Climate Change

Although I am convinced that Climate Change is happening, is devastating, and we humans are the main cause of it - the much more important issues now are:

  • ADAPTATION: How can we make sure that hopefully all people and all species of plants and animals on the planet can survive the effects of climate change that are now inevitable?
  • MITIGATION: How can we bring green house gases (GHGs) down to avoid worse conditions than the ones we cannot stop anymore.
Forward-thinking people and institutions are just now starting to plan for the inevitable and discuss the most efficient methods to bring down GHGs. I will soon post you important documents and links about climate adaptation and mitigation and keep you updated on the results of a task force of 14 people commissioned by the board of the Sierra Club that I have the pleasure and duty to serve on.

Climate Change and Health: Climate change and the impacts on health are being increasingly reported and documented. It is expected that with continued rises in global temperature and greenhouse gas emissions the effects on health will become more widely experienced and extreme. Throughout July PLOS Medicine is publishing a Special Issue on climate change and health. Guest edited by Dr. Jonathan Patz (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Dr. Madeleine Thomson (Columbia University), the issue focuses on topics including the health effects of extreme heat and flooding, food system effects, non-communicable disease risk, such as air pollution, infectious disease risks and the health benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation policies. The issue has a particular focus on evidence based studies focused on policy-relevant work on adaptation and mitigation options. http://collections.plos.org/climate-change-and-health




Link List Climate Change – February 2017






3 comments:

  1. Has the EPA studied the content of the emissions expelled from the flares and the effect they have on climate change?

    Sister Annette M. Sinagra, OP
    Adrian Dominicans Sisters
    1257 East Siena Hts. Dr.
    Adrian, MI 49221-1793

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    1. Hi Sister Annette,

      Please forgive me the long delay in answering. The EPA itself did to my knowledge not study flares very well but invited input on this issue in preparation of changing or amending a regulatory process. Many groups presented data that I can forward to you upon request. To my knowledge no precautious steps and by that prudent steps were taken.

      Flare gases definitely have an impact on climate change due to their methane content but also other, less studied compounds. Unfortunately, we cannot expect too much from the EPA. They are understaffed and underfunded, and are often pulled back from superior levels in the administration - and the industry and their lobbyists are not allowing them to do their job properly - the same is true for the Michigan DEQ.

      Best, Tom

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  2. I also wonder if the EPA have studied the emissions from the flares. I sent a complaint to the EPA about the flares, and they did return my call. Moreover, I have not received any comment on the complaint, and this has been several weeks now.

    James Hannah

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