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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


A Climate Crisis Haiku
A Climate Crisis Haiku

To read this beautiful short poem from Dan Dana, author of Everyday Peacemaking, and much much more, click here.



Climate Change (CC)/Global Warming News Stories

(For the past 90 days)

  • Venice Floodwaters Cause Massive Damage
    After Venice Floods,
    Volunteers Wade In To Help
    Salvage What They Can

    Nov. 18, 2019  (NPR News) — The Italian city of Venice is still reeling from a week of three exceptional tides whose floodwaters have caused massive damage to the city's cultural legacy and to residences and businesses.

    The disaster has gripped Italy and inspired a wave of volunteers to salvage what they can.

    There is a bookshop in Campiello del Tintor square named Libreria Acqua Alta, which means High Water Bookstore. Following Sunday's exceptional high tide, the square as well as the store's pavement were under several inches of water.

    Click now to read and/or listen to the story.

  • If You Thought Venice Was Wet Before - Look Again
    Venice’s Worst Flood in 50
    Years Blamed on Climate Change

    Nov. 14, 2019  (inhabitat) — Venice is inundated with floodwaters, with more than 85 percent of the city, including its historic basilica and centuries-old buildings, experiencing floods. Both residents and tourists are forced to navigate streets in waist-high waters, prompting the Venetian mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, to issue a state of emergency for the city.

    Nearly a 1/3 of Venice’s 1,100 raised walkways are now overwhelmed by high water. While exceptionally high tides, called acqua alta, have occurred here every five years or so, this year’s deluge is the worst since 1966. A combination of climate change and a billion-dollar project derailed by political scandal are factors contributing to the damage.

    “Venice is on its knees,” Brugnaro lamented earlier this week on Twitter. “We need everyone’s help to overcome these days that are putting us to the test.”

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • This Early Freeze Does Not Mean Climate Change is a Myth
    Deadly Arctic Blast Breaks Records
    Set More than 100 Years Ago

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceDaily)—It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama while parts of Maine, Michigan and New York were digging out from a foot of snow Wednesday as a historically early and deadly Arctic air mass gripped much of nation.

    Records, some dating back more than 100 years, were toppled as the front continued its ferocious roll for a third day.

    The entire state of Alabama was under a freeze warning as temperatures dipped into the 20s and below, breaking records at more than 100 locations. The National Weather Service in Mobile citing the "widespread, significant freeze" for Alabama and Florida's Panhandle, urged residents to protect exposed pipes, keep pets warm and check on neighbors.

  • Greta Thunberg's Job Is Not Quite Finished
    Greta Thunberg Sets Sail,
    Again, After Climate Talks Relocate

    Nov. 12, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)— Greta Thunberg is sailing across the Atlantic, again. It’s much sooner than she had planned, but not before she makes her mark in the United States.

    Ms. Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, set sail from Hampton, Va., on Wednesday morning. This time, she’s hitching a ride with an Australian couple that sails around the world in a 48-foot catamaran called La Vagabonde and chronicles their travels on YouTube.

    La Vagabonde will take roughly three weeks to reach Spain, where Ms. Thunberg hopes to arrive in time for the next round of United Nations-sponsored climate talks.

  • Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future
    5 Global Trends Shaping
    Our Climate Future

    Nov. 12, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)— Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and get global warming under control.

    That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which on Tuesday published its annual World Energy Outlook, an 810-page report that forecasts global energy trends to 2040. Since last year, the agency has significantly increased its future projections for offshore wind farms, solar installations and battery-powered cars, both because these technologies keep getting cheaper and because countries like India keep ramping up their clean-energy targets.

  • What Canadians Know About Climate Change that Americans Don't
    Two-Thirds of Canadians Want
    Federal Action on Climate Crisis

    Nov. 12, 2019  (Energy Central)— Two-thirds of Canadians want the country’s response to the climate crisis to continue or accelerate under Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government, and nearly 60% were dissatisfied with the Conservative Party’s climate platform in the recent federal election, according to polling results released last week by Clean Energy Canada.

