Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those other solution avenues are:

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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Another way to help? I  started a Clean Energy Voting pledge online, to let Congress know many voters are monitoring their action on climate change. When we can show Congress that a large voting bloc considers this an important issue, Congress will act seriously on it. You can pledge here:
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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: Preventing Collapse, Solar Delivers US Jobs, and More!

NEED TO KNOW READERSHIP, so I’m taking a census: if you’re reading this, please say so in the comment section — and how often: first time, rarely, occasionally, frequently. Thanks!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this mountain bongo antelope in Kenya, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Karura forest, Kenya, Source http://www.jambonairobi.co.ke

OO Kenya: As Farms Dry Up, Women Switch To Clean Energy Businesses That Save Forests such as energy efficient cook stoves, and charcoal briquettes made from waste. Clean energy businesses are giving women steady income and protecting forests, which in turn help stave off drought.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

CIVILIZATIONAL COLLAPSE, OR ACTION – YOU CHOOSE

As Resources Become Scarce, Population Levels Must Shrink Humanely or will do so inhumanely.

OO The Bust Of Cheap Fossil Fuels Will Ultimately

Require Shrinking Both Population and Economies For Civilization To Survive –

“For those who are paying attention” it’s only a matter of time before this happens;

Daily Climate Editor Pete Myers: This future is coming at us much faster than climate change.”

Takeaways:

  • · Our civilization has been able to boom extremely, Both in prosperity and technology,
  • · Via a one-time-only energy subsidy
  • · from tens of millions of years’ worth of bio-energy
  • · transformed into cheap fossil fuels by agonizingly slow geological processes.

Never Again Will We Have Cheap Fossil Fuels – Now We Must Transition Fast to Clean Energy and bring our populations and economies to sustainable levels. Our civilization depends on it.

No future human civilization will ever have the advantage of cheap fossil fuels again. And we have started exhausting our cheap fossil fuels:

  • · Saudi oil giant chief warns of a looming oil shortage
  • · Because the remaining reserves are too expensive to mine,
  • · So investments have fallen dramatically.

The Mayan Civilization Collapsed as conflicts developed from the depletion of resources. Source Wikimedia Commons

History lessons:

  • · Maintaining a civilization is always a delicate balancing act;
  • · Some combo of overpopulation, resource depletion, economic inequality, pollution, and climate change
  • · has undermined every complex society in the 7,000 years of recorded human history.

When Jackals and Lions Crash, Gazelles Boom showing how the crash of one species can temporarily benefit another. Source www.daviddarling.info

Urban centers can flourish temporarily but unsustainably by:

  • · by importing resources, exporting wastes and disorder,
  • · and using social stratification to generate temporary surpluses of wealth.
  • · But these processes all yield diminishing returns: eventually, every boom turns to bust.

Such civilizational cycles partly mirror the adaptive cycles in ecological systems, where one crashing cycle clears the way for a new one to start.

A Green Future With A Sustainable Population is implicit in this vision, in which swirling crowds are absent. Source byanajusta.blogspot.com

MEH: the author concludes by hoping the next civilization does better. Here’s my conclusion:

  • · Rather than hope the next civilization can collaborate internally and externally with the natural world,
  • · we should tackle these problems – population, pollution, resource depletion, and climate change – now
  • · because the next civilization will not have the advantages we have had to do so, or even prosper as much.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Under Trump, More US Children Will Die Prematurely From Asthma since his policies will worsen the air pollution that is linked to this lethal lung disease.

OO Tracking Trump’s Treachery: Environmental Deregulations – the Columbia Law School (NY) keeps an ongoing track of Trump’s efforts, abetted by the GOP, to cut environmental protections at its Climate Deregulation Tracker.

OO EPA Wipes Its Climate Change Site As Protesters March on Climate In Washington both data and informationon the causes and effects of climate change disappeared. Welcome to the Dark Ages!

OO Trump’s Most Substantial Actions in His First 100 Days:

Slashing Environmental Regulations – he’s rolled back 23 regulations in that time.

OO Donald Trump Is Slashing Programs Linking Climate Change To US National Security despite the fact that over the last several decades, top government officials and even military brass have come to view climate change as a national security issue. He’s doing so via:

  • · Defunding agencies involved in protecting the nation from climate-related threats, and
  • · Cancelling Obama’s push to consider climate change in national security planning.

OO Trump’s Climate Cuts Could Result In Half-Billion Extra Tons Of CO2 In The Air

A new analysis quantifies the ‘Trump Effect’ on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, finding emissions begin to flatten or increase by 2020 under his policy plans. InsideClimate News.

OO Trump Review Threatens To Rip Up Obama Protections For Wilderness Areas

OO US Oil Tech Giants Want Trump To Stay In The Paris Climate Agreement which presents both risks and opportunities for their businesses.

OO Trump To Press For Arctic Offshore Oil Opening

OO Trump Administration’s Push For Gas Exports Faces Market Glut

OO With Trump Government In Retreat, Companies Step Up On Emissions – nearly half of the nation’s largest corporations have set emissions reductions targets, even as the Trump administration walks away from goals set by President Obama.

