@WenStephenson, “my way or the highway” climate guy. I thought progressives were about rainbow coalitions and big tents. 

@WenStephenson, “my way or the highway” climate guy. I thought progressives were about rainbow coalitions and big tents. 

Sad loss of a young conservation leader, Rebecca Tarbotton of @RAN Rainforest Action Network. News release: SAN FRANCISCO (12.28.12)—Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and the community that has grown around it for more than 25 years, are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26. 
A self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist,” Rebecca Tarbotton (“Becky” to friends and family) was admired by environmentalists and climate change activists for her visionary work protecting forests, pushing the nation to transition to a clean energy economy and defending human rights. She was the first female executive director of RAN and a strong female voice in a movement often dominated by men. [[MORE]]
The RAN staff, her friends and family remember a “force of nature” with an infectious laugh, adventurous spirit, and a heart bursting with love. “Our hearts are broken. We lost a powerful, transformative leader this week. The Rainforest Action Network was her home, but the world was her stage, and her future was so incredibly bright. We can do nothing more right now than love her, her family, her husband, and her friends and colleagues. We know how much she meant to so many,” said Andre Carothers, Chair of the Board of Directors at Rainforest Action Network. Under Tarbotton’s leadership, RAN achieved tremendous victories in preserving endangered rainforests and the rights of their indigenous inhabitants. Most recently, Tarbotton helped to architect the most significant agreement in the history of the organization: a landmark policy by entertainment giant, Disney, that is set to transform everything about the way the company purchases and uses paper.  
Tarbotton spent much of her time thinking about how to inspire masses of people to work for transformational social and environmental change, and how to push the country’s biggest corporate polluters to reform their ways. As she said during a keynote address in October 2012: “We need to remember that the work of our time is bigger than climate change. We need to be setting our sights higher and deeper. What we’re really talking about, if we’re honest with ourselves, is transforming everything about the way we live on this planet…We don’t always know exactly what it is that creates social change. It takes everything from science all the way to faith, and it’s that fertile place right in the middle where really exceptional campaigning happens—and that is where I strive to be.”She took the helm of RAN as Executive Director in August 2010. Prior to that she was the Program Director at RAN for one year and the head of the organization’s Energy and Finance program for two years.“Becky was an emerging star who was galvanizing an ever-growing movement of people demanding environment and social change. She believed that to protect forests and our communities we must protect our climate, and to protect our climate we must protect the forests,” said Nell Greenberg, spokesperson for the Rainforest Action Network. “RAN is heartbroken by our loss of Becky, but we are committed to continuing the course that she set for us. Focusing on our core purpose of protecting forests, moving the country off of fossil fuels and defending human rights through bold, effective, and innovative environmental corporate campaigns.” Tarbotton died on Wednesday on a beach in Mexico north of Puerto Vallarta while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she breathed in while swimming. She was thirty nine years old.Tarbotton was born in Vancouver, BC on July, 30, 1973. Her commitment to the environment dates back to her youth. Just after college she interned with the David Suzuki Foundation, working on the first letter from Nobel Laureates warning of the dangers of inaction on global warming.She is survived by her husband, Mateo Williford; her brothers Jesse and Cameron Tarbotton, and her mother, Mary Tarbotton, of Vancouver, BC. Her ashes will be scattered off of Hornby Island in British Columbia where her family owns a cabin and where she spent much time with family and friends. Public memorial services will be held in San Francisco, CA and in Vancouver. Dates are still to be determined.For video of Rebecca Tarbotton, please see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAcAlxn-mCk&list=UU8O-cQkW0lt8xSWj21JQ3AAFor Rebecca’s full bio, please see here: http://ran.org/biography-rebecca-tarbotton

Sad loss of a young conservation leader, Rebecca Tarbotton of @RAN Rainforest Action Network. News release: SAN FRANCISCO (12.28.12)—Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and the community that has grown around it for more than 25 years, are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26. 

