The UN Climate Change Conference of 2017 begins today (11/6/2017)! Although President Trump has pulled the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, this is still very exciting. World leaders are converging on Bonn Germany to discuss how to mitigate the negative effects of climate change- globally- with or without US federal support.
Why is this exciting? Because even though the Trump Administration is denying climate change as a major threat to the nation’s security, the nation’s leaders in business, technology, higher education, state and local governments, tribal nations, non-profits, and faith-based organizations are not.
We Are Still In!
“In the absence of leadership from Washington, representatives of cities and states, tribes, businesses, and academia have traveled to Bonn and are standing alongside the international community to make clear that the representation of the United States extends beyond its federal government. With over 2,500 signatories representing more than 130 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of economic output, ‘We Are Still In’ is the largest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action. We invite all attendees to join them as they kick off the US non-national presence at COP 23.”
These amazing leaders are going to help the United States stay connected with the international community as we all strive to fight to reduce emissions and stave off the worst of climate change. This isn’t important just for us in the US (but, we should be concerned for our own safety, too), it’s a global crisis that can be solved collectively. To that, we could say: thank you to all of you wonderful leaders for stepping up!
Video from the Washington Post article about the newest US Climate Assessment Report.
Checking the Weather Channel’s online weather update is usually a quick in and out for me, as I am there mostly to answer one question: what’s the weather going to be like today? But sometimes the site has interesting articles, photographs, videos, etc. that catch my eye. Today was one of those times.
I found a brief article with interactive graphics depicting “what climate change looks like“. It’s a really concise view of the trends of our warming planet. Following the article is also a brief video about “Weather Stress” or the psychological threats climate change poses to our mental health.
Within, I found this fact to be particularly remarkable:
“In fact, according to NOAA’s data set, each month for more than 28 years has had a global average temperature that was above the 20th century average, meaning that anyone younger than 28 years old has never experienced a cooler-than-average month on earth.”
Of course, this Weather Channel’s article covers global trends. Want to see what’s been happening just in the States? ClimateCentral.com has some really interesting graphics (great classroom material!) that depict warming trends for the nation.
Read the full article and watch the video here.
Interestingly, the site has a lot about climate change and health impacts. In fact, there is another brief but informative article here about current climate change health risk factors. It’s not about the future, it’s about the here and now and it’s definitely time to pay attention and take precautions.
Happy Sunny Days! Yes, it’s a great time of year to get out and have some fun, but we should take measures to do it safely, too.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2013 Sunscreen Guide rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection. What fascinates me most about this report is that the stuff we think is protecting us from terrible sun damage and cancer can actually be exposing us to more frightening threats!
This year, 25 percent of products on the market meet researchers’ standards by offering strong and broad UV protection and posing few safety concerns.
What sunscreens made the list this year? Click here to see EWG’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide.
Even though 1/4 of the sunscreens looked at made the best list, they are not enough. The vast majority of sunscreens available aren’t as good as most of us think they are. EWG’s advice to you is to use the tips in the guide: wear sun-protective clothing, stay in the shade to reduce intense exposure and schedule regular skin examinations by a doctor.
Here are some highlights from this year’s EWG report:
Scientists worry oil from the 2010 disaster could reemerge as Isaac turns waters in the Gulf. People are still sick, ecosystems wrecked and economies broken from the original onslaught of that spill. It’s a shame they’ll have to revisit it so tangibly again.
As if that weren’t bad enough for the sake of oil: Jamaica is realing from their latest oil spill disaster. At that link address there is a slide show showing 12 more spills since the 2010 disaster. Check it out to see and learn about them.
Summers in the sun is great! But sunburns are not good at all. They are dangerous, cause aging, spots, wrinkles and sometimes cancer! Sure, we know that. And we know, well just use sunscreen silly. Right? Well it’s not so easy does it actually. A recent study of 500 different sunscreens found only 8% to actually be safe- meaning not expose you or loved ones to potential harmful cancer causing chemicals!!!
Here’s an excerpt, then read the whole article here and find a good sunscreen here:
The fourth annual Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39, or 8 percent, of 500 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this season.
Full report here: http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen
The reason? A surge in exaggerated SPF claims (SPFs greater than 50) and recent developments in understanding the possible hazards of some sunscreen ingredients, in particular, new government data linking a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.
Please pass this on and share with others so we can all enjoy summer in the sun safely.