Nonfiction: Two New Books Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

In David Wallace-Wells’s “The Uninhabitable Earth” and Nathaniel Rich’s “Losing Earth,” we have a picture of the increasingly dire problem of global warming.
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Sir David Attenborough to present climate change documentary

The broadcaster’s film will explore potential threats to our planet and the possible solutions.
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World’s permafrost soils are warming with global climate

The world’s permafrost soils, some of which are more than a thousand years old and extend 1.6km (one mile) into the ground, are warming at the same rate as the climate, according to a new study.
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A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones

Longer growing seasons are helping lead northern farmers to plow up forests and plant crops such as corn and soybeans that were once hard to grow in their chilly territories, helping drive up land prices. ‘We’re seeing crops grown in places they’ve never grown before.’
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SEC Drops Probe of Exxon’s Disclosures on Climate Change

The SEC dropped a probe into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks that climate change and greenhouse-gas regulations posed to its business.
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Al Gore Has The Hottest Climate Change-Themed Pick-Up Lines

“Are you climate change? Because when I look at you, the world disappears.”
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The Dangers Of Climate Change Are Real In This New Comic Anthology

Five artists weigh in on their art and their activism.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eric Garcetti Pitch Better ‘Narrative’ Around Climate Action at CAA Event

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared at CAA on Wednesday to talk about the path forward on climate change activism in the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords. Garcetti and Schwarzenegger each said that despite the withdrawal, cities and states have long… Read more »

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Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

President Trump says the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord – but US tech firms are backing it.
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Musk Cuts White House Ties After Trump Exits Climate Accord

The chief executive of Tesla Inc. said he would step down from his roles working with White House advisory groups, shortly after President Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
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Environment chief deluged after climate doubts

The head of America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly been deluged with angry phone calls after publicly doubting the role that carbon dioxide plays in climate change.
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At Sundance, the Theme Is Climate Change

“An Inconvenient Sequel,” a follow-up to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning film, is one of 14 New Climate projects scheduled for Robert Redford’s film festival.
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Love In a Cold Climate

Love In a Cold Climate


She walked back across the grass to the little stone cottage. Erland was still asleep in his basket on the kitchen table his face calm and serene. She opened the door of the Raeburn and poked the coals. Then she pulled the big kettle on the top to the centre of the hob to bring the already warm water to the boil. Just time for a cup of tea and a moment to herself before the baby awoke. The Raeburn filled the kitchen with warmth, the flagstones round about had heated up and she could warm her stockinged feet. This was the cat’s favourite spot and it too lay curled up against the stove. She looked at the calendar.12th of February 1968. Only a year married, two days til the 14 th, Valentine’s Day. She wasn’t expecting anything from Jim. He wasn’t the romantic type and anyway he was at sea

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Now You Can Blame Climate Change for Your Bad Sex Life

Researchers have found another compelling reason to save the Earth.

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Frieze London Sees Strong Sales, So Far, in an Uneasy Economic Climate

ARTFUL DODGING: Frieze Art, the London contemporary art fair, wrapped up Saturday with sold-out stands and no hint — yet — of cash-strapped collectors or repercussions from the economic slowdown in China. In the third quarter, the country notched its slowest growth in six years.
“A lot of our galleries are experiencing their best Frieze ever,” said Abby Bangster, the artistic director for Frieze Americas and Asia. “I’ve spoken to the galleries that are based in China and are here, and they have completely sold out. It’s not just Chinese buying Chinese, they have big London and American buyers. We also have a good number of Chinese collectors. We so far have not been impacted, but it is certainly something that we’re watching.”
The 13th edition of the four-day fair, held at Regent’s Park in London, saw 164 galleries from 27 countries take part. Galleries showcased works by artists including Camille Henrot; Mary Weatherford; Gabriel Orozco; Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Jimmie Durham.
While Frieze did not disclose the total amount of sales at the fair, it did release some figures from individual galleries. White Cube sold a painting by Damien Hirst for 750,000 pounds, or $ 1.16 million, while a work by Gabriel Orozco sold for $ 900,000 at Kurimanzutto. An oil painting by Chris Ofili

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Bill Maher Thinks GOP Should Listen To Pope Francis On Climate Change

Bill Maher praised Pope Francis’ views on climate change on “Real Time” Friday night.

While admitting to have “mixed feelings” about the pope, the host did appreciate his views on this particular topic, especially in contrast to those held by many Republican representatives in Congress.

“I think it’s just awesome that this pope took on this issue,” Maher said. “I love that Boehner invited him to talk to Congress, and there he was the Grandmaster Flash of crazy non-evidentiary nonsense, lecturing the Republicans on reality.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Maher discussed British Prime Minister David Cameron, Kim Davis and Josh Duggar.

