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Global Climate Change

Vital Signs of the Planet

https://climate.nasa.gov/

FACTS: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

ARTICLES: https://climate.nasa.gov/news/

SOLUTIONS: https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/

EXPLORE: https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/

RESOURCES: https://climate.nasa.gov/resources/graphics-and-multimedia/

NASA SCIENCE: https://science.nasa.gov/

Environmental Professionals Network – Connecting our community.

Be inspired. Grow professionally.

LINK: https://epn.osu.edu/home

Ohio is home to thousands of environmental professionals working every day to make the world a better place. The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is a service of the School of Environment and Natural Resources that connects and grows environmental professionals in-person and online.
Participants in the Environmental Professionals Network can access many online services and are linked to thousands of professionals in Ohio and beyond. Professionals are thus connected in a “community” of people who share their passion for our world and its environment, natural resources, people, and communities — local to global. The EPN will help you grow professionally and be more effective in your job, and be inspired about your career.
By joining our community today you will have the opportunity to:
  • Connect with other environmental professionals across all of Ohio and beyond online and in-person. Participants in our network represent: 
    • Private companies
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Local, regional, state, and federal agencies
    • Academic faculty, staff and students
    • Legal, media, and legislative professionals
    • Others who work, study or volunteer in environment and natural resource areas
  •  Become involved or engaged in topics and activities of interest to you. Participants in our online network can:
    • Launch and answer notices or queries
    • Post employment opportunities
    • Announce and post events to the EPN calendar
    • Share information and links to information
    • Access NGO, agency, and other environmentally related web links organized by topic
  • Network, learn and innovate with other Environmental Professionals. The network hosts:
    • “2nd Tuesdays” Breakfast Club held monthly at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus. Attend and hear compelling speakers on important, innovative topics each month.
    • Signature network events with nationally recognized experts shaping the environmental and natural resources community.
    • Student participation is encouraged.

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Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. Operating since 2007, the goal of CCL is to build political support across party lines to put a price on carbon, specifically a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend at the national level. CCL is supported by notable climate scientists James Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe, and Daniel Kammen. CCL’s advisory board also includes former Secretary of State George Shultz, former US Representative Bob Inglis, actor Don Cheadle, and RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris.

LINK: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/

The Carbon Fee & Dividend

The case for climate solutions

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, our burning of fossil fuels has steadily increased the carbon dioxide context of Earth’s atmosphere. For many decades, we enjoyed the benefits of such fuels without realizing that the increased atmospheric carbon was trapping heat and hastening global climate change.

Today, we understand that climate change carries potentially catastrophic health, environmental, and economic costs. Nevertheless, in most places there is no financial penalty for adding to the carbon pollution that drives climate change. As long as carbon pollution remains free, the true costs of fossil fuels will be hidden, and may appear cheaper than low-carbon alternatives even as they put long-term health and economic prosperity at risk.

Reduce emissions and grow the economy

CCL’s preferred climate solution is known as Carbon Fee and Dividend. A national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) would place a predictable, steadily-rising price on carbon and other greenhouse gases, with all fees collected minus administrative costs being returned to households as a monthly energy dividend. In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.1 million jobs about baseline to the American economy.

LINK:  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/basics-carbon-fee-dividend/

Republican Climate Resolution

LINK: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/republican-climate-resolution/

Climate Solution Caucus

LINK: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-solutions-caucus/

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Athens County Fracking Action Network

Who are we?

We’re a group of citizens and landowners who have come together over our concern with the potential impacts associated with horizontal hydraulic fracturing. We’re known as Athens County Fracking Action Network. Our mission is to work for the safety, economic interest, and quality of life for Athens County. Contact us at acfanohio AT gmail.com for more information.

WEBsite: http://www.acfan.org/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-County-Fracking-Action-Network-ACFANorg-356363421146216/

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Who We Are

An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.

LINK: http://www.climatecentral.org/

 

The Climate Change Task Force – website: http://www.climatechangetaskforce.org/

A synergy of climate experts, world leaders, nobel peace laureates, and shapers of opinion – helping create the political will to address climate change. Blog and campaign links.

