climate-change


Planning Failures: A Story of Unintended Consequences

, climate scientist

What happens when planned actions or policies have the best intentions, but backfire somehow? Well, planning failures are like that, especially when the variety known as maladaptation. And when it relates to climate change, maladaptative policies often backfire in very specific ways. Read more >

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Scientist in the Field: On the Ground in Flooded Florida Neighborhoods

, climate scientist

In some cases children couldn’t get to their school bus stops. One resident had to walk through contaminated flood waters and subsequently had a leg infection. Another resident told me that in order to take the trash out, she had to cover her legs in garbage bags. There are already so many stories of people struggling to deal with tidal flooding. Read more >

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Ten Years After: Looking Back on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)

, director, California & Western States

California’s experience clearly demonstrates that it is possible to have a healthy economy while systematically and significantly lowering emissions from dirty fossil fuels. Read more >

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Book Review: Cowed’s Message is Less but Better Beef

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

There’s a lot to be learned from Cowed, by Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes. It’s about cows, but the eclectic topics range from the scandalous coverup of mad cow disease, to the origin of modern cattle from the legendary aurochs (i.e. the “Ur-ox”), to the gender politics of the cowboy, to the federal government’s subsidy of beef over-grazing on our public lands, to a visit to a dairy farm run by robots. Yet there’s a serious underlying theme as well—that the U.S. needs a fundamental transformation of its relationship to the cattle industry. Read more >

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Beyond Heat Waves: What Does 14 Months in a Row of Record Heat Say About Global Warming? Five Key Points to Keep in Mind

, climate scientist

Every single month in 2016 so far had record warm temperatures for that month. It is no surprise then – again – that it is sure looking like 2016 will be the warmest year ever. Read more >

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