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How Much Hotter
Is Your Town?
How Much Hotter Is Your
Hometown Than When You Were Born?

Aug. 31, 2018 -As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher. See how your hometown has changed so far and how much hotter it may get.

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from The NY Times Climate Forward.

The Causes & Consequences?
The Approaches
Professor Triggle's Climate
Change Power Point(Click Here)
Easy to Understand Climate Change
Summation and What it Could Bring

Show it With Colors
Using Art to Reveal Climate Change

These Watercolor Paintings Actually Include Climate Change Data. Jill Pelto, an artist and scientist, incorporates graphs of rising sea levels and soaring temperatures in her artwork


Visit the Climate Museum
in New York City
A New Museum For the Path Ahead

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Only together can we rise to meet it.

The Climate Museum is catalyzing a cultural transformation around climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation and building community around solutions. Transcending traditional disciplinary and societal boundaries, the Museum brings people together to learn about the problem, grieve what has been lost, actively engage with solutions, and join the fight for a brighter future.

To borrow the words of a Hurricane Irma survivor as she reflected on the Climate Museum’s first exhibition: “Never has this made more sense than now.”

Location: The Climate Museum
800 Third Ave, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022



Climate Change (CC)/Global Warming News Stories

(For the past 60 days)

  • Warm Oceans Supercharge Deadly Hurricanes - Who’d a Thunk It?
    How Warm Oceans Supercharge Deadly Hurricanes

    Sept. 4, 2019 (National Geographic)-The Same perennially warm waters that attract tourists to the Bahamas also helped sustain one of the most destructive storms ever seen in the region.

    For more than a day Hurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas, where it unloaded 185 mile-per-hour winds at its peak, dumped intense rainfall, and inundated homes with storm surge.

    What was a Category 3 storm on Friday quickly intensified into a Category 5 by Sunday. As it passed through the Bahamas on Monday evening, the same atmospheric system steering the storm toward Florida was interrupted, essentially leaving the storm without winds to propel it forward.

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  • The Science That Links Hurricane Dorian's Features to Climate Change
    The Science That Links Hurricane
    Dorian's Features to Climate Change

    Sept. 5, 2019 (ScienceAlert)-The science connecting climate change to hurricanes like Dorian is strong. Warmer oceans fuel more extreme storms; rising sea levels bolster storm surges and lead to worse floods.

    Just this summer, after analyzing more than 70 years of Atlantic hurricane data, NASA scientist Tim Hall reported that storms have become much more likely to "stall" over land, prolonging the time when a community is subjected to devastating winds and drenching rain.

    But none of the numbers in his spreadsheets could prepare Hall for the image on his computer screen this week: Dorian swirling as a Category 5 storm, monstrous and nearly motionless, above the islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama.

    Click now to read more.

  • Permafrost Meltdown Happening in the Arctic
    Arctic Permafrost Is
    Thawing Fast, Affecting Us All

    Sep. 1, 2019 (National Geographic)-SERGEY ZIMOV, AN ecologist by training, tossed a woolly mammoth bone on the pile. He was squatting in mud along the cool, wide Kolyma River, below a towering cliff of crumbling earth.

    It was summer in eastern Siberia, far above the Arctic Circle, in that part of Russia that’s closer to Alaska than to Moscow. There wasn’t a speck of frost or snow in sight. Yet at this cliff, called Duvanny Yar, the Kolyma had chewed through and exposed what lies beneath: a layer of frozen ground, or permafrost, that is hundreds of feet deep—and warming fast.

    Click now for more, including photographs.

  • Climate Change Help From Kelp
    Seaweed 'Forests' Can
    Help Fight Climate Change

    Aug. 29, 2019 (National Geographic)-AS THE AMAZON burns, there’s growing interest in cultivating forests that absorb planet-warming carbon emissions, but that are fireproof.

    That’s because these forests are underwater.

    An increasing body of research is documenting the potential of seaweed farming to counter climate change as deforestation decimates rainforests and other crucial carbon sinks. Fast-growing oceanic jungles of kelp and other macroalgae are highly efficient at storing carbon. Seaweed also ameliorates acidification, deoxygenation, and other marine impacts of global warming that threaten the biodiversity of the seas and the source of food and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Forests Are Burning World Wide: Is Climate Change at Fault?
    The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia:
    A World of Fire

    Aug. 28, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-In South America, the Amazon basin is ablaze. Halfway around the world in central Africa, vast stretches of savanna are going up in flame. Arctic regions in Siberia are burning at a historic pace.

    While the Brazilian fires have grown into a full-blown international crisis, they represent only one of many significant areas where wildfires are currently burning around the world. Their increase in severity and spread to places where fires were rarely previously seen is raising fears that climate change is exacerbating the danger.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to ‘Listen to the Science'
    Greta Thunberg Tells Trump
    to ‘Listen to the Science'
    After Arriving in New York

    Aug. 27, 2018 (The Guardian)-If you want to hang with Greta Thunberg, make America Greta again, do your bit to protest inaction on the climate crisis, etc, etc, then midtown Manhattan is where you need to be this Friday.

    She’s going to be taking part in a general strike outside UN headquarters.

    Click now to read more about
    this young environmental pioneer.

  • Heat Deaths Jump in SW United States - Surprise, Surprise
    Heat Deaths Jump in SW
    United States, Puzzling Officials

    Aug. 26, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-Heat-related deaths have increased sharply since 2014 in Nevada and Arizona, raising concerns that the hottest parts of the country are struggling to protect their most vulnerable residents from global warming.

    In Arizona, the annual number of deaths attributed to heat exposure more than tripled, from 76 deaths in 2014 to 235 in 2017, according to figures obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heat-related deaths in Nevada rose almost fivefold during the same period, from 29 to 139.

    Click now to read the
    not-so-surprising news.

  • Hamburg’s Flood Barrier is Also a Cultural Cache’
    Zaha Hadid Architects’ Undulating
    Riverside Promenade Doubles
    as a Flood Barrier in Hamburg

    Aug. 22, 2018 (inhabitat)-Zaha Hadid Architects has raised both the cultural cachet and the storm surge barriers in the German city of Hamburg with their recently completed upgrade to the Elbe River promenade and flood barrier at Niederhafen.

    Designed with an undulating shape that mimics the ebb and flow of tides, the revamped promenade reconnects the river to the surrounding urban fabric and boosts the popular riverside walkway appeal with a modern redesign large enough to accommodate a wide variety of groups, from pedestrians and joggers to street performers and food vendors.

    Click now for the story and slideshow.

  • How Climate Change May Affect Weather Predictions
    Climate Change May Make El Niño
    and La Niña Less Predictable

    Aug. 21, 2018 (Science News )-Climate change may make it harder to predict the most severe of the El Niño and La Niña weather disturbances in the Pacific Ocean. That’s because these events will become less connected with what happens halfway around the world in the Atlantic, researchers report online August 21 in Science Advances.

    In today’s climate, cooling in the waters of the equatorial Atlantic, called an Atlantic Niña, can lead to especially warm water in the equatorial Pacific, or El Niño (SN: 5/28/16, p. 13). Meanwhile, warmer Atlantic Niño waters tend to give rise to the cooler waters of La Niña in the Pacific. That call-and-response relationship, which involves air being swept into the atmosphere from over the Atlantic and settling down over the Pacific, can give forecasters an edge in anticipating destructive El Niño and La Niña events.

    Click to learn more.

  • How Fast Can Animals Adapt to Climate Change?
    Some Animals Can Adapt to Climate Change - Just Not Fast Enough

    Aug. 20 2017 (National Geographic)-When Anne Charmantier set out to check her great tits—a songbird native to Europe—on June 28, she expected to find healthy, spry chicks.

