Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those other solution avenues are:

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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Another way to help? I  started a Clean Energy Voting pledge online, to let Congress know many voters are monitoring their action on climate change. When we can show Congress that a large voting bloc considers this an important issue, Congress will act seriously on it. You can pledge here:
http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176
Please help make THIS go viral, too — spread it far and wide! Thanks!

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*SOME BASIC SCIENCE:

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Community Solar Is Competitive, 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 monkey face orchids that occur in Peru, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.hideme.io

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Morocco Plants Millions Of Trees Along Roads To Fight Climate Change – A government-led tree-planting program is aiming to offset carbon emissions while propagating protected species.

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Source mongabay.com

OO Peru Rainforest, the Size of 10 Manhattans, Further Lost To Illegal Gold Mining new aerial surveys show. Although currently declining, it’s not likely to end anytime soon, and there are new incursions into primary forests and protected areas.

The world lost out on yet another sizeable chunk of cheap carbon storage.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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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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ARCTIC MELTDOWN

@@ How Melting Arctic Ice Could Cause Uncontrollable Climate Change

OO Arctic Ice Melt Could Trigger Uncontrollable Climate Change Globally – says a major new international study, 5 years in the making. Takeaways:

  • Arctic temperatures are right now 20 C (that is, about 40 F) hotter than normal – off the charts!
  • Sea ice is at a record low for November.
  • Arctic summer ice is disappearing,
  • Greatly increasing heat absorption,
  • Accelerating global warming,
  • Which will change wind and rain patterns globally.

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Greenland Melt Canyon Credit James Balog

  • The melting of Greenland ice is speeding up,
  • Adding to rising sea levels;
  • Its ultimate loss will change climate dynamics globally.

Defunding NASA climate research “would be like ripping out the aeroplane’s cockpit instruments while you are in mid-flight,” notes lead co-author Marcus Carson.

Related Headline:

OO Sea Ice In Arctic And Antarctic At Record Lows For this time of year.

OO Arctic Stunner: North Pole Is
An Insane 36 Degrees F Warmer Than Normal
as winter descends.

Imagine These Starving Many are linking a massive die off of tufted puffins to the off-the-charts hot Bering Sea that produced far too few fish to feed all the puffins, and will dramatically reduce the commercial fish harvested by the US fishing industry. Source news.nationalgeographic.com

OO A Hot Bering Sea, Dead Puffins,
And Major US Fisheries Threatened
– Takeaways:

  • The most productive seafood area in North America
  • is off-the-charts hot
  • with even the bottom layer about 12 F warmer than normal.

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A Looming Bust in US Fisheries is likely: dangerously hot waters in the Bering Sea are upending the marine food chain that produces huge commercial catches.Source followgreenliving.com

  • This has devastated the marine food chain,
  • resulting in far fewer, less nutritious plankton at the base,
  • producing far fewer fish, and
  • mass starvation of puffins.
  • Major US commercial fisheries are also at risk:
  • their fish and crab depend on this food chain, too.

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Puffins Plummeting Globally as the food stocks of these endearing birds, both in the north Pacific and Atlantic, are plummeting due to hot waters, linked to climate change and global warming.

  • Extensive periods of warm Pacific weather
  • helped create the giant blog of hot Pacific water,
  • which similarly starved birds and seals along California in 2014-2015.
  • Some of that hot water was pushed into the Bering Sea,
  • and persistent hot weather heated it further.

Such weather is expected to occur, and already is occurring, under continued climate change from global warming.

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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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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 Climate Change May Be Escalating So Fast It Could Be ‘Game Over’scientists warn; new research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.

OO Trump’s Paris Climate Deal Breaker:
Ignoring Science Could Literally End The World

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

OO How Steve Bannon Is Shaping Trump’s Views On ‘Climate Change’ – Judging from the Breitbart News Network empire he led, environmentalists are “greentards” and “totally fu**ing wrong on climate change.”

But he’s not betting money that next year will be on average colder.

OO Dark Skies: Climate Protection Advocates Fear A Rollback Of Emissions Standards especially auto emissions standards, which could substantially affect pollution and emissions.

OO Could Donald Trump Kill The EPA?
Probably Not, But He Could Cripple It
Especially with choosing Myron Bell, a climate denier, to lead it.

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Show Us Your Not A Clean Energy Loser, Donald Trump! By taking action on two great deals: keep promoting clean energy and the US as a clean energy leader, and do that with a clean energy jobs program that will provide a huge number of good US jobs. We’ll be watching.

OO Trump Can’t Halt The Mostly Private-Driven March Of Clean Power

OO Trump May Slow But Not Derail America’s Clean-Energy Transition

OO Trump Could Reverse ‘Dramatic’ Progress On Clean Energy experts fear.

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What A Kidder He Is!… Uh, he was kidding, right? No China, he wasn’t. Thanks for pointing out how ridiculous his stand is that climate change is a Chinese hoax, and setting the record straight: GOP presidents started climate change negotiations in the 1980s.

OO China Rolls Its Eyes At Trump
Over His Ridiculous Climate Change Claim
Look at the history of climate change negotiations: it was in launched in the late ‘80s under the administration of Republican President Reagan and George Bush,” said Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister.

OO Trump’s Pledge To ‘Open Up The Water’
For Central Valley Farms: Easier Said Than Done
– Campaign promises are one thing, says a water policy expert, but, “… the laws of physics apply to everyone equally.“ So do a network of regulations governing water distribution.

OO With Trump’s Election, Critical Climate Efforts Likely Fall To The Stateslike Virginia, already feeling the effects of global warming.

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Obama Climate Legacy Outshines Trump – given what Trump has said about acting on climate change… wait a minute… did he say ANYTHING?

OO Obama Blocks New Oil, Gas Drilling In Arctic Ocean where industrial activity will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife – and worsen global warming.

OO Obama’s Govt Released A New Oil And Gas Rule to keep public and native American lands clean.

OO BLM Rule To Slash Methane Emissions

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US Leads at Climate Summit with a Big Plan – Will Trump Keep Leading?
Credit Getty Images

OO White House Releases Optimistic, But Wishful Climate Pan before Trump takes office.

At COP 22, U.S. climate envoys lay out a vision to ‘deeply decarbonize’ the economy by 2050, just as a Trump presidency threatens to reverse all climate progress.

OO EPA Aims To Finish Climate Rules; Decisions Fall To Trump – Some of the largest ones, in fact. Oh boy.

OO US Already Ahead Of Clean Power Plan Targets
—And Bringing Back Coal Will Be Hard

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SPEAKING OUT

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Another Sign of HOT Times – yep, northern US states have been as much as 16 F above normal recently, and meteorologists are connecting the dots to climate change. Source PRISM, Oregon State University

OO America’s TV Meteorologists: Symptoms Of Climate Change Are Rampant, Undeniable

OO CEOs, Leaders Urge Trump To Stand By Climate Pact – Nations, businesses and Washington’s top diplomat urged president-elect Donald Trump recently not to withdraw the U.S. from the climate-rescue Paris Agreement and its commitments to preserve Earth for future generations.

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OO Bill O’Reilly:
Trump “Should Accept The Paris Treaty On Climate
To Buy Some Goodwill Overseas”
– Trump will need it.

OO Largest Bank In Norway Sells Its Assets In Dakota Access Pipeline which accounts for 10 % of its funding. Thanks for leading, Norway!

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ASTHMA STORMS

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Connecting the Dots Between Asthma and Thunderstorms – the more intense the storm, the more likely pollen will be broken up into lethally small pieces that can be inhaled and cause fatal asthma attacks. Source http://www.harvard.health.edu

OO ‘Thunderstorm Asthma:’ Increases As Storm Intensity Does Under Climate Change – as an unusually intense thunderstorm in Australia recently illustrated, leaving 4 people dead from asthma attacks.

The deadly illness can be caused by especially more intense thunderstorms, which will occur globally more frequently under continued climate change.

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CLIMATE FOG OF LIES

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Nature Doesn’t Care About Misleading Climate Change Websites – it will continue to respond — via the same physical laws that govern gravity — with climate change that is increasingly blatant and undeniable.

OO Seeding Doubt: How Self-Appointed Guardians Of ‘Sound Science’
Tip The Scales Toward Industry
– Funded deeply by the corporate sector, including tobacco, oil and gas, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the lobbying organization Sense About Science promotes anti-regulatory voices. Surprise, surprise.

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HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record, UN Says – World Meteorological Organisation figures show global temperature is 1.2C above pre-industrial levels and will set a new high for the third year running.

GLOBAL WARMING SYMPHONY

@@ 150 Years Of Global Warming In A Minute-Long Symphony – Sometimes, a tune can say so much more than an image or words. Here, we turn almost 150 years of global temperatures into music.

The higher the temperature, the higher the pitch of the note. And the louder the note, the more carbon there is in the atmosphere.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Clean Energy Can Be Colorful Source greentechmedia.com

OO The Clean Path Chosen: How Denmark Won, And Texas Lost on an energy challenge. After the 1970s oil embargo, Denmark and Texas reacted differently. Takeaways:

  • Denmark used government policies
  • To increase energy efficiency
  • And shift away from fossil fuels,
  • Making these a major economic focus
  • And source of national pride.

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Source Greenpeace

  • Now, Denmark ranks 1st globally in
  • energy security, energy equity and sustainability,
  • says the UN accredited World Energy Council.
  • Texas, by contrast, doubled down on oil and gas,
  • kept supplying climate changing fuels
  • that increased US pollution.
  • Texas wind power is finally being developed,
  • as weather gets ever more extreme there.

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OO The Coal Industry Isn’t Coming Back Market forces, not environmental regulations, have doomed coal.

OO Analysis Cuts Coal Growth Outlook In Half As China Peaks says the International Energy Agency, as it dramatically scales back its outlook over the next 25 years.

OO Canada: Ottawa To Announce Coal Phase-Out,
Aims For Virtual Elimination By 2030

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Climate Change Is Slowing Drowning Island Paradises. Credit Acepharma via Wikimedia

OO Climate-Threatened Nations Aim For 100 % Renewable
Energy As Soon As Possible
– as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

These include Pacific island nations, which are starting to flood from rising sea levels.

OO Fossil Fuel Emissions Stay Flat 2013 To 2015 but will rise unless nations act. to speed up new emissions policies, scientists say.

OO Germany Reasserts Climate Leadership,
Outlines Path To Carbon-Neutral Economy By 2050

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source News.com.au

OO The Cost Of Climate Change:
World’s Economy Will Lose $12 Trillion
Unless Climate Changing Emissions Tackled
– Damage caused by rising seas, increased storms and other climate-related problems pose ‘a very serious challenge’ to erasing poverty in the developing world.

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OO Disaster Loss Estimates Ignore Higher Cost To Poor – Natural disasters force some 26 million people into poverty each year, setting back global spending on goods and services by the equivalent of $520 billion annually, the World Bank said recently.

OO Zika Is Not A Global Emergency – It’s A Crisis And Ongoing Threat like malaria, says the World Health Organization, worsened as climate change enables the spread of its carrier, mosquitoes.

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OO Southeast US Wildfires Char Over 80,000 Parched, Drought-Stricken Acres – With conditions set to worsen, some of the blazes could burn for weeks in the already rain-starved region.

Related Headline:

OO North Carolina: Drought, Fires Reach Crisis Level,
State Of Emergency Declared
as fires scorched thousands of acres as a result of extreme drought and human carelessness across 25 western counties.

OO Chile Battles Raging Wildfires Fueled By Heat Wave, Winds – About 20 wildfires are spreading quickly in Chile’s central region, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people recently.

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What’s This Octopus Doing In My Parking Spot? Source http://www.miamiherald.com

OO Climate Change ‘Canary’: Tide Flooding Brings Octopus Into Parking Garage As rising sea levels mean King high tides now regularly flood Miami, as this poor stranded octopus illustrates.

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Drought Breeds Desperation, and Militancy Source http://www.todaygh.com

OO In Mali, Drought Disaster Of Fulani Herders Plays Into Islamist Hands – Fulani anger spreads jihad to central and southern Mali as climate change dries up Niger River, exacerbating conflict.

OO Drought: Zimbabwe Funding To Prevent Starvation Is $140 Million Short -Suffering from Zimbabwe’s worst drought in a quarter of a century millions of people need food aid, says the UN.

This is the dark danger of continuing climate change: donor fatigue will mean thousands of children, women and men will starve from a drought worsened by climate change.

OO Syria’s Food Production Edging Nearer To Collapse, UN Warns with wheat production having halved since its war began in 2011, and was already in the grip of a long, devastating drought worsened by climate change, and likely help fuel the war.

The drought continues, and the area of fields planted now are at an all-time low.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO During Superstorm Sandy,
Wetlands Averted US $625-Million In Damages
a new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

OO A Haven For Growing Clean Tech Startups: The Accelerator At Cyclotron Rd – Hit hard by a venture capitalism slump, startups here are funded by the Department of Energy to develop cutting edge concepts on energy efficiency and clean energy that might then attract venture capitalists.

OO Fighting Poverty Cleanly:
Turning Shipping Containers Into Solar Stations, Hydroponic Farms
– is what a new company, co-founded by an ex MSNBC talk show host, does.

