Tag Archives: climate change research

Researchers Show Projected Costs of Climate Change

KIOW: Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the United States, from the health impacts of air pollution to natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. However, Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said some of those costs could be offset if more states commit to renewable energy. Click here to read more.

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 NEW BOOK
Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions, Island Press

The contributors offer their perspectives and approaches to climate and clean energy from rural Mississippi, to the South Bronx, to Californian immigrant and refugee communities, to urban and semi-rural communities in the Northeast. Taken together, the contributions in this book show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like.

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Excerpt: 4 Energy Cooperatives Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Climate Scientists’ Personal Carbon Footprints Come Under Scrutiny

By Lisa Song, Inside Climate News

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Abigail Swann makes a point of telling students what she’s doing to reduce her own carbon footprint when teaching about potential climate change solutions—such as biking to work or eating less meat. Swann, an assistant professor of atmospheric science and biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the strategy is just common sense, because “it certainly resonates with students when you show … you make decisions in your own life that are consistent” with what she’s teaching. A study published [on June 16th] in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change confirms Swann’s instinct and concludes that climate researchers with low carbon footprints are seen as more credible than those who use a lot of energy in their personal and professional lives. Read more.

Click title to link to the study, published in the journal, Climatic ChangeStatements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice

Photo by Miguel Medina, Getty Images

Nebraska leaders: Mix of small changes, broad action necessary after pope’s call on environment

Photo: Religion News Service

Photo: Religion News Service

By Michael O’Connor, Omaha World-Herald 

Excerpt
Carpooling, using public transportation and turning off the lights are a few of the small lifestyle changes people can make to help curb climate change, Pope Francis said Thursday in an encyclical on the environment.

The Rev. Kim Morrow, executive director of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, said those types of changes would help solve the problem but, “We have to look at the scale of the crisis.”

Read the entire article here.

Highlights: The pope’s case for environmental protection, Associated Press

Excerpts from pope’s document on climate change and the environment, Associated Press  

Climate change conference shows that Nebraskans have lessons to share

Official statements from world religions on religion and ecology, the Yale Forum
http://fore.yale.edu/climate-change/statements-from-world-religions/
http://fore.yale.edu/climate-change/statements-from-world-religions/more-statements-from-world-religions/

Climate Change in the American Mind – Heuermann Lecture Video Now Available

“Americans are beginning to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather, jobs, national security, faith and values, making it here and now,” Anthony Leiserowitz stated in the recent Heuermann Lecture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Leiserowitz is Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and research scientist in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale Unviersity.

Click here to watch the video.