    As she slowly opened the doors to the wooden nest boxes—a trick to study these birds—the quiet at the nest disturbed her. Peering in, she encountered a grim scene: All chicks lay dead in their nests. An evolutionary ecologist at the Center of National Scientific Research in France, Charmantier has studied great tits for 15 years—long enough to know that this was not normal.

    The culprit was a heat wave that had swept through Europe in late June. In Montpelier, where she checked the nest boxes, temperatures exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit, a record by more than 10 degrees.

    Click now for the article.

  • Scientists Have Underestimated Climate Change’s Pace
    Scientists Have Been Underestimating
    the Pace of Climate Change

    Aug. 19, 2019 (Scientific American)-Recently, the U.K. Met Office announced a revision to the Hadley Center historical analysis of sea surface temperatures (SST), suggesting that the oceans have warmed about 0.1 degree Celsius more than previously thought.

    The need for revision arises from the long-recognized problem that in the past sea surface temperatures were measured using a variety of error-prone methods such as using open buckets, lamb’s wool–wrapped thermometers, and canvas bags. It was not until the 1990s that oceanographers developed a network of consistent and reliable measurement buoys.

    Click now for much more information.

  • Don’t Let YouTube Be a Boob Tube
    Climate Misinformation May
    Be Thriving On Youtube,
    a Social Scientist Warns

    Aug. 19, 2018 (Science News )-Beware what you view about climate change on YouTube. Conspiracy theorists have hijacked some climate-related terms to spread misinformation on the online video-sharing website, a social scientist warns. He urges his colleagues to respond by getting accurate information about their work to science communicators on YouTube.

    While Facebook and Twitter get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to concerns about fake news, Joachim Allgaier of RWTH Aachen University in Germany says YouTube is equally, if not more insidious, given its huge popularity. Allgaier, who focuses on how science is communicated online, initially researched science-themed music videos on the site.

    Click to read more.

  • Iceland’s Glacier Loss Mourning
    Iceland Mourns Loss of
    a Glacier by Posting a
    Warning About Climate Change

    Aug. 19, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-They arrived on Sunday in parkas and ski hats, hiking across the rocky terrain where Iceland’s Okjokull glacier once flourished. Today it is a watery grave, which scientists and politicians say is the site of the nation’s first glacier lost to climate change.

    A lake of melted ice now dominates the landscape amid a barren stretch of stone and dirt. The site was renamed to Ok after “jokull,” meaning “glacier” in Icelandic, was dropped.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • Greenland’s Ice Sheet Lost 197 Billion Tons of Ice in July
    Greenland’s Ice Sheet Lost 197
    Billion Tons of Ice in July

    Aug. 19, 2019 (inhabitat) -What melts faster than an ice cream cone on a sweltering summer day? Greenland’s ice sheet. In July, the world’s second biggest ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice and increased sea levels by about half a millimeter. On August 15 alone, Greenland’s ice sheet had a major meltdown, losing 11 billion tons of surface ice to the ocean, scientists reported.

    While it’s not unusual for Greenland’s ice sheet to melt during the summer, it usually starts at the end of May but began weeks earlier this year.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Fast-Melting Arctic Ice Poses Many Unexpected Threats
    Fast-Melting Arctic Ice Poses Many
    Threats—Not All What You’d Expect

    Aug. 19, 2019 (National Geographic) -In the spring of 2018, Magazine Editor-in-chief, Susan Goldberg and her husband, went to the Arctic on a National Geographic expedition. They’d never been before and were struck by the scale of its rugged beauty, the white-blue glaciers glinting in the midnight sun, and the abundant wildlife. “I’ll never forget seeing an enormous walrus face down a young polar bear (which wisely decided to move along),” Goldberg said.

    ”I also won’t forget the ship’s captain, Leif Skog, announcing that we had traveled farther north than this expedition ever had before.

    ”And then, of course, the experience turned sobering as we realized why we’d gotten so far: because sea ice that normally halts the ship’s northward progress had melted. In this issue we look at that and other effects of climate change on the Arctic, from shifting geopolitical power to thawing permafrost.”

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Miami Is Teetering on a Climate Change Brink
    Life in Miami on the
    Knife’s Edge of Climate Change

    Aug. 18, 2019 (The New Yorker)-Silvery waves slosh at the ornate jetty of Vizcaya, a Renaissance-style museum on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. They spill gently over the patterned deck and spread around the feet of a woman with a camera. The sea is coming. Perhaps not today, but it is coming. In the lush surrounding gardens, the neck of a carved stone swan was broken by Hurricane Irma. A minor loss, given the many lives taken by the water and wind as they swept in from the southeast.

    When a hurricane approaches, the air tingles. The sea does strange things. In minutes, the sky can turn from azure blue to slate gray. Turbulence comes out of nowhere. You can picture what follows, and many photographers do, but you will find no images of catastrophe in Anastasia Samoylova’s “FloodZone.” She is looking for other things, the subtler signs of what awaits the populations that cluster along shorelines.

    Click now to read more
    of this alarming story.

  • How Will We Deal With Climate Change Upheaval
    Climate Change Will Create Serious
    Upheaval. What Will Our Role Be?

    Aug. 17, 2019 (Sacramento Bee),Story by Karin Klein -During a reporting fellowship in Rhode Island five years ago, Karin Klein was taken to a beach in Narragansett. Not for beach play and swimming, but to see how the area was losing its beach to rising seas and catastrophic storms, as well as settling of the Earth. In other words, Rhode Island, which already had a low shoreline, is slowly sinking while the waters adjacent to it are rising at a more rapid pace.

    This isn’t one of those one-day-they-might-have-some-trouble scenarios. The beach itself was much narrower than in previous years. An expensive beachfront house had become so compromised by rising tides that it was unlivable.

    Click now to read the full article.

  • Iceland’s Prime Minister Says “Goodbye” to Ice
    Iceland’s Prime Minister:
    ‘The Ice Is Leaving’

    Aug. 17, 2019 (NY Times - Opinion) -Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland’s sixth-largest glacier, gained worldwide recognition when the volcano lurking under it erupted in 2010. Large levels of volcanic ash caused air travel disruptions in Europe, and news reporters across the world struggled with the difficult pronunciation of Eyjafjallajokull, much to the amusement of us native speakers. A less-known and less-tongue-twisting glacier is “Ok,” which is on a mountaintop in Western Iceland.

    But Ok is no longer a glacier.

    Click now for to read all about it.

  • The Green Growth Challenge is Bigger Than We Thought
    "Green Growth" Is Supposed to Fix
    Climate Change. It Won't Work

    Aug. 12, 2019 (Real Clear Science) -You may have missed it, but a recent report declared that the main strategy of world leaders for tackling climate change won’t work. It’s called green growth, and it’s favored by some of the largest and most influential organizations in the world, including the United Nations and the World Bank.

    Green growth is a vague term with many definitions, but broadly speaking, it’s the idea that society can reduce its environmental impacts and slash its emissions, even while the economy continues to grow and the quantity of stuff that’s produced and consumed increases.

    Click now to read more
    or listen to the article.

  • What’s Happening to Greenland’s Ice?
    A Heat Wave Is
    Turning Greenland’s Ice
    to Slush. That's Bad News.

    Aug. 1, 2019 (National Geographic) -The heat wave that wreaked havoc on Europe in late July has now migrated northward, parking itself over Greenland. As air temperatures over the ice rise, the ice sheet is responding in the only way it knows how: by melting. By Tuesday, over half of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet had softened to slush.

    This is the second major hot stretch to hit the ice sheet this season, and the second to cause melting across major swaths of the ice sheet. The heat waves were particularly impactful because they arrived after mild, dry winter and spring seasons that primed the ice sheet for melt. The result of this brutal setup is a summer melt season so intense that it’s on track to tie or break the record for the most water loss ever recorded.

