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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You can help the planet by making this go viral — please spread it far and wide!

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
Please help make THIS go viral, too — spread it far and wide! Thanks!

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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: 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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OH-OH

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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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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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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.

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

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Saving BUB – beautiful unique biodiversity, like this furry Javanese beetle, is another benefit of conserving carbon-storing forests. Source gbohne at http://www.flickriver.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Locals Know Best such as these Amazonian Awa forest people, when it comes to conserving forests. Source pinterest

OO Indigenous Rights, Private Funding Key To Slowing Deforestation,
Says Norway Minister
– Efforts to save the world’s forests hinge on securing private sector funds and ensuring indigenous communities in tropical forests are more involved in protecting their environment.

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A Lethal Landslide, and More Rain in a Javanese village. Courtesy of @Sutopo_BNPB

OO Java, Indonesia: Massive Deforestation, Heavy Rain Create
Lethal Landslides
– Takeaways:

  • 64 died in recent landslides;
  • 1800s to present: Java forests declined from 10 to 0.4 million hectares.
  • Since 2005: 2000+ people have died from landslides.

Forests anchor soil; remove them, add heavy rain, and landslides result.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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2016: THE YEAR CLIMATE SHATTERED

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An Extreme Mosaic: Heat waves, droughts, and flooding have already broken records in 2016.

OO Shattered Records Show Climate Change Is An Emergency Today,
Scientists Warn
– May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records, say recent data.

It’s the latest in a string of climate records this year — from vanishing Arctic sea ice, to carbon dioxide levels in the air, to drought in India and the vast bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef — records that scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency.

Noted UK Meteorologist Adam Scaife, “Including this year so far, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have been since 2000 – it’s a shocking statistic.” Fast-rising CO2 levels are “almost entirely” the reason for the record-busting year, with some help from El Nino.

This year’s high temperatures so far mean 2016 almost certainly will be the hottest year on record.

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That’s Bleached Coral, Not Snow in this aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef, where massive amounts of coral have bleached and died, just one of several record-breaking climate events that have occurred so far in 2016. Source The Centre of Excellence, Coral Reef Studies

OO Seven Climate Records Set So Far In 2016 – a sampler:

  1. Warmest Arctic winter
  2. Last 9 months are hottest on record
  3. India’s hottest day: 51C (128 F)
  4. Alaska warmest spring on record
  5. Increase in CO2 levels far more than in previous years
  6. Australia’s hottest autumn (US spring) yet
  7. Record massive bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef

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SPEAKING OUT

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Not Just The Public, But Scientists All Over Agree – no Arctic drilling. Credit Joshua Trujillo at seattlepi.com

OO Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Oil Leasing in the Arctic – 400+ scientists from over a dozen countries signed the letter, urging him to do so, because of the significant environmental and climate risks associated with further fossil fuels exploration there.

OO Obama At Yosemite Attacks ‘Lip Service’ To Natural Beauty Amid Climate Inaction – he warned that climate change could ravage many of America’s vaunted national parks, and criticized political opponents who “pay lip service” to areas of natural beauty but oppose efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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HOT NEWS

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Hot Times

OO May 2016: One More Record-Hot Month for the World says NASA, with record-breaking warm temperatures for the globe; So far this year, every month has been record warm.

February and March set consecutive records for the most anomalously warm month (ie, deviating the most from average temperatures), show data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

OO 370 Months And Counting…
Global Warming Is Causing A ‘Fundamental Change’ In The World’s Weather
the UN warns, as NASA reports the hottest spring in history for the northern hemisphere, accompanied by unusually high rainfall recently in parts of the US and Europe.

World Meteorological Organization global climate director Dr. David Carlson said the new data showed 370 straight months of warm or warmer-than-average temperatures worldwide.

He noted, “The state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm…Exceptionally high temperatures. Ice melt rates … Once-in-a-generation rainfall events.”

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The Heat Is On… Source NSF Centra lArizona Phoenix LTER site

Scientists warn of regular record breaking global temperatures within 50 years without dramatic reductions of carbon emissions, researchers find. By 2061-2080, summers around the world are likely to exceed the warmest on record today, affecting health and food production.

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Why Climate Change Makes Stronger Storms — it’s the added heat. Just add heat, and watch things stir.

“We have no choice but to address climate change, or it will address us.“ — Michael Mann

@@ Coal Country Clobbered by Climate-fueled Cataclysm

The sad fact about the working class people who have supported right wing politics historically in the US, is that they are themselves so often the victims of the policies their political heroes advocate.

This is certainly true in areas of environment and climate, and yet another of those increasingly common “one in a thousand year” events in West Virginia illustrates vividly.

OO Greenland Was Hotter Than New York City Recently – Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately.

OO 120+ F Expected As Monster Heat Wave Hits Southern California

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OO Dangerous Fires, Extreme Heat Causes Misery Across Southern California with 100+ temperatures across a wide area that are fueling dangerous fires.

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OO What Would A Global Warming Increase Of 1.5 Degrees Be Like? The difference in temperature of 1.5 or 2 degrees C is marginal.

But what about rises of 1.5 C and 2 C?
The effect on more extreme weather – think floods, droughts, storms, and heatwaves — is not:
Research suggests that a 1.5 C rise would double the risks of the extremely heat waves and droughts that were once rare but now occurring more often – yeah, we’d likely get twice as much as the present.

Now, add another 0.5 C rise – and the risks double again.

And the probability of even more extreme events increases even faster.

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What does a 2 C rise mean for life on Earth?

  • Parts of the Middle East would become uninhabitable without permanent air conditioning.
  • Some experts predict a massive decline in the food crops critical for human survival:
  • Parts of Africa would see their corn crops cut in half, for example.

Two degrees, says Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center,“contains significant risks for societies everywhere; 1.5 looks much more scientifically justifiable.”

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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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BURNING UP

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Burning Up: 31 large (1,000+ acres) US wildfires are now burning in the west; the wildfire season has grown 100+ days longer. Source Climate Central at wxshift.com

OO Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map – the new US wildfire tracker map at Climate Central keeps you updated on all, and puts it in the context of our changing climate.

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UP, UP, AND AWAY

OO Atmospheric CO2 Levels Forecast To Pass Grim 400 Ppm Milestone –
And Won’t Fall Below It In Our Lifetimes
says the UK Meteorological (Met) Office, the national meteorological government agency.

Related Headline:

OO Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 ppm For First Time In 4 Million Years and is the last CO2 monitoring station on Earth to do so.

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An Increasingly Common CO2 Generator with help from El Nino, which has helped spark wildfires worldwide. Source softpixel.com

OO El Niño Likely To Boost CO2 In 2016 which has warmed and dried the tropics, limiting the ability of forests to take up CO2 from the atmosphere and triggering huge fires around the globe.

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AGRICULTURE EMISSIONS IMPACTING CLIMATE MORE

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Climate-Changing Cows are the main culprits, emitting methane as they burp and fart; their numbers increase as the world’s appetite for meat does. Source opensourcevegan.com

OO Climate Impacts From Farming Are Getting Worse say new United Nations figures.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Beautiful Good Food Source Fully Raw at pinterest.com

OO Going Vegetarian Can Cut Your Food Carbon Footprint In Half says a big recent study on diets in the United Kingdom.

OO China Aims To Halve Meat Eating and has issued guidelines to help wean its citizens onto a more vegetarian diet − offering huge potential health gains and cuts in greenhouse gases. The country consumes 28% of the world’s meat due to its population size.

The Chinese health ministry has published new dietary guidelines recommending that people should eat from 40g to at most 75g (1.5- 2.5 oz) of meat a day, which is close to the level recommended by British health authorities to limit the risk of developing bowel cancer.

