Daily Archives: January 27, 2019

As Americans Increasingly Bear ‘Real Costs of Climate Crisis,’ Polls Show Soaring Realization of Global Warming’s Threat

While President Donald Trump, GOP lawmakers, and the fossil fuel industry continue to deny the dangers of the climate crisis to justify pushing for polluter-friendly policies, a growing majority of Americans—faced with increasingly destructive and costly droughts, storms, and wildfires—accept global warming driven by human activity as reality and are concerned about it, according to a pair of polls out Tuesday.

“Together, we are demanding that elected officials at all levels step up on climate action and push forward federal legislation such as the Green New Deal that creates millions of family-sustaining jobs while transitioning our economy to 100 percent renewables.”
—May Boeve, 350.org

One survey, conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, found that 73 percent of Americans polled in November and December believe that global warming is happening, a 10 percent jump since March of 2015.

Additionally, 62 percent understand that it’s mostly human-caused, 65 percent think it’s affecting weather in the United States, and a majority are concerned about harm from extreme heat, flooding, droughts, and water shortages.

“Despite Big Oil’s ongoing multi-billion dollar deception campaign, people across America are bearing the real costs of the climate crisis, so it’s no surprise we’re more concerned than ever,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve, in response to the results.

Anthony Leiserowitz, lead researcher of Yale study, said the poll’s results are directly tied to climate-related disasters and increased awareness from more frequent reporting on the topic.

“After a year of devastating extreme events, dire scientific reports, and growing media coverage of climate change, a record number of Americans are convinced that human-caused global warming is happening, are increasingly worried, and say the issue is personally important to them,” he said.

Climate Change in the American Mind (pdf), the report detailing the survey results, pointed out that “the proportion of Americans who are very worried about global warming has more than tripled since its lowest point in 2011.”

Responding to the dramatic spike in public opinion shown in the poll, Leiserowitz told the New York Times, “I’ve never seen jumps in some of the key indicators like this.”

Another new poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), featured similar findings. That survey found 71 percent of respondents “say climate change is a reality, and most think human activity is primarily responsible.”

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Americans Finally Realize That Climate Change Is A Major Threat

The Ring of Fire

Published on Jan 27, 2019

According to the latest round of polling, the American public is increasing realizing that climate change is not only caused by human activity, but that it presents a very serious threat to our country and our planet. These poll numbers are encouraging, but public response is not equal to political action. We need our elected officials to wake up to the same realities that the American public now recognizes, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.



The Sanders Institute Gathering

The Sanders Institute
Published on Dec 14, 2018

Burlington, Vermont – The Sanders Institute Gathering brought together thought leaders from across the country and around the world to develop bold, innovative solutions to some of our most pressing problems. Working together to envision the world we want.

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Bill McKibben: The Fossil Fuel Industry Has Money, But We Have Movements

The Real News Network
Published on Jan 9, 2019

At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Bill McKibben says that a Green New Deal must address climate change, immigration, and unemployment, or we’re headed “if not to Hell, then to a place with a very similar temperature.”

Greta’s Kids – Belgian students skip school for the climate

UPFSIPublished on Jan 26, 2019

Subscribe to http://ScientistsWarning.TV – For the third week, Belgian students have staged a School Strike for the Climate, inspired by Greta Thunberg, at which they marched to the EU Commission in Brussels. Their numbers have tripled to about 35,000 in the last week, and teachers are supportive, some only requiring a ‘selfie’ at the protest to make sure the kids were not just using the march as an excuse to skip school!

Digging up secrets of the ‘Maritime Silk Road’在拉斯海马探寻古代海上丝绸之路

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Modeling the excavation site, taking away the top soil, drilling, mapping, screening, registering and recording the excavated relics. A team from China’s Palace Museum is working with Ra’s al-Khaimah’s Department of Antiquities and Museums to excavate and study the Chinese ceramics discovered in the northernmost UAE emirate, which bears witness to the ancient “Silk Road” between the Gulf and Far East as well as China’s ceramics trade. The archeological cooperation started in 2017 and the mission will last for a month.

Big rise in atmospheric CO2 expected in 2019 – BBC News

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent
25 January 2019

Met Office researchers expect to record one of the biggest rises in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in 2019.

Every year, the Earth’s natural carbon sinks such as forests soak up large amounts of CO2 produced by human activities.

But in years when the tropical Pacific region is warmer like this year, trees and plants grow less and absorb smaller amounts of the gas.

As a result, scientists say 2019 will see a much bigger CO2 rise than 2018.

Since 1958, the research observatory at Mauna Loa in Hawaii, has been continuously monitoring and collecting data on the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

In the years since they first started recording, the observatory has seen a 30% increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere caused by emissions of fossil fuels and deforestation.

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Africa and the Prospect of a New U.S.-China Cold War