    Click now for details.

  • Low Levels of Melong River Threatens Food Supply
    Mekong River at Its Lowest in
    100 years, Threatening Food Supply

    July 31, 2019 (National Geographic) -A severe drought that has caused water levels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong River to drop to their lowest in more than 100 years could have devastating consequences for fish, as well as the tens of millions of people living and working along the river, experts warn.

    The crisis began when critical monsoon rains, which usually start in late May in the Mekong region, failed to arrive. Dry conditions, driven by the El Niño weather phenomenon and exacerbated by climate change, persisted well into July. At that time, observers say, the situation was made worse by hydropower dam operators upstream, in China and Laos, withholding water for their own purposes.

    Click now for more.

  • How Climate Change Can Be VERY Costly to the World
    Moody’s Projects $54 to
    $69 Trillion in Climate Damages

    July 29, 2019 (BioBrief.org)) -Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi — this is “the first stab at trying to quantify what the macroeconomic consequences might be” of the global climate crisis… The climate emergency is “not a cliff event. It’s not a shock. It’s corrosive, getting weightier with each passing year.”

    If the average global temperature soars to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels—the cost to the global economy is estimated to be $54 trillion in 2100, and under a warming scenario of 2°C, the cost could reach $69 trillion.

    One of the key takeaways, the report emphasizes, is that economically, “the more draconian effects of climate change are not felt until 2030 and beyond. And they do not become especially pronounced until the second part of the century.”

    Click now for the whole report.

  • Climate Change and Something New to Worry About
    Climate Change Could
    Raise the Risk of Deadly
    Fungal Infections in Humans

    July 26, 2019 (Science News) -While fungal diseases have devastated many animal and plant species, humans and other mammals have mostly been spared. That’s probably because mammals have body temperatures too warm for most fungi to replicate as well as powerful immune systems. But climate change may be challenging those defenses, bringing new fungal threats to human health, a microbiologist warns.

    From 2012 to 2015, pathogenic versions of the fungus Candida auris arose independently in Africa, Asia and South America. The versions are from the same species, yet they are genetically distinct, so the spread across continents couldn’t have been caused by infected travelers, says Arturo Casadevall of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Why is This Gobal Warming Different From the Past?
    How Current Global Warming
    is Unlike the Last 2,000
    Years Of Climate Shifts

    July 24, 2020 (Science News) -Temperatures across 98 percent of Earth’s surface were hotter at the end of the 20th century than at any time in the previous 2,000 years.

    Such nearly universal warming, occurring in lockstep across the planet, is unique to this current era, scientists say. By contrast, other well-known cold and warm snaps of the past, such as the Little Ice Age or the Medieval Warm Period, were, in fact, regional rather than worldwide.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • India Prepares for Temperatures in Excess of 50 degrees C
    As Temperatures Soar
    in India, One City’s
    Efforts Are Saving Lives

    July 23, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))) -Anjali Jaiswal still remembers when scientists at a workshop she was attending in Ahmedabad, a city in western India with a population of about eight million, declared themselves unable to fathom the possibility that the country could soon see temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Jaiswal, director of the India Program and a senior attorney for NRDC, was there to help launch a countrywide effort to prepare for and protect against extreme heat.

    Impossible, some in the group said. Not in our lifetimes.

    That was in 2009. The following year, a devastating heat wave caused more than 1,300 deaths in Ahmedabad, and in 2016, the mercury hit a record-breaking 123.8 ? in the northern desert city of Phalodi. In the decade since that workshop, India has regularly experienced not just higher temperatures but also more frequent and longer periods of severely hot days.

    Click now to learn why some don’t like it hot.

  • Melting Ice Threatens Inuit Culture
    As Ice Melts, the Inuit Strive
    to Keep Their Culture Alive

    July 23, 2019 (National Geographic) -In the spring, when animals migrate north and the sun never sets, Inuit children join their families on weeks-long camping trips across Canada’s Arctic.

    They’re taught hunting skills and cultural values passed down for more than 5,000 years. In the past three decades, multiyear ice, the thickest (and oldest) type that supports the Arctic marine ecosystem, has declined by 95 percent. Elders no longer can predict safe travel routes on thinning ice, and animal migration patterns are changing. The future of the ice—and those who live on it—is uncertain.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Which Climate Plan Should We Choose?
    Everyone Has a Climate Plan
    — Which Ones Can Get
    Us to a Livable Future?

    July 23, 2020 (grist) -In 1850, when Standard Oil was but a twinkle in the eye of John Rockefeller, the concentration of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere was 285 parts per million. Today, CO2, the main climate-polluting gas, has jumped to 415 ppm. You know how we got here: extraction, combustion, emission — repeat. And scores of government agencies, international consortia, and environmental groups — along with a gaggle of presidential candidates — say they know how to get us out.

    But where, exactly, will all these self-proclaimed climate prophets lead us? Leafing through global plans to save the climate in 2019 is something like reading a choose-your-own-adventure novel — with the stakes of, you know, the future of humanity. At the end of one forking path is an uninhabitable earth, complete with fire tornadoes and mass extinction, and at the end of another is a climate that can still sustain life as we know it. Or so we’re told.

    Click now to help with your decision.

  • House Democrats Offer an Alternative to the Green New Deal
    House Democrats Offer Alternative
    to the Green New Deal

    July 23, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -An influential group of Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday set an ambitious target for United States greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a reduction to net-zero by 2050.

    The goal, intended to slow the pace of global warming, does not include either a legislative or regulatory plan. It would very likely require rigorous new curbs on fossil fuels over the coming decades and steep increases in wind, solar and other renewable sources of power.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • NRDC On Advancing Bold Equitable and Just Climate Action
    Advancing Bold Equitable
    and Just Climate Action

    July 18, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))) -In our relentless fight for cleaner air, cleaner water, habitat preservation, and climate action, it has become unambiguously clear that communities of color, tribal communities, and low-income communities bear a disproportionate share of our collective environmental burden.

    There’s a long and clear pattern of locating our dirtiest industrial facilities in communities that lack the wealth and political power to push back. In these overburdened areas, residents must deal daily with air that chokes them, water that sickens them, and other forms of pollution that pose a severe and near-constant threat to their health…

    Click now for much more on this story.

  • Global Warming? You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet
    ‘Off-the-charts’ Heat Affecting
    Millions In U.S. In Coming Decades

    July 16, 2020 (National Geographic) -In less than 20 years, millions of people in the United States could be exposed to dangerous “off-the-charts” heat conditions of 127 degrees Fahrenheit or more, a startling new report has found. In 60 years over one-third of the population could be exposed to such conditions, “posing unprecedented health risks,” the report says.

    This first United States county-by-county look at what climate change will do to temperature and humidity conditions in the coming decades finds few places that won’t be affected by extreme heat.

    Click now for the story and a county location map.

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  • Carbon Offsets - How They Fight Against Climate Change
    The Times’s Travel Desk Takes
    a Step to Offset Its
    Contribution to Climate Change

    July 9, 2019 (NY Times Newsletter)) -“The issue of travel and climate change has been on my mind since I became The New York Times’s travel editor last year.” said Amy Virshup of the NY Times.

    ”I started on Travel just as we were putting together the annual ’52 Places to Go’ list and as we were choosing the new 52 Places Traveler, who gets on a plane (numerous planes, actually) and visits each of those places in the course of the year.”

    This year, Sebastian Modak has been filing his dispatches from far-flung places, including some, like Puerto Rico and the ice caves of Ontario, chosen in part to highlight the effects of climate change on our world.

    Several weeks ago, the Travel desk published an article asking this question: If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?

    Click now to read more.

