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Climate Revelations 12 Simple & Important Things to Know About Climate Change Dan Miller Managing Director The Roda Group ClimatePlace.org. You may not be interested in climate change, but climate change is interested in you. Revelation #1. Tom Friedman. Climate change is your issue.

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ClimateRevelations12 Simple & Important Things to Know AboutClimate ChangeDan MillerManaging DirectorThe Roda GroupClimatePlace.org
you may not be interested in climate change but climate change is interested in you
You may not be interested in climate change,but climate change is interested in you.

Revelation #1

Tom Friedman

Climate change is your issue

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“On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground”

By Prof. Svante Arrhenius

April 1896

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97% of climate scientists and every major scientific academy agree

that global warming is real,

is mostly cause by humans,

and requires urgent action

everything you need to know about co 2 emissions
Everything You Need toKnow About CO2 Emissions
  • The peak warming is proportional to the cumulative carbon emitted
  • It doesn’t matter much how rapidly the carbon is emitted
  • The warming you get when you stop emitting carbon is what you are stuck with for the next thousand years
  • The climate recovers only slightly over the next ten thousand years
  • A trillion tons cumulative carbon gives you about +2ºC global mean warming above the pre-industrial temperature.
a trillion tons
A Trillion Tons
  • We have emitted about 500 GtC so far
  • About 500 GtC to go to have a chance to stay below +2°C...
  • BUT permafrost melt may itself add ~250 GtC by end of the century
extreme drought
Extreme Drought

Drought Index: -3 to -6 = Dust Bowl

Source: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

mit temperature study

2009 MIT Study:

95% chance that

“Business-as-usual”

temperature increase will exceed 3.5ºC (6.3ºF) in 2095

MIT Temperature Study
what does 4 c 7 f mean
What Does +4°C (+7°F) Mean?
  • “Incompatible with an organized global community
  • Likely to be beyond ‘adaption’
  • Devastating to the majority of ecosystems
  • High probability of not being stable
    • i.e., temperatures will keep going higher on their own
  • Must be avoided at all costs.”

From Prof. Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Energy Centre, UK

other dangers all already happening
Other Dangers:All Already Happening
  • Reduction of ocean’s ability to absorb CO2 & acidification
  • Collapse of forests / increased wild fires
  • Spread of deserts
  • Mega-droughts and floods
  • Mass extinctions
  • More extreme weather
  • Reduction in global food production
future impacts
Future Impacts
  • Wars over resources
  • Abandonment of many major cities
  • Massive shortages of food and water
  • Collapse of economies
failure of the risk thermostat
Failure of the “Risk Thermostat”

We respond strongest

Climate Change is:

to threats that are:

Visible

Invisible

With historical precedent

Unprecedented

Immediate

Drawn out

With simple causality

With complex causality

Have direct personal impacts

Unpredictable & indirect impacts

Caused by another “tribe” (enemy)

Caused by all of us

George Marshall, Climate Outreach Information Network

denial strategies
Denial Strategies

S. Stoll-Kleemann, et al, Global Environmental Change 11 (2001) 107}117

other denial strategies
Other Denial Strategies
  • We think of it as an environmental issue
  • We deliberately maintain a level of ignorance
  • We wait for someone else to act first - the “passive bystander effect”
  • Societies develop strategies to avoid action
    • We place it outside our “norms of attention”
    • Define it as “far away” - global - not local; future - not now
first law of holes
First Law of Holes

Revelation #7

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Denis Healey

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Revelation #8

To the surprise of almost everyone, it turns out that you cannot decrease fossil fuel emissions by increasing them!

we can make it happen
We can make it happen

Revelation #10

what can you do
What Can YOU Do?
  • Believe, learn, engage
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Talk to your family, friends & colleagues and get them engaged.
  • Talk to your elected leaders and demand policy changes
  • Commit to taking specific actions and make a list
good ways to get engaged
Good Ways to Get Engaged
  • Join 350.org
  • Join CitizensClimateLobby.org
what can governments do
What Can Governments Do?
  • Move to 100% carbon-free electricity generation in 10~20 years (i.e., ban coal)
  • Keep tar-sands and oil shale in the ground
  • Expand research into “geo-engineering”
  • Put a price on carbon...
clean energy credit
Clean Energy Credit
  • Put an increasing fee on CO2
    • Enough to eventually increase gasoline by $1/gal
  • Distribute 100% of the money collected to every legal resident on an equal basis
  • Most people will earn more each year than they pay in higher energy costs!
  • Put a Border Duty on products coming from other countries that don’t have a carbon fee
what else can governments do
What Else Can Governments Do?
  • Stop subsidizing fossil fuels
  • Provide low-cost financing for clean energy
  • Increase R&D spending on cleantech
  • Plan for climate impacts

We must manage the unavoidableand avoid the unmanageable

an economic boom
An Economic Boom
  • Putting a price on CO2 will drive innovation and investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Will trigger an economic boom that will put the Internet revolution to shame
  • Will also improve energy security and eliminate the need to fight wars over oil
jobs jobs jobs
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
  • We’ll keep the $500B+ we send to the Middle East in this country, creating millions of jobs.
  • From 1998 to 2007, clean energy economy jobs grew 9.1% vs. 3.7% for traditional jobs (Pew Charitable Trusts research)
  • Cleantech is currently one of the few growing areas in the California economy
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When it comes to action on climate change, we are going to go from impossible to inevitable without stopping at probable

Revelation #12

But you need to make it happen soon!

for more information
For More Information

Please visit:

ClimatePlace.org