Climate Reality talk comes to Camden

May 17, 2013

Camden — Environmental lawyer Sharon Tisher will present a slide talk on Climate Reality: Connecting the dots between extreme weather and global warming at Camden Public Library Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

Tisher teaches environmental law and energy policy courses in the School of Economics and Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Maine. She was recently trained by Al Gore to give this current version of his Nobel Prize-winning slide show on climate change. Through remarkable photographs, instructional animations, and film, the show explores the connections between global warming and extreme weather events, including severe storms, droughts, and wildfires.

Hurricane Sandy prompted the cover of Bloomberg Business week to declare in supersized print, “IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID,” and gave even the Wall Street Journal occasion to ponder climate policy. This, from Darrell Delamaide, WSJ’s MarketWatch, Oct. 31, 2012: “This week’s ‘perfect storm,’ coming on the heels of last summer’s scorching drought, was a reminder that climate change, in fact, is not an academic subject.” No less an authority than Munich Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurers, said in a recent study on severe weather in North America that analysis of its comprehensive database of losses from natural catastrophes “provides new evidence for the emerging impact of climate change.”

The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions.

The Climate Reality Project employs cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools “to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency. With a global movement more than 2 million strong and a grassroots network of Climate Leaders trained by Chairman Al Gore, we stand up to denial, press for solutions, and spread the truth about climate change to empower our leaders to solve the climate crisis,” says the Project website.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Ben Ellison | May 21, 2013 22:49

Those are truly pathetic references, Catherine, and it's sad. I think that you are a victim of propaganda. Please check out the actual "study" that the IBD shamelessly used to "prove" that scientists aren't largely agreed about global warming:


It has nothing to do with climate science! The subjects interviewed for the business school paper were all engineers and geologists, mostly working in the oil business. The 'conservative' IBD has to go to measures like that because it certainly can't find support for its denial agenda from the vast majority of the climatologists whose life work is understanding these things.


Equally ridiculous is your claim that global warming is a myth being pushed on the poor by the rich. Did you forget about the oil billionaire Koch brothers? Apparently they are just the most prominent of the fat cats who spent about 120 million dollars funding climate change denial "think tanks" in recent years:


Here's quote from that article: "The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives.


Even big money doesn't always work, though, like when the prominent Koch-backed Berkeley professor Richard Muller did his research and changed his mind last year:

"Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause."


Catherine, you really ought to read more about the real science Muller did. You might change your mind. And, trust me, that doesn't mean that you have to like Al Gore or have anything to do with him.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | May 21, 2013 21:04

Ben, please get your $50,000 Hybrid car, change your light bulbs, pay the upcoming carbon taxes and please pay mine, should it come to fruition. Also, please talk to your 'fearless  leader' Al Gore and see if he can kindly stop being so indulgent in his own lifestyle with the grand estate that you can spot from space when you fly over Tennessee and his private jet that takes him from his million dollar talking engagements that say how me, Cathy Cooper from Rockland Maine should cut back on her 'lavish' lifestyle with her Sonata and her driving to Walmart. Science is supporting that we can't control the cycles of the world so get over yourself Ben.


Posted by: Ben Ellison | May 21, 2013 13:27

It's interesting that climate scientists have NOT concluded that global warming contributes to more frequent and/or more powerful tornadoes, even though warmer air holds more moisture and therefore can cause more extreme weather. That's the beauty of the scientific process, I think. Nothing is assumed, every theory must be carefully tested and all conclusions are reviewed by peers.


Which of course is why we should listen when 97% of the climate scientists agree that we are contributing to relative fast climate change.

Posted by: Ben Ellison | May 19, 2013 20:37

It's so sad that the Rush-Limbaugh style hard right decided to make global warming a political issue despite the irrefutable science. Fortunately both our Republican Senator Susan Collins and former Republican Senator Olympia Snowe do not buy this "conservative" bs at all, which is why they are so highly ranked by The League of Conservation Voters. (By the way, how come 'conservative' is now often the opposite of conservation?)


What folks like Rush and Catherine never want to talk about is the profound majority of climate scientists who believe that the climate is changing faster than normal because of global warming that was caused, at least in part, by us humans. Just recently the biggest study yet of peer-reviewed climate research showed that of the scientists who expressed an opinion, 97% agree on man-related global warming. 97 freaking percent!!!!


As for Catherine's claim that our planet has experienced any warming since 1998 or 2001, it's deceptive to judge longer term trends over short periods. In fact, here's a deeply sourced graph that will show you how since 1970 there have been at least five periods when Catherine could have claimed "No warming here" while the planet was getting warmer the whole time:



Posted by: Catherine Cooper | May 17, 2013 16:55

Global warming is a myth perpetuated upon the world particularly to the western nations and the United States by those who have the most to gain financially someone like Al Gore, who happens to have a huge estate that guzzles energy and takes private jets across the world.  The correct term is now climate change which is something that happens over thousands of years. Al Gore and his minions continue to chant that “the science is settled” on global warming, but the only thing settled is that there has not been any since 1998. Critics of this view (rightfully) argue that 1998 was the warmest year in modern record, due to a huge El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean, and that it is unfair to start any analysis at a high (or a low) point in a longer history. But starting in 2001 or 1998 yields the same result: no warming. Go to the talk if you want to hear how changing your light bulb or becoming Amish will fix a problem that no longer exists and cannot be controlled by something you do. Time can be better spent recycling, riding your bike for local errands primarily for the exercise and shutting off the water as not to waste water.

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