By getting serious about limiting global warming, the world could save itself more than $20 trillion

Fighting global warming is starting to sound like a lucrative investment. A new study out of Stanford University finds that keeping global warming a half-degree beneath the Paris climate agreement’s 2 degree Celsius target could potentially save more than $20 trillion globally. The findings, described in the journal Nature, go beyond the environmental and health […]

Global warming leads to intense hurricanes

People have been arguing whether global warming affected the strength of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In lieu of the typical arguments, I would like to instead explore the history of Harvey. On Aug. 21, after Harvey finished crossing the Yucatan Peninsula, the National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a tropical depression and declared that […]

Trump’s reckless climate denialism can’t stop the new Congress from addressing global warming

To the editor: The federal government’s National Climate Assessment does not merely remind us of the threats to our society posed by climate change. It states unequivocally that the effects of our consumption of carbon-bearing fuels are upon us today and paints a dire picture of the future if we continue this profligacy. Although this […]

Global warming is mostly man-made, but why?

I was disheartened to read the Nov. 4 article, “U.S. Report contradicts Trump team: Warming mostly man-made,” written by Seth Borenstein. For starters, an article about the literal warming of the Earth, something that is not to be taken lightly in the least bit of sense, is on the back of the first page, sandwiched […]

The clock is ticking to stop catastrophic global warming, top climate scientists say

An international body of nearly 100 climate scientists convened by the United Nations have issued a stern warning to the rest of the world. Unless governments around the globe undertake “unprecedented” action to reverse it, Earth’s temperatures will soar upwards of 1.5-degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, over preindustrial levels by the end of the […]

Letters: Annapolis needs to revamp its planning process; healthy soil can help counter global warming

Annapolis development Based on the re-emergence of the Eastport Shopping Center project and my observations on the progress of the Annapolis Yacht Club and 110 Compromise Street projects along with the negative impacts they will have on the “feel” and actual functioning of our community, I am reminded of a brief discussion held at a […]

The world needs great strides to fight global warming. Climate talks in Poland delivered only baby steps

On Saturday night, at the end of two weeks of meetings in Katowice, Poland, delegates from nearly 200 nations gave themselves a standing ovation for their accomplishments in combating climate change. But even though they no doubt worked very hard on a very difficult issue, the fact is that their enthusiastic self-congratulations were undeserved. The […]

Worried about the international panel report on global warming? Go read Octavia Butler’s ‘Earthseed’ books

Given what we’ve long known about the impact of carbon emissions on our atmosphere, the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should not have been surprising, and yet it hasn’t been greeted with nearly the amount of shock it deserves. The report makes clear that we are essentially cooking the planet, that […]

Looking for a shred of good news on global warming? Consider the explosion of cheaper clean energy

It’s clear that 2018 was a terrible year for Earth’s climate. California saw the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in its history, the continually thawing Arctic got down to the last 5% of its oldest and thickest ice, and after slowing in recent years, greenhouse gas emissions were once again on the rise. This year […]

‘Incredibly grim’ prognosis on global warming also carries clarion call for global action

A major new report on global warming makes a chilling prediction: Without swift and sweeping worldwide intervention, some devastating effects of climate change will hit harder — and decades sooner — than previously expected. The report, released Monday by a U.N. organization, served as a stark reminder of President Trump’s status as a global outlier […]