Sadly, if Trump acted, we could do even more.

OO China, India Become Global Climate Leaders As West Falters – and Trump fails to lead.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Senators Merkley, Sanders Goal: US On All Renewables By 2050 – Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced landmark climate legislation recently that would transition the USA to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.

Unfortunately, the bill has little chance in the GOP Congress, many of whom dismiss climate change, of even being considered.

OO UK: Lawmakers Create New Laws To Promote Bicycling to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking provision.

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HOT NEWS

OO Atmospheric CO2 Just Exceeded 410 ppm – as scientists predicted it would in 2017.

  • · Carbon dioxide hasn’t reached that height in millions of years.
  • · It’s a level that’s trapping more heat
  • · and causing climate change to speed up.

OO Global Warming Never Paused a new statistical study says.

Why a Slight Heating Can Cause Far More Hot Weather – the shift might seem slight, but the amount of significanly warmer weather is not. Source www.climatesignals.org

OO Climate Signals: Increased Extreme Heat And Heat Waves Takeaways:

  • · Climate Change strengthens the intensity, duration and frequency of extreme heat events.
  • · Roughly 75% of extreme heat events globally are attributed to climate change.
  • · 85% of recent record-hot days globally are attributed to climate change.
  • · Record high temperatures are outpacing record low temperatures

And…

The More Extreme the Heatwave, the More Likely the Event is Due to Global Warming

And these events are now impacting 10x greater areas than in 1951-1980.

US health is being harmed by increased heat, with:

  • · extreme heat now a leading cause of weather-related mortality;
  • · heat waves increasing in frequency
  • · night time temperatures increasing, cutting needed recovery time from day heat;
  • · new record high outpacing record low temperatures, 2 to 1;
  • · predictions of a 400-600% increase in very hot (95+F) days by 2050.

OO Climate Change Likely Aggravated Tucson’s Record March Heat researcher says. MEH: and likely played a role in worsening a recent nearby wildfire.

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MELTDOWN

OO Climate Change Altering The Arctic Faster Than Expected A new report, authored by 90 Arctic experts, finds:

· Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the region,

  • · melting ice on land and sea,
  • · driving more intense wildfires,
  • · altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost.

Ash On Ice in Greenland came from continental wildfires far away. Source www.redorbit.com

The report warns that:

  • · even if global warming stays below a 2°C rise, some of these shifts could be permanent,
  • · such as the disappearance of sea ice by the 2030s
  • · and more land ice melt than previously thought,
  • · pushing seas to more extreme heights.

If carbon pollution isn’t slowed, parts of the Arctic could warm a whopping 16°F by the 2050s.

MEH: AND the loss of this ice cap, this planetary heat shield, will speed global heating yet further.

Our Ice Caps Help Cool the Earth by reflecting away sunlight that could otherwise be absorbed and transformed into heat. Image, NASA

OO The Arctic As It Is Known Today Is Almost Certainly Gone – On current trends, the Arctic will be ice-free in summer by 2040, worsening current harmful effects:

  • · Melting ice speeds local warming as the resulting darker waters absorb more heat;
  • · Permafrost is melting, releasing yet more climate-changing gases;
  • · Warmer weather is causing polar winds to move cold weather south and import heat north;
  • · As the land heats, spurring wildfires, the settling dark ash on ice speeds its melt,
  • · Including the Greenland ice sheet, which adds to sea level rise.
  • · Ocean currents can also be slowed by the addition of meltwater,
  • · Affecting the movement of heat globally, and thus the weather.

We must adapt by cutting emissions as soon and far as possible, to slow this accelerating train of climate destruction.

A River Runs Red In Antarctica – aptly named Blood Falls, it’s caused by rust in the surrounding rocks – and the melting ice…. Source Wikipedia

OO The Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Draining Huge Quantities Of Water Out To Sea – say new reports. Takeaways:

  • · much like Greenland is doing in the Arctic:
  • · what started with melting edges creating icebergs
  • · has expanded to surface melt ponds and streams
  • · sending meltwater directly into the sea, raising sea levels.

BUT…

· This contribution to sea level rise is currently negligible,

  • · Altho the darker melt ponds can speed surface ice melting,
  • · And ice melting is predicted to double by 2100.

OO Guess Coreectly When The Ice Melts, And Win $300,000! When the ice breaks up on the Tanana River at the city of Nenana, Alaska, that is. It’s happening earlier and earlier due to global warming. This year it happened on May 1st – appropriately enough, May Day, and 42 people won.

Frozen Methane Waiting For Spring to Melt and release it into the atmosphere; previously it was frozen on the lake’s bottom, until warming released it to the top, capped by ice. Credit Chip Phillips at Flickr

OO Giant Ancient Climate-Changing Methane ‘Burp’ Could Happen Again – New research indicates:

  • · a giant release of climate changing methane occurred
  • · during a warming period 110 million years ago
  • · in the Arctic Ocean,

This indicates it could happen again during our current warming:

  • · Undersea deposits of frozen methane could melt,
  • · But those bubbles would then have to rise through mud –
  • · so it’s unclear if the melted methane could push up into the atmosphere.
  • · No one knows.

