Published on Truthout, 12 January 2018. The financial cost of extreme weather events across the US in 2017 was $306 billion. This price tag far exceeded the previous record of $215 billion, set just six years earlier in 2011. Reports warn that these costs will only continue to escalate as climate disruption worsens. Read the
Published on Truthout, 5 January 2018. Unusually cold temperatures in unexpected places could become the winter norm thanks to climate disruption. However, as a polar vortex leaked frigid temperatures down across much of the United States, President Trump once again played the tune of his fossil-fueled backers. Read the full story on Truthout.
Published on Truthout, 2 January 2018. As California experienced one of its largest wildfires ever, future projections of global temperature increase and sea level rise are again exceeding previous worst-case scenarios. We are stepping into a world where water wars will be the new oil wars, and where major coastal cities will flood one after
Published on Truthout, 21 December 2017. The Arctic as we have always known it is now a thing of the past, and what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. It impacts all of us. The “new normal” includes long-term ice loss and warming seas. Read the full story at Truthout.
Published on Truthout, 4 December 2017. At the end of a scorching 2017, major Antarctic glaciers are on track to increase global sea levels by at least 11 feet, while pollution and heat waves linked to anthropogenic climate disruption wreak havoc on the health of millions. US military and security experts are warning that the
Published on Truthout, 29 November 2017. A campaign that began more than a decade ago has resulted in students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor passing a resolution calling for an investigation of investments with Israeli companies involved in Palestinian human rights violations. It’s a good sign against the backdrop of an overtly pro-Israel government.
Published on Truthout, 30 October 2017. Utqiaġvik is one of several Indigenous villages along Alaska’s north coast that have existed for thousands of years: Estimates vary, but people settled in them between 1,500 and 4,000 years ago. Now, anthropogenic climate disruption is threatening to demolish them. Less than two months after I left Utqiaġvik, residents experienced
Published on Truthout, 25 October 2017. The recently published Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification report is an eight-year-long study by more than 250 scientists investigating the impact of increasingly acidic oceans on sea life. The chemistry of oceans has been changed by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), as the oceans absorb carbon dioxide humans are emitting
Published on Truthout, 2 Oct 2017. It is often painful to write these monthly dispatches, chronicling what has happened to the Earth over the previous several weeks. Every month I’m taken aback by how rapidly the changes are unfolding. Take my word for this: These pieces are as emotionally challenging for me to write as they
Published on Truthout, 28 Sep 2017. The planet has experienced five mass extinction events. The worst, the Permian Mass Extinction event 252 million years ago, annihilated more than 95 percent of all life on Earth. It coincided with a significant increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). The Permian Mass Extinction is the perfect example of what