November 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM
Climate change and weather extremes[caption id="attachment_5224" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Source: NASA"][/caption]On Friday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a major new report with a clear and sobering message: There is a connection between manmade climate change and much of the extreme weather we've seen around the world. This report is an authoritative and comprehensive look at the science. It confirms what scientists have long been telling us: Manmade climate change has increased our vulnerability to devastating extreme weather events such as heat waves and heavy rains. Or in simpler terms: Humans are literally changing the weather because of the pollution we send into our atmosphere. As we learned during 24 Hours of Reality, we have seen unusually destructive weather events around the globe in recent years -- events like heat waves, intense rainfall and extreme drought. You may well have experienced some of these recent events. And because of climate change, the science tells us we should can expect to see more of these events in the future. This report tells us that climate change makes it "virtually certain" that we will see an increase in daily temperature extremes. And it is very likely that heavy precipitation will increase, which heightens the risk of floods. And while hurricanes may not increase in number, they are likely to become more intense.
November 15, 2011 | 2:10 PM
Does climate change make development harder?The world is approaching a major milestone. In 2015, we will reach the target for nations to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Agreed upon at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, these are a set of eight goals to help measure progress in developing countries around the world. Globally, while there has been substantial progress towards completing some of the goals, a report by the Secretary General of the UN comments that "progress has been uneven and, without additional efforts, several of the Millennium Development Goals are likely to be missed in many countries."
November 10, 2011 | 9:01 PM
A special thank you and congratulationsThe reality of climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It's up to all of us to reject the deniers and the special interests and build a sustainable future for our planet. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in this fight -- to members and supporters of Climate Reality, and the whole band who were physically present and those who joined hands online.
November 10, 2011 | 9:15 AM
How do we know humans are causing climate change?When I talk with people who are skeptical about climate change science, I'm often asked: "I know global warming is happening, but how do we know humans are causing the change?"
November 09, 2011 | 6:09 PM
Two important milestones for our climateIt's clear that we have a lot of work to do. But Australia's historic vote is just the latest sign that it is not only possible to solve this crisis, but that meaningful action has already begun.
November 09, 2011 | 11:03 AM
As the climate warms, can trees move fast enough?It's not clear from this study why trees aren't keeping pace with temperature change. Perhaps geographical boundaries, like coastlines, are getting in the way. Perhaps the species on the move are being out-competed in the new habitats. It's even possible that tree seedlings are responding to climate change differently than adults.
November 08, 2011 | 12:18 PM
Wine and warming: Climate change's threat to vineyardsAccording to a recent study by scientists at Stanford, the wine industry could become the latest casualty of climate change, as vineyards around the world face the threat of rising temperatures.
November 08, 2011 | 9:43 AM
Meet a Climate Scientist: Eugene CorderoDuring 24 Hours of Reality, we were fortunate to work with many accomplished scientists who helped us tell the truth about climate change. One of these scientists was Eugene Cordero, who took part in our panel discussions during the Alaska, India and Pakistan events.
November 07, 2011 | 9:06 PM
People power v. pipeline: Whose voice will carry to the White House?Yesterday, we witnessed thousands take part in one of the biggest environmental protests of the decade. Here are some personal impressions from three Climate Reality staffers who were there
November 07, 2011 | 1:14 PM
Krugman: Soon Solar Will Be Cheaper Than CoalTake a look at what economist Paul Krugman had to say about the solar industry in today's column.
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