The Canary Has Died

No More Denial

Over 1200 scientists from 150 countries have reached consensus that global warming is real and that it is caused by human activities. Dr. James Hansen, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA, says we need to cut our atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to 350 ppm or less by 2016 (just one from now) if we are to avoid the most catastrophic and dangerous effects of climate change, such as:  disrupted food and water supplies; the extinction of thousands of species of plants and animals; and sea level rises that would flood the homes of hundreds of millions of people.

This past year, the arctic ocean was nearly ice free. "The Arctic is often cited as the canary in the coal mine for climate warming," said Zwally, who as a teenager hauled coal. "Now as a sign of climate warming, the canary has died. It is time to start getting out of the coal mines."  

How Will Climate Change Affect Us? What Can We Do?

Bringing It Home

Bringing It Home

How are those of us living in Illinois already affected by our changing climate? What can we expect from a "business as usual" scenario?

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Eco-Villages and Climate

Eco-Villages and Climate

Learn how ecovillages are adaptively responding to climate change in ways that help mitigate the damage from heat-trapping gases.

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Surviving Climate Change

Surviving Climate Change

What actions can we take to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from the devastating effects of climate change?

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