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

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*SOME BASIC SCIENCE:

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: Megadroughts, Virtual Clean Power Plants, and More!

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazonian ant-mimic treehopper, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Andreas Kay at flickr

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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A Key Preserver of Carbon Storage in Rainforests – are tapirs, which help disperse the seeds of the largest carbon-storing trees.

OO The Surprising Link Between The Tapirs Of Costa Rica And Climate Change – They disperse seeds of the largest trees that store the most carbon, suggest new studies. Protecting tapirs and other large seed-eating mammals is key to preserving carbon storage capability in rainforests.

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OO The Alarming Number Of Fires In The Brazilian Amazon is an undeniable sign that predatory exploration in the Brazilian Amazon has not yet been properly tackled.

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OO Humans Have Destroyed A Tenth Of Earth’s Wilderness In 25 Years and there may be none left within a century if trends continue, says an authoritative new study.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SPEAKING OUT

@@ Obama On Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’
More than health care, race or the economy, President Obama believes his efforts to slow global warming will be the most consequential legacy of his presidency.

As one historian recalled Obama saying in 2012, ‘If we don’t do anything on the climate issue, all bets are off.‘ So what has Obama done since then?

  • carved a climate agreement on reducing emissions with China;
  • had US lead negotiations resulting in the 2015 Paris climate agreement;
  • unaided by Congress, enacted the US Clean Power Plan to reduce pollution hazardous to health and climate.

On the world role of the US, Obama says, “if we’re going to actually solve a problem, then our most important role is as a leader, vision setter and convener.”

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OO An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members Of The U.S. National Academy Of Sciences – excerpts:

“Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy.
It is a physical reality.”

and:

Our fingerprints on climate are visible everywhere;
We are certain beyond a reasonable doubt
that human-caused climate change is
real, serious, and immediate,
and that

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Credit AP photo, Jae C Hong

This problem poses significant risks:

  • to our ability to thrive and build a better future,
  • to national security,
  • to human health and food production,
  • and to the interconnected web of living systems.

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Enjoy It While It Is Still Clean – activists are calling for a ban in the large southern bay of Australia, known as the Great Australian Bight. Coincidentally, it looks like some giant took a big bite out of the continent long ago… Source http://www.skynews.com.au

OO Call To Halt Great Australian Bight Oil Drilling amid faulty equipment fears. The Oil rigs could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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OO Pope Francis: Environmental Destruction A Sin, Causes Ecological Debt – that humanity has caused and should act against.

OO Catholic Bishops Org Director: G20 Still Promotes Climate Changing Growth

“The G20 failed to set the right priorities,” said Pirmin Spiegel, general director at the Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation.

“While climate change is only one of ‘Further Significant Global Challenges Affecting the World Economy’, the biggest problem and  —  at the same time  — the one-size-fits-all solution G20 offers to these challenges is growth.

They stick to the same old tools that have not been able to solve the climate crisis and global inequality.”

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CALIFORNIA DRYIN’… FOR CENTURIES?

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OO Danger: Pacific Ocean’s Response To Global Warming Could
Extend California Drought For CENTURIES
Warming forces have caused millennia of dryness in California’s recent (6,000 to 1,000 BC) prehistory, and greenhouses gases could do the same, says a new study published in a major scientific journal.

The physical warming of the atmosphere from trapped sunlight , aka radiative forcing,”in the past appears to have had catastrophic effects in extending droughts,“ said the lead author, a distinguished geographer and ecologist.

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Source NOAA

The Warm Blob Is Back and has never entirely gone away, in any case. Now a new study indicates that it – and our California drought – could be around for a long time: think centuries. Source NOAA

Correlating its own with all other prehistory California climate studies, the researchers showed that such heated periods also showed prolonged heating in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures.

Changes in ocean temperatures are linked to El Niño and La Niña conditions, which increase and decrease precipitation in California. History now shows us this link to precipitation can be a long term one.

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HOT NEWS

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OO U.S. Endures Its Hottest Summer Nights On Record

This past summer (June through August) saw the highest average minimum temperature on record., 60.8 F, placing fifth hottest among the 122 summers since records began in 1895 for the contiguous U.S., say recent NOAA analyses.

The average daily summer low in the contiguous 48 states has climbed about 1.4°F in the last century. That’s double the increase of 0.7°F in the average daily summer high.

OO Long, Hot, Soggy Summer – No single extreme weather event can be proved to be due to human-induced climate change. But this summer’s weather anomalies are entirely consistent with what scientists and computer models predict about a global warming world.

OO La Niña Fizzles, Making Record Warm Global Temperatures More Likelysay forecasters.

MELTDOWN

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Credit De Agostini at Getty Images

OO Open Water Nears North Pole As 2016 Melt Season End Nears a sign of the rapid pace of warming taking place there.

Unseasonably powerful storms have broken up the sea ice up there, which helps speed melting.

Related Headline:

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Storm-whipped Ice Rubble At The North Pole shows how global warming is shattering our planetary thermal shield there. Source NASA via TERRA satellite

OO This Is What Near-Record-Low Arctic Sea Ice Looks Like – An exploded down pillow – not the unbroken ice of the good old days.

It’s the “new normal” says NASA, and it’s not a good one. As Arctic temperatures soar, ice cover is shrinking, thinning, and breaking up.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Soaring Ocean Temperature Is ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge Of Our Generation – A new report warns that the ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behavior of marine species, reducing fishing zones, and spreading disease.

OO Asian Typhoons Becoming More Intense – 50% more intense in the past 40 years due to warming seas, shows a new study.

Related Headline:

OO Landfalling Typhoons Have Become More Intense – causing far more destruction where they land in east and southeast Asia.

OO Climate Change Threatens Birds Migrating Along Great Lakes – prompting them to begin early, which can disrupt a delicate natural balance and put entire species at risk.

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Endangered Valuable Insect Eaters – lizards expend energy both to find shade and to cool down, making their survival that more challenging in a global warming world. Credit Mark Eastburn at AP

OO Climate Change Far More Dangerous For Lizards Than Once Thought – a previous study estimated that 20% of these valuable insect eaters could be extinct by 2080, but new research indicates it could be far worse.

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Bye-Bye Birdie? Many colorful Hawaiian honeycreepers are, like this Apapane, already rare due to habitat destruction, are facing extinction as a warming climate lets malaria-carrying mosquitoes into the only habitat they have left. Source http://www.mauiforestbirds.org

OO Endemic Hawaiian Birds Are About To Go Extinct
Because Of Climate Change
as mosquitoes threaten honeycreepers with disease — and warming temperatures let the pests reach the birds’ habitat, suggests a new study.

