A new book by writer Kristen Ohlson examines the potential to reverse global warming with carbon sequestration through farming and forestry techniques. Here is a review in the LA Times this week. The title of the book is The Soil Will Save Us.
A study shows how the media affects public perception of climate change. It’s no surprise that watching Fox News makes people distrust science in general, let alone the science of climate change. With The Race to Save the World, we want to humanize scientists and other climate change activists and demystify what they are working on and their true motivations for dedicating their lives to saving the planet. It’s hard to begrudge someone for wanting to protect the planet for their kids and for the benefit of humanity in general. Read the entire article here.
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Climate Change leading to Rising Sea Levels and Catastrophe for some of the world’s poorest countries
Countries like Bangladesh that have contributed a tiny fraction of the planet’s carbon emissions are suffering the consequences of climate change, including rising temperatures and sea levels. Mass migration and global strife is on the horizon as these trends continue. Are we anywhere near prepared for these effects? At least we are finally talking about them... Here is the NY Times article on this from March 28th “Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change” (New York Times) read the article here.
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Check out this article: “10 Inspiring People Leading the Fight Against Climate Change”. From the pulpit to the classroom, these folks aren't waiting for the politicians to move the needle on combating global warming. Read the entire article here.
While there are a lot of people who don’t deny that climate change is happening, a lot of folks really don’t understand the level of urgency of the problem — that we’re talking about how emission levels now will have drastic consequences only a few decades away. And far too many people think there’s some scientific debate about the entire issue of climate change, when in fact there is consensus. Here is the link.
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The UN’s Final Report on Climate Change doesn’t mince words on the far-reaching effects of climate change —with a strong emphasis on the global economic impacts. It’s about time we stopped arguing about whether global warming is a hoax, and started talking about how we are going to deal with the consequences that are already happening and how we can prevent further devastation. Here is a link to the front page article of the New York Times from 3/31 about the Panel’s report: Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come (New York Times) Click here for the New York Times article, and here for the full Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report
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An interesting comparison made by Al Gore in this HuffPost article “Al Gore Draws Parallels Between Budget Crisis And Climate Change Denial”
"The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the cost that would have accompanied a default on U.S. debt obviously mirrors the denial of the climate crisis and a refusal to recognize the cost of continuing to spew all this carbon into the atmosphere," Gore said Thursday. Read the rest of the article here.
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This Ted talk from climate scientist James Hansen is definitely worth the watch. He shares his story about his involvement in the climate change fight, and explains why he is so worried about the fate of our planet. Click here to watch.
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