What felt distant has become much closer. What could be safely put off can no longer be shoved aside.
Global warming has triggered rising water levels in the South Pacific of about a foot over the past 30 years, creating thousands of refugees.
We ignore the interwoven connection between population growth and climate change at our own peril.
The leak was halted on February 18, but not before ravaging the atmosphere with roughly 100,000 tons of methane, leaving a carbon footprint larger than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Many climate studies discuss the tipping points for hospitable human life on earth, sometimes referred to as planetary boundaries.
Though climate change persists to the tune of desperate urgency, it must be said that 2015 is ending on a high note.
The agreement signed by 195 countries in Paris triggered commentary on its merit or lack thereof; but first, let's look at the positives.
"The magnitude of what we are dealing with, I don't believe it can only be solved by governments; we need a system change."
The community development organization members believe that an alternative, clean energy economy can be achieved by empowering the underprivileged and unemployed.
"The Paris deal recognizes the reality of the climate threat, but only takes us part of the way."