OO An Ancient Ice Sheet Collapse Indicates The Future For Us – At the end of the last Ice Age, an ice sheet covering Iceland melted and collapsed. Research indicates that:

It melted far faster than it grew initially:

  • · It took about 10,000 years to reach maximum size,
  • · But about 3,000 years to reduce, then 1,000 more to collapse to a third of its size,
  • · Under warming comparable to our present warming trajectory –
  • · And melt rates comparable to how fast Greenland ice is melting.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Today’s US Energy Jobs Are In Solar, Not Coal – in 2016, solar employed 370,000+ people, nearly as many as employed by natural gas, and more than coal – but without the same level of government subsidies. Wind employed another 100,000. Trump refurses to focus on these job generators, though.

OO Powerhouse: The Startup Making Solar The Most Accessible Energy In The World

OO Crowdfunding Helping Scale Up Solar Power For Africa’s Poor via a community of young European investors, who are helping solar firms thrive on the African continent when local banks are reluctant to offer loans.

Harvard Divestment Movement Starts Yielding Results

OO Harvard ‘Pausing’ Investments In Some Fossil Fuels and green groups welcome the breakthrough after a five-year campaign.

OO California’s Landmark Climate-Change Program Would Also Fight Air Pollution Under Proposal

OO Australia’s Sapphire Wind Farm To Power 49,000 Homes within months.

OO Investors Understand Climate Change Risks And Are Taking Action

OO Corporations Are Getting Into The Business Of Protecting The Environment

OO Free Bicycles Reducing Pollution In China and India, where innovative schemes, such as providing free bicycles for public use.

A Solar Sign of Indian Times: Kochi Airport runs on solar power. Source http://www.gizmag.com

OO Africa Rejects Europe′S ′Dirty Diesel′: Ghana, Nigeria Enact Stricter Limits On Fuel Quality

OO India’s Coal Plants Are Being Shelved At A Rapid Pace even as it ramps up its solar power capacity.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

@@ Climate & Extreme Weather News: April 21st-April 30th 2017

OO Understanding Climate Change: A Weekly Video Compiliation Of Climate News – often has more than just a summary of extreme weather: check out this source for developments in solutions, consequences, and insights as well.

OO Wild Storms Bring Floods, Death, Destruction From Texas To Missouri

OO California Drought Boosted Electricity Bills, Smog says a new study of the recent 5 brutal years.

A new assessment of melting polar ice concludes that sea level rise will likely be nearly 10 inches more than the United Nations climate panel projected in 2014.

OO The Arctic Is Melting And Guess Who Faces More Flooding — That’s Right, South Florida

which will face higher sea rise than previously thought, says a new assessment.

How can this be? Gravity, literally. All masses have an attraction proportional to their size, which is how gravity works: the attraction exerted by the giant mass of the Earth on far smaller objects (that glass you just “dropped,” a falling body, etc.).

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As an ice sheet melts, it loses mass (the ice itself), which decreases its gravitational attraction: the net effect is that surrounding water (including the added meltwater) flows away from it and towards other larger masses, such as land. So, sea levels decrease around the shrinking ice sheet, but increase elsewhere – in this case, Florida.

If An Ice Sheet Loses Weight, It Loses Attraction – gravitational attraction, that is, which results in sea levels decreasing around it, but increasing elsewhere. Credit Simon Werdmuller, courtesy of Maureen Raymo

OO US Western Drought Linked To Climate Change, shows new research. Takeaways:

  • · snowpack, a major source of water, has declined 10-20% since 1980s
  • · the west will likely lose a further 30% of the snowpack by 2050,
  • · if carbon emissions are not dramatically lowered.
  • · That loss could be as much as 60% if carbon emissions remain high.

Hurricane Katrina Caused an Internal US Refugee Migration of nearly 1 million people, illustrates how increasingly extreme weather can cause US refugee crises that affect the entire USA. Source nca2014.globalchange.gov

OO Population Of Inland American Cities Face Vast Refugee Influxes As Coastal Cities Flood if predictions of dramatic sea level rises by 2100 are correct, new report suggests.

OO US Vulnerable To Worst Of Extreme Sea Rise from the beginning of a collapse this century of sections of the Antarctic ice sheet, which would disproportionately inundate coasts circling the U.S.

OO The Effects Of Climate Change Will Force Millions To Migrate – Droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance, have increasingly put more people on the move:

  • · Environmental migration will strain human resource security, as in water supplies.
  • · Most communities are unprepared for extreme weather events, likely to displace more people.
  • · Many displaced people head to nearby cities, adding to coastal city growth, as seas rise.
  • · Environmental migrants include both internal and international refugees from climate calamities.
  • · “Planned relocations” will occur more often, as rising seas flood islands and coasts.

OO Warming Climate Worsens Insurgency, Terrorism And Organised Crime Takeaways:

  • · Climate change is upping social fragility as it worsens conflicts over scarce resources
  • · and is harming the livelihoods globally through rising food insecurity;
  • · both factors make it easier for terrorist groups to recruit and thrive.
  • · Terrorist groups are using scarce local natural resources, such as water, as weapons of war.
High, high up in the Andes mountains above Chile’s capital, at the foot of the glaciers that date from the last ice age, the temperatures were almost balmy this summer.
Bloomberg.com Laura Millan Lombrana Apr 25

Global Warming Is Costing All Nations Via Extreme Weather that it generates.

