Climate change remains in the President’s agendaToday, the first week of the 50th Sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice has concluded. Dubbed as the Bonn Climate Change Conference and running until June 27, it hosts a wide range of events, meetings and negotiating sessions that would set the stage for raising ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate resilience-building efforts, and ensure that climate policy is built on a solid foundation of the best available science and knowledge. During the distribution of certificates of land ownership to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Soccsksargen (Region 12) held in General Santos City over a week ago, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his call to all developed countries to pursue greater ambition and carry the sense of accountability in our current climate emergency. Allow me to share with you … [Read more...] about Climate change remains in the President’s agenda
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Did climate change fall like a tree in a forest?If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? — thought experiment First word “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”The point of this teaser is to show the ineffectiveness of unheard opinions or thoughts. Strangely, I felt some concern for all the ardent believers in global warming and climate change. I wondered, what if nobody notices or hears this important editorial decision of the Guardian. Will climate change meet a fate similar to a tree falling in a forest? Will the world just move on as though there was never a big fuss about climate change?My concern was quite unnecessary. It turns out that many did notice the Guardian’s adoption of new terminology in its stories on climate and the environment. Climate alarmists not going awayIn the US, various environmental groups agreed with the Guardian; they petitioned broadcast networks … [Read more...] about Did climate change fall like a tree in a forest?
John Kerry apparently could not believe the questions he was getting Tuesday. The former U.S. secretary of state and Massachusetts senator was back on Capitol Hill for a House Oversight Committee hearing on combatting climate change, but found himself at times being questioned about his college major. “Isn’t it true you have a science degree from Yale?” asked Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, who studied engineering at MIT and doubts the science of human-caused climate change. Massie took issue with Kerry’s recent criticism of a panel formed by President Donald Trump, reportedly intended to downplay the threat of climate change. The committee follows the Republican president’s dismissal of a report last fall by 13 federal agencies detailing the “intensifying” damage of global warming in the United States. In a Washington Post opinion piece in February, Kerry called Trump’s climate change panel a “council of doubters and … [Read more...] about ‘Are you serious?’: John Kerry responds in disbelief to questions about his college major, climate change
Here’s a seemingly obvious quote from Bill Gates about how to sustain life on earth: “[A]t the end of the day, people have to eat.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out–except that with all the planet-threatening complications that growing food is responsible for, it may be not be so simple after all. As Gates explains in a recent post on his GatesNotes blog, agriculture is, by sector, the second largest supplier of greenhouse gasses. It generates 24% of the harmful fumes associated with climate change, just 1% less than energy generation: Here’s a mind-blowing fact: there’s more carbon in soil than in the atmosphere and all plant life combined. That’s not a big deal when left to its own devices. But when soil gets disturbed–like it does when you convert a forest into cropland–all that stored carbon gets released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. That’s one reason why deforestation alone is responsible for … [Read more...] about Bill Gates thinks these 5 agricultural hacks can help stop climate change
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clapped back at the White House on Wednesday after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed her warning about the dire effects of climate change. Sanders argued that the fate of the planet should be left in “the hands of something and someone much more powerful than any of us.” Ocasio-Cortez quoted the Bible in her retort, adding, “You shouldn’t need a Bible to tell you to protect our planet, but it does anyway.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quoted the Bible on Wednesday after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested the US government should leave environmental protection up to God. Sanders, a devout evangelical Christian, added that the Trump administration wouldn’t be taking any pointers on policy from “the freshman congresswoman.” “I don’t think that we are going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly anything that we will leave into the hands of a … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quotes the Bible after Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she should leave climate change up to God