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A Common Post-Typhoon Scene in China Source Chinatopix at http://www.ctvnews.ca

OO China Says Insurance Industry Must Respond To Climate Risks – its government is pushing the insurance industry to offer climate risk policies.

OO With Tougher Rules, China Wants Fewer, But Better, Electric Car Makers

OO Delhi’s Air Pollution: What China Got Right And Where India Falls Behind– China has actually undertaken far-reaching and difficult measures to ensure that the worst is over.

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The Swansea Tidal Plan for the world’s first tidal energy lagoon. Source subseaworldnews.com

OO For A Welsh City, The Tides Offer Renewable Energy And Economic Renewal

OO How Electric Vehicles Are Becoming A Tool For Grid Stability for California and Hawaii, as recent reports illustrate.

NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Massive Forest Death Continues In California where long-term drought has claimed another 36 million trees, the U.S. Forest Service said recently.

Since 2010, more than 100+ million trees have died across 7.7 million acres, the agency said.

OO Destruction Of Kelp Forests By Tropical Fish
Shows Impact Of Ocean Temperature Rises
– even small increases, an Australian study has found.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Fracking, the Gift That Keeps On Giving Headaches. Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OO Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes That Last For Months after the controversial gas extraction process ends, a new study finds.

OO Natural Gas Demand Will Outpace Other Fossil Fuels, IEA Says but this fossil fuel will not prevent further dangerous climate change.

OO Pennsylvania Gas Fire Plants Commissioned -Just what this world needs – more generation of climate change and toxic pollution.

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

OO Environmental Groups Call Subsidies To
Fossil Fuel Industry An ‘Anti-Carbon Tax’
Canada’s attempts to set a price on carbon are being undercut by subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, a new study shows.

OO Huge Deposit Of Untapped Oil Discovered In US
– But Must Stay In The Ground
– If we are to avoid dangerous climate change.

OO Maryland Asks EPA To Crack Down On Pollution From Midwest Coal Plants – 19 of them in five other states, whose emissions make MD air unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days.

Imagine what will happen with such a request under a Trump administration.

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A Forest Soiled by oil. Credit Paul Nicklen

OO Canadian First Nation Cleans Up Latest Fuel Spill Mess in beautiful Great Bear Rainforest, adding to pressure to cut fuel transport lines on Pacific Coast.

OO China’s Response To Beijing’s Persistent Pollution:
Scale Back Clean-Up Goals
– rather than confront government failure to enforce its regulations, due to lack of resources and planning. Now what’s wrong with that picture?

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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 Analysis Shows That Community Solar Is Competitive in the Vast Majority of the US FLYING

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OO $270+ Million More In Residential Solar Loans Secured as part of a trend that will allow residential solar production to be owned by homeowners rather than leasing companies.

OO Community Solar Is Competitive In The Vast Majority Of The US says a new analysis.

OO Renewable Energy Is Seeping Into Small-Town America where a vast majority of people support it.

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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, Nov 29, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, you can see that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic: a broad swathe of abnormally high temperatures runs from the North Pole uninterrupted until it peters out in Mexico. much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and despite recent rains, so does the drought in much of California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – off the chart temperatures that are in some areas practically 40 F higher than normal! Insane!!! And not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Trumped By Climate, Record Solar Surge, 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 Red-necked Tanagers in Brazil, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source mostbeautifullworld.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Eliminating Deforestation From Palm Oil Supply Chain:
Industry, NGOs Agree To Single Approach
– a first.

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Death By Fire happens to too much forest in Brazil, and fuels global warming. Credit Dado Galdieri at AP

OO Deforestation Forces Up Brazil’s Carbon Emissions despite Brazil’s attempts last year to drastically cut emissions.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Our Children’s Future will be more like this, under current conditions and Trump’s plans.

OO Air Pollution:
The Next Generation Carries The Burden Of Our Inaction
– adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child’s lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life.

OO Air Pollution Emerges As A Top Killer Globally says new research, a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change.

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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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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 Climate Change May Be Escalating So Fast It Could Be ‘Game Over’scientists warn; hnew research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.

OO Trump Presidency A ‘Disaster For The Planet’ Leading scientists warn the climate denier’s victory could mean ‘game over for the climate’ and any hope of warding off dangerous global warming.

Related Headline:

OO Warming Up: New Research Points To A More Sensitive Climate To Rising CO2 – Climate models may be underestimating how sensitive the planet is to rising greenhouse gas levels; new research indicates that global warming is about to speed up.

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

OO Physics Doesn’t Really Care Who Was Elected – Neither does gravity or climate change, both governed by the laws of physics, not those of the US. And Trump can’t change that.

OO Step 1 Of Donald Trump’s Anti-Lobbyist Crusade:
Pack His Transition Team With Lobbyists
including fossil fuel ones.

OO Trump Looking At Fast Ways To Quit Global Climate Deal – said a transition team source, defying widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

TRUMP COAL CONUNDRUM

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Trump Skies under his current plans to scrap air emissions regulations for coal plants.

OO Ending ‘War On Coal’ Unlikely To Bring Jobs To Eastern Kentucky

OO Trump May ‘Dig’ Coal, But Industry’s Outlook Is Flat At Best say energy industry leaders and analysts, even if he rolls back regulations.

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

OO Trump’s Climate Contrarian: Myron Ebell Takes On The E.P.A depicted on Paris lampposts during the 2015 Climate Summit by activists as one of seven “climate criminals” wanted for “destroying our future.”

OO EPA, Energy Department: Tears, Angst As Workforce Braces For Trump Takeover

DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE

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Keep Fighting For Their Future Source gscadventist.org

OO Six Reasons Not To Give Up Hope:
One Man Can’t Stop Progress On Climate

1. Cities and states are the new front lines in the fight to stop global warming.
2. Clean energy is getting cheaper every day – esp solar power.
3. The Paris Agreement isn’t totally screwed – he can’t just back out.
4. Americans love clean energy.
5. Coal ain’t coming back – ‘cause US natural gas killed it.
6. There is still strength in numbers of activists – keep fighting: you’re more important than ever!

OO Trump Insider: New Administration Won’t Attack Renewable Energy says a Trump insider.

OO States May Drive US Climate Policy Under Trump and are already laboratories for carbon-cutting policies, so they can make inroads if Trump refuses.

OO Despite Trump, Local & State Governments, Private Sector Can Make Climate Progress on achieving goals to slow climate change.

REALITY UNDER TRUMP

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Credit Tim Eagan

OO With Trump’s Election, Science — And The Global Environment — Will Lose

OO Conservatives Elected Trump;
Now They Own Climate Change
– Anyone who voted for Trump shares the responsibility for the climate damages resulting from his presidency.

OO A Bad Day For Planet Earth – A president who has repeatedly denied the existence of climate change, going as far as to call it being manufactured by the Chinese government, will mean disaster for all of us.

EARTH GREENS BUT KEEPS HEATING

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Earth Greens – For Now as rising CO2 levels give a boost to plant growth globally and to carbon absorption by them; but further rising temperatures will lead to a browning, and release of climate-changing carbon.

OO Global ‘Greening’ Slows Rise Of Co2 In The Atmosphere –
But Nowhere Near Enough
To Stop Dangerous Climate Change
, a new study finds. Takeaways:

  • As CO2 levels rose, so did plant growth, upping their intake of CO2;
  • And plants’ release of CO2 slowed, as temperatures rose;
  • CO2 levels continue to rise at a steady rate since 2000.

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Extreme Weather Is Increasing – breaking weather records of all sorts.

But, this small TEMPORARY effect will not slow dangerous climate change:

  • CO2 levels are rising fast.
  • Earth continues to get hotter every year;
  • Extreme weather is increasing.
  • As it gets too hot for many plants to grow,*
  • The greening will stop, and
  • Plants will die and decay, releasing carbon.

* It is already becoming too hot in some areas to grow certain crops, like corn.

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More Than Ever, We Need To Preserve Forests, Mangroves, and other important carbon-storing ecosystems, the study shows. Credit Mario Tama at Getty Images

World Meteorological Organization secretary-general, Petteri Taalas:

“The effects of climate change have been consistently visible globally since the 1980s:

  • rising global temperature, both over land and in the ocean;
  • sea-level rise; and the widespread melting of ice.
  • It has increased the risks of extreme events, such as
  • heatwaves, drought, record rainfall and damaging floods.”

MOROCCO SUMMIT: TUNING A WORLD CLIMATE DEAL

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Gathering For Climate Action in Morocco Source OpenCanada.org

OO Morocco Climate Summit’s Urgent Goal: Cut More Emissions, Faster – negotiators gathering in Morocco for the next round agree its pledges do not go far enough.

OO Making Climate Rules At Marrakech -The United Nations conference on climate change drew up the first steps on enhanced finance and technology transfer, vital to advance the Paris Agreement that entered into force on November 4.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Last Five Years Were Hottest On Record,
More Signs Heat Is Man-Made
says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods and rising sea levels are stoked by man-made climate change.

OO Toasty October Keeps US On Track For 2nd-Hottest Year Ever recorded, going back more than 120 years, with every state in the Lower 48, as well as Alaska, recording well above-average temperatures through October.

OO Earth To Donald Trump:
2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record
– The planet is now more than halfway to the line scientists say we can’t cross if we’re going to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Obama Government Seeks To Speed Wind, Solar Development On Federal Lands in six Western states by establishing a competitive bidding process similar to how oil and gas leases are awarded. Of course, Trump could nix this…

OO World CO2 Emissions Stay Flat For Third Year helped by China falls, shows a new study.

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Clean Energy Blooms in the UK Credit Julie Edwards, Alamy via the Guardian

OO Half Of UK Electricity Comes From Low-Carbon Sources For First Time Ever claims new report.

OO Britain’s Last Coal Power Plants To Close By 2025 the government said.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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‘I can smell the smoke of wildfires 100 miles away,’ says Daily Climate editor Peter Dykstra, as the southeast US drought helps create widespread wildfires there.

OO La Niña Likely To Worsen Southern US Drought – as it brings warm, drier weather there, but thankfully its effects will likely be short-lived this year.

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A Flooded Future Awaits US Cities as sea levels rise fast. Credit Jessica Rinaldi

OO Global Warming To Cause Fastest Rate Of Sea Level Rise In Human History says new research, likely making it difficult for US east coastal megacities to adapt.

OO Why Scientists Are So Worried About Sea-Level Rise – Seas could rise by a foot off the U.S. east coast by 2040 if we continue our high level of emissions.

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Going, Going… Santa Barbara will soon run out of drinking water. Source http://www.letsdomore.com

OO California: A County’s Drinking Water Supply Is Nearly Empty Lake Cachuma, a giant reservoir built to hold Santa Barbara County’s drinking water, has all but vanished in California’s historic drought.

OO Why The Death Of Coral Reefs Could Be Devastating For Millions Of People – Researchers say the death of coral reefs could leave people worldwide without protection from storms and could harm fishing and tourism industries.

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Refugee Faces of African Drought Credit M. Ayene at picture-alliance

OO Africa’s Water Challenges From the Syrian conflict, to protests in Zimbabwe, Tunisia and India, to a deep drought destabilizing South Africa, water is playing a significant role in global civil unrest. Climate change is worsening water scarcity and adding to the unrest.

OO Tanzanian Herders, Hit By Drought, Trade Firewood For Food – Rangelands threatened further as pastoralists struggling to graze animals sell firewood so their families can eat.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Source Pinterest

OO Tax Meat And Dairy To Cut Emissions And Save Lives study urges. This would lead to huge and vital cuts in carbon emissions as well as saving half a million lives a year via healthier diets, according to the first global analysis of the issue.

OO Rethink Hydropower: Dams Emit Sizeable Climate Changing Emissionssays new research. And the increasing frequency of drought in an increasingly water-scarce world has already prevented some dams from working.

OO Rethink Energy, Justice Under Trump:
Help Ex Coal Miners With Clean Energy
Jobs via small scale clean energy projects that also reduce pollution and improve health in their communities, say experts.

SPEAKING OUT

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What the Future of US Cities Could Look Like Under Trump if he plans to nix important air and water regulations. Oh, and add flooding to this picture for coastal cities. Source Jason Lee at Reuters

OO If You Really Are A Smart Businessman, Donald, You’ll Go Green -as the single most effective domestic business plan for the US economy and the planet.

If not, rolling back clean air and water regulations will turn us into Beijing or Delhi.

OO China Warns Trump Against Abandoning Climate Change Deal saying he will be defying the wishes of the entire planet if he acts on his vow to back away from the Paris climate agreement.

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Richard Branson Shutterstock

OO Billionaire Richard Branson On Donald Trump: Focus On Climate Change
“It’s going to be up to us business people to make sure we create tens of thousands of jobs in the clean energy space.”

OO Investors Call For Moratorium On Arctic High Seas Oil & Gas Activity – the investors represent 5+ trillion euros ($5.53 trillion) in assets under management. They call on oil and gas companies to observe an unlimited moratorium on activity in the Arctic high seas.

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California Drought Insanity: Golfing in the Desert Credit Mustafah Abdulaziz at the New York Times

OO Photographing The Impact Of California’s Water Crisis in Mustafah Abdulaziz’s latest installment of his “Water” series; it explores various human interactions with the environment.