    “If you want to be prime minister in this country, you’d better take climate action,” said CEC Executive Director Merran Smith. “You can’t secure a majority mandate in Canada while campaigning on going backward. Climate ambition is not only the right thing to do—going forward, it will also be a prerequisite for any party seeking power.”

    “This election produced a minority Parliament, but it’s a majority when it comes to the issue of climate change,” said Pollara President Craig Worden. “Canadians who voted Liberal, New Democrat, Bloc, and Green want to see the government put a high priority on taking strong action to fight climate change in the current term.”

  • Bracing for Climate Impacts in the American Midwest
    Unfamiliar Ground:
    Bracing for Climate Impacts in
    the American Midwest

    Nov. 11, 2019  (Inside Climate News)— Think of a Minnesota with almost no ice fishing. A Missouri that is as hot and dry as Texas. River and lake communities where catastrophic flooding happens almost every year, rather than every few generations.

    This, scientists warn, is the future of the Midwest if emissions continue at a high rate, threatening the very core of the region's identity.

    With extreme heat waves and flooding increasingly making that future feel more real, city leaders have started looking for ways to adapt.

  • The Price We Pay For Ignoring Climate Reality
    Climate Crisis: 11,000
    Scientists Warn of ‘Untold Suffering’

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Portside)— The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

    “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”

    There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”

  • Adapting the Power Grid To Higher Wildfire Risks
    Adapting the Power Grid
    To Higher Wildfire Risks

    Nov. 1, 2019  (ScienceDaily) —Efforts to prevent wildfires, which are once again raging across California, have plunged vast parts of the state into darkness.

    Millions of people lost power in October in a series of deliberate blackouts intended to preempt power lines from sparking wildfires in especially dry, windy conditions. Cell towers died, leaving many without phone service. Traffic lights blinked out. Hospitals scrambled to keep lifesaving equipment running on backup generators.

    While disruptive, the cautionary electricity outages starting October 9 were meant to ward off something even more disastrous. In 2017 and 2018, wildfire season caused record-breaking destruction. Hundreds of fires in California in 2018 alone are thought to have been sparked by equipment run by power supply companies. Many were relatively small and easily put out, but others were more catastrophic — including the deadliest fire in California’s history, known as the Camp Fire, which killed more than 80 people and leveled the town of Paradise last November.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Chile Cancels December Climate Conference
    Unrest in Chile Prompts Cancellation of U.N. Climate Conference

    Oct. 30, 2019  (Science Magazine)-Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced this morning that Chile would not host the United Nations (UN) climate talks that were set to begin in Santiago on 2 December.

    UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa released a statement this morning stating, “I was informed of the decision by the government of Chile not to host COP25 in view of the difficult situation that the country is undergoing.” She added, “We are currently exploring alternative hosting options.”

  • Oh the Seas, They Are Arising
    Rising Seas Will Erase
    More Cities by 2050,
    New Research Shows

    Oct. 29, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.

    The authors of a paper published Tuesday developed a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the effects of sea level rise over large areas, and found that the previous numbers were far too optimistic. The new research shows that some 150 million people are now living on land that will be below the high-tide line by midcentury.

  • 2/3 of N. America's Birds Are Threatened by Climate Change
    Climate Change Threatens Two-Thirds of North American Birds

    Oct. 17, 2019  (Sierra)-A new report from the National Audubon Society shows that two-thirds of North America’s birds face major challenges including extinction if global temperatures are allowed to increase 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. However, if temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees, the majority of those disruptions can be stopped.

    The report, Society Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, is a major update of Audubon’s influential 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report, which examined the impacts and range shift of 588 birds in North America under various climate scenarios. In the new report, researchers looked at data for 604 species collected from 70 sources including over 140 million individual records of birds. They were able to overlay this information with data on human land use, agriculture, and urbanization trends that were not available in 2014. The researchers were able to model this data at a resolution of one square kilometer, 10 times finer than the scale used in the 2014 report.

