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Archive: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Look at the price to pay

The question of how seriously we should worry about the most severe effects of global warming depends on what we are willing to pay to avoid serious harm to our children and grandchildren.

By Richard L. Revesz | January 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (7)

Responding to future impacts

The decisions we have made and are in the process of making are already based on an assessment of the future impacts of elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere. But as the science has become better understood over the last...

By David Hone | January 7, 2010; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

Only science-driven solutions can secure our future

Sometimes it is difficult to conceptualize that our actions now can have disastrous implications in the future, but even when the direct consequences to our behavior aren't there in our faces we can't disregard what science tells us is happening....

By Jessy Tolkan | January 7, 2010; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (5)

Sooner than you think

The impacts of climate change are not just about a theoretical future, but are already being felt today. The federal report released last June, Global Climate Change Impacts on the United States, documented that increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature...

By Donald F. Boesch | January 7, 2010; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (12)

We're Going Down a One-Way Street

This is not a scientific question, it is an ethical or moral one. We are compromising the future of the environmental system that sustains us -- reducing the number and variety of species, acidifying the ocean, and eventually drowning our seacoasts. We will bequeath to our children a poorer planet, one less able to support them with abundance, than the one we inherited.

By Reid Detchon | January 6, 2010; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (5)

Science matters

Worrying today about the effects from climate change that are still far off is not only sound; it's the heart of this issue.

By Robert J. Shapiro | January 5, 2010; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (6)

Climate science still not clear

The outlook for climate legislation this year is not bright for a number of reasons. Hence, it would be useful and instructive to reassess the basis for the current set of policy proposals, which are based on a climate catastrophe later this century and which if implemented would severely constrain fossil energy use and impose large costs on the economy.

By William O'Keefe | January 5, 2010; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (16)

Let's be serious

Why on earth would we want to worry about the future? That's for our kids to deal with. I mean, let's be serious adults here.

By Bill McKibben | January 5, 2010; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (6)

Copenhagen a step backwards -- toward reality

To fully appreciate what a step backwards the final Copenhagen accord is, one has to recall the buildup to it. For the last two years, global warming activists and UN officials had circled December 2009 on their calendars as the watershed moment for creating a new carbon-constrained global economy for decades to come.

By Ben Lieberman | January 4, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

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