A new study from Nature Climate Change says people who don't believe in climate change don't like people who do, and vice versa!
Just when you thought there weren't enough opportunities for people to not get along, its turns out our belief in the cause of climate change is another. Interesting perspective that reminds us that very few wars have ever been fought over science. Although we do have a long history of beliefs resulting in repudiation of science we don't like because it affects the status quo--think round Earth, sun centered solar system, lead as a pervasive toxin in our environment, endocrine disruptors. Eventually we come around to science and make it part of our beliefs. The lesson may not be that we are in a culture war, but we are in phase of developing new beliefs based on a new understanding of reality. Hopefully we do it quickly. - Lara
people to do this everyday as part of our Awareness to Action
trainings. But we were thrilled to see that the U.S. Government
did this as
part of the President’s budget! Check it out!
After you give
it a read try it
yourself. What projects did you work on today? Is climate change
affect any of them? How sound are your investments in that work?
stymied, EcoAdapt is happy to work with you to try and figure it
The White House is asking Americans to submit their ideas for the
State of Union address. Today our Executive Director, Lara Hansen, submitted this:
"Now is the time to prepare for the future. We need to create an
America that can sail boldly into the 21st century on a course for
success. To do this we need to let go of the outdated technologies
that limit our options and hinder our livelihoods, and embrace the
opportunities that equip us for the future that lies ahead. This
means recognizing that our climate is changing and that change will
change our country. We have a choice:
continue to do what we've always done despite changing
conditions, risking our culture, economy and well-being, or
boldly address those changes and advance the United States
into the coming century with the benefit of health, security and
California cities are typically “designed…on the promise of
nearly endless water,” but with much of the state facing recurrent and severe
drought conditions, it may be time to start thinking adaptation.
KQED Science, a program of National Public Radio (NPR),
recently covered different methods of creating drought-adapted Californian
cities. Some ideas are well-known and have already been implemented with high
success, including investing in drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water
use, and installing green infrastructure and water entrapment features (e.g.,
bioswales and rain barrels) to capture what little precipitation does fall.
Other ideas trend to the futuristic, including multi-function buildings that
harvest water from fog and are adapted to survive inundation from sea level rise.
Check out the article
to learn more about the hot (no pun intended) topics of water efficiency and
protecting and enhancing local water provisioning sources!
City dwellers may see conventional burials become a luxury, available
only to the very wealthy, as urban crowding makes available space
scarce. Cities and cemeteries have been forced to adapt
and innovate so those who want it continue to have access to burial, in
one form or another. The options are change, shrink, or disappear.
Despite the density of most urban living spaces, many still expect to “die in villas,”
as dense-burial design specialist Tuvia Sagiv describes the relatively
large size of most burial plots. The extra demand for space spawned by
burial expectations is especially strong in cultures that discourage
cremation, where people have no option but to compete—meaning pay
more—for increasingly scare real estate.