Category: What's HOT in Global Warming

China, Solar and ‘Soft Power’

By Bruce E. Johansen, Frederick W. Kayser Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the author of the forthcoming Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science, Society, and Solutions.

China has gone on a solar-power building binge meant explicitly to show the world that it now leads on climate change, and that the United States under President Donald Trump is on its way to global irrelevance. Trump, as has been his custom, is doubling down on stupidity.

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Trump’s Climate-change Denial Makes a Miserable Future More Likely

By Bruce E. Johansen, Frederick W. Kayser Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the author of the forthcoming Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science, Society, and Solutions.

If carbon dioxide had a sense of humor, it would get a monstrous laugh out of Donald Trump’s two-word dismissal of it: “Chinese hoax.” Now that our incoming president, as well as the majority of the House and Senate, are in full-blown denial of climate change, its main causal agent would be rolling in the aisles. Trump even wants to withdraw from the Paris accords on climate change as the rest of the world’s 190 nations seek solutions to this existential threat that, over time, will imperil more people, plants, and animals than any other on Earth. Already, the last three years have set succeeding higher temperature records world-wide by large margins.

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The Advent of Climate Crime

By Bruce E. Johansen

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline. You know that, of course.

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Pope Francis, Climate, and Controversy

By Bruce E. Johansen

Pope Francis’ major encyclical (teaching letter) on the environment (focusing on climate change) is not unusual for its scientific content—many individuals and groups have emphasized the serious nature of global warming in hundreds of reports. However, the rollout of this document in June was very notable for the strategy used to publicize it, and distinguished by its large audience: 1 billion Roman Catholics worldwide. The document is also very unusual for its fusion of scientific support with moral persuasion. “I wish to address every person living on this planet,” the Pope wrote.

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Tar Sands: Signature of the Oil Junkies

by Bruce Johansen

By the time this column reaches print, our newly Republican Senate and more-Republican House of Representatives will be convening in Washington, D.C., and doubtless making a political object of pressuring President Barack Obama to sign off on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This political pantomime has by now become well rehearsed: friends of the Earth versus the Oil Junkies.

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