Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those other solution avenues are:

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: Coral Collapse Presages Our Own, Fascinating Facts, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Hickory Horned Devil that occurs in US Forests, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.buzzle.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

An Increasing Rarity – Beautiful Southern Forests Source mybeautifuladventures.com

OO Aggressive Forest Protection Needed To Meet US Climate Goals Takeaways:

  • critical to meet climate goals, US forest protection is not a US climate priority;
  • some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a climate change solution;
  • Forest disturbance from logging in the Southern U.S. occurs at four times the rate that it does in the rainforests of South America,
  • reducing the ability of US forests to act as carbon sinks by at least 35 %.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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REQUIEM FOR A REEF

@@ Climate Change Is Killing The Great Barrier Reef – Takeaways:

Coral reefs are bleaching and dying worldwide due to warming oceans:

  • 90% of coral nutrition comes from algae living within them;
  • As corals heat, the algae photosynthesize faster,
  • And produce a toxin, ultimately forcing corals to expel them.
  • Deprived of colorful algae, corals turn white and starts starving.
  • Once dead, corals are rapidly covered with brown algae.

Seascapes of Bleached Coral are spectres of mass starvation.

  • Under current conditions, these “undersea rainforests” will disappear forever within 10-30 years.
  • Once these reefs are gone, we lose permanently an important source of:
  • Food for over half a billion people,
  • coastal protection from storms and erosion,
  • and biodiversity.

We know human activities are fueling global warming, but are failing to act.

Ultimately, this story is our failure of intelligence and morality. Like bacteria, we are:

  • Reproducing without recognizing our resource constraints,
  • Using those resources wantonly,
  • And in doing so, ensuring the collapse of our populations
  • – as surely as bacterial populations collapse in a lab dish.

A Slice of Incredible Coral Reef Life is revealed under ultraviolet lighting, exposing the truly wild colors of corals – just the tip of the beautiful berg of life we are losing as coral reefs are destroyed by climate change. Credit Jourday at reefbuilders.com

OO Scientists Race Desperately To Prevent Wipeout Of World’s Corals,

Shocked By Humanity’s Stupidity – Takeaways:

  • About 50% of the world’s corals have already died.
  • Scientists are trying to breed some heat resistant corals,
  • And “recondition” corals to tolerate new levels of heat.
  • Even so, scientists expect 90+% of the world corals to die by 2050,
  • With little hope of saving more than a small fraction of them.

“You couldn’t be more dumb … to erode the very thing that life depends on — the ecosystem — and hope that you’ll get away with it,”— Biologist and Global Change Institute Director, University of Queensland Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Colorful Soft Corals Also Are Part of Reefs – this is likely a Caribbean reef. Probable Credit: Mika Specta

Coral reefs:

  • Provide habitat for a quarter of all marine species;
  • Form crucial coastal storm barriers;
  • provide billions of dollars in revenue from tourism, fishing and other commerce,
  • reef species are used to produce cures to diseases ranging from bacterial and viral to cancer.

“Whether you’re living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned” added Hoegh-Guldberg.

An Acid Future For Our Oceans is developing, as more CO2 is absorbed acidifying the seawater, as the past and projected rises in acidity above show. Source Tobias Friedrich, University of Hawaii

OO Half Of World’s Oceans To Face Multiple ‘Climate Stressors’ By 2030 study warns. Takeaways:

  • Stresses will alter them in a number of ways,
  • Seriously harming plants and animals, from plankton to whales.
  • Oceans are vital to human existence.

A Future Without Fish Awaits Us Source www.alimorrowprojects.com

By 2050, 85+ % of the oceans will be similarly stressed:

  • Vital nutrient mixing in the layers will decrease, starving food chains.
  • Vital oxygen will keep decreasing, as waters warm more.
  • Increasing seawater levels of CO2 will acidify waters,
  • Greatly impairing shellfish and fish to build skeletons.

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WHY FACTS DON’T ALWAYS MATTER

OO Fact: Humans Caused 100% Of The Past Century’s Global Warming show overwhelming evidence, and supported by 97% of all scientists. Yet, only 48% of US adults believe humans cause it, while only 40% believe it will harm wildlife, weather patterns, or shorelines.

OO Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds sometimes. [MH: I change my mind with facts, and so do others.. Let’s grow this “revolution”!] New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. Takeaways:

  • Reason developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.
  • “Confirmation Bias” — the tendency to embrace information that supports one’s beliefs and reject those that do not – is a serious constraint on reason.
  • Even after the evidence “for their beliefs has been totally refuted, people fail to make appropriate revisions in those beliefs,” the researchers noted.

Whether You Believe It Or Not, Gravity Is A Fact with consequences. So is climate change, which operates under the same set of physical laws. Source creativeenglishvocabulary.com

  • The “illusion of explanatory depth” effect, nearly ubiquitous,
  • is when people believe that they know way more than they actually do;
  • enhanced by collaboration, it creates fuzzy boundaries of
  • where one’s own understanding ends and that of others begin.

Credit Mike Keefe at the Denver Post

  • This gets us in trouble politically,
  • where understanding facts is crucial to deciding large scale actions.
  • Often “strong feelings do not emerge from deep understanding.”
  • And if feelings, not understanding, bind people together,
  • then “tribal” communities of ignorance can develop that are impervious to facts.

Thus, working through the policy implications of proposals TOGETHER is far more effective than pontificating.

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CALLING A DENIER A DENIER

OO Climate Deniers, You’re Climate Deniers – Deal With It – Takeaways:

  • Climate deniers fit the Freudian definition of denial perfectly:
  • ignoring an unpleasant truth and replacing it with something benign and untrue,
  • or shifting blame on other causes, such as sunspots.

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Others fit Freud’s minimalization definition:

  • Humans cause climate change, but
  • it’s too costly to address, or
  • not as important as other problems.
  • Climate deniers both deny the science and needed policy to address it.

Calling deniers anything less (eg, “doubters”) is misleading and irresponsible.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Trump’s Climate Views: Combative, Conflicting And Confusing In 2009, he co-signed a full-page NY Times advertisement calling for “meaningful and effective measures to combat climate change.” Now, he refers to climate change as a hoax or a joke.

OO If We Stop Collecting Data, Will Climate Change Just Go Away? No, Virginia, it won’t.

In his seventh week in office, President Trump decides we should stop measuring things.

OO Ex Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies – climate change skeptics all.

When Words Fail, Use Exxon’s shows the Exxon infused Trump administration with a press release lifted verbatim from Exxon’s own press release. Screencapture Christopher Ingraham on twitter

OO White House Echoes Exxon Mobil Press Release – It lifted an entire paragraph verbatim from ExxonMobil’s press release, minutes after it was released, to praise the oil giant.

OO The Clean Power Plan Is Gone—And There’s No ‘Replace planned, says a briefed source.

Feeling safer?

OO Trump Gang Plans To Stop Energy Efficiency, Other Programs including the popular Energy Star program for companies to seek labels for energy-efficient consumer products and appliances.

OO What Slashing The EPA’s Budget By One-Quarter Would Really Mean

Forget about monitoring and regulating:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Climate change threats to national security
  • Forget about:
  • Helping communities and farms adapt to climate change
  • Sending out storm alerts to affected US communities

Under Trump, Droughts and Even Tornadoes Could Surprise Farmers who have relied on weather and seasonal forecasts by a NOAA agency, the National Weather Service. Source Shutterstock

OO Trump’s Plan To Slash Weather Forecast Funding Is Terrible News For Farms

“There are few important decisions farmers can make without contemplating weather.”

OO NOAA Cuts Will Stymie Research, Put Americans At Risk

OO NOAA Sea Grant Cut Could Slow Climate Adaptation,

Compromising Coastal American Safety and greatly upping the pricetag of adaptation if it isn’t tackled now.

EPA Now Home to Climate Skeptic Clowns – and dark clowns indeed, if they refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change, which threatens the safety and security of Americans and the USA. Photo Source Business Insider

OO There Goes Reality, And Americans’ Safety:

EPA Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics

OO EPA Head Scott Pruitt Has Already Broken Trust And 5 Promises To Congress now that he has the job.

The broken promises are:

1. To recognize climate reality – he said that EPA’s conclusion on how climate changing gases like CO2 endanger human health and welfare “needs to be enforced and respected” and is unquestionable. Now, he denies CO2 drives climate change.

2. To stand up for science – he said “science must serve as ‘the backbone’ of EPA actions.” Yet now, he directly contradicts the findings of scientists at every major American scientific organization, which are based on decades of intensive, peer-review research and data.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

3. To enforce clean air and water rules – Pruitt said he wanted to “restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.” Now he supports a 24% cut to the Agency’s budget, including clean air and water programs.

4. To be consistent on states’ rights – he claimed to favor greater authority for states. Now he’s considering revoking California’s right to have stronger clean air standards for cars.

5. To fight all forms of pollution – he claimed concern about dangerous pollution like mercury, smog and methane, butt now withdrew an EPA request for information about methane pollution from oil and gas drilling. So much for concern.

This is important — beyond our desire to have public officials with integrity, our kids’ health is at stake.

@@ CO2? Nah, Not a Problem, Says EPA Head Scott Pruitt – countering almost all climate scientists and world leaders on climate change.

OO EPA Scott Pruitt’s Office Deluged With Angry Callers After He Questions The Science Of Global Warming – The calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, reached such a high volume that agency officials created an impromptu call center, said three agency employees.

“Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret). Photo Credit Charlie Riedel at Associated Press

OO Business, Military, Faith Leaders & Electeds Slam Scott Pruitt’s Climate Denial Takeaways – a sampling:

  • “Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another. The best way to pay for it is by tackling the root causes of climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.” — Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret), CEO of the American Security Project.
  • Whether Pruitt believes CO2 drives climate change or not, by law “ he is required under the Clean Air Act to promulgate policies that reduce carbon pollution… to reduce the risk of serious national security consequences of climate change.” — Andrew Holland, Director of Studies, American Security Project.
  • “…2015’s record temperatures are the result of the gradual, yet accelerating, build up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists have been warning about it for decades and now we are experiencing it.”— NASA Chief Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.)

What Climate Change? Ignoring climate change is an invitation to experience ever more dangerous levels of it, sooner and faster.

“Pruitt is just wrong:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions pose an enormous risk to human health.
  • Carbon pollution is the leading contributor to greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
  • Climate change is causing more heatwaves and drought, more intense extreme weather events,
  • expanded range of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes and a host of other threats to health…
  • The science is clear: We need immediate action to reduce carbon emissions to protect public health.”

Dr. Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

  • “Scott Pruitt’s statement questioning climate science is deeply troubling. Businesses in the US and elsewhere are keenly aware that human activity is remaking the climate in ways that create disruption and business risk. … his approach will undermine the conditions that businesspeople need to innovate, create jobs, and compete in the global marketplace.”

Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility

Resisting TRUMP

Credit Robin Loznak

OO Trump Doesn’t Want This Climate Lawsuit To Go To Trial

– It Could Change Everything A groundbreaking climate lawsuit, brought against the federal government by 21 children, has been hailed as a bold new strategy to press for US climate action.

OO Activists Rush To Save Government Science – Disappearing data include pie charts on a DOE website illustrating the link between coal and greenhouse gas emissions as well as the description on an Interior Department page of the potential environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

This points to a nonpartisan problem of digital-age government:

  • Much of the scientific information so painstakingly collected over the decades,
  • at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars,
  • remains held only by the government,
  • scattered on thousands of servers in hundreds of departments
  • where it may not be backed up and could be impossible to find.

Peter Gleick: Protest Against Trump Science Policies Source The Desert Sun

OO Climatologist Urges Mass Protest Against Trump Govt Amid Global Warming Denial – Peter Gleick warned US democracy is under attack from the “uninhibited use of lies, false statements and bad science.”

OO California Girds To Battle Feds To Save The Environment it probably won’t be easy.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Democrats Urge EPA Not To Reopen Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Rules which have shown to be attainable and in the past have signficantly upped energy efficiency, and cut usage.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Mike Luckovich for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

OO Republicans Want To Undo A Rule That Protects Taxpayers And The Environment

OO GOP Owns Trump Attack On The Earth

Credit Michael Lukovich

OO Congressional Energy And Climate Committees Are Loaded With Ex-Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

OO The Coming GOP Assault On Regulations Republicans in Congress have embarked on a potentially long lasting effort to make it much harder for federal agencies to create new regulations in the future.

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HOT NEWS

OO February’s Heat, Brought To You By Climate Change – A bonanza of heat records fell throughout February over most of the US, with research showing it was made possible by climate change.

This February was the second warmest on record for the US, averaging 7.3F above normal, the fifth-most anomalously warm month ever recorded

OO “Weirdly Warm” 2017: Could We Set Another Record? 2017 has been weirdly warm so far despite a lack of El Nino conditions. If Jan/Feb temps were representative it would end up surpassing 2016.

Increasing Ocean Surface Heat Is Wiping Out Coral Reefs Worldwide transforming kaleidoscopic corals to white, then brown skeletons.

OO Oceans Storing Up Staggering Amounts Of Heat:

‘The Memory Of All Of The Past Climate Change’ – The world is getting warmer every year, thanks to climate change. Takeaways:

  • most of that heat is going into the oceans – especially the Atlantic and Southern oceans —
  • far more than previously estimated,
  • which explains why sea levels have been rising so much –
  • all that heat is expanding the seawater.

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  • Increasing heat moving into the oceans
  • Could lead to ocean “dead spots”
  • Where a hot surface layer prevents mixing with cooler lower ones.
  • Mixing is essential in moving nutrients and fueling marine life.

A Prescient 2001 Cartoon Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO Earth’s Oceans Are Warming 13% Faster Than Thought, And Accelerating as human activities are pumping climate changing CO2 faster and faster into the atmosphere – at a rate that has increased 40+ % since 1980 says new research. We are speeding the heating of the planet, which is speeding climate change.

more:

OO Rate Of Ocean Warming Has Nearly Doubled Over Two Decades study says, and the extra heat has reached deeper waters, finds data stretching back to 1960.

Droughts and Heat Set Earth On Fire with wildfires occurring throughout the world. Source NASA

OO Great Plains Wildfires March 2017:

Record Heat, Drought And Strong Winds Produced Extreme Fire Condition

OO Oklahoma Wildfires Burn Into Kansas, Prompt Evacuations – homes and cattle were lost as well.

related:

OO The Biggest, Worst Droughts Can Travel 1000s Of Kilometers From Their Origin and do so in predictable patterns, travelling across continents, shows a new study. That discovery could:

  • shed light on how droughts evolve in space and time,
  • provide new insights for water managers, and
  • save huge numbers of lives through more effective planning.

Drought:

  • affected 1+ billion people between 1994 and 2013.
  • 300,000 people are estimated to have died in the 1983 Ethiopian drought,
  • 3,000,000 people are estimated to have died in China’s 1928 drought.

OO Heatwave Frequency Rises Twice As Fast In The Poorest Countries new research shows.

