Some Scientists Believe We Must Conserve Half of the Planet in Order for Humanity to Survive, and We're Not Even Close
Global warming continues to be a systemic issue that affects every corner of the globe. Aside from a handful of global warming deniers, the majority of the scientific community, nay humanity, agrees that global warming is a prevalent issue that is bordering on permanent devastation for the planet.
Many attempts at combating global warming and conserving habitable land have been somewhat piecemeal and haphazard—aside from specific plots of protected land, a conservative selection of conservation areas, and a few randomly asserted laws delineating the protection of the environment, efforts have been modest at best.
If an expert told you that your power rates were going way up, but your energy bills would go down such that you’d end up paying less than before, would you be more interested in renewable energy?
It’s more than an academic question; it’s the story being told in many countries throughout Europe, countries that are making a concerted effort to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by switching to renewables.
Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) criticized President Donald Trump after he mocked the science behind climate change in a tweet that claimed the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as it contends with record-breaking frigid temperatures this weekend.
Beyer slammed Trump for not listening to the advice from experts who understand the grave threat climate change poses to the planet.
French President Emmanuel Macron excoriated President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Accord yesterday. Trump's decision to exit from the agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases and stem the effects of climate change, has drawn international condemnation from world leaders and environmentalists alike who predict it could damage U.S. international standing on environmental concerns.
"I do respect his decision, but I do think it is an actual mistake, both for the United States and for the planet," Macron said in an English-language speech at the Élysée Palace. “I tell you firmly tonight: We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord. There is no way... If we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world."
On Thursday, Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, saying:
"the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord...as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord."
But the reality is, it's not quite that simple.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last November rallied 71 U.S. mayors, whose cities are homes to tens of millions of people, to sign an open letter calling on Donald Trump, then the president-elect, to honor the Paris Accord, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases and stem the effects of climate change. Now, as the president prepares to trigger an exit from the agreement, they––a list which includes the mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix––have doubled down on their pledge to "forge ahead even in the absence of federal support."
Garcetti voiced his support for cities independently abiding by the agreement earlier last month.
French President Francois Hollande announced that France will phase out coal power plants by 2023. He made the announcement during a keynote address at the annual United Nations World Climate Change Conference, which took place last week in Marrakech, Morocco.