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Rising oceans will be unstoppable

Climate Change, Homepage on July 15th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/15/opinion/safina-antarctic-ice-melts/index.html?iref=allsearch   Have you heard the news? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/science/earth/collapse-of-parts-of-west-antarctica-ice-sheet-has-begun-scientists-say.html  Because Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the sea level is likely to rise “unstoppably” by at least 10 feet  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140512-thwaites-glacier-melting-collapse-west-antarctica-ice-warming/  , dooming many coastal towns and displacing millions of people. And it’s all going to happen—within several centuries. Well. Who. Cares. This is news […]

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Gas Fracking: No Time For Nuance

Climate Change, FRACKING on August 12th, 2013 1 Comment

By Carl Safina Originally posted on Huffington Post 8/4/2013: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-safina/gas-fracking-no-time-for-_b_3705005.html My friend Andrew Revkin, whom I greatly respect, has lately been pointing out certain problems with critiques of gas fracking, and pointing out how it could be greatly improved, e.g.: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/two-climate-analysts-fault-gas-leaks-but-not-as-a-big-warming-threat/?src=recg They want more gas until something better can come along. This is the “bridge” […]

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Rebuilding After Sandy is Too Big a Risk

Climate Change on November 28th, 2012 3 Comments

First posted on CNN.com on November, 13, 2012 Superstorm Sandy has caused more damage, death and homelessness in New York and New Jersey than any climate-related event in living memory. Yet with two damaging hurricanes two years in a row, and with what science is telling us, this does not feel like a once-in-a-lifetime event. […]

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Safe After Sandy

Climate Change, News on November 18th, 2012 2 Comments

Our lights are on, and with them the oil burner. And I have a full tank of gas. I mean no disrespect to the people who have lost and suffered so much in this storm when I say, for us there was something nice about having no electricity for a few days. About cutting wood […]

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Hurricane Sandy Said What Both Presidential Candidates Were Afraid To Say

Climate Change on November 10th, 2012 1 Comment

Originally posted to CNN Opinion on November 3, 2012. In three debates by the presidential candidates and one by the vice-presidential hopefuls, no one could bring themselves to utter the words “climate change.” Hurricane Sandy said what all four White-house contenders were afraid to say. I’ve heard some voters are undecided. Watching the debates, I […]

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Thirty-Year Plan, a New Book from Orion

Climate Change, News on August 29th, 2012 No Comments

On the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary, Orion asked thirty writers and thinkers to name one thing we will increasingly need over the next thirty years if humans are going to find a way to live happily, sustainably, redeemably on earth. Carl contributed an essay on energy future. He wrote, “Big Energy has left us […]

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Life Finds a Way—But Needs Our Help

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on July 25th, 2012 2 Comments

Originally posted on Huffington Post on July 17, 2012. I can’t remember who dragged me to see the movie Jurassic Park, but one resonant line in that movie was worth the price of admission, this unforgettable sentence: “Life finds a way.” It popped out at me because it so economically summed up a truth behind […]

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How To Make Population Growth Reverse Itself

Climate Change on May 21st, 2012 2 Comments

Originally published on Huffington Post, on May 11, 2012. Most people seem to think that to reverse population you’d need violence, epidemics, or forced sterilization. Actually, you need literacy; read on. Many other people think technology will save us. Probably the greatest technological advance ever implemented to ease the likelihood of population-induced starvation was the […]

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How Many People Can The World Support? It Depends…

Climate Change on May 14th, 2012 1 Comment

Originally published on Huffington Post on May 8, 2012. Adapted from: The View From Lazy Point. Henry Holt Co.  New York, winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award. Along the coast where I live, at almost any time of year I love to experience the energies of various migrations of birds and of fish and […]

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Late-Reigning Monarch Butterflies—New Indicators of Coastal Change?

Climate Change on November 30th, 2011 4 Comments

I can’t recall ever seeing a Monarch Butterfly near my home after late October. So I was very surprised when I saw a Monarch Butterfly migrating along the beach in Montauk, Long Island, New York on November 26, 2011, about one month later than ever before.  Considerably south of here, in Cape May at the […]