Tag: climate change

How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean? Ocean circulation is slowing. See maps of our oceans here.

The rate of ice loss each year has increased by 60%. A study of the Greenland ice sheet found that there are at least 74 major glaciers that are being severely undercut and weakened. 

“Hotter summers in Europe, changing rainfall in the tropics, hurricane risks along the U.S. coast: If Atlantic currents keep weakening, we’ll feel it”. Bob Berwyn. These statistics are dire for our oceans and the future of the planet. As glacier ice melts, it changes the chemical makeup of the oceans; and, since the oceans directly regulate the weather, changes to our oceans affect our food supply, air quality, disaster preparedness, and more. How climate change affects the ocean is complicated and touches virtually every aspect of our lives. Here’s a quick overview of the relationship between climate change and oceans, and why it’s imperative that we work to reduce ocean climate change. 

Bring this to Texas: Youth Take Constitutional Climate Lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court

Today, 16 young Alaskans filed their ​notice of appeal​ with the Alaska Supreme Court in their constitutional climate lawsuit, ​Sinnok v. State of Alaska​. The appeal comes just six days after the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which reports in its ​Alaska chapter​ that climate change is already dangerously impacting the state. On October 30, Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller for the… Read more »

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow their lead

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow our lead. This funding is on top of the €400 million we pledged to spend on climate programmes between 2015 and 2020, and it builds on our commitment to make fighting climate change one of our core focuses. The new… Read more »

UPCOMING: Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment with Dr. Eric Klinenberg (10/16)

  RSVP Humanities Institute / Planet Texas 2050 Fall 2018 Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality” The University of Texas Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 will hold a Difficult Dialogues public panel on “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality,”featuring Eric Klinenberg, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for… Read more »

The Best of Planet Earth in Action When Government Fails Us: The Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

Last week, 29 philanthropists pledged $4 billion over the next five years to combat climate change—the largest-ever philanthropic investment focused on climate change mitigation. The announcement, made at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, represents a broad global commitment to accelerate proven climate and clean-energy strategies, spur innovation and support organizations around the world working to protect the air they breathe and the communities they call home.