Environment

"...the costs of climate change, if not addressed, will be equivalent to losing 5 percent (and potentially as much as 20 percent) of the global gross domestic product (GDP) each year, now and forever." Hundreds of millions of people could be threatened with hunger, water shortages, and severe economic deprivation. "Climate change is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen." from the Stern Report on the Economics of Climate Change. (updated 8/2011 in Technology Review Magazine).Rep Chris Stewart r-Ut
"it’s probably too late to stop the frying of the planet unless we bring the industrial economy crashing to a very abrupt halt. Even conservative mainstream scientists admit that only complete collapse of the global industrial economy will save us from runaway greenhouse . Naturally, their paper was rejected by several journals — even the scientific community can’t handle this particular truth — before it was published last month in Climatic Change. We do not know how quickly we’ll need to terminate the industrial economy to save our species. If we did, we could spend that entire span arguing about the morality of bringing down the industrial machine of death. Since we don’t, we need to act as if the matter is urgent, which, as it turns out, nicely matches the data on the topic . Guy McPherson"
"... we are in the process of destroying a great many things which are real for the sake of something that exists chiefly in our imagination: money." Decline of the Empire: Clueless Man.
If the Kyoto Protocol is the best that the evolutionary process can provide as an example of the survival of the fittest, the very clear deduction is that we're not fit to survive, and we're not going to. We have so lost our way. Aubrey Meyer
At the forefront of the defense of nature are those often called “primitive”: members of indigenous and tribal groups, like the First Nations in Canada or the Aborigines in Australia - the remnants of peoples who have survived the imperial onslaught. At the forefront of the assault on nature are those who call themselves the most advanced and civilized: the richest and most powerful nations. Noam Chomsky
Blinded by ignorance and self-absorption, humanity is destroying the creation. There is still time to assume the stewardship of the natural world that we owe to future human generations." E. O. Wilson, The Creation.
It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars: Arthur C. Clarke
The United States' natural resource policy - which gives away mineral rights and is controlled by special interests - is a model for how things should not be done. The secrecy with which the Bush administration formulated its energy policy - even refusing to disclose the names of the industry representatives who participated - also makes for a dismal role model. Bush's arguments for executive privilege are loved by those trying to keep secret what they are doing - whether to benefit themselves, their cronies, or a wider circle of friends who have helped them stay in power. pg 151 Making Globalization Work. Joseph E. Stiglitz. www.wwnorton.com
...the distaste for accepting the horrors of climate change, denial, stupidity, fecklessness, whatever you want to call it, has spawned a lively industry in climate change denial that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the oil, gas, and coal industries and a political sub-culture in its own right, aimed at defeating any policy consensus that would reduce the use (and sale ) of oil, gas and coal. Climate denial also happens to work nicely for that big chunk of the public at large that does not want to entertain any comprehensive change in the way we currently do things. And so the debate about what to do about climate change decays into inconherence as the deniers deliberiately distort the facts while the science-minded are buffaloed by such mendacity and frustrated by a public that isn't interested in the facts. James Howard Kunstler: Too Much Magic pg199.

Howard Lee's Alarming new study makes today’s climate change more comparable to Earth’s worst mass extinction attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Earth has a fever, but the heat is sloshing into the oceans by John Abraham garnered the second highest number of comments. Dana's IPCC report warns of future climate change risks, but is spun by contrarians was the third most commented upon. Read more...
(4/7/2014)

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Nature Conservancy working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Wilderness Society people protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education.

Center for Biological Diversity

Extinction Protocol

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Encylopedia of Life

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Blacksmith Institute: Solving Pollution Problems

American Farmland Trust for the protection of America's remaining farmland.

Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life.

Earth Justice a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities.

National Parks Conservation Association

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Resource Center of Americas.org

TruthOut Environment page

Students for the Earth

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Worldwatch

Agenda21

About Watt.