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A Green Way for Wildlife Source firstforwildlife.wordpress.com

OO Natural Corridors Could Help Wildlife Survive Climate Change – Linking up natural areas with migration corridors could help wildlife keep pace with climate change.

OO It’s The Economy That Needs To Be Integrated Into The Environment –
Not The Reverse
– BP’s call for a ‘meaningful carbon price’ is the latest example of wrongly trying to apply economic theories and tools to the environment.

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OO UK: Retailer Crowd Funds Solar Panels For Its Stores to Help Communities – Marks & Spencer is partnering with Energy4All, a not-for-profit group that helps community groups set up energy co-ops, with the aim of raising £1.23 million to put panels on nine large stores.

Investors will be guaranteed a 5% yearly return, M & S will buy the energy it needs, and further profits will be invested in community energy projects. Triple Win!!!

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MELTDOWN

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The River Below – a massive subsurface river of ice may be speeding the flow of ice into Antarctic waters, and speeding sea rise. Source Hubbard et al., 2016

OO An Antarctic River of Ice Might Hasten
Ice Shelf Collapse & Sea Level Rise
– as ice collapses into the sea. The discovery of the 300 ft thick moving layer of ice beneath a major ice shelf, the Larsen C, might be speeding its collapse into the sea, says a new study.

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It’s Melting, Melting… and as permafrost dries, releasing even more climate changing CO2.

OO As Permafrost Melts and Dries,
Its Carbon Emissions Will Double
– under a 10C rise in temperature, says a newstudy that mimicked such warming in the arctic permafrost. In real time, this will happen when the rest of the world heats just 5C, since the Arctic is warming about twice as fast.

As the soil warms and dries, microbial activity increases and starts using oxygen, increasing emissions. Using oxygen results in releasing more CO2, which lasts far longer in the air than the methane released by anaerobic microbes in waterlogged permafrost.

Doubling the release of climate changing emissions will further accelerate climate change and accelerate even greater releases of these emissions.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Renewables Will Replace Gas as Top U.S. Power Source in 2031 a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis shows, becoming the dominant source of electricity generation in the U.S. in 2031, even without subsidies, as wind and solar costs plunge.

Solar and wind capacity will become cheaper than gas or coal without any incentives after 2020.

OO Solar, Wind Costs Could Fall Up To Nearly 60 % By 2025, a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency says, if governments create the right policies that minimize transaction costs and streamline administrative procedures and approval processes.

OO Scotland Exceeds Emissions Targets—Six Years Early – beating out much larger countries.

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CORAL REEF CATASTROPHE CONTINUES

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Beautiful, But Can It Reproduce? Healthy looking Carribean elkhorn coral have been found that cannot reproduce. Source http://www.mnn.com

OO ‘Zombie Corals’ Pose New Threat To World’s Reefs – as if massive die-off from heat bleaching, ocean acidification, and pollution weren’t bad enough threats to reefs , scientists have discovered the existence of ‘zombie corals’ which look healthy but cannot reproduce – they are essentially walking dead, and useless for any hopes of repopulating dead reefs.

Researchers also found a common sunscreen ingredient is killing and mutating corals in tourist spots.

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When A Reef Dies, Its Fish Disappear such as this Palauan Mandarin fish in Palau, Micronesia. Source http://www.palaudiveadventures.com

OO Another Season of Bleaching Predicted for Northern Coral Reefs – Takeaways:

  • current global coral bleaching event started in 2014;
  • It is the longest-lasting and largest such event ever recorded;
  • It is expected to last til the end of 2016, at least.
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  • Northern hemisphere reefs can expect another season of bleaching.
  • Micronesia reefs face the biggest threat;
  • Micronesia depends on reefs for food and tourism revenue.

OO Australia: Prime Minister Unveils £500 Million Plan
To Save The Great Barrier Reef
– to pursue solutions such as solar panel projects, improved sewage treatment, and helping farms and businesses to prevent pollutants and fertilisers entering waterways.

Sounds good (except he really can’t do anything about the damage already inflicted), but this is an election campaign pledge …. need I say more?

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Four Australian Catholic Orders are jointly and publicly divesting from coal, oil and gas:
‘We believe the Gospel asks no less of us.’

OO Australia: Catholic Orders Take Their Lead From The Pope
And Divest From Fossil Fuels

OO White House Commits To Boosting US Energy Storage capacity, as it rolled out a suite of executive branch and private sector commitments to do so.

This will assist President Barack Obama’s goals of fighting climate change and modernizing the grid by smoothing the integration of renewable energy and creating resilient backup systems.

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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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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The Carbon Cycle – how it flows from air to plants to soil to air to… Source Kirk et al, 2016, Fig1

OO Alpine Soils Losing Up To A Third of Their Carbon
As Summers Warm
Takeaways:

  • The top meter of the world’s soils holds 3x the carbon in the entire atmosphere;
  • Losing that soil carbon will speed up climate change;
  • The Alps are already losing carbon as summer temperatures rise;
  • German alpine soils have lost an average 14 % of their carbon, up to 32 % in places.

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The Warming Meadow – has been heating since 1991, and showed over a few years what global warming can do to ecosystems over decades. It continues to serve as a field climate change lab. Credit John Harte

MEH: SIMILAR US RESULTS occurred in the first and longest running climate change field experiment (FD: John Harte, my husband, started it in 1991) in a subalpine meadow in the Colorado Rockies.

From 1991-1996, the soils lost 20-25 % of their carbon, and then slowly rebounded.Now, unheated plots are starting to show this same effect, albeit far more slowly, as real world global warming sets in.

OO First Mammal Species Wiped Out By Human-Induced Climate Change – sea level rise did in an endemic island rat.

An interesting sidenote, but a drop in the bucket compared to the mass extinction of animals and plants humans are causing as they continue to spread, and destroy natural habitat for their own purposes.

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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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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The New Venice, Like It Or Not – just one of several Texas towns that recently flooded. Source Texas Climate News

OO US Flooding Costs Will Soar In A Warming World, Economic Analysts Say– Damage from Texas flooding in 2015 and 2016 have reached into the billions. Expect more.2016-06-28-1467158026-2015883-VietnamdroughtforcesfarmerCreditKhamatReutersccr335.png

Drought Dries Up the Promise of Food for this Vietnamese farmer. Credit Kham at Reuters

OO Vietnam Drought Leaves One Million In Urgent Need Of Food – the worst drought in 90 years coupled with seawater intrusion into Mekong River delta have destroyed fruit, rice and sugar crops.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Power Plants Are No Longer America’s Biggest Climate Problem –
Transportation Is.
Takeaways:

  • US cars, trucks, and airplanes now emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do;
  • The US has made remarkable progress in cleaning up its electricity sector since 2005;
  • Power plants account for only about one-third of America’s CO2 emissions;
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  • Transportation, another third (and now the biggest source);
  • Transportation remains much tougher to address;
  • And since 2013 transport emissions have been creeping upward again.

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Credit Michael Lukovich

OO Biggest US Coal Company Funded Dozens Of Groups Questioning Climate Change

OO Oil Bust Leaves States With Massive Well Cleanup as the recent oil bust is putting oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards.

OO Exxon Sues a Second Attorney General to Fight Off Climate Fraud Probe – following the ancient tradition of killing the messenger if the message threatens you.

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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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Find locations here:

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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 Investments in Solar Energy Grow to $9.4 Billion in 2015, Says World Bank
Private infrastructure investment was 72% higher than the average of the previous five years.

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 28, 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, where wildfires rage even as an extreme heat wave occurred.

