Global Climate Change

Global Climate Change is literally everywhere. It engulfs every aspect of our lives even if we don't realize it or deny its very existence. We hear and read about it in the news, on the radio and through social media. I thought I would work to compile lists and links of materials that folks may find or interest. I've decided to break this up into three sections.

1. The Problem - Cause and Effect: In this section I will post titles, reviews, and links that will enable readers to learn the basics and gain in depth knowledge of particular issues.

Books -

Clive Hamilton - Requiem for a Species, Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change: In Requiem for a Species Clive Hamilton spells out the issues that have led us to the brink of catastrophe on the climate change front. In doing so he provides descriptions of the causes of Global Climate Change and provides the historical context as to why the science and worsening signs have largely been ignored.

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway - Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientist Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming: In Merchants of Doubt the authors discuss the decades long battle to fight scientific consensus on multiple issues. The book details the development of strategies that are often utilized to reduce the relavence of scientific consensus on the big issues since world war II. The tactics utilized were first developed to delay regulations that would have mitigated the impacts of smoking on human health as early as the 1950's and have evolved over time during each of the environmental issues that have occured in this time. These same tactics are being actively employed today to continue misinforming the public and lawmakers on the threats of climate change.

Websites -

https://climate.nasa.gov/

http://www.globalchange.gov/climate-change

2. Societal Action and Solutions: This section will explore what is being done on regional and global scales to address Global Change through adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Books -

Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope - Climate of Hope: In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope explore the actions that city governments (Cities and municipalities), businesses and citizens can take to reduce green house gas emissions, adapt and mitigate the effects of global clime change in addition to or in the absence of state, federal and global leadership. The authors provide descriptions of the problems and provide case studies describing how cities around the globe have taken action.

3. Personal Action and Solutions: Here I'll explore what individuals can do to decrease our carbon footprint and provide resources to help along the way.

Books -

The Green Patriot Working Group - 50 Simple Steps to Save the Earth from Global Warming: In this guide a brief description of the global warming is provided. Following the introduction 50 actions are discussed that will reduce an individuals carbon footprint. These are generally good activities to begin performing.