As Obama Embarks on Second Term, Heralds Citizens’ Obligations

 

From the chatter on Facebook and twitter, Obama’s inaugural rhetoric was a success. He used the words climate change. (We’ve set the bar low in our expectations there.)397508_10151405408554238_1157804940_n

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change

Munich Re on Climate Change in North America: NOT IF, BUT HOW

“Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America. The study shows a nearly quintupled number of weather-related loss events in North America for the past three decades, compared with an increase factor of 4 in Asia, 2.5 in Africa, 2 in Europe and 1.5 in South America. Anthropogenic climate change is believed to contribute to this trend, though it

Leaders, Climate Change and Energy Policy are Linked

I was horrified last night to watch President Obama and Mitt Romney try to out-dinosaur each other at the town hall debate. That brawl has no winner. It is a downward death spiral. Chris Hayes at MSNBC said after, “Discussing energy without talking about climate change is like talking about tobacco without talking about cancer.”

Yes, but even more; it can be viewed as a selfish… Continue reading

Norway to Double Carbon Tax on Oil to Fund Climate Initiatives in Developing World

«Deep Sea Delta», boreplattform, her i Nordsjøen

«Deep Sea Delta», boreplattform, her i Nordsjøen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week, Norway announced plans to double a carbon tax on its North Sea oil industry and set up a £1 billion fund to aid the developing world in mitigating the impacts of… Continue reading

My 3 Days With Al Gore’s Climate Reality

Last week, I was fortunate to be an attendee at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training with Al Gore. A thousand people from around the world- 58 countries and 47 US states- made the pilgrimage to San Francisco to be part of this training and that alone was truly inspirational. Bette Midler was in the house. Grammy Award winner… Continue reading

H2lOw Flow: Saving Water Via a Low-Flow Showerhead

With the drought affecting over 60% of the US this year, lots of people are paying attention to water scarcity issues. In a warming world, there will be higher levels of evaporation. That means some places will encounter more arid conditions that will lead to drought.

Since water is a greenhouse gas, more water in the atmosphere means more warming. This is called a… Continue reading

David Suzuki Discusses Rio+20, Economics and Survival

Press conference with the laureates of the 30t...

Press conference with the laureates of the 30th Right Livelihood Award 2009: David Suzuki Svenska: Presskonferens med 2009 års Right Livelihood-pristagare: David Suzuki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Democracy Now interview with the great Canadian scientist, David Suzuki, was the… Continue reading

As Rio+20 Ends, The Most Significant Happenings Were Outside the Negotiations

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”- Albert Einstein

As Rio+20 closes, once more the international negotiation process is deemed a failure to reverse the trajectory that will take us off the climate cliff. The process that went on inside the conference rooms was again out of sync with the reality going on here, on planet earth. While lacking a plan for concrete… Continue reading

Democracy Now Interviews Severn Cullis-Suzuki at Rio + 20 Conference

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Photo credit: changeandswitch)

On June 21st, Democracy Now interviewed Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Twenty years before, 12-year-old Severn Suzuki delivered an impassioned plea for the UN Delegates at the first Rio Summit to “make your… Continue reading

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