Category: Environment

Volts newsletter: “There is no ‘moderate’ position on climate change”

June 30, 2021 Off

From David Roberts’ Volts newsletter: “Perhaps the most politically difficult aspect of climate change is that, after decades of denial and delay, there is no longer any coherent “moderate” position to be had.  To allow temperatures to rise past 1.5° or 2°C this century is to accept unthinkable disruption to agriculture, trade, immigration, public health, and basic…

By Eric Jensen

Climate Change Resources and Reporting

May 13, 2021 Off

A brief list of reliable resources to be updated regularly: The New Yorker: Bill McKibben’s “Annals of a Warming Planet” weekly column; a broad view exploring the latest news and the societal impacts of the climate crisis. Heated: “…a daily newsletter dedicated to original accountability reporting and analysis on the climate crisis…” from investigative journalist…

By Eric Jensen

The Great Australian Inferno

January 24, 2020 Off

This is a compelling interview with Kevin Rudd, former Australian PM. He discusses the fires in Australia, the science that predicted these events over a decade ago and the political and media forces that are standing in the way action. The Great Australian Inferno – Outrage and Optimism You can listen to Outrage and Optimism…

By Eric Jensen

The Recycling Illusion

December 18, 2019 Off

For decades the plastics industry has promoted the myth of recycling. We have been lulled into believing that the plastics we toss into the blue bins are magically recycled into new materials. In fact, only plastics with industry numbers 1 and 2 have any chance of being recycled and most of those products end up…

By Eric Jensen

Coming together to fight climate change

August 17, 2016 Off

A recent AP piece argues that climate change is the most polarizing current social issue because it stimulates our intuitive tendencies toward collective action or individualism. The logic makes sense but that isn’t what happened in WWII. The country came together and galvanized its resources to fight a global threat. In The New Republic Bill McKibben…

By Eric Jensen