Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas for our energy has increased levels of heat-absorbing gases, especially carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. So, our planet has warmed over one degree Fahrenheit, and will continue to heat further and faster, as more of these gases build up.* Most climate scientists, including the National Academy of Sciences, agree this is what’s happening, and that something must be done soon to stop the heating, before climate change starts accelerating.

The heat doesn’t sound like much, but a little goes a long way towards changing climate. Scientists predict that our planet could heat up another 6 to 11 degrees by the end of this century, roughly the same DIFFERENCE in temperature that separates our climate from the last ice age, when 300-foot thick ice sheets covered the northern US.

Think of Earth as a big ball, covered with water and air. The sun heats up the water and air, and some heat becomes motion, moving the mix around the ball, just like heating moves water in a pot.

The long-term patterns of this heat and these movements are our climate, changing slowly enough over the eons so that most life can adapt to it. But add to this water-air mixture a sudden jolt of heat,* and the planetary water cycle speeds up, something scientists are seeing now.

This results in bigger and stronger storms and floods. The extra heat also creates more extreme heat waves, droughts, and melts ice globally, which raises sea levels. 

All this is threatening our sources of food, water and shelter, the basics of our survival. Here’s a great summary, that also includes another side effect, ocean acidification, resulting from increased absorption of carbon dioxide. 

The good news is that we can stop too much harmful climate change if we act fast. We just have to stop emitting global warming gases.

The biggest way we can cut emissions is by creating sustainable human populations humanely – recognizing that we need to make responsible reproductive choices. Consider having one child (the personal choice I’ve made) or a child-free life.  Without doing this, none of the other solutions will really work: our growing populations fuel energy demand and strain resources needed for the other solution avenues.

Those other solution avenues are:

  • using energy more efficiently;
  • switching from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy — like solar, wind, and geothermal energy;
  • stopping deforestation
  • divesting from fossil fuels

We can do all this, and doing so would create more jobs and improve our economy, as other countries have already shown.

Changing energy sources won’t be easy or cheap politically. But it’s cheaper economically than what we’re doing now. We’ve spent trillions defending foreign oil sources. Furthermore, fossil fuel pollution and mining inflict heavy damage on human health and our environment.  So, even if climate change wasn’t happening, it pays for us to switch to clean renewable energy anyway.

How do we solve this?  MOVE THE MONEY. Our government must stop supporting fossil fuels and tax breaks for the rich, and start creating tax breaks for clean energy and energy efficiency in the marketplace.  But fossil fuel lobbyists are strong and influential.  So, it’s up to you, the voters, to elect strong leaders who are going to pull the plug on fossil fuels, and promote clean renewable energy and efficiency, as fast as possible. DITV – Divest, Invest, Talk about it, and Vote.

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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Another way to help? I  started a Clean Energy Voting pledge online, to let Congress know many voters are monitoring their action on climate change. When we can show Congress that a large voting bloc considers this an important issue, Congress will act seriously on it. You can pledge here:
http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176
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*SOME BASIC SCIENCE:

for a summary of the science behind climate change that uses the simple analogy of boiling water, see my posting: Climate Change for Dummies: Go Boil Water at the HuffingtonPost

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

 All gases can absorb heat, but some absorb more than others. Why? Different gases are made up of molecules of varying complexity. Since the building blocks of molecules are atoms, the more atoms in the molecule, the more complex it is.  More complex molecules can hold, or absorb, more heat than simpler ones, just like larger houses can hold more heat than smaller ones.  So, the more heat-absorbing gases in the atmosphere are ones that have more than 2 atoms (#)  in them – carbon dioxide (3), water vapor (3), methane (4), nitrous oxide (3), and so on. Lucky for life on Earth, there are relatively small amounts of these more complex molecules in the atmosphere.

Large amounts of simpler molecules make up the bulk of our atmosphere:

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

Yeah, that’s right!!  All those bothersome, heat-absorbing, so-called greenhouse gases that are creating climate change make up only about 1 percent of our atmosphere, but boy are they potent, especially in terms of the climate change they can affect when their levels are changed!

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

Relatively little global warming is caused directly from the heat trapped by the gases emitted from burning fossil fuels — it is what comes next that really creates an ultimately unsafe situation. The initial warming creates physical and ecological effects that usually, in turn, speed up global warming and reinforce themselves. These reinforcing processes are known as positive (as in reinforcing) feedbacks. Remember, all an effect needs to do is to cause a further increase in heat absorption or in atmospheric greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, which, in turn, reinforce that effect, for it to be a positive feedback.

Physical effects include decreasing the ability of the planet’s surface to reflect light and heat. When the warming causes ice to melt, for example, the lighter surface of ice is replaced by the much darker surface of water and soil, decreasing its reflective ability, or albedo. This new surface will absorb more heat, causing adjacent areas to melt faster. And so, the albedo effect reinforces itself as it adds to global warming by absorbing more heat.

Warming in the Arctic melts frozen methane deposits in the soils, lake beds, and sea beds. Once melted, the methane rises into the atmosphere, significantly adding to the global warming effect that will help melt more methane deposits. There is a huge amount of methane stored in these Arctic deposits.

Ecological feedback effects occur because many ecosystems store carbon, keeping it from becoming greenhouse gases. Huge amounts of carbon are stored soil and in forest trees, for example. As soils warm, soil microbes start releasing the carbon as carbon dioxide. Global warming also results in warmer drier seasons and more extreme droughts. These create longer fire seasons, increasing the frequency and size of wildfires, which release large amounts of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide.

These are just some examples of physical and ecological feedbacks, the overwhelming majority of which are positive feedbacks that result in further warming of the planet and further climate change. There are plenty more.

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

 “Sudden” is a relative term in time, of course.  What’s sudden for the planet can be nonexistent for us, who usually live less than a century.  The planet as a whole usually changes so slowly that to see its changes, we have to look at the history of how it changes geologically (like how mountain ranges form or continents drift) over millions of years, or how it evolves biologically over the same time scale.   Most atmospheric changes on the planet have happened slowly, over thousands of years.  The rate at which we are changing the atmosphere is SO fast on that timescale, however, that it constitutes a veritable explosion. So, jolt is actually a pretty conservative term.

Although the total average increase in temperature is small so far, this constant infusion of extra heat represents an energy inbalance in our planetary system, points out NASA climate scientist Pushker Kharecha.  “No question about it, it’s a lot of energy,” says senior climate scientist Warren Washingtion at the National Center on Atmospheric Research.  Just how much?  250-500 million Megawatts of energy. It’s like having up to half a million EXTRA, large coal burning plants on Earth. Yeah, a half million….

Sources:

1. Cool The Earth, Save the Economy: Solving Climate Change Is EASY , a free, downloadable book available at: www.CoolTheEarth.US . Readable, and comprehensive, with lots more information and detail, accrued from hundreds of reports, peer-reviewed scientific studies, and informative articles, listed in the Bibliography. Published in 2008 by an award-winning environmental scientist and a biologist (that’s me), online only. Although the sections on technological advances are already outdated, the relevancy of the bulk of it is pretty much unchanged. Am still trying to work on an updated edition.

2.  250-500 Million MW of Extra Energy Now Roiling the Earth’s Climate System

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 09:30 AM PDT.  As extreme weather events multiply, scientists are still in the early stages of understanding how more energy is influencing complex weather phenomena.  By Lisa Song, SolveClimate News

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

Welcome to my blog.  Here you’ll find the Climate Change Reports — newscasts  being uploaded every weekday for those of you who want to keep updated with developments, both good and bad, related to climate change and global warming.  The reports are basically compressed newscasts about events, studies, reports, and more that are being churned out around the planet about the consequences of and solutions to global warming EVERY DAY, but rarely see the light of day, especially in US broadcast media. If you want to listen to most of them, go to http://cooltheearth.us/climate-report.php which features downloadable podcasts, suitable for rebroadcast on radio. While you’re at that website, check out the free, downloadable book co-authored by an internationally recognized climate change scientist and ecologist, John Harte, and myself, Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte.

Why don’t more people in the US recognize that global warming exists and is creating harmful climate change?  I don’t buy the argument  that it is “because people tune out news they don’t want to hear.”  Nah. US voters are hearing bad news every day — about jobs, the economy and more — and not tuning out, as the Occupy movement shows.

Rather, I think the lack of recognition of global warming is because mainstream US media rarely mention it or connect it to the every day news events that affect our lives — such as the weather and its consequences, or the latest advances happening in clean renewable energy. Did you know, for example, that the first big heatwave in Russia in 2010 was actually part of a giant continental heatwave that extended across Eurasia, from Europe to Japan?  And which of these facts are you more aware of — the failure of a solar company, Solyndra, or that the solar industry is the fastest growing industry in the US today? And when was the last time you heard a TV meteorologist mention global warming in the context of the record-breaking heatwaves, droughts and floods we’ve been having?

Let’s look at a more explicit recent example.  Despite all the coverage of Hurricane Irene, the media, for the most part, once again managed not to say the words “climate change” or “global warming”.  Apparently, these words are the Potterian “Voldemort” of the daily news media when extreme weather is reported. Media hawks are noticing, as the slate of extreme weather events continues to pile up, and the words are rarely spoken.[1]  Amy Goodman herself noted as much on Democracy Now as she introduced Bill McKibben,[2] who advocates averting climate change.

This surreality reminds me of a Jon Stewart segment in which Samantha Bee tried, without saying the word herself, to get Republicans to utter “choice” at a convention a while back.  Similarly, my husband and I play a spectator form of this game with one of the most liberal mainstream broadcast media, National Public Radio. (There is no sport in even attempting this with the lalaland of Fox et al.) In fact,  we think a record of sorts occurred as we listened one warm morning in July 2011 to a slate of NPR headline topics. It started with the huge wildfires burning in the west, then smoothly segued into US heat waves, and finally discussed the plight of polar bears watching their habitat literally melt away. All of these events are intimately tied to climate change, as our free online book explains.[1] Each time, we slyly speculated if we would hear the forbidden words – would we? would we? — but they remained forbidden, even with polar bears. We laughed through tears of hilarious sadness.

How are we going to vote for leaders who will act on slowing global warming, if we aren’t being reminded every day how global warming is intimately tied to our economy and jobs, our health, and our future?  Just remember, folks, that if we don’t roll on this soon, all those other important voter issues will go out the window as things turn catastrophic. It already has been for farmers (and food prices) affected by drought, and people affected by extreme weather, such as heatwaves, floods and hurricanes.

So, I’m hoping US media coverage will improve, but in the meantime, welcome to my blog.  My reports come from items I find, sifting through feeds from:   The Daily Climate,   World Environment News (Reuters),    Inside Climate News,    GreenTech Media,    EnvironmentalResearchNews,  and RSOE EDIS – Climate Change News, among others. And they represent just my personal highlights. I welcome yours.

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: The Melting Third Pole, Politics’ Climate Clash, And More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, beautiful unique biodiversity, like this painted bunting that lives in southern US woods, is another reason to conserve carbon storing forests. Credit B. Hoag

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Zombie Forest Carbon Emissions Haunt The Planet-Deforestation has several long-lasting effects on climate and biodiversity. Decomposing trees release a huge volume of lagging CO2, killing species and hobbling efforts to fight global warming, shows a new study.

Takeaways:

  • Deforestation starts off long term climate-changing emissions
  • Extinguishes species in the short and long term
  • Replaces the habitat with a warmer, drier, degraded one.

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  • An acre of forest is lost every second.
  • Half the world’s forests are already gone.

With the continuing loss of natural carbon storage systems, “We’re losing the ability to really solve the climate crisis,” said Jeff Horowitz, the founder of the nonprofitAvoided Deforestation Partners.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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VISUALIZE GLOBAL WARMING…

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These videographics show how our fossil fuel burning is leading to an ‘out of control’ climate via (left to right) using up our carbon budget, increasing levels of CO2, and increasing surface temperature. That last one shows how heating has accelerated especially in the last decade.

OO Perfect Illustrations Of How The Climate Is Spiraling ‘Out Of Control’

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GOOD IDEAS

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Credit Randy Scott Slavin

How Much More Space Is There For US?

OO Clean Energy Won’t Save Us – Only A New Economic System Can – time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion.

Daily Climate Editor Pete Myers notes: The “energy density of renewables is insufficient to substitute for current uses of fossil fuels. We can live on 100% renewables, but society will be on a different operating system.”

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An eco village in Amsterdam. Source EFFEKT at ReGen

OO How Eco-Friendly Communes Could Change The Future Of Housing – An increasing number of US landowners want to build commune-style villages that are completely self-sufficient and have a low carbon footprint.

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OO Engineers Work To Cut Costs And Emissions In Geothermal Power where the US leads the world with 3+ gigawatts. Takeaways:

  • There is far more US geothermal potential;
  • The US Department of Energy is spending11+ Million
  • On projects to improve geothermal prospecting
  • And develop underground carbon storage.

OO US Company Launches a Corporate Clean Energy Research Network – Schneider Electric created the online network to help other businesses accelerate the adoption of renewables in the U.S. and abroad.

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Drinking Water Is Endless – If You Desalinate ItThe Sorek desalinization plant in Israel. Courtesy of IDE Technologies

OO Israel Ups Its Water Efficiency driven by dry necessity. Researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute:

  • have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination.
  • have developed resilient well systems;
  • and biological digesters than can halve the water usage of most homes.

While the Middle East is drying up, “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel” says an institute researcher.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit Vadim Ghirda at AP

OO Climate Change Increases The Risk Of War, Scientists Prove The heatwaves, droughts and other natural disasters expected to increase because of global warming are helping to push countries into armed conflict, particularly those already split along ethnic lines.

A statistical analysis of conflict outbreaks and climate calamities between 1980-2010 showed that
nearly 25% of conflicts in ethnically divided countries coincided with “climatic calamities.”

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OO The Flood Next Time: Warming Raises The Risk Of Disaster

OO Rising Seas Threaten To Swamp U.S. Military Bases By 2050 along the East and Gulf Coast.

