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Climate Crisis



Trouble for Our Precious Earth
Pollution from Fossil Fuels
Are Affecting the Climate
Are Affecting the Climate
Pollution from Fossil Fuels
Animation of U.S. Emissions
Animation of U.S. Emissions
Pollution from Fossil Fuels
History of World Emissions
History of World Emissions
Our Precious Earth
What we must protect
What we must protect


Costs for the increasing number of weather disasters are budget busting
Connecting the Dots
for World Wide
Rise is Disasters

The CO2 blanket <br> is in place
The CO2 blanket
is in place
U.S. FEMA bills
rise as number of
weather disasters climb

Rising costs will dwarf <br> the price of switching <br> to renewables
Rising costs will dwarf
the price of switching
to renewables
Record Breaking
Number of Extreme
Weather Events

Map of events in <br> the U.S. in 2012 <br> Interactive
Map of events in
the U.S. in 2012
Interactive
Extreme Weather Events
from Climate Change
Are only going to increase

WE MUST END <br> OUR ADDICTION TO <br> FOSSIL FUELS ASAP
WE MUST END
OUR ADDICTION TO
FOSSIL FUELS ASAP


A docu-drama on the looming crisis
By burning coal to make and squander electricity, by burning gasoline in cars, trucks and ships, by heating with natural gas, and through the destruction of forests from the tropics to the tundra, man is overwhelming the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. These gases are destabilizing the climate and threaten to disrupt our agriculture, drown our coastal cities, bring severe drought, dust storms and firestorm to already parched lands, and severe storms and precipitation to others. We have to change. We must not settle for way-too-little, way-too-late. We must turn a deaf ear to stalling tactics and nay sayers from the fossil fuel industry. We must act NOW and quickly as clips from the following award winning docudrama warns.
Docu-drama
On Climate Shame

Independent Film <br> Video Clips
Independent Film
Video Clips
Opening
Scene

Independent Film <br> Video Clips
Independent Film
Video Clips
Bad Futures
Scene

Independent Film <br> Video Clips
Independent Film
Video Clips
Consumerism
Segment

Independent Film <br> Video Clips
Independent Film
Video Clips


How Changes in Temperature are Affecting What Can Grow Where
The CO2 blanket is in place. Like any blanket, it takes time to accumulate the heat. This means that we are committed to much more warming than we have yet to realize. Worse yet, we cannot remove this blanket readily as the decay curve for atmospheric carbon is SLOW. The best we can do at this late date is END our carbon emissions from fossil fuels immediately. We HAVE to. It is the ONLY responsible thing to do. Here is the data.
Changing Hardiness Zones
Brings Climate Change

To your back yard <br> Newspaper Article
To your back yard
Newspaper Article
Hardiness Zones
Jumping Northward

Whole States <br>In just 15 YEARS <br> Push PLAY / RESET
Whole States
In just 15 YEARS
Push PLAY / RESET
Hardiness Zones
What are they?

Guide to which plants <br>will grow where
Guide to which plants
will grow where
Global Average
Temperature

Are Rising <br> Graph
Are Rising
Graph


The greenhouse effect explained
Below is a simple explanation followed by a 5-part lecture sequence on the Greenhouse effect. You may want to listen to the videos explanations more than once. There is one piece of inadvertently confusing information we wish to clarify. That is in regard to just how long excess carbon dioxide emissions from coal, petroleum and natural gas will persist in the atmosphere. From the lecture sequence, you might think that were we to end fossil fuel emission tomorrow, the excess CO2 put into the atmosphere through man's burning of these fuels will last only about 100 years at which point it will fully decay away. That is NOT true. The average single molecule may hang around that long but that is not the key point. It is the total amount of excess carbon dioxide that matters. CO2 as a whole is a LONG LIVED atmospheric gas. A substantial percentage will persist in the atmosphere for not 100's but actually many 1000's of years. This represents a major problem for mankind. It means that we don't get to take it all back when we finally realize that we have gone too far. In fact, we are now releasing into the atmosphere an amount of CO2 that took living organisms and the planet earth about 350 million years to sequester. NOT a bright idea and, as you might imagine, NOT quickly reversible.
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

A simple explanation first
A simple explanation first
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

Lecture 1 of 5
Lecture 1 of 5
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

Lecture 2 of 5
Lecture 2 of 5
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

Lecture 3 of 5
Lecture 3 of 5
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

Lecture 4 of 5
Lecture 4 of 5
Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric CO2

Lecture 5 of 5
Lecture 5 of 5
Time History Animation of
Atmospheric CO2

Each dot is an <br> observation station
Each dot is an
observation station
Carbon Tracker Animation

Tracking the changes in Atmospheric Carbon
Tracking the changes in Atmospheric Carbon


Dead Oceans
The Evil Twin of Rising
Atmospheric Carbon

Ocean Acidification Video
Ocean Acidification Video
Wikipedia Background
Ocean Acidification

pH -- a logarithmic scale
pH -- a logarithmic scale
Ocean Acidification
Article by NOAA

From Canada to Mexico NOW
From Canada to Mexico NOW
OTHER carbon problem
Threatening Marine Life

And the foundation <br> of its food chain
And the foundation
of its food chain
Fossil Fuel Plastics
The Great Pacific
Garbage Patch

Polluting the Oceans
Polluting the Oceans
Fossil Fuel Plastics
The Great Pacific
Garbage Patch

Polluting the Oceans
Polluting the Oceans
Fossil Fuel Plastics
The Oceanic
Garbage Patch

Polluting all five gyres
Polluting all five gyres
Fossil Fuel Plastics Bags
The History of
a Plastic Bag

Camp Video
Camp Video
That Toxic Plastic
Is Ending Up

On Our Dinner Tables!
On Our Dinner Tables!
That Toxic Plastic
Is Now Inside

Most of Us -- Not a good idea!
Most of Us -- Not a good idea!
How We Wrecked
The Oceans - TED Video

It is time to reverse this MESS!
It is time to reverse this MESS!


