How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.
One brisk morning in March, two years ago, I found myself at a bustling diner in Salt Lake City sitting across the table from Steven Amstrup. Lanky and affable, he was eating a plate of fried eggs cooked just the way he liked them: with smashed yolks, as if they’d been “stomped on.” We were… Read More
Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe is one of the most respected experts on global warming in the country. She’s also an evangelical Christian who is trying to connect with the very people who most doubt her research. Too bad the temperature keeps rising.
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Enjoy the smoke this summer? Get used to it. Wildfires around Alaska will get bigger and more frequent as climate change triggers higher temperatures and dries out the forests. A raging spruce bark beetle infestation, speeded by dried-out trees and warmer summers, has also infected half a million acres spruce forest, much of it in Southcentral Alaska.
Katharine Hayhoe often encounters people in the US and Canada who still regard climate change as an issue best left for the distant future. “That it affects future generations, not me, it affects others but not me, it affects people who live over there, but not me,” she said.
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Katharine Hayhoe asked her Juneau audience how a Christian, like herself, could truly say they were pro-life if they ignored the damage being done by climate change. “I’m a climate scientist because I’m a Christian,” she said. Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist, a professor of political science at Texas Tech, and a climate advocate.
Canadian climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe awarded United Nations’ flagship environmental honor in science and innovation category Hayhoe recognized for expertise and passion in communicating real effects of climate change — Canadian climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honor, for her stalwart commitment to quantifying the effects of climate change and her tireless efforts to transform public attitudes.
“Alaska is on the front lines of experiencing the impacts of a changing climate. The average temperature here in Alaska and across Northern Canada is changing twice as fast as the rest of the world,” said Hayhoe. “So what we’re seeing is longer wildfire seasons, more smoke days, invasive species spreading north, rising sea levels, thawing permafrost, crumbling coastlines, receding glaciers.”
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Alaska’s relationship with climate change is complicated. It’s warming faster here than in any other state – wildfires and thawing permafrost are wreaking havoc on infrastructure. Weird things are happening to salmon. At the same time, there’s no consensus about how to deal with that – Alaska’s economy runs on fossil fuels, and the state lacks a formal policy to respond to global warming.
The links between hurricanes and climate change are complex, but some aspects are getting clearer. Tropical storms draw their energy from ocean heat – and more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is being stored in the ocean. Storms that survive the cradle of formation can intensify quickly and become immensely powerful.
Earlier this year, the video-sharing website YouTube updated its systems “to begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways”-for example, videos claiming the Earth is flat.
As Greta Thunberg sails across the Atlantic to highlight the climate impact of flying, we’re asking whether the “flight shame” movement helps – or hurts – climate activism. One expert says inspiring people is a more effective way to create change.