Britain's hottest April on record has meant butterflies are hatching up to two months early. The charity Butterfly Conservation said butterflies had been emerging an average of half a day earlier each year from the mid-Seventies until last year.
This year has blown all that away. We have had lots of species coming out two weeks earlier than last year, some a month or two months early. It's really a very dramatic situation.”
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released its third and final summary on the state of climate change. The report, entitled Summary for Policymakers: mitigation of climate change, outlines what the problem is, how we should be dealing with it and how much it's going to cost.
Could the US collective head finally be coming out of the sand? We're always a little skeptical of polling numbers, but let's hope this trend continues:
Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climateH/T to Josh Zaharoff at the Common Blog.
In perhaps the strongest statements on climate change ever by U.S. auto-industry executives, Ford’s CEO said global warming is real , manmade and caused in part by auto emissions, while a GM executive has urged government action on a national energy policy.
Accused of scaremongering for taking climate change before the UN Security Council last week, Britain is standing firm in insisting it’s a global challenge that must not be allowed to degenerate into regional bickering.
The long-standing controversy over dam removal in Washington, Oregon and California has heightened with scientific recognition of man made carbon emissions in global warming. Power companies and others who favor keeping the dams tout them as a crucial source of so-called clean energy, while opponents say the dams are anything but clean because they foul water and kill fish to generate electricity.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.