  • Artificial Glaciers To the Rescue!
    Ice Stupas (Artificial Glaciers)

    The idea behind artificial glaciers is to freeze and hold the water that keeps flowing and wasting away down the streams and into the rivers throughout the winter. Instead, this ice will melt in the springtime, just when the fields need watering.

    The concept of artificial glaciers is not new to Ladakh. Our ancestors used to have a process of ‘grafting glaciers' in the very high reaches of mountains. In recent years, one of our senior engineers Mr. Norphel, has been working on a similar idea for water conservation.

  • Alaska in the Fourth National Climate Assessment
    Fourth National Climate Assessment -
    Chapter26: Alaska Executive Summary

    -Alaska is the largest state in the Nation, spanning a land area of around 580,000 square miles, almost one-fifth the size of the combined lower 48 United States. Its geographic location makes the United States one of eight Arctic nations. The State has an abundance of natural resources and is highly dependent on oil, mining, fishing, and tourism revenues. Changes in climate can have positive and negative impacts on these resources

    As part of the Arctic, Alaska is on the front lines of climate change and is among the fastest warming regions on Earth. It is warming faster than any other state, and it faces a myriad of issues associated with a changing climate. The retreat of arctic sea ice affects many Alaskans in different ways, such as through changes in fish and wildlife habitat that are important for subsistence, tourism, and recreational activities.15,16 The warming of North Pacific waters can contribute to the northward expansion of marine fish species, ecosystem changes, and potential relocation of fisheries

    Click now for much more information.

  • How Copenhagen Copes With Climate Change?
    Copenhagen Wants to Show How
    Cities Can Fight Climate Change

    NY Times Climate Forward Mar. 25, 2019 - Can a city cancel out its greenhouse gas emissions?

    Copenhagen intends to, and fast. By 2025, this once-grimy industrial city aims to be net carbon neutral, meaning it plans to generate more renewable energy than the dirty energy it consumes.

    Here’s why it matters to the rest of the world: Half of humanity now lives in cities, and the vast share of planet-warming gases come from cities. The big fixes for climate change need to come from cities too. They are both a problem and a potential source of solutions.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • 2019 Climate Change Optimism
    10 Reasons to Feel Hopeful
    About Climate Change in 2019

    Sierra Club, Jan. 10, 2019  -In 2018, hurricanes, floods, fires, and droughts wreaked a level of destruction on the planet that, according to scientists, is just a taste of what is to come. In October, the International Panel on Climate Change issued a report stating that we have about 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. Meanwhile, global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high in 2018. So is it still reasonable to hope that we can wean ourselves off fossil fuels in time to avert global calamity?

    As David Roberts of Vox points out, that’s the wrong question. Climate change is happening now, and lots of change for the worse is already locked into place. But, as Roberts puts it, “we have some choice in how screwed we are.” Climate change isn’t a binary—safe or unsafe, screwed or not screwed—but rather a spectrum. That will remain true no matter how we respond to the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or how severe the weather gets. “Yes, it’s going to get worse,” Roberts writes, “but nobody gets to give up hope or stop fighting.” Exactly right. Here, then, are 10 glimmers of hope that humanity will opt for less screwed over more screwed in 2019.

    Interested? Read about the ten reasons.

  • AT&T Maps Out Climate Change Dangers
    AT&T Uses Supercomputer to Map
    Out How Climate Change
    Will Destroy Its Networks

    Gizmodo, Apr. 15, 2019  - Rising sea levels can submerge the backbone of the internet, increasingly powerful storms can destroy the cell networks phones need to work, and high-intensity winds can tear down the critical infrastructure that makes 21st century America go.

    Anticipating accelerating climate change-fueled disasters in the coming decades, telecommunications giant AT&T recently partnered with Argonne National Labs to build a three-decade model called a “Climate Change Analysis Tool” to help forecast the devastating impact of climate change on the company’s infrastructure and business on a level that details down to the individual neighborhood.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Our Planet (While We Still Have It)
    Netflix Series: Our Planet

    OurPlanet.com -This is our planet. Explore how the astonishing diversity of life is all connected.

    Discover the story of the one place we all call home - Our Planet, a groundbreaking Netflix original documentary series.

  • What is a Catastrophic Flood-and is CC Responsible
    What Makes a Catastrophic
    Flood? And Is Climate Change
    Causing More of Them?

    NY Times Climate Forward Mar. 22, 2019 - With floods submerging expanses of the Midwest and government scientists warning that this spring could bring a historic flood season in the United States, it’s natural to ask why it is happening. What causes catastrophic flooding? And what is the role of climate change?

    It’s complicated!

    Click now to uncomplicate it.

  • Why the World Can’t Reverse Climate Emissions
    The Two Key Reasons The World
    Can’t Reverse Climate Emissions

    M.I.T. Technology Review

    This comes as no surprise. The analysis from the International Energy Agency is in line with other preliminary reports from other organizations. But it raises an awkward question: if renewables are growing and the prices of solar, wind, and batteries are falling, why is the world’s climate pollution still going up?

  • 2018 Was A Milestone Year For Climate Science
    2018 Was A Milestone Year For
    Climate Science (If Not Politics)

    Oregon Public Broadcasting , Dec. 27, 2018 - 2018 was a hot year — in fact, the fourth warmest on record. The only years that were, on average, warmer were the past three, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

    It has been warming for decades now. But 2018 brought several major new and markedly more precise reports from scientists about what climate change is doing to the weather and how dire they expect the consequences to be.

  • Can We Trust the Weather Man on Climate Issues?
    Local Meteorologists Are
    Making The Climate Connection

    Feb. 5, 2019 Climate Reality Project - Who do you trust?

    In this particularly divisive moment, it’s an important (and more complicated than ever) question. In the US, polling shows we trust the military, small business, police, and our churches but not major corporations or the criminal justice system – and especially not Congress.

    We’re also pretty skeptical of national television news, but maintain much warmer feelings about our local reporters. According to the 2018 Poynter Media Trust Survey, 76% of Americans have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in their local TV news, a full 21 points more than we have for national broadcast coverage.

  • The Human Element Climate Change Documentary
    The Human Element
    Climate Change Documentary

    Jan. 29, 2019 The Human Element -With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

    Click for the various ways to see this film.

  • Greenhouse Gasses Defined by Climate Reality
    What Exactly Are
    Greenhouse Gases, Anyway?

    Jan. 3, 2019 Climate Reality Project -We’re getting back to basics to answer one of the most foundational questions a person can have about our warming world: What exactly are greenhouse gases, anyway?

    You know how your good friend Dave can rattle off pre-season stats with the precision of a brain surgeon, always seems to win your fantasy football league, and can’t begin to understand why you’re still rooting for [insert “Your Team” here]? Well, we’re kind of the Dave of climate action. Do read on.

  • Does Climate Change Influence Tornado Effects?
    Tornadoes and Climate Change

    Center for Climate and Energy Solutions - The link between tornadoes and climate change is currently unclear. It’s difficult to identify long-term trends in tornado records, which only date back to 1950 in the United States. Also, the population in many areas affected by tornadoes has grown, so it’s possible that tornadoes in the early part of the 20th century occurred without anyone seeing them. Improved technology, such as advanced radar, also helps us “see” tornadoes that may not have been detected decades ago.

    Another problem lies with the physics associated with tornadoes. Researchers are working to better understand how the building blocks for tornadoes – atmospheric instability and wind shear – will respond to global warming. It is likely that a warmer, moister world would allow for more frequent instability. However, it is also likely that a warmer world would lessen chances for wind shear. Climate change also could shift the timing of tornadoes or the regions that are most likely to be hit, with less of an impact on the total number of tornadoes.

