Combating climate change on the Fourth of July

Combating climate change on the Fourth of July

Americans headed into the Fourth of July holiday – U.S. Independence Day – enjoying the lowest gas prices since 2005, motivating more driving than ever.  To combat climate change, there seems little choice but to buy a more fuel-efficient car, but Americans are doing the opposite. Yet Americans are still finding it possible to fight climate change ..

How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

by Robert Goodland Climate change is fearsome. The National Academy of Sciences published a study in 2013 explaining how 1,700 American cities – including New York, Boston, and Miami – will become locked into some amount of submersion from rising sea levels unless expensive new dykes and levees can hold back the rising waters. In fact, the International ..

On World Environment Day 2016, hope endures for reversing climate change

On World Environment Day 2016, hope endures for reversing climate change

Heading into World Environment Day this Sunday, a Scientific American article warned that climate change has started to cause crops and livestock to die off in many places, imperiling the survival of some of the world’s poorest people. Yet the Scientific American article overlooked how livestock cause climate change. In fact, livestock are responsible for as much as 51 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas, according to ..

How to reverse climate change through backyard cookouts on Memorial Day

How to reverse climate change through backyard cookouts on Memorial Day

For many Americans, backyard cookouts featuring burgers, sausages, and ribs are a hallmark of Memorial Day.  Yet these cookouts can help to accelerate climate change, which threatens to become irreversible by 2020, with a rise in sea levels that could imperil cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Livestock that are made into animal products are responsible for as much as 51% ..

How to be more green on Earth Day than Donald, Ted, Hillary, or Bernie

How to be more green on Earth Day than Donald, Ted, Hillary, or Bernie

Climate change will likely become irreversible by 2020;  so this Friday’s Earth Day may be the last one when Americans can still think about voting for a president under whom climate change might be reversed before it’s too late. The top priority among environmental issues on Earth Day is climate change, and that’s because a ..

2015: A good year for ‘Chomping Climate Change'; 2016 should be even better!

2015: A good year for ‘Chomping Climate Change'; 2016 should be even better!

For 2016, Chomping Climate Change wishes everyone the best New Year ever (why not aim high)! We appreciate the tons of attention that people have focused on our work in 2015, and we promise to work even harder in 2016 on our mission of inspiring people to learn about and act on the case for addressing climate ..

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere.  But walking by livestock, the opposite happens in both daylight and nighttime, as untreated manure emits unpleasant odors along with huge volumes of greenhouse gases.   ..

“FourFiveYears” (or “How a Hit Song Can Help Inspire People to Reverse Climate Change”)

“FourFiveYears” (or “How a Hit Song Can Help Inspire People to Reverse Climate Change”)

In the news, James Hansen, dubbed the “father” of climate change awareness, has denounced the new Paris climate change agreement as a “fraud”.  But it’s not exactly news for him to denounce a major climate change agreement.  Mr. Hansen pronounced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the preceding international climate agreement, to be “ineffectual”, and predicted no pathway ..

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

The world needs to prepare for the raising of 70% more livestock by 2050, according to FAO livestock specialists.  That projection presumes that it’s possible for the livestock sector to continue expanding.  But the authors of that projection were livestock specialists, not environmental specialists, and the FAO is just one of nineteen UN specialized agencies. In contrast, Bill ..

FAO Yields to Livestock Industry Pressure

FAO Yields to Livestock Industry Pressure

A New York Times article by Robert Goodland, co-founder of Chomping Climate Change, explaining climate risk and opportunity in food and agriculture a few years ago seems just as relevant today, so following is an excerpt, and the full original article is at http://nyti.ms/1NouRzx. The past year has been the warmest ever in the United States, with record heat ..