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Global Warming-Related Resources and Links


This is a page of useful and informative links on the topic of Global Warming, including everything from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project webiste and other orgnaizations that he has established which are concerned with climate protection; to recent articles from The Huffington Post, or Youtube videos that address climate concerns, as well as information on other problems like ocean acidification. In putting together this page, I have tried to keep up with the latest developments on the topic, and then add sites which I think have valuable information, or other resources for people interested in the environment and the problems associated with global warming. Some of it is older information, but most of it is also relevant to today. Also included are links to other sites and organizations who deal with the environment, wildlife and nature, such as The Environmental Defense Fund, The World Wildlife Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy to name a few, detailing what they are doing to help combat the threats of global warming and protect the planet andits wildlife through their conservation efforts around the world.



  • Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn — The Seattle Times
    Story by, Craig Welch | Photographs by Steve Ringman
    — An important article and dire warning from an ocean study on the problems of accumulating C02 and ocean
    acidification, its impacts on sealife and the future of the oceans, as well as our future. C02 is destroying the oceans
    must faster than previously anticipated. The article cites the research of Dr. Richard Feely, a NOAA ocean chemist
    at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, among other researchers.
    ( See the article below that discusses his work on the movie,"A Sea Change," in 2009.


  • The Duke of Cambridge Pledges to Work for Conservation
    The Nature Conservancy Blog, “Conservancy Talk” | by Megan Sheehan | September 12, 2013
    —The Nature Conservancy is invited to joinUnited for Wildlife a groundbreaking endeavour
    to bring together organizations for world-wide conservation efforts on behalf of H.R.H., the Duke of Cambridge.


  • Another Scary Article from The New York Times:
    A Climate Alarm, Too Muted For Some | The New York Times | September 9, 2013
    —The ICC weighs in perhaps too conservatively, on the numbers for sea level rise, and the impact of carbons.

    “At the pace we are going, there is no reason to think that we will stop burning fossil fuels when carbon dioxide doubles. We could be on our way to tripling or quadrupling the amount of that heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. In that case, experts believe, even an earth that turns out to be somewhat insensitive to carbon dioxide will undergo drastic changes.”

  • Arctic Methane “Burp:” A Climate Catastrophe with $60 Trillion Pricetag
    New study looks at planetary, social and economic impacts of increasingly perilous Arctic melting
    by John Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams — “Building a Progressive Community” | July 28, 2013

    Methane gases pose a serious threat, when released from beneath the metling Arctic ice, to our planet's ecosystem,
    as well as to us and the survival of species on our planet.


  • University of Colorado (Boulder) study explains acceleration in Greenland’s inland ice
    “Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.”
    (CIRES is a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

    Staff Report, The Boulder Journal | July 16, 2013

  • Sweeping Parts of Southern Seas Could Become a Nature Preserve
    The oceans surrounding Antarctica could become vast nature preserve if voted on by several nations
    of the European Union at an upcoming meeting in Germany.


    Richard Harris | July 12, 2013 | NPR website


  • Al Gore's Google Hangout Answering Latest Questions on Global Warming
    Video of group meeting with interested participants from all sectors, who want to change the converstaion
    on global warming. Topics include: safe forms of energy, time frame before temperatures rise, Keystone XL, Obama's
    record so far on global warming, addressing extinction and biodiversity with global warming, among others.
    06/11/2013 | Google


  • Bloomberg’s Race to Protect New York City from Climate Change
    by, Dana Milbank—Opinion | The Washington Post online | 6/11/2013

  • Film, “Mission of Mermaids” Released in Celebration of World Oceans Day 2013:
    June 8, 2013 | Susan Rockefeller’s Blogpost about the film
    |Film: Mission of Mermaids

  • 2013 Offers Best Opening for Broad Climate Action, British Economist Says
    by, Anthony Adragna, 4/04/2013 | Bloomberg.com


  • Keystone Pipeline Information:

    Keystone XL Stirs Montana Farmer's Climate Change and Crop Concerns
    by, Lynn Peeples, Huffington Post; 4/04/2013.


  • 350.org - Climate Action Group:
    Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • A Huffington Post blog post article, written by actor and environmental activist, Robert Redford:
    "Why I’m Supporting President Obama" | October 19, 2012.

