It’s a volatile combination in California; the wind, the fire season, and the historic drought. In the San Francisco Bay Area, for the past six weeks or so, the wind picks up every afternoon; there have already been two red flag alerts months before the fire season officially begins and
I was reached out to by a young Indigenous leader who wanted to meet with me. We did so, and we had a deep and substantive talk for several hours. The one thing that has stayed with me about that conversation was when we discussed what could be coming down
Earth Day 2018 marked the 20 year anniversary of climatologist Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” chart, which detailed the pattern of unprecedented warming in the later part of the 20th century and attributed it to the impact of fossil-fuel-driven development on earth’s atmosphere. The paper concluded that the 20th century, particularly
A well known gay rights attorney and environmental activist burned himself to death last week to call attention to the assault of fossil fuels on the viability of sustainable life on Planet Earth. “Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” David S. Buckel, 60, wrote in
The Paris text was a political fix in which grand words masked inadequate deeds. The voluntary national emission reduction commitments since Paris now put the world on a path of 3.4°C of warming by 2100, and more than 5°C if high-end risks including carbon-cycle feedbacks are taken into account. The Paris outcome
Young people from across the world are utilizing the mobile application of Voices of Youth Maps to publicize local issues and promote positive change in their communities. In the lead up to COP21, 800 young reporters from communities in France, Ireland, Guatemala, Malaysia, China, the Kiribati Islands, Tanzania, Zambia, Niger,
You live in a coastal region where impacts from sea level rise are already evident. Your life or the life of someone you know has already been disrupted due to serious water stressors — either flood, fires, or droughts. Your access to clean drinking water is threatened or non-existent. The place you call home
A CUNY report suggests that some 500,000 people could leave Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. One month after the hurricane, 80% of the island remains without power, approximately 1/4 of its residents lack access to clean drinking water, and access to medical care is severely curtailed.