OO Australian Unions Call For ‘Just Transition’ From Coal-Generated Electricity calling for a new statutory authority to manage a “just transition”, supporting workers and communities that rely on fossil fuel-related jobs.

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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
the Guttmacher Institute

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO IEA: 2015 Solar Power Grew At Record Rate and Level surpassing 227 GW of total capacity, and installing 51 GW, up from 40 GW over the previous two years. Way to GO!

OO Ballot Win In Florida Emboldens The Solar Industry: ‘Voters Have Spoken Very Loudly’ Takeaways:

  • Utilities paid 20+ million to restrict solar at the ballot box and failed;
  • Solar panel prices keep falling;
  • FL homeowners and businesses are projected to up solar capacity 1900% in the next 5 years, compared to the previous 5 years.

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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, Nov 23, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California, despite recent rain in the SF Bay area. In the south, Santa Barbara’s drinking supply is nearly gone.

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Ghost Forests, Sahara Solar, 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 Crested Guineafowl found in Cameroon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source pixdaus.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Unleashing More Climate Change, Destroying His Last Home, for Palm Oil?Chimpanzees now number a few thousand in a very small area, and this forestis part of it. Once it’s destroyed, the climate changing carbon released will add to the destruction of our children’s future. Source rainforest-rescue.org, modified

OO YOU CAN ACT: New York Investors Plan To Destroy Rainforest For Palm Oil Profit – replacing it with giant plantations in Cameroon, Africa. Sign here to urge Cameroon’s president to say no to these short-sighted investors.

OO Soil Could Emit CO2 Bigtime Within Decades, Unless We Increase Forests, Grasslands from former human use, a new study shows. These, not carbon capture and sequestration, are the easiest, cheapest ways to store carbon and slow climate change.

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Source Rainforest Rescue

OO Indigenous Rights Are Key To Preserving Forests climate change study finds; it shows at least a quarter of forest carbon is stored on communal land, particularly in Brazil.

OO Failure To Secure Forest Dweller Rights Risks Carbon Emissions Spike a new report says, since dwellers protect these carbon storing systems that are their homes.

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US Coast Forests Dying From Salt by rising seas, which are now flooding wetlands among the coastal woodlands.

OO Ghost Forests: Rising Seas Are Killing US Woodlands pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to New Jersey.

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OO YOU CAN ACT: Sign The Wilderness Bill Of Rights Developed By The Wilderness Society,

“We, the American people, stand united to defend our wild. We call on our lawmakers to protect and preserve our national heritage. Public lands are what unite us. They are vital …”

A sampling of the 10 Rights:

I. The protection of our wild places will be an urgent priority.
II. Our public lands will not be sold off to the highest bidder.
III. America’s public lands will receive the funding needed to flourish and endure for generations.
VI. Fossil fuel development will be prohibited on lands that are too wild to drill.
VII. Public lands must be a central part of the solution to climate change.

These are rights that serve our children’s future, that we can all agree on. Read the full list and sign here.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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CLIMATE CHANGE LENGTHENING EAST COAST WINTERS

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Remember the Polar Vortex Invasion of 2014? Expect repeats. Source http://www.accuweather.com

Sounds crazy? Only if you still think that climate change only means warming – not more extreme changes… read on…

OO Polar Vortex Shifting Due To Climate Change, Extending US Winters in the east, a new study finds. Because of Arctic sea ice loss, the polar vortex is shifting and temperatures are turning colder during March.

OO Why Republicans Still Reject The Science Of Global Warming – it’s morphed into an “anything Obama supports, we’re against” religion, fueled with the campaign support of fossil fuel industries.

But even Charles Koch is acknowledging that climate change exists in part from humans – and now, Obama is being replaced by Trump… is this enough to evoke seismic change by the new party in power?

As it stands, “Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it’s in charge of the most important political body in the world.”

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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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US WEST DROUGHT

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The Big Shrink: A Bay Disappears as all of Great Salt Lake shrinks from human overuse of inflows and the drought. Source earthobservatory.nasa.gov

OO NASA Images: Utah’s Great Salt Lake Shrinking Dramatically – the largest US lake after the Great Lakes. Takeaways:

  • Farming has dramatically reduced the river inflows that feed this lake;
  • 5 years of drought have also helped shrink the lake.
  • It has shrunk to half its size since about 1850.

If it vanishes:

  • resulting toxic dust could cause massive, costly city pollution (think dust storms);
  • a57 million brine shrimp industry ends;
  • a70 million waterfowl hunting industry ends;
  • a1+ billion economy depends on it.

OO Global Warming Contributed To Record ‘Snow Drought’ In The US West in 2015, shows a new study. High temperatures resulted in record low snowpack in the northwest.

OO Colorado River: No Tech Breakthroughs Will Bring Back Water – disappearing due to the effects of climate change, says a new report.

OO Greenhouse Gases Made West Coast Drought Worse shows a new study.

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The Face of Rising Sea Levels: Melting Antarctica Source NASA

OO Climate Change Captured In Stunning Antarctic Ice Photos

OO Paris Climate Deal: Renewables Alone Won’t Stop Global Warming – it won’t happen fast enough, unless leaders to act to:

  1. dramatically cut off investment to fossil fuels and switch to clean energy;
  2. dramatically cut demand: bringing population/consumption to sustainable levels.

OO The Long-Term Environmental Impact Of Our Short-Term Politics will echo to the end of our civilization, as climate change, unchecked, seals its end. That means you, too, Trump.

“The window of opportunity for acting in a cost-effective way – or in an effective way – is closing fast,” said Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer.

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THE CASE OF THE VANISHING OIL RESERVES

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OO Someone Is Stealing The World’s Oil Reserves – But Who?

Takeaways in this mystery thriller:

  • Exxon and other big oil companies are decreasing their estimated reserves
  • Even though the price of oil is still comparable to what it was in the 1970s-80s.
  • But the remaining reserves are far deeper and more expensive to extract.
  • When it costs as much oil to extract an equal amount of oil,
  • Big Oil will be out of business.

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Going Below The Double Lines Is a No-No economically at current oil prices. We are currently depleting oil reserves that oil companies can profit from extracting. Source http://www.postcarbon.org

– OR

  • Big Oil raises oil prices and we decide to pay them, IF we can,
  • Even if it leads us into far more catastrophic climate change.
  • But will we?
  • – Or will we be driving EVs charged by clean renewably produced electricity?
  • Produced by former oil companies that decided to invest in renewables?

Stay tuned…

Related Headline:

OO Exxon’s Slashes Oil Sands Reserve Estimates,
But Keeps Producing Climate Change
– as it extracts climate changing oil. The future doesn’t look profitable.

But, hey, we know that just from unfolding climate disasters, right?

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MELTDOWN

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OO The Average American Melts About 540 Square Feet Of Arctic Ice Yearlydue to their abnormally high consumption of resources, a study found.

OO Around The Arctic In 20 Weeks:
By Sailboat Through Meltwaters
– another sign of the alarmingly fast meltdown of our planetary thermal shield.

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billy barr bares all about snow as this winter hermit measures snow data daily outside his snug cabin in the Colorado Rockies

OO Video: The Snow Guardian: Tracking The Warming Of The Rockies – for 40+ years, billy barr has lived alone every winter in his cabin, daily collecting snow data. It is now telling a hot story.
FD: I’ve known this remarkable man for decades, who works for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, my summer research haunt.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Oil Majors Join Forces In Climate Push With Renewable Energy Fund Players include Saudi Aramco and Shell.

OO Wind And Solar Could Fuel Africa’s Future with prices for renewables dropping, many countries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future.

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OO US, 35 States To Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Network The feds will establish 48 national electric-vehicle charging networks on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.S. states. Well, if Trump lets it.

OO Global Carbon Intensity Falls With Coal Use Falloff To Record Low in 2015, as coal consumption in major economies plummeted.

OO UK Coal-Powered Electricity Projected To Fall By Record Amount

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Kenya: Viva La Solar Revolution! Experimentation with solar lighting is fast expanding into broader use of renewable power for business, energy experts say.

OO Taste Of Solar Power Builds Appetite For More In Kenya one of the countries leading Africa’s push toward solar energy use, survey finds.

OO Indonesia, Vietnam Look To Blaze Trail For Solar In Southeast Asiaintroducing targets to fire up green energy generation as a landmark global agreement to curb pollution is set to take effect.

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OO New Landmark Deals Tackle Big Climate Polluting Sectors:
Planes, Ships And Coolants
albeit too slowly, so far.

OO Alberta, Canada Introduces Bill To Make Oil Sands Emissions Cap Law for the oil producing province.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit Stephen B. Morton at AP photo

OO Climate Change Is Already Forcing Americans To Move As global warming causes more extreme weather and sea-level rise, US coastal communities are thinking about people moving away from the water.

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Face of a Climate Change Future – continued global warming will have catastrophic effects on global food supplies Source Reuters

OO VIDEO: UN Paints Apocalyptic Climate Changing Picture Of Famine, War And Disease unless world wakes up to dangers of climate change.

The world will “grieve over the avoidable human tragedy” of climate change as refugees flee hunger, poverty, illness and conflict unless urgent action is taken, a new United Nations report warns.

Related Headline:

OO UN: Huge Emissions Cuts Needed To Meet Paris Climate Goals

OO Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set To Bust Global Climate Pact In 2030 says the U.N., based on national pledges so far.

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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

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OO To Deal With Climate Change We Need A New Financial System Starting with ending debt-based currency. Takeaways:

  • Debt-based currency: banks lend out 10x more money than they hold;
  • Thus, 90% of the money in our economy relies on debt.
  • but as a national debt grows, so must the national economy to pay it,
  • – and that further corrodes our global resource base.

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Source king-crew.com

Solutions?

  • Banks must back their loans with far larger reserves – or cut back loans;
  • OR let the government create money and spend it into existence – the Chicago Plan
  • This would dramatically cut private and public debt, and up stability.
  • Measure economic health not based on growth but sustainability.

Guess who won’t like this?
Banks and mega-rich, who profit from current debts.

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Another Way To Clean Toxic Air: Cut Down on Energy Use which, when fueled by fossil fuels, creates toxic air.

OO Save Kids’ Lives By Cleaning Toxic Air Takeaways:

  • about 2 billion children worldwide breathe toxic air by World Health Organization (WHO) pollution guidelines
  • about 300 million kids — almost 1 in 7 worldwide — breathe abnormally high toxic outdoor air.

OO Storing Electricity Underwater Two projects are testing the concept. The idea:

  • Use clean energy to compress air on land and
  • pump it into containers deep under water;
  • Compressing air creates heat that can be stored;
  • To generate electricity from stored air, release it to drive a turbine,
  • And use the stored heat to warm the turbine cooled by expanding air.

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Mangroves: One of the Best Ways to Store Carbon on Earth Source http://www.naturefoundationsxm.org

OO African Wetlands Projects: A Win For Climate And People,
If Well Managed
so that people also prosper, especially in developing nations.

Mangroves and wetlands worldwide:

  • suck up about 10 times more CO2 per acre per year than rainforests do;
  • store 3-5 times as much over the long term,
  • mostly in the soil that extends deep beneath their roots;
  • are disappearing much faster than rainforests,
  • due to coastal development, pollution, aquaculture, and overuse.

OO Tree Planting Pays Off For Minneapolis, Other US Cities providing shade, absorbing pollution; cities could see big returns on their investments in planting more, especially to adapt to climate change, says a new study

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It Eats Plants – AND Carbon Dioxide: the bacterium (little green sticks here) Clostridium thermocellum. Say it 3x fast. Source http://www.researchgate.net

OO Carbon-Eating Bacteria Could Be One Answer To Climate Change – a species that breaks down plant fiber, and can also break down CO2.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Bye-Bye Butterflies in the UK, like this peacock one, as climate change worsens, a new study concludes. Source greenreview.blogspot.com

OO Butterflies Could Be Soon Wiped Out By Extreme Weather Heat waves, cold snaps and heavy rain have probably already help crash populations of butterflies in the UK, says a new study, and will likely continue.

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Imagine Them Gone – many birds have been killed, and many more are threatened, from loss of habitat or hunting. Source http://www.puzzle-net.de

OO Hundreds Of Millions Of Birds Are Missing – Takeaways:

  • Bird trackers are seeing/hearing 420+ million fewer migratory birds since 1980;
  • Spreading human development robs them of vital habitat;
  • Humans continue to hunt wild birds by the millions.
  • Bird habitat needs to be conserved to save them;
  • Birds are important pest controllers for crops: they eat insects.

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Maybe They Can Turn It Into a Hotel – at least in the dry season. Source http://www.news.cn

OO China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Turns Into Prairie As human diversions of its feeder river, industrial use, and a prolonged dry season, of the sort expected under continuing climate change, takes its toll. Move over, Great Salt Lake!

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SPEAKING OUT

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Xie to Don: Get Real on Climate says China climate rep Xie Zhenhua, because there’s money for your country to be made if you do, both in savings on avoided climate catastrophes and jobs to address climate change.

OO China Climate Chief To Trump: Keep The US Part Of Paris Agreement – otherwise, US social and economic progress will suffer.