    Be sure to watch the accompanying video also, of President Obama speaking on the importance of renewable and sustainable energies, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9_78lvF3HU


  • * A very good website all about the problem of Ocean Acidification, including the killing of coral reefs, due to the heating and acidification of our oceans, which is also referred to "osteoporosis of the sea." The chemistry of the oceans is dependant upon our atmosphere, and what we are putting into it. How more CO2 in our atmosphere is affecting our oceans, and causing detrimental changes which are affecting all sea life, corals, as well as plants and animals with calcium carbonate shells. These microscopic plants and animals may not survive in the future. This will also affect human life, on land eventually. Also, of concern is the decline of global phytoplankton, which too will affect the food chain in the oceans, and ultimately, the amount of seafood that humans have to eat. This page has an ongoing run of videos which appear at the top of the page, with interviews from various scientists from NOAA and elsewhere, as well as others who are concerned and studying the problem. All of these things will affect humans, jobs, and food supply. The interaction of acidification with other environmental stresses is also of concern.

    http://ecodelmar.org/prayer/


  • International Programme on the State of the Oceans website.

 

  • Ocean Voices.org - is a creative sound project and endeavour initiated by... “sound artist Halsey Burgund, and marine biologist, Wallace J. Nichols, who have joined forces to collect the voices of people around the world, recounting their personal experiences with the ocean. Combined with music written by Halsey, these voices will soon become audio collages which listeners can create to suit their own preferences. Help us by sharing your voice and spreading the words of all participants around the globe.”

    You can read more about all of the details of the project on their website, at: http://www.oceanvoices.org. The website is set up to accept audio recordings, as well as to allow users to listen to already recorded voices combined with music, and view an interactive Google map of where the participants are located, as well.


    ** Ocean voices is seeking participants of all ages and occupations from around the globe, (and especially would like people from Europe to contribute), to relate their personal experiences, stories and/or knowledge and concern for the oceans. All it requires is to have a microphone connected to your computer, so that you can record your voice on the site. Whatever your occupation, age, or other demographics, your voice and thoughts are welcome! A recommended microphone that you can order from Amazon.com, is the plug and play, Logitech USB Desktop microphone, available at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Desktop-Microphone-Black-Silver/dp/B00009EHJV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1254938609&sr=1-1-spell , or by doing a search under Computers & Accessories, then microphones on Amazon.
NEWS articles and other sites:
  • Obama to shift focus to climate change | LA Times, September 21, 2009: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-climate21-2009sep21,0,7997842.story
    “The president faces serious challenges on global warming as the Copenhagen summit looms. He will speak to the United Nations and at a G-20 conference this week.”

  • Nature Conservancy Climate Change website:
    “Planet Change: Nature + People = Solutions.”

  • Union of Concerned Scientists:Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming: http://www.ucsusa.org/americanstories/index.html, an anthology of personal essays written by people from around the country about how global warming and climate change is affecting the places and wildlife that they love, and want to preserve for future generations. The webiste tells the history of the book project, and is also available in a visually stunning, online interactive format on the site with photos, which you can read. You can also order a hard copy of the book on the site.


  • Check the Earth's most current data on CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere,
    at the CO2Now.org website. You can also visit the IPCC's FAQs on Climate Change page.

    Current CO2 level in the atmosphere

  • Ice-Free Arctic Summers Likely Sooner Than Expected
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report / April 2, 2009
    “The Arctic is changing faster than anticipated,” said James Overland, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (Seattle) and co-author of the study, which will appear April 3 in Geophysical Research Letters. “It’s a combination of natural variability, along with warmer air and sea conditions caused by increased greenhouse gases.”
  • DC Environmental Film Festival documentary debut of A Sea Change at the Smithsonian’s
    Natural History Museum on March 14, 2009.

    For anyone who cares about the oceans and is interested in the future of our planet, you should try to see this movie, if/when it comes to your area. A Sea Change premiered at the Washington D.C. 2009 Environmental Film Festival on March 14th, to a packed auditorium of over 500 people. The film was made by Sven Huseby, and his wife Barbara Ettinger. As a husband-wife filmmaking team, they wished to to highlight their concerns about the growing problem of ocean acidification, and why it is becoming a very serious problem, as well as how it is projected to affect marine life in our oceans.

    In the documentary, Sven becomes aware of this problem first, after reading an article in a scientific journal titled, “The Darkening Oceans.” He travels to different parts of the country, including Alaska, Seattle and California; as well as to arctic Norway, where he meets with several scientists who are studying the problem of the increasing acidity, to try to understand more about the changing chemistry of the oceans across the planet, and how the accumulation of C02 is actually altering the ph balance in the oceans, making it more difficult for sealife to survive, or to form carbonous shells. In a unique, storytelling fashion, Sven seeks answers to his questions about what the future holds, as well as what we can do to reduce fossil fuels and convert to other, cleaner forms of energy NOW, in order to save our oceans (and our planet) from the problems of global warming and acidification. Ocean acidification is, in fact, directly linked to the problems of CO2 accumulation in the oceans, and is therefore, also directly linked to global warming. It is not just our weather and atmospheric conditions that are changing, but also the oceans, too, which are now suffering from this accumulation of acid, which is altering the natural balance of organisms, as well as fish that call the ocean, home. Things like plankton and microscopic organisms play a very important role in the amount of oxygen we have on Earth, as well as the food chain. Once small creatures begin to disappear, and cannot form their shells, these creatures will begin to die, and also affect the food chain for larger fish and ocean mammals like whales, seals and sea lions, shark, penguin, and even polar bears, whcih all depend upon the ocean in some form or another, from Antarctica to the tropics, for their food supply.

