Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

Next week delegates. ministers, heads-of-state and civil socity meet in Paris at COP21 in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Data recently released from the MET Office in the UK projects average global surface temperatures in 2015 are set to reach the threshold of 1 degree Celsius, halfway to the limit of “acceptable”…

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Is climate denial in the United States finally, slowly, turning toward acceptance?

Polls Suggest that US Climate Denial is Dying

Over the course of recent years, polls that examine American attitudes on global warming suggest that climate denial may be dying. It would appear that Americans have gone through the five stages in what has been called the cycle of climate acceptance.  This is an adaptation of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ seminal work, “On Death and Dying.” The first step is denial, followed by anger, depression, bargaining and finally…

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NOAA 915 temp report map

GDP, Incomes Likely to Fall as Climate Warming Continues

With global mean temperature setting new record-highs, new research from Stanford and UCal Berkeley concludes economic output will peak and then decline rapidly this century. More than 70 percent of the world’s nations are likely to experience declines in economic output this century, with countries in already warm climate zones affected the most.

UNNAPGSP Africa corn villagers

UNDP, UNEP Expand National Climate Adaptation Program

The two leading UN agencies are expanding efforts to assist national governments adapt to climate change as UN member nations gear up for much anticipated climate change treaty talks in Paris this December.

Global Temperatures keep rising into record territories. How much more before we take decisive action?

Feeling the Heat from Global Temperature Records

A large and growing body of evidence reveals that the Earth is getting warmer. Month after month, year after year, we are seeing above average global temperature records. Heat waves are smashing records all around the world. July 2015 was no exception even by the standards of a warming world. July is traditionally the hottest month of the calendar year,…

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Record-breaking temperature in London on July 1st, 2015

June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency,  June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. On Wednesday NASA reported similar findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record. What is considered one of the strongest El Niños in 50 years underpins the ongoing global warming trend, making expectations for 2015 to beat last year as the…

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Pope Francis delivers his Encyclical on climate change

Pope Francis Calls on “All People of Good Will” to Care for Creation

At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the…

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