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We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to learn about climate change / global warming, and to act appropriately and decisively. This imperative derives from people living today and all those who will follow us. We must not have future generations say, of us: "They refused to learn" or "they knew but did not act."

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What's the Climate Problem? What can We Do?

Global warming, the upward climate change trend of average global temperatures notably since 1975 exists, is due to us humans, and in the absence of substantial action will increase. Climate change / global warming impacts are seen now, and will be increasingly harmful to lives, peace, and justice, worldwide - if we do not act sufficiently. Without action there will be no safe haven, not even for the U.S. The preservation of a livable world for all, climate justice (the poor and vulnerable will get hit hardest), and intergenerational equity (our grandchildren will suffer) are at stake. Lasting solutions to issues of great concern, from food to water to immigration to women's rights to national security to species extinctions all require climate action, because climate is interconnected with all these issues.

It is not too late to mitigate global warming/climate change. The worst climate impacts can be avoided if we act now, responsibly and vigorously. It is cheaper and more humane to act now, relieving fellow citizens of the earth now and our descendants later by reducing destructive climate impacts. There are many positive opportunities. We can move into a new era transitioning to non-fossil energies, stimulating economies and creating jobs with better technology, reducing harmful climate impacts due to burning fossil fuels. Some adaptation will also be necessary. The framework being increasingly adopted is Climate Risk Management. Success means implementing a portfolio of actions. There is no silver bullet. 

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CLIMATE HEADLINES

US and China ratify Paris agreement in major step for climate change fight

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PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Replace the "road to Paris" with the "superhighway from Paris" to implement the Paris agreement and carry on with climate action!

SIGN THE PARIS PLEDGE

PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE BLOG

COP21  Paris – Will Unitarian Universalist Congregations Become Organized to Ensure Earth’s Future for Our Descendants?

PODCAST - LISTEN HERE

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CLIMATE NEWS

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ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Citizens' Climate Lobby: Carbon FEE and DIVIDEND

Watch the VIDEO

**REMI Report - Carbon Fee and Dividend will CREATE jobs

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BUSINESS CLIMATE LEADERS - Federal Carbon Pricing

Business Climate Leaders engages and collaborates with leading companies in educating Congress on the imperative to act without delay.

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CLIMATE QUOTE

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EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

**KIDS' cornerBIG KIDS' cornerTEACHER climate resources

**Dr. KATHARINE HAYHOE: 'WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING?' CLICK 

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Here's the Bloomberg Carbon Clock

Click HERE - technical paper for the math behind the Clock

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CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT

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CLIMATE REPORTS

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Climate Change Risk Management and the Paris Agreement Talk by Jan Dash

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MUSIC AND CLIMATE

How about if we SING FOR THE CLIMATE

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Here's some Music for Meditation on Climate

Schubert, Piano Trio in E-flat major, 2nd mvt. performed by the Atlantis Trio

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CLIMATE HUMOR

How About some FUN? BABY ELEPHANTS teach CLIMATE DIPLOMACY - CLICK HERE

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CLIMATE SCIENCE CORNER

CO2 IS NOW THE HIGHEST IN 800,000 YEARS

None of our ancestors had to live with this

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The 'Wheelchair' and Climate Tipping Points

Shown is the global-mean surface temperature evolution from the Last Glacial Maximum through the Holocene, based on palaeoclimatic proxy data (grey and light blue lines, with the purple and blue shading showing one standard deviation), instrumental measurements since 1750 AD (HadCRUT data, black line) and different global warming scenarios for the future. Threshold ranges for crossing various tipping points where major subsystems of the climate system are destabilized have been added. The range for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has been adapted to account for the observation that part of it has probably tipped already. THC, thermohaline circulation; ENSO, El Niño–Southern Oscillation; EAIS, East Antarctic Ice Sheet. [From:  Why the right climate target was agreed in Paris]

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For a great video overview of science of global warming, click HERE

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CONTRARIAN CORNER

Contrarians obstruct action on climate change, and this obstruction poses substantial risk to humanity. Influential "contrarians/deniers/faux-skeptics", often working closely with right-wing think tanks, attack legitimate climate science and climate risk management. Contrarian/denier pseudo-science fallacies are loudly broadcast by right-wing media, using earlier tobacco industry tactics. Many climate science deniers and climate risk deniers are funded by libertarian political groups and by fossil fuel interests afraid of losing wealth due to stranded carbon assets. Climate scientists are courageously fighting back and responsible climate risk management advocates are speaking out. For more on contrarians click HERE.

CONTRARIAN NEWS

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Frontline Report on Exxon Mobil

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Attacks On The Global Warming Consensus (M. Mann)

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Price on Climate Denial (VIDEO Click HERE)

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VISION, MISSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, ABOUT US

Our VISION is a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations.

Our MISSION is to provide motivation for climate risk-management action. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thanks to Trunity for providing the software platform, and thanks to our readers for continuing to check out climate information and issues. 

ABOUT US: The Climate Portal provides wide-ranging information on climate change from reliable sources (written and Internet). Listed "authors" generally only summarize/link content from sources. Dr. Jan Dash is the volunteer Managing Editor (climate bio HERE). The Climate Portal doesn't receive outside funding. The Climate Portal started in 2009 as the "UU-UNO Climate Portal" as part of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative. 

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