Related Headline:

OO China To Trump: Wise Men Don’t Sneer At Climate Change China and the US don’t need to go to war to destroy our civilization – just keep pumping the skies full of carbon dioxide for 75 more years, slowly turning much of the planet into a wasteland.

We’re on our way… enjoy the trip!

OO Nigeria’s Own “Inconvenient Truth” Brings Home Climate Threats which may help Boko Haram extremism and are an issue “we cannot afford to ignore,” filmmaker says.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Billion Dollar Greenwash For Fossil Fuels – a ‘climate’ fund by 10 of the largest oil companies seeks to limit gas leakage rather than promote truly clean renewable energy sources. Credit Jae C. Hong at AP

OO Oil Firms Announce $1 Billion Climate Fund
– Devoted To Fossil Fuels
– trying to clean up gas leaks and develop carbon capture and sequestration technology, which despite plenty of research has not been shown to be feasible on a large scale.

Analysts call their efforts to actually combat climate ‘a drop in the ocean.’

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As Oil Runs Dry, So Does Alaska Credit John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri, modified

OO Oil Addict Alaska Falling, As Oil Does – running a $3 billion deficit and the highest unemployment rate in the US, as government coffers, totally depend on plummeting oil revenues, dry up.

OO Fuel Prices Along US East Coast Spike After Alabama Pipeline Explosionwhich closed it for the second time within two months, showing how vulnerable the US East coast is to an accident on a single fossil fuel pipeline.

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Source Asian Development Bank

OO Overlooked Source Of CO2: Processing Sewage Water – which releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-derived chemicals in wastewater due to detergents used at home (showers, washing machine) and industrially, says a new study.

OO Southern California’s Deadliest Quake May Have Been Caused By Oil Drilling study says. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the deadliest ever recorded Southern California history, may have been caused by deep drilling in an oil field.

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An Expanding Wyoming Class: The Unemployed

OO Wyoming’s Trifecta – Coal, Oil And Gas – All Fall Down as unemployment once again rises from shuttered oil and coal production.

Fossil fuels are a dirty, unreliable source of unhealthy jobs.

OO The US Keeps Replacing Nuclear Power Plants With Coal Or Gas

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OO India’s Deadly Smog Beats Out China’s Toxic Air:
Urgent Actions Are Needed To Clear The Skies
– cleaner fuels, more energy efficient appliances, more clean energy plants.

But they never mention sustainable populations levels. Just hold your breath, India. There’s more to come.

Related Headline:

OO 1,800 Schools Shut Down Due To Pollution In New Delhi

OO Irony Not Dead:
Climate Scheme Funds Greece To Build Two Coal Plants

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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.
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 GLEAMING

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Diamond in the Desert – the Noor Solar Plant will be the largest solar plant in Africa. Source http://www.npr.org

OO Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant Is Hard Act For Africa To Follow given it is largely funded by the European Union, but it may inspire the rest of Africa, which mostly uses solar panels to by-pass the power grid.

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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, Nov 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Losing Noah’s Ark, Surging Solar Power, and More!

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Giant Elephant Shrew (cousins to elephants, not American shrews), is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.
Credit John White at calphotos.berkeley.edu

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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OO Nations Come Together To Save Kenya’s Disappearing Coastal Forests – These forests:

  • have high levels of biodiversity; many unique plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world;
  • Are under increasing human pressure from arriving migrants;
  • have lost nearly 10 % of its tree cover in 15 years.
  • Threatened by planned major human and industrial developments.

A European funded program via the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a trade bloc of several African nations, wants to help communities and governments better manage their forests, restore others, and monitor and maintain the wildlife within them.

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Short Term Greed, Long Term Loss – both for Indonesia, and the world: forests provide clean water and air, and moderate the climate, as well as store carbon. Source Mongabay

OO Higher Incomes Drive Indonesian Smallholders To Oil Palm And Rubber – creating an ‘agricultural boom’ that leads to clearing rainforest for agriculture, and a loss of the ecosystem services it provides – such as clean waterr for communities.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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LOSING NOAH’S ARK

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Beautiful, and Now Rare are tigers worldwide. Credit Matt Gibson

OO World On Track To Lose Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals By 2020 major report warns.
“The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it.”

OO Radical Overhaul Needed To Halt Earth’s Sixth Great Extinction Event – Takeaways:

  • biodiversity is vital to human survival;
  • it is being wiped out at both the population and species leves;
  • it started thousands of years ago when humans wiped out megafauna;
  • the latest surge of this mass extinction correlates with exploding human populations

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Not Just Useful, But Vital forest birds, like these birds of paradise, are essential to forest health, cleaning trees of pests and distributing seeds.

  • the WWF 2016 Living Planet Report shows a decline of nearly 60% in thousands of populations of thousands of animals worldwide;
  • these declines undercut our vital ecosystems.

How can we stop this?

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What Are You Doing To My Future? Right now, ruining it, unless we change towards a sustainable way of life – a happier, different one.

  • Bring our populations and consumption down to sustainable levels;
  • Protect remaining wilderness and reserves;
  • Ban overhunting;
  • Elect leaders who make all of this a priority.

HOT NEWS

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A Spanish Future? And much of the rest of the Mediterranean will be like this as global warming heats the planet just a little more, a new report indicates. Source http://www.forocoches.com

OO Rapidly Warming Mediterranean Headed For Desertification study warns; even with 2 degrees of global warming, the current global goal, desertification would overtake parts of this lush and vibrant region.

Related Headline:

OO Why Spain Could Be A Desert By 2100 say climate researchers, as Mediterranean vegetation could change dramatically as the climate warms just a little further.

OO Meanwhile, In The Real World, Climate Change Is Creating Vast Desertsand these is little sign that a Trump presidency will stop it.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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MELTDOWN

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Danger: Subversive Melting Buying Big Sea Rise as dense salt water undermines vast ice shelves of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, threatening to destabilize the entire region, and thus raising sea levels worldwide by 4 to 15 feet. Source Rex Features via AP

OO Undermined By Warm Water, Antarctic Glacier Lost 1,600 Feet Of Ice
Within 10 Years
An influx of warm waters under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will help determine the future of coastal cities worldwide.

IT’S THE KIDS

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OO How Fossil Fuel Use Threatens Kids’ Health – Pollution and climate impacts of burning coal, oil and gas take a high toll, globally, on child health.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Renewables Poised For Rapid Growth Worldwide With about 500,000 solar panels installed daily worldwide. In China, two wind turbines are built every hour, are among the stats in a new report.

Related Headlines:

OO IEA Boosts Renewables Growth Forecast As Global Installed Capacity Surpasses Coal in a new International Energy Agency report. – Takeaways:

  • Renewable electricity capacity is expected to grow 42% worldwide by 2021;
  • Global renewable energy deployments are set to grow at a much faster pace than expected;
  • Renewable energy resources made up over half of the world’s new electricity capacity in 2015.

OO Renewables Made Up Half Of Net Electricity Capacity Added Last YearGreen energy accounted for more than half of net electricity generation capacity added around the world last year for the first time.

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Keeping the Pandoran Carbon Box Closed by increasing soil’s ability to keep carbon locked up in it. Source Natash at free images

OO Carbon-Storing Soil Preservation Gets Royal Touch – Prince Charles who joins an initiative to keep carbon locked in the world’s soils to combat climate change. Takeaways:

  • The goal is to reduce the amount of carbon leaked from soils by 0.4% a year – enough to halt the rise of carbon dioxide levels in the air.
  • Nearly 180 countries have signed up to the initiative;
  • Small farming changes could lock in large amounts of soil carbon.

OO US To Unveil Path To Decarbonize By 2050 In Morocco With a sweeping plan at the November climate summit, giving other nations a template to plan their own shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources.

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Electric Vehicle: Sign of a Healthier Future says the American Lung Association. Source NREL at energy.gov

OO Zero-Emission Cars Will Slash Healthcare And Environmental Spendingsays a new study by the American Lung Association.

  • In 2015, New York, Oregon, New Jersey and other states suffered24 billion in health-related costs,
  • including 220,000 lost work days, due to asthma, heart attacks, and other ailments caused by vehicle emissions.

OO New England Says No To Natural Gas, Yes To Renewables with a pair of decisions.

OO New Projects Boost Europe’s Attractiveness To Renewables Investors

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source LinkedIn

OO The Carbon Bubble: Why Investors Can No Longer Ignore Climate RisksThe financial risks posed by climate change and bad investments could make an ugly dent in your retirement savings, a new report warns.

OO Years Of Living Dangerously Documentary Series Returns to deal with the political realities of climate change that our presidential election has largely ignored – and will likely be ignored by president elect Trump.

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Against Her Will: Married at 13, Divorced at 14 is the fate of many Bengali climate refugee girls like this one, whose families can no longer support them. Source news.trust.org

OO Driven To Dhaka By Disasters, Bangladeshi Girls Harassed Into MarriageGirls forced from their homes by climate-linked disasters face early marriage in Dhaka’s slums.

OO Diseases Released By Permafrost Become A Bigger Worry As permafrost melts under global warming, releasing and re-activating ancient bacteria that could be harmful.

OO Food Shortages Fueling Bear-Human Conflicts In Bolivian Andes Climate change is placing stress on regional ecosystems and forcing species to compete for territory and food.

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

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Feel the Power as you wear this fabric, which captures energy and generates power. Source Live Science

OO This Fabric Captures Energy To Power Your Electronic Devices Via sunlight and your own motions, storing it in embedded fibers.

OO Green Roofs Take Root Around The World With San Francisco as the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline.

OO A Low-Carbon Future Is The ‘Only One Available’ Says noted British economist Lord Stern: green development is the only route to global economic growth and points to China leading the world on climate change action.

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OO Don’t Rebuild Where The Sea Is Rising:
Jersey Shore Rebuilds In Sea’s Inevitable Path
– even though Superstorm Sandy crushed N.J. communities in part due to rising sea levels, rebuilding has not accounted for rising seas.

OO California: Why Are We Sending Precious Water Downstream
For Fish In The Middle Of A Drought?
Because salmon may underpin much of what makes California special, from redwoods to Zinfandel to the carrion-eating condor.

OO Kenya Greens Drylands To Combat Land Degradation and is heavily investing in rehabilitation efforts to stave off the threat of desertification under continuing climate change and other human impacts.

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OO Landfills Have A Huge Greenhouse Gas Problem.
Here’s What We Can Do About It
Takeaways:

  • Landfill methane is captured and generating energy at many landfills,
  • But far more just escapes. Better approaches:
  • Cut down on food waste
  • And compost whatever organic waste remains.

NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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As Menacing As It Looks this giant mass of warm Pacific water, fueled by global warming, is disrupting wildlife and further fueling the California drought. Source NOAA

OO Dangerous ‘ Blob’ Is Back:
Warm Ocean Mass Severely Disrupting Weather, Wildlife
– Takeaways

  • A giant mass of warm Pacific water
  • Up to 300 m deep
  • Has waxed and waned since early 2014
  • Along the US western coast and much of the Pacific.

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Empty Crab Pots, Empty Jobs as an algal bloom stalled the 2015 crab season.Source lostcoastoutpost.com

  • The blob has caused toxic algal blooms;
  • Is severely disrupting wildlife
  • From plankton and fish to birds and mammals,
  • And disrupting fishing industries.
  • The blog warms air,
  • creating more rain, less snowpack,
  • Further fueling the California drought.

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A ‘Ridiculously Resilient’ High Pressure Ridge developed in 2014 over the Pacific and has never gone away despite waxing and waning. It shunts storms away from California.

  • The blog developed via
  • A longterm high pressure ridge
  • Resulting from abnormally warm west Pacific waters.
  • In that global warming is warming oceans,
  • the blob is linked to it,
  • and hints at further climate change disruptions.

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OO Warming Boosts Early Ocean Algae Blooms –
And Potential Ripple Effects
– New research shows that a base of the marine food chain, a common blue green algae blooms as much as 20 days earlier as oceans warm.

This, in turn, could disrupt the food chain, where, for example, whales and other marine animals have synchronized their life cycles to these blooms.

OO Australia Experiencing More Extreme Fire Weather, Hotter Days As Climate Changes and it’s projected to get worse.

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Coral Graveyards Now Common on the Great Barrier Reef as stressed corals further succumb to disease and predators. Credit Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies

OO Northern Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching Damage Worse new surveys suggest, 6 months after the bleaching started, as a growing coral death rate due to heat stress is worsened by disease and predators, scientists say.

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Uncertain NZ future? Eastern Rockhopper penguins are critically threatened.Credit Laurent Demongin

OO New Zealand Oceans Deteriorating, Marine Wildlife Threatened as the oceans acidify and warm as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, a new government report warns.

Increased human pressure is risking the extinction of much of its native fauna, specifically:

  • 33+ % of New Zealand’s native species and subspecies of seabirds (eg, albatrosses, penguins);
  • 50+ % of shorebirds (eg, herons)
  • 25+ % of marine mammals (eg, dolphins, and whales)

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Red, Race And Blue: Mobilize To Fight Climate Change – Bill McKibben and other activists are calling for a World War II-style mobilization to fight climate change.

