we borrow it from our children."
-- the wisdom of Chief Seattle
Be Imperfectly Zero Waste
Be Imperfectly Plastic Free
Be Imperfectly Sustainable
Because small conscious changes
are better than none at all."
--Amber Allen @thefairlylocalfamily
The ClimateChange.Tips website is for people who are concerned about climate change. Our goal is to make it easy to stay abreast of the best, trusted information on the science, social activism, and politics of this looming crisis. We intend to empower individuals to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their carbon footprint.
A short list of things you can do today:
- Get involved and VOTE!
- Use reusable bags and bottles.
- Avoid all plastic where possible.
- Recycle correctly and compost.
- Use energy efficient appliances and bulbs.
- Insulate and turn down the heat and hot water.
- Walk, take public transport, carpool, and avoid flying.
- Eat less red meat.
- Plant trees.
- Get family, friends, and your workplace to make similar changes.
— Ban Ki-moon
Misha Coleman, World Health Organization
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Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming Project Drawdown gathers and facilitates a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.
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A Lifetime’s Consumption of Fossil Fuels, Visualized On a day-to-day basis, our fossil fuel consumption might seem minimal, however, in just a year the average American consumes more than 23 barrels of petroleum products like gasoline, propane, or jet fuel.
10 steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint Small changes alone won’t stop climate change, but your actions are still worthwhile
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Special report: Our plastic planet Activist consumer groups are pushing for less use, and to some extent, less production, while industry aims for increased recycling. Plastics demand is projected to only increase — and the footprint of plastic pollution with it.
Climate Mobilization We are on a mission to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to reverse global warming and the mass extinction of species in order to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe. We are an innovation lab focused on developing and launching frameworks, messaging, and organizing approaches to accelerate the global transition into “Emergency Mode” in order to reverse climate change and the ecological crisis.
Following the Money That Undermines Climate Science It’s difficult to figure out who’s funding climate denial, because many of the think tanks that continue to question established climate science are nonprofit groups that aren’t required to disclose their donors. That’s true of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market research organization in Washington that disputes that climate change is a problem.
2022-08-08 Climate change: Potential to end humanity is 'dangerously underexplored' say experts In a paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers call on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to dedicate a future report to catastrophic climate change to galvanize research and inform the public. "There are plenty of reasons to believe climate change could become catastrophic, even at modest levels of warming," said lead author Dr. Luke Kemp from Cambridge's Center for the Study of Existential Risk. "Climate change has played a role in every mass extinction event. It has helped fell empires and shaped history. Even the modern world seems adapted to a particular climate niche," he said.
2022-08-08 Climate change compensation fight brews ahead of COP27 summit When diplomats from nearly 200 countries meet on Nov. 7 in the beachside resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, negotiations will tackle how to cut the CO2 emissions causing climate change and cope with existing climate impacts, including deadly heatwaves, wildfires, rising seas and drought. But another issue is likely to dominate the talks: “loss and damage,” or climate-related destruction to homes, infrastructure and livelihoods in the poorest countries that have contributed least to global warming.
2022-08-05 The Problem With Wine Bottles They may be a perfect container for aging wine, but glass bottles contribute enormously to climate change.
2022-08-05 Dutch declare shortage in 'land of water' With around a third of its surface area lying below sea level, the Netherlands has historically battled against the weather. Climate change has now accentuated its struggle. In July the Netherlands recorded its third-highest temperature since records began -- 39.4C. A month earlier it suffered its first fatal tornado for 30 years.
2022-08-02 Five Best Electric Cars for the Environment An electric vehicle can help you reduce your carbon footprint in a variety of ways. They don’t cause air pollution, have fewer maintenance costs, and electric motors have been proven to be more efficient than the internal combustion variety. If you want to do all you can do to reduce your impact on the Earth, we have compiled a list of the five best electric cars for the environment. Don't forget to check out our GreenCar Marketplace powered by Driveway.com, where you can shop exclusively for earth-friendly vehicles.
2022-08-02 Blowhole wave energy generator exceeds expectations in 12-month test The UniWave system is a floatable device that can be towed to any coastal location and connected to the local energy grid. It's designed so that wave swells force water into a specially designed concrete chamber, pressurizing the air in the chamber and forcing it through an outlet valve. Then as the water recedes, it generates a powerful vacuum, which sucks air in through a turbine at the top and generates electricity that's fed into the grid via a cable.
2022-07-31 ‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert We should be in no doubt about the consequences. Anything above 1.5C will see a world plagued by intense summer heat, extreme drought, devastating floods, reduced crop yields, rapidly melting ice sheets and surging sea levels. A rise of 2C and above will seriously threaten the stability of global society, McGuire argues. It should also be noted that according to the most hopeful estimates of emission cut pledges made at Cop26, the world is on course to heat up by between 2.4C and 3C.
2022-07-29 The future of global catastrophic risk events from climate change Human civilization has evolved during the Holocene Era, the stability of which is now threatened by human-caused climate change. As a result, global catastrophic risk events from climate change are growing increasingly likely, the U.N. May 2022 reports conclude.
