Tag Archives: climate change

Kids Fighting Climate Change Through Innovative Initiatives

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Photo source: ©© Oxfam International

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Floods and droughts may be the “new normal” and sea levels may be rising faster than previously thought, but the younger generation isn’t willing to accept these climate change consequences for their future.

As the grownups duke it out in Washington, kids take action with visible results, proving they may be more capable than adults in fighting man-made climate change.

Over 200,000 young people nationwide from over 2,500 schools participated in the Green Your School Challenge, a program that encouraged students to create initiatives focused on recycling, energy, climate change and food issues in their schools…

Read Full Article, By Joanna Zelman, Huffington Post

NASA, Climate Change and Children
Educational ressources, tales and games

EPA, A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

Action Needed to Manage Climate Change Risks: U.S. Response Should Be Durable, but Flexible, Experts Urge

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Storm surge on a Louisiana highway shows the affects of rising sea levels. Photo Source: NOAA

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Warning that the risk of dangerous climate change impacts is growing with every ton of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, a National Research Council committee has reiterated the pressing need for substantial action to limit the magnitude of climate change and to prepare to adapt to its impacts. The nation’s options for responding to the risks posed by climate change are analyzed in a new report and the final volume in America’s Climate Choices, a series of studies requested by Congress…

Read Original Article, from the National Academy of Sciences

Renewables key for climate, world energy supply: IPCC

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Renewable energy could meet nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy needs by mid-century and play a crucial role in fighting global warming, the UN’s climate scientists said Monday in a major report.

The 194-nation Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) said that renewable sources had grown rapidly, were widely competitive with fossil energies and, technically, had almost limitless potential…

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Vatican Science Panel Calls Attention to the Threat of Glacial Melt

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Photo source: ©© Peter Nijenhuis

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A panel of some of the world’s leading climate and glacier scientists co-chaired by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researcher issued a report commissioned by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences citing the moral imperative before society to properly address climate change…

Read Full Article, University of California, San Diego

“Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene”, Pdf File

The Coming Storm

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Sea level rise is already causing serious problems for the people of the Sundarbans. © Greenpeace / Peter Caton

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We may be seven billion specks on the surface of Earth, but when you’re in Bangladesh, it sometimes feels as if half the human race were crammed into a space the size of Louisiana…

Read Full Article and View Photos Gallery, National Geographic

Bangladesh, and Sea Level Rise, a Video by Jonathan Bjerg Møller, in Coastal Care

Bangladesh, Finding Sustainable Ways to Cope With Sea Level Rise, in Coastal Care

Sinking Sundarbans, a Photos Gallery

Seas could rise up to 1.6 meters by 2100: New Report

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Photo courtesy of: © Owen Scheid

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The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says…

Original Article, AP

Reuters Article

Scientists: Soot may be key to rapid Arctic melt

A Spanish Island’s Quest to Be the Greenest Place on Earth

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El Hierro coast. El Hierro is located over 750 miles (1,200 km) from the Spanish mainland, and its stark, volcanic landscape harbors no coal or fossil fuels. Photo source: ©© Victor R Ruiz

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At the moment, the project that will transform the future of El Hierro doesn’t look like much more than a hole in the ground. Or two, to be exact: one on top of a mountain, another smaller one down below, and in between, a long stretch of pipeline tinted the same color as the scrub that grows so abundantly on this volcanic island.

Read Full Article, Time

Nauru use UN spotlight to confront developed world over climate change

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Nauru, Micronesia, South Pacific.
Nauru, world’s smallest independent nation, is among the islands most threatened by rising sea levels. It is is a small Pacific island about the size of Manhattan with a population of approximately seven thousand people. The economy of Nauru has been almost wholly dependent on phosphate, which has led to environmental catastrophe on the island, with 80% of the nation’s surface having been strip-mined. Photo source: ©© Hadi Zaher

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Last month I returned to Nauru, the smallest member of the United Nations and my home.

The sea around us is getting warmer, droughts have become commonplace, and the coastal erosion is as bad as anyone can remember.

Similar trends are occurring across the Pacific and they have grave implications for the fish stocks we depend on for food, our freshwater supplies, and the very land we live on. Scientists have warned us that the situation will get much worse unless the greenhouse gas pollution responsible for global warming is dramatically reduced…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Phosphate Mining in Nauru Led to Environmental Catastrophe, The Sydney Morning Herald

Nauru, an Island Adrift, A Documentary,Toronto 2007

Nauru, une île à la dérive, Un Documentaire Video (30 minutes), Thalassa
” Ce reportage est pour moi symbolique des dérives des sociétés de consommation, de leur impact tragique sur les peuples fragiles et isolés. Autrefois deuxième pays le plus riche au monde, après l’Arabie Saoudite, Nauru est aujourd’hui un des pays les plus pauvres du Pacifique. Ce sont les mines de phosphate, qui recouvrent la totalité de l’île, qui ont fait autrefois la grande richesse des Nauruans. En une trentaine d’années à peine, l’exploitation du phosphate a transformé la petite démocratie en un pays corrompu et clientéliste ; elle a causé la faillite de l’Etat et la ruine de ses habitants, elle a enfin détruit toute une culture traditionnelle.”