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Working to fight climate change

I have been increasingly worried about climate change, and the election has pushed the needle to 10. I'm planning to volunteer with a local environmental organization, but if I were to pursue career options in the field, what might those be? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Nov 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Resources on most impactful individual actions on climate change

I've seen a decent amount of writing about the relatively negligible impact that individual action can have on climate change. Is there any kind of data-based analysis of exactly which individual actions make the biggest difference? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Nov 9, 2016 - 8 answers

What can I do and can't I do about climate change?

Ever since the XKCD post on global climate change, I've had a chicken-little sky-is-falling mindset that has influenced just about every realm of my life. What's the point of saving for retirement if the earth melts? How can I work for a corporation that produces goods at an industrial scale? Which bag of quinoa is better for the environment? Paper or plastic? Please help me get past this paralysis and back to life. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 18, 2016 - 33 answers

Why is July the hottest month *worldwide*?

I just read this article that says July 2016 was Earth's hottest month in recorded history. And the same article notes that: "NASA's five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880." The data relate to the global average temperature, not just the parts that are having summer in July. So why are the global averages being pulled up especially during the northern hemisphere's summer? [more inside]
posted by nomis on Aug 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Can the President pass a carbon tax as an executive order?

I was speaking with a former US Representative about carbon pricing and she basically said "it's never going to get through Congress, the fastest way is to get Obama to issue an executive order". I asked a group that works specifically on trying to pass a national revenue neutral carbon tax about this and they didn't think it was possible. I asked a few other politics buffs and was told the same thing. Is this former Member of Congress not sure of what she's talking about?
posted by defmute on Jul 28, 2016 - 11 answers

What should I write?

I have two book-length works I've been working on sort of equally over the past couple of months, and I feel like I need to commit to one of them fully and table the other one, so I can just go ahead and finish something. [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Jul 23, 2016 - 12 answers

How is global warming measured?

1. Not all points can be measured. 2.Which points are measured affect the result. 3. So how is the global temperature determined? [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Mar 31, 2016 - 3 answers

Books similar to "Nextinction"?

I recently bought Ralph Steadman/Ceri Levy's book "Nextinction" and I think it's absolutely fantastic. Now I'd like to read books that come from the same place as "Nextinction". [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Mar 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Polar bear climate refugees in Antarctica?

The recent declines of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean have me wondering. Would it be plausible (or even possible) to establish a viable population of polar bears in Antarctica? [more inside]
posted by nicepersonality on Feb 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Winter climate forecast?

Can anyone point me to some good projections of winter weather 40-70 years out? I'm not able to follow the math used in the few reports I've found. All I want to do is hedge my bets when planting fruit and nut trees(50%), the nitrogen fixing trees(50%) reaching full maturity isn't as high a priority. So will a future forest in the Ozarks look more like Wyoming or Mississippi?
posted by ridgerunner on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Why shouldn't we frame climate change as a national security issue?

I'm writing an article about climate change in relation to terrorism for my college newspaper and came across a Wired article which said: Then there’s the fact, says [Joshua] Busby, that framing climate change as a military issue could lead to military solutions, not environmental ones. (more from the article in the extended explanation section) So my question: what would be some effective ways to defend his argument? Can anyone cite instances in history that would support this? I can't seem find anyone else who shares his sentiment. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 5, 2016 - 16 answers

What is a good global warming advocacy org to donate to?

I would like to donate some money to combat global warming. I'm thinking more of orgs that influence public policy than carbon offset donations, because the former seem to have greater impact, but welcome opinions to the contrary. [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Dec 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Where and how can I contribute to solving climate change issues?

OK, I'm scared. I'm a programmer, and although I have several other skillsets, that's probably my most valuable one. How can I use it to help? What organizations should I contact? Are there scientists or academic institutions that need some kind of support in this way? Are there existing projects that I could contribute to? [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie on Aug 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Coastal property purchase in light of recent sea level predictions?