OO North Dakota: Tribe Vows To Continue Pipeline Fight Despite Arrests

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Caught In the Act as this video screencapture shows, of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico by supervisors. Credit Evan Howington

OO Oil & Water: Video Catches Supervisors Dumping Oil In Gulf Of Mexico as they knowingly opened a valve on an oil pipeline 1,500 feet below, and 60 miles off the Louisiana coast.

OO What Is Causing The Rapid Rise In US Methane Levels? The rapid rise of gas mining in the US.

OO Australia’s Coal Seam Gas Emissions May Be Vastly Underestimated by the industry, says a new report, jeopardizing Australia’s commitments made at Paris and swamping any benefits gas has over coal,

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Let Them Eat Carbon

OO US, Rich Countries Are Still Pushing Dirty Energy On Poor Ones Even as they pledge to cut emissions, they are helping to finance new coal-powered plants overseas.

OO US Nuclear Retirements Largely Replaced By Fossil Fuels which will up climate changing emissions.

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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
the Guttmacher Institute

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO Elon Musk Wants To Sell People Solar Roofs that look great, and he recently showcased a line of high-design roof tiles that generate power from the sun without the clunky panels sold by most companies.

OO US Company Launches All-In-One Home Clean Energy System
With Zero-Down Financing
– Takeaways:

  • Swell company will cut capital costs by drawing utility revenue for distributed grid services;
  • Combining rooftop solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, and an energy management system.
  • Customers get full-service electrical independence in exchange for a monthly fee.
  • Removing large upfront costs and maintenance responsibility will make for an easier sell.

MEH: In some ways this resembles Solpads except that Solpads sound more integrated.

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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, Oct 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Poverty Predicted, The China Model, and More!

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The Green Winner We Need to Tackle Climate Change – vote for a safe future for your children, and for the planet they call home. Clinton is going to need a green senate, too, so don’t forget to vote for Congress candidates who support climate action! Source Inhabitat.com

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Monkey Face orchid found in Yasuni NP Ecuador, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Ready To Fascinate You are the thousands of wonderful creatures, like this many banded aracari, that live in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador – and facing destruction as oil companies destroy and pollute the forests. Support its survival by visiting the rainforest! Credit Kevin Rushby for the Guardian

OO Ecuador’s Yasuni Park: Where Oil Vies With Tourism For The Rainforest – The Sani people face a choice between encouraging ecotourism to their rainforest – one of the world’s most biodiverse – and allowing in the oil companies.

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Beef Production Burns, destroying the Amazon forest more than any other single human activity. Source http://www.forestjustice.org

OO Danger: US Beef Companies, Despite Vows, Failing In Effort To Slow Amazon Deforestation says a new study by the reputable Union of Concerned Scientists. Takeaways:

  • Beef production is the single biggest destroyer of rainforests worldwide;
  • 10% of global carbon emissions come from burning rainforests to clear them.
  • Only 15% of the beef industry is committed towards “deforestation free” beef

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These Bad Guys Score Zero when it comes to stopping deforestation for beef production, but even the highest scorers, MacDonald’s and Wal-Mart, had failing grades – the rest, in order of increasing failure, are: Mars, Safeway, Nestle, Hormel Foods, Wendy’s, Jack Links, and Subway.

  • Ending deforestation and restoring damaged forests
  • could deliver up to 40% of the emission cuts needed
  • to meet the Paris climate treaty goals.

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Where Once Was Stored Carbon – And Beautiful Biodiversity are now palm oil plantations, spreading explosively in Peru. Source mongabay.com

OO Peru: Small Oil Palm Plantations Driving Big Damage In Rainforests in the central Amazon, shows a new analysis, along with medium sized plantations.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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THE CHINA MODEL

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Watch Leo DiCaprio’s Powerful Climate Movie Free! Via streaming here.

Besides panoramic and personal effects of climate change, the film offers important insights in how different government leaders are tackling it, including those in the biggest polluting nation in the world, China.

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Chinese Media Talk Climate Change on a constant basis – unlike most US media. Source http://www.chinadaily.com.cn

@@ Protests Move Chinese Leaders To Invest Big In Clean Energy – The US and China are Earth’s top carbon emitting nations, but with important differences on how they act, one of the takeaways in “Before the Flood“.

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Chinese Demonstrate, and Leaders Listen – because Mao showed how the masses can change leadership; this history means leaders have a real stake in listening to mass complaints. Source Before the Flood screen capture

In the film (29 minutes in), Leo DiCaprio interviews the founding director of China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Issues, Ma Jun, who notes that:

  • Chinese experience daily the harsh effects of carbon emissions on their health;
  • Most Chinese mass demonstrations are over environmental pollution.
  • Leaders now invest BIG in clean energy to tackle that pollution and climate change.

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Beijing Pollution: Burning As Much Coal As the Entire USA on any given day, notes Ma Jun. Source Before the Flood screen capture

Ma Jun has created:

  • a national pollution map database for China that monitors
  • hourly pollution from the nearly 9,000 major factories,
  • Showing how well they are complying with national standards.

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Checking Up On Real Time Pollution is available to Chinese, but not Americans. Source Before the Flood screen capture

  • People can check on this pollution data on their cell phones,
  • And push for violators to address their pollution.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Another Dangerously Warm Month: September 2016 is the second warmestSeptember on record, punctuating an unprecedented streak of 16 straight warmest months, and almost ensuring 2016 will be our warmest recorded year yet.

“While monthly rankings are newsworthy, they are not nearly as important as long-term trends,” NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies director Gavin Schmidt. September 2016 marks the 381st month in a row of hotter than average 20th century monthly temperatures.

September highlights included extreme heat, weather, and extreme flooding in the US, China, and elsewhere.

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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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MELTDOWN

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OO Danger: Greenland Is Melting The ice sheet is shirnking earlier and far faster than researchers expected:

  • triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis, and
  • could reinforce these feedbacks enough to create a self-sustaining melting
  • that is unstoppable.

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Greenland Melt Canyon Credit James Balog

The BIG danger:

  • Once feedbacks take over, climate can change quickly, -and radically.
  • As the last ice age ended, sea levels rose 1+ foot per decade at one point.
  • It’s likely that melting feedbacks are now self-sustaining,
  • and that large sections of Greenland and Antarctica are fated to melt.

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Seas Are Rising and are likely to rise faster in the future. Source NOAA at Bloomberg

How fast and how much will sea levels rise?

  • Greenland’s Ice sheet is melting far faster than Antarctica, with enough ice to raise sea levels 20 feet.
  • Research indicates a large part of Antarctica is unstoppably melting, and will raise sea levels 4 feet.
  • Melting is occurring faster than predicted, and will cause sea levels to rise faster.

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One Child Families Are Safer economically, and for our future.

What can you do to prevent further “buy-in” of sea level rise?

You can:

  • Help bring ourselves to safe, sustainable levels, via one child or child-free families.
  • VOTE for climate-change-solving leadership;
  • Promote and adopt clean renewable energy.

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CLIMATE CHANGE COSTS

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Portland, Maine: A Safer Seaside Haven? Sea levels will rise slower in the north than further south, as Greenland’s plummeting mass decreases its gravitational attraction by surrounding waters — but ultimately we’ll ALL be paying the huge costs of continuing climate change.

OO Retreating To Safer Cities, As We All Pay Rising Costs:
9 Safer Havens, Temporarily
– for the next 20 years to avoid “drought, wildfire, extreme heat, extreme precipitation, extreme weather and hurricanes” havens include: San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Detroit, Madison, Boise, State College, (PA), Portland (ME), and Toronto, suggest various climate scientists.

But there’s no ultimate escape.

OO How The Drought Is Impacting Investment Markets – with investments such as:

  • “The Big Short” famous hedge fund manager believes in investing in arable land with water – likely to increase in value in the future.
  • Some large investment firms are investing in land with water rights, and growing cash crops.
  • Others want to invest in municipal bonds that help utilities develop drought resiliency.

In all cases, of course, the devil is in the details – and the drought.

OO Wealthy Countries Not Doing Enough
To Help Poorest Cope With Climate Change
as the drought in southern Africa shows, offering a grim foretaste of worse to come.

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A FRACKING STRIKE AT AMERICAN FREEDOM

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Fracking May Be Free to Invade Your Community unless you vote to stop it. Check your ballots! Source paperblog.com

OO Colorado: A Ballot Measure To End All Anti-Fracking Ballot Measures is funded largely by the oil and gas industry. Surprise, surprise.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Go Navy, Go Solar! as this US Naval base does in San Diego, CA. Source popularmilitary.com

OO The Navy Leads The US Government In Clean Energy Deployment by quickly adopting clean energy as a better way to fulfill its mission—leading to massive solar procurements, used submarine battery storage projects and microgrids on bases.

Related Headline:

OO The U.S. Government Just Made Its Biggest Clean Energy Purchase Ever– to help fuel 14 Navy bases in California.

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OO The U.S. Companies With The Most Solar Power – Target tops the list, followed by Wal-Mart, says a new report. Other large solar users include Prologis, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, and Ikea.

The report shows how companies — from retailers to tech companies — are increasingly turning to the sun to power buildings as the cost of solar panels has declined dramatically in recent years.

OO For European Wind Industry, Offshore Projects Are Booming with offshore turbines proliferating from the Irish Sea to the Baltic Sea as the European Union pushes away from fossil fuels and toward renewables.

OO Wind, Solar Almost Half The Cost Of New Coal Generators In South Africasays an analysis by the country’s principal research organization.

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Drilling for Magma Energy in Iceland Source Statoil

OO Truly Volcanic: Iceland Drills Hottest Hole To Tap Into Molten Magma Energy to
massively increase the potential to exploit Earth’s inner heat.

OO Indonesia, A Top Carbon Emitter, Ratifies Paris Climate Deal as its parliament agrees to shift course. But will it, really, as the government allows its rainforests to be burned for palm oil production?

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Climate Change Is Already Costing Nations from droughts to floods, destructive storms, and more.

OO Climate Change Could Spark The World’s Next Financial Crisis former Bank of England executive warns.

OO Climate Change Is Increasing Areas Of Skin Disease Concern As the planet warms, many bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites can survive in areas where they haven’t been found before.

OO The US West Is Burning, And Climate Change Is Partly To Blame As the drought increases and the wildfire season lengthens, western wildfires have increased 1200+ % in the 21st century compared to the 1970s-1980s.

WATER, MORE OR LESS

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As Water Goes Down, Populations Up, Tensions Rise between India and Pakistan over a common resource, the Indus River system. Source hindi.oneindia.com

OO India and Pakistan Struggle Over Kashmir’s Water with tensions rising, and India threatening to revoke the nearly 60-year-old Indus Water Treaty.

OO Sea Level Rise Upping ‘Sunny Day’ Floods in US With little chance to recover between events, coastal cities are constantly reminded that climate change is encouraging more frequent and bigger floods due to wetter, stronger storms and rising sea levels.

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Spreading Deserts Sprout Sand Storms and Refugees in China. Source The New York Times

OO Living In China’s Expanding Deserts People on the edges of China’s vast seas of sand are being displaced by climate change.

OO Climate Change Killing East Africa’s Water Resources UN warns, as warming has dried Mt. Kiliminjaro’s forests and increased wildfires that have destroyed them and their ability to capture and store water. Resulting floods and landslides have furthered damaged the watershed.

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Here Today, North Tomorrow if lobsters don’t attack your boat first… alright, I know you’re dying to know: the largest lobster ever caught weighed 44 lbs and was a little over 3 feet long… but, oh, those incredible claws!

OO Climate Change Is Driving Lobsters Farther North To Maine – For Now

  • As oceans heat, lobsters are surviving better in cooler northern waters,
  • but the Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming bodies of seawater globally,
  • so the lobster boom there will be temporary, as lobsters continue shifting north.

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Wine Falls In Major Production Regions Worldwide In 2016. Source http://www.wisegeek.org

OO Global 2016 Wine Production Expected To Fall Due To ‘Climatic Events’ by 5%, but up to 20- 30+% in Argentina and Chile, which may concern malbec fans. French production fell 10+ %.

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GOOD IDEAS

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UN: Global Agriculture Needs A ‘Profound Transformation’ to fight climate change and protect food security.

OO 120+ Millions Could Be In Extreme Poverty By 2030 Due To Climate Change Food Shortages says a new report. It highlights how:

  • unsustainable farming practices
  • contribute hefty greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere
  • and drive more warming, which can then continue to hurt global crop production.

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Creatively Tackling Climate Justice Majandra Rodriguez Acha is an inspiration for the world. Source Global Greengrants

OO Peru: A Young Activist Is Sparking A Movement For Climate JusticeMajandra Rodriguez Acha is an ally for indigenous communities who live in the firing line of climate change:

  • With her group, Acha and other activists organize conferences, protests, and gatherings
  • that connect young urban activists with indigenous activists in remote communities.
  • The idea is to get people talking, learning, and united for collective action.

OO Shore Up 400+ Aging US Natural Gas Storage Facilities to prevent leaks, urges a new US federal report.

OO Make Safe Walking, Cycling Infrastructure
To Prevent Millions Of Deaths Globally
that occur due to a current lack. The United Nations is asking countries to invest at least 20% of their transport budgets to create such infrastructure to save lives, reverse pollution and reduce carbon emissions.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Fiery Birth of an Activist – a gas well explosion turned one woman into an activist against fracking contamination. Source WTAE.com

OO A Gas Well Explosion Sparks Activism After a gas well blew up near her home, a Wyoming woman took action to fight fracking contamination.

