Want to join the international movement working to address human-induced climate change? Here are some excellent resources I’ve encountered while learning about the COP21 climate negotiations that took place in Paris in December 2015.
Watch Mark’s full post-COP21 climate presentation here:
Watch Mark’s full pre-COP21 climate presentation here:
- This just in! A plan to put our climate back in working order: The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan. They’re looking for feedback. Let ’em have it!
- Mark’s post-COP21 (January 27, 2016) Slide Show PDF–> Download HERE. (Email me if you want to see a version with the notes attached: mark [at] yert [dot] com)
- Mark’s pre-COP21 (November 11, 2015) Slide Show PDF–> Download HERE.
- Mark’s COP21 photos are available for use via the Creative Commons with Attribution license. Browse through them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9602574@N02/sets/72157660828567724
- National Academy of Sciences report: Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration (free PDF)
- Climate Plans noted in Mark’s presentation: (comments here are my own interpretation, actual results may vary 😉 )
- Energy [r]evolution (Greenpeace) – Global scope. 100% decarbonization by 2050.
- Nature Climate Change: Energy system transformation for limiting end-of-century warming to below 1.5°C -Roughly 100% decarbonization by 2050, but even their best scenarios only stay below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels with 50% probability (costs money to read it.) Global scope.
- Pathways to Deep Decarbonization – A more conservative look, targeting 86% decarbonization by 2050. Global scope.
- The Solutions Project – 100% decarbonization by 2050. USA scope.
- The Climate Mobilization – 100% decarbonization by 2025. USA scope.
- UNFCCC Synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions – Basically a summary of what every nation has committed to do about climate change, which is a starting point for the COP21 negotiation process. Read this article by Joe Romm for an insightful interpretation of the Synthesis report (he believes it is “very misleading”).
- What do the IMF and World Bank have in mind for climate finance? This is the best summary I’ve found: From Billions to Trillions, Transforming Development Finance.
- Mark’s Climate Mag(azine) via Flipboard – Subscribe to this ever-updated collection of articles that I think might be interesting to those who follow my climate work. Great for mobile devices, too. Beautifully formatted on the Flipboard platform.
- COP21 Main Website – Official website for the major international climate negotiations scheduled for December 2015 in Paris.
- Climate Action Tracker – An open and frank assessment of current climate commitments from nations who have given them. Shows how we’re doing at keeping the world below 2C warming (and it isn’t looking good so far!).
- CAIT Climate Data Explorer – A collection of data and visualizations tools to support climate policy and decision making.
- World Summit Climate and Territories – (#WSCT) Official website (the July conference I’ll be attending in Lyon, France)
- Compact of States and Regions – A key result of the World Summit Climate & Territories, creating a climate change reduction agreement between 20 governments representing 220 million people and US$8.3 trillion dollars GDP.
- World Summit Climate and Territories: Official YouTube Playlist – videos sharing information about the summit.
- http://www.theroadthroughparis.org/ – A great “dashboard” for key news and schedule details relevant to the lead-up to COP21 in Paris.
- The Winning of The Carbon War, by Jeremy Leggett – An excellent, free and downloadable e-book (partially finished, updated regularly as events unfold) about the multi-year international effort to address climate change. I’m reading it now and it is a great primer on the recent history of the COP21 precursor events.
- Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan
- Pittsburgh Climate Initiative
- Citizens Climate Lobby – A politically sophisticated national organization working to tip the congressional tide towards climate action. A great place to put your efforts if you think we’re moving too slow on climate. There’s an active branch in Pittsburgh, too. One of my favorite CCL resources is their podcasts, and a favorite of those is this one discussing tactics around communicating about climate change (in presentations and casual conversation). A *must* listen podcast!
- 350.org – An international organization spearheaded by renowned climate activist and author Bill McKibben, working to move our civilization towards 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere (down from ~400ppm today).
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