Spread the Word

I’d like to remind everyone that kids will be marching on Washington this Saturday, July 21st, to advocate for real action about climate change. Maybe the best thing you can donate to them is publicity. Got a facebook account? Post about it. Do the twitter thing? Tweet it. Do you blog? Blog about these kids. Their website is here.

They’re showing real courage. They’re showing us old-timers what leadership means. Let’s show them that we support them, that we praise them, that we will shout from the rooftops that people should pay attention to them.

And while you’re at it, encourage everyone to vote climate. That’s also the name of an organization, and their website is here.

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Global Temperature Update

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has published their data for global average temperature anomaly in June of this year. With June included, the latest data look like this:

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Global Warming USA: the Long and the Short of it

Since 1895, the conterminous USA (lower 48 states) has warmed significantly:

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Night and Day

I read an article yesterday about the impact of global warming of night-time temperatures. They are significant. The article also talked about night temperatures generally warming faster than daytime temperatures. That made me wonder … where and how is this happening in the U.S. — especially in recent decades?

Fortunately, both high and low temperatures are reported for all 344 climate divisions in the lower 48 states of the U.S. I decided to look just at the data since 1985, in order to focus on what’s been happening recently (a bit more than the last three decades). The process is actually pretty simple: for each climate division, I fit a straight line to the post-1985 diurnal temperature range, that being the high temperature minus the low temperature.

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Kids’ Climate March

Earther has an excellent article on the upcoming climate march on Washington D.C., organized by teenagers.

The article also profiles one of the founders and leaders, Jamie Margolin. It states:

“With renewable energy, we could create an amazing world,” Jamie Margolin, a 16-year old sophomore from Seattle, told Earther. “We could create this beautiful world, but we’re letting the world burn.”

Margolin is a plaintiff in a lawsuit suing the Washington state government for not doing enough about climate change (one of a handful of similar suits across the U.S.) and the founder of the Zero Hour, a new youth-driven movement for climate action starting with the July march. She said in her work advocating for climate solutions, policymakers and other adults she’s met with have told her they feel her plight but don’t feel compelled to act. Rather than take no for an answer, Margolin and her crew are forcing the issue.

“I decided it was unfair that I can’t vote, I don’t get to choose who is in power, I’m too young to be in power, but I get to pay the price for the decisions that politicians make today,” Margolin said. “It’s not fair that I’m being left with this world that is falling apart.”

You can help. Please publicize this. On twitter, facebook, instagram, blogs, everywhere online — and offline too. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Talk to your friends about it.

You can also visit their website and find other ways to help. You can make an immense difference.

After all, it’s their generation. It should be their choice.

Zero Hour

We talk about climate change, about how necessary it is to do something about it. That’s important, and I commend all of us who do.

But there’s a group of kids who are going to march on Washington to press the issue. They need our help. Anything you can do will go a lot further than you might expect.

Because this is zero hour. They need our help. Let’s not fail them.

One thing you can do is publicize. If you have a blog, post about it. If you’re on twitter, tweet about it. I suggest the hashtag “#zerohour”

Don’t just do it today. That will make people think “good for ’em!” Then they’ll forget. Tweet about it every day. The march is set for July 21st, so tweet about it at least 10 times — at least once every day. Get your twitter friends to do the same. Let everyone know that this is important, and that the kids need our help.

They are shouldering the burden of taking to the streets. We can make it easier for them, we can make them more successful, we can get them the notice they need, the notice we all need.

Now is not the time to sit back on your hands. Now is the time to push this like there’s no tomorrow. Because this is zero hour.

Much Ado About Blogging

The steady stream of nonsense in the comments by “Victor” (most definitely not Victor Venema) at the RealClimate blog makes me wonder once again, what is our purpose, and how do we best accomplish it?

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