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MELTDOWN

OO Earth’s Thermal Shield Rapidly Disappearing:

Arctic Circle Could Be Ice-Free With Just A 2C Rise In World Temperature – for the first time in 100,000 years, scientists have warned. Keeping global heating to a 2C rise is the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Loss of Arctic sea ice:

  • Could have ‘catastrophic’ weather effects in much of the northern hemisphere;
  • Will speed up global warming:
  • Arctic summer sea ice acts like a thermal shield,
  • reflecting much sunlight (and the heat it represents) away from Earth;
  • its loss will vastly increase the sunlight absorbed
  • and then emitted as heat into the atmosphere.

OO Arctic Sea Ice May Vanish Even If World Achieves Climate Goal

  • Arctic summer sea ice has been shrinking sharply and steadily,
  • And has a nearly 40% chance of disappearing under a 2C rise in heat,
  • But would probably survive if we keep current average temperatures.

OO Just As Earth’s Thermal Shield, Arctic Ice, Is Shrinking,

Trump Wants To Stop Monitoring It , A Costly Mistake – by defunding the satellites that do so. But Americans will pay for it, because climate ignorance is rewarded with catastrophes.

OO Effects Of Global Warming On Display In Antarctica creating dramatic changes in its glaciers.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Solar Power Growth Leaps By 50% Worldwide Thanks To US And China in their rush to go solar in 2016., figures show.

OO Clean Energy Is Now As Big As Pharmaceutical Manufacturing In The US

With $200 billion in revenue, it’s sneaking up on consumer electronics.

OO Alaska: Wind Power, The Cheapest Rural Power Source cheaper than hauling fossil fuels to supply rural power. Wind Farms are springing up in communities across the state.

OO Wind Power Blows Through Nuclear, Coal As Costs Plunge At Sea

Water and electric power plants don’t mix well naturally, unless you add some wind.

OO A New World Leader Is Emerging In The Battle Against Climate Change: China – it’s a much larger climate changing polluter than the US, but it’s doing far more to address the climate change it is causing, unlike the US.

OO China Is Moving Closer To A Carbon Tax For Cutting Emissions and away from the EU’s emissions trading model, a senior Chinese official said.

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OO Harvard Disburses $1 Million For Climate Change Research to multidisciplinary research programs across five different schools at Harvard. Nice, but far outweighed by government cuts to research.

OO UK Carbon Emissions Drop To Lowest Level Since 19th Century, as coal use continues to plummet, analysis suggests.

OO Saudi Aramco’s Green Energy Push Seen Widening Appeal Of Its Initial Public Offering of stock. When this, the world’s largest oil company, sells shares for its foray into renewables, it may lure investors who would otherwise be forced to stay away – but some are demanding transparency.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Unhealthy Environment Causes 1 In 4 Child Deaths under the age of 5, both inside and outside the home, say 2 new reports from the World Health Organization – that’s more than 1.7 million children dying annually.

OO World Facing Gravest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

Due To African Drought with 20 million people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, the UN has warned.

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OO Climate Change Could Be Increasing The Footprint Of Lyme Disease – as it increases the range and number of disease-carrying ticks.

OO Climate Change May Drive More Migration In Future residents in 4 European nations say.

OO Future Climate Change Will Affect Plants And Soil Differently says a new study. Takeaways:

  • soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants.
  • In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased,
  • but in wetter regions soil carbon loss increased,
  • which could further up CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

OO Climate Change May Hurt US Agricultural Productivity Agriculture needs to ramp up its response to climate change, especially in the Midwest, says a new study.

OO Rising CO2 Due To Climate Change May Not Improve Agriculture model shows; indeed, quite the opposite, since the “greening” effect won’t soak up CO2 as much as hoped.

Alaska Houses and Buildings Are Already Sinking into melting permafrost. Credit Bee Wuethrich

OO Alaska’s BIG Problem: It Is Not Prepared

For Melting Permafrost Or Erosion Under Climate Change

OO Source Of Mekong, Yellow And Yangtze Rivers Drying Up as the headwaters of the Tibetan plateau are evaporating because of climate change and desertification. Creating parks that preserve watersheds could help slow the process.

OO Australia: Climate Change To Blame For Flatlining Wheat Yield Gains says the government research agency, CSIRO.

OO Australia: State Of The Environment Report Warns

Climate Change Impacts Could Be Irreversible even as it increases.

Source Wired Magazine

OO Venice Will Vanish Underwater Within A Century If Global Warming Is Not Stalled – climate change study warns.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

OO How Climate Change Battles Are Increasingly Being Fought, And Won, In Court Takeaways:

  • Climate change responsibility cases get climate change facts on public record.
  • Successful rulings have far reaching political and social effects in other countries.

OO Taiwan: Prison Aims To Jump-Start Island’s Solar Power Dream employing prisoners to install solar panels in a national program to replace nuclear with clean renewable power.

OO Norway’s Wealth Fund May Blacklist Firms Over Carbon Emissions suggests the fund’s ethics watchdog.

OO Diet And Global Climate Change:

Changing The First, Tackles The Second – says a series of studies reaching the same conclusion: our diets must change to help successfully mitigate climate change, and climate change mitigation must be included in policies to improve the food system.

Just substituting healthier sources for half the calories of a typical American diet, the study found, would:

  • Reduce by 20-40% the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Health care costs went down by $77-93 Billion annually;
  • Drop direct greenhouse gas emissions by 222-826 kilograms per person per year.

OO Want To Cut Carbon Emissions?

Try Growing Cement Bricks With Bacteria A North Carolina startup grows “biocement” bricks to circumvent the hefty load of fossil fuels needed for normal cement.

OO Pressed, Not Baked: A Green Recipe For Making Tiles And Bricks by compressing the raw ingredients creates bricks stronger than concrete, with far less energy needed, show Swiss researchers.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Australia: A Single Type Of Microbe Turns Lake Pink as hot weather evaporates it, making it so salty, only one type of saltwater microbe can survive – and it’s pink, coloring a biological desert, for now, until the rains return.

But the loss of biodiversity throughout the world isn’t rosy and it’s permanent, for the world or us.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Chief EPA Environmental Justice Official Resigns,

Urges Protection Of Vulnerable Communities – Mustafa Ali ends a career of 24 years there, as deep cuts to program affecting the poor are prepared.

OO New Mexico Lawmakers, Residents Voice Support For Federal Methane Waste Rule

which is under attack in Congress.

OO Shell CEO Urges Switch To Clean Energy

As He Plans Hefty Renewable Spending

Just One Valiant Voice of Many Source Twitter

OO Rogue Twitter Accounts Fight To Preserve The Voice Of Government Science

OO Do Scientists Lose Credibility When They Become Political? Nope says a new study.

OO Gas From The Amazon Or Fracked In Europe? UK faces critics as it receives its first natural gas cargo from the Peruvian Amazon. Is there no better alternative?

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO The US Has One Inspector For Every 5,000 Miles Of Pipeline

—Or Twice The Length Of The Country, Each to cover the 2.7 million miles of pipeline snaked across the US. Some of the pipes carry hazardous chemicals, others carry crude oil, and still others carry highly pressurized natural gas. Feeling safe?

OO Alaska Gas Pipeline Leaking 200,000 Cubic Feet Daily

Into Fisheries Habitat as regulators demand repair of the leak that started in December, citing public hazard.

OO Pipeline Owner Reaches Milestone In Iowa: 28 Spills Since 2000

Whatever The Price of Oil, Its Climate Costs Continue to Soar

OO Oil Price Will Soar Sharply In The Next Decade Without Investment In Capacity and this will create economic shockwaves due to our dependence on cheap oil for growth, says Daily Climate Editor Brian Bienkowski, who recommends this read.

OO Trump’s Gulf Of Mexico Oil And Gas Drilling Proposal

Looks A Lot Like Obama’s opening up 73 million acres to gas and oil leasing.

OO The Shale Industry Is Scrambling To Catch Up To Its Own Boom

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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Ggg population matters2 green

If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearlythe Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO South Australia Rooftop Solar Installs Surge After Statewide Blackout

OO India: Barefoot Solar Warriors Take On Gender Injustice And Climate Change – a college is training uneducated women to be solar technologists in India and developing countries worldwide via Indian subsidies. India itself is embarking on a massic transition to solar power.

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 23, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

Meanwhile, most of the US is experiencing unusually warmer temperatures.

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Largest Undersea Cathedral of Life Is Dying, Pope Pushes Sustainable Growth, and More!

 

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this 45 lb Titan Mushroom found in Chiapas, Mexico, also home to the Lacandon rainforest (see below), is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

A Jaguar Home That Is Now Protected – along with hundreds of other animals, including 400 species of often colorful, tropical birds. Source Panthera Colombia

OO 13,000 Acres Of Cloud Forest Now Protected In Colombia – New reserve will conserve jaguars, pumas, spectacled bears and 400 bird species.

OO Communities In Mexico Step Up To Protect A Disappearing Forest Takeaways:

  • The Lacandon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world;
  • The Mexican part has lost 10+% of its tree cover in the past 14 years.
  • Now, surrounding villages are developing initiatives like eco-tourism to preserve it.

OO Burger King Animal Feed Sourced From Deforested Lands In Brazil And Bolivia that were turned into soy plantations to grow that feed. says a new report.

OO Brazil Legislators Attempt To Mine Amazon’s Riches

Will Destroy Vast Areas of Protected Forest with a bill to open up 2+ million acres of protected Amazon rainforest to industrial mining.

OO Forests To Play Major Role In Meeting Paris Climate Targets

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SCIENCE WORKS!

Source Ronald Stouffer and Syukoro Manabe, 2017

OO Climate Change Computer Model Predicted Correctly 30 Years Later What Occurred

remarkably prophetic, it pretty much outlined what happened over the next 3 decades.

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LARGEST UNDERSEA CATHEDRAL OF LIFE IS DYING:

GREATEST CORAL REEF NOW ENDANGERED

OO Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead Takeaways:

  • Corals are very sensitive to extra heat,
  • Now being added by a global heating of 1.5 degrees F .
  • These canaries of climate change are now dying.

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  • Huge sections of the reef are now dead from recent bleaching,
  • something not expected for 30 years by experts.
  • Sheer luck prevented far greater damage:
  • A storm during the worst heat cooled waters.

Credit Paul Horn at InsideClimate News

  • This sign of the increasing ill-health of the seas
  • Is yet another unfolding ravage from climate change.

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  • Hundreds of millions of people depend on coral reefs for food,
  • And such reefs are dying wolrdwlide.

Further bleaching is now underway: Dramatically slowing and reversing global heating is the only answer to saving these vital ecosystems, scientists conclude.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

Donald Trump’s Own Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO White House Proposes Steep Cut To Leading Climate Science Agency NOAA,

Compromising the Safety of Americans – Proposed budget cuts include:

  • An overall 17% cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reflecting sharp specific cuts on education, grants, and research.
  • NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research will get a 26% cut to its current budget. [MEH disrupting the careers of the current and budding scientists who will lose their research funding.]
  • the single largest cut will be a 22% cut to NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service,
  • which includes a key repository of climate and environmental information [information is disappearing from federal websites; teams of experts around the country have organized events to “rescue” as much information as possible and make it available elsewhere to scientists for research.] AND
  • provides 90% of weather forecasting data.

Trump Tweets Blizzard “Safety Message” from Agency He’s Slashing – he’s proposing a 22% cut to the NOAA information service, which includes the National Weather Service. Source Twitter

Rick Spinrad, an ex NOAA chief scientist, said: “NOAA’s research and operations, including satellite data management, support critical safety needs. A reduced investment now would virtually guarantee jeopardizing the safety of the American public.

You’d Want to Know If This Is Headed Your Way, Wouldn’t You? Yet Trump proposes cutting back drastically on the agency that supplies that kind of information. Credit Matt Clark at flickr

Resulting real safety failures would include:

  • compromising weather warnings for tornadoes and hurricanes;
  • navigational capacity used to help guide commercial ships and other mariners would suffer,
  • leaving them without the “improved forecasts they need to safely maneuver coastal waters.
  • It could become harder to warn of tsunamis and forecast weather that will cause power outages.

Where We’re Headed: Cleveland Before EPA, In 1973 Credit Frank J. Aleksandrowicz, NARA

OO Where Trump Is Leading With EPA Cuts:

What Cities Looked Like Before The EPA – the agency left a legacy of clear air for cities; now that legacy might disappear.

OO Trump Wants To ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs especially many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, says the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

OO Trump Cashed In On NY State Energy Efficiency Subsidies in 2012,

But Now Wants To Cut EPA Ones – he got nearly $1 million in those 2012 subsidies.

Under Trump, US Extreme Weather Disasters Will Rise Faster because the US failed to cut carbon emissions fast enough.

OO White House Targets Climate Change Programs In Proposed EPA Cuts

OO Why The EPA Faces Big Cuts Under Trump Budget Proposal Environmental issues have become ever more polarized, rising the stakes for both parties surrounding climate change.

Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch, modified

TRUMP:

OO Wants You To Be Afraid Of Everything—Except Climate Change

OO To Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming say close sources.

OO Poised To Lift Federal Coal Ban, Other Green Rules.

OO China’s Carbon Emissions Dropping,

While Trump Points US In Opposite Direction Forecasting a fourth straight year of stable or reduced emissions, China shows huge growth in clean energy as President Trump vows to promote fossil fuels.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Donald First, Ivanka Last Source http://www.thinkprogress.com

OO Ivanka Trump Isn’t Greening Her Dad, She’s Greenwashing Him – she try to lead him to green policies, but this horse isn’t drinking it.

OO Congress Members Met To Discuss The Costs Of Climate Change. They Ended Up Debating Its Existence.

OO Patrick Michaels: Cato’s Climate Expert Has History Of Getting It Wrong

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OO Balmy! Antarctica Hit Record-Breaking 63 Degrees F In 2015

Temperatures on the Antarctic continent reached a record-breaking high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) in 2015, according to a new report of balmy records for the bottom of the world.

Looking Primeval, This Living Abyssal Creature Could Disappear – as its habitat, the ocean abyss, which covers half the planet, heats up. The ocean abyss provides services ultimately vital to human survival, and big changes there will profoundly affect humanity’s future. Source Ocean Networks Canada

OO Life On Half The Earth Imperiled:

Deep Ocean Danger As Temperatures Rise Takeaways:

  • Ocean abyss (the deep sea) covers half our planet:
  • Its services include life processes that
  • fuel the production of seafood,
  • stores climate changing carbon emissions,
  • and its microbes detoxify a variety of chemicals.

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  • Abyssal life is adapted to very little change;
  • even a fraction of 1°C can change fish behavior.
  • So a projected 1°C increase by 2100
  • And reductions in oxygen (which decreases as water heats up)
  • Will likely create big changes in abyssal life, and fewer fish.

Too Hot For Corn? It’s already getting too hot for some important species to survive in some parts of the world. Photo USDA at Flickr

OO Evidence Disproving Tropical ‘Thermostat’ Theory:

Global Warming Can Breach Limits For Life – new research indicates that as the world warmed millions of years ago, conditions in the tropics may have made it so hot some organisms couldn’t survive.

  • Actually, this is already happening
  • in some parts of the world, which are becoming too hot to grow essential cereal crops (think corn, wheat, etc.).

