EDWARD B. RUST JR. – Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is critical to reduce the risks of exposure to extreme weather like the hurricanes now barreling across the Atlantic.
CHRIS MOONEY and JULIET EILPERIN – White House officials last year weighed whether to simply â€œignoreâ€ climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop â€œa coherent, fact-based message about climate science,â€ according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post. The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro, President Trumpâ€™s special assistant for domestic energy and environmental policy at the time, highlights the dilemma the administration has faced over climate change since Trump took office. Even as Trumpâ€™s deputies have worked methodically to uproot policies aimed at curbing the nationâ€™s carbon output, the administrationâ€™s agencies continue to produce reports showing that climate change is happening, is human-driven and is a threat to the United States.
ERIC HOLTHAUS – Two weeks ago, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system. It was a fitting venue for an eye-opening reminder that, on its current path, civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planetâ€™s life-support system.
MARK CLAYTON – The United States is posting rapid growth in the waste of natural gas in new oil fields where the fuel is either burned or vented into the atmosphere. Experts say the process damages the environment and fails to maximize the return to investors.