Call to action
Feb. 23, 2014: HoCo Climate Change member Dan Helfrich has created an online resource with information about climate change and its global and local effects, how to reduce one's carbon footprint -- and how to take action. "The Earth has a fever, our leaders are very concerned, and we must act now, together, to save our climate," Dan says on the website.
Climate change bookDuring visits to Columbia and at home in Floridda, the brother of CCIHC volunteer Judy wrote High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis. See www.johnenglander.net/book The author's website is www.johnenglander.net/
The Solutions Project.org 50 States/50 Plans - showing 100% Renewable Energy Benefit Showing how we can transition to 100% clean, renewable energy starting today. See Solutions Project.org page for Maryland Here
Maryland emissions-related deaths highest in U.S., Capital News Service., 9/11/13, From the article: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that emissions from cars, trucks, industrial smokestacks, trains, boats, and commercial heating systems contribute to the death of 113 people per 100,000 population per year in Maryland — more than any other state.
"As Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Study the Risks," by Justin Gillis in the New York Times, Dec. 16, 2011, here This article outlines scientists' concerns about methane gas escaping from thawing permafrost in Alaska. For example: A recent estimate suggests that the perennially frozen ground known as permafrost, which underlies nearly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere, contains twice as much carbon as the entire atmosphere.
"Climate change means more frequent droughts and floods, U.N. panel says in report" By Juliet Eilperin in the Washington Post Nov 18, 2011 here.
Brochures & Pamphets
Books & Magazines
Lester Brown's new book Plan B 4.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization Buy book or download book free here. (CCIHC has several loaner copies - contact us at hococlimatechange.org.)
GAO report, Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses, GAO-11-71 July 28, 2011, available at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-71
The Climate Wars - free online podcasts here. A very comprehensive audio presentation on global warming - cause, effects, water, food, remedies, future possibilities if we fail, etc. presented as 3 one hour segments.
NRP on the Navy and Climate Change as Security Issue - Rear Adm. David Titley, a meteorologist and Navy oceanographer, discusses how melting glaciers, changing sea ice and rising sea levels might affect Navy operations in the Arctic and around the world — and how the Navy is preparing.
Video from BP Protest in DC 6/4/10 sponsored by CCAN, Friends of the Earth and others - Barbara Glick, a CCIHC activist who lives in Columbia Md, and an ardent believer in energy conservation, is the first speaker in this YouTube video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcAB8tX4DOw - blog article at www.smartpower.org/blog/?cat=16.
Dr. Paul Epstein of Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in a short video on "From Snowstorms to Heat Waves, How Global Warming Causes Extreme Weather and Climate Instability" - www.democracynow.org/2010/12/28/from_snowstorms_to_heat_waves_how
Greening Washington DC webcast Sept 2011 at Smithsonian - http://blog.islandpress.org/smithsonian-institution-greening-greater-washington-seminarOther
Living Planet Report 2012
The World Wildlife Fund, Global Footprint Network and Zoological Society of London /Living Conservation have released a report about
biodiversity, biocapacity and the planet. Chapters include: The State of the Planet; Why Should We Care (with info on biodiversity and ecosystem services); What Does the Future Hold (regarding climate change impacts and scenarios); and Better Choices for a Living Planet.
NASA finds 2011 is ninth warmest year on record
See a chart and video at NASA's web site. The article says: "The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000. .... The warmest years on record were 2005 and 2010, in a virtual tie."
Climate science in schools
1/20/2012: According to a segment on Science Friday, some state legislatures and school boards (LA and OK, for example) are trying to include "balance" in the field of climate science, introducing bills that say global warming is "controversial" and requiring teachers to teach climate science denial. "We know what that means. You're supposed to teach standard science and then anti science," says Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education in her interview with Ira Flatow. She said "the climate change education issue is sort of where evolution was 25 years ago," although this time the rationale is less religious and more political and economical. Scott also recommends some websites about climate science, including Skeptical Science and DeSmogBlog
Mother Jones magazine also has an article about how NCSE "is expanding its mission in response to special-interest attacks on the teaching of climate science. ...The groups include the Heartland Institute, which has worked with the Koch Brothers to perpetuate the notion that climate change is a hoax, and which sends its "educational" materials to public-school teachers hoping to further its pro-business agenda."
2/16/12 ....more on climate science in schools:
Documents leaked from conservative group
show campaign to cast doubt on climate science
Well, we knew this already -- that conservative groups are pressing to change the teaching of science to include climate change denial. But the NYT reports on documents leaked from the Heartland Institute that outline this campaign. The documents also show donations from one of the Koch bros.
From the article:
"The documents suggest that Heartland has spent several million dollars in the past five years in its efforts to undermine climate science, much of that coming from a person referred to repeatedly in the documents as “the Anonymous Donor.” A guessing game erupted Wednesday about who that might be. The documents say that over four years ending in 2013, the group expects to have spent some $1.6 million on financing the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, an entity that publishes periodic reports attacking climate science and holds lavish annual conferences. (Environmental groups refer to the conferences as 'Denialpalooza.')"
Doomsday Clock and Climate Change
1/12/2012: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) says it has advanced the doomsday clock one minute, to five minutes to midnight, in large part because world leaders are failing to address the dangers of climate change. Allison Macfarlane, associate professor, explains:
"The global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth's atmosphere. The International Energy Agency projects that, unless societies begin building alternatives to carbon-emitting energy technologies over the next five years, the world is doomed to a warmer climate, harsher weather, droughts, famine, water scarcity, rising sea levels, loss of island nations, and increasing ocean acidification. Since fossil-fuel burning power plants and infrastructure built in 2012-2020 will produce energy—and emissions—for 40 to 50 years, the actions taken in the next few years will set us on a path that will be impossible to redirect. Even if policy leaders decide in the future to reduce reliance on carbon-emitting technologies, it will be too late."
For a full explanation of the Doomsday clock and the reasons for advancing the clock, read the press release here.
Powerpoint Slide Show on Garbage at a link here. Powerful images that point to need for conservation & recycling - Thanks to the incredible artist at the Chris Jordon studio in Washington State www.chrisjordon.com. If you don't have Powerpoint installed on your computer, download the free Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft (Windows only) - here
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