OO Chicago Sets Impressive 146-Year-Old Weather Record – with a snowless January and February.

Expect More of This, Down Under Source news.com.au

OO Australia: Climate Scientists Say Likelihood Of Extreme Summers Surging Due To Global Warming in a new report.

OO Global Warming Made Australia’s Record-Breaking, Sizzling Summer

50 Times More Likely says new analysis.

OO Sydney’s Swelter Has A Climate Change Link, Scientists Say

“It was nothing short of awful,” said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney.

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MELTDOWN

Melting Siberian Permafrost Feeds Into Its Bays NASA satellite photo shows.

OO Canada: Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented,

Portends Huge Carbon Release – Takeaways:

  • Permafrost is land permanently frozen since the last ice age 10,000 yrs ago;
  • But the top layer thaws seasonally, and organic matter builds up in it over the millennia.
  • Once thawed year round, permafrost microbes start decomposing the organic matter,
  • Releasing vast amounts of climate changing CO2 and methane.

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52,000 sq miles – the size of Alabama – of permafrost are thawing.

  • Huge slabs of Arctic permafrost in NW Canada are slumping and disintegrating,
  • sending large amounts of carbon-rich mud and silt into streams and rivers,
  • choking life downstream.
  • Similar large-scale landscape changes are occurring in Alaska, Siberia and Scandinavia.

Blue Poka Dots: The Face of Canadian Permafrost Melting Source Wikipedia

  • The immense scale of thawing indicates a commensurately immense release of climate changing gases.
  • Such a release could boost global warming and climate change further.
  • Scientists estimate that the world’s permafrost holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere.

OO Antarctic Ice Has Set An Unexpected Record Low On Sea Ice and scientists are struggling to figure out why.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Japan Accelerates Wind Power Development As Govt Support Pays Off says a new study. Japan’s installation of new wind power capacity in 2016-17 is set to almost double that of the previous 12 months, helped by higher government tariffs, and a rising number of offshore wind farms.

OO Private Investor Divests Nearly $35 Million From Firms

Tied To Dakota Access Pipeline

OO China’s Coal Consumption Falls For 3rd Year In A Row

OO Amazon Turns Warehouse Roofs Into Solar Power Stations – 15 this year alone, and hopes to expand it to 50 sites by 2020.

Amazon also has already invested in a lot of renewable energy generated by wind turbines.

OO Utilities Have Invested Nearly $3 Billion In Distributed Energy Companies – which will ease

the transition to a decentralized energy system as part of transitioning to clean renewable energy.

OO Ethiopia Looks To Carbon Trading As It Gears Up To Be Net Carbon Neutral By 2025 – Under Ethiopia’s Oromia Forested Landscape Program, the country’s region with highest concentration of biodiversity is on track to benefit from vital environmental protections.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Earlier Snowmelt Means Slower Snowmelt

And Likely Less Water For Humans a new study finds:

  • because the shorter days and cooler nights slow the melting
  • meaning possiblyless water for humans,
  • since slower flowing water can be taken up by plants more and evaporates more,
  • before reaching water reservoirs.

OO Climate Change Blamed For Deadly Landslides In Chile for the third time in four years as temperatures rise, causing the water to fall as rain and not snow in the mountains.

OO 8 Health Risks That Could Get Worse With Climate Change a slideshow. Takeaways:

  • Malaria – as heat loving mosquitoes spread this and more: dengue fever, Zika, et al
  • Kidney Stones – warmer temperatures ups dehydration, which can lead to this malady.
  • Waterborne parasites – spread with increased flooding and heavy rainfall, attacking our intestines.
  • Lyme Disease – as warmer weather increases tick reproduction, which spreads the disease.

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  • Allergies – as rising temperatures increase the allergy season and production of pollen
  • Asthma and lung disease – linked to local ozone levels, upped by more warmer days
  • Salmonella + other food-borne illnesses – since bacteria grow faster when it’s warmer
  • Heat strokes – upped by more frequent, longer and hotter heat waves as the planet heats.

OO “A Sense Of Despair”: The Mental Health Cost Of Unchecked Climate Change – Climate change is threatening the emotional health of humans worldwide, scientists and mental health professionals warn.

As If Kids Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About the world we are on track to leave them will send many into deep depression. Photo Source The Huffington Post

OO 4 Ways Climate Change Is Messing With Our Brains — For The Worse – The brutal disasters of ongoing climate change affect our brains:

  • disasters (eg, floods, tornadoes, drought) trigger PTSD, anxiety, depression, & drug abuse;
  • even slight increases in heat raise the risk of riots, civil wars, & violent crimes.
  • babies in utero, exposed to fossil fueled urban air pollution , are more likely to develop anxiety or depression in life.
  • Many experience “climate anxiety”, feeling depressed and overwhelmed, generating support groups.

That’s just the beginning of what we’re in for. So time to calm down, screw our heads on straight, and get to work fixing the climate problem.

Climate Change Is a Disaster We Can’t Afford

OO The Social Cost Of Carbon Underscores An Obvious Fact: Climate Change Is Costly says a leading economist and climate policy manager.

OO Europe: Estimated Climate Change Losses

To Soar To $40+ Billion Annually By 2100 in just major coastal cities, indicates a new study, if, as currently, global carbon emissions continue to track the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst emission scenario.

Within 13 years, annual losses for these cities are estimated to reach $1.2 Billion.

Unlike the US, a Drought in Somalia Means Widespread Starvation Credit Matilde Gattoni at instagram

OO Extreme Heatwave Days Already Hitting Poorer Nations More Than Rich

OO Inequalities Fuel Human Impacts On Climate

One effect of this inequality is that the top 10% produce almost as much total carbon emissions as the bottom 90% combined.

OO ‘Just Racist’: EPA Cuts Will Hit Black And Hispanic Communities The Hardest falling heaviest upon US communities of color that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution.

Climate Change Threatens All Major Food Groups – as it disrupts the climate cycle under which crops grow. Wikipedia

OO What Climate Change Has To Do With The Price Of Your Lettuce – Unusual southwest weather could cause a nationwide salad shortage later this month. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce):

  • As climate change ups more extreme weather,
  • More food crops will be threatened,
  • Such as apples , cherries, and plums in the US northeast and midwest,
  • Or winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma.

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  • Under climate change, crop failures will keep rising –
  • And lettuce will be the least of our concerns.

OO The 2015 ‘Blob’ Of Very Warm Pacific Water Boosted Western U.S. Ozone Levels

  • creating west coast high pressure conditions that boosted ozone levels
  • as well as damaging fisheries and the marine food chain bigtime.

OO High Number Of US Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Impacted Solar Production In 2016 – Takeaways:

most insurance claims on damage to solar installations are due to extreme weather events;

these are predicted to increase under continuing climate change.

Asthma Could Become Much Harder To Cure as bacteria in pollution become resistant to drugs.

OO Air Pollution Leads To More Drug Resistant Bacteria study finds, as black carbon found in air pollution can increase the resistance of bacteria that cause respiratory disease.

OO Somalia Says 110 Dead In Last 48 Hours Due To Drought a weather condition expected to intensity under continued climate change.

OO Global Warming Is Increasing Forest Fire Risk In The Alps Takeaways:

  • some studies suggest Alps’ fire seasons will be 30-50 days longer by 2050
  • the Alps are heating up twice as fast as the global average.
  • another 4 to 6 degrees Celsius warming expected by 2100.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

San Francisco Housing: A Challenge to Climate Change Goals? Source thenextweb.com

OO California Needs Far More Housing Density In Its Cities

to Meet Its Climate Change Goals warn state regulators, involving dramatic changes to how Californians live and travel. Los Angeles Times.

OO Sweden: From Recycling Royalty To Smart Buildings,

Stockholm Mayor Takes On Climate Change

  • leading by personal example: eg, wearing secondhand clothes, riding an electric bike to work,
  • and bigger changes – eg, shutting its oldest coal plant;
  • replacing it with a plant that will generate resellable waste heat;
  • Upping the standards of energy efficiency in apartment buildings.

And bringing the citizens on board with the changes: “All our citizens are really aware we need to push the boundaries to fulfill our goals,” she said..

OO A City’s Solar Potential Depends On The Length Of Its Road Network – says a new study, showing that those with the longest roads allow optimizing buildings orientation and location, to optimize solar intake.

Thus, rainy Portland, Oregon, has an extensive road network and therefore a surprisingly large solar potential.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Disappearing Sea Ice Has Put Arctic Ecosystem Under Threat The Arctic will hit a record low extent of sea ice very soon, topping a loss of 2+ million square kilometers within 40 years. When sea ice disappears:

  • Polar bears literally lose their hunting grounds, and starve;
  • The base of the Arctic food chain, certain algae, lose their home;
  • Narwhals, the unicorns of whales, lose their hiding place from killer whales,
  • Seals lose their birthing grounds.

Almost all wildlife are being disrupted by the fast pace of global heating in the Arctic.

OO Northern Hemisphere Sees An Early Spring Due To Global Warming – arriving an average 26 days earlier than just 10 years ago, the early spring is causing problems for the natural cycle of plants and wildlife.

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SPEAKING OUT

@@ Debunking Leaders’ Climate Denial Is A Real Teachable Moment says federal scientist Ben Santer on Late Night With Seth Meyers, which helps elevate the discussion and educate the public about the reality of climate change.

OO Scientists Are Poised To Start A New Movement arguing for politics grounded in evidence.

OO Former Bush Administration EPA Chief Urges Caution In Cutting Regulations

What Percentage of Americans Support Renewable Energy? 70+% according to a new study (red being 80-85% support). Source Yale Program on Climate change Information

OO Yale University Climate Opinion Maps Show

What Americans Think About Global Warming – The Climate Opinion Maps give an interactive glimpse into US view of threats from global warming, allowing users to see the Americans’ opinions on climate change by state.

OO As Budget Cuts Loom, Former EPA Officials Plea

To Trump To Continue Agency’s Work In a published appeal for a continued reliance on science to protect the nation’s air and water.

OO Former EPA Scientists To Trump:

‘Evidence Does Not Change When The Administration Changes.’

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Shell Oil Warned of the Climate Change It Helped Make – they made a film, but took no lessons from it. Watch it here in all its grainy, primitive graphic effects!

OO Shell Made A Film About Climate Change In 1991

(But Did Not Heed Its Own Warning)

OO Oklahoma Faces Continued Risk Of Quakes Linked To Drilling: USGS

OO ‘Disastrous’: Australia’s Carbon Emissions Jump As Coal-Fired Power Ramps Up after the scrapping of the carbon price, making it harder to meet its emissions targets.

OO Big Australian Banks Invest $7 Billion More In Fossil Fuels Than Renewables says report, even as it suffers worsening heat waves due to continued climate change, caused by burning coal and other fossil fuels.

OO Vietnam Develops Coal Power Despite Environmental Concerns

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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POPE FRANCIS WEIGHS IN

OO ‘Pope Francis Has Urged Us To Have Fewer Children,’ claims Vatican academy member, “to make the world more sustainable,” during a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” .

The panel concurred that the survival of the planet is tightly linked to the number of people on the planet.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 16, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Half of the US is experiencing unusually warmer weather while the other half is getting another Arctic blast, as the Arctic jet stream, loosened and loopy from being slowed by global warming, now often plunges down into the US, way off its usual course just decades ago. Western US coastal waters continue to be warmer than normal, not good for fisheries.

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

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

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

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

 

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: The Soy Threat, The US Solar Explosion, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this collage of Amazon wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Two Different Greens, Soy and Forest – the first feeds cattle and ever more people; the second is vital to preventing dangerous climate change, and preserving vital biodiversity. Credit Ricardo Beliel at BrazilPhotos

OO Amazon Deforestion Once Again Soars Driven By Soy Production – and in the Bolivian savannah as well, exploding demands from growing populations outstrip current supplies. Takeaways:

  • Amazon deforestation has nearly doubled in 2 years to 2 million acres in 2016,
  • Driven by agro giants
  • Seeking remote lands with weak regulations
  • To grow mostly soy that fuels the production of meat for ever more people.

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Savannah is also an important carbon-storing and biodiverse ecosystem,

But Bolivia places food sufficiency over its preservation.

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Only about 15 % of the world’s forests remain – the rest are degraded and fragmented.

From Green to Gray – as Bolivian forest is destroyed to grow crops, especially soy. Imagine the thousands of species of plants and animals that have lost their homes due to deforestation. Credit Jim Wickens at Ecostorm

OO Brazilian Savanna, Bolivian Rainforest At Risk From Soy Production says a new report Takeaways:

Soy is the main feed for livestock that supply fast food chains like Burger King.

Soy crops occupy nearly 1 million square kilometers (386,000 sq miles) worldwide.

The production of Burger King’s meat may be linked to deforestation,

Despite an agreement with giant soy producers to not buy deforestation-linked soy.

Christmas Trees Under Climate Threat – balsam fir, favored for Christmas trees, is very vulnerable to warming temperatures.

OO Many Eastern US Tree Species May Be Unable To Adapt To Changing Climate says a new Woods Hole Research Center study of 40 tree species. Those tree most vulnerable to warming temperatures include:

  • balsam fir, grown for Christmas trees,
  • sugar maple, the source of maple syrup;
  • quaking aspen, the trees that cover western mountain slopes;
  • black cherry, used for wine, jellies, horticulture, and its valuable wood;

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  • yellow birch, an important hardwood timber tree
  • red maple, the most common tree in US deciduous forests;
  • red spruce, used to make paper, for construction, and for musical stringed instruments.

The Beauty of Yellow Birch in a Bowl with its shimmering golden grain, might ultimately be lost to climate change. Source http://www.knotsburls.com

Forests occupying complex terrain on large intact tracts of land, such as West Virginia forests, were found to be more resilient to climate change than other parts of the eastern US.

Oak Woodland Vs. Vineyards – these woodlands harbor unique biodiversity, habitat for wildlife and riparian habitat for healthy watersheds. Vineyards suck up local water supplies for irrigation. Credit QT Luong at terragalleria.com

OO California: Water Concerns Arise From Napa Vineyard’s Plan To Fell 14,000 Oaks – locals are concerned that:

  • the deforestation will destroy wildlife and riparian habitat,
  • make the area less resilient to climage change (forests create moist regional climates),
  • the vineyard will suck up local groundwater supplies for irrigation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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LISTENING TO THE ENCROACHING SILENCE OF EXTINCTION

Nature’s Choruses Are Slowly Fading – when we destroy forests and other natural ecosystems, we forever silence many voices that also had a right to live on Earth.

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HALF OF THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE MAY BE GONE BY 2050

A Few Of Many Friends We Are Extinguishing via a combination of numbers of people and our consumption of resources. Source www.somepets.com

OO Half Of The World’s Species Could Become Extinct By 2050 biologists say, unless we humans can tackle climate change and slow our population growth.

Dozens Of Animal And Plant Species Go Extinct DAILY, scientists estimate, disappearing at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate, primarily from human activities driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species and global warming. Source http://www.tourdestfu.com

OO At The Vatican, A Call To Avoid ‘Biological Extinction’ – ‘Nothing less than a reordering of our priorities based on a moral revolution can succeed,’ say sponsors of the recent conference.

