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The Global Climate Strike

Yes, there IS a Climate CRISIS!

ALMOST everyone knows it–even a substantial percentage of those who deny it. 

In honor of today’s Global Climate Strike, here’s a brief excerpt from the Climate Crisis article in the first ever Eagle Peak Annual(it was a quarterly for 17 issues) 

Click the link above for the entire very long article.

The Nutshell

  • A recap of what’s happening
  • Climate vs weather—we’ll explain the difference
  • A brief history of Earth’s climate and when it started changing
  • The science (in simple terms)
  • Why it’s a crisis—not something that can be put off for another day, year, or decade
  • If humans caused it, humans can fix it
  • Throughout the article–efforts by various scientific, governmental and non-governmental groups or organizations to deal with the crisis
  • Links to additional resources at the end

What’s Happening

You get the news or experience the weather yourself. Record breaking heat. The hottest temperatures ever recorded worldwide in June and July 2019–August may turn out the same. More severe storms. Deadly tornadoes. Multiple 100- or 500-year floods within a few years. Severe droughts in other areas. India’s sixth largest city, Chennai, is running out of water. Disastrous hurricanes or typhoons. Sunny day flooding in coastal cities like Miami. More and worse wildfires—including the Amazon Rainforest, known as the world’s lungs—which converts carbon dioxide to 20% of the planet’s oxygen.

Our planet is getting hotter—everywhere, on land and sea. The arctic ice sheet is getting smaller. Sometime soon, its disappearance may offer global shipping from one continent to another. Good thing? For some. Not for polar bears, sea life, indigenous people and fishermen.

Glaciers are melting—raising the sea level. Slowly at first, faster as time wears on. In 2005, my wife and I drove along the Columbia Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta Canada. In 1900, the glacier’s edge would have been a short walk from the road. Now it’s over a mile away from the parkway built in the 1940s.

How much hotter is it? The planetary surface has risen an average of 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the 1880s. That’s according to facts on climate change from NASA Well, that doesn’t sound like much, does it? Except that most of it has been in the last 35 yearsThat’s long enough to mean climate changenot a change in the weather.

Eagle Peak Annual–Coming This Summer

Summer will arrive on June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. We hope that  the first Eagle Peak Annual (formerly the Eagle Peak Quarterly) will follow in July.

We wanted it out for spring but that didn’t happen. Instead, look for a real summer issue that you can ponder at the beach, the mountains or on your staycation. 

What will be in the new Eagle Peak Annual? Some timely topics and new in-depth looks at perennial favorites. Here’s an updated sampler of what we are working on.

  • The Climate Crisis (we like what The Guardian has done–changed their in-house style guide, replacing the “passive” term climate change with climate crisis or emergency)
  • The Third Age–making those post-career and child-raising years golden (as in more self-reflection/direction, conquering financial and health issues, and more)
  • More writing-related tips–for those in the burgeoning world of self-publishing (or traditional)
  • An update on works in progress–with more previews and excerpts
  • A remembrance of one who has passed on–and a view of the Buddhist perspective on the eternity of life
  • Art–photos from here and there (many here, in the beauty of our Southwestern nature)

Out on time, the cover could look like this–with a determined barrel cactus bloom emerging from a rocky ledge on display.

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