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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You can help the planet by making this go viral — please spread it far and wide!

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: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More!

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

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Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in spring – another reason to help preserve these important carbon storing systems.Source LATimes

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Boreal Circle of Fire – a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, which helps produce climate-changing fossil fuels that, when burned, help warm and dry out boreal forests. Both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for… more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change.

OO Global Warming Spurs Wildfires Increase In Boreal Forest – worldwide, scientists have warned for decades, as rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow spur increasing wildfires.

Large-scale loss of boreal forest could help speed climate change, since their destruction releases vast amounts of gases that further fuel climate change.

Under climate change there:

  • northern temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else,
  • snow cover is melting prematurely,
  • forests are drying out earlier than in the past.
  • excess heat could be causing an increase in fire-causing lightning.

Related Headline:

OO It’s Not Just Alberta:
Warming-Fuelled Fires Are Increasing
– worldwide, from China, the US, to Brazil and Australia.

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Smouldering Peat, Smouldering Fuse that firemen battle to prevent more wildfires. Credit Leyland Cecco

OO Alberta Wildfire Lit the Peat Fuse:
Bigger, Hotter Fires To Follow
– burning deep underground, smouldering peat, laced throughout Canadian boreal forest, will release tons of climate changing gas for months in the Fort Mcmurray area, that helped create the dry conditions for the current fire.

Smouldering peat fires can create flare-ups throughout the forest, starting new fires.

Incredibly difficult to stop, they have been known to burn for decades in some cases.

At this point, only weather can kill it,” says the city’s retired fire chief.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Regrowing Forests Soak Up Carbon far more cheaply than any other method, short of preserving forests. Source http://www.economist.com

OO Forests Re-Grown On Cleared Lands
Key For Climate, Land Rights
says a new study, by trapping carbon from the atmosphere and mitigating climate change.

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A Swath of Death shows the extent of large scale mangrove die-off in Queensland, Australia. Credit James Cook University

OO Australia: Large Mangrove Die-Offs
Linked to Unusual Heat and Coral Die-Offs
that happened simultaneously along the north Queensland coast; the die-offs have only recently been observed, being located in remote areas.

Mangroves act as coastal erosion buffers and marine kidneys, cleaning land water headed towards the sea.

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Getting a Pollen Protein Boost that bees need to feed their young. But if pollen produces less protein, bees have to expend more precious energy to collect enough of it.

OO Rising CO2 Levels
May Spur Die-Off of Bees
– suggest new studies. Takeaways:

    1. 100+ studies show that rising CO2 produces less nutritious food plants;
    2. goldenrod is an essential late summer food source for bees;
    3. as CO2 has risen since the 1840s, pollen protein in goldenrod has declined 30%;
    4. the most dramatic drop occurred during the most dramatic CO2 rise, from 1960 to 2014;
  • Decrease in pollen protein may be undermining bee nutrition and reproductive success;
  • This could contribute to the global die-off of bees being observed.
  1. Pollen protein decreases as CO2 accelerates enables faster and more growth of the plant’s starchier parts, including starchier pollen, which dilutes the protein content.

“Pollen is becoming junk food for bees,” says a leading USDA researcher.

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What’s Not To Love About Plants? They provide food, beauty, healing, and inspire love – yet human exploitation is sending many into extinction. Source http://www.wonderslist.com

OO One In Five Of World’s Plant Species At Risk Of Extinction – says a new assessment from a leading botanical institution. Takeaways:

  • About 390,000+ species of plant exist;
  • 30,000 of them are used by humans;

20% are at risk of extinction from humans due to:

  1. Spread of invasive plants that wipe out natives;
  2. habitat loss to due to farming and logging;
  3. Climate change, a smaller extinction threat, but a growing one.

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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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HOT NEWS

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Reddest Is Hottest Ever – and shows just how much of the Earth has gotten record hot in April alone on the planet from this map of how much temperatures have strayed from average. El Nino may move the heat around, but global warming is supplying it. Credit National Centers for Environmental Information at NOAA

OO April 2016: Earth’s 12th Consecutive Warmest Month on Record –

  • 2016 is shaping up to be the hottest year yet;
  • El Nino is weakening;
  • Arctic sea ice at its lowest April extent on record, and keeps falling;
  • 12 costly 2016 catastrophes worldwide so far,1 Billion or more each;
  • 2 US weather catastrophes in April alone topped1 Billion each.
  • Heat records were broken worldwide, especially across India

Update: India clocked in with a new national record high of 51 C (123.8 F) on May 19, 2016.

Related Headline:

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Concerned Yet? Credit Stephane Mahe at Reuters

OO Earth Just Recorded Its Warmest April On Record, And It Wasn’t Even Close – with a near-record large margin compared to the average, NASA data shows.

OO April Breaks Global Temperature Record,
Marking Seven Months Of New Highs
– and at least 1 C (2 F) degree higher than average for those months during 1951-1980, it adds.

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Get the Picture? Climate scientist Ed Hawkins shows with this graphic how global warming is starting to skirt dangerous levels, especially in the last year… will we act? Credit Ed Hawkins

OO See Earth’s Temperature Spiral Toward 2°C – as rising levels of greenhouse gases trap more and more heat, the planet is spiraling closer to the point where warming’s catastrophic consequences may be all but assured.

OO Can A GIF Change The Way We Think About Global Warming? Maybe.The International Panel on Climate Change, which produces the most comprehensive reports on climate change, sees digitally smart communication as a priority, especially to spread its message of the developing threat of climate change.

Meanwhile, the GIF of spiraling global temperatures created by a climate scientist has been retweeted 3000+ times, and calledthe most compelling global warming visualisation ever made“.

Love ‘dem GIFs.

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Grim News at Cape Grim – CO2 levels are passing the 400 ppm level at this southern hemisphere monitoring station … and will continue to rise. Credit John Woudstra

OO World’s CO2 Concentration Teetering on Point of No Return – when global concentrations of carbon dioxide never again dip below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone, as monitored by stable CO2 tracking stations — as long as “business as usual” continues.

One of them, at Cape Grim in Australia, tracks stable levels due to the lack of land, which introduces fluctuation in the data; once it observes 400 ppm, it will keep seeing that level… until it rises.

OO Confirmed: Southern Hemisphere CO2 Level
Now Above 400 ppm Milestone
– at the Cape Grim, Australia, monitoring station; it will take a lot of action on humanity’s part to bring it down, and slow the onset of disastrous climate change.

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MASSIVE HEALTH THREATS

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A Sick, Murky Future is here already for many in China and in urban centers worldwide.

OO Air Pollution Rising At An ‘Alarming Rate’ In World’s Cities – having risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, according to a new World Health Organization study that surveyed 3,000+ cities.

Related Headline:

OO WHO: Global Air Pollution Is Worsening –
Poor Countries Hit Hardest
– it is contributing to a wide range of potentially life-shortening health problems.

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OO Billion People Face Global Flooding Risk By 2060 – China and India are among the countries most threatened, says a new study. All eight of the most vulnerable cities are in Asia, followed by Miami.

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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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CORAL CATASTROPHE CONTINUES

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Coral Death Spiral, Up Close – from bluish pink to white to a light green alga then blanketed by dark, slimy mat of algae: a coral’s lights wink out. Credit Coral Watch

OO Great Barrier Reef: Devastating Images
Tell Story Of Coral Colonies’ Destruction
at a scale that would fill an area the size of Scotland.

OO Coral Bleaching Puts Damselfish In Distress
By Masking Predator Scent
– with the odor from coral bleaching, finds a new study..

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Memories of the Way Things Used To Be for an Indian reef. Source http://www.iasdiscussions.com

OO ‘Heart Wrenching’: India’s Coral Reefs
Show Widespread Bleaching & Death
says the head of a reef monitoring program. The reefs were just starting to recover from the 2010 El Nino bleaching, when the reefs were hit again.

Many fish that feed on coral, such as beautiful butterfly fish, quickly decline once the corals die.

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Fish Die With the Corals As Both Are Heat Stressed on Indian coral reefs.Courtesy of Nature Conservation Foundation

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US RIVER FLOWS IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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River Runs Less? Climate change is robbing US rivers of water. Source http://www.hdwallpapera.com

OO Climate Change Affecting Flows In US Watersheds – says new research. Takeaways:

  • US Southwest: Flows at both high and low flow times have decreased from 1980 to 2010;
  • US northeast: flows have increased in autumn and winter as warmer temperatures prevent freezing;
  • Elsewhere, flows are “more variable but still associated with changes in climate” with river flows mostly down from changing rainfall, but evapotranspiration may be an increasing factor, too.

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ZIP ME THERE, SCOTTY!

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It’s a Bullet, It’s a Train, It’s …It’s… Hyperloop! Source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk

OO Hyperloop Transportation Says It Cracked 760 mph travel with magnets,
using a “passive levitation system.”

The technology is similar to the Maglev train systems used in Asia, but should be cheaper to install and safer to operate. Can’t wait to try it out…

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CLIMATE WILL CRIPPLE COFFEE

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Too Hot For Coffee? It will be in many places, by 2050, creating a 50% decline in beans, says a new study.

OO Coffee Bean Shortage Predicted Due To Climate Change – 80 % of areas in Brazil and Central America that grow Arabica coffee now, will not by 2050 if current temperature trends continue; internationally, the decline is estimated to be 50 %.

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SPEAKING OUT

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And It Will Get Worse and more expensive to fix, if we don’t act in time.

OO UN Climate Science Chief: It’s Not Too Late To Avoid Dangerous Temperature Rise – but the costs rises with delay, and even more so if we do nothing. Global warming has already increased temperatures by 2 degrees F.

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CLUELESS COMMUNICATION

@@ How Media Misleads the Public On Science –
And Clouds Climate Change Understanding: John Oliver
Beware these words on AM Talk Shows & commercial news programs: “New studies suggest…“ — accurate scientific reporting is as rare there as organic vegetables are at 7-11s.

Such unqualified media reporters sow distrust by:

  • misreporting the results of studies
  • covering poorly executed studies
  • simplifying the scientific process
  • looking for bold, rather than real conclusions,
  • not reading or understanding studies
  • not understanding how flawed studies can be

This corrodes public trust in the valuable science that lies behind our understanding of climate change and other important problems.

What to do? Go to reputable sources for their reporting of the science you want to understand. For climate change, go to NASA, NOAA , IPCC and other reputable institutions’ websites.

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS SHRINKING, HARMING WILDLIFE

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A Knotty Problem – climate change is robbing these migrant birds of food for their young, resulting in smaller birds and beaks. Not Good.

OO Shrinking Red Knots:
Arctic Bird Suffers Double Hit From Global Warming
– as Arctic snow melts earlier, these migrant birds are hatching chicks too late to catch the peak of their food source, the insect bloom triggered by melting snow.

Undernourished, the chicks develop into smaller, shorter billed birds that find it harder to capture the shellfish they eat in the mudflats of their winter home in Mauritania.

Just one of many unexpected ways that climate change is harming wildlife.

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MELTDOWN

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A Glacial Brake Fails – the collapse of the Larsenb Antarctic ice shelf allowed far more ice behind it to speed into the sea. Source European Satellite Agency

OO Continuing Collapse Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Will Affect Us All as record heat helps destroy these glacial “brakes” holding back far more ice from entering the ocean.

The Big Worry? If the fringing ice shelves, the “brakes” of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, undergo similar collapse, this could set off a chain reaction leading to a vast ice-sheet recession over just a few decades – and adding a devastating 3m (yeah, 9 feet) of sea level rise worldwide.

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Fractured Photo – this is our Arctic ice cap, on global warming. Source mashable.com

OO Rapidly Melting Arctic Sea Ice Fracturing –
And It’s Only May
signaling that ice melt is well ahead of schedule – and a near record or record low sea ice extent to come in September.

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CALIFORNIA CONSERVES FOR UNENDING DROUGHT

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OO California Braces For Unending Drought as Gov. Jerry Brown made the state’s water conservation efforts permanent despite a slight easing of dry conditions from rains brought on by El Niño.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO U.S. Utilities Boost Investments in Wind, Solar Power taking advantage of government subsidies.

OO Big Oil Unexpectedly Backs Newest Non-Fossil Fuels

OO Big U.S. Companies Spearhead Renewable Energy Drive

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OO Big Oil Company Transitions Towards Big Solar:
Buys Energy Storage Company

OO Oil Companies Abandon Arctic Drilling Rights for now…

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Windy Blows the Farm as more farmers make money from wind. Source energyrealestates.com

OO Iowa Wind Boom Highlights Transformation In Midwest – as the U.S. power grid is undergoing an extreme makeover from the hulking power plants that generate most of the electricity all the way down to tiny meters attached to millions of homes.

OO US Energy Sector CO2 Emissions Fall 12 % Since 2005 – as coal collapses, but natural gas continues to rise, and the methane leaks from its production and distribution has boosted climate changing emissions.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama And Nordic Leaders:
Economic Activity In The Arctic Must Pass Climate Test
– what about the tar sands stuff already there?

OO U.S. Sets Rules To Cut Methane Emissions
From New Oil And Gas Wells –
But Not For Existing Ones
not so good news.

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OO Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained – they are quintessentially Clintonesque, rich with wonky detail, conversant with the policy levers available, and careful, always, to stay within the bounds of the politically possible (as she sees it).