OO Pennsylvania Rules Against Eminent Domain In Contentious Pipeline Project – Fracking companies cannot seize land for their pipelines.

OO Norway Faces Climate Lawsuit Over Arctic Oil Exploration Plans – Campaigners say decision to open up the Barents Sea violates the nation’s constitution and threatens the Paris climate agreement.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

OO Global Governments, Loath To Change, Are Wasting Subsidies on Oil from South America to the Middle East, despite an economic rebound and cheap oil.

OO Big Companies Fail To Meet Carbon Goals 900+ of the world’s largest companies have a plan to cut their carbon pollution but only a fraction are doing enough to meet the goals of the Paris climate change accord, shows a new report.

OO Statoil Chief: Rise Of Electric Cars Will Shrink Oil Industry with some predicting it could take a 35 % share of car sales by 2035 – bad news for oil majors, and good reason to switch to clean renewable power to generate the clean electricity for those cars.

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CLIMATE OR CLUELESS LEADERSHIP: YOU DECIDE

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Credit Rick Wilking at Reuters

OO The Hillary Clinton Environmental Scorecard She has an aggressive agenda to tackle climate change, which has been a main campaign theme. She pledges to:

  • cut US carbon emissions up to 30% by 2025;
  • cut US oil consumption by a third;
  • ensure that a half billion solar panels will be installed within the US by 2020;
  • her targets to cut carbon and grow solar are more aggressive than Obama.

OO Trump’s Views On Science Are Shockingly Ignorant – And Alarming say the editors of Scientific American.

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OO Florida Ballot Measure Could Halt Rooftop Solar Power, But Do Voters Know That? Amendment 1 is written in pro-solar language, but backed by the state’s utilities; opponents say it will crush solar power growth in Florida.

Related Headline:

OO Leaked Recording Reveals Plan To Confuse Florida Voters About Solar Amendment – part constitutional amendment, part psychological warfare.

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Gov. Rick Scott Ensured More of This by denying how climate change was going to change Florida, rather than recognizing the risks and protecting his state.

OO Truth, And Consequences:
How Gov. Scott Quietly Stole Florida’s Future
When he was elected in 2010, there was bipartisan support for tackling climate change and its causes, with a plan in place, and a commission to enact it.

Instead, the governor abolished the commission and banned mention of climate change among his officials.

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Not The Green Future Florida Deserves are the toxic algal blooms that drive away tourism. Source http://www.miamiherald.com

Now:

  • Rising seas are threatening the drinking supply of 7 million Floridians through salt intrusion;
  • Hotter temperatures are fueling toxic algae blooms that clog estuaries, and cause massive fish kills.
  • Massive diversions of extra freshwater must be used to cool the cooling canals for Florida’s nuclear power plant.
  • Corals are bleaching extensively.
  • Wet and dry seasons are erratic.

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Not Just a Mosquito But a Zika Agent that is spreading as its living conditions spread in an ever hotter world. Credit James Gathany at Wikimedia Commons

  • Zika, Dengue fever, West Nile disease, parasitic screw worms—all contracted from carriers attracted to the increasing heat and humidity—are infesting Florida neighborhoods.
  • Frequent tidal flooding is now a problem in Miami – and will be elsewhere.

The governor chose to deny rather than act and protect.

OO US Senate Could Block Landmark HFC Climate Treaty via Republicans, who often favor short term profits (and few regulations) for the rich over long term protection of all.

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Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO The Climate Questions The Next President Should Answer say climate experts, include

  • How do you plan to deal with the huge leaks of the super climate-changing gas methane from fracking?
  • Would you provide individual and private sector incentives to increase energy efficiency? If so, how?
  • Do you understand the serious risks of climate change, and how will you tackle them?
  • How will you make the US a global leader in the needed transformation of the energy market?
  • Which existing carbon fee programs would you use as the US model?
  • What incentives would you use to speed the transition to renewable energy sources?

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  • How will you prepare the country for the sea level rise and extreme weather we have already “bought”?
  • What do you see as the energy strategy of this nation in the short, medium and long term?
  • What role do you see for government in helping the economy make the necessary transitions from each phase to the next?

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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If we do not 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
the Guttmacher Institute

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

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OO US Energy Shakeup Continues As Solar Capacity Triples by 2017.

OO Solar LED Lighting Has Eliminated 20 Million Kerosene Lanterns and is having a real impact on dirty, dangerous lighting sources.

OO Why Solarcity Will Give Up To $1,000 In Cash To Airbnb Host CustomersThe new partnership falls in line with Airbnb’s claims that home-sharing is more environmentally friendly than traditional hotels.

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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, Nov 1, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California. September 2016 marks the 381st month in a row of warmer than average 20th century monthly 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 thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by our right to vote this season. 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 candidatesyou can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Running Out of Earth, Inspiring Students, and More!

Climate Change This Week: Running Out of Earth, Inspiring Students, and More

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Check for National Geographic venues (including youtube and other online opportunities) here !
Spread the word!

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this family of Amazon tree frogs, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Alamy

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Will You Help Protect This Child’s Way of Life? Sign the petition below urging Brazil to enforce its laws that protect his home and family.

OO Cry From The Amazon Forest:
HelpThe Paiter Surui People!
Their homeland and way of life are being destroyed because Brazil refuses to enforce its own laws to protect them from brutal forests destroyers: greedy resource exploiters. Please lend your voice to a crescendo of international outrage here, and demand that Brazil enforce its laws. Then spread the word!

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Murdered For Protecting Forests Luiz Alberto Araujo was gunned down in front of his family for doing his job: enforcing environmental laws that protect forests. Source Mongabay.com

OO Brazilian Environmental Official Murdered:
The Debate Over Saving Rain Forests Is Now A War
– gunmen executed the man, known for strongly enforcing environmental laws in a Brazilian state where conflicts over ongoing, wide-scale Amazon deforestation have led to murders and bloody fights.

  • Araujo’s work led to the 2016 arrest of a major illegal logging operator;
  • Araujo also uncovered the illegal 2016 fish kill by an energy company setting up a new megadam;
  • Previous 2014 work uncovered large scale deforestation elsewhere in the Amazon.

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Forests – And Their Protectors – Are Being Murdered – as greedy farmers, ranchers and international corporations exploit the Amazon under a corrupt government.

  • Araujo was shot to death in front of his wife and stepsons.
  • 448 environmentalists were killed in Brazil between 2002-2013 — half the total murdered worldwide.

When will the world sanction Brazil for these deaths, and a major crime against humanity: allowing the destruction a major global carbon storing system?

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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DANGER: TOO MUCH HOPE IN SEQUESTERING CARBON

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Forests, A Proven Method of Large-Scale Carbon Storage are far cheaper to maintain, and supply far more important services than any man-made system could devise. Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OO We’re Placing Far Too Much Hope In Pulling Carbon Dioxide Out Of The Air scientists warn. arguing that relying on the uncertain concept of negative emissions as a fix could lock the world into a severe climate-change pathway.

The take-home? Don’t spend a carbon allowance you don’t have yet.
Think this unlikely? Read on, my friends…

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Believing in Unproven solutions is just as bad as ignoring the problems. Source joyoftech.com

MEH: A Personal OMG Moment: After my husband gave a talk in 2011 to Statoil (Norway’s Big Oil) execs on climate change – which they totally got – we overlapped slightly as they started their company meeting.

I was shocked as I heard them discuss climate impacts of future activities in terms of needed units of sequestered carbon – as if it was already available and affordable. OMG.

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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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RUNNING OUT OF EARTH TO LIVE ON

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OO We’re Running Out Of Earth To Live On says the Global Ecological Footprint Report. Takeaways:

  • For more than 40 years, humanity’s demands have exceeded what our planet can regenerate.
  • This year, people are using natural resources equivalent to 1.6 times that found on Earth.
  • Every year, people are using up our yearly replenishable resources more quickly.
  • That is, we are robbing our children’s future.
  • Human lifestyles tend to waste resources, and use dirty energy.
  • Such lifestyles are depleting fisheries, forests, biodiversity, and driving climate change.

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Source capsweb.org

  • This is a significant imbalance between Earth’s biocapacity and our ecological footprint.
  • As resources dwindle, competition and conflict escalate among nations.

The solution? build economies that fit within the budget of one planet.
Not mentioned: without bringing our populations down to sustainable levels, our children face a harsh future and far worse lifestyle.

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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

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HOT NEWS

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Like a Climatic Yo-Yo Earth has undergone at least 2 dozen abrupt heating spikes lasting 1000-2,000 years, within the past 100,000 years, likely due to changes in atmospheric CO2 levels interacting with ice sheets in the last glacial period (Ice Age). Here are the last dozen or so, verified by several different independent data sets from around the world. Source http://www.ces.fau.edu

OO Recent Past Shows The Earth Can Get Hot Fast – And We’re Doing So Now – Takeaways:

  • the interplay of air, ice, and energy that causes climatic heat spikes can be as complex as clockworks;
  • at least 25 such climatic heat spikes (D-O events) in the last Ice Age show they can occur fast and last 1000+* years, (Within those spikes, sea levels probably changed dramatically.)
  • these D-Os were probably linked to changing CO2 levels (e.g. volcanic activity can do that);
  • the temperature rise can produce enough polar melt freshwater to disrupt the oceanic conveyor belt, the major distributor of heat worldwide, and cause worldwide climate change;

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And Then, Suddenly, It Got a Lot Hotter… Source xkcd.com

  • the difference between these past and present events? We’re adding far more CO2 into the atmosphere, FAR FASTER.
  • simultaneously, it is worsening an already catastrophic extinction of life on Earth from human activities, as this abnormally fast pace of change outstrips species’ ability to adapt.

From an ethical perspective, our greed is destroying paradise.

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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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MELTDOWN

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When The Ice Melts removing weight from the volcano, it can allow magma to move more freely, and possible trigger an eruption.

OO How Climate Change Can Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis And VolcanoesTakeaways:

Main ideas:

  • When substantial weight above seismic faults, this can release tension, causing earthquakes; conversely, increased weight might inhibit such activity.
  • Links have been observed between storms & melting ice, and changed volcanic & seismic activity.

For example:

  • Prehistoric data link melting ice to increased volcanic and seismic activity, as the weight of frozen water was removed. In Alaska, vast ice melting is correlated with increased seismic activity.

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First A Hurricane, Then An Earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. Source Britannica.com

  • Storms decrease air pressure – literally removing the weight of air – above the surface. Scientists have linked typhoons to small earthquakes beneath the sea. But small earthquakes can prevent buildup of large earthquakes.
  • If seismic tensions have built up to hair trigger levels, a “slight” decrease in weight can trigger it.
  • If torrential rains are absorbed deeply by land, they increase its weight, possibly tamping down seismic activity. Such a correlation is seen in Nepal.
  • Earthquakes sometimes produce tsunamis.
  • Be prepared, then, for the unexpected.

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Melt From Above forms lakes on the giant Greenland ice sheet, which can suddenly empty, as the water finds its way to the bottom of the sheet, where it leaks out and helps erode coastal glaciers. Credit Sam Doyle at Aberystwyth University

OO Greenland Melting From Above And Below — and scientists say they’re linked. Takeaways:

  • Melting ice forms glacial lakes on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet;
  • These lakes can suddenly disappear as the water leaks down through the sheet.

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Falls Into the Sea, the meltwater erodes glaciers as it does so, sometimes as waterfalls, but mostly as hidden underwater plumes that incorporate warm ocean water, further speeding glacial breakup. Credit Dustin Carroll

  • The leaked water emerges at the base of coastal glaciers, either falling into the sea or pluming beneath it.
  • Pluming tends to incorporate warm ocean water and undercut big glaciers, speeding their breakup into the sea.

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Starving and Dangerous polar bears are victims of human driven climate change, and their decline is tragic. Credit Kerstin Langenberger at Facebook

OO Polar Bears, Growing Desperate For Food, Threaten Native Alaskans

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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More of These EVs Please – Germany will want, presumably, to replace its gas guzzlers – and lots more bicycles!

OO Germany Wants To Ban Fossil-Fuel-Powered Cars by 2030, says its parliament.

OO Nations Reach Landmark Deal On Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet 170+ countries reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting its worldwide use in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

OO Half Of Scotland’s Energy Could Be Produced By Wind And Sunlight Within 15 Years new report says.

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OO $85 Million Raised To Scale Up Home Solar Storage Batteries which can sell power back to the grid when needed, turning them into grid assets, as well.

OO Wal-Mart Leads The Nation In Corporate Solar Deployments
What Will It Do With Storage?
My guess: make money. Lots of it.

OO Something We Can All Agree On:
Support For Clean Renewable Energy
is widespread, and bipartisan.

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Some of Germany’s Many Power Producers Source http://www.telegraph.co.uk

OO Germany: Drowning In Wind Power and not a rapid enough expansion of its power grid to distribute it is behind its plans to temporarily scale back expansion of its wind power capacity.

OO Texas: Coal Is Getting Killed By The Market of cheap natural gas and renewables.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Climate Change Behind Surge In Western Wildfires report leading scientists.

