Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those other solution avenues are:

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: CO2 Levels Zooming Faster, First Protest in Space, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly – as are ours.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Brazilian treehopper, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source funganssi.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Endangered By Greed are Brazil’s forests, as corrupt lawmakers plan to open much of the conserved areas to deforestation for farms. Credit Rhett A. Butler at Mongabay.com

OO Brazil Lawmakers Moves To Cut Amazon Conservation Units By 3 Million Acres in the eastern Amazon.

  • · The winners? Brazil agribusiness.
  • · The losers? The world will lose another big carbon sink to store our pollution,
  • · and thousands more species are likely to go extinct when those forests disappear.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Under Trump, More US Children Will Die Prematurely From Asthma since his policies will worsen the air pollution that is linked to this lethal lung disease.

TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS – A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

OO Trump Gains, Science Loses Takeaways:

  • GOP Congress and Trump actions are the biggest effort yet
  • to cut basic US environmental protections,
  • Via a mix of executive actions, new laws, and budget cuts.

US Extreme Weather Disasters So Far In 2017 Have Cost A Record $5 Billion Credit Rick Meyer at UPI

  • Meanwhile, irreversible sea rise and loss of valuable species continue,
  • And US fiscal costs are escalating from climate change effects.
  • Putting environmental efforts on hold for 4-8 years is unthinkable for mnay scientists.
  • “We are in an emergency state for the planet,” said a global change biologist at Stanford University.

“The problem is not climate change alone. Pervasive pollution, invasive species, habitat loss and mass extinctions have swelled into critical problems within the United States and globally. Each compounds the other, and all are amplified by climate change.”

Credit Patrick Chappate at the New York Times

For a summary of the environmental disaster Trump and the GOP are creating, check out:

OO 8 Major Trump Executive Actions On Environment

OO 18 Proposed Rule Eliminations Through The Congressional Review Act

OO What’s At Stake In Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts – they go far beyond climate change, affecting clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.

OO Scientists Fear Climate Data Gap As Trump Aims At Satellites

And…

Under Trump, More US Babies Will Die Prematurely From Asthma since his policies will worsen the air pollution that is linked to this lethal lung disease.

Tracking Trump’s Treachery: Environmental Deregulations – the Columbia Law School (NY) keeps an ongoing track of Trump’s efforts, abetted by the GOP, to cut environmental protections:

OO Climate Deregulation Tracker – All Updates as of this writing, there are 47 of them.

OO G7 Climate Change Statement Failure Blamed On US which has ‘reservations’, even as Trump dismantles Obama’s ‘clean power plan’.

OO Signatories To Paris Climate Agreement In Dispute Over Financing –

A gap of at least $40 Billion in financing commitments

  • · hampers efforts to combat climate change,
  • · signatories to the Paris agreement have warned,
  • · as they try to keep the agreement going
  • · despite doubts over US support under President Donald Trump.

OO Trump’s Dirty Climate Demands Roil US Allies Documents show the administration pushed other G-7 countries to embrace larger roles for nuclear power and fossil fuels. They refused.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Legendary Climate Scientist Likes A GOP Proposal On Global Warming James Hansen, the “father of climate change awareness,” wants the same carbon fee–and-dividend strategy proposed by Republicans.

OO In Generational Shift, College Republicans Poised To Reform Party On Climate Change

“Climate change is really real and really alarming to me personally,” said Grace Woodward, the College Republicans’ president.

OO Salt Lake City Publishes Plan To Combat Climate Change, Carbon Pollution

The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski have jointly published a plan to tackle climate change and carbon pollution after both made a promise last year to hit sustainability benchmarks by 2040.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO After Hyping Itself As Antidote To Fake News,

New York Times Hires Extreme Climate Denier New columnist Bret Stephens dismisses as “imaginary” the climate reality routinely reported by the Times. MEH: The NYT elsewhere defended its decision, saying “millions” agree with him. MEH: The same could be said for many fiction writers — I vote for Margaret Atwood!

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HOT NEWS

OO March Was Second Hottest On Record Globally It followed the second hottest February and third hottest January, showing just how much Earth has warmed from the continued buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

OO Atmospheric CO2 Levels Accelerate Upwards, Smashing Records despite data indicating a leveling of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

  • · The last two years had “unprecedented” increases of CO2,
  • · The primary driver of global warming, fueling disruptive climate changes and ocean acidification,
  • · According to the latest CO2 data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wildfires Send Plenty of CO2 Into the Atmosphere and have been increasing globally as the planet heats up.

The increase could be due to:

  • · Errors in estimating fossil fuel emissions;
  • · Increasing CO2 emissions from other sectors: agriculture, deforestation, undetected leaks, industrial pollution, for ex.;
  • · Climate change creating feedback cycles that increase CO2, such as: wildfires, melting permafrost.
  • · Our major CO2 sinks, the oceans and biosphere, may be absorbing less CO2. These sinks will eventually fill up.

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MELTDOWN

Vast Melting of Permafrost Is Already Occurring in Siberia creating a landscape of melt lakes.

OO Global Warming Could Thaw Far More Permafrost Than Expected, about 20% more, a new study says. Takeaways:

  • · Permafrost is landscape covered with frozen soil – nearly 6 million sq miles currently;
  • · It is estimated to store more carbon than is in the entire atmosphere.
  • · 40+ % of that could thaw even with just a 2 degrees C warming, a Paris climate accord goal.
  • · 30+% could thaw with a rise of 1.5 C.

Why care? If that much permafrost thawed, it would release enough climate changing gases to substantially speed global warming further.

Siberian Cities Face Collapse by 2050 as the permafrost beneath them melts. Source siberiantimes.com

· The thaw would also melt the ground beneath the homes of 35 million people.

OO Global Warming To Melt An India-Size Area Of Permafrost Each Degree WarmerTakeaways:

  • · As permafrost melts, organic matter decompose,
  • · Releasing climate-changing gases.
  • · Just a single degree C rise in temperature
  • · Will melt vast areas, releasing vast amounts of climate changing gases.

Related:

OO Global Warming Will Melt An Area Bigger Than AUSTRALIA

When The Wind Blows, The Sea Ice Will Break… especially if warming has thinned the ice already. Source Earth Nullschool

OO Brutish High Pressure System Wrecked Already Thin Arctic Sea Ice recently, creating a broad clockwise pattern of winds that shattered ice already thinned by unusual warming. Another climate-feedback cycle helping to destroy the ice and further fuel warming: stronger, more extreme weather.

OO Arctic Ice In Retreat The effects of climate change can be felt growing slowly but subtly in most parts of the world as temperatures inch up and extreme weather occur more frequently.

Prelude To A Huge Iceberg? Source satellite images via Stef Lhermitte at twitter

OO Scientists Just Found A Strange, Worrying Crack In One Of Greenland’s Biggest Glaciers – It portends a huge iceberg in coming years, weakening the bulwark that keeps roughly a foot of sea level rise stored in the Petermann Glacier in check on Greenland.

OO As Permafrost Melts, Uncovered Mammoth Tusks Boom Ivory Trade MEH: I can see Stephen Colbert making hay with this one… climate is upending humanity but, hey, want to buy some ivory?

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Saudis To Seek Bids For 700-Megawatt Wind And Solar Projects as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

OO China Solar, Wind To Attract $780 Billion Investment By 2030 – Research Report

China’s wind and solar sectors could attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($780+ billion) in investment between 2016 and 2030 as the country tries to meet its renewable energy targets.

OO Electricity’s Carbon Footprint In US Shrinks, Sets Record

Source econews.com.au

OO Countries Cut Carbon By Putting A Price On It Carbon taxes and cap-and-trade are two ways countries around the globe are using economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gases. They’re based on a simple idea: if something is made to cost more, there’ll be less of it produced.

OO The Quest To Capture And Store Carbon – And Slow Climate Change — Just Reached A New Milestone with the launch of the first US large scale facility combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.

India Mines the Sun, Rather Than Coal with a national program encouraging the growth of solar power.

OO India Pivots Away From Coal-Fired Power chased by drought, rising costs, and clean technology; the world’s third-largest coal user joins China and US in a shift from black fuel.

OO After Years Of Soaring Growth, Asia’s Fuel Demand Falters

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@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Is Climate Change Affecting Us Now? Here’s a sampling:

  • · REGIONAL CONFLICTS: Climate change has increased drought in the middle east, and has contributed to the rise of ISIS, the destabilization of the middle east, and millions of Syrian and other refugees desperately fleeing to other countries.
  • · MIAMI IS SINKING: Many parts are already experiencing sea water regularly flooding at merely high tides, as a result of rising sea levels.
  • · FARMERS ARE UNDER STRESS: and trying to adapt to climate changes but with an increase in frequency and severity of drought and heavy rains, these extremes make getting crops difficult. Already crops are shifting north in the northern hemisphere.
  • · PINE BEETLE DEVASTATING FORESTS: The Pine Beetle has shifted further north with warmer winters and exploded with longer summers that allow it to reproduce 2-3x more, devastating extremely large pine forests from the US to Canada, and causing significant economic and environmental fallout.
  • · WILDFIRES ARE INCREASING: Wildfires are becoming more frequent, more severe and covering more ground due to climate change. This is killing people, burning communities out, reducing air quality substantially over major areas of continents, costing quite a lot, and adding climate changing emissions.
  • · INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE UP: Insurance companies have been paying out a lot more claims due to climate change, and thus hiking their premiums and rates. They see that climate change results in extreme weather events, causing significant economic damage. This forces insurers to adapt and lobby for change.

As Drought Envelops Africa, Many Are Starving Source yournewswire.com

  • · HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE ALREADY DYING ANNUALLY: A UN organization tasked with monitoring the impacts of climate change calculates that climate change is already causing 400,000 premature deaths a year.
  • · PERMAFROST IS MELTING: Northern communities housing 35 million people are built on permanently frozen ground, permafrost, which is already occurring, destroying buildings and infrastructure such as roads. Permafrost warming in parts of Alaska is accelerating.
  • · TORNADOES ARE INCREASING AND SHIFTING RANGE: occurring in clusters, increasing in destructive power and being seen further north and in different seasons, as predicted by models to occur under continued climate change. Communities without tornado experience or preparation are being hit.

No Coffee???

OO Six of Your Favorite Foods Are Threatened By Climate Change – they are:

  • · Coffee – yields are down globally due to hotter, drier weather; the most common species could be extinct by 2080.
  • · Avocados – are weather-sensitive and slow-growing, and recent droughts have dropped yields in the two major producers, Australia and California.
  • · Mangoes – will “burn” if it’s too hot, and its major producer, India is becoming extremely hot and drier, another challenge for mango production.

No Maple Syrup???

  • · Maple syrup – relies trees freezing at night, and then thawing during the day so the sap flows down the tree. But as winters get warmer, this process is becoming disrupted, decreasing sap flow – and the sugar content.
  • · Fish N Chips – relies on cold-water fish, which are migrating further north as seas warm, dropping accessibility; they are being replaced in UK waters by squid, sardines and anchovies.
  • · Chocolate – comes from a plant that is sensitive to dryness; as the major producer (50% of global production) dries, it is wreaking havoc on the cocoa bean, meaning less, more expensive chocolate.

No Chocolate???

Scientists predict that by 2050 temperatures will be too hot for the cocoa bean to grow in the main regions that produce chocolate, likely turning it into a rare and expensive delicacy.

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OO 11% Of Chinese Deaths Due To Air Pollution Tied To US, Europe Consumer Goods –says a new study. Takeaways:

· Such pollution killed 700,000+ people globally in 2007, the most recent year with data.

· Hardest hit were Asian countries, especially China,

· Where this causes nearly 110,000 premature deaths annually.

What Yellowstone Will Be Like in 2050 Credit Hannah Rothstein

OO Artist Shows What Climate Change Will Do To Our National Parks where the creep of change is playing out in places that Americans want to preserve for the enjoyment of future generations. MEH: That bear was drawn from a real photograph of actually a polar bear I’ve seen the photo.

OO Climate Change Is Ruining Farmers’ Lives, But Only A Few Will Admit It

King Tide in San Francisco Bay Source blog.savesfbay.org

OO Sea-Level Rise In California Could Be Catastrophic a new study says, with a 60+% chance of a 3+ foot sea rise by 2100 under business as usual.

OO Unless Emissions Drop, Much Of Coastal Louisiana Will Be Swamped – A few weeks ago President Donald Trump announced a trade: A few thousand temporary jobs for West Virginia coal miners in exchange for letting the Gulf of Mexico drown much of south Louisiana over the next 50 years.

OO Climate Change Is Hitting Home, And It’s Not Fair

  • · Polls show that most Americans think climate change is happening,
  • · But not affecting them.
  • · Untrue,
  • · but climate change is affecting the poor more than others worldwide.

OO Loss Of Coral Reefs Caused By Rising Sea Temperatures Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally – Loss of Great Barrier Reef alone could cost north Queensland 1m visitors a year, imperiling 10,000 jobs and draining $1 Billion from economy.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

Mission 2020 campaign by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres urges decisive action to curb emissions by 2020 on six fronts

Don’t Be Late!

OO Ex UN Climate Chief Campaigns For Decisive Action To Curb Emissions By 2020 On 6 Fronts – Christiana Figueres has started the Mission 2020 campaign with a decarbonization roadmap to reach these 2020 goals:

  • · Energy: Renewables will need to outcompete fossil fuels worldwide
  • · Transport: Zero emission transport options will be chosen in major cities and transport routes
  • · Infrastructure: Cities and states will be using plans to fully decarbonize infrastructure by 2050

How Palm Oil Fuels Climate Change: Deforestation Credit Matthias Klum

  • · Land Use: Large-scale deforestation to be replaced by land restoration; agriculture shifts to earth-friendly practices
  • · Industry: Heavy industry commits to being Paris-compliant
  • · Finance: Investment in climate action is $1+trillion per year, and all financial institutions have a disclosed transition strategy

Businesses and governments only have three years to act to steer away from a course that will lock in the most devastating impacts of climate change, says the campaign.

Verticaal Farming Is Sprouting Worldwide but it has its limits – imagine trying to grow wheat… Source http://www.newscientist.com

OO Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience Takeaways:

  1. · Vertical farms indoors use a fraction of the energy and water needed by outdoor farms.
  2. · Using historical data to prevent flooding
  3. · Smart energy grids save money
  4. · Low-impact development standards for cities retains water and cools the city.

Local Nature Preserves Can Help Preserve Cities Source naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov

  1. · Use local natural systems like wetlands for water management.
  2. · Create urban ecosystem to supply important services like water management.
  3. · Give rivers more flood room so they don’t flood cities.
  4. · Account for climate change in planning city infrastrcture.

OO Next 10 Years Critical For Achieving Climate Change Goals says a new study. To have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, humanity needs to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking within the decade.

OO Project Drawdown Aims To Reverse Global Warming – this new book offers a pathway to get to the point where greenhouse gases peak in the atmosphere and begin declining by 2050.

OO Forget Dow Jones: Report On Climate Daily says Canadian star environmentalist David Suzuki to journalists.

OO Anatomy Of Climate Change Misinformation:

Heartland Institute’s Climate Denial Campaign Into Schools – they mailed a climate denial book to 25,000 US teachers around the US. How and why did they do it? What is the chief motivation? What are the techniques they employ to cast doubt on climate science? Check out more here.

Cover Cropping Helps Soil Absorb Carbon Source maumeeag.osu.edu

OO Joining The Fight Against Climate Change Would Help Farming Thrive – Farmers have the political clout necessary to influence environmental and climate change policies.

What can farmers do to help?

  • · planting cover crops,
  • · extending crop rotations or eliminating tillage;
  • · Help leverage the Congressional 2018 farm bill to fund green farming incentives.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Global Warming Could Make Hurricane Intensify More Quickly,

Making Forecasting More Difficult a new study suggests.

OO Great Barrier Reef Further Harmed By Run-Off Pollution From Cyclone Debbie – yet another sting, this time from the tail from Cyclone Debbie, with fresh run-off pollution from torrential rains sweeping into Great Barrier Reef water, smashing many corals.

OO Liana And Other Vines Impeding Carbon Storage In South American Rainforests – and Central American ones, too, as they proliferate under global warming.

“Once There Was A Butterfly…” may be what our future children will only know of many of these beautiful creatures, such as this English Peacock Butterfly. Source greenreview.blogspot.com

OO UK: Disastrous 2016 Data Show Butterflies Are ‘Failing To Cope’ With Climate Change and the pollution causing it:

  • · 40 out of nearly 60 species declined in 2016, with the survival on some in doubt.
  • · Three quarters of UK butterflies have declined over the last 40 years.

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SPEAKING OUT

Get the BIG Picture, Trump? Source The Autonomous Space Agency Network

OO ‘First Protest In Space’ Targets Trump With An Astronaut’s Famous Words originally used when viewing Earth from the moon: “You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a b****.’ “

OO UK: Lawyers Sue Government To Produce Plan To Fight Climate Change – as is now required by law. The government has 21 days to produce a plan or face legal action.

OO Emerging Nations Urge Rich Countries To Honour Climate Finance Pledges China, Brazil, India and South Africa have urged industrialised countries to honour financial commitments made in Paris in 2015 to help developing countries fight against global climate change.

Take It Away said the judge to the pipeline company, after hearing the case of the native Americans. Source iStock

OO Oklahoma: Tribal Members Defeat Natural Gas Pipeline Company – forcing the company to remove a pipeline they had installed on their lands.

OO Why Scientists Are Fighting Back: We’ve Had Enough Of Trump’s War On Facts

“the principle that demonstrable facts and evidence – not fake news, alternative facts, supposition or innuendo – must form the backbone of public decisions. It is what separates a democracy from a theocracy, monarchy, or dictatorship, all forms of government in which “the truth” is whatever the ruler says it is…”

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LET’S MARCH!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for action on the climate on April 29, 2017.

On April 29, NRDC will march for our communities, our climate, and for the well-being of our families and future generations. Will you join us?
NRDC Apr 17

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • · push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • · reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • · Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • · Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Coal Ash Pollution in North Carolina, Source WaterKeeper Alliance Inc at flickr

OO Tennessee: 2 Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard, Coal Ash, To Light Coal ash, the hazardous byproduct of burning coal to produce power, is a particularly insidious legacy of the nation’s dependence on coal: 100+ million tons are produced every year.

OO BP Struggles To Control Damaged Well In Alaskan Arctic

Source foodandwaterwatch.org

OO Our Most Iconic National Parks Are In Danger Of Becoming Oil And Gas Drilling Hot Spots under Trump’s 19th executive order, titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which may also make it easier for energy companies to drill in America’s national parks.

OO Methane Leaks From Canada Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances

And researchers call for effective monitoring in Canada.

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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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If we do not live 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, April 25, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes.

Much of the US and waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures.

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 this out!

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Its Depressing Effects, Marching For Climate, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly – as are ours.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this beautiful Brazilian tanager, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Dario Sanches at flickr.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO How To Stop Deforestation: ‘Indigenous People Are The Best Park Rangers.’ Forests soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection? Their inhabitants know best, studies show.

OO Forests Offer Cool Way To Ease Climate Fears New global database of trees affirms the need for greater conservation and protection of forests to slow the pace of global warming.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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NEW SOCIAL THREAT: COMPLACENCY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Clean Power Is A Good Start… but humanity needs to make far more substantial changes that involve creating sustainable populations and economies, and regrowing forests, if we are to prevent civilizational collapse from climate change.

OO Complacency Threatens Climate Change Action says a leading academic.

