Amending the Montreal Protocol

UN Kigali Amendment Boosts Global Environmental, Climate Change Prospects

National representatives to the UN Montreal Protocol took action to phase out production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this past week. In addition to further reducing destruction of atmospheric ozone, the Kigali Agreement is expected to reduce projected mean global temperature rise 0.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century.

In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From…

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Trump, the U.S. elections, and climate change. A pivotal moment

U.S. Elections are a Pivotal Moment for Climate Change Policy

Dean Scott, the senior climate change reporter for Bloomberg, moderated a panel discussion this weekend at the 2016 conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The topic at hand was the upcoming U.S. elections and what it means for climate change policy, particularly if Donald Trump wins the presidency. You might think that his position on climate change is “typical”…

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Aerial photograph showing a pile of wood that has been prepared to be burned will be planted oil palm area of PT PAPUA ALAM LESTARI

Deforestation in Indonesia: Turning Rainforest into Palm Oil

Burning Indonesia’s Rainforest An investigative report reveals that Korindo, a corporation heavily involved in natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia, is targeting the largest intact Rainforest in Papua the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku for destruction to make way for oil palm plantations.  Despite the devastating haze crisis of 2015, the common tool for their systematic operation of deforestation…

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Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that…

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Record heat month after month, season after season, year after year, is the new nornal

It’s Getting Hotter than Hell

It is hot and getting hotter. The evidence for global warming is growing with a long string of successive global heat records. The hottest months, the hottest seasons and the hottest years are stacking up. While individual weather records should not be confused with climate, decades of temperature data convincingly make the case for a warming world. Hot weather forces…

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The impact of climate on forests and wildfire

Wildfire, Forests and Climate Change

In the southwest of North America, record heat has spawned an early an aggressive start to the 2016 fire season. One consequence of a warming world is the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. With increasing heat, fires burn more intensely over a steadily increasing wildfire season signaling a regime shift in global forests . A 2015 study published in…

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