How seriously should I take James Hanson's sea level predictions as I decide where to buy our vacation/retirement home? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Jul 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Most effective way to build political will?

I started volunteering for a group that advocates for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Their main strategies for trying to achieve this goal are: 1) develop relationships with members of congress ("we're betting the ranch on relationships" is one of their unofficial slogans) 2) write letters to the editor and 3) get lots of people to write letters to their congressmen. Is this an effective approach? If not what else could we be doing? Thanks everybody and happy Earth Day! [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

What changes might we see as sea level rise = increased salinity?

So I've read predictions about how sea level rise will increase the salinity of current freshwater outlets. What might be some changes one would see underwater as a result of change? Would freshwater flora/fauna migrate upstream? Would salt water species migrate in? Or would there be some dead zone where the water is too fresh for ocean folk and too salty for river folk? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Witty engineers with an interest in climate science?

Seeking learned suggestions/contributions for slightly messed up anti-climate-trolling mother/daughter project. [more inside]
posted by 8k on Mar 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Using enrichment technology to fight climate change: how ridiculous?

If enriching uranium with a gas centrifuge costs 50 to 60 kW·h (180–220 MJ) of electricity per SWU, is it possible to adapt the formulas given there to calculate the energy needed to extract pure CO2 directly from the atmosphere? (assuming e.g. 0.04% concentration). Asking as a complete science n00b.
posted by ianso on Mar 26, 2015 - 10 answers

What are the best textbooks on climate science?

I'm looking for climate science textbooks that take a mathematical approach: that go in-depth with the maths of modelling etc. I'd appreciate if they also had a focus on the science of anthropogenic climate change / global warming. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Environmental depression

I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help. It's a bit more complex than that, but not much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2014 - 31 answers

Best college major for addressing climate change?

What kind of skill sets does one need to be of best help to addressing climate change? It would seem like the most obvious choice is to major in environmental science. Otherwise, maybe political science to deal with legislators and capital hill? Or "who cares what you study undergrad" and go to law school?
posted by defmute on Jun 18, 2014 - 26 answers

I want to learn about climate change

I want to learn about climate change and the challenges facing the environment today. Please recommend resources! [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

How to prepare for disaster without going all Doomsday Preppers

I think it's not too tin-foil-hatty to say that we're getting more extreme weather because of climate change. Let's say you're city dwelling DINKs with a cat and you want to kit out one of those under bed storage boxes with supplies (food? candles? batteries? whiskey? tiny cat hard hat? I really have no idea) in case of extreme weather. What would you include? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 answers

High-quality, low-carbon pictures needed!

Looking for images that depict a brave low-carbon world of tomorrow [more inside]
posted by greytape on Jul 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I most effectively work for political change on global warming?

So I'm a Canadian citizen living in the US, which means I can't vote anywhere. But I still want to work for political change, on global warming in particular. I'm not trying to make myself feel good, I want to make a difference if possible through whatever legal and non-deceptive means are available to me (donations, volunteering, whatever). Help me find a way to do that. [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Help a layperson better understand the current science of climate change

I would like to become much better educated on the subject of climate change, with the ultimate goal of making work that explains specific aspects of climate science for a lay audience. To that end, can you recommend to me:
- books/articles/podcasts/websites covering:
----current predictions of climate change
----explanations of how climate processes interact
----discussions of specific changes that would need to take place to prevent the worst-case scenarios
----histories of the study of climate change
-authors or organizations that you'd consider leading experts
[more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell on May 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Global Warming game

Has anyone created a game - RPG, Computer, tabletop etc - that uses Global Warming as its basis? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Climate of despair

What can I do about climate change? Because so far my only action has been to feel utterly hopeless. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 14, 2013 - 40 answers

Investing with climate change in mind

What are some investments or places that discuss investing with climate change in mind. What I mean by this is, what are some funds or investments that I should look into as the reality of climate change starts to sink in and its effects gradually become more noticeable. [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Jan 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Green my job

I have been fully radicalized by climate change. Help me find a new job preparing for and/or helping us avoid it. Some requirements and nice-to-haves inside. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Nov 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Social discount rates?

