The science on climate change is clear, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states says that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal”. NASA in their website section on climate change says that
The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.
Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years reveal the signals of a changing climate.There is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.
Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that the Earth’s climate responds to changes in greenhouse gas levels. Ancient evidence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sediments, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.
They describe a number of specific examples that provide compelling evidence of a human influenced change in our environment, including a rise in global temperature, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets and diminished snow cover, sea level rise, a rapid decline in arctic sea ice, and extreme events. Visit NASA’s site to learn more about the dangerous impacts of our changing climate.
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Environmental Action Organizations
CELDF is not a typical environmental organization. They assist communities to develop first-in-the-nation, groundbreaking laws to protest rights – including worker, environmental and democratic rights, and rights of nature.
Mothers Out Front are mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers coming together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore.
1 Million Women are women & girls From every corner of the planet building a lifestyle revolution to fight the climate crisis.
Miami Waterkeeper defends, protects, and preserves Biscayne Bay and surrounding waters through citizen involvement and community action. MWK works to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water in South Florida for all.
Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that’s been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana. Through education, empowerment, advocacy, and support LEAN provides the necessary tools and services to individuals and communities facing environmental problems.
Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by renowned journalist, author, and environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The mission of Friends of the Everglades is to preserve, protect, and restore the only Everglades in the world.
US Climate Action Network (USCAN) supports and strengthens US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action.
Bullsugar is dedicated to stopping the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater to Florida Bay. We aim to empower voters to take back our water and government and to ensure a lasting legacy of clean water and healthy estuaries for future generations.
The Indigenous Environmental Network builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect their sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both their people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
Just Water (JUST) inspires people to do good and feel good by making conscious choices that help people and the planet. They consider the materials they use, where they come from, and how they can be reused. It’s their mission to create better options for the things we need in our lives.
Grist is an independent nonprofit news outlet.
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
350.org stands up to the fossil fuel industry to stop all new coal, oil, and gas projects and build clean energy for all.
Dig Deep is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever.