• UK Election plea: Stop subsidizing oil & gas companies
    There are 2 very good reasons why this makes sense. First, the UK government subsidizes oil, coal and gas by over £2 billion every year, and the companies (like Shell, BP, Centrica etc.) will ask for even more money – that’s our tax money – this year because the oil price is low, and finding it and drilling it out of the ground is costing more. So why should we help these companies to balance their books? For the G20 countries alone – and the UK is a major member – these subsidies are a massive £59 billion ($88billion). According to The Economist, the global figure is $550 billion. As described February 3rd in The Guardian Sustainable Business, US government support for shale gas fracking in this low oil price regime is like supporting the failing banks during the mortgage crisis that led to the crash of 2008. Will our next UK government think that our own oil and gas companies are also (just like the banks) “too big to fail”? As The Economist put it, we have a once in a generation opportunity to “Seize the Day” and fix our energy policy, and why not. Secondly, and closer to our hearts, our legacy to our children and grandchildren should be a sustainable world, in which they can thrive, free from fear of war and irreversible climate change. In October 2014 Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, stated that the majority of burnable fossil reserves may be considered unburnable if global temperature increases are to be limited to our internationally agreed target of 2degrees Celsius. Nature Magazine’s report in January 2015 shows real data to confirm this. Also in October Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti warned MPs that global warming, particularly from global reliance on oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels would be a driver of global instability, resulting from conflict over resources, and from a growing number of “natural” disasters due to climate change. Continued reliance on fossil fuels threatens our children’s legacy of peace and sustainability. We have a golden opportunity to help secure our future; let’s stop these subsidies now.
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  • No pipeline in NH
    We value our state and want to maintain our beautiful towns, nature, and liberties. This pipeline is contrary to these ideals.
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  • Stop climate denial in West Virginia’s classrooms!
    West Virginia recently adopted new education standards based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed to provide comprehensive, research-based science education that includes climate change -- but not before sneaking in some shocking alterations. The new standards, altered last minute at Board member Wade Linger’s request, cast doubt on climate change as a settled science. If the Board goes through with the new standards, West Virginia kids will get a dose of climate denial in their classrooms -- all because one Board member doesn’t believe in human-induced climate change. All West Virginia kids deserve an accurate, 21st-century education, and they shouldn’t have to learn false science based on standards that contain blatant errors and misrepresent the scientific consensus on climate change. There’s still time for the Board of Education to fix its errors, because the new standards won’t go into effect until next year. Sign this petition to tell the Board to correct all information related to climate change in the new standards for K-12 students in West Virginia -- and give kids the education they deserve. For more info: Climate-Change Education Advocates Denounce 'The False Science From West Virginia' | Huffington Post: http://buff.ly/1x4Zsph Climate-Change Education Advocates Denounce 'The False Science From West Virginia' | Salon: http://buff.ly/1x4ZkpN
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  • Hear My Voice. Agree on Climate Action in Paris.
    Global accords between nations take many years to develop, and many more years to ratify, implement and ultimately benefit from. This one cannot wait any longer. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference of the parties in Paris 2015 (COP21) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our leaders to take action and create real and lasting change that benefits everyone, everywhere. There is a lot of work left to be done. But there has also been a lot of progress since Kyoto in 1997, Copenhagen in 2009, and Lima in December 2014. Lima began the negotiation and drafting of a landmark agreement to be signed at the Paris conference. The goal is in sight. We cannot miss this opportunity. We must stand up, raise our voices, and demand that our leaders agree on climate action once and for all.
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  • Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon: We demand the restoration and protection of forests worldwide.