About The Climate Change Task Force

The Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) is an independent, non-governmental committee comprised of leading international climate change thinkers, scientists, Nobel Peace Laureates, as well as former and current Heads of State, calling upon civil society and the public at large to urgently engage in the climate debate.

The three main objectives of The Climate Change Task Force (CCTF) are:

  1. Maximize the opportunities offered by the climate negotiations
  2. “Re-calibrate” the international response to climate change and outline a framework for Copenhagen follow-up
  3. Promote the active engagement of civil society and the wider public in the search for adequate solutions to the challenges of climate change

In the end, the aim is to build the critical mass and political will for deep-rooted societal change capable of containing and then reversing the effects of climate change.

Great lakes monitoring of climate change

In St. Paul City Hall, there is no more debate about extreme weather.

“It’s not supposed to be 65 degrees in February, or rain on Christmas,” said Anne Hunt, environmental policy director for the city of St. Paul.
LINK: http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/26/it-rained-on-christmas-it-was-in-the-60s-in-february-st-paul-wants-a-solution/

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) at the University of Michigan,    http://glisa.umich.edu/

an international compact among mayors
https://www.compactofmayors.org/

stpaul.gov/climateaction
http://stpaul.gov/climateaction

 ALEC Exposed – website: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.
In ALEC’s own words, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU? Numerous resources to help us expose ALEC are provided. We have also created links to detailed discussions of key issues. Take the link above.

Environment Ohio – website: http://environmentohio.org/

Through Environment Ohio, thousands of citizen members are teaming up with a professional staff to stand up for the places we love and the environmental values we share.

Ohio Environmental Council – website: http://www.theoec.org/

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities—from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/OhioEnvironmentalCouncil/?fref=ts

The Columbus Community Bill of Rights grass roots organization kicked off our 2nd campaign to protect Columbus, Ohio’s Water, Air, Soil & Rights for Local Self-Governance in March 2016.  Website: http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/

 

Energy and Policy Institute

Watchdog exposing the attacks on renewable energy and countering misinformation by fossil fuel interests
LINK: http://www.energyandpolicy.org/

 

Public News Service – news in the public interest –
website: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/news-environment/IEnvironment

To support democracy and promote public dialogue in a rapidly changing media environment, Public News Service (PNS) is a member-supported news service that advocates journalism in the public interest. PNS’s network of state-based news services distribute high quality public interest news and information to both mainstream and alternative media on a daily basis. Support comes from non-profit organizations, foundations, individuals and businesses for social responsibility.

Map from ODNR

Horizontal Utica – PT Pleasant Well Activity in Ohio
LINK: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9f-28KsOLjE/VBCuumWkdxI/AAAAAAAADBs/AH4PjYuD3Ok/s1600/0914%2BUtica%2Bmap1.png

2014 ODNR map of drilling in ohio

Websites that Report on Fracking and the Environment:

Athens County (Ohio) Fracking Action Network: http://www.acfan.org/
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-County-Fracking-Action-Network-ACFANorg-356363421146216/

Ohio.com Bob Downing blog at the Beacon Journal: http://www.ohio.com/business/Utica

Public Herald: http://publicherald.org/about/

Current Drinking Water Advisories for Ohio Public Water Systems: http://web.epa.ohio.gov/ddagw/Advisories/advisories.html

Biological and Water Quality Reports: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dsw/document_index/psdindx.aspx

Ohio EPA – eDocument Search: http://edocpub.epa.ohio.gov/publicportal/edochome.aspx (Search by document type, entity name, county, or program)

U.S. EPA – My Environment: http://www.epa.gov/myenvironment/ (Input your location for air & water quality information)

TRI (Toxics Release Inventory) for Communities: http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-for-communities#Find_Information_about_Your_Community

Cancer in Ohio: http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/~/media/HealthyOhio/ASSETS/Files/OCISS/Reports/Cancer%20in%20Ohio%202014.ashx