  • · Besides oil companies wanting to delay real action,
  • · Academics, journalists and even some green groups also foster complacency,
  • · By promoting that renewable power or other simple solutions can tackle global warming.
  • · Humanity has only a 5% chance of keeping global warming below the 2 C Paris climate agreement goal under current national action pledges.

One Child Families: A Humane Way to Make Exploding Populations Sustainable

MEH: The far more substantial changes needed are:

  • · attaining sustainable population levels
  • · that run on sustainable, not growing, economies,
  • · and regrowing our forests to store carbon.

OO General Electric: Talking About Climate Action, But Not Doing So – Takeaways:

  • · Some US companies publicly defy Trump, calling for climate action, without doing so themselves,
  • · Trying to “greenwash” themselves and improve company profits via public approval.
  • · About 66+% of the US public will not support companies that appear to hurt the environment.
  • · Buy American, yes, but check that companies back up their talk with action.

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WATER, MORE OR LESS

OO California: Drought’s Over; But Climate Change Isn’t MEH: and if you count groundwater as part of our water budget, then we’ll be in drought for decades, until our aquifers replenish. Meantime, we have a far smaller agricultural safety net for the next drought…

OO California Snowpack Healthy Again, But Warming Looms Large – at 160% of normal levels, officials now face potential flooding as snowmelt runs into streams and reservoirs already swollen with winter rains.

OO Six Images Show What Happened To California’s Drought The state’s surface water drought was erased this winter after massive storms dumped precipitation. Here’s a look at what challenges lie ahead – like preparing for the next drought.

It’s Fine Until The Rains And Tides Come… to the exploding cities in the Pearl River delta. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times, modified

OO Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities – exploding development and populations are colliding with climate change in the Pearl River Delta.

Climate change, and land sinking under ever more development, are creating ever more intense and damaging floods, and tidal surges.

OO Vital Groundwater Depleted Faster Than Ever Globally – Global use of irreplaceable groundwater is exhausting the supply so fast that researchers say it will drive up food prices and hit international trade.

OO Peru’s Floods Follow Climate Change’s Deadly Extreme Weather Trend – an unusual coastal El Niño drove Peru’s deluge, in another signal that weather extremes are becoming wild cards as climate change warms the oceans.

OO The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces A Multitude Of Threats under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater intrusion downstream.

OO Climate Change Hits Alaska’s Rural Water And Sewer Systems

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ What Trump’s Climate Policies Mean For Global Warming – check it out: a good quick GRAPHIC summary of how:

  • · the US will lose out to other countries that take the lead,
  • · even as the US promotes policies that will only worsen climate change –
  • · and increase its economic damage and threat to US businesses and citizens.

OO Trump’s Policies Will Only Accelerate Climate Change and a warmer planet may not be able to return to the balance we once enjoyed.

OO “America First” Doesn’t Cut It When Fighting Global Warming – it’s not just wrong, but reckless.

Nature doesn’t distinguish the US from the rest of the planet, so we’re suffering from climate change, and will suffer far more, if we don’t take action.

Home to Caribou and Polar Bears – And In Trump’s Bullseye

OO Trump Preparing Order To Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

OO Opening Arctic For Drilling Is Trump Priority, key senator says.

OO Climate Change Would Swamp Trump’s Border Wall as rising seas lift the adjacent Rio Grande River, flooding it.

The Train Just Left — For Good in 220 cities, if Trump has his way. Mass transit keeps climate changing transport emissions down.

OO Trump To Defund Amtrak Train Service To 220 US Cities which would lose all passenger train service per Trump’s budget, creating a nightmare scenario for people who depend on passenger rail, transit, commuter rail, and even regional air service, from Wall Street to Main Street.

OO Renewable Energy Cuts Affirm Administration’s Motives: Pro Fossil Fuels Industry

OO The Regulatory Wrecking Ball – Trump has signed 11 deregulatory measures so far, creating extensive wreckage. 18 more rollbacks are planned.

OO Trump Plan To Slash EPA Budget Goes Even Deeper new memo shows, proposing to cut $2.5 billion, gutting all climate research and partnerships to cut industry emissions.

One Way Trump Is Killing US Babies – rolling back pollution limits will increase cases of asthma, which is strongly linked to US fossil fuel pollution, and has killed US babies and toddlers, who are especially vulnerable to harm from pollution.

OO Trump Plan Would Slash EPA Vehicle Testing Budget including for vehicle emissions and fuel economy but will seek to raise fees on industry to pay for some testing, says the plan.

OO EPA Reportedly Eliminates Program Helping Cities Deal With Climate Change

OO EPA Chief Says Paris Climate Agreement ‘Bad Deal’ For US

The United States should continue to be “engaged” in international climate change discussions but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country, the head of the EPA said Sunday. Reuters. Apr 03

OO Climate Change Booted From US-China Agenda Under Trump unlike his predecessor.

OO While America Launches Missiles, China Quietly Leads On Climate Change

OO What President Trump Can Learn About Climate Change From President Xi China is:

· moving away from fossil fuels to renewable power,

· making major commitments to reduce both choking smog and climate-changing carbon emissions

It’s a Question of Vision: Which Do You Prefer? Under Trump, the Bureau of Land Management page literally went black, with a coal seam.

OO Public Lands Agency Changes Website From Family Visiting A Park To Black Coal the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees nearly 260 million acres of land, including ecologically vital conservation areas, has changed the image on its homepage from a scenic park vista to a massive wall of coal.

RESISTING TRUMP

Chesapeake Bay Is Worth Saving – A Mecca For Oysters and Wildlife Credit Andrew Morrell

OO Pennsylvania Resists Fed Efforts To End Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, Climate-Change Pollution

OO This Time Congress Is Not Helping Trump Destroy The Planet – He’s not happy about that.

OO New York, Other States Take On Trump Over Energy Efficiency Cuts saying his suspension of rules to improve appliance energy efficiency is illegal.

Credit Anja Hoffman at twitter.com

OO Trump Has Scientists Mad Enough To March On Earth Day – By marching for truth, scientists are not being political – they are merely doing their job.

OO EPA Watchdog Could Spark Internal Clash Over Pruitt’s Climate Denial – the agency’s scientific integrity officer, an ex environmental advocate, is tasked with evaluating EPA chief’s statements denying CO2 drives global warming.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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LET’S MARCH – TWICE!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for science on April 22nd, and for the climate on April 29th one week later.

OO April 22: Energy Grows For Worldwide March For Science,

As Trump Wages War On It – Nearly 400 marches in 37 countries will take place on April 22, demonstrating global resistance to Trump agenda.

AND …

@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here

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HOT NEWS

OO We’re Creating A Perfect Storm Of Unprecedented Global Warming If we do not reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, by 2100 the Earth will be as hot as it was 50 million years ago in the early Eocene, with CO2 levels over twice as much as today, shows a new study.

Green Plants Stored CO2 Over Millions of Years … And Now We’re Releasting It, As the Sun Gets Warmer…

OO Intensifying Sun And Increased CO2 A ‘Double-Whammy’ For Climate Change Takeaways:

  • · Over the past 400 million years, the sun has been intensifying
  • · and Earth has only escaped a frying because
  • · plants sucked up the extra carbon dioxide,
  • · reducing the heat caught in the atmosphere.

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  • · But now, we’re changing that,
  • · Literally putting CO2 back into the air
  • · By burning ancient dead plants, which comprise fossil fuels.
  • · Meanwhile, the sun keeps intensifying: both effects* will
  • · Warm the Earth more than previously thought.

*MEH: there is a substantial difference in the scale of change each can affect on our atmosphere: human activities that pump CO2 into the air at a huge rate are going to change the planetary heat balance over the next century far faster, especially with the help of natural feedback cycles that further add to the warming, than the changing intensity of the sun…

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MELTDOWN

OO Arctic Ice Is Melting From Above and Below:

Global Warming Is Literally Turning The Arctic Ocean Inside Out and speeding the melting of Arctic ice, a major planetary thermal shield – without it, Earth will warm much faster.

Takeaways from new research:

  • · Unlike the Atland and Pacific, the Arctic Ocean gets warmer with increasing depth.
  • · Because it is fed by heavier, saltier, warmer Atlantic water from the south, that stays deep normally.
  • · But as Arctic ice melts, the exposed surface is mixed by winds that
  • · Bring warmer water to the surface and speed melting of remaining ice.

“ The ocean’s role in sea ice retreat, it used to be minimal, but as sea ice retreats it’s one of those positive feedback mechanisms,” a researcher said. “And we’re talking a lot of heat in the Atlantic layer, it could melt all the ice in the Arctic if it were to pop up to the surface.”

Spectacular Calving of Glaciers and Icebergs Illustrate the Grand Global Melt Source Wodernvision 420 at Youtube

OO Fire And Ice: Tambora, Receding Glaciers And The Birth Of Modern Climate-Research

Glaciers worldwide have experienced a constant retreat. The general trend shows even a stronger acceleration in the last 30 years, causing concern among scientists.

OO The Massive Crack In The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Hanging On By A 12-Mile ‘Thread’ and once that breaks, it will release yet another massive iceberg signalling the continuing melt of ice at both poles from a heating planet.

OO The World’s Snowiest Place Is Starting To Melt in the mountains of northwestern Japan, which have long received up to 125 feet of snow a year—but that’s starting to change.

Credit Lisa McKeon

OO Documenting Glaciers In The Dying Days Of Ice in Montana’s Glacier National Park, as climate change hastens their end.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Renewables Cut Europe’s Carbon Emissions By 10% In 2015 – A surge in the use of wind and solar energy helped Europe to cut its fossil fuel consumption, says a new report.

OO More Renewable Energy For Less: Capacity Grew In 2016 As Costs Fell The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016 while spending less on clean energy development, says a new report.

OO Green Power: Wave Of The Future The price of renewable energy – especially solar power – continues to tumble, and the result is more green power generating capacity for fewer dollars.

OO Made In America: Trump Embracing Offshore Wind? Without officially fanfare, the Trump administration is deciding that the windmills can be made here after all.

OO Where The US Energy Storage Industry Is Happening Now – 5 US states have the potential to become energy hub and dominate the energy storage boom, bringing together workers, universities, entrepreneurs, benefactors and favorable policies: California, Nevada, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina.

OO New Energy Goes Mainstream As Majors Muscle In Utilities are grabbing share of renewables from smaller developers.

Both Scotland and California Pursue Clean Energy Vigorously so the pairing isn’t all that surprising.

OO California And Scotland Join Forces To Fight Climate Change

OO Appeals Court Upholds California’s Anti-Greenhouse Gas Program

OO Kenya: Solar Micro-Grids Boost Fortunes Of Lake Victoria Fishermen – solar power has help boost public access to electricity to 60% in Kenya, up from 27 % three years before.

OO The End Of Coal: EU Energy Companies Pledge No New Plants From 2020 Europe’s energy utilities have rung a death knell for coal, with a historic pledge that no new coal-fired plants will be built in the EU after 2020.

THE MORNING EMAIL
Start your workday the right way with the news that matters most.

OO Australia: Coalition Supporters Back Quicker Shift To Renewable Energy unlike their national leader.

OO Ontario’s First Cap-And-Trade Auction Sells Out Current Allowances,

Signals a Strong Start For the New Carbon Market but the real test of the system will be in the emission reductions it brings about.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Source familyfarmalliance.org

OO Analyzing How Climate Change Will Affect Farm Work A new analysis indicates:

  • · Farmers will have to plant earlier in the spring;
  • · Overall, huge changes will force a major rethinking of how to farm.

OO Farming Becoming Riskier Under Climate Change

OO Hawaii: A Brain-Invading Parasite Appears To Be Spreading Due To Climate Change – Takeaways:

  • · health officials warn residents not to touch snails or slugs with bare hands
  • · due to an increase in cases of people contracting a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm.
  • · Once the nematode worm invades the brain, death often results.
  • · Other states where it has recently popped up include California, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.

OO “Ecoanxiety”: Climate Change Is Causing PTSD, Anxiety, And Depression On A Mass Scale

– even suicide in some cases:

  • · Eco-disasters, both short term (eg hurricanes) and longterm (eg, drought, sea level rise) are causing mental trauma.
  • · Responses to climate change, including conflict avoidance, fatalism, fear, helplessness, and resignation are growing.
  • · Longterm disasters will cause significant chronic mental problems says a new study.
  • · These responses in turn are delaying national action on climate change.

OO Study: Climate Change Could Increase PTSD, Suicide, And Depression

OO Depressed About Climate Change? There’s A 9-Step Program For That

  • · Groups for coping with grief and anger from environmental destruction are forming;
  • · These help people to not be overwhelmed by anger but channel it productively.
  • · These groups can help create seeds of action.

@@ TORNADO TWINS & TRIPLETS!!! Unusual tornado family of May 24, 2016 is a great real time view of how tornadoes form and even split into 2 or more… compelling! This is Part 2 of a 3-part series of these tornadoes on May 24, 2016: view the equally compelling Part 1, The Ultimate Tornado Up Close and Part 3, Creepy Tornado Siren.

OO Tornadoes Striking At Record Pace In US So Far This Year Takeaways:

  • · The number of US 2017 tornadoes is climbing at a record pace.
  • · Powerful storm systems hit the West Coast,
  • · then head towards central and eastern U.S.,
  • · Creating tornadoes and other extreme weather events.

@@ How Soon Will We Use Up Our Carbon Budget For 1.5C Of Global Warming? 4 Years.

OO New Study Links Carbon Pollution To Extreme Weather Extreme weather can occur due to direct heating from global warming, but also, new research shows, from large-scale changes to the atmosphere and oceans:

  • · As global warming weakens the Arctic jet stream,
  • · It loops into the temperate zone, like the US, and stagnates weather systems,
  • · Causing flooding or heatwaves on the land beneath, depending on whether
  • · The system is a wet or hot, dry one.

When Biodiversity Is Threatened, So Are We

OO Climate Change Impacting ‘Most’ Species On Earth, Even Down To Their Genomes indicates 3 new studies:

  • · Species are changing genetically in response to climate change,
  • · But that doesn’t mean they are adapting successfully to it.

“In many instances genetic diversity is being lost due to climate change, not just in nature but also in resources that human’s depend on such as crops and timber,”

OO Climate-Driven Species On The Move Are Changing (Almost) Everything Climate change is driving a universal major redistribution of life on Earth.

OO Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Global Plant Growth – Scientists compiling a record of the atmosphere based on air trapped in Antarctic ice found that rising carbon dioxide has accelerated plant growth.

OO Brazil: Climate Change, Deofrestation Help Spread Lethal Monkey Virus killing both humans and many members of endangered species of monkeys.

OO Cambodia: Angkor Wat’s Ancient Collapse From Climate Change Has Lessons For Today

The powerful civilization was hammered into oblivion by drought and floods, underscoring the connections between climate and people, shows new research.

OO ‘Disaster Alley’: Australia Could Be Hit By A New Wave Of Climate Refugees a U.S. defense expert warns as people flee low-lying Pacific islands, a precursor to ‘climate-exacerbated water insecurities’ that could trigger wider conflict.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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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GOOD IDEAS

Credit Joel Pett at USA Today

OO Instead of the Threat of Climate Change, Promote the Economic Upside of Its Solutions

Embracing energy efficiency and a low-carbon economy promotes:

  • · Jobs
  • · National security
  • · Human health

MEH: BUT SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE: understanding the cascading threat of climate change helps speed action to a rate that prevents catastophic damage – which could overwhelm our society if we do not act fast enough.

OO It’s Good Business For Cities To Prepare For Climate Change

“As the impacts of climate change become more significant, cities’ resilience will become a factor of competitive advantage…”

OO India: Switching To Vegetables, Oranges And Papaya Could Help Save Water India could save water and reduce planet-warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits like melon, oranges and papaya to their diet while reducing wheat and poultry, researchers said on Wednesday. Reuters.

OO Farms Could Slash Pesticide Use Without Losses, Research Reveals

The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on most farms.

OO India: Court Says Glaciers And Rivers Are ‘Living Entities.’

Could The Same Approach Work In The US? As Indian glaciers retreat, Indian judges have moved aggressively to protect them.

UK: Diesel Pollution Now At Crisis Levels Source http://www.telegraph.co.uk

OO Make Car Makers, Not Drivers, Pay For The Diesel Crisis, experts say, as they do in Germany and France.

OO Salt, Silicon Or Graphite: Energy Storage Goes Beyond Lithium Ion BatteriesTechnologies that use gels, liquids, and molten silicon or salt could all claim a slice of the growing renewable energy storage market.

Our National Heritage Is Worth Its Maintenance and gives Americans far more happiness than any of Trump’s assets. Source US Interior Department

OO US Park Service Deserves A Bigger Check Americans love their parks and bringing the parks to full flower is a win-win-win not only for the jobs and national pride the project would generate but the political popularity that would accrue to those who made it happen.

OO Engaging The Unengaged On Climate Change – people who do not seek out information about environmental trends and their consequences. This great challenge can start within our own, personal networks.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Frozen Farmers’ Fields Are An Unexpected Culprit In Climate Change, according to a new study. When thawing, a vast expanse of farmers’ fields across Canada burp significant amounts of a potent climate changing gas, nitrous oxide into the air.

‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across 8,000km

OO Great Barrier Reef At ‘Terminal Stage’: Scientists Despair At Latest Coral Bleaching Data Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found.

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SPEAKING OUT

Paris, Home of the 2016 Global Climate Accord Source frenchseams.com

OO French Foreign Minister: The World Can’t Fight Climate Change Without The US — at least, not fast enough to prevent even further catastrophic damage.

OO Montana: Church Leaders Are Begging Their Senator To Give Up Global Warming Denial

“We cannot remain silent while a U.S. senator from Montana chooses willful ignorance of the greatest threat this state has ever faced and which is already causing extreme damage…“ said the church leaders.

“The simple moral truth is that United States is by far the world’s largest historic contributor to the climate crisis and therefore bears the greatest responsibility for addressing it.”

OO US Coal Companies Ask Trump To Stick With Paris Climate Deal arguing that the accord could provide their best forum for protecting their global interests.

Source Facebook

OO With Climate Change Deniers In Charge, Time For Scientists To Step Up says noted climate researcher Kevin Trenberth, who talks about why climate scientists need to speak out in the face of the Trump administration’s denial of the facts about climate change.

OO A Timeline Of The Trump War On Science which is in full swing. Check out this interactive graphic timeline!

OO Michael Mann: Trump Must Curb Carbon Emissions By 2020

This Is Insulting, Says Award-Winning US Teacher Brandie Freeman, who used the climate disinformation packet created by the Heartland [Heartless?] Institute to show her students how some right wing organizations mislead the public on climate change. Source The Sustainable Teacher

OO US Educators Decry Conservative Group’s Climate ‘Propaganda’ Sent To Schoolteachers

Science teachers and legislators are fighting back after a conservative advocacy organization, Heartland Institute, mailed false information on climate science to thousands of school science teachers nationwide.

OO EPA Should Not Be Allowed To Dodge Clean Power Plan Ruling, Cities And States Tell Court – urging it to reject the Trump gang’s request to stall decision on cornerstone climate regulations.

We Pay The EPA To Keep Our Air, Water, and Land Clean – and under Trump, it looks like we’ll have to sue to ensure that gets done. Source news.mynahcare.com

OO EPA Staffer Leaves With A Bang, Blasting Agency Policies Under Trump In his resignation letter, longtime EPA veteran Mike Cox wrote:

“The policies this Administration is advancing are

contrary to what the majority of the American people,

who pay our salaries,

want EPA to accomplish,

“which are to ensure the air their children breath is safe;

the land they live, play, and hunt on to be free of toxic chemicals;

and the water they drink, the lakes they swim in, and the rivers they fish in to be clean.”