OO Baltimore, MD: Heavy Rains Cause Flash Flooding,
Stranding Drivers And Knocking Out Power To Thousands

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Coming To Puerto Rico, and the rest of the US? Climate change has enabled zika carrying mosquitoes to spread.

OO Puerto Rico: Zika Could Affect 10,000 Pregnancies By Year’s End says the US Center for Disease Control, putting hundreds of babies at risk of catastrophic birth defects.

OO Los Angeles, CA: Wildfire Chases 20,000 People From Homes Nearby as it continued to rage through nearby drought-parched canyons and foothills.

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Justice Is Calling

OO World’s Largest Carbon Producers Face Landmark Human Rights Case – the world’s largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Philippines.

OO India: 1+ Million People Hit As Floods Worsen In Assam Tea Regionsubmerging hundreds of villages, and inundating large swathes of farmland and damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications services recently.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

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CLIMATE CHANGE COSTS

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Wikimedia Commons

OO Southern Africa: Herdsmen To Central Bankers Count Drought Cost
For Years To Come
as drought wiped out livestock, pushed up food prices and caused power shortages and protests.

OO France To Support Grain Farmers After Crops Hit By Torrential Rains and lack of sunshine in late spring.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Changing Seas Are Changing Fish like this Ocellated Wrasse. Credit Natascia Tamburello, University of Palermo

OO Climate Pollution Can Change Fish Mating Behaviors – exacerbating stresses on entire ocean ecosystems, already stressed by overfishing, warming, acidifying waters and plastic and oil pollution.

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OO Lake Tahoe, CA, Is Warming At Alarming Rate,
Reflecting Rapid Sierra Climate Change
and is showing some severe impacts from the changing climate.

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MELTDOWN

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Climate Change in Action – runoff from a melting Tibetan glacier. Credit Wayne McAllister

OO Melting Tibetan Ice Sheet Threatens 1+ Billion People in Asia – Takeaways:

  • the largest ice sheet outside the North and South Poles;
  • aka the Third Pole, it is the source of Asia’s 10 largest rivers, and their fertile deltas.
  • It is also a major engine of global weather.
  • Those rivers and deltas support 1+billion people in
  • China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

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Measuring the Melt Chinese scientists have bee monitoring the area for several years. Credit Wayne McAllister

  • The Third Pole has heated 1.5 C (3 F) in 50 years;
  • 500 glaciers have disappeared and the largest are melting rapidly,
  • Far faster than expected.

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Watering Desert Oases Tibetan glaciers are also supplying water to 56 million people along part of the historic silk road in China. Credit Wayne McAllister

  • Initially, the melt will provide more water, but
  • Over the next 30 years it will decrease,
  • Drastically affecting agriculture in Asia,
  • And affecting weather globally.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Got Enough Pipelines Yet? This is a 2012 US pipeline map. Source US Dept of Transportation

OO Pipeline Expansion Threatens US Climate Goals,
Study Says
– pumping natural gas from the Appalachian fracking hub to consumers throughout the eastern U.S., commits the country to high carbon emissions.

OO Texas: Big Coal’s Tax Dodge Puts Schools, Hospitals In Dire Straits

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SPEAKING OUT

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Following the Coal Pollution Sierra Club kayakers have been protesting it for years. Source http://www.commercialappeal.com

OO Environmentalists Blast TVA Plan To Leave Coal Ash At Power Plants

OO Environmentalists Target Another TransCanada Proposed Pipeline that could send hundreds of supertankers laden with crude oil down the Atlantic coast to refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

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Keeping It Beautiful A Colorado-based nonprofit, the Conservation Lands Foundation, has helped the Bureau of Land Management, the nation’s largest landlord, conserve and maintain its holdings.

OO Western Nonprofit Is Changing The Face Of BLM – The 18 member staff of the Conservation Lands Foundation has:

  • helped push President Obamas to create 4 million, mostly BLM acres of National Monuments;
  • created several “friends” groups to help BLM conserve its lands;
  • helped market BLM’s National Conservation Lands
  • help distract BLM from acceding to commercial exploitation of its resources
  • helped up donations to the BLM

Not bad, guys – what a model for other nonprofits!

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Bob Inglis Source http://www.pri.org

OO Ex Republican Congressman: His Party’s
Denial of Climate Science
is ‘Courting Disaster’ With Voters
says Bob Inglis of South Carolina. The position is “out of step with where the science is and where the smart money is [which] is already moving to act on climate.”

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO European Offshore Wind Investment Hits €14 Billion In 2016

OO Rockefeller Fund Divests From Fossil Fuels,
Now Invests In Renewables
– providing $10 million to Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. to expand renewable energy in Africa.. The investment will help finance as much as $1.9 billion for green energy in Africa.

OO Chicago, IL: RedWave Energy Raises $5.5 Million to Turn Heat Into Electricity

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OO Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway– by capturing heat from thermal solar plants and storing it in liquid metal, for ultimate conversion to electricity. The estimated costs would be a magnitude lower than turbine conversion systems, suggests a new study.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO GOP And Democratic Platforms Highlight Stark Differences On Energy And Climate – Takeaways:

  • Republicans embrace fossil fuels,
  • Democrats push for climate action.
  • Legislators tend to hew to party platforms.

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A Stark, Clear Difference in the two major candidates: one will act on climate change, the other’s policies will contribute to it.

Related Headlines:

OO Climate Change Divide Bursts To Forefront In Presidential Campaign – Hillary Clinton highlights her plans to combat global warming. Donald J. Trump dismisses the science as a hoax.

OO Clean Energy Groups See Opportunities In Clinton’s Jobs Plan

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OO EPA Finding Clears Way For Limit On Aircraft Climate Changing Emissions

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

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Spanish Eagle Patrol Salutes Solar Plane Source Solar Impulse

OO Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around the World using only solar power. Although mechanical setbacks meant the entire trip spanned over a year:

  • The plane flew 23 days in 17 stages nearly 27,000 miles;
  • Solar powered by day, it glided by night.

“I’m sure that within 10 years we’ll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers on short to medium haul flights,” said co-pilot Bertrand Piccard.

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OO Minnesota: ‘Value of Solar’ Gains Another Foothold

“Value of Solar” approach (VOS) includes external factors like:

  • Avoided transmission investments,
  • Positive health and environmental impacts of clean energy
  • Helping the grid on sunny days when extra power is often needed.

The state is the first to adopt a VOS approach for determining how much community solar customers will be paid for the power their projects produce.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 11, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite cool surface temperatures, the drought continues in California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found in Asian forests, is another reason to save these important ecosystems.Source Pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Malaysia: Sarawak Establishes 2+ Million Acres Of Protected Areas and may add 1.1 million more… now will these truly be protected from illegal deforestation? Stay tuned, folks.

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Credit Dan at freedigitalphotos.net

OO Rising Temperatures Stunt Tree Growth new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed.

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Rising Temperatures Fuel Fires – the Sobranes, CA wildfire has destroyed nearly 70,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 40 homes. Source http://www.wcvb.com

OO 43 Large US West Wildfires as of August 24, 2016 shows the US Forest Service wildfire map.

OO New England Is Being Deforested since the 1980s due to expansion of affluent suburbs, says a new study; since then 5% of its forests has been lost.

Sounds small? “Even a small-scale rate of deforestation will have a large impact over time,” says study co-author Pontus Olofsson of Boston University.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Extraordinary Heat Wave In Eastern U.S.,
With Extreme Humidity
– recently, for the second long stretch this summer, with heat indices approaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Camelot It Isn’t as Africa and the Mideast heats up, literally and socially.

OO Epic Middle East Heat Wave Could Be
Global Warming’s Hellish Curtain-Raiser
– with record-shattering temperatures this summer scorching countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, climate experts warn that this could be a harbinger of worse to come.

OO It’s Hotter Nights – More Than Hotter Days –
That Make Heat Waves Dangerous
thanks to climate change. Hot nights deprive the body of a needed cool break from daytime heat, but under climate change, nights are heating up faster than days.

OO Heat Waves Bring Warnings About Synthetic Turf Risk – synthetic turf is much hotter to run on than natural grass: when air temperature reaches 90 F, turf temperatures have been measured at 165 F!

YEOW!! Time to hot foot it out of there – and returning the space to grass…

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2015 Was Not Cool – practically anywhere on the planet; most areas were hotter than average. Source http://www.theguardian.com

OO Environmental Records Shattered
As Climate Change ‘Plays Out Before Us
– with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found.

Related Headlines:

OO 2015 Set Frenzy Of Climate Records – and 2016 has broken or is poised to break several of 2015’s records: check out their interactive.

OO Latest Climate Report:
Heat, More Heat And Signs Of Worse To Come
– with 2015 record warm temperatures on every inhabited continent as ice melted and the seas rose at alarming rates. It hasn’t stopped.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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MELTDOWN

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Credit NSIDC; Holly Tichney at UK Met Office

OO A Pieced History of The Arctic’s Sea Ice Back To 1850 shows that Arctic sea ice cover has declined over recent decades, with the greatest decrease in the summer, with sea ice extent reducing roughly 12% per decade since the satellite record began in 1979.

OO The Alaskan Highway Is Literally Melting – with bumps and sometimes wide deep cracks scarring huge swathes of the road.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source Wikipedia

@@ How Climate Change Fuels Conflict – as temperatures soar and drought increases, many in Africa are losing their livelihoods. Looking for other ways to survive, some are turning to groups like Boko Haram.

OO Africa: Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating – most agree that Africa is the most impacted region by widespread violence and climate catastrophes.

OO Britain Protests Immigration But Ignores A Root Cause: Climate Changewith its politicians skeptical of action on global warming.

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OO US: Thirsty Westlands Faces Escalating Woes – think drought, and water wars.

OO So California: Stagnant Heat Brings Worst Smog In Years
And Surge In Hospital Visits

OO Climate Change Threatens Japan’s Agriculture

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TheWannabe Atlantis: Louisiana Floods Bigtime with thousands of homes destroyed, and several killed. Credit Isaac Landov at http://www.wunderground.com

OO 3 Killed In ‘Historic’ Louisiana Floods; Thousands Rescued

OO Philippines: Five Dead, Tens Of Thousands Flee Floods caused by days of unrelenting rain.

OO India Climate: Extreme Heat, Drought – And Now, Rain – this year’s strong monsoon has created floods:

  • affecting 8+ million people;
  • 1+ million people are living in temporary shelters;
  • some 300 people have died.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO In Corporate March To Clean Energy, Utilities Not Required – companies like google are buying renewable energy directly from the producers.

OO The New Green Grid: Utilities Deploy ‘Virtual Power Plants’ by linking together networks of energy-efficient buildings, solar installations, and batteries, US and Europe companies are increasingly helping utilities reduce energy demand at peak hours and supply targeted areas with renewably generated electricity.

OO An Expanded Power Grid Could Help California Fight Climate Change – by 2019, CA’s largest utilities could be slashing their use of fossil fuels by swapping CA solar energy for Rocky Mountain wind power in a sprawling Western electricity grid.

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OO California, New York Are Going Clean Energy –
But CA Is Ditching Nuclear

OO California: Tiny Town To Cut Emissions Via A Utility Collective to buy power on behalf of residents and businesses, acquiring more clean power as part of a potential climate plan committing to climate changing gas reductions.

OO Creative Incentives To Boost Groundwater Recharge In California – an innovative program offers landowners incentives to collect stormwater run-off to recharge groundwater.

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A Future Block Island View? Source http://www.siemens.com

OO Rhode Island To Have First Us Offshore Wind Farm

OO US Tribes Work With Scientists Against Climate Change

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OO China To Use Tougher Environmental Standards
To Tackle Capacity Glut
– including those of safety and energy efficiency, to rein in overproduction in key industrial sectors, such as steel, cement, coal, aluminum and glassmaking.

OO Australia: A Mining Shows How To Turn To Clean Renewables – as in wind and solar power.

OO Europe Aims To Close Loophole On Wood Energy that promotes burning wood for electricity by an industry that’s felling American trees, a reform that is urgently needed, says a new report.

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Soil Once Covered That Green Pole – back in 1852; farming has since eroded much of the rich soil. Credit Megan Darby

OO No-Dig For Victory:
Saving Britain’s Soils From Climate Stress
Takeaways:

  • Tilling soil exposes its carbon to air;
  • Exposed carbon converts into climate-changing CO2
  • And robs soils of needed carbon.
  • No till farming equipment is needed to plant seeds.

OO Seoul To Limit Old Diesel Vehicles To Fight Air Pollution

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OO Wisconsin Taxes Wind Farms – too bad they didn’t think of this in coal’s heyday… those old mines will continue to cause environmental headaches, both in local pollution and climate change generated.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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A Knotty Future awaits this Red Knot (hey, I don’t make up these names) and many other Arctic birds, as climate change drives a wedge between their breeding seasons and the emergence of their food sources.

OO Warming Climate Expected To Squeeze Out Arctic Bird Habitat – birds are hardwired to migrate according to daylight patterns; their food sources, insects, are hardwired to emerge based on temperature. This sets up a lethal mismatch in a warming future for breeding shorebirds, shows a new study.

About two-thirds of the studied species will lose most of their important breeding habitat by 2070.

OO Climate Change Could Make Beaches Saltier indicates a new study. Takeaways:

  • increasing temperatures up evaporation from beaches;
  • this makes the seawater trapped just beneath the surface saltier.
  • This could potentially affect coastal aquifers,
  • and beach life, such as crabs and shore birds.

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Marine Heatwave Caused Massive Bleaching on the beautiful giant Great Barrier Reef, turning undersea rainbows into ghostly white coral graveyards.

OO ‘The Blob’:
How Marine Heatwaves Are Causing Unprecedented Climate Chaos
– a giant mass of hot seawater off California caused massive die-offs of sea birds, marine mammals, fish and more during 2014-2015.

Such marine heatwaves are increasing worldwide, especially in Australia, where in 2015 they permanently destroyed 60+ miles of kelp forests. These forests sustained about $10 billion worth of fish and tourism industries.

