Initiatives

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This page provides information on current science-based climate change findings and initiatives in light of the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an agency of the United Nations mandated to provide regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

 

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Links to current information on the state of climate change.

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying – IPCC.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

Was that Wild Weather Caused by Climate Change? Scientists Can Now Say ‘Yes’ with Confidence

Earth is Warming Faster than Previously Thought, Scientists say, and the Window is Closing to Avoid Catastrophic Outcomes

The Effects of Climate Change

 

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A number of bills are currently before Congress with strategies to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change.  The following are links to some of these bills.  The links go to the Congressional Research Service non-partisan summaries, with tabs to access the text and actions taken to date.

H.R.2307 – Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021
This Climate Bill Would Actually Send Checks to Americans. Can It Help Save The Planet and Grow Our Economy?

S.2085 – Save Our Future Act

S.685 – America’s Clean Future Fund Act

H.R.3039 – Market Choice Act

S.938 – Climate Emergency Act of 2021

H.R.1512 – CLEAN Future Act

H.R.2310/S.966 – Climate Change Education Act

S.283 – National Climate Bank Act

 

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Some of the bills before Congress propose carbon pricing (also called carbon tax) strategies to create incentives to reduce carbon emissions.  The following links explain the concept.

What is a Carbon Tax?

Carbon Tax Basics

Carbon Tax, Its Purpose, and How it Works

Why Put a Price on Carbon?

 

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If you’re interested in taking action on climate issues, the following links offer some options for reducing your personal carbon footprint, for contacting your elected officials, and for advocacy.

Responding to Climate Change

Ten Simple Ways to Act on Climate Change

How You Can Stop Global Warming

How to Contact Your Elected Officials

Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Climate Lobby – Bozeman Chapter

Our Common Earth – Directory of Organizations

 

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