Daily Archives: February 6, 2018

President Trump 2018 State of the Union Address (C-SPAN)

Mattis defends President’s nuclear policy


Can Houston prevent disaster when the next storm comes?

Rise of other world powers spurs plans for new US nuclear missile


Bill McKibben: Outside the Comfort Zone

Published on Apr 28, 2017

Bill McKibben joined the Williams Community for an Earth Week talk, “Outside the Comfort Zone: Working for Change on an Overheated Planet.” McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone.

Bill McKibben , Friday April 28, 2017 at “Caretakers of God’s Creation” Conference

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Published on May 4, 2017

Keynote delivered by Bill McKibben in the dining hall at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia, Friday, April 28, 2017

No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It – The New York Times

The Tengger Desert in China is growing because of climate change. Around the world, many would-be parents are looking at effects like this and hesitating.CreditJosh Haner/The New York Times

By Maggie Astor   Feb. 5, 2018

Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change: Should I have children?

It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging. And while few, if any, studies have examined how large a role climate change plays in people’s childbearing decisions, it loomed large in interviews with more than a dozen people ages 18 to 43.

A 32-year-old who always thought she would have children can no longer justify it to herself. A Mormon has bucked the expectations of her religion by resolving to adopt rather than give birth. An Ohio woman had her first child after an unplanned pregnancy — and then had a second because she did not want her daughter to face an environmental collapse alone.

Among them, there is a sense of being saddled with painful ethical questions that previous generations did not have to confront. Some worry about the quality of life children born today will have as shorelines flood, wildfires rage and extreme weather becomes more common. Others are acutely aware that having a child is one of the costliest actions they can take environmentally.

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