Climate Change

March 7, 2012

Iglu: A Young Adult Fiction Book on Climate Change

What happens when the rising sea envelopes Native Alaskan land and millions have relocated to the Last Frontier due to global warming? This is the setting of a fictional book written by Jacob Sackin for young adults.

Iglu is the story of native Inupiaq people who are mislabeled as terrorists for fighting for cultural survival.

But when the Iñupiaq people rise up to fight for the survival of their culture, the private army Skyhawk is brought in to subdue the growing insurgency and the Iñupiaq rebels are labeled as terrorists. Separated from her family in the aftermath of the ensuing battle, fourteen-year-old April Ipalook desperately searches for a place of refuge amidst the war zone of northern Alaska.

IGLU has a strong young female protagonist and will appeal to readers who enjoy science fiction and action stories.

I have not read the book cover to cover, and I will update this post after I have read the book in entirety.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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September 29, 2011

How are we going to feed the world without destroying the environment?

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August 23, 2011

Cooling Climate? Warming Climate? Climate Change Since 1953 [video]

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June 9, 2011

Modern Rate of Fossil Fuel Carbon Dioxide Emissions Higher than Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum Global Warming 55.9 Million Years Ago

Many climate change deniers point to previous episodes of global warming as evidence our current climate crisis is natural. A new study published in Nature Geoscience has found that the modern rate of fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions is higher than during the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum period that occurred 55.9 million years ago. Eureka Alert reports:

Around 55.9 million years ago, the Earth experienced a period of intense global warming known as the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which lasted for around 170,000 years. During its main phase, average annual temperatures rose by around 5°C...

Based on their carbon isotope measurements and computer simulations of the Earth system, the researchers estimated that the rate of carbon emissions during the PETM peaked at between 300 million and 1,700 million metric tonnes per year, which is much slower than the present carbon emission rate.

"Our findings suggest that humankind may be causing atmospheric carbon dioxide to increase at rates never previously seen on Earth, which would suggest that current temperatures will potentially rise much faster than they did during the PETM," concluded Dr Harding.

This is not good news for climate deniers or believers alike.

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May 19, 2011

Mark Your Calendar! 9/24/11 Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

If you are of my generation, you remember Hands Across America and We Are The World. Now is your chance to participate in a global movement with your kids.

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis--a single day to move away from fossil fuels. For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.

Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot. Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. It's time to get moving on the climate crisis.

Mark your calendars! For one day, you can give up fossil fuels! Besides, who knows how much a gallon of gas will cost by September!

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February 22, 2011

Scientists Predict 30 Years for Human Health to be Affected by Climate Change

How old will you be in 30 years? How old will your children be? In just three decades, scientists predict the affects of climate change will impact human health. Eureka Alert reports:

A panel of scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled new research and models demonstrating how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems, with some studies projecting impacts to be felt within 30 years...
Climate change could prolong toxic algal outbreaks by 2040 or sooner

Using cutting-edge technologies to model future ocean and weather patterns, Stephanie Moore, Ph.D., with NOAA's West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health and her partners at the University of Washington, are predicting longer seasons of harmful algal bloom outbreaks in Washington State's Puget Sound...

More atmospheric dust from global desertification could lead to increases of harmful bacteria in oceans, seafood

Researchers at the University of Georgia, a NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative Consortium for Graduate Training site, looked at how global desertification -- and the resulting increase in atmospheric dust based on some climate change scenarios -- could fuel the presence of harmful bacteria in the ocean and seafood...

Increased rainfall and dated sewers could affect water quality in Great Lakes

A changing climate with more rainstorms on the horizon could increase the risk of overflows of dated sewage systems, causing the release of disease-causing bacteria, viruses and protozoa into drinking water and onto beaches. In the past 10 years there have been more severe storms that trigger overflows. While there is some question whether this is due to natural variability or to climate change, these events provide another example as to how vulnerable urban areas are to climate.

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