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Pope Francis and Climate Change: Hyperbole, Hysteria, or Hope?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 18, 2015 9:55:00 AM

The climate may have just found its most effective advocate in the Pope. Will climate deniers succeed in diminishing his message, or will his unflinching stance inspire swift and unified global action?

Pope Francis has rocked the world with a sweeping 184-page encyclical (teaching letter) officially released today that wages war on climate change. His message is brave and direct: climate change has been caused primarily by human activity; humans have been irresponsible stewards of the planet; citizens of developed nations must change their lifestyles in order to eliminate an abhorrent “culture of waste”; and every one of us must step immediately for an all-inclusive crusade to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century.

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Climate Alert: Global CO2 Exceeds Critical 400PPM Level

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 7, 2015 8:23:23 AM

Concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches dangerous record quantity.

FOR YEARS, CLIMATE SCIENTISTS have warned us that if the concentration of carbon dioxide, a harmful heat-trapping greenhouse gas, exceeds 400 parts per million (PPM) for a sustained period of time, we will likely face a vicious cycle of deteriorating climatic conditions leading to even more extreme global temperatures, greater weather instability, rising sea levels and other nature-based calamities.

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Biophilic or Dystopic: The Future in our Hands

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 22, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Will we choose to live in harmony with nature or separated from it?

Last weekend, I watched two movies. The first one, set in in the 1920s, was about a female immigrant who came to New York City to build a new life. Instead of finding streets paved with gold, she encountered heartbreak and deception everywhere. The movie was grim and grimy, depicting the hardships of the era. As I watched, I remember thinking how grateful I am to be alive today, with all of our amenities, technological innovations and medical advancements.

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Climate Change by Any Other Name…

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 12, 2015 9:31:00 AM

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare orated in his epic love story Romeo and Juliet, “that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” But in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s world, the perils of a warming planet are somehow diminished simply by changing the words we use to refer to them.

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Paris Talks May Be Last, Best Chance to Slow Global Warming

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Mar 11, 2015 11:23:00 AM

But will negotiators bend far enough to forestall catastrophic climate change?

Global temperatures are 0.9 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial averages. The planet is already showing significant changes, such as lower extents of sea ice. Photo Credit: Doc Searls

IN DECEMBER, representatives from almost 200 nations will convene in Paris under the auspices of the United Nations, to try to reach an agreement on how to limit greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep the average global temperature from increasing more than two degrees Celsius, and thereby avoid the worst effects of climate change. With the recent news that 2014 was the hottest year on record, and instances of extreme weather continuing to mount around the world, the stakes could hardly be higher. Many veterans of international climate negotiations believe the Paris talks are the last hope for the world to avert climate catastrophe.

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