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CLIMATE ADAPTATION

I want to punch climate change in the face. A blog about the interactions between the built environment, people, and nature.


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Killing of Environmental Activists Rises Globally

Interesting that the investigators found that “authorities and security forces” (e.g., government) are complicit. I wonder how they found this information (or if they assumed it)?Anyone have this report? If so, can you kindly send it to me?

Growth for Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All?   

Thought provoking piece by Al Jazeera guest writer questions the limits of perpetual economic growth. What do you think?

Aggressive growth is impossible ecologically and implausible economically. We need economic strategies at the local, state and national levels that prioritize community benefit over corporate gain, and which presume a need for local resiliency instead of depending on uncontrolled growth. We also need to develop new strategies to democratize wealth in the face of extreme inequality.

Like the programs developed in “the state and local laboratories of democracy” that led to the New Deal, numerous experiments percolating across the country in the “new economy” — building cooperative and community-owned businesses, developing locally focused supply chains at a municipal and regional level, building new forms for public ownership of essential services like banking and power generation — may just point the way.

The end of growth poses a long-term systemic challenge, and such explorations suggest that a new direction may be quietly being explored in the midst of economic and ecological degradation. It is a direction that is likely to accelerate as economic and social pain of the decaying economic system continues to force Americans to explore solutions that take us beyond the tired nostrums of the past.”

Gar Alperovitz is a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and a founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of “What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution.”

Early springs surprise many species

Spring has arrived earlier throughout the world (with the exception of North America).

Spring is arriving earlier – maybe not this year for North America, but the trend is clear. This is not welcome news for Arctic creatures or the roe deer of France. And it could be awkward for flower festival organizers as well.

Evangelical Christians reconsider denying climate change

One of the roadblocks to climate change becoming a nonpartisan issue, and to opening up more ears to the science … is the evangelical community’s lack of strong hierarchical leadership. There are influential people like Cizik, but unlike with other faith traditions, there is no pope, archbishop or other central figure that everyone can look to.

"We have this leadership vacuum that I think has been filled with conservatives who aren’t necessarily Christian. People get their opinions from AM talk radio, or from Fox News," Hayhoe told HuffPost.

"This is also a generational issue. If you talk to the average 20- or 30-year-old, you might get a very different perspective," she added.

Anna Jane Joyner and her father, Rick Joyner, an evangelical megachurch preacher, exemplify that age gap.

Via HuffPo (Forgive me readers, this is a rare time I link to HuffPo!)

Living on Earth: Maple Syrup and Climate Change
Obama admin sued for dragging feet on studies of climate impacts

Clever, but I don’t think the CEQ has authority to enforce a NEPA regulation. Any 2Ls out there?

This is the biggest scientific climate change report in all of history. Ever." - Mr. Michel Jarraud World Meteorological Organization

IPCC releases its report on climate impacts. Streaming live now. Here.

Livestream of IPCC announcing major new climate change report

Webcast of IPCC press conference (PDF)
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 27 March 2014 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is holding a press conference at 08:00 p.m. EST tonight / 09.00 a.m. Yokohama time on Monday 31 March 2014 to present the Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report.
This press conference will be webcast in English, Japanese and Spanish and can be followed live.
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Notes for editors

The IPCC is considering the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, in Yokohama, Japan, on 25-29 March 2014. The Summary for Policymakers and full report will be released on 31 March. The full report will be published online in August and in book form a few months later.
The Working Group I contribution, on the physical science basis of climate change, was released on 27 September 2013 and the full report published on 30 January 2014. The Working Group III contribution will be considered by the IPCC in Berlin on 7-11 April 2014. The Fifth Assessment Report will be completed with the Synthesis Report that will be considered by the IPCC in Copenhagen on 27-31 October 2014.

Former archbishop of Canterbury reveals global climate change fears

How Bill Nye became the Science Guy.

ecowatchorg:

Oil and Gas Giant Exxon Agrees to Its First Carbon Risk Disclosure

READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/21/exxon-disclose-carbon-risk/

Interesting.

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Has anyone read this? Looking for the paper.

The paper was debunked. And, apparently, the Guardian misunderstood the paper.

Wyoming rejects science education standards over climate change

Fascinating turn in Wyoming. There are lawsuits of the content of science curricula?! Come on Wyomingites!! I work in all sorts of terribly governed countries, none of them - NOT ONE - has any issues with science. In fact, they embrace science with intense curiosity, hope, and energy.