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Neighborhood Energy network - a NYC based eco-Activist group
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I am on the mailing list for the Neighborhood Energy Network, based in New York City.  They regularly send out updates, presentation and movie announcements, and activist opportunities, to a large mailing list.  This one, their latest, lists many useful sites on Climate Change, including how to deal with deniers.
It is presented here as an aid for those who want to be better informed and to answer critics.
Climate change is here, but it is clear there's more to it than just rising CO2 levels - indeed if that's all there was, it would be much easier to solve.  Also talked about here is the effect of soot, some of which comes from increased shipping in the newly opened Arctic Route.  I wish someone would study the effect of all those new ice breakers criss-crossing the arctic, and even the antarctic, slicing off hundreds of miles of vulnerable ice edges each time.  Some of these ice shelves took decades to form, or longer; they cannot reform to the same density in time for the next shipping assault.  What does this do to the overall ice coverage range?
This information will make people think.  That's what it ought to do.  That's what people must do.

We recently passed an average of 400ppm of CO2.  The president says to expect action on climate change within weeks but we've heard this so many times before, and Kyoto, the most significant Climate Change agreement, was a dud because China and the United States, now the biggest emitters of CO2, never agreed to it, and other countries off-shored their polluting industries to countries not covered by the agreement.  As the articles below make clear, we are not only far from where we need to be, we are moving in the wrong direction, and, using worldwide averages, at an increasing rate too.

Perhaps the discussion we need to be having is what to do now that Climate Change is inevitable.  Here in NYC, we are planning to build seawalls, making it more expensive to live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods (this is a major reversal from policies that encouraged people to build by the shore), and building out marshlands to mitigate more Hurricane Sandy type storms that are sure to come.  This may be the only kind of Change We Can Believe In.

Neighborhood Energy network - a NYC based eco-Activist group by Neighborhood Energy Network




June  2013

climate change







educating the public, dealing with deniers





RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except 'group' posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum.


Skeptical ScienceExplaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation

Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn't what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say?




Climate change is not like other environmental problems  


Movie Chasing Ice convinces woman of reality of climate change


Steve Colbert video






general information



We have known about climate change for 75 years: The Callendar effect - 1938



Chart showing where greenhouse gases come from



New York storm warnings unheeded.     

More than three decades before Sandy hit, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened.   


Study sees 5-degree C warming.  

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are rising annually by around three percent, placing Earth on track for warming that could breach five degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. 


Arctic ice shrinks 18 percent in a year, sounding climate change alarm bells.  Sea ice in the Arctic shrunk a dramatic 18 percent this year to a record low, according to the official U.S. monitoring organisation in Boulder, Colo. Scientists and environment groups said the fall was unprecedented, and the clearest signal yet of climate change.   


Black carbon, a/k/a soot, is one of the biggest causes of global warming, second only to carbon dioxide in slowly making parts of our planet uninhabitable








Too much carbon dioxide can have a negative effect on some crops


effect on fruit and nut trees


flooding in Andes


Tracking Impacts of Warming in the Andes
The Andes in eastern Peru, with steep slopes and remarkable biodiversity, are what one scientist calls a 'perfect laboratory' for studying the effects of climate change. E360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert trekked there with researchers seeking to determine if tree populations can move uphill fast enough to survive warming temperatures."


Megastorms could drown massive portions of California.
Portions of California's Central Valley have dropped 30 feet in
elevation because of extensive groundwater pumping, making
those areas even more prone to flooding. Huge flows of vapor
in the atmosphere, dubbed "atmospheric rivers,"
have unleashed massive floods every 200 years,
and climate change could bring more of them.
  Scientific American  




last winter, russian scientists surveying the arctic sea north of siberia were shocked to discover hundreds of huge plumes where the sea is "frothing" with bubbles of methane gas released from hydrates deep down on the seafloor.  Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences said his research team discovered more than 100 plumes, and estimates there are "thousands" over a wider area, extending from Russian mainland to East Siberian Arctic Shelf.







Unpleasant facts about our
personal and commercial contributions



air travel uses up your annual per capita emissions limit


Coal resurgence threatens climate change targets

Coal is enjoying a renaissance, with the highest consumption of the fuel since the late 1960s. The unexpected development threatens to put climate change targets out of reach - and much of the reason is the rise of a supposedly "green" fuel, natural gas.   


Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

Local pollution in the Arctic from shipping and oil and gas industries, which have expanded in the region due to a thawing of sea ice caused by global warming, could further accelerate that thaw.  



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What to do


It's not all about CO2:  A plan to help reduce short-term climate pollutants  


Envisioning a real transportation revolution: thinking not just in terms of changes in widgets but systems also


Bank says climate action could halve worth of energy firm

For the world to succeed in reaching targets for curbing greenhouse gases, a leading bank says huge quantities of oil and gas reserves must be left unused. This is the first time the financial sector has been warned by one of its own that shares could plummet if the necessary action is taken to prevent disaster.
  Climate News Network , UK 

Our Protest Must Short Circuit the Fossil Fuel Interests Blocking Obama

Bill McKibben on the need for fast action, in spite of the human preference for taking time to respond


Harvard Researcher Blames Environmentalists for Climate Inaction


Media should describe Sandy as the result of our climate experiment


The consequences of making a mistake on climate change are severe

New York's mayor outlines why he thinks climate action is important in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


Experts warn of superstorm era to come. Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather. How can cities defend themselves against such powerful enemies? Some of the ideas out there may surprise you. CNN  




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