OMG, it’s… it’s… LOGIC from a presidential candidate!

OO Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Divests Entire Holding In BP — yessss!

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Useless on Climate Action, Too … what did you expect?

OO Trump Taps Climate Change Skeptic As Energy Adviser

OO Meet Donald Trump’s New Energy Adviser who supports replacing the Clean Power Plan with a useless small carbon tax; he said he may challenge Trump ‘s assertions about climate change being a hoax promoted by Democrats. I’ll bet D(D)T has flying saucer theories, too.

OO Trump Promises He Will Reopen Coal Mines.
He Probably Can’t
– analyses indicate.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall In Fossil Fuels so expect a much higher number of climate change disasters, including coastal flooding, heat waves, and more, much more!

OO The Cost of Low Oil Prices
Oil and Gas Job Losses Mount Globally
– with 350,000+ shed by oil and gas production companies worldwide, says a new report. Time to invest in clean renewable energy!

OO Over Half of US Coal Assets Are Stranded as many major US coal companies file for bankruptcy.

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Bakken Burps Methane – leaking 275,000 tons of the potent climate changing gas annually, a significant amount but less than previously believed. And then there’s all those leaky distribution pipes, nationwide…

OO Bakken Oil Field Leaks 275,000 Tons Of Methane Yearly – study says.

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One of These Landscapes Is Not Carcinogenic – guess which one?

OO US Fracking Rises As “New Coal” – Natural Gas –
Use Does, Too

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

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OO How Solar Brought Muslims And Jews Together In One West Bank Village– as a US nonprofit looks beyond politics to unite people with solar power.

OO $12.5 Million Raised for Nanowire Solar Materials Development

OO Indian Railways’ First All Solar-Paneled Train

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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, May 24, 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: California continues its drought, as its wise governor makes water conservation measures a permanent fixture.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice, which is melting at a record rate this spring. 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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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Forests Protect The BUB: Bizarre, Useful and Beautiful biodiversity that sustains all of us, besides storing carbon — and hooded Indian grasshoppers.Credit Kaushik GM at flickr

OO India Is Set To Spend Over $6 Billion On Restoring Their Forests

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Boreal Circle of Fire – a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, a city devoted to producing climate-changing fossil fuels that help warm and dry out boreal forests; both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for… more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change.

OO The Climate Context For The Fort McMurray Wildfire – Takeaways:

    1. warmer winters and springs are heating up the north;
    2. the fire season has increased 40% over the past 65 years;
    3. El Nino added to the heat and dryness this year.
  • large wildfires have doubled over that time;
  • boreal wildfires have spiked to levels not seen in 10,000 years;
  1. wildfires emit many tons of climate changing carbon emissions;
  2. boreal peat bogs store huge amounts of climate changing carbon – once burning they are very difficult to put out.

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Source CBC, Reuters

OO Alberta, Canada: Entire City Of 88,000+ Flees Large Wildfire that was fuelled by soaring temperatures – nearly 90 F – and tinder-dry forest. The fire burned thousands of home in the oil sands city of Fort McMurray.

Related Headline:

OO ‘It Was Raining Ash:’ Wildfire Sparks Exodus – as it blew up a gas station, burned homes and downtown.

“Headlights stretched for hundreds of kilometers through parched boreal forest as residents headed south,” noted Daily Climate News Editor Doug Fischer

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As Global Temperatures Rise, So Do Wildfires as depicted in this watercolor that shows rising flames above a graph of rising global temperatures. Credit Jill Pelto

OO Climate Change May Be Fueling Canada’s Fire Season a new study says. Takeaways:

  • global warming is creating warmer winters and less spring snow;
  • warmer winters means earlier snowmelt, lengthening the dry season;
  • El Nino further added to a drier, milder winter this year;
  • Longer, drier seasons increase the chance of wildfires.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF CANADA WILDFIRE

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Alberta Wildfire Burning Tons of Money -costing not just insurers, but oil consumers, many thousands of refugees, and the world, in terms of climate change. Credit Jerome Garot at EPA

OO Canada Oil Prices Rise As Wildfire Knocks Out Production

OO Alberta Wildfire Set To Be Canada’s Costliest Natural Disaster – for insurers of all the structures destroyed.

OO Canadian Wildfire Edges South, Leaves Thousands Stranded – and helping these new refugees will also cost the Canadian economy.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHAT INSPIRES ACTION ON CLIMATE?

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What Inspires Politicians to Take Action? Voters Credit Center for Climate Change Communication

OO Creating Concern About Global Warming – indicates a new study, is tied to people’s knowledge:

  • Understanding the causes of global warming helps people accept that it’s man-made.
  • Recognizing that it is man-made creates concern within people.
  • Knowing that 97% of scientists recognize man-made global warming ups people’s acceptance of it and policies to tackle it.
  • Less than 20% of Americans realize the scientific consensus is that high.

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OO Inspire Climate Action By Framing the Issue Collectively – as in “we’re all in this together – now what are we going to do?” This is far more effective than thinking in terms of personal responsibility, says a new study. People are willing to donate up to 50% more towards climate action.

BUT this might only work with people who are informed on climate change, like those polled in the study.

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CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DRY UP ECONOMIES

@@ DRYING UP – The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia will suffer the biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, finds a new World Bank report.

OO Global Water Shortages To Deliver ‘Severe Hit’ To Economies,
World Bank Warns
likely spurring conflict and further migration by 2050, says a new study.

Under business-as-usual water usage, shortages could cause a 14% decline in GDP in the Middle East, and declines in Africa, India, and China from both climate change and rising populations.

Related Headline:

OO Climate Change Is Really Going To Hurt Us Is Through Water

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@@ 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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AMERICA’S BIGGEST CORAL REEF IS DISSOLVING

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Now You See It… Now You Don’t as corals start dissolving. Credit Chris Langdon at National Geographic

OO Oceanic Acidification Is Dissolving the Biggest US Reef on the continent, says a new study.

The northern part of the reef, nearest Miami, is eroding and dissolving faster than it can rebuild, likely due to increasing acidity, which prevents corals from obtaining the calcium needed to grow. Takeaways:

  • Coral reef dissolution is happening faster than predicted;
  • Unlike coral bleaching, acidification is constant, precluding a chance to repair.
  • Coral dissolution will speed up as acidification worsens.
  • Without coral reefs, many beachside hotels and coasts will be more vulnerable to flooding and storm damage.

Related Headline:

OO Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating

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RISING SEAS

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Imagine All of Humanity Jumping Into The Sea, Every Day – And Not Getting Out – that’s how much water is being added to the oceans daily by Greenland ice melting. Credit Christine Zeinino at Flickr

OO Abrupt 6-Foot Sea Level Rise An Increasingly Reality
By 2100
– indicate a growing number of studies, as the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps melt; sea levels could rise far higher in the next century, flooding much of humanity.

RISING SEAS SINK 5 PACIFIC ISLANDS

These sunken islands are a portent of things to come.
– study author Simon Albert.

OO Rising Pacific Ocean Swallows 5 Solomon Islands,
Due to Climate Change
, says a new study.

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OO As Seas Rise, So Will Toxic Ocean Pollution as thousands of coastal garbage dumps erode, then submerge in the UK… and worldwide.

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MELTDOWN

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The Pacific Speeds Up Arctic Melting During Its Cool Decades Climate Phase– characterized by the ocean surface temperature patterns above. The good news? We arein a warm phase. The bad news? The Arctic experienced record breaking warmth this winter – that is, it could have been — and will be — far worse, if we don’t act. Source Screen and Francis 2016

OO How The Pacific Ocean Alters The Pace Of Arctic Warming is answered in part by new research. Takeaways:

    1. The Pacific switches between cold and warm decades-long climate phases (aka PDOs), related to ocean surface temperatures off the Americas., which are cooler during the cold phase, and vice versa.
  • The cold phase helps speed up melting of Arctic ice, as resulting winds push more warm air (from over open waters) north over the ice, further melting it. In contrast, the warm phase slows melting.

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Dwindling Arctic Ice Wikipedia

  • The bad news? This winter’s record Arctic warmth occurred during the warm phase, which began in 2013. And other factors, such as a strong El Nino weather event, also played a part.
  • But when we switch back to the cool phase, Arctic melting will probably speed up even further.
  1. And the loss of Arctic ice further increases global warming as much more heat gets absorbed by the resulting larger expanses of darker, open waters.

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Melting Away – the freezer that stores California’s water, the Sierra snowpack.Source http://www.kcet.org

OO Western U.S. Snowpack Melting At Record Speed from Washington to Wyoming – so quickly, that flooding is possible in some areas.

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SUFFOCATING SEAS HIT CALIFORNIA

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Rockfish Hit Rocky Times – prized by fishermen and fish lovers alike, many species of rockfish are now threatened by lack of oxygen. Source saveourshores.org

OO Global Warming Is Starving West Coast Waters, And Marine Life,
Of Oxygen
– overfished rockfish populations now face suffocation as warming surface waters increasingly prevent enough oxygen penetrating deep into their habitat.

Other marine life that support the oceanic food chain are affected, too.

Areas naturally lower in oxygen are feeling the effects sooner worldwide.

OO Ocean’s Oxygen Starts Running Low – as surface waters warm and prevent oxygen from mixing deeper, making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.

Related Headline:

OO Global Warming Could Deplete The Oceans’ Oxygen –
With Severe Consequences
indicates a new study.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Republican States Benefiting Most From Shift to Wind and Solar Energy – despite
opposing the President ‘s efforts to curtail climate-warming carbon emissions, such states as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, are often benefiting most from the nation’s accelerating shift to renewable energy.

Republican-dominated North Carolina trails only California in new solar farms, thanks largely to pro-renewables polices enacted years ago under a Democratic legislature.

Related Headline:

OO Republican States Are Leading America In New Renewable Energy Projects with wind turbines and solar panels accounting for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015.

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OO Republican Attitudes on Climate Change Thaw

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Spreading Like a Cold – Only Hotter!Source Shutterstock

OO Solar Power Is Contagious – fully one third of the customers for the largest US Solar rootop installer were referred by a friend or neighbor. If you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that increases the odds that your neighbors will install their own panels.

Rooftop solar is expanding rapidly in the US— by some estimates, a new system goes up every four minutes.

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OO China’s Total Wind Power Capacity to Triple by 2030

OO Chile Considers Tapping Pacific Wave Power – a new study shows it has 164 MW of potential wave power lapping its coasts; harnessing just 10% of it would surpass Chile’s current electric capacity.

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OO US: Solar Surges As Coal Collapses -Solar capacity is surging; by the end of 2016, there will be twice as much solar as there was in 2014.

Meanwhile, recent coal plants closings bring tally of closed (or closing) coal generation to 100 gigawatts’ worth since 2010, says the Sierra Club, which has focused on limiting and now reducing coal use since 2002.

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OO U.S. Coal Production Falling Off a Cliff as a majority of the country’s major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy over the past year, bringing.coal production to a 30-year low.

BUT…

OO The Global Coal Trade Doubled From 2002 To 2012 as a coal-fuelled boom took hold in Asia. Now it seems to have stalled, or even gone into reverse. Several maps tell the story.

And…

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OO Plans For Coal-Fired Power In Asia Are ‘Disaster For Planet’
Warns World Bank
– China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam account for three-quarters of new coal stations planned for the next five years. If all go ahead, it would leave the world unable to avoid 2C of warming, says a World Bank official.

Related Headline:

OO Countries Eyeing Coal Plants Must Reassess Energy Strategy says the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency, because such facilities may not be a viable investment.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

@@ Kimmel Pooh-poohs Pompous Palin’s Denial:
“What if I decide to deny the existence of yogurt?”
Or of gravity? Ultimately, K notes, “Either you believe in science, or you don’t.”

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And for even more nonsense…

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‘I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change.’ says Don The Denier of man-made global warming. Credit: modified piece by Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch

OO Donald Trump’s Election Would Derail Paris Climate Deal,
Warns Its Architect-
Former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said, “If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption.

More Trumpery…

OO Coal Industry Group Backs Trump – one dinosaur backs another.

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OO Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Communities’ Freedom to Ban Fracking

OO Fund Investors Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning – that is, from the Bank of England, which warned about the potential for “huge” losses from a sudden shift in regulation designed to curb global warming and fossil fuels.

Almost half of the world’s top 500 investors are failing to act on climate change risk and management. Oh-oh.

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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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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Source greentechmedia.com

OO Obama: Taking On Climate Change Is Key To Public Health beyond being an economic imperative and a national security priority.

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Catchin’ Rays Down Under, Mate! The Greens want millions of households to install renewable energy storage units, saying battery storage could “revolutionise” Australia’s energy system. Source reneweconomy.com.au

OO Australia: Green Lawmakers Want Solar Energy Storage For 1+ Million Homes – noting it could revolutionize Australia’s energy system.

How to fund the 5-year, nearly $3 billion incentive program? Scrap fossil fuel subsidies.

The Aussie Green Clean Goal: 90% of Australia runs on renewables by 2030.

