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Climate Change Information Project - March 2013 Digest Vol. 9

Below are articles from the Climate Change Information Project.  The focus of the project is to get scientifically-based articles relating to climate change disseminated to the broader public. Currently, most of this information tends to stay within the scientific community.


More Storms Like Sandy? Arctic Ice Loss Amplified Superstorm Sandy Violence

 Mar. 5, 2013 ­ If you believe that last October's Superstorm Sandy was a freak of nature -- the confluence of unusual meteorological, atmospheric and celestial events -- think again. For complete article


Canadian Arctic Glacier Melt Accelerating, Irreversible, Projections Suggest

Mar. 12, 2013 ­ Ongoing glacier loss in the Canadian high Arctic is accelerating and probably irreversible, new model projections by Lenaerts et al. suggest. For full story


Local Climate Change Info Event!

Chasing Ice
One of the Most Beautiful Films of the Year. Huffington Post
Climate Change - Impacts and Solutions in CNY 

Monday, April 22, Earth Day, 7:00 pm GreeningUSA will bring Chasing Ice, a 75 minute documentary by James Balog,  National Geographic photographer to The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse.

Immediately following the film a Climate Impacts and Actions in CNY panel presentation will explore the documentary's environmental implications from a local perspective. The panel will consist of Dave Eichorn, meteorologist; Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board; and Yvonne Rothenberg, Founder of the CNY chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Moderating the panel will be Chris Bolt, WAER news and public affairs director.

The film follows nature photographer James Balog as he documents melting glaciers in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Called the Extreme Ice Survey,  Balog sets up still cameras that have been programmed to take a picture, once every hour, for three years, of the same glacier, from a fixed spot. 

The scale of the glaciers, and the almost hallucinogenic clarity of the images, make the resulting footage, based on three years' shooting, most impressive. One piece of ice we see breaking off is said to be the size of lower Manhattan. 

The visuals are riveting, and they drive home the point that the film makes in voice over narration by Balog, interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and occasional charts and graphs: Ice is melting at an alarmingly unglacial pace.

Chasing Ice has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including: The Environmental Media Association's 22nd Annual BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD. 

This is the climate change film we've been waiting for. Caroline Libresco, Sundance    Senior Programmer
Stunning…Timely…A solitary quest with global implications. - Neil Genzlinger, NYT

Panel Presenters:

Dave Eichorn: Changes in Climate, Changes in Variability
Dave will address climate change from a meteorological perspective. How changes in the Arctic affect our climate, in particular the increased variability in our weather and the impact on CNY.

Currently Meteorologist for, Dave was chief meterologist for WSYR for 20 years and has  a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from SUNY ESF. While working on his master's degree, he developed climate science courses for SUNY ESF under a NASA grant.

Chris Carrick - Climate Solutions in CNY
Chris will speak on regional efforts within Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties geared at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering the adoption of clean energy technologies.

Chris manages the Energy Program at the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency. Chris is the founder and director of the Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program. C2IP provides financial and technical assistance to local municipalities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Yvonne T. Rothenberg - Creating  the Political  Will for a Stable Climate
Why would a person leave a relaxed, comfortable retirement lifestyle to take on the hard work of organizing and coordinating climate lobby groups, first in Syracuse and then other cities in upstate N.Y.? Yvonne will share why she felt compelled to organize for the Citizens Climate Lobby.

The Citizens Climate Lobby, is a national non-partisan organization whose goal is to create the political will for a sustainable climate and to teach individuals how to exercise their political power. 

Ticket prices: (suggested donations) At the door: Adults - $10, Seniors & Students - $5, Children 12 and under - Free. Advance sale tickets Adults only $7.  For advance sale tickets go to

Free parking in rear of Palace Theatre. 

Green and energy related organizations will be staffing display tables in the lobby prior to and after the event. 

For information on how to help sponsor this event contact Sam Gordon, 422.8276 ext.204, or Peter Wirth, 476-3396,


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