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Blog Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Scientists Have a Powerful New Tool to Investigate Triassic Dark Ages

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 11th, 02020

The time-honored debate between catastrophists and gradualists (those who believe major Earth changes were due to sudden violent events or happened over long periods of time) has everything to do with the coarse grain of the geological record. When paleontologists only have a series of thousand-year flood deposits to study, it’. . .   Read More

Kim Stanley Robinson: “The Coronavirus is Rewriting Our Imaginations.”

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 4th, 02020

Science Fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has written a powerful meditation on what the pandemic heralds for the future of civilization in The New Yorker. . . .   Read More

The Global Tree Restoration Potential

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 9th, 02019

Earlier this month, a study appeared in Science that found that a global reforestation effort could capture 205 gigatons of CO2 over the next 40-100 years—two thirds of all the CO2 humans have generated since the industrial revolution:

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We. . .   Read More

What Trees Tell Us

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 15th, 02019

The rings of centuries-old trees are offering scientists a more complete picture of climate change and the role of humans in causing it. . .   Read More

Jeff Goodell: We’re Not Going to ‘Fix’ Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 16th, 02019

There’s not going to be a ‘fix’ for climate change, says science journalist Jeff Goodell. There will only be adaptations. From the Long Now Seminar, “The Water Will Come. . .   Read More

The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on August 28th, 02018

Image by George Steinmetz.
This month, The New York Times published an ambitious 30,000 word feature by Nathaniel Rich on how humanity missed its window to address climate change. In the decade of 01979–01989, Rich argues, the world came closer than it ever had to agreeing upon a binding, global framework to reduce. . .   Read More

The Role of Art in Addressing Climate Change: An interview with José Luis de Vicente

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 15th, 02018

“Sounds super depressing,” she texted. “That’s why I haven’t gone. Sort of went full ostrich.”
That was my friend’s response when I asked her if she had attended Després de la fi del món (After the End of the World), the exhibition on the present and future of climate change. . .   Read More

The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 6th, 02017

Billy Barr was just trying to get away from it all when he went to live at the base of Gothic Mountain in the Colorado wilderness in 1973. He wound up creating an invaluable historical record of climate change. His motivation for meticulously logging the changing temperatures, snow levels, weather, and wildlife sightings? Simple boredom. . .   Read More

Could Reviving the Woolly Mammoth Help Solve Climate Change?

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 28th, 02017

For over 100,000 years, wide swaths of the northern part of the globe were covered in grasslands where millions of bison, horses, and woolly mammoths grazed. Known as the Mammoth Steppe, it was the world’s most extensive biome, stretching from Spain to Canada, with more animal biomass than the African Savannah. With the. . .   Read More

MIT Paleoclimate Study Reveals When the American West Dried Up

by Charlotte Hajer on November 3rd, 02015

We know that the American West was once much wetter than it is today; the region is riddled with ancient lake beds and fossilized aquatic creatures. At some point in the last 15,000 years, these inland seas disappeared and turned to desert – but exactly when this happened was not well known.

Until recently: a. . .   Read More

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