climate disruption

What’s in a Name?

“Climate change”? “Disruption”? “Crisis”? “Emergency”? Why is this so hard?

We seem to have a lot of trouble in coming up with the right name for what’s happening to the world’s climate.  We started with “Global Warming.” But that seemed too narrow, because the changes don’t just relate to temperature, and too innocuous, because warming seems like a gentle process. So scientists shifted to “Climate …


Has the Recession Been Good for the Planet?

Sure, the economy is still hurting, and unemployment levels are unbearable and inequitable.  But in terms of  the desire to reduce climate disruption, are we better off now than we were  before the recession hit?  I am far from the first person to ask this question, but evidence pointing in a certain direction continues to …