GOOD
Photo by William Bossen on Unsplash

Large climate events, like Europe's crazy heatwave this summer, draw a lot of attention, but the U.N. is warning it's the smaller, unnoticed climate change events that should be getting our attention. Not only that, but they're more common than we think. In fact, we've been experiencing one a week.

According to Mami Mizutori, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative on disaster risk reduction, climate change isn't a long-term issue. "This is not about the future, this is about today," Mizutori told The Guardian. "Lower impact events," such as heatwaves and flooding, can wreak havoc just as much as the bigger storms, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

The point isn't to sit around and think about how we're all doomed; the point is to do something about it so that we're not doomed. Mizutori says we need to invest in solving the problem now. "People need to talk more about adaptation and resilience," she said. "We talk about a climate emergency and a climate crisis, but if we cannot confront this [issue of adapting to the effects] we will not survive," she told the Guardian. "We need to look at the risks of not investing in resilience." In other words, it's not just about stopping greenhouse emissions, it's about adapting to their effects.

RELATED: Climate change is unearthing artifacts from melting glaciers

Keep Reading
The Planet

Weather Wizards: Inside the Ongoing Effort to Master Mother Nature

Can science fight climate change by tinkering with the weather?

Last month, Cynthia Barnett, an unostentatious workhorse of an environmental journalist with an incredible track record for nailing issues of water security, released a new book that’s a bit of a departure from her previous works. Entitled Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, the tome is a curious exploration, not just of the science of rain, but what it means to us as a species on an emotive and anthropological level. A meditative and engrossing work of ranging non-fiction, peppered with fascinating anecdotes and solid insights, one of the most interesting sections of the book is on the little-known phenomenon of weather manipulation. Throughout history, people have sought to control their environment, and attempts to change the weather have come along with many of our breakthroughs in science and technology. And while the pursuit can claim a couple of partial successes, weather alteration is mostly characterized by a string of crazy failures and dangerous, unworkable ideas.

Keep Reading
Articles

Watch: A Stunning Tribute to San Francisco's Fog

Over the course of two years, Simon Christen became familiar with SF's fog, documenting its movements, shadows, and whimsicality in time lapse video.

San Francisco's fog has a personality all its own. It can alter moods, landscapes, and temperatures with the blink of an eye. And just as quickly, it rolls out, migrating to a different part of the city. Ultimately, this cloud cover is in charge, and the area's inhabitants know it as a part of daily life. It is as synonymous with San Francisco as cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Ghirardelli Chocolate.

Over the course of two years, video artist Simon Christen documented the fog's movements, shadows, and whimsicality. The result is Adrift, a stunning short video and "love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area."

[vimeo][/vimeo]

"For about two years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5 a.m., recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands," he explains. "I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands."

In Adrift, Christen shares, in time-lapse format, what he saw on each of these adventures. His discoveries are so beautiful they might even make SF residents sorry they ever cursed this heavy mist for making it feel like winter in July.

Keep Reading
Articles

Networks Catching on to Link Between Climate Change, Extreme Weather

The evening news broadcasts on CBS, NBC, and ABC all discussed the connection between climate change and extreme weather on Tuesday night.

Remember when we told you last week that several major media outlets were completely dropping the ball by failing to mention the link between extreme weather events and climate change? Well, the media has finally started to get its act together—or at least the three major networks have. In a stunning turnaround Tuesday night, the evening news broadcasts on CBS, NBC, and ABC all discussed the fact that climate change is probably responsible for a lot of the extreme weather we’ve been seeing recently.

Keep Reading
Articles