Americans on the Front Lines of Climate Change

 The Story Group

You will be interested to know about this independent, multimedia journalism company. The stories in their documentaries convey information we need to know about Climate Change.  The Story Group believes that storytelling remains a powerful tool in covering the critical issues of our times.

In May, the group began the roll-out of a Climate Change series, produced in support of the 2014 National Climate Assessment. The videos portray real stories, told by real people, about how climate change is affecting our lives…now.

Embedded below, is a video shot in the Pacific Northwest that directly relates to our studies in the Oregon Master Naturalist Program.

The other films in the series can be found on The Story Group website:

Oyster farmers and ocean acidification

(Cut from source; 6-3-14;  The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington.She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew.

This “ocean acidification” is one planetary response to humans’ burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the oceans. According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways.
To learn more about ocean acidification, go the National Climate Assessment Report:

Will Mollusks be able to Adapt to Acidification?

This article explores the answer to this question. A marine biologist at Yale University explores how well mollusks and other shell-building organisms might evolve to live in increasingly corrosive ocean conditions caused by soaring CO2 emissions.


    1. Liz-
      Thank you for the link! The Ocean Acidification blog site is packed with information… it will take a while to explore the resources it presents. Are you following that one? I just started. I will be curious to know which articles catch your interest.

      I’m fascinated by how long ago IGBP studies were organized as part of UNESCO… back in 1960. The consolidation of work into the Future Earth program sounds like an encouraging sign that nations will work together on this increasingly most critical problem.

      1. Hi Jane, I’m following several aspects, particularly after visit to Iceland, the effects of ice-melt, diminishing polar caps on the ocean systems, as well as on human settlements. Also have an interest in what’s happening to the coral reefs. I’ve signed up for the newsletters, also here Will keep an eye out for articles on our local issues.

        1. I admire the scope of your interests, Liz. I’m discovering there is SO much information to absorb… sometimes doesn’t it seem difficult to decide where/how to focus efforts to help?

          I want to be aware of the big picture… for the purpose of understanding where working on a local problem fits and concentrating energies there.

          I am very appreciative of where blogging fits in this dynamic. Meeting folks like you is hugely helpful in learning globally; I don’t think the richness in perspective could happen any other way.

          Just peeked in on the link you provided. Honestly, this one is overwhelming to me. However, the Ocean Acidification blog is one I’ll be sharing with our Oregon Master Naturalist’s cohort. 😉

          1. Hi Jane, I like your approach at how to distil down info and apply it in a local context. The blogging world really does contribute to opening up the ‘bigger’ picture. I’ve been dipping into the vimeo’s of the Story Group and visually see how that packs a punch. In less than three minutes one gets to learn the immediacy of climate change and it’s dire effects. Going to pass that link on – so thanks to you too for the collaborative exchange of info. Liz.

            1. Hello Liz,
              Very cool to hear you’ve checked out the Story Group. I do hope they will be posting more of their work. Glad to know you have a plan for sharing the link. I, too, appreciate conversations like the ones we’ve been sharing. I’m grateful for the resources you have sent my way and look forward to what we will dig up next 🙂

  1. It’s great that you’re posting about this – not nearly enough people know about the “other climate change problem (ocean acidification). It really is a huge and scary issue (I studied effects on intertidal animals for my PhD thesis), so thank you for sharing this information. 🙂

    1. I agree with you Becca. If you get a chance to read the interview with Gretchen Hoffman, I am very interested to hear your reaction. I’m excited to have a blogging connection with you and am eager to expand my knowledge with information you can share based on your professional experiences 🙂
      The link is from Yale e360-

      1. I actually know Gretchen and her lab members, and am familiar with the research. Though I admit I haven’t been as up to date since defending in late November (something about being pregnant…). Hopefully after baby comes I’ll publish the rest of my research and will definitely let you know when I do (will probably post about it on my blog too). 🙂

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