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: Requiem for a Reef, Developing Divestment, and More!

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

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Saving BUB – beautiful unusual biodiversity, as illustrated in this small asian kingfisher, is another reason to preserve carbon-storing forests. Source pinterest.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Beautiful Norway: Trying to Keep All Forests Green through its new policy.Source paktravel.net

OO Norway Takes Global Lead With First Ever Nationwide Deforestation Banin its procurement of goods to encourage deforestation-free supply chains. It and the US have pledged to coordinate forest protection efforts.

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Only The Drone Knows where illegal deforestation is occurring in this Panama forest, which is why local tribes are learning how to use them to protect their forests. Source http://www.coronadocarrental.com

OO Panama’s Indigenous Peoples Use Drones To Save The Rainforest from illegal deforestation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MELTDOWN

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Extreme 2015 Melting in Greenland’s ice sheet was linked to warm air delivered by the wandering jet stream (above), which has been linked to extreme warming in the Arctic. Credit: NASA

OO Wobbly Jet Stream Sent Warm Air to Greenland,
Causing Extraordinary Melt in 2015
and sending the melting arctic into ‘uncharted territory,’ says a new study. As global warming decreases the temperature difference between polar and temperate zones decrease (due to faster polar warming), the jet stream weakens and undulates.

Specifically, the jet stream (shown as “x’s” above) brought a blob of warm air that “sat” over northern Greenland, affirming a recent idea that Arctic ice loss is creating such blocking patterns and a wavy jet stream that can deliver such warm air.

Arctic ice loss results in darker waters, allowing them to absorb more heat and further melt ice – the “Arctic amplification” effect. Now, we know that the resulting wavy jet stream can speed the melting of Greenland, speeding sea rise.

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A Canyon of Melting Ice in Greenland Credit James Balog

Ultimately, Greenland’s ice melt will also slow the north Atlantic section of the global ocean conveyor belt, responsible for conveying heat throughout the world’s oceans and moderating the weather.

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Monthly May Arctic Sea Ice Extent for 1979 to 2016 shows a decline of 2.6 % per decade – and the dramatic drop happening in 2016, as approximated by the red line. Source National Snow and Ice Data Center

OO Arctic Ice Declining At A Rate That Even Surprises The Experts

OO Arctic Sea Ice Hit A Stunning New Low In May:
‘We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’
notes the National Snow and Ice Data Center, beating the previous 2004 record by more than half a million square kilometres. The daily extents in May were two to four weeks ahead of levels seen during 201,2 the record year for lowest ice extent in September, when Arctic ice hits its yearly low point.

Related Headline:

OO Arctic Sea Ice Breaks May Record . . . By A Lot – shrinking to its fourth-lowest level in 50 years last month, and setting up conditions for what could become the smallest Arctic ice extent in history.

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Beating a Hasty Retreat – the Juanggudiru Glacier in 2006, one of the largest that feeds the Yantze River. Source Stringer at Reuters

OO China Says Important Glacier Is Melting Due To Climate Change – one of the largest at the source of the Yantze River, a main river in China.

OO US Spy Photos Reveal Anatartic Ice Shelf Collapse Begun In 1960s

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Snowline Drifts Higher As Warming Continues in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada (above) and Cascades and the resulting decrease in spring runoff endangers those below, shows a new study. Source NOAA, NASA

OO California: Unabated Global Warming Threatens West’s Snowpack, Water Supply – as shorter, warmer winters means less snow gets stored for later use by its ever increasing population.

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30 YEARS AGO, SCIENTISTS WARNED CONGRESS OF WARMING AND SEA RISE

OO 30 Years Ago Scientists Warned Congress On Global Warming in a hearing on “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change.” They warned that manmade global warming would heat the world, melt ice, and raise sea levels: just what we are seeing today.

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FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION GREW, BUT NOT EMISSIONS – MAYBE

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This Methane Was Included in the fossil fuel consumption assessment by BP, a methane leak from a California natural gas operation. But did BP include carbon emissions from a warming Arctic, driven by fossil fuel burning, or all methane leaks? Don’t bet your gas meter on it. Source edf.org

OO World Sets Record for High Fossil Fuel Consumption – coal declined, but oil and natural gas consumption grew, says the new yearly BP report.2016-06-21-1466551013-2673602-methanebubblesAbrahamlakecreditChipPhillipsatflickr.jpg

Was This Methane Included? BP measured carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, not Arctic emissions driven by the global warming created from those burnt fuels. Credit Chip Phillips at flickr

OO World Fossil Fuel Carbon Emissions Did Not Grow In 2015 due to the switch to cleaner burning fossil fuels. Why aren’t we dancing in the streets?

High global fossil fuel emission levels still drive harmful climate change and human disease; Global carbon emissions probably DID grow. Why?

  • The Arctic emits increasing amounts of climate changing methane and carbon dioxide, from warming driven by the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Assessing how much methane leaks from its increased mining and distribution is also difficult.

The takeaway: stop dancing, and get to work.

And …

OO Energy Is A Large Consumer Of Water
In A Drought-Threatened World
– especially when making electricity.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Bernie Sanders Made Hillary Clinton A Greener Candidate

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OO A Green US City And A Power Giant
Join Forces To Curb Power Demand
– Rather than add a new natural gas facility after a coal plant closed.

OO Washington DC Pension Fund Announces Full Fossil Fuel Divestment

OO Green Conservative Lawmakers Call For Earlier UK Coal Power Phase-Out

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Canada Goes Green in its climate policies, as the land literally greens from global warming. Source http://www.canadiangeographic.ca

OO Canada: Alberta Carbon Tax Legislation Passes:
First Stage Of Climate-Change Plan

OO Canada: Greens, Car Makers Laud Ontario’s $8+ Billion Climate Change Plan

OO Norway Brings Forward Carbon Neutrality Goal To 2030 from 2050, a big jump. Hey, hey!

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Michael Lukovich

OO US Republican House Opposes Carbon And Oil Taxes In Symbolic Votes – symbolic of their shortsightedness, that is.

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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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MASSIVE CLIMATE MIGRATIONS FORESEEN

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Let’s Hot Foot It Outta Here! Large tropical migrations, both human and animal, might result from trying to escape the increasing heat of continued global warming.

OO Climate Change Could Force Huge Tropical Migrations Of People And Animals says new research, even from a moderate amount of warming, to escape the increasing heat.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Bevis Longstreth: An Ex SEC Commisioner With a Way Forward on Divestment , Courtesy of Bevis Longstreth

OO A Way to Open the Divestment Floodgates – is offered by retired lawyer Bevis Longstreth, who has helped institute legal change before. He notes that:

New arrays of investment risks from climate change,
Driven by the burning of fossil fuels,
Allow state attorney generals (AGs) to legally re-interpret
What constitutes prudent management of institutional funds.

If AGs spell out the risks in “interpretive releases”,
Institutions will not be able to ignore it.
Longstreth thinks the AGs of CA, MA, and NY will be receptive.

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OO California’s Underground Drought Solution:
Create Carbon-Rich, Water-Retaining Soils
– by reducing tillage and chemical fertilizers, and leaving crop residues to up the soil’s organic content., which increases its water retention.

As USDA soil scientist Tony Rolfe notes, “If you increase soil organic matter by 1 %, you can save 25,000 gallons of water per acre from being used … And the more you can store organic carbon in the soil, the less carbon dioxide is released, which also helps with climate and carbon sequestration.”

He notes that we depend on soil for food, clothes, wood, besides storing carbon.

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Source guttercleaningtips.com

OO Water Conservation Has Saved Energy, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions – a new study finds, saving significant amounts of electricity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in California.

