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  • Monarch Butterfly Facts, Migration & Climate Change

    Monarch butterflies are truly amazing! They weigh a fraction of an ounce and fly an astonishing 1,500 miles each spring through storms, clouds and predators to grace the summer fields of the United States and Canada. They’re also worth saving. They’re numbers are declining and we need to do something about it fast. In fact, they’re another example of why we need to be reducing our carbon footprint – every day. The Monarch butterfly, with its bright orange/yellow colors and elegant black trimmed, white-spotted wings, has been until recently a familiar sight in fields and yards all across North America...

  • Will Venice Survive Sea Level Rise from Climate Change?

    Will a $6 billion barrier protect Venice from climate driven sea level rise? We certainly hope so. As a UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’, there is no doubt that Venice is a gem of architecture, history, culture and so much more. A small city with a long, rich history, it holds an astonishing number of art and architectural treasures within its fragile borders. It all started roughly 1600 years ago, when settlers began building a community on the marshy islands in the lagoon off the coast of what is present day northern Italy. The founders' idea was to use the ocean...

  • What is COP 21 and Why is it Critical to Slowing Climate Change?

    Wondering who will save the planet from climate change? So are we. Which leads us to the most important global climate meeting to date: COP21, taking place in Paris in December 2015. Negotiators from 130+ countries will be attending a meeting in Paris to hammer out, hopefully, the most significant binding climate agreement to date. And with so many countries involved - it is critical to have a system for reaching a deal. It started at the Earth Summit in Brazil (1992), when countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to...

  • REDD - Saving Rainforests The Smart Way

    Now that we know that climate change is the real deal – we need to focus on the steps we can take to prevent it. Here’s a big one – SAVE THE PLANET’s FORESTS! It turns out that in addition to being home for thousands of amazing critters, which by itself would be sufficient reason to act on climate change, ongoing deforestation and forest degradation account for a whopping 15% of global gas emissions! That’s a big deal. During normal growth and regeneration, they remove massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and build-up biomass. By nature, they are...

  • Biking to COP21 - Three Teams Travel 18,000 Miles for Climate Change

    4,000,000 That’s the number of times Simon and Kim will pedal their bikes on their way from Vietnam to Paris. This herculean task will take them 9,000 miles, across 11 countries and through 20+ border checkpoints. Any why, you ask? Because they’re super committed to stopping human caused climate change. And they’re not alone. As preparations get underway for the international Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting this November in Paris, three teams, starting from different locations around the world, are pulling out all the stops to get there - without using fossil fuels. Biking across multiple countries they're drawing attention...

  • Kayakers (Kayaktivists) Take on Big Oil in Portland and Seattle

    Maybe we should call it the spring of the kayaks. It began in January, when the Port of Seattle agreed to allow the Shell Oil Company to use Terminal 5 to moor the vessels of its Arctic drilling fleet. Then, even before the Federal Government had affirmed the Arctic leases, Shell started moving its drilling ship and a drilling rig toward Seattle to begin preparations for its Arctic exploration operation. Well, that called people to action. Soon after, local activists began talking about organizing a group of kayakers to "escort the rig." Ironically, a galvanizing event turned out to be...

  • 5 Short Climate Change Videos Under 5 Minutes

    Looking for a few short climate change videos? We were too. So rather than searching endlessly around the internet, we asked the staff here at ClimateStore to round up some of their favorites. Here's what bubbled to the top. Most of these will knock your socks off. 1) Bill Nye’s - Simply Stated - Climate Change Basics - That We Can All Understand Bill Nye is passionate about preventing climate change – and of course -science. This video uses fun experiments, diagrams, and images to talk about the underlying scientific principles that are driving human caused climate change. We love...

  • Kids Heading Back to School? 9 Ideas For Sustainable School Supplies

    Ready or not, the new school year is right around the corner! Although it can be a bummer to see the passing of summer – who doesn’t enjoy time outside , vacations, playing hide-and-go-seek, and iced lemonade - the coming of the school year also signals a time of renewed energy, friendships and opportunity! And that creates a great opportunity for sustainable living. This is the time of year when kids and young adults alike need new gear – given the usual wear and tear on school supplies from the prior year. The good news is there are lots of...

  • How to Save Tigers - International Tiger Day and Climate Change

    Tigers are magnificent creatures. And we need to do everything we can to save them. Over the past century, 1/3 of existing tiger species went extinct and wild tiger populations decreased by almost 97%. Despite conservation efforts, humans continue to further this population decline by harming tigers and their habitats, and now climate change is only going to add to the problem. But there's good news too. Lot's of fantastic organizations are stepping in to protect habitats and lead conservation efforts. To help raise awareness for these issues, International Tigers Day was founded during the 2010 Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit...

  • 3 Sustainable Colleges Leading the Way in Sustainable Education

    How are we going to tackle climate change? To get started, we need a whole new generation of well-educated people who understand the ins and outs of sustainable living. And here’s some good news. Over the past few decades, more and more American colleges and universities are starting to walk the talk, integrating environmental stewardship into their dining halls, dorm buildings, student clubs, and most importantly - classrooms. This trend is significant because institutions of higher education are at the forefront of innovation and social change. Sustainable colleges who both teach and implement sustainability are powerful influencers. They play a...

  • Hope Spots for the Oceans - Why We Like Mission Blue

    According to the U.S. Travel Association, beaches are one of the top five destinations for leisure travel in the United States. For many of us, there is nothing as relaxing as spending a day with sand between our toes, surfing, fishing, birdwatching or just enjoying the sun and sounds of the ocean. But under the surface our oceans are under significant pressure: from algae blooms, to over fishing, to invasive species explosions, and now climate change, our oceans are being stressed. But there is hope! Thanks to an organization called, Mission Blue, we are now thinking on a massive scale...

  • Pope Francis and Climate Change - A Global Call to Action

    News regarding Pope Francis’s newly published encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si’,” or “Praise Be to You”, has recently dominated green media due to its intensive focus on global climate issues. In the paper, the Pope affirms scientific consensus in regards to climate change, citing human activities as the source, and urges the necessity of sweeping mitigation efforts. As Pope, Francis’s words carry a great deal of moral and religious authority, but his background as a chemist also gives his thoughts on environmental matters a degree of scientific accountability as well. Care for creation & the poor An integral element of Francis’s...

  • How to Save Water at Home

    Earth may be known as the "water planet," but even though about 70 percent of its surface is covered with water, less than one percent of this precious resource is available for human use. And the effects of climate change--changing precipitation patterns, intense and extreme weather events, reduced snow cover and melting glaciers--are making things more complicated. In more than 40 states, water managers predict shortages over the next decade in at least some part of their state, even if water conditions remain basically the same. It also takes energy to pump, distribute and treat water – which has negative...

  • 7 Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Cool this Summer

    The muggy heat of summer is upon us, and attempts to beat the heat cause many to resort to energy intensive habits such as blasting the air conditioning (AC). And although AC is a necessary and wonderful invention, its use has a significant impact on the climate. According to the Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of more than $11 billion to homeowners. The good news is there are simple ways to moderate its use – so we can remain comfortable even on those hot...

  • National Pollinator Week is June 15 - 22, 2015

    Who are the pollinators, what is pollination, and why does it matter? Eight years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week. The idea for Pollinator Week was originated, and is currently managed, by the Pollinator Partnership -- a non-profit that promotes research, outreach and education about pollinators and their importance. The Partnership has strong ties with institutions, organizations, corporations and individuals nationwide that share a concern for conservation. Pollinating animals include bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and many other tiny flying creatures, and they are vital for agriculture and food...

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