• By Eleanor Revelle (LWVIL and LWVUS Climate Change Task Force Member)

    Water is an increasingly scarce resource. Many parts of the United States already face serious water shortages and even drought. Population growth and the changing climate are putting additional stresses on water supplies. Even in areas where water seems to be abundant, careful management of this precious resource is essential if we are to ensure a reliable supply for future generations.

  • Eleanor Revelle, LWVUS CCTF, June 23, 2009

    The climate of the Midwestern states is already changing. Annual average temperatures have risen in recent decades, with the largest increases in the winter months. Extreme heat events are occurring more frequently, and heavy downpours are becoming much more common as well. The duration of lake ice, including on the Great Lakes, is decreasing, and the growing season is starting earlier and lasting longer.

  • The impacts of global warming on human and natural systems are now being observed nearly everywhere. In 2007, the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted serious risks and damages to livelihoods, human infrastructure, societies, species, and ecosystems unless future warming is reduced. So far this decade, emissions, warming, and impacts, such as ice melt and sea level rise, have all been at the upper end of IPCC projections.

  • Global warming is happening, and its impacts are already being felt today.

    Evidence includes disappearing glaciers, increasingly severe heat waves and droughts in some areas, intensifying hurricanes and floods in others, and more wildfires. If left unchecked, the effects could be catastrophic: millions of people displaced as rising sea levels flood coastal areas; many regions devastated by reduced crop yields and shortages of drinking water; human health threatened by the spread of malaria and other vector-borne diseases; many plant and animal species at risk of extinction.

  • Statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters

    Washington, DC – “Today’s step by the Obama Administration to deny the Keystone XL Pipeline was the right decision.  It is a decision that puts the health and safety of Americans ahead of blind reliance on fossil fuels.  The route of the Keystone XL Pipeline was a threat to the drinking water of millions of Americans.  The pipeline was just too big a risk to allow it to go forward. 

  • Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, "Rio+20," will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22, 2012.  The conference will be preceded by the third Preparatory Committee meeeting of the Conference from June 13-15.  Registration is now open and will close on May 20.  All attendees must be registered by the UN Observers, Rosalee Keech (unobserver@lwv.org).  For information on the conference, please link to http://www.uncsd2012.org/registration.

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    2012-06-20 04:00:00
    End Event: 
    2002-06-22 04:00:00
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  • The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senate and House leadership, opposing the attachment of any anti-environmental riders to the spending and tax bills that Congress is trying to get done before the end of the year.

  • League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and urging him to deny the permit for the pipeline's construction. 

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