Briefing and Infographic: Climate Change Implications for Defence

The military from around the world is telling us that climate change is a threat multiplier, and they’re taking every action that the political establishment does not block to prepare. How about we put some pressure on the politicos to “encourage” them to help fund these preparations. Perhaps we could explain to the politicians that ignoring climate change is a threat multiplier aimed straight at their political ambitions.

The Center for Climate & Security

Tarbela_Dam_Pakistan_during_the_2010_floodsA short and accessible briefing and infographic on climate change implications for global security has just been released by the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the Institute for Environmental Security. Authored by Brigadier General (ret) Wendell Christopher King, Ph.D – Dean of US Army Command and General Staff College – it highlights five key ways in which the effects of climate change threaten global security:

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Katharine Hayhoe: How to Talk to Evangelicals About Climate

In the world I have lived in, this is called “taking away your excuses”.

Dr. Hayhoe is providing a clear minded, coherent way to think about the field of science, how it interacts with faith and religion, and how this bears on climate science.

If you perceive a conflict in these areas (I do not) then this is a great place to start your journey into a more coherent view of existence.

Seriously, if you have any question at all, read on!

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, newly minted member “Time’s 100 Most Influential People” club, in an interview with Chris Mooney –  on how to talk to your evangelical friends and relatives about climate.

Full audio of Interview at link.

Chris Mooney in Mother Jones:

From our interview, here are five of Hayhoe’s top arguments, for evangelical Christians, on climate change:

1. Conservation is Conservative. The evangelical community isn’t just a religious community, it’s also a politically conservative one on average. So Hayhoe speaks directly to that value system. “What’s more conservative than conserving our natural resources, making sure we have enough for the future, and not wasting them like we are today?” she asks. “That’s a very conservative value.”

Indeed, many conservatives don’t buy into climate science because they don’t like the “Big Government” solutions they suspect the problem entails. But Hayhoe has an answer ready for that one too: Conservative-friendly…

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Here’s a wind turbine you can toss in your purse

Now here’s a great opportunity. Check it out.

Grist

Hate it when a strong breeze musses your hair without generating any electricity? Same. So the Trinity portable wind turbine is a welcome invention, in addition of reminding us of The Matrix.

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Trinity will love he who is The One is only 12 inches tall when collapsed, so it can slip into your bag or backpack. Whip it out and it extends to 23 inches high, with three aluminum legs. Adds Treehugger:

The device has three wind blades (a Savonius design) that can be folded into the body of the device for transport, and open up when deployed, which spin a 15W generator and charge a 15,000 mAh battery when the wind is blowing.

It can charge your phone and other gadgets via a USB port, and at four pounds, the thing probably weighs less than your laptop. Donating $249 to the Kickstarter campaign will get…

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Sec. Hagel: Climate Change and Realizing the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Those who follow this blog already know that the military leadership has recognized Climate Change as one of the greatest threats against western civilization since the Black Death was sweeping across western Asia and Europe. I am very hopeful to see that Secretary Hagel continues to acknowledge this threat and I look forward to more effort from the world’s military establishment to address and prepare for the problems that are coming.

The Center for Climate & Security

130529-D-BW835-174 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is currently in the middle of a tour meeting with 13 defense ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region. Part of the message he will be bringing with him involves the role that climate change plays in the security of the region. Just yesterday, military and defense leaders from our Advisory Board applauded Sec. Hagel for his attention to climate change at the ASEAN defense ministers meeting.

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Too important to ignore!

 

To my family, friends, friends of my friends, and anyone else who feels like they have a stake in their own future, please read and watch this.

The IPCC, a part of the UN created specifically to provide science and policy to the entire world, has just released Working Group II’s report on the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability from Climate Change. The IPCC was set up in 1988, with full endorsement from Presidents Reagan and Bush (no, not W). The term Climate Change was felt to be more accurate than Global Warming, in spite of the push from the press. No, it’s not something that ‘them damned liberals’ invented because there was no Global Warming.

Having learned their lesson from the last 4 Assessment Reports, Working Group II has revised their reporting format to make things easier for non-specialists to understand. One of those improvements is a video designed to be seen by anyone who has access to a computer.

Please take time to watch the video, it’s about 12 minutes and it’s worth 12 minutes of your time, somewhere in the immediate future, to understand what is confronting us, and our children.

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You See Where this is Going, Right?

One would tend to think this is an ideal solution for financial conservatives, and I don’t see where social conservatives should object.

Any way we could find a way to explain that to our Congress critters?

 

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Climate Denial Crock of the Week

If Financial Times Gets It, Maybe Anyone Can

Financial Times:

Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley billionaire, is the man behind the PayPal online payments system, the Tesla luxury electric sports car and SpaceX, the commercial space travel company.

But Mr Musk is also chairman of SolarCity, the biggest installer of residential solar systems in the US, and it has just launched an eye-catching combination of his sprawling interests: battery packs for Tesla cars that store electricity from solar panels.

SolarCity’s battery system is not a widely affordable answer yet, analysts say, but it could still help advance important shifts in the way energy is used.

The system is being rolled out first to businesses because it is aimed at cutting a growing energy cost: the charges that utilities impose, not just for the amount of electricity a company uses, but for the level of power it needs…

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AGU make strongest statement yet.

The AGU is the home of practically every earth scientist worth their salt around the world. Take a gander at their statement. If you feel too busy to take the time and read this, the statement amounts to “Climate change is real. It’s happening. We MUST do something about it.”

Probably better if you read the statement.