CLIMATE AND CLEAN ENERGY RIGHT NOW

 

Food for Thought 

"A HUNDRED years from now, looking back, the only question that will appear important about the historical moment in which we now live is the question of whether or not we did anything to arrest climate change. Everything else—the financial crisis, the life or death of the euro, authoritarianism or democracy in China and Russia, the Great Stagnation or the innovation renaissance, democratisation and/or political Islam in the Arab world, Newt or Mitt or another four years of Barack—all this will fade into insignificance beside the question of whether we managed to do anything about human industrial civilisation changing the climate of Planet Earth." 
from The Economist in 2011
 

 Cimate and Clean Energy News

"Now you dont: Summer ice in the Artic Ocean is vanishing rapidly"- The Economist 2012

"Aid Groups Push for Clean Energy Policies"- The New York Times 2012

"Boom times, not green: Both candidates are revelling in America’s abundant hydrocarbons. The planet, they feel, can wait"- The Economist 2012

 

"Bill McKibben of 350.org: Even Industry-Funded Climate Change Deniers Can’t Ignore Planet’s Warming"- Democracy Now!

 

Interactive Resources

 
What countries are responsible for CO2 emissions? Check out this interactive map by The Guardian. Gapminder World is another great resources to see how countries have increased CO2 emssions since 1820. Gapminder also created a map about coal consumption.
 
Familiar with Google Earth? The Vulcan Project, by Arizona State University and Purdue University, is a map detailing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion in the United States. One can see what part of the economy is driving the emssions.You can see your county or state in relation to others, and see what aspects of economic activity are driving fossil-fuel emissions.
 

Author in the spotlight: Mark Hertsgaard 

 
Hertsgaard is an independent journalist and author. Hertsgaard mainly focuses on climate change and development.
 
Hertsgaard reports in Hot: Living the Next Fifty Years on Earth that 80% of the green house gasses emissions come from the richest 20% of the world's population. Creating incentive to cooperate internationally is hard in because, as Hertsgaard elaborates, the present generation of parents and such will not feel the repercussions of their own and previous generations’ amount of consumption. However, the younger generations and developing nations who are less responsible for the consumption of fossil fuels will endure the brunt of the climate change. Take a look at some of his more recent articles.
 

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