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Harvesting a Windy Treasure on the Emerald Isle Source http://www.independent.ie

OO Ireland: New Minister Says Wind Energy Part Of Climate-Change Solution

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SPEAKING OUT

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A Drought Refugee: A Face of Climate Change, fueled by our need for fossil fuels.
Credit Matilde Gattoni at instagram

OO Climate Change Is Corroding Our Values, Says Naomi Klein – The need for fossil fuels is destroying regions and communities, causing war and famine worldwide in the process, argues the activist and author.

OO Scientists Critiquing Media Climate Reports – at the new website Climate Feedback, where a coterie of climate scientists critique news reports and opinion columns.

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OO Environmental Groups Sue EPA,
Seek Stricter Rules Over Fracking Waste Linked To Earthquakes

OO Australia: 66 Charged At Newcastle Anti-Coal Climate Change Protest

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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One of Many Who Gave Up Hope and he left behind a famished family. Source ajitvadakayil.blogspot.com

OO India: Hundreds Commit Suicide As Drought Dries Up Their Survival – after 2-3 successive drought years:

  • Water taps have run dry;
  • Public panic and protests have erupted;
  • Reservoirs are now guarded;
  • 100,000+ Drought refugees have fled dried farms
  • Dried out soil can’t absorb water, or recharge groundwater well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg: in 2014 alone, 5,500 Indian farmers committedsuicide, as their farms failed.

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Dramatic Drop in Polar Bears: Possibly Only 25,000 Left Worldwide say experts.
Credit Kerstin Langenberger at Facebook

OO In Alaska, Climate Change Is Now A Daily Reality – for remote villages:

early ice melt means getting supplies is far more precarious;
dwindling, desperate polar bears forage in garbage, threaten people;
new animals are turning up … like grasshoppers, which can be plant pests.

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GOOD IDEAS

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It’s All in the Gel – Mya Le Thai shows off the gel she created that vastly improves battery life. Credit University of California Irvine

OO HUGE New Battery Storage Breakthrough – discovered by a graduate woman scientist, Mya Le Thai. This is BIG because:

  1. There’s serious demand for longer-lasting batteries.
  2. Better battery storage can advance many technologies, from iphones to electric cars
  3. Increasing battery life is no easy feat.
  4. The breakthrough? Using an affordable gel rather than liquid solution, with gold nanowires.
  5. This increased the battery lifetime 4000% — ie, 40x that of a typical battery.

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Save Money – Don’t Even Search For Fossil Fuels the world can’t use, says a new study.

OO Oil Giants Are Worth More by Drilling Less, Analysts Say in a low carbon world. Shell, BP, and 5 othermajors could increase their market value by $100+ billion if they invest in line with a 2C warming limit, says a new study, by avoiding costly exploration for fuels the world cannot use.

Related Headline:

OO Oil Giants Should Ditch High-Cost Projects, Thinktank Says

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Collecting Precious Water Credit Rajanish Kakade at Associated Press

OO Women’s Wisdom Crucial To Beating Climate Change, researchers say, especially in developing effective policies to reduce disaster risks and tackle climate change in developing countries.

OO The Time Has Come To Turn Up The Heat
On Those Who Are Wrecking Planet Earth
says climate activist Bill McKibben. Conferences go only so far; peaceful civil disobedience is still needed to push national leaders into adequate action fast enough to avoid increasingly serious climate disasters.

Related Headline:

OO Exxon Scrambles To Contain Climate Crusade – a green campaign to make the company pay for climate change is besieging the oil industry and its conservative allies.

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CITIES NEED NATIONAL SUPPORT TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

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Michael Bloomberg: Cities Are Focal Points of Climate Action

OO We’ve Been Mayors Of New York, Paris And Rio:
We Know Climate Action Starts With Cities
but they need the national power and support to act, argue Michael Bloomberg , Anne Hidalgo and Edurado Paes.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Over Half of 2015 Bankruptcies Are From Fossil Fuels Source seekingalpha.com

OO U.S. Oil Industry Bankruptcy Wave Surges
The rout in crude prices is snowballing into one of the biggest avalanches in the history of corporate America, with 59 oil and gas companies now bankrupt after this week’s filings for creditor protection by Midstates Petroleum and Ultra Petroleum.

OO US Fracking Causing Global Surge
In Dangerous Climate-Changing Gas, Ethane
– which helps extend the lifetime in the atmosphere of the very potent climate changing gas, methane, a study finds.

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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 DRIVING

OO New Record Set for World’s Cheapest Solar –
Now Undercutting Coal

Solar power set another record-low price as renewable energy United Arab Emirates developers promised project costs that undercut even coal-fired generators.

They bid as little as 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour to develop 800 megawatts of solar-power projects there – 15% lower than the previous record set in Mexico last month.

OO Australia: Government and Energy Retailers Back Community Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE MUST ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 17, 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 North America (indeed, most of Canada, where a huge wildfire rages) and the waters surrounding it and the US, are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite El Nino driven precipitation, California remains in drought, and its “water freezer”, the snowpack in the Sierras, is melting away rapidly.

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 everlasting wild flower I photographed one spring in South Africa. 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 podcastsand 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: Suffocating Seas, Climate Votes, and More!

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

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BBB: Beautiful Brazilian Biodiversity – as shown by these red-eyed tree frogs, is another important reason to save its vital carbon-storing forests. Source michaelturco.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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From Forest To Tofu – Brazilian forests are falling to soy plantations. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay.com

OO Booming Soy Industry Could Threaten Brazil’s Climate Commitments, researchers warn.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Circle of Fire – a wildfire burned up Fort McMurray, Canada, a city devoted to producing climate changing fossil fuels that help warm and dry out boreal forests, upping the chances for… wildfires. Source CBC, Reuters

OO Alberta, Canada:
Destructive Giant Wildfire Fueled In Part By Global Warming

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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

OO A Business Nonprofit Plan for Free US Family Planning:
1-800-FAM-PLAN, INC.
– rip a page out of the Newman’s Own company playbook to privatize family planning, Amy Sewell proposes. Sell family planning materials to those who can pay, and use the profits to subsidize the same service for those who can’t. This would save taxpayers billions.

What’s not to like? As it is, Medicines360.org is already pursuing something similar – spread the word!

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GLOBAL WARMING MIGHT SUFFOCATE OCEANS

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Source Matthew Long, NCAR

OO Global Warming Could Deplete The Oceans’ Oxygen –
With Severe Consequences
indicates a new study. Takeaways:

    1. Oceans are warming, as they absorb 90% of global warming heat;
    2. Simple physics: warmer water contains less oxygen;
    3. Warmer, lighter, surface water mixes less with deeper layers;
  • Less surface oxygen, via surface exchange or produced by plankton, gets to deeper marine life;
  • This could expand existing oxygen minimum zones, where life is limited by little oxygen.

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Life On Low Oxygen – the ancient, low energy, vampire squid is the only cephalopod known to live in oxygen minimum zones, feeding on detritus. A slow swimmer, it shocks with blue lights and inverts its spiny whorl to cover itself, displaying a scary but harmless ball of spines to potential predators.Source bathybiologica.org

  1. Some parts of the oceans already show oxygen deficiency.
  2. Oceanic deoxygenation will become widespread by the 2030s-40s, models indicate, due to continuing high carbon emissions.
  3. Oceanic suffocation has occurred in the past under globally warm conditions.

Fish and other important marine life are threatened by oceans becoming increasingly too warm, too acid, and too suffocating to support them.

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EARTH DAY, EVERY MONTH, ON THE 21st

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What If Earth Day Was Monthly? Time to grow up and get real. Make Earth Day a monthly drumbeat on every 21st day. Check it out at turn21.org !

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS GLOBAL FOOD SHOCK

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Extreme Weather Could Produce Global Food Shock – climate change ups the chances of simultaneous extreme floods and droughts hitting major global grain-producing “breadbaskets” simultaneously. Credit Kelly Delay at Instagram

OO Food System Shock: Climate Change’s Greatest Threat To Civilization – over the next 40 years is likely to be climate change-amplified extreme droughts and floods hitting multiple major global grain-producing “breadbaskets” simultaneously, says a new study.

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ELECTION YEAR: GETTING OUT THE CLIMATE VOTE

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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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Hillary Gets It Source iowastartingline.com

OO Green Billionaire to Spend $25 Million
to Turn Out Young Climate Voters
– Thomas F. Steyer and his group, NextGen Climate, will target college and university campuses in seven mostly battleground states.

“On climate change, we have the starkest contrast I’ve ever seen between candidates … young voters care deeply about climate change,” says Mr. Steyer.

Nextgen’s Climate Goal: 50×30 -50% clean energy by 2030 – and 100% by 2050. Think BIG.

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SEA RISE

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Miami Wetlands Source wildwx.com

OO Florida Wakes Up To Climate Change as the city of Miami Beach is slowly disappearing under water, especially at the big high tides; over the past decade the floods have been striking more frequently.

OO Fate Of World’s Coastlines Rests On Melting Antarctic Ice

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GOOD IDEAS

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An Electrifying Thought – run everything on clean electricity, says a new study by the Decarbonization Pathways Project, an international consortium of energy researchers. Source io9.com

OO Run Everything On Clean Electricity
To Save the Planet
says a new technical and detailed study of how to cut US 1990 climate-changing emissions by 80% by 2050—the change necessary if Americans hope to do their part to stay within the two-degree C warming limit.

This could be done at an annual cost of about 1% of GDP, without sacrificing any “energy services.” To do so will require a major boost in electrification—doubling current production —while we continue to clean up the electric grid and double down on energy efficiency, especially in buildings. Definitely DOABLE.

OO Carbon Pricing Becomes A Cause For The World Bank And I.M.F. – They are pressing governments to impose a price tag on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, using economic leverage and technical assistance that institutions like the United Nations cannot muster.

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OO The Link Between Red Meat And Climate Change – Shifting diets away from meat could halve worldwide per capita greenhouse gas emissions from eating and ward off additional deforestation — a major contributor to climate change, say studies.

OO Switch To Low-Carbon Transport Could ‘Save UK Billions’ – says a new study, and could reach £230+ Billion a year between 2020 and 2030.

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OO Dirt First: Standard US Farming Harms Climate AND Soil – say a team of soil scientists, who want farmers to understand why many farming practices they learned in ag school, and which are encouraged by the big ag companies, actually damage the microbiome of the soil and undermine fertility.

Toxicologist and Daily Climate Editor Pete Myers notes, “Agrochemicals undermineintrinsic soil fertility and addict crop lands to continuing agrochemical applications.”

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MELTDOWN

@@ Climate Change: Greenland Melt Season Starts Two Months Early – reports this Carbon Freeze youtuber created in mid April. Forget politics: Earth is telling us to cut emissions ASAP or get ready for catastrophic changes.

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The Thin Blue Line had Danish scientists rechecking their data for equipment malfunctions… it couldn’t be… but it was… a major ice sheet is melting far faster than it should… not sci-fi, here, folks… Source polarportal.dk

OO Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Has Started Early by at least a month (as of mid-April) than normal, when compared to the 30+ years of reliable Danish Meteorological Institute records.

Related Headline:

OO Early Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Has Researchers Concerned

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OO The Arctic Is Melting – And Scientists Just Lost A Key Tool To Observe Itas a US satellite program ends with the failure to replace a US satellite crucial to monitoring the Arctic.

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On the Way To Extinction – as their icy home melts beneath them, they are being forced to swim for their lives – and mothers and cubs are increasingly dying because of it. Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

OO Global Warming Forcing Polar Bears To Swim Lethal Long Distances – says a new study: in 2004, only 25% of polar bears made a long-distance swim of 30+ miles; by 2012, nearly 70% of them were making such a swim, an increase proportional to the loss of sea ice.

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OO Melting Arctic Ice Is Forcing Polar Bears To Swim For More Than A Week Without Rest – a dramatic increase in the number of polar bears paddling across vast expanses of ocean to find suitable ice to stand on., says a new study.

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Siberia Melts and Crumbles, acidifying the arctic ocean. Source Wikipedia

OO Siberian Erosion, River Runoff Speeds Up Arctic Ocean Acidification – as permafrost thaws, crumbling Russian coastlines and big rivers flowing north along eroding banks are dumping vast loads of organic carbon into marine waters there, acidifying the ocean, and threatening the entire Arctic Ocean.

OO Austria’s Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast – Glaciers there retreated an average of 72 feet in 2015, more than twice the rate of the previous year.

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HOT NEWS

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OO March Broke Nearly Every Warm Temperature Record There Is

OO Earth’s Hot Streak Continues For A Record 11 Months – and 2016 is the hottest year to date.

OO Study: Humans Have Caused All The Global Warming Since 1950

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OO U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Climbed For The Second Straight Year

OO Recent “Improvement” – But Projected Worsening Of US Weather – as Earth warms, much of the US is seeing milder winters and US populations grew faster in warmer spots, says a new study.

But this “improvement” did not include the increase in extreme weather, only average temperatures. By 2100, most Americans will experience distinctly “unpleasant” weather.

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The Half Degree Difference in global warming – that is, 1.5 C warming rather than 2 C – can dramatically reduce the impacts of climate change worldwide, new research says. Source http://www.washingtonpost.com

OO 2 Degrees C Warming Not Safe?
Why Half A Degree Matters:
Higher Seas, Longer Heat Waves, Dead Reefs
– we’ve already got the dead reefs to prove it – do we really want the flooded cities and heat deaths too, before we get the picture?

