Daily Archives: August 13, 2015

Dark Side of Moon and Light Side of Earth, Seen Together in Full Light for First Time Ever

By Al Gore, Reader Supported News  06 August 15

ver the past several weeks we have received the first of the breath-taking images taken from the DSCOVR satellite positioned a million miles from Earth, at the Lagrangian 1, or “L1 point,” where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the Sun cancel each other out. As a result, the satellite orbits the Sun along with the Earth, always remaining between them, with a constant view of the fully illuminated face of Earth as it rotates.

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David Attenborough: The Truth About Climate Change


Carbon Control

Published on Oct 30, 2013

A two part documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough – The Truth About Climate Change. Like us https://www.facebook.com/CarbonControl Follow us https://twitter.com/CarbonControl

Some extraordinary phenomena have taken place in recent times; Hurricane Katrina, the heat wave of 2003, polar bears swimming in search of ice and vast swarms of insects enveloping an African village. But are these isolated incidents or are they omens of a greater global change?

Sir David discovers that the world is warming at an unprecedented rate, and finds out why this is now far beyond any normal allowance for cyclical fluctuation. But are humans to blame? These changes are already in motion whatever we do now, but Sir David believes that we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe. People around the world are having to adapt their way of life as the climate changes; the Inuit in the Arctic whose hunting is now limited, the Pacific island inhabitants forced to move as their homes disappear beneath the waves, and the Siberian homes slowly sinking into the permafrost. Sir David investigates some of the possible scenarios for the future, including rising sea-levels, insect plagues and an increase in diseases.

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Earth 101 Conference – Gudni Elisson … +

Earth101

Fifty years ago, national political leaders were aware of  what was happening:

Air pollution is no longer confined to isolated places. This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. 

Lyndon B. Johnson, 8 February 1965

Published on Feb 12, 2014

The lectures shared here were given on
October 5th 2013
in the following order:

Guðni Elísson: “Earth101”

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Stefan Rahmstorf: “The Climate Crisis”

Michael Mann: “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”

Kari Norgaard: “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life”

Peter Sinclair: “Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era”

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World Energy Outlook Special Report 2015: Energy and Climate Change

https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2015SpecialReportonEnergyandClimateChange.pdf

The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). The negotiations there will be based on national pledges, formally known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, with the goal of setting the world on a sustainable path.

The International Energy Agency has long emphasised to its members and the world at large that energy production and use which is not compatible with international environmental requirements is not sustainable: it fails the test of energy security. The IEA, therefore, feels an obligation to make a contribution to COP21 – a contribution which reconciles climate and energy needs. That is the purpose of this special report in the World Energy Outlook series.

The report:

  • Presents a detailed first assessment of the energy sector impact of known and signalled national climate pledges for COP21.
  • Proposes a bridging strategy to deliver a near-term peak in global energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, based on five pragmatic measures that can advance climate goals through the energy sector without blunting economic growth.
  • Highlights the urgent need to accelerate the development of emerging technologies that are, ultimately, essential to transforming the global energy system into one that is consistent with the world’s climate goals.
  • Recommends four key pillars on which COP21 can build success, from an energy sector perspective.

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IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 Special Report on Energy and Climate Change


Center for Strategic & International Studies

Published on Jun 26, 2015

Featuring:
Fatih Birol
Chief Economist and incoming Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Introductory Remarks by:
David Turk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy
Moderated by:
Sarah Ladislaw
Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program is pleased to host Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist and incoming Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to present the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 Special Report on Energy and Climate Change. The special report presents a detailed first assessment of the energy sector impact of known and signaled national climate pledges for the climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). Additionally, it proposes a bridging strategy to deliver a near-term peak in global energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, based on five pragmatic measures that can advance climate goals through the energy sector without blunting economic growth. Lastly, it highlights the urgent need to accelerate the development of emerging technologies that are, ultimately, essential to transforming the global energy system into one that is consistent with the world’s climate goals, and recommends four key pillars on which COP21 can build success from an energy sector perspective.

https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/weo-2015-special-report-energy-climate-change.html

https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2015SpecialReportonEnergyandClimateChange.pdf

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COP21: Religions vs. Climate Change


GreenTV

Published on Jul 24, 2015

Can religion be the solution to climate change? Following the Pope’s encyclical religious leaders from all the world’s faiths are coming together through Religions for Peace to build a consensus around climate change action in the run up to COP21.

Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth.

The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than ninety national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.

Find out more about the Faiths for Earth campaign here: www.rfp.org/earth

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How To Fight Carbon Pollution


GreenTV

Published on Aug 13, 2015

For the last 150 years, the burning of fossil fuels has revolutionized our world and powered our rapid industrial development. The unforeseen consequence was that carbon dioxide, absorbed by our oceans and pumped into our atmosphere is now causing temperature rise and catastrophic climate change. That is why we must transition to a zero emission planet. First in four films in the Green World Rising Series. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, presented by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners, produced by Tree Media with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Find out more at www.greenworldrising.org

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