I’m working on an article for a local publication on what climate change is going to mean in this area, and in the process I search through a lot of blogs on global warming. It’s disheartening. In the face of incredible advance scientific understanding of climate change that is being confirmed by researchers around the world, there seems to be growing tide of climate change scoffers who listen uncritically to “experts” whose data has no factual basis.
I like to check out two kinds of Global Warming Blogs. Those that are both carefully researched about what is happening and those where people are putting their heads together to share strategies to make a positive difference. Here are 3 I like in each category.
SOME THINGS WE DO KNOW
The posts on this site are deeply researched at reflective. Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times science reporter operates this site as part of the NYT. I was fortunate enough to hear Revkin speak recently (see my post Paul Ehrlich and Andrew Revkin at UW-Madison: Two Speakers – One Topic here .
His premise is that by 2050, the world population may well reach 9 billion. For those of us who believe that humans may be contributing to climate change, 9 billion is a sobering number. Revkin’s blog is fresh and fact filled. I call it a must read to stay current.
This is a compendium of reputable information on climate change! Take your pick from their features: analysis, essays, fact file, international, media, on campus, on the net, policy, politics, profiles, reviews and science. You can keep your finger on the pulse with this website.
When you are looking for graphic depictions of the what and where we can expect to see in climate change, a new and very clear option is the Climate Wizard site put together by the Nature Conservancy, The University of Washington and the University of southern Mississippi. With their maps you can choose a state or country and get leading climate change information and its impacts anywhere on Earth.
SOME THINGS WE CAN DO
This is a chance to stick your toes in No Impact Man’s waters! Colin Beavan has been blogging about his attempt to live a no-impact life. This is one urban family’s attempt. It’s a huge commitment to step this far away from the mainstream. Very few people would follow them this far, but we need to be constantly rethinking where we fall in this continuum. This blog offers a guided way to try living no impact for a week. Check it out here
This is a site chock full of suggestions on how you can lower your impact on the planet. They break it down into accessible topics like: family, food, garden, health and transportation. This is a great site to wander around it and find a way that works for each of us to make our next footstep a lighter one.
This organization gets its name from the figure, 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere, which is considered to be the safe limit for humanity. It’s a number we are trying to get back to from our current 387. If you are feeling a little alone when you watch main stream media or interface with the people and blogs that deny climate change is important or even happening, this site will let you know you are not alone. The site currently highlights the efforts organized around Oct. 24, which was international day of climate action. Even though Oct 24 is past, the group is working to keep the pressure on to get this message to decision makers.