UC Irvine “Fire and Ice” Climate Conference Websites

Fire and Ice Conference Websites

Instead of failing to cover the Fire & Ice conference in any detail, I thought that I would just give the interesting websites mentioned during the conference, and some for the speakers.

The Keynote speaker was Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, to return the CO2 level to 350 ppm from the present 410 ppm.  His own website is at http://billmckibben.com/.

https://news.uci.edu/2019/01/18/international-panel-of-scientists-writers-academics-and-communicators-to-speak-at-two-day-uci-conference-on-climate-change/ Is the schedule for the talks of the “Fire & Ice:  The Shifting Narrative of Climate Change” two day conference at UC Irvine.

The Luncheon Speaker was the writer Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker, and author of the influential book “The Sixth Extinction”.  Her website is at http://elizabethkolbert.com/.

She described the 2000-watt society, which envisioned allotting 2,000 watts a day equally to everyone on the planet.  It is discussed in the following Wikipedia article:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000-watt_society  

A third key speaker was Nathanial Rich of the New York Times Magazine, and author of “Losing Earth:  The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change”.  The historical article includes Gordon MacDonald of UCLA Geophysics, who I actually worked for for a year as an undergraduate, programming waves in the atmosphere, and radiative transport in the sun.

https://www.worldwater.org/water-conflict/ Has both links to a water-conflict history, and a water-conflict map.

https://worldwater.org/ is the home page advertising The World’s Water reports by Peter Gleick and others.

The UCLA Sustainable Los Angeles Grand Challenge is at:                https://slaresearch.grandchallenges.ucla.edu

https://theconversation.com/us/environment Is an energy and environment daily newsletter that you can sign up for.  It has articles by Universities around the country.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/763 Is the location of H.R.763 the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019.

https://www.under2coalition.org/climate-group Starts the pages of the Under2 Coalition’s Policy Action work for climate policy development.

https://citizensclimatelobby.org/  Is the site of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby has its plan to reduce carbon emissions at least 40% in the first 12 years, and 80% by 2050.  They propose a $20 per ton tax on carbon to start, and have that distributed equally in a refund.  Their bill is H.R.763 linked to above.  $20 per ton works out to $0.20 per gallon of gasoline.

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/homepage Is the CARB or California Air Resources Board, with links to all of the regulations.

If you made it this far, I thought that I would add the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition at 


About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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