Posts tagged “climate change”
May 18, 2015
In a decision that Bill McKibben has called catastrophic climate-change denial, the Obama administration has tentatively approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
Seven Stories author and activist Subhankar Banarjee appeared on Democracy Now! last week to discuss the science and consequences of the plan.
Click here to read the author’s recent piece in TomDispatch, called “To Drill or Not to Drill, That is the Question.”
Subhankar Banarjee is the author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, a book of photojournalism including first person narratives by more than 30 prominent activists, writers and researchers.
September 16, 2013
Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, reports on the boulder flooding in his recent article on Huffington Post, “Boulder Flooding: Remembering Warnings From Weather Report.”
Banerjee questions whether climate change had, or did not have, an impact on the Boulder floods. He also creates a good discussion on who has the authority to report on climate change, are artist discredited simply because they aren’t scientist by definition? Banerjee continues to make important points on why climate change needs to be addressed right away and all information regarding it should not be taken lightly. After reading his article the question that comes directly to mind is, could the casualties due to the flood, have been avoided? Read more here
“The Weather Report: Art and Climate Change exhibition, which happened in 2007, visually gave warnings about a deadly flood in the Boulder Creek. Six years have passed.
August 1, 2013
In an article published on July 24th, The Guardian discusses the accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice. The article is in response to a recent scientific report examining the imminent economic catastrophes of the sea ice phenomenon.
The study focuses specifically on the dangerous release of methane from melting permafrost. Methane, which is approximately 25x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide, would be disastrous if released at all, and “could come with a $60tn global price tag” if released in a giant “pulse.”
The article explains that economists aren’t taking climate change ramifications seriously, though melting sea ice alone could completely “undermined the global financial system.” Furthermore, “much of those costs would be borne by developing countries in the form of extreme weather, flooding and impacts on health and agricultural production.”
In 2012, Arctic ice covered only 40% of the area it did in the 1970s.
February 23, 2011Historically and in the modern popular imagination, cholera has been considered a disease of filth carried in sewage. And yet, over the past decade, research on cholera’s natural habitat and links to the climate have revealed a revolutionary new understanding of the disease as one shaped just as much by environment, hydrology, and weather patterns as by poor sanitation. And as temperatures continue to rise this century, cholera outbreaks may become increasingly common, with the bacteria growing more rapidly in warmer waters.