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Category Archives: Climate Change

How to Feel About Climate Change?

Julia Mosquera & Kirsti M. Jylhä . How to Feel About Climate Change? An Analysis of the Normativity of Climate Emotions, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 30:3,357-380, DOI: 10.1080/09672559.2022.2125150 – “Climate change evokes different emotions in people. Recently, climate emotions have become a matter of normative scrutiny in the public debate. This phenomenon, which we… Continue Reading

Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money

Vox: These are 8 of the most high-impact, cost-effective, evidence-based organizations. “You may not have heard of them….The groups I list below seem to be doing something especially promising in the light of certain criteria: importance, tractability, and neglectedness. Important targets for change are ones that drive a big portion of global emissions. Tractable problems… Continue Reading

Billionaires Provided 15 Percent of Funding for the Midterm

“In the 2022 midterms, the 100 largest donors collectively spent 60 percent more than every small donor in the United States combined, according to a Brennan Center analysis of publicly available data. (Small donors are those who give $200 or less.) The wealthy have always wielded disproportionate power over American government. In 1895, GOP strategist… Continue Reading

Dimming the Sun to Cool the Planet Is a Desperate Idea, Yet We’re Inching Toward It

The New Yorker [subscription req’d]: “The idea behind solar geoengineering is essentially to mimic what happens when volcanoes push particles into the atmosphere; a large eruption, such as that of Mt. Pinatubo, in the Philippines, in 1992, can measurably cool the world for a year or two. This scheme, not surprisingly, has few public advocates,… Continue Reading

Climate Change from A to Z

The New Yorker – The stories we tell ourselves about the future – by Elizabeth Kolbert  November 21, 2022. 
Illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook [subscription req’d – this is an articulate, insightful and cleverly designed chronologically organized longread]: “…Both the effort to limit climate change (by replacing the world’s energy systems) and the effort to adapt… Continue Reading

Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook, November 2022

“This special report, Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook, November 2022, has been produced by BloombergNEF in cooperation with the Accelerating to Zero Coalition and in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, to coincide with COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Since the last Conference of the Parties in 2021, global momentum towards zero-emissions road transport has continued… Continue Reading

How the forest dies

Washington Post: “The Amazon is going dry. In one parched corner, a desperate wait for water is only just beginning. For years, scientists have been warning that the Amazon is speeding toward a tipping point — the moment when deforestation and global warming would trigger an irreversible cascade of climatic forces, killing large swaths of… Continue Reading

Asteroids! Solar Storms! Nukes! Climate Calamity! Killer Robots!

Washington Post: “A guide to contemporary doomsday scenarios — from the threats you know about to the ones you never think of…There are just so many things we don’t want to happen. There are so many potential doomsdays. This is not the cheeriest topic, to be sure, but it’s endlessly fascinating if you can stomach… Continue Reading

9 in 10 US counties have experienced a climate disaster in the last decade

Rebuild by Design: “Ninety percent of U.S. counties have experienced a federal climate disaster between 2011-2021, with some having as many as 12 disasters during that time. In 2021 alone, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar climate disasters with over 688 direct or indirect fatalities. We can do better. Rebuild by Design worked with APTIM and… Continue Reading

USGS – New maps provide carbon stored in wetland soils across the country

USGS – “These datasets represent a revised national scale estimate of wetland soil carbon stock assessments by improving representation of soil organic carbon densities. Carbon storage in wetland soils can have physical influences on water flow, water retention, and biogeochemical cycles and thus are critical to water models that guide decisions that affect downstream users.… Continue Reading