No Tipping Point, No Action

Yesterday, I came across a disturbing interpretation of a new study on climate change time lines. The paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, finds that global scale tipping points are unlikely and that ecological change will follow a more gradual, smooth pattern. The lead author, Professor Barry Brook,  says that “This is good news…

Policy and Activism vs. Politics

Since Monday’s inauguration address, the left has been buzzing with the hopes of Obama finally tackling climate change. While I appreciate the sentiment, ‘hope’ may be all that it is. As a researcher and former politico, I can see why this optimism is spreading but am also cautious. There has been much disappointment on environmental…

A Dangerous Booby Trap

In the last few days, I have read several articles about the rapidly melting Arctic sea ice. Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge has even gone so far as to predict a complete collapse of Arctic ice during summer months in the next four years.  For people like me, this is highly concerning. Between sea level…