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      Climate change is strongly linked to UU issues. So climate change should be "back on the front page" for UUs. This essay spells out the argument. Climate Risk... More »

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Tar Sands, Global Warming, Protests, Keystone XL Pipeline Last Updated on 2017-11-17 19:06:59 Tar Sands, Global Warming, Protests, Keystone XL Pipeline Introduction - What Are Tar Sands? The Keystone XL Pipeline Global Warming and Environmental Concerns News on Tar Sands US Government Environmental Analyses (Pre Trump) Protests Against the Keystone XL Pipeline at the White House The Economics of Tar Sands The Politics of Tar Sands What's the picture? It's some tar sand. NOTE: MOST OF THIS PAGE IS PRE-TRUMP ---------------- Introduction - What are Tar Sands? Bituminous sands, colloquially known as oil sands or tar sands, are a type of unconventional petroleum deposit. The sands contain naturally occurring mixtures of sand, clay, water, and a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum technically referred to as bitumen (or colloquially "tar" due to its similar appearance, odour, and colour). Oil sands... More »
Health Threat of Climate Change Last Updated on 2017-11-04 08:03:50 HEALTH THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE From the American Public Health Association APHA: “Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing our nation,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “Yet few Americans are aware of the very real consequences of climate change on the health of our communities, our families and our children.”The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. Disease Increase: As warming occurs, disease vectors including insects move north. This will increasingly affect the disease transmission to people, crops, and forests in many regions. The US Defense Department's Quadrennial Review (2010) says: "Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease,... More »
Copenhagen COP15 Conference News Last Updated on 2017-11-03 16:11:59 The Copenhagen Accord 2009 Copenhagen Conference COP15 2010 Cancun Conference COP16   The Copenhagen Accord The Copenhagen Conference COP15 lead to a last-minute non-binding agreement called the Copenhagen Accord including the U.S., China, India and others, with explicit mention of curbing global warming to 2 degrees C. Here is a video and here is the text of the Copenhagen Accord. Here is an excellent account of the detailed negotiations of COP15 by the IISD. Page 22 of the IISD report contains an extremely useful glossary of acronyms.   For more information, including a graph illustrating Copenhagen Accord emission reduction pledges relative to requirements, click HERE. More information about pledges is HERE. Go to top. --------------------- The 2009 Copenhagen Conference COP15 The COP15 Copenhagen Conference in December 2009 was the... More »
MIT Climatologist Kerry Emanuel castigates "Climategate" attacks Last Updated on 2017-03-29 21:41:30 The distinguished MIT climatologist Prof. Kerry Emanuel wrote a very hard-hitting essay: "Climategate": A Different Perspective, posted on the politically conservative National Association of Scholars NAS website on 7/19/10. Emanuel castigates the vicious right-wing attack on legitimate climate science that uses the pretext of the hacked emails and the minor IPCC report errors. This essay is extremely important. Click here for quotes. HERE is a video of Emanuel testifying recently before the Science and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives:      Go to top ------------------ QUOTES from Emanuel's essay on climate" ...the scandal I see is very different from the one that has been presented to NAS members. Climategate is merely the latest in a series of coordinated, politically motivated attacks that represent an... More »
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia U Last 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.  Climate Blog --------------  Adaptation Managed Retreat CDBG CEQR Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Clean Water Act Climate Disclosures Climate Engineering Climate Finance Congress COP22 Energy Cap & Trade Carbon Tax Coal Energy Efficiency Fossil Fuels Grid Nuclear... More »