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.

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. We can do this mostly by: a. using energy more efficiently; b. switching from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy — like solar, wind, and geothermal energy; and c. stopping deforestation. We’ve got the technology to do all this, and doing so would create more jobs and improve our economy, as other countries have already shown. So would another important solution: bringing our populations to sustainable levels.

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 inflicts 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.

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 consider this an important voting issue, Congress will act seriously on it. You can pledge here:
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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 light 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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Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation

reposted from the huffingtonpost:

In “Unrealized Horrors of the Population Explosion,” Clyde Haberman, 70, beats an obsolete, dead horse, repeating observations made in previous articles over past decades that Paul Ehrlich’s predictions of horrors stemming from our exploding population have not come true.

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(Source: Alan Weisman/Library Foundation of Los Angeles)

His misplaced focus masks the real, constructive discourse on overpopulation occurring elsewhere and promotes overpopulation denial, a politically convenient vehicle for doing nothing, in the service of short-term profit instead of the persistence of civilization.

Haberman contrasts Ehrlich’s reality-based insights (e.g., infinite growth cannot occur on a planet of finite resources) with the flawed, shallow and sometimes snide remarks of Stewart Brand, creating an unequal, irrelevant and misleading discussion of the issue. The question that Brand posits, “How many years do you have to not have the world end [to reach the conclusion that] maybe it didn’t end because that reason was wrong?” simply illustrates his lack of historical insights. We walk upon the ruins of civilizations felled by resource constraints.

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The discussion becomes increasingly misleading as Haberman credits Norman Borlaug, a lifelong population activist, with helping create the Green Revolution but ignores Borlaug’s own admission that it was only a temporary, nonreplicable solution to feeding the world. Yes, hunger rates have gone down — for now — but the number of hungry, currently over 2 billion (roughly two thirds of the 3.5 billion humans present when Ehrlich’s Population Bomb was published), rises even as arable lands and freshwater sources decrease. The brutal fallacy that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet remains.

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Kids get it: a population poster created by a high schooler (credit: Angela McCauley at www.npr.org)

Haberman fails to note the connections among overpopulation, climate change, and consumption. Ehrlich and others pointed out how the interaction of both consumption and population increase destroys our resource bases. Climate change is just another byproduct of that toxic interaction; it would not pose a catastrophic threat if every country in the world consumed at the U.S. rate — and the total global population were under 1 billion. Numbers do matter.

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Elsewhere I note that the planetary conversation on humane solutions is changing, but not as quickly as the disappearance of our resource bases: Forests are fragmenting and disappearing, aquifers are drying, and climate change is disrupting our water supplies and food production and desertifying arable land.

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Family planning outreach in Nigeria (source: Marie Stopes International at flickr)

Proven solutions to creating sustainable populations humanely include increasing access to reproductive information and materials, increasing female reproductive rights and education, and changing cultural priorities, all strongly promoted by Ehrlich.

Asking “How long can population rise?” ignores the far more important question: How can we accelerate these known solutions to avoid far greater inhumane disasters than already exist? A global cultural ethos that prioritizes those solutions is needed.

But not addressing the above potent question compounds the injustice of the 3 million children who die yearly (noted in the accompanying video) due to inadequate resources.

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In predicting horrific overpopulation scenarios in 1968, Paul Ehrlich raised awareness about it, changing “business as usual.”

Particularly ironic for a writer of history, Haberman makes the classic mistake in his text (the video corrects this) of ignoring that Ehrlich’s ability to raise awareness about the issue helped change the demographic outcome he had predicted — “business as usual” changed.

Ehrlich himself admits that he was making predictions to raise awareness — and he succeeded, although not enough to solve the problem. The provocative nature of the New York Times piece indicates it is also on an “awareness” campaign — of The New York Times itself.

But with its repetition of population myths and important omissions, and Haberman’s failure to produce an incisive, realistic discussion of solving the current and evolving horrors of overpopulation, the piece has only drawn awareness to the declining quality of the “news” that The New York Times sees fit to print. It is a sentiment echoed in most of the hundreds of online comments the piece has garnered.