A working draft of a paper presents the case that we are experiencing the sixth mass extinction of plant and animal life the globe has seen—with considerably dangerous, catastrophic consequences for humanity:

“Translated into the language of equity, humanity’s enormous success in recent decades is very likely to have been a down payment for future failure.”

@@ Biodiversity – Why Is It Important? A View From Down Under. It’s not just species, but the web of life, upon which humans depends, that is threatened.

The Two Most Necessary Actions Humanity Must Achieve:

  • Shrinking our populations humanely to sustainable levels via one child, or child-free families.
  • Consuming resources sustainably: no further destruction or damage of the regenerating sources of vital resources.

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NEARLY 50 % LIKELY:

GLOBAL WARMING WILL DRASTICALLY, RAPIDLY COOL

NW EUROPE, NE NORTH AMERICA, BY 2100

Feeling Chilly Yet? Global warming has a nearly 1 in 2 chance of triggering a rapid, drastic regional cooling within a decade for lands bordering the North Atlantic before 2100, much sooner than thought possible previously, new analyses show. Source “Day After Tomorrow” official movie trailer at youtube.com

OO Drastic Rapid Cooling Of Northwest Europe, Northeast America

By 2100 Nearly 50% Likely scientists warn, due to climate change. For millennia, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than lands elsewhere at the same latitude. New analyses of reputable climate models indicate:

  • An almost 50% chance of rapid cooling within a decade –
  • Of the North Atlantic, which will rapidly cool nearby northeastern America and northwest Europe.

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  • Normally, as seawater flows north it cools, gets denser and sinks,
  • Pushing warmer, deeper water to the surface –
  • It’s like a giant heat conveyor belt: this warms the regional climate .

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  • As global warming melts Arctic glaciers, the enormous flow of
  • freshwater forms a lighter layer over the heavier North Atlantic seawater;
  • this risks slowing and even collapsing the cycle of
  • sinking heavy cold water and uprising warmer deep water.

@@ How Climate Change Might Already Be Slowing the Heat Conveyor Belt as explained by some very respected atmospheric and climate scientists.

  • Such a collapse would shut off a major source of climatic heat
  • for the surrounding coasts, northeastern North America and northwest Europe,
  • far outweighing the global warming atmospheric effect.

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  • New research shows that this collapse occurs in nearly 50% of
  • the climate models that best simulate North Atlantic stratification (temperature layers).
  • Despite the usual uncertainty inherent in such analyses,
  • Researchers warn that overall, that percentage underestimates the real chances.

Now, imagine a little regional Ice Age in the northeast US. Gulp.

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A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE SEA RISE

OO OMG Measurements Of Greenland Gives Glimpse Of Future Sea Rise – The Oceans Melting Greenland project is taking important measurements to determine how fast sea levels will rise.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

Trump:

OO establishes task forces to scrap ‘job killing regulations’ in every federal agency.

OO to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive actions, say briefed sources.

OO to propose 24 % Cut In EPA budget

Trump:

OO is being trumped by China on climate change, clean energy.

OO is making promises on coal mining jobs he can’t possibly keep.

OO presents false argument of “jobs vs. environment” , retreating from responsibility.

Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

EPA Head Scott Pruitt:

OO doesn’t believe carbon dioxide drives climate change.

OO vows to slash climate and water pollution regulations.

OO emails show he was arm-in-arm with fossil fuels industry.

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OO questions EPA’s authority to regulate climate changing carbon emissions.

OO thinks regulations should benefit the regulated, not the general public.

Credit Rex at Shutterstock

OO understands why some want to see the EPA ended completely.

OO is going to be very bad for Miami. No ignorance will stop the drowning of Miami from rising seas caused by human driven global warming.

@@ Fed Scientist Speaks Out As a Private Citizen what life is like in the new Trump universe, with Seth Meyers.

OO Climate Scientists Face Harassment, Threats And Fears Of ‘Mccarthyist Attacks’ for many, it has already started.

OO In The Face Of A Trump Environmental Rollback, California Stands In Defianceready to play a key role.

Given that utilities are traditionally subject to state, not federal laws, all states should be able to pursue their own energy plans, despite Trump.

That will include many red states that are developing clean energy industries:

Everyone talks about red states and blue states,” said Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, a policy research group. “We really have to start talking about green states and brown states.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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HOT NEWS

February 2017: Notice the Main Color – oooh, and it’a all the way up at the top of the heat bar! Source Weatherbell Analytics

OO Here’s Why It’s So Frickin’ Hot Right Now – Takeaways:

  • as arctic warming continues to loosen the jet stream,
  • it’s shunting a series of storms to the west coast, and cutting off arctic air to the rest of the US.
  • Monthly record hot averages are being broken throughout the US, including night time average temperatures.
  • Both are signs of ongoing climate change.

This week has been an up close look at the DNA of what we are seeing in the big picture: relative to historical norms, extreme heat continues to outpace extreme cold across almost every place, season and time of day in the USA.” — Deke Arndt, who leads climate monitoring at the NCEI, National Centers for Environmental Information, a federal agency.

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MELTDOWN

@@ A New Gigantic Crack Presages a Coming Massive Antarctic Iceberg which could destabilize the ice shelf of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Each new iceberg helps further the speed of pouring more glacier into the sea, and ensuring more sea rise.

Think Ice Cubes – the iceberg, already overhanging the sea, doesn’t add to sea rise, but the ice behind it that is unleashed by the breakoff of the berg then becomes the new ice shelf – which is like adding more ice cubes – and sea rise – to the ocean.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO California Bill Aims For 100% Renewable Energy By 2045

OO Massachusetts Bill Would Require State To Use 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

OO The Age Of The Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us – That they may someday revolutionize electrical grids has long enthralled clean-power advocates and environmentalists. Now it’s attracting bankers with the money to make it happen.

OO What’s Next For Renewables In Cities? Plenty – it all depends on many factors, but rooftop solar is taking off in cities worldwide, as it becomes cost competitive with other energy sources.

OO Australian Consortium Launches World-First Digital Energy Marketplace For Rooftop Solar

homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies.

OO Australia: Solar Power, Wind Power: Labor Party Push To Grow Renewable Energy

OO China: This Is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape.

OO Mexico Is Now Home To The Lowest-Priced Solar In Latin America

OO Saudis Kick Off $50 Billion Renewable Energy Plan To Cut Oil Use

Demolishing a Dirty Plant Source WRAL.com

OO Trump Can’t Stop It: US Coal Plants Keep Closing On His Watch

OO Fossil Fuel Ceases To Be Asset:

Exxon Relents, Wipes Oil Sands Reserves From Its Books

OO UK Government Pension Trust Begins Ditching Oil And Gas Investments

OO Singapore’s Proposed Carbon Tax Will Likely Include Refineries

OO China’s Coal Consumption Falls For 3rd Year In A Ro

OO China Oil Giant Digs Deep To Bring Clean Energy To Homes

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

California Rainin’ and Flooding as winter storms kept dumping water right through February. Source http://www.newsok.com

OO Levee System Battered By Record Rainfall From ‘Atmospheric River’

OO Thousands Forced From Homes By Flooding In California Tech Hub, San Jose

  • See below for Why Califronia Is Flooding

OO South Florida Continues Prep For Sea Level Rise this sounds like a slow motion rollout of the little kid plugging his finger into the dike. Good luck at keeping back the sea.

OO New Hampshire: Maple Syrup Producers Face Challenges In Warming World and say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

OO Climate Change Predicted To Transform Vancouver Into San Diego,

But At A Heavy Cost in the coming decades, says a major climate change study, as Vancouver temperatures exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades.

OO Global Warming Is Shrinking US Colorado River, Vital To 40 Million Americans says a new study. The most important waterway in the American Southwest could reduce its flow by more than a third by 2100.

OO Africa: Somalia Faces Unprecedented Drought Even the hyenas won’t eat the dead sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia’s northwest Somaliland region. There is too little meat on them.

Waiting For Water as military trucks roam the city delivering water daily. Credit Christina Holmes

OO Peru: La Paz Struggles In A World Without Water after losing its glaciers. Takeaways:

  • Close to 40% of the andes’ tropical glaciers melted away between 1980 and 2009.
  • In La Paz, human incompetence further ate into finite water resources.

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  • Now, there is strict water rationing,
  • Unreliable water supply times,
  • And construction of a large reservoir.
  • But last season was 40% drier than average.

It’s not clear how long the city can survive.

Fish, Valuable Marine Assets, Are Declining from overfishing, habitat loss, pollution and climate change. Fish are an important source of omega-3 fats, vital to brain health, especially among the aging. Source Caters News Agency

OO The Ocean’s $24 Trillion Dollar Blue Economy:

Can It Be Saved From Us? Pollution (chemical, fecal, plastics), overfishing, habitat destruction, and the warming and acidification of climate change have all led to plummetting marine assets. A video explores the issue.

OO Plan To Save Great Barrier Reef Has Been Set Back Decades Australian experts say, at least two,

after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year.

OO Climate Change In The North Sea: Oysters In, Cod Out – as it warms, for now. MEH: As the sea further warms and acidifies, you can forget even oysters … start thinking jellyfish and algae, often toxic algae.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Fueling For the Future – and fuel standards need to be part of it, the first step in transitioning away from fossil fuels. Shutterstock

OO Fighting Climate Change Without Washington:

States Tackle Their Own Fuel Standards

OO Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now there’s a new movement underway in California to revive them in order to ease California’s dramatic swings between drought and flood.

OO New York Energy Efficiency Could Offset Nuclear Plant Shutdown says a new report.

OO Urban Heat Islands: Cooling Things Down With Trees, Green Roads And Fewer Carsand other innovations as city temperatures rise.

OO High-Tech Film Cools Buildings Without Consuming Energy

A flexible white film about the thickness of a sheet of aluminum foil can cool objects in direct sunlight without energy or water consumption, researchers reported earlier this month in Science. Anthropocene Magazine.

OO Changing Carbon From Waste Into Gold by pulling out carbon dioxide from plant emissions, and using it to create saleable products. Can it help?

OO Drones Are Helping Design The Solar Power Plants Of The Future – A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms.

OO How EU Can Limit Coal’s Life For The Cost Of A Pint Of Beer – Charging a carbon tax of $32 per ton of carbon dioxide would cost each European about $5 annually, the price of a beer. It’s getting cheaper all the time to drive Europe’s dirtiest power plants into retirement.

OO What Will It Take To Get Canada’s Arctic Off Diesel? An Inuit community is building a small hydro project that might be a model for many others.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Rivers In The Sky: Why California Is Flooding Takeaways:

  • “Atmospheric rivers” (AR), formed near Hawaii and
  • Carried by upper level winds, ultimately “bump” into
  • California terrain, forming clouds and storms.

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  • AR cause most of CA’s heavy rain events.
  • As global warming helps warmer air hold more water,
  • And intensifies extreme weather,
  • Expect ever more extreme whiplashing CA droughts and floods.

OO Small Ponds Have Big Impact On Global Warming shows new research.

Under global warming, ponds of all sizes lose the ability to absorb carbon dioxide,

but emit increasing amounts of methane, a far more potent climate changing gas.

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Although occupying only a tiny fraction of land,

ponds account for 40% of methane emissions from inland waters.

As such, they might help speed further climate change.

OO Australia: Tasmanian Kelp Forests Dying As Water Warm a dive operator notes, echoing.

fears that these giant kelp forests are almost extinct.

OO Deep Sea Life Faces Dark Future Due To Warming And Food Shortage as a new study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures.

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SPEAKING OUT

Source NASA

OO Federal Climate Research Should Be Maintained And Expanded,

Says National Academy Of Sciences defending thee United States Global Change Research Program’s work as vital.

OO Health Industry Makes Plea To Gas Drilling Lobby To Embrace Methane Controls

OO Utah Students Organize Public Hearing On Climate Change

OO Divesting In DAPL In Favor Of American Indian-Owned Banks Tribes and individuals can look to 18 American Indian-owned banks as an avenue for divesting in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

OO Pipeline Fights Move From Dakota Prairie To Louisiana Bayous

OO Groups Sue EPA To Protect Wild Salmon From Climate Change seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

OO Kenya Conservationist Brings Water To Drought Stricken Wildlife raising money via online crowd funding to do so.

OO As Coral Reefs Continue To Struggle In Warming Oceans,

A Group Forms To Save Them

OO China’s Top Coal Miners Push For Beijing To Cap Output Again citing weakening demand and growing supply, two sources said.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO Fracking Led To More Than US 6,000 Spills In 10 Years study finds.

OO Repairs To Leaking Gas Line In Cook Inlet Not Expected Until At Least Mid-Marchdue to weather conditions, which are becoming more extreme under climate change.

OO US Coal Industry Misleads, Casts Itself As A Clean Energy Player

Even As Recent Heatwaves Spark Health Warnings – Australia’s government continue to ignore the link between that, and selling the coal that intensifies them via global warming. Note the purple – that where temperatures are soaring over 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Source news.com.au

OO Australia: Govt ‘Clean Coal’ Push Would Likely Make Emissions Worse

OO Australia Taxpayers To Pay For Oil Spill Clean-Ups Under Petroleum Resource Rent Tax

The Destiny of Many Eastern US Forests which are cut and sold to Europe to be made and burned as pellets.

OO The EU’s Renewable Energy Policy Is Making Global Warming Worse – with member countries wasting money by subsidising the burning of wood for energy says a new report.

OO Most Wood Energy Schemes Are A ‘Disaster’ For Climate Change – Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up, not slowing down, climate warming, shows a new study, which says emissions from pellets are higher than coal.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

OO How Us Solar Power Capacity Exploded In 2016 Takeaways:

  • in 2010, the US installed 800+ megawatts; in 2016, 15x more was installed: 14.5 Gigawatts;
  • in 2010, there were 53,000+ projects; in 2016, nearly 375,000 projects.

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  • California’s renewable portfolio standard remains an enormous driver of the utility-scale solar market.
  • Loans and cash deals have effectively caught up to leases and power-purchase agreements
  • For financing solar installations.

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 9, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Most of the US is experiencing far warmer temperatures than normal, with monthly average records being broken. Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep the state in a GROUNDWATER drought , which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes.

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: The Extinction Connection, Major Investors Urge Action, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Palawan Hornbill, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Ramon Quisumbing

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Their Only Home is Palawan for the endemic Palawan Bearcat, which faces hunting threats. Source Wikipedia

OO The Philippines Declares 100,000+ Acres As Critical Habitat On the island of Palawan, one of the last remaining expanses of intact forests, and most biodiverse area left in the country, home to many endemic species.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

Help Protect Its Home in French Guiana. Credit Bushmaster Pascual

OO YOU CAN ACT: The French government is quietly promoting the industrialization of the gold sector in French Guiana, which would have serious human and environmental impacts. You can sign an letter to the president of France urging a curb on industrial growth in that area here.

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GLOBAL WARMING THREATENS EXTINCTIONS FAR MORE THAN REPORTED

Babar’s Family Is Being Killed Off by poachers, humans and even climate change destroying their habitat. Elephants are now threatened with extinction.