Help me understand the argument that the social discount rate sets the amount we should invest to mitigate climate change. [more inside]
posted by piyushnz on Jul 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Highly visual climate science demos

Is there a demonstration of an aspect of climate science that could be performed for a television show, and which would be highly visually interesting? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Jun 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

The only constant is change

Will someone tell me what's wrong with the data cited and resulting conclusion here that the last ten years have seen a cooling trend in the United States? [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Al Gore memorabilia

Is the famous global warming "hockey stick" graph, the one Al Gore used in his movie, actually fatally flawed, and why is the "spaghetti" graph an acceptable replacement? [more inside]
posted by shii on Oct 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Why did the denialist cross the road? It was just a natural cycle.

I need some help cracking jokes about climate change denialists. [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Taxing carbon?

The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Apr 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Help a little boy save the world!

I have an eleven-year-old nephew who is very anxious about environmental degradation, particularly climate change. He has asked me for a membership to Greenpeace for Christmas. I've been looking at the Greenpeace website and have found it expensive and uninspiring. Are there any environmental organizations that could help an anxious kid get involved in saving the world? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Nov 20, 2010 - 17 answers

Why can't left be right?

Why is environmentalism an issue of the left and not of the right? Why are those who disbelieve climate change on the right and not the left? I mean, the question is, just how did the two sides get to where they are on this? Was it coincidence, or are there fundamental beliefs on each side that created this divide? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jun 29, 2010 - 33 answers

Catch a Certain Climate Change Comic?

I'm looking for a climate change-related editorial/political cartoon from a few month ago, perhaps around Copenhagen. I believe it featured: a split-screen slide at a presentation, one side "Global Warming Is a Hoax," the other side listed several other pro regulation/efficiency/renewable arguments (reduced foreign oil dependence, green jobs, etc., etc., etc.) Does that sound familiar? I thought it was Toles, but I've thoroughly searched WaPo's and Slate's archives.
posted by glibhamdreck on Apr 19, 2010 - 3 answers

"That could never happen." "It so totally could!"

Is there any way that major fluctuations in the Earth's climate could have an effect on the temperature of the Earth's core? What about its density? Could temperature changes cause some sort of change in the planet's gravity or magnetic fields? Could changing weather have any other effect on the Earth's interior? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Feb 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Climate science book suggestions

Help me counter-snark my climate-change-denying uncle. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Feb 14, 2010 - 26 answers

Who is leading the fight against coal?

In his book Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen makes the case that phasing out coal is the most important thing for humanity to do, to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change. As such, my question is this: which organizations in Canada and the US are doing the most to advance that aim, both domestically and internationally? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Feb 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Refuting the climate skeptics?

What single site (preferably), or sites, should I go to for a concise explanation on climate change, and specifically, refuting the arguments made by "climate change skeptics". [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

The polluter pays

I (think I) read somewhere on the web the factoid that, if we could restrict the impacts of climate change to within the borders of the country responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature of the USA would rise by (something like) 22° Celsius. Now I can't for the life of me find it again. Does anyone know where I read this, or am I simply imagining things? I'd like to be able to cite an authority for my assertion. Climate change skeptics need not apply.
posted by Tawita on Dec 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Where do all these anti-AGW comments come from?

Whenever there's a prominent article about climate change published online, without fail, a multititude of global warming sceptics then swarm discussion board and fill it with angry comments. Where does this come from? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Dec 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me calculate my carbon ass-print.

How much does my flatulence contribute to climate change? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Dec 2, 2009 - 12 answers

What are some global warming tipping points?

What are some smaller-scale global warming tipping points that would radically alter everyday life? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Oct 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Hardcopy of IPCCs "2007 Synthesis Report?"

Can I buy a hardcopy of the IPCC's "Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report?" [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 24, 2009 - 4 answers

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