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Understanding California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act

EarthTalk: Implementation of California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Three regions in California recently implemented transportation plans as part of a statewide strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Can you explain? – Bill Oakes, Reno, NV Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming even as Washington politicians continue…

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Extreme weather in Cologne

Video Friday: Climate, Arctic Sea Ice and Weather Whiplash

We have two videos today from Yale Climate Forum exploring the connection between Arctic ice, the jet stream and “weather whiplash.” In the first video, Rutgers University climate researcher Dr.Jennifer Francis and Dr. Jeff Masters discusses this connection in terms of the “mirror image” spring weather over much of North America between 2012 and 2013. In the second video, climatologist Dr….

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Climate change and planet earth

Infographic: Climate Change, Humanity, and Planet Earth

This infographic from Learn Stuff spells out some of the most compelling evidence that climate change is now occurring. While I don’t think climate change is “destroying the Earth” as the title of the infographic says, I do think it is changing the Earth as we know it, and in the process altering ecosystem change and collapse, extinction and altered habitats for…

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A Truth Market campaign offered $5000 to anyone able to prove more than 5 percent of credible scientists questioned man-made global warming. There were no takers.

What is Proof of Climate Change Worth to You?

A recent bounty on the crowd-funded myth-busting site “TruthMarket” offered $5,000 to anyone who could definitely prove that more than 5 percent of credible scientists disagreed with the connection between climate change and human actions. Truthmarket is a website that allows people to offer cash bounties to people who can prove or disprove a statement.  Proof must be definitive as…

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Deforestation is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Deforestation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?     – Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more…

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GAIN focuses on building resilience in response to climate change as the hybrid storm Sandy batters the U.S. east coast

New GAIN Index Draws Attention to Climate Change Resiliency as Superstorm Sandy Hits East Coast

A free, open-source, open-data online navigation tool, the Global Adaptation Institute’s 2012 GAIN Index offers much more than just a ranking of countries’ resiliency to climate change. It’s providing prominent private and public sector organizations the data and tools to make better informed decisions as to how best to invest in climate change adaptation efforts.

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Video Friday: David Roberts – Climate Change is Simple; the Cause, Effect, and Consequence of Global Warming in 15 Minutes

Speaking at a TEDx event at The Evergreen State College,  Grist staff writer David Roberts pushes back against the concerted effort to confuse and sow doubt about climate change. The key points about climate change, its causes and effects, are simple, Robert says. Give him 15 minutes and he’ll prove it.