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Gone Forever are many miles of kelp forests off Australia, along with all the fascinating creatures that lived among them, doomed by marine heatwaves. Source http://www.toptenplus.com

In 2016, marine heatwaves caused disastrous coral die-offs on the Great Barrier Reef there, and massive die-offs of mangroves, important natural coastal storm barriers.

OO Arctic Fish Populations Changing As Ice Dwindles, report says, with twenty species, including sleeper sharks, as newly documented denizens of the Arctic Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

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Did This Just Start A Bog Fire? Lightning can if the bogs are hot and dry. Source http://www.tehwethernetwork.com

OO A New Climate Danger: Carbon Released By Burning Bogs – rising temperatures can dry out northern peatlands, increasing the risk of fires that release thousands of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere.

Bog fires are notoriously difficult to extinguish, and can burn for decades.

OO Mountain Biodiversity More Vulnerable To Climate Change
than previously reported, a new study shows.

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Untouchable? As waters warm and enable toxic algal blooms, oysters and other shellfish concentrate the toxins in their flesh, making them poisonous. Source http://www.tabasco.com

OO Study Links Global Warming To Rise In Waterborne Illnesses – such as food poisoning from oysters, along with other nasty infections, a new study shows.

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A Cornucopia of Cichlid Fish evolved in Lake Tanganyika, such as this Blue Neon, and are being lost as the lake slowly warms over the centuries – an outdoor laboratory that previews what will happen to fish in a global warming world. Source aquarium-pictures.blogspot.com

OO World’s Longest Lake Is Being Depleted Of Life As Waters Warm – loss of biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s oldest and deepest lake, has been driven by 500 years of sustained climate warming, a study of core sediments has found.

OO Sea Lions Decline Tied To Declining Food Sources In Warming Waters in the Falkland Islands.

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FUNNIES

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@@ The Madhouse Effect – Enjoy the cartoons as you learn about the science, policy and solutions of climate change – and the strange pathology of climate denial.

Probably too many and big words for Donald Trump, but fine for ages 12 and up. You can get it here – a great gift for friends and family who need it.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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New York Goes Green – well, at least with its energy… but a farmer can dream of more…Source wwwurbanplantscapes.com

OO New York Approves Plan For 50 % Renewable Energy By 2030 The ambitious plan will rely on big subsidies to nuclear power plants to help reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.

OO Apple Can Sell Power As Tech Giants Boost Energy Investments – It spent $850 million last year on a 130-megawatt solar farm near San Francisco, and can now begin selling power into wholesale markets.

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Born in 2015, Walking in 2016? The global climate agreement created in Paris, December 2015, may start going into effect soon.

OO Global Climate Deal Likely To Enter Into Force In 2006 a new study shows.

OO Massachusetts’ Ambitious Clean Energy Bill
Jolts Offshore Wind Prospects
– making offshore wind a big part of its renewable energy requirements.

OO Toyota, Tesla And Vestas Ranked Among World’s Top Green Companiesand are outperforming most polluting counterparts by three to one.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Pushing Clean Energy And A Safe Future by creating new ways for the US government to address climate change. Credit AP photo, Julie Jacobson

OO Every US Govt Agency Will Have To Consider Climate Change in their decisions from now on, as the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality has finalized a process of shaping how the agencies will do so.

Related Headline:

OO Obama Broadens Use Of ‘Climate Tests’ In Federal Project Reviews to account for the carbon emissions and other climate impacts of their major decisions, new guidelines say.

OO Obama To Roll Out New Climate Change Measures for combating climate change before he leaves office.

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OO Clinton Makes Pitch For ‘Modern Grid’ essential for transitioning to clean renewable power; she called for billions of dollars in added infrastructure investments recently.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO Trump: Climate Change Won’t Be ‘Devastating – yeah, right – tell that to the flood victims in Louisiana, and the people who lost their homes to wildfires in the west, or to tornadoes in the Midwest…

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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CORAL CATASTROPHE CONTINUES

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Another Beautiful Undersea Kingdom Destroyed – a Guam coral reef in a cooler, healthier past, above, and in the wake of a warming present, devastated by bleaching, below.

OO ‘I Cried…Right Into My Mask’ – Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight, but have received little notice. Takeaways:

  • Just outside the Pacific “triangle” of high coral biodiversity,
  • Guam reefs host 300+ types of coral;
  • An important tourism area, Tumon Bay, has been hard hit
  • Early in the “bleaching season”

@@ A Coral Convulses: this heated coral expands then expels its symbiotic algae under time lapse photography.

Warming waters can up the photosynthesis of resident algae, leading to toxic levels of oxygen inside coral tissues. Thus, expelling the algae is a short term defense. But continued warm waters can deter algae from re-colonizing the coral, leading to its death.

El Nino worsened conditions on Guam reefs, causing extremely low tides which left parts of the reef exposed to air, and other parts shallow, thus prone to more heating.

“Today, for the first time in the 50 years I’ve been in the water, I cried for an hour, right into my mask, as I witnessed the extent to which our lovely Tumon Bay corals were…dying,” coral biologist Laurie Raymundo wrote.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Source cetology.org

OO When Protest Becomes Sacrament – these Catholic social justice advocates are exemplars of the force behind We Are Seneca Lake, one of the nation’s longest-running campaigns of civil disobedience, blockading a facility that enables fracking.

OO Clean Power Plan Offers Chance To Right Past Injustices, advocates say, in a little known provision.

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OO Climate Change May Be Doubted By Some,
But Now It’s The Law
says a federal appeals court in Chicago giving a thumbs-up this week to an obscure regulatory practice that helps the U.S. government account for projected costs of climate change.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO US Must Bury Coal To Save Miner Jobs said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, using ex-miners to clean up the messes left behind by closed coal mines, and having ex-miners help shape a post coal economy.

OO US Coal Regulator To Crack Down On Cleanup Coverage – states should force coal companies to set aside collateral to pay for future mine cleanups and protect taxpayers as the industry braces for further declines, a leading federal regulator said recently.

OO Colorado: Fighting Fracking at the Ballot Box – as the energy industry ramped up publicity for unregulated fracking, activists gathered signatures across the state to put 2 proposed fracking regulations on the November ballot.

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They’re Baaaaaack… To Drill for more oil, this time off Australia. As if the country hasn’t got enough climate change disasters with marine heatwaves destroying its coral reefs, kelp forests and mangroves. Wikipedia

OO BP Reveals Plans To Drill For Oil In Great Australian Bight Marine Reserve a commonwealth marine reserve.

OO Undermining China: Towns Sink After Mines Close – and houses sink into the collapsing network of mine tunnels.

OO India’s Coal Ministry Said To Seek Environment Tax On Petcoke an oil-refining byproduct and a coal substitute, is more polluting than coal and should be subject to the same federal taxes, the coal ministry said. Imagine anything like that ever happening in the US…

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO Solar Manufacturers Pivoting Away From Big US Utility Projects because utilities aren’t signing as many deals to buy electricity from their giant power plants.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 23, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, some of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California. Down south, a stagnating storm front, expected under climate change, brought historic flooding to much of Louisiana.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these wild flowers I photographed one summer. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and textsare freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Siberia Exploding, Too Hot to Work, LED Job Surge, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Soon This May Be The Only Kind Of Tropical Frog In Existence – one made of painted women; better to conserve our carbon-storing tropical forests. By Johannes Stoetter, source http://www.rebelsmarket.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Palm Oil Eats Away as its plantations wipe out forests. Credit mongabay.com

OO Can We Feed The World Without Cutting Forests? It can be done, says U.N. (MEH: not really – see below.) Agriculture is biggest driver of deforestation globally, but:

  • Giving people clear land ownership creates sustainable management;
  • Boosting investment boosts land productivity;
  • Forests can be protected.

MEH: The above argument is greatly flawed:

  • boosting land productivity beyond sustainable limits has already destroyed arable land;
  • our global population levels are already beyond sustainable limits;
  • forests fall when desperate, unsustainable populations use them for resources.
  • 80% of all arable land is already under cultivation globally;
  • The total amount of arable land is decreasing due to desertification and overuse.

Humanity is crashing through its global limits.

FORESTS ARE BURNING UP

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Climate Change Drives Wildfires – as higher temperatures both melt out mountain snowpacks earlier (meaning less water later in summer), and, in combo with drought, dries out trees, creating tinderbox conditions for fires. Source Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

OO Wildfires Have Burned More Than 2.6 Million Acres So Far This Year – under continuing climate change, higher temperatures and more frequent and intense droughts will fuel ever more intense and larger wildfires – until we run out of forests.

OO California’s Costly Wildfire Season Might Never End until it runs out of forests.

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Source siberiantimes.com

OO Huge Swaths Of Russia’s Forests Are Ablaze
– Possibly A Record Fire Season
– The past few years have seen huge conflagrations in this region, from a combination of forest management practices, firefighting policies, human-caused global warming and shorter-term weather fluctuations.

OO Russian Wildfires Put Key Climate Change Resource At Risk – as the government’s practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia shrinks a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Just How Desperate Are You For A Hamburger? – enough to fuel climate change by destroying carbon sinks? Source http://www.vox.com

OO Cattle Grazing Is Now Causing Massive Deforestation Hotspots
In The Peruvian Amazon

OO Drought ‘Shuts Down Amazon Carbon Sink’ by killing trees and slowing trees’ growth rates, a study has shown.

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OO Global Warming Could Limit Forest Capacity as Carbon Sinks – more specifically, North American forests, says a new study.

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OO How To Stop Deforestation?
Give Indigenous People Rights To Land
– Indigenous people are better than governments at preventing forests from being cut and should be seen as a solution, not a barrier to protecting them, said a UN official.

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GOING, GOING…

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Fracking As Far As The Eye Can See Credit Mark Gamba at Corbis via Foundation for Deep Ecology

OO Humans’ Consumption of Earth’s Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years – says a new UN report.

Growing consumption drives climate change, as it uses huge amounts of climate-polluting energy; those energy sources, in turn, are using increasing amounts of energy just for extraction and distribution.

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Asia Deforests Source ulet ifan at flipboard.com

Trees, Orchids, Beautiful Birds, And More – All Gone when a tropical forest disappears, and often extinguishing unknown, unique forms of life.

“The alarming rate at which materials are now being extracted is already having a severe impact on human health and people’s quality of life,“ said UN International Resource Panel co-chair, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra.

“We urgently need to address this problem before we have irreversibly depleted the resources that power our economies and lift people out of poverty.

[It] calls for a rethink of the governance of natural resource extraction.”

OO UN: Shorter Working Hours May Be Needed To Save Environment – to increase efficiency of resources used and slow their extraction.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Heat Alerts Blanket US. – N.Y.C., L.A. and Chicago were all under heat advisories recently, plus 23 states in between.

OO Deadly Dangerous Heat Wave Scorched Central And Eastern U.S. with at least 6 heat related deaths. The heat index, a measure of how hot it actually feels, could reach 115°F in parts of Washington, DC and 108°F in Philadelphia.

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How Much Hot Temperatures Differed for June 2016 in the US from the average. Source NOAA

OO Sizzling Midwest Previews a Hotter Future Climate‘Climate change is putting heat waves on steroids,‘ says prominent climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, with dire consequences for public health.

“Heat waves are getting more frequent and stronger.”

OO Heat Dome Had Tens Of Millions Sweating From Minneapolis To Mississippi and the high pressure area persisted for days, creating a vast heat wave across much of the US.

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OO Eastern Hemisphere’s All-Time Temperature Record:
Kuwait Fries In 54°C (129.2°F) Heat
on July 21, 2016 in the Middle East.

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A Hot Map tracing global temperature anomalies. Source Climate Central via NASA, NOAA data

OO First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temp Records -the first half of 2016 has blown away temperature records, capped off by a record hot June, once again bumping up the odds that 2016 will be the hottest year on record globally, according to data released recently.

OO Earth On Track For Hottest Year Ever As Warming Speeds Up – and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also confirmed that June was the 14th consecutive month to break temperature records.

OO Global Warming Happening Faster Than Predicted says the World Meteorological Organization, reporting the first six months of this year have seen all previous global warming records broken.

It also marked the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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MELTDOWN

OO Siberia: Areas Leaking Methane 200 Times Faster Than Usual,
Massive Releases Creating Giant Holes, ‘Trembling Tundras’
– as Russian scientists measured the gas emitted by the mysterious bubbles The ‘trembling tundra’ also contains concentrations of carbon dioxide 20 times higher than usual levels.

Scientists theorize the sudden appearance of giant holes in northern Siberia – a 2013 eruption was heard 60 miles away – is from methane gas from melting tundra is trapped in existing ice, exploding it.

Siberia: Scientists Discover Unusual Methane Bubbles Underground

OO Siberia: Heat Wave Sparks Anthrax Outbreak – as it melted the decades old, anthrax riddled carcase of a reindeer, allowing the pathogen to spread. 1500 other reindeer died from the highly infectious disease, and 13 people were hospitalized.

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A Canyon in White – as Greenland melts away. Credit James Balog

OO Greenland Lost A Staggering 1 Trillion Tons Of Ice In Just Four Years – How much is that?

Think of the ENTIRE weight of humanity currently – now multiply that by about 3,000.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Sun Lights A Night Time Street with solar powered LEDs. Source http://www.truelite.us

OO Off-Grid LED Lighting Could Create 2 Million Jobs as solar systems come on-line across the globe.

OO Governments Look to Phase Out HFCs, which are potent climate changing gases, causing 1,300 times as much warming as carbon dioxide over a span of 100 years even though they exist for a shorter duration in the atmosphere.

Diplomats and leading national ministers are negotiating to phasing them out. Originally, HCFs substituted chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) as refrigerants for air conditioners.

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OO Solarcity Raises $345 Million To Fund New Projects

OO Corporate Investment In Energy Efficiency ‘At An All-Time High’

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@@ Time To Choose – this is the trailer but one can view the entire documentaryhere via download torrent.

