Climate


entering unchartered waters

Human civilization developed on Earth under certain climate conditions. Over the last 150 years, however, we have released so much carbon into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels that the climate is changing — and not for the better. Rising sea levels mean devastating storm surges for low-lying farmlands and cities. Disappearing glaciers mean less water for vast areas of India, China, and the American West. Shifting climate zones mean many plants and animals will no longer survive where they've been — and may not be able to survive in new areas.

Climate change is real — the scientific debate on this has long been over. What remains is to build the political will to do something about it.

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Bill Rees - Why Degrowth?

length: 35:43   credit: The Extraenvironmentalist

Post Carbon Fellow Bill Rees recorded in April at the Vancouver Degrowth Event on why degrowth is the only realistic path to sustainability.

Watch the Q&A for this event

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Richard Heinberg    Sep 21, 2014   

In a New York Times op-ed published September 18 titled “Errors and Emissions,” economist-columnist Paul Krugman took a swipe at my organization, Post Carbon Institute, lumping us … >>

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Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal

Bill McKibben    Sep 10, 2014   

If you’re a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama’s … >>

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Resilient Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

Daniel Lerch

Resilience is often understood simply as the ability to “bounce back” from a single disaster like a hurricane or earthquake. This survey commissioned by Post Carbon Institute found … >>

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