April 08, 2016

Selected Recent Climate Change Citations and Resources

 

  1. Drought Photo

Photo source: Folsom lake, CA Nov. 2015, http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=137908&picture=folsom-lake-susza-84

 

  1. The world is warming. Fast.

 

  1. Why is it warming?

 

  1. Where does heat-trapping pollution come from?

 

  1. Climate Change is bad for the economy.

 

  1. Climate Change is risky for business.

Photo source: Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor on June 16, 2011 during Missouri River flood, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Calhoun-Corp_of_Eng._6-16-11A_266.jpg

 

  1. Climate Change threatens public health.

Photo source: Scientific American, http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/news-blog/baby-virus-could-be-key-to-childhoo-2008-11-21/

 

  1. Benefits of climate action.

Photo source: Armed Forces Kid’s Fun Run, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ftmeade/7185134319

 

  1. Health benefits of a clean energy economy.

 

  1. Economic benefits of a clean energy economy.

Photo source: Pictures of money, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictures-of-money/17123251389 (Creative Commons via CheapFullCoverageAutoInsurance.com)

 

  1. Job benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Photo source: moncrystalline solar cell, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Klassieren.jpg; Seattle Municipal Archives “Construction worker, 2000,” https://www.flickr.com/photos/seattlemunicipalarchives/2701866516

 

  1. Clean energy infrastructure

Photo sources: gas pipeline construction, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hasenh%C3%A4ge_NEL-Erdgas-Pipeline_Bau_2011-05-15_009.JPG; Electricity transmission tower, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pylon_ds.jpg; charging station, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baka-charging-station.jpg  

 

  1. The solutions are here now.

Photo source: Wind turbines in SoCal, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wind_Turbines_Southern_California_6D2B2441.jpg

 

  1. GDP growth & carbon pollution have decoupled.

 

  1. Methane leaks from oil & gas change the picture.

Photo source: Worst-Case scenario emissions, http://www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry/; Modest-Estimate scenario emissions, http://www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry/

 

  1. Solar & wind are cost-competitive with gas & coal power.

 

  1. The electric vehicle market is ready to boom.

Photo source: See through image of Bolt EV, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:See-through-white-2017-Chevrolet-BoltEV-024.jpg; Southern Current LLC, Blog,

http://southerncurrentllc.com/solar-and-electric-vehicles-are-a-win-win-for-your-wallet-and-the-environment/

 

  1. We must act now to avoid locking in high emissions.

 

  1. The Clean Power Plan is a necessary component of climate policy.

 

  1. U.S. action cannot stop here.

Photo source: Graph of Rhodium Group analysis, http://rhg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RHG_Taking_Stock_of_US_Climate_Goals_Jan28_2016.pdf