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Climate Crisis

“We have a planetary emergency,” NASA climatologist James Hansen said of climate change in October 2012. Superstorms and dangerous floods and droughts are already wreaking havoc around the world. Hansen and other experts warn that emissions must start to fall by 2015 if we are to avoid runaway, irreversible damage. Solutions are at hand. They are readily available and economically advantageous. But the public needs to push policymakers and industry to step up to the plate.

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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt — The New York Times

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries.

Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind – IPCC report — The Guardian

A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood.

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilization headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? — The Guardian

A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

It’s abrupt climate change, stupid

This is not how it was supposed to happen. The standard climate change predictions said that people in the tropics and the sub-tropics would be badly hurt by global warming long before the people living in the temperate zones, farther away from the equator, were feeling much pain at all.

For Duke’s Jim Rogers, a green energy legacy with shades of gray — Charlotte Observer

Jim Rogers’ seven-year run atop Duke Energy ends this month. He was a chief executive in the energy industry for 25 years. Harder to measure is Rogers’ extraordinary influence over the air we breathe and the temperature of the planet he’ll leave to his 11 grandchildren.

US Navy predicts summer ice free Arctic by 2016 — The Guardian

An ongoing US Department of Energy-backed research project led by a US Navy scientist predicts that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016 – 84 years ahead of conventional model projections.

What’s In It For U.S. To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions? — NPR

In the coming decades, carbon dioxide emissions from China, India and other rapidly developing countries are expected to grow quickly … some people are asking why the U.S. should bear the expense involved in slashing its own emissions.

NC Utility Warrior Seeks a Greener Peace — News & Observer

Jim Warren…is by vocation a scrapper who for years has taken on one of the biggest powers in North Carolina – its electric utilities.

Fracking: Gangplank to Climate Chaos

Read our October 2013 fact sheet on fracking.

Scientists: IPCC Report Should Serve as ‘Wake-Up Call’ — ABC News

The new U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report should serve as a “wake-up call” to governments and society about the role of humans in global warming, scientists say.

Mike Nicklas, June Blotnick, James Hansen and Jim Warren at our 2007 forum on Averting Climate Catastrophe. Read the news release
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