Category Archives: Climate Change

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.

Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. During a recent visit with my eight-year-old niece and 10- and 12-year-old nephews, I stopped myself from asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up, or any of the future-oriented questions I used to ask myself. I did so because the reality of their generation may be that questions like where they will work could be replaced by: Where will they get their fresh water? What food will be available? And what parts of their country and the rest of the world will still be habitable?

The reason, of course, is climate change…

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Where is the Green Party?

As climate change become increasingly apparent, many wonder why the Green Party is being ignored in the US election. In the race for the White House, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have talked about sustainable development. Yet the Green Party ticket, whose stance on the issue outpaces those of both the Republican and Democratic […]

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Are We Sustainable?

As the Rio+20 conference closes, radical change remains necessary, experts tell Al Jazeera. Hopeful rhetoric had preceded the Rio+20 UN Conference on sustainability. World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs, the private sector and other groups met in an attempt to find ways to reduce poverty and increase social equity while ensuring […]

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How Many More Fish in the Sea?

Seafood is the primary source of protein for more than one billion people – can they live without it? Worldwide, 90 per cent of large predatory fish stocks are now gone due to overfishing. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 85 per cent of fish stocks are “overexploited, depleted, or recovering from […]

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