OO North Carolina: Flooding So Deep That Rescuers
Need Sonar To Locate Cars, Victims

OO The Next Zika – Four little known insect-and tick-borne viruses are now worrying researchers.

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OO ‘Climate Change A Big Threat To Food Security says a UN official The world’s poorest, many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists, are hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasingly frequent weather-related disasters..

OO Coffee And Climate Change: In Brazil, A Disaster Is Brewing for its coffee belt after 3 years of drought.

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CLIMATE CHANGE, THE DESTROYER

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Imagine a Giant Blender – that grinds everything up, then pours it back down from the sky. Imagine more of this as climate change continues wreaking destruction, especially in poor places like Haiti. Credit Logan Abassi at the UN

OO Reducing Mega-Storm Risks Is Hard – Takeaways:

  • with better warning systems, deaths can be reduced, but
  • better urban planning for poor countries is too expensive, and not likely;
  • future storms will continue mass destruction of poor areas;

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Source Deutsche Welle

  • post-storm, many people will continue to die from disease, hunger,
  • and ever more frequent, intense storms
  • combined with rising sea levels,
  • worsening flooding from storm surges,
  • and surging populations putting more people in harm’s way.

Related Headline:

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Haiti Storm Peril exposes climate burden in poor nations – characterized by larger death tolls, larger infrastructure damage and longer recovery rates. Source AP Images

OO Haiti: About 1.4 Million People Need Assistance,
Entire Towns,Villages Have Been Wiped Out
and flood survivors are going hungry.

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No More Bananas for 10 Years – destroyed by Hurrican Matthew, fruiting trees will need a decade to regrow and produce. Credit Rebecca Blackwell at Associated Press

OO Haiti ‘There’s Nothing Left’:
Farmers Left Devastated After Hurricane Matthew
nearly 100% of crops and 50% of livestock destroyed in one region, that had just started recovering from a drought that had cut food production by half.

“Everything is gone here,” a farmer said. “People are going to just leave.”

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GOOD IDEAS

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Source earthday.net

OO Inspiring Students: Pathways To Green India a new free downloadable and viewable online book describes many projects developed by Indian students that are making a difference.

OO Border Carbon Tax Could Cut Emissions – not a tariff so much as paying for the carbon footprint.

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Global Warming Will Change The Clothes We Wear – especially as temperatures rise, and new clothing becomes more expensive. Thrift shops can become your place to create new fashion, and unearth treasures. Credit Bruce Stambaugh

OO How Global Warming Is Leading People To Re-Use Their ClothesTakeaways:

  • one company buys old clothes, re-fashioning them into new ones;
  • The majority of fashion purchases are worn just seven times;
  • Not mentioned: you can find truly sustainable clothing at various recycling events:
  • Yard sales, flea markets, thrift shops, ebay, etsy, etc.

OO Google Is Using Big Data To Protect The Environment – with a wide-range interest in sustainable fishing, green buildings and renewable energy. It is also:

  • Creating vast databases to monitor and reduce environmental impact and problems,
  • Increasing company energy efficiency and conservation

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Envisioning a Hyperloop Train Credit Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

OO Efficient Transport: Hyperloop Demo Planned For Early 2017 The Hyperloop One company just raised $50 million, and plans to bring Elon Musk’s ultra-fast transport concept to life with a full-scale demo in early 2017.

OO Why Insurance Companies Want To Subsidize Your Smart Home – to prevent expensive accidents (the iron you left on when you left on vacation…) and burglaries.

The possible side-effect? Saving energy and encouraging the spread of clean renewable energy.

OO Time To Stop Subsidizing People Who Live In Hurricane-Prone Areas

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The Fastest Ever Recorded Hurricane: Patricia Source NOAA

OO Fastest Hurricane Ever Tied To Climate Change – Takeaways:

  • 2015’s Hurricane Patricia (HP) winds peaked at 213 mph
  • It got its energy like Hurricane Matthew
  • From abnormally hot surface AND deeper waters.
  • As global warming heats oceans, they’re getting hotter, deeper.
  • Hurricanes stir deep waters.
  • Formerly, those cool waters would “cool off” the storm.
  • Now, those hot waters are fueling hurricanes.*

*HP peaked over fresher water (local river outflows) – heavier water that effectively prevented it from churning up even deeper, cooler water – but this was a minor effect.

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OO Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme.
It Could Become Normal
says recent research, showing that the risk posed by future storms like Sandy is only going to increase due to climate change.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Shut It Down, Baby! As these activists opted for direct action recently on an oil pipeline. Source Climate Direct Action via Reuters

OO Activists Disrupt Key Canada-US Oil Pipelines Climate-change activists disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude in a rare, coordinated action targeting several key pipelines simultaneously.

Related Headline:

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Arrested for Arresting Climate Changing Fuels these activists posed for the occasion: Emily Johnson, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Ken Ward, and Michael Foster. Courtesy of Climate Direct Action

OO Northwest Activists Arrested After Shutting Down Canada-To-US Oil Pipelines at five sites across the northern U.S. where pipelines deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands to American refineries.

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Credit Wasserman at the Boston Globe

Debate Journalists, Evening News Programs Have Failed Americans by not questioning candidates on the most important challenge to human survival in the 21st century, climate change, nor showing how Hurrican Matthew is linked to climate change. Journalists who cover such weather without noting this are equally at fault. Credit Wasserman at the Boston Globe

OO Debates Pitch Climate Change Shutout “most Americans haven’t even noticed the absence of virtually any high-level campaign discussion of environmental issues, let alone what many have called the biggest challenge of the 21st century.”

Those journalists who remain silent on climate change are failing us, and the rest of humanity.

More…

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OO Evening News Programs, USA Today Ignore
Climate Change Context Of Hurricane Matthew
even as they reported on Hillary Clinton and Al Gore explaining the role that climate change played in worsening the storm’s damage.

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Fueling Our Planes With Rainforests? That’s no answer to climate change. Credit Rettet den Regenwald at Rainforest Rescue.

OO Aviation Deal To Cut Aircraft Emissions Won’t,
Says Rainforest Rescue
– the deal depends on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s proposed solution, “carbon-neutral growth”, based on trade in CO2 offsets, the use of biofuel, and aircraft with greater fuel efficiency. The problem?

  • CO2 offsets do not actually reduce emissions. Allowing airlines to only buy the “right” to pollute, this practice is doubted by experts to actually help.
  • vast areas would have to be dedicated to plantations to produce the biofuel necessary to replace only a few percent of the 260 million tons of fossil fuel that the aviation industry burns annually.

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Source treesleeve at pinterest.com

  • Palm oil is the most likely biofuel to be used; ever more carbon-storing rainforests are being destroyed to cultivate it, releasing vast amounts of climate changing gas into the air.
  • Other proposed biofuel sources are algae, wood and organic waste, yet production methods on a suitable scale have not yet been developed.

>> Better solutions? Avoid unnecessary air travel – and sign the petition to the ICAO to scrap their plan.

Related Headline:

OO Important Global Warming Pollutants Excluded From ‘Historic’ Aviation Pact

aviation is also responsible for emissions like nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxide and soot — climate change-inducing emissions the ICAO’s market-based measure doesn’t cover.

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OO As Tensions Rise, Tribes Protesting Pipeline Dig In: “We’re Staying.” As dozens more protesters were arrested, Native Americans in North Dakota prepared for a long fight over the Dakota Access pipeline.

OO Florida: Show Utilities You’re Not Suckers – ballot item Amendent 1 is a power grab by FL utilities over cheap solar options, notes the author.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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After The Fire, Incurable Illnesses are surfacing in locals from the resulting pollution. Photo Source Wikipedia

OO Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Extends Its Toxic Reach – Health experts believe it created a toxic mix that sickened thousands of locals with chemically induced illnesses that doctors are unable to treat.

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Another Beautiful Ecosystem Polluted by Oil spilled by a grounded barge. Credit Paul Nicklen

OO Petroleum Disaster In The Great Bear Rainforest Part of the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world. After a fuel barge crashed on rocks on October 13, it leaked nearly 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the sensitive marine ecosystem, and continues to leak.

OO Leading Fossil Fuel Companies Fail Climate Responsibility Test says a comprehensive study of the eight top producers – Exxon and coal firms ranked at the bottom.

OO Study Finds About 100 Super Polluters Are Fouling The Air We BreatheThe Bergen Generating Station is the largest producer of toxic air emissions in North Jersey — and one of the state’s top producers of greenhouse gases.


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OO Fossil Fuel Production Emits More Methane Than Previously ThoughtNOAA says. The exhaustive global study found emissions from oil, gas and coal sites are 20-60% higher than many earlier estimates.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Hillary Clinton And Al Gore Reunite, Campaigning On Climate Change and used Gore’s electoral history to convince Florida voters that every vote counts.

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OO The Difference Between Trump And Clinton On Climate Is Really Quite Simple

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity for, oh, the next 10,000 years,
but you never hear about it in the presidential debates.
Moderators don’t bother asking.
So let’s rehash the difference between Trump and Clinton on climate.
Because it’s really quite simple:

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Clean Energy and CE Jobs are also goals of Hillary Clinton – but can she deliver without Congress?

Hillary Clinton wants to:

  • use various presidential regulatory levers to nudge down US greenhouse gas emissions;
  • tighten fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles here;
  • plug methane leaks from natural gas infrastructure there, and more.
  • That is, everything she can do without Congress – and it’s laughably inadequate.

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Credit Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch, modified

Trump’s plan? He doesn’t have one.

OO Three Cheers For The Real Hero Of The Presidential Debate, Ken Bonewho asked an important question about energy policy. One hour after the debate ended, there were 56,400 tweets about Ken Bone, compared to 21,500 about Justice Scalia. Moderators, are you listening?

OO When It Come To Climate Leadership, Don’t Forget The Children

ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS, AND SAVE HUMANITY

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Worsening Weather Threatens Humanity Credit Shannon Dizmang at Flickr

OO Solve Five Of The World′S Biggest Environmental Problems,
And Save Humanity
and many other species, many of which we depend on for survival. The problems and solutions are:

Air Pollution & Climate Change – Switch to clean renewable energy which is feasible; only political will is stopping us.
Deforestation – Conserve the remaining and regrow more – but this requires strong governance in many poor nations where poverty and corruption drive forest loss.
Species Extinction – collaboration on protecting and restoring habitats, as well as preventing illegal trade needs to develop internationally. This also means battling international conglomerates that profit from habitat-destroying activities.

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An Ancient Way to Conserve Soil is still used in China and many countries: terracing. Source picture-alliance, ZUMAPRESS.com

Soil Degradation – all nations need to adopt a broad array of soil conservation and restoration techniques that already exist.
Overpopulation – Experience shows that giving women control over their reproduction works best, achieved through access to education and family planning resources.

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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.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO How A US Company Is Tapping Into The State-By-State Community Solar Market – NRG Energy exploits each state’s advantages.

Community solar projects allow customers:

  • to get a lot more power than from their rooftops;
  • longterm savings on their energy bills;
  • invest in truly clean, renewable energy development, key to slowing climate change.
  • 24 states have community solar projects running;
  • 20 states are starting to enact community solar projects;
  • 5 states – NY, CA, MI, MA and CO – are major community solar players.

OO $7 Million Raised To Cut The Costs Of US Residential Solar For Customers – lowering soft costs by providing every residential solar buyer with big data and competitive pricing.

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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, Oct 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: Looming Health Disaster, Clean Power Kites, and More!

Climate Change This Week: Looming Health Disaster, Clean Power Kites, and More!

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian pangolin, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Pangolins everywhere are endangered. These prehistoric creatures are being vigorously hunted due to false rumors of their scales’ healing powers. Source http://www.edgeofexistence.org

OO Warning To Forest Destroyers: This Scientist Will Catch You With his satellites that spot deforestation as it happens.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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A Rarity That Could Soon Disappear Forever – the Saola of the mountain forests of Vietnam and Laos is extremely rare and unique, and was discovered from a skull found in a hunter’s home. Source wildlifeleaders.org

OO Hunting, Not Deforestation, Biggest Threat To Southeast Asian Biodiversity shows a new study. Forest animals are vital to the health of forests. Takeaways:

  • animal populations have declined sharply at multiple sites across Southeast Asia since 1980, with many species now completely wiped out in substantial portions of their former ranges.
  • Besides improved enforcement of hunting restrictions on protected areas and species,
  • efforts to engage hunters in sustainable hunting practices are urgently needed.
  • the region will likely lose most of its iconic species, and many others besides, within the next few years.
  • Hunting is pushing many species close to extinction.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Planet At Its Hottest In 115,000 Years Thanks To Climate Change experts say, a time during an interglacial era, when sea level was 6-9 meters (20-30 ft) higher than today.

MELTDOWN

@@ The Melting of the Arctic – surface ice cover is decreasing, but what’s happening beneath it is far more dramatic – the TOTAL volume of the Arctic is shrinking dramatically and fast, as this flick shows.

Arctic surface ice acts as a thermal shield by reflecting sunlight back to space, but the ice beneath it helps keep it cool, and helps winter reformation of ice. When that submerged ice goes…

OO Disappearing Yosemite Glacier Becomes Symbol Of Climate Change – the dying Lyell Glacier has become a vivid example of the effects of climate change, a touchstone of increasing concern for National Park Service officials.