Ohio Oil & Gas Activity – FracTracker Alliance: http://www.fractracker.org/map/us/ohio/ Oil Train maps:http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org/

Ashtracker: http://www.ashtracker.org/

Inside Climate Change: http://insideclimatenews.org/

NRDC – Samantha Williams Blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/swilliams/

Don’t Frack with Tuscarrawas County – facebook page – “Don’t Frack With Tuscarawas County”

Oil & Gas Threat Map: http://oilandgasthreatmap.com/threat-map/

We hope you enjoyed our webinar. Here are some additional resources you may find useful: Overview of the Oil & Gas Threat Map: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KezUSsG6Xh0WZYvNU6aZpsm_HoSV_c65FXVfWnyZtpM/edit?usp=sharing

Understanding Health Threats from Oil & Gas (Presentation by Nadia Steinzor of Earthworks): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Jz4vhBESohkyjMesCyvmpj43ZNc7BHxVRuXbuArVOzQ/edit?usp=sharing

Methane Regulation & How to Take Action in Your Community (Presentation by Cheryl Joncox of Sierra Club): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1b7qRdtmrt9SbKGpJ4HfJPlhHcBDkZvtS9JlhaHtz4TM/edit?usp=sharing

Clean Air Task Force “Fossil Fumes” Report (analysis featured in Threat Map): http://www.catf.us/resources/publications/view/221

Draft OH Methane Fact Sheet (not for public distribution): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-KFtpoes28oeEpkeS00QW9ELWNtY2dxeGdfTmw0ZFlobUpV

Recording of Webinar (8/9/16): Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Nadia, Cheryl, or Molly with questions or comments.
LINK to recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/eXxxs-29fdA

 

Warm regards,
Molly Dunton

Citizens Empowerment Project & Methane Campaign Coordinator Office: 202-887-1872 x126 mdunton@earthworksaction.org

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: mdunton@earthworksaction.org

 

Websites that Report on Renewable Energies:

 


LINK: http://sustainableenergy.org/

LINK: http://www.eesi.org/

LINK: https://cleantechnica.com/

GREENBIZ

LINK: https://www.greenbiz.com/

gtm

Greentech Media: http://www.greentechmedia.com/

GTM newsletters: https://www.greentechmedia.com/newsletters?

Midwest Energy News

Midwest Energy News: http://midwestenergynews.com/

Understand Solar: http://understandsolar.com/

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA): http://ieefa.org/

Solar Energy Industry Association: http://www.seia.org/about

The Sun Trumpet Newsletter:
Thanks for your inquiry and thanks for wanting to have others receive a subscription to The Sun Trumpet.  We don’t yet have a website.  Coming soon.  In meanwhile, we will add others to our mailing list if they request that we do so by sending an email to newsletter@suntrumpet.com

 

Sources for Global Climate Change (GCC) Information (updated: March 5, 2014)

The following information is provided for those who wish to learn more about global climate change. These materials are organized from the most basic information to more complex issues. Included are a number of the international and national assessments that represent the general scientific consensus on specific topics. It is important to remember that scientists are naturally skeptical and constantly test and retest their hypotheses as more observations are obtained and as knowledge advances. Climate science, like all the sciences, builds on current knowledge to generate deeper and broader understanding. This is an ongoing process that underpins the scientific method. Below are websites where you can explore the fundamentals of the role of greenhouse gases in maintaining Earth’s energy balance, and the role of additional (anthropogenic) greenhouse gases that result in an enhanced warming of the planet. The latter is called the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect (GHE) and is an important mechanism contributing to global climate change or what is popularly called “global warming”. Global warming is a “catch all” term meaning that Earth’s globally averaged surface temperature has warmed (~0.80 °C since 1900).