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Love in a Warm Climate By Helena Frith Powell (Paperback)

Love in a Warm Climate By Helena Frith Powell (Paperback)


Overview What do you do if you find a bra in your husband’s luggage that isn’t yours? Or even his! This is the dilemma facing mother-of-three Sophie Reed, shortly after she moves to France with her family to start a new life. As they are unpacking her husband admits to having an affair with a French woman called Cecile. Sophie thinks about throwing him out with the bra. But then what? Should she move back to England? Her inner French woman tells her otherwise. She is getting to know her enigmatic, aristocratic neighbour. And then there is her old flame, the breathtakingly sexy, and now famous, Johnny Fray. French women think nothing of having several lovers, but is that the answer for an inexperienced English girl who has been married for ten years? Product details Isbn-13: 9781906142773, 978-1906142773 Author: Helena Frith Powell Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd Publication date: 2011-02-05 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all UK orders, and competitively priced international delivery. #HappyReading

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Bill Nye Says ‘Give A F**k’ About Climate Change Instead Of Deflategate

Bill Nye is weighing in on Deflategate again, but this time he has a few props and a message to share about something far more important.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed atmospheric conditions and temperature changes could have caused footballs to lose air pressure during the team’s AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts.

On Sunday, Nye said taking that much air out of a ball would require an inflation needle. But in a new video posted on Funny or Die, The Science Guy declared that “one test is worth 1,000 expert opinions,” and put some footballs into a fridge set to 51 degrees, or the temperature at the Jan. 18 game.

That’s where the video takes a very different turn.

“While we’re all obsessed with Deflategate, let’s keep in mind that there’s something about which you should give a fuck,” Nye said. “Yes, like Tom Brady, the world is getting hotter and hotter, and you know why? Because we humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Nye then began listing things that contribute to climate change — including long-winded Deflategate press conferences — and followed that up with a rallying cry.

“You should vote for congressmen and senators that appreciate the threat of climate change and the rate at which the world is getting warmer, so that we can preserve the earth for humankind for generations to come,” Nye said.

Oh, and about those balls…

Nye took one out of the fridge, gave it a squeeze, pronounced it “pretty much the same,” and said “the Patriots probably bent the rules a little bit.”

Nye, who lived in Seattle for a number of years, ended the video with a message that’s bound to rankle the New England faithful: “Go Seahawks!”
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New PBS Special ‘Extreme Realities’ Explores Security Threat From Climate Change

What kind of new realities will climate change bring this century? The latest episode in the PBS series “Journey to Planet Earth” explores the rising threat of extreme weather and the effects climate change is already having on the geopolitical landscape around the world.

Narrated by Matt Damon, “Extreme Realities: Severe Weather, Climate Change and Our National Security” also features World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, journalist Thomas Friedman and others.

In the clip above, viewers are introduced to the rising tensions on the border between Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to sea level rise. Climate change, along with economic hardship and other factors, may force an even greater number of Bangladeshis to seek refuge in India.

Unfortunately this problem isn’t limited to the region. It would be “perhaps possible for the international community to deal with” this if it were an isolated incident, Former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell explains in the video. But “the issues associated with … climate refugees are not going to strike in one place,” he says. “They’re going to strike consequentially around the globe.”

Watch a second exclusive clip below and tune in to PBS at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, December 15 to see the entire hour-long documentary.


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Jon Stewart Shows Why China Really Needs That Climate Change Deal

Beijing may have been just about the best possible place to unveil a major deal on emissions because as Jon Stewart pointed out on Tuesday night’s “Daily Show,” the city really needs it.

The air quality is so bad that Beijing had to shut down factories and schools to help reduce smog ahead of the APEC summit. And these efforts worked, leading residents to dub the rare clear skies “APEC blue.”

“Well at least residents didn’t flee in fear of the enormous, ‘SKY FIREBALL!'” Stewart joked, referring to the rare glimpse of sunlight.

That wasn’t the only APEC oddity. From “Hunger Games” cosplay to world leaders acting more like “Mean Girls,” Stewart took a look at the summit’s strangest moments.

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Young Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Explains The Essence Of Climate Change At UN Summit

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations,” John F. Kennedy proclaimed in 1964. “When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands, recently demonstrated the impact a poem can have. She spoke during the opening segment of the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit this week. In a piece titled “Dear Matafele Peinem,” she managed to capture the stark reality of climate change in just over three minutes.

The entire poem, and the speech that preceded it, can be heard in the video below.

