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THE CLIMATE SCIENCE REPORT–NOVEMBER 2017

It is fitting for LEAG’s first post to be about climate change. Climate change was the main reason for the formation of our group. It is the issue that has to be addressed if we are going to have a livable planet for future generations.

On November 3rd of this year, the Climate Science Special Report, was released by13 federal agencies. This report is the authoritative assessment of the science of climate change. While most of the report is technical in nature, the Executive Summary is written for the general public. The general public should be reading it and taking action.

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Here are just a few quotes from the summary.

”Global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8°F (1.0°C) over the last 115 years (1901–2016). This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization.”

”This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”

”For example, global average sea level has risen by about 7–8 inches since 1900, with almost half (about 3 inches) of that rise occurring since 1993. Human-caused climate change has made a substantial contribution to this rise since 1900, contributing to a rate of rise that is greater than during any preceding century in at least 2,800 years. Global sea level rise has already affected the United States; the incidence of daily tidal flooding is accelerating in more than 25 Atlantic and Gulf Coast cities.”

“The global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level that last occurred about 3 million years ago, when both global average temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today. Continued growth in CO2 emissions over this century and beyond would lead to an atmospheric concentration not experienced in tens to hundreds of millions of years.”

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CLIMATE CRISIS ACTION PLAN

“The climate crisis touches every part of our lives – the economy, infrastructure, public health – and our future. And we need to tackle each element of this crisis if we are going to have a fighting chance to save our planet and build a more healthy, just, and resilient America. No half measures, no empty promises,”…”We have a chance to make real and important change with this Climate Crisis Action Plan — across all sectors of the economy and society, and across all congressional committees and jurisdictions. The climate crisis isn’t waiting, the people suffering across the country aren’t waiting. And neither should we.”… Rep. JARED Huffman.

The full Select Committee report is viewable here.

VAN DAMME BEACH CLEANUP…06/27/20

LEAG came out of “sheltering in place” to do a Van Damme Beach cleanup yesterday (June 27th). Six volunteers picked up 5lbs of trash that included 123 cigarette butts. The 5lbs matched our lowest total since we started our efforts in 2017. That’s a good thing!! One Covid mask was found. Our normal group picture wasn’t taken due to taking proper distancing precautions. Thank you to our volunteers.

Special thanks to LEAG member Betty Barber for participating after reaching her 100th birthday!!!

CELEBRATION!!!!

Friday, May 22nd, is Betty Barber’s 100th birthday. There will be a celebration of this event from noon to 3PM. You are asked to drive, walk, bike, run, hike pass her house on lot 42 at the Woods while maintaining proper safe distancing and wish her a very Happy Birthday!! We hear that cupcakes will be available.

Betty is an original cofounder of LEAG. She has been cleaning-up beaches well before LEAG adopted Van Damme Beach. She has lived an exciting life which you can read about here. LEAG has dedicated our Wood’s grass garden to both her and her husband Grail Dawson who recently passed away for their work to protect the environment.

BETTY…KEEP ON PADDLING!!

Photographer unknown…possibly Sandra Kearney.