Arctic

  • 10.23.17

    Op-Ed Just say 'no' to Arctic Refuge drilling

    The high Arctic is almost unbearably beautiful. The plains that turn tawny gold and rust red come autumn, the flat tundra that rises sharply into icy peaks, the vast herds of caribou. For decades these images have been enough to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling - it is, after all, a wil...

    The high Arctic is almost unbearably beautiful. The plains that turn tawny gold and rust red come autumn, the flat tundra that rises sharply into icy peaks, the vast herds of caribou. For decades these images have been enough to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling — it is, after all, a wildlife refuge, and people who’ve never been there can nonetheless deduce simply from that name that it is no place for oil rigs.

  • 04.17.17

    Climate Change: The Biggest Thing Human Beings Have Ever Done

    On April 17th Bill McKibben addressed the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York. This article is an excerpt from that speech. He stresses that at this point the world has only seen 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature, yet so much has changed. He describes so...

    On April 17th Bill McKibben addressed the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York. This article is an excerpt from that speech.

    He stresses that at this point the world has only seen 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature, yet so much has changed. He describes some of the environmental changes that have occurred due to climate change that he has witnessed himself - from the melting ice in the arctic to the bleaching of coral reefs. He goes on to describe the link between climate change and the Syrian civil war. 

    McKibben concludes that climate change is "by far the biggest thing that human beings have ever done" but that humans are not doing very little to cope with it.