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."
What's the Climate Problem? What can We Do?
Global warming, the upward climate change trend of average global temperatures notably since 1975exists, is due to us humans, and in the absence of substantial action will increase. Climate change / global warming impactsare 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 tonon-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 ClimateRisk Management. Success means implementing a portfolio of actions. There is no silver bullet.
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.
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ABOUT US: The Climate Portal provides wide-ranging information on climate change from reliable sources - written and Internet. There are 400 content items: topics (click upper left) and articles (click below). 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.
Reports from Rio 2012
For general information on the Rio + 20 Conference with links click HERE. Photo: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
Summary of Rio...
Trump, Denial, and Climate Change RiskLast Updated on 2017-02-11 19:18:09
Climate Portal Statement on Trump and the U. S. Elections
Climate action is multifaceted. Trump can slow some of it but he cannot kill it.
Trump cannot cancel the Paris Agreement. Probably he will try to sabotage it. U.S. national climate action (e.g. the EPA) will be hit hard in the short run. Climate anti-science contrarian/deniers will be appointed, and science will suffer.
The states (CA NY ...) and cities responsible for most CO2 will continue to act. Business will continue to wake up to climate risk. People will continue to put solar panels on their roofs.
The old Confederacy, Midwest farmers and Rust Belt supporters for Trump will be hit harder and harder by extreme weather. Eventually all will reject the climate contrarian "hoax" lie.
There is still no choice but optimism. We have to keep going. You can help.
Coverage of Climate... More »
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia ULast Updated on 2017-01-29 10:05:32
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate change law and regulation.
Here are the Sabin Center key activities in 2016
Here is the Climate Deregulation Tracker
Here is the extensive document of CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION IN THE U.S.
Clean Air Act
Clean Power Plan
Clean Water Act
Cap & Trade
Nuclear... More »
Marrakech 2016 Climate Conference COP22Last Updated on 2017-01-16 08:16:05
Marrakech 2016 Climate Conference COP22
Start Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement
Cars form a giant ‘1.5C’ to support the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement. 2016 World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) rally held outside the gates of the UN European headquarters in Geneva in June 2016. Photo: CVF / UNDP
Outcomes of the Marrakech Conference
MARRAKECH VISION TEXT
Document List from Marrakech
Letter to Jonathan Pershing from Peter Morales
The NGOCSD-NY Paper for the Marrakech Conference
Marrakech UUA Observer Blog
What's at Marrakech COP22
News Coverage for COP22
Outcomes of the Marrakech Conference
THE MARRAKECH COMMUNIQUE
The Marrakech Vision
World Leaders Issue Proclamation Underlining ‘Irreversible’... More »
Paris Climate Conference 2015 COP21Last Updated on 2017-01-16 08:15:15
Paris Climate Conference 2015 UN-COP21
BLOG Paris Climate Conference - Click HERE
CLICK FOR: INFO, UUA Observers, NGOCSD paper, Text Paris Agreement, U.S. INDC, Ethics of INDCs - Panel, List of side events, VIDEO - How to get to 2 Degrees, NGOCSD Presentation
US Climate Special Envoy Stern on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
Pres. Obama speaks at the Paris Climate Conference
INTENDED NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTIONS (INDCs) for the Paris Climate Conference: U.S. , CHINA , INDIA , EUROPE , OTHERS.
The United States and China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change
U.S. and India: Climate and Clean Energy Cooperation
US and China: Climate Agreement 2014
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HERE is the list of heads of state that spoke on Nov. 30. Each has 3-5 minutes. Obama spoke at... More »
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