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, 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.
Many people of conscience are indeed standing up for climate action.
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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THE DEBUNKING HANDBOOK
Ever wonder how to debunk the fallacious pseudo-science of the climate contrarians / faux-skeptics / deniers in an effective manner? John Cook and Stephan...
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 »
Lima Climate Conference Dec 2014 (COP 20)Last Updated on 2014-12-14 08:54:58COP 20. Lima.
"The cornerstone for commitment to the future of our climate."
Lima Call for Climate Action - Document resulting from the conference
2013 Highlights Video
Lima Call for Climate Action
The Lima COP20 conference ended with the "Lima Call for Climate Action" document. An excellent analysis by the Carbon Brief is HERE. The document is below:
Lima Call For Climate Action 2014 UNFCCC COP20
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| Opening Keynote Addresses
| Panel 1: Putting a Price on Carbon
| Panel 2: Sustainable Investment Strategies for Adaptation & Mitigation
| Panel 3: ‘The Decarbonised City’: Enabling Sustainable Urbanisation
| Panel 4: Achieving a Low Carbon Rural Landscape
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Chad Tolman's Climate Change News feedLast Updated on 2014-11-10 19:59:52
Here is Chad Tolman's Climate Change News feed, a monthly summary of articles about energy and climate change science and policy.
Climate Change News is a monthly blog intended to keep its readers up to date on energy and climate change science, public policy, public opinion and ethics. You can find it most easily by googling "climate tolman". There are instructions at the end of any issue for how to subscribe (or unsubscribe) for automatic email delivery through Yahoo Groups.
Graph: Global warming since 1975 is clear from the measured temperature data (NASA), and is getting worse.
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