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OCEANIC SLOWDOWN POSSIBLE

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Slowing An Ocean, Changing the World as melting glaciers add fresh to salt water. Credit Mariusz Kluzniak at flickr

OO Danger: How Climate Change Could Jam The World’s Ocean Circulation – Takeaways:

  • The Atlantic current is part of the global oceanic conveyor belt;
  • It shuttles warmth to Europe.
  • It has weakened up to 30% since 2004;
  • Further weakening could chill Europe dramatically,
  • As the recent past shows.

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Not As Farfetched As It Looks – as global warming ultimately rises sea levels and slows oceanic currents, it could dramatically chill the North Atlantic, plausibly creating such a scene from the movie, “Day After Tomorrow”, although not as quickly as it happens in the film. Source wordpress.com

When the Atlantic current slows, it has major impacts:

  • The entire Northern Hemisphere cools;
  • Indian and Asian monsoon areas dry up;
  • North Atlantic storms intensify;
  • Less ocean mixing results in less plankton and other life in the sea.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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@@ VIDEO: Jerry Brown Signs Major Climate Bill:
‘This is big, and I hope it sends a message across the country.’
– he held California out as a beacon for the nation on efforts to reduce climate change, signing into law recently a sweeping expansion of California’s greenhouse gas emission standards.

OO California Becomes A Global Laboratory In Fight Against Climate Change– The state already has:

  • been ramping up solar power generation,
  • handing out subsidies for drivers to buy electric cars
  • prodding developers to create denser communities connected to mass transit.

OO Renewables, Imports Replace Natural Gas In California Energy Mix – natural gas use went down 20% this summer.

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OO The US Deployed 40+MW Of Energy Storage In Q2 2016
On Pace For Another Historic Year

OO EU Hits Energy Reduction Target Six Years Early – slashing its energy consumption and cutting greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to switching off about 400 power stations.

OO Global Coal Power Plans Fall In 2016, Led By China And India -driven by oversupply, and efforts to promote clean energy.

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OO One New Wind Turbine Built Every Day Across Scotland with a current total of 3,400 onshore turbines – and growing.

OO Think Wind Power Is Cheap Now? Wait Until 2030 – onshore and offshore cost reductions will be significant, say surveyed experts.

OO Kenya To Install 23 Solar Mini-Grids To Power Its Remote North

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Going Volcanic on Geothermal – Costa Rica extracts geothermal energy from several of its volcanoes, including Rincon de la Vieja, which forms part of the larger “Pacific Rim of Fire.” Source volcano.si.edu

OO Costa Rica Has Gone 76 Straight Days Using 100% Renewable Electricitymostly hydropower and geothermal.

OO Morocco To Give 600 Mosques A Green Makeover by March 2019 in a national consciousness-raising initiative that aims to speed the country’s journey to clean energy.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Blame Global Warming For Your Bad Attitude – Climate change is making us angry and may cause more assaults, murders, and even poor math grades for your kids. It also:

  • Raised the risk of conflict in Africa by 11% since 1980;
  • Causes heat that fuels hot tempers;
  • Slows economic growth by .25% annually.

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  • Disrupts human reproduction (“Not tonight, honey — I’m too hot!”)
  • Raises post-storm infant mortality;

It also threatens plants and animals vital to our survival.

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Seriously, It Will Get A Lot Worse – as turbulence on flights increase due to climate change. Always wear your seat belt. Source http://www.digitaltrends.com

OO Fasten Your Seat Belt – Turbulence Is On The Rise As climate change creates more extreme shifts in wind and pressure on flights; the number of injuries from inflight turbulence is also rising.

OO New Threat: Ice Avalanches From Melting Glaciers – as a recent catastrophic avalanche in Tibet showed, this could be an expanding threat to montane communities worldwide living downstream from melting glaciers.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO Use Solar And Wind To Rid The U.S. Of Fossil Fuel says Columbia Business School economist Geoffrey Heal in a recent working paper, to meet an 80% reduction of 2005 levels by 2050.

His price tag, $1+ – 5+ Trillion, is too low, since it only accounts for the 30% of US emissions created when generating electricity, says Marc Jacobson, a Stanford University clean energy policy expert.

When Marc modifies the analysis to reduce a larger chunk of US emissions, its results encompass Jacobson’s own central estimate: $14.6 Trillion.

Why is the answer so critical? Two Harvard economists extensively researched the possibility of a catastrophic climate finale to our civilization in 2015, and estimate a 10% chance of it happening now – and increasing over time.

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Another Energy Storage Venue – is taking advantage of how much electric vehicles can store. Source NREL at energy.gov

OO California Proposes No Fossil Fuels Backups For Demand Responsethere, and a far larger role for third parties, such as smart thermostats, electric vehicle energy sources, and more, says a new public utility commission plan.

OO California Nears Adoption Of Energy-Saving Rules For Computers and monitors, gadgets that make up 3% of home electric bills and 7%of commercial power costs in the state. Every little bit counts!

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A Future Power Plant – smart thermostats can cut enough energy demand to replace aging plants with higher efficiency.

OO A 50,000-Home Virtual Power Plant planned by Nest could ultimately replace a utility in southern California, using smart thermostats that automatically power down to reduce peak loads when needed.

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OO Tackling Food Waste As A Way To Save The Climate, Too –
Recycle Food
– the staggering amount of food that’s wasted into livestock feed – is increasingly being seen as a tool in the U.S. effort against climate change.

OO Hybrid Solar And Wind Systems Attract Turbine Makers In India to provide a reliable and cost-effective power supply.

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OO An Ocean Of Threats Must Be Tackled To Protect The World’s ‘Blue Economy’, US undersecretary says. Takeaways:

  • 1 in 6 US jobs are connected to the marine environment;
  • Only a third of US oceans are protected.

Humans are greatly stressing oceans via:

  • Warming from global warming;
  • Ocean acidification from rising CO2 levels;
  • Dead zones from agricultural runoff;
  • Pollution from plastics, industrial activities, and more;
  • Overfishing;
  • Destruction of habitats by humans.

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Credit Rick Loomis at the Los Angeles Times

Solutions involve:

  • Tackling illegal fishing;
  • Developing sustainable fishing policies;
  • Creating more efficient fertilization methods;
  • Developing truly biodegradable plastics;

Oh, yes – and tackle climate change.

OO It’s Too Late To Save Glaciers, But Pieces Are Being Saved in an Antarctic vault by concerned scientists to retain some of their important paleoclimate data. Such data help scientists predict how climate change will affect our planet.

