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Environmental Sustainability

COP Blog Post 7

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Greta Thunberg: Speaking Truth to Power at COP24 UN Secretary General António Guterres seated next to 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who explained that while the world consumes an estimated 100 million barrels of oil each day, "there are no politics to change that. There are no politics to...

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The Challenges of Week Two: "The Devil is in the Details"

Special Cop 24 Bus
Our morning routine on the treadmill of participating in COP24 has been getting more efficient. The heavy frost last Thursday morning coated cars and grass alike. The air smelled worse and my chest seemed tighter as we walked to catch the green-wrapped COP 24 bus. For more, see Karen's Blog...

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Week One of COP 24 Did Not End Well

Week One of COP 24 Did Not End Well for Science or the Climate: If You Don’t Like the Science, Refuse to “Welcome” It. Negotiating Party groupings in the UNFCCC.Graphic by Jonas Haller https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella_Group#/media/File:UNFCCC_Party_Groupings.svg BOTTOM LINE: On Saturday night December 8, 2018, at the closing Plenary of the Subsidiary Body...

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Treading Water in a Sea of Acronyms: RINGO BINGO Lingo

Clear, easy to read slide
Treading Water in a Sea of Acronyms: RINGO BINGO Lingo Meeting Room 25. Ghana has the next question. Photo by Karen D.Kendrick-Hands */ On Monday December 4, with first-day-of-school jitters, Larry and I re-crossed streetcar tracks several times before we found the Main entrance to the COP24 complex, passed security...

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COP24 Blog 2

Into the Belly of the Beast: a just transition away from coal. December 4, 2018, update from the UNFCCC (The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate talks in Poland, COP 24 This map of Europe shows how much carbon is released relatively in generating electricity. Poland, host country...

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COP24 Blog 3

COP24, Katowice, Poland
The IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC: 12 Years, Technology Leapfrogs, and Opportunities December 6, 2018, update from the UNFCCC (The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate talks in Poland, COP 24 SBSTA(Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice)-IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings...

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UN Climate Talks in Katowice No. 1

Half a Degree Centigrade: The Challenge for the COP24 Climate talks in Poland. Nov. 29, 2018 “I am both deeply honored and a bit nervous to be Rotary's first observer delegate to the UN Climate talks, which are being held during COP24, Katowice, Poland, Dec. 2-14, 2018. By observing and...

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The Year of the Tree

Rotarians have picked up the shovel again. Don't miss tree planting highlights and inspiring articles in the April issue of The Rotarian . Do you know when the Rotary tradition of planting trees started? The Rotarian gives us glimpses of the origin of Rotary through the eyes of Paul Harris,...

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Saving Florida's Coral Reef through Underwater Gardening

June 30, 2017. CBS News reports from Key Biscayne, Florida The beauty of south Florida's coastline isn't just skin-deep. Below the water lies a crucial habitat of coral, home to hundreds of species of marine plants and animals. But the beauty of the only tropical reef system in the continental...

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Scientists Stunned by Antarctic Rainfall and a Melt Area Bigger Than Texas

Antarctic Melt in Ross Sea, Washington Post
June 15, 2017. Chris Mooney of The Washington Post reports: Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm. In the Antarctic summer of 2016, the surface...

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