Climate change – overview

Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report by Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams, December 4, 2013  The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.’

Do End-Time Believers Care About Climate Change? By Robin Globus Veldman, Religion Dispatches , posted on Alternet.org, July 12, 2013 – Research suggests a belief in the apocalypse, common in the GOP, reduces interest in the government taking action.

How the Religious Right Is Fueling Climate Change Denial, The Guardian By Katherine Stewart posted on Alternet, November 5, 2012

How Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories May Pose a Genuine Threat to Humanity By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

A Warmer World and Weather Gone Wild: The Most Important Story of Our Lives by Bill McKibben, TomDispatch.com, May 3, 2012. 4…climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day. This is a full-on fight between information and disinformation, between the urge to witness and the urge to cover-up…The one institution in our society that isn’t likely to be much help in spreading the news is… the news..…If we’re going to tell this story — and it’s the most important story of our time — we’re going to have to tell it ourselves.

Only 28 percent of Fox News climate segments are accurate By Chris Mooney, Grist, April 7, 2014 – excerpt – According to a Pew study released last year, 38 percent of U.S. adults watch cable news. So if you want to know why so many Americans deny or doubt the established science of climate change, the content they’re receiving on cable news may well point the way. According to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, misinformation about climate science on cable news channels is pretty common. The study found that last year, 30 percent of CNN’s climate-related segments were misleading, compared with 72 percent for Fox News and just 8 percent for MSNBC

Climate Change Is Real: Just Ask the World Bank Monday, 07 April 7, 2014 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed … the International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, says that time is quickly running out…we only have 15 years to take the proper actions needed to safely reach that global warming limit….here in America, things are stalled. Despite the mountains of proof and scientific evidence, Republicans in Washington, and across the country, are continuing to push climate change denial policies and legislation at the behest of their Big Oil, Coal, and Gas “donors.”…Whether Republicans want to admit it or not, not only is climate change very real, but it’s also hitting us a lot harder, and a lot sooner, then we once thought…We need to mobilize our nation the way we did for World War II and jump headlong into the 21st century, thus solving the problem of the world’s largest polluter and providing an example for the rest of the world. And we need to start today. Time is running out.

The Only Way To Fight Accelerating Climate Change Is Resistance Against Those Destroying Earth by MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT, April 7, 2014 …Against those who would leave our children and grandchildren a world of death, hardship and unfathomable disaster, there is only one course of action: resistance. Otherwise the gluttonous carpe-diem-minded oligarchy will delude the world – and human life – into oblivion. 

Can Generation Hot Avoid Its Fate? By Mark Hertsgaard, U.S. News, April 5, 2014 – exerpt – …We can’t say they didn’t warn us….The report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week is only the latest and most dire in a string of scientific declarations leading back to 1988, when NASA scientist James Hansen’s landmark testimony to the United States Senate put man-made global warming on the public agenda. As a journalist who has reported on climate change from dozens of countries since then, I can’t say I was surprised by the IPCC’s report… But the report did provoke other emotions, because I read it not only as a journalist, but also as a father. And as a father, I felt grief, fear, rage, frustration and, finally, a determination to resist. One emotion I never permit myself, however, is despair. For despair only paralyzes at a time when action is urgently needed…Nor is my hope mere wishful thinking; it rests on firm grounds…Will the impacts described above be the peak of the climate crisis, to be followed by a period of recovery and rejuvenation? Or will they be merely the dark prelude to an even darker future? That choice remains ours to make, and for Generation Hot, it could make a world of difference.

Most Extreme Weather ‘Virtually Impossible’ Without Man-Made Warming by Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams, March 24, 2014 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/24-3

Climate Signals, Growing Louder By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times, MARCH 31, 2014  global warming is a danger now and an even graver threat to future generations…[reports from] the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…[and the]  American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific society…declared that the world is already feeling the effects of global warming, that the ultimate consequences could be catastrophic, and that the window for effective action is swiftly closing…. the two reports could build public support for [government authority] to reduce emissions by circumventing an obstructionist Congress…Given everything we now know, public and congressional acceptance of these initiatives should be close to automatic. But, of course, it is not…The hope among advocates is that the latest show of scientific solidarity will clear up any confusion about the causes and consequences of climate change and the need for action.

Calling All Pagans: Your Mother Earth Needs You by Robert C. Koehler, by Common Dreams, April 10, 2014  Somewhere between these two quotes lies the future: “And I would like to emphasize that nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”…The Judeo-Christian worldview is that man is at the center of the universe; nature was therefore created for man. Nature has no intrinsic worth other than man’s appreciation and moral use of it.”… The contemptuous dismissal of nature as lacking intrinsic worth — an unworthy competitor with God for human allegiance — may no longer have mainstream credibility, but, like racism, it’s part of the mindset that has shaped Western civilization. – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” … We’re all in it together. We’re part of nature, not its master. This concept is the missing foundation stone of contemporary civilization.


 

 

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