Category «Climate Change»

Changing Thought on a Changing Climate

“Did you hear about what the WMO discussed today,” my friend asks me over the phone during one of our late-night conversations. I suppose my silence caught his attention as he began to roughly explain how national leaders had come together in Switzerland to discuss global warming. Immediately, I stopped him and said, “oh, you’re …

5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and get global warming under control. That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency, which on Tuesday published …

Greenhouse Gases and Their Effects on Climate Change

Greenhouse gases are gases that produce the “greenhouse” effect in the Earth’s atmosphere and therefore trap heat that would otherwise be released to outer space. Some of the most prevalent greenhouse gases are chlorofluorocarbons, water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. The three main types of man-made greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane and …

How Climate Change Impacts Wine

Wine, which is among the most sensitive and nuanced of agricultural products, demonstrates how climate change is transforming traditions and practices that may be centuries old. Around the wine-growing world, smart producers have contemplated and experimented with adaptations, not only to hotter summers, but also to warmer winters, droughts and the sort of unexpected, sometimes …

Climate Change Is Scaring Kids. Here’s How to Talk to Them

Hollywood has produced quite a few fictionalized depictions of dramatic climate change. Scores of people die after Manhattan freezes in 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow.” In “Geostorm,” released in 2017, the weather goes haywire after satellites malfunction. Realistic scenarios, though, have been less frequent. Yet Sunday’s episode of “Big Little Lies,” the HBO show about …