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Roger Boe on “Beyond an Inconvenient Truth”

 

Roger Boe, Idaho Climate Action Network member, retired pediatrician and medical consultant, will present “Beyond an Inconvenient Truth,” Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

            Boe originally prepared and presented this topic for New Knowledge Adventures. Affiliated with Idaho State University, New Knowledge Adventures is a member-directed organization for adults to gain knowledge and explore new ideas in an informal, noncompetitive environment. Boe’s PowerPoint presentation takes the learner beyond the story presented in Al Gore’s Academy Award winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” He begins with “why the film inspires us,” examines the science of global warming, and explores the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Boe noted that fourth report for 2007 from IPCC will be published this month and he hopes to incorporate new information in his presentation. He based much of his research on information from the Union of Concerned Scientists, IPCC reports, and other resources cited in Gore’s film.

IPCC Completing Final Climate Report

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) – The U.N.’s top climate official challenged world policymakers Monday to map out a path to curb climate change, charging that to ignore the urgency of global warming would be “nothing less than criminally irresponsible.”

Yvo de Boer issued his warning at the opening of a weeklong conference that will complete a concise guide on the state of global warming and what can be done to stop the Earth from overheating. It is the fourth and last report issued this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace prize.

Carbon dioxide in atmosphere increasing

Just days after the Nobel prize was awarded for global warming work, an alarming new study finds that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing faster than expected.

Carbon dioxide emissions were 35 percent higher in 2006 than in 1990, a much faster growth rate than anticipated, researchers led by Josep G. Canadell, of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Green Tips: A Tip to Warm Your Hearth

October 2007With fall in the air, it’s time to ensure your home is properly insulated. Insulation prevents heat from leaking out of your home in winter and into your home in summer, making it more comfortable year-round and reducing your energy consumption, global warming pollution, and heating and air conditioning costs.

Cities take the lead on climate change

VAXJO, Sweden – When this quiet city in southern Sweden decided in 1996 to wean itself off fossil fuels, most people doubted the ambitious goal would have any impact beyond the town limits.

A few melting glaciers later, Vaxjo is attracting a green pilgrimage of politicians, scientists and business leaders from as far afield as the United States and North Korea seeking inspiration from a city program that has allowed it to cut CO2 emissions 30 percent since 1993.

A note from Al Gore

I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–the world’s pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis–a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.

My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

The heat is on: Climate change and emerging policies

We can think of the earth as comprised of four components: the atmosphere, the land masses, the ice-covered surfaces and the oceans. Each absorbs, retains and releases heat, and interacts with each other in complex ways. The League of Women Voters US explores climate change, policies, and emerging trends.

The League also offers cost effective solutions.