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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.


Climate Change is a People’s Shock — The Nation

The research I’ve done over the past five years has convinced me that climate change represents a historic opening for progressive transformation. As part of the project of getting our emissions down to the levels so many climate scientists recommend, we have the chance to advance policies that dramatically improve lives, close the gap between rich and poor, create huge numbers of good jobs, and reinvigorate democracy from the ground up.

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change — NPR’s Morning Edition

A seven-year study published Tuesday by the National Audubon Society warns that the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America are now or soon will be threatened by climate change.

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns — The Washington Post

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.

Drought Conditions Wreak Havoc On Latin America — NPR’s Morning Edition

Parts of Latin America are severely parched. The drought is fueling clashes, forcing rationing, decimating crops and affecting travel through the Panama Canal.

California drought: Drilling deeper in the hunt for water — BBC

By Alastair Leithead
Taps are running dry in California’s Central Valley as the worst drought…

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.

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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