OO Act Now Before Entire Species Are Lost To Global Warming say scientists, and are calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before entire species are lost for good.

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A VERY POTENT CLIMATE CHANGING GAS IS RISING

Cooling, And Oh So Climate Changing are air conditioners and refrigerators, which leak highly potent climate changing gases ultimately to the atmosphere, where they speed climate change. Laws keep changing the gases used, but never mandate vetting their replacements. Modified from http://www.lg.com

OO The One Greenhouse Gas That’s On The Rise Takeaways:

  • Emissions of the HFC pollutant
  • found in air conditioners and refrigerators
  • have risen rapidly, by 45% between 2005 and 2015,
  • as their use has increased.

HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) are thousands of times more climate changing than CO2.

New chemicals are being phased in, but the process takes time.

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS FOOD SUPPLY

A Disappearing Vision Under Climate Change which is decreasing the quality and quantity of food that can be grown, as human numbers and demands soar. Source rawrveganrawr.tumblr.com

OO Climate Change Is Transforming The World’s Food Supply In 3 key ways, experts say. Climate change will:

  • Reduce the amount of food grown around the world,
  • due to too much heat and more pests,
  • especially in the tropics,
  • where food production is normally high.

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  • Change and decrease where food is grown,
  • shifting from the tropics towards the poles,
  • as will fish, which will continue to decrease.

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  • Decrease food nutrition,
  • under increased CO2 levels,
  • as studies show,
  • increasing human nutrient deficiency worldwide.

Bye-Bye Fish N Chips? Warming, Acidifying oceans, pollution, and overfishing are decreasing fish stocks, and acidiying waters will prevent shellfish in the future from existing in oceans, studies indicate. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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SCIENCE PREDICTED ARCTIC MELTING OVER 30 YEARS AGO

Ask Not for Whom The Glacier Cries – the melting of the Arctic will affect the entire planet. Source slightlywarped.com

OO Researcher’s 1979 Arctic Model Predicted Current Sea Ice Demise and holds lessons for future. The study predicted:

the fast, steep decline in sea ice;

the Arctic would be ice free in summers roughly around 2050,

When CO2 levels would be double that of pre-industrial levels.

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Although no one paid attention to the 1979 landmark study,

those predictions are playing out today,

and the paper noted that:

“Man’s continued insertion of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could cause dramatic climatic consequences worldwide.” And so it is.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Trudeau, Trump Meeting Sidesteps The Countries’ Climate Change Agreements

OO Trump’s Vow To Scrap Paris Climate Accord Faces Flack From GOP Moderates and leaders of corporations. Dumping the accord would get him into a complicated legal battle.

OO Trump’s Repeal Of Stream Rule Helps Coal At The Expense Of Americans, Climate And Life

China Is Winning the Global Clean Energy Race as Trump fails to recognize the economic and environmental promise of clean, renewable energy. Source http://www.smh.au

OO Trump Will Force China To Take Global Lead On Climate – Ma Jun, perhaps China’s best-known environmentalist, notes:

  • China put economic growth ahead of environmental protection,
  • And the country is suffering immensely for it now:

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  • 60% of groundwater is polluted,
  • 4,000 people die daily from toxic air,
  • As choking smog envelops the northeast.

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  • Now, China invests heavily in clean energy.
  • Trump could learn from China, bigtime.

Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

OO Scott Pruitt, Longtime EPA Adversary And Climate Skeptic,

Confirmed To Lead The EPA

OO Financial Backers Of EPA Pick Scott Pruitt Have Faced Hundreds Of Pollution Actions Conflict of interest? Of course!

OO Trump’s Likely Science Adviser Calls Climate Scientists ‘Glassy-Eyed Cult

OO A Government Website For Kids Scrubbed Its Climate Warnings In recent weeks, “Energy Kids” has reworked and cut information about fossil fuels’ environmental impacts.

OO Auto Ceos Want Trump To Order Review Of 2025 Fuel Rules – Fuel standards are perhaps one of the most significant ways to reduce emissions in the transportation sector.

Resisting Trump

Hand Over That Smartphone, Nice and Easy Now… if you don’t trust science, Donald Trump! The other sign requires high school math: the square root of a negative number is imaginary. Credit Anja Hoffman at twitter.com

OO The Best Signs From The Science Rally In Boston – where many stood up for science, with great signs.

OO Hundreds Gather In Boston To ‘Stand Up For Science’ The Rally to Stand up for Science in Boston was a call to fight against President Trump’s efforts to discredit science and climate research.

OO Under Trump, Scientists Could Face Broader Challenges Than They Did Under G. W. Bush

Climate Change In NASA Pictures says it all, including the landslides caused from increasingly extreme weather.

OO NASA Is Defiantly Communicating Climate Change Science Despite Trump’s Doubts – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration continues to inform the public about the greatest threat facing our civilization.

OO I’m A Scientist. This Is What I’ll Fight For – More than a skirmish over funding, censorship, and “alternative facts”, it’s a battle for the future, basic decency, and the people we love.

OO Modern Day Heroes: Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

200 adults just part of a larger nationwide army, came together at the University of California to rescue important scientific data before it disappeared on federal websites, the victim of Trump’s attack on the freedom of information.

Keep Your Frackin’ Hands Off Our Public Lands – sportsmen understand just how important the wilderness is for all Americans, not just the destructive greedy paws of the powerful few. Source Boise Weekly

OO Sportsmen Fight Trump Energy Plans Alongside Environmental Left – Outdoor sporting groups – often Republican in their support for guns rights and small government – now collaborate with the environmental left to fight Donald Trump’s push to open more public lands to energy development.

OO Investors With $2.8 Trillion In Assets Unite Against Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial – The world’s biggest investors are joining forces to unite against Donald Trump in the fight against climate change.

OO Scientists’ Group Launches Website To Help Federal Whistleblowers – Fearing a Trump assault on science, the Union of Concerned Scientists is creating a way for federal scientists to report abuses.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO A Rare Republican Call To Climate Action – A carbon tax proposal from party elders offers an opportunity to change the conversation on global warming.

OO Colorado Attorney General Sues Boulder County Over Oil, Gas Moratorium

Keeping Austria Beautiful means keeping its snowy mountains snowy, and safe from climate change. Source blogspot.com

OO Court Blocks Vienna Airport Expansion Due to Climate Change Concerns – Citing its accompanying rise in greenhouse gas emissions, an Austrian court says a new runway will work counter to the country’s pledge to Paris climate agreement.

OO European Union: Meps Approve Overhaul Of EU Carbon Emissions Trading Schemeto make it more effective.

OO Australia: Govt Coalition Gives $54 Million To Large-Scale Solar development which it says has the potential for pumped hydro storage.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO US Congress: How A Minor Committee Became A ‘Weapon’ Of The Climate Wars – A House panel overseeing science has transformed over the past two years from a sleepy backwater committee into a subpoena-wielding, headline-generating political actor feared by actual scientists.

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HOT NEWS

OO Heat Waves Scorch The Arctic, Australia, Parts Of US – Record-high temperatures spike concerns about climate change’s new normal in the melting Arctic and an already-hot Australia.

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MELTDOWN

As A Giant Iceberg Calves, Another Starts along the red dotted line, illustrating just how fast the Pine Island Glacier is breaking into the ocean under the onslaught of Arntarctic warming of both sea and air. Source NASA Earth Observatory

OO Antarctica Just Shed A Manhattan-Sized Chunk Of Ice

OO NASA Satellite Spots Mile-Long Iceberg Breaking Off Of Antarctic Glacier

OO Sea Ice Around Antarctica Hits Record Low preliminary US data show, after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming.

@@ VIDEO: Canada’s Arctic Glaciers Now A Major Contributor To Sea-Level Rise – The Queen Elizabeth Islands, which include Ellesmere Island and dozens more, saw surface melt on its ice caps and glaciers accelerate by 900% over the course of a decade.

OO As Arctic Warms, Canada’s Glaciers Playing Major Role In Sea Level Rise Since 2005, study finds that surface melt off glaciers in the North has risen by 900 percent.

OO Sea Ice Hits Record Lows At Both Poles – Antarctic sea ice set an all-time record low on Monday in a dramatic reversal from the record highs of recent years.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO US Scores High In Global Clean Energy Race says a new World Bank report. Takeaways:

  • 80% of 100+ countries have sustainable energy policies.
  • 90+ % of nations have renewable energy targets, and most have supporting legislation.
  • The world is racing fast to transition to clean energy.

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  • Poverty is a barrier for several African nations, where access can be expensive.
  • Technical efficiency in installing and integrating renewables with grids varies widely.
  • More countries need to bolster energy efficiency with policies,e.g., appliance labeling, and mandated vehicle standards.

OO California Demand For Wind Power Energizes Transmission Firms where one will soon build the largest wind farm in the US to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.

OO America’s Climate Pollution Is Falling EPA report says, after 2 years of increases, reducing America’s overall climate pollution to below 1994 levels.

OO Wind Power Briefly Sets Record As Source For Electricity In US

OO ‘The Wild West Of Wind’:

Republicans Push Texas As Unlikely Green Energy Leader – The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states is also a national leader in a wind energy boom. Energy without the pollution or climate change!

OO The West’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing.

Not Even Trump Can Save It

The Saudi Solar Touch Source The Guardian

OO OPEC’s Top Producer Is Turning To Wind And Solar Power – Saudi Arabia is turning to wind and solar to generate power at home and help extend the life of its crucial crude franchise.

OO Indonesia: Coal’s Climate Threat Helps Its Decline – Environmental advocacy has significantly decreased the coal industry in many countries; pressure is now focused on places like Indonesia where coal remains relatively strong.

  • Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of thermal coal,
  • But as its main customers, China and India, scale back on coal use,
  • Indonesia is trying to boost its domestic coal industry.
  • But that might be hard, partly as foreign financiers are pressured by green groups to pull out.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

A Warmer Climate Helps Spread Zika virus, linked to the birth of tragically short-lived microcephalic babies, by increasing the habitable range of its carriers, mosquitoes. Now imagine the wide array of other pathogens that will be similarly helped in a heating world. Source bn.thetodaypost.com

OO Critical Condition: Health Experts Sound The Climate Alarm at a recent meeting, painting a dire wide-ranging portrait of climate change’s public health impacts, but noting that it could be reversed by dramatically switching to clean renewable energy.

MEH: and bringing our populations to sustainable levels – also quite doable now with the advent of effective longterm contraceptives.

Related:

OO Atlanta Conference Highlights Global Warming Threats

OO There’s Another Reason To Worry About Climate Change: Your Health as past history has shown, says an editor of the new book Climate Change and the Health of Nations.

The Growing Face of Climate Change in California is this photo of the massive damage to the Oroville Dam from the recent extreme storms that caused raging overspill. Source CA Department of Water Resources

OO Oroville Is A Warning For California Dams, As Climate Change Adds Stress as the state’s water infrastructure suffers from age and stress, older dams may not be designed to deal with severe weather patterns brought by global warming.

MEH: now imagine what the conditions are of dams of all sizes throughout the US…

OO How Did The Oroville Dam Crisis Get So Dire? Drought, climate change, and aging infrastructure combined to create a looming catastrophe that forced 188,000 Californians to evacuate.

OO California’s Biggest Security Threat? Climate Change, Says Former Adviser threatening our nation’s shores.

California Beaches at Record Levels of Erosion – as this pebble lined beach shows. Coastal erosion in general is increasing, as highlighted by houses that are falling off crumbling cliffs. Source wegophotography.com

OO Worst Erosion In 150 Years Hits California Beaches new U.S. Geological Survey report finds, with the 2015-2016 El Nino season sending erosion levels up to 70+% above normal.

OO Climate Change Whiplash:

California, Parched For 5 Years, Is Now Battered By Water as predicted further extreme weather, in the form of severe storms, refilled CA’s surface water supplies; its aquifers, still partly depleted, are still in a state of drought.

A Drying Kyrgyzstan Reservoir Feeds Central Asia’s Bread Basket, the Usbek Fergana Valley, considered the agricultural heartland of central Asia. This is just one of many signs pointing to the rising violence over shrinking resources. Credit John Wendle

OO Central Asia: When Climate Change Starts Wars – Takeaways:

  • Global warming is twice the global average in Central Asia
  • And larger in the last decade than any previous decade,
  • threatening its agricultural heartland.

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  • Political instability and violence are increasing there,
  • As the shrinking of already scarce resources forces
  • Villages to fight each other daily over water and land for survival.

Two-Thirds of the Melting Glaciers Will Be Gone by 2100 say scientists, down from their 1955 levels. They feed the rivers that feed the farms. Credit John Wendle

  • The heartland is heavily populated,
  • And ever shrinking resources
  • Ensure ever rising conflicts.

OO Drought Once Again A Concern In Oklahoma

OO Brazil Races Against Time To Save Drought-Hit City, Dying Crops – as its arid northeast weathers its worst drought on record. Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.

OO Fiji’s Human Cost Of Climate Change: Rising Sea Levels – 33 Fijian villages are earmarked for relocation, a direct result of climate change.

Farmers and fishermen will suffer: no relocation guarantees their former livelihoods.

Hey, What Happened To All The Snow? Climate change, that’s what. Already decreasing ski seasons worldwide, it will get worse as the world continues heating. This is the famed ski resort of Davos, Switzerland in December 2015. Photo Source SLF

OO Alpine Ski Resorts Could Lose Up To 70% Of Snow Cover By 2100 say Swiss experts.

OO Mexico City, Parched And Sinking, Faces A Water Crisis – as climate change threatens to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point.

OO Climate Increasing Future Risk Of Big Wildfires – even in New Zealand, says rural fire expert.

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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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GOOD IDEAS

OO Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Extremes – Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now California is trying to revive them to ease its dramatic swings between drought and flood.

OO In The Sierras, New Approaches To Protecting Forests Under Stress – In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the viability of forests. Some ecologists are saying that land managers now need to adopt radically new strategies.

OO Wind Turbines Inspired By Insect Wings Are 35% More Efficient Flexible blades shown to work better in a wider range of wind conditions.

OO Beyond Being Green: Many US Businesses Need To Urge Climate Action – the leaders of some are, but far more have to stand up and refuse to support Trump and the GOP’s climate inaction.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

The Everglades may be in trouble, wilted by decades of flood control and facing growing risk from sea rise driven by climate change.

OO Coastal Everglades Is Dying Of Thirst as Florida keeps depriving this national park of fresh water, pushing this unique marshy ecosystem to an unhealthy ‘tipping point.’ Everglades takeaways:

  • Decades of freshwater diversion, combined with
  • Rising sea levels via climate change,
  • Are now destroying peat soil
  • Which stores vast amounts of carbon.

Endangered Wildlife in the Endangered Everglades include the Florida panther, the Florida black bear, and the American Ghost Orchid.

  • Occurring much faster than expected,
  • The loss of peat soil threatens to
  • Turn land into vast expanses of open, dark water,
  • which further speeds soil loss,
  • And decline of the Everglades.

OO Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change scientists find.

An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease.

