Johnson County, Iowa, Spring 2014

AprilSoilI am not a soil expert by any means, but I am relatively certain that my garden soil should not look like this in April. So, I decided to check the United States Drought Monitor site: droughtmonitor.unl.edu. According to this site, Johnson County Iowa ranges from medium to severe drought conditions right now.
As I look over my trays of vegetable seedlings (my babies) waiting for transplant, I hope they have the strength to endure this.

The Nature Conservancy “Climate Wizard” Website

The Nature Conservancy put together this interactive map that visualizes the climate projections from the U.N’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report. Looks like even in the middlin’ range of climate modeling things are gonna get pretty warm around here. I note with a certain amount of despair that the IPCC has pretty consistently erred on the conservative side in their climate modeling. Observed climate change usually exceeds their projections.Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 6.59.37 PM

It’s Cold But We Need The Citizens Climate Lobby

JohnDAtlasBy 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.
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Creating a more resilient home, school and planet

mourningwarming[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.”
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Awakening the Dreamer Symposium January 11

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A new dream for humanity

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

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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

For more information: email contact@iowa-city-climate-advocates.org or visit the Awakening the Dreamer Website

NYT: Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

refinery photoBy 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