Climate News Roundup 3/20/2015

Below is a roundup of things I’ve seen this week that I thought you would find of interest.
  • Northeast Neighborhood Association Public Meeting on Home Weatherizing with Community Housing Partners
    Thursday, March 26, 7:00PM, Lucy F. Simms Center, 620 Simms Ave., Harrisonburg

    If you qualify as a low-to-moderate income household, Community Housing Partners can help reduce your energy bills, make your home more comfortable, energy efficient and affordable year round. Clients approved for the Weatherization Assistance Program will receive a free energy audit which will determine the work that can be done in their home.

    Learn more and obtain an application. Join this Northeast Neighborhood Association meeting with representatives of Community Housing Partners and Weatherize Harrisonburg/Rockingham. This effort is being organized by CAAV, with Joni Grady chairing the committee. Please pass the word on to anyone you think might be interested.

  • If you would like to know more about the human face of climate scientists, there is a neat new website you can go to.
  • As part of the Reel Change Film Festival, the movie Cowspiracy will be playing free-of-charge at Court Square Theater on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm.
  • Dave Pruett has a new post on Huffington Post about Solarize Harrisonburg.
  • Doug Hendren has a new song about divestment.
  • The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be April 18 at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers cave.
  • The Guardian has a petition urging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to divest from fossil fuels.
  • The Guardian also had an Article about the true costs of fossil fuels that is based on a research paper in Climatic Change.
  • Not all oil is alike, so where oil comes from has a big impact on the emissions from its use.
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists has an infographic on climate science vs. fossil fuel fiction.
  • In 2014, for the first time in 40 years, the global CO2 emission rate did not increase.
  • Changes in refrigerants to reduce their potency as greenhouse gasses shows that nothing is simple.
  • Scientists have found evidence for possible warm water channels under East Antarctic glacier.
  • At the same time, sea ice in the Antarctic has been growing.
  • The maximum Arctic sea ice extent this winter is the smallest ever measured.

These news items have been compiled by Les Grady, member and former chair of the CAAV steering committee. He is a licensed professional engineer (retired) who taught environmental engineering at Purdue and Clemson Universities and engaged in private practice with CH2M Hill, the world’s largest environmental engineering consulting firm. Since his retirement in 2003 he has devoted much of his time to the study of climate science and the question of global warming and makes himself available to speak to groups about this subject. More here.

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