OO Buildings That Breathe, Grow, Burn Calories
— And Save Energy
– a revolution in architecture is occurring as designers work out smart ways for buildings to moderate their climate with a minimum of energy. Algae, anyone?

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In the Works: A US Sustainable Town Babcock Ranch is being planned on an 18,000-acre of Florida land.

OO Florida: Small Town Will Have Self-Driving Cars And Run Completely On Solar

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Bronzeville to Shine in a Smart Grid Change to this old poor Chicago neighborhood by the local utility giant.

OO Energy Future: Big Utility Plans A Smart Grid Change
To a Poor Nieghborhood
in Chicago as a first test on a system that could improve people’s lives and point out how the utility can survive in a rapidly changing energy landscape.

OO National Deep Decarbonization Pathways Needed For Effective Climate Policy – constraining global temperaturerise to under 2C will require halving energy system emissions by 2050, and stopping them entirely by 2100.

The Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project has outlined how 16 countries – covering 74% of global energy emissions – can restrain their own emissions while maintaining development aspirations.

OO Drought-Parched Zambia Turns To Solar Powered Water Wells – freeing up adults and children, who can study, rather than collect water.

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REQUIEM FOR A REEF:
THE DEVASTATION OF THE GREAT BARRIER

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From This … To This. The devastation of this reef, one of the most beautiful undersea wonders of the world, will not recover in our children’s lifetimes, if ever. Diving photographers were saturated with the stench of rotting corals.

OO The Great Barrier Reef: Almost A Quarter of All Corals Just Killed,
The Rest In Danger
due to hot waters that stressed, bleached then killed the corals; the rest are endangered from continuing climate change and pollution.

An area the size of Scotland is largely dead.

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Giant Clams, Too: Beautiful in Life, Starving, then Bleached and Dead – like corals, these Great Barrier giant clams can get heat stressed, ejecting the algae they rely on, and then undergo a slow, starving, bleaching death.

Surveys have revealed that 90+ % of the almost 3,000 individual reefs making up the Great Barrier have been touched by bleaching, and almost a quarter – 22% – of coral over the entire Great Barrier Reef has been killed by this bleaching event.

Leading Great Barrier Coral Research Terry Hughes: “Coral bleaching has changed the reef forever.“ Large bleached areas are visible in the aerial overviews here.

Humanity Murdered This Undersea Wonderland and we saw it coming:

  • The first signs of worrisome bleaching occurred here in 1979;
  • The 1998 extreme bleaching, helped by an intense El Nino, destroyed 16 % of all reefs;
  • Noticeable bleaching occurred in 2002;
  • Now, 2016 extreme bleaching, also helped by an intense El Nino, has destroyed far more than in 1979.

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Lights Winking Out – the beautiful living lavender coral has almost disappeared, as stressed corals bleach (to left of lavender), then die and are covered by brown algae (most of the rest). Source reefbuilders.com

OO Reefers’ Eye View Of Dying Corals Of The Great Barrier Reef – the nutrients given off by so many dead corals further fuel the algae growing over them, preventing future corals from growing.

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All Types of Coral Are Bleaching and Dying including soft corals, which simply dissolve. A brown curtain of algae descends over the bleached mid coral; on either side, colorful live corals show signs of an encroaching white death. Source reefbuilders.com

OO Government Pledges $1 Billion To Save Great Barrier Reef – a laughably small amount given the scope of the problem, but a start must be made…2016-06-21-1466551549-4142730-coralgraveyardlizardislandgreatbarrierreefSourcetheOceanAgencyccr334.jpg

One of Many Coral Graveyards on the Great Barrier Reef. Source the Ocean Agency

@@ Coral Graveyard: the Great Barrier Reef has many more photos of the devastation.

Related Headline:

@@ Australia’s Coral Cemetery – yet more dramatic photos of the devastation.

OO How The Great Barrier Reef Got Polluted –
From Farms And Fossil Fuels To Filthy Propaganda

OTHER LETHAL HUMAN EFFECTS ON CORALS

OO Overfishing And Pollution Kill Corals In A Warming World – Takeaways:

  • Different types of pollution – sewage, industrial, farming – weaken reefs;
  • Oxybenzone* sunscreen from snorkelers is lethal to corals at 62 parts per Trillion;
  • Overfishing removes algae eaters, allowing algae to cover weakened corals;
  • Weaken reefs are more vulnerable to damage and death from climate change heat stress.
  • Any combination of these harmful effects can kill corals and let algae overrun the reef.**

*Use zinc oxide sunscreen instead, or wear a hat.

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Parrotfish: From Protector to Predator of Corals – normal benign nibbling of corals by the fish, which also eat coral competitors, can kill corals via bacterial infections from sewage pollution. Credit Waywuwei at flickr

** For example, parrotfish occasionally nip off coral for calcium, and the coral heals; farm runoff or sewage also bring huge amounts of bacteria; when nutrient rich pollution is present, most corals die from bacterial infection of their parrotfish wounds.

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OO As Coral Bleaching Goes Global, Scientists Fear Worst Is Yet To Come – Takeaways:

    • Corals are crucial ocean nurseries, nurturing up to 25% of all marine species;
    • about 275 million people depend directly on reefs for livelihoods and food;
  • hot waters have caused the most widespread bleaching of corals ever recorded;
  • reefs near 38 countries and over half the southern hemisphere are affected;
  • bleaching is affecting previously unaffected reefs.
  • Surviving corals emerged weakened, and more likely to die from future bleaching.
  • Under continued global warming, half of all reefs will die by 2050; 90% will die by 2100.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Climate Leaders Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Barack Obama, US President are pushing to ratify the Paris climate deal.

OO US And India Vow To Push To Ratify Paris Climate Deal

OO The US And India Progress On Climate Changing HFC Gases – a popular coolant used in air conditioners, and 10,000 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.

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OO US Coal Production Plummets To Lowest Level In 35 Years

OO Big Oil’s Footprint In Washington Shrinks With Price Of Crude

OO BP: Global Coal Use Fell By Largest Recorded Margin In 2015

OO The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels For Electricity Coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, says a new BNEF analysis.

OO The Growing Opportunity for Residential Energy Storage in the US

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Much Prettier Than Natural Gas Source http://www.pv-magazine.com

OO Unlikely Casualty In California’s Renewable Energy Boom: Natural Gas as an unexpected oversupply of natural gas collides with a surge in solar.

OO $38 Billion Economic Benefit From EPA’s Carbon Rule says a new study.

OO UK Electricity Is Secure Without Coal, Says Conservative Thinktank

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Water Scarcity, Conflict and Refugee Exodus are the strongest mega-trends in West Asia, indicating their status and how these factors may shape the future.

OO Water Scarcity Could Impact West Asian Credit Ratings

OO Guess What Else Climate Change Hurts? Globalization – Supply chains now crisscross the globe, and most start where it’s hottest.

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More than a quarter of the world’s population lives near the shoreline.

OO World’s Population Very Slowly Backing Away
From Dangerous Coasts

OO San Francisco Bay Area Flood Prevention Tax will be used to lower flood risk by restoring wetlands.

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As Waters Recede, Climate Change Links Are Forged indicating the flooding was tied to global warming.

OO Paris Deluge Made Up To 90% More Likely By Climate Change, scientists say

OO Paris Floods Were ‘Directly’ Tied To Global Warming says a new study, showing that global warming made the floods far more likely compared to a climate not warmed by fossil fuel emissions. Past rainfall records helped.

