“There’s no debate”: 97 experts explain the scientific consensus on climate change — Salon

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From Salon (Lindsey Abrams):

While the vast majority of the scientific community agrees that man-made climate change is happening, the public is still working to catch up: Even among those who accept that it’s probably a thing, not nearly enough appear to understand just how certain most scientists are about the basic relationship between human activity and Earth’s warming.

Not that we aren’t making progress. Politicians are listing humanity’s continued contribution of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere among their top concerns and risking attack should they continue to deny the scientific facts. On my subway ride to work, colorful advertisements are urging me to show up in Columbus Circle two weeks from now to participate in what organizers are promising to be the biggest climate march in history. And on social media, the climate science website Skeptical Science has launched a 97-hour campaign — begun, naturally, on 9/7 — highlighting the 97 percent scientific consensus, and featuring 97 forceful, tweetable quotes from 97 experts.

As their statements attest, anyone who tries to argue that climate change is some fringe theory, or not nearly as settled as “environmentalists and the liberal media” make it seem, is picking a fight with not just some scientists, but nearly all the scientists. Fortunately for us, some of the top climate experts also happen to be excellent science communicators. There’s still a lot to come, but some highlights from the campaign so far prove they’re up to the task of explaining both why we should believe climate change is happening, and — crucially — why we should care.

Denver: @ColoradoWaterWise 6th Annual #WaterConservation Summit, October 24

CWCB: The next Water Availability Task Force Meeting is September 17

Storm over the La Garita Hills
Storm over the La Garita Hills

From email from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (Ben Wade):

The next Water Availability Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 9:30a-11:30p at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver in the Bighorn Room.

The agenda is posted at the CWCB website.

CWCB: New draft chapters of #COWaterPlan now available for review

The latest climate briefing is hot off the presses from Western Water Assessment

Five-day QPF September 9, 2014 via NOAA
Five-day QPF September 9, 2014 via NOAA

Click here to go to the Western Water Assessment climate dashboard to view the current briefing (scroll down). Here’s an excerpt:

Highlights

  • After mixed outcomes for precipitation in July, the summer ended on a wet note in August, with much of the region receiving over 200% of average precipitation for the month.
  • The vast majority of reservoirs across the region now have more storage than at the end of August last year. Reservoirs in Colorado and Wyoming are also ahead of the long-term average, while most reservoirs in Utah are below the long-term average.
  • The NOAA CPC monthly and seasonal outlooks are tilted towards wetter-than-average conditions for our region for the fall months.
  • While official ENSO indicators remain in neutral territory, an El Niño event is still expected to emerge this fall or winter.
  • Study: Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species

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