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U.N. Climate Report Warns of "Irreversible" Disasters Ahead

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 28, 2014 2:40:00 PM

American anthropologist Margaret Mead may be most famous for her quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In an equally astute moment, she also observed that “We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."

According to a new report by the United Nations, climate change is causing “severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” to our natural world. In response to a series of scientific studies issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations (UN) has authored a bold, blunt, and urgent report about the state of our changing climate (expected to be released to the public in November). The facts are clear—global warming induced food shortages, mass extinctions, warming and rising seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain, and extreme weather are likely to intensify unless we take immediate and drastic action.

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Food Scarcity: A New Political Strategy

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 7, 2014 12:12:24 PM

Green Builder Media recently hosted author, environmental expert, and Founder of the Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown, on our Impact Series webinar program. During the session, Brown relayed a thoroughly researched and powerful message: the world is in a time of transition from an age of food surplus to one of scarcity.

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The Frontlines of Climate Change: Wildfire

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 31, 2014 11:06:00 AM

I have recently relocated from the rugged shores of the San Juan Islands in Washington to the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains in my beloved home state of Colorado—from the temperate softness of the cedars and hemlock to the majestic vigor of the spruce, firs, and pines.

I developed my love for forests long ago, when youthful compulsion drove me to alight the branches of any tree strong enough to bear my weight. Countless hours were spent fashioning tree houses that served as hideout, fort, or lair, depending on my whim. That love evolved as I engaged in the many joys and activities that the mountains offer, and ultimately helped define my career path.

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China and India: The Tipping Point in Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 21, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Last week, I attended a meeting with President Obama, during which he addressed climate change and the urgent need to develop and implement sustainable solutions. He listed the steps that his administration has taken to move the United States towards a greener, cleaner future—including tighter EPA regulations on power plant carbon emissions, ratcheted fuel efficiency standards, and stricter requirements for energy efficiency in buildings. Then, he emphasized the fate-determining elephant in the room: unless China and India get aggressive about climate action soon, nothing that America does really matters.

By 2050, the world’s energy consumption is projected to increase by over 50%, driven primarily by growth and increasing prosperity and China and India. Together, the Dragon and Elephant are projected to account for approximately half of the world’s energy consumption by 2040 (China is currently adding 100 GW of new energy infrastructure each year, the equivalent of the UK’s total annual energy usage.)

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Climate Solutions Trump Politics

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 14, 2014 9:08:54 AM

The politicization of climate change is distressing at best, tragic at worst. Changes in our environment and corresponding extreme weather, rising sea levels, denuded forests, wildfires, flooding, and other such events will affect everyone, everywhere.

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