    With the recent drought in Sao Paolo that brought its population to its knees, ice caps melting even faster, another mega sized hurricane (this time hitting the Philippines, again), disappearing coastlines, forest fires in rain forests, sea level rising, climate patterns in turmoil and another worldwide warmest year on record, the destruction of our rain forests around the world is insane! The world had 6 billion acres of tropical rainforests. Today we have less than 1.5 billion acres left, and we are clearing this remaining rainforest at the rate of 30 to 50 million acres per year and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years! Rain forest destruction is a major factor in climate change that must be addressed and acted upon. Forests play a crucial role in the health of our planet in combatting climate change: • Sequestering CO2 • Cooling the planet • Normalising climatic patterns Time is critical but there is still a window of opportunity to turn this mess around and keep global temperatures below the 2˚ rise that so threatens life on our planet. Fighting climate change must include the restoration and protection of rain forests around the world for now and future generations. All life, including the lives of our children and grandchildren deserve a living, breathing, and healthy planet! Your support is needed! Sign the petition today and pass it on to family, friends and colleagues. Thank you, Leora Rosner (Dir.) Growing Air Foundation
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  • Western Massachusetts State Park Revitalization
    Parks are a part of local recreation, income, and tourism. For 7 years these, especially western MA, have been closed and are in a state of severe neglect. The trees in some of these parks are old growth pine and spruce, which carry a high price in the lumber market
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  • Say No to Dirty Coal Bailouts in Ohio!
    Coal generates 70 percent of electricity in Ohio -- while polluting the air, harming human health, and contributing to climate change. It's time to phase out dirty, outdated power plants that run on coal. But Ohio’s largest electric utilities — AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy — want to lock in this dirty source of energy for years to come. In pending cases before the Public Utilities Commission, they’re trying raise customers’ electric bills to pay for coal plants that are no longer competitive in today’s market. Earlier this year, AEP alone requested to charge Ohio citizens $117 million to keep two coal plants built in the early fifties up and running. Now, AEP has upped its request to cover six coal plants. Duke Energy is asking for a similar amount, but for an even longer period of time. Meanwhile, FirstEnergy is trying to force customers to pay for all generation and maintenance costs of its 55-year old Sammis coal-burning power plant and the Davis-Besse nuclear plant (guilty of numerous accidents and violations over its 35-year lifespan), just to name a couple. The proposal covers 15 years. At the same time, FirstEnergy is also cutting its customer energy efficiency programs. It’s wrong to ask people in Ohio to pay more for dirty energy they don’t want, especially when it harms public health and the climate. If the Public Utilities Commission approves these requests, it would block progress on clean, renewable energy sources by forcing them to compete in a market skewed toward propping up outdated, dirty energy. It would lock in dirty coal in Ohio for years to come, when the state should be transitioning to clean, renewable sources of energy. Now is an especially important time to speak up, because some of these decisions are expected by the end of 2014. If you live in Ohio, sign this petition to urge state leaders to stand strong against dirty coal and defend our rights to a clean, safe, and livable future.
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  • Stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
    We are seeing more and more the devastating effects of climate change and fossil fuel exploration over the years. The BP oil spill was a wake up call to many, but not enough unfortunately. It showed the devastating events that occur when companies are not held to high standards and allowed to regulate themselves. It also shows how our dependence on oil can damage our planet in direct ways and also ways we will not even understand for years to come. The allowance of the construction of this pipeline is a way of saying, we don't want to think of the future health of our planet and people. To not allow this company to move forward with this will be a move forward for progression. Progression towards a planet that cares about our environment. Progression towards a nation that can lead the way in renewable energy if it wants to. Progression towards a future that is cleaner, healthier and more sustainable. If we do not act now on these events, we are only hurting ourselves more in the future. Change can be hard, but it is up to us as concerned citizens to speak up when we can see what is happening around us. It is then our responsibility and the people we chose to represent us to act. Please stand wit us and help us fight this fight.
