1. National Climate Assessment: Coasts chapter

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    "We are a coastal country," says Susanne C. Moser, a convening lead author for the National Climate Assessment's Coasts chapter, with 94,000 miles of coastline and more than $1 trillion in coastal infrastructure. Coastal lifelines, such as water and energy infrastructure, and nationally important assets, such as ports, tourism, and fishing sites, all are increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise, storm surge, erosion, flooding, and related hazards. To explore the 2014 National Climate Assessment, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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    • National Climate Assessment: Hawai‘i chapter

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      The Pacific Islands, including Hawai‘I, American Samoa, and parts of Micronesia, are home to many cultures whose lives depend on the ocean and how they interact with their environment. Climate changes that reduce the productivity of coral reefs and produce rising sea levels will have wide-reaching impacts. People from low-lying islands will likely migrate to higher islands like Hawai‘i. “Now their whole way of life is being affected by climate change,” says Jo-Ann Leong, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands chapter. To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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      • An Iowa farmer faces weather extremes

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        Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser doesn’t need a federal report to tell him the climate is changing. Climate changes already affect how, when, and what he plants, works his fields, buys machinery, and plans for the future. More extreme weather, including more very heavy precipitation events, have pushed Gaesser to adapt in creative ways. “You wonder how you’re going to take care of the crop the way it should be taken care of,” says Gaesser. Climate disruptions to agricultural production have increased in the past 40 years and are projected to increase over the next 25 years, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment. To learn more about climate change impacts on agriculture and the Midwest, go to http://www.NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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        • National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands and Resources chapter

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          Indigenous communities already face many socio-economic challenges, even before overlaying climate change impacts on them, says T.M. Bull Bennett, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Indigenous Peoples chapter. Climate change impacts will exacerbate these challenges, affecting native communities’ ability to hunt and gather traditional foods, perform ceremonies, even travel. Alaska Native communities are particularly vulnerable. “We’re starting to see a change in how we interpret the environment around us,” says Bennett. To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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          • National Climate Assessment: Climate Science chapter

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            “It’s very clear to us that the climate is changing, changing rapidly, and changing primarily because of human activities,” says Don Wuebbles, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Climate Science chapter. A wide range of scientific observations has shown that as the planet’s temperature has risen, there have been changes in precipitation patterns, increases in the frequency and intensity of certain extreme weather events, and other climate change impacts that can be attributed to human causes. “It’s not a matter of belief,” Wuebbles says. “The science is very clear that this is what’s happening.” To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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            • National Climate Assessment: Mitigation chapter

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              Climate change mitigation involves identifying ways to reduce heat trapping gas emissions, as well as finding ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Humans have many choices to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions, and some local and state initiatives are showing some success. Still, says Tony Janetos, convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment’s Mitigation chapter, in order to meet the lower future emissions scenarios described in the report, it would require “very ambitious transformations of the energy economy.” To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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              • National Climate Assessment: Rural Communities chapter

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                The U.S. is still predominantly a rural country, even though most of its population lives in cities. Rural America supplies the rest of the country with food, fiber, energy, and many other benefits, and “climate change is hitting those rural areas in ways that will disrupt most of those relationships,” says David Hales, convening lead author for the National Climate Assessment’s Rural Communities chapter. Climate changes will affect growing seasons, the availability of water, disease patterns, tourism, and infrastructure – all of which will change rural communities in fundamental ways. To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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                • National Climate Assessment: Adaptation chapter

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                  Preparing for and coping with the impacts of climate change is known as “adaptation,” and communities around the country are beginning to plan for a future climate that is different than the one humans have known for the past 10,000 years. Still, says Rosina Bierbaum, co-convening lead author on the Adaptation chapter of the National Climate Assessment, “the level of adaptation planning is not commensurate with the threat of climate change.” To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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                  • National Climate Assessment: Southeast chapter

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                    The Southeast region faces three main climate change vulnerabilities: sea level rise and associated coastal impacts; increasing temperatures; and water availability. These impacts are already affecting everything from energy production to the economic cost of rebuilding after storms. “Climate change is not something in the future,” says Lynne Carter, convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment’s Southeast chapter. “It’s something in the now.” To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov TIP JAR info – If you like our work, please consider supporting us through the green Tip Jar button below. Our videos are 100% funded through grants and donations. Which is one way of saying our budgets are very tight. Thanks for watching.

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                    • COP18: Leah Page, Development Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods

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                      COP18 (04/12/12) – Leah Page, Development Director at Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods talks about her organisation’s project in Haiti which aims to bring ecological sanitation to the country. She explains that by introducing composting toilets, they are tackling two problems, providing sanitation to communities and also transforming waste into resources which can be used for reforestation and agriculture projects. She explains how nearly half of Haitians have no access to a toilet, and where access is available the waste often runs straight into waterways as there are no waste treatment facilities. She talks about the vulnerability of Haiti to climate change and uses the example of Sandy, which just passed the country by and yet was able to wipe out whole neighbourhoods. She says more infrastructure and reforestation projects are needed to decrease the country’s vulnerability.

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