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Interesting anti-LEGO campaign. Yes, anti-LEGO. Weelllll, actually, it’s a campaign to tell LEGO to end it’s relationship with Shell Oil. Check it out:

Children’s imaginations are an unspoilt wilderness. Help us stop Shell polluting them by telling LEGO to stop selling Shell-branded bricks and kits today. Sign our petition calling on LEGO to end its partnership with Shell to Save the Arctic at: http://www.legoblockshell.org/?ytv1

Site is overwhelmed right now, but keep refreshing.

atlurbanist:

Secret formula for a boost in cycling: infrastructure + a crappy drive

After reading this post about a sudden cycling surge in Copenhagen, I think Atlanta has a great chance at getting a boost in cycling activity. Why? Because it turns out that the formula for getting that boost = great cycling infrastructure + being a really crappy place to drive. 

We’ve already got one of those down pat! Now we just need to add the cycling infrastructure. Seriously, if we had an extensive network of protected bike lanes in Atlanta, it’s a cinch that masses of in-towners would gladly get out of the car traffic and start pedaling. 

AND SPEAK OF THE DEVIL…

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition points on on their website that we actually have a good opportunity in Atlanta right now to help “add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta.” All we need is to get the city to devote 15% of a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond toward the construction of new bike lanes. 

ABC asks that you attend one of the following meetings on the bond to let your voice be heard:

  • July 8 from 6-8 pm: Atlanta City Hall Auditorium (Old Council Chambers) 68 Mitchell Street 
  • July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
  • July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314

Read more about it on the ABC website.

Photo of Atlanta cyclist from Tumbr user naoyawada

Signal boost. Do you live in Atlanta? Pass the word please. Thanks, m

Journalists with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) ordered to reflect consensus/majority view of the scientific community. This means climate deniers and other non-qualified persons will not be given airtime.

Often, science content is presented as an issue having “two-sides.” This works when science is unclear (such as the benefits/risks of drinking coffee, or when journalists present the latest super-diet food craze). But, when the majority of scientists agree on a matter, such as climate change (97%), the BBC will no longer present “the other side” on equal grounds.

whitehouse:

The President is answering your questions tomorrow, and it will be awesome. Tune in Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on whitehouse.tumblr.com.

You know, if you’re hip to all these things.

Tuesday, 4pm est!

Dangerous derecho, a powerful type of rain storm, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in the mid-west. Storm is over Chicago now. The Vane reports hundreds of thousands lost power, but I cannot confirm this.

President Nixon’s energy crises address to the nation in 1973. It was very aggressive by today’s standards.

Nixon:

  • Reduced availability to gasoline by 15% (e.g., he rationed gas)
  • Built new oil pipelines
  • Cut access to home heating oil
  • Asked Americans to reduce driving two days per week
  • Asked Americans to turn down the their thermostats by 6 degrees
  • Ordered cities to turn off street lights
  • Reduced speed limit for trucks to 55MPH

Imagine if Obama ordered the nation to do this today??

The legislature also finds that it is time to ensure that Hawaii adapts to the effects of climate change before they grow beyond our ability to prevent the worst impacts on our economy, environment, and way of life.
Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act, a rare science-based bill signed into law that creates an adaptation response system. Hawaii is vulnerable to sea-level rise, coral bleaching and fishery collapse, erosion, storms, and even drought in some areas. The language in the bill makes plain that the adaptation actions required to implement the programs must be based on sound climate science. Great day for Hawaii!

School girls are supposedly located but not yet rescued.

Today’s landslide in Baltimore was (of course) caught on camera. The last 15 seconds are very loud!

Some of you may have heard that 16 Sherpas and climbers were killed by an avalanche while climbing Mt. Everest a few weeks ago. The media is misreporting and misrepresenting the story. Some have said that Sherpas are boycotting (not true). Others have said that the avalanche was caused by climate change (also not true). Here, a local expert clarifies what’s happening on the ground.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, America’s schools are last in climate science and environmental education.

April 23rd seminar, designed for political and business reporters, to focus on political, economic, and security issues related to climate change
 
Journalists are invited to register for either of two Climate Change Seminars for Journalists to be held in Washington, DC.  The free seminars are organized by the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 
Where: Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
When:
April 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This one-day seminar is designed for political and business reporters, with a focus on the political, economic, and security policy issues related to climate change. Speakers will discuss regional examples from the Chesapeake Bay as well as national and international news hooks.
April 24-25, 2014
This two-day seminar is open to all journalists who desire to improve their coverage of climate change. The program is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the ways that climate change will affect - and is already affecting - marine and coastal ecosystems and communities. As with the April 23rd seminar, speakers will discuss regional examples as well as national and international news hooks.
 
 
How to Register:
Journalists may choose to register for individual seminar sessions or for an entire seminar.  Space is limited, and individuals are discouraged from registering for both seminars. Participants must register for the free seminars via the Metcalf Institute website by April 16, 2014. A limited number of registrants who must travel a significant distance to attend the seminar will be eligible to receive a reimbursement for travel or lodging by request on the registration form. Those requesting free lodging will be required to attend a full seminar.
 

This is the core document from my USAID contract. Took us three years to write this! We’ve implemented the framework in over 30 countries on dozens of projects. The USAID Global Climate Change office will hold a webinar today at 4pm. Space is limited, but I’ll post the stream this Friday.

USAID’s Climate-Resilient Development Framework (2014) offers a simple yet robust five-stage approach to help decision-makers and development practitioners at all levels systematically assess climate-related risks and prioritize actions that promote climate-resilient development.

Developed by USAID’s Global Climate Change Office, this “development-first” approach helps decision-makers and practitioners integrate climate considerations directly into development activities across multiple sectors, keeping the focus on achieving development goals despite a changing climate. 

Working with USAID missions, governments, and other stakeholders, the framework has been used in Barbados, Jamaica, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Tanzania, and West Africa.