The Blue Marble Team: Our goal is to unite the world as one people; striving for a fair, just, prosperous and sustainable future through education, science and diplomacy. All life is necessary and humanity is a part of, not apart from this fundamental system.
BMR Vol. 5, Ed. 4: July, 2017
This is a personal climate and sustainable development research website for people of all ages: Use the pull down menus above and the column on the left for research. On the right you will find news from around the world.
U.N. Habitat: sustainable urban development
RESEARCH AND REPORTS:
* U.S. National Climate
* CLIMATE CHANGE (NAS)
* Stern Review Economic
* European Commission -
* Effects of Drought on
* Vulnerability Assessment
Fish and Shellfish to Climate
* The Carbon Brief
* Opportunities and
Business and Industry
* Climate Change
* What We Know: AAAS
* IPCC AR5 Working Group
1; Summary for Policy
* IPCC AR5 Working Group
3; Summary for Policy
* IEA 4 Energy Policies to
remain below 2℃:
* Ecosystems and
* Global Ocean Commission:
"THE FUTURE OF OUR OCEANS"
Next steps and priorities.
* Millennium Ecosystem Report:
GLOBAL CLIMATE INFO SOURCES:
Sidney Environment Institute
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment:
Stockholm Resilience Center:
The World Meteorological Organization
The Daily Planet
Stockholm Resilience Center
China Met. Admin.
Global Carbon Project:
International Energy Agency
Global IGBP Change
Convention on Biological Diversity:
Max Planck Institute
NCA4, Volume 1: Fourth National Climate Assessment; This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is written and peer reviewed by 13 U.S. Government Agencies and numerous NGO and scientific organizations to insure current, factual and verifiable information for policy makers.
Photo Credit: NASA
MAHB Stands for the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. It seeks to reduce humanity's ecological footprint and social inequities before environmental degradation poses too great of a threat to civilization. On the left we see Sonam Futi Sherpa, just one of a number of students and researchers monitoring the impacts of climate change on the economic, social and environmental factors of sustainable development in the Himalayas. These feet on the ground are major contributors in the alliances supported by the MAHB and Stanford University.
Photo credit: Sonam Futi Sherpa
Trial Date Set for Children's Climate Lawsuit Against U.S. Government: Twenty one children and young adults have brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Government (Juliana et al v. United States)The trial start date is Feb. 5, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon (court documents) The suit seeks sweeping changes in government programs that subsidize or foster fossil fuels development. Continuing support of fossil fuels is seen as a threat to the health and security of their and future generations. Fourteen year old Jayden Foytlin has suffered more than most from the direct consequences of climate change. She has seen storms and had her home repeatedly flooded by storms. She is only one of the plaintiffs in a case that promises to be one of the most surprising and globally significant cases of our time.
Picture credit: ic.pics.livejournal.com
Generation Anthropocene takes charge of their future: Washington state high schools reject President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accord. Tesla and Mount Si High Schools have undertaken to reduce emissions anyway. Their goal is to unite schools in Washington state, the nation and the world. It sounds extraordinarily ambitious, but in a few short weeks they have enlisted over 20 high schools around the state. By the end of the 2017/18 academic year they intend to unite thousands of schools around the world. They offer a free guidance to lower a schools carbon footprint. Stand back, young people are on the march.
Climate Change And Poverty Are As Much Of A Threat As Terrorism For Many Young People: Many adults view terrorism as the greatest threat. A growing number of young people in the UK and around the world view climate change and poverty as their greatest threat. These young people are often more informed and attuned to international events and the future than their parents.
On the other hand other studies indicate that many young people are less concerned about the environment and conserving resources than previous generations. It appears a lot of it hinges on a lack of trust in adults, the media and government. As much as young people are unrepresented, it appears conserving resources and the environment are also underrepresented. The connection seems obvious
Young people speak out about their fears and hopes on climate change: The Guardian (UK) interviewed young people around the world about why it is hard for adults and their peers to care about the environment and reconcile their fears and hopes for the future.
Empower Generation seeds and supports women-led clean energy enterprises serving the energy poor. By providing education and clean energy technology to women they reduce deforestation and the use of fossil fuels. This improves health by reducing household fumes from smoke and gas fumes. It reduces female labor in acquiring wood and dung fuels, that take away from improving home hygiene and child health care. It enables clean energy technology suppliers to reach remote markets where there is high demand for their products.
EPA Administrator Pruit Advised by Indistry not EPA Staff: Corporate desire for free reign has a champion in EPA's new Administrator. In EPAs 47 year history, the agency has never seen such a drastic removal of oversight and regulatory authority. Clean Energy, pesticide restrictions and the definition and protection of waters of the U.S. are being systematically dismantled. The Clean Water Act (CEA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Toxics, etc., are all under assault in favor of corporate profits instead of well established public health standards.
The National Security Leadership’s Message to the White House: Take Climate Change Seriously
The Trump Administration's top leadership on defense, diplomacy and intelligence all agree that climate change is happening and presents risks to the U.S. that must be addressed now. Climate change is impacting stability in areas around the world. Defense Secretary Mattis has told the President in clear-eyed terms of climate security risks.
Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms:
evidence from paleoclimate data, climate
modeling, and field observations indicate that 2◦C global warming is even more dangerous than previously thought.
There is evidence of ice melt, sea level rise to +5–9 m, and extreme storms in the prior
interglacial period that was less than 1 ◦C warmer than today. Human-made climate
forcing is stronger and more rapid than paleo forcings, but much can be learned by
5 combining insights from paleoclimate, climate modeling, and on-going observations.
Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: This guide was prepared by the World Bank. The complete guide is available in pdf at the link provided above. Cities are leading the way in funding, technology and innovation in addressing adaptation to global warming and climate change. This guide provides a pathway ahead for municipal planners and policy makers to secure a safer and more prosperous future in an increasingly unstable and changing environment.
U.S. Department of Defense has released a new directive: "Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience." Available free in pdf at the link above.
United Nations Climate Change News Room: Get the latest news and links in the international scene on climate change policy and planning.
"How Close Are We to "Dangerous" Planetary Warming." We have only a few years to reduce carbon emissions or we zip right past 2℃. Estimates of the time we have left depend upon when we start measuring emissions. Professor Michael Mann says we left pre-industrial norms around 1775. We should reach 2℃ at around 450 ppm. We're already over 400 ppm or committed to about 1.7℃. If we decide 2℃ is too much we may have already gone too far. To get below 1.5℃ we'll have to remove carbon dioxide already emitted.
Previously published at Planet Experts.
Three Reasons Why Global Warming Endangers The Planet: The problem of global warming will not magically stop at the turn of the century. Even if all emissions ceased today, we are more likely than not to see warming continue at a gradually slowing rate for centuries to come. Carbon dioxide is only one of several greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere. It isn’t even the most potent. The problem is that CO2 remains a long time. The CO2 emissions we put out today will take many hundreds of years to dissipate.
Originally published at Planet Experts.
In Paris The USDA Puts Food and Climate Change Center Stage: "As world leaders gather in Paris this week to negotiate a new global climate agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sounding the alarm about the enormous challenges ahead for the food we eat.The government agency has released a new report assessing the impacts of climate change on global food security and the U.S. food system."
Global Warming causes Climate Change. Climate Change causes Climate Disruption. Learn the facts from scientists not talk show entertainers.