Heat wave, air pollution, mortality, and adaptation, a quick look

While summer currently gears up, during exceptional continued record global warming, temperatures are set to reach the highest so far this summer in many parts of the northern hemisphere – within the next few day’s (Germany, U.S. etc). Here we look at the past 2003 heat wave and what attributed to excess deaths during that extensive heat period…

Time to Choose (2016 Documentary, selected clips)

Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Visit http://www.timetochoose.com/ for more Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson: I made TIME TO CHOOSE because climate change…

Another deluge hits frontpage news, this time in Germany

The SPIEGEL is currently covering what is called a Natural Disaster, official eyewitnesses from the natural disaster response describe the flash flood event as unprecedented. Here is some footage, via SPIEGEL, and context in German. Read more coverage from SPIEGEL, of the flood in Germany: Braunsbach nach dem Unwetter: “Chaos, einfach Chaos” Unprecedented, the new norm…

Climate action

Climate action describes various efforts to prevent what is considered dangerous climate change. See also: Politics of global warming Agriculture See also: Climate change and agriculture According to the EPA, agricultural soil management practices can lead to production and emission of nitrous oxide (N2O), a major greenhouse gas and air pollutant. Activities that can contribute…

Tesla “Not A Dream”

A surreal land of oil & gas is visited by an unlikely yet welcomed stranger. Director, Story, VFX, Edit, Sound: Freise Brothers Cinematographer: Christian Evans, Freise Brothers Actors: Giles Ashford, S. Hong Music: Diana by ‘Sonic Architect’ Tony Anderson Nikola Tesla Narration: Jonathan David Dixon It is not a dream It is a simple feat…

A potential future world scenario, driven by rapid regional changes

As someone who follows the climate topic for several years, I’ve to conclude that we are still far away from taking climate change seriously. Around 10 years ago there were rather minor groups of concerned scientists and bloggers, while the media was giving “a balanced view” to the so called deniersphere. This went on for…

Jeremy Rifkin – The Third Industrial Revolution

Repost from 2012: Join Jeremy Rifkin as he describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage…

How the benefits of climate action may outweigh the costs

For two economists, the probability of true catastrophe due to human-caused global warming prompted them to write “Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet,” which examines looming dangers and possible solutions. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at how we might weigh the costs and benefits of taking serious action to prevent…

No Climate Deal = No Future for Mankind

The future means to sustain conditions for civilizations to keep the climate in balance, to avoid all the bad stuff scientist predict might happen when we keep burning fossil fuels. Today begins another climate conference with the aim to get an agreement done, which involves all the nations of planet Earth. The 2015 United Nations Climate…

EXCERPT: Obama talks Risks to National Security from Climate Change at US Coast Guard Academy 2015

Excerpt from 2015 speech, watch full speech. White House Report: The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/20/white-house-report-national-security-implications-changing-climate What They’re Saying: Military Leaders Respond to the President’s Call to Battle Climate Change https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/21/what-they-re-saying-military-leaders-respond-president-s-call-battle-climate-change Remarks by the President at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement United States Coast Guard Academy New London, Connecticut   Transcript…

Global Water Efficiency Gains Through Drip Irrigation

MyRain is making drip irrigation accessible to all the farmers of India by automating the process of designing systems for their small-plot farms, with a mobile app and on-time delivery. Sponsor: USAID Global Development Lab http://www.usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab In The Making takes you behind the scenes of spectacular projects, people, and ideas while they are being created.…