  • How the Caron Fee & Dividend Act Can Work for US.
    Energy Innovation and
    Carbon Dividend Act:
    America's Climate Solution

    Energy Information Act- Carbon Fee: This policy puts a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. It starts low, and grows over time. This will drive down carbon pollution because energy companies, leading industries, and American consumers will move toward cleaner, cheaper options.

    Carbon Dividend: The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Program administrative costs are paid from the fees collected. The government does not keep any of the money from the carbon fee. The article also talks about adjustments.

  • 20 Ways to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
    The Top 20 Ways to
    Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    -Here are top twenty ways we can reduce our carbon footprint based on research by Union of Concerned Scientists and the groundbreaking climate solutions book Drawdown. Other top actions are also listed - from supporting climate reducing organizations to organizing community efforts to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

    Click now the 20 ways
    from  Global Stewards.

  • Six Week Video Lessons on Climate Solutions
    Where Earth’s Carbon is Stored

    Nov. 20, 2018 -The course will discuss the following topics:

    1. Carbon
    2. Emissions
    3. Weather
    4. Climate
    5. Productivity
    6. People (the most important)

    Click now to start the lessons
    from Bio Integrity.

  • What About 'No Glacier' National Park?
    Is Glacier National Park
    Due for a Name Change?

    National Parks have grown up with photography. So it’s only fitting that in the last days of ice in Montana’s Glacier National Park, Lisa McKeon is using a camera to show how quickly climate change has killed off the park’s namesakes.

    After all, it’s one thing to note that of the park’s 150 glaciers that existed in the late 1800s, only 25 of them remain today. But it’s another to see what that cold, hard fact looks like on the landscape.

    Click now to read the article from the Alternet.

  • Here’s a Weather Forecast for 2100
    What is The Weather Forecast
    for The Year 2100?

    Feb. 16, 2018 -For anyone paying attention, the impacts of global temperature rise are starting to get a little scary, especially if you live on the coast. Any coast. You have to wonder where is this going and what will the world look in the near future say 2100? A team at Princeton University has some answers.

    Heat waves are among the deadliest and most common of environmental extremes. As the earth continues to warm due to the buildup of greenhouse gases, heat waves are expected to become more severe, particularly for cities, where concrete and a dearth of trees create what’s known as the urban heat island effect.

    Click now to read more(if you can
    stand it?) from  Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Must-See Climate Change Films
    6 Climate Change
    Movies You Must See

    July 11, 2018 -Six deeply engaging and thought-provoking films shine a light on the realities of the climate crisis today – and imagine what it means for our tomorrow.

    Truly great films about the climate crisis are tough to come by. Allusions to environmental destruction are very familiar in the futuristic dystopias Hollywood churns out like clockwork, but they rarely get the science right – or they abandon it entirely in favor of skipping straight to some post-apocalyptic CGI extravaganza.

    The list includes: Interstellar, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Chasing Coral, Snowpiercer, An Inconvenient Truth and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

    Click now for the trailers
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Family Planning & Climate Change
    How Family Planning
    Can Slow Climate Change

    No matter where she lives, reproductive health is her right. Our work expands possibilities for women worldwide by making sure contraceptives stay on shelves, doctors can do their jobs, and women can reach the care they want and need.

    Click now for much more
    from  PAI.org.

  • Bird Future in Our National Parks
    How Climate Change Will
    Affect Birds in America's
    ’Most Treasured Natural Places

    On average, one-quarter of bird species found in a given national park could be completely different by 2050 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace. New research, led by the National Audubon Society and National Park Service and published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, underscores the need to safeguard and manage protected lands for birds and wildlife in a changing world.

    Click now for complete story
    from the  Audubon Society.

  • Taking a Leaf Out of Thoreau’s Book
    Climate Data That Transcends Time

    June 7, 2019- The Nineteenth Century writings of environmental philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau are treasured not only by students of literature, but by today’s scientists as well. Boston University Professor of Biology Richard Primack is using Henry David Thoreau’s careful observations of New England in the 1850s to help track how a warming world is now affecting trees and flowers in the region. On a rainy spring day Living on Earth’s Don Lyman met up with Professor Primack for a stroll around Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

    Click now to read or listen to
    the story from Living on Earth.

  • A Conversation with “Her Deepness”
    An Account by a Senior Citizen Deep Environmentalist

    Mar. 21, 2018 -Sylvia Earle, 82, is an oceanographer who has spent thousands of hours underwater studying corals, algae and wildlife. She was the first person to walk untethered on the ocean floor a quarter of a mile deep and once lived underwater for two weeks in a NASA experiment. She also spent two years as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s chief scientist.

    Click to read more from Climate Forward.
    Scroll down 'till you reach the article.

  • U.S. Climate Change Litigation
    If Climate Change Wrecks Your
    City, Can It Sue Exxon?

    Feb. 20, 2018 -Scientists can now link disasters to climate change, opening the door to lawsuits against fossil fuel companies

    Last summer, Ryan Coonerty, a county supervisor in Santa Cruz, got word that the neighboring county of San Mateo was about to take a bold step in adapting to climate change. Rising seas are already eroding San Mateo’s coast, and the county will need to spend billions of dollars on new sea walls and other infrastructure to protect itself in the years to come. So in July, San Mateo, along with Marin County and the city of Imperial Beach, sued 37 fossil fuel companies, arguing that they should help pay for the damage their products cause.

    Click to learn more from theVerge.com.

  • Download a Climate Change Free eBook
    Learn How to Make
    Climate Change Points

    All you need to know to make your argument with climate change skeptics.

    Every new year seems to arrive on the heels of another unfortunate climate record set. And 2017’s is among the most startling: Climate-related and other natural disasters caused a staggering $306 billion in total damages in the US, making 2017 by far the most expensive year on record for disasters in the country.

    Click now for free the eBook
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Oh, the Seas, They Are Arising
    Easter Island Is Critically Vulnerable

    Mar. 15, 2018 -Nicholas Casey, a New York Times correspondent based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.

    HANGA ROA, EASTER ISLAND — The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.

    For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.

    Click now for whole the story
    from NY Times Interactive.

  • A Louisiana Village Fights for Time
    The Community of Lafitte
    Faces Rising Tides

    Feb. 24, 2018 -JEAN LAFITTE, LA. — From a Cessna flying 4,000 feet above Louisiana’s coast, what strikes you first is how much is already lost. Northward from the Gulf, slivers of barrier island give way to the open water of Barataria Bay as it billows toward an inevitable merger with Little Lake, its name now a lie. Ever-widening bayous course through what were once dense wetlands, and a cross-stitch of oil field canals stamp the marsh like Chinese characters.

    Saltwater intrusion, the result of subsidence, sea-level rise and erosion, has killed off the live oaks and bald cypress. Stands of roseau cane and native grasses have been reduced to brown pulp by feral hogs, orange-fanged nutria and a voracious aphid-like invader from Asia. A relentless succession of hurricanes and tropical storms — three last season alone — has accelerated the decay. In all, more than 2,000 square miles, an expanse larger than the state of Delaware, have disappeared since 1932.

    Click now for this interactive article from the New York Times.

  • Never Too Late to Change Your Mind
    How Six Americans Changed Their
    Minds About Global Warming

    Feb. 21, 2018 - by Livia Aleck-Ripka - The Rev. Richard Cizik used to believe climate change was a myth. The science had to be rigged, he thought; those who believed in it were just tree-huggers. But in 2002, a friend convinced Mr. Cizik to go to a conference about climate change, and there, he said, “the scales came off my eyes.”

    Click now to read about five others who’ve also come to their senses, from NY Times Climate.

  • How Many Are Climate Change Believers - See the Survey Map
    Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2018

    Source:(Yale.edu) -These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels. Check out their newest tool: Support for Making Fossil Fuel Companies Pay for Climate Damages

    Click now for
    much important information.