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Creating Green Gold when the real stuff is gone, this old Aussie mine will be used to create a solar storage facility, by pumping water to be stored in the higher crater until needed to create power. Source http://www.mining.com

OO Australia: An Old Gold Mine Will Be Converted
Into A Large Solar Storage System
– to be integrated with a large, 50 MW solar power farm, a world first.

A pair of high and low craters will be used to create a PHES, a pumped hydroelectric energy storage system*, the most affordable and popular industrial scale system used worldwide today to store solar and wind energy until needed.

*Energy pumps water to the high crater; water drives turbines to generate electricity when it is released into the low crater.

OO How New York Grocery Stores Plan To Use Ice Batteries – storing energy to make ice during off-peak hours at night, saving money as it shifts peak load for stressed utilities – and using more efficient salt water ice tanks to keep things cool.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Black Death, Not Gold poisons a community water supply from a recent oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit Barbara Fraser at mongabay.com

OO Negotiations And Protests Ongoing In Wake Of Oil Spills
In Peruvian Amazon

OO Shell Begins Production At World’s Deepest Underwater Oilfield Almost 2 Miles beneath the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico. What could possibly go wrong … again?

OO Australia’s “Fair Share” Of Global Carbon Budget To Be Exhausted In Six Years if the more-ambitious global warming goals agreed to at the paris climate summit is to be met, says a respected european think-tank.

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Credit Prakash Singh At Getting Images

OO India: The Hidden Cost Of Death Is In The Air as the latest work bank report reveals that the cost of combating air pollution is much less than the economic loss due to loss of workdays.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO Conservative Media Bias Is Inflating American Climate Denial And Polarization shows a new study which finds political polarization on climate change is growing in the US.

OO US Companies Tout Climate Policies, Fund Climate Skeptics shows a review of public records.

OO Why Is USA Today Willingly Confusing Its Readers About Climate Change? Presenting both sides of thought on an issue is valid, but not when one side includes factual inaccuracies.

OO Temperatures Rise, And We’re Cooked – One of Donald Trump’s 100 wackiest ideas is that climate change is a hoax fabricated by China to harm America.

OO Big U.S. Networks Ignore Epic Native Protest For Months, but coverage is finally picking up.

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WHERE GREEN IS AN ELECTION ISSUE

OO 15 House Races Where Green Issues Are Prominent

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO America Has Seen 11 Consecutive Quarters With 1+ Gigawatt Of Solar PV Installed

OO $300 Million For Solar-Plus-Storage Financing Becomes Available Loans and leases will be available in 17 states.

OO India Wants To Build 10 Gigawatts Of Pumped Hydro Storage To Support Solar as PV capacity soars.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 21, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California. A new study shows how this drought could continue – for centuries, based on recent prehistory.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Environmental Sin, Clean Jobs Zoom, and More!

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

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It’s Pretty Black and White: Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazon treehopper and its child, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Credit Mario Tama at Getty Images

OO More Diversity Helps Amazon Forests adapt to climate change a new study indicates – BUT overall adaptation remains low – there is low recovery in most scenarios.

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Cutting Down A Rainforest Stops The Rain – and ultimately has caused drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and elsewhere. Source Greenpeace

OO Watersheds Lost Up To 22% Of Their Forests In 14 Years –
Here’s How It Affects Your Water Supply
– Forest degradation has caused:

  • Drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil:
  • Flooding in the Himalayas;
  • Pollution in Sumatra.

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Credit jarO at flickr

Because upstream forests, wetlands and other “natural infrastructure” play critical roles in:

  • supplying clean water downstream;
  • stabilizing soil, reducing erosion;
  • regulating water flow to mitigate floods and droughts;
  • purifying water.

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OO Burning Paradise: Conglomerate Accused Of Destroying Indonesia’s Last Forests – one of Indonesia’s few remaining expanses of pristine rainforest is at imminent risk of destruction by Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, says a new report.

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The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship if climate change doesn’t spoil the fungal communication between these two infant trees, imbedded in the furry fungal networks surrounding their roots. Source http://www.nature.com

OO Clearcutting, Climate Change Can Disrupt
Critical Networks Among Forest Trees
– trees use a network of soil fungi to communicate their needs and aid neighboring plants. A network vulnerable to disruption. Among trees, these fungal networks:

  • transfer resources;
  • provide aid when needed;
  • communicate environmental dangers;
  • allow searches for kin trees;
  • enable dying trees to transfer resources to healthy ones.

Soil fungi are underground traders, exploring and harvesting nutrients and water that they trade with plants for sugar or other photosynthetic products.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Hottest Temperature Ever Measured In September For Europe – with a record high of 114.3 F in Spain, and amazingly hot Kuwait recently clocked in at 124.2 F, which would be the second hottest September temperature ever recorded worldwide.

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CONNECTING THE DOTS

@@ Weather, or Climate Change? An excellent short on the intersection of climate change with the weather, from the best experts in the field today.

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Follow the Dotted Line … go to the webpage for the full sequence, a looong timeline scroll. Credit xkcd.com (Randall Munroe)

Love how the comment “[After setting your car on fire], Listen, your car’s temperature has changed before.” follows my cursor as it explores the timeline. And then comes the very real punchline:

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@@ A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature – love it, love it, LOVE IT! Gives you a great sense of where we’ve been, and headed, temperature-wise, touched with humor along the way.

If you’re a stickler for prehistory and nitty gritty analytical details, you might get miffed, but he’s nailed the general picture. No room for the entire scroll here, so check it out!

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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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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Smoke Signals: Teasing Out Adverse Health Effects Of Wildfire Emissionsthat can include a range of smoky harmful pollutants.

OO New York City: Flooding Of Coast, Caused By Global Warming, Has Already Begun – huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

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OO Connecticut Fishermen Struggle To Hang On – As climate changes, so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them.

OO Africa: Climate Change Threatens
To Double Malaria Risk From Dams
say researchers.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Her Land, Her Future

OO North Dakota Oil Pipeline Protesters Stand Their Ground:
‘This Is Sacred Land’
– it could also endanger community drinking water.

Related Headline:

OO Dakota Pipeline Was Approved By Army Corps
Over Objections Of 3 Fed Agencies
including the EPA, which echoed Sioux tribe’s concerns.

OO Insurers Call On Top 20 Global Economies
To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2020
– at the recent G20 meeting. The insurers have $1.2 trillion under management.

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OO Pope Francis Says Destroying The Environment Is A Sin – He:

  • calls for urgent action to stop climate change;
  • proposes that caring for the environment be added to traditional Christian works of mercy.*

*such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick.

