Just as a note, in the new IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, to be released in a couple of days, over 2,000 scientists will say that climate change is much worse than we thought.
As a scientist who has been following global warming for over 15 years now, this comes as no surprise.
Things that we learned and read as predictions for 50 or 100 years into the future, we're seeing happening now - in just 15 years. The pace of change is, honestly, shocking. But that just drives my determination to do my absolute best to affect positive change (while keeping a balanced lifestyle - having the fun I need to maintain the good fight).
For the solutions to climate change are also solutions to Peak Oil - solutions such as clean, efficient technologies that will create a safer, healthier, more secure society. That will leave more money in our pockets to spend on things other then energy as more efficient vehicles, for example, require us to pay less to fuel them - while also generating much less in the way of climate changing, acidifying, and otherwise polluting emissions.
For those of you who've been reading this blog since its inception, you got a preview - nearly a year ago - of what this IPCC report is now saying. For example, following WWF's Global Climate Camp, where I was an instructor/facilitator, I posted about the mindblowing reports of climate-related changes that I heard from people from all corners of the world. (You can read these posts here: Part I and Part II)
So how is CV going to help? Right now we are doing a lot of research on the quantitative benefits of green products, services and practices - on how many emissions, pounds of solid waste, etc. they each help you reduce. And we are shaping this research into tools for our users - to help you understand how you can help the climate and help yourself by reducing your climate "footprint", as many refer to it.
Stay tuned for a lot of new, useful, and even fun tools, bells and whistles to be released by CV in 2007...