Tag: Global Warming

Trump and the Teenager: A Climate Showdown at Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland — Neither uttered the other’s name. But President Trump and the Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg took unmistakable aim at each other on Tuesday at this conference of business and government figures, reprising their roles as antagonists on the global stage. The 73-year-old president and 17-year-old activist dominated the first full day of […]

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Why These Australia Fires Are Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before

SYDNEY, Australia — In late October, lightning struck brittle earth on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. The remains of trees bone dry from consecutive winters with little to no rain were ignited, and the fire quickly spread. Three months later, it is still burning. The Gospers Mountain fire, which became Australia’s largest “megablaze” as […]

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Greta Thunberg’s Message at Davos Forum: ‘Our House Is Still on Fire’

DAVOS, Switzerland — Greta Thunberg planned a speech to the world’s business and political leaders here Tuesday accusing them of “empty words and promises” that will do little to avert a climate change crisis. “Our house is still on fire,” she was expected to say, reprising her most famous line from an address last year […]

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Trump to Focus on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment

DAVOS, Switzerland — Before the Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, planning to drive a competing narrative — one that has nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. In his first […]

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Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is about to distribute billions of dollars to coastal states mainly in the South to help steel them against natural disasters worsened by climate change. But states that qualify must first explain why they need the money. That has triggered linguistic acrobatics as some conservative states submit lengthy, detailed proposals […]

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A European Green Deal Will Not Work Without Refocusing Productivity

Lambert here: This is an EU-focused, supranational “Green Deal,” and so not directly comparable to the Green New Deal. However, I think that the same issues of productivity occur on either side of the Atlantic. By Karl Aiginger, Director, Policy Crossover Center: Vienna – Europe; Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business. Originally published at […]

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage in Davos

Even before catastrophic fires broke out in Australia in late fall, climate change was at the top of the list of priorities at the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. But those fires — preceded by others in California — along with rising sea levels, flooding and supercharged storms, […]

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How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires

Yves here. This post confirms the suspicions some have voiced about similarities between Australia’s and California’s fires. By Dana Nuccitelli. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of […]

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Meteorite or Volcano? New Clues to the Dinosaurs’ Demise

Some 66 million years ago, forests burned to the ground and the oceans acidified after the Chicxulub meteorite hit Earth in the Gulf of Mexico. Around the same time, on the other side of the planet, erupting volcanoes were busy covering much of the Indian subcontinent with lava, forming the Deccan Traps. One of these […]

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It’s a Topsy-Turvy World. Can We Make Some Money From That?

You might not have noticed, but financial markets have gone kind of nuts. They don’t seem to be following the old rules that governed stocks and other investments in the past. Generally, bad news drove stocks down. Small investors like me (and they don’t get much smaller) would get nervous whenever confidence-rattling news like a […]

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Could Bernie Sanders Win It All?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Has Bernie Sanders been woefully underestimated? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss his rise in 2020 polling, his spat with his rival progressive Elizabeth Warren and whether Sanders has been given short […]

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2019 Was Second Hottest Year on Record

The evidence mounted all year. Temperature records were broken in France, Germany and elsewhere; the Greenland ice sheet experienced exceptional melting; and, as 2019 came to a close, broiling temperatures contributed to devastating wildfires that continue in Australia. Now European scientists have confirmed what had been suspected: 2019 was a very hot year, with global […]

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