OO Most Global Investors Recognize Financial Risk Of Climate Change new report finds, even if Trump doesn’t.

OO Research Shows Global Warming Making Oceans More Toxic In many ways:

  • · As oceans heat up and absorb more CO2,
  • · They are acidifying
  • · And losing oxygen.

Too Toxic To Eat? Source www.oishiisushi.ie

Ocean life is:

  • · Migrating to the cooler poles,
  • · While toxic algae is blooming more frequently, broadly and intensely,
  • · Making some commercial shellfish species too toxic to eat.

OO Scientists Keep Upping Projections Of Sea Level Rise By 2100 – although a high end projection of 7 feet in San Francisco, for example, has a very small chance – 0.5 % – of occurring.

OO Climate Change Could Drive Coastal Food Webs To Collapse – Takeaways:

  • · warming could boost algae, at the base of the chain,
  • · but other stresses, like acidificaiton, pollution, and overfishing,
  • · will knock out seafood species higher up on the chain, such as fish and shellfish.

What can humanity do? Besides cutting carbon emissions, we can:

  • · Reduce oceanic pollution;
  • · Create well designed sanctuary zones to protect life from habitat loss;
  • · Reduce global overfishing.

OO Europe’s Meat And Dairy Farming Vulnerable As Climate Change Worsens Water Scarcity half a world away caused by climate change could push up prices for meat and dairy products in Europe by disrupting supplies of south american soybeans, which are widely used as feed for livestock, new researchers say.

OO Climate Change Deepening Horn Of Africa’s Hunger Crisis says Oxfam.

OO Huge Storms In Northern Africa Have Tripled Since The 1980s Scientists blame climate change.

The Ice In Back Waters The Green in Front in Santiago, Chile – and that source is shrinking. Photo MEHarte

OO Chile: Global Warming Costs Mount As Heatwave Shrinks Glaciers Takeaways:

  • · the glacier that supplies water to Chile’s Andean capital, Santiago,
  • · shrinking by a quarter in just 30 years, newe research shows.

The melt is expected to speed up:

  • · under continued warming, and other effects, such as
  • · Dark ash from recent record wildfires, fell on the glacier,
  • · And will speed melt even more by absorbing more heat.

Santiago needs glacial water for 5 months during the year – imagine what faces the city when that ends.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

OO How A Professional Climate Change Denier Decided To Fight For Climate Science – Ex climate denier Jerry Taylor now works to transform deniers into activists. Takeaways:

  • · He was challenged to review the accuracy of past climate scientits predictions:
  • · he discovered that they were indeed unfolding accurately.

Two more factors pushed him to change his mind:

  • · He found fellow skeptics knew this, yet kept misleading the public.
  • · Economics favored transitioning to clean energy, and avoiding costly climate change risks for all.

His tips for talking to climate denying Republican and conservative elites:

  • · talk about the science in a dispassionate, reasonable, non-screedy, calm, careful way. This is powerful, because many do not know that much of what they think is either nonsensical or disingenuous.
  • · Make a conservative case for climate action: conservatively confronting the real risks of climate change continuing means we should not take the chance of inaction. We must hedge our bets, as we do in business.

Daily Climate editor Pete Myers: Yes, that’s going to be hard. But convincing green growth optimists and ‘eco-modernists’ that their rose-tinted visions undermine serious efforts to confront imminent problems is also not easy.

Credit Joel Pett at USA Today

OO A Climate Activist Explains How To Spread A Message Of Hope Takeaways:

  • · Personalize the subject and educate others,
  • · But approach the subject lightly;
  • · Show the win-win sides of tackling climate change.

Source divestmentguide.org

OO Bill McKibben’s Effect on the US Climate Change Debate:

Shifting the Institutional Environment Through Radical Flank Effects via divestment campaigns, which also increased attention and legitimacy of plausible policies for tackling climate change.

OO Massachusetts Carbon Fee Would Save $2.9 Billion In Health Costs Over Two Decades, study finds, based on the projected decrease in air pollution generated by a carbon fee.

OO Worry – It Does The Body (And Mind) Good done in moderation, of course, says new research, providing motivation to fix problems and improve lifestyles

OO Industrial Agriculture And Food Systems Help Fuel Climate Change,

But Ecological Farming Can Help Fix That

OO Rice Is A Big Polluter. It Doesn’t Have To Be – A new technique uses half the water, less fertilizer, cuts carbon.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Caribou in Denali National Park Are Dying because the abundance of forage plants now peaks before the animals arrive at their summer breeding grounds. Source Design Pics Inc, National Geographic Creative

OO How Warming Is Profoundly Changing A Great Northern Wilderness As temperatures soar in the Yukon:

  • · A temperature-sensitive beetle has infested 900,000 acres of forest;
  • · While Mountain lions and deer are also moving in from the south.
  • · Wildlife populations from moose to hares are shifting or declining;

A Melting Glacier Is Drying This Lake as its melt channel blocks its intake. Credit Jim Best

  • · Mountain sheep and caribou disperse,
  • · As woody shrubs take over shrinking tundra and alpine ecossytems.
  • · A rapidly melting glacier has cut reversed a river’s flow,
  • · Threatening the existence of a 50 mile long lake.

