Global Warming Feels Quite Pleasant

CHRISTMAS in New York was lovely this year — especially for those who prefer to spend the day working on their tans. It was the city’s warmest ever, with temperatures peaking at 66 degrees. Record-breaking temperatures are occurring with alarming frequency in the United States, but Americans are reacting with a collective shrug. In a […]

New Players on Global Warming

Given the Bush administration’s inert approach to global warming, the best hope for getting a start on the problem this year lies with the Senate. The prospect that something will actually happen there improved greatly this week with the introduction of a bipartisan bill bearing the signatures of two marquee sponsors, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut […]

U.N. Study Shows Likely Impact of Global Warming

The latest United Nations assessment of the role of humans in global warming has found with “high confidence” that greenhouse gas emissions are at least partly responsible for a host of changes already under way, including longer growing seasons and shrinking glaciers. A summary of the working draft of the report, to be released Friday […]

Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Challenged by NOAA Research

Scientists have long labored to explain what appeared to be a slowdown in global warming that began at the start of this century as, at the same time, heat-trapping emissions of carbon dioxide were soaring. The slowdown, sometimes inaccurately described as a halt or hiatus, became a major talking point for people critical of climate […]

A Smorgasbord of Solutions for Global Warming

Thinking about Earth Day, I did a Google search for “global warming solutions.” Up popped a slew of “what you can do” lists from leading scientific and environmental organizations. When I dug in, however, I found the suggestions rather general — “reduce emissions,” “stop deforestation,” “consume less,” “be efficient,” “eat smart.” The lists were also […]

Ignoring Global Warming at Our Peril

When nuclear plants in Europe cease operating because overheated river water can no longer cool them down, you know we’re engaging in climate brinkmanship. Yet our president insists that a bailout for failing coal plants, stepped-up oil and gas extraction on our public lands, a green light for gas-guzzling cars and a pass for super-polluting […]

Clueless on Global Warming

For the second time in six weeks, President Bush, having rejected the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, is headed to Europe without a strategy on global warming, an issue of deep concern to America’s allies. European leaders will try to use the forthcoming Group of Eight summit meeting of industrialized nations in Genoa to persuade […]