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Alarming

This section explores the current and future effects of climate change that we need to know about and work towards solving. It also examines society’s current status of where we stand in our efforts to solve the problem.

The following content is from the “Alarming” section of the What on EARTH?! sustainability newsletter:

 

Climate action helps improve *every other issue at the same time*

Climate action helps improve *every other issue at the same time*

Climate action helps improve *every other issue at the same time*   I hope all is well with you in these trying times. Living in 2020 is a lot, isn't it? I'm just coming back from a brief, much-needed break from work (I swear, time has never moved as fast as it...

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

The *Most Important* Action of the Year   I hope you are well or coping to the best of your abilities in these trying times. As Benjamin Franklin walked out of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Elizabeth Powel asked him, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A...

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

Democracy itself is on the ballot this November

Democracy itself is on the ballot this November   I would regret keeping my mouth shut on this...part of me already regrets keeping it shut for this long. The United States of America I am terrified of what's happening in the US right now - of the road we're on...

Latest climate crisis fueled disasters

Latest climate crisis fueled disasters

Latest climate crisis fueled disasters   Wildfires send California into a state of emergency "It’s been an apocalyptic few days, even by California standards." - Julia Wick As if the historic heatwave, rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands (because of the...

Pollution, power, propaganda…and some promising actions to take

Pollution, power, propaganda…and some promising actions to take

Pollution, power, propaganda...and some promising actions to take   Pollution is killing us at an insane rate. We're talking 7 million people are dying prematurely from air pollution every year. That's 19,178 people dying prematurely every day. One person every...

Air pollution is in our hearts

Air pollution is in our hearts

Air pollution is in our hearts Billions of air pollution particles were just found in the hearts of city dwellers my age. This makes my blood boil. The climate crisis aside for a second - this is so basic. We should not allow dangerous pollutants into our hearts. You...

This is the Best Article I’ve Read in Months

This is the Best Article I’ve Read in Months

This is the Best Article I've Read in Months There aren't many people who have been following, writing, and thinking about climate change longer than Bill McKibben. He nails this article. Here's how it starts: "Let’s imagine for a moment that we’ve reached the middle...

You are not crazy. You are not alone.

You are not crazy. You are not alone.

  You are not crazy. You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not crazy. What's happening is insane. This is a passage from journalist Wen Stephenson's "What We're Fighting for Now is Each Other": "The window in which to prevent the worst scenarios is closing...

Latest Effects Of Global Warming & Some Very Good News

Latest Effects Of Global Warming & Some Very Good News

  Latest Effects Of Warming Around The World & Some Very Good News So...yeah. Things are really bad. Global warming is ramping up everywhere. 1. Antarctica had T-shirt weather In February of 2020 it was 69.35°F (20.75°C)...in Antarctica. That's T-shirt weather....

Coronavirus: Staying home = Saving lives

Coronavirus: Staying home = Saving lives

Coronavirus: Staying home = Saving lives I typically write to help reverse global warming. I do this because I believe informing and inspiring people to act is the best way I can help to save and improve lives. But I'm going to step out of my lane slightly for a...

Land is warming nearly *twice as fast* as the global average

Land is warming nearly *twice as fast* as the global average

Land is warming nearly *twice as fast* as the global average I just discovered this in the IPCC's latest report on land and agriculture and was shocked I'd never heard it before. I did understand that the ocean takes longer to heat up (like how it takes time to boil a...

The Deadly Spiral of Climate Silence

The Deadly Spiral of Climate Silence

The Deadly Spiral of Climate Silence   Hope you're having a great week so far! Last weekend I had the pleasure of presenting to a class of confirmation students and their parents. As always, I did my best to toe the line of telling the hard truth about the...

Why So Many Americans Are Silent About the Climate Crisis

Why So Many Americans Are Silent About the Climate Crisis

Why So Many Americans Are Silent About the Climate Crisis Last weekend I had the pleasure of presenting to a class of confirmation students and their parents. As always, I did my best to toe the line of telling the hard truth about the climate crisis while also...

Sea Level Rise: It’s Probably Worse Than You Think

Sea Level Rise: It’s Probably Worse Than You Think

Sea Level Rise: It's Probably Worse Than You Think As you know, this newsletter is usually fairly inspiring. But this one is not (overall). And that's because we really need to talk about sea level rise again. Sorry, but the stakes are insanely high and everyone needs...

Cape Town’s Water Crisis

Cape Town’s Water Crisis

Putting Cape Town's Water Crisis into Perspective A look at the effect on Cape Tonian's day to day lives and the pre-climate change odds of this happening Can you imagine waking up, brushing your teeth, hopping in the shower, and then running out of water for the rest...

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. The 18th was just a few years earlier in 1998. The last four years are the hottest of the bunch. 2018 looks like it will make our last five years the hottest five...

A Climate Poem for 2019: Big Oil’s Lies and How to Respond

A Climate Poem for 2019: Big Oil's Lies and How to Respond I've got something a little different for you this week. On occasion, I dabble with poetry. This one sort of just started pouring out of me the other night when I couldn't fall asleep. The next day I decided...

Climate Change in 2019: Where Do We Stand?

Climate Change in 2019: Where Do We Stand?

Climate Change in 2019: Where Do We Stand? A brief check-up on the biggest issue facing humanity. I thought this would be a good time to do a brief summary of the big picture and where we stand today. Buckle up because it's not pretty and I refuse to sugar-coat it....

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise A brief look at where we have been, where we are now, and where we're going The last time there was this much CO2 in the atmosphere (>400ppm) was 3 million years ago. Back then, temperatures were 2°C to 3°C (3.6°Fto 5.4°F) higher than...

China’s Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World

China’s Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World

China's Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World An overview of China's new ban, the effect it's having, and what it means moving forward China, which typically processes half of the world's exported waste paper, plastic, and metals is done being the...

Permafrost: The Arctic’s Ticking Time Bomb

Permafrost: The Arctic’s Ticking Time Bomb

Our Thawing Permafrost and Why it Matters  The Permafrost is thawing decades ahead of schedule. That is a huge deal. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. In 2016, the average temperature was 3.5°C (6.2°F) warmer than it was in 1900....

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change They basically say "there's nothing we can do...so screw it!" The White House is working to roll back efficiency standards for vehicles. The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s...

Co2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective

Co2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective

CO2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective The average US citizen is responsible for 19 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. That’s roughly equivalent to the weight of 12 cars. To break it down further that’s 115 pounds (51kg) of greenhouse gas...

Why So Many Americans Are Silent About the Climate Crisis

The Climate Silence…and What You Can Do About it

The Climate Silence and What You Can Do About it People aren’t talking about climate change enough. 65% of people in the US “rarely” or “never” talk about climate change. Only 20% say they hear people they know talk about climate change at least once a month. Nearly 2...

Yes, Global Warming May Be to Blame for Winter Extremes

Yes, Global Warming May Be to Blame for Winter Extremes

Yes, Global Warming May Be to Blame for These Winter Extremes Although counter-intuitive, global warming is likely the reason why parts of the Northern hemisphere have been experiencing more extreme cold-snaps and heavy snowstorms. I know the Midwest got crushed this...

Climate Change Inaction: Is the Optimism Bias to Blame?

Climate Change Inaction: Is the Optimism Bias to Blame?

Is the Optimism Bias to Blame for Inaction on Climate Change? The strong support for sustainable policies is impressive considering we still haven’t fully grasped the severity of our situation, or what it means for us personally. The maps below highlight a key...

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