Climate Change Is Sum of Many Parts
ELIZABETH DURKEE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 10/24/14 | OOI
I completely agree with the Gazette’s 10/09 editorial (The Commission in Transition). Now is a perfect time for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to “articulate its mission and reconsider its priorities.” To take it a step further, it is time for the commission to prioritize its planning under the umbrella of climate change.
2014 Set to be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History: NOAA
SARAH LAZARE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/23/14 | TS
2014 is set to be the warmest calendar year in recorded human history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center revealed … The NOAA's findings echo those of NASA, which earlier this month that the last six months were the warmest such period of time ever recorded.
The Wisdom of the Crowd
HENDRIK HERTZBERG | NEWYORKER.COM | 10/23/14 | BC
"… half into the march, the throng fell silent, suddenly and completely. Then came the wave … then, like thunder after distant lightning, a wall of sound, a deafening, exuberant roar of human voices all around.
No speakers? Not quite. More like hundreds of thousands."
From The Wisdom of the Crowd above: "At Sunday’s vast and beautiful climate march, on Central Park West somewhere in the Sixties, I ran into Bill McKibben, a longtime acquaintance (he got his start as a New Yorker writer back in the nineteen-eighties). He was strolling at the edge of the crowd, unmolested, with his wife and colleague, Sue Halpern … taking a walk down Central Park West like everybody else. This was remarkable, and it was emblematic of what made this march feel different from other big marches I’ve been on for other big causes—for civil rights, against wars in Vietnam and Iraq, for nuclear disarmament, against nuclear power, for or against what have you. At those marches, most of them, leaders were a big deal, a major drawing card …" - Hendrik Hertzbergh
PHOTOS: Matthew Thibert, 350MVI
South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea
KATIE VALENTINE | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 10/23/14 | A
“South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution states. “Many of the issues facing South Florida are not political, but are now significant safety issues.”
Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention
CHRIS MOONEY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 10/22//14 | TS
"On Monday, we learned from the NOAA that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014 … Global warming has often been likened to the situation of a frog in slowly boiling water. We’ve been the frog for almost 30 years.
One Month After Historic People’s Climate March, 'Climate Action' from Global Leaders Still Disappointing
SHA GROGAN-BROWN l COMMONDREAMS.ORG l 10/21/14 l PP
"… But what happens next matters even more. Frontline communities in the U.S. and around the world are struggling every day to survive this climate crisis, and are organizing around community solutions to climate change. They are and local infrastructure …"
Community Rating System doesn’t rate on Martha’s Vineyard
BARRY STRINGFELLOW | MVTIMES.COM | 10/19/14 | OOI
As sea levels and flood insurance premiums continue their inevitable rise, the Community Rating System (CRS) can help mitigate the costs of both. However, none of the six towns on Martha’s Vineyard is enlisted in the Community Rating System.
New Evidence Links Global Heat Waves to Climate Change
JESSICA DESVARIEUX | REALNEWS.COM | 10/08/14 | TS
Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains the latest evidence linking man-made climate change to record heat waves and extreme weather across the world
Filled with Hope After People's Climate March
ZELDA GAMSON | MVGAZETTE.COM | 10/06/14 | OOI
"I couldn’t resist. When I heard about the People’s Climate March in New York city, I just had to go ... I needed to do this for my five grandkids. They will be inheriting the earth, including our little piece of it in Chilmark ... At that moment, though, I was filled with joy and shimmering hope."
Long-standing economic resistance went mainstream at People’s Climate March
KATE ARONOFF | WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG | 09/28/14 | E
Late as it may be, this week’s very public shift towards a more thorough economic analysis of the climate crisis is a positive and, yes, historic turning point for a movement that for too long has been mired in top-down strategies and market-based reforms. This shift has come from below: from community-based organizations ...
US Strikes ISIL Oil Fields in Quest to Defund it: But Will it Replace Oil With Fracking?
JUAN COLE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 09/28/14 | PP
"… Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets struck 12 refineries that ISIL had been in control of … US officials said that increases in US production could offset the loss to the world market of ISIL petroleum. Unfortunately US increases would be through fracking, which would be very bad for the environment …"
Why the People’s Climate March Actually Was Awesome
JOSEPH BOUTILIER | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 09/28/14 | A
" … The phrase ‘climate justice,’ at least, is growing rapidly in use, and hopefully understanding. The ties between globalization, capitalism and climate change will be further explored and discussed as Flood Wall Street continues. The People’s Climate March was another catalyst for these issues to percolate throughout the country …"
Dear Matafele Peinem
KATHY JETNIL-KIJNER | 09/27/14 | BC
On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit ... Kathy performed a new poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.
