"We may be experiencing an irreversible ecological tipping point, with forests in the West dying, to be replaced by scrub and grass," write Peter Kalmus and Natasha Stavros. "Tragically, even this year’s disasters are not the worst we can expect. In fact, heat waves and fires like what we are seeing in California, Oregon and Washington will continue to worsen as long as humanity continues to burn fossil fuels."
"Just weeks ago there was a kind of weird jubilation that even amid the heartbreak of the pandemic, the air seemed cleaner, the rivers more sparkling. Climate change couldn’t be that bad if a few weeks of shutdown showed such promise for the environment," writes Ann McFeatters. "That hope, like trees and homes in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, has vanished. Climate change is manmade evil."
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. While the world around us has dramatically changed since its first celebration fifty years ago, we will take a moment to reflect on the legacy of Earth Day that has continued to inspire action through the decades.
"We can fund all the firefighters and air tankers in the world; we can pump billions of dollars into expensive water infrastructure; we can surround low-lying towns with levies and sea breaks — but we’ll never get ahead of these crises until we make the investments needed to reverse the course of climate change," writes Dianne Feinstein.
The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, has partnered with Draper, an engineering and research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to monitor whales with satellites in a project fittingly named “Counting Whales from Space.”
"Latinos are on the front lines of climate change. We care about it. We’re doing something about it. And candidates who want our votes must do something about it, too," writes Orson Aguilar. "Latino communities face disproportionate harm from climate change. More than half of U.S. Latinos live in states already feeling severe climate change impacts, from flooding and sea level rise in Florida, to scorching heat waves in Texas and the Southwest, to droughts and devastating wildfires in California."
The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been hailed as an upcoming renewable energy source. These systems seem to solve two problems by removing the manure waste from farms and producing renewable energy. From California to Pennsylvania to New York, many AD projects have been successfully producing energy across the United States for years.
UW-Madison is one of 59 campuses across the country and the world who participated in Fossil Fuel Divestment Day (F2D2). Students from various universities share disappointment with the lack of urgency and response to growing concern over climate change.