Combating the Threats from Climate Change; Sierra Club Presents Dr. Jim Stewart

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Dr. Jim Stewart

Dr. Jim Stewart

Scientists may be debating whether 2014 beat 2010 as the hottest year on record, but there’s no disagreement that climate change is upon us. Hotter summers are just one of the consequences. Long Beach, like the rest of the world, faces other threats from the changing climate.

On February 4th, Dr. Jim Stewart will go behind the headlines of rising temperatures to detail the threats climate change is bringing to Southern California. Perhaps even more importantly, Dr. Stewart will outline some of the major actions that residents can take to combat climate change, including halting a major expansion of the natural gas powered generating plant on Alamitos Bay.

Dr. Stewart, who earned his PhD in physics from Yale University, has served as co-chair of the Sierra Club California Energy-Climate Committee since 2008 and chair or vice chair of the Angeles Chapter Climate Change Committee since 2006.

A former professor of physics at the University of New Haven, Dr. Stewart has served as the executive director of the Connecticut Human Services Reorganization Commission, of the Connecticut United Labor Agency, and of People for Parks of Los Angeles, as well as associate director of the Southern California Council on Environment and Development and organizer of Earth Day Los Angeles.

His presentation at the monthly meeting of the Long Beach Sierra Club group is free and open to the public. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.

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3 Responses to “Combating the Threats from Climate Change; Sierra Club Presents Dr. Jim Stewart”
  1. Ron Z says:

    Climate change is a grasp for money and power. Nobody publishes the climatologists that are very skeptical. Only the groups and attorneys who support it. Sierra Club is a radical environmental group that has been making people’s lives miserable for decades via controlled land use schemes. To balance out this topic why don’t you offer a good qualified speaker for the opposing side of the argument so people can have both sides of the issue – no of course not. It does not fit your agenda and power grab at control and fear. Junk science makes it into the debate all the time……

  2. Jim Spriggs says:

    I was one of the people who attended the Sierra Club meeting at the Long Beach Environmental Service Bureau on Willow Street last month. The bureau shares the site of the city yard on Willow just east of Temple at the western entrance to the lot. That’s where the Sierra Club holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month.

    The first half of Dr. Jim Stewart’s talk included a PowerPoint-style presentation concerning our present situation with global warming, that it’s happening now and likely to get worse, and how its accompanying sea level rise could affect Long Beach into the future. Apropos of the Sierra Club’s penchant for grassroots activism, Dr. Stewart stressed the importance for residents to rise up and do something about global warming.

    The second half of his presentation involved Dr. Stewart, who is a member of the group calling itself Ocean Foresters, talking about his plan for a sustainable future. This is his group’s website:
    http://oceanforesters.org/Home_Page.html
    He explained his plan for foresting 9% of the world’s temperate coastlines with kelp for purposes of carbon sequestration, food by-products (seaweed and fish living among the kelp), while producing biofuels from the harvested kelp to help eliminate the need for fossil fuels. The proposal for doing this is here:
    http://climatecolab.org/web/guest/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300701/planId/1307120

    The idea of the Ocean Foresters’ plan is holistic. It’s all-inclusive for energy and food sustainability without adding any more human-caused CO2 into the atmosphere. The plan is potentially doable because it includes carbon capture and sequestration, which is crucial for the plan to achieve its ultimate goal: keeping our planet from continuing to heat up due to excess greenhouse gasses.

    Getting back to the city of Long Beach, Dr. Stewart said that the last Sustainable City Action Plan that Long Beach had published was in 2010, and that five years was too long to wait for an updated plan.

    At the end of the talk was a more specific call to action for members and attendees to engage in Angeles Chapter Sierra Club-related activities to fight global warming locally. This would involve areas such as water resources, sustainable and renewable power sources, and to investigate just what is going on with the Alamitos natural gas power complex near the mouth of the San Gabriel River.

    @ Ron Z
    Yes, there’s both sides to the global warming issue. One side says that it’s going to get worse, and the other side says it’s going to get a lot worse. Unfortunately, conspiracy theorists and carbon industry shills are not qualified to enter into a scientific debate.

  3. David Steele says:

    [Ron Z.] says:

    [Climate change is a grasp for money and power.]

    You don’ t like what the science of Anthropogenic Global Warming is telling you so you try to discredit the climate scientists by saying they’re dishonest and greedy.

    [Nobody publishes the climatologists that are very skeptical.]

    That’s simply not true. Here’s a list of global warming deniers with a small percentage of them being actual peer-reviewed climate scientists:
    http://www.desmogblog.com/global-warming-denier-database

    Here’s a list of bonafide scientists/skeptics/deniers, and all of them have had several peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals:

    Khabibullo Abdusamatov, astrophysicist
    Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist
    Timothy Ball, professor emeritus of geography
    Robert M. Carter, former head of the school of earth sciences]
    Ian Clark, hydrogeologist, professor
    Chris de Freitas, associate professor, School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science
    David Douglass, solid-state physicist
    Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology
    William M. Gray, professor emeritus and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project
    William Happer, physicist specializing in optics and spectroscopy
    Ole Humlum, professor of geology
    Wibjörn Karlén, professor emeritus of geography and geology
    William Kininmonth, meteorologist
    David Legates, associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research
    Anthony Lupo, professor of atmospheric science
    Tad Murty, oceanographer; adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences
    Tim Patterson, paleoclimatologist and professor of geology
    Ian Plimer, professor emeritus of mining geology
    Murry Salby, atmospheric scientist
    Nicola Scafetta, research scientist in the physics department
    Tom Segalstad, geologist
    Nir Shaviv, professor of physics
    Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences
    Willie Soon, astrophysicist
    Roy Spencer, meteorologist; principal research scientist
    Henrik Svensmark, physicist
    George H. Taylor, retired director of the Oregon Climate Service
    Jan Veizer, environmental geochemist
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming

    By the way, one of those on the list, astrophysicist Willie Soon was in the news lately:

    “(Willie Soon) has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/us/ties-to-corporate-cash-for-climate-change-researcher-Wei-Hock-Soon.html

    [Only the groups and attorneys who support it.]

    That only pertains to the side of denial. They don’ have the facts, so their carbon industry front groups hire the lawyers. It’s obvious. I don’ t understand why you can’t see that.

    [Sierra Club is a radical environmental group that has been making people’s lives miserable for decades via controlled land use schemes.]

    Another fear-based ad hominem attack; and “controlled land use scheme” sounds like one of those meaningless libertarian buzz phrases meant to scare 75-year old Fox “News” watchers.

    [To balance out this topic why don’t you offer a good qualified speaker for the opposing side of the argument so people can have both sides of the issue – no of course not.]

    The topic is already balanced. It’s called “the planet is getting warmer and what can we do about it.” To “balance things out” would mean staging a phony debate between scientists on one side and representatives for the fossil fuel industry on the other. That’s not a debate, that’s the Scopes Monkey Trial.

    [It does not fit your agenda and power grab at control and fear. Junk science makes it into the debate all the time……]

    More meaningless libertarian science denial buzz phrases meant to scare the elderly.
    Not cool.