1. John Oliver and Bill Nye show the right way to debate climate science

    Oliver had Nye on to discuss man-caused global warming with a skeptic, but he made sure that this time the debate is statistically representative. Like most things on Last Week Tonight, it’s funnier than it sounds.


  2. Modern human civilization is fragile — fragile to crop failures, droughts, and extreme weather. We are extremely susceptible to energy and water shortages. We don’t fully understand complex, chaotic systems like Earth’s climate. And yet, we are rapidly changing the composition of the atmosphere, even though the archeological record shows the difficulty that our ancestors had in adapting to previous rapid climate changes.

    That seems suicidally reckless.



  4. (JACK OHMAN | Copyright 2014 Tribune Media Services)

    The week’s best editorial cartoons


  5. Ultimately, people believe all kinds of funny things for all kinds of funny reasons. A third of Americans believe humans and animals were created in their present form just a few thousand years ago, in spite of the overwhelming evidence for evolution. That some people believe in absurd theories like young earth creationism doesn’t change the facts, nor does it stop curious scientists from using the scientific method to learn the truth and develop technologies on the back of these insights. Similarly, climate change denialism does not change the facts of climate change.



  8. 59

    Percentage of Americans who believed in climate change in 2009, according to Pew. Today, 69 percent of those surveyed believe in global warming. 

    Belief in climate change changes with the weather


  9. Can cloning redwoods help fight climate change?

    A recent study revealed Earth is currently warmer than any given point in the past 11,300 years. So what should we do? 

    One idea: Clone and plant a lot of gigantic trees with a glutton’s appetite for carbon dioxide.  Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is spearheading a movement to plant California’s towering redwood trees in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany, and other parts of the United States. 

    According to NASA previous research has demonstrated that these monstrous organisms are capable of digesting much more carbon than any other tree on the planet.

    Read more…

    Photo from: DLILLC/Corbis



  11. Since the 1980s, a hole in the ozone layer has loomed over Antarctica for three months of every year. During these months, the concentration of the ozone decreases, and harmful ultraviolet light, which causes sunburn and skin cancer, seeps through to the Earth’s surface. Environmentalists have long looked to the ozone hole as evidence of man’s negative impact on the atmosphere, but recent findings may ease their minds: Measurements indicate the hole in the ozone layer is the smallest it has been in 10 years, and could be completely gone within a few decades.


  12. 2012 was a record-melting sizzler, the hottest year on record in the continental United States:

    55.3 — Average temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, across the continental U.S. in 2012. That’s a full degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998, and is 3.3 degrees above the 20th century average.  

    34,008 — Daily high records set at weather stations across the country in 2012

    100 — Percent of the 10 warmest years on record that have occurred over the last 15 years 

    7 — Percentage of the U.S. that experienced an all-time hottest day ever last year

    61 — Percentage of the nation plagued by drought in 2012, which obliterated corn and soybean crops and sent prices sky high

    More numbers…

    (Source: theweek.com)


  13. Two young filmmakers camped out in the freezing cold for weeks to capture this thunderous, rare shot of a massive 4.6-cubic-mile glacier in Greenland crumbling apart. This brief clip of the largest glacier calving ever caught on camera is just a small segment in the recently debuted documentary Chasing Ice, which is dedicated to chronicling the perhaps-irreversible impact of climate change on glaciers (and sea levels) around the world. Filmmaker James Balog says watching the roaring landscape shift is like watching "Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes." Seeing is believing, says Will Oremus at SlateHere, “[Balog’s] team succeeded in capturing the awesome effects of climate change in a way that papers published in Science just can’t.” Terrifying? You bet. (Video via The Guardian)

    (Source: theweek.com)