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
UN CLIMATE TALKS (Dec. 2018)
TEDx Talk (Dec. 2018)
One Thing You Can Do Now
1. Drive less - walk, carpool or take public transportation
2. Fly less - take the train or a bus
3. Buy an Electric or Hybrid vehicle
4. Service your vehicle regularly
5. Don't speed, accelerate gently
We all can work on how we reduce our impact on the environment and climate
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.
How To Save Our Planet The ultimate handbook of irrefutable facts for saving the planet and fighting against climate change. How can we save our planet and survive the 21st century? How can you argue with deniers? How can we create positive change in the midst of the climate crisis? Professor Mark Maslin has the key facts that we need to protect our future.
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.
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.
2022-05-20 The EU Plans a Green Energy Bonanza to End Its Reliance on Moscow -“It is clear we need to put an end to this dependence and a lot faster before we had foreseen before this war,” said Frans Timmermans, the EU official in charge of the green deal. Contrasting the call to find €210 billion to spend on new energy infrastructure, including windfarms and solar panels, he said the EU was spending €100 billion a year on Russian fossil fuels. “Speeding up the transition means that money can stay in Europe, can help bring down the energy bills of European families and will not be used to finance this barbaric war in Ukraine.”
2022-05-20 How Car and Airline Advertising ‘Misleads’ the Public and Threatens Climate Action The car firms promoted battery-powered cars and hybrids in over two thirds of their adverts. This low-carbon image is out of step with the reality of fleet production figures – both current and projected – which reveal a business model wedded to sales of fossil-fuel powered vehicles.
2022-05-13 Prairie Island Indian Community uses nuclear waste fund for net-zero carbon goal -“Our history and our energy story has been negatively linked to the nuclear power plant and nuclear waste storage site,” Buck says. “We want to change that narrative and use that energy production as a positive force — not only for our tribe today, but for the next seven generations, as our Dakota ways teach us.”
2022-05-11 How microplastics in the air are polluting the most remote places on earth The combination of sea spray, wind and waves forms air bubbles in the water containing microplastic. When the bubbles burst, the particles find their way into the atmosphere. As such, transport to remote and even polar regions could be due to the combination of atmospheric and marine transport. Consequently, it is important to understand interactions between the atmosphere and ocean, to determine which particle sizes are transported, and in which quantities.
2022-05-05 US is recycling just 5% of its plastic waste, studies show Plastic producers have really been deceptive in slapping the triangular “chasing arrows” shape on the bottom of products and misleading people into thinking they are recyclable, when in fact the symbol does not guarantee that. “They have co-opted America’s love of recycling and the thought that we are doing something good for the environment, when they knew all along it wasn’t recycling,” she says. “They leveraged the heartstrings of consumers and said this stuff was recyclable.” Bans on single-use plastic items such as bags, food containers and utensils are increasingly popular, with versions adopted in places including the European Union, the state of California, and Los Angeles. But such rules need to go further, the report says. “Proven solutions that will reduce US plastic waste and pollution already exist and can be swiftly enacted. The success of single-use plastic bans, water refilling stations, and reusable food and dish ware can be extended nationwide.”
2022-05-02 A novel plastic-eating enzyme may solve our plastic woes once and for all Now, engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have come up with an innovative solution that may just resolve our plastic woes once and for all, according to a statement released by the institution on Wednesday. The solution takes the shape of an enzyme variant that gobbles up environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.
2022-04-29 Study predicts mass marine life extinction if warming continues By the year 2300, life in the oceans faces a mass die-off rivaling the great extinctions of Earth's deep past if humanity fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a study in the journal Science said Thursday. But limiting planetary warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will stave off such a catastrophe, said the paper's authors, Justin Penn and Curtis Deutsch, both affiliated with the University of Washington and Princeton University.
2022-04-29 Climate change creating new virus hotspots 'in our backyard' Climate change will drive animals towards cooler areas where their first encounters with other species will vastly increase the risk of new viruses infecting humans, raising the threat of another pandemic, researchers warned Thursday. There are currently at least 10,000 viruses that have the capacity to cross over into humans "circulating silently" among wild mammals, mostly in the depths of tropical forests, according to a study published in the Nature journal.
2022-04-28 Bottled Water Giant BlueTriton Admits Claims of Recycling and Sustainability Are “Puffery” The distances between PR and reality are particularly pronounced around pledges to increasingly rely on recycled plastic, which is far more expensive to use than new plastic. According to Beyond Plastics, 10 major corporations — including L’Oréal, Unilever, Nestlé, and PepsiCo — had promised vast reductions in their dependence on virgin plastic while continuing to rely on new plastic. The environmental advocacy organization based its findings on 2019 data, the most recent available.
