Environment

President Obama- Paris Agreement on Climate Change- video

President Obama Marks an Historic Moment in
Our Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

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Update to Oil Legislation


The LWVPBC’s Environment Committee invites you to attend an informative presentation on the various effects of drilling for oil in Florida. Due to an upsurge in permit requests, residents must be aware of how fracking will:

  • Affect our water supply
  • Affect wetland habitat
  • Affect endangered species

 

Inappropriate Oil Drilling and Water Don’t Mix:

Update to Oil Legislation

meredith-barnardMeredith Barnard

Meredith Barnard, Environmental Policy Analyst for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, will explain oil and gas extraction methods in Florida along with its impact on water and wildlife.

  • Thursday- Oct. 27th- 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Summit Library- 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
  • Contact: Lorraine Zimmerman, PLZimm@bellsouth.net

 


 

Oil Drilling/Exploration may be in our back yard!

Know the effects of fracking in Florida’s

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Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade, Scientists Warn

Meanwhile, new research discovers soil may not be trapping carbon as fast as we hoped
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo:Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday.  Continue reading

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Flooding of Coast

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun Scientists’ warnings that the rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline are no longer theoretical.
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NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year, cutting the town off from the mainland. Read on…

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Oklahoma Earthquakes Article

TIME, March 2016:   OK Governor Mary Fallin chairs Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, creator of FracFocus.

by Josh Sanborn

 

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De-mystifying Ocean Acidification – Video

De-mystifying Ocean Acidification: 3 things to help you understand what’s going on

Ocean Acidification by the Alliance for Climate Education

Exceprt from the Coral Restoration Foundation article by Ashley Hill (Aug 25, 2016):
 Ocean acidification is a hefty buzz word in the marine science community. It was coined in 2003 by two climatologists and since then scientists have recognized its negative effects on corals, shellfish, and even plankton. Ocean acidification, or OA, is a direct result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The change in seawater chemistry becomes more noticeable as we continue to use fossil fuels. Let’s delve into exactly what’s happening and why it is a problem! Consider solutions to this problem as you read more
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Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.  Read on

A natural gas rig side by side with homes in Washington County, Pennsylvania.B. Mark Schmerling

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Bio: John Englander

John Englander

In cased you missed it, here is John Englander’s talk with the LWVPBC:

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and sea level rise expert. His broad marine science background coupled with degrees in geology and economics allows him to see the big picture on climate and look ahead to the large-scale financial and societal impacts, particularly as they relate to sea level rise. He brings the diverse points of view of a scientist, entrepreneur and CEO.

For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private sector and the nonprofit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society. As the Founder of the Rising Seas Group, he works with businesses, government agencies, and communities helping them …

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League meets with Senator Nelson’s Office on Fracking and Water Quality Issues

fracking and water quality issuesLorraine Zimmerman, Chair of Environmental Issues, Debra Chandler, Advocacy Chair, Karen Wilkerson, LWVPBC President, and Michelle McGovern, Director of Outreach for U. S. Senator Bill Nelson met to discuss fracking and water quality issues pertinent to Florida.

Read article on fracking.

Read more about water quality issues in Florida.

Map of fracked wells.

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Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope- We’re Not Too Late video and review

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Climate

Climate Change Doc Inspires Hope: ‘We’re Not Too Late’

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson‘s new film Time to Chooseexplores the challenges associated with climate change and examines the solutions to solve this global crisis.

Ferguson interviews entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and individuals—including SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall and California Gov. Jerry Brown—working on the front lines of climate change and tells the stories of people working to change the world.

“I made Time to Choose because climate change is the most important issue facing humanity and we urgently need broader understanding of how enormously we would all benefit from addressing it,” Ferguson wrote on the film’s website. “Fortunately it is a challenge

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