Andrew Glikson: The consequences of further burning of the vast carbon reserves buried in sediments and in permafrost and bogs can only result in a mass extinction of species which rivals that of the five great mass extinctions in Earth history.
Climate Change, which was popularly characterized as "global warming", is a factor in all of our lives. The articles here discuss the ways we can challenge the power structure to enact policies that will help us to get off this destructive path.
John Peeler: The devastation from global warming is likely to be comparable in scope to what would result from a worldwide nuclear war, though the latter would happen in a matter of hours, while the former will take a century.
John Peeler: We must transform the way we relate to the natural world: stop seeing ourselves as separate from and superior to nature, and instead acknowledge that we are part of the natural world.
Diane Lefer: Sharon Abreu channels the voices of a former coal miner from West Virginia, a teacher from Colorado, and a college sophomore in Montana, who’ve all taken up the challenge of educating their communities and demanding action on climate change.
Scott Peer: A large block of the public that might oppose coal power due to the cancers it causes is now silent because they feel that coal is wrongly blamed for climate change.
Walter Moss: Little mentioned in the Paris Agreement, but a major cause of global warming is another deeply ingrained habit that will be difficult to change, and that is present-day meat-producing and meat-eating practices.
Robert J. Burrowes: Recent estimates indicate that 200 species of life (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) are driven to extinction each day. Every day. This rate exceeds that during the last mass extinction event, when the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago.
Robert Burrowes: If you lobby elites to control our consumption for us by making changes in what (or how) they produce, you are asking them to violate the economic law of supply and demand.
Larry Wines: In science, the burden of proof is always on whomever suggests a change in conventional wisdom, or the absence of wisdom that accompanies entrenched assumptions.
Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.
John Peeler: When George Will extends this argument to the present, to argue that the climate change we are experiencing is also naturally caused, most people familiar with the contemporary climatological research would emphatically disagree.
Walter Moss: According to a 2013 “Conspiracy Theory Poll” conducted by a respected polling agency, “Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and . . . . 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax.”
Steve Hochstadt: Who believes politicians paid by ExxonMobil instead of scientists, doctors, and conservationists? Gullible people who want to believe. That’s what makes hoaxes work.