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CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES: Home

Resources for #ClimateChange Research

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Bianca Jagger  
Climate change is not just an environmental threat but a critical human rights issue which touches every aspect of our lives: peace, security, poverty, hunger, health, mass migration and economics.  Bianca Jagger
Now is the Time to Move Beyond Petroleum

‘The Only Uncertainty is How Long We’ll Last’: a Worst Case Scenario for the Climate in 2050

A FEW ENERGY-SAVING ALTERNATIVES

AAA:   BETTER  WORLD  CLUB
America’s only Environmentally friendly auto club.

AT&T:  CREDO MOBILE
A socially conscious phone service.

FPL  SOLAR UNITED NEIGHBORS 
S.U.N. organizes 50 to 100 neighbors in a group to go solar together. Experts support you through each stage of the solar process. Co-op members leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and quality installation.  See also: 
ARCADIA 100% Wind Energy to homes and businesses in all 50 states! 

GOLDMAN  SACHS: GENERATION INVESTMENTS
Environmental & social investing toward long-term financial returns & building a sustainable & equitable economy. See also: US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Also Green America's Socially Responsible Investing.

GOOGLE:  ECOSIA   
Ecosia, though powered by Yahoo,1) offsets its search emissions and ITS 2) click on ads = cents for tree planting. Co-op
members leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and quality installation.

THE  MALL : 
   a.  SERRV 
   SERRV’s mission is to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.  

   b.  TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
   One of the world's largest fair trade organizations & founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. 

   c.   GIFTS WITH HUMANITY
   Starting in a garage at home, Global Crafts has become a $2 million a year outlet for Fair Trade artisan handicrafts. 

See, also, ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE An alliance of companies, unions & NGOs, promoting a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.

McDONALDS  EAT WELL GUIDE
An online directory for fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food. 

VISA   SEVEN RESPONSIBLE CREDIT CARDS 
Credit cards from megabanks – Citi, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo – support predatory lending, coal mining, tar sands, and outrageous CEO salaries. Cutting up that mega-bank credit card is another step to breaking up with your mega bank and starting a healthier relationship with a local community development bank or credit union. 

WELLS  FARGO   CREDIT UNIONS and COMMUNITY BANKS 
You can put your money to good use simply by banking with a community bank or credit union, which can meet all your normal banking needs. Includes a bank locator for your zip code. 

THE  YELLOW  PAGES:  THE NATIONAL GREEN PAGES from GREEN AMERICA 
Harnessing economic power—consumers, investors, businesses, & the marketplace—for a just & environmentally sustainable society.

…and in general: GOODGUIDE
GoodGuide rates 75,000 products for environmental friendliness, and social, & safety records. See alsoSUSTAINABLE BRANDS A learning, collaboration, and commerce community of over 348,000 sustainable business leaders from around the globe. 

Boiling ourselves to death: Temperatures on Earth hit another record high, here’s the projected effect on humans

Five reasons why we need to keep it cool
 

Dan Sung, The Independent (UK) Wednesday 20 May 2015
 

The last 12-month period has seen the highest global temperatures on
the planet,according to figures from theNational Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),  and, even though we’re barely
halfway through, it’s clear that 2015 is set to be a record breaking year.
Disease: malaria will be everywhere

Vector-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria are expected to surge as temperatures go up with what are currently temperate zones becoming suitable habitats for the insects. In addition, more extreme weather conditions, such as the storms and flash floods expected to accompany the change, have already been shown to expand the larval habit and food supply for mosquitos.

Not since the 1970s have land and sea measurements dropped beneath the expected average and all the data from environmental watchdogs points towards a steady rise currently at one degree C above where it should be.

It might seem like just a small amount but yet the geographical impact is reported on a daily basis at the polar ice-caps and coastal regions, and what about the direct human effects? Just in case you need enlightening on how climate change projections like these would affect you and yours, take a look at these five reasons how we could be boiling ourselves to death.

Malaria predicted in the UK by 2020 (Getty)

Conservative estimates are that that climate change will account for a 5-10 per cent rise in the risk of malaria by 2100 and, that by just 2020, the UK will be one of many new areas where the disease will arise. Despite efforts from the World Health Organisation, large scale attempts at malaria prevention have only been effective in a few regions. Turn up the temperature and things will get a lot worse everywhere.

Food: our crops don’t like the heat

Crops like wheat, corn, soybeans and rice are incredibly sensitive to temperature. Recordings of mean summer temperatures in the US - one of the world's big cereal producers - have already shown how just a degree or two can cause an enormous drop in yields.

According to the American Climate Prospectus, by the end of the century, it's expected that crop yields will be down by as much as 85 per cent across much of North America. With more mouths to feed on an ever overcrowded planet, these projections of food supply from North America would be a disaster.

Migration: masses will be homeless

Through war, failing crops, the loss of coastal areas and natural disasters, there is a huge cost to those individuals caught up in what’s going at ground level, and to everyone around them too.

Migration on steady rise
Migration, both within and between nations, is on an upward trend and a rise in global temperatures would likely compound it as people search for food, shelter and even just the space to live. Over 20,000 people were newly displaced in 2012 with the figure expected to rise to 25,00 this year.

War: more heat, more conflict

The relationship between conflict and temperature is a far less direct one but one that’s been documented nonetheless in at least three separate regions. One study concerning East Africa, published in the journal Science, linked just a one degree rise in mean temperatures to an 80 per cent increase in the risk of conflict

US government think tanks have described climate change’s impact as a ‘threat multiplier’ which would exacerbate some of the big drivers of conflict including mass migration the competition for resources.

Cost: everything gets expensive

The more extreme weather conditions associated with a temperature rise could cause the cost of energy to soar. Off-shore rigs and other key structures are easily ravaged by hurricane conditions, as was the case with Katrina, and it’s also been predicted that there could be a decrease in river flow through drought which would make hydro-electric power virtually non-existent.
Cost of energy and living likely to soar

Add the cost of energy into the scarcity of land, food and clean water, plus the issues of war, and it's unsurprising that the DARA environmental agency has topped it all off with a warning on how the cost per person will change depending upon what global action - or lack of it - will be taken.

So, you might not care about polar bears but it all looks a little different on a human scale.

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SOME DATABASES for CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH

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www.mdc.edu/libraries>            
   Databases by Subject>  
  ID: student #; Pin: last 4 numbers of student #

(1)     General
(a)     GeneralOnefile (Gale)

(2)     Social Sciences
(a)     Opposing Viewpoints (Gale)
(b)     SIRS – (SIRS )

(3)     Sciences
(a)     Earth & Environmental Science eCollection      
          (Springer)
(b)     Films on Demand
(c)     GreenFile (EBSCO)
(d)     Science (AAAS.org)
(e)     ScienceDirect (Elsevier)
(f)      Science in Context (Gale)

(4)     News and Current
(a)     NYT – Historical (ProQuest)
(b)     NYT – (Gale)

KILLER HEAT INDEX

Extreme Heat & Climate Change

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU ENDURE EXTREME HEAT WHERE YOU LIVE?

This tool shows the rapid increases in extreme heat projected to occur in locations across the US due to climate change. Results show the average number of days per year above a selected heat index, or “feels like” temperature, for three different time periods: historical, midcentury, and late century.

CLICK HERE TO DETERMINE THE PREDICTED HEAT FOR YOUR CITY
https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/extreme-heat-interactive-tool?location=miami--fl&heat=above-105