Category: Climate

Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021

NOAA reported that in May the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded the highest levels of CO2 in the atmosphere at 419 parts per million.  CO2 levels have now surpassed a staggering 50% higher than in pre-industrial times. The drop in emissions last year… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021

In the US, Hawaii has become the first state to officially declare a climate emergency. In a resolution the state legislature has declared that climate change threatens both humankind and the environment. A supporter said that “every day we wait to take action is… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021

At the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, CO2 levels have for the first time exceeded 420 parts per million. When carbon was first measured in the atmosphere in the 1950s it was 100 ppm lower, at 315. It is now higher than any time… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2021

For the first time, last year the EU generated more electricity from renewables than from fossil fuels. The numbers from the US were not as good, although improving, where we rely on oil, gas, and coal for over 80% of our power with renewables… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2021

University researchers report that the percentage of Americans who are very worried about Climate Change has doubled to around 26%. That’s good news – actually it should be much higher – if that concern creates the urgency to make change in our economies and… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2021

European climate researchers were quick to conclude at the start of the month that 2020 tied 2016 as the hottest year on record. Average temperatures were said to be about 2.25 degrees F above their average before the rise of industrial emissions starting in… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2021”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change December 2020

In a meeting of world leaders on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate accord, and one month after the US officially left it, President-elect Joe Biden restated his pledge for the US to rejoin. Heads of state and government officials from over 70… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change December 2020”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change November 2020

The day after the US election on Nov. 3, with results still yet settled, the US officially became the only country of 189 to officially leave the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement fulfilling a promise Trump made nearly four years ago. What a tragedy that… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change November 2020”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2020

European scientists announced that worldwide last month was the warmest September on record. Arctic sea ice also fell to its second-lowest on record for the month. NOAA is standing by its earlier prediction that 2020 will go on record as being one of the… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2020”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2020

Pope Francis begins the month with an appeal to help the planet and a message of hope. On the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation he said “In some ways, the current pandemic has led us to rediscover simpler and… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2020”