On February 5, Secretary Vilsack Announced Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture and Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate. These ‘Climate Hubs’ will forecast impacts and provide regional networks on climate science. www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/regional_hubs.htm
By John D. Atlas in New Jersey Voices
January 27, 2014
Doesn’t the cold weather prove that climate change deniers are right? NO. Short-term weather that includes blizzards and freezing temperatures —has nothing to do with long-term climate change or dangers of global warming. In fact nearly every month seems to bring another major report with dire warnings about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit if we don’t act forcefully and soon to stem climate change. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that—so far, at least—the experts are still saying that we have time to act.
But how to act?
One group with an answer to that question is Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), which has been building chapters in New Jersey for the last two years. Now it’s launching a drive to organize across the state in an effort to get our entire Congressional delegation behind a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
[This op-ed originally appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen]
by Barbara Eckstein
University of Iowa art student Sarita Zaleha has created a project called “Mourning Warming” that (again) impresses me with the creativity and resilience of young people.
Sarita locates the beginnnings of her project in the fact “that global temperatures have been steadily rising for at least the last one hundred years. The concept of the anthropocene — a particular geologic epoch defined by human presence — relates climate change specifically to humans and their impact on the environment.” She goes on to identify a part of this human problem that, as an artist, she can address: “Even confronted with the data, many feel disconnected from climate change. While one can detect temperature change of single degrees over the course of seconds or minutes, it is difficult to feel this kind of temperature change over the course of decades.”
The “Awakening the Dreamer Symposium” asks us to look squarely at the state of the world — where we are, how we got here, and where we want to go. The purpose is to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on Earth.
These are extraordinary times, full of amazing opportunities to solve our toughest challenges
When: Saturday, January 11, 1:30 to 5PM
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, 10 South Gilbert St, Iowa City
RSVP and Register: click here. There is no cost to attend.
Co-sponsored By: UUSIC Green Sanctuary and Social Justice Coordinating Committees, One Hundred Grannies for a Livable Future, Iowa City Climate Advocates, ECO Iowa City
By CORAL DAVENPORT
Published: December 5, 2013
WASHINGTON — More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
Click here to read the rest of this article at the New York Times website
[ed note: I don't believe you can ever have too many infographics!]
From the New York Times November 16th, 2013
“Scientists disagree over whether climate change is altering hurricanes. It is impossible, when looking at one storm, to know whether global warming had an impact, but researchers see a trend.”
Study suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma
Published in theguardian.com on Nov 13, 2013.
Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
A vast majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real and at least two-thirds of those want the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions, new research revealed on Wednesday.
The research, by Stanford University social psychologist Jon Krosnick, confounds the conventional wisdom of climate denial as a central pillar of Republican politics, and practically an article of faith for Tea Party conservatives.
Instead, the findings suggest far-reaching acceptance that climate change is indeed occurring and is caused by human activities, even in such reliably red states as Texas and Oklahoma.
“To me, the most striking finding that is new today was that we could not find a single state in the country where climate scepticism was in the majority,” Krosnick said in an interview.
Continue reading here: www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/13/climate-change-red-state-opinion-america-study
I listened, spellbound, to the “Rising Seas” segment of BURN: an energy journal as it aired on Iowa Public Radio today. It turns out that the web site for this project, in addition to hosting the audio recordings of this show, is full of important and useful information about the consequences of a changing climate.
Host Alex Chadwick explains the project in the short audio link below. Listen and explore. I am sure you will be glad you did.
This op-ed by David Drake appeared in the Sunday, October 27, Des Moines Register
It’s early fall and many of us are still talking about what we did this past summer.
Have you been to Glacier National Park in Montana? If not, you had better go soon — if you want to see the glaciers. New predictions are that the 25 remaining glaciers will have melted by 2020.
My family and I went this summer. I was in awe of the beauty, as well as somberly startled by what we learned.
Friends Committee on National Legislation will be hosting a Climate Change Conference at Scattergood Friends School on Saturday, November 2, followed by Earth Walk Sunday, November 3.
Conference speakers include:
- Jose Aguto, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
- Susan Guy, Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
- Rob Hogg, Iowa State Senator
- David Osterberg, founding member and former director of the Iowa Policy Project
- Mark Quee, Scattergood farm manager
- Steve Shivvers of Des Moines Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby
The Earth Walk starts at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, November 3, at Scattergood Friends School, 1951 Delta Avenue, West Branch, and proceeds along the Herbert Hoover Highway, ending at Iowa City’s pedestrian mall. Walkers will pick up trash along the way and there will be a sag wagon for walkers to stop and rest.
Click here for more information.