Surface Temp “Pauses” But Climate Change Continues

Recently, scientists have warned that climate change is still happening despite the fact that surface temperatures have “pased” over the last decade. They point to the warming of the oceans which is taking on more heat energy.

Just this week, the UN has pointed out that in 2013 CO2 has reached record levels (see Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point)

Here’s a video:

The Scientific Process of Climate Change: Jerry Meehl, Climatologist at NCAR

A Summer of Dumpster Diving & Sustainability (online video)

This summer (2014) several interns supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency did projects at Chicago-area colleges (including Moraine Valley), each focusing on a waste reduction program aimed at increasing recycling and developing zero-waste plans. These interns presented the findings from their work and offer new insight on sustainability efforts in higher education.

A Summer of Dumpster Diving & Sustainability: IL EPA Interns Present Their Work

The audio of this event is available below:

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs by Dan Charles

NPR – January 10, 2014

If you’re confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist’s in-depth series questioned its faith.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/09/261076195/a-green-movement-website-shakes-up-the-debate-over-gmos?sc=ipad&f=1001

New Report from the ICCP: “The Polar Bears Are Us”

Since it is Earth Day, I thought it worth noting that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has offered their strongest statement about the threat the climate change represents. Their newest report is grounded in scientific data and outlines the serious consequences of inaction.

I thought that this discussion on On the Media outlines some of the approach taken by the IPCC.

For more information, take a look at this book in the library’s collection Overheated : the human cost of climate change by Andrew T. Guzman.

On the Media: Case Closed (on Climate Change)

Description: A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only presents dire evidence of global warming’s impact, it also offers a different narrative about who is at risk, putting humans at the center of the story. Brooke talks with science journalist Cristine Russell about the IPCC’s media-ready case.

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Debating GMO Crops and Supporting Global Populations

I know that my take on organic & local farming varies slightly from that of many folks around MVCC. I also know that my take on genetically modified crops also varies. Here is a lecture from British journalist Mark Lynas who offers support for GMO crops. To me, this is a debate that is very important, because I have concern that the overly-simplistic GMO campaigns (many that were successful in Europe) do not allow for nuance and recognition that there are useful, valuable, and safe forms of GMO that will be necessary to stabilize the increasing world population.

Mark Lynas on his conversion to supporting GMOs – Oxford Lecture on Farming

Obama Moves to Limit Greenhouse Gases Emissions Through Executive Order

Obama Moves to Limit Greenhouse Gases Emissions Through Executive Order
SUMMARY: In an address at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama announced a new climate change plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The president zeroed in on new and existing power plants that burn coal, and called for public lands to generate power via wind and solar energy projects. Gwen Ifill reports.

Watch Obama to Limit Greenhouse Emissions Through Executive Order on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.