What to do When You're running out of time (9/18/2014)

The Great Clash Between Capitalism and Climate (9/16/2014)

Risky Business (6/2014)

Global warming not slowing - it's speeding up (3/12/2014)

Vicious Global Warming Feedback Loop Worse Than Feared (2/19/2014)

The Climate Change Scorecard (12/17/2013)

Is Ethical Revitalization the Secret to Avoiding Collapse? (11/19/2013)

5 Terrifying Statements in the Leaked Climate Report (8/20/2013)

61 Reasons This Is the Most Anti-Environment House of Representatives in History ((8/13/2013)

New Research Finds Melting Arctic May Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion (7/24/2013)

A World That We Have to Avoid At All Costs (7/17/2013)

2C climate target is half of what is needed, say scientists (7/5/2013)

Earth Hurtling Toward Temperatures Not Seen in 11,000 Years (3/9/2013)

Secret Funding Helped Build Vast Network Of Climate Denial 'Thinktanks' (2/14/2013)

Congress Must Act To Combat Climate Change (2/20/2013)

NicholaS sTERN: 'i gOT IT wRONG oN cLIMATE cHANGE - iT'S fAR, fAR wORSE (1/26/2013)

Could This Scary Report Get Americans to Care About Climate ? (1/15/2013)

Lamar Smith, Global Warming Skeptic, Set to Chair the House Science Committee (11/27/2012)

Leaked IPCC Report: Recent warming is Man-made, Cloud Feedback is Positive, Inaction is Suicidal (12/16/2012)

Fight Like Hell For Climate Justice: Naomi Klein (12/14/2012)

Is Earth F**cked ? (12/7/2012)

Stand Still For the Apocalypse (11/26/2012)

The CIA has a Climate Change Program and it shouldn't be a secret (11/15/2011)

World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns (11/9/2011)

Report of the Defense Science Board (10/2011) A PDF

The Name of the Hurricane is Climate Change (11/6/2012)

Irreversible Warming Will Cause Sea Level Rise for Thousands of Years to come (10/2/2012)

The Geography of Nope (9/27/2012)

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math (7/19/2012)

Game Over or Overtime ?

Risk of Global Extinction Within one Human Lifetime

Greenland Melting Breaks Record (8/8/2012)

Top Ten things climate change is making worse right now (7/22/2012)

Earth Reaching An Environmental State Shift: Report (6/6/2012)

Bill McKibbon: The Climate Change Deniers Have Done Their Job Well (6/12/2012)

Game Over For The Climate: James Hanson (5/9/2012)

Connect The Dots Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change (3/27/2012)



Capitalism vs the Climate (11/28/2011)

The Parching of the West (12/04/2011)

To Conservatives, Climate Change Is A Trojan Horse To Abolish Capitalism (11/27/2011)

World is Nearing the Climate Point of No Return, IEA Says (11/9/2011)

Stop The Keystone XL (10/18/2011)

Scientists identify “safe operating space for humanity” in seminal Nature study (2009)

How the Right Wing's World View Is Torn Apart By Climate Change

How the West Was Lost: The American West in Flames

NOAA: Past Decade Warmest on Record According to Scientists in 48 Countries

Living For The Moment While Devaluing The Future (6/1/2007)

Republicans in Congress objected to the C.I.A.'s creation of a climate change center and tried to deny money for it. The American weather satellite program is losing capability because of years of underfunding and mismanagement, imperiling the ability to predict and monitor major storms." John Broder NYT (11/9/2012)

You want to hear about real manipulation? Media Matters reports that for the past four years, not once was a scientist on a Sunday morning news show to talk climate change. Those discussions were dominated by politicians or a media people. Sauce for the goose: Media Matters found that every politician interviewed was a Republican. And since I’m at it, please, don’t bother with false equivalencies. By the way, Lamar Smith (R-Tex) is a climate change denier. And he’s taking over the Congressional House Science Committee. Phil Plait


Large, consistent majority of Americans believe climate change is happening, want government to act (6/11/2010)

An Illustrated Guide to the Latest Climate Science (2/17/2010)

Climate Change: Four Futures (5/14/2010)

How to Answer the Dumb Things Climate Deniers Say (2/9/2010)

Gwynne Dyer: Climate Wars (Video about an hour).