Those Fishes Will Disappear, Too as the now dead coral fails to provide needed cover and food for them. The tragic loss of coral on the iconic Great Barrier Reef continues. Source Australian Marine Conservation Society

OO Images Of New Bleaching On Great Barrier Reef Heighten Fears Of Coral Death further,

The embattled Great Barrier Reef could face yet more severe coral bleaching in the coming month, with areas badly hit by last year’s event at risk of death. The Guardian.

OO UK: Urban Butterflies Decline Almost 70%

Compared To 45% Drop In Countryside – Pesticides, paving and higher temperatures have put huge strain on butterflies in cities over past two decades, find study.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO World’s Top 20 Economies Urged To Ditch Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2020, Go Green – and the voices behind that urging are economically powerful: Investors and insurers with more than $2.8 trillion in assets under management.

Source inhabitat.com

OO Massachusetts: Environmentalists Push For 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use by 2035 and are supporting newly submitted state bills requiring that.

OO Virginia: Fossil Fuels Foe Calls Proposed Pipelines ‘Climate Disasters’ – when the true costs of fossil fuels are taken into account.

OO Responding To Protestors, Thailand Junta Puts Coal-Fired Power Plant Plan On Hold in an area known for its pristine tourist beaches.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO The United States Of Oil And Gas – Since 2010, the United States has been in an oil-and-gas boom, bringing ever more climate change to its citizens, and the world, to enrich the greedy few.

OO Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, But Jobs Are Left Behind as the industry replace men with machines. But as jobs go away, what of presidential promises to bring them back?

OO Virginia: Toxic Coal Waste Pollutes Water Supplies – highlighting the huge problem posed from burning coal – what to do with the toxic waste?

Past waste water disposal showed how coal waste can destroy what were clean water supplies. Now, green groups oppose a burial disposal plan that could further destroy clean water supplies.

Oh, India, Most Foul – where city air pollution has soared to levels such that even moderate physical activity outdoors could prove harmful. New Delhi on a “sunny” day. Source Money Sharma, AFP at Getty Images

OO India: The Foul Air We Breathe – of concern is that in the most polluted cities, even moderate physical activity could prove harmful, rather than be beneficial, as new research indicates.

India’s clean-up priorities need to shift gear urgently, covering both farm and city.

OO Balkans Rival Beijing In Worst Winter Air Pollution – in Pristina, Kosovo, as the coldest winter in a decade swept through, and ailing power plants belched ever more pollution.

OO What Oil Crisis? Arctic Drilling Off Norway Set For Record as explorers look set to drill a record number of wells in Norway’s Arctic waters this year, undeterred by oil prices apparently stuck below $60 a barrel.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearlythe Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

OO US Solar Market Grows 95% In 2016, Smashes Record

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 2, 2074

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, not shown on drought monitor maps, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Most of the US shows below average temperatures, except for the east coast, which is experiencing unusual warmth.

The area around the North Pole is experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: The Population Connection, Protections Gone, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this montage of Amazonian wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.peruforless.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Credit Lorinda Taylor

“Save me!” Pygmy Hippos are now threatened in Liberia, as Liberia’s corrupt timber industry destroys its forest home, and people hunt them for food. You can take action here.

OO Keep Liberia’s Illegal Timber Out of the EU – sign here to urge to EU to keep illegal Liberian timber out of Europe. Keeping it legal will prevent rampant deforestation of Liberia’s threatened Upper Guinean Rainforest.

OO Deforestation Rises With Incomes In Developing Economies A new study examining the changes in forest cover along national borders finds that as incomes increase, so does deforestation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MERCURY RISES IN THE FOOD CHAIN AS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAYS OUT

The Mercury Food Chain In Action Credit Ian Adams Photography

OO After Decades Of Decreases, Mercury Rises In Great Lakes Wildlife Takeaways:

  • As coal consumption zooms in Asia and elsewhere,
  • So has atmospheric mercury pollution
  • Which travels quickly around the planet.

How Mercury Goes Through The Food Chain Source http://www.myhousecallmd.com

  • Scientists suspect that warming waters
  • Are quickly converting mercury into toxic methyl mercury,
  • And store less oxygen, requiring fish to pump water faster,
  • Increasing their exposure to dissolved toxics.
  • More precipitation on the lakes also dissolves more land toxics.

It’s another ecological problem borne of the complex interplay of toxics, global warming, our food and, ultimately, our health.

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HUMAN POPULATIONS WILL CRASH IF WE IGNORE EARTH’S FEEDBACKS

A Decent Family Size Ensures A Decent Future as the planet becomes increasingly hostile to the future of human existence under our current explosion of populations.

OO Modeling Sustainability: Population, Inequality, Consumption,

And Bidirectional Coupling Of The Earth And Human System – Takeaways:

  • Exploding human populations are dramatically changing Earth.
  • Resulting in climate change, widespread pollution, and
  • the destruction of ecosystems vital to human existence;
  • these growing feedbacks will dramatically cut future human population levels.

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  • Population growth projections do not fold in planetary feedbacks
  • Nor the effects of population on those feedbacks,
  • Thus, seriously underestimating future levels of human populations.

Running Out of Room Credit Alper Doruk at www.hongkiat.com

  • We are underestimating our level of future survival,
  • Both in numbers and the quality of that existence.
  • If we hope to have a decent future,
  • We have to confront the real effects of, and on, feedbacks
  • From our overabundance on this planet.

OO Confronting The Big Lie:

Unlimited Growth DOES Have Consequences – the planet is finite, and so is human growth. We can decide whether we will humanely sustain ourselves or be brutally decimated by the consequences of overshooting our resources.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

Trump Starts Cutting American Safety Nets

OO Donald Trump ‘Taking Steps To Abolish Environmental Protection Agency Myron Ebell, a key presidential aide, said climate education material could be ‘withdrawn’ and review of car fuel efficiency standards could be reopened.

OO Trump Wants To Scrap Two Regulations For Each New One Adopted – even if it means lessening protection for Americans. Business comes first.

OO Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting The EPA With A Scalpel, Not A Cleaver he has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules, cut staffing levels, close regional offices and permanently weaken the agency’s regulatory authority.

Trump’s Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Army Corps Ordered To Issue Final Dakota Access Pipeline Permit two lawmakers say.

OO Donald Trump’s Inauguration Fueled By Tobacco, Oil And Drug Company Money

OO Exxon’s Ex CEO Is Now In Charge Of U.S. International Climate as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters.

OO Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Is Foe Of Major Modern Regulatory Law that matters greatly to climate change advocates.

Trump Doesn’t Want You To See This and other information from our national scientists showing the heating up of the planet through burning fossil fuels. Source NOAA

Trump Threatens Vital Science

OO NOAA Scientists Worry About Climate Change Skeptic In Trump Transition

OO Mounting Anxiety For Threatened Climate Research At National Labs

Still There, But Changes Afoot – elsewhere at the website, federal climate plans from Obama are now gone. Source screencapture, climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO The EPA Has Started To Remove Obama-Era Information And replacing pollution language with adaptation. Right, we’ll adapt to sickening pollution rather than remove it – brilliant!!!

OO Canadian Scientists Were Followed, Threatened And Censored:

Trump Could Do The Same Despite White House denial.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

Trump Misleads

OO Trump’s Promise To Pay For Infrastructure With Fossil Fuel Revenue Rings Hollow It is not a simple equation.

OO Green Movement ‘Greatest Threat To Freedom’ says Trump adviser. Climate-change denier Myron Ebell says he expects Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the global climate change agreement.

OO Only A Quarter Of Trump Voters Believe In Human-Caused Climate Change which is reflected with Trump’s gang, which has generally shown a lack of concern for human-caused climate change, at best — and, at worst, disbelief in its existence.

Resisting Trump

Scientists Take A Stand For Science Source Facebook

OO An Obscure Law To Ensure Accurate Information From Agencies

Might Prevent Censorship On Climate Change

OO Scientists Ready For A New Battle With Trump Over Censorship With new tools, like the 2012 WhistleBlower Protection Enhancement Act, government wide scientific integrity policies, and the changing mindset of scientists towards speaking out publicly on climate change when politics will not.

OO Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives’ NOAA Lawsuit fearing more to come under Trump.

Researchers strive to keep their unpublished work private.

OO In Age Of Trump, Scientists Show Signs Of Taking a Stand in a profession that has been loath to do so in the past.

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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 LEADERSHIP

New York Banned Fracking in 2015 – Will Florida Follow? Source Getty Images

OO Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support

OO Maryland: Lawmakers Veto Override, And Renewable Energy Is On The Rise

OO Maryland: Fracking Opponents Press For Statewide Ban

OO Faced With US Retreat On Climate Change, EU Looks To China

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Jonathan Schmock at JonathanSchmock.com

OO GOP Congress Erased Some Very Important Environmental Protections – These included Obama era rules that:

  • Protect streams and drinking water sources from permanent coal plant pollution;
  • Curb climate changing methane emissions from fossil fuel operations on public lands.

Now, coal companies are free to permanently destroy US streams, and fossil fuel operations can spout a very potent climate-changing gas on public lands, without any legal oversight.

OO Coal Rule Killed By US Congress, Others Near Chopping Block – The U.S. Congress moved swiftly to undo Obama-era rules on the environment, corruption, labor and guns, and a rule aimed at reducing water pollution.

OO This Lawmaker Wants To Ease Rules On Drilling In National Parks – yes, he’s a Republican.

Preventing Climate Change, Pollution? Not Worth the Cost, Say GOP by their actions in Congress these days.

OO Repeal Without Replace: A Dangerous GOP Strategy On Obamacare And Climate – House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.

OO Rep. Lamar Smith Launches New Assault On EPA’s ‘Secret Science’

OO Republicans Want To Make The EPA Great Again By Gutting Health Regulations

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HOT NEWS

OO Intense Heat Grips Eastern Australia – Total fire bans issued as parts of Australia swelter in their hottest January on record, including Sydney and Brisbane.

OO Record Heat And Drought Seen In Amazon During 2015-16 El Niño on its rainforest, and that’s bad news for curbing climate change: carbon storing trees both die faster and grow slower, decreasing the ability of the Amazon to function as a major global source of carbon storage.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Electric Cars And Cheap Solar ‘Could Halt Growth of Fossil Fuel Demand By 2020’ a new report suggests.

OO Turbine Breaks World Record For Wind Power Generated In Just One Day and it happened in Denmark. The single, 700+ foot tall turbine produced enough power to power 240 US homes for a month!

Why Beijing Is Cleaning Up Its Act Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China: Beijing Vows 30 % Cut In Coal Use In 2017 To Fight Smog

OO Deutsche Bank Pulls Out Of Coal Projects To Meet Paris Climate Pledge – not bad for the biggest bank in Germany.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

California Snowpack, 2014 and 2017 Source NASA

Moist On Top, Dry Below – describes California’s water supply: an ample 2017 snowpack supply hardly dents the large “groundwater drought” occurring in its aquifers, which are needed when rains and snow don’t come. Source NASA

OO Even As The Snowpack Piles Up, California’s Drought Is Not Over Say experts: a single snowy winter is just a drop in the bucket of groundwater storage needed to make up for the century long decline of underground water reserves in the agriculturally important Central Valley.

OO Kenyans Turn To Wild Fruits And Insects As Drought Looms part of the drying of the climate that is occurring.

OO In Peru, Droughts Give Way To Floods As Climate Change Looms – reeling from drought to devastating downpours, the sort of extremes in weather expected to be more frequent under climate change.

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GOOD IDEAS

Cutting Emissions Is Necessary No Matter What Source wwf.com

OO Confronting Reality: Renewables Can’t Deliver Paris Climate Goals Alone

– Big Cuts In Carbon Emissions Are Needed to stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warn.

OO Canada Pension Managers Weigh High Costs Of Climate Change

OO New York City Pension System To Analyze Carbon Footprint amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change.

These Solar Panels Power Air Conditioners Source http://www.nature.com

OO How Heat From The Sun Can Keep Us All Cool using heat-collecting solar panels that operate air conditioners, heating up environmentally friendly refrigerants so that they will condense and expel heat as the refrigerants are sent outdoors during the air conditioning cycle.

OO Phasing Out Cookstoves A “Win-Win” For Climate And Health study shows.

Replacing traditional wood and coal-burning cookstoves with cleaner technology worldwide could trim nearly a tenth of a degree from global temperature and save more than 10 million lives by 2050.

OO Scientists Measure Carbon Storage In Different Wetlands Worldwide Which are best, and why?

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Tiny Algae Kill Marine Goliaths – as the toxins from algal blooms in ever warmer Alaskan waters are linked to large kills of whales, including the threatened fin whale. Source http://www.adn.com

OO Warming Ocean Waters Off Alaska Bring Widespread Ecological Changes with more expected in the future. Fish, birds and other creatures are showing effects of warmer conditions, according to numerous studies.

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SPEAKING OUT

Source registerguard.com

OO The Constitution Might Be The Key To Climate Action and a group of young climate plaintiffs are making their case.

OO US EPA: Dem Lawmakers Boycott Committee Vote On Pruitt having no hope of preventing an incompetent from being nominated, lawmakers opt for taking a stand instead.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

The Best Way to Keep Coal Clean

OO The Myth Of Clean Coal:

Why Emissions Reductions From Coal Remain A Pipe Dream

OO Canada: More Oil Spills Reported

OO Java, Indonesia: Villagers Say Coal Plant Reduced Livelihoods,

Brought Little New Employment since construction began in 2007.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

OO America’s Community Solar Market Will Surpass 400MW In 2017 By 2019, there will likely be 500 megawatts of community solar projects installed each year in states across the country.

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, Feb 16, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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

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

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by 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.

 

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Climate Change This Week: The Fossil Fuel Alzheimers Connection, Trump Threatens Farming, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian butterfly, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source hongkongkwildlifephotos.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Norway Starts $400-Million Fund To Halt Deforestation, Help Farmers by bolstering sustainable small-scale farming.

Norway is using $100 million to leverage the rest from other countries.

The aim is to preserve 500+ million hectares of peatlands and forest.

Bye-Bye Birdies? We will lose some of the most beautiful birds on Earth, such as many of these real hummingbirds that exist in the ever dwindling forests of the Amazon. Credit Ernst Haeckel via wikimedia commons

OO We Are Destroying Rainforests So Quickly They May Be Gone In 100 Yearsand stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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THE GROWING THREAT OF NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE

Now Imagine 100s of These Going Off in the US – and, yes, it would definitely change not only our landscape, our lives, our future, but our climate, too. The threat is real. Wikipedia

OO As Trump Promotes Arms Race,

Doomsday Clock Reset To 2.5 Minutes Before Midnight – its 1953 year level, when the US and USSR tested their first hydrogen bombs. The danger level has risen because, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists noted:

  • Humanity has failed to adequately address climate change and nuclear weapons;
  • The worldwide rise of nationalism heightens the likelihood of war;
  • Trump’s call for an expansion of nuclear weapons and an arms race further endangers the world.

