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.

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.

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. 

By Donna Ewing, LWVWA

“DO A LITTLE, CHANGE A LOT” is a program1 to guide citizens of Northern Scotland in their efforts to reduce an individual’s or a family’s carbon footprint. An individual’s carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon a person generates per year through daily activities such as driving an automobile, doing laundry, showering and maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.

LVW Climate Change Taskforce
Chad A. Tolman, lead writer

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

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

When colder weather strikes, heating bills start to climb. Not only is that hard on the checkbook; it also means increased greenhouse gas emissions. What is a thrifty, ecologically-minded person to do? 

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