OO Not Your Typical Climate Change Documentary:
It Focuses On Solutions, Not Doom
– The film provides a compelling argument to its audience that renewable energy and alternative forms of living and eating are not only legitimately effective, but can give us a real shot at stopping climate change.

OO California: Alameda County Bans Fracking – the results of 2+ years of persuasion from a coalition of environmental groups.

OO California Moves Forward With Oil, Gas Methane Rules to slash methane emissions from oil and gas facilities 40-45% by 2025.

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OO Obama Plans to Expand Solar for Low-Income Homes to One Gigawatt – via the ‘Clean Energy Savings For All’ initiative by 2020.

The DOE also will award up to $100,000 for projects that develop solar farms and train solar workers in low-income communities.

OO India Doubles Down On Solar Parks After Sunedison Setback – the company formerly contracted to build major solar projects. India will double the target for energy to be generated from solar parks by 2020.

OO PM Modi Lures India’s Top Fossil Fuel Companies To Back Solar Boom

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OO Elon Musk Unveils Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’:
Package Electric Cars, Solar Panels and Energy Storage for Customers
by merging two big companies, Tesla and Solarcity.

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OH-OH

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What We’re Doing Won’t Prevent More of This and worse, as climate change continues. Use your vote to tell leaders we have to do more.

OO The World’s Climate Pledges Are Not Even Close To Good Enough – the Paris agreement won’t prevent our planetary thermal shields, the polar ice caps, from melting, or rainforests from dying.

But there’s still time to prevent even more catastrophic change – and the good news is, countries can easily do more than they’ve promised so far.

“If all countries were to replicate policies that are currently successfully implemented by some countries, the gap toward two degrees Celsius could almost be closed,” says a senior Netherlands government climate policy analyst.

Beyond national governments, organizations and corporations are also moving to effect change. Get involved.

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Missing In Action are measures to prevent the drowning of European civilization.Source http://www.caribflame.com

OO EU Climate Targets Fall Short Of Paris Deal Ambitions, Experts Warn – the European Commission missed an opportunity recently by failing to introduce a mechanism to increase emissions targets over time, a European coalition of environmental NGOs said.

OO Six EU Countries Have Already Met Their 2030 Climate Targets – indicating that the targets are way too weak.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO ‘World Can’t Afford To Silence Us’:
Black Church Leaders Address Climate Change
– One of the largest and oldest black churches in the US warns that black people are disproportionally harmed by global warming and fossil fuel pollution.

OO France And UN Press For Ratification Of Climate Agreement

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Higher and Higher – what is now our lowest global average temperatures is higher than the highest global average temperatures just 40 years ago… Credit Climate Central using NASA data

OO The Climate That Most Of Us Grew Up With Is Gone For Good

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Climate Change > Drought, Heat > Dry Forests > Wildfires in the US WestSource http://www.climatesignals.org

OO Massive Wildfires Rage Across California – destroying lives, homes, forests and sparking mass evacuations.

Extreme heat and years of ongoing drought, both linked to climate change, are increasing wildfire risk in California, and ten of the state’s 20 largest wildfires on record have all burned in the last 10 years.

OO Flame Broiled Alaska: With soaring temperatures and crackling lightning, wildfires erupt across the state.

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OO Tropical Storms To Get Fiercer As The World Warms − known variously as cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes, they bring death and destruction to huge swathes of the Earth’s surface. And new research suggests that they are likely to become even stronger.

Air pollution that cools the air masks the accumulating heat on the planet, and as the air gets clean, that mask will be stripped away: heating air absorbs more water – that extra water and energy translates into fiercer storms.

As if life weren’t exciting enough already…

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A Stinking Green Monster Is Engulfing US Waters – toxic algal blooms are sickening swimmers, suffocating water life, driving away tourists, and smell like “death on a cracker.” Credit Rick Egan at The Salt Lake City Tribune via AP

OO Why Disgusting Toxic Blue-Green Algae Blooms Seem Increasingly Common – across the US and elsewhere, sickening algal blooms are occurring more frequently.

“We’ve primed the system perfectly for blue-green algae blooms,” says Australia government scientist Darren Baldwin:

  • Nutrient runoff from agriculture settles in lakes and coastal areas;
  • Fiercer storms, fueled by climate change, stir up those nutrients more;
  • Hot waters, heated by global warming, and nutrients fuel massive algal blooms.

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An Undersea Rainbow Collapses Into Gray and Brown – as corals bleach die, taking down an entire ecosystem with them in the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere. Credit Justin Marshall at the University of Queensland

OO Sections Of Great Barrier Reef Suffering From ‘Complete Ecosystem Collapse’ as fish numbers tumble and surviving corals continue to bleach into winter, says a scientist witnessing it.

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What Once Was Is No More at Lizard Island and other devastated areas of the Great Barrier Coral Reef.

These natural undersea wonders, the evolutionary work of millennia, have been destroyed, and will not come back for generations, if ever.

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The Face of Climate Change – this could be the face of humanity in coming decades, if we do not address the underlying causes of climate change. Credit Kerstin Langenberger at Facebook

OO Polar Ecology In Flux Due To Climate Change – glacial melting and rising ocean temperatures are affecting the feeding, breeding and dispersion patterns of species, such as krill, cod, seals and polar bears, in the polar regions, say two new research studies.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

OO Wildlife Dying En Masse as South American River Runs Dry – the Pilcomayo River in Paraguay is littered with dead caiman and fish carcasses; in some areas almost all the caimans and capybaras – furry river animals – have died.

WASTE MAKES CLIMATE CHANGE

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OO America Wastes $160 Billion In Food Every Year But Is Too Busy To Stop

OO Denmark Leads Europe In Tackling Food Waste – 33+% of all food is spoiled or squandered, resulting in nearly a loss of $1 Trillion, and generating 8% of global greenhouse emissions.

“Waste makes everybody poorer,” said a Danish minister.

Led by a passionate activist, Denmark has been working intensively on solutions backing a global food waste measurement standard; once measured, it can be managed.

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Credit S. Brandlin at Deutsche Welle

Strategies include:

  • Supermarket “stop food waste areas” where nearly expired food sells very cheaply;
  • “ugly” food gets used in prepared food;
  • Public campaign urging people to eat their UFOs* once a month;
  • Too Good To Go startup pairs unsold meals with people who can buy them cheaply at day’s end.

*Unidentified Frozen Objects found in overstocked freezers. Yes, you probably have some.

OO Wal-Mart, America’s Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables – at a discount, using weather dented produce that might otherwise go to waste.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Soaring Temperatures Will Make It Too Hot To Work, UN Warns.

OO Global Warming Set To Cost The World Economy $2+ Trillion By 2030 as it becomes too hot to work.
‘If you are physically active in work, the hotter it is, the slower you work.’

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OO Heat Stress To Wipe Billions Off GDP In India, China

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So Pretty, So Deadly For Humanity – the loss of reflection as ice melts, not only speeds Arctic warming, but contributes to climate disruption worldwide. Source NASA

OO This Year’s Record Arctic Melt Is A Problem For Everybody“Melt ponds are a major contributor to radiation and heat in the Arctic,” says a NASA sea ice scientist. Takeaways:

  • Global warming is melting ice;
  • This increases Arctic heat absorption by darker waters;
  • Further heat speeds Arctic warming;
  • Arctic warming wobbles the polar jet stream;
  • Wobbling further mixes extreme cold and warm air masses over the northern hemisphere;
  • Thus, the wobbling is linked to more extreme weather where humanity lives.

So, Arctic warming helps fuel more extreme weather. Be concerned.

WATER, MORE AND LESS

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OO Torrential Rains, Floods Kill At Least 112 Across China,
With Scores Missing

OO Colorado: Climate Change Causes Earlier Snowpack Runoff,
Late Summer Water Scarcity For Farmers

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Drought Continues even as the devastating 2015-16 El Niño subsides; many parts of Africa, Central
America and Southeast Asia rains and harvests are not expected to recover until 2017.

OO Devastating Droughts Continue As El Niño Subsides

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OO Nigeria: Pests and Drought Hit Farms of Tomatoes – a staple of Nigerian diet. Increasing drought and desertification, along with pesticide resistance to the tomato moth worm, are decimating this important food crop.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Donar at politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com

OO GOP Platform, Which Calls Coal ‘Clean’,
Would Reverse Decades Of US Energy And Climate Policy

OO Republican Platform Rejects Paris Climate Agreement,
Climate Regulations

OO Republican Dream Of Shrinking EPA Could Hurt Industries former EPA officials say, and “rejects 40 years of environmental history and success,“ says an ex EPA head under the GHW Bush administration.

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO President Trump Would UP Climate Change
By Upping US Oil, Gas Production
– a policy promoted by his energy advisor.)

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Source Wikipedia

OO Invest In Small Scale Renewable Projects Too,
To Ensure Universal Access To Low Carbon Energy

OO The Public Health Case For Energy Storage – A new study proposes storage and demand response to avoid extra air pollution while meeting peak demand.

OO Curb the Marijuana Industry’s Voracious Energy Appetite – policymakers should start by requiring indoor cultivators to consume only carbon-free energy sources or to pay a carbon fee until such measures can be implemented.

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Some Like It Cool – but if a cool pool isn’t nearby, try a cool neck wrap instead.Source http://www.arcticspas.com

OO The Best Strategies To Keep Bodies Cool In A Heatwave, say researchers, is full body immersion or cooling the extremities to help maintain healthy body temperatures.

Okay, let’s just assume we all don’t have a cool pool handy at home or work. What to do?

The Wet Scarf: Carry a cotton scarf/cloth, a wash cloth, and bottle of water with you. When you start heating up, thoroughly wet the scarf and wash cloth, roll the latter inside the former, and tie around your neck. It makes a BIG difference. Replenish occasionally with ice cubes or cold water (often free at fast food places).

At night, keep a wet wash cloth nearby for periodically swabbing down your extremities.

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Google Data Center Source Google/Rex

OO Google Uses Artificial Intelligence To Cut Data Centre Energy Use By 15%

OO How A Former Wal-Mart Executive Is Helping The Air Force Cut Energy Costs

OO Paying Businesses To Power Down ‘Could Save UK Billions’ a new industry report finds.

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Zipping Around In a Borrowed Car helps reduce pollution.

OO Car-Sharing Reduces Pollution, Autos On The Road says a new study, filling in the small gaps between those who commute using mass transit or bicycling.

OO China Launches New System To Efficiently Channel Wind Power Investments – to prevent investment in areas where lack of infrastructure results in useless power production.

OO Australia, Cheap And Clean:
Company Creates Hydrogen With Near-Zero Emissions
– using cheap iron ore to convert methane into hydrogen, capturing any resulting carbon as graphite.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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The Man Gets It “Stay safe as it heats up: Drink water, stay out of the sun, and check on your neighbors,” tweeted President Obama. Source http://www.baltimoresun.com

OO Weather-Communicator-In-Chief? President Obama Calls Attention To Heat Wave

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Increased Asthma Attacks Tied To Exposure To Natural Gas Production

OO Ships Worsen Air Pollution Over China, Killing Thousands finds a new study.

OO The Future Of Big Oil?
At Shell, It’ The “New Coal,” Natural Gas
as the deluded energy giant thinks this will help address climate change.

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Credit Joel Pett

OO New Documents Reveal
Oil And Tobacco Industries’ Dirty History Of Working Together
to mislead the public on the harms of each.

OO Tobacco And Oil Industries Used Same Researchers To Sway Public – as early as the 1950s, the two groups shared scientists and publicists to downplay dangers of smoking and climate change.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ Myth vs Truth: The Huge Value of Contraception is an incisive, heartfelt recognition of the value of contraception by Sarah Brown, CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly
the Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO Tanzania: Dodging Costs And Power Cuts,
Firms Profit From Solar Drive

OO China Installed 20 GW Of Solar Power in first-half of 2016; triple from a year ago.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 4, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild spotted coralroot orchid I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and textsare freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: A Hot New High, Kids Show the Way, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Amazonian red eyed tree frogs, is another reason to save our carbon storing forests. Source michaelturco.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Red Reads Dry – increasingly so for the Amazon, just over the past decade.Source NASA

OO Climate Change Scourge:
Dry Amazon Likely To Burn Bigtime This Year
– NASA images now show. Takeaways:

  • NASA says wildfire risk (July-Oct) greater than 2005 and 2010, when wildfires burned large swaths;
  • Amazon has burned more thru June 2016 than previously;
  • Satellite data show most of Amazon soil is dryer than normal.

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Worlds Of Life Goes Up In Flames – as the Amazon and forests worldwide burn.Source The Atlantic

Through fossil fuel burning we have created giant outdoor ovens;
because we know why, we are no longer innocent.

In drought, trees evaporate less water, and burn easier.

“This puts millions of trees under stress and lowers humidity across the region, allowing fires to grow bigger than they normally would.”

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

OO Tanzania: Growing Mushrooms Helps Save Forests – Takeaways:

  • Crops are failing from climate change;
  • For income, some turned forests into charcoal/wood fuel;
  • Tanzania has one of sub-Saharan’s highest deforestation rates.

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A Mushroom House surrounded by moist forest. Source mapprinter.wordpress.com

  • Growing mushrooms is an alternative income, not reliant on crops/livestock.
  • Forests supply the local moist conditions to grow them.
  • NGO Farm Africa is showing farmers how.

“When the forest is logged or burned, not only does carbon absorption stop but the carbon stored in trees and other vegetation is released into the atmosphere, increasing the amount of climate-changing gases,” said a field officer.

OO US, Others: Global Climate Spending Focusing On Forest Protection

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HOTTER CLOUDY FUTURE

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Clouds High N Low – wispy high cirrus clouds, “mare’s tails”, differ greatly from low “puffy” cumulus clouds. Source earthdata.nasa.gov

OO Climate Change Models Predicted Change In Clouds;
Altered Patterns Will Worsen Warming
says a new study that analyzed satellite data over 2 decades, starting in the1980s. Takeaways:

  • Clouds are shifting towards the poles;
  • Clouds are shifting higher in the atmosphere;
  • Findings confirm fast pace of warming predicted by climate models.