2022-07-28 Hidden Menace: Massive Methane Leaks Speed Up Climate Change To the naked eye, the Mako Compressor Station outside the dusty West Texas crossroads of Lenorah appears unremarkable, similar to tens of thousands of oil and gas operations scattered throughout the oil-rich Permian Basin. What’s not visible through the chain-link fence is the plume of invisible gas, primarily methane, billowing from the gleaming white storage tanks up into the cloudless blue sky.
2022-07-27 Here are all the countries taking a second look at nuclear If you’ve noticed an atomic renaissance, you’re not wrong: Governments around the world are reconsidering plans to mothball nuclear power plants, even as interest in building new reactors continues to grow. All too recently, the trend was going in the other direction. In 2011, after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant suffered a series of meltdowns following an earthquake and tsunami, global public opinion swung hard against nuclear power, with Japan, Germany, and others announcing plant closures.
2022-07-27 Europe’s record summer of heat and fires – visualised Europe has already endured a record amount of fire damage in 2022, as the continent has baked in extreme – and in some cases, unprecedented – high temperatures, Guardian analysis shows. In July, fires hit several countries across Europe. While Londoners were shocked when dozens of properties were hit by fires in last week’s heatwave, firefighters in Portugal, Spain, France and Greece were all battling forest fires across tens of thousands of hectares.
2022-07-27 Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy Big power companies operate as monopolies with captive customers in much of the south-east US. They are supposed to be closely regulated, but their profits and unchecked political spending makes them some of the most powerful entities in a state. Howard Crystal, an attorney for the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, said that US utilities are allowed monopoly power “because they are supposed to expand the public interest”.
2022-07-25 France plans fashion revolution with climate-impact labels By next year, every item of clothing sold in France will require a label detailing its precise climate impact -- with a similar rule expected for the rest of the European Union by 2026.
2022-07-24 Alarm as fastest growing US cities risk becoming unlivable from climate crisis Some of the fastest-growing cities in the US are among those being roasted by record temperatures that are baking more than 100 million Americans under some sort of extreme heat warning. More than a dozen wildfires are engulfing areas from Texas to California and Alaska, with electricity blackouts feared for places where the grid is coming under severe strain.
2022-07-21 UK approves major new nuclear plant The UK government on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the new Sizewell C nuclear power station in eastern England, which it says will generate low-carbon electricity for six million homes. It hopes the construction of the 3,200 MWe plant will help achieve its target of Britain becoming a net zero carbon emitter by 2050.
2022-07-21 Biden vows climate action as heat waves slam US, Europe - "Climate change... is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger," Biden said, announcing a $2.3 billion investment to help build US infrastructure to withstand climate disasters. "The health of our citizens and our communities is literally at stake... Our national security is at stake as well. (...) And our economy is at risk. So we have to act."
2022-07-20 Iceland is bringing back the forests razed by Vikings Reforestation has a number of potential benefits for Iceland, ranging from improving its soil quality (and benefiting farmers in turn) to helping to ward off sandstorms and offsetting some of the country’s carbon emissions. So far, the government’s Icelandic Forest Service and other forestry groups have had success with the country’s native birch as well as foreign trees that can adapt to the country’s frequently wet and windy climate, including Siberian larch, lodgepole pine, and black cottonwood.
2022-07-20 ‘In 10 years, we might not have forests’: DRC struggles to halt charcoal trade – a photo essay The rainforest of the Congo River basin covers 178m hectares (440m acres) across six countries. It absorbs about 4% of global annual carbon emissions, sustains rainfall as far away as Egypt, and is home to 80 million people – and a vast spectrum of rare animals, insects and flora. Its preservation is deemed key in the fight against global heating. But DRC has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation, losing 490,000 hectares (1.2m acres) of primary rainforest in 2020, according to Global Forest Watch. Unlike in the Amazon, where industrial-scale logging is mostly responsible, in DRC small-scale charcoal production and slash and burn agriculture drive deforestation; about 90% of forest loss between 2000 and 2014 was due to smallholder agriculture, according to a 2018 report in Science Advances.
2022-07-19 Ozone depletion over North Pole produces weather anomalies New calculations make it clear: the cause of the weather anomalies observed in the northern hemisphere in 2011 and 2020 is mostly ozone depletion over the Arctic. The simulations the researchers ran with the two models largely coincided with observational data from those two years, as well as eight other such events that were used for comparison purposes. However, when the scientists "turned off" ozone destruction in the models, they could not reproduce those results. "What surprised us most from a scientific point of view is that, even though the models we were using for the simulation are utterly different, they produced similar results," says co-author Gabriel Chiodo, SNSF Ambizione Fellow at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science.
2022-07-19 This heatwave has eviscerated the idea that small changes can tackle extreme weather Politicians and media barons deploy every imaginable wile and ruse to prevent decisive action from being taken. They do so on behalf of the fossil fuel industry, animal farming, finance, construction firms, car manufacturers and airline companies, but also on behalf of something bigger than any of those interests: the power of incumbency. Those who hold power today do so by stamping out challenges, regardless of the form they take. The demand to decarbonise our economies is not just a threat to carbon-intensive industry; it is a threat to the world order that permits powerful men to dominate us. To give ground to climate campaigners is to surrender power.