climate change

How 100 centimeters - and Pat McCrory - divided North Carolina

Hat tip to Facing South for uncovering this report in Earth Magazine. Too bad Pat McCrory's magical three E's didn't include ethics, environment, or evidence.

Converge on Raleigh April 20/21 to address climate

Whether the GOP listens or not, some things must be said:

The Climate Convergence on Raleigh (CCR) will be a critical mass event of concerned citizens and organizations from across North Carolina that are fed up with inaction. We will rally, march, and meet with our legislators that have the responsibility of charting the course of our future. We must take it upon ourselves to enact the political changes necessary to avert further climate devastation.

As we've seen from the economic success of renewable energy, bringing our atmospheric carbon emissions down to 350 parts per million doesn't have to be painful, and it's damned sure less painful than losing a third of our state to the inevitable volume of ocean that will result from the loss of sea and land ice. Burying your head in the sand might bring short-term comfort, but when the waves start lapping at your neck, changing your mind will no longer be an option.

What do climate change deniers and big pesticide companies have in common?

In the face of startling climate change, Republicans backed by big energy companies argue that we should "do nothing and things will work out fine." In the face of a growing epidemic of bee colony collapse, Republicans backed by big pesticide companies say, "do nothing and things will work out fine."

Things are not working out fine. And politicians who are willing to fiddle while our environment burns should be drawn and quartered for their outrageous greed.

Fossil fuels are renewable?

I suppose if you're willing to wait 45 million years...

Offset your carbon footprint

Makes a good Christmas gift, too:

As of 2008, NC GreenPower also offers carbon offsets to address growing concerns about the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. The program accepts financial contributions from citizens and businesses to help offset the cost to produce green energy. There is no limit on the number of $4 blocks an individual, organization or business can purchase.

If you're not sure just how much carbon you need to offset, there's a neat calculator on this page.

The EPA's 2012 Climate Change Indicator report

And the news is not good, I'm afraid:

The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already affecting society and ecosystems. Scientists are confident that many of the observed changes in the climate can be linked to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused largely by people burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat and cool buildings, and power vehicles.

While some of these indicators are not visible to the naked eye, others are undeniably visible, but I'm not sure how much longer they'll be there to be seen:

Make this the most emailed NYTimes article ever!

Fresh off his DO THE MATH Tour (the most direct aim attack the fossil fuel corporations will likely ever see), Bill McKibben says he found this

the NY Times front page article comes from our Minneapolis roadshow last Friday night, and the article concisely lays out the demands and the strategy of the campaign. It’s precisely the boost we need. So please, go read it here: www.nyti.ms/SESrfr
We’re quickly getting traction, but we can get more if we have your help.

So, first things first: please email the article by clicking the "E-Mail" button on the New York Times website -- if we can get it on the newspaper's "most emailed list", we can help make sure it goes as far as possible, as fast as possible.

For full instructions on how to email the article, click here: www.350.org/nyt

The Tillis Berger Bird

Last summer, GOP leaders made clear their point of view about science:

Lawmakers in North Carolina, which has a long Atlantic Ocean coastline and vast areas of low-lying land, voted on Tuesday to ignore studies predicting a rapid rise in sea level due to climate change and postpone planning for the consequences.

Today, Rob Schofield offers a brilliant parody of their likely response to coastal flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

In a follow up to its bold action last spring to ban scientists from predicting a significant sea-level rise along the North Carolina coast over the the course of the 21st Century, House and Senate leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly announced early this morning that they would take further action in the coming days to ban weather “forecasts” and news “reports” related to coastal weather events.

Many people are confused as to whether Rob's parody is real or not. That alone should give the Tillis-Berger bird reason enough to pull its pathetic head out of the shifting sand.

An open letter to Pat McCrory

Sir.

This is the first of many questions we'll be asking you in open letters. Thank you in advance for the favor of a reply.
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Let's assume for a minute that you believe climate change has nothing to do with human behavior. Choose whatever cause you want: Sunspots. Natural cycles. Cow farts. King Neptune. Take your pick. They're all good.

Now imagine that you're the Governor of North Carolina, legally and morally responsible for public investments related to natural resources and infrastructure. Infrastructure planning is one of your big deals, right?

Like any good public servant, you expect robust scenario modeling with a long-term horizon. Except in this case, you're faced with a law prohibiting any public official from actually considering one of the most likely scenarios, the one associated with accelerating sea level risk.

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