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Northward, Ho! 2011 Atlantic hurricanes show how they typically track northward.Source geo-mexico.com

These changes are consistent with 3 main atmospheric changes:

  • Expansion of the subtropical dry zones, the desert belt, on either side of the equator;
  • Shift of mid-latitude storm tracks towards the poles:
  • Clouds are rising higher as a warmer atmosphere makes them more buoyant.

Related Headline:

OO ‘The Most Singular Of All The Things That We Have Found’:
Clouds Study Alarms Top Scientist

OO Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

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WE’RE HARMING NATURE — AND OUR FUTURE

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Source Wikimedia Commons

OO Expanding Farms Plunge Biodiversity, Nature
Below Safe Limits
Over Nearly 60% Of World’s Land
reveals a new study, as well as expanding roads and cities, leading to a dangerous decline of natural services, including:

  • The ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide;
  • The biodiversity that humanity needs for food, medicine, and more;
  • The moderation of climate;
  • The filtration needed for clean air and water.

“If we keep degrading biodiversity there will be a point where it’s very difficult to support agriculture,” said the lead study author.

Related Headline:

OO Biodiversity Is Below Safe Levels
Across More Than Half Of World’s Land

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HOT NEWS

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And So The Egg Fries…

OO Eastern Hemisphere’s All-Time Temperature Record:
Kuwait Fries in 54°C (129.2°F) Heat
under continued global warming, it will get hotter…

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Hot Stuff! The heat alerts issued on July 23, 2016. Source National Weather Service

OO Dangerously Hot Temperatures Cover Much of the U.S. Now Takeaways:

  • High temperature and humidity is widespread;
  • Creating 100+ F Heat indices*, sometimes up to 115 F;
  • Scorching central and eastern US, pushing into the Southwest.
  • Several heat stroke deaths already, both young and old;
  • CNN warns that overnight heat can be more deadly than daytime;
  • National Weather Service issued heat alerts for 25 states.
  • A massive upper atmospheric dome of high pressure is keeping it hot – and may persist through the week!

*Heat Index combines temperature and humidity levels to estimate “feels like” temperatures on the human skin.

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OO Alaska Bakes In Heat Wave While Arctic Sea Ice Continues To Melt – with highs in the 80s across much of the region.This year Alaska has witnessed a freakishly warm first six months with the state’s temperature averaging 30.4°F, 9°F higher than normal.
As a result, the state’s fire season had an early start this year.

OO D.C.’S Summer Heat Is Rapidly Becoming More Oppressive analysis finds, but so many clueless frogs in that pot refuse to notice what’s driving it.

OO US Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat, Humidity shows a new analysis. Takeaways:

  • Florida, Texas, and the Southwest have already seen dramatic rises in heat, humidity;
  • Further dramatic rises will be widespread by 2050, if climate changing emissions are unchanged;
  • By 2100, yearly US heat related deaths will range in 1,000s to 10,000s.

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OO California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Global Warming and is already starting to affect the weather and water, even though the coastal warm waters, which blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California last year, were caused by the coincidental interplay of natural ocean cycles, a recent study shows.

OO In Warming Oceans,
Stronger Currents Releasing Heat In Bigger Storms
a new study says. The currents are releasing 20% more heat than 50 years ago. Japan, China and Korea will warm faster and can expect more storminess.

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@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Now, Imagine Them All In Category 5… 4 hurricanes forming off the US in 2011.Source NASA

OO Tropical Cyclones On Track To Grow More Intense As Temperatures Rise

OO UK: Unpredictable Weather Disrupts The Lives Of Wildlife – prolonged wet and cold summer spells force insects to hold off feeding, courting, or laying eggs, for example.

@@ From Floods To Forest Fires: A Warming Planet – In Pictures

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO California: Drought Hits Low-Income Bay Area Communities Hard

OO Wildfires Rage Across Southwest, Forcing Home Evacuations

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Fishy Future in Play – studies show that the environment for inland fish is heating up.

OO Climate Change Harming America’s $73 Billion Angling Industry – Takeaways:

  • Inland fish play critical roles in US ecosystems and economics;
  • Fish keep nature in balance, feeding,
  • and in turn, feed iconic species like eagles, bears.

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  • Warming waters are changing ranges,
  • Life cycles, fish abundance,
  • and is especially affecting trout.

OO Montana’s Rivers Are Warmer Than They Should Be,
Which Is Bad News For Trout
What worries many experts is that, for the past 15 years, some of America’s finest fishing rivers keep breaking records for early snowmelts, too-warm water and low flows.

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Too Hot to Handle? The health effects of climate change on workers are diverse.

OO Climate Change Is Making Farm Work More Dangerous Than It Already Isresulting in heat-related deaths, and disease, such as kidney disease.

OO Earth’s 5th Costliest Non-U.S. Weather Disaster On Record:
China’s $22 Billion Flood
– continues, where torrential monsoon rains along the Yangtze River Valley in central and eastern China since early summer have killed 237 people.

OO Britain Must Urgently Prepare For Flooding, Heatwaves And Food Shortages, due to continuing climate change, says a government report.

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MELTDOWN

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Pole to Pole, Glaciers Are Crumbling like this one in Antarctica. Source http://www.komar.org

OO Warmer Oceans Driving Antarctic Peninsula Glacier Melt – and not warmer air, as was previously suspected, a new analysis of data shows. Of the 670+ glaciers on the Peninsula’s western side, almost 90% are retreating.

OO Retreating Glaciers A Sign Of Alaska’s Major Meltdown – this summer’s record-breaking temperatures hasten glacier, permafrost melt.

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Greenland Mosaic of melt ponds and streams net the melting icescape. Source earthobservatory.nasa.gov

OO Deep-Blue Ponds And Streams Highlight Melting on Greenland Ice Sheetwhich is melting at a near-record pace.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Developing Nations’ Energy Intensity Down 40% Since 1990:
Energy Use Is Decoupling From Economic Productivity Worldwide

Related Headline:

OO Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent In CO2 Emissions Takeaways:

  • More zero-carbon energy is being produced from wind and solar;
  • low natural gas prices and mercury pollution regulations prompt coal plant closings,
  • and opening natural gas plants, which emit less carbon dioxide.

OO EU To Introduce Limits On Truck CO2 Emissions

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As Waters Rise Nations Move to Act on a treaty to stop climate changing emissions. Credit Dave Fleetham

OO Pacific Islands Nations Consider World’s First Treaty To Ban Fossil Fuels– The 14 countries would ban new coalmines and embraces 1.5C target set at Paris climate talks.

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OO Distributed Wind Has Floundered for Years –
Now Oil Companies Are Investing in It

OO South Australia Reaps 83% Of Electricity In One Day From ‘Wild’ Wind

OO Money Flows Into Batteries for Buildings, Power Grid

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OO California: Renewable Energy Creates Good Jobs
In Distressed Areas of California

OO Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price This Year

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SPEAKING OUT

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They Have The Right To Know Credit Jared Flesher

OO Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching “Climate Justice” – teaching the truth about the severity of the climate change crisis facing our children.

OO Number Of Americans ‘Alarmed’ By Climate Change Rises In Latest Poll

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OO UN Human Rights Council Declares Climate A Priority

OO UN Criticises UK And Germany For Betraying Paris Climate Deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies..

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO Europe’s Oil Imports ‘Dependent On Unstable Countries’

OO Power From “The New Coal”, Natural Gas, Expected
To Reach A Record High,
Despite Climate Concerns
– bad news, because besides the bad methane emissions from its production and distribution, burning it adds further emissions.

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OO US Coal Ash Crisis Builds – Coal production and use has plummeted, but the wastes left behind after burning it keep on coming, and they have been stored in lightly regulated, water-filled basins since at least the 1950s.

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OO China Pledged To Curb Coal Plants.
Greenpeace Says It’s Still Adding Them.
The construction boom would result in about 400 gigawatts of excess capacity and waste more than $150 billion on building unneeded plants, said the new a report.

But …

OO Record Growth In Chinese Renewable Energy Markets

OO Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boomsays Amnesty International report.

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OO Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion in revenue in the next 25 years due to global efforts to curb greenhouse gases, says a new economic analysis.

OO BP Fined Further $2.5 Billion Over Deeepwater Horizon Spill

OO China Energy Giant’s Big Bet On Canadian Oil Sands Backfires

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OO Nigeria Oil Addiction Destroying Its Future – Takeaways:

  • 70% of Nigerian revenues come from oil sales;
  • Big Oil has been allowed to environmentally wreck much of its south;
  • Low oil prices have dramatically cut revenues;
  • Southern militants are blowing up pipelines, to free the oppressed south.
  • Civil war is brewing.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO Engage TV Weathermen to Talk Climate – the climate journalism organization, Climate Central, among others, is helping them do so.

OO Stop US Food Waste:
Half Of All US Food Produce Is Thrown Away
new research suggests.

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OO Carbon-Free Banking: Where To Save, Invest And Borrow

OO Expansion Of California’s Electric Grid Would Save Consumers $1.5 Billion a new study says.

OO French Carbon Pricing Committee Proposes Tax On Coal-Fired Power

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OO Your Kids’ Energy-Saving Habits Are Having An Impact On You shows a new study.

OO California: Going Net-Zero With Help from Geothermal Power

@@ Not Too Windy, Not Too Calm: Capturing Iceland’s Winds – the startup Icewind is building a new type of funky wind turbine designed to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself down in high-winds, preventing it from catching on fire or ripping apart.

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Soccer Energy Lights the Field with the help of underground tiles that converts all the energy of those pounding feet into electricity. Courtesy of Pavegen and Shell

OO From Favelas To The White House, Tiles Turn Footsteps Into Electricity

OO A Possible Model For Australia Going 100% Renewable: Kangaroo Island

OO International Space Station Crew Is Testing 3-D Solar Cells

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Acid Reducers – kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean, so growing them could help mitigate the damaging impacts of acidification on marine life.

OO How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification

OO Why Drones Are ‘Game-Changing’ for Renewable Energy but they’ve had their wings clipped by regulations.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Bernie Sanders Endorsed Hillary Clinton,
Citing Climate Change As A Top Issue

“Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that if we do not act boldly in the very near future there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels,” Sanders said.

OO DEM Senators Target The ‘Many-Headed Dragon’ Of Climate Change Denial

OO Democrats Embrace Price On Carbon
While Clinton Steers Clear Of Carbon Tax

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One of Many Ad-Hoc Methane Factories – as long as we let landfills belch it.

OO EPA Updates Methane Requirements For Landfills

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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modified, Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO Donald Trump Would Be the World’s Only National Leader to Reject Climate Science

OO Trump Ends VP SusPence, Picks Koch Darling Pence a GOP insider with ties to Big Industry.

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Credit Donar at politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com

OO The Republican Party’s Platform Says Coal Is ‘Clean’ Energy – Yeah, right – and Donald Trump is a Mormon.

OO House Republicans Target Subsidies for Utility-Scale CSP preferring dirty to clean energy.

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OO TTIP Proposal Casts Doubt On G20 Climate Pledge a leaked EU draft shows.

OO UK: Government Axes Climate Department -Ed Miliband, the former energy and climate secretary under Labour, called the move “plain stupid.” It comes at a time when the government is being urged to ratify the Paris climate change deal.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS flying

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OO Historic Round-The-World Solar Flight Showcases Clean Energy
As It Concludes

OO California’s Biggest Utilities Break Own Record for Solar Power – the California Independent System Operator, or ISO, on Tuesday managed enough solar energy to power 2 million homes.

OO Germany Sets A New Solar Storage Record – 40+ % of its solar installations have backup batteries, a world record.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 26, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation Soars, Flipping Crystals, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this golden macaw, is another important reason to save the carbon storing Amazonian rainforest. Source cuyabenolodge.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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OO Deforestation In The Amazon Continues – Takeaways:

  • in the last 50 years, nearly 20% has been lost
  • almost 300,000 square miles;
  • In 2015, it lost another 2,000 square miles.

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OO Deforestation From Illegal Gold Mining Spreads To Northern Peru show satellite images.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

OO India State Plants Close To 50 Million Trees In A Day – trying to beat a world record. Takeaways:

  • govt funded +6.2 billion for tree-planting nationally;
  • India pledges to increase forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030.
  • long-term survival of trees planted in such mass campaigns remains a concern.

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A Beauty Among Many That Are Threatened, the decline of the monarch butterfly is the poster story of much wider insect decline, including the catastrophic decline of bees worldwide. Credit Ted Wilcox

OO Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining
And Why It Matters
– they are being lost to pesticides, monoculture, and habitat loss, but are essential to agriculture and \ecosystems necessary for our survival. Think food pollinators, for starters.

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Paying For The Right Kind of Greenery Source http://www.ababaugandasafaris.com

OO Uganda: A Cheap, Simple Way To Slow Deforestation – where it is happening rapidly, is to simply pay land owners not to cut down their trees, a program showed.

The program is a positive model for protecting a biodiverse hub that includes a key habitat for endangered chimpanzees.

It also validates the effectiveness of a “Payments for Ecosystems Services” of the sort that could help slow global deforestation, leading driver of climate change.

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CARBON-STORING UNDERSEA FORESTS THREATENED

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Wikipedia

OO Sea Otters Are Climate Champions:
They Protect Carbon Storing Kelp Forests
in the Aleutian Islands by eating sea urchins, keeping these kelp eaters from ravaging kelp forests.

“The difference in annual absorption of atmospheric carbon from kelp photosynthesis between a world with and a world without sea otters is somewhere between 13 and 43 billion kg of carbon.”

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Sea Urchins Flourish, Eating Declining Kelp as oceans warm and acidify. Credit David Doubilet

OO Warming, Acidifying Oceans Harm
Health, Survival Of Kelp Forests
– particularly those in the warmest part of their range, shows a new study, reducing kelps while resulting in more of its predators, sea urchins.

Rock lobsters, which usually keep sea urchin numbers in check, are falling, putting yet more pressure on kelp populations. It is uncertain whether kelp communities will survive.