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FOSSIL FUEL POLLUTION FUELS DEVELOPMENT OF ALZHEIMERS, DEMENTIA

OO The Polluted Brain: Evidence Builds That Dirty Air Causes Alzheimer’s, Dementia –Takeaways:

  • Smaller pollution particles can penetrate and damage human cells more than larger ones.
  • DNA and other cellular structures can be damaged.
  • Such fine pollution is already well linked to asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

Now, growing evidence indicates this pollution can significantly:

  • Harm the brain;
  • Increase cognitive aging;
  • Increase the risk of dementia such as Alzheimers.
Polluted Brains Aren’t Very Colorful as these MRIs show. Source brainpictures.org

How significantly? Studies found:

  • Areas polluted beyond EPA accepted limits nearly doubled dementia in older women;
  • This alone could account for 20+% of worldwide dementia cases.
  • Living within 50 m of a major road ups pollution 10x, and the dementia risk by 12%, than at 200 m away.

The research area is young, so links are controversial, but studies and evidence are growing: air pollution can drive you crazy as you age.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump Cuts Public Liberty Further on the right to know about climate change from federal scientists, by extending a blackout on climate change to the EPA website and banning any climate updates from federal agencies to the public. [modified from the February 3, 2017 cover of Der Spiegel, a high profile reputable Germany magazine followed by many internationally.]

OO Trump Bans Agencies From ‘Providing Updates On Social Media Or To Reporters’ – The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders.

OO Donald Trump Plans To ‘Reform’ The Way Environmental Agency Uses Science report claims.

OO Reports On Climate Change Have Disappeared From The State Department Website

For now, the information lives in archives.

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

OO Trump Administration Tells EPA To Freeze All Grants, Contracts which could affect everything from: state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.

OO EPA Science Under Scrutiny By Trump Political Staff

Danger: Something Trump Might Take Seriously – can you imagine his staff explaining to him how gigantic ice cubes aren’t really the answer?

@@ Futurama – Global Warming!

OO EPA Transition Leader: Need To Purge ‘Scientists Who Believe The Global Warming Alarmist’ Agenda

and floated the idea of downsizing EPA from 15,000 to 5,000 employees as an “aspirational goal”.

OO Trump’s New EPA Transition Team Draws From Oil Industry Groups Surprise, surprise.

Prove You’re Not a Clean Energy Loser, Trump!

OO Trump’s Energy Plan Is Nonsensical say experts; his plan is:

  • Short on details;
  • Full of contradictions;
  • Full of outdated assertions on the status of the US energy supply.

His plan to bring back coal and increase oil and gas defies reason.

OO Keystone XL, Dakota Pipeline Green-Lighted In Trump Executive Actions

OO Key Trump Donor Stands To Profit From Approved Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

A Heating Global View from NOAA shows how burning fossil fuels is changing our planet’s climate, especially the northern hemisphere, which includes the USA; the new boss of NOAA doesn’t want to discuss the cause, simply the effects. Source NOAA

OO Dept Of Commerce Trump Nominee Will Let NOAA Climate Scientists

Share Climate Impacts But Not Causes NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is one of the largest US agencies involved in weather and climate research.

OO Trump’s Team Wants To “Recalculate” The Social Cost Of Carbon The far more realistic cost of burning fossil fuels to our society. Guess who will lose?

OO Even Before Formal Death Knell, Clean Power Plan Is History since none of its targeted industries will cut emissions while it is being challenged by environmentalists.

OO As Trump Ignores Record Temperatures, Taxpayers Are Paying A HUGE Climate Change Bill Takeaways:

  • Climate change is already costing US taxpayers, consumers, $10s billions
  • Due to increasingly extreme storms, droughts, wildfires.
  • Western wildfires have increased 500% in past 40 years.

Adopting better climate policies now will save future costs.

  • Trump is responsible for protecting Americans:
  • He needs to recognize the serious climate risks and costs,
  • And is morally obliged to act.

When a Dam Fails, Will The USDA Alert People in Time? There are many repercussions from limiting information flow between federal agencies and the public. Source floodlist.com

OO Trump Endangering Us Agriculture As He Gags Science Takeaways:

  • The Dept of Agriculture and other federal entities work closely with farmers,
  • supplying timely information such as monitoring dams and pest invasions.

Without the quick, efficient transfer of information:

  • Major crops could be lost if, as new pests invades, new pesticides are not developed fast enough.
  • Jobs will be lost that currently employ facilitators between government and farmers.
  • If a dam fails, lives could be lost.

What are the climate change connections? As climate changes, so do the ranges of pests; and ever worsening droughts can actually damage dams. These are just a few examples.

OO How Trump Could Help Spread Flesh Eating Bacteria by ignoring global warming: warming waters are linked to its spread.

The more Trump ignores warming, the more this vicious bacteria will spread, and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk.

The Climate Deregulation Tracker will track Trump’s terrible legacy.

OO Climate Regulations Under A Watchful Internet Eye – Bracing for a rollback, the Climate Deregulation Tracker website run by Columbia Law School alerts any time President Trump or Congress change a rule involving climate change or energy.

11 actions are already listed from January 30 to February 3, 2017.

OO Strangling Huge US Climate Policy Machine Won’t Be Easy For Trump

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HOT NEWS

OO Our Planet Is Breaking Global Heat Levels Every 3 Years Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels.

@@ Visualize 137 Years Of Global Warming via NASA global temperature data.

OO Rapid Cuts In Emissions Needed To Avert Looming Dangerous 2 Degrees C OfHeating – which is much closer than most scientists acknowledge, says a prominent climate scientist.

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MELTDOWN

OO Powerful Images Show Impact Of Global Warming On Greenland’s Ice Sheet

OO Europe Faces Droughts, Floods And Storms As Climate Change Accelerates – the northern hemisphere is warming faster than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says a new study.

OO Sea Level Rise Estimate Grows Alarmingly Higher

In Latest Federal Report – predicting a worst-case scenario of 8 feet of rise by 2100 says an Obama era NOAA report, just as Donald Trump takes office with pro-fossil fuel policies.

Ocean City: More Ocean, Less City – as severe flooding is projected to be severe on a monthly basis within 30 years. Source abcnews.go.com

OO This Week’s Jersey Floods Are A Taste Of What’s To Come – Every year or two, the Jersey Shore tends to get severe flooding; by 2050, the Shore should expect floods this bad every month, on average, say new projections.

OO People Of The Sea Ice See Cracks Forming – the “People of the Sea Ice” are seeing their namesake disappear, and must reinvent their lives amid a thawing landscape.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?

What You Need to Know – Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined says a new Department of Energy report. Solar power employed 43% of the electric power generation sector’s workforce in 2016, nearly twice that of fossil fuels combined.

Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000.

During the past decade, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33% while solar expanded 5,000%.

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OO Reuters: UK Offshore Wind Costs Fall By Nearly A Third In Four Years – Four years ahead of schedule, the cost now beats that of new nuclear power, said a new industry report.

OO Scotland Eyes 50 % Renewable Energy By 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil.

OO In Message To Trump, EU Says Will Remain Top Investor Against Climate Change

Says its European Investment Bank, aiming to invest around 20 billion dollars a year to fight climate change over the next five years.

A Clean Energy Mecca to Dawn? Perhaps, if Saudi Arabia goes through with its planned investments in clean energy. Credit Gab1209 at Flickr

OO World’s Largest Oil Company Considers Investing $5 Billion In Renewable Energy – Saudi Aramco, is considering as much as $5 billion of investments in renewable energy firms as part of plans to diversify from crude production, say sources.

Saudi Arabia is planning to produce 10 gigawatts of power from renewable energy sources including solar, wind and nuclear by 2023 and transform Aramco into a diversified energy company.

Fashion Goes Green as the industry becomes more sustainable. Source gucci.com

OO Luxury Fashion Executive: Why Green Is The New Black Takeaways:

  • Fashion is the second largest polluting industry (oil is first);
  • Long term investment is needed to keep fashion sustainable;
  • A start is tackling waste.

More luxury fashion companies are starting to tackle their carbon footprints.

OO Climate Change March To Descend On Washington DC In April – and will protest President Trump’s agenda of attacking climate action and promoting fossil fuel development.

OO Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built East Of Long Island with up to 15 turbines that can power 50,000 average homes over all.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Flooding Is One of Many Climate Change Impacts on Europe Photo Source Source strangesounds.org

OO EU Economy Suffering The Worst Ever Impacts Due To Global WarmingImpacts have risen sharply since the 1980s; and are set to worsen under the continuing impact of global, says a new report.

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA):

  • the extreme weather has caused 85,000 deaths,
  • which amounts to nearly 393 billion euros between 1980 and 2016.
  • Annual 1980s damage from climate change averaged nearly 7.6 billion euros,
  • Reaching an average 13.7 billion euros by the 2000s.

OO As Pollution And Drought Make Clean Water Scarce, Fewer Americans Can Afford It – it’s true: many Americans cannot afford clean running water, an important component of maintaining good health. Trump ‘s Congress recently undid a law protecting US streams from pollution.

OO Without Enough Chill, Many US Crops Are Doomed Takeaways:

  • Crop trees – like peaches, almonds, pistachios – need a minimum number of “chill hours”
  • Frigid temperatures, between 32-45 F, for 700 hours each winter are needed for trees to bud.
  • Less chill time results in non-uniform budding, and dramatically lower yields.
  • Many California fruit trees are not getting enough chill time.

In California, rising temperatures might drastically cut down the ability to grow such crops by 2050.

OO Climate Change Poses Multi-Faceted Threat To Oregon report says.

The threat posed by climate change is real and the potential impacts if climate prediction models are correct will be acute in Oregon, a team of researchers said in a report to the state’s lawmakers. Portland Oregonian, Oregon.

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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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GOOD IDEAS

OO Study: Real Facts Can Beat ‘Alternative Facts’ If Boosted By Inoculation in the form of showing the flaws of misleading denialist myths when presenting the facts of climate change.

OO How To Boost Rural Incomes In Africa? Plant More Trees say researchers, especially fruit or cash crop (eg, coffee) trees, which are more resilient to extreme weather and climate shifts, producing when other crops fail.

OO Reaching Global Warming Targets Under Ice-Free Arctic Summers Requires Zero Emissions By 2045 – say researchers. Okay, so lets get started!

As darker, far more heat absorbing waters replace melting Arctic ice, the results add to global warming. What is less known, however, is the impact of a no-summer ice scenario on the world’s ambition to maintain global warming below 2°C by 2100.

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SPEAKING OUT

So Many Davids Vs. the Trump Goliath – a group of kids suing the government may well block Trump’s attempts to remove climate change information from federal websites. Credit Chris Pietch at AP for The Register-Guard

OO 21 Kids Stand In The Way Of Trump’s Attempts To Delete Federal Climate Websites They are already suing the US government and fossil fuel companies for failing to address climate change, even though the risks are well known.

Now lawyers for these kids, age 9 to 20, have notified the US government and fossil fuel companies that removing climate information from websites without archiving it could threaten the ability of students to make their case, and be in likely violation of the law.

OO Badlands National Park Goes Rogue On Trump, Tweets Global Warming DataWhich went viral, before being removed.

OO Climate Change Summit Scheduled To Replace One CDC Scrapped and Al Gore helped organize it.

Safe For Now is climate change information at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, thanks to employees who objected to the Trump plan to remove it. But the website material is “under review”, so its future is not certain. Source screen capture of climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO EPA Objects To Trump Plan To Scrap Climate From Its Website;

Trump Gang Backs Down for Now from its plan to remove climate information for now, but website material is “under review” so its future is uncertain.

OO Meteorologists Malpractice If They Do Not Face Causes Of Climate Change – meteorologists hold a sacred position between people and science, noted a doctor to an audience of meteorologists. Like doctors, when they fail to look at the systemic causes of the immediate problems in front of us, they are guilty of malpractice.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump Ready To Waste Taxpayer Money, Fueling Further Climate Change for a wall that will damage the US more than protect it.

OO Trump’s Envisioned Massive Wall: An Act Of US Climate Self- Sabotage – not just a costly mistake, but the massive amount of required concrete will create massive emissions that further fuel climate change.

  • Current walls create erosion and flooding in border communities
  • And block wildlife migration, further endangering already threatened wildlife.

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OO The World Passed The 400ppm Carbon Threshold: Why It Matters It’s a stark reminder that:

  • The world has failed to limit CO2 emissions and their climate impacts;
  • The planet is on course to hit 500ppm in 50 years, creating
  • Boosts in heat that would endanger human food supplies and
  • Cause disruptive mass migrations.

Past history indicate even 400 ppm CO2 levels will massively change our planet, in ways likely to threaten human existence.

  • Bringing CO2 levels down to at least 350 ppm to preserve conditions that
  • Nurtured the development of humanity will require a gargantuan effort.

OO Fossil Fuel Industry: Robots Reduce Already Poor Job Sourc and are taking over jobs on oil rigs now.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

OO Overpopulation: Overfishing, Pollution Tips Bay Of Bengal Towards Disaster – Takeaways:

  • Most of 200,000,000 coastal people depend on the bay for food and livelihoods;
  • water scarcity has driven desperate Indian farmers to fish;
  • overfished and polluted, the bay provides only a meager living for most.

Now:

  • a large dead zone has developed, and could ultimately envelop most o f the bay;
  • under climate change the bay is also heating, killing its already damaged coral reefs.

Neither India nor this article recognize how overpopulation contributes to this disaster.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO National Solar Jobs Census 2016: 2% Of ALL New US Jobs Were Solar Ones – That is, one in 50 US new jobs. Takeaways:

Solar jobs have increased 20% yearly, over the last 4 years;

Solar employers expect to see total US solar jobs in 2017 to surge to close to 300,000.

Five top 2016 solar job states: California, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and Nevada

OO Who Installs More Solar Power? Republicans And Democrats Are Pretty Much Tied

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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.

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

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – in fact, some areas are experiencing up to 40+ F degrees higher than normal temperatures! Not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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

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

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

 

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: Trump Blocks Climate Information, Resistance Grows, and More!

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these pygmy elephants in Borneo, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Rainforest Rescue

These elephants are already threatened by ivory poachers, but a planned road will greatly help poachers to invade their habitat. You can sign here to urge the plan is stopped!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What Consumers of Palm Oil Never See is what their consumption drives: deforestation and extinction. Source SOB – IAR Indonesia, RAN

OO UK Bank Financing Tied To Deforestation, Rights Violations For Palm Oil In Indonesia Greenpeace has published evidence of illegal deforestation and violations of local communities by companies receiving $16+ billion in loans and credit from the British bank HSBC.

OO ‘Out Of Control’ Wildfires Damage Protected Forests In Northern Peru – fueled by agriculture and drought, the fires burned around 5,000+ acres during late 2016.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year On Record – the third year in a row to do so, and a marker of global warming.

OO Earth Sets A Temperature Record For The Third Straight Year – Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will threaten both the natural world and human civilization.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist. We were looking in the wrong place for the extra heat, which went into the oceans, not the air. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

As the extra heat starts going mostly into the air again, expect an acceleration in the effects of global warming on climate.