This is, in many ways, “a sped-up version of what is happening throughout the world,” says one scientist.

Courtesy USGS Alaska Science Center

OO Rapid Arctic Warming Creating Vast Changes In Weather, Land And Ocean say 2 new reports.

The changes are happening fast, impacting both people and ecosystems, and include changes in:

  • · Weather: cloud cover, precipitation patterns, storms;
  • · Land: avalanches, melting permafrost, land ice, river runoff;
  • · Oceans: icebergs, acidification, ice cover.

OO Climate Change Is Making Algal Blooms Worse – as rising ocean temperatures drive more intense and longer lasting toxic outbreaks.

Racing For Its Survival – the Purple Emporer butterfly has migrated 125+ miles in a single decade, well above the 10+ mile average for land species; marine species migrate 4x faster than land ones, on aveerage. Credit Tim Melling

OO Half Of All Species Are On The Move—And We’re Feeling It – As climate change displaces everything from moose to microbes, it’s affecting human foods, businesses, and diseases. Takeaways:

  • · Migration is happening faster to more species than scientists expected;
  • · Not all species migrate in predictable directions or at predictable speeds;
  • · As species disperse, ecological relationships are destroyed, while new hybrids develop;
  • · No one species’ survival is guaranteed by its migration.

OO Drylands Will Suffer If World Warms 2°C – both reducing arable croplands, and preventing many deeper-rooted shrubs and trees from growing at all.

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SPEAKING OUT

Ask Not For Whom The Bear Dies – continued global warming will spur the untimely deaths of many millions of people as it continues to heat the planet.

OO Many Thousands March Against Trump Climate Policies In D.C., Across USA in another 300 locations.

Keep your signs handy, folks – I have a feeling we’ll be marching for a long time to come, sigh.

OO Climate March Draws Thousands Of Protesters Alarmed By Trump’s Agenda in Washington DC, and hundreds of other cities on April 29, 2017.

OO 20 Of The Funniest Signs From The March For Science enjoy the laughs, from all over the world. Tens of thousands of people in 600+ cities on seven continents across the globe came together at the March for Science. On April 22, 2017.

Credit Dan Beecham at BBC

OO Yes, I Am A Climate Alarmist.: Global Warming Is A Crime Against Humanity – There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible.

OO New York Times Rocked: Angry Readers Cancel Following Climate Denier Hire – Willful ignorance may be protected speech, but it does not deserve a place in the US’s most important newspaper.

Climate scientist Michael E. Mann launched the hashtag #ShowYourCancellation, while other scientists called for a boycott of the newpaper.

OO Coal Worker’s Granddaughter Becomes Local Leader Against Climate Change

Vermont Is Green In Other Ways – via community solar projects, for example. Source http://www.vermontbiz.com

OO Vermont Conservation Officials Push Lawmakers For Carbon Tax to replace or reduce other taxes residents currently pay, members of a dozen town energy commissions demand.

OO Millions Of Colombians At Risk From Climate Change says its environmental minister, resulting in worsening natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump’s Vision of BLM Lands – And This Is Exactly Where Coal Should Stay despite Trump’s obsession of reviving it as a fuel. screencapture of the BLM website

OO Big, Young US Coal Fired Power Plants Are Closing as cleaner options become more affordable choices.

OO West Virginia’s Biggest Utility: Burning More Coal Is “Not Going To Happen”

OO Canada: Mining Methane Emissions In Alberta Are 60% Higher Than Thought Takeaways:

  • · New data show that fossil fuel industries are vastly underreporting operation methan leaks,
  • · Even as their lobbies push for a weakening of methane emission regulations;
  • · The wasted methane represents $60 million worth of fuel (= 200,000 heated homes)
  • · This waste could be stopped if the government enacts smart regulations.

Source Gulf Monitoring Consortium via SkyTruth

OO How Satellite Data Caught Gulf Oil Companies Hiding Enormous Oil Spills – via an organization called SkyTruth.

OO Australia: Large Coal Mine At Heightened Risk Of Becoming A Stranded Asset report says.

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OO The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, And Coal Won’t Cut It. Fifteen charts about how Trump is building a dangerous “age of plenty on steroids.”

OO UK: Mood Black As Community Rakes Over Coal Mine Plan that would threaten the bore water they rely on.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 11, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: How Civilization Could Collapse, People Take A Stand, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this all these beautiful creatures – including humanity – is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Our future depends on it.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Amazonian Deforestation Is Rising, Once Again as a corrupt, shortsighted government seeks to profit by helping agribusinesses steal land that belongs to indigenous tribes – and convert forests to crops and cattle. Credit Ricardo Beliel at BrazilPhotos

OO Brazil: Amazon Indigenous Tribes Stand Against President Temer’s Govt Indigenous groups control large reserves in the Amazon, and have the constitutional right to more, BUT:

  • · agribusiness and land thieves are working with
  • · the Brazilian Congress and the Temer administration
  • · to prevent recognition of new indigenous territories,
  • · and to defund FUNAI, the federal agency representing Indian concerns.

