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IPL Affiliates in Your State
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Religion and Climate
Statement from the World Council of Churches to the High-Level Ministerial Segment of the 18th Session of the Conference of the Parties – COP18 to the UNFCCC, 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties – CMP8 to the Kyoto Protocol, Doha – Qatar, December 7, 2012
God’s Earth Our Home – Five studies for Christian faiths based on “Ecology and Economy” – A lecture given by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, University of Kent, Canterbury.
Climate Change Reports and Tools
United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The U.N. report’s climate simulations predict a warmer and wetter Earth, with global temperature increases of 3.6 to 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 4 degrees Celsius) by 2100, about the same warming that occurred following the Last Glacial Maximum almost 20,000 years ago, except about 100 times faster. The second of three reports on the impacts of climate change, concluded that global warming is unequivocal, it is already happening, and is largely caused by human activity. It has concluded that many parts of the world are already experiencing more frequent and intense weather events, which impact water availability, food supply, health and habitat. Scientists’ understanding of climate risks has strengthened and the expected impacts are profound, especially for developing countries and rural communities. The report also concluded that the next few decades are the era of “climate responsibility” and uncertainty is not a reason to avoid climate action. And, that it will be much cheaper to act on climate change now than to delay.
EPA Climate Change website with facts, maps, tips, reports, news feeds and tools.
RealityDrop is a new interactive tool designed to profoundly impact the conversation on climate change. To fight denial where it’s happening and spread the truth about man-made climate change, Reality Drop finds climate news from around the web and connects it with the most relevant science. Then it engages web visitors to use the easy social media sharing tools to spread the truth.
Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation
How well prepared are we? In this special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we need to get vulnerable people out of harm’s way. The report is the outcome of cross-disciplinary teamwork among 220 scientists in 62 countries studying the physical aspects of climate change; scientists with expertise in impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability; and as well as experts in disaster risk management.
Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis by National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee On Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change On Social and Political Stresses chaired by John D. Steinbruner, Ph.D., Prof. of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, and Director, Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Steinbruner says, “We are adding CO2 to the atmosphere at a rate that is outside the bounds of the entire 65-million-year paleoclimate record. The Earth has never experienced a thermal impulse occurring at this rate ever before.”
NASA – Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., investigated how Earth’s plant life is likely to react over the next three centuries as Earth’s climate changes in response to rising levels of human-produced greenhouse gases. Study results are published in the journal Climatic Change.
Earth Care Hymns
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s new hymn texts are popular among congregations because they are easy-to-sing, well-known hymns tunes with a care for Creation theme.
Summaries of recent polls about attitudes concerning global warming / climate change.
Super Storms and Biggest Stories
Time Magazine science section:
Climate Change Might Just Be Driving Historic Cold Snap
Polar vortex may be example of global warming
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