OO Climate Change Correlated to Zika, Ebhola Outbreaks – allowing scientists to develop a model for predicting outbreaks based on changes in climate.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Energy Firms Urge EU To Back Offshore Wind

OO UN Asks Governments For 2050 Plans To Phase Out Coal, Oil And Gas

OO EU Says Seeks Swift Ratification Of Paris Climate Accord

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Air Pollution Now Major Contributor To Stroke,
Global Study Finds
– up to one third of them. Microscopic particles, much of which are generated by diesel exhausts, have been shown to cause clotting, which can lead to a stroke.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned that fossil fueled air pollution, has become a “terrifying” problem, set to cause as many as 9 million premature deaths yearly over the next four decades. Economic costs are likely to rise to $2.6 Trillion.

OO Air Pollution Cuts Life Of Indians By Average 3.4 Years says a new study.

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OO Methane Emissions Are Extremely Harmful – and the US government might not know how much there is.

OO Regulators Fear $1 Billion Coal Cleanup Bill For Taxpayers and are wrangling with bankrupt coal companies to set aside enough money for the cleanup.

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Everglades Ensures Clean Water to Millions – now imagine it, and this resident spoonbill, covered in oil.

OO Controversial Everglades Oil Well Plan Moving Forward

OO UK Oil Sector Job Losses ‘To Reach 120,000 By End Of Year’

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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 DRIVING

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OO Solar Made Up Two-Thirds of New Electric Generating Capacity in the US
In 2016’s First Quarter

OO Unemployed US Oil Workers Find New Home in Solar Industry

OO Solar Will Replace Nearly All Retiring Coal In Texas

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OO A Million New Solar Homes Projected With India-U.S. Announcement

OO California Calls for Solar to Meet Natural Gas Shortfall

OO UK Solar Electricity Outproduced Coal for the Month of May

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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, June 21, 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 to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

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: Killer Crops, No More Fossil Fuel Subsidies, and More!

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

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Sheltering Beautiful Biodiversity, such as this Common Indian Crow Butterfly caterpillar found in Indian forests, is another reason to conserve these important carbon-storing ecosystems. Credit Maneesh Kaul at flickr

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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This Red Billed Parrot Will Be Protected in the new reserve in northern Peru.Source Nature and Culture International

OO Peru: Private Conservation Area Will Protect
30% Of Northern Montane Forests
– Nature and Culture International (NCI) announced the creation of a nearly 67,000 -acre protected area in northern Peru, the Chicuate Chinguelas Private Conservation Area.

OO India: Nearly 24,000 Industrial Projects Replaced Forests Over 30 Yearsdestroying 15,000 sq km of forests that cannot be replaced artificially, the government acknowledged.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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KILLER CROPS

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Climate Change Clobbers Crops Credit Pawel Kopcynski at Reuters

OO Extreme Weather Increasing Level Of Toxins In Food, scientists warn. Climate change is now known to:

  • Make food crops less nutritious;
  • Make flowers less nutritious to bees, vital crop pollinators;
  • Make food crops more toxic;
  • Decreases crop yields due to extreme weather.

Related Headline:

OO Crops Are Becoming Toxic To Withstand Extreme Weather Conditions – accumulating toxins to dangerous levels that can kill livestock, and can cause cancer and other serious illnesses in humans says a UN Environment Programme report.

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HOT NEWS

OO The Heat Goes On…
2016 Likely To Be Hottest Year On Record
despite a looming La Niña, the cooler counterpart of the weather phenomenon El Niño, which combined with human-caused warming to supercharge global temperature in 2015/16 and brought chaotic weather worldwide.

OO Effect Of CO2 On Warming Is Worse Than We Thought as scientists note that the record breaking heat of 2014-2016 indicates the climate is more sensitive to rising CO2 than previously thought.

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Spiralling Out Of Control if we let it do so…. to see the moving version, go to the link below. Source USGS

OO Temperatures To Spiral Even Faster Than
In Recent Decades
— a widely viewed temperature spiral graph, has been projected forward to 2100, using our current carbon emissions, and shows that “things could get out of hand pretty quickly”.

Meanwhile…

OO US Leads Globe In Oil Production For Third Year and in gas, both climate-changing fuels, say federal data, making the US the prime merchant of climate change, even as it commits to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.2016-06-15-1465955987-5030169-droughtstreetshowerreliefKolkataIndiamay2016Sourcewww.desmogblog.comccr333.jpg

Seeking Relief Source http://www.desmogblog.com

OO What Is Going On With India’s Record-Breaking Hot Weather? Several factors combine to break heat records there, including global warming (GW):

  • Ambient intense air pollution “cools”, keeping hot temperatures stable between 1950-2010;
  • New heat records indicate the pollution effect has reached its limit under continuing GW;
  • Droughts have been increasing in duration between 1950-2010, likely due to GW ;
  • Dryness means that the air heats more;
  • Heatwaves are becoming longer than the 1960-1990 average.
  • Extreme temperatures are increasing in frequency there, as they are worldwide, under GW.

El Nino probably did not affect the new heat records, occurring in an area that is normally bone dry during that time.

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RISING NATIONAL COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

OO US Congressional Budget Office
Warns of Fiscal Impacts of Climate Change
to US lawmakers, putting the non-partisan agency at odds with Republican Party orthodoxy.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO 450+ Groups Urge U.S. Congress To Reject TPP
Over Environmental Concerns
saying theTrans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would allow fossil fuel companies to contest U.S. environmental rules in extrajudicial tribunals.

TTP language gives companies an avenue to challenge regulations that undermine investment plans, and it could chill or even curtail global efforts to trim carbon emissions.

OO Investors to UK Prime Minister: Slash Greenhouse Gases 57%

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Sheldon Whitehouse Keeps Speaking Up On Climate Change

OO RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s New Record:
Speaks of Climate Change Dangers to Congress 135 Times
– So Far
— they may not be listening, but that won’t stop him from speaking, he says.

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A Plan to Power Every US State has been created by Mark Jacobson, to show how little space is needed for the required water, wind and solar power. Source Mark Jacobson

OO Stanford Scientist: Wind, Water, and Sunlight Can Power the Planet says Mark Z. Jacobson, solving the climate crisis, and he’s outlined in detail how to do so.

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Time to Sunset Climate Changing Emissions Source pixabay at CCo Public Domain

OO Economist Nicholas Stern:
Fossil Fuel Groups Should Not Ignore Paris Climate Accord
– if they do, they risk financial disaster, as fossil fuel assets become worthless, something that should also worry policy makers and central bankers.

A task force is working towards developing uniform, voluntary disclosure standards that companies can use to demonstrate they are dealing with climate-related financial risks.

Related Headline:

OO The Long Twilight Of The Big Oil Companies – major oil companies met and argued inconclusively over adapting to a future committed towards entirely cutting fossil fuel emissions, either through developing ways to cut emissions, or switch to clean energy.

Oil companies should “embrace a future of long-term decline,“ the Financial Times editorial says.

OO Oil And Gas Firms ‘Plan More Cuts’ a report suggests.

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India’s Leader Promotes Solar Power throughout the country. The US needs Narendra Modi’s vision. Source reneweconomy.com

OO India PM Narendra Modi: Climate Change Tops Agenda with US

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MELTDOWN

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A Map Of Melting Permafrost Source http://www.newsweek.com

OO Melting Permafrost Is Turbocharging Climate Change in Alaska, as it releases carbon back to the atmosphere, notes this in-depth newsweek article. So far, this slow and steady unlocking of carbon from the earth remains unaccounted for in scientists’ projections of future climate change.