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We’ve Already Hit the 1.5 C Warming Mark if you compare current data with the earliest baseline temperature data considered reliable, that is, between 1880-1910, a new anlaysis shows. Credit Climate Central

OO Flirting With The 1.5°C Threshold – Climate Central analysis shows world needs to dramatically speed emissions cuts if it wants to meet the 1.5C goal, since we are already hitting it.

OO Radical Action Needed To Decarbonize World Energy Supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Energy Transitions Commission reports.

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Imagine All of Humanity Jumping Into The Sea, Every Day – And Not Getting Out – that’s how much water is being added to the oceans daily by Greenland ice melting. Credit Christine Zeinino at Flickr

OO Earth Itself Has Dramatically Upped The Stakes For The Paris Climate Accord with record warm temperatures and climate impacts in 2016, showing that even current pledges to cut warming aren’t strong enough.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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The Part That Sustains Us is Green, Not Red or Blue NASA

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OO Democrats, Republicans Form Bipartisan House Climate Caucus

OO San Diego Republican Mayor Pushes Plan
To Run On 100% Renewable Energy

OO These Republican Lawmakers Are Turning To Climate Action
To Help Keep Their Seats

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the U.S. face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, including environmental, according to leaked negotiating texts.

OO Leaked TTIP Documents Cast Doubt On EU-US Trade Deal – The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. Oh no, say it ain’t so, O!

OO Trade Deal Could Trump Climate Pact – President Obama hopes to finalize both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But…

Both trade agreements limit “the ability of governments to put in place climate and other public interest policies” and give “huge power” to big polluters,” notes Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program. Bad news.

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Climate Change Bankruptcy could result for investors who ignore climate change risks when investing; fully half of the world’s investors are on this ignorant course.

OO Half Of Leading Investors Ignoring Climate Change: Study

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OO Protecting Pensions From Climate Risk –
And The World From A ‘Sub-Clime’ Crisis? Not.
Globally “nearly half of the world’s biggest asset owners are doing nothing at all to mitigate climate risk” says a report.

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The Truly Clueless… Credit Jeff Danziger

OO EU Dropped Climate Policies After BP Threat Of Oil Industry ‘Exodus’

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EXTINCTION IN A WARMING WORLD

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OO The Extinction Crisis In A Warming World – the rapid disruption of the climate is placing even bigger stresses on species that are already struggling to survive.

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CORAL CATASTROPHE CONTINUES

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What Once Was … much of the Great Barrier Reef is now dead or dying. Source traveling-earth.com

OO Climate Change is ‘Devastating’ The Great Barrier Reef – global warming upped the odds that the reef would hit lethally warm levels by 175 times – ie, 17,500%, says new analyses.

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Ghosts Where Once Was Life as a coral reef dies. Source XL Catlin Seaview Survey

OO Half Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Coral ‘Dead Or Dying’: Scientists

Worse, coral bleaching often leads to death, and….

OO ‘And then we wept‘:
93% of the Great Barrier Reef Now Bleached
show a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back.

“Between 60 and 100% of corals are severely bleached on 316 reefs, nearly all in the northern half of the Reef,” said lead researcher Prof. Terry Hughes.

He continued “I showed the results of aerial surveys of #bleaching on the #GreatBarrierReef to my students, And then we wept.”

A colleague noted that Hughes was not an alarmist. He’s simply showing the dreadful truth.

Just wanted to let you all know that I also broke down and wept. Our greed and stupidity are destroying the most magnificent, beautiful and ancient undersea worlds, and depriving our children from ever seeing – or, more importantly, benefiting – from them.

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Related Headlines:

OO Great Barrier Reef: 93% Of Reefs Hit By Coral Bleaching

OO Coral Bleaching Spreads To Western Australia now that the big reef on the east side has been devastated…

OO Weakened Coral Reefs Can’t Be Fished As Much – or they will weaken further and die under continuing climate change, a new study shows.

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SPEAKING OUT

@@ Video Portraits Of A Changing Planet, From North Carolina – A UNC video series shows ordinary people reacting as climate change reshapes the world around them.

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OO World Heading For Catastrophe Over Natural Disasters,
Risk Expert Warns
– with “inconceivably bad” consequences as climate change fuels a huge increase in catastrophic droughts and floods and the humanitarian crises that follow, the UN’s head of disaster planning has warned.

OO Most Americans Say Climate Changing, Humans To Blame – now we have to act.

OO Activists Step Up Campaign To Hold Oil Industry Accountable For Climate Damages

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A Golden Rule For Humanity, and Earth – over 270 religious leaders are supporting a new ambitious climate action. Source http://www.bahairesources.com

OO Dalai Lama, Archbishop Tutu Sign Interfaith Climate Statement along with hundreds of other religious leaders.

OO World Leading Scientists Urge Major UK Newspaper
To Improve ‘Sub-Standard’ Climate Reporting

OO UK Support For Fracking Hits New Low – just 19% of the public approve of it.

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Tax Your Coal To Help Poor Nations Adapt – as you promised, says Indian Minister Prakash Javadekar to developed nations. Source Globe Legislators Organization at flickr

OO Tax Coal To Raise $100 Billion Climate Funds, Urges India Minister

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Source theodysseyonline.com

OO Readers Playlist: Songs About Climate Change
A verse from Jackson Browne’s 1974 “Before the Deluge”:

Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour

Let’s not get confused, or distracted, folks.

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The Flooding Face of Rising Seas in a Ghana village. Credit Matilde Gattoni at Instagram

OO The Environment Photographers You Should Be Following On Instagram – seeing is believing. Here are some favorite Instagrammers who focus on capturing our changing planet.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO More Than Half US Population Lives Amid Dangerous Air Pollution,
Report Warns
– the American Lung Association’s ‘state of the air’ report finds that 166 million Americans are living in unhealthy ozone or particle pollution with serious health risks.

Related Headline:

OO Spikes In U.S. Air Pollution Linked To Warming Climate

NEW US GAS THREAT

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Not Just Methane but ethane is being emitted by the US fossil fuel Bakken Shale formation, and it worsens climate change. Credit Tim Evanson at flickr

OO U.S. Oil ,Gas Boom Is Adding New Global Warming Threat – startled scientists have discovered: that ethane is leaking from the US Bakken Shale formation. Takeaways:

  • Ethane is a very short-lived but climate-changing and polluting gas;
  • Ethane’s real threat is that its presence helps extend the lifetime of methane;
  • (methane aka natural gas, is a very potent climate-changing gas);
  • Ethane also helps form ozone, another harmful gas;
  • 2% of the world’s emissions of ethane are coming from the US shale formation.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO World Governments Vow To End Fossil Fuel Era
At UN Climate Signing Ceremony
– More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.

Related Headline:

OO Explainer: The Adoption, Signing And Ratification Of The UN Climate Deal– what the difference is between adopting, signing and ratifying the deal, and considers when it might enter force.

OO US Senate Passed an Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Energy Bill – Energy efficiency advocates applauded its measures for buildings and weatherization programs, even as some greens have expressed concerns about the legislation’s provisions that would define the burning of biomass as carbon-neutral.

Hah! – and my chicken can’t fly, so it’s a pig.

OO Senate Passes Broad Bill To Modernize Energy Infrastructure

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Fresh Clean Air Is Really Beautiful especially in the Grand Canyon. Source huffingtonpost.com

OO Why US Skies Keep Getting Cleaner – The American Lung Association reports overall cleaner air in the United States, mostly because of changes inside coal-burning power plants and cleaner vehicle engines. How about mostly because coal plants are closing?

OO Coal Use Falls In Most States,
But “New Coal” – aka Natural Gas – Rises
says a new federal report. Whoopee.

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OO Wind Turbine Technician Is the Fastest-Growing US Profession indicate data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“I look forward to climbing up 300 feet and working on something that’s critical,”said John Crothers, who is studying to be a turbine tech at the Ecotech Institute, a technical college in Aurora, Colorado.

OO Global Wind Capacity To Nearly Double In Next Five Years largely led by further market growth in China, but also as a stronger industry emerges in the US, says the Global Wind Energy Council.

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OO Apple Has Slashed Carbon Emissions 60% Since 2011

OO Corporations Move To Curb Global Warming – CEOs and investors hail the Paris Agreement as the start of a new era to combat climate change.

OO Republicans Are Warming Up To Renewable Energy – As the cost of wind and solar power has plummeted.

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OO Solar Is Now Cheaper Than Coal, Says India Energy Minister

OO China Curbs Plans for More Coal-Fired Power Plants

OO France To Set Unilateral Floor Price For Carbon Emissions – the government has committed to unilaterally set a carbon price floor for electricity producers, aiming to curb coal-fired power generation and boosting renewables.

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OO Saudi Arabia Announces Sweeping Plan to Overhaul Its Economy,
End Its ‘Addiction to Oil’

“We have an addiction to oil…this is dangerous,” Prince Mohammed said on state-owned al-Arabiya. “It has delayed development of other sectors.”

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MORE SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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More Deformed Babies Are Expected As Zika Expands via the spread of the mosquitoes that carry it. Source bn.thetodaypost.com

OO Climate Change To Widen Range Of Disease-Carrying Mosquitoesincluding Zika virus carriers.

OO Five Killed In Texas Floods As Severe Weather Lashes Central U.S

OO Flooding Flushes Oil, Fracking Chemicals Into Texas Rivers

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Source climateand capitalism.com

OO Europe Will Soon Be Hit By Deadly
‘Once-In-A-Century’ Extreme Weather — Annually

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Hot Work Getting Hotter – in India, and elsewhere. Credit J. Adam Huggins at The New York Times

OO Rising Heat At Work Is Major New Climate Threat: U.N. – Searing temperatures will cost emerging economies up to 10% in lost daytime working hours, if countries do not cut planet-warming emissions further than they have promised so far, U.N. agencies and international labor bodies say.

Countries likely to be worst affected by rising temperatures include India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Pakistan, Burkina Faso and parts of West Africa, said the joint report.

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Source medium.com

OO UK Parliament Group: Impending Environmental Limits on Economic Growth – A report commissioned on behalf of a cross-party group of British MPs says that industrial civilization is currently on track to experience “an eventual collapse of production and living standards” in the next few decades if business-as-usual continues.

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Tea Time Over? Credit J Aaron Farr via Flickr

OO Not Just Coffee:
Climate Brings Hard Times For Tea
– Chinese research shows that the changing monsoon pattern in East Asia and heavier rainfall is harming the yield and quality of tea.

OO As Drought Deepens, African Nations Struggle To Get Globe’s Attention

OO Bangaladesh: Climate Refugees Flood Capital

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OO India: Drought Migrants Head To Cities
In Desperate Search For Water

OO Parts Of India Ban Daytime Cooking
After Hundreds Die From Heat Wave And Fires

OO India Crippled By Extreme Weather As 100 Million Exposed To Floods

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO The US Solar Market Is Now 1 Million Installations Strong – Customers weigh in on what it’s like to be one of a million.

OO The Sun Prince:
If You Have Solar Panels in Oakland,
Prince May Have Paid for Them
– the music legend had a hidden green heart, and was the driving force and checkbook behind the environmental group Green For All.

OO New Buildings in San Francisco Will Require Solar, Says New Rule

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OO $15 Million Raised to Finance Local Off-Grid Solar Companies in Africa

OO Tanzania: Solar Panels Power Business Surge – Not Just Lights

OO Bigger Risk, Bigger Returns in Renewable Energy’s Emerging Markets – The rate of return for solar projects in most of the developing world is more than double the rate in Europe.

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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, May 10, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite El Nino driven rains, California continues its long 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.

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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 strawberry 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 textsare freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: The Coral Canary, a Windy US Future, and More!

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

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Another Reason To Save Africa’s Forests – its butterflies, such as these glass winged butterflies. Source http://www.zendegi993.blogfa.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Bizarre and Beautiful Congo Wildlife, which includes this red river hog, are declining due to failed conservation policies. Source http://www.sdzsafaripark.org

OO Congo, Africa: Rainforest Protections Aren’t Working
For People Or Wildlife
says a new report. Despite huge influxes of conservation money, eco-guards have been assigned to enforce a the total restriction on hunting and big reduction in farming on indigenous communities; human abuses have been reported. The result is furtive hunting to supply communities who distrust the guards, and a decline in wildlife.

OO Cambodia’s Forests Are Declining Due to Illegal Logging via corrupt government officials, the 2016 Goldman winner Ouch Teng has chronicled; it has also displaced nearly a million Cambodians who live in them.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Save The Forest, Save Its Wildlife – such as this mountain bongo antelope in Kenya besides storing carbon. Source wikimedia commons

OO Kenya Aims To Reverse Deforestation, Plant 20 Million New Trees

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Source Mongabay.com

Hidden Trading in the Forest – despite all that leafy growth above, underground fungi can help trees exchange among themselves up to 40% of the carbon they sequester.

OO Underground Carbon Trade Among Tall Trees In A Temperate Forest – up to 40% of a tree’s carbon can be exchanged with its neighbors, researchers have found – probably via symbiotic root fungi, already known to exchange other nutrients among plants.

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THE PLANETARY CORAL CATASTROPHE: DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE

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Christmas Island’s Coral Reef Dies – 80% of it is now dead, browned with algal growth, and much of the rest may not survive. Credit Kristina Tietjen

OO Why Dead Coral Reefs Could Mark
The Beginning Of ‘Dangerous’ Climate Change
– the devastating coral die-off suggests we may already be missing our climate goals.