  • Not an Earthquake, But a Stromquake
    Powerful Storms May Be
    Causing Offshore ‘Stormquakes’

    Oct. 16, 2019  (ScienceNews)-Powerful hurricanes can whip the ocean into a frenzy — and that wave energy can be strong enough to hammer the seafloor, producing a novel kind of quake.

    These stormquakes, as described online October 14 in Geophysical Research Letters, are a newly identified type of interaction between Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and crust. Unlike earthquakes, which are triggered by subsurface shifting within the solid Earth, the driving force behind these seismic signals are ocean waves that have been whipped into deep swells by a hurricane or nor’easter.

    Stormquakes can be as powerful as a magnitude 3.5 earthquake, a level barely noticeable to people but detectable by seismometers, seismologist Wenyuan Fan and colleagues report.

  • Plant & Animal Reproduction Halted in Parts of Arctic
    Extreme Snowfall Kept Most Plants
    and Animals in One Arctic
    Ecosystem From Reproducing

    Oct. 15, 2019  (ScienceNews)-When Jeroen Reneerkens stepped off the plane in Greenland, all he saw was white.

    The avian ecologist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands was expecting to find snowless tundra teeming with life, as he had each summer for nearly a decade. Reneerkens travels to Zackenberg Research Station in northeast Greenland to study sanderlings — slight, mottled-brown arctic shorebirds — as they and other migratory shorebirds noisily descend on the open tundra to breed each summer.

    But when Reneerkens arrived in 2018, he found only snow and silence. “There were no birds singing, even the river was still frozen,” Reneerkens says. “I was shocked.”

    Stormquakes can be as powerful as a magnitude 3.5 earthquake, a level barely noticeable to people but detectable by seismometers, seismologist Wenyuan Fan and colleagues report.

  • Elevated Bamboo to the Rescue
    Elevated Bamboo Housing Protects
    an Indian Community From Floods

    Oct. 17, 2019  (inhabitat)-After the catastrophic 2017 Northeast India floods ravaged the state of Assam, the nonprofit SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) teamed up with local organization NEADS (North-East Affected Area Development Society) to create 80 core houses that are resistant to flooding. Designed and built in collaboration with the local community in Assam’s subdivision of Golaghat, the 80-unit development draws inspiration from the region’s vernacular of stilt houses built from bamboo. Concrete footings and rubberized coatings were introduced to strengthen the elevated, disaster-resilient homes.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Climate Actions That Are Actually Pretty Achievable
    10 Bold Ideas for
    Climate Action That
    Are Actually Pretty Achievable

    Oct. 14, 2019  (Global Citizen)- A climate helpline and paid holiday to fight climate change are among the suggested ideas.

    It feels like the whole world is begging governments to take the threat presented by climate change seriously, and to get bold and innovative with some immediate solutions.

    Now, a non-profit called Possible— which has rebranded and changed its name from Climate Action — has put together a list of 10 bold ideas for change, to get everyone thinking about out-there proposals that could actually drive change.

    Click to see these ten suggestions.

  • Is Geo-Engineering a Safe Approach to Fighting Climate Change?
    In a Climate Crisis, Is
    Geoengineering Worth the Risks?

    Oct. 6, 2019  (ScienceNews)-Tinkering with the climate to delay or halt the worst effects of global warming — have been around for decades. Few such ideas have progressed past the thought experiment stage, due in part to concerns that the cure could be worse than the disease. But as dire warnings about climate change’s impacts increasingly dominate the news, geoengineering may once again be getting a closer look.

    “We should investigate geoengineering in case we can’t change our behaviors fast enough to ward off the worst of climate change,” Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang notes on his campaign website. Yang’s campaign, alone among the candidates, proposes funding large-scale government research into massive climate intervention projects such as giant solar radiation-reflecting space mirrors or seeding the ocean with iron to promote blooms of carbon-sequestering algae.

    Click now to see what they are.

