The UK mean temperature reached 5.47C (41.8F) compared with the warmest winter on record in 1988-89, when the mean was 5.82C (42.5F). In southern England, winter warmth set a new high, reaching 6.53C (43.8F), beating 6.49C (43.7F) in 1989-90. And meteorologists say there’s more to come.
A scientific panel convened at the request of the United Nations called Tuesday for drastic and immediate reductions in fossil-fuel emissions around the world and rapid increases in spending on clean-energy to head off the worst effects of global warming.
Here's a great example of a local government taking big steps to encourage energy consumption reduction. Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has offered incentives to Londoners who make their homes more energy efficient as well as encouraging green investments.
Stewart Brand, publisher, writer and one of the foremost founders of the environmental movement in the 1960s, has taken the surprise step of endorsing nuclear power as an alternative to coal in the struggle against global warming. Nuclear waste is a problem, he says, but carbon emissions are worse.
NASA scientist James Hanson, one of the earliest climate specialists to sound alarms about global warming in 1988, has called for an end to building new coal-fired electric power plants because of their massive role in spewing out the greenhouse gases that drive climate change.
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.