Related Headline:

OO Pope Urges Christians To Save Planet From ‘Debris, Desolation And Filth’with concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change. Consumerism and financial greed, he said, were threatening the planet. How about too many people?

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO How Three-Day Weekends Could Help To Save The World By:

  • Reducing levels of energy consumption,
  • Due to commuting and workplace maintenance.
  • This has been demonstrated in Utah.
  • It also improves mental and physical health,
  • And is demonstrated to improve productivity.

OO Baltimore, MD: Green Jobs Helping Ex-Cons Turn Over A New Leaf – the city is quietly hiring formerly incarcerated men to work on environmental restoration projects.

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OO Experts Call For A Unified National Conservation Network say agency scientists and conservation leaders.

OO Nature Conservancy Touts Conserving Ecosystems As Best Climate Change Solution says the director of carbon finance with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

BUT…

OO Protected Areas – Effective Conservation Tools, But Useless Against Rising Temperatures – while great for curbing deforestation and preserving Earth’s biodiversity, how much will heating limit their effectiveness?

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Green Grow The Drones – a new aid to reforestation. Credit DroneSeed

OO Tree-Planting Robots Could Save Northwest Forests – an Oregon startup is developing drones for planting, caretaking and monitoring trees on a large scale.

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OO After The Flood: Feds Should Support Mitigation, Not Rebuilding – the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, insuring 5+ million homes, is $23 billion in debt after a string of natural disasters this century. Analysts say it is time to shift from rebuilding to mitigating risk.

OO Maryland Fines Coal Power Plants $1 Million For Polluting Rivers – one of the largest penalties state environmental regulators have levied in years.

OO Australia: Big Sydney Project Aims To Recycle More Water Than It Uses – As rainfall drops, the Australian government is releasing billions of dollars to help fund building the water infrastructure required.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Montana: Fish Deaths In Yellowstone River Tied To Warming Waters – as parasite that is killing tens of thousands of fish is blamed on low stream flow and warming waters, both impacts of climate change in the West.

OO Melting Antarctic Sea Ice
Might Speed Sea Level Rise, Disrupt Fisheries
as the melt water decreases saltiness, which can create currents that speed up melt and suppress the deep sea mixing vital to supplying nutrients to important ecosystems and fisheries.

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Feeling Feverish Yet? Ticks can carry some pretty serious diseases.

OO Alaska: Exotic Ticks Appear To Be Establishing Themselves

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Solar Is Powering a Job Revolution – creating 1 out of every 80 US jobs since the Great Recession. Photo Source http://www.solsystems.com

OO US Clean Energy Jobs Are Exploding:
Why Don’t Mainstream Reporters Know?
Some are still pushing a false narrative on this. For the record:

  • solar industry creates 1 out of every 80 new US jobs since 2008;
  • most of these new, blue collar, solar jobs pay an average21/hr;

The solar industry has:

  • hired more veterans than anyone else;
  • retrained coal workers;
  • provided a soft landing for unemployed oil and gas workers;
  • almost all are trained within 6 months, because their skills are transferrable.
  • Wind technician is the fastest growing US job;
  • Solar & wind manufacturing arms employ 10,000s of US jobs – and are expanding rapidly.

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Credit Dennis Schroeder, NREL

OO Iowa: New $3.6 Billion Project Could Be One Of Many ‘Mega’ Wind Orders– MidAmerican Energy will leverage federal incentives to build 2 gigawatts of wind power by 2019. Others may follow suit.

OO Which State Is A Big Renewable Energy Pioneer? Texas – it has added more wind-based capacity than any other, as part of an aggressive energy diversification that seeks to skirt ideology.

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

OO We’ve Only Just Begun: More Climate Fights Are Coming – the Paris climate agreement is likely to start this year, but is clearly inadequate. What else is cooking? Takeaways:

Fossil fuel subsidies:

  • Cost global economy160 Million to5+ Trillion, depending on definition;
  • The “inefficient” ones will be eliminated by the top 7 global economies by 2025;
  • Maybe not the top 20 economies, but several African countries and India have stopped federal subsidies.

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The US election:

  • Tougher CO2 targets need a Clinton win;
  • This could spur other countries to further action.

There’s also some movement to:

  • Regulate aviation emissions;
  • Cut back on super climate changing HFC coolant emissions;
  • Increase the flow of wealth from rich to poorer nations.
  • A funded International Solar Alliance to spread solar power now exists.
  • A High Level Panel on Water is working to assure universal access to clean water.

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OO 3,500+ UK Churches Now Put Their Faith In Green Energy – rejecting fossil fuels and embracing the power of green energy.

OO The Eastern US Could Get A Third Of Its Power From Renewables Within 10 Years Theoretically. The political, social, and institutional changes are more difficult than the technological challenge.

OO The Eastern US Grid Can Handle A 30% Penetration Of Wind, Solar Power

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OO France: Energy Giant Leads $20 Million Investment
In Off-Grid Solar Startup
for expansion in Africa. Energy giants are diversifying into distributed energy in developing markets.

OO Sweden Diverts 99 % Of Its Waste From Landfills – already leading environmentally with its electric roads and 100% fossil fuel-free by 2050 plan, it also:

  • recycles much of its waste;
  • generates electricity from about 50% of the country’s garbage.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Coming Up Dry?

OO Oil Discoveries At 70-Year Low Signal Supply Shortfall Ahead – with 2015 explorers discovering only 10% as much oil as they have annually on average since 1960. This year, they’ll probably find even less.

Daily Climate Editor Pete Myers: “Cheap fossil fuels have driven GDP growth for two centuries. The trend reported here does not bode well for continued growth.”

OO Biofuels Could Be Bad For Bees research says, as more and more fields of corn and soybean are planted, which beekeepers prefer to avoid.

OO As Coal Companies Go Bankrupt, Who Will Pay To Clean Up Their Old Mines?
Good question – likely taxpayers, in many cases.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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The Clean Energy President Credit AP photo, Julie Jacobson

OO Obama Legacy:
Quiet But Big Changes In Energy, Pollution
– with a quiet US transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth.

OO Climate Change Looms Large In Obama’s Final Trip To Asia

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

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OO US Vets Find A Home In The Solar Industry which employs them at above average rates, and are expected to grow in the overall solar workforce.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sept 14, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California. Meanwhile, Spetember heat records were broken in Europe, and the Mideast got very hot.

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: It Started 200 Years Ago, A Lit Fuse, and More!

