Curated Reading List: Climate Change & Environment
Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense: "This report provides an assessment of the significant vulnerabilities from climate-related events in order to identify high risks to mission effectiveness on installations and to operations."
5 ways Trump is reshaping environmental policy. CQ Roll Call, April 22, 2019
2019 Annual Report: "A bipartisan coalition of U.S. governors is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement....A wave of U.S. climate leadership is answering the global call to action to combat the climate crisis. Cities, states, and communities across the U.S. are executing bold, ambitious plans to reduce national emissions, even in the absence of federal leadership."
It Bears Repeating: Renewables Alone Won’t End the Climate Crisis: Our cars and homes have gotten bigger. We fly everywhere like feckless Greek gods, and we grow our food more energy intensively than ever before. We throw away 40 per cent of groceries. We can’t even tax the rich, the world’s biggest energy spenders, properly....one of the most effective and direct solutions to reducing emissions must come from radically reducing fossil fuel consumption. But such conservation will radically change our economy and de-energize our way of life. We cannot put the fire out in our global house alone with smart cars, windmills and solar panels. Furthermore, technology is not an energy maker but an energy cannibal. Supplies of cheap energy drive technological advances. The Tyee, November 26, 2019
"The Center for Climate Security....recognizes that climate change threats to security are already significant and unprecedented. This position is a clear-eyed, explicitly non-partisan approach rooted in fundamental national security approaches to threat reduction, and is based on numerous assessments by national security and intelligence communities that have raised significant concerns about existing and future threats from a changing climate."
SAN ANTONIO: "Passage of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (PDF), resisted by local and state oil and gas interests, among others, makes San Antonio the second city in the state after Austin to adopt a climate plan. Houston and Dallas are queuing up to be next."
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication: "We conduct scientific studies on public opinion and behavior; inform the decision-making of governments, media, companies, and advocates; educate the public about climate change; and help build public and political will for climate action. "
"The UN Foundation is working with the United Nations and other partners to fulfill the promise of the Paris Agreement, galvanize climate action across sectors and communities, bring clean energy solutions to global energy access and health challenges, and ensure the health of the world’s natural environment and ecosystems. Our Climate and energy team bring years of experience and a high-level knowledge across issues."
"We believe that climate change risks warrant action and it’s going to take all of us — business, governments and consumers — to make meaningful progress."
'This Is a Big Deal': Goldman Sachs Rules Out Funding New Coal Projects, Arctic Oil Drilling." December 16, 2019, Common Dreams
Texas Voters Support Climate Action. A new survey finds Texas voters support a broad array of policies to address climate impacts and shift the state from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and they want their elected officials to support those policies as well. August 20-25, 2019.
Voters Really Care About Climate Change, The Atlantic, February 21, 2020
How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps: "Most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agrees it is harming people in the United States. But most don't believe it will harm them. Part of this is the problem of risk perception. Global warming is precisely the kind of threat humans are awful at dealing with: a problem with enormous consequences over the long term, but little that is sharply visible on a personal level in the short term."
U.N. Climate Summit Goes To Extra Time, But Ends With Major Questions Unresolved. "Instead of leading the charge for more ambition, most of the large emitters were missing in action or obstructive," she said. "This reflects how disconnected many national leaders are from the urgency of the science and the demands of their citizens. They need to wake up in 2020." December 15, 2019