  • The Climate Change Atlas The USDA Forgot to Delete
    Explore The USDA
    Climate Change Atlases

    June 7, 2020 (USDA Forest Service) -

    The Climate Change Atlas documents the current and possible future distribution of 134 tree species and 147 bird species in the Eastern United States and gives detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions. Please be sure to read the warnings, cautions and questions

    You may also browse and view the previous version of the Tree Atlas or the previous version of the bird atlas.

    Click now for more information.

  • See Which U.S. Corporations Signed On to the Paris Accords
    The American Businesses
    That Acted on Climate Pledge

    -154 companies have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and for the climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future. These 154 companies have operations in all 50 states, employ nearly 11 million people, represent more than $4.2 trillion in annual revenue, and have a combined market capitalization of over $7 trillion.

    Interested? Click for the whole story.

  • Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea
    Documenting Climate Change
    by Air, Land and Sea

    NY Times Climate Forward, May 14, 2019  - The New York Times photographer Josh Haner has spent the past four years capturing the effects of climate change around the world and under water.

    Interested? Click now for the story and images.

  • Climate and Environmental Justice
    They Go Together
    With Local Activism

    Jan. 25, 2018 -Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, joined ILSR co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman and ILSR’s Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer for the latest edition of our Building Local Power podcast.

    The discussion centers on the practical implications of environmental justice and how she balances her work at a national non-profit with the needs of 2200 branches and local chapters of the NAACP. The trio also delves into the difficulties facing local communities that attempt to make local ownership of energy resources a reality. Finally, Jacqui explains how her work intersects with a number of other activist spaces including organizing around women’s issues and racial justice in order to create a healthier environment and a vibrant local community.

    Click to listen and learn fromISLR.

  • Defending Climate Against Deniers
    How to Talk to a
    Climate Change Denier

    Jan. 11, 2018 - by Daniel Peterschmidt - Many of us have debated the threat of climate change with our friends, family, and strangers on the internet. But not everyone believes that anthropogenic climate change exists or views it as a problem relevant to their everyday lives. And, as we’ve seen lately in the political world, facts aren’t always enough.

    Click now for much more from Science Friday.

  • Climate Change Arguments Through Cartoon Illustrations
    Unpersuasive: Why Arguing About
    Climate Change Often Doesn't Work

    Feb. 28, 2019  knowable Magazine - In the US, where political parties have increasingly staked claims on one side of the issue or the other, beliefs may be more about belonging than facts.

  • 2018 Was the 4th Warmest Since We Started Counting
    The Last Five Years Have
    Been the Earth’s Warmest
    Since Records Began

    Feb. 1, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review - 2018 was the fourth warmest year since records began in 1880, according to studies out today from NASA, the UK Met Office, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Record-breaking: The NASA study found that Earth’s global surface temperature last year was 0.83 °C warmer than the 1951-1980 mean. That temperature was topped only in 2016, 2017, and 2015. The data shows that the last five years are collectively the warmest ever recorded, while 18 of the 19 hottest years have taken place since 2001. The NOAA study, which uses a different methodology, agreed.

  • Coastal Cities That Can Disappear
    Which Cities Are
    in the Most Jeopardy

    Apr. 24, 2016 - Maps show coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded, without engineered protection, in three levels of higher seas. Percentages are the portion of dry, habitable land within the city limits of places listed that would be permanently submerged.

    Click for this story from the
    NY Times, including graphics.

  • Kelp: The Climate-Friendly Vegetable
    The Climate-Friendly Vegetable
    You Ought to Be Eating

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr. 30, 2019  - It was a sharp, windy March day, but the gray water of Casco Bay glimmered green in the sun. On his lobster boat, the Pull N’ Pray, Justin Papkee scanned the surface of the ocean, searching for his buoys. But he wasn’t looking for lobster traps.

    Mr. Papkee was farming, not fishing: His crop, clinging to ropes beneath the cold waves, was seaweed, thousands of pounds of brownish kelp undulating under the surface. Growing at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day for the past six months, it was nearly ready to be harvested and sent to restaurants like Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Estela, Houseman, Saint Julivert Fisherie and Luke’s Lobster in New York, and Honey Paw, Chaval and the Purple House here in Maine.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • The 4th National Climate Assessment
    Development of the Fourth
    National Climate Assessment (NCA4)

    (NCA4) is currently underway, with anticipated delivery in late 2018. Below you will find information related to NCA4, including a list of chapters, explanation of author roles, and opportunities to participate in the process.

    Click now to read the article.

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  • Floating Ice Melt Will Raise Sea Level
    Presented by the National
    Snow & Ice Data Center

    When ice on land slides into the ocean, it displaces ocean water and causes sea level to rise. People believe that when this floating ice melts, water level doesn’t rise an additional amount because the freshwater ice displaces the same volume of water as it would contribute once it melts. Similarly, people also think that when ocean water freezes to form sea ice and then melts, the water is merely going through a change of state, so it won’t affect sea level. However, in a visit to NSIDC in May, Dr. Peter Noerdlinger, a professor at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, suggested otherwise.

    Click for the complete article.

  • Biodiversity at the The Climate Law Institute
    Saving Life on Earth

    Waging innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry. We work to eliminate greenhouse pollution and speed the just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

    Click now for more from
    the Center for Biological Diversity.

  • What is the Role of Tropical Forests
    Tropical Forests Once
    Absorbed Carbon. Not Any More

    Apr. 16, 2018 - Since humans began to worry about having put too much carbon in the atmosphere, we’ve considered tropical forests an important “carbon sink.” Their fast growth rate, dense vegetation, and rich soils sucked more carbon out of the atmosphere then they produced. In other words, tropical forests were a natural greenhouse-gas vacuum. Except now, just when the world most needs them to be, they’re not.

    Click now for more from the  World Economic Forum.

  • Are Climate Change Debates Debatable?
    Presented at a Meeting of the
    Humanists of Sarasota Bay,
    Sarasota, FL. on Nov.1, 2017

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Barry Zack, the editor of this website made his ideas known to a group of sophisiticated attendees. His opponenet is a PhD with different ideas as to what is really responsible for Climate Change, and all of its ramifications.

    Click to read the presentation.

  • Climate Change in Photographs
    Photo Collections From
    The Climate Reality Project

    Aug. 25, 2017 - A collection of photos by the Climate Reality team - a nonprofit organization leading the fight against the climate crisis.

    To view it, click now.

  • The Importance of Mangroves
    Carbon-Rich Mangroves
    Help Control Climate Change

    Better protecting the world’s fast-disappearing mangroves could have big economic, social and environmental benefits, experts said at the U.N. climate talks in Lima back in 2014.

    Besides protecting shorelines from extreme weather and providing fish a safe place to breed, mangroves could play a big role in trapping climate-changing carbon emissions, something that has so far been largely overlooked, they said.

    Click for the complete article.

  • The Climate Accountability Scorecard
    Ranking Major Fossil Fuel
    Companies on Climate Deception,
    Disclosure, and Action

    An in-depth analysis of eight leading fossil fuel companies finds that none of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy.

    Click to read the report
    from the Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Graph: The Relentless Rise in CO2
    View the NASA
    Graph Showing CO2 Rise

    The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.

    Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate.

  • Antarctica Like You've Never Seen It
    100-Year-Old Photos Reveal
    Antarctica Like You've Never Seen It

    July 14, 2017 -With our polar regions rapidly shrinking—and more bad news this week—it can make one nostalgic for an Antarctica that was, well, intact.

    The windiest, coldest, and driest place on Earth, the continent has long attracted explorers on a quest for adventure. National Geographic Magazine in particular has a history of fascination with Antarctica, publishing its first story on the region in 1894.

    Click now for the show.