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Pop! and Spread – the Batagaika crater likely started with an explosive release of methane (note the sheer walls at the back) 25 years ago, and widens up to 20 meters yearly as the permafrost melts, releasing yet more climate-changing gas into the atmosphere. Source http://www.independent.co.uk

OO ‘The Gateway To The Underworld’ Siberia Crater:
A Warning To Our Warming Planet
– such slumps have been ‘increasing in extent and intensity’ in the frozen north, scientists say.

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How Climate Change Is Greening the Arctic – with each green pinpoint representing the extra greening taking place. Credit Cindy Starr at NASA

OO NASA: Global Warming Is Greening The Arctic

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Antarctica Melting, Seas Rising: purple shows recently discovered areas where the collapse of glaciers is accelerating; yellow, the latest area found where a warming ocean has sped up glacial melting and retreat since 1990. Overall, the map shows how ice is streaming off Antarctica. Source http://www.antarcticglaciers.org

OO Long Overlooked Area Of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss – over recent years, the evidence has piled up that glaciers in parts of Antarctica have been melting and retreating at an increasingly worrying – and potentially unstoppable – pace.

@@ How Warming Ocean Speeds Glacial Collapse into the Sea Source NASA Net Propulsion Lab

“West Antarctica, in general, is not only exceptionally vulnerable to retreat triggered by ocean melting at the coastline, it is happening now and it is showing no sign of slowing down,” says study co-author Robert Bingham.“This whole process is pretty pervasive.”

Related Headline:

OO Another Part Of Antarctica Showing Signs Of Melting Glacial Retreat – is the Bellingshausen Coast in West Antarctica, four decades of data illustrate.

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Source NASA

A Slow But Long Term Cooler/Heater of Antarctica, and the world – the oceanic heat conveyor belt lags millennia behind the heating of the air and ocean surface, but is a major conveyor of heat around the planet.

BUT, because it carries so much heat so slowly, once its warmed sections reach Antarctica, it will heat the continent for thousands of years into the future, assuring substantial sea rise.

OO Ocean Conveyor Belt
Key To Sluggish Antarctic Warming
– says a new study. Sections of the oceanic conveyor belt reaching Antarctica right now are colder, representing cooler temperatures of millennia past, and replace the warm water that the belt carries away.

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CORAL REEF CATASTROPHE

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Then And Now: What We’ve Lost – up to half of corals of the northern Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site, are dead; this magnificent natural wonder will take centuries to recover, if ever.

OO Bleaching Killed Up To Half The Corals
Of The Northern Great Barrier Reef
scientists say, by mass bleaching in the last few months, with minor damage only to large parts of the southern areas.

The bleaching is the third to strike the reef in 18 years and the most extreme that scientists have recorded. Coral reef researcher Terry Hughes said that mortality rates were “off the scale”.

Related Headline:

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One of Many Great Barrier Reef Beauties – this sea slug and many other colorful creatures thrive in the healthy parts of this incredible reef, the largest in the world.Source theverybesttop10.com

OO ‘Huge Wake Up Call’: Third Of
Northern Great Barrier Reef Corals Dead
in the huge bleaching event earlier this year.

OO Great Barrier Reef May Never Rebound To Previous Health say scientists, from the huge bleaching event that has killed off more than half its corals in some northern reefs as temperatures rise.

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Algae Grows Over Recent Dead Coral at the Great Barrier Reef, preventing young corals from resettling it. Credit Dorothea Bender-Champ at ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

OO Best Protected Great Barrier Reef Corals Are Now Dead

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Coral Paradise Lost – at Jarvis Island reef, as contrasted with a 2010 and 2016 photo, the latter showing bleached and dead coral. Source NOAA

OO US Coral Sanctuary Is Now A ‘Graveyard’
Due To Record Warm Oceans
– scientists on an expedition to Jarvis Island in the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument have found devastating loss of corals due to record warm ocean temperatures.

OO Thailand Closes Popular Dive Sites Over Coral Bleaching Crisis so that human overcrowding does not further stress corals undergoing bleaching from warm waters, in a rare move to shun tourism profits to protect the environment.

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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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WORSENING WILDFIRES

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As The World Warms, Wildfires Worsen Warming in Alaska and elsewhere, as illustrated in this graph of rising global temperatures. Credit Jill Pelto at http://www.jillpelto.com

OO Spike In Alaska Wildfires Is Worsening Global Warming US says, even worse than expected, say US government researchers.

The sharp spike in Alaska’s wildfires, where more than 5 million acres burned last year, are destroying a main buffer against climate change: the carbon-rich boreal forests, tundra and permafrost that have served as an enormous carbon sink.

Northern wildfires must now be recognized as a significant driver of climate change – and not just a side-effect, says a new US Geological Survey report.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Renewable Energy Surges To Record Levels Around The World

OO A First: Developing World Invests More In Renewable Energy
Than Rich Countries
a new study says.

“What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows, and renewables remained at a significant disadvantage in terms of government subsidies”, notes Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century executive Christine Lins.

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OO Global Clean Energy Employment Rose 5 % In 2015 fueled by a boom in solar and wind power jobs in the U.S. 8+ million new jobs were created in 2015, says an International Renewable Energy Agency report.

OO Wind And Solar Could Meet Nearly All Midwest Energy Needs By 2050 say researchers at the Solutions Project, in the Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program, led by Mark Jacobson, who says each state can hit a 100 percent renewable mix through wind, water and solar within 35 years.

OO Iowa:A Bipartisan Push To Become Leader In Wind Energy – Thanks to state officials who have long supported renewables, Iowa now leads all U.S. states in the percentage of its energy produced from wind.

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OO Obama Team Pledges New Money for Clean Energy pledging, along with 20 international partners, to double funding for clean energy research and development, from $15 billion to $30 billion annually by the year 2021.

OO Uber And Millennials Help US Cities Cut Car Addiction – How? Through the growth of car-free homes, and increased car-sharing venues.

CRUISING TOWARD CLEAN CARS

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Solar Electric Cars are the real clean alternative to fossil fueled cars. Source http://www.pvbuzz.com

OO IEA: There Are Now One Million+ Electric Cars On The World’s Roads EVs are the only technology sector out of 19 “on track” to meet the International Energy Agency’s 2C scenarios.

BUT, this is only good news if those EVs run on clean electricity, derived from solar and wind power, for example.

Related Headline:

OO Wireless Charging:
The Key To Unlocking An Electric Vehicle Revolution
and watching it take off.

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Norway Fosters Love of EVs by providing incentives to buy them. Source green.autoblog.com

OO Norway To ‘Completely Ban All Petrol Powered Cars By 2025’ continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, according to reports.

‘What an amazingly awesome country’, Elon Musk tweeted.

OO China: The Electric Car You Can Charge
As Easily As Your Phone
is in the works at Chehejia (“Car and Home”) company, under its youthful trailblazing head, Li Xiang. He aims to start selling such a commuter car by the end of 2017.

CUTTING THE GAS

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OO G7 Nations Pledge To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2025 – Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade.

Nice, but not enough to avert worsening catastrophic climate change.

OO Russia To Up 2030 Emissions Cuts Target and get its companies to move on carbon pricing.

OO New York Assembly Approves Bill To Cut Emissions to Zero By 2050

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Taking Action on Climate Washington state Governor Jay Inslee is using executive power to bypass an inactive legislature. Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OO Washington State Limits Carbon Pollution From Largest Sources via executive action by Governor Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions, after failing to get legislators to act.

Washington would join nearly a dozen states including California that have capped carbon pollution from industrial sources.

The proposed rule requires large industrial emitters to gradually reduce carbon emissions over time, and would cover many industries, including power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and others.

