Be informed: understand climate change

This is from the David Suzuki Foundation newsletter. Polar bear

Climate change myths debunked

In spite of explosive news coverage about global warming over the past year, most people still have only a very rudimentary knowledge of this complex issue. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge has led to persistent myths, which are slowing down real action that could prevent the worst damage from occurring to our economy and to our environment. Continue reading

Reduce greenhouse gases now

Technology called available

By Beth Daley, Globe Staff | May 5, 2007

Climate Change in the US, watch it online today.Technologies are available to significantly reduce greenhouse gases but nations must adopt them far more aggressively to avert the worst consequences of global warming, the leading scientific authority on climate change said yesterday.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said temperature increases that began more than a century ago could be capped at 3.6 degrees if nations level greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade and then reduce them between 50 percent and 85 percent by 2050. Continue reading

The global warming debate is over

The global warming debate is overUNITED NATIONS – NATIONS UNIES

UNFCCC Executive Secretary says significant funds needed to adapt to climate change impacts (Brussels, 6 April 2007) – On the occasion of the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment of present and future impacts of climate change, the UN’s top climate change official has pointed to the potential danger of climate change triggering conflicts over water, the spread of diseases and an increase in world-wide migration unless adequate adaptation measures are developed and integrated into long-term development planning. Continue reading

Panel Issues Bleak Report on Climate Change

Columbia Glacier 1980New York Times
Science / Environment

Panel Issues Bleak Report on Climate Change
Published: Paris, February 2, 2007

In a bleak and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate change scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

They said the world is already committed to centuries of warming, shifting weather patterns and rising seas, resulting from the buildup of gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. But the warming can be substantially blunted by prompt action, the panel of scientists said in a report released here today. Continue reading

Is it getting hot in here?

I sincerely hope that the 2008 presidential election brings climate change/global warming to the forefront of US policy issues. The story below doesn’t surprise me one bit, but it does disturb me. This is no longer an issue up for debate, its an issue that needs to be addressed immediately and effectively for our future and for future generations. Continue reading

Talk is cheap

As usual, the US sidesteps its responsibility to the planet:

By Roger Harrabin
Environment analyst, BBC News, Monterrey

Climate talks between the world’s top 20 polluters have ended with an unusual level of agreement on the urgent need to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

But delegates at the Mexico talks also stressed the massive gap between the politics and science of climate change. Several said they had never known such a positive atmosphere [at the climate talks]. Nobody doubted the reality of climate science anymore. Continue reading

Dear Branson, Gates, Buffet, Turner…

diamondsWhat a wonderful thing Sir Richard Branson has done and how eloquently he’s gone about it. Not only is he financing the search for solutions to global warming he’s brought greater attention to the issue, which is quickly becoming a topic frequently discussed in the media. It’s about time. Over the past few days, Branson has said what many of us fear, but rarely talk about – the fact that we’re destroying this planet at an alarming rate. Quoted from a New York Times article: “Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents,” Sir Richard said. “It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same world. We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment.” I believe that statement is what truly drives his generosity, but he has created a win-win situation through his commitment of $3 billion over 10 years, which is very smart. His empire benefits because the money will be invested in Virgin Group companies already exploring options for alternative aviation fuels for Virgin Airline. It’s also a sorely needed investment in our environmental future, one that will benefit us all. Continue reading