UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world's most powerful nations, and their message is clear: Global warming is already changing our lives, and it will change yours too. Speaking shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump — whose fiery speech made no mention of climate change — Danny Faure told the U.N. General Assembly this week that for his country, the Seychelles, it's already a daily reality. "We see its effects in our eroding coastlines and unpredictable weather patterns," he said. "We see its effects on our coral reefs and rising sea levels." The Indian Ocean nation off the east coast of Africa is one of dozens of Small Island Developing States — or SIDS for short — that have been trying to draw attention to what … [Read more...] about Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change
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Nico Ortega Sustainable Energy Conservatives have to make the case to conservatives, and a growing number of them are. by James Temple April 16, 2018 Jerry Taylor believes he can change the minds of conservative climate skeptics. After all, he helped plant the doubts for many in the first place. Taylor spent years as a professional climate denier at the Cato Institute, arguing against climate science, regulations, and treaties in op-eds, speeches, and media appearances. But his perspective slowly began to change around the turn of the century, driven by the arguments of several economists and legal scholars laying out the long-tail risks of global warming.Now he’s president of the Niskanen Center, a libertarian-leaning Washington, DC, think tank he founded in 2014. He and his colleagues there are trying to build support for the passage of an aggressive federal carbon tax, through discussions with Washington insiders, with a particular focus on Republican … [Read more...] about How the science of persuasion could change the politics of climate change
By Nigel Arnell I am writing this from Beijing, where the 13th National People’s Congress has just reaffirmed the Chinese commitment to control future emissions of greenhouse gases and meet the aspirations of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This agreement, struck in 2015, commits countries to reduce emissions so that the increase in global mean temperature is limited to ‘well below’ 2 oC above pre-industrial levels, and to aim to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 oC. I am here to attend the final workshop of a joint UK-China project which is providing policy makers in China and elsewhere with information on climate risks at the global and Chinese scales. We are looking at risks under ‘high’ emissions pathways, and are comparing these with the risks that arise under pathways that are consistent with the Paris Agreement. Policymakers want to know this partly so they can understand and communicate the risks of not reducing emissions, … [Read more...] about Estimating the risks of climate change: what are the effects of climate policy?
Evolution has endowed the big-footed snowshoe hare with a particularly nifty skill. Over a period of about 10 weeks, as autumn days shorten in the high peaks and boreal forests, the nimble nocturnal hare transforms itself. Where it was once a tawny brown to match the pine needles and twigs amid which it forages, the hare turns silvery white, just in time for the falling of winter snow. This transformation is no inconsequential feat. Lepus americanus, as it is formally known, is able to jump 10 feet and run at a speed of 27 miles per hour, propelled by powerful hind legs and a fierce instinct to live. But it nonetheless ends up, 86 per cent of the time by one study, as a meal for a lynx, red fox, coyote, or even a goshawk or great horned owl. The change of coat is a way to remain invisible, to hide in the brush or fly over the snow unseen, long enough at least to keep the species going. Snowshoe hares are widely spread throughout the colder, higher reaches of North America – … [Read more...] about How Lyme disease became the first epidemic of climate change – Mary Beth Pfeiffer