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Credit: Chris Jordan at www.jarty.net

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McDonald’s and Satellites: Both Help Forests, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Forests: worth saving. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay

OO McDonald’s Commits To Zero Deforestation
Throughout Its Entire Supply Chain

OO Using Satellites To Stop Forest Destruction In Its Tracks – Orbital Insight plans to collect satellite imagery of tropical forests to track changes over time.

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

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

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

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Extreme Heat, Rain To Double in US by 2100, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 4, 2015

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

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

Natural Repercussions:

OO Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double by 2100 due to climate change, says a new analysis.

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Go to the link below for the live interactive.

OO Since First Earth Day, U.S. Temps Have Been Rising

OO At $24 Trillion, Oceans Are World’s 7th-Largest Economy –
But Its Resources Are Eroding
due to over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said.

Natural Repercussions:

OO Viral Blight Could Ravage Earth’s Wheat,
Aided By Rising Greenhouse Gases

OO Nearly Half of Biggest Investors Expose Their Assets To Climate Change and “gamble” on companies heavily exposed to environmental risks, says a new report.

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Thousands have died already in 2015 trying to migrate away from Africa. Source The UK Daily Mail

OO Africa: Migrant Tragedies Will Worsen With Climate Change

OO Brazil: Drought Blamed For Upsurge In Dengue Fever

OO India: Farmers Commit Suicide As Crops Fail From Bad Weather and debts mount.
California Dryin’

OO A Sea Dries, Exposing a Toxic Bomb of accumulated toxic pollution that the wind can now distribute.

OO ‘Explosive’ Wildfires Are Already Out Of Control
— Months Before Fire Season

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OO Dry, Warm Conditions Keep California’s National Forests Parched

OO Nine More Ways The State Has To Change Its Water Ways – use wastewater, smart meters to fine violators, tiered pricing, and stop using up our aquifers, for starters.

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The Great Land Grab by Fossil Fuels, and More!

Fossil Fuel Follies

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What Oil, Gas Does to Crop Land Credit AP Photo/ Charles Rex Arbogast

OO North America: Oil And Gas Industry Has Grabbed 7 Million Acres
Of Crop and Range Land Since 2000
– decreasing ecosystem services and productivity for the US and Canada.

OO Earthquakes Linked To Fracking Activity Are Rising, says U.S. Govt
“These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby.”

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Pick Your Poison: the oil spill or the toxic chemical cleanup, Sources Wikipedia, Grist

OO Replacing One US Pollution With Another:
Big Oil Uses Toxic Chemicals To Clean Up Spills

OO China’s Pollution Challenge: Two Of Most Polluted Provinces
Fail To Limit Factory Emissions

Ignorance:

OO GOP Conservatives Don’t Think Climate Change Will Happen In Their Lifetimes says a new Gallup poll, even though …

OO 83% Of Americans Say Climate Is Changing says poll conducted by world’s largest reinsurance company. Go figure.

Clueless Leadership

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Even elephants can’t survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte

OO GOP Senate Agrees That Global Warming Occurring, Impacting US —
But Fails to Act
in a recent vote.

OO GOP Republican Presidential Hopefuls Ignore Climate Issue

OO Oklahoma: Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Fracking Bans
— As Fracking Earthquakes There Rise
-This is almost as good as flood-threatened Florida’s governor refusing to let any state workers say “Climate Change”. Just what DO they put in their Koolaid down in the Magnolia Zone?

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The sort of stuff our GOP Congress would like to see converted into sofas rather than saved for future generations. Source kswild.org

OO On Earth Day, GOP Congress Targets America’s Public Lands and Waters

OO GOP Weighs How To Undercut Obama’s Climate Talks

OO President Ignores Fracking Risks In The Everglades
As He Urges Action on Climate

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A Blueprint for Fossil Fuel Divestment, and More!

