Category Archives: Climate Change

Take Action with our Children

Pay attention to our children. They are the next occupants.

Listen to our children: The kids do think creatively because they don’t believe in “impossible” yet. The know it CAN be and MUST be done. They are the next occupants.

YOU can act and help RIGHT NOW. September 20 – 27th is set to be a week of action. Many adults are joining in striking on Friday September 20th. Sign up if you can, or support your kids and anyone else you know who will participate.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg became famous this spring for launching a student movement to compel adults to take action on climate change. (More on her in “Climate News”) “Climate News”

Thunberg is not alone. Other young people can be equally convincing, according to a paper published May 6 in Nature Climate Change. The team of social scientists and ecologists from North Carolina State University who authored the report found that children can increase their parents’ level of concern about climate change because, unlike adults, their views on the issue do not generally reflect any entrenched political ideology.


Read the Scientific American article here: Children Change their Parents Minds

– Pat Adams

Listing Climate Solutions

Seven Point Outline for Saving the Planet – Reddit

Reddit generated a lot of discussion over the past two weeks on this topic in a thread that began with a frustrated user asking “How do we save this f***ing planet?” Anonymous user “m4ybe” posted a detailed, seven-point response that caught fire. Even though we are not necessarily in agreement with some priorities and details, the list at least has a battle plan of actions we individually and together can take to keep our planet alive.

  • Completely overhaul agriculture
  • Eliminate non-recyclable single-use packaging or product
  • Seriously address energy production
  • Close any waste loops
  • Utilize known and effective alternative building materials
  • Change protein choices, increase sustainable protein production
  • Subsidize and incentivize birth control

Links to brief details of listed items, followed by link to a longer discussion. The original full Reddit conversation is available even though the original comment seems to have been deleted. The solution discussion at “Good” contains that link.

Details of items on the above list

“Good” article that discusses the solutions listed

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Is it TOO LATE to survive the changes?

Surviving climate change or too late?

Can we work together to fix what is broken in our climate?

We only have a few years before our climate becomes unsurvivable, according to scientists and educators. Change is already evident all around the world. Are we close to the destruction of humanity? Can we keep our planet alive?

All experts believe we are in grave danger. Like the seven blind men and the elephant, they disagree about the shape and texture of the beast, yet all agree that it is big, strong and dangerous unless tamed.

Most questions arise on which CO2 measure is most meaningful, on how much is man-caused rather than determined by natural sources, and of course, whether the main culprit is the fossil fuel industry.

Question (1): How do we know if it is too late? When will we know we have gone too far?

Answer: We may be awfully close, as measured by annual rise in temperature and CO2 concentration.

An article by “EarthTalk” in a 2015 Scientific American issue.includes study results that point to 2042 is the tipping point based on the annual increase in CO2 concentration of 1.92 ppm. Greenpeace has said we only have until around 2020 to significantly cut back on greenhouse gas output around the world.

Question (2): Can We Still Avoid the Worst Impacts of Climate Change?

Answer: Maybe. The international movement 350.org is a good source for updates on how we are progressing and what we can do. The non-profit group, founded by writer and activist William McKibben and others, is dedicated to reducing atmospheric CO2 to 350 ppm, which they believe is attainable.

Research questions:

  • HOW can we help make a cut back on CO2 output?
  • HAVE we cut back since the 2015 study cited above?

Sources:

Additional articles and videos on the question of Is It Too Late.

– Pat Adams

Don’t BELIEVE our climate is BROKEN?

2°C: Beyond the limit : Extreme climate change has arrived in America

Article from Washington Post Published Aug. 13, 2019

Key Message from the Article

New Jersey may seem an unlikely place to measure climate change, but it is one of the fastest-warming states in the nation. Its average temperature has climbed by close to 2 degrees Celsius since 1895 — double the average for the Lower 48 states.

Over the past two decades, the 2 degrees Celsius number has emerged as a critical threshold for global warming. In the 2015 Paris accord, international leaders agreed that the world should act urgently to keep the Earth’s average temperature increases “well below” 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 to avoid a host of catastrophic changes.

The potential consequences are daunting. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that if Earth heats up by an average of 2 degrees Celsius, virtually all the world’s coral reefs will die; retreating ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could unleash massive sea level rise; and summertime Arctic sea ice, a shield against further warming, would begin to disappear.

But global warming does not heat the world evenly.

A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states and 3,107 counties has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2-degree Celsius mark.

— Today, more than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions, including New York City and Los Angeles. Seventy-one counties have already hit the 2-degree Celsius mark.

Read and study the Washington Post report:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-america/

– Pat Adams