Why

The Age of Consequences

“Failure to think about how climate change might impact our globally interconnected system is a failure of imagination”

from The Age of Consequences Film

An investigation of the impacts of climate change on resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability.

“As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.”

from The Age of Consequences Synopsis

The Nature of Climate Change

“Our results indicate that there is a clear need to increase societal resilience to short-term precipitation extremes. The increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme precipitation would cause major challenges for existing infrastructure systems.

It might seem as though big rainstorms would help alleviate drought, but the opposite can actually be true. If a heavy rainstorm occurs during a drought, it can lead to soil erosion, washing away the plants that help the soil absorb moisture. Without regular, gentler rain to restore the soil conditions will continue to worsen.

Droughts and extreme rainstorms? This could be a very harmful combination.”

Andreas Prein, National Centre for Atmospheric Research
from Be prepared for more ‘extreme’ rainfalls

National Post, 2016.12.07

Nature Climate Change
understanding the earth’s changing climate

National Center for Atmospheric Research
advancing our understanding of our earth systems

How a warming planet drives human migration

Climate displacement is becoming one of the world’s most powerful — and destabilizing — geopolitical forces.

Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. There is no internationally recognized legal definition for “environmental migrants” or “climate refugees,” so there is no formal reckoning of how many have left their homes because climate change has made their lives or livelihoods untenable

Jessica Benkofrom
from How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration
New York Times Magazine, 2017.04.19

Creative connections

Restoring Our Environment
Restoring Our Atmosphere
Restoring Our Oceans