AUSTRALIA SEA FOREST DEVASTATION

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An Undersea Jungle No More – most of Australia’s kelp forests were recently destroyed by a marine heat wave. Source http://www.toptenplus.com

OO Australia: Marine Heatwave Devastates Vast Kelp Forests destroying about 90% of forests off the western coast between 2011 to 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy.

Related Headline:

OO Climate-Driven Regime Shift Of A Temperate Marine Ecosystem – rapid warming off Australia’s west coast has transformed large stretches of kelp forests into tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems of seaweeds, invertebrates, corals, and fish typical of subtropical and tropical waters, a new study finds.

OO Australia’s Other Great Reef Is Also Screwed – While the world panics about the Great Barrier Reef, an even larger and more valuable habitat, Australian kelp forests, are collapsing.

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That’s Not Snow – It’s Skeletons… of mangroves that died from overheating.Credit James Cook University

OO Mangrove Die-Off in Australia Led by Climate Change – About 7,000 hectares of mangroves over 700 km in the north have died due to climate change and El Nino — the worst in the world, says a mangrove expert.

“This is what climate change looks like. You see things push the maximums or minimums.”

Climate change warmed waters in the area made rainfall more erratic and, with this strong El Nino year, pushed mangroves beyond their tolerance threshold.

Australia is also reeling from mass coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef and mass deaths of kelp forests off the coast of Western Australia.

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OO Great Barrier Reef: Govt Must Choose Which Parts To Save says an expert, and confront the prospect that some of it may be doomed, an expert on conservation modelling has warned.

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OO Climate May Be More Sensitive And Situation More Dire says new research. The climate may be warming more and faster in response to climate changing emissions than previously thought.

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CHANGING LAND USE DRIVES ASIAN CLIMATE-CHANGING EMISSIONS

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Like A Giant Climate Changing Infection Asian deforestation emits climate changing carbon gases, and often the farms that replace them further add emissions in growing livestock and crops. Source ulet ifan at flipboard.com

OO Asia: Significant Carbon Emissions from Changing Land Use and Coverfrom 1980-2009 resulted, and were responsible for 20-40% of such source emissions globally, a new study finds.

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HOT NEWS

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Source NSF Central Arizona Phoenix LTER site

OO Heat Wave Lifts June To Hottest On Record For US with a record average of nearly 72 F for the lower 48 states.

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OO We Just Broke The Record For Hottest Year, Nine Straight Times

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CLIMATE COSTS MOUNT

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US Climate Change Costs Mount with this year looking to equal or be worse than the record US disaster year, 2011. Source NOAA

OO US Billion+ Dollar Weather Disasters Surge to Eight –
And It’s Only June
– Takeaways:

  • 2 floods and 6 severe weather events
  • Including severe hailstorms
  • many in Texas,
  • well above the US average in yearly disaster costs.

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European Capitals Are Set to Heat UP under continued global warming.
Credit MikeMey67 at flickr.com

OO Climate Change To Blame For 1,000 Deaths In 2003 Heat Wave says a new study.

  • The model attributes 1,000 deaths directly to climate change.
  • The model looked at Paris and London;
  • In much warmer Paris, 70% of the deaths were climate linked;
  • 20% in London.

Extended to the70,000+ deaths in Europe during that hot summer, the model could potentially link far more deaths to climate change.

The chances of experiencing such extreme heat waves in London and Paris have tripled.

OO Boiled Alive – When the human body gets to 42C, it starts to cook. The heat causes the proteins in each cell to irreversibly change, like an egg white as it boils. In the 2003 summer, record temperatures soared from 36.5 C to 41 C in Bosnia.

OO Climate Report Predicts British Heatwaves Of 48C

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Source CBC, Reuters

OO Canada: Alberta Wildfires Costliest Disaster In Canadian History

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MELTDOWN

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Planetary Thermal Shield Disappearing as it literally melts away, allowing the planet to absorb ever more heat every day.

OO Arctic Sea Ice Crashes To Record Low For June
With Record Speed
– ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say.

OO Alaska: As Glaciers Melt, Landslides Follow – mountainsides around Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska are giving way, causing seismic tremors and tsunamis.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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SPEAKING OUT

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Hillary At Least Addresses Climate Change occasionally, but Trump is absent on even acknowledging the problem.

OO Food Shortages, Sea Level Rise:
US Voters’ Top Climate Change Concerns

OO Climate Change: The Missing Issue Of The 2016 Campaign – reveals a Guardian survey of US voters, who are angry that the national election campaigns fail to deal with concerns over the gathering global disaster.

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WET NEWS

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OO Climate Change Makes Flood More Likely, More Damaging, experts say. Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that the warming of the planet’s atmosphere is increasing the occurrence of and the seriousness of heavy rains in West Virginia.

OO Britain Faces Drowning With Global Warming As the Earth’s temperature continues to rise at an alarming rate, and catastrophic flooding is just the beginning.

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The Bright Eye of Destruction, Nepartak, is the latest in destructive typhoons helped by the heat of global warming. Source climatesignals.org

OO Super Typhoon Nepartak Causes Devastation Across Taiwan’s Coastline

OO Climate Change Boosted Nepartak’s Intensity, Destruction

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OO Acid Oceans Decreasing Carbon Storage in the Oceans – as the acidity* prevents myriad marine organisms from forming calcium carbonate skeletons, an important way that oceans store carbon.

Ultimately, there will be a limit of the carbon dioxide the oceans will be able to absorb. At that point, the planet will, under continued global warming, heat up far faster.

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Muscled Out By Climate Change? Source allomoulesfrites.com

OO Climate Change Will Muscle
Mussels Off The Menu By 2100
says a new study, ocean acidification seriously affects mussels’ ability to cling onto rocks,, which they must do 6-12 months while they grow to a marketable size.

By 2100, the mussel coastal regions will be so acidic that nearly half of mussels will be unable to cling on long enough to be farmed.

Related Headline:

OO Acid Attack: Can Mussels Hang On for Much Longer?

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Hot Times – Field and construction workers are particularly vulnerable to heat wave harm. Source imgur.com

OO As Temperatures Climb, US Workers Are Suffering – In 2011, heat killed 61 U.S. workers and sickened 4,400+.

There are no federal heat standards for workers.

OO New York City Faces Drowning Within This Century – from projected sea level rises of 5-7 feet or more.

It’s not clear that even the planned 10-foot walls to protect Manhattan will be enough, especially when the next big storm comes.

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The Sea Is Claiming Their Homes with rising tides, faster than these Marshall Islanders can find new ones. Source Bikini Atoll Local Government via AP

OO Seas Rising Faster Than Refugee Law Can Adapt – in being able to decide what rights people have when displaced by rising sea levels.

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From Wet to Dry: As Lake Poopo Died, So Did the Identity of A Community

OO Climate Change Drying Up Lakes That Sustain Communities in the Andes in South America.

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OO What Happens When Society Crumbles And Progress Stops Takeaways:

Every complex society in history – think Rome, the Maya, Greece – has collapsed.

  • societies grow more complex at the cost of energy;
  • social collapse occurs when not enough energy exists to sustain social complexity;
  • collapse of trade, political institutions, technology, economies, production ensues.
  • collapses are inhumane: MANY people die.
  • in past regional collapses, people refashioned new societies from remnants.
  • the next collapse is likely to be global;
  • current resource devastation and pollution means
  • there will not be much left to develop our current level of society, again.

MEH: If we brought our populations to sustainable numbers and consumption levels humanely, we might spare our descendents this inhumane future.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

GOOD IDEAS

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Credit E. Moinu, IITA

OO The Limits To Green Growth – Reconciling environmental and economic imperatives will be hard, but necessary.

“Some might argue that calling for radical transformation, rather than incremental change, is inappropriate…
But this view implicitly underestimates the seriousness of the environmental crisis that the world faces, and assumes linear change when the needed transformation will be non-linear.”

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“We Now Live In A Full World, but we still behave as if it were empty…”
Credit Randy Scott Slavin

As Herman Daly notes:

“we now live in a full world, but we still behave as if it were empty, with ample space and resources for the indefinite future…

The prevailing obsession with economic growth puts us on the path to ecological collapse, sacrificing the very sustenance of our well-being and survival.

To reverse this ominous trajectory, we must transition toward a steady-state economy focused on qualitative development, as opposed to quantitative growth, and the interdependence of the human economy and global ecosphere.”2016-07-21-1469075996-5106620-soilheldinhandswplantNatashatfreeimagesrbdcctw98.jpg

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OO How The World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change – Takeaways:

  • Soil mixed with biochar* and organic matter stores far more carbon;
  • Retains far more water and is far more fertile;
  • In combo with reducing fossil fuel use, it could make a huge difference
  • And address many agriculture, food security and hunger issues.

*organic wastes heated in a low oxygen environment – a way to recycle human and agricultural wastes, both plant and animal.

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Source AFP via Getty Images

OO Fix or Nix the Most Inefficient, Dirtiest Plants
To Reduce Emissions
in every country, a new study indicates, since not all plants are equal in how much emissions they produce per unit power.

OO A Super Microgrid Controller Allows Microgrids to ‘Talk’ to Each Other – important as clean energy microgrids spread.

OO Flipping Crystals Improves Solar Cell Performance – Takeaways:

  • Perovskite crystals can convert sunlight to electricity efficiently;
  • A new two dimensional formation of the crystal has tripled that efficiency
  • And is outstandingly stable.
  • Perovskites are closer to being used in solar installations.

OO California: Making Your Home Energy Smart With A Click – the state government is making it happen.

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Source floridatrend.com

OO Miami’s Plan To Deal With Climate Change: Make Developers Pay Up – charging fees for those who develop in environmentally sensitive areas.

OO Here’s What US Can Learn From Germany’s Sunny Grid – One day recently, Germany had generated just short of 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. Part 3 of 4.

OO Surviving Kenya’s Drought:
Catching Water With Rocks
– Rock catchment systems use naturally occurring rock outcrops to divert rainwater to a central collection area. A concrete wall is built to direct the water that trickles down the rock surface into a sand and gravel filter, then down pipes into covered storage tanks.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Big Solar Is Leaving Rooftop Systems In The Dust – Solar power is on pace for the first time this year to contribute more new electricity to the grid than will any other form of energy – a feat driven more by economics than green mandates, favoring large scale over rooftop installations.

OO Offshore Wind Costs Hit Record Low .

OO Wind Power Plant In Atacama Desert Fills Chile’s Clean-Energy Sails

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OO Google, Amazon and Apple Are Forging
the Future of Corporate Energy Management

Large corporations are taking a more active approach to managing their energy.

OO New York Investing Bigtime in Clean Energy Future

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Bringing The Sun to her community in Tanzania, selling solar lights, and clean stoves as part of the Solar Sisters cooperative. Source Solar Sisters

OO From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers:
The Women Leading A Renewables Revolution
– From Tanzania to India, social enterprises are helping women become clean energy entrepreneurs.

OO Deutsche Bank Pulls Back From Deals in Coal Mining Sector

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CLINTON BESTS TRUMP AT CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICY

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Where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Stand on Climate, Energy
Source http://www.realclearpolitics.com

OO Where Clinton, Trump Stand on Energy, Climate Change

OO Trump’s Wall Will Hurt U.S. Energy Companies – by choking off a burgeoning energy relationship between the US and the emerging oil and gas nation of Mexico.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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OO Despite Economic Advantages,
Some Republican States Are Discouraging Clean Energy

OO G20 Nations Fail To Agree
On Timeline For Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Coal Dust Pollution Kills 23,000 Yearly In EU penetrating lungs, and it racks up tens of billions of euros in health costs, says a new report.

OO Shell Seeks Exemption To North Sea Clear-Up Rules so it doesn’t have to remove all the drilling crap it left undersea – some of the structures the size of the Empire State Building.

OO Poland’s Disappearing Lakes Fuel Battle Over Coal Mining as the industry siphons groundwater for its mining, and farms and lakes dry up.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO Faster Rooftop Solar Growth
To Cut Demand From Biggest U.S. Grid

OO ‘The Switch: How Solar, Storage And New Tech
Means Cheap Power For All’
– the solar revolution is closer than you think, argues an expert, as storage and new technology evolve.

OO MGM Resorts Expands Solar Array, Now US Largest

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California, despite the occasional precipitation.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: Massive Worldwide Tree Die-Off, Selling Solar Surges, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Amazon tree frog, is another reason to conserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.theguardian.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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The Giants Nearby my home in California. I love them. Source http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org

OO California Redwoods: The Ultimate Carbon-Storing Forests in the World a new study finds.

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Amazon Burning Credit Dado Galdieri at AP

OO El Niño, Climate Change Are Making The Amazon Dry And Flammablesays researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine.

What were once considered once-in-a-century events are increasing as global warming takes hold.

Just in the past decade, the Amazon suffered from two record drought years (2005, 2010), and massive fires thought to have been mostly caused by humans.

Related Headline:

OO Dry Amazon Could See Record Fire Season forecast researchers.

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OO 2015 Southeast Asian Fires Emitted Most Carbon Since 1997 – blanketing the area in thick haze and, producing emissions higher than in the whole of the European Union, say scientists.

OO Millions Massive Die-Off of Trees Worldwide Tied to Climate Change is occurring in California, the US Southwest and Europe, adding to further climate change as their decomposition releases climate-changing gases.

The link is from current extreme droughts of the sort expected under continued climate change.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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Orange Areas average 28 degrees C. Source http://www.independent.co.uk

OO Humans Have Caused World’s Warmest Seas To Surge In Temperature, scientists say, via greenhouse gas emissions that have created the giant ‘Indo-Pacific Warm Pool’, the largest area of warm water in the world that stretches 9,000 miles along the equator.

The Indo-Pacific Warm Pool, where the water averages more than 28 degrees Celsius, has increased in size by about a third in 60 years.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The Fate Of Future US Babies? Zika infected pregnant women often give birth to tiny brained babies, whose lives are often short , and for their parents, tortuous.Source bn.thetodaypost.com

OO Zika In Florida: 10 New Cases Confirmed
Amid Concern Over US Sluggish Response
– although all infections were acquired overseas, hundreds of infected people in Florida heighten the chances of creating an infected pool of mosquitoes.