The threshold of “dangerous” climate change – that is, the point at which climate is causing widespread, damaging, and likely irreversible events on Earth – may have been breached as massive coral die-off occurs around the planet this year.

In this case, the coral reef ecosystem could be a harbinger of further catastrophic ecosystem collapses to come.

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OO Climate Change Disables Coral Bleaching Protection On The Great Barrier Reef
Just 0.5 C (1 F) additional warming could see corals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lose their in-built tolerance to bleaching, a new study warns.

The GBR corals have developed a protective mechanism to adapt to sharp increases in sea surface temperatures in recent decades. But further increases in temperature may result in this tolerance being lost, which may speed destruction of the GBR.

Related Headlines:

OO Warming Threatens The Great Barrier Reef Even More Than Thought – the iconic reef depends on protective pulses of warm water to boost its heat tolerance. Climate change may eliminate these “practice runs” says a new study.

Bleaching, sparked by this year’s El Niño and worsened by global warming, has overwhelmed the reef—even in areas that had steeled themselves to the impact after earlier “practice runs.”

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Death Scene at the Great Barrier Reef – a rainbow of life reduced to white and brown. Source XL Catlin Seaview Survey

OO Great Barrier Reef Corals Could Collapse If Sea Temperatures Rise By 0.5°C, scientists warn. There, corals are likely to lose their ability to adapt with just half a degree of warming above current temperatures, already predicted to happen in the next 40 years on current trends.

A new analysis of 27 years worth of data shows corals are more prone to bleaching – and less able to recover once they pass that threshold.

OO This Year’s Severe Bleaching Of The Great Barrier Reef Is Only The Beginning as temperatures keep rising, denying corals any chance to even partially adapt.

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LATE BREAKING: OVER HALF OF AMERICANS BREATHE DANGEROUS AIR POLLUTION

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OO More Than Half US Population Lives Amid Dangerous Air Pollution, report warns.

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HOT NEWS

OO March Was Earth’s 11th-Straight Warmest Month On Record since recording began in 1891.

@@ 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 To Curb Climate Change, ‘We Need To Move Everything’ Sustainable investment experts say that to meet the goals of a new global agreement to tackle climate change will require:

  • social change on an almost unprecedented scale;
  • shifting trillions of dollars each year into renewable energy (2015: only340+ billion invested)
  • making everything from transport to agriculture and consumer products much greener very quickly

“We would each throw ourselves in front of a bus if it was coming at our child, regardless of our politics,” Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a U.S.-based business sustainability group, said.

“We have got to change this debate so people understand… climate change is that bus.”

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MELTDOWN

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The Deep Blue Canyon one of many melt formations on Greenland these days.Credit James Balog

OO Early Record Onset of Greenland Melt Season Stuns Scientists – in Greenland a record-breaking level of melt for so early in the season is occurring; the melt season has started nearly 2 months early.

Related Headlines:

OO Greenland Heatwave Triggers Record Early Start To Ice Melt Season

OO Greenland’s Melt Season Started Nearly Two Months Early

OO Scientists Are Watching In Horror As Ice Collapses – ice is disturbingly fragile, even in Antarctica.

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SEA RISE

THE BEGINNING OF THE US DELUGE

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OO Sinking Atlantic Coastline Meets Rapidly Rising Seas especially in North Carolinia, where a region several hundred miles long has coastal residents coping with severe changes that few Americans have yet to endure.

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Gone Forever to Our Grandchildren? Sea levels are rising fast enough so that the beaches you enjoy today may be gone forever to your grandchildren or great grand children.

OO This Is How Far Seas Could Rise Thanks To Climate Change Picture your favorite beach – or any beautiful beach. Got it? Now picture it gone. Forever.

This really hits me hard, folks, because I grew up near a beach: my happiest childhood memories were all those beautiful days riding the waves and walking the beach, collecting sea shells and other marine wonders. I became a marine biologist because of it.

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OO Vietnam’s Lowlands To Submerge With Climate Change bank report says, and Ho Chi Minh City is one of the world’s 10 most vulnerable cities.

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How High, How Fast? Source http://www.washingtonpost.com

OO Since 1970, Carbon Pollution Has Driven Sea Level Rise predominantly; previously, it was mostly from natural causes.

“There are thresholds we could well cross during the 21st century, which would lead to multi-metre sea-level rise unless there is urgent and significant mitigation”, said John Church, a sea-level rise expert.

Related Headlines:

OO Carbon Pollution Seen As Key Driver Of Sea Level Rise – Greenhouse gas emissions became the main cause of sea level rise during the late 20th century, accounting for two-thirds of sea level rise between 1970 and 2005, says new research. Natural forces caused two-thirds of rises detected between 1900 and 1950.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Church Of England Uses Shareholder Power To Sway Oil Giant On Climate Change If the shareholder vote is won by the church, it will be the first climate change proposal approved by Exxon shareholders, who rejected a request last year to appoint a climate change expert to the board.

OO 100+ US Christian & Jewish Groups Call For More International Climate Funding

OO Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution From US Aircraft

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Tweet That, Climate Change Doubter! – NASA is ready to pounce when doubters on facebook start misrepresenting NASA’s stance on climate change. Credit NASA/GISS

OO NASA Smacks Down Climate Change Doubters In Facebook Discussion

OO 21 American Kids Sue Government Over Global Warming Inaction the 21 young Americans span in age 8 from 19.

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GENERATING POWER – BY WORKING ON THE RAILROAD

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OO “New” Technology Tackles Grid-Scale Energy Storage Mechanically:
Via the Railroad
– The idea is simple: the railroads use electricity to power their loads uphill – but they could give power back to the grid as those loads generate electricity going downhill. One company claims the efficiency of the system would be 85% – not bad!

A new startup has just been granted a “right of way” lease from the US BLM to build a 50 MW project based on this strategy. Depending on how you look at it, the project will make railroads more energy efficient, represent a new source of clean energy for the grid, and/or allow railroads to “store” energy via pushing a great weight uphill.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Two Thirsty Giants – China and India risks facing severe water shortages due to a perfect storm of economic growth, climate change, and demands of fast growing populations by mid century. And they own nuclear weapons.

OO By 2050 Asia At High Risk Of Severe Water Shortages says a new MIT Study.

Daily Climate Editor Pete Myers notes: “Severe water shortages in a region with three countries possessing nuclear weapons. Not a good idea.”

AFRICA

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Drought, Dry Well, Dry Crops are driving hunger in Camaroon, on top of the terrorism that impedes farming. Credit Fajong Joseph Lereh

OO Camaroon: Boko Haram Violence, Climate Change Drive Hunger In North – Climate change is gradually rendering the traditional agricultural calendar unreliable, besides the danger of farming under the threat of guerrilla warfare.

OO Climate Change Hits Hard In Zambia, A Former African Success Story – which is now struggling to pay its own civil servants and has reached out to the International Monetary Fund for help.

OO Enduring Somalia Drought Puts Hundreds Of Thousands At Risk UN Warns. Although the severe drought in Ethiopia has made headline news. But it has also scorched northern Somalia, a region far less able to cope with the impact.

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OO Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst – climate change and the proliferation of trees have led to less of a natural reservoir of melting snow coming down the mountains.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO US Rooftop Solar Panels Could Provide Nearly Half Of Our Power

OO A US Clean Energy Policy Pays Off:
Renewable Portfolio Standards Drive 60% of US Clean Energy Boom
– Most of the additional capacity to meet RPS requirements has come from wind, but in recent years, solar energy is gaining traction.

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OO Major US Midwest Utility Invests $3.6 Billion More Into Wind to become 85% powered by renewable energy.
We have a dream to deliver 100 percent renewable energy to our customers,” a MidAmerican Energy spokesman said.

OO Community Choice Aggregation
A Way To Create Clean Powered Communities,
Spreads to New York
– the 7th state to use this strategy.

States enact options for communities to bundle their purchase of energy from sources of their choosing.

This allows communities to use their bulk buying as a leverage to get the best price – of clean energy, if they so choose, and many communities are.

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OO Why Major US Companies Are Buying So Much Wind Power – it makes financial sense, argues Tom Kiernan, AWEA’s chief executive of America Wind Energy Association. “These corporations are buying because it’s affordable and it’s clean … This is a good business proposition for them.”

Who’s buying? Google Energy, Facebook and Amazon Web Services, as well as more traditional companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Wal-Mart and Dow Chemical, among others.

The U.S. wind energy industry had a memorable 2015, installing thousands of new turbines across the US and supporting a growing number of jobs.

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OO Paris Climate Deal Seen Taking Effect Two Years Ahead of Plan as many countries commit to officially agree to participate in the plan on Earth Day 2016. This increases the chances of meeting the pact’s ultimate goal of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since industrialization began.

OO Ford Announces Massive Facilities Transformation
A Massive Energy Conservation Move
– relocating 30,000 employees into primarily two campus locations; it expects to cut energy use in half, in addition to reducing water use, and will include a new zero-waste, zero-energy, zero-water “sustainability showcase” building, which will produce more energy than it consumes.

That building will include geothermal heating and cooling and solar energy, and aims to meet Living Building Challenge standards, “the highest level of sustainability possible today” Ford said.

OO Japan’s CO2 Emissions Fall To Three-Year Low In 2014/15 Fiscal Year

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CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERSHIP

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OO Bernie Sanders Calls for National Fracking Ban“Do Washington politicians side with polluters over families?” asks Susan Sarandon in an ad. “They sure do, because Big Oil pumps millions into their campaigns. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president who opposes fracking everywhere.”

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GOOD IDEAS

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A Coal Tax Ex-Miners Could Like if the revenues help them transition to new jobs.Source http://www.bizjournals.com

OO Taxing Coal to Help Communities Taxed By Its Decline is an idea that could find traction.

OO How Your Toilet Could Fuel The Future Researchers have developed a battery that runs on urine: as part of breaking down waste, bacteria pull electrons off urine molecules, and then are forced to put them on a carbon electrode that siphons them off to generate electricity.

Now the researchers are working out how to scale this up.

People already mine methane out of waste to fuel vehicles, but this battery is a vast improvement: burning methane still creates emissions, and leakage of this potent climate changing gas into the atmosphere also detracts from its “clean” image.

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OO Game Theory Might Help Solve The Problem Of Climate Change – Applying the mathematical principle of studying models of conflict and cooperation between groups could help us rein in global warming.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Texas Fracking Numbers Are Mind-Boggling,
But What The Frack
Do They Really Mean?
Environmental groups have analyzed the data and here are some takeaways:

  • 10 billion pounds of chemicals — many of them carcinogenic — were injected underground.
  • 120 billion gallons of water have been used since 2005;
  • 15 billion gallons of wastewater was produced in 2014;
  • at least 2.5 billion pounds of methane, a potent climate changing gas, were released just in 2014.

Had enough numbers? The take-home message: fracking is very expensive – for the Texans who have to live with the mess, and for the rest of humanity, who will have to cope with continuing climate change.

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Actually, Exxon KNEW They Were Charring the Earth… but greed won. Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO Just How Long Did Big Oil Know
The Fossil Fuel/Climate Change Connection? 50 Years
– new documents show CO2’s role in global warming has been on the oil industry’s radar since the 1960s.

OO Australian Oil And Gas Lobby Spent Millions
Advocating Against Climate Action
– spending almost $4 million last year trying to “obstruct” more ambitious climate change policy, a new report reveals. Why am I not surprised?

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Remind Me Why I Should Be Sad About Coal’s Decline… Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy

OO The Bad News? Coal Is Being Replaced by Cheap “New Coal”:
Natural Gas
– financial analysts note that cheap and plentiful natural gas, and an oversupplied market of inexpensive coal – not environmental regulations – are the primary forces behind coal companies’ bankruptcies.

The really bad news is that natural gas, a very potent climate changing gas, is being released in significant leaks to the atmosphere when it is mined and distributed.

OO Natural Gas Undermines Progress in Tackling Climate Change – as new data indicates that the mining and distribution of this very potent climate changing gas leaks significantly large amounts of it into the atmosphere, at a time when it is crucial that cuts are made in the emissions of such gases.

Natural Gas = the “New Coal”

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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.

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

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OO Solar Impulse 2, The Solar Airplane,
Is Ready to Finish Its Round-the-World Flight
– having repaired the batteries fried from flying its longest leg, 5 days nonstop, from Japan to Hawaii.

OO Texas Solar Shoppers Seeing Lowest Prices in the US

OO French Solar Capacity to Nearly Triple by 2023

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Another Record in Solar Cell Efficiency Is Made…

OO Another Solar Power Breakthrough by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where researchers claim their hybrid solar cells can convert up to 25.5 % of solar energy, beating the previous record of 22.8 % set last September 2015.

OO Australian Utility Pairs Household PV With Large-Scale Storage

OO Solar Power Sets New British Record By Beating Coal For A Day – and soon it will be 2 days… every little bit helps.

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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, Apr 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: El Nino driven precipitation to California has not been adequate to bring it out of 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.