Climate-gate: Beyond the Embarassment

Failed States Index 2009

 

Film on Climate Refugees Strikes a Chord  (8/12/2011)

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

For Humanity it's already too late.

Real Climate

The Science of Climate Change (Guardian)

NASA GISS Data

Scientists warn of a world on the brink (3/14/2009)

Lord Stern on global warming: It's even worse than I thought (3/13/2009) See Note.

State of the Wild (James Hansen)

Coming Ecological Collapse: Failing Ecosystems the Mother of All Bubbles (4/11/2008)

Mother Earth's Triple Whammy

Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse (Video  From 2003 TED Conference.)

Venus' Runaway Greenhouse Effect A Warning For Earth (11/28/2007)


Robert F Kennedy Jr on the Environment and Democracy


Air and Climate Files

NASA says ozone layer hole 5th biggest on record (11/5/2008)

Rejoin the world's fight against climate change.

Clearing the Air

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

US refuses to reduce emissions at Bali (12/2007)

From False to Real solutions for climate change. (01/06/2008)

Earth Inc Report

Environmental causes of cancer

Climate Change is a security issue like the cold war.

Millennium Ecosystem Report

Water

Devolution of the Seas (11/2013)

Global majority faces water shortages 'within two generations' (5/24/2013)

Great Lakes Losing Water, Climate Change a Significant Factor (5/22/2013)

Flow (documentary: about 84 minutes)  Watch it on line.

About Drought

Water.org

Decline in snowpack because of global warming. (02/01/2008)

On Thinner Ice

Stunning loss of Arctic Ice

Arctic Insanity

Fate of the Ocean

Why and How Jellyfish are taking over the World (9/15/2013)

Sea Ice decline

Oceans growing acidity alarms scientists (12/16/2007)

A Looming Oxygen Crisis and Its Impact on World’s Oceans (8/5/2010)

Blue Gold: World Water Wars (Documentary Movie 2009)

About Pfizer's now closed production facility in Groton, CT

Blue Future, Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever: Maude Barlow

Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

How we killed the ocean (video)

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction (video)

Climate Change a Bigger Extinction Threat Than Asteroids (2/15/2013)

Report: Climate Change Has Already Brought Catastrophe to US Wildlife (1/30/2012)

We've Entered The Age of Mass Extinction (8/13/2011)

Large Percent of Mammals going extinct

Loss of habitat threatens one-third of all primates (10/27/2007)

When Trees Die, People Die (1/22/2013)

20 percent of all vertebrate species on Earth are threatened by extinction

Collapse of Bee Population

China's situation

Truthout's environment page

10 Million Years to Recover From Mass Extinction (5/27/2012)

Earth Charter

Hazardous Waste

Support the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (CT river towns only.) 

See Ct River Estuary Region

Minimize your lawn. "At the Connecticut [College] Arboretum we have over the past two decades established techniques in naturalistic landscaping that have significant relevance in conserving millions of gallons of our estimated 30-year petroleum supply, saving thousands of tons of fertilizers and negating the unnecessary use of pesticides. The concept involves reducing the size of one's lawn or actually eliminating it. This is not to say that lawns are not pleasing, aesthetic, artificial creations of man, but environmentally they are very expensive to maintain. In the United States there are five million acres of lawn on which we use three million tons of fertilizer annually. Two years ago several Congressmen recommended to the President that the use of commercial fertilizers be restricted on lawns. This was not a popular request, and nothing has been heard of it since. The Lawn Institute and Fertilizer Institute might object strenuously. Note that the request was not to restrict production of fertilizers, but merely an attempt to direct their application into areas such as agriculture and food production--their highest and best use. It is especially important that we use fertilizers wisely since phosphorus, a vital element, may be in short supply in the future." William Niering

Save the River/Save the Hills is dedicated to abating and preventing pollution of the river and advocating the preservation of the Oswegatchie Hills. Due to bacterial and other forms of pollution the Niantic River is on the Federal EPA and the CT DEP's "List of Impaired Waterbodies".