Understanding global climate change:

1) The United States’ National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has a website devoted to Global Climate Change (GCC) (http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/). This is an excellent first step to learn more about the basics of GCC. You might start with their 2012 booklet entitled Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts and Choices (https://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/more-resources-on-climatechange/climate-change-lines-of-evidence-booklet/).
2) More recently (February, 2014) the United States’ National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the British Royal Society jointly released a report entitled “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes” that is freely available (http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/exec-office-other/climate-change-full.pdf). It is accompanied by a freely available 8 page overview of climate change basics (http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/exec-office-other/climate-change-basics.pdf).
3) The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society (http://www.globalchange.gov/).
4) The most authoritative documents on the issue of global climate change are produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (called the IPCC). The IPCC assessments are available at http://www.ipcc.ch. The Fourth Assessment was released in March 2007 and the Fifth Assessment’s Summary for Policymakers is available in draft form at (http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg1/docs/WGIAR5_SPM_brochure_en.pdf). The full report is expected in spring 2014. In addition to the Summary for Policymakers there are reports from 3 different Working Groups (WG): WG1 (The Physical Science Basis), WG2 (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and WG3 (Mitigation of Climate Change). The 2007 documents are all available at the IPCC site (http://www.ipcc.ch).
5) The Pew Center provides well balanced information (http://www.pewclimate.org/). The document entitled Climate Change 101 is excellent and available at http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/climatechange-101.

You can review U.S. efforts on the environment and global climate change at http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change.
A new National Scientific Climate Assessment Report will be released in spring 2014. A factsheet giving the highlights is available at (http://downloads.globalchange.gov/factsheets/NCA_factsheet.pdf). The full draft (127 MB file) is available in draft form at http://ncadac.globalchange.gov/download/NCAJan11-2013-publicreviewdraft-fulldraft.pdf .
The State of the Arctic Report Card is published annually and is available at http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/.

Additional resources:

•In November 2006 Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economics Service and Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development, presented his report to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Economics of Climate Change. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130129110402/ http://www.hmtreasury.gov.uk/stern_review_report.htm
•The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ website has excellent content including economic information (http://environment.yale.edu/).
•The New Scientist has posted an article entitled: Climate change: A guide for the perplexed. May 16 2007 at http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/dn11462. This reviews 26 of the most common myths and misconceptions about climate change.
•The NAS has an excellent website on energy (http://needtoknow.nas.edu/) and has an excellent publication titled: What you need to know about energy? available as a free download at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12204
•Another valuable website for data & graphs is the Goddard Institute for Space Studies: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/. There is much information and many data sets available here. • Another valuable website for data & graphs is the Climate Research Unit at the Univ. of East Anglia. http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/.
•For those who follow blogs and information sites: http://www.realclimate.org/; http://climatenexus.org/; http://www.climatecentral.org/; http://www.climate.org/

Books on the topic include:

– Andrew Dessler, Introduction to Modern Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

– Andrew Dessler and Edward Parson, “The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate”, 2nd Edition, Cambridge Press, 2010.

– David Archer, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, 2nd Edition. Blackwell, Malden, MA., 2011.

– Burton Richter, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and energy in the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, 2010. – Henry Pollack, World Without Ice, Penguin Books, London, 2009.

– David Archer, The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate, Princeton University Press, 2009.

– Spencer Weart, The Discovery of Global Warming online: http://aip.org/history/climate/index.html
This summary was prepared by Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson (thompson.4@osu.edu). Much information is available on the Byrd Polar Research Center Website (http://bprc.osu.edu/) and on our group website (http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu/Icecore/front-page.html) where copies of our publications are also freely available.

A resource sheet for youth is available too:
The LINK: http://bpcrc.osu.edu/sites/bpcrc.osu.edu/files/Youth%20Handout%20%282-13-15%29.pdf

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From the Solar Energy Industry Association:

Solar Research Links

LINK to the LINKs: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-research-links

Understand Solar

LINK: https://understandsolar.com/blog/

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Unbiased guidance on everything you need to get started.

Evergreen Solar

LINK: https://evergreensolar.com/

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EPA Climate Change website:

The USEPA website on climate before it was “trumped.”  Here is the link to that website.   

https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climatechange_.html

The city of Chicago has mounted the deleted portions of EPA Climate Change on its website.  The link https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/sites/climatechange/home.html