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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 incredible wildflower I photographed one spring in South Africa. 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 podcastsand texts are freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

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

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A Prickly Situation – this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador (threatened by oil development – below); it illustrates the incredible biodiversity stored in rainforests, important carbon storage systems. Source http://www.pbase.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Brazil: A Huge Carbon Sink
Even More Deforested — And Less Protected —
Than The Amazon
– is its savannah, the Cerrado; it has a huge “underground forest” of carbon-storing roots that are releasing huge amounts of climate changing gases as land is converted to farms. This, in turn, could help dry out the Amazon.

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Hidden Gold in a Threatened Rainforest – this Sun Conure parrot illustrates the true treasures of the Yasuni Rainforest: its spectacular biodiversity. Source http://www.pinterest.com

OO Ecuador Drills For Oil On Edge Of
Pristine Rainforest And Biodiversity Hotspot
– Yasuni National Park is also inhabited by two of the last tribes in the world living in voluntary isolation.

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Leafy Teaks are farmed for their wood, and have very large leaves. Source http://www.panoramio.com

OO Super Carbon Storer in India: Teakwood – this wood has the highest capacity for carbon sequestration among the trees of India, and may be grown to help curb emissions in India.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE, DOWN ON THE FARM

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Farming Changes Could Cut Climate Changing Emissions Substantially

OO Farmland Could Play Key Role In Tackling Climate Change if farms are motivated and able to change their farming practices, says a new study. Takeaways:

  1. Soil stores vast amounts of carbon;
  2. 30+% of agricultural carbon emissions come from soil;
  3. “climate-smart” soil management could reduce that, possibly substantially, keeping soil carbon stored;
  4. incentives could be developed to motivate farmers.

On the other hand, critics note:

  • Preserving forests is a far better investment: they store carbon AND vital biodiversity;
  • The expensive technology needed to significantly increase farm soil carbon storage is not accessible to most farmers;
  • Creating incentives will differ worldwide due to national politics and market forces.

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But even farming can’t fulfill the demands of a growing population….

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OO Climate Change Will Limit Ability To Feed Humanity Soon – say scientists, and warning signs are already present. Takeaways:

  • global warming means mean more droughts, wildfires, soil depletion and seasonal changes -all bad for growing food;
  • some of these factors, such as changing rainfall patterns, are already occurring;
  • vital crop pollinators are declining worldwide, in part from climate change;
  • food demand keeps increasing along with population levels;
  • clearing more land for farming releases even more climate changing emissions;
  • industrial farming, needed to meet demand, also releases more such emissions,
  • and depends on fertilizers that deplete the soil, ultimately reducing production.

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Resulting climate change will likely:

Reduce crop yields;
Create a malnutrition crisis;
Make large parts of the planet unable to grow core crops such as bananas and maize.

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And…

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OO Soil Crisis Brought About By Climate Change May Hit Global Food Production, claims alarming new research, which reveals that soil microbes, vital to soil fertility, appear to be far less adaptable to climate change than once thought.

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April 22, 2016: Give A Real Earth Day Gift – help create a sustainable future: have one child*, or be child-free. It’s the biggest way you can personally cut carbon emissions and consumption. (* This is something I have done, by choice. MEH)

Other Tips – every day:

  1. help bring down unintended pregnancies in your community;
  2. vote for climate action at all levels of leadership;
  3. invest in clean energy, divest from dirty energy;
  • talk about it with your friends and family.
  • The food thing: less meat and calories means less waste and waist.

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CLIMATE-CHANGING FOOD WASTE

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OO Cutting Food And Carbon Waste-Lines For Healthy Climate – Reducing food waste and changing the way people consume calories will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. Takeaways:

    • up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better to reduce waste;
  • as the average human diet increases in meat and calories, so does the contribution food makes to climate change;
  • food waste is likely to worsen in the future;

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Cutting food waste could help several challenges at once:

  • reducing environmental impacts of agriculture,
  • saving resources used in food production,
  • enhance local, regional, and global food security;
  • Cutting meat and calories would benefit human health.

The good news? We can change – if we want to.

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GLOBAL WARMING SICKENING AMERICANS

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More Americans Will Die From Heat waves as they increase and intensify, just one of many health risks from climate change, says a new study. Source http://www.cnn.com

OO Climate Change Sickens Americans:
Hearts, Lungs, AND Brains
says a new study, based on1,800+ published scientific studies and new federal research, and reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences.

A wide array of health issues will result, such as:

  • An increasing number, by many thousands, of annual premature deaths from heatwaves;
  • increasing mental health problems from the stress of extreme weather like hurricanes and floods;
  • as extreme heat causes more forest fires and increases pollen counts, resulting poor air quality is likely to up asthma rates.

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“Climate change poses a serious risk to human health and that is really the most important takeaway,” says US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

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YOU CAN ACT:

OO Ask World Leaders to Sign the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day: April 22, 2016

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EARTH IS TIPPING FROM GLOBAL WARMING

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Shifting Water, Shifting Weight, Shifting Planet – as newly melted water redistributes its considerable weight around the Earth, it is also shifting the rotating axis of the planet. The North Pole has shifted dramatically eastward since 2000.Source JPLab at NASA

OO Global Warming Shifting Earth’s Polar Axis, says a new NASA study. Takeaways:

  • induced by global warming, climate change causes ice sheets to melt and changes land storage of water, (as affected by droughts) substantially shifting the sheer weight of water over the planet;
  • this weight redistribution has shifted the north pole sharply east from Canada towards England since 2000.

The shift shows:

  • how profoundly global warming is affecting our planet;
  • how intimately connected the planet’s poles are to climate variability.

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HOT NEWS

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A Hot Idea, especially for seniors and children.

OO The US Is Experiencing Its Third Warmest Year-To-Date through February.

OO Historically Hottest Summers To Be Normal
For Over Half The World’s Population — Within 20 Years!
a new study projects, even under a moderate emissions scenario.

The Mediterranean, Sahara, large parts of Asia and the Western US and Canada will be among the first regions for which hot summers will occur on average every other year. Invest in bikinis…

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Whether From Clouds or Earth, Ice Reflects Sunlight Away – so if clouds have less ice than once thought, they will reflect less sunlight, and global warming will be worse than thought. (Image, NASA)

OO Global Warming May Be Far Worse:
Clouds May Not Cool Global Warming
as much as once thought, says a new study.

Analysis of satellite data revealed that:
many clouds have more liquid – and thus fewer ice crystals to reflect sunlight into space – than once thought.
This smaller “heat shield” means our carbon emissions will be trapping more heat from more incoming sunlight.
one climate change analysis indicates this might mean a further 2+ F warming.

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MELTDOWN

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OO Meltdown: More Rain, Less Snow As The World Warms – Takeaways:

  • a greater percentage of US winter precipitation is falling as rain,
  • with potentially severe consequences in western states which depend on snowpack for water,
  • and across the country wherever there is a winter sports economy.

OO West Antarctica Might Melt Far Faster than once thought, suggest new studies on the physics of ice melt, and this could rise seas by over 6 feet by 2100, flooding many coastal cities, says climate scientist Michael Mann.

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OH-OH, WHERE DID ALL THOSE TRILLIONS GO???

OO Climate Change Will Wipe $2.5 Trillion Off Global Financial Assets by 2100, says a new economic study, and could soar to a wipeout of $24 Trillion, or 17% of the world’s assets, in a highly unlikely worse case scenario.

Suddenly, limiting warming to 2 C (4 F) makes a lot of financial sense – this would save over $300 Billion of those assets.

BUT Mark Campanale (Carbon Tracker Initiative) says:It could be a lot worse.The loss of financial capital can be a lot higher and faster than the GDP losses.

Just look at the value of coal giant Peabody Energy. It was worth billions just a few years ago and now it is worth nothing.”

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Climate Change Could Kill Assets – wiping out trillions in value. Source joshschoenly.com

OO Study Warns Wall Street of Assets at Risk From Climate Change which may wipe out $2.5 trillion, or nearly 2% of the world’s financial assets, by 2100, if the planet continues to warm at its current rate, says the new study.

More:

OO Bloomberg Climate Taskforce To Target Financial Filings – Led by Michael Bloomberg, the heavyweight taskforce recommends that climate risk information should form part of companies’ routine financial filings.

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CONTINUING CORAL CATASTROPHE ALARMS SCIENTISTS

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OO Over a Third of World’s Coral Reefs Under Death Watch due to a mix of global warming and strong El Nino weather cycle that has stressed many corals to the breaking point, say US NOAA scientists.

1000+ km of the Great Barrier Reef are showing signs of significant bleaching – that is, corals dying.

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Ghosts of the Great Barrier Reef – white dead and dying corals now significantly whiten over 1,000 km of this magnificent ecosystem. When the corals go, so does much of the rest of the marine life there.

OO Climate-Related Death Of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO Cities Battle Their Own States Over the Clean Power Plan – as cities see the real beginning effects of climate change, they want the plan to succeed. But 27 states are fighting the plan in court.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Global Renewables Grew At Fastest Rate On Record In 2015, expanding 8+% to nearly 2,000 GW globally, says the International Renewable Energy Agency. “Falling costs for renewable energy technologies, and a host of economic, social and environmental drivers are favouring renewables over conventional power sources,” said the agency’s director general.

OO Obama’s Clean Power Plan Amassing Broad Support

OO Ikea Wants To Run On 100% Renewable Energy – An increasing number of big businesses including Google and Mars are opting to get their power from renewables, helping the planet and their profit margins.

OO Hey, Bill Gates, Our ‘Energy Miracles’ Are Already Here – The transformation from a fossil fuel-based global economy, to one that is powered by a decentralized mix of renewables is happening far faster than anyone anticipated.

US WIND POWER – AND JOBS – KEEP SURGING

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OO Home Grown American Wind Power Keeps Blowing – as the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Report, Year Ending 2015 shows. US Wind Power:

  • now supports a record 88,000 well-paying American jobs; a 20% growth rate in 2015 alone;
  • was the largest source of new electric capacity in 2015;
  • avoided 132 million MT of climate changing CO2;
  • prevented enough pollution to create7+ billion in public health benefits;
  • benefits rural areas especially.

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OO Banks Pledge $7 Billion to Scale Up Clean Energy Investment

OO World Bank To Spend Nearly 30% Of Investments On Addressing Climate Change

OO A Billionaire Investor Joins Republican Clean-Energy Push – Julian Robertson is backing a campaign to push the party’s candidates to support clean-energy policies.

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OO Florida Poll: 75% Of Floridians Concerned About Climate Change

OO US And Canada Move To Curb Methane Emissions
Meeting represents one of the last chances to grow on climate partnership agreed on by Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama before U.S. president leaves office.

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Nations United On Climate

OO Many Nations Seek Rapid Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal,
To Lock It In for 4 Years
before a change in the White House next year that might bring a weakening of Washington’s long-term commitment.

OO 35 Countries Cutting The Link Between Economic Growth And Emissions-says an International Energy Agency analysis. The US, the UK, Germany, and several smaller economies are on the list; China, India and Russia are not. Some of the smallest countries have done the most to reduce their carbon emissions.

OO Israel To Cut Carbon Emissions, Sees $8 Billion Economic Boost – Israel’s cabinet unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Lifting Off As Launching Pad Submerges – the space launch site will be flooded by rising seas within this century. Photo Source abcnews.go.com

OO NASA Is Facing A Climate Change Countdown as Kennedy Space Center and other NASA facilities near coastlines are facing the prospect of continually rising waters.

OO Drowning History: Sea Level Rise Threatens US Historic Sites

OO UK: 57 Subway Stations At High Risk Of Flooding says a new report.

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GOOD IDEAS

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World’s Answer to Zika: A New Mosquito Trap dubbed the ovillanta, it’s fashioned from old tires and nearly 7 times better than conventional ones. Photo Daniel Pinelo

OO Fighting The Zika Virus With Junked Tires – as climate change enables the spread of Zika carrying mosquitoes, researchers have developed an improved mosquito trap. Fashioned from old tires, it holds a dark cool pool of water infused with a nontoxic mosquito attractant, and paper floating on the surface.

Mosquitoes lay eggs on the paper as they mark the water with female pheromone, letting other mosquitoes know the water is safe. The paper is changed and the water is filtered for larvae, then returned to the trap, where the pheromone infusion attracts further vicitims. Sneaky, huh?

OO Fight Acidifying Oceans Locally: Clean Up Pollution and plant aquatic grass that removes CO2 from water, and revise water quality rules to help clean up pollution, says a new report.

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The All-Weather Solar Cell, Rain or Shine has a layer of graphene that allows the cell to generate electricity when raindrops hit it. Credit Angewandte Chemie International Edition, courtesy of ResearchSEA

OO New Graphene Layer Could Let Solar Cells Generate Power When It Rains– creating cells that are triggered by sunlight and raindrops, say Chinese researchers in a new report.

OO With New Tools, A Focus On Urban Methane Leaks

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO As Coal Goes Bankrupt,
Taxpayers May Have To Finance The Cleanup

OO The Death Of US Coal: Industry On A Steep Decline As Cheap Natural Gas Rises

OO Working For US Coal?
Better Have A Backup Career
as Wyoming miners found out: after decades of work, they were laid off, without enough help to find other work.

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OO US Fossil Fuel Addicted State Economies
Now Suffer Withdrawal Symptons
– especially in Alaska, where oil has declined; in Wyoming, dependent on coal; and in North Dakota, as the gas boom has gone bust.

