5 worth reading - February 2020

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Photo: Harry Strharsky

Five articles on climate change and and the environment that are worth reading.

Sea level rise won’t affect my house.

Rosa Palm and Tony Bolsen consider why people in the path of disaster won’t stay out of the way. Using maps from a non-profit called the First Street Foundation that show potential flood zones, they survey 1,000 residents of South Florida neighborhoods who will most likely lose their homes to sea rise and hurricanes. “Surprisingly, we found that those who had viewed the maps were, on average, less likely to say they believed that climate change was taking place than those who had not seen the maps.” The reasons for such a seemingly unreasonable position make for an interesting read.

Carbon capture explained: Technology and limitations

If you are one of those hoping for salvation from climate change through carbon capture and sequestration, this article may cause you to reconsider. From Business Insider magazine, Benji Jones provides a clear look at the technology of carbon capture, the extent to which it is being employed and the potential for solving the climate change problem. While certainly an important element of the solution, it is a long way from reaching relevant scale.

A great example of disinformation about climate change

CBS news recently did a piece on the way disinformation works. A climate scientist by the name of, Ed Hawkins (University of Reading in the United Kingdom), developed a color scale that graphically shows the extent of climate change over the past 2,000 years. The results are strikingly clear. Using photo shop techniques and blatant misrepresentation, a climate change denying blogger by the name of Pierre L. Gosselin radically changed the graph. The resulting image makes it look as if current global warming is entirely normal when compared to the past. CBS does an excellent job of revealing a disinformation strategy that leaves one wondering about human nature.

Weathercasters are talking about climate change and how we can solve it

This is really big news. So many of us get all the weather information from meteorologists on our local news channel. In the recent past meteorologists were not on board when it came to climate change. This has rapidly changed as Maddie Stone tells us in her article on the reasons weathercasters are jumping in, big time.