Ridhima Pandey’s Home State Has Been Ravaged By Climate Change and deforestation. Flash floods and landslides there killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in 2013. Source http://www.independent.co.uk

OO Nine-Year-Old Girl Sues Indian Government Over Climate Change Inaction highlighting the growing concern over pollution and environmental degradation in the country.

OO Thailand: Fishermen Protest Proposed Coal-Fired Plant: ‘The World Is Watching’ to save their livelihood and quite possibly the ecosystem of Phang Nga bay.

This Dam Kills 19 Million Fish Yearly in Tajikistan. Source Courtesty of CIF Action

OO Green Groups Condemn UN Plan To Use $130+ Millions From Climate Fund For Large Dams

warning of serious environmental consequences for the projects in Nepal, Tajikistan and the Solomon Islands.

OO Australia: Don’t Fund Coal Mine, Activists Plead With Govt Agency Environmental action groups including Greenpeace, Oxfam and GetUp have said this in a signed an open letter to Australia’s export credit agency..

OO Canada: Teachers Urge $175 Billion Pension Fund To Flex Muscle On Climate Change

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump wants to change how the EPA calculates the cost of climate change.

@@ What Is The Social Cost Of Carbon? Takeaways:

  • · The social cost of carbon tracks just how much personal or group actions impact everyone’s climate.
  • · It tracks the costs of climate damages incurred by the carbon emissions of those actions.
  • · It underpins all federal climate protections.
  • · Trump wants to get rid of it in his government.

OO Carbon Footprint Of Canada’s Oil Sands Is Larger Than Thought

OO FALSE: EPA Head Scott Pruitt’s Claim That ‘Clean Coal’ Helped Reduce Carbon Emissions

and one of the reasons carbon emissions have been reduced to pre-1994 levels. The data show clearly that switching to natural gas and the growth of clean energy were behind this reduction.

OO Coal Is On The Way Out At Electric Utilities, No Matter What Trump Says Utilities are turning to natural gas, wind and solar to create power, a roadblock to the president’s efforts to revive the coal industry.

OO Trump Declares End To ‘War On Coal,’ But Utilities Aren’t Listening

OO Queensland, Australia: Giant Coal Mine Granted Unlimited Water Licence For 60 Years The proposed Adani coal mine, which will be Australia’s biggest, has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear will drain huge amounts of water. Now wait for the next big drought.

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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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If we do not live 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

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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Much of the lower 48 states are experiencing unusually warm temperatures as are the waters that surround them.

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 this out!

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.

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Climate Change This Week: Trump Policies Kill US Babies, Business Bucks Trump, and More!

04/12/2017 07:49 pm ET

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly – as are ours.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this slug moth caterpillar in Thailand, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OOAs Thailand Ramps Up Its Palm Oil Sector, Peat Forests Feel The Pressure

  • · In Thailand, the world’s third-largest producer of palm oil, about 70 % of oil palm land is held by small-scale farmers.
  • · The government is trying to reclaim land from palm oil encroachers in the Pru Kaching peat swamp forest protected area, but it’s difficult.
  • · In order to grow crops like oil palm in peatlands, the swampy peat must be drained – which releases carbon into the atmosphere and makes the forests that overlay them more susceptible to fire.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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TRUMP POLICIES KILL US BABIES

By executive orders and legislation, Trump and the GOP are promoting policies that will increase the number of US babies dying from their effects – most notably, from asthma. How?

  • · By promoting fossil fuel burning, and removing and preventing pollution regulations,
  • · These policies will result in increased US air pollution,
  • · Of the type shown to damage lungs, increase asthma, and worsen existing asthma;

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  • · CDC data show that 51 babies, including pre-schoolers, died of asthma in 2010,
  • · And in 2007, CDC stated that US asthma was increasing.
  • · Increased US air pollution increases asthma morbidity among children.

Increasing US air pollution will increase, not prevent, the deaths of US babies.

Thus, Trump policies will continue and increase the killing of US babies.

OOTrump’s Coal Revival Will Make It Harder To Breathe and certainly harm public health.

OOTrump’s Executive Order: More Fossil Fuels, Regardless Of Climate Change

The primary aim is to:

  • unleash fossil fuel, especially coal development, by
  • undoing policies that curb pollution from power plants.

Trump boasted, “We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal,” totally without evidence, for there is no demonstration that “clean coal” is economically feasible:

OOClimate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OORepublicans Try To Eviscerate EPA:Sneaky Plan Smothers Future Environmental Regulations

  • · The recently passed GOP House bill
  • · Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act [MEH: I’m not making this up]
  • · is a pernicious attempt to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from creating rules
  • · to protect the environment and public health:

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  • · How? By insisting EPA only use scientific studies for which ALL data is publicly available and results are easily reproducible.
  • · The problem? Many public health studies use private medical data, while others contain trade secrets and industry data.
  • · And public health studies are often impossible to reproduce – as when based on past events, for ex.
  • · “Almost everything that has been done in the last 10, 11, 12 years would not pass the standards.”
  • · independent EPA studies would be hobbled, too.

This will effectively stall regulations for decades.

Welcome to the GOP-Trump World of Suicidal Stupidity.

THE BIG PICTURE

@@Species On The Move: impacts on ecosystems and human well-being.

OO The Big Picture: How Climate Change Will Change Life On Earth, And Us – As the global climate changes, human well-being, ecosystem function, and even climate itself are increasingly affected by the shifting geography of life. Takeaways:

  • · the rate at which moveable species are moving is speeding up with climate change.
  • · MEH: but even this does not guarantee long term survival
  • · species respond differently and at different rates, causing disruptions in the web of life.
  • · Disruptions can change entire ecosystems, and impact human communities.
  • · Changes in the distributions of species affect:
  • · production of natural resources required for food security,
  • · patterns of disease transmission,
  • · climate-changing carbon storage processes.

MEH: Some places will get too hot to grow important cereal crops, for ex.

More takeaways:

  • · some range shifts even create feedbacks on climate, speeding up climate change.
  • · human policies need to recognize and incorporate this information.

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OO Climate Change: Global Reshuffle Of Wildlife Will Have Huge Impacts On Humanity

says a major new analysis.

Extinct from Climate Change and possibly other factors, the famed golden toad of Central America is one of many amphibians that have disappeared worldwide. Wikipedia

OOCould Global Warming Cause Extinction Of Plants And Animals? Yes Takeaways:

  • · All plants and animals have temperature ranges beyond which they cannot survive;
  • · Some species can move, but that has limits – island edges, mountaintops, etc.
  • · Many species depend on others: when coral reefs die, so do many other dependent species.
  • · Climate change is evolving too fast for many (MEH if not most) species to adapt.

Aliens Threaten A US Native – dandelions came from Eurasia but are now all over the US, even in wilderness, threatening American native plants, like this native larkspur. Thousands of different alien plants threaten our native ones, and cost us billions to eradicate. Ask the plant pesticide industry.

MEH: climate change is just one of several extinction stresses on species worldwide, as in:

  • Loss of habitat
  • Harmful alien species
  • Pollution
  • Human hunting

Often extinction is a 1-2 punch:

it starts with a major die-off from one effect, such as climate change;

the last, weakened and stressed population is killed off by another effect, likean epidemic.

How We Destroyed Paradise is how our descendants will view ruefully what our short-sighted greed did to a planet that was formerly a very friendly environment for humanity.

OOA New Era Dawns – And It Won’t Be Human-Friendly – Human mistreatment of the planet is ushering in another era and it is not going to be pleasant, says a new book. Takeaways:

  • Our rampant, irrational use of the planet and its resources,
  • including our exploitation of climate-changing fossil fuels,
  • means we are disrupting the Earth system that sustains us.

Our refusal to regulate ourselves contradicts

every modern belief about the kind of creature a human being is.

OOSeven Things To Know About Climate Change in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic, shows, with lots of graphic imagery, that:

  1. The world is getting warmer.
  2. It’s because of us.
  3. We’re sure. And over 97% of all scientists are.
  4. Ice is melting FAST.
  5. Weather is wreaking havoc.
  6. Species are being disrupted.

7. We Can Do Something About It – switch to renewable clean energy, which is as cheap or cheaper than fossil fuels already in many parts of the world. The faster we do so the more money and resources we save.

MEH: Their featured solution is switching to clean energy, but no mention of addressing “the Tyrannosaurus rex in the room”: our unsustainably growing populations.

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@@ 5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change with Bill Nye, the science guy – the best one minute summary I know, done with humor and punch.

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THE ILLUSORY PROMISE OF GEO-ENGINEERING

Okay, Buddy, Put That Test Tube Down Realllll Slow… geoengineering trades one set of somewhat understood problems, stemming from some unintended human geoengineering, for another set of which we can know little in advance. NOT a good idea.

OOTechno-Fixes For Climate Change? Not So Fast – some envision geoengineering big changes to the air or oceans to “fix” the climate changes humans have created. But, wait…

  • · humans already unintentionally geoengineered big changes – and practically no leaders or scientists predicted the climate change outcome.
  • · This illustrates geoengineering flaws : it creates monumental consequences that are almost impossible to predict.
  • · Such grand experiments are “trading one set of problems that we kind of know about,” for another of which we know little.

You can download a guide to geoengineering here.

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CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION… MORE OR LESS

OOPBS Is The Only Network Reporting On Climate Change: Trump Wants To Cut It

MEH: Maybe if we show him graphic images of dead babies killed from climate change fueled disasters…

OO I Am An Arctic Researcher. Donald Trump Is Deleting My Citations even as the Arctic warms twice as fast as the global average.

OOMajor US TV Networks Devoted 50 Minutes TOTAL In 2016 To Climate ChangeMEH: abyssmal ignorance, or subversive censorship? You judge.

Meanwhile, back in 1980, TV got it right:

@@1980: Respected TV Anchorman Informs the Public on Global Warming

OOClimate Change Skeptic Group Seeks To Mislead 200,000 US Teachers Takeaways:

  • · Heartland Institute, a libertarian climate-change-denying thinktank, mass mailed US teachers
  • · A book and DVD rejecting overwhelming scientific consensus on human driven climate change.
  • · The utter nonsense is dressed up to “look like science” and thus confuse and mislead teachers.

Spread the Word: Don’t be fooled by these evil fools!

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OO(Warning) Teachers: Be On The Alert For This Anti-Science Mailing!

OOHow To Raise Climate Literacy: Address Misinformation — Case Studies – It’s an academic paper, but here are the takeaways:

Case 1. For conservative leaning students:

  • · Give an example of how Democrats were motivated to believe in nonexistent evidence:
  • · This shows that everyone is capable of indulging in “motivate reasoning”.
  • · Follow up with a reading and discussion of a piece of climate change misinformation, and its debunking.
  • · The reading should encourage students to question “seemingly” reliable information sources,
  • · And consider the full array of arguments being made regarding human driven climate change.

Education, Then Exercising It is a good way for students to critically assess claims about climate change. Source http://www.theodysseyonline.com

Case 2. For undereducated students, teach critical assessment and communication techniques:

  • · Give them the basic scientific education for understanding climate change;
  • · Assign students research assignments to examine and debunk climate myths. Takeaways:

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  • · Warn readers up front of why misleading myths are created: to delay costly action;
  • · When debunking a climate myth, replace it with a simple explanation of the reality.
  • · Remind readers that ultimately climate change harms all of us.

Tweeting The Truth of Climate Consensus – Obama played a role in reaching out and educating people on the real overwhelming scientific consensus on human driven climate change.

Case 3. Closing the Consensus Gap via Social and Mainstream Media Outreach

  • · Many are misled into believing there is confusion among scientists over climate change;
  • · Public confusion delays pressure on leaders for action;
  • · Outreach on the real overwhelming consensus of climate change needs to be constant and across media channels.

OOCongress “Science”: Committee “Show” Hearing On Climate Change – was indeed a show. Takeaways:

  • · Overall, it was “a horrendously depressing display of scientific illiteracy”,
  • · With most witnesses articulating flawed thinking in their testimony on climate change.

But there was some surprising agreement among most witnesses:

  • · Climate change is occurring and at least in part due to human activities;
  • · Trump’s proposed cuts to Earth-observing systems at NASA, NOAA, and elsewhere are stupid.
  • · “Scientific uncertainty is not going to be eliminated on this topic before we have to act.” – that is, we can’t wait until we are certain of all the details to act on an increasingly threatening process.

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LET’S MARCH – TWICE!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for science on April 22nd, and for the climate on April 29th one week later.

OOApril 22: Energy Grows For Worldwide March For Science,As Trump Wages War On It – Nearly 400 marches in 37 countries will take place on April 22, demonstrating global resistance to Trump agenda.

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@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Big Companies Defy Trump On Climate Change – Two years ago, 365 companies and investors — including Nestlé, General Mills, Mars, Staples, Unilever, and others — signed a petition to state governors urging them to implement the Clean Power Plan. They’re still on board, despite Trump.

OO‘Climate Change Is Real’: Companies Challenge Trump’s Reversal Of Policy

“We’re disappointed the administration has decided to roll back climate regulations such as the clean power plan and others,” said Edward Hoover, a MARS senior manager. “Corporations can’t do it alone. Governments play a critical role…”

General Electric CEO Gets Real on Climate Change – we need more people like Jeffrey Immelt.

OO In Rebuke To Trump, GE Chief Says ‘Climate Change Is Real’ and said climate change “should be addressed on a global basis through multi-national agreements” such as the 2015 Paris Agreement.

OOWhy One Powerful Republican Doubts Trump’s Climate Policy

“If they don’t get it together, we’re going to have a different administration in four years” Said the chief utility regulator of Arkansas, and a main decision maker for energy policy, now that the feds are pulling out of it.

OOPresident Trump Risks The Planet by slashing policies that would slow the onset of further catastrophic climate change.

OOTrump Moves Decisively To Wipe Out Obama’s Climate-Change Record

OOPlanned Rollback Of Climate Rules Unlikely To Achieve All Trump’s Goals

“We don’t import coal. So … this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

OONew EPA Documents Reveal Even Deeper Proposed Cuts To Staff And Programs – the new, more detailed plan calls for:

  • · laying off 25 % of its employees;
  • · scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control,
  • · and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada.

OOTrump’s ‘Insane’ Climate Change Policy Will Destroy More Jobs Than It Creates says global warming expert, by speeding up global warming, thus ensuring more catastrophic disasters for more businesses.

@@Why Climate Change Researchers Are Freaking Out Some transparency advocates fear public access to data might disappear, under Trump.

OOAs Trump Halts Federal Action On Climate Change, Cities And States Push On – A joint statement opposing Trump’s position, signed by US leaders representing voters that account for nearly $3 Trillion, says, in part:

“ to act on climate is to act in our best economic interests. Through expanded climate policies, we have grown jobs and expanded our economies while cleaning our air.”

(cut to 2:30 minutes in)

@@Want To Fix Climate Change? Just Ban The Phrase! – The ingenious way Trump et al have devised to fix climate change: ban the words out of existence! At least at the EPA. In Late Night With James Corden he suggests subs for: Climate Change — “Endless Summer” , Tornadoes — “Fun Time Twisty Wind”, and Earthquakes — “Dirt Twerks”.

Seriously, this could really turn into a fun office game…. As the Trump circuse attains new heights in entertainment!

OOForbidden Phrases At US Dept. Of Energy: Don’t Use ‘Climate Change.’ despite rising ocean levels, a shrinking Arctic ice pack, and rising atmospheric CO2 levels. It doesn’t matter to Trump. Just don’t mention it.

OOScientists Are Mad And Fighting Back Against Attacks From GOP, Trump – with a historic march, as scientists insist that policy decisions are based on careful evaluation of empirical evidence.

19th Century Climate Scientists Who Could Teach EPA Head Pruitt if only they were alive: JB Joseph Fourier, Svante Arrhenius, and John Tyndall.

OO Scientists Understood The Climate 150 Years Ago Better Than Trump’s EPA Head Today – Takeaways:

  • · 1827: Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier showed how heat entered, was trapped by, and left planets, including Earth.
  • · 1860s: John Tyndall showed how gases absorb heat differently – and that CO2 was a big absorber.
  • · 1896: Svante Arrhenius accurately predicted global warming resulting from burning fossil fuels.

All of these scientists understood the climate better than EPA head Scott Pruitt – too bad they can’t rise from the dead to inform him!

OOTrump’s War On Science Is Via His Budget Plan – a narrow-minded document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics.

OOTrump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics

  • · Departures have practically wiped out the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
  • · the staff of the White House chief technology officer has dwindled to one.
  • · No scientist attends daily briefings.
  • · Trump is apparently not interested in what science has to offer policy.

OOTrump’s Pipeline Permit Is Bad For Both The US Economy And The Environment

OOChina Poised To Take Lead On Climate After Trump’s Move To Undo Policies

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Ex GOP Senator Bob Inglis Urges GOP to Tackle Climate Change Source www.pri.org

OOClimate Converts: The Conservatives Who Are Switching Sides On Warming – a small yet growing number of Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are starting to push for action on climate.

OOFlorida Congress House Bloc: Keep Drilling Out Of Eastern Gulf of Mexico say the 17 members.

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HOT NEWS

OOExpect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change says a new study, which finds that “we still have an unacceptable number of premature deaths related to heat waves,” in megacities under continuing climate change.

Under current trends, 350+ million additional people will be exposed to heat stress by 2050.

OORare Deadly Heatwaves Could Strike Yearly Even If Global Warming Targets Are Metwarn scientists. And if they aren’t, expect even worse, killing thousands more yearly.

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MELTDOWN

Check out the first 2 minutes…

@@ Glacier Change & Sea Level Rise – via a NASA scientist. The first 2 minutes summarize how global warming will be creating major rises in sea levels. How do the ocean and ice sheets interact to drive sea level change?

OOThe Arctic Is Warm Again Because… Of Course It Is! in a story that is basically writing itself, incredibly mild air is surging into the Arctic again, cranking up the heat as melt season gets underway:

Global warming > warms Arctic > weakens jet stream, making it loop into hotter southern zones > and ship hot air into the Arctic > warming the Arctic further…

“Doorway to the Underworld” Siberian Crater Is Growing – aka Batagaika, it continues to slump and spread, along its headwall anywhere from 30 to 100 feet yearly.

OOSiberia’s Crater Is Growing Fast, Uncovering Ancient Forests from 200,000 years ago. Deforestation allowed the ground there to warm faster and melt, ultimately causing the first crater to form as the ground collapsed. Later, flooding further enlarged the crater.

Siberia is melting and changing fast as:

  • Permafrost melts, creating lakes, and
  • releasing methane sometimes explosively,
  • creating huge craters.
  • Elsewhere, tundra starts bubbling beneath people’s feet.

@@ Is A Methane Bomb About To Explode? Explosively releasing vast amounts of Arctic methane, which could dramatically speed climate warming further? The anxiety is palpable in Arctic climate scientist Natalia Shakhova’s voice (at about 5:30 minutes) in 2013 as she explains how this could happen within decades.

On the other hand, NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt indicates that data do not support a likely explosion of methane release over then next few decades.