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  • Establish Carbon Tax and Dividend in the UK
    Clearly moving from a fossil fuel to a low carbon economy is not happening with the necessary urgency for tackling climate change. Politicians are not honest with us about the damaging and widespread impacts of failing to put this central stage of Government policy and are frightened to impose further taxation on their electorate, knowing that many people would also oppose a carbon tax. A revenue neutral tax would change this. A Carbon Fee (Tax) and Dividend would place a steadily-rising fee on the CO2 content of carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, port of entry). All revenue from the fee would be returned equitably to all households to shield families from rising energy costs. Carbon tax border adjustments would protect exports and encourage importing countries to follow suit. According to a study from Regional Economic Models, Inc., if the US placed a steadily-rising fee on the CO2 content of fuels, and if the revenue is given back to households in equal shares: • In 20 years, CO2 emissions would be reduced 50% below 1990 levels • Because of the economic stimulus of recycling carbon fee revenue back to households, in 20 years, 2.8 million jobs would be added to the American economy. http://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report There is every reason to think that similar advantages would apply to the UK if it put in place a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This is not within a debate vacuum about carbon tax or pricing: "The most powerful move that a government can make in the fight against climate change is to put a price on carbon," Vice-President of Sustainability for the World Bank. And from the Wall Street Journal - October 2014 - “It’s Time to pass a Carbon Tax. It would encourage more private capital investment in low-carbon energy resources. It would provide more policy certainty for financiers, regulated utilities, and energy entrepreneurs.”
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  • Sen. Nelson must vote NO on Keystone Pipeline
    Let us outline seven reasons that make this pipeline so dangerous to global climate generally and to our treasured Florida specifically: 1) Ultra Toxic, Ultra-Crude Tar Sands “Oil” 2) Atmospheric CO2 is Already Unsustainably High 3) The Athabasca Tar Sands are a Carbon Bomb – Not Business as Usual 4) The Jobs Mirage 5) Losing Summer Arctic Sea Ice 6) Miami as World’s Most Vulnerable 7) Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida 1) Ultra Toxic, Ultra-Crude Tar Sands “Oil” This stuff is heavier than water and sinks into the water table when spilled, so the oil companies have no method to clean it up. This ultra-crude is loaded with a secret cocktail of chemicals to make tar flow, similar to those used in fracking, which have been kept secret from public view. 2) Atmospheric CO2 is Already Unsustainably High The last time we had the current level of 400 ppm (parts per million) of CO2 in our global atmosphere was millions of years ago, before the recent rhythm of the last 40 ice age cycles began. There were crocodiles swimming in the Arctic Ocean and global sea levels were about 71 feet higher than they are today. Most of Florida was underwater in this ancient hothouse world. This fate is the new equilibrium that our planetary spaceship is destined to achieve with the CO2 levels already emitted by our ancestors and us. This procrastination has already proven to be extremely expensive. How much did the New Orleans levee rebuild programs by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cost? Miami Beach has a $20 million seawall and pump project to buy another 20 years of tourist income. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed $50 billion dollars to storm-hardened New York City, with a $10 billion down payment from the Sandy relief funds. 3) The Athabasca Tar Sands are a Carbon Bomb – Not Business as Usual They have been safely sequestered under a beautiful Canadian boreal forest area the size of the entire state of Florida for tens of millions of years. This area has been populated by first nation Athabasca Indians over the last 8,000 years, since they walked over from Siberia. This single deposit contains 400 gigatons of carbon that would, if totally consumed, increase global CO2 levels by an additional staggering 200 ppm. It has a carbon footprint half again larger than conventional crude oil. 4) The Jobs Mirage According to President Obama, there will be 50 permanent jobs with good pay to operate the completed pipeline and at most a few hundred short-term jobs – mostly in India making the pipe and a few U.S. construction workers driving highly mechanized installation machinery. 5) Losing Summer Arctic Sea Ice There is half the volume of summer sea ice that there was 3 years ago, according to Prof. Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University. He believes that late summer sea ice will disappear entirely in the next few years for the first time in millions of years. This is a tipping point! Unfortunately, the global models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have given false hope when compared to current observations. Glacial ice in Greenland and Antarctica are observed to be melting far faster than IPCC models, which will transform the rate of sea level rise from an inch per decade into a foot per decade by century’s end – unless we rapidly transform our carbon economy to a renewable energy economy. 