OO French Oil Giant Aims To Be 20 % Low-Carbon In Investments By 2036 as part of a radical reshaping of the Total group.

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OO Scottish Parliament Votes Narrowly To Ban Fracking

OO Michigan: When Coal Plants Disappeared, So Did Demand at a big power utility.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO The Pace Of Environmental Damage ‘Intensifying’ Worldwide UN agency says.
“The kinds of problems are recognizable, they’re just happening much more frequently,” said the UN Environment Program’s chief scientist.

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Insurance Did Not Help Many Homeless by Sandy – many have not received enough compensation, despite having purchased adequate insurance, to return home.

OO Superstorm Sandy Lesson:
No Real US Disaster Safety Net
– while many insurance companies profited from government assistance, many insurance customers did not. Once companies depleted their shared assets pool, compensation stopped, despite policy claims. Some homeless are still forced to pay mortgages on unfit homes.

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OO How Climate Change Will Destroy Our Global Heritage – here are a few examples:

  • drowning Venice and The Statue of Liberty;
  • flooding Stonehenge and the ancient statues of Easter Island;
  • the devastation of our undersea coral kingdoms,
  • the withering of the ancient floral kingdom of South Africa;
  • several studies highlight the array of threats facing 1000+ global heritage sites due to climate change.

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Venice Source en.venezia.net

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Stonehenge Source pinterest.com

OO From Easter Island To Stonehenge, Climate Change Threatens Iconic Tourist Sites

OO Los Angeles: Rising Seas Could Swamp Crucial Infrastructure

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A Spoonbill Spoons For Its Dinner in the Everglades. Source aroundthebendohio.blogspot.com

OO Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades and could potentially change a way of life for millions of residents in South Florida who depend on it for clean water.

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Crab, Anyone? Source http://www.sierraculture.com

OO Acidifying Waters Put Dungeness Crabs At Risk says a new study, showing that ocean acidification, caused from CO2 dissolving into oceans, can kill and stunt young crabs, potentially jeopardizing whole populations.

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The New Normal: Wading to Deliver Baguettes in France. Credit Christian Hartmann at Reuters

OO Floods Inundate France with a photo gallery graphically illustrating the consequences.

OO France Floods: Louvre To Close As Seine Rises Further – meanwhile the rest of Europe braced for more storms and flooding.

OO Flooding Kills Dozens In Europe And Texas,
Displaces Tens Of Thousands More

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OO Texas Flooding Kills 2, Leaves 3 Missing – after a storm system once again brought heavy rain and severe flooding, and numerous rivers toward historic crests, requiring evacuation.

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Thai Is Dry experiencing its worst drought in 20 years. Source http://www.aljazeera.com

OO Severe Drought In South Asia,
Warns South Asia Groundwater Forum

OO Vietnam: Drought And ‘Rice First’ Policy Imperil Farmers as well as encroaching salt waters in the normally verdant Mekong Delta.

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A Climate Migrant in Grinding Poverty describes Abdul Aziz, holding one of his children; he lost his home to river erosion. Credit Rafiqul Islam at IPS

OO Bangladesh’s Urban Slums Swell With Climate Migrants

OO UN Envoy Warns Of Impending Sahel Climate Crisis from a toxic mix of climate change, environmental degradation, and rising terrorism.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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OO Trump Calls For ‘Complete American Energy Independence’ by eliminating a slew of environmental regulations, expanding fossil fuel development, killing the Paris climate deal and ending U.S. reliance on OPEC. Scared yet?

OO Donald Trump’s Dangerous, Nonsensical Energy Plan Future generations will suffer if he’s able to put his plan into action.

OO Five Things That Made No Sense In Trump’s Big Energy Speech Only five? (D)DT said lots of fun things about climate and energy.

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OO What Trump Says About Climate Change: Nothing at least, not in his speeches… How’s the teleprompter lessons coming, Donny?

OO Trump Acknowledges Climate Change — At His Golf Course – The billionaire, who called global warming a hoax, warns of its dire effects in his company’s application to build a sea wall.

OO Trump Vows To Solve California’s Water Crisis:
“There Is No Drought”
Presto! Problem solved.

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OO US Republican Congress Aims To Cut Climate Science and is considering significantly cutting funds for key climate change research by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2017.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Keep Burning, Bernie!

OO Bernie Sanders Calls For Carbon Tax;
Knocks Trump (And The Media) Over Climate Change
– he asked front-runner Hillary Clinton to join his call for a carbon tax and to shine a spotlight on Donald Trump’s science-challenged ruminations about the California drought, which he has mysteriously said he could end by turning “the water on.”

OOHillary Clinton Aims To Boost Clean Energy On Federal Land and water, pledging a tenfold boost in electricity production from sources like wind, solar and geothermal.

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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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OO Want To Help Fight Climate Change?
Start With Reproductive Rights
– with overpopulation a key environmental concern, safe access to birth control, abortion and reproductive health services offer a simple solution.

“We cannot simultaneously champion fighting climate change without also fighting for the rights of women. The two are inextricably linked”, argues writer Madeleine Sommerville.

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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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OO This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself,
And Handle Its Own Waste
ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn’t need a grid or food systems. It’s a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.

OO Paint Your Homes White To Protect From Heatwaves,
Officials Warn
– ever notice that this is already done on many Mediterranean islands?

OO Make Building Standards Top Priority For Tackling Climate Change, says the International Energy Agency chief to all governments worldwide.

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Going Into Deep Space To Study Climate as this Falcon 9 satellite did for NOAA.Source Reuters

OO World’s Space Agencies Unite To Face Climate Challenge – For the first time, space agencies of 60+ countries have agreed to engage their satellites, to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Tar Sands: Far More Harmful Air Pollution emanates from them than previously suspected.

OO New Surprising Tar Sands Impact On Climate, Air Quality Found – Canada’s tar sands production is one of North America’s largest sources of secondary organic aerosols, says a new study — air pollutants that affect the climate, cloud formation and public health.

The scale even surprised researchers at Environment Canada because that sort of pollution is normally associated with large cities.

OO Oil Sands Growth Makes It Nearly Impossible For Canada To Meet Paris Agreement Targets says a new report.

OO Canada: Firefighters Protect Explosive Oil Sands Infrastructure From Wildfire battling 1,100 C flames, and fighting while surrounded by the volatile, explosive chemicals and compounds critical to pumping oil.

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Not Climate-Changing, But Hazardous are the sulfur dioxide emissions from both volcanoes and fossil fuel activities. Credit Carmelo Imbesi at AP

OO 40+ Major New Sulfur Dioxide Pollution
Sources from Fossil Fuel Activities
– centered mostly around Mideast oil and gas production areas, but also from power plants worldwide.

Sulfur dioxide can cause multiple harmful health and environmental impacts and even impact the climate in certain ways, typically by temporarily reducing the effects of global warming, despite its relatively short atmospheric life.

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Ready to Divest? Source http://www.thegreenmarketoracle.com

OO Fossil Fuel Investments Growing Riskier For Insurers a new report warns. With nearly $500 billion invested, a new analysis recommends insurance companies take a harder look at the consequences of climate change and a lower-carbon future.

OO Crystal Balls, Hard Truths Confront Bankrupt Energy Companies – tough times for fossil fuels: 3 of the 4 largest U.S. coal companies are bankrupt. 70+ small oil and gas producers have folded since 2014. Now, bigger drillers have started to join them.

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Giant Fireballs often form when oil trains derail, as this one did in West Virginia in 2015; it took nearly a week for the uncontrollable fire to burn out. Source The Associated Press

OO Oregon: Derailment Is Latest
In String Of US Oil Train Crashes
– The derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge follows a string of fiery accidents in the U.S. and Canada as shipments of crude by rail have increased with more domestic oil production.

