Annals of a Warming Planet
Our Stuff Weighs More Than All Living Things on the Planet
This year, the weight of all “human-made mass” exceeded that of the earth’s entire biomass. We now live on Planet Stuff.
By Bill McKibbenDecember 16, 2020
Where We Stand on Climate
The implacable rise of the oceans is accelerating, and some of the most important physical systems on the planet seem at tipping points.
By Bill McKibbenDecember 11, 2020
The Climate Debt the U.S. Owes the World
We can’t meet our moral and practical burdens simply by reducing our own carbon emissions; we also need to make amends.
By Bill McKibbenDecember 2, 2020
How Banks Could Bail Us Out of the Climate Crisis
Banks have helped cause much of the crisis we find ourselves in; it would be fascinating if they turned out to be one of the solutions.
By Bill McKibbenNovember 25, 2020
Global Warming by the Numbers, Because This Week the Reality Is Too Much
In a few days, Hurricane Eta cost Honduras the equivalent of around twenty per cent of its G.D.P.—as Iota crashes into the same terrain, its residents are suffering an impossible fate.
By Bill McKibbenNovember 17, 2020
If There’s Something Valuable Under the Soil, Life Aboveground Can Be Hard
It’s been twenty-five years since Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged for defending the environment.
By Bill McKibbenNovember 11, 2020
The Election Outcome Will Make Sweeping Climate Action Harder
Activists may have to look beyond a likely divided Washington—to the country’s other cities and states—to push for meaningful environmental reform.
By Bill McKibbenNovember 4, 2020
On Climate Change, We’re Entirely Out of Margin
The U.S. government and the world have done far too little on climate change, and so now we must move far faster than is comfortable or convenient.
By Bill McKibbenOctober 28, 2020
There’s Nothing Sacred about Nine Justices; a Livable Planet, on the Other Hand . . .
The composition of the Supreme Court has varied over time, but another number is constant: without fundamental transformation to emissions by 2030, the chances of meeting the Paris climate targets are nil.
By Bill McKibbenOctober 21, 2020
The West Coast Wildfires Are Apocalypse, Again
In a year of lost normality, the fires’ outlandish size and reach signal that normal is gone for good. Yet these fires are not the end of the world.
By Michelle NijhuisOctober 19, 2020
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