A Wake up call!

The last days of October have produced two serious reports about the dangers presented by unchecked climate change. Last year, global atmospheric CO2 levels hit a record high, a high not seen since 3 million years ago. Significantly, the rate of increase of emissions in 2016 was higher than any other recent year. These circumstances led Erik … Read more

Damage from Extreme Weather Events – the Insurance Industry saw it coming!

Two months ago, we commented on the extraordinary amount of damage caused by successive hurricanes hitting the Caribbean Islands and the US Southern States.  There is no doubt that the increased severity of these “natural” events is a result of global warming. The world-wide insurance industry has for many years warned of this possibility.   Four … Read more

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Did climate change cause Hurricane Harvey? That’s not a good question and it can’t be answered satisfactorily. Better to ask “Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey more severe?” The answer to this question is “Yes”.  Here’s the explanation. Water Temperature. Global warming heats the earth’s oceans. The water in the Gulf of Mexico is about … Read more

Good & Bad News – March 2017

Here’s a collection of some of recent good and bad news about climate change that Al Slavin has compiled from around the web. Some bad news While some technological and political progress is being made to slow the rise in greenhouse-gas emissions, almost all the climate science news is bad, showing an accelerating problem that … Read more

A School Board acts to educate its students on climate change!

The Portland (Oregon)  School Board recently decided that some educational material used in their Schools was misleading as it implied that climate change was not taking place and in any event human activity was not a cause.   The Board passed a resolution directing school staff to implement a curriculum to address “climate change and climate justice.” To … Read more

Reducing emissions before it’s too late!

The World Meteorological Office has confirmed that the year 2015 was the hottest ever.  The month of February just past was the hottest February the world has experienced since 1880, the first year temperature records were kept.  For Toronto and other parts of Canada, February 3rd was the hottest day ever in that month. Climatologists … Read more

Climate Change Refugees – Part 2

The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is the legal document that defines who is a refugee, spells out their rights and imposes legal obligations on states to assist them and grant asylum to bona fide refugees. The Syrian refugees were fleeing the devastation and perils of the civil war in Syria.  They were not climate change refugees, even … Read more