Most people now agree it's real, but we're still asking questions. He's got answers.

So, good news if you care about climate change:

Yeah, baby. This is what we get to call progress. (In 2012, only about 32% of all Republicans were concerned about climate change).

But, wait. It's a bit soon to celebrate. We can all feel it. There are questions in the air:


1. "How do we know global warming is because of humans? What if it's ... solar activity?"

You're in luck, 'cuz this guy's got an answer:

While it's true that sun flares and other solar shenanigans change over time, since 1970, when temps really started to climb, solar activity has declined.

Also, if the sun were doing all the warming, we'd see an increase in the upper atmosphere temps. But we don't.

Boom. So satisfying.

But what about this one:

2. "So, OK, there's more CO2 in the atmosphere. Plants emit CO2 also. Maybe it's just all those trees...

...how do we know humans are responsible?"

Here's your answer:

Look at types of CO2. Fossil fuels come from plants, and plants have a lot more Carbon 12 than the atmosphere, which has more Carbon 13. Guess what we find in the atmosphere?

Yep, you got it. The atmosphere shows an increasing amount of Carbon 12, from the burning of fossil fuels (aka: very old plants).

End of discussion, right?

Well, maybe you get the "so what" questions.

3. "So there's more CO2 and temps go up a bit. What's wrong with that?"

More CO2 in the atmosphere means that the oceans absorb more CO2. They become more acidic, and a lot of marine life is really sensitive to changing pH levels. By "sensitive," I mean they die.

And, do you ever hear this one:

4. "So, temps will increase only by a couple degrees. I'd love to not deal with winter!"

Well, we're already seeing dramatic changes because of the warming we've experienced in the last 30 years.


And the last time earth saw a shift in temperature just a few degrees, most of North America was covered by a...

Like he says: "This is by far the greatest issue facing our species."

No kidding.

There's more satisfaction to be found in the video. He'll prepare you for all the questions.

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Every day, I wake up feeling like Peeta at the end of "The Hunger Games" series asking Katniss what's real and what's not real.

The first thing I do is run through a series of thoughts to orient myself to this bizarre reality we're currently in: "What day is it today? Umm...Tuesday, I think. Who is president of the United States? Donald Trump. Wait, is that right? That can't be right....No, yes, that's right. Wow. Are we still in the middle of a global pandemic that has killed 200,000+ Americans in six months? Yes. Are people still acting like it's a hoax? Apparently so. Is there still a ridiculous number of people who believe that an elite cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles is secretly running the world and trafficking children to harvest fear hormones from their blood, and that Donald Trump is going to save us all from it? Yup."

Then I lie there in dumbfounded disbelief before semi-rallying: "Okay, here we go."

It's not really okay, though. How any of us are expected to be able to function in this reality is beyond me. When we've gone beyond merely having different perspectives on issues and instead are living in completely different versions of reality, I can't figure out how to feel okay. Or, to be more accurate, when some of us are living in objective reality and a not-insignificant-enough number of us are living in a completely made-up land of alternative facts and perpetual gaslighting, it's hard not to feel like I'm the one losing my grip.

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The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn’t have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women’s rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn’t something we’d choose—and we’d hope others wouldn’t choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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My husband and I had just finished watching "The Office" for the third time through and were looking for a new show to watch before bed. I'd seen a couple of friends highly recommend "Schitt's Creek," so we decided to give it a try.

My initial reaction to the first episode was meh. The characters were annoying and the premise was weird (pretentious and previously-filthy-rich family lives in a scuzzy motel in the middle of nowhere??). I felt nothing for the main characters, and I hate shows with horrible main characters that I can't root for. Even predicting that they were going to eventually be transformed by their small town experiences, I didn't see liking them. It didn't grab either of us as worth continuing, so we stopped.

But then I kept hearing people whose taste I trust implicitly talk about how great it was. I know different people have different tastes, but I realized I had to be missing something if these friends of mine raved on and on about it. So we gave it another shot.

It took a bit—I don't know how many episodes exactly, but a bit—to start liking it. Then a bit longer to start really liking it, and then at some point, it became a full-fledged, gushy, where-have-you-been-all-my-life love affair.

So when the show took home nine Emmy awards over the weekend—breaking the record for the most wins in a season for a comedy—I wasn't surprised. Here's why:

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