Earth Day 2019

On Earth Day this year, what I’m thinking about is not the beauty of our planet, or the fragility of it, but how quickly it's changing.

I’m just back from a two-month-long research trip to Antarctica, where I came face-to-face with Thwaites glacier (AKA The Doomsday Glacier), which is one of the most consequential tipping points in our climate system. What I learned in Antarctica is not just how dramatically humans are reshaping the world by continuing to burn fossil fuels, but also how quickly those changes are happening, even in remote places like Antarctica.

Below are a few stories that highlight those changes, as well as a few stories that discuss what we humans might do about them, should we decide to take dramatic action. What’s at stake is not the Earth—the planet has been through much, much worse in the last 4 billion years. It’s civilization that’s on the line.

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Young people are about to utterly transform climate politics.

We speak, for the sake of brevity, of “the climate movement.” But there is not one climate movement, but several different movements of people who want climate action, and the tensions between them are rising as younger people get more engaged. We can see this best, right now, in the U.S.

How To Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen

As a climate scientist, I’ve been called everything from a charlatan to the handmaiden of the Antichrist. Here’s how I handle the tough conversations. Gazing at the Andromeda Galaxy through binoculars with my science teacher dad is one of my earliest memories.

Naomi Klein: The Green New Deal Is Changing the Calculus of the Possible

Naomi Klein is the author of the best sellers No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo. She’s a member of the board of directors of the international climate-action group 350.org.

Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast

The New Orleans Lakefront Airport was built by the Louisiana governor Huey P. Long on a tongue of fill that sticks out into Lake Pontchartrain.

Journey to Antarctica: What We Learned in the Ice

This is the latest dispatch in a series from Jeff Goodell, who is aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer in Antarctica, investigating the effect of climate change on Thwaites glacier. As I write this, I’m on the bridge of the Nathanial B.

Obama Takes on Climate Change: The Rolling Stone Interview

In Alaska, President Obama was in a very good mood.

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas.

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