December 2009 Archives

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming

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This book is available free on the Web, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009:

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming introduces a new generation of writers and photographers with a personal connection to global warming. The 67 essays and images in this anthology are drawn from nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, people, plants, animals, and activities at risk from a changing climate—and the efforts that individuals are making to save what they love. A foreword by author Barbara Kingsolver serves as a powerful call to action
 The essays we selected represent a variety of perspectives, voices, and experiences. The authors follow in the long tradition of great American environmental writers, like Henry David Thoreau, who have broadened our awareness and sharpened our perspective about the world we share. And they are inspiring action to protect our planet from global warming. They are Thoreau's legacy.

Source:  Email from Union of Concerned Scientists [action@ucsusa.org] June 22, 2009.

Copenhagen COP15

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© flickr user Jams_123 licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
U.N. Climate Summit Under Way in Copenhagen
Leaders from across the globe convened today (Dec.7th) in Copenhagen for a United Nations conference to discuss a plan to combat climate change. One of the goals of the summit, which runs through Dec. 18, is to work on a follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.
Provides links to reports, and to the conference website
Source: WhatsNew@NationalAcademies.org Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Climate Change Conference Copenhagen -- keeping track

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The Telegraph Media Group Ltd. appears to be blogging or tweeting the issues from Copenhagen.

The public comments, so far, appear to be against reducing the rate of climate change. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/6728106/Copenhagen-climate-summit-live.html

For the RSS feed:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/copenhagen-climate-change-confe/rss

 

The Institute of Physics on the science behind climate change

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UK Institute of Physics publishes briefing note on climate change - 08 Dec 2009

"The Institute of Physics (IOP) has published a physics briefing note to help understand the science behind climate change as several world leaders have gathered in Copenhagen to discuss environmental issues.

Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the IOP, has expressed hope that world leaders will appreciate the major contribution science can make to our understanding of all aspects of global change, including climate change. Science can improve our predictions of what might happen; physics can provide critical, objective analysis of new schemes. Physics along with technology can develop new and more efficient energy sources, and find ways of minimising waste (of all kinds).

Prof. Burnell further states that climate models are the best tools available for understanding changes in climate, and from these models it seems we are entering an unprecedentedly difficult period for the human race. Science can diagnose the problem and it can work to remedy it, but it can do neither without support from world leaders.

These comments accompany the publication of a briefing note from IOP which summarises advances in human understanding of the climate and the work being done to create a low-carbon energy infrastructure. It includes comment from some of the UK's leading climate experts.

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter.

Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy - Protecting nature, Preserving Life

Here is the home page of the Nature ConservancyOne can sign up for their free e-newsletter.  Here is the latest issue.   There is a blog, with links to many conservation-related blogs.  There are podcasts, short articles, photos and volunteer opportunities, etc.

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