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NEWS
June 11, 2013
The latest word on climate change is not good — world emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use rose 1.4 percent last year to set a new record, according to the International Energy Agency. At this pace, the agency reports, global temperatures could rise a startling 9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, which would be disastrous for all nations. And yet this latest report has received minimal attention in the United States, at least outside the climate science community and its usual advocates.
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NEWS
August 18, 2012
Kudos to Tim Wheeler 's informative article about teachers being trained to bring climate change issues into the classroom ("A grant to help teach climate change," Aug. 16). Republican members of Congress want to end funding for this project because teaching children about climate change threatens them and their fossil fuel patrons. Remember the American movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life?" At the end of the film, little Zuzu quotes a lesson from her teacher at school. This is how change happens.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
The Sun's excellent editorial on climate change and its dangers ("Warming: Storm damage ahead," March 14) was so wide-ranging and "national" that it rather skimmed over what Marylanders are aiming for right now in the way of "just… reducing harmful emissions" even while we are warned to get ready for 100-year storms that come every decade, or worse. The work of placing offshore wind power off our coast is in the legislature now and needs support. That's a big step to ending coal-powered, dirty electricity in the state and a breakthrough to give courage to others in other states.
NEWS
May 2, 2011
The fight against climate change has "fizzled," according to Jonah Goldberg ("Obama drops climate change talk as green movement fizzles," April 28), under the relentless assault of right-wing lies and distortions that have managed to convince a befuddled public that there is serious doubt about the theory and reality of anthropogenic climate change. Mr. Goldberg might want to spend some time perusing issues of the Economist, a right-of-center European news magazine with a sensible and sober outlook on many global issues — including climate change.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
Today's editorial "What about climate change?" (Oct. 18) was great! Thank you for asking the question that CNN's Candy Crowley decided was less important than the economy during the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. You described Mr. Obama as "head-and-shoulders above his challenger," but being as far behind as we are on climate change isn't a virtue. James Hansen of NASA is the planet's best-informed climate scientist. He said we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent per year, until we reach zero emissions.
NEWS
May 11, 2014
I was happy to see the Sun cover the National Climate Assessment released this week that detailed the effects climate change is already having on the U.S. ("White House climate change report unveils dire warnings, call for action," May 6). The highlight of the article was the comment from Vicki Arroyo, the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, about the report's "focus on solutions, not just warnings. " She insightfully points out that simply listing the consequences of climate change is not enough to inform readers; reports must focus on the actions government and communities can take to prevent climate disaster.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | August 20, 2013
Editor: For many members of the millennial generation, the current political landscape has discouraged us from becoming involved in the political debate. From health care, to unemployment, and everything in between there seems to be a lack of appetite from our elders to solve some of our nation's biggest problems. Few issues in our nation's current political debate, however, seem to spark more disagreement than climate change. Although many of my fellow millennials, despite political party or ideology, agree that the climate indeed is changing, our political leadership appears unable to meet the challenges of combating this 21st Century problem.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | November 1, 2013
President Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley to a newly created task force on climate change issues, the White House announced Friday. O'Malley will join more than two dozen other state, local and Native American tribal officials on Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which is charged with advising the federal government on strategies to deal with the effects of climate change on local communities. O'Malley is one of eight governors on the panel, all of them Democrats except for Republican Eddie Calvo of the island territory of Guam.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
Reading your recent collection of letters on climate change ("Room for debate," Oct. 29), I wonder how useful such debates are. A businessman writes about the science behind climate change, and readers with no background in science respond. Is there anything to be learned from these amateurish exchanges? My favorite contribution is the one that explains that the most significant source of carbon dioxide comes from decaying kelp. I have no idea whether that is true (one would have to believe some scientific study, wouldn't one?
NEWS
September 12, 2011
As one of the more than 1,200 people arrested outside the White House during the recent tar sands action protesting plans to build a crude oil pipeline from Canada through the American heartland, I'm always amused by the Republican claim that climate change is just a theory, or worse, a hoax. Unless we all get PhDs in climate science, we have to accept the opinion of experts in the field who overwhelmingly endorse global climate change as both a reality and as something influenced by human activity.
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