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Statement on the Latest Report from the IPCC

March 30, 2014 | 11:00 pm | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

The new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the world’s preeminent group of climate scientists—represents even more definitive evidence of the growing urgency to immediately reduce the spewing of global warming pollution. The atmosphere can no longer be used as an open sewer. The costs of carbon pollution are clear: decreasing crop yields, more destructive storms, the spreading of tropical diseases to temperate latitudes, rising seas, more climate refugees, failures of governance, increasing floods, deepening droughts, more destructive fires and heat waves—all contributing to the new reality of the global climate crisis. Put together, these factors are already … Read More

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Don’t Let the Polar Vortex Freeze the Climate Conversation

February 11, 2014 | 12:00 pm |

So, you’re going to meet your climate change-skeptic relative at a family lunch this weekend, and you already know they’re going to challenge you by pointing to the freezing temperatures outside, right? A chilling prospect, that. But take heart. The cold doesn’t threaten your accurate understanding of (and concern for) what’s happening to our planet’s climate system. In fact, it’s a weapon in your arsenal of climate facts. Here’s why. First things first: there is a difference between climate and weather. Weather always has—and always will—fluctuate. There are warm days, mild days, and cool days. There are dry periods and … Read More

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Top Climate Stories of 2013 – #9 Science Speaks Up

December 20, 2013 | 9:00 am |

#9 Science Speaks Up This September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of more than 800 experts representing 85 nations, released the first part of its fifth assessment report (known in the field as AR5). Behind the abundant acronyms, the report summarized what the world’s leading climate scientists know about climate change, and the verdict was unequivocal: scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse gases from human activity is the primary driver of climate change. Ninety-five percent certain, to be exact. Or to put it another way, scientists are as certain that human activity is causing … Read More

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The Future of Solar?

December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am |

One of the challenges facing renewable energy is that periods of peak supply and demand don’t always coincide. But SolarReserve, a California company, might just have found a solution and pointed to the future of solar power with its Crescent Dune Solar Energy Project in the Nevada desert. Most solar facilities use the familiar-looking photovoltaic cells to take the sun’s energy and turn it into electricity then and there. Crescent Dune takes another tack entirely, using 17,500 heliostat mirrors in place to reflect and focus the sun’s energy onto a tower that heats up molten salt. This molten salt can … Read More

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Twenty-Four Things to Know about 24 Hours of Reality

October 8, 2013 | 8:59 pm |

Beginning at 11am PST on October 22, former Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project will stop the clock for a full 24 hours to focus the world’s attention on the greatest challenge of our time: climate change driven by carbon pollution. With our global broadcast 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, we’ll bring together artists, scientists, celebrities, economists, and other experts to explore the many ways we’re all paying for carbon pollution in our daily lives — wherever we may live — and how we can solve this with a market price on carbon. Each … Read More

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We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

October 3, 2013 | 2:19 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

The world’s scientists have spoken. Clearly and unequivocally when the IPCC released the first part of its fifth assessment report—known in the field as AR5—summarizing years of research by climate scientists around the world and distilling it into 2216 pages that reflect what we know about what’s happening to the planet. The word “authoritative” doesn’t begin to describe it. Given this is first and foremost a scientific report, there are many graphs and figures attesting to the fact that the climate is changing, but for most of us, two have great significance. Ninety-five percent: With AR5, the world’s scientists went … Read More

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More certain than ever

September 27, 2013 | 4:59 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its fifth assessment report (known in the field as AR5).  The report represents, in many respects, the verdict on what we know about climate change from the planet’s leading climate scientists. Over 800 experts representing 85 countries have spent the past several years reviewing the climate research happening all around the world and distilling the results into a series of reports that reflect the combined wisdom of the field. Their verdict: man-made climate change is a reality. Deniers have a habit of reading these reports with electron … Read More

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In Appreciation of our Firefighters

August 16, 2013 | 2:34 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

When we learn of or experience real-life acts of courage it’s often hard to fully comprehend their true nature. We can also fail to express our gratitude to the extraordinary individuals behind them when the words “Thank you” feel so inadequate. Around the nation, one of the more tragic and tragically overlooked impacts of climate change is the toll it takes on our firefighters. These are the men and women who risk their lives to protect our homes and livelihoods. As prolonged droughts, rising temperatures, and other effects of the crisis make these fires more widespread, more frequent, and more … Read More

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The Costs of Inaction: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

July 9, 2013 | 3:41 am |

The third installment in Climate Reality’s “Cost of Carbon Pollution” webinar series. Hosted by Climate Reality President Maggie Fox, featuring Gary Cohen President and Founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhouse, Laura Anderko, PhD RN Chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment and Beth Schenk, RN MHI, Sustainability Coordinator at St. Patrick Hospital.

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Quiet Climate Milestones

May 28, 2013 | 5:13 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Throughout my life, there have been poets and poems I’ve carried with me everywhere, like a briefcase that’s always packed and sitting by the front door. And while it might sound strange, I’ve found myself coming back to Auden in the past few weeks after two things happened in the climate world. First, it was the European Union effectively giving up on its emission trading scheme (ETS) for regulating carbon pollution. Then it was the news that atmospheric carbon levels had reached a new record concentration of 400 parts per million (ppm).

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