Maria Virginia Olano

Summary: IPCC Special Report On 1.5°C

A new report released in October by the IPCC, warns of the serious and irreversible consequences of global warming if we do not enact “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” The report finds that the planet will...

Far-Right Populism is an Environmental Issue, Too

The rise of right-wing populists is threatening our planet–& Brazil just elected one of them It seems a grim irony that at the very time we need unwavering climate action, we seem to be electing more and more pro-business strongmen around...

A Changing Climate This Election

The environment has tended to be eclipsed in elections by hot topics such as healthcare, civil rights, the economy, and gun control. However, with the White House spending the last two years unashamedly embarked in an effort to rollback environmental...

A scientific wake up call: What the IPCC report means for all of us

A new report from the IPCC, released on Monday, warns of the serious and irreversible consequences of global warming if we do not enact “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” It also brought to the forefront...

A Conversation with Claudine Schneider: Board Member and Climate Champion

Last week we sat down to talk with Claudine Schneider about politics, climate change, women running for office and the MeToo movement. She is our first guest for the second season of our podcast Cooler Earth, and we could not...

‘Hothouse Earth’: What is it and what can we do about it?

This week, an international team of scientists published a new study, suggesting we are now dangerously close to the tipping point for a “Hothouse Earth”. While that might sound like an almost humorous term, it describes an entirely new climate system, characterized...

What if we treated Earth like it was our business?

BY MARIA VIRGINIA OLANO, AUGUST 2nd 2018 Much like a business, our planet has a budget. If it exceeds that budget it is borrowing resources, like a business requiring a line of credit. The difference is that the business owner is...

The world ablaze: How wildfires are fueled by climate change

On July 29th, Captain Brian Hughes and his crew were engaged in tactical fire operations on the east side of the Ferguson fire in California, when he was struck by a tree. Hughes was treated on scene, but passed away...

Beyond the Latest Heat Wave, a Pattern of Extremes

BY MARIA VIRGINIA OLANO, JULY 19th 2018 As summer rolled around, so did the terrifying headlines of heat waves and their death tolls across the country. Not long ago I wrote about the effects of storm surge flooding in Boston and...