News and Blog
7 August 2018
Point of no return?
As Maddie Stone in Earther.com reports, "The possibility that a point of no return could be close at hand “should get the attention of every citizen, business person, and politician around the world.”". Thanks to Maddie Stone and Earther.com in reporting on a new paper published in PNAS that describes what would happen, climate-wise, if there is no period of stability when the average global temperature reaches the 2 degrees centigrade threshold. Basically, what may happen is that all hell will break loose. Our politicians have been irresponsible long enough. If you want to lend a hand, please contact us or go to VoterCapital.org if you want to create or join a grassroots action to influence your elected representatives.
24 May 2018
Trump Administration Kills NASA Monitoring Program - Jeopardizing GDP in Trillions of Dollars Globally.
The old adage that you can't manage what you don't measure sums up the grossly negligent move by the Trump Administration to eliminate NASA's carbon monitoring program. Didn't President Trump claim to be a business genius? What kind of business genius kills a $10 million program that could help to mitigate losses in GDP that could be in the trillions of dollars?
According to a new Stanford study, if we are able to keep global temperatures from reaching the Paris Accord's hoped-for 1.5 degree Celsius rise, rather than the catastrophic 2 degree Celsius rise, there is a 60% chance that $20 trillion dollars in lost GDP will be saved. High school students, who are likely to bear the burden of the President's decision, would likely be able to make a better business decision.
22 March 2018
According to a new report from the International Energy Agency, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4% in 2017, after three years of remaining flat. Carbon emissions reached a historical high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017. The full report is here.
October 30, 2017
The World Meteorological Organization has reported that concentrations of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere dramatically surged in 2016 to a level that Earth has not experienced in 800,000 years. CO2 concentration hit a level of 403.3 ppm, a 3.3 ppm increase from the prior year that is 50% higher than the average increases over the past 10 year periods. The BBC reports that scientists feel that the unfortunate news risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.
September 18, 2017
It's official now: 2017 Summer temperatures set an all-time record in California. One of the major repercussions of the heat is being felt by the wine industry. What looked like it was going to be a good vintage year for California wine grape growers is now looking dismal if not catastrophic. The 112 degree heat from Healdsburg to Lodi over the Labor Day weekend had the regions' red wine grapes turning into raisins. One vintner reporting losing 50% of their crop. This summer is going to remembered for a long time for the costs associated with crop damage, fires, floods and hurricanes (not to mention the tremendous tragedy of many lives lost)... at least until, maybe next summer's records are broken.
August 7, 2017
The New York Times has received a draft copy of U.S. government's Climate Science Special Report (please contact us if you would like a copy). The Report confirms what most of us already know (and makes the case that things are actually worse than expected). The present dangerous warming of the earth is due to human activity. The earth's temperature is on a highly likely trajectory that will surpass the 2 degrees centigrade limit that we needed to stay under to avoid catastrophic climate change. The present administration has to approve the Report before it is officially released and is likely to suppress it. It hardly matters if this report is suppressed by the present administration (it has already done immense damage to our climate progress). What matters is what we do. The real inconvenient truth is that we have our work cut out to try to get our friends and neighbors to engage like there is no tomorrow. Because the tomorrow we really don't want to see is right around the corner.
June 1, 2017
"It's all b***s***"
In an interview in the Atlantic, Princeton Professor Michael Oppenheimer offered his assessment of President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Read the full interview here.
March 14, 2017
Gallup Poll finds global warming concern at three decade high in US.
See poll results here.