California Climate Change Toolkit

Submitted by amyjune on September 19, 2017

Browse the resources below for a deeper understanding of environmental issues and the necessity for achieving environmental justice.

 

Climate Change

Climate math visualized
A great infographic providing added perspective on the effects of climate change.

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, Rolling Stone
A great explanation of the math behind climate change figures.

The Scariest Climate Change Graph Just Got Scarier, Mother Jones
A graph of temperatures over the past 11,300 years.

Climate Change – The State of Science
A short video clip summarizing several of the most significant statements in the IPCC's summary for policymakers published September 2013. This summary covers the physical science basis of climate change.

Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, The World Bank
A report by the World Bank warning that  we’re on track for a 4°C warmer world marked by extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise.

6 Scary Conclusions in the UN’s New Climate Report, Mother Jones
An overview of the new United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPPC’s) "Summary for Policymakers" of its Fifth Assessment Report.

Climate Change and Health, The World Health Organization
A World Health Organization fact sheet covering key health impacts of climate change.

IPCC Report on Climate Change, Summary for Policymakers
Part 1 (of 3) of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on Global Warming.  This is the Fifth Assessment Report completed by the IPCC.  Part 1 provides a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change and the conclusion that global warming is a direct result of human activity. 

IPCC Report on Climate Change, Technical Summary
Part 2 of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment reports. This section considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world.

How the IPCC Underestimates Climate Change, Scientific American
A look at how the IPCC has historically underestimated climate change—something to consider as we move forward with the latest reports from the IPCC.

‘Extreme Events’ of 2013 Tied to Warming Earth, UN Agency Says, Huffington Post
An article explaining the link between some extreme events of 2013 with climate change.

 

 

Crude by Rail

The Need for Locomotive & Rail Yard Regulations, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Crude Oil Train Boom Headed to California, Switchboard

 

Northern California

Bay Area Residents Call for an End to Crude Transport Through Communities, Occupy.com

Trains Carrying Fracked Oil Spotted in Bay Area, CBS SF Bay Area

 

Southern California

Health Risk Assessments for the Four Rail Yards in Commerce and East LA, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Locomotives & Rail Yard Pollution ’09 Fact Sheet, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

 

Environmental Justice

Building Healthy Communities from the Ground Up: Environmental Justice in California, Martha Matsuoka

Cumulative Impacts: Changing Regulatory Culture to Address Environmental Injustice & Environmental Racism – Case Studies and Recommendations, Communities for a Better Environment

The Wrong Kind of Green, The Nation

Crude Journalism: Chevron Bought a California Newspaper to Masks its Records on Safety Abuses, Vice

 

Fracking

Infographic: Fracking for Fuel, Nature

Hydraulic Fracturing in California, California Department of Conservation

California Sets New Rules for Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil & Gas Journal

California Plans Tighter Controls of Fracking, but Not Enough for Some, The New York Times

Fracking by Numbers: Key Impacts of Dirty Drilling at the State and National Level, Environment America Research & Policy Center

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies, ProPublica

Fracking’s Human Health Impacts, Sierra Club California

Fracking’s Most Horrying Health Risks, Salon

Infographic: Health Effects Associated with Chemicals in Fracking Fluid, High Country News

Hormone-disrupting Chemicals Found in Water at Fracking Sites, Los Angeles Times

Fracking is Depleting Water Supplies in America’s Driest Areas, Report Shows, The Guardian

Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Job Promise for Shale Gas Development, Food&Water Watch

How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches, The Daily Beast

California Offshore Fracking More Widespread than Anyone Believed, HuffPost Los Angeles

Offshore Fracking Battles Brewing in the Golden State, The Berkeley Blog

 

Keystone XL Pipeline

10 Reasons to Oppose The Keystone XL Pipeline, National Nurses United

Cooking the Books: How the State Department Analysis Ignores the True Climate Impact of the Keyston XL Pipeline

The Impact of Tar Sands Pipeline Spills on Employment and the Economy, Cornell University ILR School Global Labor Institute

The Keystone Pipeline Debate; An Alternative Job Creation Strategy, Labor Network for Sustainability

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Project Executive Summary, United States Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Nebraska Nurse Concerned about Health Impact of Keystone KL, National Nurses United

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline – and All of Labor Should, Too, National Nurses United

 

Labor and Environmental Justice

It’s Not Easy being Blue and Green, In These Times

Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Job Promise for Shale Gas Development, Food&Water Watch

The Impact of Tar Sands Pipeline Spills on Employment and the Economy, Cornell University ILR School Global Labor Institute

The Keystone Pipeline Debate; An Alternative Job Creation Strategy, Labor Network for Sustainability

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline – and All of Labor Should, Too, National Nurses United

 

Tar Sands

Infographic: Tar Sands Extraction, NPR

Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands: The Most Destructive Project on Earth, Environmental Defense

Oil Sands Development: A Health Risk Worth Taking?, Environmental Health Perspectives

Tar Sands Crude Oil: Health Effects of a Dirty and Destructive Fuel, Natural Resources Defense Council

Tar Sands Pipelines Safety Risks, Natural Resources Defense Council et al.

Tar Sands Impacts à Here at Home in California Refineries, Communities for a Better Environment

 

Other Useful Resources

http://criticalenvironmentalism.org/

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/05/start-here/

Exhaustive information on the NASA findings and reports on Climate change