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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Marianna GrossmanComment
Report from COP 23: Time to Throw Out Limitations of the Past

"...I attended the COP 23 meetings as an official observer over their two-week period.  It was my first COP attendance, and it was extraordinary, enlightening and simultaneously, quite sobering.  While the conference was held in Germany, the official host of the meeting was Fiji...."

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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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Marianna GrossmanComment
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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Ariana SalahComment
Story of Microfibers

Have you heard of microfibers?  I recently learned the Story of Stuff launched a campaign to raise awareness about microfibers in the water supply.  Microfibers are microscopic plastic fibers coming off of your synthetic clothing. 

The most popular example of such synthetic clothing is fleece....

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Kanako McPhailComment