 

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this little clown grasshopper from India, is another reason to conserve forests. Credit Lalie Sorbet on Flickr

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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A Growing Indian Population Is Eating Its Forests converting them into croplands, and altering climate. Source BMC Ecology at Flickr

OO Deforestation Reducing Monsoon Rainfall In India: New Study Takeaways:

  • Large scale conversion of forests to croplands
  • Reduces evaporation of water from land to sky:
  • Crops have fewer leaves and shallower roots than forest plants,
  • thus much less water gets moved through them from earth to sky.
  • Winds circulate internally there, thus
  • Up to 25% of the north’s late monsoons depend on this
  • Evapotranspiration, which fuels the recycled precipitation.
  • In the south, where monsoons are fueled by evaporation
  • Off the Arabian Sea, deforestation affects monsoons little.

OO World’s Watersheds Lost 6 % Of Their Forests In 14 Years – shows a new analysis of satellite data, endangering water security.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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GOING DOWN….

@@ Next Floor – a short powerful film, allegorical for where our world is unsustainably headed, due to our shortsighted greed. Climate change is just a symptom of our unsustainable lifestyle.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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

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HOT NEWS

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Credit Glenn Campbell

OO Small Warming Increase Means
Far More Extreme Events, Disasters
than previously thought, says a new analysis, when the increase is between 1.5-2.0 degrees C of warming.

The upper end of current climate extremes would be “the new normal” at 1.5 degrees warming – which could be just 10 to 20 years away under the current trajectory.

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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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CLIMATE CHANGE HISTORY

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OO Man-Made Warming Started Almost 200 Years Ago says a new study. Takeaways:

  • Fueled by the Industrial Revolution, begun in 1750,
  • Which created a surge in burning coal,
  • the first signs of warming showing up around 1830,
  • in oceanic temperatures of the tropics and Arctic.

“Our findings show that the climate can respond very quickly to changes in greenhouse gases,” said the lead study author.

And that goes for cutting them, too – if we started cutting dramatically tomorrow, you’d start seeing signs within a year.

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MELTDOWN

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As The Permafrost Melts the landscape becomes one of meltwater lakes.

OO ‘It’s A Lit Fuse:’ Widespread Release
Of Ancient Carbon From Melting Arctic Permafrost
has been measured and confirmed. Takeaways:

These releases of climate changing greenhouse gases
could trigger a self-reinforcing cycle of accelerating climate change:
gases spur further global warming, which spur further release of gases.
There are vast amounts of carbon stored in the permafrost.

“It’s a lit fuse, but the length of that fuse is very long,” said the lead study author.

“According to the model projections, we’re getting ready for the part where it starts to explode. But it hasn’t happened yet.”

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO China, US To Ratify Landmark Paris Climate Deal Ahead Of G20 Summitsources reveal. The move may tip momentum and bring accord into force globally sooner.

OO California Assembly Approves Climate Change Law – a bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets, after an intense floor debate.


Related Headline:

OO California’s Emissions Goal Is A ‘Milestone’
On Climate Efforts: 40% Cut
– as lawmakers passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown promised to sign, bills requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 % below 1990 levels.

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California Dreamin’ Solar Source http://www.gogreensolar.com

OO More Electric Cars, More Solar Power Expected as California struggles to reach tough new climate standards; it’s already a world leader in developing environmental policies that address climate change.

OO As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn To Their Own Green Utility Sources – Apple recently received a federal designation for its renewable energy subsidiary, allowing it to become a wholesale seller of electricity.

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OO Iowa Utilities Board Approves Huge Wind Energy Project it says will be the nation’s largest wind energy project.

OO Wind Takes Center Stage In Vermont Governor’s Race where victory went to the candidate who favors industrial-scale wind development.

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CHINA: FLOODING, BLUE SKIES POLICY DRIVES OIL CUTS

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Beijing that is, on a sunny and smoggy day from the CNN Bureau. Source CNN

OO Dark Clouds Loom For Oil As China Chases Blue Skies For G-20 – China will cut oil use enough to affect the global market:

  • As a policy to literally clear the skies of pollution as it hosts a September G-20 meeting;
  • And as a result of recent extreme flooding in many provinces that disabled many oil pipelines.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Up In Flames as wildfires continue their rampage across the dry west. Credit Eugene Garcia, EPA

OO Dozens Of Wildfires Rage Across Arid US West and have blackened hundreds of square miles recently, as destructive blazes forced residents from homes in California and Washington state.

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So Cute, So Threatened, So Disappearing under climate change, as its alpine habitat literally becomes too hot for it.. Oh, and they have this cute, high-pitched squeak when alarmed.

OO Pika: The American ‘Fur Ball’ Being Threatened By A Warming Climate

OO The Saltmarsh Sparrow Is Creeping Dangerously Close To Extinction as rising seas and shrinking habitat are causing populations to plummet.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Climate Change Could Cost Millennials Trillions Of Dollars In Lifetime Income – 20s-30ish Americans could lose trillions of dollars in potential lifetime earnings as climate change disrupts the global economy and weakens U.S. productivity, says a new report.

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Going to Sleep With the Fishes? Nearly 1 in 5 Boston homes will be drowning by 2100, as sea levels rise. Source http://www.campionre.com

OO As Sea Levels Rise, Nearly 2 Million US Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100 says a recent research analysis published by Zillow.

Takeaways:

  • Florida tops the list with nearly 1,00,000 homes drowning;
  • New Jersey is next with nearly 200,000 homes lost;
  • All other states will lose 40,000-100,000 homes;
  • In Boston, nearly one in five homes could be at risk unless more protections are put in place.

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OO Climate Change To Increase Hay Fever – Millions more Britons could start to suffer from hay fever as a result of climate change, suggests a recent study..

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The Future: More of the Same as climate change continues, warn scientists.Credit Isaac Landov at http://www.wunderground.com

OO Flooding In The South Looks A Lot Like Climate Change and expect more floods, destruction and death, warn scientists and experts who say weather prediction models are now outdated.

OO Kansas City Area Hit By Floods After Three Days Of Downpour recently, forcing emergency services to conduct about 10 water rescues in Missouri’s largest city.

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The Source of Future Floods is the melting Baltero glacier, one of many in the Himalayas. Wikipedia

OO Pakistan Expands Glacier Monitoring In Effort To Cut Disaster Riskinvesting $8+ million to expand a network of glacier monitoring stations tracking the pace of glacial melt in its mountain ranges, to strengthen early warning systems and reduce the impact of flooding.

