5 Nov 2017

1) Nature Conservancy | Nature’s Make or Break Potential for Climate Change
preventing further loss of nature and investing in natural climate solutions are essential to climate stability.
2) Trump Is No Teddy Roosevelt to America’s Outdoorsmen | NRDC
It remains to be seen whether the 20 million hunters, anglers, campers, and other outdoors enthusiasts ... can persuade Zinke and Trump to reconsider the political wisdom of messing with national monuments and other federally protected lands.
3) Why the Post-Paris Climate Challenge Is Even Harder Than We Thought - Yale E360
...to keep warming below 2 degrees, we have to limit future global emissions to about 1,000 billion tons of CO2. Keeping below 1.5 degrees sets the limit at just 300 billion tons. The report says that if nations stick to their 2030 Paris pledges, 80 percent of the budget for 2 degrees will be used up by that date – and we would already be out of time for keeping below 1.5 degrees.
4) How can we ensure the energy transition leaves no worker behind?
In our enthusiasm for a new energy economy, we must ensure we do not leave people behind and that, rather, we create opportunities for economic development.
5) There’s a huge gap between the Paris climate change goals and reality - Vox
On climate change, as on other pressing global issues, the US is actively withdrawing from global leadership. We’ll find out next year whether the world can keep moving forward without us.
6) The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything - Vox
it is now clear that deep decarbonization will involve pushing as much energy usage as possible to electricity grids. Farsighted policy will seek to accelerate that process, achieving the enduring benefits of electrification that much sooner. Such policies would involve substantial investment in the short term for payoff over the long term, which is not exactly the forte of democratic politics in the best of circumstances
7) Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what? - Vox
What we have in the US is not a “difference of opinion” about climate change, it’s conservatives being mistaken about some very basic facts. They’re mistaken because they’ve been lied to and misled by leaders and influencers within their own tribe.
8a) Program on Climate Change | U Washington
Provide a framework for intense cross-disciplinary collaboration that furthers and supports research and education in climate science
8b) Climate Science is Core to Science Education - American Meteorological Society
It falls on educators and policy makers to provide an environment, from elementary through graduate school, that exposes students to the nature and meaning of science as well as the rich cache of scientific knowledge. It is essential that educators instill in the next generation the following: how and why science works; how it is self-correcting; the importance of evidence and the value of uncertainty; why through a series of stops, starts, and sidetracks it will move toward an explanation of reality; and why science is the basis for many of society’s technological advancements. Climate literacy in the next generation of U.S. citizens will ensure a firm foundation of knowledge and discourse as society faces decisions on how to best deal with a changing climate.
8c) NAAEE | North American Association for Environmental Education
Environmental education (EE) is a process that helps individuals, communities, and organizations learn more about the environment, and develop skills and understanding about how to address global challenges
8d) National Science Teachers Association
Promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all
8e) NCSE | National Center for Science Education - Defending the Teaching of Evolution in Public Schools.
Climate change is arguably the most pressing scientific issue in generations. How can we hope to meet the challenges of climate change if so few of us understand the basic science?
8f) Education | Climate Change Resource Center
Start here to learn about climate change, how it may influence land management, and what options are open to natural resource managers for responding to these changes.