Bill McKibben, activist and author most recently of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activisttalks about his new book in which he recounts his personal story about his activism around a sustainable planet.
The effects of climate change are growing more frequent and more aggressive. Environmentalist Bill McKibben's new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist," tells two parallel stories of what it means to confront our warming planet on both the local and global levels, from protecting a bee colony through the seasons, to fighting fossil fuels.
Climate change never found its way into the 2012 presidential campaign, but college students across dozens of campuses have launched a campaign of their own. Their goal is to divest university endowments of holdings in fossil fuel companies.
Just a few years ago, climate change was widely considered an inconvenient truth — something that would likely be expensive and difficult to fix, but an issue that nearly all politicians felt compelled to reckon with. But in 2012, climate change has all but evaporated as a political issue. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, explains why.
It's the second day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the next two weeks, delegates from 194 nations will meet in Durban, South Africa to discuss the future of international climate change legislation. But amid such concerns as the looming expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, a perennial question emerges: Why have actions to stanch global warming been so timid? And will this conference do anything to change that?
The number of people affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan over the past week is larger than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Flash floods have hit neighboring Kashmir, killing at least 85 people, and China where more than 1,300 people are feared missing. In Europe, a heat wave has led to the deaths of 5,000 people, and in Russia drought and wildfires are ravaging the country.
Are all these simultaneous natural disasters this summer just a big coincidence, or is it a harbinger of something more serious for Planet Earth? Environmentalist Bill McKibben connects the dots and finds out how much it has to do with global warming.
What can the oil spill teach us about the industrialized world? According to author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben, environmental damage is no longer the result of something going wrong, but the result of something working pretty much as it's supposed to. He hopes that even if the spill is capped soon, it will lead to a more aggressive approach to protecting the environment.