Truth Seekers: The Reality of Climate Change
Ken Yeung / April 20, 2022
This year is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day and though we mark this occasion, there’s not much to celebrate — our environment is in serious danger. This month, a group of United Nations scientists issued a new climate report warning urgent action is needed now to delay climate change. They say unless governments, businesses and individuals follow through on their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it’s likely the Earth will warm by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius within the next few decades. It’s a milestone we don’t want to achieve.
At Flipboard, climate change is a big part of our science coverage. We realize it’s a complex issue that affects more than weather patterns: The global crisis is connected with our health, wildfires, air pollution, food insecurity, transportation, energy consumption and more. But what about carbon removal, the effect on nature and wildlife, climate change misinformation, sustainable technology, the rise of youth activists and other related topics? All are worth exploring, which we do in our newest “Truth Seekers” series.
We launched “Truth Seekers” in October 2020 to provide insights on the divisive issues of the day by highlighting thoughtful, objective voices and opening doors to meaningful dialogue. As our managing editor Carl Sullivan wrote: “We realize that we all carry personal biases and that it’s impossible to find curators that all of us will agree are ‘objective.’ But it is our fervent belief that facts are more important than ever. With the Truth Seekers, we have done our best to assemble a panel of professionals who seek and illuminate facts as a crucial part of their lifelong work.”
We asked academics, scientists and journalists to examine the state of our planet and how it’s changing because of global warming. The 11 experts listed below dive deep into aspects and implications of climate change. Each provides a selection of must-read articles for anyone interested in learning more. As a whole, this collection is designed to present you with the scientific facts about climate change from those whose aim is simply to seek the truth.
- Victoria Arroyo is the associate administrator for policy with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and shares a collection on how to build sustainable cities.
- Sarah Gibbens is an environmental journalist working for National Geographic and explores how things in nature could help reverse climate change.
- Lisa Martine Jenkins is a climate reporter with the technology and business publication Protocol and takes us through how misinformation from politicians, the fossil fuel industry and others have buried data that reveal the seriousness of the global crisis.
- Brian Kahn is the climate editor with the technology and business publication Protocol and has a Storyboard covering innovations in the technology space that address climate change.
- James McBride is the deputy managing editor for the Council on Foreign Relations and dives into the role changing energy dynamics affect global politics.
- Marcene Mitchell is the senior vice president for climate change with the World Wildlife Fund and has assembled a collection on how extreme environmental shifts are wreaking havoc on biodiversity.
- Linda Poon is a writer with Bloomberg’s CityLab and looks at how cities are making traveling more sustainable by promoting eco-friendly means of transportation.
- Rebecca Shaw is the chief scientist at the World Wildlife Fund and explores the decline of nature.
- Disha Ravi is an Indian youth climate activist and the founder of Fridays for Future India. Her collection examines how the next generation is fighting to save the planet.
- Eric Roston is an award-winning journalist with Bloomberg News covering sustainability. The articles he shares paint a picture of the state of climate change.
- James Temple is MIT Technology Review’s senior editor covering energy. His collection looks at the debate over carbon removal — can it curb global warming?
Click here to view the entire collection.
There’s more to highlight around climate change than we’ve covered in this “Truth Seekers” collection, so check out #ClimateChange on Flipboard, follow our editorially curated Magazine, and be sure to subscribe to our weekly Climate Briefing newsletter!
— Ken Yeung, senior editor, technology and science, is curating Climate Change and You