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Video introduction to WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge

A short video introduction to WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, a competition among U.S. cities to prepare for climate change and to shift away from fossil fuels.

BBC: More Evidence that Declining Arctic Sea Ice and Warming North Atlantic Disrupt Weather in Mid-Latitudes (video)

In this video from the BBC, Alan Thorpe of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) explains how declining Arctic sea ice and warming north Atlantic sea surface temperatures are contributing to shifts in the atmosphere that are disrupting summer weather in the U.K.  

Al Jazeera: NASA: Arctic sea ice reaches record low (video)

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands -- aboard the Arctic Tern 1.  It is the first of four reports in a special series from WWF's Sailing to Siku voyage.

Al Jazeera: Arctic way of living 'under threat' (video)

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from Qerqertat, Greenland, the northernmost civilian community in the second of four reports  from the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands.

Al Jazeera: Tracking the effects of climate change (video)

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from the Arctic as he travels from Qaanaaq, on the west coast of Greenland, to Canada. It is the third of four reports from the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands.

Al Jazeera: Arctic wildlife at risk from climate change (video)

Al Jazeera's Nick Clark reports from the northernmost civilian community in the fourth and final report in a special series from the Last Ice Area -- the northwest coast of Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic Islands.

The Melting North: Arctic Ice and Climate Change

When I was a kid, one of my prized possessions was a globe. No part of that globe fascinated me more than the Arctic, that amazing mass of white covering the top of the world.  But as we load the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, global warming is melting that polar ice.  On 26 August, sea ice extent had declined to 42 percent below the 1979-2000 median -- a reduction of extent equivalent to about one third of the entire land area of the United States. The globe we knew as children is disappearing before our eyes. Our politicians need to have an adult conversation  about these risks while we still have time.

Science Museum's Climate Change Photo Challenge

Do you have a good photo illustrating some action your community is taking to prepare for changing weather patterns, rising sea levels or other emerging impacts of climate change?  How about a photo showing ways in which your community is helping to reduce its carbon footprint?  If so, consider submitting it (by August 15, by 2 p.m. EDT!) to the Climate Change Photo Challenge of the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.

A Tale of Two Droughts: As in '88, Will 2012's Weather Extremes Push Climate Change Higher on the National Agenda?

In 1988, America faced an extraordinary summer heat wave and an extensive drought that  helped to propel climate change into national politics.   Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush said that year: "Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the 'greenhouse effect' are forgetting about the 'White House effect.'''  In 2012, even more of the country has been afflicted by drought; and it is another election year.  Might we again hear of the "White House effect" this August? If there is to be any chance for a meaningful national conversation about climate change after the election, we have to hope that the candidates candidly address the issue before the election.

To Politicians Napping on the Fireline: Wake Up, Smell the Smoke and Act on Climate Change

Extraordinary wildfire conditions are among the indications that climate change is well underway in the Southwestern U.S.  Cities and towns in the region are responding, showing leadership where the federal government does not.  Alas, many of our elected representatives in Washington are napping on the fireline. They need to wake up, smell the smoke and take climate change seriously.

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