By Sherry Listgarten
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About this blog: Climate change, despite its outsized impact on the planet, is still an abstract concept to many of us. That needs to change. My hope is that readers of this blog will develop a better understanding of how our climate is evolving a... (More)
About this blog: Climate change, despite its outsized impact on the planet, is still an abstract concept to many of us. That needs to change. My hope is that readers of this blog will develop a better understanding of how our climate is evolving and how they want to respond, and will feel comfortable asking questions and exchanging comments on the topic. It is important that we develop a shared understanding of the basic science and impacts of climate change, to make sense of our actions and policy options going forward. My background is not in climate science, and I'm not even particularly green; my hope is that helps to make this blog more relatable. I studied math and neurobiology on the east coast before moving out here in 1987 for grad school in computer science. After working in the tech industry for about 25 years, I retired a few years ago to better align my time with my priorities. I love spending time outdoors, and feel deeply our responsibility to this incredible planet that we call home. (Hide)
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Back in the saddle
Uploaded: Aug 15, 2021
Hey readers! I’m excited to let you know that this blog will be starting up again next Sunday after a summer hiatus. Since my last post, we’ve experienced several compelling months that have demonstrated what climate change can mean for us. How do you want to respond? Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe recently wrote an op-ed for Time Magazine
about how action inspires hope, and I strongly agree with that. So I’ll be featuring ways that you can take action along with discussions about relevant issues, ideally with a local slant.
My (very long) list of topics includes:
- Lawn alternatives
- What environmentally-conscious local teens are doing
- Geothermal energy for residential buildings
- How to save on residential water use
- Local price gouging on heat pump water heaters
- Yard design with native plants
- Smart meters
- Are we willing to make lifestyle tradeoffs for climate
- Building a career as an electrician or HVAC expert
- Renewable diesel
- Reliability of fast chargers
Please let me know if you would like to be featured in any of the above (or have someone to suggest), or if you have other topics you are eager to read more about.
Thank you for reading, and I look forward to starting up the conversation next week!
Current Climate Data (July 2021)
I’m going to skip the usual links here this month because we are all unfortunately seeing first-hand the impact of climate change on the planet, with widespread fires, drought, and heat. If you are doubtful that these record-breaking events are a direct impact of climate change, as outlined in the recent IPCC report (some with “high confidence”, others with “medium confidence”), then take a look at this excellent Vox article
on the quickly evolving science of attribution.
Okay, I lied, here is one of the “usual” links. July 2021 was Earth’s hottest month
in the past 142 years of record-keeping.
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