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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • High Hopes and Challenges at the UN Climate Conference (COP20) in Lima

    As you may have seen on various social media, delegates from nearly 200 countries have been gathered in Lima, Peru over the past two weeks for the 20th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20). Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, opened the proceedings on December 1st by warning, “2014 is likely to be the hottest year on record and emissions continue to rise. We must act with urgency.” The urgency for the delegates is clear. The next big climate summit will be at the end of 2015 in Paris. That...

  • VIDEO: Watch Carbon Dioxide Emissions Swirl Across the Globe

    On Monday, NASA released this video which shows how CO2 travels around the globe. This stunning new clip reveals, visually, what happens to emissions after they are pumped out of our power plants, cars, homes, lawn mowers, from forest fires and more. Another reminder of why we need to move to shift to 100% clean - renewable - energy. ASAP. Take a few minutes to watch the video and share your reactions.

  • 5 Countries Leading the Way in Renewable Energy

    As climate change continues to intensify worldwide, we are constantly reminded of the negative toll it is taking on ecosystems, economies and human health. However, positive progress is being made, and new trends in renewables are reducing dependence on fossil fuels. We’ve compiled a list of 5 countries taking the lead in renewable energy production. Denmark: This northern European country is making huge strides in renewable energy, specifically in wind power. Currently, renewable energy accounts for about 25% of Denmark’s total energy consumption, and it aims to produce 70% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. With...

  • 6 Truths About Global Warming

    At ClimateStore, we’ve read most of the major consensus reports on global warming. The reports are written by teams of experts who review the available scientific literature to determine what facts are verified and with what confidence. Although not perfect, the process is impressive and results in the best source of expert opinion available. After studying the reports we’ve discovered the following statements are true: 1. The Planet is Getting Warmer There is no doubt that our planet is rapidly warming. The scientific data supporting this is overwhelming. There are many lines of evidence including: increased land...

  • Why Climate Change is THE Issue of Our Time

    When thousands of highly trained scientists raise concerns about climate change - we listen. Study after study has shown that the planet is warming at an unprecedented rate and that the primary cause is human use of fossil fuels. Since the discovery of the coal, oil, and natural gas we have been burning the stuff as fast as we can dig and pump it out of the ground. We're so used to the convenience of using fossil fuels for energy that we don't even notice it anymore. You can add 10 gallons of gasoline to your car...

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