Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham. There’s a problem species, carelessly roaming the planet – consuming, polluting or trashing everything in its wake. No, not simply Homo sapiens: more precisely, the males of the species. Studies consistently show a gender gap in attitudes towards Mother Earth. Women, social scientists tell us, are more willing to take action to help the environment, whatever their age and wherever they live. Meanwhile men, who possess a larger carbon footprint, roar around dropping more litter while feeling less worried about global warming.
Donald Trump’s recent confusion between weather and climate is the latest of many anti-green alpha-male outrages. If that sounds tragically trivial, well, we’re also ruining the planet for exfoliating facewashes and takeaway coffees. Brough and Wilkie found both men and women in the US and China cleaved to a “green-feminine” stereotype. Such neat experiments appear inconsequential but suggest profound implications. Portray electric cars as guzzlingly glorious SUVs.
Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show | Environment. The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in the past is now at its weakest in at least 1,600 years, new research shows. The findings, based on multiple lines of scientific evidence, throw into question previous predictions that a catastrophic collapse of the Gulf Stream would take centuries to occur. Such a collapse would see western Europe suffer far more extreme winters, sea levels rise fast on the eastern seaboard of the US and would disrupt vital tropical rains. The new research shows the current is now 15% weaker than around 400AD, an exceptionally large deviation, and that human-caused global warming is responsible for at least a significant part of the weakening.
The current, known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc), carries warm water northwards towards the north pole. There it cools, becomes denser and sinks, and then flows back southwards. . … we have a small favour to ask.
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