By Bob Berwyn The loss of sea ice may be weakening the polar vortex, allowing cold blasts to dip south from the Arctic, across North America, Europe and Russia, a new study says. When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers … Continue reading Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps
Rapid changes in Tibetan grasslands are threatening Asia's main water supply and the livelihood of nomads. In the northern reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, dozens of yaks graze on grasslands that look like a threadbare carpet. The pasture has been munched down to bare soil in places, and deep cracks run across the snow-dusted landscape. … Continue reading Trouble in Tibet
Oliver Morton has written a great book about geoengineering, and that is no small achievement. Say that word aloud—“geoengineering”—and it sounds wonky and remote. But there is a good chance that “geoengineering” will soon be on the lips of every politician on this planet. The world’s rich economies have steered humankind into a difficult position. … Continue reading Will Our Grandchildren Say That We Changed the Earth Too Little?
The CDC has discovered a new virus that may have contributed to a Kansas man's death, the agency announced Friday. Named the Bourbon virus after the county where the patient lived, the virus is likely spread by tick or insect bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. A 50-year-old man suffered multiple tick … Continue reading New Tick Born Virus Causes Man's Death
Straying from the precedent set by Stanford and Harvard, university’s board of regents will continue to invest in fossil fuels The University of California voted on Friday to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal. UC is among the major college endowments … Continue reading University Of California Rejects Student Call To Divest From Fossil Fuels
Obama Leaves Monsanto In Charge Of Ending Hunger in Africa "At the Group of 8 (G8) meetings this past weekend, President Obama and the leaders of the rest of the world's richest nations abandoned their governments' previous commitments to donate $7.3 billion a year to end hunger in Africa, after disbursing only 58 percent of … Continue reading Obama Leaves Monsanto In Charge Of Ending Hunger In Africa/Bono Joins In
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Thank you. Well, good morning, everybody. Thank you, Catherine Bertini, and Dan Glickman and everyone at the Chicago Council. We were originally going to convene, along with the G8, in Chicago. But since we’re not doing this in my hometown, I … Continue reading Remarks By The President At Symposium On Global Agriculture And Food Security
As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns. But meteorologists have fixed their attention on the scientific phenomenon they say is to blame for the emerging drought: a vast zone of high pressure in the atmosphere off the West Coast, … Continue reading California Drought: What's Causing It?
Soon I will be turning 60, and I cannot help but recall my mother’s words when she told me she felt as if she had outlived her understanding of how the world worked. She was in her eighties when she explained this sadness, and I felt this must surely be a common feeling in eldership, … Continue reading Chemtrails – How They Changed My World
At the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva discuss their decades of work devoted to protecting nature and saving future generations from the dangers of climate change. A renowned primatologist, Goodall is best known for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees and baboons. An environmental leader, feminist and thinker, … Continue reading Vadana Shiva & Jane Goodall On Serving The Earth & How Women Can Address Climate Crisis