While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. Post Carbon Institute.
Opinions of the Week - Editors' Picks
When a company claims its products are safe, journalists are rightly skeptical. Why do alarmist claims from environmental groups get a free pass? Undark.
Since Earth and the resources it can provide humanity are finite, both population and economic growth must cease sometime in the future. MAHB.
Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play. more…
It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality. more…
Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can't cope. more…
Cities and villages are an organic whole. Both must be developed sustainably to support each other. more…
Energy and health
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world. Economist.
Why should New Yorkers care about what's going on in Maryland? Because what affects Maryland also is affecting the state's vast Adirondack Park. Utica Observer-Dispatch, New York.
More and more countries are ditching the internal combustion engine. Good. Bloomberg View.
It seems foolish to weigh the merits of pipeline proposals individually, and without accounting for the entire environmental impact of moving gas to market. Los Angeles Times.
PSEG's decision to shut down two major coal plants is an enormous triumph for our environment. Newark Star-Ledger, New Jersey.
Has anyone thought of the tragedies that might occur when a government is short-staffed of scientists? Former governor Christie Whitman can think of several. Newark Star-Ledger, New Jersey.
Several more offline nuclear reactors are now on track to be restarted in the coming months despite lingering safety concerns among residents living in surrounding areas. Asahi Shimbun, Japan.
The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it. more…
It is clear that the National Guard was a primary contributor to the problem, and should also contribute to the cleanup. more…
The egg contamination crisis exposes a problem caused by a combination of government laxity and the lack of professional ethics on the part of farmers. A bigger cause for concern is that the egg industry might not be the only one with such a problem. more…
There should be little doubt lingering about how crucial bees are to the natural world – and to human food production. more…
Guam’s coral reefs are integral to our island’s marine ecology as well as to our tourism industry, and it’s vital that we all take steps to protect and preserve them. Agana Pacific Daily News, Guam.
Rising seas could swell Tampa Bay up to 19 inches over the next quarter-century, putting tens of thousands of residents at risk. The federal study is another wake-up call about a threat that is real, here and more pressing by the day. Tampa Bay Times, Florida.
Reducing the dead zone is essential to the health of the Gulf, but it's headed in the opposite direction. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana.
Local communities, and the broader region, are making strides in addressing nature’s quirks and climate change. But a long slog lies ahead. Miami Herald, Florida.
Disposable plastics might seem convenient now, but at the current rate there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. That won’t just be inconvenient, but harmful to life on Earth, including the human kind. Atlantic City Press, New Jersey.
The future is looking worse all the time for the world’s endangered species and, as a byproduct, is looking pretty dire for the globe’s human inhabitants as well. Florida Times-Union, Florida.
America’s coasts — especially the teeming, wealthy Eastern seaboard and Gulf shore — are doomed to drown in ever-worse flooding from sea rise caused by global warming. Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia.
Good News Editorials
Reclaiming the Great Lakes has been embraced as a priority for too long by too many — and with too many successes — to be abandoned now. Congress can make sure that doesn't happen. Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota.
The Butte Creek salmon story is a rare one. Usually stories about fisheries in California are centered around a species that is disappearing. This one is about a species that is thriving. Chico Enterprise Record, California.
The possible scenarios for a low-carbon future are inspiring and there is much our city planners can learn. Melbourne Age, Australia.
Has he called it “fake news” on Twitter yet? There isn’t a chance in hell that the Trump administration will ever officially release the latest National Climate Assessment Report showing the severe risk carbon pollution poses to the United States. Trump will surely take a page from George W. Bush, who taught Trump all that he needs to know about suppressing inconvenient science. Washington Monthly.
President Donald Trump and his band of climate deniers are stealing our time. They are, quite literally, snuffing out our world and our children's future. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee.
The US Department of Agriculture has forbidden the use of the words ‘climate change’. This say-no-evil policy is doomed to fail. The Guardian.
All that’s needed is to persuade the skeptics to embrace a belief that will cost them dearly and hurt their pride. It's no wonder it's an uphill fight. Salisbury Daily Times, Maryland.
So which is it? Is there too much ice in the Arctic or not enough? It’s convenient that climate change can be blamed both for too much ice in the Arctic in June and too little in July. Toronto Sun, Ontario.
A wide range of plastics cannot be recycled, or cannot be recycled any further, and end up in a landfill. Such plastics are an excellent, high energy feedstock for gasification. South China Morning Post, China.
Total population collapse? No. Weaker insects? Yes. Problematic pesticides? Probably. Bloomberg View.
Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone? The Guardian.
A new book on climate and migration predicts a future of "guards, guns and gates" unless we act soon. Texas Observer, Texas.
We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably. It doesn’t have to be this way. National Observer, Canada.
One of the most dangerous threats to the human future in this, the Age of Perils, is … optimism. MAHB.