Monthly Archives: October 2007

How Global Warming Stokes Wildfires

This post is by James Wang, Ph.D., a climate scientist at Environmental Defense.

The wildfires in California prompted the largest mass evacuation in California history, destroying half a million acres and over 1500 homes. People are saying that global warming may have played a part in the severity of the blazes. But where is the connection? And how can global warming cause both floods and droughts?

Satellite view of California wildfires.
Satellite photo of California wildfires. Source: NASA.

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Weather Channel Takes a Stand

This post is by Sheryl Canter, an Online Writer and Editorial Manager at Environmental Defense.

In Sunday’s New York Times, there was an editorial by Thomas Friedman that (among other things) talked about how the role of the Weather Channel has evolved over time. Weather used to be about "acts of God" – nobody’s fault. But more and more lately we are wondering if extreme weather events are acts of man, not God – our fault. And so, Friedman says, the Weather Channel, formerly a politics-free zone, is "slowly morphing into the news channel."

Towards this end, the Weather Channel has recently launched a new Web site called Forecast Earth. It’s a great resource.

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White House Censors CDC Testimony

This post is by John Balbus, M.D., Chief Health Scientist at Environmental Defense.

Original Testimony [PDF]

Edited Testimony [PDF]

Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), gave written testimony to a Senate committee this week. The statement she gave was a full six pages shorter than originally planned because of deep cuts made by the White House.

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Religious Leaders Awaken to Global Warming

This post is by Rev. Sally Bingham, president of The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power and Light campaign. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at Environmental Defense.

“…religious, moral and spiritual values are starting to take hold in the climate change discussion.”

I have maintained for years that climate change is the most serious moral issue of our time, but at first few believed me or took it to heart. Having just returned from a week of traveling and giving talks on a religious response to global warming, I’m more encouraged than ever that we will solve this problem before we destroy ourselves.

Things have shifted in the last several months, and it’s a refreshing, hopeful time. More people are coming to events to find solutions, rather than to question the science. The most frequently asked question is, "What can we do?" Now that the religious voice is at the table with other solution seekers, I am very hopeful that we will stop the warming trend.

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Support Building for Lieberman-Warner Bill

This post is by Mark MacLeod, Director of Special Projects, Climate and Air Program, Environmental Defense.

Climate Vote 2007

Part of a series on the work of the Environmental Defense Action Fund to enact an effective climate law. You can help by writing to Congress.

For those who don’t live and breathe the legislative process, the political maneuverings on Capitol Hill can be very confusing. Politicians often introduce bills for no other reason than to carve out space in the political debate. These marker bills set the parameters of debate and give politicians space to define their positions.

Eventually, ideas from many of these marker bills may be pieced together in a single legislative vehicle around which the legislative process begins to coalesce. There are clear signs that we have reached this stage with the Lieberman-Warner America’s Climate Security Act (ACSA).

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Links to News on Climate Change

This post is by Sheryl Canter, an Online Writer and Editorial Manager at Environmental Defense.

Here are some interesting articles I came across recently:

Inconvenient YouthsWall Street Journal
Amusing article about how 4- and 8-year-olds are educating their parents about climate change and pestering them to take action.

America’s Greenest StatesForbes Magazine
A ranking of the states based on six equally-weighted categories: carbon footprint, air quality, water quality, hazardous waste management, policy initiatives and energy consumption. See how your state fared.

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