In response, Brazil’s Indians are launching numerous protests:

  • · Recently 4,000+ indigenous leaders from 200 tribes demonstrated in front of the Congress building.
  • · They were attacked by police with teargas.
  • · Elsewhere in northern Brazil, ranchers and hired gunmen attacked a peaceful land occupation with rifles and machetes; 13 Indians were seriously injured.

Blockading a Highway To Save Home and Forest Credit Mauricio Torres

  • · In the Amazon, another tribe has blocked the Transamazonian highway,
  • · creating a 40 kilometer backup of trucks loaded with the soy harvest.
  • · The truckers expressed solidarity with the Indians, blaming the government for failing to meet the Indians’ needs.

We don’t believe in words anymore.”

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHEN SEAS RISE, SO DO WE: HISTORIC MARCHES AND TURNOUTS

THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE, APRIL 22, 2017

OO Earth Day Protesters In Hundreds Of Cities March For Science – and was covered by major news TV outlets, such as ABC News, PBS news and CBS news.

@@ Science In America – Neil deGrasse Tyson is picking up viral momentum in this 4 minute video by making a powerful case that science is an “Exercise in finding what is true” that has driven America’s successes – it’s not just nerds in white coats.

OO After the March for Science, It’s Time to Get Political

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THE CLIMATE MARCH, APRIL 29, 2017

OO People’s Climate March Draws 200,000 Protesters As Trump Flees To Coal Country

“What environmental protest?” you can almost hear Trump mumbling. Yet march we did, with posters speaking out. Some had great wordplays:

[Planet to people]: “You should be fried!”

“It’s getting hot here, take off your coals…”

Leonardo DiCaprio Also Marched at the front with indigenous people. Credit AFP at Getty images

Personal notes from the field: I arrived at Reagan airport the day before, just in time to see a distracted Bernie Sanders pass by me. Momentarily shocked, I recovered enough to shout at his retreating back: “Go, Bernie!” One of many heroes… The march itself:

“Crowds swell past us,a sea of signs, music, dancing.

Finally, signs up, our family leaps into the protest waters.

I watch my daughter, a journalist,

Cover the action from the sidelines,

nimbly leaping from one flat pedestal to another to

Get the best shots. I am so proud…

Hot in DC, But Wet in Chicago: Jobs Depend on a Healthy Planet and we all marched. Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk

The heat is extreme – humid and in the 90s –

Ironically appropriate.

My wet neck bandana, full of ice cubes,

Isn’t a match. I drop to the side,

Moving with the crowd to the White House

And the glorious shade of park trees:

Water, water.”

Perhaps one of the most memorable signs was:

“I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M PROTESTING FOR REALITY!”

It’s something I feel I’m doing every week in this column. March on! Time to turn all that kinetic energy into political energy, folks.

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THE INCREASING DANGER OF CIVILIZATION COLLAPSING

Syria Collapse Factors: Too Many People, Depleted Water, and Inept Leadership that drove people to revolt, and resulted in mass migrations. Credit AP,Vadim Ghirda

OO How Western Civilisation Could Collapse

— And How We Could Avoid It – Some possible precipitating factors to collapse already exist. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future.

  • · History records civilizations collapsing, each from many factors.
  • · Our civilization is already showing signs of possible collapse,
  • · Many linked to unsustainable growth.
  • · From research models two main factors emerge:
  • · ecological strain, and economic stratification (ie, inequality).

Globally Our Forests Shrink As Humans Proliferate fueling the demand for more cropland, even though they are vital to our existence, providing clean air, water, biodiversity, and storing climate changing carbon. Credit Matthias Klum

  • · Ecological strain is seen in a developing global depletion of vital resources,
  • · Such as groundwater, soil, fisheries and forests,
  • · All of which will deplete further with climate change.

That Rich Guy Depends On Others More Than He Thinks – not just for opening doors. Think food, maintaining his house, and his life. Source google images

  • · BUT research shows that the increased hoarding of wealth by elite
  • · Promises to collapse civilization, even without ecological strain,
  • · By economically starving the lower classes upon which the elite ultimately depend for labor.

We’re already on our way:

  • · Examples of vast inequality already exist within and between countries;
  • · the top 10% of global income earners account for almost as much total climate changing emissions as the remaining 90%.
  • · about half the world’s population lives on less than $3 per day.

Not Sustainable Over The Long Haul – too many people ultimately hastens our civilization’s collapse, research shows. Source Library Foundation of Los Angeles, AlanWeisman

  • · Sustainability depends on human population levels:
  • · the more people, the fewer resources, and the faster collapse ensues.
  • · Every new person adds to the complexity, and cost of sustaining, civilization.

We can avoid collapse and stabilize onto a sustainable trajectory by:

  • · making rational choices to reduce factors
  • · such as inequality, explosive population growth, how fast we deplete and pollute natural resources
  • · – all perfectly doable things –
  • · but we need to do them SOON, before these factors avalanche into inevitable collapse.

