Life on Earth faces challenges from changing climate
The Central Coast Climate Science Education website provides interested citizens reliable and timely access to the rapidly expanding understanding of the Earth's climate system, a topic which will be of increasing importance to our nation and the world. Information presented on this website is constantly evolving, so please check back periodically for new material, using the Update Log page.
Links are provided to other websites and informative posts as well as responses to local inquiries about climate science, and information about upcoming local events bearing on this issue.
If you are new to this website, please visit the Site Guide for a brief explanation of the content of the pages on this website. And, if you are new to learning the basics of climate science, it is highly recommended that you first read the Climate Science Summary page, which summarizes the basic science and the impacts of climate science.
Important features of this website are the Tutorial and Essays pages consisting of step-by-step "lessons" and explanations of various climate science topics for those who do not have an extensive background in science.
In addition, if you are a member of any group that would like a free PowerPoint presentation on "Climate Science Basics", please send a request to ray.climate(@sign) charter.net and a time will be arranged. The presentation runs about 35 to 45 minutes, with time afterwards devoted to questions and comments.
Note: This website utilizes PDF files. For Microsoft Windows computer users, this requires the free Adobe Reader software. For Apple Mac computer users, the Preview application should work fine.
If you have questions, comments, observations or recommendations, please contact website owner and author Dr. Ray Weymann via email ray.climate(@sign) charter.net or use the Contact page.
Recent Website Updates
A new video has been posted on the Resources/Video page. It is the last post of a series of talks on climate change "Earth, Fire, Winds of Change, Being Stewards of God's Creation” given at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.
This talk is by Dr. Lou Pitelka on the Ecological Impacts of Climate Change. Dr. Pitelka is a professional ecologist who has been heavily involved in the design and running of The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility, sponsored by the National Science Foundation that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.
A personal word of apology and explanation from me about this post is in order: Due to my error, the original video recording of Dr. Pitelka’s talk was unusable. Dr. Pitelka kindly agreed to reproduce his talk under less than ideal
circumstances--hence the absence of video showing him speaking at the Church and the presentation may not appear to flow as smoothly as his original talk. A photograph of Dr. Pitelka is shown below the link to his talk.
As supplements to Dr. Pitelka’s talk I highly recommend two items:
1) “The Sixth Extinction”, a highly readable popular book by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company) documenting the major role played by humans in the alarming rate of species extinction now occurring.
2) “Chasing Coral”, a beautifully done documentary on the disappearance of much of the world’s coral reefs and the role they play in marine ecology. The documentary is available through Netflix: See: http://www.chasingcoral.com
Once again I wish to thank webmaster Steve Smith and also Simon Nylander of SN Films for donating his time and skill in editing all the videos of this series. Without their efforts and that of Karen Wiles of the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo, who organized the series, these five posts would not have been possible.
A new video has been posted on the Resources/Video page. It is the 3rd in a series of talks on climate change "Earth, Fire, Winds of Change, Being Stewards of God's Creation” given at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.
The talk is by Dr. Stephen Hansen, MD on the Health Impacts of Climate Change. This talk was given in mid June, and notes among other things, the hazards posed by likely increasing flooding events and increasingly severe heat waves. Given what has subsequently taken place in Texas and Louisiana as well as the record-breaking heat we are experiencing on the Central Coast of California at the end of August/early September his remarks are eerily prescient.
As previously noted, due to some technical issues caused by me, the editing of the 4th in this series Ecological Impacts of Climate Change by Dr. Lou Pitelka, was delayed, but will be posted in a few days.
Once again I wish to thank webmaster Steve Smith and also Simon Nylander of SN Films for donating his time and skill in editing the video.
Dear Friends and Subscribers to the Central Coast Climate Science Education website,
A new video has bee posted on the Resources/Video page. It is the 5th and last in a series of talks on climate change "Earth, Fire, Winds of Change, Being Stewards of God's Creation” given at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo.
The talk is by Dr. Sharon Rippner, who is head of the local
chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, which advocates for a revenue-neutral carbon fee, and bipartisan Congressional action on climate change. Her talk also presents practical steps for citizen involvement in this issue.
Due to some technical issues caused by me, the editing of the 3rd and 4th in this series: Health Impacts of Climate Change by Dr. Stephen Hansen, and Ecological Impacts of Climate Change by Dr. Lou Pitelka, were delayed, but will be posted shortly.
Two videos have been posted on the Resources/Video page. The first is “Human Caused Climate Change: Basic Science and some Paths Forward”, a talk given by Dr. Weymann at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo June 4th, 2017, the first of five presented by the First Presbyterian Church: ""Earth, Fire, Winds of Change, Being Stewards of God's Creation.”
The 2nd video "What is going on with our climate and weather?" is a wonderful and entertaining talk by San Luis Obispo and PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey, the 2nd in this series.
Subsequent talks by Dr. Stephen Hansen (Health Impacts of Climate Change), Dr. Lou Pitelka (Ecological impacts of climate change) and Dr. Sharon Rippner (The Citizens Climate Lobby, a revenue-neutral carbon fee, and bipartisan Congressional action on climate change) will be posted in early August.
Special thanks to Simon Nylander of SN Films for generously contributing his time and exceptional skill to the editing of these videos and to Steve Smith for maintaining this website.
This short video, “Science in America” by superb science communicator and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,
was posted on many websites just prior to the worldwide March for Science. His message is powerful and more
important than ever.
For all website updates see the Update Log
This short video, “Science in America” by superb science communicator and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, was posted on many websites just prior to the worldwide March for Science. His message is powerful and more important than ever.
Alerts & Events
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On June 4th, Dr. Weymann gave a talk at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo, and video-taped the talk. As it will take time before the video is posted, he is listing the links and book references mentioned during the talk so they can be accessed by those interested,
prior to the posting of the video:
“A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions"
by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley, published by Faithworks, Hatchett Book Group.
ISBN: 978-0-446-54956-1. (The book is apparently out of print and is now very expensive.) The First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo has a copy.
Katherine Hayhoe is a leading climate scientist and Evangelical Christian, and her husband, Andrew Farley, is an Evangelical Christian minister. This book is highly recommended for those who are not inclined to take action to deal with climate change due to their religious perspectives.
“Climate of Hope:How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet"
by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. ISBN 978-1-250-14207-8 (also available as an e-book.) Michael Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg LP, a global media and financial services company, and former Mayor of New York City. Carl Pope is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Club. This book emphasizes the role of cities in leading the way to a low carbon emission world, the role of natural resources in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change, and the economic opportunities that are open in green energy technology.
Faith-based statements on climate change and stewardship of the Earth:
This website lists statements from every major religious faith in the world and all major Christian denominations.
Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
This is the report of “Risky Business", an organization founded by Michael Bloomberg, along with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and businessman and philanthropist Tom Steyer. It lays out both the national economic risks posed by climate change as well as a region-by-region analysis. An excellent resource written by people with deep knowledge of business and economics.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
From their website: "The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing over 600 million people
and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health,
wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens."
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
From their website: "The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. This is a historic and powerful response by the world’s cities to address the climate challenge. It is the broadest global alliance committed to local climate leadership, building on the commitment of over 7,449 cities, representing 674,484,562 people worldwide and 9.31% of the global population.”
(San Luis Obispo is a member,)