How will your community and country change in the climate of the future? The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Wizard tool has launched a web portal during the COP19 global climate talks featuring the latest country-level climate data for how temperature and precipitation are projected to change as carbon emissions rise in the coming decades.
The world’s brain trust on climate science, known as the IPCC, has issued its latest opus on what we know about global warming. Some findings – like the need for action yesterday – haven’t changed. The Nature Conservancy’s climate experts share important findings and Climate Scientist Evan Girvetz explains what we’ve learned since the last report.
Hot rain and other extreme and unusual weather events have been making headlines. Our senior scientist says it’s time to prepare for more heat waves, droughts, floods and fires.
It’s been a long, hot summer across much of the U.S. Recent science confirms that we’re experiencing a trend of much warmer summers – but is there anything we can do about it? Two Conservancy experts say yes.
I was lucky enough to recently attend a Boeing-hosted pre-screening of the movie Carbon Nation. Overall, I think the movie is fantastic (it is worth at least checking out the trailer above). The movie mostly focuses on what positive innovations people are finding to reduce our overload of carbon pollution. Stories are included on wind, solar, algae fuel, geothermal, coal vs. trees, forest carbon, grassland carbon farming, energy efficiency, Department of Defense energy efficiency, green building, building green retrofit, and more.
To avoid further temperature increases, we would need to cut carbon pollution by 80 percent – to the amount we polluted in 1950.
There have been some good recent first steps by scientists that are helping to improve their communication on climate change.
The bottom line is that carbon dioxide is being emitted by humans at a faster and faster rate every year. There is a lot that can and needs to be done to prevent major impacts of climate change from becoming the norm of the future.
In this video, Evan Girvertz, a senior scientist for The Nature Conservancy, describes how a reforestation project in Inner Mongolia, China will help surrounding communities adapt to climate change.