This pool could then create an epidemic of zika in Florida that could spread further in the US.

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OO Summer Of Fire: Drought Transforms Southern Sierra into a tinderbox of an estimated 66 million dead trees in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Related Headline:

OO Wildfires Engulfing The West Coast Are Fueled By Climate Changeexperts warn, and require new strategies.2016-07-13-1468381692-2641269-wildfirefoughtwchemicalairdropplaneTDCccr337.jpg

Run: A new wildfire burning through bone-dry grass, shrub and timber has forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in a mountain community.

OO California Wildfire Prompts New Round Of Evacuations

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Study in Toxic Green Source http://www.miamiherald.com

OO Florida Takes Economic Hit:
Toxic Algae Drives Away Tourists
– the massive bloom smells like “death on a cracker”; the last time such a big bloom occurred, it took months for the estuaries to recover.

Both rising water temperatures and poorly regulated pollution guarantees more of these.

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OO 1 In 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches Decline around the world both from lack of protein and critical micronutrients like iron and zinc.

So declining fisheries pose major risks for global health, scientists warn.

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HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A WATER PROBLEM…

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The Vital Monsoon: When Will It Come? Wikipedia

OO Climate Change Warming Asian Waters, Altering Monsoon – making it more erratic and unpredictable.

It’s an ominous problem for 70% of India’s 1+ billion citizens, who need reliable monsoon predictions
to decide when they will sow their seeds and harvest their crops.

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The Not So Mighty Indus Wikipedia

OO Stressed Indus River Threatens Pakistan’s Water Supplies – the river supports the lives of 300 million people, and supplies Pakistan with less water than it did 50 years ago, particularly in the spring and summer, researchers have found.

Meanwhile, demand for water is projected to rise sharply.

OO Murders, Violence On Rise As Parched India Battles For Water – Northern and central India continue to suffer thorough severe drought and oppressive heat.

Police in several regions are reporting a rise in violent – and often deadly – clashes over water.

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MEATY PROBLEM

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You Want To Eat … ME??! Source TakePart

OO Meat: An Unhealthy Habit – accumulating evidence indicates that meat, particularly red meat, is just a disaster for the environment – and not so great for human beings, too.

OO This Is What Your Hot Dog And Burger Are Doing To The Planet When Americans fire up their grills on July 4th, they dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning almost 2,200 railcars of coal.

Okay, I can hear it now – “What — now you’re attacking my hot dog?

It does all add up – BUT what will really make a difference is whether you vote for leaders who will act on preventing further climate change.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Blowing Interference Credit Christian Steiness

OO Creating More Efficient Wind Farms –
Based on Schools of Fish
– Takeaways:

  • Large offshore turbines disrupt air flow
  • creating interfering wakes of slow moving air behind them;
  • Thus, turbines in rows behind them harvest less energy;
  • Large size forces turbines to be spaced widely, further reducing energy harvesting.

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Fish School Us On Wind Power – a piscine school is a demonstration of animals adapted to maximizing their swimming efficiency. Courtesy Robert Whittlesey

  • Fish in schools show staggered formation,
  • And use neighborly turbulence to swim more efficiently;

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Staggering Counter Spinning Turbines ups efficiency. Credit John Dabiri and Matthias Kinzel

  • Staggering smaller, shorter wind turbines
  • In pairs of opposing rotations,
  • Increases wind energy harvesting 10 times, researchers found.

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OO Transport Emissions Are Rising – Time to Tighten Standards

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Source renewableenergyideas.org

OO Apple, Patagonia, Google, and Others Are
Expanding Into Solar Power
– not just through solar panels on their roofs, but through:

  • Rooftop projects to massive plants (Google)
  • Giant solar plants and selling excess energy from their roofs (Apple)
  • Solar panel leasing on other rooftops (Patagonia)

Patagonia is also showing other companies how to expand into the solar power business.

Walmart, Macy’s, Costo, and Ikea are some of the biggest users of solar power to power their businesses in the US – is it just a matter of time before they start selling solar electticity?

OO ‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity – providing the solar rooftop systems, the batteries to store the solar power, and the electric cars that use those batteries. And offering it all in a convenient, economic way to customers.

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Educating Bill Gates Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OO Let’s Upgrade Bill Gates’ Climate Reading List – Bill is under the delusion that we need clean energy “miracles,” because he believes the flawed arguments of Vaclav Smil.

Luckily, Bill and Vaclav are wrong. It’s time to update Bill.

OO Canada: Govt Think Tank Pushes Nation to Think Beyond Oil Dependence

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THE “NEW COAL”
COULD CREATE A HOLE
IN ANY CLIMATE GOAL

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Natural Gas: Not All That Clean Credit Tim Evanson at flickr

OO Leaking Coal Seam Gas Fields May Blow Hole In Emissions Goals – a growing chorus of voices from Australia and overseas is warning that any perceived benefits of burning natural gas for energy could easily be lost with just small leakages of the potent climate changing gas.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Stephen Hawking Source http://www.strangenotions.com

OO Stephen Hawking: Pollution And ‘Stupidity’
Still Biggest Threats To Mankind
– he notes: “Six years ago, I was warning about pollution and overcrowding, they have gotten worse since then. The population has grown by half a billion since our last interview, with no end in sight.”

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Credit Stephane Mahe at Reuters

“Greenhouse Gases Must Be Substantially Reduced.” Major US scientific organizations told Congress.

OO Top U.S. Science Organizations Hammer Congress on Climate Change—Again
Scientists implore action and note rising bipartisan demands for action as heat waves and wildfires worsen.

Related Headline:

OO Science Organizations Again Urge Congress To Take Climate Change Seriously in a letter signed by many major US groups.

It pushes back against climate denial and calls for policy solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

OO 31 Scientific Bodies Tell US Congress: Climate Change Is Real and to get real on climate change.

As many as 180 Congressional members are thought to be skeptical of human-caused climate change.

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OO After 6 Years Of Working On Climate At Harvard,
I Implore It To Show The Courage To Divest

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Source thomasnet.com

Clean It Up Fast for a smooth energy transition and stable economies, says Moody’s.

OO Major Credit Giant Calls For Rapid Paris Climate Deal Approval

  • The giant, Moody’s has called on countries to speed ratification of the deal.
  • This will lower the risks of a damaging transition from fossil fuels –
  • And calm markets.

Moody’s pledges to use the UN climate pact as benchmark for rating companies.

OO Canada: Court Overturns Major Pipeline Approval issued by the previous federal cabinet two years ago.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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“Men Argue; Nature Acts.” Voltaire, 1769

OO The World Has The Right Climate Goals —
But The Wrong Ambition Levels To Achieve Them
– pledges will not meet targets. Takeaways:

  • 195 nations agreed to pledge to cut emissions to prevent a 1.5 C rise in world temperature.
  • this would prevent most of the gravest tipping points, e.g., the disappearance of the Arctic ice cap.*
  • countries’ actual pledges to cut their emissions just aren’t ambitious enough to keep the world within the “safe” climate range that lies at the core of the Paris agreement, shows a new analysis.

“The window for limiting warming to below 1.5 °C with high probability and without temporarily exceeding that level already seems to have closed,” the study notes.

*an important planetary thermal shield preventing even more heat from being absorbed by Earth. A 1.5 C rise would not prevent severe threats to coral reefs, or major melting in Antarctica.

OO What Would It Take To Achieve The Paris Temperature Targets? To keep the Earth from heating a further 2 C would require net zero emissions to be reached by 2085 and considerable amounts of negative emissions, researchers say.

That is, humans would need to remove significant amounts of emissions already in the atmosphere.

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

OO Richest Nations Fail To Agree
On Deadline To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
– campaigners say hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels are undermining efforts to tackle climate change.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO India To Get Over $1 Billion From World Bank For Its Solar Goals

OO U.S. Hardens Royalty Rules On Fossil Fuel Production – Takeaways:

  • Rules had not been updated since 1980s;
  • Old rules let companies pay 50+% lower royalties when selling to affiliates;
  • A significant percentage of companies did this;
  • New rule: companies must pay royalties on sales to the first unaffiliated customer;
  • Royalty revenues to taxpayers should increase significantly.

OO Exxon Is Now Lobbying for a Carbon Tax to combat climate change, and has supported one since 2009.

It’s also is lobbying the rest of the American industry, and Capitol Hill.

The 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed specifically at keeping most fossil fuel reserves in the ground, has prompted the company to increase its efforts recently to convince the rest of the industry to get on board.

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OO Minnesota: A Wind Power Utility Makes Wind Power Reliable – Xcel Energy developed:

  • a constantly updated, reliable forecasting system, and
  • smart technology that allows turbines to turn on and off automatically in response to changing forecasts.
  • Resulting savings are passed on to its customers,
  • to date yielding about60 million in savings for an investment of3.8 million.

Its wind production displaces approximately 11.7 million tons of CO2 emissions annually, too.

Now that’s good news!

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Red Knots In A Bind Credit Greg Breese, US FWS

OO Rapid Climate-Driven Loss Of Breeding Habitat
For Arctic Migratory Birds
– a study suggests 66-83% of Arctic shore bird species will lose the majority of their currently suitable habitat by 2070.

Rapid climate change in the High North strongly affects where species are able to breed and disrupts migratory connections globally, say the authors.

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Credit roadrunner_876 at photobucket.com

As Long As The Zebras Are There lions’ meals won’t be disrupted. Credit roadrunner_876 at photobucket.com

OO Wild Meat Eaters Are Less Disrupted by Climate Change
Than Their Plant Eating Prey
– says a new large study.

This makes sense: many plant eaters are not adapting well to shifting plant seasons.

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OO Thanks To Climate Change, The Arctic Is Turning Green NASA scientists show with views from space especially as the northern regions rapidly warm. And then there’s wildfires….

Related Headline:

OO Human-Induced Greening Of The Northern Land Surface is occurring a new study shows.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax – But she:

  • vows to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027;
  • will spend billions of dollars to transform the energy economy;
  • will install a half-billion solar panels by 2020, upping the current number 7x;
  • will give 60 billion to states and cities to develop more climate-friendly infrastructure,
  • will put the US on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 % from 2005 levels by 2050.

And, she says, she could achieve all that without new legislation from Congress.

OO US Senate Panel Backs $500 Million For Global Climate Fund – in a rare show of bipartisanship. More shows, please!

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Source Office of the Prime Minister, Canada

OO US, Canada, Mexico Agree Climate Partnership – the “three amigos” set targets to get half of electricity from clean sources and cut methane emissions 40-45% by 2025.

OO US, Canada and Mexico Pledge 50% of Power from Clean Energy by 2025

OO Obama’s New Clean Energy Goal For North America: 50 % By 2025

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OO Conservative To Fund Republicans Who Back Climate Change Action – with least $5 million through to back five Republican congressional candidates who have supported taking action on climate change.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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You Want Me to Drink… THAT? Source activistpost.com

OO California: Freshwater Formations Are Being Drilled, Fracked – as oil and gas development overlap with groundwater sources; monitoring is clearly needed. Let’s consider some safeguards, say the authors.

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OO US Coal Baron Promises Huge Layoffs —
Then Tells Workers To Vote Trump
– problem is, coal mining jobs aren’t coming back – even under President Trump.

OO Falling Gas Prices Are Driving Consumers Back to Bigger Vehicles

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When They Go Away, Who Will Pay? Source http://www.businesstimes.com

OO Indonesia Faces Environmental Time Bomb After Coal Bust – thousands of mines are closing in Indonesia’s tropical coal belt as prices languish and seams run dry.

But almost none of the companies have paid their share of billions of dollars owed to repair the badly scarred landscape they have left behind.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ Myth vs Truth: The Huge Value of Contraception is an incisive, heartfelt recognition of the value of contraception by Sarah Brown, CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly
the Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO Here Comes The Sun: US Solar Power Market Hits All-Time High after a rocky start.

@@ What Rooftop Solar Looks Like In Watts, Los Angeles, CA Women participating in a unique solar installation training program in Los Angeles’s Watts neighborhood are bringing power to the people, and empowering themselves.

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Check it out here, right now!

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these wildflowers I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and textsare freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: Fossil Fuels Are Costing the US & World, Raising Royalties, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this cool leafy gecko from Madagascar, is another reason to conserve carbon-storing forests. Credit Piotr Naskrecki

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Gems of the Forest in Madagascar, such as this comet moth and panther chameleon, are increasingly disappearing as the forests disappear.

OO Madagascar, Africa: Turning Forest Into Charcoal – the island, an incredible global hotspot of biodiversity – think chameleons and lemurs just for starters – has already lost most of its forests, and many endemic species are endangered.

But burgeoning poor populations are increasingly cutting down the remains for cooking charcoal, there and elsewhere in Africa.

Are there any solar billionaires out there willing to make a difference, and save those forests?

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A Brilliant Piece of Amazon Biodiversity – the Spangled Cotinga and many more wildlife suffer when the forest is degraded. Source mostbeautifullworld.blogspot.com

OO Brazil: Forest Degradation Can Be As Bad For Biodiversity As Deforestation – we are failing to address some of the most dire impacts of human activities on forests and biodiversity, researchers are warning.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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FOSSIL FUELS ARE COSTING THE US, WORLD

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A Costly Business – fossil fuel industries are costing world economies due to their enormous unpaid social costs. Credit Joshua Doubek via Wikimedia Commons

OO Fossil Fuel Companies: Climate Costs Outweigh Their Profits – Takeaways:

  • unpaid cost of carbon pollution = a subsidy to polluting businesses;
  • IMF says: total global subsidies to energy (mostly fossil fuels) =5.2 trillion/year
  • top 20 fossil fuel companies create more social costs than after-tax profits *

Thus, if fossil fuel companies had to pay the costs of their pollution, they would not be profitable. Social costs include economic, environmental and health damages.

