Fly along with NASA’s cloud hunters

Coverage courtesy of Climate Desk and Mother Jones.

The realization that we won’t have answers to our questions about clouds for possibly decades is concerning… if it is true that that climate change is accelerating and needs to be reversed in that same time period.

Hopefully we can have reasonable certainty from this research before it is too late to convince those doubting the need for and stifling climate policy.

For the Sports Fans

I am NOT a sports fan.  Let’s just get that out of the way now.

I love the concept of sports: health, friendly competition, self improvement. I even like to watch the occasional match of almost anything (UFC and probably cricket excluded). I cycle nearly every day (though won’t be caught in fancy branded spandex). I have even lent myself to coaching mini minors soccer and baseball, and to being laughed at on a court/field/pitch for adult purposes occasionally.

However, don’t ask me to recite team names and associated locations or playbook rules.

At most, I could describe a sports figure scandal or two.

My aversion to sports has developed slowly over the last 10 years from watching some people around me lose sight of more important things and sit on the couch for more hours than (in my opinion) are reasonable.

And then there is the “opiate of the masses” concept, in which my field of sustainability, sports has been a detractor from more important things… like rallying around car share coops and community gardens. *Sigh.

But the push for sustainability is slowly being outweighed by the pull. 

Organizations of every size, type and objective are existing on the same planet, in the same human  society myself and friends are trying to save. The truth is, if your clients need mobility, to eat and to have a disposable income, they will need a low carbon and climate resilient community/economy/society.

So join the team. The Green Sports Alliance team.

The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 170 sports teams and venues from 15 different sports leagues.

We’re talking carbon neutral games, partnerships with transit authorities, and competition crushing waste management strategies. *the crowd goes wild*

Here’s the call to action

Friends of mine are organizing a conference (September 26-27, Vancouver) to facilitate peer-based learning about greening sports operations (facilities, teams, matches). If you fit this profile:

  • Athletic directors, administrators, sustainability officers, researchers, recreational programmers, facility managers
  • Professional sport teams, sport venues owners, amateur sport bodies, government and non-government sport organizations, sustainability organizations

Or know someone that does, check out “Think Tank 3 – Sports & Sustainability: Universities as agents of change

If you are a sports team representative of any kind:

 If you work in the world of sports, please join us to share your insights and learn valuable strategies that will accelerate the environmental evolution of professional and collegiate sports.

And for the sports fans:

  • Make your home based sports watching energy efficient
  • Take transit/cycle to live games.
  • Find a local sports team to join/watch and spend your time cheering on your community members.

Go greenies go!

HB

Bragg Creek Flood: reaction to eye witness reactions

You know people are desensitized to destruction and the pain/loss of others when they virtually cheer as a community member’s house gets destroyed in a torrent of raging water.

Yes it’s incredible to see… but my shock just does not express the same way…

The jaw certainly does drop, but the heart sinks too. Shouldn’t it? Someone has lost their home.

I don’t know, maybe I’m being to sensitive to what is probably one individual’s insensitivity. But I’m sure if it was his home, or a family member’s home… his reaction would be quite different.

My hope is that we all consider each other with similar empathy we would extend to family and friends. We’re going to need to if our communities are to survive the kind of disasters that are on the horizon.

HB

New report set to rock the climate change denier camp: science as settled as it gets

In my community of people who care immensely about the stability of our atmosphere… and thus biosphere… and thus human civilization, it sometimes is forgotten that there are a number of people who still have trouble grappling with this issue.

This week, as usual, my colleagues and I were considering various aspects of the climate system and how BC’s land base, economy and population could possibly adjust to reduce or remove carbon in the atmosphere (we have legislated targets to meet in BC). And then a fact was stated that shook even us: permafrost now contains 1,700 billion tonnes of carbon, or twice the amount now in the atmosphere… and it’s melting. And if we don’t reverse our emissions trend, like tomorrow, it will continue to melt faster.

I often hear the words “game over” during such revelations.  Unfortunately, we have them more often than we’d like… Sometimes even the experts need reminding of how important it is we do all we can, and then lead others to do the same.

On the other side, we’re lucky in BC to generally have a public mindset that enables our political leadership to take action. However, we still don’t see 100% of British Columbian’s REALLY sure that this problem warrants the challenge of tackling it, which will include making uncomfortable changes at times.

I can talk all I want about what I know and why it matters…. but if a person has doubt about whether my expertise is agreed upon by other scientists, I may as well be a pollster.

So here it is:

And why does this mater so much? How about a good ole short film to help us understand:

Rising seas will leave their mark. Here’s a preview.

Artistic commentary on life has been an effective means for generating dialogue and spurring change for centuries.

Initiatives like this one make a statement, but they also help people to visualize the future. In our case, the future is to be avoided, at least at the rate we are going. That is, unless, you prefer your favorite shopping district underwater…

Reality Drop: Spread Science about Climate Change, Global Warming

Reality Drop: Spread Science about Climate Change, Global Warming.

YES. YES. YES.

I have saved this to my desktop.

Introducing Reality Drop from Climate Reality on Vimeo.

First Solar and SunPower Surge After Receiving “Buy” Rating From CitiGroup

I’m not well versed in the stock market. I have principles that disagree with the whole structure of it. Not that investments are bad – but distant, “I just want a profit” dollar placement is wrought with ethical dilemma.

And then there is speculation. I was click-happy and stumbled upon “market news” relating to solar. The news was good for some companies, and clearly, investors will react to that.

I’m happy to see support for solar technology companies. But “solar” is just on the surface. And with the emotionally charged issue of energy, I expect rash and shortsighted decisions are more frequent than is healthy.

What I have learned is that the energy landscape is terribly complex. Terribly.

Still, I aspire to have panels on my roof someday. I hope this market news is balanced.

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/first-solar-and-sunpower-surge-after-receiving-buy-rating-from-citigroup-nasdaq-fslr-1756245.htm

HB

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