"Welcome to New York City – thanks for coming!" ...
NICOLA BLAKE | 350MVI.ORG | 09/24/14
... were the first words I heard as I climbed out of the bus, already weary from sleeping on the floor in Woods Hole along with more than a dozen bubbly Vineyard teens (all members of the Sustainability Club at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School).
Students From Martha's Vineyard: from left - Lucy Thompson (barely pictured), Jonah Maidoff (Social Studies teacher), Jed Katch, Hannah Gonsalves, Jane Paquet (barely visible Science teacher), Isabella Morais, Dylan Cole, Lilly Tilton, Louis Hall (Environmental Science teacher), Astrid Tilton, Aidan Donovan, Skyler Cole, Franklin Pilcher, Bella Maidoff, Colin Cameron, Zale Narkiewicz, Cyrus Kennedy, Ryan Scherer, Cassius Paquet
Climate Change March!
BRUCE NEVIN | 350MVI.ORG | 09/24/14
We three gathered with the 350 MA group on the steps of the Museum of Natural History at 76th St ... we were behind an amazing Jamaican band blowing homemade horns... We danced along with them for maybe 60 of the 80 blocks!
'We Need Hope and Fear in Equal Measure': An Interview With Naomi Klein
Author of 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' on the epic battle for the planet's future
NAOMI KLEIN | ROLLINGSTONE.COM | 09/24/14 | BC
Is hyper-competition going to rule our world, or is cooperation going to rule our world? ... if hyper-competition is going to rule our world, we have no hope. None. This, I think, is one of the reasons that climate change is particularly challenging to Americans.
All over the planet, countries are completely missing their emissions targets
STEVEN MUFSON | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 09/24/14 | PP
The International Energy Agency says ... “the implications” of energy consumption “are daunting. Meeting the emission goals pledged by countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change would still leave the world 13.7 billion tonnes of CO2 – or 60 percent – above the level needed to remain on track for just 2ºC warming by 2035.”
Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march
‘I will link arms with those marching for climate action,’ says UN secretary general
FIONA HARVEY | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 09/18/14 | A
The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to join a public march calling for action on climate change this weekend … “We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.” His unusual step – high-ranking officials do not normally attend mass public protests – is a measure of how high the stakes are at a summit next week of world leaders, called by the secretary-general, to discuss climate change.
Whether We Engage or Do Nothing... This Changes Everything
When it comes to climate change, the trick is recognizing that the best cure for the terror caused by an unlivable future is the real prospect that we could build something much better than many of us have previously dared hope
NAOMI KLEIN | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 09/18/14 | A
"All we have to do is not react as if this is a full-blown crisis. All we have to do is keep on denying how frightened we actually are. And then, bit by bit, we will have arrived at the place we most fear, the thing from which we have been averting our eyes. No additional effort required."
In mining country, ‘war on coal’ hard to see
MICHAEL KRANISH | BOSTONGLOBE.COM | 09/15/14 | PP
Obama may be the coal industry’s critical, if unlikely, ally. The administration has rejected calls to place a moratorium on leasing public land to mining firms … Nor is the administration much interested in blocking exports of coal from such leases … Or in significantly raising the price of the billions of tons of publicly owned coal now sold at what critics consider bargain rates.
Parenting, Climate Change and Solutions
LISA HOYOS | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM | 09/15/14 | DL
Parents are a huge and diverse demographic … It's hard to argue with the moral power of parents protecting their kids … As the threats posed by climate change become more ever-present, more parent and family organizations are coming to see climate change as "their" issue.
Larry Gibson and the Lobster Boat - The “necessity” defense
JAMES HANSEN | CSAS.EL.COLUMBIA.EDU | 09/15/14 | A
In the United States, both political parties kowtow to the fossil fuel industry. One party simply denies the reality of human-caused climate change. The other party feigns concern, advocating ineffectual costly policies such as renewable portfolio standards for utilities, while simultaneously approving development of dirty unconventional fossil fuels.