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Good morning, treehugging liberals and skeptics alike!

How many of you saw the season premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday? His opening guest was a guy named Peter Byck who made a film called Carbon Nation. It was a pretty good interview, with plenty of uplifting moments. Not sure how many of the climate change crowd you have seen on Bill's show; usually they are either bland or depressing, but all too often they are both.

Peter did a decent job of standing tall on the facts but remaining positive about what we can still do to undo the mess. I can't find a clip of that online, but here is a clip from the movie starring my man crush, Van Jones.

Just a little ray of sunshine for y'all in the morning.

Today's schedule and more below the divider doodle.

Did you enjoy day one of the blogathon?
NO!?! Well, what the heck is wrong with you?

Today's lineup promises to be even better. So don't you worry.

The following bit is from your hostess with the mostest, boatsie:

Good morning and welcome to today's preview of guests and Kossacks participating in the Tuesday Plenary of the week long Climate Change SOS Blogathon.  

The Climate Talks at Daily Kos are hosting climate scientists and economists, researchers and academics and writers who are discussing a wide range of issues related to climate change: issues such as gender and the disproportionate impact of climate change on women;  new paradigms for clean energy economies; the rights, wisdom and challenges of indigenous peoples; climate change literacy; food security, education and health;  and community resilience in the face of climate change and peak oil.  

All postings remain open for ongoing conversation throughout the week, so check in regularly at the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group on Daily Kos.  The goal is to generate conversation among members of the Daily Kos community with our guests, while also providing a forum for an interchange of ideas and feedback between  all participants.  

Each morning, this SOS Daily Report will preview the day's guests and topics; provide Hot Headlines on climate change news from locales around the world; and invite readers to post their reports on localized effects of climate change.  For more information, see Reports of Climate Change From Your Backyard I.

If you are a registered member on Daily Kos, you can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group.  Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.

Climate Change SOS Blogathon - August 20-August 24, 2012
Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific

Announcing the blogathon, Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Romney's Illiteracy & Election Vulnerability was posted on Sunday, August 19th by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.

It includes bios of our special guests, including lawmakers, scientists and activists.

The blogathon is being organized by Bill McKibben, boatsie, and Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.

Today's Guests

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop worked as a principal scientist with the Queensland (Australia) state government using remote sensing to map the extensive forest clearing (4% of the world’s deforestation, mostly for cattle and sheep grazing), but resigned over a government report ‘greenwashing’ the beef industry.  Gerard is now engaged in communicating environmental issues such as deforestation, climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. He writes and presents scientific papers and reports for the World Preservation Foundation and the Beyond Zero Emissions Land Use Plan.

Jeff Mears is the Environmental Area Manager for the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and co-chair of EPA-Tribal Science Council.  Jeff is a frequent contributor to panels discussing climate change impacts on tribal communities and the need for adaptation.

  • Tuesday, August 21st Schedule

8:00 am: Climate Change SOS Daily Report - You are here
9:00 am: Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
10:00 am: JanF.
11:00 am: beach babe in fl.
12:00 pm: Jeff Mears.
1:00 pm: jessc.
3:00 pm: Brenden DeMille.
4:00 pm: citisven.
5:00 pm: Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop.
6:00 pm: WarrenS.

  • Yesterday's Posts - Monday, August 20

5:00 am: Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Could better analysis save humanity? by A Siegel.
8:00 am: Climate Change SOS Daily Report by boatsie.
9:00 am: Alarm bells on climate change as extreme weather events sweep the world: CCSOS by Martin Khor.
10:00 am: Climate Challenge: Two Questions For Mitt Romney by danieljkessler.
12:00 pm: Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Visions of the Future? by John Abraham.
1:00 pm: Why Climate Literacy Matters by Mark McCaffrey.
2:00 pm: Climate Change SOS: Are Americans Waking Up? by Jill Richardson.
4:00 pm: Ignore climate Cassandra at our peril by Mike Mann.
5:00 pm: Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: CCSOS by Richard Heinberg.
6:00 pm: Climate change just isn't Santa anymore. by rb137.

  • Tomorrow's Schedule - Wednesday, August 22

8:00 am: Climate Change SOS Daily Report by citisven.
11:00 am: Citizen's Climate Lobby
11:00 am: Bill McKibben.
12:00 pm: Joshua Rosenau.
1:00 pm: Nichole Ghio and Justin Guay
2:00 pm: Peter Erickson.
3:00 pm: Heather Libby.
4:00 pm: Sarah Moffitt.
5:00 pm: Tom Athanasiou.
6:00 pm: TheFatLadySings

Please remember to republish these diaries to your Daily Kos Groups.  You can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group.  Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.

To break up the tables, here is a shot I took a few years ago in the eastern Sierra. I guess this is what this whole series is about- Melting Ice.


There was very little snow in the Sierra last winter. And little rain on the playa where Burning Man is held. Be ready for a very dusty event this year out there, all you Burners. Reports suggest bike riding may not even be possible on the 5 inches of playa dust. Is there anything that climate change isn't affecting!?!

Climate Action!

If you happen to wander over to Mitt Romney’s website, try to decipher his policy positions on climate change.  But don’t look too long; climate change isn't even mentioned once.

The stakes are too high to play politics with our lives.  Please sign our petition that asks Mr. Romney two simple questions:

  • Do you disagree with the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet?
  • If not, what do you plan to do to solve the climate crisis if you are elected President?

When enough people ask, will deliver this petition to Romney campaign headquarters to see if he's ready to answer.

Please stay tuned for our follow-up report!

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by J Town and SFKossacks.

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