WHAT WORKS

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Speaking out:

OO Banking Giant: HSBC Warns Clients of Fossil Fuel Investment Risks

OO Big Insurers Warn US To Prepare For Climate Change rather than waste money responding to resulting disasters… a stitch in time…

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OO Former Shell Boss: Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Change Profoundly’ and step up efforts to develop low carbon technologies.

OO World Bank: Climate Change Is A ‘Fundamental Threat’ to development. Then stop funding fossil fuel projects, WB!

Good Ideas:

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Lighting the Future: an organic LED lamp. Source Fast Company

OO No More Bulbs: Organic LEDs – made of thin layers, they can be used in every day objects, as they already are in TVs and mobile phones.

OO Liquid Batteries For Solar And Wind Power – flow batteries provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.

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Storing Energy Is Cool when done at the right time. Source greenmyplanet.net

OO Turn Supermarket Fridges Into Energy Storage Assets – cool refrigerant liquid at night during cheaper off-peak hours, and use it to keep the fridges cool during the day and outages.

OO The New Carbon Tracker Initiative:
Blueprint For Fossil Fuel Divestment for Companies

Insights:

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Hot Times Ahead Wikipedia

OO Temperatures Could Rise By 6C By 2100,
With Cataclysmic Results
say experts.

OO 75% Of World’s Extremely Hot Days
Can Be Linked Now To Climate Change

OO Changes In Water Vapor And Clouds Are Amplifying Global Warming

@@ Looking for Global Warming? Check the Ocean

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Informed Leadership:

OO Under U.S. Leadership, Arctic Council Vows To Fight Climate Change

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO USDA Takes on Agriculture’s Huge Contribution To Climate Change

OO White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

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Strong Future For Renewables Forecast, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Strong Future Forecast For Renewable Energy

OO The Age Of Wind And Solar Is Closer Than You Think – renewable energy, spurred by a crisis in climate, may usurp fossil fuels by mid-century.

OO Landmark US Govt Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

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OO Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency

OO Congress Passes Bill for Grid-Enabled Water Heaters – letting these big energy users become far more efficient.

OO EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rule Would Create 100,000s Of Jobs, report says.

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Fracking Fading? Time to stop this toxic, climate-changing, earth-shaking activity.

OO Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year

OO Methane Emissions Can Be Cut Cheaply Worldwide from leaks by oil and gas operations, says a new study.

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OO China Could Get 85% Of Its Electricity From Renewables By 2050, report finds.

OO Chinese Banks Must Cut Coal Lending, Shift To Cleaner Businesses to win its pollution war.

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A Clearer Future? China pursues less coal and more clean energy to clear its air.

OO China Reduces Coal Use And CO2 Emissions, boosting global climate talks.

OO China Plants the Most Carbon-Storing Trees With ‘Green Great Wall’

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Norway’s nationally owned oil company backs a tax on carbon. Source UK Telegraph

OO Big Oil CEO Backs A Global Tax On Carbon – Eldar Saetre, CEO of Statoil, the Norwegian oil giant.

OO Japan Hikes Target For Emissions Cuts To About 25% By 2030 – every little bit counts.

OO Australia Run On 100% Renewable Power By 2050, report finds due to falling costs of wind and solar power.

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Solar Flight, Desalinization, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1 Billion Fund

OO The Second Coming Of Solar Is Here –
With New Investment Opportunities

OO California: Company Provides Solar Power with Water Efficiency – NRG is the first solar company to do so.

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OO The First Round-The-Globe PV-Powered Flight – the global journey is planned to last 25 days over five months, starting and finishing in the sun-scorched deserts of Abu Dhabi.

OO MIT Invention Turns Salt Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

OO Does Going “Off The Grid” Actually Help The Climate? Not if the grid can distribute the power more efficiently to many users with far less redundant infrastructure.

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China’s solar journey continues.

OO China Adds Solar Power the Size of France in First Quarter 2015

OO Japan: Solar Energy Is on the Verge of a ‘Global Boom’ – as nuclear recedes and oil-fired power plants close, Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for solar power.

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