Deforestation and climate change
Deforestation and
Insect Populations

Red is Dead <br> Video
Red is Dead
Video
Deforestation and
Insect Populations

Vicious Cycle <br> Video
Vicious Cycle
Video
Deforestation and
Insect Populations

Western U.S. <br> Video
Western U.S.
Video
America's Trees
Are Dying

Written <br> article
Written
article
Deforestation
Take Action

Plant a Tree <br> Today
Plant a Tree
Today
With Hardiness Zones
Jumping Ever Northward

Can that tree <br> stay alive?
Can that tree
stay alive?
With Hardiness Zones
Jumping Northward

Can newly planted <br> trees survive?
Can newly planted
trees survive?
Beautiful Trees
Store Carbon

One year in a tree's life <br> 60 second video
One year in a tree's life
60 second video


Patterns to Fire and Drought
Hadley Cells
Great Convection Currents

Descending Hot Dry Air <br> at 30th Parallel is <br> location of major deserts
Descending Hot Dry Air
at 30th Parallel is
location of major deserts
Hadley Cells
at 30th Parallel Deserts

Animation of spinning globe <br> Do you see the band <br> of deserts at 30th parallel?
Animation of spinning globe
Do you see the band
of deserts at 30th parallel?
Hadley Cells
At 30th Parallel Deserts

Wikipedia Background
Wikipedia Background
Hadley Cells
Expand Poleward

with global warming <br> causing expanding regions <br> of fire and drought <br> above the 30th parallel
with global warming
causing expanding regions
of fire and drought
above the 30th parallel
Fires, fires, fires
in Greece

As expanding edge <br> of Hadley Cell <br> jumps the Mediterranean
As expanding edge
of Hadley Cell
jumps the Mediterranean
Fires, fires, fires
California Fire Season

75 days longer <br> than in 1980s
75 days longer
than in 1980s
Fires, fires, fires
in Australia's Victoria

At expanding edge <br> Of Southern Hadley Cell
At expanding edge
Of Southern Hadley Cell
Fires and severe drought
devastate Texas

At expanding edge <br> Of Hadley Cell
At expanding edge
Of Hadley Cell


Unstable weather with extreme droughts, fires and dust storms in a warming planet
Expanding Regions
of Extreme Drought

In a warming planet <br> Animation of 2000 to 2099
In a warming planet
Animation of 2000 to 2099
Record heat waves,
drought and firestorms

Ravage Russia <br> in 2010
Ravage Russia
in 2010
Severe drought and
famine in Ethiopia

Linked to climate change
Linked to climate change
Extreme Drought
threatens U.S. Wheat Belt

Agriculture South of I70 <br> faces growing crisis
Agriculture South of I70
faces growing crisis


Elsewhere severe and erratic weather with extreme flooding and precipitation
Extreme Floods and
Precipitation in Tennessee

Hotter Air <br> Holds more moisture
Hotter Air
Holds more moisture
Record Flooding
in Rhode Island

Hotter Air <br> Holds more moisture
Hotter Air
Holds more moisture
Cataclysmic Flooding
in Pakistan - 2010

Hotter Air <br> Holds more moisture
Hotter Air
Holds more moisture
Massive Flooding
in Queensland - 2011

Half of the state <br> was affected
Half of the state
was affected
Extreme Storms
and Precipitation

Linked to Climate Change
Linked to Climate Change
Africa's Children ROAR
about climate change

Demand Action
Demand Action


Global warming is causing ice to melt around the world
Glaciers
Disappearing Worldwide

video documentary
video documentary
Time lapse of
shrinking glacier

TED video
TED video
Disappearing
Arctic Ice

Video from NASA <br> Arctic sea ice 101
Video from NASA
Arctic sea ice 101
Disappearing
Arctic Ice

Time Lapse Video <br> from 1979 to 2007
Time Lapse Video
from 1979 to 2007
Greater Warming
Toward the poles

Impacts Weather <br> in the U.S. <br> temperate zone
Impacts Weather
in the U.S.
temperate zone


As ice melts from Greenland and Antarctica, sea levels will rise flooding coastal cities
Clarifying
the data

Video Information
Video Information
Rising Sea Levels
Interactive Google Map

Visualize how sea level <br>impacts the coastline
Visualize how sea level
impacts the coastline
Instabilities in
Greenland's Ice Sheet

Documentary of observations <br> and growing concerns
Documentary of observations
and growing concerns
Greenland
News Media

Brief Report
Brief Report
Rising Sea Level
Animation

Showing impact on <br> Florida and Gulf Coast
Showing impact on
Florida and Gulf Coast
Glaciers are thinning
and flow is accelerating

NASA animation <br> of Western Antarctica
NASA animation
of Western Antarctica
Paleo record shows that
at 300 ppm atmospheric
carbon dioxide

Sea levels were <br> 21 feet higher. <br> We are at 390 ppm <br> and rising  2+ per yr. <br> We are committed to 90 feet <br> of sea level rise NOW!
Sea levels were
21 feet higher.
We are at 390 ppm
and rising 2+ per yr.
We are committed to 90 feet
of sea level rise NOW!


Levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are also rising in the atmosphere
Bubbling Up
Ice that Burns!
Ice that Burns!
Bubbling Up
Ticking Time Bomb?
Ticking Time Bomb?
Bubbling Up
Deepening Concerns - 2011
Deepening Concerns - 2011

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