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MELTDOWN

Nothing Like Drama To Emphasize Reality – from the “Day After Tomorrow” 2004 movie, a fictional depiction of the 2002 breakup of the Larsen B shelf in 2002. Once again, the Larsen shelf is in the process of shedding a tremendous amount of ice.

OO Larsen Ice Crack Continues To Open Up readying to calve a giant iceberg in the Antarctic.

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Nature Imitates Fiction: Similar to “Day After Tomorrow” Shot above, this is a REAL drone shot of a developing crack in the Brunt ice shelf that threatens the British Antarctic station. Screencapture of Jan 17, 2017 video at climatecrocks.com

OO UK’s Antarctica Research Base To Relocate As ‘Precautionary Measure’ amid concerns it could fall into a growing giant ice chasm.

OO Argentine Scientists In Antarctica Tally Toll Of Climate Change as a nearby glacier thunderously sheds ice into the ocean daily on King George Island in Antarctica, changing the ecosystem around it.

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Every Minute, The Sea Rises As Our Future Drowns Credit Ferdi Rizkiyanto at http://www.behance.net

OO Some Sea Level Rise Already Unstoppable;
Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Stop Even More
– due to the enduring effects of CO2, the global heating driving sea level rise will continue even after we cut emissions, making it ever more urgent that we cut emissions as much and fast as possible.

OO Ancient Warm Period Hints At Bigger-Than-Expected Sea Level Rise up to 18 feet over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

STAND UP FOR THE ARCTIC – Urge your senator here to prevent drilling for oil in the Arctic, which is already heating far faster than elsewhere due to the burning of fossil fuels.

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TIME TO STAND UP FOR A DECENT CLIMATE

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Shedding Icy Tears as humanity fails to muster the will needed to stop the unfolding climate catastrophe. Source slightlywarped.com

OO It’s Time To Stand Up For The Climate—And For Civilization says Bill McKibben. Takeaways:

  • 19th century scientists predicted how climate change could – and would – occur;
  • 20th century scientists documented developing climate change.
  • 20th and 21st diplomats built international bridges to tackle climate change.
  • These foundations of civilization – science, diplomacy and civility – were hard won, but could fade fast.
  • Trump could slow the pace of progress in tackling climate change,
  • Enough to ensure far more disastrous climate change than we might prevent.

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How Fast We Act on Climate Change Will Determine How Many Children Will Die From It now and in the future.

Related Headline:

OO Bill Moyers: The Climate Threat Posed By Right-Wing Populism’s Rising Tide – nationalist populist movements are skeptical about cooperative bodies, like the EU and the UN, which are essential for international progress on climate change.

But…

OO America Isn’t That Divided On The Environment – Studies show there is no political divide on:

  • Conserving water during droughts;
  • Conserving electricity;
  • For farmers, mitigating climate change by better soil management.

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Meh montage

OO As Trump Takes Power, Americans’ Concern Over Climate Change Hits Record Levels
with a clear majority backing action to tackle climate change.

OO Trump Doesn’t Represent American Views On Climate Change polls show, an issue that many experts consider to be one of the greatest threats of our time.

OO Americans Are Aware Of, And Want Action On, Climate Change poll shows.

OO Trump Supporters Don’t Like His Climate Policies – Recent polls indicate that most Republicans support:

  • participation in international climate agreements, like the Paris accord;
  • taxing and regulating carbon emissions.
  • getting more of US energy from clean renewable energy, and less from fossil fuels.

Why did they vote for Trump? Many were convinced Hillary was worse, climate wasn’t a high priority, and they didn’t take many of his policy proposals seriously. (Current events must be jolting many of those Trumpers now.)

WHAT WE CAN DO
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OO The Anti-Trump Opposition Began At The Women’s March:
Here’s How To Grow It
– unite many factions around themes of broad agreement, one of which is climate change.

OO Support Science-Informed Leadership And Candidates Running For Office

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Donald Trump’s Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Trump Aides’ List Of First Days’ Changes On Energy include:

  • Not weighing climate change when approving pipelines, allowing new drilling for oil, gas, or other major actions;
  • Ignoring the social cost of carbon emissions;
  • Removing the State Department’s ability to grant permission for cross border pipelines.

The above changes run counter to Trump saying “Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.” Surprised?

OO Trump’s Regulatory Freeze Halts
Obama Rules To Promote Greater Energy Efficiency

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Madagascar Drought Means Starving Children Credit Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times

OO How Climate Denying Trump Is Killing Children – By refusing to tackle it he allows the US to fuel the world with climate changing pollution that spells death for many children from increasingly extreme weather, such as the grisly drought in Madagascar, leaving a trail of dead children and desperate survivors.

OO Trump The Destroyer Arrives – His cabinet picks collectively will lead an effort to undermine the legacy of Mr. Obama on the environment, health care, immigration, civil rights and education – with no ideas on how to replace them.

Daily Climate Editor Laura Pyle notes: “We have by far the highest I.Q.,” Trump said, “of any cabinet ever assembled.” MEH: Perhaps he meant IQ as in Inauspicious Quacks.

OO Trump Tweeted The Wrong Ivanka. She Gave Him Climate Advice.

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times, modified

OO The Real Climate Hoax:
Trump Cabinet Nominees Cast Doubt On Climate Change
even if they don’t flat out deny it or its cause, while the overwhelming scientific consensus shows their doubt to be unreasonable and misleading.

OO New Studies Show Rex Tillerson Is Wrong About Climate Risks – While he accepted climate change exists, the Secretary of State nominee nevertheless proceeded to downplay its risks.

OO Trump Nominees Pruitt And Perry Continue To Play Down Climate Change

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt:

  • Doesn’t know that abolishing each statute it administers would spark a debate in Congress;
  • Could be an EPA wrecking ball, given that his career has grew from suing the EPA
  • Pruitt’s EPA may loosen California’s car pollution rules and in other states, too, ultimately worsening US air pollution.

Department Of Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke:

  • promotes coal, ignores clean renewable energy,and the need to act on climate change.
  • pledges to undo federal regulations over federal lands while protecting them. Do you smell hypocrisy?

OO Rick Perry Pledges Support For DOE Research, Renewables
As Trump Plans Drastic Agency Cuts

OO Trump’s Education Nominee Betsy Devos Favors Policies That Dilute Science Education favoring diverting taxpayer dollars towards allowing enabling parents to use private schools where there is no accountability for the quality and accuracy of the science taught there.

@@ A Message to Trump from Climate Scientists – lets hope Mike Pence is watching this, since this is probably beyond Trump’s attention span… more importantly, Americans in general should see this.

OO Trump Ignores Climate At Our Peril

OO Climate Change A Growing Challenge For A New President
-Even As He Denies It

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Prove You’re Not A Loser, Trump!

OO Donald Trump Sees The Future In Coal.
China Sees The Future In Renewables.
Who’s Making The Safer Bet?

OO America Is Losing The Energy Innovation Race. Trump Can Help Win It – and create 1000s of new jobs, if he’s smart enough to recognize the opportunity.

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TRUMP DENIES PUBLIC ACCESS TO EPA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES

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OO Democratic Senators Launch Salvo At Trump’s Blocking Of Information in a letter to him and made public here.

OO Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies,
Closed To Public — AND Congress
in many cases.

OO Office That Protects Whistleblowers Fires Warning Shot Across Trump’s Bow:
Whistleblowers Rights Ride Above Trump’s Silencing

“Under the anti-gag provision, agencies cannot impose nondisclosure agreements and policies that fail to include required language that informs employees that their statutory right to blow the whistle supersedes the terms and conditions of the nondisclosure agreement or policy,” the OSC press release said.

@@ Erosion – Donald Trump Climate Denial Vs Reality Music Video, by Rapper Baba Brinkman. In the absence of federal information, this might become a more significant way to inform the public. Hit it, Baba!

OO Trump’s War On EPA Regulations Will Kill Jobs And A Lot Of People – Clean air and water standards create jobs, spur innovation, and save lives.

OO EPA Scientific Studies Must Be Vetted By Administration Before Release

OO EPA Scientists’ Work May Face ‘Case By Case’ Review By Trump Team official says.

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OO Trump WH Website Fabricates Benefits Of No Health Regulations On First Day Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than20 per person yearly, even if true.)
  • Its source was a flawed discredited 2015 economic study supported by the fossil fuel industry; it did not include the costs of pollution, especially on health, nor the world market trend away from fossil fuels.
  • The website distorted the findings of even this flawed study.

Welcome to Trump’s Dark Fantasy World!

OO All References To Climate Change Deleted From The White House Website

RESISTING TRUMP’S BLOCK OF VITAL SCIENCE

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Scientists Are Starting To Stand Up for Science Source Facebook

OO Scientists Are Planning The Next Big Washington March

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO President Obama Transfers $500 Million To Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal. This leaves the US owing $2 billion; Donald Trump is expected to stop further payments.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Wisconsin Chooses to Mislead Public on climate change ignoring on its state websites the overwhelming consensus that it is caused by burning fossil fuels.

OO Wisconsin: State Agencies Wipe Human-Caused Climate Change From Websites; Scientists Object saying

“Rapid changes in climate are threatening public health, safety, and natural resources. Failing to accurately inform the public about these threats and the opportunities to reduce them, violates the trust we place in our public institutions.”

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO China’s War On Coal Continues — It Just Canceled 104 New Coal Plants – these halted projects are equal in size to one-third of the US coal fleet.

It’s potentially a very, very big deal for efforts to fight climate change.

OO Toyota, Shell Among Giants Betting Nearly $11 Billion On Hydrogen As A Clean Fuel with plans to invest a combined 10 billion euros in hydrogen-related products within five years.

OO Saudi Arabia To Launch $30-50 Billion Renewable Energy Program Soon says its energy minister.

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The Sun Grinds the Grain at this solar powered mill in Zambia. Source news.trust.org

OO Africa: Zambia Tries New Way To Beat Drought – Solar Grain Mills hoping to hold down the cost of milling grain, and hold the line on food prices.

OO Norway: Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars To Combat Pollution despite angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO Climate Change Will Hurt Crops More Than It Helps Them study suggests, reaffirming an earlier study’s idea that high temperatures could seriously harm the production of some of the world’s most important food crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat.

Together, these 3 crops account for about a third of total cropland used on Earth.

The implications of these studies are catastrophic for the world’s food supply.

OO Big Unfinished Business For Trump:
Averting Serious Southwest Water Shortages
– Outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan this; whether Trumps uses it is unknown.

OO Indigenous Canadians Face A Crisis As Climate Change Eats Away Island Home – ask not for whom the bell tolls…

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GOOD IDEAS

@@ Limit Trump’s TV Viewing, Aides Try – to keep him from tweeting explosive and insane ideas he gets from watching TV, notes Seth Meyers truthfully in this recent “Late Night” segment.

OO Even Conservatives Question Trump’s Fitness: Maybe Trump Isn’t ‘Lying’

OO Psychological ‘Vaccine’ Could Help
Immunize Public Against ‘Fake News’ On Climate Change
– by showing the errors and illogic imbedded in the climate myths that climate deniers create, when communicating with the public on climate change.

Related Headline:

OO A Fake News Vaccine? Climate Change Misinformation Can Be Fought With ‘Inoculation’ scientists say.

OO Social Will Needed, If Technology Is To Stave Off Climate Change – without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough.

OO Evaluating The Social Cost Of Carbon Is Crucial
To Tackling Carbon Pollution
new ways to do so are evolving to keep up with the best available science.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Tibetan Tree Rings Trace Climate Change To 1870s when the Industrial Revolution revved up carbon emissions worldwide. The new study shows that before the 1870s, the temperature difference between summer and winter was widening.

After the 1870s, this difference started to decrease, a trend that holds to the present day: as temperatures rise overall, winters become warmer faster than summers, closing the temperature gap between the two seasons.

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Trying to Rid Itself of Killing Ticks, A Moose Rubs Itself Smooth Source New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

OO Ticks, Thriving In Warm Weather, Take A Ghastly Toll On New England Moose – Researchers say droves of winter ticks, which flourish when fall is warm and the winter comes late, are killing moose calves. They have “wasted away.”

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SPEAKING OUT

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A Bonnie Green Prince Charles Credit Richard Stonehouse at Getty Images

OO UK’s Green Prince Charles To Challenge Trump On Climate Change during the climate change denier’s scheduled UK visit – unless, of course, Charles can avoid Trump altogether and let his princely sons meet Trump instead.

OO Bernie Sanders To Scott Pruitt: ‘Why Is The Climate Changing?’ – Pruitt noted that humans may contribute to climate change “in some manner,” and Sanders insisted that the science says a great deal more than that.

OO Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel To Open Sundance Festival in an acutely political year.

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Viewing Climate Change From Decades of Winters in the Colorado Rockies, Billy Barr amassed a unique, massive and valuable record of climate data.

OO Billy Barr: The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science – Moving to the Rocky Mountains Biological Lab four decades ago, he started recording winter climate data that forms a unique, long term record of climate change in the Rocky Mountains. [FD: I know him personally, and he truly is an amazing person.]

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO The Great Lakes: Fossil Fuel Time Bomb Ticking In Largest US Freshwater Supply – Two 63-year-old pipes lie exposed at the bottom of the current-whipped Straits of Mackinac, “the worst possible place” for a spill in all the Lakes.

OO Taxpayer Subsidized Coal Mining On Federal Land Under Review – one of the only places where, because of taxpayer subsidies in the form of cheap leases, coal can compete with natural gas.

OO Land Rush For Oil In US Permian Basin: Exxon Mobil Is The Latest Player acquiring a major parcel in West Texas and New Mexico — more climate-changing fuel we should not use.

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Disappearing Views – and People as air pollution takes its toll on both. Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China, Japan, Vietnam: Air Pollution Map Reveals Countries At Risk Of ‘Airpocalypse. – A study from Greenpeace International and Harvard University has discovered coal-fired power plants built in these countries are slowly killing people and creating an “airpocalypse.”

OO Southeast Asia’s Coal Boom Could Cause 70,000 Deaths Yearly By 2030 report says. Conversely, about 50,000 lives could be saved yearly by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds.

OO China: Illegal Oil Refineries Produce High-Risk Fuel, Dump Acid Sludge To Make Toxic Lakes – A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards.

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Chairman Mao Would Have A Fit – all these bicycles for hire, discarded in a pile by people who were finished with them, but chose not to return them. Source Imaginechina/Rex/Shutterstock

OO Chinese Choose Polluting Cars Over Clean Bicycles – Where is Chinese enforcement when it really counts?

OO How Airlines Can Fly Around New Carbon Rules and a flying boom means a boom in airline pollution.

OO Canada’s Trudeau Is Under Fire For His Not So Green Record having approved two oil pipelines and a major gas facility.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
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 Republican Political Donors Install Nearly As Much Solar As Democratic Donors – political party affiliation doesn’t matter.

OO Despite Headwinds, Big Capital Continues To Flow Into Solar Projects, Processes And Startups – A billion-dollar roundup of some of the bigger and more interesting solar deals so far this year.

OO Mapping Tool Identifies Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Brownfield Sites For Solar Development identifying nearly 80 brownfield sites in the Upper Peninsula that could host the development of more than 750 megawatts of solar.

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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, Jan 30, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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