climate change

0 US power is declining and it’s a good thing

The rest of the world is catching up to and will soon pass the dominant US.  It is estimated that today’s developing countries will be responsible for roughly two-thirds of the global GDP by 2030. That is great news for the US and Europe, if the right steps are taken,…

0 The Public-Private Climate Change Spending Gap

If you spend it, they will come. That was thought to be the way to go about getting the private sector to invest in climate mitigation and adaptation activities. As this graphic shows, it is not working so well. The private sector spent twenty-five cents on the dollar as compared…

2 The 10 stories you missed while following the Philippines

The disaster following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines rightly has dominated the global twenty-four hour news cycle. Humanosphere has devoted more of our reporting time to the issue than anything else this week. With nearly one million people displaced and close to twelve million affected, the scope of the problem…

0 Clean cookstoves can save 1 million lives a year, says World Bank

Cookstoves Global pollution is accelerating the melting of ice and snow. A new report from the World Bank and  International Cryosphere Climate Initiative says fourteen actions must be taken today to preserve the world’s ice, snow and permafrost in order to slow down climate change. Acting now will save lives and…

0 Climate and conflict study author answers critics

NKOTB brings the heat Yesterday we reported that a study published in Science linking climate change and conflict sparked a bit of a debate. Turns out one of the authors of the study, Marshall Burke, wrote a lengthy blog post addressing criticisms from other academics. For example, Idean Salehyan of the department…

0 Climate change will lead to more conflict! Well, not exactly

Researchers have long connected climate change and conflict. They warn that the effects of climate change will lead to instability that will lead to fighting. Problem is that the evidence was quite thin. A new study, published last week in Science, by Princeton’s Solomon Hsiang and University of California, Berkeley’s Marshall…

4 Not climate change or global warming: A call for new lingo

It’s a hot time in much of the Western United States, which means we will see more stories about global warming. President Barack Obama, last week, proposed a plan to reduce our nation’s industrial carbon emissions as part of an effort aimed at fighting climate change, aka global warming.

0 World Bank President Leads Charge Against Climate Change

Jim KimWorld Bank The World Bank unveiled its plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 recently. The rapid progress of India, China and Brazil blazed the path towards exceeding the global Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. Now the Bank wants to rid the world of extreme poverty forever. Ending…

1 Scientists report on how climate change is linked to health

To be fair, I should alert you to the fact that I am noting here a few scientific papers published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS). PLoS is part of a trend toward free and open publication of scientific research, so it’s worth you knowing about PLoS in its…