2022-04-23 Can climate change be solved by pricing carbon? As climate change bakes the planet, dozens of nations and many local governments are putting a price tag on greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing flooding, droughts and other costly catastrophes.
2022-04-22 A Short Biography of Human Excrement and Its Value We have to de-stigmatise our own dark matter. We have to think of it as a natural, fully renewable and sustainable resource, and praise ourselves as its potent producers – just like the thriftier societies did before us. We have to realise that poo makes good business and that there’s money to be made in shit. It’s just sitting there, up for grabs while we’re pinching our noses, looking the other way. Faeces is that final frontier that stays between us and circular agriculture, sustainable economy and proper nutrient replenishment. When business people and entrepreneurs are once again bickering about who gets to lay their hands on humanity’s oldest gross domestic product, we’ll know for sure that we have closed our metabolic rift.
2022-04-21 ‘What we now know … they lied’: how big oil companies betrayed us all There is a moment in the revelatory new PBS Frontline docuseries, The Power of Big Oil, about the industry’s long campaign to stall action on the climate crisis in which the former Republican senator Chuck Hagel reflects on his part in killing US ratification of the Kyoto climate treaty. In 1997, Hagel joined with the Democratic senator Robert Byrd to promote a resolution opposing the international agreement to limit greenhouse gases on the grounds that it was unfair to Americans. The measure passed the US senate without a single dissenting vote after a vigorous campaign by big oil to mischaracterize the Kyoto protocol as a threat to jobs and the economy while falsely claiming that China and India could go on polluting to their heart’s content.
2022-04-20 Humans destroyed forests for thousands of years – we can become the first generation that achieves a world in which forests expand. In our lifetime we have the unprecedented opportunity to bring our long history of deforestation to an end. For the first time in millennia we could achieve a world in which forests expand.
2022-04-18 Big electric trucks and SUVs are the new gas guzzlers For decades, regulators have assigned hybrid and gas-powered cars a miles per gallon (MPG) rating, which gauges a car’s fuel efficiency by measuring how many miles it can drive on one gallon of gas. Regulators give EVs a comparable “miles per gallon equivalent” (MPGe) rating, which measures how far an EV can drive on 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity (roughly the same energy content as a gallon of gas).
2022-04-15 Science: When to question and when to trust Questioning scientific understanding is fundamentally important to scientific progress. All good scientists are skeptical about everything related to science, especially when it involves their own specialty area of science. But, being skeptical is not the same as rejecting.
2022-04-15 ‘Can our politics rise to the climate challenge?’ Do we need a new kind of politics to help us through the years ahead? If so, what does that look like? I wonder what governments would look like if they centered the vulnerable and politicians didn’t bow to corporate pressure. Does that seem possible? Where? How? How fast?
2022-04-14 Documents Show How Polluting Industries Mobilized to Block Climate Action The latest mitigation report states clearly that politics and corporate power are the only real impediments to action — not a lack of scientific evidence, technological or policy options, or even money — IPCC authors declined to engage with this problem both in the press conference for the report and in the report’s summary for policymakers. Now, a week after the report’s release, here comes a paper revealing that the IPCC itself has been the target of U.S. vested interests since its inception.
2022-04-14 Our food system isn't ready for the climate crisis All our food systems – agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – are buckling under the stress of rising temperatures, wildfires, droughts, and floods. Even in the best-case scenario, global heating is expected to make the earth less suitable for the crops that provide most of our calories. If no action is taken to curtail the climate crisis, crop losses will be devastating.
2022-04-13 Thawing permafrost is roiling the Arctic landscape The abrupt transitions we're seeing today - lakes becoming drained basins, shrub tundra turning into ponds, lowland boreal forests becoming wetlands - will not only hasten the decomposition of buried permafrost carbon, but also the decomposition of above-ground vegetation as it collapses into water-saturated environments. Climate models suggest the impacts of such transitions could be dire. For example, a recent modeling study published in Nature Communications suggested permafrost degradation and associated landscape collapse could result in a 12-fold increase in carbon losses in a scenario of strong warming by the end of the century.
2022-04-13 Fossil fuels v our future: young Montanans wage historic climate fight Held v State of Montana, argues that state lawmakers have prioritized the business interests of the fossil fuel industry over their future. When their case is heard next February, it will be the first in a wave of youth-led climate lawsuits to successfully go to trial. Experts say a decision in favor of the 16 youth plaintiffs could have sweeping implications across the country, setting guard rails for how politicians are able to protect the interests of extractive corporations.