climate change

Modest Climate Change Goals

Modest Climate Change GoalThe U.N. Climate Conference is going on in Paris, and maybe everyone will agree to modest means-based reductions in carbon emissions at some point in the future. It won’t be enough. The world is run by old people who won’t have to live with the consequences of their inaction, and I can only assume they hate their grandchildren and want to leave them a supremely messed up planet.

Read the comic at The New York Times.

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic

Rupert Murdoch's National GeographicI was bummed when I heard Rupert Murdoch was purchasing National Geographic. I haven’t read it regularly in years, but it was a huge part of my childhood; right up there with “Highlights” and “MAD” magazine. Now that it’s owned by a climate change skeptic who’s also the progenitor of toxic cable and tabloid news, I won’t be picking it up the next time I’m waiting at the dentist’s office.

Read the comic at the New York Times.

Cut from the E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan

Cut from the Clean Power PlanLast week President Obama and the E.P.A. revealed the final rules of their Clean Power Plan that finally attempts to set limits on our suicidal consumption of carbon and other greenhouse gases. They mostly require individual states to reach emission reduction targets by 2030.

These rules will be challenged for years by people who have the luxury to either buy themselves out of harm’s way or die before the disasters really start piling up. But if you or people you love will be alive at the end of this century, there’s no excuse for delaying actions that could prevent the disaster that awaits them.

Read the comic at the New York Times.

America’s Rapidly Rising Faiths

Rapidly Rising FaithsA Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the distant future, the religious right might lose their grip on national politics. Maybe.

Read the comic at the New York Times.

Water Warnings 1

Water WarningsWhile we’re finally saying goodbye to record snowpack in New England, there’s virtually none in California this spring. And for a state that’s in the middle of a years-long drought, that’s bad news for the water supply.

Unless you’re in agribusiness. They’re exempt from Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions, while residents are asked to take quickie showers and to “let it mellow” in their toilet bowls. The world’s gotta eat, and for some reason a lot of that food is grown in the California desert.

Making matters worse is that a large portion of increasingly scarce California water is used to grow crops for animals to eat, so we can eat them. I’m not a vegetarian, but sustainable agriculture practices seem like a good idea, at least for those of us who are still allowed to say “climate change.”

Read the comic at The New York Times.

The (In)Complete Field Guide to American Extremists

The (In)Complete Field Guide to American ExtremistsIt was another dumb week in dumbness. Everyone was arguing over the semantics of “radical this, extremist that” instead of what can be done about ISIS.

The options are terrible and nobody in elite circles wants to admit there’s nothing we can do. Over a decade of the United States’ foreign adventures should have proven that bombing campaigns only create more extremists, both abroad and among the war-crazies at home.

Meanwhile, there are a ton of other extremists right here doing their best to ruin everything.

Read the full comic at the NYTimes.