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.
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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
THIS IS SCARY: The Wheelchair and Climate Tipping Points
FIGURE CAPTION: 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]
The VISION of the Climate Portal is a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations. The MISSION is to provide motivation for climate action.
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Dr. Jan Dash is the volunteer Managing Editor for the Climate Portal. HERE is his climate bio. The Climate Portal does not receive any outside funding.
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Climate Change, Economic Harm to the Poor, Armed ConflictLast Updated on 2016-07-24 09:53:39 BY INFLICTING FURTHER ECONOMIC HARM ON THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE, CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALSO INCREASING THE RISK OF ARMED CONFLICT
by Guy Quinlan
BY INFLICTING FURTHER ECONOMIC HARM ON THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE, CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALSO INCREASING THE RI...
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Paris Climate Conference 2015 COP21Last Updated on 2016-05-15 10:29:09Paris 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 »
What's the picture? Children in this photograph from a Nigerian orphanage show symptoms of malnutrition, with four illustrating the gray-blond hair symptomatic of kwashiorkor.
If a serious program of climate mitigation is not followed, rampant global warming and climate change will occur with likely severe drops in crop yields, including in the U.S. Food shortages worldwide will become far... More »
Cato's Cargo-Cult Pseudo-Science Climate "addendum" to US ReportLast Updated on 2015-10-24 11:17:13The Cato "addendum"
The right-wing Cato Institute, a "free market think tank" and originally the Charles Koch Foundation with no scientific standing, has issued a so-called "addendum" to the authentic scientific 2009 "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" report. The authentic 2009 report, written by world-class scientists with thorough review, organized by the US National Science and Technology Council, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and NOAA is HERE and a video introducing the authentic 2009 report is below. The Cato "addendum" has a cover (above) made to look like the cover of the authentic 2009 report to attempt to trick the unaware and lend pseudo authenticity. However the Cato "addendum" has no demonstrated scientific authenticity and was not submitted to the authors of the authentic 2009 report... More »
The Contrarians? Full article with referencesLast Updated on 2015-09-07 11:42:05
AKA climate science deniers or climate "faux" skeptics spread disinformation about climate and try to prevent responsible climate risk management. Information for this rather comprehensive article is drawn from the many sources and links in the text.
Who are the contrarians?
What is the contrarian Agenda?
What do contrarians Say about global warming? [The "Four Fallacy Trenches"]
What about Real Scientific Skepticism and contrarians?
What are some Contrarian Tactics and Fallacies?
What about "fringe" contrarian ideas?
Aren't there some contrarians with credentials who disproved mainstream climate science?
ANSWER = NO
The Tobacco Analogy
What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management?
or WHY CONTRARIANS ARE CLIMATE RISK... More »
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