1. An Inconvenient Truth focuses on efforts to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis. It intersperses exploration of data and predictions regarding climate change and its potential for disaster.

    Bill Bradbury (former Oregon Secretary of State) begins his slide show on climate change; a comprehensive presentation replete with detailed graphs, flow charts and stark visuals. Bradbury shows off several majestic photographs of the Earth taken from multiple space missions, Earthrise and The Blue Marble.[8] Bradbury notes that these photos dramatically transformed the way we see the Earth, helping spark modern environmentalism.

    Bill address the assumption that "the Earth is so big, we can't possibly have any lasting, harmful impact on the Earth's environment.

    Throughout Bradbury discusses the scientific opinion on climate change, as well as the present and future effects of global warming and stresses that climate change "is really not a political issue, so much as a moral one," describing the consequences he believes global climate change will produce if the amount of human-generated greenhouse gases is not significantly reduced in the very near future. Bradbury also presents Antarctic ice coring data showing CO2 levels higher now than in the past 650,000 years.

    The presentation includes segments intended to refute critics who say that global warming is unproven or that warming will be insignificant. For example, Bradbury discusses the possibility of the collapse of a major ice sheet in Greenland or in West Antarctica, either of which could raise global sea levels by approximately 20 feet (6 m), flooding coastal areas and producing 100 million refugees. Melt water from Greenland, because of its lower salinity, could then halt the currents that keep northern Europe warm and quickly trigger dramatic local cooling there. It also contains various short animated projections of what could happen to different animals more vulnerable to climate change.

    The presentation ends with Bradbury arguing that if appropriate actions are taken soon, the effects of global warming can be successfully reversed by releasing less CO2 and planting more vegetation to consume existing CO2. Bradbury calls upon his viewers to learn how they can help him in these efforts.

    "Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that with the things we buy, the electricity we use, the cars we drive; we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emissions to zero. The solutions are in our hands, we just have to have the determination to make it happen. We have everything that we need to reduce carbon emissions, everything but political will. But in America, the will to act is a renewable resource."

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  2. Rising sea levels mean greater erosion and storm impacts along our Oregon’s coast. Learn about the changes predicted by scientists and action being considered by the state and Oregon Shores.

    Dr. Jonathan Allan, geologist, OR Dept. of Geology & Mineral Industries
    Bob Bailey, Director, OR Coast Management Program, OR Dept. of Land Conservation & Development
    Steve Schell, environmental attorney, Oregon Shores board member

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  3. Wave Energy Ecological Studies
On Oregon’s coast, investment in new renewable energy sources means wave energy development. Learn about efforts underway right now in Oregon to study possible impacts on:
    Gray whales – their migration and acoustics – Barbara Lagerquist, OSU Marine Mammal Institute
    Our shorelines and beaches – their configuration and stability – Dr. Tuba Ozkan-Haller, OSU, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
    Sea birds - their behavior and potential for collision with wave energy devices – Brian Cooper, ABR, Inc – Environmental Research & Services
    Cumulative effects - Oregon’s planning for siting of multiple projects – Kevin Halsey, Parametrix

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  4. Helping Marine Ecosystems Survive Climate Change
    Climate change means more stresses on our ocean environment that are expected to last for decades to come. Learn about steps we can take now to provide “resilience” for key ecosystems to roll with the punches.
    Dr. Jennifer Hoffman,
    “Common Ground III” film and update on Oregon marine reserves
    Next Generation Team Vignette: Alicia Molin

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  5. Oregon Shores’ “Coastal Climate Action” Conference
    Scientists are monitoring climate change impacts and predicting future trends, not only on Oregon's coast but around the world. Learn how federal, regional and state decision-makers are looking to science to inform policy to reduce carbon emissions and manage for habitat and species conservation.

    Angus Duncan, Chair, Oregon Global Warming Commission-
    Cathy Tortorici, Chief of NOAA’s Oregon Coast/Lower Columbia Habitat Branch. Next Generation Team Vignette: Andrew Peterson – Invasive Species and Climate Change

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Climate Change


The visible consequences of the greenhouse effect :

The social impact : People often tend to talk exclusively about the measurable and visible consequences of the greenhouse effect. However, the political and social consequences will be equally far-reaching.…

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The visible consequences of the greenhouse effect :

The social impact : People often tend to talk exclusively about the measurable and visible consequences of the greenhouse effect. However, the political and social consequences will be equally far-reaching. Firstly, it is a problem which cannot be solved by one countr...y or one government. Climate change is a global phenomenon, which is all the more complex because its effects are different for each and every country. It is almost certain that specific countries will benefit from a climate change, while numerous others will only lose by it. The first group will be far less inclined to tackle the problem than the second. Differences are bound to occur among the losers, too: some will dispose of the money or the means to minimise the impact if not avoid it altogether, others will not... Secondly, climate change, together with other environmental issues and the phenomenon of the overpopulation, will most probably cause poverty and hunger to increase globally. That will result in an ever stronger tendency of entire populations to migrate to places where there is no hunger and poverty. Thirdly, there is the present conflict between Northern and Southern nations, which will be accentuated. For now the problem is compounded by the question who has the right to dispose of how much of the fresh water and of the agricultural land. However, even within one single society on its own climate change will cause problems and material for conflicts. Thus, the health care system will have to adapt to different environmental factors, as will agriculture. Industry and households, too, will need to learn to use water differently - something that cannot be achieved if we do not change our attitude. The risk of floods becomes bigger, as well as the chance of long periods of drought, so that major infrastructural works will need to be carried out. Such works usually entail huge price tags. In some way or other we shall have to think of a solution for all those problems. Consequences of Climate Change related by: http://conceptenergy.blogspot.com/

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