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WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND…

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Indonesia Will Not Be Able To Control Its Fires if it doesn’t start controlling them now; global warming will create conditions that will likely set massive Indonesia peat fires beyond human control. Photo Source yournewswire.com

OO How Earth Will Pay Back Our Carbon Emissions With …
More Carbon Emissions,
Beyond Our Control

if we don’t control it now. Takeaways:

  • Many natural feedback cycles amplify carbon emissions,
  • and will likely become self-generating, without human help.
  • Examples include:
  1. Indonesian peat wildfires can release massive climate changing emissions, fueling more fire;
  2. Melting Arctic ice increases heat absorption there, further speeding global warming (albedo effect);
  3. Warming drying ecosystems (like California) burn more, emitting more climate changing emissions.

In all these cases, the carbon that can fuel massive further climate change is locked into the soil, peat and forests of ecosystems that span the tropics to the poles.

Like lighting a fuse, if we allow enough emissions to heat our planet enough, these natural cycles will start generating themselves – and we will be facing uncontrollable global warming and climate change.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Credit DearTomorrow at facebook

What Would YOU Write To Your Children Or Grandchildren In 2050? Maybe it will inspire you.

OO Climate Letters To The Future That Should Inspire You Now Part social movement, DearTomorrow uses how much we care about future generations to get people engaged in dealing with climate change now.

OO Public Art Or Renewable Energy? New Designs Aim To Produce Both and enlighten the public on environmental issues.

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It Might Not Look Like Much, But Can It Store Energy! And cheaply, too – enough to make wind power cheaper than natural gas, Siemans is betting. Source http://www.greentechmedia.com

OO Breakthrough Thermal Storage System For Wind Power Could Beat Natural Gas – Takeaways:

  • surplus energy fuels a big heater blowing 1000+ F air across an insulated, packed bed of basalt rocks;
  • when needed, the energy is used to drive a steam turbine to deliver power.
  • system could store up to two days’ worth of energy for a week for111/megawatt-hour,
  • beating the price of natural gas.
  • Energy giant Siemens is testing it with a pilot project.

“This technology operates on a set of simple principles with off-the-shelf, tried-and-tested technologies that can…achieve high system efficiencies at relatively low cost,” said an energy expert.

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OO Hawaiian Electric Is Testing Flywheels As An Energy Storage Option

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Wind Power Kites are an example of the innovative renewable clean technology that Oregon’s BEST Program funds, pairing universities with companies. Source http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org

OO Oregon’s ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Approach To A Clean Economy The state’s BEST program pairs universities with companies to develop affordable solutions in clean energy and energy efficiency, providing unusually consistent and adequate funding to such startups.

OO How Midwest States Are Pursuing Efficiency Amid Trend Against Mandates They’re doing so by:

  • Using, not wasting, the heat created from generating electricity;
  • Creating energy efficiency requirements for buildings, transport and appliances.

MEH: While mandates might not last, they probably provided impetus for states to increase their energy efficiencies.

OO Europe: Big Utilities Fund Renewable Energy For Profit – without involving banks, as a way to balance cuts in subsidies for fossil fuels.

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Growing MaryJane Is Energy Intensive – so doing so efficiently, with LEDs, is important.

OO LEDs Light Up Indoor Farming And Marijuana Cultivation

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OO A Desert Full Of Tomatoes, Thanks To Solar Power And Seawater – is growing in Australia, where Sundrop Farms is using solar power to desalinate water and grow lots of greenhouse tomatoes.

The catch? You have to sell a LOT of tomatoes to pay the $150 million price tag of the desalinization plant – and then there’s maintenance…

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HEALTH DISASTER LOOMS

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In An Every Hotter World, More Children Will Die – whether from heat exhaustion, the spread of disease, hunger, extreme weather disasters like storms and flooding, or the conflict over resulting scarcity of resources.

OO The Coming Public Health Disaster – High temperatures are disrupting global ecosystems and food production, causing more extreme weather events and wildfires, threatening coastal communities with accelerated sea level rise and creating the perfect conditions for deadly diseases to spread.

The young and old are most vulnerable.

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CONNECTING THE DOTS

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Want to Stop More Storms Like This? Vote for leaders who understand and will support solutions to climate change. Credit Luis Rodriguez at weather.com

OO Hurricane Matthew Looks A Lot Like Climate Change which should be a focus of public safety.

And if we want to stop storms like this – or worse – we need to do everything we can to rid the economy of fossil fuels.

Related Headline:

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OO Hurricane Matthew’s Strength Is Yet Another Climate Change Indicator – a record-shattering storm that is unusual for October, it is a reminder of climate change’s potential to turn seasonal weather into extreme, year-round threats.

The storm has surpassed several milestones as one of the strongest, longest-lasting hurricanes of its kind on record.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Source DOE Revolution Now 2016

OO The Us Clean Energy Revolution Is Here says the US Department of Energy in a new report, with several charts to prove it. Takeaways:

  • Costs have dramatically declined for renewable clean energy;
  • Installation of wind and solar power structures has exploded.
  • Electric vehicle sales are also exploding
  • As are highly energy efficient LEDs.

OO Global Energy Efficiency Has Tripled, But Not Enough To Curb Climate Change
We need to improve [energy efficiency] by 50 % … immediately.

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Reykjavík: The geothermal city that aims to be the firsty city to go carbon neutral.

OO Iceland: Geothermal Capital City Aims To Be Carbon Neutral by 2040, and become the first city to do so.

OO $$$: ‘Significant Economic Opportunities’ For Low-Carbon Cities says a new analysis.

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OO The Future Belongs To Clean Energy Wind power is projected to more than double in developing countries and increase by one-third in developed nations by 2030.

OO From Amazon To Wal-Mart, Wind Power Deals Are Blooming in Texas and beyond.

OO UK: Solar Panels Outstrip Coal-Fired Electricity in previously ‘unthinkable’ feat.

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Source Kite Power Solutions Ltd 2015

OO One Of World’s First Kite-Driven Power Stations To Open In Scotland – Its company says the system is so cheap it will not need any kind of subsidy – unlike fossil fuels or most renewables.

OO 191 Countries Strike Deal To Cut Aircraft Emissions – every bit counts.

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OO The Paris Climate Agreement Is Officially Happening. Unless Donald Trump Wrecks It. – don’t forget to vote!

Related Headline:

OO Paris Climate Accord To Go Into Force In November – to face the test of enforcement.

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How Much Will They Pay To Make It Go Away? Is a question that Canada is letting its provinces answer on the price of carbon emissions. Source econews.com.au

OO Canada’s Trudeau Steps Up On Climate Change With Carbon Pricing and leaves provinces with choices on how to carry it out.

OO Oil Clout Ebbs In Alaska As Billions In Tax Credits Are Cut – finally, people are realizing that oil doesn’t pay.

NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO US: No Matter How Much It Rains, Megadroughts Are ‘Virtually Certain’
Due To Climate Change
with the Southwest to suffer scorching, decades-long “megadroughts” if the world continues producing greenhouse gas emissions at its current pace, a new study warns.

OO Global Warming Could Kill Off ‘Good Bacteria’,
Weakening Ecosystems
– shows new research focused on an insect, but its implications ripple all the way up the chain to us: bacteria form a mutually beneficial relationship with virtually all animals, not noted in the piece itself.

Two interesting facts:

  • Bacteria help us digest our food;
  • Bacteria outnumber human cells on any human body.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Paul Krugman: What About The Planet? Our two major political parties are at odds on many issues, but nowhere is the gap bigger or more consequential than on climate.

OO Recognizing Smokescreens:
Putting Carbon Back In The Land vs. Real Climate Action

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Mainstream Media Is “Missing in Action” – and so are, consequently, much of the public, on the important evolving story of climate change – not only its dangerous acceleration and consequences, but even the good stories of how nations are starting to seriously address it.

OO Is The Media To Blame For Climate Inaction? Media needs to report far more frequently and openly on important actions being taken to solve climte change, such as these recent developments:

  • Ratification of a climate treaty to tackle emissions worldwide;
  • Commitment of nations to phase out climate changing HFCs;
  • Commitment of nations to a climate changing emissions limit in aviation.

MEH: Coverage of climate change in most media is lacking, and inconsistent – so, yes, media is significantly part of the blame for climate inaction.

OO UK Conservationists Deal Last-Minute Blow To ‘Unlawful’ Fracking Bid

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Military Acts on Climate Change by increasingly cutting its climate changing emissions via adoption of clean energy in the field, and at its bases. Source US armed forces, via pewenvironment.org

OO US Military View On Climate Change:
It’s Eroding Our National Security And We Should Prepare For It
Something not even being discussed in the current election.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source Reuters

OO Global Economy Could ‘Self-Destruct’
If World Carries On Burning Fossil Fuels
a leading economist warns. Lord Nicholas Stern – author of the influential Stern Review on climate change in 2006 – says ‘strong investment’ in green technologies could finally revive growth in the world economy.

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Bye Bye California Salmon? Populations and entire species of fish, many of which we eat, are facing extinction, as Californians take away their water – and Californians, present and future, are the ultimate losers. Source chowhound.com

OO San Francisco Bay Ecosystem Collapsing As Rivers Diverted scientists report. Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, says a major new study.

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OO Invasive Insects Cause Tens Of Billions In Damage: Study – at least $77 billion in damage every year, says a new study, and that this figure is “grossly underestimated” because it covers only a fraction of the globe. It will worsen under continuing climate change.

And this is just due to crop damage – it doesn’t apply to malaria, zika or other diseases spread by mosquitoes invading new areas.

  • All insects, including those in their native habitat, take a heavy toll on agriculture, consuming 30 to 40 % of global harvests — enough to feed a billion people.

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Source International Business Times

  • Mosquito-borne diseases, especially malaria, claim hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
  • Climate change is on track to boost the damages by nearly 20% before 2050.

The distribution of many invasive species is today limited by temperature barriers, and climate change could allow them to invade regions that were inhospitable up to now“, said the lead study researcher.

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OO When Spark Meets Sprawl: Building In Wildlands Increases Fire RiskWildfires, now threaten many other parts of the country as extreme weather becomes more commonplace and more people live in areas at risk for wildfire.

OO As Cities Heat, Their Trees Partly Lose Ability To Remove
Climate Changing Carbon From The Air
shows new research.

OO Climate Change Is Causing Earlier Springs In National Parks which could hurt their ability to manage invasive species.

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Source climateandcapitalism.com

OO Europe Must Prepare For Extreme Weather – Cities and towns are warned to adapt to the battering they face from intense storms as extreme weather events become more frequent.

OO Will Climate Change Sink The Mekong Delta? It is vital to the lives of millions of southeast Asians. No delta region in the world is more threatened by climate change.

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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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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Source fort-russ.com

OO Economic Growth Ups Pollution, And Mortality modestly, and because it is largely linked to increased pollution from fossil fuels, says a new study. Another reason to go clean…

But economic growth also spurs death via upping alcoholic intake, stress. overwork, and driving more.
And high economic levels (as opposed to growth) correlate with longer lives.

That is, “If the pollution doesn’t kill you in the short run, then in the long run the increased income will help you live longer,” a study author says.

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Dirty Driven Growth Costs – mortality also costs society, when you account for the money spent on humans whose productivity is cut by premature death.

Wait a minute. Step back.
What this study does not tackle is the overall long term effect of unsustainable economic growth on our health, safety, and future quality of life – and all indications are that the effect is dramatically negative.

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Another Reason to Give Up Oil Source WalesOnline

OO North Sea Oil Spills Reach Record High

OO Fossil Fuel Industry’s Methane Emissions Far Higher Than Thought – up to 60% greater than previously estimated, meaning current climate prediction models should be revised, new research shows.

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What Climate Change at 400 PPM Will Look Like – Only Worse and more.

OO Milestone For Carbon Dioxide In The Atmosphere:
A Climate Changing 400 Ppm
has been reached.

OO World Bank Secretly Funds Asian Coal Boom

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CLIMATE OR CLUELESS LEADERSHIP: YOU DECIDE

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Your Vote Is ALWAYS Meaningful – because it’s not just about winning or losing, but by how much, which gives incoming leaders a sense of how much of the populace supports their policies – and that influences their actions. So, don’t forget to vote!

OO Sign The Environmental Voter Pledge For Your Family And Future

OO Climate Change Must Be A Bigger Part Of Election Discussion

OO What’s At Stake For The Climate In The 2016 Election? Everything.

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If Only It Worked That Way Credit Hilary B. Price on Earth Day 2016

OO Next ‘Renewable Energy’: Burning US Forests, If Senators Get Their Way – the president’s Clean Power Plan is being fought by 28 states, and a bipartisan group of senators who want burning wood for electricity to be considered carbon neutral.

Just goes to show that greed is nonpartisan.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO Bringing Light To The Darkness: Illiterate Women Trained As Solar Technicians By an Indian organization, which hopes to help 1.2 billion people in the world living without electricity.

OO In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty Via microfinance and small rooftop panels, which can transform lives in a country where the electric grid reaches just 25 %of the population.

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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, Oct 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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