The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they turn. The judicial branch of government can be agonizingly slow, yet lawsuits form a crucial front in the fight to assure a healthy climate and a bright future for young people and future generations. By Dr. James E. Hansen Director | Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Earth Institute […]
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“Young people today confront an imminent gathering storm. They have at their command considerable determination, a dog-eared copy of our beleaguered Constitution, and rigorously developed science. The Court must decide if that is enough.” That is the final paragraph of my (thick) Expert Report written more than a year ago for the climate change lawsuit Juliana […]
In Quest of a Broken-Wing Butterfly I speculated in 2014 that the Monarch population may have fallen below a critical level. We did not see more than a single Monarch on any day on our property. The number of butterflies reaching the mountainous area in Mexico where they hibernate had fallen in the winter of 2013-14 to a […]
Saturday was the 30th anniversary of the day Dr. James Hansen famously testified to Congress on the dangers of climate change. A variety of great pieces that ran this week, from the AP, Guardian and others have shown how Dr. Hansen’s predictions back in 1988 have largely – and unfortunately – come true. Deniers, of course, trumpeted otherwise. By Climate Denier Roundup They’re […]
James Hansen and Bill McKibben have spent decades alerting the world to the dangers of global warming and climate change. Both have traveled millions of miles, given thousands of talks to groups large and small, and been thrown in jail for their efforts. Through it all, they have persevered. Today, Hansen remains quite pessimistic about […]
James Hansen is the former NASA scientist who has been trying for years to make the citizens of the world aware of the imminent danger posed by climate change and global warming. Along with Michael Mann and Bill McKibben, he is one of the leaders of the climate change movement who has been assigned “watchers” […]
By James Hansen I could not help thinking of David vs Goliath yesterday as I was working on a letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The subject was that discussed in an earlier note (Europe Standing Tall Against a Rogue State): will the tax that Europe applies to unconventional fossil fuels […]
Two weeks ago, climate deniers accused me of being an anti-science moron for asserting that climate change was going to give us bigger, more destructive tornadoes, like the one that smashed through Norman, Oklahoma. Well, I’m back, with back-up. In my corner: Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Yesterday, he went on CNN to explain how […]
(Climate scientist James Hansen delivered these remarks today at the White House.) By James Hansen Let us return for a moment to election night 2008. As I sat in our farm house in Pennsylvania, watching Barack Obama’s victory speech, I turned my head aside so my wife would not see the tears in my eyes. […]
Building the Keystone pipeline will keep America addicted to oil, and while it might be a good deal for Koch Industries, which supplies and refines large volumes of Canadian tar sands oil, it is a bad deal for America.
NASA’s Dr. James Hansen joined in an act of civil disobedience against mountaintop removal mining by attempting to trespass on the property of Massey Energy near Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, and was arrested along with other protesters including Darryl Hannah and former US Representative Ken Hechler (D-WV).
The new president’s budget represents the climate of change Obama has brought to Washington, DC. From reducing the deficit by 1/3 to allocating $634 billion for health reform over the next decade.
Hansen believes the world is “imminent peril” and calls the Kyoto climate treaty “weak tea”. The grandfather of climate change believes carbon trading is greenwashing, and Obama must act within his first administration to halt climate change.
Even though the $700 billion bailout for Wall St. was rejected by the House of Representatives, one can wonder what a $700 billion bailout would do for the environment.
This week, typical of of the Bush administration’s ineptitude, the EPA decided to take no new action on global warming emissions. Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger slammed the Bush administration’s decision to not take action as further evidence it did not believe in global warming.