitats.
March 7, 2013 |
Having given his film a title like "Greedy Lying Bastards," director Craig Rosebraugh is clearly out to take no prisoners in his timely documentary tracking the politics, inconvenient truths and alternative "realities" of the endless global warming debate. Yet, despite his cogent finger-pointing, nifty graphs and succinct highlighting of recent climate change history, longtime followers of the hyper-partisan topic may not find much terribly new or revealing here. Rosebraugh, doing his Michael Moore thing both in front of and behind the camera (though he's hardly as commanding a presence)
February 5, 2013 |
Sometimes, headlines alone can tell a story. Start with this one from The Times: “Baby boomers may live longer, but their elders were healthier.” And while you're pondering that, check this one out: “Sperm count low among couch potatoes, study finds.” And finally, there's this, well, punch-line headline : “Gov. Christie eats doughnut with Letterman; talks Sandy storm aid.” Yes, boys and girls and boomers, we have met the enemy, and he is us. Of course, I'm not talking about you , specifically.
January 8, 2013 |
Last year was the hottest year on record for the contiguous 48 states, marked by near-record numbers of extreme weather events such as drought, wildfire, tornadoes and storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual report, State of the Climate, NOAA reported that the average annual temperature was 55.3 degrees - 3.3 degrees greater than the average temperature for the 20th century. It was also a full degree higher than the previous record-high temperature, set in 1998 - the biggest margin between two record-high temperatures to date.
January 6, 2013 |
Societal change usually happens slowly, even once it's clear there's a problem. That's because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in leisurely currents. Change often requires going up against powerful, established interests, and it can take decades for those currents to erode the foundations of our special-interest fortresses. Think civil rights, gay marriage, equal rights for women. Even facing undeniably real problems - say, discrimination against gay people - one can make the case that gradual change is the best option.
December 14, 2012 |
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most scrutinized of scientific bodies. Each report, each sentence and sometimes even a footnote can bring on a rousing online debate between scientists and the skeptics who love to bedevil them. Once again, the IPCC's upcoming report has kicked up a kerfuffle months before its scheduled release. An online blogger, who loathes the idea of regulating carbon emissions, leaked a draft of the IPCC's fifth assessment now under review until its release in September.