Life purpose, career, and the environment

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This month a lot of tumultuous things have been going on in my inner world, which has got me thinking about life purpose, career… and the environment. At first glance, you wouldn’t imagine these things would be connected, but if we think more deeply about them, they are. Let me explain, starting at the beginning. As […]

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Visual art and climate change

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This post takes you on a brief tour of how artists are visualizing climate change, telling a story through art that climate models at times fail to paint for the public.     Carbon Visuals: A UK Project to help visualize carbon emissions.     Margaret and Christine Werthheim’s Crochet Coral Reef project points attention […]

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Climate Victory Gardens

What are Victory Gardens? Victory Gardens originated with World War I in 1917 as a call to reduce pressure on suffering agricultural production in the United States and buffer the effects of recruitment of farm laborers to the war effort (1). Again during World War II the U.S. government promoted Victory Gardens as a way for […]

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An update on my research: Carbon footprint and climate change mitigation approaches

It’s been a while! I’ve been a busy bee finishing up my Master’s research. I thought I’d share what I’ve been working on here, please let me know if you have any questions or comments! My Master’s research explored perspectives on climate change mitigation tactics and actions among the climate-concerned. In so doing, I applied […]

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June-uary and Feb-arch?

At least on the West coast, it seems like our months have been mutilated, cross-bred with Spring to produce one of the warmest winters on record. Let’s take a look at Salt Lake City, where I’m based out of- keeping in mind that things in California are much worse.     The first two weeks […]

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Climate Change and Skiing

Although it might seem frivolous to talk about how climate change might effect skiing in light of other, more serious, climate impacts, it’s important to think about for a couple of reasons. One, the ski industry certainly represents a significant economic sector and source of employment for many thousands of Americans (about 100,000 yearly in the US, to […]

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A guide to climate conversations

Have you ever tried to talk to someone about climate change, and had a really hard time at it? Climate conversations can be difficult, here I provide some insight that I have gleaned from reading the literature on communicating climate change and from my own experience. This is more of a general guide than scripted […]

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Target RCP2.6

Global average surface temperature change, from IPCC Summary for Policymakers, 2013.   Let’s get technical and talk about RCP2.6. Don’t know what that is? Read on, and getch-yoself schooled! Note: there’s a few screen captures in this post I made from the RCP database, play around with it and you can make your own graphs and […]

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Climate change and population

Scientists, advocates, and politicians insist that climate change mitigation must involve a curbing of global population growth. Like in this graph from the van Vuuren et al. (2011):   \   You can see in the population graph that the lowest emission scenarios (RCP2.6 and 4.5) also have the lowest populations out to 2100. I think […]

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#FloodWallStreet: does capitalism = climate chaos?

“It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.” (Jameson, 2003: 73) Are capitalism and climate change mitigation irreconcilable? Today #FloodWallStreet said, in a loud voice, yes! Protesters on Wall Street carried a banner (pictured below) the size of a Boeing 777 reading “Capitalism = Climate Chaos.”   This […]

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