Rising oceans will be unstoppable

Penguins on an ice block in Antarctica.

Previously posted on CNN:   Have you heard the news? Because Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the sea level is likely to rise “unstoppably” by at least 10 feet, 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 you can snooze. […]

Gas Fracking: No Time For Nuance

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” […]

Hurricane Sandy Said What Both Presidential Candidates Were Afraid To Say

Photo by Carl Safina

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 […]

Life Finds a Way—But Needs Our Help

Carl Safina and Robert Steneck survey a recovering Pacific reef in Palau. Photo credit: Suzanne Arnold.

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 […]

Tutorial: Warming 101

Adapted from: 2011. The View From Lazy Point. Henry Holt Co.  New York. Learning how to start and control fire changed human evolution. But humanity did not change fire until the Industrial Revolution. For hundreds of thousands of years, using fire always meant an open flame. Much later, someone realized that the steam from boiling […]