“To tackle (climate change), we need a radical change of course,” Jetnil-Kijiner explains. “This isn’t easy, I know. It means ending carbon pollution within my lifetime. It means supporting those of us most affected to prepare for unavoidable climate impacts. And it means taking responsibility for irreversible loss and damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions.”

“I ask world leaders to take us all along on your ride,” she added. “We won’t slow you down. We’ll help you win the most important race of all. The race to save humanity.”

Jetnil-Kijiner is a spoken word artist and co-founder of an environmental NGO in the Marshall Islands called Jo-JiKuM. The organization focuses on empowering youth by educating them on the importance of environmentalism and mobilizing them to work toward solutions to climate change issues. She was one of 38 civil society representatives chosen to present at the Summit.

An excerpt from her poem:

hands reaching out, fists raising up, banners unfurling, megaphones booming

and we are canoes blocking coal ships

we are the radiance of solar villages

we are the rich clean soil of the farmer’s past

we are petitions blooming from teenage fingertips

we are families biking, recycling, reusing, engineers dreaming, designing, building, artists painting, dancing, writing

we are spreading the word

and there are thousands out on the street, marching with signs, hand in hand

chanting for change NOW


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The Struggle to Reach Out and Tell the Climate Story

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“Nope, no. No. Nuh-uh. These aren’t good.”

I’m sitting next to one of my instructors at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism where I’m taking a course in multimedia. We’re going through a series of photographs I’d taken for an assignment and he’s critiquing them.

“The photos don’t make me feel anything,” he says.

The day before, I had gone out to shoot photos with an agenda: to find a story about climate change and how it affects people — the same thing I do every day at work. I intended to find a science person to interview about the California drought and work in a climate change angle. But that was not going to happen. The instructors had given us an insanely tight deadline for a series of assignments — all due simultaneously — and restricted the location for our stories. On top of that, I was struggling with unfamiliar equipment.

The instructors also told us not to get blocked into our initial vision. But I was blocked and I was ticked off, too. It was obvious that I was not going to have my way. I felt like I was being pressed into an assignment that was impossible to complete within the allotted time frame. And frankly, I also thought the assignment was beyond my skill set and unrealistic for me.

But the assignment was due and there was no way I was going to quit. I was out in the field, walking around, and I absolutely had to find a stranger, interview him or her and make it work, period, end of story, done. Wandering through my assigned neighborhood, I stopped to admire a well-groomed garden in the front yard of one of the homes. When the homeowner, Migdalia Collazo, walked out onto her porch, I asked if she would allow me to photograph and interview her.

During that first photo shoot, I focused on composition, color, light and context, thinking that was the route to a compelling shot. But my photos were lacking the most important element: a compelling story, something to feel.

After the critique, my teacher’s words stayed with me, reverberating in my head:

The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.
The photos don’t make me feel anything.

As a climate and Earth science communicator, I find this is the biggest challenge. We’re in a constant fight to capture attention, to move people, to make them care about how their behavior is affecting Earth.

To feel something.

But we get caught up with logical analysis of facts and don’t understand why many people don’t hear our stories. This is incredibly frustrating because, for us, climate change is so important, so dire, such a big deal. We desperately want to reach out and let our stories be told, to find the right way for the meaning to get through.

So from now on, I’m committed. My goal is to find a way to inspire you to feel something.

I look forward to reading your comments,
Laura

This post originally appeared on NASA’s Earth Right Now blog.

This blog post is part of the #WhyICare blog series, curated by the editors of HuffPost Generation Change in recognition of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. To see all the other posts in the series, click here.

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“Fingerprints” of Climate Change

“Fingerprints” of Climate Change


In recent years an increasing number of studies have been published reporting observations of adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges of plant and animal species due to recent climate warming. Are these `fingerprints’ of climate change? An international conference was organised to bring together scientists from different continents with different expertise but sharing the same issue of climate change impact studies. Ecologists, zoologists, and botanists exchanged and discussed the findings from their individual field of research. The present book is an international collection of biological signs of recent climate warming, neither based only on computer models nor on prediction for the future, but mainly on actually occurring changes in the biosphere such as adapted behaviour or shifts in the ranges of species. `Fingerprints’ of Climate Change presents ecological evidence that organisms are responding to recent global warming. The observed changes may foreshadow the types of impacts likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming.
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Confronting the Climate

Confronting the Climate


This book explores the social origins of the Western preoccupation with health and environmental hazards. It looks at the rise of the dichotomy between the vulnerable “in” and the threatening “out” by examining the pathologies associated with weather, domestic space, ventilation, clothing, and travel in Britain at the turn of the 19th century.

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