Archive for the ‘climate change’ Category

The New York Times Magazine has published their 2009 green issue. Articles include, “Why Isn’t the Brain Green?” and “Natural Happiness.”

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Michael was interviewed as part of the story, Project to Help NH Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change, which aired this morning.

You can listen to the show and hear about Michael’s work with the New Hampshire Estuaries Project assisting communities to assess culverts in light of the increasing frequency of severe storms. This research project is part of the EPA‘s National Estuary Program, Climate Ready Estuaries.

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Looking for balanced information on biofuels? Worldchanging provides just that while reviewing recent studies that call some biofuels into question.

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Have family, friends, or colleagues who you know aren’t yet using compact flourescent lightbulbs (CFL)? Try sharing CFL love with this 3-minute video:

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Keene’s efforts to prepare for and combat climate change are reported in the February 17 online USA Today. Read the article here: N.H. city prepares for worst as warming fears rise

Don’t miss a quote from ANE’s own Kay Delanoy toward the end of the article!

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Looking for information about the impact of climate change close to home? Wondering who’s working on efforts to combat climate change and mitigate its impacts in New Hampshire? A good place to find information is the State of New Hampshire’s website, Climate Change Efforts in New Hampshire.

On the site, you’ll find links to relevant Executive Orders issued by the Governor; to state agencies, cities, and towns working to combat climate change; and to reports produced by non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies, among other information.

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As we approach the date for the national teach-in Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America, we’ll be highlighting stories about climate change. We’ve planned a week of Focus the Nation activities for the ANE community and hope to see y’all there.

The BBC reported disturbing news about the Arctic ice cap last December. According to modelling studies, the Arctic is likely to be free of ice during the summers as soon as 2013.

And this from the folks at Focus the Nation:

According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to hold global warming to the low end (3-4 degrees F), global emissions of CO2 will have to peak in 2025—less than 20 years from now. Granting a 10-year lag for developing countries, this means that developed country emissions, including the US, must peak and begin to decline by 2015.

It’s urgent that we take action now at both the personal and political levels. There are many opportunities to learn how during the week of Focus the Nation activities beginning January 28.

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A Boston Globe article highlighting the Town of Peterborough’s efforts to green government mentions ANE ES student Mindy Pistachio. Mindy conducted the research that convinced officials to help cut carbon dioxide emissions by requiring town vehicles to be turned off.

Go, Mindy!

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Abi Abrash Walton, a faculty member in ANE’s Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program and contributor to The Well-Trained Activist, sent this one our way . . . .

In Altar Call for True Believers from the September/October issue of Orion Magazine, Janisse Ray challenges those of us who think we are walking our talk as environmentalists to take a harder, longer look at our actions. Have you signed onto the Kyoto Protocol as an individual? Would you?

In the article, Ray writes about her struggle to be as true to her environmental ethic as possible and acknowledges that she’s got a ways to go:

Still, I am far from saved. My footprint is surely too large for me to enter the kingdom of sustainability heaven. If sustainable living is a continuum, from excessive waste to zero waste, then I too am not where I want to be on it.

One effort Ray mentions is asking organizers of events at which she has been invited to speak to do as much as possible toward making the event green. Steve Chase, director of ANE’s Environmental Advocacy and Organizing Program, recently pointed us to Environment Canada’s Green Meeting Guide, a great resource worth sharing widely.

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According to a May 3 article by Gregory Lamb in the Christian Science Monitor:

Hundreds of scientists and government officials from around the world are meeting in Bangkok, preparing to issue a May 4 report on what steps should be taken to combat global warming. But a new study released May 1 showed that one of the group’s predictions on climate change, made in an earlier February report, may already be too conservative.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) had said that Arctic sea ice was shrinking by as much as 5.4 percent per decade. At that rate, it could disappear entirely toward the end of this century.

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