November 30, 2009
Leslie Holland-Bartels, regional executive, U.S. Geological Survey, Interior Department Best known for : Leading the team that demonstrated the link between climate change and probable significant decline of the polar bear within 45 to 75 years. This is the first time that any species has been labeled "threatened" before the endangering conditions came about. Government service : Holland-Bartels spent summers with her mother's family, among relatives who were commercial fishermen on the Great Lakes, and grew up during...
June 7, 2009
I disagree with Martin Feldstein ["Cap and Trade: All Cost, No Benefit," op-ed , June 1] that "the U.S. should wait until there is a global agreement on CO2 that includes China and India before committing to costly reductions in the United States. " While the Waxman-Markey bill's goals for curbing greenhouse gases are not as ambitious as many environmentalists would like, domestic action on climate change by the United States would have tremendous political benefits, such as garnering broader international support for a new global climate...
October 11, 2009
LONDON -- Several dozen environmental activists scaled Britain's Parliament building Sunday to draw attention to climate change. Greenpeace said 55 of its members were atop the building, where they could be seen holding yellow banners reading "Change the politics, save the climate. " One flew a giant flag from a turret in the shadow of the Big Ben clock tower. The group said the protesters scaled the neo-Gothic, 19th-century landmark using ladders and ropes. The Metropolitan Police said officers were speaking to the...
January 23, 2012 |
"Global warming" and "climate change" succinctly describe a complicated phenomenon, and in just a few decades they have become common descriptors. But while global warming would be bad for the Earth as a whole, the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would affect different areas in different ways, and local climate change is what matters to many people. So let's look at the relative winners and losers. Two factors will likely determine whether a particular region will prosper or...
October 30, 2012 |
Earlier this month, a writer in the Guardian lamented the scarcity of novels about "the most pressing and complex problem of our time": climate change. "We don't want to have this conversation," complained Daniel Kramb, "and neither do most characters in most novels being published. " As Paul Ryan would say, the dangers of this so-called crisis are debatable. Imagine if "most characters in most novels" lectured each other about climate change. I'd push the last polar bear off...
November 23, 2012
The Nov. 19 news article "Wildlife refuges among areas dealt a blow by Sandy" highlighted the high cost of repairing the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is struggling to manage its refuges on a limited budget in the face of a serious and long-term threat: climate change. It is vital that our national wildlife refuges are sufficiently funded. But preparing for storms and other climate-change impacts and making these special places more resilient is just as important.