Imagine it’s the year 2050 and we’ve successfully been able to hold global warming below the 2°C threshold (and ideally 1.5°C) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists have been warning us about.
What does that future world look like and feel like when you imagine it?
Are we more connected to nature or more connected to technology, or both?
How do we communicate and treat one another?
Do our political and economic systems function the same as they do now, or are they drastically different?
Is there more inequality than exists now or less?
Is it an extractive society that places growth and development above all else, or one that promotes the use of natural resources with care and consideration? …
January 6, 2021 will be a day for the history books. It is a day where America’s democracy was pushed to the brink of failure. Democracies are fragile things, not easily conceived and even harder to maintain.
It is a day where an unhinged man and the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, President Donald J. Trump, was directly responsible for purposefully misleading millions of citizens who voted for him into thinking the election was rigged and fraudulent, even though all evidence presented to federal and state courts could not back up these claims with even a single instance of fraud. …
Happy New Year! We’re excited to bring you the latest edition of The Current Climate newsletter!
In case you’re new to the publication, our goal with this monthly newsletter is to not only highlight the amazing work of our writers, but also to bring you important climate- and environment-related current events from around the world that you may have missed.
We hope that this newsletter serves as an additional tool to ensure the climate crisis remains at the forefront of our minds, rather than an afterthought.
Since 2020 is finally over, we decided for this month to highlight the top Climate Conscious stories of the year in terms of popularity and our personal picks. …
Article 2 of the Paris Agreement signed in 2016 stated as one of its objectives: “Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”
However, the world is currently not on track to avoid 1.5°C of global warming, or 2°C for that matter. In fact, we are currently on track for 3°C of warming by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. …
People who love sports will often use phrases like “We beat them!” or “We won!” when talking about an opposing team. Except they always use the wrong pronoun. It’s not we; it’s they. You’re not on the team, so therefore you didn’t win anything. Nor does the team actually care about you, unless of course you’re buying tickets to see their games or buying their merchandise.
The third presidential debate is scheduled for today and the announced topics will cover the pandemic, race relations, climate change, national security, leadership, and families. In the past though, the final debate has typically focused on foreign policy. With all these topics to cover in today’s debate, foreign policy won’t receive as much attention as it normally would.
This is a shame as foreign policy is incredibly important, especially when it comes to the powers of the president. Understandably, there is less interest from the American public on foreign policy this year with a pandemic still raging out of control and the subsequent economic calamity it has unleashed. …
Imagine the following scenario:
A priest and a climate scientist are debating whether climate change can be attributed to human activity. The priest tells you that humans aren’t affecting the global climate and what we’re experiencing is just due to natural phenomena of which humans have no control. The climate scientist tells you that humans are affecting the global climate through emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity.
Who would you believe?
Now, put your shoes into the mindset of a highly religious individual who values their faith above all else. …
“This is now our planet, run by humankind for humankind. There is little left for the rest of the living world.” — David Attenborough, A Life On Our Planet
The opening scene of A Life On Our Planet is of the desolate wasteland of what was once the city of Pripyat in the Soviet Union (what is now located in Ukraine). The explosion at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986 led to the spread of radioactive particles that traveled hundreds of miles and, by some estimates, caused 90,000 deaths. …
In one sentence, Republican politicians say, “Make America Great Again.” In the next, they say, “America is the greatest nation on Earth.”
Wait, but don’t those statements contradict each other?
How can you make a country great again if it is already the greatest?
Contradictions aside, both claims seemed completely false and lacked evidence to back them up. To be certain though, I decided to go on a search for America’s historical greatness to try to validate such claims. As you might expect, I came up empty.
The search didn’t take long to conduct because it was almost immediately obvious that America wasn’t great at its most basic and fundamental level. …
“For the poor, boundaries don’t really matter. When they have to survive, they will scale any boundaries. They’ll go over them, through them, or under them, because poverty does not recognize boundaries.” — Venkateswar Ramaswamy, Indian community activist supporting climate refugees from Bangladesh
Immigration has always been a hot-button issue in America, and will only become hotter in a warming world.
The impacts of climate change are falling disproportionately on those in the Global South (i.e., Africa, Latin America, and regions of the Middle East and Asia) that fall under the umbrella of developing countries. …