If you re having trouble viewing this email, you may see it onlineMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2009View SourceIf you're having trouble viewing this email, you may see it online.Global warming threat happening much fasterthan previously thought, researchers warnNew research reported in the February 24th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warns that the Earth's temperature will not have to rise as much as previously thought to cause serious global warming consequences.
An international team of climate experts report "increases in drought, heat waves and floods are projected in many regions and would have adverse impacts, including increased water stress, wildfire frequency and flood risks starting at less than (1.8 degrees) of additional warming above 1990 levels." Previous estimates thought that severe weather would occur from temperature increases of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit to 3.6 degrees above the 1990 levels.
"For example, events such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2003 European heat wave have shown that the capacity to adapt to climate-related extreme events is lower than expected and, as a result, their consequences and associated vulnerabilities are higher than previously thought," the scientists report.
A similar warning was issued by Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University. At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held February 12-16, Professor Field warned that carbon emissions are growing at much faster rate than previously thought and that the Earth could cross the critical carbon threshold by 2100.
For more information, see the report at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences here or the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology here._________________________________________________________________________Obama's Stimulus Plan to Promote Global Warming Energy Solutions:President calls for further climate change legislationThe stimulus plan signed on February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, includes $43 billion dollars in money targeted toward energy issues. President Obama's administration says that under this plan, our nations' supply of renewable energy will double over the next three years.
Furthermore, in his Address to Congress, President Obama called for a market-based cap on carbon pollution, as well as $15 billion a year to develop new green technologies such as solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, and clean coal. He also encouraged the development of more fuel-efficient cars and trucks manufactured here in the United States.
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_________________________________________________________________________Global warming may increase respiratory ailmentsA new European study published in the March 1st issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine finds that global warming may increase respiratory problems across all ages, with people aged 75 and older being particularly vulnerable. Researchers studied hospital admission data in 12 European cities over a minimum of three years. They found that for every temperature degree rise over a city's maximum apparent temperature, there was a corresponding increase of 4% in respiratory-related hospitalizations. The researchers concluded that global warming and certain air pollutants such as ozone are likely to aggravate existing chronic respiratory ailments, as well as increase the prevalence of such chronic diseases.
For information on this study, go to American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine here._________________________________________________________________________North American Summit
TCP will be hosting a North American Summit in Nashville May 14-16. New information from Mr. Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, and TCP will be presented on how to be part of a formidable grassroots advocacy force to persuade policy makers to pass signiï¬cant climate legislation this year. For more information about TCP's new focus on activism or the North American Summit, click here._________________________________________________________________________The Climate Project, India improves air quality in office spaces
Kamal Meattle, the Delhi TCP Coordinator and "eco-preneur," recently gave a talk at Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) on his work in naturally cleaning office air. Kamal shows cleaning office air can be both very simple and effective. With only three varieties of plants (Areca Palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue, and the Money Plant), one can significantly improve air quality. After studying the effects these plants had on air quality for the past 15 years in the TCP office building in New Delhi, India, it was found that eye irritation was reduced by 52%, respiratory symptoms down by 34%, headaches by 24%, lung impairment by 12%, and asthma by 9% compared to other buildings in the city. Furthermore, the TCP India office was also able to reduce the fresh air supplied to the building and while still meeting industry standards for healthy indoor air, netting a reduction of energy costs by greater than 15%. With buildings consuming 40% of the world's energy, this could be a great example as to how to reduce businesses' impact on global warming. TCP India hopes to replicate their success at their new 1.75 million square feet facility - GreenSpaces, a LEED© certified 'Super' Platinum Green Building and Technology Park.
Details on the plants and copy of presentation slides have been posted here.
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry hostsslide show as part of Black History Month
Azibuike Akaba gave his slide show to middle and high school students earlier this month during the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's Green Revolution exhibit. Green Revolution is part of the Museum's annual Black Creativity celebration, a six-week program that highlights the achievements and heritage of African Americans in science, technology and the arts._________________________________________________________________________NBA's Steve Nash and TCP's Inconvenient YouthTeam Up for Lesson on Climate ChangeClassrooms in the US and Canada participated in a special webcast on February 13th by Phoenix Suns Steve Nash and Inconvenient Youth presenter Conti Kolokotronis. Kolokotronis, a high school sophomore from Carmichael, California, explained the basic science behind global warming and why it is important for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint. The two also discussed the important role young people can play in getting their peers and communities to take better care of the environment. The program, targeted at youth in grades 6-12, was made possible by a partnership between The Climate Project, The Steve Nash Foundation, NBA Cares and Cisco.
Inconvenient Youth, a teen network inspired by former Vice President Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, is now officially affiliated with The Climate Project. TCP's Raj Shukla, Manager of School Programs, will oversee the initiative._________________________________________________________________________Meet a presenter: Jess ReeseJess Reese has been an actor and professional public speaker for most of her adult life. She has appeared in numerous professional theatrical plays, commercials and industrial films. Her enthusiasm for diving has lead her to explore coral reefs from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific, where she has witnessed, first-hand, the devastation that the warming, acidic seas have wrought on these fragile ecosystems. After viewing An Inconvenient Truth, she decided to apply to become a presenter with The Climate Project. In January 2007, Jess was chosen by The Climate Project and trained by Al Gore to deliver his own presentation about global climate change. Read more about Jess in Meet our Presenters on the TCP public website here._________________________________________________________________________ABOUT THE CLIMATE PROJECT
The Climate ProjectTM, a nonprofit organization founded by Nobel Laureate Al Gore and based in Nashville, Tenn., began operations in June 2006 with the mission of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level in the United States and abroad. By April 2007, a diverse group of 1000 volunteers from throughout all 50 states of the U.S. had been trained by Gore himself to present a version of the slide show featured in the Academy Award-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth."In addition, TCP initiatives have resulted in the trainings of another 1,300 committed individuals from a diversity of backgrounds in Australia, Canada, India, Spain, and the UK. Worldwide TCP's 2,500+ presenters have reached a combined audience of more than 4 million and counting. TCP has plans for a number of other trainings in 2009 to train presenters in China, Eastern and Southern European countries, Indonesia, Singapore, Pacific Islands, Pan-Latin America -- and more. These dedicated people will continue to spread the work of TCP to all corners of our planet. Thank you for your continued support!For more information, please visit www.theclimateproject.org.
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