Warming up to Climate Change by Sean Cunningham
Warming Up to Climate Change
It’s here, it’s clear, get used to it
Better still, learn about it
Climate change and global warming are here. This double-barreled phenomenon has and will continue to have impacts on your everyday life - some good, some bad, some unpredictable. But climate change and global warming have indeed arrived.
Whether you are among those most likely to be affected - a climate scientist, environmentalist, public health worker, developer, insurance adjuster, ark builder or just your average man or woman on the street - you will be affected. In fact, you are realizing the impacts at this moment, never mind those your children will experience. But the process can sneak up on you. It’s like gaining those first few ounces that turn into pounds. So let’s be clear: this is not a call for future generations to be on the alert and see how these activities play out. Climate change and global warming are with us right now, and it is time for people to start learning about them and taking action. Temperatures are getting higher, storms are getting more severe in every season, and it is not your parents’ environment anymore.
by Arthur Mead, Jr.
“Blue About Sea Level Rise” - The face of Providence could be dramatically altered by rising sea level in the 21st century.
The goal of the Climate Change Collaborative is to help us all become better educated about the ups-and-downs that the years ahead hold for us, our families and our communities as the planet and its inhabitants evolve and adapt to this shifting scenario. Now “adapt” may sound like we’ll just to buy a bigger pair of pants to accommodate those extra climate pounds. It’s not quite that simple. Just as extra pounds can increase the risk of diabetes or heart disease, raise your blood pressure and shorten your lifespan, climate change can put some added risks in your life. And the corporate trick of increasing that 34” waistline to 38” and still calling the pants a 34 doesn’t change the reality.
The materials and information on this Climate Change Collaborative web site can not only point out what you may expect to see in your backyard, regionally, and around the world, but provides steps you can take — personally and/or professionally — to successfully cope with the challenges ahead, all the while explaining how they occur. C’mon, get the jump on the ounces before they become pounds. Nobody — no country, for that matter — wants to be “the biggest loser” when it comes to climate change.
Leading Voices on Climate Change
Time to Wake Up: A Castle Built on Sand
"Often times when you face such an overwhelming challenge as global climate change, it can be somewhat daunting — it’s kind of like trying to lose weight, which I know something about." - Hillary Clinton
Is Climate Change Real?
When it comes to climate change, controversy remains where there should be none. One of the biggest challenges we face is that many members of the general public avoid, discount or ignore the overwhelming scientific evidence. Yes, that’s you and me or our neighbors and friends. A major element in the Climate Change Collaborative’s overall approach is to help people understand and accept what the vast majority of the world’s best scientists have come to unequivocal agreement upon: that these impacts will occur over you and your children’s life spans and beyond.
While all of the topic areas featured have relevance to you wherever you live or work, the Climate Change Collaborative has taken special note of the effects climate change and global warming will have on Rhode Island. But wherever you call home, whatever language you speak, whatever your education or socioeconomic status, climate change and global warming is an equal opportunity event.
“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.”
- Martin Keogh, Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World
Hot Topics & Upcoming Events
Watershed Counts Releases Report on Marine and Freshwater Beaches
Watershed Counts released its 2014 annual report with a focus on marine and freshwater beaches. This report provides an overview of the status of beaches in the Narragansett Bay watershed including how they will be impacted by climate change. Providence Journal Article
Rhode Island to receive $7.5 million in federal aid in the wake of Sandy.
The money will fund several projects to make the state and its coastline more resilient to severe weather. Providence Journal article
Rhode Island House passes climate bill.
The RI House passed the Climate Change Resilient Rhode Island Act to set greenhouse gas emission reductions and other mitigation and adaptation goals.
The Senate passed a similar bill last week. Providence Journal article
The major scientific agencies of the United States — including NASA and NOAA — agree that climate change is occurring and that humans are contributing to it.
Many places have experienced changes in rainfall resulting in more intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves.
The planet’s oceans and glaciers have also experienced changes: oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. All of these changes are evidence that our world is getting warmer.