OO Australia: Coal Mining Does More Harm Than Good, Say Majority In NSW

THE METHANE MESS

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Pretty…. Bad Methane Leaks – 100s of them, have been found via infrared photography in a flyover of 8000+ oil and gas well pads in Pennsylvania. Source edf.org

OO Pennsylvania: Researchers Find Hundreds Of Methane Leaks – and as the state’s natural gas expands so will the leaks.

OO Southern California Braces For Summer Blackouts Due To Big Gas Leakas the large methane leak forced the shutdown of nearby wells until they could be inspected, creating a fuel scarcity.

OO Wyoming: Scientists Find Fracking Contaminated Water after the EPA halted its study of it. Whoops.

POLLUTION PROBLEMS PROPAGATE

OO Mexico City Doubles Driving Ban As Pollution Persists from the heavy smog generated by burning fossil fuels.

OO Canada: Latest Keystone I Leak Raises More Doubts About Pipeline Safety

OO Australian Electricity Emissions Surge 5.5% Since Removal of Carbon Price

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Offshore Oil Development Threatens This World Heritage Coral Reef – in Belize, as if the current worldwide coral bleaching event – ultimately caused by burning oil and other fossil fuels – wasn’t enough. Credit Antonio Busiello at WWF-Guatemala

OO Half Of World Heritage Sites Often Threatened By Fossil Fuel Development, says WWF, as well as by illegal logging, and mining. WWF urgedcompanies to obey UN appeals that all heritage sites should be “no go” areas for oil and gas exploration, mines, unsustainable timber production and overfishing.

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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 SURFING

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OO Are You Paying Too Much For A Rooftop Solar System? If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on a rooftop residential solar system, don’t be afraid to drive a hard bargain with an installer.

OO The US Will Overtake Japan as the World’s No. 2 Solar Market in 2016

OO New Jersey: Navy Plans 227-Acre Solar Farm

@@ “Catching the Sun” Profiles Solar Energy Entrepreneurs and Activists in this
winning documentary, and shows that solar not only wins as clean energy but as a job creator. Fast paced and fluid, it shares the excitement of this burgeoning bright industry worldwide.

OO SolarCity Raises $300+ Million for Commercial Solar and Energy Storage,
Plus Residential

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OO Solar Power More Lucrative Than Crops at Some U.S. Farms and worldwide, as solar and wind developers in North America, Europe and Asia seek more flat, treeless expanses to build. It’s also a boon for struggling U.S. family farms that must contend with floundering commodity prices.

“There is not a single crop that we could have grown on that land that would generate the income that we get from the solar farm,” said one farmer.

OO Mexico’s First Clean Energy Auction: 1,860 Solar MW Won at $50.7 per MWh ensuring that solar power will grow 500+ % in Mexico in 2016.

OO Kenya: SkyPower to Give Away Millions of Solar Kits – to boost the growth of off-grid solar, even as it develops other solar projects.

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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, Apr 20, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite El Nino storms, California drought conditions persist.

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 everlasting wild flower I photographed one spring in South Africa. 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 podcastsand 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: Seas Rising 6 Feet By 2100, Xeroxing Solar Panels, and More!

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

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Bizarre Beautiful Jewels of the Forest are another reason to preserve forests, as these US death’s head caterpillars illustrate. Credit Eigor Siwanowicz

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Climate Change Is Drying US Mountain Watersheds decreasing the supply of clean reliable fresh water to regional populations. Changes in tree cover and mix of species are the main immediate causes behind a declining yield since the 1970s.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Not A Rainforest, But It Feeds One – Brazil’s Cerrado system sends moisture to the Amazonas; destroying it helps dry the Amazon rainforest, a crucial climate moderator. Source http://www.nature.org

OO Brazil’s Savannah: A New Tropical Deforestation Hotspot – the Cerrado, second largest ecoregion after Amazonas, is being lost to agriculture at an alarming rate. This could dry the water cycle of the area – and that of the Amazon, which receives moist clouds from the Cerrado.

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Don’t Mess Up My Future is the message these kids want to send to the US government, hoping to encourage action on climate change. Credit Our Children’s Trust

OO You Can’t Wreck Our Future, Kids Say
— And Judge Says They Have a Case
– allowing them to sue the federal government over climate negligence.

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OO The Enormous Carbon Footprint Of Food We Never Even Eat – new research suggests wasted food is a major source of greenhouse gases.

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BIPOLAR MELTDOWN — AND RISING SEAS

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OO Arctic Sea Ice Extent Breaks Record Low For Winter Takeaways:

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Going, Going … Credit Natacha Pisarenko at AP

  • A record expanse of Arctic sea remained as open water this winter;
  • Snow and ice experts now believe the Arctic is locked onto a course of continually shrinking sea ice:
  • scientists now expect the Arctic to be entirely ice-free through the summer within 20 or 25 years:
  • “climate changes are happening even faster than we had forecast,” said climate scientist Michael Mann.
  • Since first recorded in 1979, Arctic ice has decreased every decade by an area bigger than California.

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Losing Our Planetary Thermal Shield … that is, losing the summer Arctic ice cap, will accelerate global warming: darker waters absorb far more solar heat, under a 24-hour polar sun, than the ice they replace.

Meanwhile…

OO Sea Levels Now Projected to Rise 2 Meters By 2100,
Due to Antarctica Melting
says new research, a doubling of previous estimates, IF climate changing emissions continue to grow over the next several decades.

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Captured From Space: A Monumental Antarctic Collapse Source NASA

Other takeaways:

  • Antarctic ice cliffs are far less stable  than thought;
  • huge collapsing ice cliffs in Antarctica could add 1 meter of sea level rise alone;
  • by 2500 sea levels could rise by 13 m from this;
  • previous UN assessments did not include this important process.
  • This study culminates a large body of prior research.

A 6 foot sea rise “could spell disaster for many low-lying cities,” said the study’s lead author.

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Not Just Antarctica – the fronts of glaciers are collapsing worldwide. Credit Knut Christianson

OO Antarctic Model Raises Prospect Of Unstoppable Ice Collapse -sea levels could rise by more than 15 metres by 2500 if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to grow.

OO Scientists Nearly Double Sea Level Rise Projections For 2100
Because Of Antarctica
if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe, says new research.

OO Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner? Yet republican presidential candidates are not addressing it, and it gets little attention from democratic candidates.

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PREDICTING US HEAT WAVES WEEKS AHEAD

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When Will the Next Heat Wave Hit? Sometimes, the ocean can tell us.

OO Scientists Find a Way to Predict U.S. Heat Waves
Weeks in Advance
– Deadly summer heat waves in the eastern US may be predictable nearly two months before they occur; research shows that the occurrence of a distinctive pattern of water temperatures across a wide stretch of the North Pacific Ocean is significantly correlated to such heat waves. Advanced warning could help farmers, utilities and big cities prepare for hot weather.

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OH-OH, WHERE DID THAT $1 TRILLION GO?

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OO $1 Trillion Could be Wasted on ‘Unneeded’ New Coal Plants says a new report, if the 1500 coal plants planned worldwide go unused due to upcoming climate and pollution curbs. Much of that new construction would be in Asia.

Meanwhile, a new Oxford study finds that new coal and gas plants can be built only for one more year, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

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Investments To Avoid: Oil and Gas

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

RENEWABLES BANDWAGON GATHERS STEAM

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Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance/UNEP Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016.

OO Seven Charts Show How Renewable Investment Broke Records In 2015

OO Europe: The Shifting Renewables Landscape – Takeaways:

  • Wind and solar power has benefited from decades of engineering and financing improvements;
  • In sunnier European locations, onshore wind and solar are the cheapest source of electricity;
  • Battery technology needs to improve for wind and solar to compete with nuclear and gas;
  • Burning trees as biomass is coming under increased European scrutiny.

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OO Nearly 40% of US Electricity Could Come From Rooftop Solar

OO New Consumer Preferences For Clean Energy
Are Now Impossible to Ignore
, say utility executives.

OO A Big US Utility Starts Integrating Clean Energy

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OO America’s Big Data Centers Are Going Green – upping energy efficiency through switching to LED lighting, and especially creating far more efficient cooling strategies.

OO DOE Agrees To Involvement In Clean Line Transmission Project – partnering with a Houston company to develop a $2.5 billion wind energy superhighway from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the southeastern United States.

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OO China Pushes Mandatory Integration Of Renewable Power throughout the country to connect all the renewable power it produces to its grid.

OO UK: 400+ Churches Plan to Switch To Renewable Energy for their light and heat. Bless you, all!

OO India Aims To Become 100% E-Vehicle Nation By 2030 – the government is developing a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossil fuels… and if the cars are fueled with electricity generated from the great solar power plan underway there, that will really be great news: a car is only as clean as what fuels it.

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US, CHINA, INDIA TO SIGN CLIMATE TREATY

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OO United States, China to Sign Paris Accord – The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters called on other countries to sign the accord “with a view to bringing the Paris Agreement into force as early as possible.”

OO India To Sign Paris Climate Change Accord following news that China and the US will sign the Paris climate agreement this year. The move by the world’s top three emitters increases the likelihood that the agreement will become operational by the end of 2016.

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CONFRONTING FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES ON MISLEADING PUBLIC

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OO Climate Fraud Investigation Of Exxon Draws Attention Of 18 Attorneys General – the coalition vows to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their conduct on climate change in misleading investers and the public.

Related Headline:

OO Exxon Mobil Climate Change Inquiry Gains Allies – 17 attorneys general are cooperating on probes into whether fossil fuel firms misled investors, and have joined an alliance that will press for urgent climate action on multiple legal fronts.

The group “just declared war on big polluters”, says Climate Progress.

And…

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OO Thirty Years Of Climate ‘Deception’ Could Become Offense Under New California Law – by extending an existing law’s statute of limitations to 30 years, the new legislation would expose fossil fuel companies like Exxon to greater liability.

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COAL CONTINUES ITS RETREAT

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OO Wall Street’s Retreat From King Coal – as a consensus grows that it is a bad investment, is a fact that republican senators would do well not to ignore, says this New York Times editorial.

Now when will Wall Street learn to do the same for natural gas, the “new coal”?

OO Coal Price Hopes Fade Amid Reality Of Slowing Asia Demand – China’s plans to limit increases in total energy use and cut coal’s share of the mix by 1 percentage point translates into a cut of 20% of its coal imports.

AND EMISSIONS DECLINE…

OO UK Emissions Lowest Since The 1920s As Renewables Overtake Coal

Related Headline:

OO Rapid Decline Of Coal Use Leads To Drop In UK Emissions of carbon dioxide by 4% in 2015, and by 22% since 2014.

OO Europe’s Carbon Market Emissions Dip For Fifth Year 0.4 % may sound small, but it’s a lot of emissions.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Bye-Bye Birdie? Migratory birds, like this blue cerulean warbler, don’t change their migratory schedule, while spring starts far earlier due to global warming. This means weary migrants arrive too late for much of the food resources needed to fuel their reproduction.

OO Climate Change Is Affecting Nature’s Spring Ballet – As spring comes earlier with global warming, and migrant birds do not, the mismatch in resources is bad news for migrants wanting to breed.

Furthermore, loss of migratory rest stops and nesting habitat will fuel even further decline in many dwindling songbirds — a Silent Spring Rachel Carson could not have predicted.

Related Headline:

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Climate’s Changin’ and So Are the Birds like this European wren, which is increasing in the north as winters become milder, but decreasing in southern parts of its range. Credit Steve Willis

OO Climate Change Impacts Populations of the Most Common Birds says a new study that used 30 years of field data gather by birdwatchers to back up predictions created by models.

Related Headline:

OO Bird Populations Respond As Predicted To Climate Change On Two Continents says a new study.
Despite very different population sizes and ecological conditions, birds on both sides of the Atlantic respond in a predictable way to climate change. Populations increased in species that were expected to do well while in those predicted to suffer, numbers declined.

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Nice, But Not Enough – the current snowpack in California’s Sierras isn’t enough to erase several years of drought.

OO California: Sierra Snowpack Improves,
But Not Enough To Kill Its Drought

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GLOBAL CORAL DIE-OFF CONTINUES

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An Undersea Garden of Ghosts – has replaced a formerly vibrant colorful reef on the Great Barrier Reef. Credit XL Catlin Seaview Survey

OO Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Hit By ‘Worst’ Bleaching – with 95% of corals from Cairns to Papua New Guinea now severely bleached, scientists are calling for the Great Barrier Reef to be officially classified as threatened. Climate change and El Nino are behind the rise in sea temperatures, with “in the water” reports of up to 50% mortality among bleached corals.

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When The Reef Dies, So Do Many Beauties such as this sea slug found on the Great Barrier Reef. Source theverybesttop10.com

OO Link Between Fossil Fuels And Great Barrier Reef Bleaching via global warming “is incontrovertible,”says an expert.

OO Global Warming, Super El Nino, Drive
Worst Recorded Die-Off In Great Barrier Reef
along the northern third of this massive ecosystem, as both factors created record hot water temperatures, fatally stressing corals.

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A Threatened Delicious Maine Treasure – Lobsters bring happiness to diners and state economists alike.