If we don’t, post-collapse survival in the wake of mass die-offs is a pretty grim and harrowing future – if there is one at all. A world depleted of the natural resources that kept humanity alive under far more primitive conditions previously will make our survival much more difficult.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Tracking Trump’s Treachery: Environmental Deregulations – the Columbia Law School (NY) keeps an ongoing track of Trump’s efforts, abetted by the GOP, to cut environmental protections:

OO Climate Deregulation Tracker – All Updates want to know the latest? Check it out!

OO Climate Change Is Now And Urgent, But Trump Is Deaf – Yet in the face of this urgent challenge – one that affects all of humanity, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, America and the rest of the world – Trump has chosen to accelerate climate change. He and his aides are encouraging pollution.

As Permafrost Melts, Trees Lose Footing, and Ponds Form

OO As Ice Melts And Heat Rises, Alaska Fights To Slow Climate ChangeAs Trump Cuts Funds that might threaten vital tools, like climate-monitoring satellites. What’s to monitor?

  • · With temperatures soaring last winter to 50 degrees above normal,
  • · the area around the North Pole is melting
  • · and the Arctic Sea ice is shrinking at a rate never seen before.

Google images

  • · Ice is thinning and disappearing.
  • · Permafrost is melting.
  • · Villages are literally disappearing.

What happens in Alaska doesn’t stay in Alaska:

The US is on track to set a record in 2017 for weather events that have each cost $1+ billion.

RESISTING TRUMP

@@ Fearless Kids Press Climate Court Case

“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” – U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken.

Related:

OO “Bring It On”: Students Sue Trump Administration Over Climate Change

OO Bloomberg To World Leaders: Ignore Trump’s Ideas Onclimate Change and recently declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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HOT NEWS

OO March Set A Remarkable New Record For Global Warming, NOAA Reports

  • It was the first month to average a full 1 degree C above a 1951-1980 baseline average without help from an El Nino event,
  • Signalling the global warming is stronger than ever.

OO March Breaks New Global Warming Record Despite No El Nino Effect

OO This Graphic Puts Global Warming In Full Perspective – Using a pre-industrial 1881-1910 baseline temperature average as normal, March 2017

  • · Was 1.3 degrees C above normal,
  • · And marked a whopping 627 months in a row that were hotter than normal

“To say the world is having a streak like no other is an understatement. Global warming has made cold scarce on a planetary scale… If you were born after December 1964, you’ve never experienced a month cooler than average on this planet.”

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MELTDOWN

OO Danger: Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600% Faster Than Predicted By Current Models – Takeaways:

  • · The climate is very capable of changing to another stable state unfavorable to the human species, and
  • · this is a real danger of our global experiment with unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions, says Arctic ice specialist David Barber.

Sun, Sea, Ice and Humanity Are Teleconnected Via Global Warming screen capture

  • · Global warming affects humanity through teleconnections:
  • · Things that happen in one place affect many other, far flung places.
  • · As global warming melts ice, the resulting freshwater slows oceanic circulation
  • · The major conveyor belt of heat around the planet
  • · Affecting climate everywhere.

Poles Apart: North And South React Differently, and Influence the Planet Differently

  • · The North Pole Is Melting Faster Than the South,
  • · But Melted South Ice Raises Sea Levels:
New research has found lakes, rivers and even waterfalls atop Antarctica.
Washington Post chelseaeharvey Apr 19

OO Newly Seen Vast Antarctic Drainage Systems Could Speed Ice Loss Under Future Warming

The surface of Antarctica is more dynamic than thought with a vast complex of streams and pools moving meltwater that:

  • · Could speed future ice loss in 2 ways:
  • · Via rivers moving meltwater onto coastal shelves that could destroy these giant glacial plugs,
  • · Allowing the glacial flow of ice behind them to speed into the sea;
  • · And via vast surface melt ponds that could destabilize the ice beneath them.

Related:

OO Antarctic Surface Melt More Widespread Than Thought a new continent-wide survey and two studies show.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

The UK, Where Wind Is Increasingly Powerful

OO U.K. Has First Day Without Relying On Coal For Power Since 1880s

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Get Used To Wildfires In A Warming World says a new study. As forests dry out:

  • · Fires might have to be allowed to burn,
  • · A change in attitude that means
  • · Shifting resources from suppressing fires to managing them,
  • · Whether prescribed or moderate natural fires,
  • · To prevent further catastrophic fires.

So building homes near drying forests should be discouraged.

Thousands of homes have been evacuated as firefighters battle wildfires across Florida, the state’s forest service said.
cbs46.com WGCL Digital Team Apr 23

OO Wildfires Burn Across Florida; Thousands Evacuated with 25,000+ acres burned already, 2000+ homes had been evacuated, with thousands more on standby.

