Posts Tagged ‘fossil fuels’

What the Economic Crisis Really Means and What We Can Do About It

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: October 17th, 2012

By Theo Kitchener

We were told that the global financial crisis of 2008 happened because irresponsible borrowers couldn’t afford to pay back their loans. This is true, but it was also part of a much deeper problem. The issue is that our economic system is based on the need for continuous, perpetual growth. It’s highly likely that we’re already in the beginnings of [...]

The Social and Psychological Foundations of Climate Change

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: September 17th, 2012

The problem of climate change has been defined and diagnosed predominately through scientific measurement, as with these atmospheric mapping instruments. Greater inclusion of the social sciences is needed to deepen insight into the relationship of these scientific findings to their broader social context.Image credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego In Brief The debate over climate change has come largely from [...]

The Economic Case for a Green Economy

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: August 28th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

We know that the earth is warming. We also know why the earth is warming. The question, then, is what can we do about it? Is it really possible to curb emissions without crippling our economy and our society? The answer is yes according to Paul Krugman, an internationally recognized economist and winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. [...]

“What if…?” The C-Learn Climate Simulation Tool

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: June 14th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

If we halt deforestation, will we ensure a healthy future planet? If we cut fossil fuel emissions by a quarter, can we maintain a steady global temperature and keep sea levels from rising? If we reduce carbon emissions by half, will we be on track for a sustainable tomorrow? When dealing with a system as large and complex as planet Earth, it can [...]

Game Over for the Climate

Posted by Kindle Loomis, Published: May 21st, 2012

By James Hansen

Reposted from The New York Times Opinion Pages, May 9, 2012 GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.” If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be [...]

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