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Who is the IPCC?  This below is their most recent report.  Everyone should take a look at this I think.

IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report
IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report

Scientists

Dr. James Hansen
Why I must speak out about climate change

Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him…


Professor Kerry Emanuel
What We KNOW About Climate Change

A good solid scientific talk by a MIT climate science professor about climate change explaining how we know what is happening and what exactly is happening. I learned quite a few things. For one I learned how so little change in carbon dioxide can have such a large climate change effect, and how this has been known for about 100 years already!

Professor Kerry Emanuel has been known for his “Show me the data!” approach to climate science. In this talk, he will present a long term,…


 Dr. Stephen Schneider,
professor of biology at Stanford
Climate Change: Is the Science “Settled”?

I think this talk presents a wealth of information about global warming and I expect to watch it again to better understand the finer points.

Professor Schneider clearly has an impressive knowledge of this subject.
His talk covers a wide array of questions relating to the possible global warming outcomes, including possible impending doom on earth, how possible is this, what are the possible time frames, what are global predictions based on, and how certain are scientists of various possible outcomes.

(February 4, 2010) Stephen Schneider, professor of biology at Stanford and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, unpacks the political…


Dr Richard Milne
Critical Thinking on Climate Change:
Separating Skepticism from Denial

If you are at all skeptical about the arguments for or against global warming, then this talk is an important talk to listen to I think.
Dr Milne strikes me as very bright and clear headed in dissecting the evidence, arguments, politics, and beliefs around this most important issue for humanity to get it right about.

Dr Richard Milne, School of Biological Sciences, presents Critical Thinking on Climate Change:…


Astronauts Send a Message
to Paris Climate Talks

Astronauts have a unique perspective on our planet and now they’ve shared it with climate negotiators.


Dr. Naomi Oreskes,
a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate

Dr. Oreskes is fast becoming one of the biggest names in climate science by using historical scholarship to take on denialists.
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Dr. Ricky Rood
Modeling Summary and A Change in the Weather

 48-thumbA gentile introduction to climate modeling and climate change that most everyone can understand I think, by a university professor.
WUNDERGROUND.COM

Science news

Coral crisis goes global

LIHUE — Kauai’s colorful corals are going white, a crisis that is spreading and devastating reefs across the globe.

THEGARDENISLAND.COM


Warming of oceans due to climate change
is unstoppable, say US scientists

Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today’s levels, say US government scientists
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY SUZANNE GOLDENBERG

Study: Sea Levels Rising 60% Faster Than Projected,
Planet Keeps Warming As Expected

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A new study, “Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011,” confirms that climate change is happening as fast — and in some cases faster — than climate models had projected. …


Top Climate Expert:
Crisis is Worse Than We Think &
Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk

Ahead of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, France, more than 180 nations pledged to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but many climate…

The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate Change

Another very good easy to understand explanation of climate change principles and effects from a top level climate scientist. Tip: Skip the ad (after 5 seconds) and then slide the cursor past the introduction to 4:10 to start.

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard Somerville, a world-renowned climate scientist and author of “The Forgiving Air:…


Climate Timeline Tool:
Climate History for 100 Years

vostokThe 20th Century has been like no other. With human population jumping from 1.6 to 6 billion between 1900 and 2000, there have been more people vulnerable to climate change than ever before. Moreover, during this same period, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have risen from 290 parts per million (ppm) to 369 ppm, …

NCDC.NOAA.GOV


Sea Levels Along The Northeast
Rose Almost 4 Inches In Just 2 Years

 Kind of hard to explain this as ‘extreme weather’, but you can bet ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Fox, etc. will find a new euphemism for this feature of global warming.
Sea levels across the Northeast coast of the United States rose nearly 3.9 inches between 2009 and 2010, according to a new study from researchers at the…
HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

How we ruined the oceans

The world’s seas are sick, and marine life is dwindling. Is it too late to avert catastrophe?
THEWEEK.COM

Visualization shows rapid decline
of Arctic sea ice

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View a startling visualization of declining Arctic perennial sea ice, the thickest component of sea ice cover.
CLIMATE.NASA.GOV
BY TRENT L. SCHINDLER

The longest — and probably largest
— proof of our current climate catastrophe
ever caught on camera.