Overall, the chances of a methane bomb:

  • are high enough to merit alarm
  • but not enough to convince a number of reputable climate scientists.
  • But it fosters a middle group of scientists who believe in a troubling, medium release of the methane* –

*not a dribble, not a bomb, but somewhere in between, of an amount of carbon (both CO2 and methane) equalling up to a third of human emissions by the end of 2100.

That’s One BIG Bubble among thousands in Siberia that are getting ready to explode climate changing carbon emissions into the air from meltiner permafrost. Source Siberian Times

OO7,000 Underground Gas Bubbles Poised To ‘Explode’ In Arctic – scientists have found in Siberia. Recently formed large craters there have already been formed by explosive releases of methane.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OOOhio: Coal Employment Falls, As Solar Jobs Double In Cleveland but that could stumble from uncertainty over Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards.

OOUK Breaks Solar Energy Record On Sunny March Weekend

OONorway’s Fossil-Free Energy Start-Ups Are Growing

OOAustralia: Ignoring Federal Govt, Canberra Takes Lead In Renewable Energy Race

OOSouth Australia To Get $1 Billion Solar Farm And World’s Biggest Battery

OOMaryland Senate Gives Final Approval To Fracking Ban

OOWhy The West Will Continue To Green Without The Clean Power Plan

  • · California will continue to lead in clean energy;
  • · Western state energy mandates will keep fueling a clean energy transition;
  • · Coal plants will continue to close for economic reasons.
  • · But progress will be slower and spottier without federal help.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OOThe Mental Health Toll Of Climate Change Could Be Dire says a new report by the American Psychological Association:

  • · besides the trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder that can occur from extreme weather disasters like flooding,
  • · an individual’s core sense of identity could be undermined due to climate change disasters,
  • · and the binds that hold societies together might be pushed to their breaking point.

OOClimate Change Can Take A Toll On Mental Health besides our physical health, new report says:

  • · most dramatically through physical loss and social displacement from climate-change fueled disasters.
  • · Prolonged exposure to hot weather makes people more aggressive and decreases their cognitive skills.

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OOThe Unspoken Climate Change Problem: Anxiety And Depression – which is becoming significant, even as other, more obvious climate change problems grow.

OOClimate Change’s Mental Health Impacts Need Care, Too – Often overlooked, the mental part of dealing with extreme weather and other climate impacts is crucial, new report says.

Haiti Contributes Little To Climate Change, But Reaps Its Damage from ever more extreme hurricanes. Source AP Images

OOWhy Is Climate Change A Moral Issue? Because although the rich contribute far more per capita to climate change, the poor suffer far more from it, having far fewer resources to adapt.

OOClimate Change Is New Challenge In Fighting Disease Outbreaks says a UN health adviser, adding that poor countries need more resources and training to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to a changing climate.

Weather, or Climate Change? Actually, both: climate change affects all weather. Think about it: if the entire planet is absorbing heat, then EVERYTHING on the planet is experiencing it, indirectly, or directly. If you heat a pot of water, ALL of the water gets heated.

OOCommunities Retreat As Oceans Swell, Coasts Erode – An exhaustive new analysis highlights an emerging migration crisis that’s worsening as global warming overwhelms shorelines.

OOCoastal Community Retreat Underway in US And Worldwide

Louisiana: As Seas Rise, This Community Must Retreat Credit William Widmer

OOAs Climate Change Threatens, US Communities Retreat From Rising Seas – As Trump dismantles climate change protections, some US coastal communities are now planning a “managed retreat” from sea rise.

OORising Sea Levels Could Decimate Southern California Beaches By 2100

Credit Eric Anderson, Associated Press

OOTornadoes Striking At Record Pace In US So Far This Year Takeaways:

  • · The number of US 2017 tornadoes is climbing at a record pace.
  • · Powerful storm systems hit the West Coast,
  • · then head towards central and eastern U.S.,
  • · Creating tornadoes and other extreme weather events.

OO Even a Conservative View of Climate Change Shows It Is Here And Now – and changing our environment FAST. MEH:

Much accepted interpretation of scientific climate research is conservative, to increase consensus.

This results in major climate change reports under-predicting the disastrous effects of continued climate change.

Deforesting Laos For Needed Chinese Timber – a truck hauls the resource back to China. Credit Hoang Dinh Nam, Getty Images

OOA Population Bomb Explodes: As Populous China Exploits Global Resources,

It Is Harming Ecosystems, Biodiversity And Climate – boosting carbon emissions globally as it deforests, mines, dams, and farms globally, even as it pursues clean energy development at home.

OOPoor Farmers – Unlike Rich – Face Uphill Battle With Pakistan’s Climate Extremes – adopting drip irrigation and laser leveling to conserve water are out of reach for poor farmers.

Beneath A Dead Blue Sea, An Ancient Tale of Future Drought lies in its sediments. Credit Yair Aronshtam via Flickr

OODead Sea Warns Of Unprecedented Mideast Drought

  • · in its 100,000 yr old sediments,
  • · which shows the area getting just 20% of moden rain levels
  • · at temperature levels, 4 C higher than 20th century levels,
  • · towards which we are rapidly headed via burning fossil fuels.

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  • · Unlike ancient times, however, 400 million people
  • · Across the Mideast and North Africa are
  • · Already on daily water rations.
  • · Imagine the resulting refugee crisis if…

A Graphic History of Mayan Climate Change And WarWikimediaCommons

OOClimate Change Incited Wars Among The Classic Maya – As summer temperatures rose, so did Mayan conflicts, finds a new study.

  • · rising temperatures have been shown to increase human aggressive instincts;
  • · rising Mayan temperatures started producing shortfalls of the main crop, corn.
  • · And large scale deforestation by an expanding population sped the heating.

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  • · Facing food shortages, rulers might have increased conflicts
  • · To distract their people from home problems, and as a tool to maintain popular support
  • · Much like modern leaders today do.

Like the Mayans, conflicts will multiply as climate change and rising temperatures continue.

Surviving Children Rescued From Lethal MudslideSource thesun.co.uk

OOColombia: Climate Change Fueled Rains, Mudslides Leave Dozens Of Children Dead – unusually warm coastal waters intensified rains that flooded a city, and resulted in mudslides from surrounding deforested slopes.

OOColombia Mudslide, Flooding Kill 254 In Midnight Deluge in the city of Macoa, brought on by extreme downpours, and deforested mountain slopes.

OOPeru: Latest Example Of Climate Fueled Extremes

  • · extreme rainfall has created major flooding episodes in coastal areas over March,
  • · 110,000+ peopl have been displaced by flooding since December;
  • · 80+ deaths have occurred.

OOStrange Things Are Happening Off The Coast Of Peru, And Thousands Are Affected – An unexpected warmup in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean is causing heavy rains to repeatedly batter Peru, causing some of the worst flooding in decades.

Heaviest Human Impacts Are Darkest and reflect a combination of detrimental factors, including climate change. Shipping lanes also leave trails of accumulated pollution. Source http://www.nationalgeoraphic.com

OOAn Oceanic X-Ray Reveals Human Impacts with a new interactive graphic by National Geographic.

  • · Researchers were shocked to find two-thirds of the ocean show increased strain from human-related factors, such as fishing and climate change.
  • · Human driven stresses —including open-sea and deep-water fishing, commercial shipping, and climate change—damage ocean habitats.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

OOWorking With The Soil Helps Mitigate Climate Change and improves crop yields. Techniques include:

  • · Eliminate plowing
  • · Use nutrient enriching cover crops to revive soil between regular crops
  • · Enrishing soil with organic matter.

OONuclear Power Is Dying. Can Radical Innovation Save It? many startups are working on innovative new reactor designs that are smaller, safer, and (hopefully) cheaper than ever.

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Testing For Rare Treasures in AshSource pratt.duke.edu

OOAppalachian Coal Mine Waste Could Provide Key Ingredients For Clean Energy using the waste as a rich ore for rare earth elements needed for clean energy and other applications.

OONew Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater’s Hefty Carbon Footprint

OOLarge-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future as a startup builds up the battery network needed to power homes through the night.

OOLow-Carbon Energy Boosts Human And Ecological Health by cutting in half the environmental impacts of power generation by 2050 says, new research.

OOSolar Energy And Salt Water Power Vegetable Farms In The Desert – a Norwegian company is setting up a solar-powered facility in Jordan, one of the world’s most arid countries, to grow vegetables without wasting a drop of fresh water.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Imagine Leaving A Faucet On… Now Think BIG – bathrooms flood when faucets are left on, and whole areas flood when a rain system stalls over them for days.

OOClimate Change-Fueled Jet Stream Linked To Brutal Floods And Heatwaves says study.

A slowdown in planetary winds triggered recent episodes of extreme weather by stalling weather systems.

OO Extreme Weather Linked To Climate Change Impact On The Jet Stream a polar band of wind. Takeaways:

  • · The jet stream is driven by the temperature difference between the Arctic and warmer zones below;
  • · This difference decreases as the Arctic heats much faster than those zones.
  • · This slows the jet stream, causing it to meander, looping deep into warmer zones.
  • · The meandering brings frigid cold into the southern US, and sends heat into Alaska.

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  • · But slower winds also create more stationary patterns,
  • · Increasing weather pattern stalls over areas:
  • · If it’s rain, this leads to flooding;
  • · If it’s hot, sunny weather, this can become heatwaves and droughts.

Normal in 1980, Extreme Weather Now as the jet stream creates these wind paths send cold south and heat north – and stalling enough to worsen weather from normal to catastrophic. Credit Michael Mann, Penn State

Now, research shows that 6 to 8 loops in the jet stream tends to create such weather stalls, which are linked to very extreme weather events, such as:

  • · The 2003 European heatwave,
  • · The 2011 Texas and Oklahoma heatwave and drought;
  • · The 2015 California wildfires.

Related:

OOClimate Change Not Only Intensifies Weather, It Alters Its Flow

OONew Arctic Algae Is More Proof Of Global Warming – Since 2011, algae has appeared there, brought to life by the thinning ice which allows more sunlight than ever before.

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SPEAKING OUT

OOCA Gov. Jerry Brown Calls Trump’s Exec Order On Climate Change A ‘Colossal Mistake,’ and says there will be a ‘counter-movement’, predicting Trump’s actions will mobilize environmentalists in a way President Obama never could.

OORussian President Putin: Climate Change Inevitable

OOSaving The Planet From Climate Change Requires Action – Now say popular ecologist and writer David Suzuki and Ian Hannington.

  • · With rapidly accelerating climate change threatening the very future of humanity, it will take nothing short of a revolution to turn things around.
  • · The degree of hardship and sacrifice that will entail depends on the determination, speed, and comprehensiveness of our actions.

Resisitng Dirty Coal in IndonesiaCredit Jurnasyanto Sukarno at Greenpeace

OOIndonesia: Thousands Of Anti-Coal Activists March, Deliver Complaints To Anti-Graft Agency – and focused on what activists call ‘coalruption’ in Indonesia’s mining and power sectors, which pollutes communities and destroys important community natural resources.

OOMexico: Oil Drillers Face An Angry Mob In Guerrilla Country

“With machetes, with pistols, with whatever necessary, we will defend our land.”

OOGroups File Suit To Halt Keystone XL Pipeline – Native American groups and environmental advocates challeng the State Department’s approval, based on its about-face on the environmental impact.

OOMontana Tribe, Conservationists Sue US Government For Ending Coal Moratorium – on public land without consulting tribal leaders and conducting a full environmental review.

OOVatican Says Trump Risks Losing Climate Change Leadership To China and urges Trump to listen to “dissenting voices” and reconsider his position on climate change.

OOClimate Change: China Calls US ‘Selfish’ After Trump Seeks To Bring Back Coal with a state-run tabloid saying that:

No matter how hard Beijing tries, it won’t be able to take on all the responsibilities that Washington refuses to take.” So true.

OOThe Republican Assault On Climate Science Is Evil, And Evil Must Be Fought

  • · The GOP climate change position has long been an infuriating and dishonest attempt to muddy the water and delay.
  • · This week it has gone from simple dishonesty to active destruction.
  • · This is the hill worth dying on.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Tar Sands Block Canada’s Climate GoalsCredit Todd Korol

OOCanada’s Climate Change Policies Keep Its Paris Commitments Out Of Reach With no rollback in Alberta tar sands production.

OOCanada: Alberta’s Oilsands Tailings Ponds Fail Cleanup Standards

OOCook Inlet: Oil Platforms Powered By Leaking Alaska Pipeline Forced To Shut Down

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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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If we do not live 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes.

Practically ALL of the US is experiencing unusually warm temperatures, as well as its surrounding waters.

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.comhere. 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 this out!

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.

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Climate Change This Week: South America Disasters, “Worse Than Poop!”, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly – as are ours.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Asian scorpian spiders, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Burger King Is Driving Deforestation – But YOU CAN ACT Source Rainforest Rescue

  • While Burger King poses as a “good corporate citizen”,
  • Its suppliers burn Amazon forests to make industrial soy farms to feed cattle.
  • Thus, your local Burger King restaurant is also driving deforestation.

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  • As a corporate titan Burger King could
  • demand that its suppliers produce soy feed without harming nature – but it doesn’t.

Tell Burger King to get deforestation out of its supply chain! Go here.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

Two Big Sources of CO2: Burning Forests and Raising Livestock – and sometimes they go hand in hand, as when forests are burned to raise cattle for Burger King burgers. Source National Geographic

OO Global CO2 Fossil Fuel Emissions Are Flat For 3 Years Running

– But CO2 Still Rising because CO2 also comes from:

  • Human deforestation and clearing of peatlands;
  • Human agriculture, including livestock;
  • Human transportation;
  • Natural feedback systems kick-started by global warming, for ex: melting permafrost releases CO2.

We need to cut deforestation and fossil fuel burning dramatically to bring down CO2 levels to prevent further catastrophic heating of the planet.

Source Flickr

OO South Africa: Plans To Mine Coal In Protected Area

Trigger Conservation Battle in a country that is home to some of the most ancient and diversified plants in the world.

OO Indonesia’s Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Decline by 80+ % from 2015 to 2016.

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CLIMATE-CHANGE-DRIVEN DISASTERS HAMMER SOUTH AMERICA

South America contributes little to climate change,

but now suffers disastrous droughts and floods, significantly driven by it

and poor land use choices:

Credit Esteban Felix at AP

OO Chile: Record Wildfires From Drought, Record High Temperatures,

And Land Use Changes – such as replacing fire resistant native forests with highly combustible tree farm monocultures of eucalyptus and pine trees.

OO Peru: Lethal Floods Linked to Unusually Warm Coastal Waters Takeaways:

  • 80+ dead, 1000s evacuate from worst floods in decades,
  • Which came after a severe drought,
  • And are linked to abnormally hot coastal waters.

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  • Some scientists link these temperatures to a local “coastal El Nino,”
  • While other scientists believe it is linked far more broadly to
  • Rising global warming termperatures.

Source Colombian Army

OO Columbia: Intense Rains, Local Deforestation Drive Flood Disaster in Macoa:

200+ Dead, Hundreds Missing – Takeaways:

  • Columbia President Santos blamed climate change for the disaster,
  • Saying the city got one third of its usual monthly rain in just one night.
  • This sent rivers’ overflows ripping through the city.

Additionally, local deforestation prevented local mountain slopes from absorbing the rain.

MEH: climate change intensifies both wet and dry weather; forests absorb rain, helping prevent flooding.

OO South America 2017 Autumn Forecast:

Rain To Dampen Drought, Wildfires In Chile;

Brazil Faces Unrelenting Drought Threatening Amazon

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@@ Worse Than Poop! Is a pooping-car video about climate change for kids, but I suspect even Trump and his gang could understand it – Trump does have a 6 minute attention span, doesn’t he? Anyway, it’s GREAT!!! Check it out, whatever your age, and share!

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CENSORING CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION

In the US is:

  • Misleading the public;
  • Stalling needed national action;
  • Increasing the future costs and risks of climate change –
  • And the costs of slowing it.

OO CNN Viewers See 500 % More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Change Reporting Takeaways:

  • CNN aired nearly 5 times more oil industry advertising than climate change-related coverage
  • in the one-week periods after news that 2015 was the hottest year on record
  • and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month on record.

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That does not include dozens of Koch Industries ads that also ran on CNN,

which boosted the image of the oil billionaire Koch brothers’ primary corporation.

OO Corporate Media Was Paid To Hide Climate Change News This should not be surprising:

  • The oil and gas industry spends millions in political contributions and lobbying efforts
  • and billions in advertising each year, mostly to Republicans.
  • In return, they get favorable treatment from Washington,
  • including close to $40 billion in tax breaks each year.

Credit Dan Piraro, modified

OO Broadcast Networks Get “F” On Covering Climate Change In 2016 Combined coverage of climate change declined from 2015 to 2016 despite opportunities to do so.

Broadcast news spent less than an hour covering climate change in 2016. Takeaways:

  • the Clean Power Plan was mostly ignored;
  • climate change issues were not covered during the campaign,
  • including climate ramifications of a Clinton vs Trump presidency.

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  • Bernie Sanders brought up climate change 4x more often than show hosts did.
  • There was a disproportionate airing of climate change issues AFTER election day.

Credit Rob Tornoe

Most networks failed to::

  • address economic impacts of climate change;
  • discuss climate change impacts on national security;
  • discuss the climate change impacts of building pipelines;

Sunday talk show coverage of climate change significantly decreased.

MEH: Let’s see if they uphold their public responsibility better in 2017.

OO China Blames Climate Change For Record Sea Levels says a government study. Takeaways:

  • coastal China sea levels have been rising 3+ mm per year since 1980,
  • a greater increase than the global average.
  • The rise of sea levels has been attributed to climate change,
  • which could lead to more typhoons and coastal erosion.

“Against the background of global climate change, China’s coastal air and sea temperatures have soared, coastal air pressure has fallen and sea levels have also soared.”

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SAD: Google Misleads Public on Climate Change in the interests of presenting “all points of view” – including utter nonsense.

OO Google Says Its Job Is To Promote Climate Change Conspiracy Theories – in the interest of “all points of view” on a topic.

Totally SAD and BAD, Google!

Presenting utter nonsense on climate change in the Top Stories Window, which googles controls, lends credibility to nonsense.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Trump And Family Cons The Public On Climate,

While China Leads, and US Communities Tackle Climate Change

  • “Green” Ivanka urges Dad to stay in the Paris accord, which requires no US action,
  • Rather than urge him to NOT cut the Environmental Protection Agency,
  • An effective enforcer for cutting carbon emissions and pollution.

Meanwhile:

  • China is investing hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy,
  • While US communities try to tackle climate change,
  • As do city leaders around the world – with no offers of help from Ivanka or dad.

OO Bizarre: Trump Budget To Cut Many Money-Saving Environmental Programs such as weatherization of homes. WT?

OO Donald Trump Approves Climate Changing Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

OO Trump Repeal Of Climate Rules Means US Paris Target Now Out Of Reach since he will, if anything, be promoting the burning of fossil fuels, and little else.

OO Trump Lays Plans To Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy but his announcements have have zero impact,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a professor of environmental law at Harvard.

“They don’t change existing law at all.”

Much of that task will now fall to Scott Pruitt, and it will take years, including forming a legal defense against an expected barrage of lawsuits almost certain to end up before the Supreme Court.

Trump Keeps Flubbing Along … Source change.org

OO Trump Refuses To Even Measure Economic Cost Of Climate Change

OO The White House Calls Climate Research A ‘Waste.’

Actually, It Is Required By Law

OO The EPA Needs Lots Of Money To Really Gut Itself – Trump’s budget proposal would slash funding to the agency, but replacing rules with far weaker ones is an expensive venture.

