Category Archives: Climate in Crisis

Senseless Destruction of Perth’s Beeliar Wetlands

A $1.9 billion transportation upgrade plan, conceived and funded partially in 2014 by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s cabinet, and agreed upon by Western Australia’s (WA) Liberal Premier Colin Barnett, is destroying ancient wetlands. The Beeliar Wetlands, made up of … Continue reading

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An Overheating Planet

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded at 1.26C above preindustrial times. Life as we know it is in dire jeopardy because humans are pumping heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere 10X faster than during the previous 66 million years. … Continue reading

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Scientists Rally For Climate Action, San Francisco

This week in San Francisco, over 23,000 American Geophysical Union (AGU) scientists formed the world’s largest Earth and Space Science conference, presenting scientific findings and displaying professional integrity in support of climate science. At the meeting, the National Oceanic & … Continue reading

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Students Join Veterans At Standing Rock

I spent a few days with students in Environmental Science at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. They are deeply concerned with the state of our planet and nature collapsing. We talked about how the oceans are warming 1.5 to … Continue reading

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Dead Forests, Shocking Wake-up Call

Last week the U.S. Forest Service released their latest survey on California’s dying forests. Since May, 36 million trees have perished, bringing the total for the year to 66 million dead trees. The death rate of trees in the Golden … Continue reading

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Oceans in Crisis – SOS

This week in Honolulu, at the International Union of the Conservation of Nature, my colleagues presented the most comprehensive and systemic ocean study ever undertaken on the consequences of oceans warming from burning subsidized fossil fuels. Their conclusion is horrific: … Continue reading

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The Age of Climate Instability

This week scientists gathered at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa to officially recognize the Earth has entered the Anthropocene Epoch. The new epoch began in the 1950s with nuclear bomb testing, industrial agriculture, human-caused climate disruption … Continue reading

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Flooding and Firestorm, Climate in Crisis

This has been a horrendous week in America for climate-driven disasters. Louisiana suffered its second 1-in-500-year rainfall events since March. This time the state received 1.6 trillion gallons or the equivalent of 10.4 million Olympic swimming pools of water, killing … Continue reading

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Deadly Heat Waves Rising

Earlier this month, the annual State of the Climate report validated that 2015 eclipsed 2014 as the hottest year since the inception of continuous record keeping in 1880. Four hundred and fifty of my colleagues from 62 countries worked to … Continue reading

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Amazon Rainforest Third Major Drought 11 Years

South America’s Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical jungle on the planet. It’s crucial habitat for one in 10 of the 1.6 million known species on Earth. More than 1,000 tree species live in an acre of Amazonia. The Amazon … Continue reading

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