Klienschmidt Energy and Water Resource Consultants are studying pollution sources emptying into the Niantic River. The final report, the Niantic River Watershed Plan, is due in September. www.kxchange.com/nrwp.

Politicization of Climate Science

Today, GAP is releasing a comprehensive report, Redacting the Science of Climate Change, detailing the findings of a year-long investigation into political interference at federal climate science agencies. The report demonstrates how policies and practices have increasingly restricted the flow of scientific information emerging from publicly-funded climate change research. This has negatively affected the media’s ability to report objectively on scientific issues, public officials’ capacity to respond with appropriate policies, and full public understanding of environmental concerns.  -- Dylan Blaylock 3/27/07

NRDC The Bush Record on the Environment

How the Bush administration regulates.

Bush Administration interfering with EPA Scientists.

EPA: Enormously Pathetic Agency

The EPA is hastily closing its libraries. !

Censorship of climate Science: The case of Dr James Hanson

US at the bottom of environmental performance for industrialized countries.

Political interference at the EPA (posted 4/28/2008) See the full report.

Bush EPA dilutes environmental justice

Running Black ops on Green Groups (April 2, 2008)

Smearing Al Gore: Here We Go Again

Cheney's role.

Al Gore's Challenge

Bush's Holy War on Nature

Climate Change Deniers

Ads Call Out Clean Air Act Attackers (7/29/2010)

A Rising Tide of Climate Skeptic Disinformation

Climate change skeptics and lobbyists put world at risk, says top adviser

The Award for Nonexcellance in Climate Journalism Goes To ...

Unfortunately, the list is pretty long. more »

Long term Weather Forecast

Guy McPherson's website, Nature Bats Last, should be your first stop for a weather forecast.

Note: some of these scenarios from "The Extreme Future": James Canton, Ph.d. 

Human population increase is putting pressure on the earth's environment. Malthus wasn't wrong, just early.

Expect continued and accelerating warming. Check out some of the evidence for Global Warming, or the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. CO2 levels have increased measurably in the atmosphere, it persists for centuries, and UN scientists warn time is running out to tackle global warming

Arctic ice will melt, open water will appear near the North Pole, glaciers worldwide are disappearing reducing the natural supply of fresh water. Serious droughts will be disastrous for many. Desertification will accelerate. Lakes will shrink. Dust Bowls expand.

More forest fires will result from warmer, dryer conditions. A recent 60 Minutes piece reported no firefighters doubt global warming.

Sea levels will rise forcing migration from areas near water level. The migration is already beginning. Insects will proliferate in northern climates bringing more disease. Many low coastal areas will become uninhabitable forcing many of the world's poorest to migrate to higher ground. Likelyhood of resource wars much higher. Massive immigration from climate impacted areas inevetable. Danger of nuclear war, particularly between India and Pakistan, will grow.

Storm severity will increase as ocean waters warm.

It is well established that Biodiversity has declined. This will be a permanent loss. Many species will need to move to preserve their habitat. Tropical species, insects, and disease will spread north.

Pollutants will become more hazardous and more threatening. Disease increase including cancer and environmentally related diseases due to overpopulation, pollution, environmental damage, and climate change.

Peak oil will make fuel, transport, and fertilizer, and food more expensive.

Deforestation will accelerate as demand grows for biofuels. Lack of Farmland will also be exacerbated by urban growth. Food shortages will be extensive.

Over fishing has already caused collapse of ocean ecology. 

Increased financial burden due to natural-resource scarcity will result in more frequent wars.

Population growth will put further pressure on resources. Resource scarcity of food, water, and land will increase poverty. Poverty is a driver of war.