OO Hit By Climate Change, Central American Coffee Growers
Get A Taste For Cocoa
and plant it instead.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Repurposing Dirty Energy Rigs For Storing Clean Energy – one startup envisions using the empty underground space to store energy from clean power sources.Source http://www.oilandgasjobsadvice.com

OO A Texas Startup’s Big Energy Idea: Storing Clean Energy Underground – Takeaways:

  • Quidnet Energy wants to
  • Use clean renewable power to force water
  • into deep cracks that once held fossil fuels;
  • when released the water will shoot up to the surface
  • to power electric turbines.
  • This essentially stores the energy for when it is needed,
  • Making solar and wind energy more accessible for use.

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Colorado Solar Source costofsolar.com

OO Colorado Utility Compromises With Solar Owners For A Win-Win agreeing to pay solar owners higher rates for peak power, following deals in other states.

OO Colorado Governor To Ask For 35 % Cut In CO2 Pollution By 2030, saying climate change is hurting the state economy while the clean technology sector is helping it.

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Why Walkies? As more cities try to improve walkability worldwide, a new report outlines the reasons behind the shift, the actions that cities can take to create more walkable streets, and why walkability matters.

OO 50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets – The top five are that walking:

  • Helps people live longer;
  • Helps people lose weight;
  • Reduces the risk of chronic disease;
  • Makes people happier;
  • Improves traffic safety.

That’s enough for me already.

OO Australian Logistics Software Promises To Minimise Traffic And Emissions – delivery vehicles are major greenhouse gas emitters but new software reroutes trucks with real-time data and machine learning.

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SPEAKING OUT

@@ Dakota Pipeline Company Attacks
Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray
as they protested the pipeline’s construction. It would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude daily to Illinois.

The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada.

OO Environmentalists Fight Feds For Hiding
Climate Harm Of Public Lands Drilling In West

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Chad Myers Finally Gets The Message that humans cause climate change, something that a chemist predicted back in the 1890s, using basic physics principles — oh, and his brain.

OO Cnn Meteorologist Now Concludes Climate Change Is Caused By Humans
It was an evolution in understanding,
and personal amassing of more observations –

2010 was a record hot year, that,
absent climate change, should not have been.

This, and more, shattered the possibility of other causes,
leaving only the human factor.

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Source NOAA

Eventually, It’s The Human Factor that stands out as the only logical explanation for global warming.

“It’s OK to be wrong as long as you learn from your mistakes,” he says.

Yes, but will enough of us learn in enough time? The records continue to break.

OO Media Ignored Extreme Weather, Flooding In Louisiana – despite the epic flooding in Louisiana being the worst natural US disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, mainstream media failed to notice, initially.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Study Finds Biofuels Worse For Climate Than Gasoline – using a new approach to counter old arguments of biofuel benefits.

MEH: in a 2008 free, still available online book Cool The Earth, Save The Economyabout solving global warming, my husband and I had pointed out how biofuels could only make the situation worse.

Plants convert solar energy at an efficiency of 1-2%… compare that to the efficiency of wind turbines or solar panels… and plants take up a lot more space, on an increasingly crowded planet.

OO Natural Gas Leaks Make Natural Gas Dirtier – Scientists have traced a giant plume of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, over the Southwest’s Four Corners region to leaks from oil and natural gas fields.

OO US Govt Move Oil & Gas Lease Auctions Online In Effort To Stifle Opposition to nearly 24 million acres of leases in Gulf of Mexico that were auctioned recently amid protests from community activists and environmentalists.

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OO Study: Fracking Chemicals In Water Raise Fertility Risks New research suggests chemicals used in fracking and other gas and oil operations increase risk of miscarriages, reduced male fertility, prostate cancer, birth defects and preterm birth by disrupting hormones.

Surprise, surprise…

OO Living Near A Fracking Site Is Tied To Migraines, Fatigue – and is associated with increased rates of sinus problems, says new research.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO The Falling Costs Of US Solar Power, In 7 Charts – solar continues its steady march down the cost curve, as growth accelerates.

OO Indian Scientists Design Solar Tree To Save Space
For Solar Power Generation
– hoping to help overcome one of the key challenges the country faces in the generation of solar power.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sept 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Another Dangerous Pipeline, Solar Community Power Grows, and More!

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this south American treehopper, is another reason to preserve forests. Credit Robert Oelman

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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OO Amazon Is Burning At Near Record Level – the forest fires, coming on top of recent droughts – raise concerns that ‘we’re in a different regime.’

OO Climate Change Pledges Not Nearly Enough
To Save Tropical Ecosystems
– made by 178 nations, they won’t likely save tropical coral reefs and cloud forests, or prevent mass global extinctions. More is needed.

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If Only It Worked That Way… deforestation, whether through wildfires or human activities, cuts carbon storage. Credit Hilary Price

OO Gabon, Africa: Trading One Dirty Oil Addiction For Another – as the country starts allowing companies to destroy forests and replace them with palm oil plantations. Bad for the planet, and not good for an economy that needs to diversify… beyond oil.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Standing Up For Their Lives and millions of other Americans, the Sioux are protesting a pipeline that will enable far more climate change, and could poison their homeland. Source http://www.thegazette.com

OO Taking A Stand At Standing Rock Takeaways:

  • the US govt has fast tracked a 1,200 mile Bakken oil pipeline to Illinois
  • that will bore through the Missouri River, a drinking and irrigation source for millions,
  • and go through native American lands without their meaningful consent.

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Police Harassment challenges the protestors, who are subject to road blocks, police racial profiling stops and checkups, and more harassment. Source http://www.kfytrv.com

  • Farmers, ranchers and others stand with Native Sioux in pipeline opposition;
  • Thousands of Sioux are camped in protest along the river;
  • Enabling further climate change, this pipeline will affect all Americans.

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Riding to Act and set up a protest camp against the Dakota Access pipeline. Credit Waniya Locke

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota

Related Headline

OO ‘For As Long As It Takes’:
Native American Protesters Defy North Dakota Pipeline
construction, with hundreds of them and activists massing on the site where a $3.7bn pipeline is being constructed; 18 have been arrested so far.

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OO Law Professors Issue Takedown Of Decision Striking Fracking Rule – dozens of law professors banded together this week to assail a federal court’s recent decision striking down the Obama administration’s hydraulic fracturing rule.

OO Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Calls For Climate State Of Emergency pointing to California wildfires and Louisiana flooding in a push for a Green New Deal to address both environment and economy.

Too bad she doesn’t have the experience of working with Congress – or with any level of government – to make that a reality.

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The Green Promise of Jobs is one of many the clean energy transition is starting to deliver.

