climate change and air pollution

The planet is heating up... global warming and global changes

What happened in New Orleans?

What is global warming?

"The scientific community has reached a strong consensus regarding the science of global climate change. The world is undoubtedly warming. This warming is largely the result of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from human activities including industrial processes, fossil fuel combustion, and changes in land use, such as deforestation. Continuation of historical trends of greenhouse gas emissions will result in additional warming over the 21st century, with current projections of a global increase of 2.5ºF to 10.4ºF by 2100, with warming in the U.S. expected to be even higher. This warming will have real consequences for the United States and the world, for with that warming will also come additional sea-level rise that will gradually inundate coastal areas, changes in precipitation patterns, increased risk of droughts and floods, threats to biodiversity, and a number of potential challenges for public health..."
From Global Warming Basics, Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Many additional facts available on that site and at links below.

Global warming describes the "greenhouse" effect, which is created when the sun's heat is trapped by certain gases in the Earth's atmosphere, like carbon dioxide. These gases absorb heat that would otherwise escape from the Earth's atmosphere. So-called "greenhouse gas" emissions have increased since the industrial revolution, caused by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, pollution from cars, methane from animal and other sources. Therefore, an unnatural amount of heat has been trapped which has caused the Earth's surface to warm.

Glossary of terms: Global Warming Basics
From "Abrupt Climate Change" to "weather," the Pew Center's website on climate change has the definitions we need.

Impacts of Environmental Degradation and Climate Change on Women

From a paper by enda: environmental development action in the third world
Some impacts include:
Water Stress: "Food and water insecurity is becoming a major threat to many people in the developing world and may endanger the lives of thousands of people in particular in Africa, Middle East Asia and South Pacific... Women are mainly responsibility for water collection therefore water scarcity is likely to put women under great environmental stress and force them to migrate."
Health Risks: "Climate change is predicted to cause serious health problems related to cardiovascular, respiratory and other diseases..."
Food Insecurity, Environmental Degradation and Population Displacement, Desertification:
"Today, environmental degradation is already affecting women’s right to sustainable livelihoods. Climate change is just a much graver example of the complexity of environmental stress and how it affects women. Women have a multi-dimensional role as mothers, providers, carers and often natural resource managers. A lot of women find themselves in position where they are heading the family. Economic depression and unemployment in many developing countries have forced women into a situation where the bread winning burden is added to their litany of daily chores. Climate change would undoubtedly cause further environmental hazards that would mean loss of revenue for women in agricultural, industry, fisheries industries notably. Poverty, an acute problem amongst women population will further claim more victims especially among the female population in both rural and urban areas of the developing world."

Taking action: links

"Climate justice is a movement from the grassroots to realize solutions to our climate and energy problems that ensure the right of all people to live, work, play, and pray in safe, healthy, and clean environments. We envision a just transition to a future free from fossils fuels that protects the most vulnerable from the impacts of climate change..."
Here is a "Random Fact" from their website:
"People of color are concentrated in urban centers in the South, coastal regions, and areas with substandard air quality. Approximately 80 percent of people of color and Indigenous Peoples in the United States live in coastal regions. New Orleans, which is 62 percent African-American and 2 feet below sea level, exemplifies the severe and disproportionate impacts of climate change in the U.S."

Green House Network global warming education programs multiply grassroots leadership supporting the clean energy revolution that we need to stop global warming.
The Green House Network is excited to set up many talks for our National Speakers Network, which includes over 250 speakers ranging from professionals to artists, retirees and academics. Since the inception of the CEP, we have set up over 950 talks across the nation.

About the Climate Crisis Coalition
The Climate Crisis Coalition seeks to broaden the circle of individuals, organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue, to link it with other issues and to provide a structure to forge a common agenda and advance action plans with a united front..."


An Open Letter to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska by Terry Tempest Williams
16 March 2005, Orion Magazine on-line

Today you got your wish: a 51 to 49 vote against the Cantwell Amendment and in favor of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The crude minds have spoken. Finally..."

The Kyoto Treaty goes into effect -- "not with us" say main polluters
Kyoto Can't Save Us
Emissions have gone too far and global warming is unavoidable. What is needed is recognition and a willingness to confront the very real challenges ahead.
By Mark Hertsgaard, AlterNet Posted on February 15, 2005

June 2004: "A new US supercomputer has shown that global temperatures could be rising more than scientists had thought, experts said."
Read article here.

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