  • Ask What Can We Do for the Climate
    Ask Not What Your Climate
    Can Do for You. Ask What
    You Can do for Your Climate

    From the Humanist.com, June, 2017: While the federal government is becoming a follower rather than a leader on climate change, we can fight on the state, local, and personal levels to achieve huge reductions in greenhouse gases.

  • Predicting San Francisco in 2075
    View a Map After a
    Catastrophic Rise in Sea Levels

    Far in the future, San Francisco's Divisadero Street is a cruise-ship harbor, taco trucks have become taco boats, and the Mission District is a beloved site for scuba diving. That's the waterlogged vision of cartographer Brian Stokle and Bay Area blog Burrito Justice, who've made a fantasy map of the city post-200 feet of sea-level rise.

    Is it just a fantasy? Click and have a look.

  • Peatlands and Climate Change
    The Role of Peatlands
    to Combat Climate Change

    The human impact on global climate and the role of peatlands has been widely studied and debated in media, but also within a scientific audience and peatland experts during recent years.

  • SRQ Climate Change Meet Up
    Sarasota Climate Change Meet Up

    Are you concerned about climate change? Do you suspect you’re the only one? Join us and learn you’re not alone. Got answers about climate change? Share them. We want to hear. Got questions about climate change? Share them. Maybe there’s an answer. Is anybody in Sarasota doing anything about climate change? If so, what? If not, why not? Got ideas? Let’s talk about them.

  • 6 Climate Leaders Tell Their Story
    Discover Your Purpose
    Learn from the Leaders

    Trained by The Climate Reality Project Founder and Chairman Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators from around the world, our Climate Reality Leaders shape the conversation on climate science in forums from family dinners to international summits to tell the story of the climate crisis and build a twenty-first century movement for solutions.

  • Learn How Your State Makes Electricity?
    How Does Your
    State Make Electricity?

    NY Times Climate Forward, Dec. 24, 2018 - Overall, fossil fuels still dominate electricity generation in the United States. But the shift from coal to natural gas has helped to lower carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution. Last year, coal was the main source of electricity generation for 18 states, down from 32 states in 2001.

    But experts warn that a shift to natural gas alone won’t be enough to curb emissions and avoid dangerous global warming.

    This report gives you a state by state comparison.

  • U.S. and Climate Change Thinking
    Six Maps Help Tell the Story

    Mar. 21, 2017 -Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

    Click for the maps and
    article from the NY Times.

  • A Solar Solution For Desalination
    Can New Renewable Energy
    Powered Desalination Solve
    Our Water Shortages?

    June 11, 2018 — What if new renewable energy technology could solve not just our climate change problem but issues associated with climate change like shortages of fresh water where we need it? As you know we are a fan of solar thermal energy technology and this research we are about to share with you will make you a fan as well.

    Freshwater shortages are projected to increase in our hotter and more crowded future. Already, 150 countries desalinate seawater, using fossil fuels.

    But supplying an ever-increasing basic need with non-renewable fuels creates a growing threat, according to Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, who heads up SolarPACES Task VI at the Solar Desalination Unit at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA)

    Click for the whole story
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

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Causes and Consequences

Click on a subject for more information.

Meat Consumption CO2 Pollution Concrete's Footprint Deforestation
Ice Meltdown Poor Regulation Population Growth
Sea-Level Rise


Approaches

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  • The National Climate Change Assessment
    Explore Our Changing Climate

    Evidence for changes in Earth’s climate can be found from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.

    Researchers from around the world have compiled this evidence using satellites, weather balloons, thermometers at surface stations, and many other types of observing systems that monitor the Earth’s weather and climate. The sum total of this evidence tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming.

    Learn more from the
    National Climate Change Assessment

  • 6 Things We Can Do About Climate ChangeVideo Cam
    Watch the Video

    Learn the six thing we can do about Climate Change. The first three are choices you can make in your own life. And the second three will have an even bigger impact.

    Click to Watch the video from
    the Climate Reality Project.

  • Climate Change Positive Thoughts (free e-Book)
    Get Your Free e-Book

    You can help build a movement to fight back against fossil fuel interests and find commonsense solutions to the climate crisis.

    Learn more to download the
    e-Book from the Climate Reality Project

  • Get the Climate Lab Book
    View the Interesting Graphs

    View all kinds of interesting graphs showing how our climate has changed over the centuries.

    With the end of 2018, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released their provisional State of the Climate report. The WMO asked whether Climate Lab Book could provide some updated graphics, also reproduced here.

    Click now for entire visualization.

  • Interactive Climate Map 2050 (CC Consequences)
    2050 Interactive Climate Map

    How will rising temperatures affect your community? We mapped what the world will look like under current climate change projections.

    Click now for maps showing how your area
    will be affected - from the Revelator.

  • The People's Dosier on Climate Change
    Science-Based Outlines

    The People’s Dossier on 1.5°C contains the stories of communities fighting against fossil fuel projects and for a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy. It outlines how climate change is currently impacting them and grounds their fight in the latest climate science.

    Click now for more from 350.org.

  • Global Warming Report from NOAA
    NOAA Knows - And NOAA Should Know

    Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 6 feet above average high tides.

    Click now for more from
    the NOAA section of this web page.

  • Another Good Global Warming Resource
    Good Old Greenhouse Warming

    The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that our globe is undergoing major climate change. They also agree that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising significantly.

    Click now for more from greenhouse.

  • More Climate Change Resources
    More Climate Change Information

    If you still haven’t had enough, click here
    for that section of this web page.

  • NY Times Climate Forward: (Climate Change Q&A)
    The NY Times Delivers
    Climate Change Info

    1. What is Happening?

    2.What Could Happen?

    3. What Can We Do?

    Click here for that section of this web page.

  • Carbon Fee & Dividend Video
    How This Works

    Learn how Carbon Fee & Dividend works on your behalf, and not that of the fossil fuel industry.

    Click here for video from
    the Citizen's Climate Lobby.

  • Interactive Air Pollution Map 2100
    Projections for Pollution Increases

    Exclusive map shows where pollution is projected to increase, county by county, thanks to climate change.

    Click here for the map from the Revelator.

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Resources

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Click on it to learn much more

Come Together - Right Now
Warming Oceans - Melting Ice
Taxing What Hurts our Planet
Just Say 'Maybe'
GHGE - It's a Gas

NOAA Sea-Level Rise Viewer

And if anyone should know
about that, it's NOAH.

Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 6 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.
Click here to learn what else you need to know.


 

What are the Causes and
Consequencesof Climate Change?

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Animal Consumption


An analysis of meat, egg, and milk production encompasses not only the direct rearing and slaughtering of animals, but also grain and fertilizer production for animal feed, waste storage and disposal, water use, and energy expenditures on farms and in transporting feed and finished animal products, among other key impacts of the production process as a whole.
It takes 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil and the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef.
Because of over-consumption of fish, all 17 of the world’s major fishing areas have reached or exceeded their natural limits. One-third of the world’s fish catch is fed directly to livestock
70% of US grain production is fed to livestock
5 million acres of rainforest are felled every year in South and Central America alone to create cattle pasture.
Roughly 20% of all currently threatened and endangered species in the US are harmed by livestock grazing.
Animal agriculture is a chief contributor to water pollution. America’s farm animals produce 10 times the waste produced by the human population.

 

Possible Solutions

Consume less meat and dairy products, and focus on plants and grains. Call on government to end subsidies for meat production.
See Resources for more information.

Carbon Pollution

Coal burning is responsible for nearly one-third of U.S. carbon emissions — the air pollution that is the main contributor to climate disruption. This according to the Sierra Club.

 

Possible Solutions

Make carbon more expensive to consume, by instituting a revenue-neutral carbon tax (but please don't call it a tax!). This would go a long way in making renewable energy competitive with cheap, dirty and unhealthy fossil fuels.
See Resources for more information.


