Alliance of more than 11,000 scientists warns that our planet faces a climate emergency

November 6, 2019 by  
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At our current climate trajectory, humanity will likely face “untold suffering,” as reported in a new study signed by more than 11,000 scientists around the globe. Moral obligation has prompted this Alliance of World Scientists to “tell it like it is,” by issuing a warning that human activity is accelerating the climate emergency “faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.” The First World Climate Conference, which took place in 1979 at Geneva, recognized disturbing trends in climate change , sounding the first alarm. Several other warnings were made again during the 1992 Rio Summit, 1997 Kyoto Protocol and 2015 Paris Agreement. However, the climate crisis has continued to worsen. The study laments, “Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament.” Related: IPCC landmark report warns about the state of the oceans, polar ice content and the climate crisis “Business as usual” and human consumption threaten our world biosphere, the study continues. “Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature’s reinforcing feedbacks (atmospheric, marine and terrestrial) that could lead to a catastrophic ‘hothouse Earth,’ well beyond the control of humans. These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable.” To mitigate the climate crisis, the study recommends changing economic and energy policies. Thus, energy conservation practices can be enhanced by fossil fuel divestments and shifts toward cleaner renewable energy sources. Wealthier nations likewise need to assist less affluent countries in transitioning away from fossil fuels. Doing so can help reduce short-lived pollutants like black carbon (soot), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, thereby slowing climate feedback loops and minimizing any warming trends. The scientists also urge for more effective protection and restoration of our planet’s ecosystems on both land and sea. Habitat and biodiversity losses must be avoided by curtailing forest overharvesting and mismanagement. Besides, forests rapidly sequester and capture carbon, so increasing reforestation measures is advantageous to the environment and climate. Similarly, socioeconomic shifts regarding food and population can be natural climate solutions. For instance, shifting to plant-based diets reduces carbon footprints . Slowing the human population boom via improved family-planning and better access to education can help reverse the climate crisis, too, by not overwhelming our ecosystems. Essentially, the study states that a more sustainable future for all living things on our planet can be secured by altering “how we live.” + BioScience Image via NASA

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Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming

March 25, 2014 by  
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Scientists don’t usually play into dramatics, but earlier this month  The American Association for the Advancement of Science  practically shouted from the rooftops about the dangers of climate change. If they had been shouting about something sensational, perhaps the news cycles would have covered the story non-stop. But instead, scientists find themselves in the unenviable position of trying to force people to care about what may be the biggest issue facing humanity. With climate change threatening everything from food to water ways , why is it so difficult to get people to care? Read the rest of Climate Change Deniers Win in the Battle to (Not) Address Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change deniers , climate change deniers win , climate change irreversible , climate change news , climate change policy , climate change politics , Climate change report , climate change science , global warming , global warming deniers , global warming deniers win , global warming policy , global warming politics , global warming science , scientists , scientists talk about climate change , scientists talk about global warming , The Guardian , the Guardian climate change , UK climate change , us climate change , winning the climate change battle , winning the global warming battle        

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

August 9, 2013 by  
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We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other conservative media makes people suspicious of climate scientists and therefore less likely to believe climate change is real, The Guardian reports. The study, published in the Public Understanding of Science , lists five major methods by which conservative media sways their followers. Read the rest of Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change denial , climate change science , conservative media , conservative news media USA , Fox News , global warming , media in the US , pseudo science , Rush Limbaugh        

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Religious Group Puts Out 12 DVD Series on Environmentalists’ "Spiritual Deception"

December 18, 2010 by  
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The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, via the Advocate There’s only seven days until Christmas and no doubt many out there are looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for your little one. Here’s an idea for you. How about “Resisting The Green Dragon,” described by its producers as an “explosive new 12-part DVD series” that exposes how radical environmentalists are brainwashing children and putting them on a dangerously wrong “spiritual” path.

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Rep. Boehner, The Election, and Guessing What’s Next For Climate and Energy Action

November 3, 2010 by  
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photo via associated press Everyone is trying to read the tea leaves to figure out what’s going to happen to climate and energy legislation now that Rep. John Boehner is the Speaker-in-waiting.

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McKibben On Tour, Stops By New York to Inspire Letterman (Video)

September 2, 2010 by  
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photo via 350.org Big props to David Letterman for bringing on Bill McKibben earlier this week to talk to Letterman’s 4 million nightly viewers about global climate change and Bill’s 350.org project . 350.org has a savvy campaign to get the White House to put solar panels back on the roof after Ronald Reagen had them taken off in the 80s. Dave asked some sharp questions about nuclear power and political inaction, and Bill, as always, was ready with sharper answers that added some hope to the fight for an energy revolution

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Then and Now Photographs Document Stunning Melting of Himalayan Glaciers

July 16, 2010 by  
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All images courtesy of environment 360 We’ve brought you a lot of news about glaciers around the world, and most of it is depressing. From the top 5 disappearing glaciers to the threats to Mexican volcanic glaciers to the closing of the world’s highest ski run , we’re losing our glaciers at an alarming rate

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Moso Bamboo Transplanted From Century-Old Louisiana Grove to Oregon (Video)

July 16, 2010 by  
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If you love bamboo as much as I do, just as a substance, forget about any specific green credentials it has, then check out this short video from Bamboo Revolution . It explains and documents in return for returning one of the original

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Ancient Climate Record Could Be Lost Within 10 Years

March 31, 2010 by  
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Image credit: g-hat /Flickr Buried in New Zealand’s peat bogs are more than 30,000 ancient climate records containing data that spans back to the last ice age. This data, stored in the rings of preserved kauri trees , is threatened by the demand for the prized timber. Now, a group of researchers from Oxford University is racing to collect this vital data before it’s too late…

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Daily Show Calls Out Climate Deniers Over East Coast Storm Lies

February 11, 2010 by  
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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

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