OO Clean Tech Leaders Put A Business-Friendly Spin On Climate Change Policies
to show that support for environmental regulations extends beyond tree huggers to people who sit in corner offices and to prevent skeptical lawmakers from dismissing climate policies as “anti-business.”

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HOT NEWS

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OO Earth’s Hottest Month On Record Was July 2016: NASA and the record-shattering warmth shows no signs of stopping.

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MELTDOWN

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OO Melting Planetary Thermal Shield Clearly Linked To Burning Fossil Fuels – historical data shows Arctic melt of last two decades is ‘unprecedented’ And since 1979 is ‘enormously outside the bounds of natural variability.’

This melting is clearly linked to humans burning fossil fuels, research shows.

OO ‘Next Year Or The Year After, The Arctic Will Be Free Of Ice’ – says scientist Peter Wadhams who believes the summer ice cover at the north pole is about to disappear, triggering even more rapid global warming.

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OO Peru: Melting Glaciers Pose Threat Beyond Water Scarcity: Floods – putting cities like Huaraz, located downslope from a melting glacier about 35 miles (55 kilometers) away, at risk from what scientists call a “glof” — glacial lake outburst flood.

Sound dangerous? It is.

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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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INTERNET ENERGY UPPING CLIMATE CHANGING EMISSIONS

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Having Fun Adding to Climate Change some pokemon go players help up climate changing emissions. Source http://www.quora.com

OO Internet Energy Ups Climate Change – new research warns, as growing reliance on smart technologies is leading to a rapid rise in internet electricity demand that will push up carbon dioxide emissions, since not enough of that power comes from clean renewables. Researchers call for limits on data transfer growth.

In the meantime, a new documentary probes the social and cognitive effects of screen time on children…

@@ Screenagers is a new documentary that probes the addictive nature of screentime for children, and how we can all address it. Interested? You can host a screening.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO Save The Animals, Save The Planet – species conservation helps lower carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, by saving their natural, carbon-storing habitats.

OO The Netherlands Could Be The First Country To Ban Gas, Diesel Vehicles if
Dutch politicians have their way.

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As Overpopulation Undercuts Our Future, How Many Kids Should We Have?

OO How Many Kids Should We Have
In The Age Of Climate Change?
especially when each new consuming US citizen will add far more climate change than the poor of other nations who will suffer much more from its impacts. Think ethics.

If we hope to ensure a safer future for all our children, the number is one or none, to bring human populations to sustainable, rather than suicidal, levels.

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OO A Unified, Long-Term Vision:
How To Build An Effective Political Climate Movement
– such a vision made the neoliberal movement into a political mainstay; it’s a lesson for the climate movement.

OO China Turns To Free Markets To Tame Fossil-Fuel Pollution:
Cap And Trade Pollution

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A Small, Green, Clean Village that has substantially cut its climate changing emissions. Credit Elizabeth Dalziel for the New York Times

OO English Village Becomes Climate Leader In Cutting Community Emissions – the 1,000 or so residents of Ashton Hayes cut emissions 24% in a decade by adopting clean energy traditions, from clotheslines to solar panels. Now hundreds of other villages worldwide are coming to find out how they did it.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO ‘A Changing Climate Is And Will Continue To Put People Out Of Their Homes’ – says a CA official, as 82,000 were ordered to evacuate their homes recently in the path of an explosive wildfire that “hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” as one fire official said, and surged across 30,000 acres.

OO Study: California’s Wildfire Season And Air Quality To Get Worse – because the amount of air pollution from wildfires in the Western U.S. is expected to rise as more fires ignite because of climate change.

OO Eroding Alaskan Island Village Votes To Relocate To Mainland – as rising seas and worsening storms under continued climate change eat away at their land.

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Getting Wetter All The Time heavy precipitation has increased throughout the US over the past few decades. Source 2014 National Climate Assessment

OO Climate Change Worsening The Risk Of Extreme Flooding In Louisiana
– And Worldwide
Takeaways:

  • As the atmosphere warms, it absorbs more water vapor;
  • When it rains, more water comes down;
  • Heavy precipitation has increased throughout the US

Given the reality of climate change, “it is not a question as to whether it is playing a role but what that role is,” wrote NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth and colleagues in a 2015 scientific paper.

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“Louisiana is always at risk of floods, naturally, but climate change is exacerbating that risk, weighting the dice against us. How long will it be until we finally recognize that the dice are loaded?” asks climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe.

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OO As Louisiana Floodwaters Recede, The Scope Of Disaster Comes Into View – with 11 people dead, and about 30,000 people rescued. Now will come the devastation and mold in its wake.

OO Search For Living, Dead: Louisiana Fights Back From Flooding with search parties looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding that in some cases sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

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OO Climate Change Will Redraw Louisiana’s Flood Maps – FEMA creates flood risk maps that delineate areas with a certain likelihood of being flooded every year – but aren’t updating them as fast as climate change is changing them.

OO Louisiana’s Sinking Coast Is A $100 Billion Nightmare For Big Oil
The state can’t pay, so someone has to. And the water keeps rising.

OO Louisiana Flood: Worst US Disaster Since Hurricane Sandy Red Cross says.

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OO Connecting The Dots On 2016’s Extreme Summer Weather And Global Warming
“Whether it’s the multitude of thousand-year flooding events
we’ve seen over the past year,
the massive wildfires,
the strongest hurricanes in both hemispheres, etc.,
we are now dealing with the impacts of climate change
on a daily basis,”

says climate scientist Michael Mann.

OO Sewage Floods Likely To Rise as systems in many cities, stressed by age and growing populations, will spew more raw refuse into the streets during heavy rains.

OO Insurers Lag In Preparing For Climate Change – recent studies show the insurance industry still faces a lot of uncertainty in how it will address climate change.

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Bye-Bye Dungeness Crab Dinners?

OO Uncharted Waters: An Uncertain Future For Dungeness Crabs
On U.S. West Coast
– and for those who fish it; the fishery is one of the most valuable on the west coast, worth nearly $170 million in 2014.

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“Was That A Mosquito I Just Saw?” Source http://www.loesunshine.com

OO CDC Issues Zika Travel Warning For Miami Beach after mayor says “no Zika outbreak” there. Climate change favors the spread of zika carrying mosquitoes.

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OO India Walls Off Bengali Climate Refugees – both present and future ones with a new fence along its border.

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Bigger, Better, Cheaper: Wind Power Is Flourishing In The US

OO White House Sets New Fuel-Efficiency Standards for large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles, the latest in a series of efforts aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions and weaning the nation from its dependence on fossil fuels.