At the Core of Earth’s Climate History are records locked in ice within the US ice collection. Credit Sam Brasch at CPR News

OO A Major Climate Change Archive Is Aging And Full, Lacking Funds To Repair And Expand –

the US risks losing an important trove of Earth’s climate history due to Trump’s funding cuts. Takeaways:

  • The National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, Colorado
  • Is a major collection of cores from polar and glacial ice,
  • Documenting Earth’s climate and atmosphere over 100,000 years ago.

This valuable data shows how quickly Earth’s climate can change,

  • But there is no more room for new ice core samples,
  • And the intense cooling system needs an overhaul.
  • But its funder, the National Science Foundation, faces cuts under Trump.

‘Donald Does Florida’ On Climate Change Censorship letting his DOE poodle Perry ban the phrase “climate change” in any DOE memos.

You can see how well that worked in Florida: amazingly, rising seas still keep flooding Miami at high tides!! Credit Adam Zyglis, modified

OO Energy Department Climate Office Bans Use Of Phrase ‘Climate Change’

OO EPA Chief Calls Historic Climate Treaty A ‘Bad Deal’ – But Has He Read It? It doesn’t sound like it.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Source globaldaily.com

OO Worldwide, Women Mayors Are Fighting Climate Change – as they met recently, pledging further action.

“It’s not a coincidence that the president of the United States is not particularly concerned with climate or women’s issues. That tends to go hand-in-hand.”

OO Green Republicans Confront Climate Change Denial pushing “free enterprise” approaches, like carbon tax, instead of regulations that discourage using fossil fuels. The group:

  • includes conservatives, Catholics and younger Republicans who understand climate change;
  • has increased participation of Republicans in the Congressional voting bloc, Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • Belongs to the only major political party (GOP) in the world not convinced by climate change.

“Once they accept the reality and science of climate change, we will have reached a tipping point in the political will for solutions.”

You Can’t See Methane Leaks, But They’re There as this graphic of Boston shows. Source NOAA

OO California Adopts Strictest Methane Rule In The Nation

OO California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

OO Tom Steyer: The Billionaire On A Mission To Save The Planet From Trump – his organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy.

OO Colorado: Court Rules For Kids, Says State Must Protect Health And Environment

Before Allowing Oil And Gas Drilling siding with a group of teenagers and reversing a lower court.

OO Fracking Ban Nears Approval In Maryland

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO House Science Committee To Hold Useless Climate Change Hearing – since the head of the committee denies its existence – and the list of “witnesses” that have a history of misleading the public on the real overwhelming consensus among scientists on climate change.

OO Lamar Smith: Admits House Science Committee Is Tool For His Political Agenda as he lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference – a shocking display of GOP abuse of science. MEH: If only all politicians could be so honest about their corruption!

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LET’S MARCH

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future.

OO April 29, 2017. Let’s March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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HOT NEWS

OO Record-Breaking Climate Change Pushes World Into ‘Uncharted Territory’ says World Meteorological Organization scientists.

  • 2016 saw the hottest global average temperature ever recorded (back to 1880);
  • research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago;
  • Earth has not experienced such high levels of atmospheric CO2 for 4 million years.
  • 2017 has broken more heat records,
  • While the poles are showing record low areas of sea ice.

The Earth’s climate is in upheaval.

One of Many Results from Our Climate “Fingerprints” Credit Stephen B. Morton at AP

OO Climate Change: ‘Human Fingerprint’ Found On Global Extreme Weather – Global warming makes temperature patterns that cause heatwaves, droughts and floods across the Northern Hemisphere more likely, scientists find.

OO Gulf Of Mexico Waters Are Freakishly Warm,

Which Could Mean Explosive Springtime Storms

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MELTDOWN

Record Bipolar Meltdown as both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice hit record lows this past winter. Source National Snow and Ice Data Center University of Colorado.

OO Ice At Both Poles Shrinks To Record Lows Arctic sea ice reached an all-time winter low while Antarctic ice withered to a summer low, all with global warming fingerprints.

OO Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low Peak For Third Year In A Row as well as thinnest in 4 years, satellite data show.

OO Climate Change Is On Pace To Kill An Ice Age Remnant ice sheet, as humans change the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in 2.6 million years.

Scientists Think Arctic May Already Be Emitting Methane as submarine frozen deposits melt. Source news.mongabay.com

OO Global-Warming-Triggered Release of Arctic Methane ‘’May Be Apocalyptic,’’

As An Ancient Methane Release Shows, Study Warns – Takeaways:

  • analyses of Permian (252+ Million Years ago) rocks
  • indicate that volcanoes released enough CO2 to globally warm Earth,
  • and melted and released vast amounts of methane
  • stored in land and sea as solid frozen hydrates.

Source Science Daily

  • The released methane roasted Earth to 17+ C (34 F) degrees higher than today,
  • Killing 70 to 90% of life on the planet.

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  • If our global warming triggers a similar explosive release of methane
  • That heats the planet to those levels again,
  • It would vanquish our civilizations and most of humanity.

The end Permian holds an important lesson for humanity regarding the issue it faces today with greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, and climate change.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Halting Global Warming Could Make World $19 Trillion Richer: Report if it rises to the Paris accord goals of limiting a global rise in temperature to 2 C (4 F). To do so:

  • The transition to clean energy needs go 7x faster than its current rate;
  • Requiring an annual global investment of $3.5 Trillion, but
  • That would boost jobs and economic growth,
  • Resulting in a NET global profit of $19 Trillion by 2050.

OO Quiet Efficiency Revolution Cuts Energy Consumption – Energy efficiency is changing the electricity industry and helping to save the planet from climate change.

OO World Abandoning Coal In Dramatic Style Raises Hope Of Avoiding Dangerous Global Warming says report. MEH: I’m skeptical, given that other drivers need to be addressed, as noted elsewhere in this column.

How Much Of This Will Be Wasted? The climate-changing waste is now driving hotel chains to reconsider their menus. Source Pinterest

OO US Hotel Chains To Target Food Waste By Rethinking Menus

OO Americans Ate Nearly 20% Less Beef and Decreased Their Carbon Emissions 9 %

From 2005 To 2014, a new report says, driven by health concerns and other factors.

OO Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines at sea.

OO Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant As Part Of World’s Biggest Park a month ahead of schedule.

OO China’s Property Giants Launch Green Index to manage their supplier of cement, steel and iron, all of which require lots of energy to make, as China steps up its fight against climate change.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Intense Droughts Then Storms Often Mean Flooding and both are expected to further intensify under continued climate change.

OO Global Warming Is Increasing Rainfall Intensity And Droughts says a new study. Takeaways:

  • As the atmosphere warms, it holds more water vapor,
  • Fueling more intense downpours,
  • Which help fuel floods.

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  • But hotter temperatures also dry out land more quickly,
  • helping to fuel droughts.*
  • So expect even more future flooding and droughts under continued global warming.

*MEH: Soils dried by drought are less rain-absorbent, another factor that helps fuel subsequent floods.

Planned Cuts to US Climate Science Blinds the US To Its Future when satellites no longer are able to collect observations on how our world is changing. Source http://www.satnews.com

  • Climate science allows communities to plan for climate change,
  • But the current GOP US government is instead
  • Destroying its climate science infrastructure,
  • And US ability to predict and plan for the future.

OO One In Four Children Will Live With Water Scarcity By 2040 as a result of climate change, the United Nations has warned.

OO US Sees Furious Start To The Wildfire Season – with a whopping 2 million US acres burned so far in 2017, an area larger than the state of Delaware. Photo Credit Matt Granz

OO Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’

Forget The Soda, and Get Them Moving are two tips to keep kids fit and free of diabetes.

OO Global Warming Could Lead To 100,000 + More US Diabetes Cases A Year a disease in which the body can no longer process sugar, leading to general organ damage. Takeaways:

  • At lower temperatures the body uses fat to stay warm;
  • At higher temperatures, fat is not used as much,
  • And blood sugar levels are also higher.

Research indicates that

  • As average temperature rises, so does obesity
  • And obesity driven diabetes cases.

Diabetes also rises even independent of obesity.

OO Scorching Phoenix May Not Survive Climate Change – a 1.5 million desert metropolis has survived so far with just 18 inches of rain a year and scorching temperatures, but an even hotter, drier future lies ahead.

OO California: Drought -Induced Irrigation Destroys Soil,

But Creates Space For Solar Farms Takeaways:

  • Drought means longterm irrigation in semi-arid and arid areas,
  • But this ultimately leaves too much evaporated salt behind;
  • Some farms are being bought out, and their water rights sold.
  • Then solar farms are built on the land.

Children Suffer The Most in famine, because they have far less body fat than adults.

OO Africa: Drought And War Heighten Threat Of Not Just 1 Famine, But 4 – just 6 years after its last famine, another is starting in Somalia. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also at risk.

OO Africa: Somaliland Drought “A Kind Of Nightmare” – and a security threat, as it loses its livestock, the basis of its economy.

As Heat Kills Reefs, Beaches Suffer because living reefs provide important barriers to storm and wave erosion. Credit Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies

OO Jamaica: As Coral Reef Dies, Unprotected Iconic Beach Disappearing – waves now pound it and wash away the sand.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

Or Better Yet, Drive a Solar Car Source http://www.solarkingu.com

OO What You Can Do About Climate Change: Drive A 50+ Mpg Vehicle Takeaways:

  • If every US household did so, it would reduce U.S. emissions by 10 % – that is a lot!
  • This alone outweighs the effects of many other little changes we can make,
  • And shows how Trump is ready to place small profits over US climate safety,
  • By trying to trash mandated fuel efficiency standards.

OO How To Sell Conservatives On The Environment

Frame issues in terms of common values:

  • national security, small government, free markets, personal liberty and job creation.

Cast environmental protection in terms of

  • defending the purity of nature, expressing patriotism or obeying authority.

OO A Compact, Efficient System That Stores Solar Energy In Liquids has been devised in Sweden.

The system utilizes 80+ % of incoming sunlight, enabling both short-term solar energy storage in water and stable storage in chemical bonds for several months.

OO Don’t Link Carbon Markets – a global network would be more complex and result in

fewer emissions cuts.

OO Addressing Climate Change Requires Systemic Social Change,

Not Just Technological Optimism Takeaways:

  • Climate change is just one of several sustainability problems facing humanity.
  • Although numerous tech and economic strategies are popularized to tackle it,
  • Such as a clean energy transition, and a carbon tax,
  • Many overlook the fundamental social drivers of climate change:
  • overconsumption, poverty, industrial agriculture and population growth.

Learning Sustainability In the Field Credit Tristan Spinski, NYTimes

  • To encourage social behaviors that disable these drivers,
  • Education and incentives, such as taxes and subsidies, are needed;
  • Cases show these can do so
  • without overtly changing fundamental values.

Ultimately, social and technological innovation are equally important.

OO ‘Moore’s Law’ For Carbon Would Defeat Global Warming say scientists who propose it as a roadmap. Takeaways:

  • ‘Moore’s Law’ observes that innovation doubles the processing speed of computer chips every 5 years;
  • a “Carbon Law” would set goals of halving carbon emissions every decade,
  • via policies across all business sectors (transport, agriculture, etc.) worldwide,
  • to stimulate necessary innovations and actions.

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Renewable energy capacity is already doubling every 5 years

“Every journey, however long and complicated, is easier with a clear map.”

A Dirty Business, Ethically and Physically resulting in a dangerous climate.

OO Fossil Fuel Corruption Fuels Climate Change — It Must Be Stopped – Corrupt fossil fuel companies:

  • bribe corrupt governments for oil leases.
  • bribe lawmakers to ignore climate change and subsidize climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
  • Mislead the public on the threats of climate change.
  • Mislead the public on the health and climate dangers of fossil fuels.

Society needs to tackle this corruption if it hopes to survive.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

The Night The Mountain Collapsed can only be imagined from the aftermath shown here. Credit Bjørn Olson, Courtesy Of Ground Truth Trekking

OO Colossal Landslides And Subsequent Tsunamis In Remote Alaska

Illustrate Climate Change Effects as melting glaciers trigger them.

A 2015 landslide triggered a 600 ft wave that swept forests away as it traveled down an inlet to the sea.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Doctor: To Fight US Asthma, Fight Global Warming climate change is worsening allergies and air pollution, raising the risks for kids with asthma.

OO Doctors: Climate Change Is Already Making Us Kids Sicker and many other Americans, too, says a new coalition of over half of all US medical doctors.

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change:

  • Especially asthma, because they breathe faster,
  • Exposing them to more air pollution and allergens,
  • As climate change lengthens the pollen season.
  • Many US children are poor, worsening the problem.

OO Last Year’s Weather Proves Climate Change Is Real

With ‘No Room For Doubt’ say scientists. l

The astonishing 2016 weather and scientific advances show that:

  • ‘Human-driven climate change is now an empirically verifiable fact …
  • those who dispute [it] are not sceptics, but anti-science deniers’
  • Fossil fuel emissions are causing global warming –
  • And something must be done about it.

OO Union Chief Calls Out The ‘Insanity’ Of Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts which are aimed at destroying the agency that safeguards the nation’s air and water, says the head of the EPA’s employees’ union.

OO Trump Administration’s ‘Anti-Scientific Statements’ Alarm Ex-Energy Secretary

Carl Sagan of Cosmos Series Fame, Warned Of Today’s Problems when he co-signed the 1992 Warning to Humanity. Photo Source http://www.deviantart.com

OO 1992 World Scientists’ Warning To Humanity Stands Today Signed by some 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists, including the majority of science Nobel laureates it warned:

  • Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.
  • Human activities inflict harsh, often irreversible damage on environment and critical resources.
  • If not checked, they threaten humanity’s future,
  • And may dramatically change life on Earth.

Olympian Sustainability Goals For Our Survival were set forth in the 1992 warning: switch to clean energy, end poverty, stabilize population, conserve resources, and give women reproductive choice.

We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth’s systems we depend on. This means we must simultaneously:

  • Transition to clean renewable energy to cut climate changing emissions and pollution
  • Manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.
  • Stabilize population size.
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
  • Ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women reproductive choice.

Signatories included scientific luminaries such as Linus Pauling, and Carl Sagan.

TAKE ACTION here today!

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO Climate Change Makes Deadly China Pollution Worse

— And That’s Bad News For Australian Coal Exports – Takeaways:

  • China will be more motivated to cut down on coal,
  • And buy even less from a main supplier, Australia.

When Black Gold Becomes Real Gold For Terrorist Weapons as these seized Mexican cartel weapons illustrate, party funded by oil theft. Credit Mario Guzman at Corbis

OO Oil Theft ‘Provides Billions For Terrorists And Drug Cartels’ Oil theft is fuelling terrorist groups and drug cartels around the world, according to a new analysis.

OO Another Cook Inlet Pipeline Feared To Be Vulnerable, As Gas Continues To Leak

OO North Dakota: Pipeline Spill Larger Than Previously Thought about 3x larger, nearly 530,000 gallons of leaked oil. When have leaks ever been underestimated?

We’ve Got Plenty of Coal Ash Already… polluting our landscapes, as here in North Carolina in 2014. Source WaterKeeper Alliance Inc at flickr

OO Coal Ash: ‘Why In The World Would the US Be Importing It?’ but we are, even as America’s utilities are struggling to dispose of it.

OO In America’s Coal Country, States Emboldened To Ditch Efficiency – taking their lead from Trump.

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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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If we do not live 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 Yearlythe 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 5, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Many parts of the US and surrounding waters are experiencing abnormally warm conditions. Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing MUCH warmer than normal temperatures, and record low areas of ice cover – 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 this out!

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.

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Climate Change This Week: Harming US Health and Business, A Spinning Sail, and More!

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly – as are ours.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this ferocious looking Amazonian spiny harvestman, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Arthur Anker at flickriver.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Once A Green Rampart Against Storms, Now Crumbling Skeletons is a vast stretch of mangroves that once protected the north coast of Australia. Credit James Cook University

OO Australia: ‘They Died Of Thirst’: Extreme Conditions Wipe Out Forest Over 1000 Kilometres – a year ago, a vast stretch of mangrove forests along its northern coast; extreme conditions included record heat.

OO Brazil: Amazon Jungle Faces Death Spiral Of Drought And Deforestation,

Warn Scientists – The water cycle of the Amazon has been described as “one of nature’s great wonders”, but the forest is being eaten by the timber industry, agriculture and the effects of climate change.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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CLIMATE-CHANGING CO2 RISING FASTEST EVER

Source ISS, NASA

OO Carbon Dioxide In The Atmosphere Is Rising Faster Than Ever Recorded –

Takeaways:

  • For the second year running, atmospheric CO2 levels have climbed at a record pace.
  • NOAA data shows CO2 levels jumped by 3 parts per million in 2015 and 2016,
  • and now rest at just over 400 parts per million.
  • Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 ppm yearly.

OO US Climate Scientist Sounds Alarm Over Record Carbon Dioxide Readings – as it keeps surging to record levels, marking the 5th straight year in a row that CO2 has surged by 2ppm or more, says the director of of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network in Boulder, CO.

Warming Soils Speeds Release of Climate Changing Gases speeding the decomposing action of soil microbes on organic matter, resulting in such releases.

OO Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected As Climate Warms says a new study. Takeaways:

  • deeper soil layers are more sensitive to warming than previously thought,
  • shows a field experiment,
  • and thus, giving up more carbon as they warm.

We’ve Already Bought Some Future Climate Change … But Do We Want to Buy More?And yet we do, with every new ton of climate changing emissions we add to the atmosphere from fossil fuels.

OO Have We Passed The Climate Change Tipping Point? Climate change is a “moving train.” Takeaways:

  • We have already bought some future climate change,
  • But reducing emissions dramatically now
  • Prevents us from ensuring far worse climate change.
  • Exceeding one “tipping point” does not mean you cannot avoid another.

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  • Regardless of tipping points,
  • continued warming, rainfall pattern changes,
  • significant sea level rise and
  • continued northward and vertical migration of plant and animal species
  • in the Northern Hemisphere seem certain.

MEH: At what point, in the cascade of changes taking place, does a tipping point even become relevant?

Volcanoes Spurred Past Extinctions With The Same Gases We Emit Today but, unlike the past, we COULD control our emissions, if we chose, and save ourselves from a legacy of doom. Source youtube.com

OO The Same Climate Changing Gases That Doomed Life In The Past

Are Rising Today Takeaways:

  • Past mass extinctions occurred when natural events caused
  • the explosive release of the same gases that we emit today.
  • But unlike the past,
  • we could control them.
  • If we don’t, we doom our childen and legacy.

Related:

OO Grassland Lab Raises US Species Loss Alarm – Field experiment on a U.S. grassland shows how climate change could disrupt the delicate life cycle of ecosystems.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

What Part of Physics Don’t You Understand, Scott Pruitt? Climate change, like gravity, involves basic laws of physics. Source tvtropes.com

OO Climate Change Results From Basic Laws Of Physics’:

Scientists Rebuke EPA’s Scott Pruitt On Climate Change – humans add heat-trapping gases, mostly CO2, to the air, and physics does the rest. Get over it, Pruitt!

OO American Meteorological Society To EPA Head Pruitt: You’re Wrong in thinking that CO2 does not drive global warming and hence climate change.

OO Trump To Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews in decisions across the government, says a source.

OO Trump Is Poised To Issue A Sweeping Order Dismantling Obama’s Climate Plan

OO White House Calls Climate Change Funding ‘A Waste Of Your Money’ despite the fact that the Secretary of Defense calls it a threat to national security.

