How to Persist After Optimism

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How to Persist After Optimism

I used to be an optimist. Then I started listening to climate scientists and looking at data trends that show that the geophysical systems that create the conditions for life and agriculture on the planet have been thoroughly disrupted....

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Is It an Emergency Yet?

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Is It an Emergency Yet?

2017 was the third warmest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the nation's weather and climate agency, announced that economic losses from 16 weather-climate disasters exceeded $1 billion and totaled $306 billion, a new record.

When do we decide that we are in the throes of a planetary emergency? There is no one in charge of fixing the systems we have broken. Undermining the stability of the climate systems leads to the disruption of weather, water, agriculture and social stability. When people are facing uncertainty and suffering they may turn to tyrants who promise certainty and the reassurance of simplistic solutions.

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Dr. James Hansen remarks to COP23 in Bonn, Germany

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Dr. James Hansen remarks to COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Dr. James Hansen calls for Global Climate Justice: Making the Carbon Majors Pay for Climate Action at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. He held a press conference with his granddaughter Sophie Kivlehan who is suing the US government for failing to act on climate change.…

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The Future of Seeds in a Changing Climate

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The Future of Seeds in a Changing Climate

While flying to Amsterdam for a conference on sea level rise, I sat next to a man who is an agronomist and financial manager for an American-owned international seed company. He is based in Costa Rica where his company hybridizes flower seeds. I asked him if he sees an impact from climate change on his business. He said yes, that the rainy and dry seasons in Costa Rica used to be predictable…

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The Environment's Invisible Issues

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The Environment's Invisible Issues

Well publicized issues such as rising sea levels and greenhouse gas emissions are just the start of how our changing environment will continue to affect humankind. There are a host of invisible issues that impact the environment negatively. These matters will have a direct impact on generations to come and if we care about the future of the planet, we need to take action now.

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