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Defining and Predicting Heat Waves in Bangladesh

New research shows that in Bangladesh, heat wave predictability exists from a few days to several weeks in advance, which could save thousands of lives.

by |August 7, 2017

The Urgency Of Adapting To Climate Change

While ideologues continue to deny the reality of climate change, local governments do not have the luxury of indulging in the Tea Party and Koch Brothers’ favorite environmental fantasy. The impacts are real. We don’t need to shut down the economy, but we need to learn to run it without burning the place down or floating away in floodwaters.

by |October 24, 2016

The Role Of Government In Rebuilding After Disasters

The fundamental job of government is to provide security and safety for its people. Natural disasters may be predictable to some degree, but they are unavoidable. What is avoidable is the sense of economic hopelessness that follows these events.

by |August 22, 2016

The Technological World and the Risk of Nuclear Power

The modern economy and our way of life depend on new and advancing technology. It especially depends on energy technology.

by |March 14, 2016

From Copenhagen to Paris: Moving From Talk to Action on Climate Change

Globally, individual nations have volunteered greenhouse gas reduction targets in anticipation of the Paris meetings. Unlike Copenhagen, where calls for mandatory reductions and transfer payments to the developing world caused the collapse of any potential agreements, the world community seems more realistic as it approaches the Paris meetings.

by |December 1, 2015

Arctic Oil Drilling: Deluding Communities About the Benefits of Resource Extraction

We continue to need resources that the earth provides and someday we may even mine other planets. But communities that rely on mining alone, or even depend on resource extraction as their primary source of revenue, are asking to be left behind in the modern global economy.

by |September 14, 2015

Photo Essay: Iceland at the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

Iceland has a complicated relationship with climate change. As in much of the far north, global warming is already exerting many effects here–arguably both good and bad. Yet the country contributes relatively little to the warming, since most of its energy comes from geothermal and hydro plants, which produce little carbon dioxide. Now, it is on the scientific cutting edge of the issue.

by |April 13, 2015

Turning CO2 Into Stone

A power plant in Iceland is set to become the first in the world to try turning carbon dioxide emissions into solid minerals underground, starting this September.

by |June 26, 2009

The Heat is On: Can Mass Transit Adapt?

Even on a sunny day, nearly 13 million gallons of water are pumped from New York City subways. As global warming brings rising sea levels and stormier weather, more flooding is expected for New York’s transit system. To adapt, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to develop a master plan that lays out the costs of… read more

by |May 1, 2009