The enormity of this video didn’t hit me at first.
I watched this again the other day and now it really hits me much harder.
This is about huge amounts of ice melting.

James Balog and his photo crew were hanging out near a glacier when their…

How is the world getting both:
a) warmer and b) snowier in some places?
Here’s how.

Global temperatures are going up but that doesn’t necessarily mean less snow. Here’s a brief explainer of what seems like a contradiction. 


Climate Change Is Simple
– David Roberts Remix

 It’s ok if you cry after watching this. In fact I expect that you might.

This video is to promote general awareness of the science of climate change. It features David Roberts of Grist, and short clips from around the web.…


Scientific Opinion

Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist

Professor Frank Fenner“Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change.

Fenner, who is emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. …”


World Leaders

 Dreamers of the Golden Dream
Does California have a blueprint to fix global warming?

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“Schwarzenegger made it to office, but he couldn’t get his advisers to agree on a solar policy. … nothing budged. Schwarzenegger grew frustrated. At one point he convened his staff in the Ronald Reagan conference room, where he kept his Conan the Bar­barian sword. When his advisers again began to bicker over details, Schwarzenegger’s face turned red and veins bulged from his neck. He pounded his fist on the long wood table and bellowed, “Don’t you understand? I want to get this fucking thing done.

California decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5 percent while increasing its gross domestic product by 17 percent.

By Gabriel Kahn – Mothere Jones, March/April 2016 issue

Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, PhD
Lessons from a thousand years of island sustainability

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Biologist…

Bill Gates:
‘We Need an Energy Miracle’

An interesting look at what Bill Gates thinks about Climate Change.

“The only reason I’m optimistic about this problem is because of innovation.”

THEATLANTIC.COM|BY JAMES BENNET


Jeremy Rifkin
on global issues and the future of our planet

“I think we’re really are all asleep.  What we’re seeing here is really a defining moment in the human race. ..”

An American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.  Rifkin is the author of 20 books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.


Nature Is Speaking
– Julia Roberts is Mother Nature 

“Some call me nature.  Others call me Mother…”
Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian…
Conservation International (CI)

Organizations

Presidential Climate Action Project

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Between 2007 and 2011, the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) engaged hundreds of thought leaders to produce scores of recommendations on how the President of the United States could improve the nation’s climate and energy security.

Now with the help of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, PCAP has been revived for the election season.

As before, we are engaging some of America’s most distinguished thought leaders. As before, we will emphasize policies and programs the President can implement with his existing executive authorities and without further action by Congress.


Important Books

New World New Mind:
Moving Toward Conscious Evolution

I’m re-reading the book that made the biggest impact on me in the past 20 years, getting to the core of what is wrong with the human race, me included.

 “the human mental system is failing to comprehend the modern world” … “The problem has much deeper roots than most people imagine” … “That world has produced in us certain ways of interpreting our surroundings, ways that once enhanced our survival. But those “old ways” are not necessarily adaptive in a world that is utterly different from the one in which our ancestors lived.” … “It is still possible to change the way we perceive the world, to change the way that humanity thinks, and thus to survive.”

There is no longer sufficient time to rely on the normal pace of cultural evolution to deal with today’s dilemmas…


Misinformation


Climate Change Reconsidered:
Science the U.N. Will Exclude from Its Next Climate Report

Just to provide some balance, if you want to see some of the climate change deniers in action you can look at this to see how they lay out their arguments. The discussion is hosted at the Heritage Foundation a prominent right wing political organization. Here is a list of the speakers (from left to right):

“Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science” — produced by a team of 40 scientists — is the…”

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