Gigs and Presentations

Rag Radio Podcast July 3, 2020 Environmental Researcher & Activist Bruce Melton
by Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
– Thorne Dreyer’s guest is environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton. Bruce, a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and frequent guest on Rag Radio, is a professional engineer, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. On the show Melton discusses issues raised in his current Rag Blog article, titled “Covid-19, Climate Change, permafrost collapse and our new, abruptly evolving culture.” In the article, he says that “permafrost collapse from climate change is 70 years ahead of schedule… [and that] new research is showing reanimation of viruses preserved in permafrost is real…” Please read Bruce’s article here. We are joined on the show by Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz and our colleague, Suzy Shelor. Link to Interview

Tipping Points Are Active: Fundamentals of the Climate Emergency, Austin Sierra Club Climate Change Committee, May 4, 2020 (updated, Sierra Club Grass Roots Network Climate Emergency Team June 25, 2020) – More than half of known climate tipping points or Earth systems collapses, are currently active. Included are descriptions and the meaning of these impacts that have created our climate emergency. Updated Link (origianl Link)

See a Youtube of this Zoom presentation – https://youtu.be/5KgqeTbYFoE

This presentation discusses the plausibility, feasibility and sustainability of the major categories of natural systems based carbon sequestration, summarizes the academic literature on the quantity of sequestration available in critical time frames, and identifies that existing nature-based systems are significantly inadequate to meet the 1.5 C target without assistance from traditional pollution treatment strategies.

Burnet County Dem Club, Why Is There a Climate Emergency?  November 19, 2019–  This presentation (52 slides) presents a quick summary of natural systems collapses that are ongoing: Padre Island beach erosion, Central Texas drought and tree kill, Big Bend ecological collapse, sagauro frostbite, sequoia kill from climate change-caused fire, Yosemite and beetle kill , Paradise fire, Jasper National Park beetle attack, permafrost melt, Alaska beetle attack, pyrocumulonimbus, carbon dioxide removal with  nature-based and industrial solutions Link

UT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, October 15, Climate Change 2019 – Ongoing Ecological Collapse and Restoration Solutions (250 slides +/-) —  What is a climate emergency, and why 12 years to act? Padre Island beach erosion, Central Texas drought and tree kill, Big Bend ecological collapse, sagauro frostbite, sequoia kill from climate change-caused fire, Yosemite and beetle kill , Paradise fire, Jasper National Park beetle attack, permafrost melt, Alaska beetle attack, pyrocumulonimbus, carbon dioxide removal with  nature-based and industrial solutions Link

Fort Worth Sierra Club,  September 18, 2019 — Climate Change Across America Filmwork Summary 2018 and 2019 — Padre Island beach erosion, Big Bend ecological collapse, sagauro frostbite, sequoia kill from climate change-caused fire, Yosemite and beetle kill , Tubbs and Paradise fires, Jasper National Park beetle attack, permafrost melt, Alaska beetle attack, pyrocumulonimbus, air capture solutions Link

Climate impacts are here, hidden in obscurity caused by the perceived debate and misinformation about natural cycles. This presentation is a photo tour of our summer field season filmwork for our coming film Climate Change Across America. – Link

Rag Radio 2019-06-21 – Environmental Researcher Bruce Melton with Latest on Climate Change
by Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
  – Thorne Dreyer’s guest Bruce Melton, a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and guest on Rag Radio, is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative in Austin, Texas — the oldest, independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. We will discuss the presidential candidates’ climate plans, including that of Elizabeth Warren. On the show we talk about carbon dioxide removal systems, Bruce’s South Padre filming trip in May during the King Tide with substantial dune erosion continuing, and his field work this summer with beetle kill in sequoia and Yosemite, the Paradise fire that burned nearly 20,000 structures, and the continuing fall of Colorado River water storage at Lakes Mead and Powell. The Climate Change Now Initiative is a nonprofit outreach organization reporting the latest discoveries in climate science in plain English, using global warming psychology to communicate this new science on the right side of the brain. Link to Interview

Are We Already Doomed?  – Why 12 years to act and what does that mean? What is climate restoration and why aren’t we doing this already? The 1.5 C carbon budget allows abrupt change initiations completion like collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet; mandatory natural and or chemical carbon dioxide removal required in addition to emissions reductions; plus climate restoration scenarios to undoom us. First presented to the Climate Change Committee of the Austin group of Sierra Club on 6/3/2019. 102 images, 40 mb – Link

Climate Change Across America Slide Show Summer Filming 2018 – From Texas to the Alaskan North Slope via California, 16,000 miles in 46 days with 43 different camps. First presented to the Climate Change Committee of the Austin group of Sierra Club on 4/1/2019. 295 images, 125 mb – Link

The Band Climate Change Plays Rag Radio Against the Backdrop of SXSW March 2019 — dedicated to the worldwide struggle against global warming — Rag Radio presents The Band Climate Change in performance. Led by Bruce Melton, Rag Radio resident climate guru, other members of the band are George Hadash, Philip Fulton, Ken Atwater, and Tom Williams. Performance on KOOP 91.7, 50 min 03/15/2019- Link

Carbon Dioxide Removal, Citizens Climate Lobby Gulf Coast Conference, Houston, February 9, 2020 — This presentation foes through the reasons why greenhouse gas emissions reductions will not result in a safe temperature, nature-based systems of forests, soils and oceans do not have the capacity to make up the difference, and a few of the mature and nascent technologies that are being scaled to the million ton per year phase now.Link