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Nobody has a monopoly on what is a very hard problem, but I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society. Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm. And ultimately, we will be judged as a people, and as a society, and as a country on where we go from here.
President Barack Obama’s ‘We Need to Act' speech on climate change from June 26th, 2013.

I’m reviewing all of the research I’ve compiled for my carbon tax essay and i thought this speech was ambitious. I almost forgot about this speech.

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The IPCC’s 5th Comprehensive Climate Change Report is Out

Here’s some great pieces from this morning that summarize and explain what this is all about.

WTF is the IPCC?
by John Upton, Grist.org

You’ve never even heard of the IPCC? This link will give you a primer.

What the IPCC Found: the Big News From the Climate Assessment
by John Upton, Grist.org

John summarizes the 36 page summary to succinctly explain the findings and predictions.

IPCC Report: Strongest Case Yet for Human-Caused Global Warming
by Denise Chow, LiveScience.com

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Americans are not a people who look backwards; we’re a people who look forward. We’re not a people who fear what the future holds; we shape it. What we need in this fight are citizens who will stand up, and speak up, and compel us to do what this moment demands.

Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I’m going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future.

Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there’s no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.

U.S. President Barack Obama, “We Need to Act" speech, June 25 2013

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by Michael Grunwald, Time.com

I think I could put forth a great argument why we should applaud everything Grunwald points out here AND still be able to argue why Obama - in a myriad other ways - has only ensured that global CO2 emissions, including the US’ will continue to be too high and more must be done immediately, worldwide, to address our climate/eco crisis.


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ggwookie:

Fascinating interview

Key points

  • Climate Commission says 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves will have to stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change
  • Report says forecasts made two years ago in the first Climate Commission report have become a reality and scientific consensus has grown
  • Global emissions will need to be trending downwards by the end of the decade for keep temperatures at a “manageable” level, the report says

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rhamphotheca:

Andean Tropical Glaciers Going Fast, May Soon Be Gone
by Paul Brown, Climate News Network
The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear altogether, cutting off the summer water supply for millions of people, according to scientists studying the region’s climate.
Their findings are particularly significant because glaciers in the tropics, 99 percent of which are in the Andes, are regarded as among the most sensitive indicators of climate change on the planet, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In the Andes glaciers contribute to irrigation, hydroelectricity generation, and water supply. For example, 15 percent of the water consumed in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, comes from glaciers, a figure that doubles in the summer. The region, with 3.5 million people, is heavily dependent on melt water for its survival (and see our story of 25 January, Andean glaciers show record melting)…
(read more: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/andes-tropical-glaciers-are-going-fast-may-soon-be-gone-15844)
(photo: Edubucher | wikipedia)

Shrinking and disappearing glaciers in a world already in dire need of water resources and reallocation is something often overlooked and it’s one of the biggest effects of climate change and it’s happening NOW.Side note: The country we are droning and radicalizing, Yemen, is often cited as the first country that will run out of water. Meanwhile, former Nestle CEO says that he doesn’t view water as a public right saying that: "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution." [Source.]People don’t realize the future we have in store.CEO culture is killing us all.

rhamphotheca:

Andean Tropical Glaciers Going Fast, May Soon Be Gone

by Paul Brown, Climate News Network

The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear altogether, cutting off the summer water supply for millions of people, according to scientists studying the region’s climate.

Their findings are particularly significant because glaciers in the tropics, 99 percent of which are in the Andes, are regarded as among the most sensitive indicators of climate change on the planet, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In the Andes glaciers contribute to irrigation, hydroelectricity generation, and water supply. For example, 15 percent of the water consumed in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, comes from glaciers, a figure that doubles in the summer. The region, with 3.5 million people, is heavily dependent on melt water for its survival (and see our story of 25 January, Andean glaciers show record melting)…

(read more: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/andes-tropical-glaciers-are-going-fast-may-soon-be-gone-15844)

(photo: Edubucher | wikipedia)

Shrinking and disappearing glaciers in a world already in dire need of water resources and reallocation is something often overlooked and it’s one of the biggest effects of climate change and it’s happening NOW.

Side note: The country we are droning and radicalizing, Yemen, is often cited as the first country that will run out of water. Meanwhile, former Nestle CEO says that he doesn’t view water as a public right saying that: "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution." [Source.]

People don’t realize the future we have in store.
CEO culture is killing us all.

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We are ignoring our existential crisis.

There’s no “market” (I’ll never not parenthetical the word market.) solution for climate change. Oh, and our way of life is unsustainable.

Somehow, I still don’t feel hopeless and I’m certainly not tired.

Fuck love; make revolution.

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