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Justin Gillis’s news story from Berlin on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
— the one on the world’s options for limiting global warming — tells you all you need to know about the familiar contents. The chart of ...
One economic fact is held to be self-evident: that the future well-being of the United States
requires economic growth -- preferably, as much of it as we can muster. Despite wildly divergent policy
recommendations, this basic assumption is made ...
In December 2012, Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was on vacation in Berlin when he decided to detour to the Netherlands. He wanted to get a firsthand sense of the famed Dutch approach to water management. Hurricane ...
The planet is poised for disaster, according to a landmark study released yesterday. Forests will burn, cities will flood and infrastructure will collapse under the strain of a warming climate
. Climate change
will also lead to increased food ...
Some scholars blame scientists at least in part for why we are not motivated to act on climate change
. They claim that many scientists have discredited themselves by politicizing science. On this view the politicization of science by some climate
In the space of 48 hours, Secretary of State John Kerry likened climate change
to a weapon of mass destruction, Newt Gingrich called Kerry delusional, Sunday talk shows argued about it and President Barack Obama announced another executive action ...
When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.About 40 miles down ...
In the most unlikely of political talk show face-offs, Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") will debate Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn Sunday on climate change
and what's up with recent weather in Sochi, Russia and the United States
(not a ...
Last Monday night, when environmentalist activists staged 280 candlelight vigils in 49 states
to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline-in Washington, D.C., demonstrators inflated a giant black tube in front of the White House-many no doubt ...
The State Department's long-awaited environmental review of Keystone XL on Friday sparked cautious optimism on both sides of the contentious pipeline debate, underscoring the public pressure facing the Obama administration before midterm ...
Tunisia, the starting place for the massive protests three years ago that came to be known as the Arab Spring, did something remarkable this week: it embedded climate change
into its constitution.
The constitution, praised as one of the ...
I have made my position on the Keystone XL pipeline quite clear. Approving this hotly debated pipeline would send America down the wrong path. The science tells us now is the time that we should be throwing everything we have into creating a ...
Thanks to climate change
, extreme weather disasters have hammered the United States
with increasing frequency in recent years--from drought and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding.
It is perhaps surprising, then, that the U.S. ...
Two realities threaten the well-being of future generations. The first is global warming. In the words of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
, "each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the ...
On a wintry morning in Washington DC (the area is awaiting a fresh blast of Arctic air and a 40F plunge in temperatures) Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group vice-president and special envoy for climate change
, answers the door to her clapboard house ...
This is part of The North, a Globe investigation of unprecedented change
, to the climate
, culture and politics
of Canada’s last frontier. Join the conversation with #GlobeNorthThe Globe’s Artic Circle panel of experts and leaders is ...
With his country’s foreign minister in tow, Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer walked the marble corridors of the U.S. Capitol yesterday pitching the prize his nation is seeking: the Keystone XL pipeline.
“It always makes more sense in our ...
Just after noon on Sept. 4, 2010, a squat, yellow-black cargo ship lumbered out of the Norwegian port of Kirkenes. Naked ridges of glacially scarred granite slid by on either side as the Nordic Barents motored toward the open sea with 41,000 tons ...
President Obama yesterday nominated Suzette Kimball to lead the U.S. Geological Survey, the government's premier science agency.
Kimball, a 15-year veteran of the $1.1 billion agency, is currently deputy director and has been serving as ...
Temperatures have plunged to record lows on the East Coast, and once again Peter Gwynne is being heralded as a journalist ahead of his time. By some.
Gwynne, now 72, is a bit chagrinned that a long career of distinguished science and ...
Impossible to achieve sustainable development without addressing climate change
"Extremely dangerous," "Do not travel" -- these are the phrases that have welcomed in the new year along the East Coast of the United States
. Extreme ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Landscapes vanishing, along with their nonhuman inhabitants. Global warming upending natural systems. These are tough times on ...
2013 was among the hottest years ever, spurred by the highest accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere on record.
2013 was another year of extreme weather. It began in January with sweltering temperatures in Australia. ...
It is probably a safe bet that very few Americans unwrapping a brand-new iPhone left under their Christmas tree are thinking about its impact on the global climate
.I have some good news for them, and some bad.No, Apple hasn’t ...
The winds, at more than 150 kilometres per hour, flattened almost all the homes, leaving bodies washed as far as 90 kilometres from the coast. Rice fields were destroyed, thousands died, many more were displaced, and, ever since, the soil has ...