Concrete's Carbon Footprint

According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (see Resources), ‘Concrete is the most widely used material on earth apart from water, with nearly three tons used annually for each man, woman, and child.

 

Possible Solutions


Come up with a concrete alternative. Do what the Romans do (resources).
 

Deforestation

Action for Our Plant (AFOP) describes the result of the decline of rainforests. Countries that are particularly poor try to grow their economies at the expense of this vital resource.

Possible Solutions


Incentivize these countries by rewarding them for protecting what are in reality, world resources.



What not to do
A better plan: See Resources.

Melting of the Polar Ice Caps


The polar ice caps have melted faster in last 20 years than in the last 10,000. A comprehensive satellite study confirms that the melting ice caps are raising sea levels at an accelerating rate.



Sea-Level Rise

Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will continue to increase unless the billions of tons of our annual emissions decrease substantially.
Increased concentrations are expected to:
• Increase Earth's average temperature
• Influence the patterns and amounts of precipitation
• Reduce ice and snow cover, as well as permafrost
• Raise sea level
• Increase the acidity of the oceans
See Resources


Population Growth


People around the world are beginning to address the problem by reducing their carbon footprint through less consumption and better technology. But unsustainable human population growth can overwhelm those efforts, leading us to conclude that we not only need smaller footprints, but fewer feet. -As reported by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Possible Solutions


This should be a no-brainer. Provide the tools and education for the poorest nations to reduce their birth rates. The Obama administration is already doing that, unlike his predecessor, who just said 'no' (See Resources). In the United States, women should be able to decide if and when to bear children. Religious leaders should not encourage motherhood when it's ill affordable.


Poor Regulation


The nature of greenhouse gases, or GHGs, makes international cooperation a must if the world hopes to prevent and avoid the experts’ predictions of widespread negative environmental effects. Because each state only incurs a fraction of the total cost of its own emissions, as GHGs act on a global rather than regional scale, the emission of GHGs has created a tragedy of the commons: each state has an incentive to overuse, even though the optimal solution is for each and every state to limit its emissions.
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Possible Solutions


Appeal to your elected representatives to protect the environment and not the polluters. The U.S. helped to create the Kyoto Protocol, but America never signed on to it. As a world leader, WE should be setting examples for the rest of the world to follow. We should discourage business from nations with poor environmental records, but we'd better straighten out first. Keep our protection agencies funded, something that Congress likes not to do. Resources

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Global Warming Denial Mythology


1. Carbon dioxide "literally cannot cause global warming." People have tried to deny climate science in a lot of ways, but it's hard to beat a complete rejection of well-established atmospheric physics. Joe Bastardi, a meteorologist appearing on Fox News, argued that CO2 "literally" cannot cause warming because it doesn't "mix well in the atmosphere" (it does). He's also claimed that warming would violate the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. (In fact, global warming has nothing to do with newly created energy, but with the atmosphere trapping energy that's already around.)

2. "Snow skiing will be hurt – but water skiing will benefit."
In 1990, as the world was beginning to grapple with the devastating predictions of climate models, a Yale economist set out to determine how much was a reasonable amount to spend on combating the problem. Not that much, he concluded, since "Humans thrive in a wide variety of climate zones. Cities are increasingly climate-proofed by technological changes like air-conditioning and shopping malls." Further, he argued, the hardest-hit sectors – like, say, agriculture – are relatively small parts of the economy anyway. And economic growth in other sectors could compensate: "Snow skiing will be hurt – but water skiing will benefit." How reassuring!

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The Fossil Fuel Resistance:
Meet the New Green Heroes


RS contributor Bill McKibben lambasted this analysis in his 2007 book, Deep Economy. "It's nice to have microelectronics; it's necessary to have lunch," wrote McKibben. "If global warming 'only' damages agriculture, the rest may not matter much."

3. "We must demand that more coal be burned to save the Earth from global cooling." The "global cooling" myth is another favorite of climate deniers, despite broad scientific consensus that the planet is in fact warming. But it's got to be an especially appealing fiction when you're the CEO of a coal company – this statement is from a tweet by Don Blankenship, then the head of Massey Energy.

4. Climate change is impossible because "God's still up there." In 2012, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) contended that acceptance of climate science was at odds with Christianity – never mind that many Christian leaders and institutions take climate change very seriously. "My point is, God's still up there," he told Voice of Christian Youth America. "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous." A close runner-up in this category: In 2009, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) cited God's post-flood promise to Noah as evidence we shouldn't be worried. "The Earth will end only when God declares it's time to be over," he declared. "Man will not destroy this Earth." Well, that must be nice to know.

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5. God buried fossil fuels "because he loves to see us find them." Bryan Fischer, a director at the American Family Association, compared efforts to burn less fossil fuels to telling a friend that you don't like their birthday present. "That's kind of how we're treating God when he's given us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources," he observed. "God has buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them." And everyone knows it's bad manners to turn down a divine treasure hunt.

6. "The President was wearing a trench coat it was so cold, but he's talking about global warming." This gem, from U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) in reference to President Obama's 2013 inauguration speech, is part of a long, confused tradition: The conviction that anecdotally observed cold weather of any kind debunks the science of climate change. See also the igloo that James Inhofe's family built on the National Mall (they called it "Al Gore's new home") or the ad from the Virginia Republican Party, aired before the same snowstorm, advising voters to call legislators who supported climate actions and "tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they'll come help you shovel." With probably thousands of articles out there now explaining the simple fact that weather is not the same thing as climate, this joke gets dumber every time it's made.

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7. "I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost." Yes, Sen. Inhofe gets two entries. Speaking to Rachel Maddow in 2012, he admitted that his rejection of climate science began with realizing how expensive mitigation would be. Not only is it flatly nonsensical to deny that a problem exists because you don't like its cure, delaying climate action is actually the more expensive course. The International Energy Agency has estimated that for every year the world delays taking significant action to curb climate change, we'll end up paying an additional $500 billion later on.

8. Safeguarding the climate is "a worldview that elevates the Earth above man." Rick Santorum was a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination when he called climate science a "phony theology" – "a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can't take those resources because we're going to harm the Earth." (Santorum has also said, "We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth's benefit.") This people-vs.-planet idea is another common refrain from climate skeptics. They rarely seem to have considered the fairly obvious point that functioning human society depends on a healthy planet.

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9. "100 years is a long time . . . There is an extremely high chance that the very nature of human society itself will have changed by that time in ways that render this entire issue moot." This novel bit of reasoning is from an essay called "In Praise of Dirty Energy: There Are Worse Things Than Pollution and We Have Them," by economist and blogger Karl W. Smith, now a writer for Forbes. Smith accepts the science of climate change – but argues that we should burn more fossil fuels anyway, in order to spur economic growth. As the climate changes, he believes that people will simply build new cities or move north to Siberia, and build a society so technologically advanced it's somehow progressed beyond the need for a stable climate. Piece of cake!
10. "I have a theory about global warming and why people think it's real. Go back 30, 40 years when there was much less air conditioning in the country. When you didn't have air conditioning and you left the house, it may in fact have gotten a little cooler out there, because sometimes houses become hot boxes. Especially if you're on the second or third floor of a house in the summer time and all you've got is open windows and maybe a window fan. Or you have some servant standing there fanning you with a piece of paper. When you walked outside, no big deal, it's still hot as hell. Now, 30, 40 years later, all this air conditioning, and it's a huge difference when you go outside. When you go outside now, my golly, is it hot. Oh. Global warming. It's all about the baseline you're using for comparison."

Oh, OK: All those scientists who have confirmed a pattern of long-term climate change were just getting confused by their air conditioning. Right. Thanks, Rush Limbaugh, for the low-hanging fruit.
New Math: Commentary by Bill McKibben

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