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Weathering the Violence of Climate Change

Gulrez Azhar, Project SyndicateOngoing research has established that as global temperatures rise and droughts become more common, political agitation, social unrest, and even violence will follow. As world leaders grapple with the environmental effects of climate change, they also need to confront the direct threat that it poses to global security. … Read the referenced story here: Weathering the Violence of Climate Change

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2016 Hit Records For Global Temperature And Climate Extremes

Enlarge this image A field cleared of sunflowers destroyed by drought is seen in Padina, Serbia, on Thursday. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption toggle caption Marko Drobnjakovic/AP The year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole, surpassing temperature records that date back 137 years, according to an annual report compiled by scientists around the globe. For global temperatures, last year surpassed the previous record-holder: 2015. According to the annual, peer-reviewed State of the Climate report, it was also a year of other extremes and records, including…

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The Lies Behind the Paris Climate Accord

Tom Rogan, Washington ExaminerParis accord supporters were always deluding themselves about China’s commitments to reduce carbon emissions. As I explained, they “cite China’s reduced coal usage as evidence of its seriousness about the process. Unfortunately, their assumption rests on the reliability of Chinese government data.” That data, I suggested, was not reliable. … Read the referenced story here: The Lies Behind the Paris Climate Accord

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Why We Are Naively Optimistic About Climate Change

Enlarge this image S. Guisard/ESO There is comfort in distance, especially when the distance is in time. Things that will happen far in the future seem not to bother us much, given that we will, most likely, be out of the picture. This is certainly true when I put on my astrophysicist hat and talk about how the sun will turn into a red giant star in about five billion years, engulfing Mercury and Venus in the process, swelling up to almost Earth’s orbit. Clearly, such cosmic cataclysm will mark…

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