  • A Climate Change ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island?
    New York City Wants
    to Put a Climate Change
    ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island

    Oct. 6, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- Governors Island, a 172-acre patch of land near southern Manhattan that is vaguely shaped like an ice cream cone, has been many things over time: An outpost of the Dutch West India Company, a Civil War prison for Confederate soldiers, a Coast Guard command center, and even a meeting place for President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev near the end of the Cold War.

    Since 2003, however, when the federal government turned control over to New York City, under the condition that it not be used for residential housing, it has been an island in search of a purpose — and in search of a source of revenue to pay for its upkeep.

  • Since When Does Ireland Have to Worry About Hurricanes?
    Hurricane Lorenzo Blasts
    the Azores, Sets Its
    Sights on Ireland

    Oct. 2, 2019 (GIZMODO)- Hurricane Lorenzo, the weirdest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Azores on Wednesday and is forecast to continue its jaunt across the eastern Atlantic toward Ireland. It could make a rare landfall there with hurricane-force winds and crippling surf.

    The freak hurricane rapidly intensified into a Category 5 monster over the weekend, setting a record as the strongest hurricane to ever form that far north or east in the Atlantic basin. It has since dwindled back down to a solid Category 1 storm, and it hit the westernmost Azores islands on Wednesday with winds of up to 90 mph. Rain and pounding surf also affected the islands with the local weather agency warning that waves could swell as high as 70 feet. The storm has reportedly caused power outages on a number of the islands as well.

  • Houston: Can You Hear Me Now?
    In Houston, a Rash of Storms
    Tests the Limits of
    Coping With Climate Change

    Oct. 2, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control.

    It even poached a well-regarded urban planner from Los Angeles to help guide a city once famously averse to planning.

    Then, two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Imelda hit, flooding at least 1,700 homes in Houston and surrounding Harris County. The scope of the damage raises hard questions: Were the efforts able to make a difference and can cities act quickly enough for what’s coming?

  • A Huge Iceberg Split From Antarctica.
    A Huge Iceberg Split From
    Antarctica (They Just Grew Apart)

    Oct. 1, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-A massive iceberg with the robotic sounding name D28 has separated in recent days from an ice shelf in Antarctica, prompting both awe and concern around the world.

    Measuring 610 square miles, D28 is slightly larger than Oahu, Hawaii, and some are worried that its fracture from the Amery Ice Shelf is a signal of climate change.

  • Climate Change Could Affect Ocean and Mountain Populations
    1b people Threatened by Climate
    Change Risks To Oceans, Polar
    & Mountain Regions, Warns UN

    Sept. 25, 2019  (WWF)-No part of the world will be spared from the impacts of climate change as oceans warm and ice sheets and glaciers melt, causing rapid sea-level rise that could affect one billion people by 2050.

    Accelerating changes in the oceans and cryosphere - the earth's snow and ice-covered places - is one of the most dramatic consequences of the climate crisis. A new UN SROCC report from the International Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that changes will continue and be irreversible even if the climate stabilizes. For instance, ice-dependent polar species such as walrus and penguins are threatened as their sea ice habitat is disappearing.

  • What Happens When Alpine Glaciers Melt?
    Alpine Glacier at Risk
    of Collapsing Due to Climate
    Change Threatening Italian Valley

    Sept. 25, 2019  (Time)- (MILAN) — Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur.

    Courmayeur mayor Stefano Miserocchi closed down a mountain road and banned access to part of the Val Ferret, a popular hiking area outside of town on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif. Those moves came after experts warned that a 250,000-cubic-meter mass of the Planpincieux glacier was at risk of collapsing.

    The glacier, which spreads 1,327 square kilometers (512 square miles) across the mountain, has been moving up to 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) a day.

  • Climate Change is Already Altering the Oceans and Ice
    How Climate Change
    Already Alters Oceans and Ice,
    and What’s to Come

    Sept. 25, 2019 (Science News) - Polar caps quickly losing ice. Chalky coral reefs. Stronger storms that devastate islands and cities, claiming lives and destroying homes.

