Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Civilization’s last chance: The planet is nearing a tipping point on climate change, and it gets much worse, fast.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

By Bill McKibben for the Los Angeles Times

May 11, 2008

Even for Americans — who are constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start — even for us, the world looks a little terminal right now.

It’s not just the economy: … It’s that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the “limits to growth” suddenly seem … how best to put it, right.

All of a sudden it isn’t morning in America, it’s dusk on planet Earth. (read more)


Tell Barack Obama the Truth – The Whole Truth

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Article written by Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies,  who has been the leader of the world’s scientific community for over 20 years and acts as TCEC and 1Sky’s climate advisor.

Embers of election night elation will glow longer than any prior election. Glowing even in other nations, and for good reason. We are all tied together, more than ever, like it or not. Barack Obama’s measured words on election night, including eloquent recognition of historic progress, from the viewpoint of a 106-year-old lady, still stoke the embers. But he was already focusing on tasks ahead, without celebratory excess. Well he should. The challenge he faces is unprecedented…..

 

 

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AFRICA: Food production to halve by 2020

Saturday, October 11th, 2008
UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs:: JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2007 (IRIN) :: Food security in Africa is likely to be “severely compromised” by climate change, with production expected to halve by 2020, according to climate change experts. (full article)