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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 DANCING

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OO Californians Just Saved $192 Million Thanks to Efficiency and Rooftop Solar

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OO California Boasts Some of the Lowest Per-Capita Energy Usage in the U.S. says a new report.

OO How Renewables Are Competing in the Wholesale Market Without Mandates through state incentives and favorable economics.

“We’re now seeing large amounts of solar in markets where we weren’t seeing it before, such as Indiana, Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon and Mississippi.”

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OO Shifting Economic Winds Spell Trouble for Solar Giants – the U.S. solar market is booming, but shifting economic factors could tip demand towards buying, not leasing solar panels

  • Solar panel price declines;
  • the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar;
  • an increase in the number of lenders willing to finance solar purchases.

That could be bad news for SolarCity and Sunrun, two big solar providers that currently dominate the U.S. residential solar market.

OO Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free

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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, June14, 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: in California, the drought continues.

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 yellow violet 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: Where Inaction Leads, Clean Jobs Boom, and More!

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

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Forests Protect The BUB: Bizarre, Useful and Beautiful biodiversity that sustains all of us, besides storing carbon — and Amazonian spiders that mimic orchids.Credit Mary Ellen Harte

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Pastureland and Farming Are Major Deforestation Drivers
In South America
– with pastureland accounting for over 70% of deforestation between 1990 and 2005. Got enough beef yet?

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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OO World Would Warm by Massive 10C If All Fossil Fuels Are Burned – says a new study.

Civilization would end – as would your future children’s future. Why?
This extreme scenario would wreak profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy, and leave some regions uninhabitable.

Actually, civilization would probably end well before a rise of 10C — even 6 or 7C could do it, because of the cascading catastrophies that would envelop us. But let’s just look at the 10C consequences for fun.

Forget about farming – we cannot genetically engineer plants to grow in a climate that is beyond the biophysical capabilities of its genome. Some cereal crops in the Sahel are already reaching those limits, and even important US crops face a declining future at far less than a 10C rise.

Forget about hunting – It would be worse than the Stone Age, for we are plunderingour natural resources even now, and destroying the natural environments that supported our ancestral hunters. Hot acidic oceans would not support much of anything edible beyond non-nutritious jellyfish.

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Source ArtefactoryLab at Vimeo

Rising sea levels and extreme weather would flood many major infrastructures.

Supporting even small populations would be challenging, let alone our big one. That means massive die-offs and civil chaos. Move Game of Thrones into a place like the Mideast – and then watch humanity face extinction.

“I think it is really important to know what would happen if we don’t take any action to mitigate climate change,” said lead researcher Katarzyna Tokarska, at the University of Victoria, Canada.

“Even though we have the Paris climate change agreement, so far there hasn’t been any action. [This research] is a warning message.”

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OO Effect of CO2 on Warming Is Worse Than We Thought – record rising temperatures in the past 3 years lead a number of scientists to conclude that our climate is more sensitive to rising CO2 levels than previously thought — which means the world will get hotter faster and our climate will change faster.

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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.

TIME TO ACT. Vote for leaders who understand this enormous problem facing us, and who are courageous enough to turbo-drive its known solutions:

  • Stop burning fossil fuels ASAP, and ramp up clean renewable energy;
  • Take our populations to sustainable levels with humane policies;
  • Act to reduce consumption;
  • Rely on economic policies that create sustainable existence, not infinite growth;
  • Trees are important to store carbon: conserve and increase our forests.

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THE FACE OF FUTURE FLOODING

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Source ArtefactoryLab at Vimeo

@@ 5:46 AM – Paris Underwater – what do the French do when their home floods? Why, go out and film it, of course! Viva la France! Although this was filmed 5 years ago, the Louvre is closed today and moving artwork to higher levels, as its lower ones face flooding.

Consider this an increasing portent of things to come for all of us, under worsening climate change.

OO Coastal Flooding: a Sign of the Damage Our Economy
Is Wreaking on Our Fragile Environment
– says the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Related Headline:

OO Statue of Liberty and Venice Under Climate Change Threat, says UN

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Global Clean Energy Jobs Rose 5% in 2015
Due to US Boom
– in solar and wind power jobs, increasing global renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015, says a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

About 770,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the US in 2015, dwarfing the 187,000 employed in the oil and gas sector and the 68,000 in coal mining.

The gap is set to grow further, with jobs in solar and wind growing by more than 20% in 2015, while oil and gas jobs fell by 18%.

OO Governments Raised $26 Billon from Carbon Pricing in 2015 – it’s a start, but it needs to rise much faster to help the energy transition and fight climate change.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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As If This Isn’t Bad Enough? Not only destroying carbon-storing forest and producing climate changing fuels, the Alberta oil sands mining also creates harmful polluting vapors. Feel the burn? Courtesy Howl Arts Collective at flickr

OO Pollution From Canadian Oil Sands Vapor Is Substantial – says a new study.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

@@ Kimmel Pooh-poohs Pompous Palin’s Denial:
“What if I decide to deny the existence of yogurt?”
Or of gravity? Ultimately, K notes, “Either you believe in science, or you don’t.”

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And for even more nonsense…

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‘I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.’ says Don The Denier of man-made global warming. Credit: modified piece by Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO Donald Trump’s Election Would Derail Paris Climate Deal,
Warns Its Architect-
Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said, “If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption.

More Trumpery…

OO Coal Industry Group Backs Trump – one dinosaur backs another.

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OO Fund Investors Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning – that is, from the Bank of England, which warned about the potential for “huge” losses from a sudden shift in regulation designed to curb global warming and fossil fuels.

Almost half of the world’s top 500 investors are failing to act on climate change risk and management. Oh-oh.

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

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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 SURFING

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OO Solar Power Is Contagious – fully one third of the customers for the largest US Solar rootop installer were referred by a friend or neighbor. If you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that increases the odds that your neighbors will install their own panels.

Rooftop solar is expanding rapidly in the US— by some estimates, a new system goes up every four minutes.

OO US: Solar Surges As Coal Collapses -Solar capacity is surging; by the end of 2016, there will be twice as much solar as there was in 2014.

Meanwhile, recent coal plants closings bring tally of closed (or closing) coal generation to 100 gigawatts’ worth since 2010, says the Sierra Club, which has focused on limiting and now reducing coal use since 2002.

OO New Record Set for World’s Cheapest Solar –
Now Undercutting Coal

Solar power set another record-low price as renewable energy United Arab Emirates developers promised project costs that undercut even coal-fired generators.

They bid as little as 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour to develop 800 megawatts of solar-power projects there – 15% lower than the previous record set in Mexico last month.

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WHY WE MUST ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 7, 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 North America (indeed, most of western Canada, where a wildfire still burns), and the waters surrounding it and the US, are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite El Nino driven precipitation, California remains in drought, and its “water freezer”, the snowpack in the Sierras, is melting away rapidly.

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Similar to What I Saw but with alpen glow the supercell cloud I saw glowed hot pink for a while. Source wikipedia

Up here in the Colorado Rockies, my summer research home, unusually hot weather predominates. I got to see my first supercell, a giant mushrooming cloud that you would normally find occurring under extreme weather conditions in the midwest — they mushroom up, fill with lightning, then eventually collapse like a souffle, releasing heavy amounts of rain. Luckily for us, the storm was south of us.

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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Think primitive initial conditions at a cabin in a remote part of the Colorado Rockies and broken computers, and you can understand why this week’s column is so short.

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 columbine I photographed one spring in the Colorado Rockies. 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 column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week.

 

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