Climate change may not happen gradually because we suspect there are considerable non-linearities. For example arctic ice melt will cause a change in the albedo, permafrost melt will release large amounts of methane, fresh water runoff from melting Greenland ice can cause a slowing or stopping of the Gulf Stream. So some of these changes could happen rapidly. Arctic ice melt is much faster than computer models predicted.

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars: Arthur C. Clarke

other websites:

Climate Manifesto

Worldwatch

Climate Progress

 "Petroleum geologists have known for 50 years that global oil production would "peak" and begin its inevitable decline within a decade of the year 2000. Moreover, no renewable energy systems have the potential to generate more than a tiny fraction of the power now being generated by fossil fuels. In short, the end of oil signals the end of civilization, as we know it." From dieoff.com. 

PHOENIX GREEN EARTH 

Forest Guardians Environmental Activism Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Information Centre

Lycos Environment News

American Lands

Effective Environmental Policy in the Presence of Distorting Taxes

Tax shift legislation in Vermont 

Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (USA)

The Official Judi Bari Website

Global Dimming (Video about 45 minutes.)

Nat Cap News

Grist News

UN Documents Relevent to the Environment and Sustainable Development

Video

The 11th Hour: Download it for free.

Living Downstream

Gasland

The Age of Stupid

End of the Line (Trailer)

Carbon Nation (the Movie)

Bibliography

Limits of Growth: Meadows (free to read on-line)

The Limits to Growth Revisited: Ugo Bardi. 2011

The Bridge at the End of the World: Gus Speth (2008)

Collapse: Jared Diamond

The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Colbert

Blue Future, Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever: Maude Barlow

The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World: William Nordhaus

DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow: Porter Fox

Eaarth: Bill Mckibben

The World In 2050: Laurence C. Smith

Plan B 4.0: Lester R. Brown (pdf: free on-line.)

Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health - and How We Can Save Ourselves: Linda Marsa

The Melting World: A Journey Across America's Vanishing Glaciers: Christopher White

The Once and Future World: Nature as it Was , as it is, as it Could Be: J.B. MacKinnon

The New Economy of Nature: Gretchen Daily and Katherine Ellison

Fate of the Species: Fred Guterl

The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth: By E.O. Wilson (excerpt.)

Global Warming's Six Americas: 2009, an audience segmentation analysis: E. Maibach, C. Roser-Renouf, and A. Leiserowitz.

Blue Covenant, the Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for Water: Maude Barlow

Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet: Michael Parenti

Climate Wars: Gwynne Dyer

Climate Cover-up, the Crusade to Deny Global Warming: James Hoggan with Richard Littlemore

Global Spin, the Corporate Assault on Environmentalism: Sharon Beder

The economics of climate change: the Stern review

The End of Nature: Bill Mckibben

Storms of My Grandchildren: James Hansen

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Decline: Richard Heinberg

Coming Climate Crisis: Claire L. Parkinson

Fixing the Sky: James Rodger Fleming

Hack the Planet: Eli Kintisch

Forecast: Stephan Faris

The Climate Fix: Roger Pielke Jr

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Body Toxic: Nena Baker (2008)

Storm World: Chris Mooney

The World Without Us: Alan Weisman

15 Books That Will Change How You See The World

Censoring Science: Inside the political attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming. Mark Bowen.

With Speed and Violence: Fred Pearce. Beacon Press. 2007

Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning: George Monbiot

The Next One Hundred Years: Jonathan Weiner

The Creation, An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, E. O. Wilson

When Smoke Ran Like Water, Devra Davis

Fateful Harvest: Duff Wilson (Careful what fertilizer you use.)

Our Stolen Future: Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

Silent Spring: Rachel Carson

The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power

Our Synthetic Environment: Murray Bookchin (Read it online.)

A Matter of Degree: Gino Segre'

The Heat is On: Ross Gelbspan.

The Extreme Future: James Canton

Beyond The Limits: Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers.

The Limits to Growth: Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III.

See Global Warming page also.

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