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

OO Trump Wants To Cut EPA,

End International Climate Work,

And Squelch Climate Research under his new budget. Climate change is indifferent to him, and us.

OO Trump Budget Would Cripple U.S. International Climate Change Work as funding for it, as in participating in the Paris climate accord, for example, is cut.

A Climate Realist Among Deniers Defense Secretary James Mattis sees the real time effects of climate change in the field where our troops are.

OO Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change As National Security Challengewhile Trump doesn’t. James Mattis believes it’s a real time issue, noting that, “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.”

OO The White House Doubts Climate Change.

Here’s Why The Pentagon Does Not Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sees climate change as a significant national security threat:

  • The Middle East recently experienced one of the worse droughts ever recorded,
  • Helping create conditions for mass displacement.

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  • Researchers predict it will only get worse,
  • with large swaths of the Middle East and North Africa,
  • already politically unstable,
  • becoming increasingly uninhabitable.

OO Trump’s Climate Skepticism A Threat To US National Security

This Will Get Worse If Trump Has His Way in loosening auto exhaust rules to fatten profits for automakers. The losers are Americans of all ages.

OO Trump And Automakers Target EPA Mileage Rules to scuttle car mileage standards.

OO How Federal Fuel-Efficiency Rules Help Fight Climate Change – Research suggests passenger-car standards work well to lower countries’ emissions.

OO Polluters Could ‘More Easily’ Commit Crimes Under Cuts – Funding for investigators that enforce federal environmental laws would be cut, uppting the chances that people, wildlife and the climate will be harmed by corporate pollution.

OO China, Leading On Clean Energy, Could Win A Resulting US Trade War

  • as Trump undercuts clean energy funding,
  • and China sells its innovations to other countries
  • who look to cut costs as they switch to clean energy.

OO Climate Change Denier Sen. James Inhofe Is Upending US Energy And Environmental Policies

At least 6 former aides to Sen. James M. Inhofe — and counting — have been hired into top positions at the EPA and the White House.

OO How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases

Green groups may never get their day in court. Climate Desk.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

California Cleanin’ as solar and wind power proliferate under enlightened policies. Source http://www.gogreensolar.com

OO California Senate Leader Wants State To Go 100% Clean Renewable Electricity By 2045 and several experts saying it can be done, depending on definitions, advancing technology, and acceptable price tags.

OO House Republicans’ Group Launches Effort To Tackle Climate Change Framing the issue with economic imperatives, 17 Republicans urge the House to move beyond denial toward solutions.

Related:

OO 17 House Republicans Buck Trump, Call for Climate Change Solutions – with a House resolution that noting “human activities” have had an impact on global climate and resolving to create and support “economically viable” mitigation efforts…

Even as the Trump gang mostly rejects the science or importance of climate change.

When Not In Drought, Pakistan Is Often Flooding as climate change intensifies the dry seasons and the monsoons. Their government is taking action.

OO Pakistan: Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Tackling Global Warming Challenge and they did so unanimously – what a model for the US Senate! The country is facing crippling droughts following by flooding downpours as the seasonal weather gets more extreme.

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HOT NEWS

OO Scientists Link US Record-Breaking Warm February Weather To Man-Made Global Warming Takeaways:

  • The average February temperature was 40+ F degrees – 7+ degrees warmer than normal, NOAA reported.
  • A March frost could kill early blooming trees and flowers
  • the lack of a proper winter could lead to more mosquitoes and ticks in 2017
  • man-made global warming tripled the likelihood of February’s unusually warm month.

OO The First Climate Model Turns 50,

And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly

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MELTDOWN

@@ Alive And Well: Microbes Add To Melting Of Greenland Ice Sheet – Takeaways:

  • as wildfires create a rain of soot onto Greenland ice sheet,
  • absorbing sunlight, radiating heat and speeding its melt,
  • another factor is also at work: meltwater fosters algal blooms
  • that further darken the ice sheet and further speed melt.

Meanwhile…

Record Bipolar Meltdown as both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice hit record lows this past winter. Source National Snow and Ice Data Center University of Colorado.

OO Arctic Ice Loss Driven By Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind in recent decades says a new study, although 50-70% of the driver is estimated to be man-made.

OO Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Driven By Global Warming, Accelerated By Nature – with 50-70% shown to be caused by mankind.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Brooklyn: Solar Power Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves —dozens of homes and businesses have been wired into a microgrid, allowing members to exchange excess-electricity credits.

OO Why Solar Panels Bloom In Southwest’s Land Of Hydropower Electric utilities are seeking a new power mix, as shifts in precipitation diminish the role that dams have long played for western states.

OO Despite Trump, Washington D.C. And Other US Cities Push Climate Action

OO Wall Street Titan Now Recognizes Financial Risks Of Climate Change –

With Possible Shock Waves Through US Business Sector – The deep-pocketed investment firm BlackRock Inc. announced a series of steps to address the financial risks of climate change.

Thinking BIG: An Offshore Green Mega Power Plant centered around an artificial island hub is being planned. Source http://www.thetimes.co.uk

OO Artificial Island To Power Europe under amibitious plans for a vast offshore renewable energy plant to be built in the North Sea. Takeaways:

  • the island would distribute energy from 7,000 wind turbines, and solar panels
  • to Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Belgium.
  • The European Union-backed plans were created by
  • a consortium of Dutch, Danish and Deutsch energy companies.

OO Nevada: NV Energy Pulling Plug On Coal-Fired Power Plant

Credit Pedro Alverez for the Observer

OO South Australia: Four Renewable Energy Projects Ready To Go

OO Energy Carbon Emissions In 2016 Flat For Third Year,

But Much More Needs To Be Done says the International Energy Agency, to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures. A greener energy mix helped keep energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat in 2016.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health says a new report, as the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, comprised of 11 American medical societies, is publicly launched. Takeaways:

  • Climate change is already causing medical problems in all American communties,
  • But most Americans are not aware of this.
  • Few Americans can name a way that climate change harms our health,
  • Or that children and the aged are more vulnerable.

Doctors see a growing need to share this growing concern with the public.

OO Doctors Warn That Climate Change Makes People Sick – A changing climate is hazardous to the planet’s health—shrinking polar ice caps, eroding beaches, bleaching corals and more.

OO Climate Change Needs To Be Tackled For Better Health US medical groups urge, as they form

a new consortium on climate and health.

Extreme Weather Harms People Mentally and Physically

OO Here’s What Global Warming Actually Does To Your Body the new Consortium on Climate & Health , consisting of over half of all US medical doctors, have created a list of resulting health complications. A sampling:

  • rising temperatures can lead to heat stroke, dehydration, and the worsening of chronic diseases;
  • extreme weather can cause injuries and death;
  • pollution can exacerbate asthma, lung disease, and allergies;

Climate Change Helps Mosquito Borne Zika Virus Spread and other serious diseases as well.

  • increases in weather can help insect-borne diseases spread;
  • contaminated food and water can make us sick;
  • and natural disasters can trigger mental health issues.

OO Should Your Doctor Talk With You About Climate Change? Some doctors plan to start talking with their patients and communities about climate change.

OO Depression, Anxiety, PTSD: The Mental Impact Of Climate Change as many populations face threat of forced migrations, and exposure to catastrophic weather. Takeaways:

1. A new study found 35+% of flood victims diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

2. In terms of mental health, climate change has 3 main effects:

  • Rising violence with rising temperatures;
  • Floods and storms can force migration, linked to Isolation and depression;
  • Resulting loss of social networks and social capital incurs even more stress.

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POLITICAL CLIMATE TIME BOMBS

Imagine The Mideast Violence and Refugees When The Water Dries Up… Credit AP,Vadim Ghirda

OO New Evidence Confirms Risk That Mideast May Become Uninhabitable

In A Few Decades – deepening already existing fears, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

OO Climate Change Could Make North Africa And Middle East ‘Uninhabitable’

OO Climate Change Key Suspect In India’s Vanishing Groundwater as a new study links India’s water crisis to climate change, which has weakened recent monsoons. Imagine THAT country going dry.

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Climate Change Threatens Not Just Polar Bears, But the US Soda Industry Screen capture from Youtube

OO Over 900 Examples Of How Climate Change Affects US Business were illustrated by Harvard MBA students. Samples include:

  • How water scarcity will affect Coca-Cola;
  • How extreme storms affect insurance companies;
  • The environmental impacts of the apparel industry.

OO Maine: Farmers, Foresters And Fishermen Know All About Climate ChangeAlthough mostly conservatives, these people are happy to detail exactly how abnormally warm weather is affecting their livelihoods. A sampling:

  • Fishermen note that the lobsters and other fish are migrating to cooler areas;
  • Maple syrup farmers are coming up dry on the maple sap needed;
  • Timber workers complain of how costly it is to remove trees on thawing, rather than frozen, ground.
  • Lawmakers need to listen to the people who make a living off the land.

In California, That Water Likely Came From Snowpack that is becoming increasingly unreliable under continuing climate change.

OO Sierra Snowpack: As World Warms, California’s Most Important Water Source

Becomes Less Reliable Takeaways:

  • Between 2012-2015, snowpack was just 10% of what it is now;
  • As the planet warms further,
  • Snowpack could plummet even further to just 1+% of what it is now,
  • Indicate new studies.

California is an important source of vegetables and fruits for the entire US.

OO Global Warming Effects On Colorado River Is Serious responsible for up to half of the decline in the flow of the river, says a new study.

OO Climate Change To Up Wildfires In Mediterranean Europe says a new study.

From Ancient Colorful Reef to Rotting Corpses: Not What Tourists Want To See … Nor Smell – divers came up from dead areas of the reef reeking of the stench of rotting coral and other reef life. Such destruction undermines much of the biodiversity of and food from the sea, and our dependence on it. Source the Ocean Agency

OO Much Of The 500,000-Year-Old Great Barrier Reef Is Now Dead scientists find, with even the largest and oldest corals affected.

OO Great Barrier Reef Tourism Headed For Tough Times As Coral Bleaching Worsens

OO Coral Reefs’ Only Hope Is Halting Global Warming study says, as heat-driven coral bleaching continues worldwide to stress and kill these ecosystems vital to our well being.

Corals are the “canaries” of climate change. We ignore their demise at our own peril.

This Could Get Even Worse … as it is, Beijing often experiences hazardous air pollution that sickens many of its residents, old and young alike.

OO Global Climate Change May Worsen China’s Severe Air Pollution Problems says new US research. Takeaways:

  • Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall,
  • both caused by global climate change,
  • have shifted China’s winter monsoon,

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  • Which, in turn, helps create stagnant atmospheric conditions,
  • trapping pollution over the country’s major population and industrial centers.

“The very rapid change in polar warming is really having a large impact on China.”

OO ‘Airpocalypse’ Smog Events In China Linked To Melting Ice Cap which is caused by global warming, says new research. Takeaways:

extreme haze events in winter will likely occur more often in China as the Arctic heats further.

this increases the urgency to cut both air pollution and climate-changing carbon emissions.

human emitted greenhouse gases are responsible for 50-66% of the fall in summer Arctic sea ice since the late 1970s.

Capetown Botanical Treasures Are Also Threatened – many endemic flowers grow in and around Capetown, such as this flower that grows atop the town’s Table Mountain.

OO South Africa: With 100 Days Of Water Left, Cape Town Risks Running Dry The city is the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry.

OO Nearly All Caribbean Countries Have Experienced Prolonged Droughts that challenge their food production, in one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. Now, they’re trying climate smart agriculture.

OO Peru Floods Kill 67, Illustrating

How Unprepared Peru Is To Face Climate Change Takeaways:

  • intense downpours caused by high coastal ocean temperatures
  • caused flooding, death, and evacuations;
  • months earlier wildfires, enabled by drought,
  • created an official state of emergency.

The challenges of climate change will continue to increase, however, under global warming.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

Wind Power Is a Cheap Energy Source For Remote Northern Communities

OO Canada: An Indigenous Renewable Energy Alliance Aims To Cut Power Costs And Disadvantage by

helping support remote communities looking to make transition – and tackle climate change.

OO How To Store Clean Renewable Energy In A Defunct Coal Mine In Germany, one will be turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

It Doesn’t Look Like A Sail but when spun by a motor under the right wind conditions, it creates a massive thrust that moves ships forward.

OO ‘Spinning Sail’ Rebooted To Cut Fuel And Make Ocean Tankers Greener – invented almost a century ago, it could lead to more environmentally friendly tankers worldwide.

OO Forecasting Failure: Investors Should Treat Oil Company Energy Forecasts With Caution

says a new report which finds that oil company forecasts:

  • have the poor track record of oil company forecasting;;
  • have unlikely assumptions built into them,
  • with serious consequences of these forecasts for investments and for climate change.

The report:

  • finds that the companies are highly vulnerable to disruption by clean energy technologies;
  • includes recommendations for more robust ways to think about the future of energy.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Iced Cherry Blossoms Illustrate Out-Of-Sync Seasons Source @ProdigyNews

OO Climate Change Is Disrupting Seasons, And Seasonal Life Takeaways:

  • the warmer seasons are lengthening, as winter contracts;
  • as spring lengthens, disconnects develop among animals and plants –
  • migrant birds arrive out of sync with their food plants,
  • destroying their reproductive cycle for that season.

“Where’s Our Food?” you can almost hear these baby birds crying; when migrant birds breed out of sync with food plants that sprouted early and are now gone, such babies die.Source http://www.duskyswondersite.com

“A recent global survey found that climate change had affected 80+% of the biological processes that underpin all life…”

  • Yet we do not act to seriously tackle climate change.
  • Lived experience moves us; data do not.
  • Get out and experience nature personally,
  • Note the changes,

Then act – and tell your children what you know.

OO With Climate Change, Subarctic Shrubs And Trees Expand Northwards

OO As The Planet Gets Hotter, Some Mammals May Get Smaller says a new study, with the shrink in size directly related to how hot the planet gets.

Ants May Be Evolutionary Winners of Climate Change in Cities heartwarming, isn’t it?

OO Rapid Evolution May Help Some City Creatures Stand The Heat – Like Ants! Acorn ants, says a new study.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Gallop Poll — Global Warming Concern At Three-Decade High In US Takeaways:

  • Americans worrying a great deal up 8 points to 45%
  • New high of 62% says effects of global warming are happening now
  • Belief that global warming poses a serious threat stretches to 42%

Record percentages of Americans are:

  • concerned about global warming,
  • believe it is occurring,
  • consider it a serious threat and say it is caused by human activity.

Source registerguard.com

OO ‘Biggest [Legal] Case On The Planet’

Pits Kids Vs. Climate Change he climate change lawsuit essentially asks a federal judge:

  • to order the government to produce a recovery plan
  • to reduce carbon emissions to 350 parts per million by 2100
  • (down from 400 ppm now) and stabilize the climate system.

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  • The courts are needed to step in because the government has not—
  • despite knowing for more than 50 years
  • that burning fossil fuels causes global warming….

Source Gabriel Galaz at WordPress

OO Climate Change Is Certainly Causing More Powerful Storms says ex NASA chief scientist James Hansen, and other reputable climatologists. Takeaways:

  • As the atmosphere warms, so does the water vapor it holds,
  • Resulting in heavier rain and snow storms;
  • Extra heat is also creating more extreme weather events: droughts, heatwaves, etc.

Political storms are also brewing via the general tactics of the Trump White House, focused also on climate change:

  1. promoting “get rich quick” schemes for the few rich at the expense of public safety;
  2. Promote ignorance and disinformation when facts get in the way of these’ schemes.
  3. Distract and confuse with anecdotal stories that promote intolerance and discriminatory practices.”

Barcelona’s Green Mayor Wants to Keep It Beautiful by cutting down on air pollution and traffic. Source http://www.hbc333.com

OO Barcelona Mayor Declares War On “Injustice” Of Of Private Car Use Air pollution is “a social issue because it affects the most vulnerable people – children, those who are ill – so it is a problem of the city, not just an issue that abstractly affects the sustainability of the planet.”

OO Australia: Sports Stars Call For Abandoning A Proposed Coal Mine Cricketing greats Ian and Greg Chappell have signed an open letter calling on Indian billionaire Gautam Adani to abandon his company’s proposed Queensland coalmine.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

US Automakers Seek Profits Before America’s Health – as both our climate and health suffers from relaxing fuel emissions.

OO US Automakers Sue To Overturn Obama EPA’s Emission Rules opening the door to lower standards, more hazardous pollution and further catastrophic climate change.

OO West Virginia: Lack of Solar-Friendly Regulations Impedes Solar Jobs – meanwhile, coal’s demise drags the state down with it.

Indonesia Already Emits Plenty of Pollution Without Coal – as the government fails to regulate deforestation. It needs to invest in clean renewable energy instead. Source RiauForest’s Facebook page

OO Indonesia’s Clean Coal Dreams Threaten Real Efforts To Meet Climate Goals – funding uncertain and inaccessible clean coal technology would mean less funds to switch to clean energy.

OO EU Lawmakers Reject Call For Ban On Arctic Oil Exploration

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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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If we do not live 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, OMar30, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes.

Much of the US — and 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 this out!

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Climate Change This Week: Coral Collapse Presages Our Own, Fascinating Facts, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Hickory Horned Devil that occurs in US Forests, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.buzzle.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

An Increasing Rarity – Beautiful Southern Forests Source mybeautifuladventures.com

OO Aggressive Forest Protection Needed To Meet US Climate Goals Takeaways:

  • critical to meet climate goals, US forest protection is not a US climate priority;
  • some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a climate change solution;
  • Forest disturbance from logging in the Southern U.S. occurs at four times the rate that it does in the rainforests of South America,
  • reducing the ability of US forests to act as carbon sinks by at least 35 %.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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REQUIEM FOR A REEF

@@ Climate Change Is Killing The Great Barrier Reef – Takeaways:

Coral reefs are bleaching and dying worldwide due to warming oceans:

  • 90% of coral nutrition comes from algae living within them;
  • As corals heat, the algae photosynthesize faster,
  • And produce a toxin, ultimately forcing corals to expel them.
  • Deprived of colorful algae, corals turn white and starts starving.
  • Once dead, corals are rapidly covered with brown algae.

Seascapes of Bleached Coral are spectres of mass starvation.

  • Under current conditions, these “undersea rainforests” will disappear forever within 10-30 years.
  • Once these reefs are gone, we lose permanently an important source of:
  • Food for over half a billion people,
  • coastal protection from storms and erosion,
  • and biodiversity.

We know human activities are fueling global warming, but are failing to act.

Ultimately, this story is our failure of intelligence and morality. Like bacteria, we are:

  • Reproducing without recognizing our resource constraints,
  • Using those resources wantonly,
  • And in doing so, ensuring the collapse of our populations
  • – as surely as bacterial populations collapse in a lab dish.

A Slice of Incredible Coral Reef Life is revealed under ultraviolet lighting, exposing the truly wild colors of corals – just the tip of the beautiful berg of life we are losing as coral reefs are destroyed by climate change. Credit Jourday at reefbuilders.com

OO Scientists Race Desperately To Prevent Wipeout Of World’s Corals,

Shocked By Humanity’s Stupidity – Takeaways:

  • About 50% of the world’s corals have already died.
  • Scientists are trying to breed some heat resistant corals,
  • And “recondition” corals to tolerate new levels of heat.
  • Even so, scientists expect 90+% of the world corals to die by 2050,
  • With little hope of saving more than a small fraction of them.