*says a new Cambridge University analysis of the years 2008-2012

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Where Your Dirty Air Comes From – mostly from the burning of fossil fuels.Source IEA

OO Air Pollution Seen Costing Trillions To Save Millions of Lives Yearly – and the fossil fuel industries are not paying for it; the world needs to invest trillions in cleaner energy and emissions controls, says a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

OO Air Pollution To Kill Millions More Without Change Of Energy Policy says the IEA:

  • premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040
  • yearly, air pollution causes about 6.5 million deaths globally;
  • it is the world’s fourth-largest threat to human health;
  • particulate pollutants are mostly from unregulated, inefficient energy production and use.

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The Children Are Listening

Fossil Fuels Harm Kids in 2 Ways via toxic air pollution and the harmful effects of climate change, warns a leading US health scientist.

OO Fossil Fuels’ Two-Way Assault On Children’s Health Must Stop says a leading health scientist in a commentary from the US National Institute of Health.2016-07-06-1467764022-1051015-childinfloodTDCccr336.jpg

Children Are Losing against climate change.

OO The Case For A Child-Centered Energy And Climate Policy – Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels would achieve highly significant health and economic benefits for children worldwide.

To do less than we can to protect them from preventable harm is nothing short of neglect.

OO Climate Change Is Bad For Your Kidneys – Thousands of people working in the heat have been succumbing to a deadly kidney disease due to dehydration, and as the planet warms, the problem is likely to spread.

OO Extreme Oil Prices May Be Costly To The Climate especially when cheap oil encourages people to guzzle more gasoline in less fuel-efficient vehicles.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Time to Make Coal Pay Source Motherboard.vice.com

OO White House: Raising Coal Royalties A Boon For Taxpayers,
And For The Climate
– Public lands coal leases and royalties are undervalued, costing taxpayers money, and encourages higher emissions, a new report argues.

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OO Walmart’s Food Labels Can Help America’s $29 Billion Food Waste Problem – it will now require its suppliers to use a new date label designed to ease safety worries and prevent food from being tossed away too early.

OO Elon Musk Wants To Build A Clean-Energy Juggernaut,
Merging Tesla And Solarcity
hoping to create a single “end-to-end” clean energy company that would handle everything from solar power to batteries to electric cars.

OO 10% of China’s Wind Resources
Could Fuel 25% of Its Electricity by 2030
significantly boosting the global transition to renewable energy, says a new MIT study.

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HOT NEWS

@@ Preparing for Heat Deaths in Pakistan:
Digging Graves for the Living

OO Without Emissions Cuts, Summer Heat Will Get Even Deadlier – By 2060, large swaths of the planet could be hit by unprecedented summer heat waves that would exceed all historical records, says a new study by scientists at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research.

OO 3000+ Heat Deaths Yearly Predicted As New York City Heats Up, scientists say in a new study, succumbing to heat exhaustion, dehydration and respiratory conditions as the number of extreme hot days triples by 2080.

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OO As Planet Warms,
Climate Change Will Accelerate
– as further warming further sensitizes climate, based on the paleoclimatic record, indicates new research.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Heck No, We Won’t Go as protestors blocked an oil train in Vancouver, WA recently. Credit Alex Milan Tracy

OO Protesters Arrested For Blocking Railroad In Call For Oil-By-Rail

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Will We Act In Time To Prevent Total Devastation? Coral reefs worldwide are dying from warming waters, pollution, and human destruction.

OO Scientists Call On Australia Govt to Act
To Save Coral Reefs
– in a letter, signed on behalf of 2,000 international coral reef researchers, to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urging his government to prioritise its Great Barrier Reef.

OO Economists Say Turkey’s Coal Surge An ‘Historic Error – and will be an expensive mistake for the country — and the climate.

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CLIMATE CHANGE HARMING FOOD SUPPLIES

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Climate Change Is Outrunning Maize Varieties – and it’s not clear that new varieties will catch up. Source lensng.com

OO New Crop Varieties ‘Can’t Keep Up With Global Warming’ – Crop yields could fall within a decade without action to speed up the introduction of new varieties, thanks to climate change, says a new study.

Related Headline:

OO Three Ways To Boost Crop Resilience To Climate Change – are offered by Prof Andy Challinor author of the above new study:

  • speed up sharing of genes in agro-institutions worldwide to speed hybrid development;
  • develop new hybrids in greenhouses at 0.5C higher than it is today;
  • dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.

What is NOT discussed: there are physiological limits to temperature adaptation in all plants, and those limits are being approached for some cereal crops in the African Sahel.

OO Current Warming Will Reduce Yields Unless
Maize Breeding And Seed Systems Adapt Immediately
– Climate projections can help provide target temperatures for breeding new crop varieties, although adaptation as well as mitigation will be needed to reduce some of the ill-effects.

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New Dietary Guidelines could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion tonnes by 2030, and could lessen country’s problems with obesity and diabetes.

OO China’s Plan To Cut Meat Consumption By 50 %
Cheered By Climate Campaigners

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OO Even As US Grain Growers Drain Aquifers,
They Rage Against Cutting Meat Consumption
– a Bayer Corporation crop unit apologized to their farmer clients after they twittered on how a vegetarian diet could halve people’s dietary carbon footprint.

Feed farmers for livestock were outraged that the corporation would promote an idea that would cut into their profits.

Do these farmers realize their livelihoods are doomed – and much of our agriculture – once they drain the aquifers for their short term profits? Apparently not.

Related Headline:

OO Why This Company Just Deleted A Tweet About Meat Eating And The Environment

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Brown to Green: fossil fuels to clean energy is the future.

OO The World Is Nearing Peak Fossil Fuels
(Especially The Developed World)
– and not because of decreasing supplies, says a new Bloomberg analysis. Takeaways:

  • Fossil fuels will peak by 2025 as clean energy becomes cheaper;
  • Solar will be the least expensive form of electricity by 2030;
  • by 2040, zero-emission forms of power will represent 60% of the global mix.

For our children’s sake, let’s hope this happens faster.

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Michael Bloomberg Blooms Again as co-chairman of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

OO Cities Forge World’s Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change – Takeaways:

  • named the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy;
  • represents 7100+ cities in 119 countries on 6 contients, and
  • 8 % of the world’s population.
  • Earth’s cities consume 70% of the world’s energy,
  • and produce 75 % of our climate-changing emissions.

Time to roll up your sleeves, mayors….

OO EU Smashes 2020 Emissions Target Six Years Early

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OO 72% of Corporations Are Actively Procuring Clean Energy – and are far more interested in buying their own renewables than they were even one year ago.

OO Solar Could Meet 13% Of Global Power Demand By 2030 say analysts at the International Renewable Energy Agency. Falling costs are driving investments around the world, with declines of up to 59% possible for solar PV in the next ten years.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Algae Turn Snow Pink – hence the term watermelon. The normally green critters live in snow, but when exposed to lots of sun, produce a natural “sunscreen” that turns them red, and tints snow pink. Credits L-R: Stephanie Lutz, Liane Benning, GFZ

OO Watermelon Snow: Not Edible But It Can Speed Climate Change – snow algae tints melting snow pink worldwide.

Researchers recently found that in the Arctic it can darken the snow enough to allow up to 13 % more light to be absorbed as heat, thereby speeding the melting of glaciers and ice cover, and further warming the world.

This “bio albedo effect” should be included in models of climate change, note researchers.

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BURNING UP

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Cooling A Hot Fire At Night – as a daytime heat wave thwarted efforts in southern California recently.

OO Raging Wildfires In The Southwest Stretch Resources Efforts to fight wildfires in five states were complicated by a relentless heat wave and bone-dry conditions, forcing much of the toughest work to be done at night.

OO Forest Fires Can Heat Up The Whole Planet Fires so intense that they consume millions of acres of trees and scorch the soil on the forest floor have become extreme disruptors.

They are remaking the boreal forest, damaging its role as one of the world’s great protectors against global warming.

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Democratic National Committee Platform
Calls For Investigating Fossil Fuel Companies
for misleading the public on climate change.

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OO California: Oakland Proposes Ban On Coal Handling — potentially derailing Utah’s port investment. A city-sponsored report predicts coal shipments and handling would degrade local air quality and undermine public health.

OO California’s Last Nuclear Plant To Close Amid Longstanding Earthquake Concerns – it supplies 9% of the state’s power, which will be replaced with clean energy options.

Related Headline:

OO California: Utility to Replace Last Nuclear Plant With 100% Carbon-Free Resources – First-of-a-kind deal will use solar, wind, storage, demand response and efficiency to replace the reactor by 2025.

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Germany Just Got A Little More Beautiful – with its agreement to ban fracking. Neuschwanstein Castle. Source http://www.worldfortravel.com

OO Germany Agrees To Ban Fracking after years of dispute, but the law does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas.

OO China Decarbonizes For Greener Growth – and doing so fast; building a clean, low carbon energy system is a priority for the upcoming five years.

OO Norway: Oslo Votes To Slash Emissions 95% By 2030 – to be accomplished, in part by the phase-out of car traffic in the city centre, prioritizing pedestrian, bicycle and public transport instead.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Michael Lukovich

OO GOP Is Trying To Stop The Pentagon’s Climate Plan – The Defense Department, long in the vanguard in dealing with climate change, may see its latest plan defunded.

OO Wyoming: US Federal Court Kills Fracking Rule concluding that the Bureau of Land Management has no authority over fracking.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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If You Don’t Vote For Climate Action, You Can Forget The Rest – in a climate-changing world of famine, drought, rising seas, giant storms and heat waves, there will be no security in jobs, health, wealth, or national safety. There will be chaos ensuing from increasing crises and disasters. Vote.

OO Global Warming Policies We Set Today Will Determine The Next 10,000 Years – of global warming, a new study shows — and whether our civilization survives or not: history shows that harmful climate change has destroyed civilizations before.

This time, it could be worldwide. Let’s keep “The Hunger Games“ in the realm of fiction.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Fading US Fishermen:
Historic Industry Faces A Warming World
after weathering overfishing, pollution, foreign competition and government regulation, America’s fishing fleet faces a challenge it can’t outrun: Climate change.

The US had 120,000 fishing vessels in 1996; today? 75,000, notes Daily Climate editor Doug Fischer.

OO Unable To Endure Rising Seas, Alaskan Villages Stuck In Limbo Villages cannot get government support to relocate in the face of climate-induced threats, but they are no longer receiving funds to repair their crumbling infrastructure.

OO West Virginia: Extreme Flooding Kills At Least 26 in the deadliest US flash flooding since 2010.

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Dusting It Up may mean something different if climate change increases the frequency of droughts in Oregon. Source oregonskiguides.com

OO Oregon: How Drought Harms The Outdoor Recreation Industry – Takeaways:

  • the industry supplies 100,000+ jobs and almost1 Billion in yearly revenues;
  • most outdoor recreation requires water/snow;
  • 2015 drought harmed all sectors:
  1. Low snowpack limited skiing and other snow activities;
  2. Low water levels limited boating, fishing, rafting and kayaking.
  3. Dryness upped fire risk, restricting accesses to parks.

Although a warmer summer boosted tourism a little, future droughts are likely to significantly harm the outdoor industry.

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OO Climate Change Could Be Even Worse On Boston
Than Previously Expected
-and far more calamitous than previous studies have suggested, a new report commissioned by the city says.

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Coming to a Shore Near You – shark attacks are up as warmer waters send more of them patrolling further north than ever before. Source news.nationalgeographic.com

OO How Climate Change Is Fueling A Rise In Shark Attacks The increase in shark attacks – 59 last year, up from 31 in 2011 – is connected to climate change, experts say.

Warmer weather means more people swim, while warmer waters means sharks expanding their range. Both add up to more shark attacks.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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CALIFORNIA DRYIN’

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California Spring Snowpack (average) in 2010, left; record low in 2015, right.Credit NASA

OO Snowpack Unlikely To Recover From Drought Until 2019 –
And Even Then It’s Not Likely*
– A new study supports state hydrologists, who have been saying for months that itt will take several years to recover from the four-year water shortage.

*The study does not take into account climate change or the rising heat of global warming, however, decreasing the likelihood of the drought ending by 2019.

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OO ‘Catastrophic’ California Wildfires Could Erupt
In ‘Unprecedented’ 66 Million Dead Trees
– as drought, hot temperatures, and beetle infestations have created a gigantic cache of dead trees in southern CA, a tinder box just waiting to be ignited, US officials say.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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No Fish Here – another pipeline spill in Venture sent crude oil down to the ocean.Source http://www.greenpeace.org

OO California: Up To 210,000 Gallons Of Oil Spilled From Pipeline into the ocean near the Southern California coast recently.

OO Fracking : ‘It just ruined everything — the whole life.’ Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds of rural Pennsylvanians endure contaminated well water, chemical coated lawns, and more – all of which they blame on fracking.

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No Fish Here, Either – Amazonian villagers examine the oil slick fouling waters near their village. Source news.mongabay.com

OO Amazon Oil Spill Puts Peruvian Communities At Risk and has raised fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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And there are many more actions you can do, right here.

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO Solar Power To Grow Sixfold By 2030 As It Becomes Cheapest Resourcewith the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, says the International Renewable Energy Agency.

OO Cooperative Utilities Win Fight for More Local Renewables

OO PACE Is Growing Fast And Solar Loans Are Replacing Leases – property assessed clean energy (PACE) allows homeowners to acquire clean energy installations and energy efficiency upgrades upfront with no cash down, and pay off the loan on their property taxes over a few decades.

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View of a Future Solar Road – letting the sun power road rest stops. Courtesy of Solar Roadways

OO Solar Road Gets Test Run as the Missouri Department of Transportation allows installation of a stretch of solar road that could generate enough energy to power a rest stop.

OO Solar Panel Recycling Will Be a $15 Billion Business in 30 Years

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OO SunPower Holds World Record for Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel, Again
an impressive NREL-validated 24.1 percent world record.

OO India Gets Serious About Microgrids as it pursues a solar power future.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jul 5, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these wild flowers I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and textsare freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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