This week we focused on the two topics of vulnerability and climate justice. We also had a guest speaker, Dr. Dorsey come in and talk with us about his findings and work with climate justice.
Part one of the class and our readings this week focused on measurements of regional vulnerability and population displacement. [...]
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I think this article goes well with the Orlove article assigned for this week. Although it does not specifically address adaptation, it might still be of interest. It is similar to the Orlove article in many ways, yet different in others. In both [...]
Federal agencies have been asked to ensure that they have plans in place to adapt to climate change, according to an Obama Administration Executive Order:
The Order’s brief Section 16 will have profound and long lasting effects on how our Federal Government responds to climate change. For here, each agency is required, among other [...]
This article gives an insight into the positive relationship between religion and ecology. While he mentions the recent Congressional hearings on Climate Change and how one Congressman says that we do not need to worry about climate change because God has promised he will not destroy the Earth after Noah’s flood, he focuses largely [...]
This article from “The Guardian” discusses the dynamics between the public and corporations in the UK. According to the poll, only 7% of the UK public believe claims by companies that they are taking a very active role in cutting carbon emissions. People are very concerned by more and more companies’ movement toward one-time [...]
This is an appropriate article relating to the guest speaker we recently had in class and the issue of carbon taxing. The protesters in various states of Australia are upset at the news of a potential tax on carbon and believe that it will cost jobs and ruin the economy. However,
Supporters of the [...]
This article discusses how the recent republican led talks on climate change ended with the Republicans continuing to deny climate change and work against the EPA.
The suggestion that climate change can have an effect on the earth’s seismic activity has been roundly pooh-poohed by right-leaning commentators (including our favorite James Dellingpole, who was featured in the movie we watched several weeks ago being interviewed by Sir Roger Nurse, head of Britain’s Royal Society) in the wake of last week’s [...]
With the political instability of the Middle East, we have all seen gas prices increase. President Obama has a long-term policy plan to wean the nation off of its oil dependency, which would be great for the environment and would reduce emissions. But he has not completely ruled out accessing the nation’s oil reserves [...]
This article discusses a study that was done that shows how daily weather impacts people’s belief on whether or not CC is occurring, even though weather is not the same as climate.
What a tragedy. Could these events in Japan be linked to climate change? It may be too soon to be able to say for sure, but climate skeptics have already started to say that it is impossible. How can they already make these claims?!
Here is the New York Times Index link to what [...]
On Wednesday, a research team led by a NASA scientist unveiled a new study that is sure to stir debate on the topic. The paper concludes that ice loss from both Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating, and that the ice sheets’ impact on sea level rise in the first half of the 21st century [...]
This article explores the rational and irrationality behind American views on climate change, as well as giving suggestions of ways that environmentalists can change (such as using climate change instead of global warming) to help stop the unconscious opposition among many Americans.
The NYTimes had an editorial yesterday on carbon labeling. The author, Amanda Little, wrote:
Americans use more oil than people in any other developed country, about twice as much per capita, on average, as Britons. Indeed, our appetite for petroleum, like our fondness of fast foods, has spawned a kind of obesity epidemic, but [...]
This week we have been posed with the question: “What impacts are projected for the future of global climate change? I think we all have quickly learned that the impacts are hitting closer to home than we thought and it is certainly not a “one day” we will experience the impacts of climate change—it’s [...]
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Researchers at McGill University have published a new study mapping human vulnerability to climate change. In what is perhaps the cruelest of ironies, researchers found that the major negative impacts of climate change will be experienced by those populations least responsible for increasing carbon dioxide concentrations and also least capable [...]
On Friday, a $400 million dollar satellite project of NASA’s failed to reach orbit and crashed into the ocean. The satellite was aimed at climate change research, and
included two critical instruments: one to monitor the total energy reaching the Earth from the Sun, and a second to unravel some of the key remaining [...]
This article highlights China’s perspective on the climate change issue. Since we have been talking a lot about China and the country’s high emissions, it is good to look at what steps they are taking to combat global climate change. The question remains as to whether the steps they are taking are enough?
I just thought that this was interesting and what people are willing to say these days
The Senate is unlikely to support the recent House budget for the rest of the FY that strips much funding for climate science and restricts the EPA from taking action on climate change. House members who voted for these restrictions now say they are willing to cut them out of the final deal:
It is clear from the evidence presented by the various IPCC reports and a multitude of scientists that climate change is happening and will continue into the future. The data strongly suggests anthropogenic climate change and evaluating history indicates a rapid change in the past few decades that will continue into the future. Climate [...]