“You couldn’t be more dumb … to erode the very thing that life depends on — the ecosystem — and hope that you’ll get away with it,”— Biologist and Global Change Institute Director, University of Queensland Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Colorful Soft Corals Also Are Part of Reefs – this is likely a Caribbean reef. Probable Credit: Mika Specta

Coral reefs:

  • Provide habitat for a quarter of all marine species;
  • Form crucial coastal storm barriers;
  • provide billions of dollars in revenue from tourism, fishing and other commerce,
  • reef species are used to produce cures to diseases ranging from bacterial and viral to cancer.

“Whether you’re living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned” added Hoegh-Guldberg.

An Acid Future For Our Oceans is developing, as more CO2 is absorbed acidifying the seawater, as the past and projected rises in acidity above show. Source Tobias Friedrich, University of Hawaii

OO Half Of World’s Oceans To Face Multiple ‘Climate Stressors’ By 2030 study warns. Takeaways:

  • Stresses will alter them in a number of ways,
  • Seriously harming plants and animals, from plankton to whales.
  • Oceans are vital to human existence.

A Future Without Fish Awaits Us Source www.alimorrowprojects.com

By 2050, 85+ % of the oceans will be similarly stressed:

  • Vital nutrient mixing in the layers will decrease, starving food chains.
  • Vital oxygen will keep decreasing, as waters warm more.
  • Increasing seawater levels of CO2 will acidify waters,
  • Greatly impairing shellfish and fish to build skeletons.

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WHY FACTS DON’T ALWAYS MATTER

OO Fact: Humans Caused 100% Of The Past Century’s Global Warming show overwhelming evidence, and supported by 97% of all scientists. Yet, only 48% of US adults believe humans cause it, while only 40% believe it will harm wildlife, weather patterns, or shorelines.

OO Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds sometimes. [MH: I change my mind with facts, and so do others.. Let’s grow this “revolution”!] New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. Takeaways:

  • Reason developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.
  • “Confirmation Bias” — the tendency to embrace information that supports one’s beliefs and reject those that do not – is a serious constraint on reason.
  • Even after the evidence “for their beliefs has been totally refuted, people fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs,” the researchers noted.

Whether You Believe It Or Not, Gravity Is A Fact with consequences. So is climate change, which operates under the same set of physical laws. Source creativeenglishvocabulary.com

  • The “illusion of explanatory depth” effect, nearly ubiquitous,
  • is when people believe that they know way more than they actually do;
  • enhanced by collaboration, it creates fuzzy boundaries of
  • where one’s own understanding ends and that of others begin.

Credit Mike Keefe at the Denver Post

  • This gets us in trouble politically,
  • where understanding facts is crucial to deciding large scale actions.
  • Often “strong feelings do not emerge from deep understanding.”
  • And if feelings, not understanding, bind people together,
  • then “tribal” communities of ignorance can develop that are impervious to facts.

Thus, working through the policy implications of proposals TOGETHER is far more effective than pontificating.

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CALLING A DENIER A DENIER

OO Climate Deniers, You’re Climate Deniers – Deal With It – Takeaways:

  • Climate deniers fit the Freudian definition of denial perfectly:
  • ignoring an unpleasant truth and replacing it with something benign and untrue,
  • or shifting blame on other causes, such as sunspots.

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Others fit Freud’s minimalization definition:

  • Humans cause climate change, but
  • it’s too costly to address, or
  • not as important as other problems.
  • Climate deniers both deny the science and needed policy to address it.

Calling deniers anything less (eg, “doubters”) is misleading and irresponsible.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Trump’s Climate Views: Combative, Conflicting And Confusing In 2009, he co-signed a full-page NY Times advertisement calling for “meaningful and effective measures to combat climate change.” Now, he refers to climate change as a hoax or a joke.

OO If We Stop Collecting Data, Will Climate Change Just Go Away? No, Virginia, it won’t.

In his seventh week in office, President Trump decides we should stop measuring things.

OO Ex Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies – climate change skeptics all.

When Words Fail, Use Exxon’s shows the Exxon infused Trump administration with a press release lifted verbatim from Exxon’s own press release. Screencapture Christopher Ingraham on twitter

OO White House Echoes Exxon Mobil Press Release – It lifted an entire paragraph verbatim from ExxonMobil’s press release, minutes after it was released, to praise the oil giant.

OO The Clean Power Plan Is Gone—And There’s No ‘Replace planned, says a briefed source.

Feeling safer?

OO Trump Gang Plans To Stop Energy Efficiency, Other Programs including the popular Energy Star program for companies to seek labels for energy-efficient consumer products and appliances.

OO What Slashing The EPA’s Budget By One-Quarter Would Really Mean

Forget about monitoring and regulating:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Climate change threats to national security
  • Forget about:
  • Helping communities and farms adapt to climate change
  • Sending out storm alerts to affected US communities

Under Trump, Droughts and Even Tornadoes Could Surprise Farmers who have relied on weather and seasonal forecasts by a NOAA agency, the National Weather Service. Source Shutterstock

OO Trump’s Plan To Slash Weather Forecast Funding Is Terrible News For Farms

“There are few important decisions farmers can make without contemplating weather.”

OO NOAA Cuts Will Stymie Research, Put Americans At Risk

OO NOAA Sea Grant Cut Could Slow Climate Adaptation,

Compromising Coastal American Safety and greatly upping the pricetag of adaptation if it isn’t tackled now.

EPA Now Home to Climate Skeptic Clowns – and dark clowns indeed, if they refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change, which threatens the safety and security of Americans and the USA. Photo Source Business Insider

OO There Goes Reality, And Americans’ Safety:

EPA Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics

OO EPA Head Scott Pruitt Has Already Broken Trust And 5 Promises To Congress now that he has the job.

The broken promises are:

1. To recognize climate reality – he said that EPA’s conclusion on how climate changing gases like CO2 endanger human health and welfare “needs to be enforced and respected” and is unquestionable. Now, he denies CO2 drives climate change.

2. To stand up for science – he said “science must serve as ‘the backbone’ of EPA actions.” Yet now, he directly contradicts the findings of scientists at every major American scientific organization, which are based on decades of intensive, peer-review research and data.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

3. To enforce clean air and water rules – Pruitt said he wanted to “restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.” Now he supports a 24% cut to the Agency’s budget, including clean air and water programs.

4. To be consistent on states’ rights – he claimed to favor greater authority for states. Now he’s considering revoking California’s right to have stronger clean air standards for cars.

5. To fight all forms of pollution – he claimed concern about dangerous pollution like mercury, smog and methane, butt now withdrew an EPA request for information about methane pollution from oil and gas drilling. So much for concern.

This is important — beyond our desire to have public officials with integrity, our kids’ health is at stake.

@@ CO2? Nah, Not a Problem, Says EPA Head Scott Pruitt – countering almost all climate scientists and world leaders on climate change.

OO EPA Scott Pruitt’s Office Deluged With Angry Callers After He Questions The Science Of Global Warming – The calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, reached such a high volume that agency officials created an impromptu call center, said three agency employees.

“Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret). Photo Credit Charlie Riedel at Associated Press

OO Business, Military, Faith Leaders & Electeds Slam Scott Pruitt’s Climate Denial Takeaways – a sampling:

  • “Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another. The best way to pay for it is by tackling the root causes of climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret), CEO of the American Security Project.
  • Whether Pruitt believes CO2 drives climate change or not, by law “ he is required under the Clean Air Act to promulgate policies that reduce carbon pollution… to reduce the risk of serious national security consequences of climate change.” — Andrew Holland, Director of Studies, American Security Project.
  • “…2015’s record temperatures are the result of the gradual, yet accelerating, build up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists have been warning about it for decades and now we are experiencing it.”— NASA Chief Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.)

What Climate Change? Ignoring climate change is an invitation to experience ever more dangerous levels of it, sooner and faster.

“Pruitt is just wrong:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions pose an enormous risk to human health.
  • Carbon pollution is the leading contributor to greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
  • Climate change is causing more heatwaves and drought, more intense extreme weather events,
  • expanded range of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes and a host of other threats to health…
  • The science is clear: We need immediate action to reduce carbon emissions to protect public health.”

Dr. Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

  • “Scott Pruitt’s statement questioning climate science is deeply troubling. Businesses in the US and elsewhere are keenly aware that human activity is remaking the climate in ways that create disruption and business risk. … his approach will undermine the conditions that businesspeople need to innovate, create jobs, and compete in the global marketplace.”

Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility

Resisting TRUMP

Credit Robin Loznak

OO Trump Doesn’t Want This Climate Lawsuit To Go To Trial

– It Could Change Everything A groundbreaking climate lawsuit, brought against the federal government by 21 children, has been hailed as a bold new strategy to press for US climate action.

OO Activists Rush To Save Government Science – Disappearing data include pie charts on a DOE website illustrating the link between coal and greenhouse gas emissions as well as the description on an Interior Department page of the potential environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

This points to a nonpartisan problem of digital-age government:

  • Much of the scientific information so painstakingly collected over the decades,
  • at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars,
  • remains held only by the government,
  • scattered on thousands of servers in hundreds of departments
  • where it may not be backed up and could be impossible to find.

Peter Gleick: Protest Against Trump Science Policies Source The Desert Sun

OO Climatologist Urges Mass Protest Against Trump Govt Amid Global Warming Denial – Peter Gleick warned US democracy is under attack from the “uninhibited use of lies, false statements and bad science.”

OO California Girds To Battle Feds To Save The Environment it probably won’t be easy.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Democrats Urge EPA Not To Reopen Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Rules which have shown to be attainable and in the past have signficantly upped energy efficiency, and cut usage.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Mike Luckovich for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

OO Republicans Want To Undo A Rule That Protects Taxpayers And The Environment

OO GOP Owns Trump Attack On The Earth

Credit Michael Lukovich

OO Congressional Energy And Climate Committees Are Loaded With Ex-Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

OO The Coming GOP Assault On Regulations Republicans in Congress have embarked on a potentially long lasting effort to make it much harder for federal agencies to create new regulations in the future.

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HOT NEWS

OO February’s Heat, Brought To You By Climate Change – A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February over most of the US, with research showing it was made possible by climate change.

This February was the second warmest on record for the US, averaging 7.3F above normal, the fifth-most anomalously warm month ever recorded

OO “Weirdly Warm” 2017: Could We Set Another Record? 2017 has been weirdly warm so far despite a lack of El Nino conditions. If Jan/Feb temps were representative it would end up surpassing 2016.

Increasing Ocean Surface Heat Is Wiping Out Coral Reefs Worldwide transforming kaleidoscopic corals to white, then brown skeletons.

OO Oceans Storing Up Staggering Amounts Of Heat:

‘The Memory Of All Of The Past Climate Change’ – The world is getting warmer every year, thanks to climate change. Takeaways:

  • most of that heat is going into the oceans – especially the Atlantic and Southern oceans —
  • far more than previously estimated,
  • which explains why sea levels have been rising so much –
  • all that heat is expanding the seawater.

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  • Increasing heat moving into the oceans
  • Could lead to ocean “dead spots”
  • Where a hot surface layer prevents mixing with cooler lower ones.
  • Mixing is essential in moving nutrients and fueling marine life.

A Prescient 2001 Cartoon Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO Earth’s Oceans Are Warming 13% Faster Than Thought, And Accelerating as human activities are pumping climate changing CO2 faster and faster into the atmosphere – at a rate that has increased 40+ % since 1980 says new research. We are speeding the heating of the planet, which is speeding climate change.

more:

OO Rate Of Ocean Warming Has Nearly Doubled Over Two Decades study says, and the extra heat has reached deeper waters, finds data stretching back to 1960.

Droughts and Heat Set Earth On Fire with wildfires occurring throughout the world. Source NASA

OO Great Plains Wildfires March 2017:

Record Heat, Drought And Strong Winds Produced Extreme Fire Condition

OO Oklahoma Wildfires Burn Into Kansas, Prompt Evacuations – homes and cattle were lost as well.

related:

OO The Biggest, Worst Droughts Can Travel 1000s Of Kilometers From Their Origin and do so in predictable patterns, travelling across continents, shows a new study. That discovery could:

  • shed light on how droughts evolve in space and time,
  • provide new insights for water managers, and
  • save huge numbers of lives through more effective planning.

Drought:

  • affected 1+ billion people between 1994 and 2013.
  • 300,000 people are estimated to have died in the 1983 Ethiopian drought,
  • 3,000,000 people are estimated to have died in China’s 1928 drought.

OO Heatwave Frequency Rises Twice As Fast In The Poorest Countries new research shows.

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MELTDOWN

OO Earth’s Thermal Shield Rapidly Disappearing:

Arctic Circle Could Be Ice-Free With Just A 2C Rise In World Temperature – for the first time in 100,000 years, scientists have warned. Keeping global heating to a 2C rise is the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Loss of Arctic sea ice:

  • Could have ‘catastrophic’ weather effects in much of the northern hemisphere;
  • Will speed up global warming:
  • Arctic summer sea ice acts like a thermal shield,
  • reflecting much sunlight (and the heat it represents) away from Earth;
  • its loss will vastly increase the sunlight absorbed
  • and then emitted as heat into the atmosphere.

OO Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even If World Achieves Climate Goal

  • Arctic summer sea ice has been shrinking sharply and steadily,
  • And has a nearly 40% chance of disappearing under a 2C rise in heat,
  • But would probably survive if we keep current average temperatures.

OO Just As Earth’s Thermal Shield, Arctic Ice, Is Shrinking,

Trump Wants To Stop Monitoring It , A Costly Mistake – by defunding the satellites that do so. But Americans will pay for it, because climate ignorance is rewarded with catastrophes.

OO Effects Of Global Warming On Display In Antarctica creating dramatic changes in its glaciers.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Solar Power Growth Leaps By 50% Worldwide Thanks To US And China in their rush to go solar in 2016., figures show.

OO Clean Energy Is Now As Big As Pharmaceutical Manufacturing In The US

With $200 billion in revenue, it’s sneaking up on consumer electronics.

OO Alaska: Wind Power, The Cheapest Rural Power Source cheaper than hauling fossil fuels to supply rural power. Wind Farms are springing up in communities across the state.

OO Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal As Costs Plunge At Sea

Water and electric power plants don’t mix well naturally, unless you add some wind.

OO A New World Leader Is Emerging In The Battle Against Climate Change: China – it’s a much larger climate changing polluter than the US, but it’s doing far more to address the climate change it is causing, unlike the US.

OO China Is Moving Closer To A Carbon Tax For Cutting Emissions and away from the EU’s emissions trading model, a senior Chinese official said.

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OO Harvard Disburses $1 Million For Climate Change Research to multidisciplinary research programs across five different schools at Harvard. Nice, but far outweighed by government cuts to research.

OO UK Carbon Emissions Drop To Lowest Level Since 19th Century, as coal use continues to plummet, analysis suggests.

OO Saudi Aramco’s Green Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal Of Its Initial Public Offering of stock. When this, the world’s largest oil company, sells shares for its foray into renewables, it may lure investors who would otherwise be forced to stay away – but some are demanding transparency.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Unhealthy Environment Causes 1 In 4 Child Deaths under the age of 5, both inside and outside the home, say 2 new reports from the World Health Organization – that’s more than 1.7 million children dying annually.

OO World Facing Gravest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Due To African Drought with 20 million people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, the UN has warned.

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OO Climate Change Could Be Increasing The Footprint Of Lyme Disease – as it increases the range and number of disease-carrying ticks.

OO Climate Change May Drive More Migration In Future residents in 4 European nations say.

OO Future Climate Change Will Affect Plants And Soil Differently says a new study. Takeaways:

  • soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants.
  • In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased,
  • but in wetter regions soil carbon loss increased,
  • which could further up CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

OO Climate Change May Hurt US Agricultural Productivity Agriculture needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, says a new study.

OO Rising CO2 Due To Climate Change May Not Improve Agriculture model shows; indeed, quite the opposite, since the “greening” effect won’t soak up CO2 as much as hoped.

Alaska Houses and Buildings Are Already Sinking into melting permafrost. Credit Bee Wuethrich

OO Alaska’s BIG Problem: It Is Not Prepared

For Melting Permafrost Or Erosion Under Climate Change

OO Source Of Mekong, Yellow And Yangtze Rivers Drying Up as the headwaters of the Tibetan plateau are evaporating because of climate change and desertification. Creating parks that preserve watersheds could help slow the process.

OO Australia: Climate Change To Blame For Flatlining Wheat Yield Gains says the government research agency, CSIRO.

OO Australia: State Of The Environment Report Warns

Climate Change Impacts Could Be Irreversible even as it increases.

Source Wired Magazine

OO Venice Will Vanish Underwater Within A Century If Global Warming Is Not Stalled – climate change study warns.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

OO How Climate Change Battles Are Increasingly Being Fought, And Won, In Court Takeaways:

  • Climate change responsibility cases get climate change facts on public record.
  • Successful rulings have far reaching political and social effects in other countries.

OO Taiwan: Prison Aims To Jump-Start Island’s Solar Power Dream employing prisoners to install solar panels in a national program to replace nuclear with clean renewable power.

OO Norway’s Wealth Fund May Blacklist Firms Over Carbon Emissions suggests the fund’s ethics watchdog.

OO Diet And Global Climate Change:

Changing The First, Tackles The Second – says a series of studies reaching the same conclusion: our diets must change to help successfully mitigate climate change, and climate change mitigation must be included in policies to improve the food system.

Just substituting healthier sources for half the calories of a typical American diet, the study found, would:

  • Reduce by 20-40% the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Health care costs went down by $77-93 Billion annually;
  • Drop direct greenhouse gas emissions by 222-826 kilograms per person per year.

OO Want To Cut Carbon Emissions?

Try Growing Cement Bricks With Bacteria A North Carolina startup grows “biocement” bricks to circumvent the hefty load of fossil fuels needed for normal cement.

OO Pressed, Not Baked: A Green Recipe For Making Tiles And Bricks by compressing the raw ingredients creates bricks stronger than concrete, with far less energy needed, show Swiss researchers.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Australia: A Single Type Of Microbe Turns Lake Pink as hot weather evaporates it, making it so salty, only one type of saltwater microbe can survive – and it’s pink, coloring a biological desert, for now, until the rains return.

But the loss of biodiversity throughout the world isn’t rosy and it’s permanent, for the world or us.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Chief EPA Environmental Justice Official Resigns,

Urges Protection Of Vulnerable Communities – Mustafa Ali ends a career of 24 years there, as deep cuts to program affecting the poor are prepared.

OO New Mexico Lawmakers, Residents Voice Support For Federal Methane Waste Rule

which is under attack in Congress.

OO Shell CEO Urges Switch To Clean Energy

As He Plans Hefty Renewable Spending

Just One Valiant Voice of Many Source Twitter

OO Rogue Twitter Accounts Fight To Preserve The Voice Of Government Science

OO Do Scientists Lose Credibility When They Become Political? Nope says a new study.

OO Gas From The Amazon Or Fracked In Europe? UK faces critics as it receives its first natural gas cargo from the Peruvian Amazon. Is there no better alternative?

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO The US Has One Inspector For Every 5,000 Miles Of Pipeline

—Or Twice The Length Of The Country, Each to cover the 2.7 million miles of pipeline snaked across the US. Some of the pipes carry hazardous chemicals, others carry crude oil, and still others carry highly pressurized natural gas. Feeling safe?

OO Alaska Gas Pipeline Leaking 200,000 Cubic Feet Daily

Into Fisheries Habitat as regulators demand repair of the leak that started in December, citing public hazard.