OO US Coal Regulator Boosts Campaign To Fix ‘Outdated’ Cleanup Rules with plans to toughen “out-of-date” rules for guaranteeing mine cleanups.

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OO A Big Oil Company Seriously Commits To Clean Energy – France’s Total expects part of its new growth will come from having 20% of its assets in renewables by 2035. Meanwhile, other big oil companies have divested their portfolios of renewable, confident of rising oil demand.

Let’s disappoint them!

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Ocean Slime Spreading Quickly Across The Earth – spurred by warming oceans and more nutrient runoff from more fertilizers and wastewater fueled by massive human population growth.

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Bye-Bye Beauty? Rare wildflowers, like this highland saxifrage, are disappearing as climate change makes it too hot for them to survive. Credit Kim Hansen, Wikimedia Commons

OO Rare Plants Vanishing As Climate Change Hits Scottish Peaks – disappearing at an “alarming rate” and face possible extinction, says new research for the country’s leading conservation charity.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

“Maybe that’s why the American Petroleum Institute logo looks like it’s being impaled by a polar bear’s dick,” explains a sunny actress in John Oliver’s response to API plagiarizing his show’s style. Warning: some offensive language.

OO John Oliver To Oil Lobby: You Bozos Picked The Wrong Man To Plagiarize – the American Petroleum Institute aired a commercial during the Rio Olympics that essentially carbon-copied the opening credit sequence of Oliver’s show. Oliver shot back with one of his own.

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Natural Gas, the New Coal, Adds to Climate Change emitting the same global warming emissions that other fossil fuels do, both in its burning, as this plant shows, and in its production.Source ansnuclearcafe.org

OO CO2 Emissions From Burning Natural Gas, The “New Coal,” Will Surpass Coal In 2016for the first time since 1972, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

OO In US Methane Hot Spot, Researchers Pinpoint Sources Of 250 Leaks across the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, using airborne sensors.

OO Big Coal Sticks US Taxpayers With Cleanup, As Its Execs Get Bonuses – bankrupt Peabody Energy coal company got US court approval for 3 states to help cover $1+ Billion in cleanup costs, and for a bonus plan for its top executives.

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Source PriceWaterhouseCoopers

OO China: Peaked On Coal,
But Not Enough To Stay Within Safe Warming Limits
– as the coal plants planned there and elsewhere in the world will easily push us past a 2 C warming limit, into ever more dangerous climate change.

OO Coal Burning Causes The Most Air Pollution Deaths In China study finds – about
366,000 premature deaths in the country in 2013, Chinese and American researchers concluded.

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Burn, Baby, Burn the pipeline is the motto for angry victims of Big Oil’s unregulated pollution in Nigeria. Source news.yahoo.com

OO Nigeria: Big Oil Created Hellish Pollution – Now Angry Victims Cut Oil Output – oil companies and even Nigerian officials are losing faith that national production will be restored via a deal with angry victims turned avenging militants.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO Hillary Clinton Picks TPP And Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO Donald Trump’s Lack Of Respect For Science Is Alarming – the U.S. presidential election shows how far the political conversation has degenerated from the nation’s founding principles of truth and evidence.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO It’s The Dawn Of The Community Solar Farm – increasingly consumers are buying into community solar farms that allow renters and apartment dwellers to access renewable energy produced on neighborhood plots that can be small enough to host a little league baseball game.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 30, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California. Extreme weather this summer, manifested in new heat records, extreme rainfall and flooding, and near-record levels of wildfires, has been predicted and expected under continuing climate change. And it will get worse.

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 resourceshere.

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 detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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

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

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

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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

Takeaways:

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

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

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

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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VISUALIZE GLOBAL WARMING…

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

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

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GOOD IDEAS

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Credit Randy Scott Slavin

How Much More Space Is There For US?

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

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

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An eco village in Amsterdam. Source EFFEKT at ReGen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit Vadim Ghirda at AP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Justice Is Calling

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

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

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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

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CLIMATE CHANGE COSTS

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Wikimedia Commons

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

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

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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

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

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

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MELTDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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

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

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

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SPEAKING OUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO European Offshore Wind Investment Hits €14 Billion In 2016

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

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

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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

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

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

Related Headlines:

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

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

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

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

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Spanish Eagle Patrol Salutes Solar Plane Source Solar Impulse

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

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

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

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OO Minnesota: ‘Value of Solar’ Gains Another Foothold

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

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

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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

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

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

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

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

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

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Headlines:

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

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

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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MELTDOWN

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

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

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

OO Climate Change Threatens Japan’s Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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

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GOOD IDEAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OO Rhode Island To Have First Us Offshore Wind Farm

OO US Tribes Work With Scientists Against Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

OO Seoul To Limit Old Diesel Vehicles To Fight Air Pollution

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

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FUNNIES

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

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

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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

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

Related Headline:

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

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

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

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

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

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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CORAL CATASTROPHE CONTINUES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPEAKING OUT

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Source cetology.org

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

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

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

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: Siberia Exploding, Too Hot to Work, LED Job Surge, and More!

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

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

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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

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

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

MEH: The above argument is greatly flawed:

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

Humanity is crashing through its global limits.

FORESTS ARE BURNING UP

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

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

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

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Source siberiantimes.com

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

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

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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

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

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

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

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

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GOING, GOING…

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

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

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

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Asia Deforests Source ulet ifan at flipboard.com

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

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

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

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

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

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HOT NEWS

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

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

Related Headlines:

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

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

“Heat waves are getting more frequent and stronger.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MELTDOWN

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

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

Siberia: Scientists Discover Unusual Methane Bubbles Underground

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

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

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

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

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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

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

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

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

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OO Solarcity Raises $345 Million To Fund New Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OH-OH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPEAKING OUT

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

OO France And UN Press For Ratification Of Climate Agreement

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As if life weren’t exciting enough already…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

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

WASTE MAKES CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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

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Credit S. Brandlin at Deutsche Welle

Strategies include:

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

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

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

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATER, MORE AND LESS

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

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

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

OO Devastating Droughts Continue As El Niño Subsides

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

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Donar at politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com

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

OO Republican Platform Rejects Paris Climate Agreement,
Climate Regulations

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

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

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

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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GOOD IDEAS

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Source Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Google Data Center Source Google/Rex

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

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

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

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Zipping Around In a Borrowed Car helps reduce pollution.

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

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

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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

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

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Increased Asthma Attacks Tied To Exposure To Natural Gas Production

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

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

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Credit Joel Pett

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

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

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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