The courage displayed by Larry Gibson, Ken Ward, Jay O’Hara and a growing number of others is absent in our political leaders. In the United States, both political parties kowtow to the fossil fuel industry. One party simply denies the reality of human-caused climate change. The other party feigns concern, advocating ineffectual costly policies such as renewable portfolio standards for utilities, while simultaneously approving development of dirty unconventional fossil fuels and continuation and expansion of drilling and mining of every fossil fuel that can be found.
What will it take to turn climate change into a social movement?
A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate. The Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) will conduct research flights Aug. 28 through Oct. 1, covering the peak of summer sea ice melt.
An outlook report by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the government agency tasked with overseeing the reef’s health, declines to mince its words. The reef is an “icon under pressure” that has suffered a dip in health since the last major analysis of its condition in 2009.
Climate change, which is causing the oceans to warm, is cited as the leading threat to the reef, followed by pollution running off the land into the sea, coastal development and direct impacts such as fishing.