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]
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?
I want to learn about climate change and the challenges facing the environment today. Please recommend resources! [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for images that depict a brave low-carbon world of tomorrow [more inside]
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]
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]
Has anyone created a game - RPG, Computer, tabletop etc - that uses Global Warming as its basis? [more inside]
What can I do about climate change? Because so far my only action has been to feel utterly hopeless. [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me understand the argument that the social discount rate sets the amount we should invest to mitigate climate change. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I need some help cracking jokes about climate change denialists. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Help me counter-snark my climate-change-denying uncle. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
How much does my flatulence contribute to climate change? [more inside]
What are some smaller-scale global warming tipping points that would radically alter everyday life? [more inside]
Can I buy a hardcopy of the IPCC's "Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report?" [more inside]
The seas are rising. Climate change has made it inevitable
. I have a strange question... Assuming that world sea-level rises by 1 metre over the next hundred years - Would it be possible to cordon off a section of land, somewhere in the centre of a continent, and flood it to create an artificial ocean, thus reducing the consequences of the sea rise? [more inside]
How have landscapes transformed by drought in Australia (esp. Brisbane or Melbourne) impacted people's perceptions of climate change? [more inside]
What are some social media sites that have an environmental tilt? [more inside]
Could activists for social causes (e.g. global warming) learn something from the Obama campaign in how to effectively engage and mobilize people?
I'm arguing with a conservative friend about global warming. Specifically, the idea that changes in the Gulf Stream have lead to Britain getting colder as a result of climate change. I don't know how valid this theory still is, but my question is: where can I find some scientific journal articles on the subject?
Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
What are some popular evangelical periodicals in the U.S. about current events? Bonus points if they have an online archive; super-extra bonus points if the archive goes back before 2006. [more inside]
I want to travel, but I think doing so by airplane is unethical because of the associated carbon emissions and the inadequacy of 'offset' schemes.
Is it still possible to travel by sea from North America to Europe or Asia? If so, how long does it take, and what are the associated costs?
How big a part of the global warming solution might come from land-use changes, how much from no-till farming and so forth? [more inside]
I'm researching scientists who dispute / are skeptics of man-made climate change (a la the UN IPCC's findings.) Which peer reviewed, scholarly science journals should I be searching through?
In the inevitability of global warming (bias disclosed) where should I move to? I'm a 20-something getting close to that home-owner stage, but from some of the stuff I'm reading a lot of great places to live won't be great much longer! [more inside]
If you believe climate change is real, bad, and man-made: does that mean it's wrong to take a flight or drive a car? Are there any reasonable excuses?
How many tons of CO2 should I be allowed to emit each year? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good online resource that explains in detail the exact series of events that is predicted to occur as a result of climate change if it continues on its current path? [more inside]
I'm looking for a dynamic map (of the USA, or of the world) that will graphically display various trends relating to climate change and the effects of global warming in the next century. [more inside]
Where can I learn about the possible consequences of future global warming, sea-level-rise, etc on the climate of the continental US? [more inside]
We would like to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to alleviating global warming. Ideally a nonprofit but any organization that takes action in this direction would be fine. I'd prefer that it be something I could research online or find a rating such as those available on charitynavigator.com. Any ideas? Thank you!
Has there been any discernible change recently regarding public opinion of anthropogenic climate change in your neck of the woods? [more inside]