    Two scientists from the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental laboratory in Seattle are featured in the movie, one of whom is Dr. Richard Feely, an ocean chemist and an expert on the problem of global warming and ocean acidification.

According to Dr. Feely,
    “Research shows that seawater has become about 30 percent more acidic than it was around 1800. And it’s projected to be 150 percent more acidic by the end of the century, the biggest change in 20 million years. Most of this change is happening in the upper part of the ocean, where most marine life lives.”

    “We’re changing the acidity of the oceans faster than the organisms have ever experienced during their course of evolution,” says Oceanographer Richard Feely.

    8/29/2008, EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification) Journal, series article on TheRising Atmospheric C02 Levels in the Oceans.

In the first article from a series entitled, Rising Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Make Oceans More Acidic — Gradual chemical changes may already be affecting marine ecosystems,” Richard Feely and another scientist Christopher Sabine, bothh from the Pacific Marine Environmental NOAA Laboratory in Seattle, led an effort to study the anthropogenic C02 in oceans around the world. The problem, and their findings are explained in greater detail, in an excerpt from this article shown below:

“The rising concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), from human activities is doing more than warming the planet’s climate system. It is being absorbed into the oceans, where changing sea water chemistry could gradually transform ocean ecosystems.

This process, called ocean acidification, most visibly will affect —some scientists say it is already affecting—sea animals, small and large, that form their chalky calcium-carbonate shells and other hard parts from chemicals that have been plentiful in the ocean for millions of years.

Ocean acidification could reduce the amount of these chemicals, making it harder for the animals to secrete their shells. It could even, under highly acidic future conditions, dissolve the shells.

Using data gathered through activities like the Climate Variability and Predictability program, the World Ocean Circulation Experiment and ocean-circulation computer models, scientists have confirmed that ocean chemistry is changing as the sea surface absorbs anthropogenic (people-generated) CO2.

...“What was projected to occur in the open ocean models by the end of the century, we found is occurring right now along our entire continental shelf as far as we looked,” Feely said. “This puts the problem into the present instead of into the future.”

To read the complete Journal article, visit this link: http://oceanacidification.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/rising-carbon-dioxide-concentrations-make-oceans-more-acidic/

As the movie progresses, Sven also travels to arctic Norway, where he meets with a team of research scientists in Svalbard to get their opinion on the seriuosness of the problem, as well as to learn more about the Norwegians’ use of things like hydro and geothermal energy to heat their buildings; and their future plans for wind farms in the northern Atlantic ocean (which could potentially provide electrical power for the entire country of Norway). The film emphasizes the generational impacts on both young and old, as Sven is relating his concerns about the troubled oceans to his grandson, in between his visits with the scientists. The purpose of all his visits is to try to highlight, and to bring to the attention of the public an awareness of the seriousness of the problems of global warming and how C02 concentrations in the oceans are impacting marine life to the point of the probable extinction of many species. These species include the most microscopic of organisms such as the pterapod, (whose calcium carbonate shells are evaporating because of the increasing acidity) to the largest sea mammals. His concerns are that within our lifetime (or more likely his grandson’s) that many of these problems will be realized. The movie attempts to educate us and to make us acutely aware that the oceans and the marine life within it may already be in serious decline given the amount of C02 they have absorbed over the past industrialized century from cars, coal factories, and other pollutants; creating the changes that are altering the chemistry of the oceans now on a mass scale, which could become permanent. This imbalance is not only affecting all ocean creatures, but human life on land as well. As an example, 50% of the oxygen that we breathe on land actually comes from the oceans, and if the phytoplankton or the survivial of other microorganisms in the oceans is threatened by even a small temperature increase of as much as 2 degrees, as well as an increase in acidity, we as humans will also suffer, ultimately. The movie, however, does not seek to alarm so much as to make us think seriously about what we can do now, to try to reverse this trend and save our planet and its ecosystems.

More can be learned about this fantastic movie on the movie’s website, as well as the schedule where it will be showing in upcoming months. On the site you can also watch the movie’s trailer, which shows some of the beautiful cinematography of the film, at: www.aseachange.net. The movie is scheduled to travel to England, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands, and may also be coming to a theatre near you on World Ocean Day in June.

  • EPA: Greenhouse Gases Threaten Humans
    Agency wants to use Clean Air Act to enforce stricter regulations

    MSNBC.com website- climate change news/March 23, 2009
    Where there is a will, there is a way....

