Skip to main content

During the last Ice Age the global average temperature was only about 5°C cooler than now. Since man began farming, the average temperature has stayed within a 1-2°C range. With a business-as-usual approach, the Earth’s temperature is predicted to rise 4°C by 2100. What is the hot-house equivalent of glaciers reaching all the way to Kentucky?

The Earth Day: Climate Action initiative (edca2014.org, @EDCA2014) is working to bring climate change to the fore on Earth Day by organizing rallies and educational events around the country. In this, our inaugural year, we have seven events planned in Michigan, including a large rally on the campus of the University of Michigan and educational events in Jackson, Chelsea, Saline, Ypsilanti, Brighton and Canton. Earth Day: Climate Action is a project of Clean Water Action Michigan, Organizing for Action Michigan and Ann Arbor 350, in partnership with the Earth Day Network (earthday.org). For more info or to volunteer, contact info@edca2014.org.

More about our events below the fold.

During the last Ice Age the global average temperature was only about 5°C cooler than now. Since man began farming, the average temperature has stayed within a 1-2°C range. With a business-as-usual approach, the Earth’s temperature is predicted to rise 4°C by 2100. What is the hot-house equivalent of glaciers reaching all the way to Kentucky?

The Earth Day: Climate Action initiative (edca2014.org, @EDCA2014) is working to bring climate change to the fore on Earth Day by organizing rallies and educational events around the country. In this, our inaugural year, we have seven events planned in Michigan, including a large rally on the campus of the University of Michigan and educational events in Jackson, Chelsea, Saline, Ypsilanti, Brighton and Canton. Earth Day: Climate Action is a project of Clean Water Action Michigan, Organizing for Action Michigan and Ann Arbor 350, in partnership with the Earth Day Network (earthday.org). For more info or to volunteer, contact info@edca2014.org.

More about our events below the fold.

Our currently scheduled events all feature either professors from the University of Michigan or presenters trained by the Climate Reality Project:

“The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions. The Climate Reality Project exists to forge an unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for urgent action, and to ignite the moral courage in our leaders to solve the climate crisis.”

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Campus

This event will open with a presentation by Prof. Knute Nadelhoffer on the science and projected impacts of climate change. Prof. Richard Rood will then discuss the impact of a warming Arctic on the jet stream and the Arctic Oscillation, especially the role of blocking patterns in causing droughts, floods, heat waves, and cold snaps. A third speaker will address the dangers of sociopolitical unrest posed by climate change. Finally, State Representative Jeff Irwin will address the political challenges of fighting climate change.

Where: The Ingalls Mall of the University of Michigan campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Ypsilanti, MI: Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks, University of Michigan

Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks will present "The science of climate change":  

In the talk, Prof. Keppel-Aleks will examine the science behind the greenhouse effect and climate change. She will also explore the observational and modeling tools that scientists use to understand the climate system.  Finally, she will discuss strategies to alleviate the human causes of climate change.

Prof. Keppel-Aleks is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences department.  Her research focuses on using observations of atmospheric CO2 to understand the global carbon cycle and, in particular, how climate variability affects the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems.   She completed her PhD in environmental science and engineering at Caltech.

Chelsea, MI: Eric Harrington, Climate Reality Project

In anticipation of Earth Day 2014, on April 21st (7:00-8:30 pm in the McKune Room of the Chelsea District Library), Eric Harrington will speak about the climate change issue in a presentation entitled “Our Chaotic Climate Future.” He will discuss the current global situation, and also bring it closer to home with information on the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes and the State of Michigan. His presentation is based on the work of the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore following the release of his movie and book “An Inconvenient Truth.”  

Brighton, MI: Prof. Christopher Poulsen, University of Michigan

Jackson, MI: Peggy Coyle, Climate Reality Project

Canton, MI: Bill Richardson, Retired EPA scientist, Climate Reality Project

Saline, MI: William Gittlen, MD, Climate Reality Project

Originally posted to AceDeuceLady on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 07:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site