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."
Climate change / global warming impactsare seen now, and will be increasingly severe and negative to lives, peace, and justice, worldwide. There is no safe haven, not even for the US. Preservation (there will devastating consequences), social justice (the poor will get hit hardest), and intergenerational equity (our grandchildren will suffer) are at stake unless we act. Lasting solutions to many issues from food to water to immigration to women's rights to national security will require climate action, because climate is interconnected.
On the positive side, we can move into a new era withnon-fossil energies, stimulating economies and creating more jobs with better technology, without the huge climate costs of fossil fuels.
Unfortunately, "contrarians/deniers/faux-skeptics"are attacking climate science and spreading disinformation with the goal of stopping climate action. Some climate science deniers are funded by vested fossil fuel interests afraid of losing wealth due to potential stranded carbon assets. Denier pseudo-science fallacies are loudly broadcast by right-wing media, using earlier tobacco lobby tactics to sow doubt. Climate scientists are courageously fighting back.
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MORE JOBS FROM RENEWABLES THAN FROM THE XL PIPELINE
More jobs would be created by putting an equivalent amount of money into renewable energies...
Quick one-liner rebuttals to contrarian claimsLast Updated on 2013-12-06 05:40:17
Here is a list of quick one-line rebuttals to over 100 fallacious claims by contrarians/skeptics on the popular Skeptical Science website. They rebuttals are not intended to be complete, but simply to enable the respondent to "bat the ball back over the net" in an informal encounter with someone quoting a contrarian claim. As described HERE, most of these one-liners were written by Dr. Jan Dash, Director of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative, with some editing by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science. Details on the science at Skeptical Science are obtained by clicking on the one-line responses.
In THIS document of some historical interest (online HERE), the first line in a response labeled JWD is the one-liner summarizing the science by Jan Dash. The next lines labeled JC are the summary responses by John Cook, which he... More »
Global warming deniers guilty of attack on science Last Updated on 2013-11-30 21:21:55Jeffrey Bada is Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Chemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He ventured into the unruly other-world of climate science deniers and wrote about his experience in the very interesting newspaper letter below, in italics. Background on climate science deniers is HERE and HERE.
Global warming deniers guilty of attack on science
Jeffrey L. Bada 03:00p.m. Nov 28, 2013, updated 11:29a.m. Nov 27, 2013. U-T San Diego.
Following my North County Times and U-T San Diego letters to the editor on the relationship between rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and global warming, some subsequent letter writers praised me while others questioned my credibility.
This took a different twist after a letter from me that was published back in February 2013, when some individuals started to directly email me (I have now... More »
International Climate Conference November 2013: COP19 in WarsawLast Updated on 2013-11-24 11:38:53
WARSAW CLIMATE CONFERENCE COP19 (UNFCCC) 2013
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Warsaw Climate Agreement Reached
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Warsaw Climate Agreement Reached
Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort (NYT)
UN talks approve climate pact principles
Compromise breaks deadlock at UN climate talks
We will post more details as they become available. It appears that minor progress was achieved and the process did not break down, with a last minute document. All eyes are now forward to the Paris 2015 Climate Conference. Some news source stories are... More »
Warsaw Blog for 2013 Climate ConferenceLast Updated on 2013-11-23 13:37:09This blog accompanies the coverage of the Warsaw 2013 UNFCCC Climate Conference.
On-the-spot commentary by Elena Rahona. She is the Program Manager of Mount Sinai Global Health, NY.
Warsaw Blog Elena Rahona
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Presentation by Jan Dash on background for the Warsaw Climate Conference and others, given at the November meeting of the UN-NGO Committee on Sustainable Development (CSD, CoNGO), NY.
Warsaw CSD Presentation DASH
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Bottom Line from Warsaw (CLICK HERE) - An interview of two climate scientists who are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the climate crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Their names are Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin. They work at the influential Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in England, as well as the... More »
Bottom Line from WarsawLast Updated on 2013-11-22 19:40:31Let me start by suggesting that Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin, from Warsaw bottom line our choices........... That is, if we want to have any viable future.................... Check out the Bold/Blue parts:
We turn now to a pair of climate scientists who are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the climate crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Their names are Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin. They work at the influential Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in England, as well as the University of Manchester.
They were featured in a recent widely read article by Naomi Klein headlined "How Science Is Telling Us All to Revolt." According to Anderson and Bows-Larkin, many of the solutions proposed by world leaders to prevent "runaway global warming"... More »
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