  • Climate experts: Risk of 'irreversible' shifts
    “Worst-case IPCC scenario trajectories ... are being realized,” they warn
    .
    — Climate Change/MSNBC.com website/ Associated Press, Copenhagen, March 12, 2009
    Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlines the seriousness of the problem of global warming at international talks in Copenhagen, in preparation for the upcoming international Conference in Copenhagen this December.

  • California Counts Costs from Projected Warming
    $100 billion alone in property damage if sea levels rise 5 feet
    Climate Change/MSNBC.com/Sacramento, CA, March 12, 2009

  • Polar bears focus of Arctic nations’ meeting
    “U.S., other nations sending delegates to discuss ways to mitigate warming

    — Climate Change//MSNBC.com website/Oslo, Norway, March 12, 2009

Recent Legislation:
  • “Senate Rejects Murkowski Amendment to Undermine Protection for Polar Bears and Other Marine Wildlife — March 5, 2009:

    The Senate voted to leave intact language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill
    (HR 1105),
    authorizing both the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce to reverse the flawed regulations of the Bush Administration, with regard to listing species such as the Polar Bear as endangered. The bill was supported by Senators Barbara Boxer, Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Feinstein. The bill will also protect other marine mammals such as the Beluga Whale. Just listing these species as endangered is a big step, and will help to provide some much-needed protections for them, but other serious climate change legislation needs to be enacted by the Congress and President Obama, in order to really save animals such as the Polar Bear from eventual extinction, due to the melting of its arctic habitat.

    You can read more about other pending legislation and efforts to protect wildlife on the Defenders’ of Wildlife website: www.defenders.org.

  • Check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s Interactive Timeline, which illustrates the eight years of inaction on the part of the Bush Administration, with respect to global warming. The timeline has pop-up window talk bubbles with explanations of the policy failures and inactions at significant points, as well as photos of natural events that occurred which either contributed to, or were caused by the global warming problems around the globe (such as the melting of ice sheets, flooding, and other things). It provides a thorough snapshot history of the problem, showing where we are today with the issue and problem.

  • Al Gore: #1: Oscar-Winner for Best Documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Feb. 2007-
    (link to Al's blog with entry about movie and Oscar
    );
    #2: Nobel Peace Prize Winner for helping to
    make a difference and bringing countries together on the issue - Nov. 2007; and #3 An advocate
    who is doing more good now as greatest global warming supporter and best known environmentalist
    around the world.

  • Visit the Climate Crisis Flash website to read more about “An Inconvenient Truth” and climate change, at: www.climatecrisis.net.

  • Update October/November, 2007: By now everyone has heard that Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in bringing about a great awareness of the impacts of global warming and the climate crisis on the planet, to people around the world. Sharing his prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, you can view the video of his acceptance speech from
    the link below on YouTube, or visit his website to see it at:
    www.algore.com.

  • Read Al Gore's eloquent Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech at the link below: http://blog.algore.com/2007/12/nobel_prize_acceptance_speech.html

  • The Alliance for Climate Protection a non-profit created and headed by Al Gore whose
    mission is to “...persuade the American people — and people elsewhere in the world – of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis.”

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Geothermal | Wind and wind farms | Hydropower | Solar Panels| BioFuels| Electric | Natural Gas

“Earth, The Sequel” - aired on the Discovery Channel on March 11th, and showed possibilities for several of these alternative energies, used in different parts of the country. You can learn more about this on the Environmental Defense Fund’s website, where you can also write to Congress to encourage cap and trade legislation.


HOW TO RECYCLE – FOR YOU, THE CONSUMER:

  • How to Recycle Your Old Electronic Batteries from cell phones, cameras, remotes, etc.:
    The Rechargable Battery Recycling Program Non-Profit:
    http://www.rbrc.org/consumer/ -
    just type in your zip code, and a list of locations and businesses near you where you can drop off your old electronic batteries will come up.

NON-PROFITS STUDYING THE PROBLEM, TAKING ACTIONS & MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • The Environmental Defense Fund
    — a leading national non-profit that links science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. Provides scientific information on global warming and facts/statistics on energy consumption. Below are s ome points made on its website:

“...the law requires the government to protect the critical habitat of endangered species. Ergo, if global warming is threatening the polar bear's habitat, the government could be forced to crack down on greenhouse-gas emissions, a step that environmentalists consider vital to the survival even of species that live in houses and would never dream of biting the head off a walrus.”

  • To read a thorough analysis of global warming, climate change, the effects of CO2 emissions, and corresponding changes in the world's oceans, visit the Conservation Science Institute's website. One startling statistic: according to measurements taken from ice cores, today's rising CO2 concentrations are 27% higher than they have been over the past 650,000 years.



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