Climate & Climate Politics

  • Climate change is here — and worse than we thought – The Washington Post (James Hansen writing an op-ed for the Washington Post)
    When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences of steadily increasing temperatures, driven by mankind’s use of fossil fuels.But I have a confession to make: I was too optimistic.

    My projections about increasing global temperature have been proved true. But I failed to fully explore how quickly that average rise would drive an increase in extreme weather.

    In a new analysis of the past six decades of global temperatures, which will be published Monday, my colleagues and I have revealed a stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers, with deeply troubling ramifications for not only our future but also for our present. (…read the complete article…)
  • MIA on Climate Change – Amy Harder – NationalJournal.com

    Neither Obama nor Romney wants to talk about global warming. But the next president will have to address it, no matter who wins in November.—

    This year’s unremitting heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and freak storms have thrust climate change back into the spotlight. But even with the issue fresh in people’s minds—not to mention in media coverage andWashington’s echo chamber—climate change hasn’t made it onto the priority list that matters most: the presidential campaign trail.

    President Obama and presumptive GOP opponent Mitt Romney seem to have “reached a point of détente on the issue,” said Dirk Forrister, who worked on climate issues in the Clinton administration and now heads the International Emissions Trading Association. “Neither of the presidential candidates seems to want to talk about it, and yet it is an issue that both of them would have to deal with.”

    Other issues will force the election’s winner to deal with climate change regardless of what he or his supporters might prefer. (read the complete article…)

  • Climate science still trumps skeptics – latimes.com
  • Hansen Breaks the Taboo | Planet3.0
  • Farming on the frontlines of climate change | Grist


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