Global climate disruption messes with our water. As sea levels rise, we get more water in the places we don’t want it. But what about the water we do need? Scientists are finding that the impacts of climate change make freshwater inhospitable for fish and wildlife.
There are several manmade sources of the carbon pollution that’s warming our climate, from deforestation to animal agriculture. But let’s clear up one thing right away: Dirty Energy, the pollution from fossil fuels, is the single the biggest contributor to climate change. And the biggest Dirty Energy source is coal.
As climate activists, we’re accustomed to facing frightening facts. Global carbon emissions have never been higher. Wildfires in the U.S. burned a record number of acres this year. And this summer, Arctic sea ice reached an all-time seasonal low. As Americans, there’s a whole other suite of scary realities we now face: One in five children live in poverty. Millions are jobless. And income inequality continues to rise.
We recently asked you to tell Jim Lehrer, moderator of the first presidential debate on October 3, to ask a question about the climate crisis — because neither candidate can afford to ignore the most urgent issue of our time. The response was huge.
It’s cooling down in many parts of the U.S., but the worst drought in decades is still going on. Just when you think the news about the drought can’t get any worse, here’s something else to worry about. A lot of things you buy are about to get more expensive.
Our Chairman, former Vice President Al Gore, just announced a worldwide, online event taking place on November 14, 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report. Watch the announcement here:
As we pollute our atmosphere and warm our climate, extreme and disruptive weather is becoming a part of our lives. Here’s one big example of this dirty weather: Extreme drought.
What does global warming look like across the United States? Check out these eye-opening photos in the LA Times; Dramatic visual evidence that climate change isn’t just on its way in the future, it’s happening now.
How best to achieve a balanced budget is a topic of fierce debate, of course. But people on both sides of the political aisle seem to generally agree that a balanced budget is a good thing — that spending more than you’re bringing in isn’t sustainable, and comes with consequences, like debt. The same logic should be applied to our carbon budget.
I watched the conventions for both major political parties hoping to hear what they intend to do about climate change. Sadly, I didn’t hear much that was real.