Everyone across the country is talking about how the weather is changing. And the weather is changing because the climate is changing. Our weather is unfolding in the context of a warmer earth, caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Climate scientists have shown that extreme rainfall, more likely as the earth warms, is already becoming more common across the country. Please read, and share, our new eBook on global warming and extreme weather. The more informed we are, the more effective we can be in pushing for change!
In this free ebook, we explore how drone operators, GIS experts and scientists are using drones and mapping to reduce environmental impact, plan resilience to climate change, track the changing planet and finally mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.
Conversations about climate change are filled with challenges involving complex data, deeply held values, and political issues. Understanding Climate Change examines climate change as both a scientific and a public policy issue. Sarah L. Burch and Sara E. Harris explain the basics of the climate system, climate models and prediction, and human and biophysical impacts, as well as strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The second edition has been fully updated throughout, including coverage of new advances in climate modelling and of the shifting landscape of renewable energy production and distribution. A brand new chapter discusses global governance, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, as well as mitigation efforts at the national and subnational levels. This new chapter makes the book even more relevant to climate change courses housed in social sciences departments such as political science and geography.
An effective and integrated introduction to an urgent and controversial issue, this book is well-suited to adoption in a variety of introductory climate change courses found in a number of science and social science departments. Its ultimate goal is to equip readers with the tools needed to become constructive participants in the human response to climate change.
The Adaptation Clearinghouse (ResilientCA.gov) is a centralized database of information and resources to assist state, regional, and local decision makers and planners in planning and adapting to climate change. The Clearinghouse was established through Senate Bill 246 (Wieckowski, 2015) alongside the ICARP Technical Advisory Council to support integrated, science-based climate resilience decisions, planning, and implementation at all governance levels. Resources include example plans and projects, curated case studies, scientific studies, tools and data, guidance documents, and more. All resources can be explored and filtered by climate impact, geographic location, topics of interest, and other custom search features.
Planning and Investing for a Resilient California Executive Order B-30-15 directed State agencies to integrate climate change into all planning and investment, including accounting for current and future climate conditions in infrastructure investment. OPR convened a Technical Advisory Group to develop guidance to support implementation of the Executive Order.
This Handbook brings together prominent voices from India, including policymakers, politicians, business leaders, civil society activists and academics, to build a composite picture of contemporary Indian climate politics and policy. One section lays out the range of positions and substantive issues that shape Indian views on global climate negotiations. Another delves into national politics around climate change. A third looks at how climate change is beginning to be internalized in sectoral policy discussions over energy, urbanization, water, and forests. The volume is introduced by an essay that lays out the critical issues shaping climate politics in India, and its implications for global politics.
Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworld, edited by David Haberman, presents a unique collection of essays that detail how the effects of human-related climate change are actively reshaping religious ideas and practices, even as religious groups and communities endeavor to bring their traditions to bear on mounting climate challenges.
People of faith from the low-lying islands of the South Pacific to the glacial regions of the Himalayas are influencing how their communities understand earthly problems and develop meaningful responses to them. This collection focuses on a variety of different aspects of this critical interaction, including the role of religion in ongoing debates about climate change, religious sources of environmental knowledge and how this knowledge informs community responses to climate change, and the ways that climate change is in turn driving religious change.
Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds offers a transnational view of how religion reconciles the concepts of the global and the local and influences the challenges of climate change.
"These ethnographies each offer a wealth of information on particular religious encounters with a changing climate, and collecting them here makes clear the complexity and importance of comparative work on religion and climate change. Anyone who wants to understand the ways people are making spiritual and moral sense of climate change should read this book."
"These ethnographically rich case studies located in the Global South show with sensitivity and insight what it means to worship and believe at the forefront of the climate crisis. Through careful attention to local religious worlds in the Andes, Oceania, the Himalaya and beyond, this ground-breaking book makes clear that other dimensions in addition to science, such as the mythological, ritual, and emotional, must be included in negotiations and initiatives around climate change."
"This tour de force surveys the ethnography of the low and the high, specifically, Pacific Islands threatened with submersion and degraded beaches and coral reefs, and the very high glaciers of the Andes and the Himalayas under threat of a total meltdown. With methodological acuity, this august assemblage of anthropologists and religious studies scholars narrate how local inhabitants in ten very different places seek to make sense of a world increasingly troubled by anthropogenic climate change."
"Religions evolve but can they incorporate scientific understandings of climate change and promote effective responses to it? This volume adds important clues to this and other important questions about the relationships between religions, human behaviors, and environmental systems."
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: Evaluate the diverse responses of peoples, groups, and cultures to environmental issues, themes and topics. Use critical observation and analysis to predict outcomes associated with environmental modifications. Demonstrate knowledge of the causes & consequences of climate change. Apply quantitative skills to solve environmental science problems. Demonstrate knowledge of environmental law and policy. Design and critically evaluate experiments. Interpret data in figures and graphs.
Geologists interested in resource generation and resource limits, from an earth system science perspective; climate scientists interested in carbon cycle links between resource usage and climate change, and ancient geological (deep time) climate change; environmental scientists interested in the earth system science context of energy and climate change. Students, policy makers, energy professionals, people interested in the Anthropocene, and energy statisticians, energy historians and economists
1. The carbon cycle, fossil fuels and climate change2. Natural global warming: climate change in "deep time"3. Artificial global warming: the "fossil economy"4. The coming industrial revolution? Fossil fuels and developing countries5. Geology and the reduction of emissions6. Climate change adaptation: geological aspects7. Feedbacks and tipping points8. The geological macroscope9. Energy and climate change: geological controls, interventions and mitigations
Our Changing Climate: Introduction to Climate Science features an up-to-date comprehensive overview of the foundations of Earth's climate system, a greater focus on climate change issues, human and ecosystem vulnerabilities to climate change, energy and geopolitical issues and much more. It contains 14 chapters, each designed for one week of study. The textbook contains twenty Questions for Review and twelve Critical Thinking Questions per chapter. 2b1af7f3a8