    Those aren’t speculations about what our world faces in a warmer future. Those are climate change impacts happening now — and set to worsen, according to a new report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    The report, a summary of which was released on September 25, is the panel’s first comprehensive update on how human-driven climate change is upsetting Earth’s oceans and frozen regions, or cryosphere. Just how severe things get will depend on whether countries rein in climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, or continue pumping them into the atmosphere.

    Click now to read more.

  • At U.N. Climate Summit, Few Commitments and U.S. Silence
    At U.N. Climate Summit, Few
    Commitments and U.S. Silence

    Sept. 23, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward) - The United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday was meant to highlight concrete promises by presidents, prime ministers and corporate executives to wean the global economy from fossil fuels to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

    But despite the protests in the streets, China on Monday made no new promises to take stronger climate action. The United States, having vowed to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the pact among nations to jointly fight climate change, said nothing at all. A host of countries made only incremental promises.

    Click now to read the disappointing news.

  • Russia: You've Got Some 'Splainin' to Do
    Why Russia is Ambivalent About Global Warming

    Sep. 19, 2019  (The Economist) — FIRST CAME fires that turned the Siberian skies into a wall of solid smoke stretching for thousands of kilometers. Then came a drought that sucked the Lena river nearly dry, leaving boats marooned in the mud. It has been an arduous summer in Yakutia, an icy republic in Russia’s far east.

    Add to that the fact that the regional capital, Yakutsk, stands upon thawing permafrost that warps roads and buildings, and climate inaction becomes hard to defend. “I’ve lived here my whole life, I remember what the winter used to be like, and what it’s like now,” says Sardana Avksenteva, Yakutsk’s mayor. “I can confirm that global warming is a problem.”.

  • Which Nations Are Achieving Their Climate Goals?
    Climate Change Report Card:
    Countries Reaching Their Targets

    Sept. 19, 2019  (National Geographic)-It has been a little under four years since 196 countries negotiated the Paris Agreement, under which they committed to taking steps to limit the increase in global average temperature this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels, and ultimately to limit that increase to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F). Under the agreement, each signatory submits its own national plan, setting targets for emissions reductions and specifying pathways by which it aims to meet those targets.

    They range from "Meeting Their Goals: to "Barely Trying."

  • Climate Change Now Threatens the Panama Canal
    Climate change Threatens
    the Panama Canal

    Sept. 21, 2019  (The Economist)- TAKE IN THE view from atop Gatun dam and fathom what is missing. Container ships float idly on Lake Gatun, near the midpoint of the Panama Canal, awaiting passage to the Caribbean sea, their gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. What look like islands are hilltops poking up from a valley that American engineers flooded a century ago, creating what was then the world’s largest artificial lake. All seems well. But a security guard from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) points down to a problem: the water lapping against the dam is 1.8 metres (six feet) lower than it should be.

  • Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike For Climate Reform
    Protesting Climate Change,
    Young People Take to Streets
    in a Global Strike

    Sept. 20, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward) - Anxious about their future on a hotter planet and angry at world leaders for failing to arrest the crisis, masses of young people poured into the streets on every continent on Friday for a day of global climate protests. Organizers estimated the turnout to be around four million in thousands of cities and towns worldwide.

    It was the first time that children and young people had demonstrated to demand climate action in so many places and in such numbers around the world.

  • Asian Cities Need to Rethink Their Flood Strategies
    Climate Change Forces
    Asian Cities to Rethink
    Their Flood Defenses

    Sept. 19, 2019  (The Economist)- in North Jakarta, not far from a quayside where workers unload frozen mackerel, a derelict building stands a meter deep in murky water. The warehouse was flooded in 2007, after torrential rains and a tidal surge submerged half the city under nearly four meters of water, displacing half a million people and causing $550m in damage. The building has remained inundated and abandoned ever since—barring the hardy soul who seems to be camping on the first floor, aided by a rowing boat.

