Free course on climate change: Climate Insights 101

Learning is good.

If you are not solid in your ability to facilitate dinner table talk about climate change, let the fine folks at the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions help you out.

Their free series of on-line courses will get you right up to speed. And if you’re not into the full meal deal, check out Climate Insights: Mini Lessons:

Climate Insights 101

A trilogy of animated and interactive courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes of climate change, of how society can adapt, and the options for mitigation.

Each course contains 3-4 lessons with test-your-knowledge sections.

1) Climate Science Basics

This course covers the scientific basis for changes in Earth’s climate, both natural and human-induced, common misconceptions about global warming and more….

2) BC Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Climate change is already here and will speed up over time. This course is a how-to guide for projecting future climate within British Columbia and preparing for those changes.

3) Mitigation

This course explores and assesses the practical methods, technologies and policy options being used in BC and around the world to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.

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A Series of Climate wins via Grist

Since I have proclaimed 2014 the year of the cheerleader, the focus of many of my posts will highlight climate action wins.

If this sounds good to you, you may also want to follow the Series of Climate wins on Grist.

via Series Climate wins | Grist.

 

Lego commits to 100% renewable energy goal

LEGO logo

LEGO logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superb news!

 

This makes me feel waaayyy less guilty for supporting my child’s Lego habit – a tradition in our family and almost every family I know.

 

Thanks to WWF partnering with Lego, one more giant, recognizable and valued consumer good is having less impact on our planet.

 

Commenting on the new partnership, the LEGO Group’s CEO, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, said: “We have experienced strong growth for eight consecutive years and, as we grow, we are becoming increasingly aware of the impact we leave on the planet. Partnering with WWF is an important step in our efforts to get the best out of our sustainability initiatives. We are proud to contribute to WWF’s overall vision of 100% renewable energy by 2050 and already now they have played a part in the targets we have set – and how we can achieve them.”

More information about this…

 

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.

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.

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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…

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