OO Pipeline Owner Reaches Milestone In Iowa: 28 Spills Since 2000

Whatever The Price of Oil, Its Climate Costs Continue to Soar

OO Oil Price Will Soar Sharply In The Next Decade Without Investment In Capacity and this will create economic shockwaves due to our dependence on cheap oil for growth, says Daily Climate Editor Brian Bienkowski, who recommends this read.

OO Trump’s Gulf Of Mexico Oil And Gas Drilling Proposal

Looks A Lot Like Obama’s opening up 73 million acres to gas and oil leasing.

OO The Shale Industry Is Scrambling To Catch Up To Its Own Boom

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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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Ggg population matters2 green

If we do not live 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 Yearlythe 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO South Australia Rooftop Solar Installs Surge After Statewide Blackout

OO India: Barefoot Solar Warriors Take On Gender Injustice And Climate Change – a college is training uneducated women to be solar technologists in India and developing countries worldwide via Indian subsidies. India itself is embarking on a massic transition to solar power.

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 23, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Meanwhile, most of the US is experiencing unusually warmer temperatures.

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 this out!

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.

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Climate Change This Week: Largest Undersea Cathedral of Life Is Dying, Pope Pushes Sustainable Growth, and More!

 

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this 45 lb Titan Mushroom found in Chiapas, Mexico, also home to the Lacandon rainforest (see below), is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

A Jaguar Home That Is Now Protected – along with hundreds of other animals, including 400 species of often colorful, tropical birds. Source Panthera Colombia

OO 13,000 Acres Of Cloud Forest Now Protected In Colombia – New reserve will conserve jaguars, pumas, spectacled bears and 400 bird species.

OO Communities In Mexico Step Up To Protect A Disappearing Forest Takeaways:

  • The Lacandon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world;
  • The Mexican part has lost 10+% of its tree cover in the past 14 years.
  • Now, surrounding villages are developing initiatives like eco-tourism to preserve it.

OO Burger King Animal Feed Sourced From Deforested Lands In Brazil And Bolivia that were turned into soy plantations to grow that feed. says a new report.

OO Brazil Legislators Attempt To Mine Amazon’s Riches

Will Destroy Vast Areas of Protected Forest with a bill to open up 2+ million acres of protected Amazon rainforest to industrial mining.

OO Forests To Play Major Role In Meeting Paris Climate Targets

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SCIENCE WORKS!

Source Ronald Stouffer and Syukoro Manabe, 2017

OO Climate Change Computer Model Predicted Correctly 30 Years Later What Occurred

remarkably prophetic, it pretty much outlined what happened over the next 3 decades.

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LARGEST UNDERSEA CATHEDRAL OF LIFE IS DYING:

GREATEST CORAL REEF NOW ENDANGERED

OO Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead Takeaways:

  • Corals are very sensitive to extra heat,
  • Now being added by a global heating of 1.5 degrees F .
  • These canaries of climate change are now dying.

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  • Huge sections of the reef are now dead from recent bleaching,
  • something not expected for 30 years by experts.
  • Sheer luck prevented far greater damage:
  • A storm during the worst heat cooled waters.

Credit Paul Horn at InsideClimate News

  • This sign of the increasing ill-health of the seas
  • Is yet another unfolding ravage from climate change.

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  • Hundreds of millions of people depend on coral reefs for food,
  • And such reefs are dying wolrdwlide.

Further bleaching is now underway: Dramatically slowing and reversing global heating is the only answer to saving these vital ecosystems, scientists conclude.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

Donald Trump’s Own Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO White House Proposes Steep Cut To Leading Climate Science Agency NOAA,

Compromising the Safety of Americans – Proposed budget cuts include:

  • An overall 17% cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reflecting sharp specific cuts on education, grants, and research.
  • NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research will get a 26% cut to its current budget. [MEH disrupting the careers of the current and budding scientists who will lose their research funding.]
  • the single largest cut will be a 22% cut to NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service,
  • which includes a key repository of climate and environmental information [information is disappearing from federal websites; teams of experts around the country have organized events to “rescue” as much information as possible and make it available elsewhere to scientists for research.] AND
  • provides 90% of weather forecasting data.

Trump Tweets Blizzard “Safety Message” from Agency He’s Slashing – he’s proposing a 22% cut to the NOAA information service, which includes the National Weather Service. Source Twitter

Rick Spinrad, an ex NOAA chief scientist, said: “NOAA’s research and operations, including satellite data management, support critical safety needs. A reduced investment now would virtually guarantee jeopardizing the safety of the American public.

You’d Want to Know If This Is Headed Your Way, Wouldn’t You? Yet Trump proposes cutting back drastically on the agency that supplies that kind of information. Credit Matt Clark at flickr

Resulting real safety failures would include:

  • compromising weather warnings for tornadoes and hurricanes;
  • navigational capacity used to help guide commercial ships and other mariners would suffer,
  • leaving them without the “improved forecasts they need to safely maneuver coastal waters.
  • It could become harder to warn of tsunamis and forecast weather that will cause power outages.

Where We’re Headed: Cleveland Before EPA, In 1973 Credit Frank J. Aleksandrowicz, NARA

OO Where Trump Is Leading With EPA Cuts:

What Cities Looked Like Before The EPA – the agency left a legacy of clear air for cities; now that legacy might disappear.

OO Trump Wants To ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs especially many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, says the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

OO Trump Cashed In On NY State Energy Efficiency Subsidies in 2012,

But Now Wants To Cut EPA Ones – he got nearly $1 million in those 2012 subsidies.

Under Trump, US Extreme Weather Disasters Will Rise Faster because the US failed to cut carbon emissions fast enough.

OO White House Targets Climate Change Programs In Proposed EPA Cuts

OO Why The EPA Faces Big Cuts Under Trump Budget Proposal Environmental issues have become ever more polarized, rising the stakes for both parties surrounding climate change.

Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch, modified

TRUMP:

OO Wants You To Be Afraid Of Everything—Except Climate Change

OO To Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming say close sources.

OO Poised To Lift Federal Coal Ban, Other Green Rules.

OO China’s Carbon Emissions Dropping,

While Trump Points US In Opposite Direction Forecasting a fourth straight year of stable or reduced emissions, China shows huge growth in clean energy as President Trump vows to promote fossil fuels.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Donald First, Ivanka Last Source http://www.thinkprogress.com

OO Ivanka Trump Isn’t Greening Her Dad, She’s Greenwashing Him – she try to lead him to green policies, but this horse isn’t drinking it.

OO Congress Members Met To Discuss The Costs Of Climate Change. They Ended Up Debating Its Existence.

OO Patrick Michaels: Cato’s Climate Expert Has History Of Getting It Wrong

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HOT NEWS

OO Balmy! Antarctica Hit Record-Breaking 63 Degrees F In 2015

Temperatures on the Antarctic continent reached a record-breaking high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) in 2015, according to a new report of balmy records for the bottom of the world.

Looking Primeval, This Living Abyssal Creature Could Disappear – as its habitat, the ocean abyss, which covers half the planet, heats up. The ocean abyss provides services ultimately vital to human survival, and big changes there will profoundly affect humanity’s future. Source Ocean Networks Canada

OO Life On Half The Earth Imperiled:

Deep Ocean Danger As Temperatures Rise Takeaways:

  • Ocean abyss (the deep sea) covers half our planet:
  • Its services include life processes that
  • fuel the production of seafood,
  • stores climate changing carbon emissions,
  • and its microbes detoxify a variety of chemicals.

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  • Abyssal life is adapted to very little change;
  • even a fraction of 1°C can change fish behavior.
  • So a projected 1°C increase by 2100
  • And reductions in oxygen (which decreases as water heats up)
  • Will likely create big changes in abyssal life, and fewer fish.

Too Hot For Corn? It’s already getting too hot for some important species to survive in some parts of the world. Photo USDA at Flickr

OO Evidence Disproving Tropical ‘Thermostat’ Theory:

Global Warming Can Breach Limits For Life – new research indicates that as the world warmed millions of years ago, conditions in the tropics may have made it so hot some organisms couldn’t survive.

  • Actually, this is already happening
  • in some parts of the world, which are becoming too hot to grow essential cereal crops (think corn, wheat, etc.).

OO Chicago Sets Impressive 146-Year-Old Weather Record – with a snowless January and February.

Expect More of This, Down Under Source news.com.au

OO Australia: Climate Scientists Say Likelihood Of Extreme Summers Surging Due To Global Warming in a new report.

OO Global Warming Made Australia’s Record-Breaking, Sizzling Summer

50 Times More Likely says new analysis.

OO Sydney’s Swelter Has A Climate Change Link, Scientists Say

“It was nothing short of awful,” said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney.

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MELTDOWN

Melting Siberian Permafrost Feeds Into Its Bays NASA satellite photo shows.

OO Canada: Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented,

Portends Huge Carbon Release – Takeaways:

  • Permafrost is land permanently frozen since the last ice age 10,000 yrs ago;
  • But the top layer thaws seasonally, and organic matter builds up in it over the millennia.
  • Once thawed year round, permafrost microbes start decomposing the organic matter,
  • Releasing vast amounts of climate changing CO2 and methane.

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52,000 sq miles – the size of Alabama – of permafrost are thawing.

  • Huge slabs of Arctic permafrost in NW Canada are slumping and disintegrating,
  • sending large amounts of carbon-rich mud and silt into streams and rivers,
  • choking life downstream.
  • Similar large-scale landscape changes are occurring in Alaska, Siberia and Scandinavia.

Blue Poka Dots: The Face of Canadian Permafrost Melting Source Wikipedia

  • The immense scale of thawing indicates a commensurately immense release of climate changing gases.
  • Such a release could boost global warming and climate change further.
  • Scientists estimate that the world’s permafrost holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere.

OO Antarctic Ice Has Set An Unexpected Record Low On Sea Ice and scientists are struggling to figure out why.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Japan Accelerates Wind Power Development As Govt Support Pays Off says a new study. Japan’s installation of new wind power capacity in 2016-17 is set to almost double that of the previous 12 months, helped by higher government tariffs, and a rising number of offshore wind farms.

OO Private Investor Divests Nearly $35 Million From Firms

Tied To Dakota Access Pipeline

OO China’s Coal Consumption Falls For 3rd Year In A Row

OO Amazon Turns Warehouse Roofs Into Solar Power Stations – 15 this year alone, and hopes to expand it to 50 sites by 2020.

Amazon also has already invested in a lot of renewable energy generated by wind turbines.

OO Utilities Have Invested Nearly $3 Billion In Distributed Energy Companies – which will ease

the transition to a decentralized energy system as part of transitioning to clean renewable energy.

OO Ethiopia Looks To Carbon Trading As It Gears Up To Be Net Carbon Neutral By 2025 – Under Ethiopia’s Oromia Forested Landscape Program, the country’s region with highest concentration of biodiversity is on track to benefit from vital environmental protections.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Earlier Snowmelt Means Slower Snowmelt

And Likely Less Water For Humans a new study finds:

  • because the shorter days and cooler nights slow the melting
  • meaning possiblyless water for humans,
  • since slower flowing water can be taken up by plants more and evaporates more,
  • before reaching water reservoirs.

OO Climate Change Blamed For Deadly Landslides In Chile for the third time in four years as temperatures rise, causing the water to fall as rain and not snow in the mountains.

OO 8 Health Risks That Could Get Worse With Climate Change a slideshow. Takeaways:

  • Malaria – as heat loving mosquitoes spread this and more: dengue fever, Zika, et al
  • Kidney Stones – warmer temperatures ups dehydration, which can lead to this malady.
  • Waterborne parasites – spread with increased flooding and heavy rainfall, attacking our intestines.
  • Lyme Disease – as warmer weather increases tick reproduction, which spreads the disease.

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  • Allergies – as rising temperatures increase the allergy season and production of pollen
  • Asthma and lung disease – linked to local ozone levels, upped by more warmer days
  • Salmonella + other food-borne illnesses – since bacteria grow faster when it’s warmer
  • Heat strokes – upped by more frequent, longer and hotter heat waves as the planet heats.

OO “A Sense Of Despair”: The Mental Health Cost Of Unchecked Climate Change – Climate change is threatening the emotional health of humans worldwide, scientists and mental health professionals warn.

As If Kids Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About the world we are on track to leave them will send many into deep depression. Photo Source The Huffington Post

OO 4 Ways Climate Change Is Messing With Our Brains — For The Worse – The brutal disasters of ongoing climate change affect our brains:

  • disasters (eg, floods, tornadoes, drought) trigger PTSD, anxiety, depression, & drug abuse;
  • even slight increases in heat raise the risk of riots, civil wars, & violent crimes.
  • babies in utero, exposed to fossil fueled urban air pollution , are more likely to develop anxiety or depression in life.
  • Many experience “climate anxiety”, feeling depressed and overwhelmed, generating support groups.

That’s just the beginning of what we’re in for. So time to calm down, screw our heads on straight, and get to work fixing the climate problem.

Climate Change Is a Disaster We Can’t Afford

OO The Social Cost Of Carbon Underscores An Obvious Fact: Climate Change Is Costly says a leading economist and climate policy manager.

OO Europe: Estimated Climate Change Losses

To Soar To $40+ Billion Annually By 2100 in just major coastal cities, indicates a new study, if, as currently, global carbon emissions continue to track the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst emission scenario.

Within 13 years, annual losses for these cities are estimated to reach $1.2 Billion.

Unlike the US, a Drought in Somalia Means Widespread Starvation Credit Matilde Gattoni at instagram

OO Extreme Heatwave Days Already Hitting Poorer Nations More Than Rich

OO Inequalities Fuel Human Impacts On Climate

One effect of this inequality is that the top 10% produce almost as much total carbon emissions as the bottom 90% combined.

OO ‘Just Racist’: EPA Cuts Will Hit Black And Hispanic Communities The Hardest falling heaviest upon US communities of color that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution.

Climate Change Threatens All Major Food Groups – as it disrupts the climate cycle under which crops grow. Wikipedia

OO What Climate Change Has To Do With The Price Of Your Lettuce – Unusual southwest weather could cause a nationwide salad shortage later this month. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce):

  • As climate change ups more extreme weather,
  • More food crops will be threatened,
  • Such as apples , cherries, and plums in the US northeast and midwest,
  • Or winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma.

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  • Under climate change, crop failures will keep rising –
  • And lettuce will be the least of our concerns.

OO The 2015 ‘Blob’ Of Very Warm Pacific Water Boosted Western U.S. Ozone Levels

  • creating west coast high pressure conditions that boosted ozone levels
  • as well as damaging fisheries and the marine food chain bigtime.

OO High Number Of US Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Impacted Solar Production In 2016 – Takeaways:

most insurance claims on damage to solar installations are due to extreme weather events;

these are predicted to increase under continuing climate change.

Asthma Could Become Much Harder To Cure as bacteria in pollution become resistant to drugs.

OO Air Pollution Leads To More Drug Resistant Bacteria study finds, as black carbon found in air pollution can increase the resistance of bacteria that cause respiratory disease.

OO Somalia Says 110 Dead In Last 48 Hours Due To Drought a weather condition expected to intensity under continued climate change.

OO Global Warming Is Increasing Forest Fire Risk In The Alps Takeaways:

  • some studies suggest Alps’ fire seasons will be 30-50 days longer by 2050
  • the Alps are heating up twice as fast as the global average.
  • another 4 to 6 degrees Celsius warming expected by 2100.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ 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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GOOD IDEAS

San Francisco Housing: A Challenge to Climate Change Goals? Source thenextweb.com

OO California Needs Far More Housing Density In Its Cities

to Meet Its Climate Change Goals warn state regulators, involving dramatic changes to how Californians live and travel. Los Angeles Times.

OO Sweden: From Recycling Royalty To Smart Buildings,

Stockholm Mayor Takes On Climate Change

  • leading by personal example: eg, wearing secondhand clothes, riding an electric bike to work,
  • and bigger changes – eg, shutting its oldest coal plant;
  • replacing it with a plant that will generate resellable waste heat;
  • Upping the standards of energy efficiency in apartment buildings.

And bringing the citizens on board with the changes: “All our citizens are really aware we need to push the boundaries to fulfill our goals,” she said..

OO A City’s Solar Potential Depends On The Length Of Its Road Network – says a new study, showing that those with the longest roads allow optimizing buildings orientation and location, to optimize solar intake.

Thus, rainy Portland, Oregon, has an extensive road network and therefore a surprisingly large solar potential.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Disappearing Sea Ice Has Put Arctic Ecosystem Under Threat The Arctic will hit a record low extent of sea ice very soon, topping a loss of 2+ million square kilometers within 40 years. When sea ice disappears:

  • Polar bears literally lose their hunting grounds, and starve;
  • The base of the Arctic food chain, certain algae, lose their home;
  • Narwhals, the unicorns of whales, lose their hiding place from killer whales,
  • Seals lose their birthing grounds.

Almost all wildlife are being disrupted by the fast pace of global heating in the Arctic.

OO Northern Hemisphere Sees An Early Spring Due To Global Warming – arriving an average 26 days earlier than just 10 years ago, the early spring is causing problems for the natural cycle of plants and wildlife.

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SPEAKING OUT

@@ Debunking Leaders’ Climate Denial Is A Real Teachable Moment says federal scientist Ben Santer on Late Night With Seth Meyers, which helps elevate the discussion and educate the public about the reality of climate change.

OO Scientists Are Poised To Start A New Movement arguing for politics grounded in evidence.

OO Former Bush Administration EPA Chief Urges Caution In Cutting Regulations

What Percentage of Americans Support Renewable Energy? 70+% according to a new study (red being 80-85% support). Source Yale Program on Climate change Information

OO Yale University Climate Opinion Maps Show

What Americans Think About Global Warming – The Climate Opinion Maps give an interactive glimpse into US view of threats from global warming, allowing users to see the Americans’ opinions on climate change by state.

OO As Budget Cuts Loom, Former EPA Officials Plea

To Trump To Continue Agency’s Work In a published appeal for a continued reliance on science to protect the nation’s air and water.

OO Former EPA Scientists To Trump:

‘Evidence Does Not Change When The Administration Changes.’

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Shell Oil Warned of the Climate Change It Helped Make – they made a film, but took no lessons from it. Watch it here in all its grainy, primitive graphic effects!

OO Shell Made A Film About Climate Change In 1991

(But Did Not Heed Its Own Warning)

OO Oklahoma Faces Continued Risk Of Quakes Linked To Drilling: USGS

OO ‘Disastrous’: Australia’s Carbon Emissions Jump As Coal-Fired Power Ramps Up after the scrapping of the carbon price, making it harder to meet its emissions targets.

OO Big Australian Banks Invest $7 Billion More In Fossil Fuels Than Renewables says report, even as it suffers worsening heat waves due to continued climate change, caused by burning coal and other fossil fuels.

OO Vietnam Develops Coal Power Despite Environmental Concerns

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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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POPE FRANCIS WEIGHS IN

OO ‘Pope Francis Has Urged Us To Have Fewer Children,’ claims Vatican academy member, “to make the world more sustainable,” during a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” .

The panel concurred that the survival of the planet is tightly linked to the number of people on the planet.

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If we do not live 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 16, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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.

Half of the US is experiencing unusually warmer weather while the other half is getting another Arctic blast, as the Arctic jet stream, loosened and loopy from being slowed by global warming, now often plunges down into the US, way off its usual course just decades ago. Western US coastal waters continue to be warmer than normal, not good for fisheries.

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, which is hitting record lows in extent. 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 this out!

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.

 

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