    Floods have always plagued Jakarta, but in recent years they have become more severe. Many other cities in Asia are menaced by the same phenomenon. As the planet heats up, sea levels are rising. Heavy rainstorms are also becoming more frequent and tropical cyclones more intense.

  • Scientists in the Arctic Studying Climate Change Effects
    A Bold Plan to Save
    Africa’s Shrinking Giraffe Herds

    Sept. 17, 2019 (National Geographic)- They will face some of the harshest conditions on Earth: polar night, complete darkness, heavy storms, and temperatures that can reach almost minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

    That’s why Markus Rex, the atmospheric scientist leading a 600-person-strong Arctic expedition— the largest ever—has thought of everything that could go wrong.

    “We have plans for all events, even possible loss of the vessel,” he says, though he doesn’t think that’s likely.

    Click now for the story and some
    photos of these people in action.

  • Hundreds Gathered for Climate Strike in Sarasota, Florida
    Students Led the Global
    Climate Strike, Gathering
    Friday in Sarasota

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Bradenton Herald) - People often feel helpless when faced with monumental issues, especially when they affect all of humanity. That changed on Friday.

    More than 200 people lined the edge of Bayfront Drive in Sarasota, near the Unconditional Surrender Statue, to join a global climate strike. Their effort came days before the United Nations’ climate summit in New York.

    Sarasota was among thousands of communities in more than 125 countries that took part in Friday’s demonstration — a call for immediate action against climate change, said Sean Sellers, a leader of the Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition.

  • Watch a (four minute) Video of the NYC Climate Protest
    Huge Turnout For Global
    Climate Protests Ahead of UN Summit

    Sept. 20, 2019 (CBS News)-Thousands of protestors in countries across the globe demonstrated for climate action, ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit. CBS News correspondent Kenneth Craig joined CBSN from New York City, where young people gathered to make their voices heard.

  • UN Secretary General Speaks Out on Climate Change
    UN Secretary General on Climate
    Change: Governments Must Do More

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Allegheny Front)-Mark Phillips from CBS News and Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation interviewed António Guterres, United Nations secretary general, on Tuesday as part the of Covering Climate Now effort.

    In this exclusive interview, Guterres said the worldwide response to climate change includes cities and businesses that are reducing emissions, and banks and ratings agencies that are taking climate change into consideration. But, he says, governments need to do more.

    Click now to read the story
    and/or watch the interview.

  • The New York Version of the Climate Strike
    New York City Should Know
    How to do a Climate Strike

    Sept. 20, 2019 (GIZMODO)-Today is one of those history book moments. An unprecedented youth-led coalition is in the midst of a global climate strike, telling global leaders that the time for climate talk is over. The teens are mad as hell, and they’re telling the world the time to act is now.

    While we don’t yet know what future history books will say about today, we do know how we got here. What started as a solitary strike by teenage activist Greta Thunberg on the steps of the Swedish parliament protesting climate inaction has morphed into something gigantic. Roughly 3,000 strikes are planned across 150 countries, many of which have already popped off. In Sydney, 80,000 strikers showed up. In Berlin, another 80,000. In the Solomon Islands, dozens of strikers arrived by boat. With the sun up in the U.S., now it’s New York’s moment to turn out.

  • How to Talk to Global Warming Non-Believers
    The Philosophy of Climate Denial

    Sept. 19, 2019 (Allegheny Front)- How do you change the minds of climate deniers and people who doubt the scientific process in general? We ask a philosopher of science for some answers.

    Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a Lecturer in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He has written books about defending science and fighting back against “alternative facts.”

    Now, McIntyre is out on the road talking to flat earth theorists and people who don’t accept current climate science.

    Click now to read the
    story or listen to the podcast.

  • Expanding Ice Slabs and Sea Level Rise
    Expanding Ice Slabs
    Are Increasing Greenland’s
    Contribution to Sea Level Rise

    Sept. 18, 2019 (Science News)- Hidden slabs of frozen meltwater have grown rapidly beneath Greenland’s snowy surface since 2001, scientists say. And these ice slabs are amping up the ice sheet’s contribution to rising seas.

