Katharine Mabbott​​​​​​​: ‘Imagine being a little kid and hearing that the planet is slowly dying’
Dec06

Katharine Mabbott​​​​​​​: ‘Imagine being a little kid and hearing that the planet is slowly dying’

‘Imagine being a little kid and hearing that the planet is slowly dying’ I remember the first time I heard about climate change, I was in fourth grade and I did a project on global warming. The thing is, I did not understand the concept of global warming at all; I just knew that it sounded pretty scary. I did this project on my own and guessed at what the information I found online meant. It was the perfect project for teaching a...

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Columnist Marty Nathan: Climate change demands straight talk
Dec06

Columnist Marty Nathan: Climate change demands straight talk

Things are becoming clearer. I admit that, even to those of us who are gripped by it, climate change has seemed vague and hard to comprehend. The idea of a 2-degree Centigrade rise can seem trivial. “Sea level rise” just doesn’t sound all that threatening. But recently scientists have hardened the outlines and filled in the substance of what is to come, should we not address our carbon pollution of the atmosphere. They have told us...

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Cynthia Loring MacBain: Calling citizen scientists
Dec05

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Calling citizen scientists

Calling citizen scientists When my husband and I were living in upstate New York and trained in the Cornell Master Gardeners Program, we were introduced to “Project BudBurst,” a program for citizen scientists. Its purpose is to engage ordinary citizens to track plant phrenology as the climate changes, while other scientists are tracking the behavior of insects. If you participate, you will be asked to mark off an area of native or...

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Dec04

Standing up to ‘the Climate Change Denier-in-Chief’ As a new subscriber, I was happy that the Gazette included the article “Trump falsehoods on climate report” this Saturday. Trump’s persistent misinformation on climate (and other issues) is infuriating. It was satisfying to read the article, which effectively and swiftly debunked several of Trump’s recent false claims about climate change. I know that many of us who live in the...

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Vis Taraz: Standing up to ‘the Climate Change Denier-in-Chief
Dec04

Vis Taraz: Standing up to ‘the Climate Change Denier-in-Chief

Standing up to ‘the Climate Change Denier-in-Chief’ As a new subscriber, I was happy that the Gazette included the article “Trump falsehoods on climate report” this Saturday. Trump’s persistent misinformation on climate (and other issues) is infuriating. It was satisfying to read the article, which effectively and swiftly debunked several of Trump’s recent false claims about climate change. I know that many of us who live in the...

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Earth Matters: Mission to a vanishing sea-ice landscape, Part 1: Icebreaking
Dec03

Earth Matters: Mission to a vanishing sea-ice landscape, Part 1: Icebreaking

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 will be published on December 15. Ten years ago, I was part of a team of international scientists lined up along the railing of the 420-foot U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy as we prepared to leave the Dutch Harbor wharf. We had made our way to this Aleutian Island fishing port the afternoon before, and this morning was the start of a busy day. We made many trips back and...

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