Note to my readers: This is a series I’m writing on climate change for our local monthly newspaper this year. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change. I’ll post them in coming Yarns. Cheers, Nan
2050 is a generation too late. That would be unforgivable, and very likely utterly catastrophic.
Extinction Rebellion: “The Emergency”
If you let this graph sink in, you’ll understand why so many are turning out in the streets to demand a halt to business as usual and the most massive turnaround of the world’s economy we’ve ever seen. If you need more background, go here.
Where will we find the political will to do what we know needs to be done in the time we have? Here’s an essay in the Sequim Gazette by OCA board member Ann Soule, who also serves as Resource Manager for the City of Sequim:
In our small corner of the globe, the biggest threats are drought, wildfire, and severe storms. . . . Like all wicked problems, solutions to climate change won’t be pretty, fun, or quick. But it will be much easier if it is recognized as a “quality of life” and a “community health” issue, and not strictly an “environmental” issue.
Thursday, March 1,6-7 p.m., Peninsula College – Port Townsend
Thursday, March 15, 6-7 p.m., Sequim Public Library, south meeting room
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Peninsula College – Forks
Cost: Free, registration not required. Open to the public
“We’re going to win this thing, but first we have to understand what it is.” With seas rising, global heat records falling, and storms becoming more and more devastating, the reality of climate change has never been clearer. With clean energy solutions like wind and solar getting more affordable, batteries getting better, and buildings becoming more efficient every year, we can see the way forward. The good news doesn’t end there. Thanks to 195 countries signing the historic Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions planet-wide, the world is united in working for a safe and sustainable future with net-zero carbon emissions by the second half of this century. Climate Reality is working to accelerate the global shift from activities driving climate change to renewables so we can power our lives and economies without destroying our planet. But we can only do it together with a deep understanding of the current global situation and the science behind it.
Credit Jonathan Alcorn/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
“WASHINGTON — Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.”
“Science is real and verifiable, With the health of our families and our futures at stake, the American people expect us to act on the facts, not spend precious time and taxpayer money refuting manufactured uncertainties.” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy speaking before the National Academies of Science, 4/28/14
“The IPCC called the evidence of climate change “unequivocal” and that the “human influence is clear” and goes a step further to endorse “substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”
Illustration of the scientific consensus that 97 out of 100 actively publishing climate scientists agree with the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming. Courtesy of Skeptical Science.