“We don’t want to do nothing and just sit there and let the climate get worse,” Gov. Jerry Brown said last year. California is at particular risk from global warming, which will inundate low-lying areas of its 840-mile coastline with rising salt water while fostering more droughts and wildfires inland.
Another spring, another season of catastrophic wildfires in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed over 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows, destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene around Vici, OK (pop. 699), a ranching community in the western part […]
He still hasn’t appointed anyone as the top science adviser for the White House, a position that has traditionally been held by prominent scientists with extensive education and experience. So the post fell into the lap of a 31-year-old politics major whose most recent job was as chief of staff for Trump ally and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
“In the Houston metro area alone, there is more than $325 billion in residential value at risk,” Simmons said in an interview. “Most damage to residential property will be flooding and if people don’t have flood insurance they are on their own.” (Most don’t, in part because the floodwaters reached so far beyond established danger zones.)
Uber competing with taxis is old news, but many now worry that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft compete with public transit for riders. Not only can ride-hailing service be incredibly convenient, nowadays it can be dirt cheap, increasing the appeal of simply opening the mobile app. This trend may come as no surprise to cities with limited and inefficient transit that are losing their poor, transit-dependent riders in droves to gentrification.
Now that Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has decided that it’s safe to be funny again, he’s back with a vengeance. He’s published a new book that’s hilarious — and he’s making a series of videos on climate change. In the kickoff, he offers an insulting analogy between quack doctors and climate-denialists, both of whom would […]
In an interview Sunday with the BBC, the celebrated British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned that President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will cause “avoidable environmental damage.” “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” said Hawking, who is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees and raining sulphuric acid.”
The evidence of human-caused climate change is clear and convincing. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have occurred in this young century; 2016 broke the record set in 2015, which had broken the record set the year before. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has famously predicted that humankind has a century to find another planet to live on or face extinction.
As late-night television’s resident explainer-in-chief, John Oliver seizes the opportunity to emphasize why Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord is insane. As Oliver deconstructs his arguments against the landmark agreement, with clips from the president’s Rose Garden speech and previous remarks about the climate threat, the fundamental shallowness and disorder of Trump’s mind is revealed (again). Trump’s innate tendencies toward paranoia and prevarication were on full display in justifying this disastrous decision with “flamboyantly deceptive” arguments. He’s harming America’s standing in the world. He’s injuring American brands. And he’s hindering the renewable energy industries that will power the global future and employ armies of skilled workers — probably in China. “He’s fulfilling his campaign promise to create millions of jobs,” rants the Last Week Tonight host. “He’s just doing it in the wrong fucking country!”
With Trump’s action, the United States will walk away from nearly every nation in the world on one of the pressing global issues of the 21st century. The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the Paris climate accord.
Short enough for Trump’s truncated attention span, here is John Oliver’s classic climate debate –a “statistically representative” discussion, framed according to the actual scientific consensus about global warming, rather than the conventional idiocy dictating that both sides deserve equal weight.
On April 12, the Times announced that it was hiring Stephens as its newest columnist. The paper’s editorial page editor defended the decision, saying characterizations of Stephens as a climate denialist were “unfair” because “millions of people” agree with him (an argument that has rightly been criticized for presenting a false equivalency on the reality of climate change).
As the leader of the free world dons a hardhat and mimes shoveling coal, Trevor Noah confesses: “President Trump may destroy the world, but goddam he’s cute. You can’t deny that.” Watching him on tape, the Daily Show host suddenly understands: “All Trump ever wanted to do was play president. We should have just given him […]