October 2009 Archives

Inspiration for Copenhagen

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Here are a couple of websites that were listed by Dana Roth and Fred Stoss on Chemical Information  and Science & Technical Librarians listservs:

1.  From Saturday's International Day of Climate Action  http://www.350.org/?p=4

2.  Announcing two major photography exhibits, "Climate Change In Our World" and "How We Know About Our Changing Climate," which will premier in Washington DC just as the U.S. Senate begins debate on climate and energy legislation and a month before the international UNFCCC meetings in Copenhagen.
 
In an effort to educate and inspire about climate change and its solutions, Gary Braasch brings twenty 5-foot color photographs of climate change and its solutions today, to the Washington headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences -- November 10 through March 15, 2010.
 
Accompanying this show of images from his book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World is a teaching exhibit for kids and adults about how scientists learn about climate change, in association with Lynne Cherry. This show includes educational ideas for classrooms and Cherry's films about kids who are reducing their climate impact in school and their communities.

Location: AAAS 

For more information: 

http://www.earthunderfire.com/pages/exhibit.html

 

 
Special Note: The "Young Voices" films also will be shown several times at events in Copenhagen.

NRC Report Examines Hidden Costs of Energy

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"October 19, 2009 -- A new report from the National Research Council examines "hidden" costs of energy production and use -- such as the the health impacts of air pollution -- that are not reflected in market prices of coal or oil. The quantifiable damages alone were an estimated $120 billion in the U.S. in 2005, a number that reflects primarily health damages caused by air pollution from electricity generation and motor vehicle transportation."

 

Source:  National Academies Newsletter;  WhatsNew@nationalacademies.org

Seeing Climate, Seeing Change

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• October 12, 2009 – Fall 2009 STEP Seminar Series – “Seeing Climate, Seeing Change”
Heidi Cullen, Director of Communications, Senior Research Scientist, Climate Central,

Heidi Cullen is an excellent speaker:  She needs more "soap boxes"  She deserves many more platforms and communication devices!   Climate Central is one:  It's "a new nonprofit science and media organization created to provide clear and objective information about climate change and its potential solutions."

She has excellent graphics, representative studies and anecdotes.  Perhaps with Climate Central's website, they will reach and convince lots more of us.  As a "big picture" climate scientist of the Holocene, she could recite instances where climate change has drastically affected civilizations: the Anasazi, the Maya, the Great Drought of 1272-1298.   People rely on climate stability.

A couple of worrisome publications:  Raupach and Canadell, PNAS, 2007,  illustrating CO2 data results beyond the "worst case" scenario, and Peter Stott, Nature, re: the hot summer deaths in Europe in 2003.

Human contribution to the European heatwave of 2003

Peter A. Stott, D. A. Stone, M. R. Allen

Nature 432, 610-614 (2 December 2004) doi:10.1038/nature03089 Letter

 

She gives credit to GFDL, who, with the IPCC, is developing new climate models.

She offered the questions: how can we convince the public to have the credence and trust in scientists that they profess to have?  How can we get more local news sources to educate people about climate change?

("Global warming" has too many political connotations, it seems.)

Notable websites, blogs, etc., mentioned in the presentation:

http://www.propublica.org/  ProPublica represents "journalism in the public interest"

http://www.climateprogress.com/  "An insider's view of climate science, politics,  & solutions"  The writer is Joe Romm, who was recognized by Time magazine as "One of the heroes of Environment 2009, and the Web's most influential climate-change blogger".

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/  A website with ideas for everyone on becoming green, the the areas of fashion & beauty, food & health, home & garden, tech & transport, travel & outdoors, and work & connect.

Dr. Cullen hopes for the establishment of a National or World Climate Service, much like the National Weather Service.

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