    By forcing more meltwater to run along the surface and pour directly into the sea, the impermeable slabs could increase Greenland’s contribution to global sea level rise from seven to 74 millimeters by 2100, depending on future greenhouse gas emissions, simulations suggest. So far, additional meltwater runoff due to the slabs has contributed about one millimeter to global sea levels, researchers report in the Sept. 19 Nature.

    Greenland’s melting, set off by global warming due to higher levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, has increased dramatically in the last few decades. Since 1972, the island has contributed about 14 millimeters to sea level rise, but much of that melting occurred after the turn of the century.

    Click now for the story and some stark images.

  • Are You Ready For Some Good Climate News?
    Peter Dykstra: Are You
    Ready For Some Good News?

    Sept. 15, 2019 (The Daily Climate)-It's often our duty to report bleak news on climate and the environment. But let's not skimp on the good news—like the continued momentum of clean energy

    After years of promise and halting progress, wind and solar energy have simply, undeniably, irrefutably arrived.

    A report from the Rocky Mountain Institute foresees a world that, by the year 2035, has wind and solar energy positively crushing the reigning champ, natural gas. Touted as a "bridge fuel," advocates of gas—and of the hydraulic fracturing used to extract it—have told us that fracked natural gas, while still a fossil fuel, is measurably cleaner than oil or coal.

    Click now to read more.

  • Climate Change May Not Affect Human Sex Life, But...
    Climate Change May Be
    Throwing Coral Sex Out of Sync

    Sept. 12, 2019  (Science News)- Bad timing for coral sex might be an under-appreciated threat of climate change.

    Spawning is out of sync for at least three widespread coral species in the Red Sea, says Tom Shlesinger, a marine biologist at Tel Aviv University. And warmer seawater temperatures could be playing a role.

    Records from the 1980s suggest that whole swaths of corals from particular species typically let colorful egg-sperm bundles float out of their tiny mouths and up into the water on the same few nights a year, Shlesinger says. Released in a big synchronized cloud, the sex cells separate from one another, gaining a chance at fertilization during the brief time that they survive on their own in seawater. It’s “a wonder of nature,” he says.

  • Climate Change: The Insurance Industry's New '9/11'
    Why Climate Change is the
    New 9/11 for Insurance Companies

    Sept. 9, 2019  (Financial Times)- As a cub insurance reporter 20-odd years ago Patrick Jenkins remembers being shocked by the brutal economic theory of one old underwriting hand. Amid a cyclical trough in reinsurance pricing, after premiums had been driven down to unsustainable levels by cut-throat competition, he quipped that what the market really needed was a big catastrophe to trigger price rises. Ideally something like a passenger jet flying into a New York skyscraper.

    Climate Change can produce a similar result.

  • History Repeating Itself on Warming's Effect on Rising Seas?
    Ancient Crystal Growths
    in Caves Reveal Seas Rose
    16 Meters in a Warmer World

    Sept. 9, 2019  (Science News)- The future of sea level rise may be written into the walls of coastal Spanish caves.

    Mineral “bathtub rings” deposited inside the limestone Artà Caves on the Balearic island of Mallorca show how high seas rose during the Pliocene Epoch— a time when Earth was about as warm as it’s expected to get by 2100. Those mineral deposits suggest the planet’s seas were around 16 meters higher on average than they are today, researchers report August 30 in Nature.

    That measurement provides the most precise peek yet into what may come as climate change causes ice sheets to melt and ocean waters to rise — a process that could happen over hundreds to thousands of years. Previous estimates of Pliocene sea levels gave similar results, but relied on more indirect dating methods or failed to incorporate information about the subsequent rise and fall of the Earth’s crust. The Artà analysis, however, takes that rise and fall into account.

  • 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.

    Click now to add wind to your sails.

  • Science Linking 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.

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Of Possible Climate Change Interest

(Mouse over any link for the synopsis. Click for full details)

Causes and Consequences

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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

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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