OO A Warming Threat To Maine’s Lobsters – The water in the Gulf of Maine is warming rapidly, a change that could bring a once-rare lobster disease further north.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Sneezing Yet? As climate change continues, pollen production is predicted to rise – as well as the numbers of people allergic to them.

OO Pollen Overload: Seasonal Allergies To Rise In A Changing Climate – from the already millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen—not just in spring but in summer and fall, too.

OO Drought Cuts Output Of Zimbabwe’s Top Export Earner Tobacco – what a good time to switch to a better crop.

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Mother To Many Might Be Dying – the Ganges River levels are receding. Credit Cameron Conaway at pulitzercenter.org

OO India Facing Its Worst-Ever Water Crisis – Takeaways:

  • The flow of the legendary Ganges river is receding;
  • Declining monsoons have led to lower levels;
  • reckless extraction of already contaminated groundwater is another factor;
  • a water pact with Bangladesh forced a big temporary diversion.
  • low levels have forced power plant closures;
  • village wells are drying up, forcing migration to cities;
  • conflicts over water will grow.

OO Asian Countries Could Experience Widespread Water Shortages by 2050 – as increasing population, climate change, and increasing consumption rates converge to dry up Asia.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO What If You Invite a Climate Denying Politician to Your Meeting?
Tips On Talking With Politicians
– from a professional communicator who successfully got a politician to act on climate and conservation:

  • Attend town halls or ask for a meeting. “come prepared to give your best elevator speech on each subject. Be brief, be powerful, be impassioned, and quote facts and statistics.”
  • Invite a local lawmaker to speak at one of your chapter meetings, then promote it maximize attendance, showing how many people care deeply about the issue.

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  • Begin building bridges early. “Contact your local representatives not only on issues that have legislation pending, but [also] on issues you care about, just to get it on their radar.” When they hear about it again, they will recognize it as a pressing issue.
  • Be polite but persistent. It also doesn’t hurt to ask how you can help support the lawmaker’s priorities, that you support.

“Above all, get involved. Those who oppose your views and threaten what you value certainly do. And even if you get booed . . . something good might come of it.”

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Not On My Land, Thanks! Credit Enbridge Energy

OO Georgia: Property Rights Outcry Stops Billion-Dollar Pipeline Project that would pump gasoline and diesel fuel across the Southeastern United States. This resulted from an unlikely coalition of Republican legislators, private property owners and environmental organizations.

OO Canada: Raise The Carbon Tax, British Columbia Businesses Say -Nearly 140 businesses are raising their voices.

OO California Lawmakers Urge Calpers To Divest From Exxon – Two California Democratic congressmen urged the California Public Employees Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension fund, to divest from oil giant ExxonMobil. Reuters.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Someone You’d Seriously Trust? Source joemiller.us

OO Trump’s Recklessness on Energy illustrated by his extreme plan to virtually eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, created by a Republican president, and supported bipartisanly.

OO Trump, Cruz Vow To Undo Several Climate Actions
And Block Future Ones
– especially those resulting from the Obama’s work. Gee, thanks, guys!

OO Ted Cruz’s Climate-Denial Hearing
Attracts Cash From Coal King

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OO Fossil Fuel Investors Are Pumping Millions of Dollars Into Hillary Clinton’s Campaign
While her rival, Bernie Sanders, who does not have a super PAC spending on his behalf, took in just over $35,000.

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GOOD IDEAS

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The “Fingerprints” Of Sea Level Rise – a new computer modeling method links changes in glaciers, ice sheets, and continental water storage to relative sea levels worldwide. Bluer areas, near Greenland, reflect a loss of ice mass, counterintuitively* resulting in a sea level drop. In redder areas, sea levels are rising faster than global-mean rates. This map shows the linear trend in sea-level change and covers the period from 2003 to 2015. Image courtesy Surendra Adhikari, JPL, NASA

*it’s all about gravity: as ice sheets shrink, their decreasing mass decreases the gravitational attraction of water to them.

OO New Computer Model Links Glaciers, Global Sea Level in a new method that combines models of ice, ocean, atmosphere and solid earth to help create a global picture.

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First, Printed Solar Cells; Next … Source http://www.inside3dp.com

OO A Xerox Machine for Super Solar Panels – Researchers say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems. Such systems can dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells by using lenses to concentrate and focus the sunlight onto small cells. It would also bring down costs.

OO Connecticut: Smart Homebuyers Are Searching For Solar
“Solar is the new granite countertop.”

OO The Cheapest, Fastest Global Warming Fighter:
Energy Efficiency!
– Obama’s administration has been successfully framing policies this way, winning hearts and minds with dollars and cents.

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OO Baja California: Tiny Mangroves Hold Vast Stores Of Carbon helping to slow global warming, despite being far smaller than forests or mangroves elsewhere, scientists have discovered.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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The English View Credit Mac Cartoon at http://www.dailymail.co.uk

OO 7 Million US Americans At Risk From Fracking Earthquakes says the US Geological Survey in a new report. Researchers have tied earthquake surges in eight states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas and Arkansas, to oil and gas operations.

OO The U.S. Is A Big Oil Importer Again after oil companies lobbied successfully to lift the US ban on exporting oil.

OO Japan Embraces Coal
As Rest Of World Tries To Cut Emissions
– Scotland just became coal-free. England said it will be coal-free in the next decade. The United is tamping down on coal the Clean Power Plan. Even China has made announcements signaling they are dropping coal.

Hey, Japan – Get with the plan!

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Coming Soon to Another Part of Beautiful Australia – another globally destructive, climate changing giant coal mine. Source flickr.com

OO Australia Grants India Company Go-Ahead For Thermal Coal Mineinfuriating conservationists and traditional owners, even as 2 court challengesremain unresolved.

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ELECTION YEAR:

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

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

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

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO Massive California Solar Plant Now on Pace to Meet Goal

OO Europe Company Launches Battery Solar Storage in Australia

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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, Apr 12, 2016

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: despite an improved snowpack, much of California remains in 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, which hit a record low this winter. 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 iris 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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Feel Inspired Right Now: Meet the Goldman Award 2016 Heroes

The Goldman Awards reward those brave Davids that fight corporate Goliaths worldwide, trying to preserve their homes and communities from unjust, destructive development, and important ecosystems that benefit all of us.

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This is what binds our heroes this year: recognizing that all the money in the world doesn’t amount to a hill of beans compared to the health of their lands and communities.

Each of them worked with community organizations that helped realize their victories.
Each has helped your family and mine, by fighting climate change through prevention of toxic emissions and protection of their carbon-storing homelands.

Here are their stories, and all could use your help. But even if you can’t, hear their stories, and get inspired!

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OO Destiny Watford , student, 20*, USA: Cleaning Up Our Community

“Our system is failing us, and our planet.”

* >>> Destiny is the youngest person ever to win this prestigious award. <<<

The Problem: A planned toxic incinerator in her already heavily polluted community. Energy Answers, International marketed it as a clean energy project, turning trash into energy – ignoring the resulting toxic pollution.

What Destiny Did:

  • At 16, she started mobilizing community opposition, going door to door;
  • convinced customers who planned to use the incinerator to withdraw their contracts;
  • 4 years later, she helped deprive the company of the financial incentive to build.
  • Showed that communities can choose not to be dumping grounds.

Moving Forward:

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Past, Present… Future? “We can change the fate of our community.” Working withUnited Workers, she led an effort to stop the incinerator… now she envisions a solar farm.

Destiny’s Vision: establish the largest solar farm on the east coast at that site, owned by chemical company FMC. How about it, FMC? How about some truly clean renewable energy?

In the meantime, join Destiny and United Workers to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stop subsidizing trash-burning incinerators.

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OO Maxima Acuna, subsistence farmer, 49, Peru, Fighting For Our Land

“Mining must leave our country.”

The Problem: Colorado-based Newmont and Peruvian Buenaventura companies own a giant open pit mine in Peru’s highlands; it has already destroyed nearby homes and lakes, and now the companies want to expand it – and destroy hers.

What Maxima Did:

  • Refused to be bought out;
  • Mobilized community protection of the surrounding lakes;
  • Despite being beaten and her home burned, she fought the companies’ eviction in the courts;
  • won her court case after 2 years, effectively stalling the mine.

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Fenced But Free and Fighting Maxima and her community continue their struggle.

Moving forward:

  • Maxima continues to fight harassment by the company, which has surrounded her property;
  • her community has rallied behind her;
  • they continue to defend their land, water supplies, and people from large-scale gold mining.

Maxima’s Vision: protect her home and community. You can help here.

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OO Leng Ouch, investigator, 39, Cambodia: Defending Our Forests – Our Home

“What is the government thinking when they destroy the livelihoods of millions of people?”

The Problem: most Cambodians rely on the forests as their home. But corrupt government officials have illegally evicted 300,000+ Cambodians, letting companies destroy their homes as they log precious timber to supply Chinese and US furniture demand, and plant cash crops.

The few corrupt rich benefit through the poverty of many thousands.

What Leng did:

  • at great personal danger*, went undercover to document the corruption;
  • showed that the country was losing150 million daily to illegal logging;
  • brought his results to the press, which exposed the corruption;
  • ultimately shamed by the exposure, the government cancelled 23 logging concessions.
  • in saving these forests, Leng has also done humanity a service in fighting climate change.

*Environmental activism is enormously dangerous in Cambodia, where activists are murdered and intimidated. Ouch has had to hide at times, and his family has been intimidated by the military police.

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From Poor to Empowered Leng rose from foraging paper off the streets to do his schoolwork to a leading crusader for his peoples’ forests and communities, by exposing the corrupt system of illegal logging in Cambodia.

Moving forward:

  • This victory inspired forest communities to take up the fight;
  • Communities now patrol their forests daily for illegal activities.
  • Leng continues to work to prevent illegal logging in Cambodia.

Leng’s Vision: the government should completely stop logging concessions to private companies, and revoke all land concessions throughout Cambodia. Sign the petition to Save Cambodia’s Embattled Forests. You can further help here.

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OO Edward Loure, Public Activist, 44, Tanzania – Defining What Is Ours

The Problem: Lack of legal documentation has let the Tanzanian government sell off 150,000+ acres of land of the Maasai and Hadrabe, traditional protectors of their environment and wildlife, to commercial hunting, tourism and farming interests, destroying sustainable livelihoods, and harming lands.

What Edward did:

  • Used an innovative approach to legally document land rights:
  • applying an individual land rights legal rule at the community level;
  • helped communities map their boundaries and create land use plans;
  • helped secure 200,000+ acres of tribal lands;
  • helped the Hadrabe people negotiate payment for sequestering carbon in their forests.

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Building Bridges Across Communities Edward spent years building trust in other tribes in his work to help all of them preserve their lands.

Moving Forward:

  • inspired other tribes to use his approach;
  • is helping to secure almost 1,000,000 more acres of tribal lands.

Edward’s Vision: that his success will draw more awareness of, and support for indigenous land rights in Tanzania. You can help here.

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OO Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, Environmental Planner, 43, Puerto Rico –Preserving a Rare Coastal Wonderland

The Problem: Puerto Rico’s government’s plan to develop one of its last pristine coastlines, a biodiversity hotspot home to nearly 900 types of flora and fauna, many endangered.

What Luis did:

  • raised community awareness, by showing how the development would destroy this rare place;
  • formed a community coalition to fight the development;
  • initiated a legislative act to protect the area;

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Understanding the Big Picture Luis fought beyond defeat to victory in preserving this piece of nature.

Luis then:

  • turned a legislative defeat into widespread public outcry;
  • ultimately succeeded in getting permanent government protection;
  • currently is managing, unpaid, the preserve itself.

Luis’ Vision: Raising funds to purchase private parcels remaining within the preserve over the next 8 years, a condition vital to its legal protection. Ultimately, he hopes to develop sustainable tourism there that will help finance its management.You can help here.

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OO Zuzana Caputova, public interest lawyer, 42, Slovakia – Cleaning Our Communities Through Public Awareness

The Problem: loose government laws have allowed companies to create toxic waste dumps and industrial projects in villages across Slovakia. One woman, an environmental lawyer, is now stopping that.

What Zuzana did:

  • filed injunctions to close an old toxic landfill in her town;
  • filed petitions to stop a new toxic landfill;
  • encouraged the residents to organize;

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She also:

  • showed how the toxicity boosted leukemia rates there;
  • inspired a 6,000 strong demonstration, convincing officials to stop the project.

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Moving Forward:

  • since 2014 helped 9 village stop a waste gasification plant, and similar projects;
  • drafted an amendment to Slovakia’s Construction Law, the source of harmful waste disposal.
  • The amendment gives villages a larger voice in waste disposal projects.

Zuzana’s Vision: giving all Slovakian village governments and the public a larger voice on allowing toxic waste disposal projects near them. You can help here.

You can find out more about the winners and the causes they spearhead here.

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These profiles in courage illustrate that for every human being who falls in the protection of our lives and lands, others stand to take their place. In this spirit, we honor Berta Cacares, Goldman 2015 Award winner, who was brutally murdered just recently in Honduras. Her daughter continues her work.

You can honor her by signing the petition calling for the pull out of financing for the planned Agua Zarca Dam, which threatens her beloved community and river; you can support her legacy here.

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Berta Caceres, 1972- murdered 2016 – mother, protector, crusader

@@ Berta Caceres: hear this incredibly eloquent and brave woman speak of her land and people.

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