Environment & Climate Change
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently began instructing its employees to refrain using the phrase 'climate change' and other phrases commonly associated with it. In this article, originally published in The Guardian, Bill McKibben unpacks this 'what you can't say won't hurt you' approach to dealing with a very real issue.Read More
Bill McKibben reflects on the author's 200th birthday and what "Walden" can teach us about our time.Read More
This article looks at the economic damage that climate change would have on individual counties in the United States. It is based on a study that found that " the nation could face damages worth 0.7 percent of gross domestic product per year by the 2080s for every 1 degree Fahrenheit rise in global temperature. But that overall number obscures wide variations: The worst-hit counties - mainly in states that already have warm climates, like Arizona or Texas — could see losses worth 10 to 20 percent of G.D.P. or more if emissions continue to rise unchecked."
In this article, Bill McKibben explains how to gauge whether state and local politicians are serious about climate change and not just riding the anti-Trump tide.Read More
Recently, the Paris Climate Agreement as been in the news but what is the agreement and why does it matter? This article from NPR outlines some of the key goals included in the Paris Climate Agreement:
2 Degrees: "Holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels ..."
$100 Billion: "To help developing countries switch from fossil fuels to greener sources of energy and adapt to the effects of climate change, the developed world will provide $100 billion a year,"
2020: "The agreement now codifies that and sets a framework for those reductions to begin in 2020."
5 years: The deal is designed to evolve as the years pass. Every five years, specifically, each nation's targets will be reevaluated to move the world closer to the 2-degree target.
The article explains how and why these, and other goals were included.Read More
On May 20th, 2017, Professor Jeffrey Sachs addressed the Global Solutions T20 Summit in Berlin. In this speech, Sachs puts our current economic, social and environmental crises into historical context and addresses the importance of new ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues facing the world today, specifically those in the 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals that were unanimously decided upon in September 2015 by a group of world leaders.Read More
"On April 30th, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. On that day and throughout the long May 1 weekend, 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power."
This article delves into the funding and success of German policy around renewable energy sources. Germany expects that "days like April 30 will become “completely normal” by 2030, as the federal government’s Energiewende, or energy revolution, begins to really reap the benefits of the investments made in renewable energy resources since 2010."Read More