Mel Gurtov: Americans’ concern is rising again: the percentage of Americans polled by Gallup in 2016 who believe climate change is a worrisome problem stands at 64 percent.
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.
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.
Paul Haeder: We need radical Change, and we need radical, in-your-face, dirty, real, scary, truthful documentaries, with some other style than the poor rich white guy or gal posing in their own films like Naomi Klein or any number of them.
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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 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.
Steve Hochstadt: The Republicans in Congress, virtually all of whom publically deny that climate change is occurring, have just proposed a budget which cuts or reverses all the programs which might reduce the pace of warming.
Adam Scow: When it comes to governance and real action the Governor is letting the oil and gas industry expand fracking and refineries that pollute our climate with more emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, worsening global warming and our climate crisis.
Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.
Walter Brasch: Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.
Dan Farber: All too many members of the House seem to have left the reality-based community in favor of a fairy-tale world where threats go away if you just close your eyes and deny them.