Bill McKibben plays a vital role in the environmental movement. As an activist, and thinker, his contributions have international significance.
2012 - a year marked by droughts, brushfires, and crop damage, was the hottest year on record for the lower 48 U.S. states.
One hundred and thirty fires blazed across New South Wales, Australia's most heavily populated state, as emergency teams evacuated national parks and fought to get the flames under control.
There may not yet be the political will in Congress to pass significant climate change legislation. But efforts to address this issue will continue to get strong support from Mother Nature.
Each conference hears reports about how much the world is depending on these gatherings to develop cooperative international approaches to mitigate and adjust to climate change.
Extreme weather has resulted in more destruction from floods, droughts, and heat waves, and these trends will increase with greater occurrences expected in the future.
The ultra-right, congressional Republicans, Republicans in state legislatures, and the Koch brothers and their cohort and paid flacks have a problem. It is called reality.
Planet Earth is facing a double whammy - an environmental meltdown and an economic crisis.
After a re-election that immediately followed the havoc Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the East Coast, President Obama mentioned climate change in his acceptance speech last night.
"Frankenstorm" is a reminder that voters in the 2012 Elections have a stark choice between radically different approaches to environmental policy, climate change, and science.