6) Miami as World’s Most Vulnerable A 2007 OECD report, Ranking of the World’s Cities Most Exposed to Coastal Flooding Today and in the Future, ranked Miami as #1 in the world, with the most exposed assets to flooding both today ($416 billion) and in 2070 ($3,513 billion). This ranking reflects the extremely low topography of Miami and the expected sea level rise plus increasing storm surge vulnerability. 7) Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact published “A Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida” in 2011. This group settled on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecast curves for guidance, which did not include the impact of Keystone tar sands. The relative sea level rise scenarios for South Florida show three curves. The lowest, Curve II, is an extrapolation of historical trends of last century, which includes none of the effects of global warming and which few climate scientist believe will hold in the future. Curve I assumes the world makes a maximum effort to reduce greenhouse emissions, which has not yet occurred but would be far cheaper than adaptation. Curve III is the curve for business as usual, showing a 2-foot rise in 50 years and a 6-foot rise in 100 years. That would reduce South Florida to an unlivable condition and cost over $3.5 trillion, according to the OECD. If the Keystone/Athabasca Tar Sands were consumed, we would need to calculate a new, 4th curve much higher and much worse than the 3rd curve that effectively drowns South Florida.
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  • Políticas ambientales en la UNALM
    El respaldo científico del cambio climático es innegable, como lo son también sus consecuencias y no sólo esta afectando a la economía, sino que también atenta contra nuestra supervivencia como especie humana. Como futuros profesionales, nos vemos vulnerados por las consecuencias del cambio climático en nuestro país y por las políticas nacionales ineficientes que no mitigan el cambio climático y le dan impunidad a las transnacionales afectando la seguridad alimentaria de las comunidades, atentando contra sus vidas y contaminado el ecosistema, es decir, estas no velan por nuestro bienestar colectivo. Es imperante que organicemos un frente a nuestro gobierno aportando soluciones al cambio climático desde el conocimiento especializado y respaldado por un presupuesto para la investigación. El campo laboral de nuestra generación nos depara grandes retos debido a la importancia de la sostenibilidad de las empresas que hoy en día están teniendo mayor importancia entre los ciudadanos alrededor de todo el mundo y sería beneficioso recibir esa formación desde la universidad.
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  • Demand NPR Restore Its Climate Reporting Team
    Here is an astonishing remark by a newly hired climate reporter for the New York Times: “Few topics fuel as much reader attention as climate change.” (Steering the Climate Change Coverage, October 27, 2014 New York Times) It’s astonishing given that the New York Time gutted its climate reporters a while ago and is now rehiring. But it’s also astonishing because National Public Radio has just gone ahead and gutted their climate reporter staff. From an October 24, 2014 article at Climate Progress, "NPR Guts Its Environment And Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part Of The Problem'": NPR has gutted its staff dedicated to covering environmental and climate issues. Given the nation’s and world’s renewed focus on the threat posed by unrestricted carbon pollution, this baffling move is already receiving widespread criticism from scientists and media watchers. It is “a sad commentary on the current state of our media,” as one top climatologist told me. Katherine Bagley broke the story for InsideClimate News. She reports that earlier in 2014, NPR “had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated” to cover environmental and climate issues within NPR’s science desk. Now, shockingly, “One remains — and he is covering it only part-time." Read the full article here: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/24/3584246/npr-guts-climate-team/ The reasoning behind this unfortunate shift? Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR’s science desk, says she doesn't "feel like [the environment] necessarily requires dedicated reporters" because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats. This response by our public radio would make sense if our collective understanding and acceptance of climate change had already reached such a level that climate change, the mother of all problems, were already understood and assumed by the public to be, indeed, the mother of all problems. For more information, go to my essay: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141101180917-87992245-demand-npr-restore-its-climate-reporting-team
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