Tag: Jonathan Hoekstra

From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Stakes at Copenhagen

Written by | December 5th, 2009

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For much of the latter half of the 20th century, the world was locked in a cold war. Two superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals capable of destroying the world many times over.The world took sides and watched as the superpowers stared one another down, fingers poised over red buttons that could only lead to mutually assured […]

Searching for Climate Change Cures

Written by | December 2nd, 2009

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Even if an international agreement in Copenhagen succeeds in putting the world on a pathway toward significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, people and nature are going to be dealing with the impacts of rising seas, melting permafrost and changing climate patterns for years to come. What are the cures? How can we help people and […]

The Real Meaning of Those Stolen Climate Emails

Written by | November 30th, 2009

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The pilfering of email correspondence among climate scientists from a major climate center in Britain two weeks ago has grown into a very public controversy unimaginatively dubbed “Climategate.” Some of the emails revealed those scientists scoffing at (but also fearful of) climate skeptics — to the point of wanting to block publication of some scientific […]

Telecommuting: How to Save the World in Your Pajamas

Written by | November 18th, 2009

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I’ve talked a lot about biking as a great alternative to driving to work, but there is another option that may be a little less daunting: telecommuting. If you regularly drive to work, telecommuting can save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere and save you a bundle of money […]

How to Achieve a Global Climate Change Agreement

Written by | November 16th, 2009

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What will a successful global climate change agreement look like? That question is only more important to ask in the wake of this weekend’s agreement by President Obama to a plan that will ask world leaders to reach a political agreement at this December’s UN climate talks in Copenhagen, ahead of a more binding agreement […]

The Noel Kempff Climate Action Project: The Conservancy Responds to a Greenpeace Report

Written by | October 15th, 2009

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Thirteen years ago, The Nature Conservancy teamed up with Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza, American Electric Power Company, BP America and Pacificorp to buy out four logging concessions adjacent to Bolivia’s Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. In addition to protecting almost 832,000 hectares of forest habitat and doubling the size of the national park, this […]

Climate Change Impacts: Now Scarier Than Any Hollywood Thriller

Written by | June 19th, 2009

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For all the doom and gloom forecasts that have dominated climate change warnings, it’s easy to understand why people envision a future when post-apocalyptic survivors struggling to save civilization in a barren world where people battle over scarce food and water supplies. The realities of climate change will probably not be so sensational. But a landmark scientific report issued by the US government this week clearly shows that the impacts will be just as scary.

Can We Stick to a Carbon Budget?

Written by | May 5th, 2009

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If we want to contain global warming, then we need to constrain carbon dioxide emissions within an appropriate ecological budget. According to a new study published in NATURE, our cumulative carbon dioxide budget for 2000-2050 is 1000 gigatons.

Why Bill Gates ‘Gets It’ About Climate Change

Written by | April 15th, 2009

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I have heard some conservationists lament that Bill Gates and his philanthropic foundation don’t “get it” when it comes to the environment — because they focus on vaccines and agricultural development, but not on environmental protection that also contributes to human well-being. I think Mr. Gates has already “gotten it.” In his 2009 Annual Letter […]

Feeling The Heat: Why Even 2 Degrees C Matters

Written by | February 25th, 2009

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In his book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, Mark Lynas paints a cataclysmic picture of what might happen if runaway climate change increases the average global temperature by 6 degrees Centigrade: Super hurricanes would cause catastrophic flooding. Explosive gases would bubble up from deep in the oceans and erupt in massive fireballs. […]

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