A self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist,” Rebecca Tarbotton (“Becky” to friends and family) was admired by environmentalists and climate change activists for her visionary work protecting forests, pushing the nation to transition to a clean energy economy and defending human rights. She was the first female executive director of RAN and a strong female voice in a movement often dominated by men. 

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Wrapping #brenclimate class, discussing how foes of CO2 cuts have an easy job.

Wrapping #brenclimate class, discussing how foes of CO2 cuts have an easy job.

Joe Romm @climateprogress sees “confusionist” influence in IPCC extremes report. I respond. His head explodes. Here’s my reply:

Joe, it sure looks like it’s you who’s conflating scientific judgment with personal judgment. Roger Pielke Jr.’s involvement as a reviewer of an IPCC report is all about his scientific judgment and long track record of peer-reviewed work. IPCC isn’t a popularity contest.

And I have to note that after months of attacking Richard Muller’s personal passions (which I, too, criticized), you were quick to embrace his peer-reviewed science when it fit your template.

Your complaints are with Pielke’s policy comments and blog posts. If you want to imply he’s been a poisonous force in IPCC, then find the holes in his peer-reviewed work.

Here’s my Dot Earth post on the actual report.

The Yes Men and their approach to challenging corporate power provide a case study in asymmetrical information warfare.

If Garett @huckaman Brennan only did @FocustheNation, that’d make him a surefire part of Generation E, but add in the music and… :-)

Interview with @CaptPaulWatson on the first #WhaleWars - 145 years before Sea Shepherd went after Japan’s “research” fleet - in the Arctic, Confederates versus the Union… Wild

Here’s the core of @climatebrad inaugural post:

The necessary elements for defending civilization in a more dangerous, rapidly changing world all exist. Insurance companies are reconfiguring their policies as seas rise and disasters increase. Hedge funds are developing new financial instruments to handle the effects of climate instability. City planners are examining the security of transit and utility systems. Military officials are drawing up new war scenarios. Scientists and entrepreneurs are inventing, refining, and deploying technologies to sustainably power civilization. Activists are putting their freedom on the line to challenge the forces of inaction. But these efforts are haphazard and uncoordinated. They are insufficient to ensure that the human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are realized on our polluted planet.

The missing piece, often described euphemistically as “political will,” involves a complete rethinking of the threat of global warming. Most Americans see global warming as a real problem, but one that is distant in time and space: that will only affect their children or grandchildren, one that will affect far reaches of the planet first and foremost. That misunderstanding is utterly natural, since that is the presumption of the existing framework, reinforced by the rhetoric and actions of political leaders like President Barack Obama. The greatest culpability, of course, lies in the immoral acts of powerful polluters and their allies to deny the threat entirely.

The new climate framework needs to be built on the following principles:

– Humanity is responsible for climate disasters.

– Climate change is not only a future threat but an active enemy to societal progress.

– All investments must take into account the reality of increasing uncertainty and risk as the climate system becomes more unstable.

– All existing infrastructures — physical, legal, economic, political, cultural — need to be re-examined for resilience in our changing world.

ThinkProgress Green and Climate Progress will be reporting on the efforts of this generation of humanity, and of the great democratic experiment of the United States of America, to build this new framework.

Jim Hansen’s Case for Youth & CO2

Jim Hansen distributes note & link to his paper laying out scientific case for youth lawsuits seeking government action on CO2: The Case for Young People and Nature: A Path to a Healthy, Natural, Prosperous Future describes what governments need to do to stabilize climate, fulfilling their obligation to young people and future generations.  This is the science basis attached to suits being filed this week and in the future in different states and countries.

"Thanks to magnificent co-authors for their help in putting this together quickly.  Criticisms, suggestions welcome — don’t bother with typos and stuff that we will catch when we have a chance to read it carefully.

"However, if you are in the Washington area on Mother’s Day, consider joining us at 10 AM for a march from Union Station to the White House.  My grandchildren Sophie and Connor are busy preparing signs for President Obama’s edification…”