To hear Jeffrey D. Sachs tell it, if humanity manages to avert catastrophic warming from manmade greenhouse gases, it won’t be because of an astonishing technological breakthrough that suddenly saved the day. It will be
The climatologist speaks out about the pressing need to cut carbon dioxide emissions sharply—starting now.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2012 conference on “Science Writing in the Age of Denial,” speakers traced the the long, deep, political and psychological roots of climate change denial.
Scandalous, isn’t it? How medical researchers keep saying that we need to develop new treatments for disease, I mean. Or suggesting that people should change their exercise and eating habits to reduce their risks for
Having misplaced my anti-narcissism drugs earlier this week, I can’t see any reason not to usurp the year-end retrospective trope and look back at some of what I’ve most enjoyed writing in 2011. I don’t
Andy Revkin has been kind enough to respond to my previous post about his “False Equivalence on Climate Message Machines.” He’s gentleman enough to concede that he was overly glib in equating a scholarly paper’s
Would a home appliance that could make anything you desired have a magically transformative effect on society? Or would it destroy it? Or would it simply blend into the continuum of amazing technological innovations that
If the next Tom Clancy were writing a techno-thriller about the future of natural gas, then the frozen solids called methane hydrates—a.k.a. “the ice that burns”—might be the perfect “macguffin” plot device to set the
The Breakthrough Institute features a post with the title “Why Energy Efficiency Does not Decrease Energy Consumption,” which I suspect people on various sides of the climate policy issue may take as either fighting words
Andy Revkin of the New York Times Dot Earth blog was kind enough to respond in comments to my post reflecting on the UNDP-sponsored panel on “Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Climate Change” that he moderated last