OO Humans On The Verge Of Causing Earth’s Fastest Climate Change In 50 MILLION Years

Climate & Extreme Weather News #20 (April 15th-April 20th 2017) – in this episode, flooding in Iran, extreme heat in India, and unfortunately, much more – all very graphically shot. From the new youtube channel:

OO Understanding Climate Change: A Weekly Video Compiliation Of Climate News

OO The Biggest Threat To The Jewish Community Is Climate Change – it is the biggest threat since the last ice age:

  • · It poses more of a long-term threat to world peace than Donald Trump,
  • · more of a danger to Israel than Palestinians,
  • · more of a threat to civil society and the protection of minorities than the alt-Right
  • · Scientists note that the dynamics of climate change are playing out much faster than we expected.

Source Doctors Without Borders Canada

OO Climate Change And Health Are Inextricably Linked – WHO assessment concluded that climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.

OO Climate Change Is Turning Dehydration Into A Deadly Disease – of the kidneys which is striking down laborers around the world.

OO Global Warming Worsening Outdoor Allergies Now

  • · as record hot seasons are starting the pollen season ever earlier,
  • · affecting 35 million Americans who suffer from hay fever allergies.
  • · This constrains people’s activities – having to stay in air-conditioned indoors
  • · Rather than enjoying a beautiful sunny day outdoors.

And it will get worse as climate change continues.

A Mosquito Bite, and Months Later, A Tiny Baby – caused by the mosquito borne Zika virus.

OO Why The Menace Of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse Climate change is:

  • · Expand the range of disease carrying mosquitoes,
  • · Carrying lethal diseases such as West Nile fever and Zika,
  • · Into the United States.
  • · And encouraging the proliferation of food-borne organisms lik Salmonella.

Expect even more diseases, as climate continues to change. As noted climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says, “Climate change is a threat multiplier.”

OO How A Warming Planet Drives Human Migration – Climate displacement is becoming one of the world’s most powerful — and destabilizing — geopolitical forces.

OO When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty – Along parts of the US East Coast, the entire system of insuring coastal property is beginning to break down.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Love Your Child? Give Them The Gift of a Decent Future and start acting to do so today. You can help encourage others to vote for climate action leaders, and help women avoid unintended pregnancies. Doing the latter not only saves money for communities, it lowers overpopulation and consumption, drivers of climate change.

OO The Religious Case For Caring About Climate Change – it’s about values, not just data.

What actually motivates people are the 3 great loves:

  • · Love of neighbor: You’re aware of the real and present suffering climate or pollution are causing
  • · love of creation: concern for how our natural world is being decimated, extinction of animals, the oceans.
  • · love of children: what are you leaving for the children in your mind’s eyes right now?

“I’m a big fan of the Exodus story. At times we find ourselves with our back against the wall or the sea, but at some point the waters do part and we’re able to walk through. Being able to have those stories and connect to what we’re going through right now is powerful.”

How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable.
Vox Andy Murdock Apr 19

Winning At Climate Change – yeah, it’s gloomy, but we can win this game, and feel good about doing so. Here’s how. This is the first part of a series on climate change and our behavior; you can see other episodes here.

OO How Psychology Can Trick Us Into Keeping The Planet Habitable – increasing awareness and finding the right motivation to change our behavior.

OO Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things. It Won’t. – effective messaging must also include strategic communication:

  • · appealing to people’s emotions,
  • · via local and community interactions,
  • · and emphasize the health and economic threats

OO Bloomberg News Today Announces Site Devoted To Climate Change Climate Changed, which offers easy to understand, visual explanations of climate change issues, such as the video above, and others that talk about solutions, like this.

Climate Changed gives Bloomberg a leg up on The Wall Street Journal, which rarely covers climate change, and is arguably its chief competitor in the market for prestige journalism.

MEH: Now if only the TV news shows and weather forecasters follow suit….

OO US Business Schools Need To Include Climate Change Mitigation – as part of the necessary core curriculum, because climate change is already affecting major businesses. For starters, Starbucks is bracing for a coffee shortage, as a changing climate threatens to dramatically lower coffee production.

OO ‘Drawdown’ And Global Warming’s Hopeful New Math – “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” (Penguin Books), outlines 80 solutions grouped into 7 categories:

energy; food; women and girls; building and cities;

land use; transport; and materials.

To qualify for inclusion, a solution must have proven to:

  • · reduce energy use,
  • · replace it with clean renewable energy,
  • · OR store carbon in soils or plants through regenerative farming, grazing, ocean and forest practices.

Each solution is ranked by cost-effectiveness, speed to implementation and societal benefit,

And includes:

  • · its projected savings in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,
  • · and total financial cost.

“Drawdown’s” aggregate bottom line is shockingly affordable: the net operating savings add up to $74 trillion over 30 years.

“The future is not fate-it is our choice.”

OO Want To Divest Fossil Fuels And Invest In A Clean Future? Here’s How

OO A Three-Track Strategy For Climate Mitigation promotes major campaigns to strengthen climate miigtaion, win the ideological debate, and accelerate systemic change.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Iceland’s Flora And Fauna Changing Tangibly Due To Global Warming – which will heat Iceland about 8 degrees F in coming decades, on the current course.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO CA Governor Jerry Brown: Global Warming Is Like ‘A Heroin Addiction’

OO Climate Change As Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation – argues the author. The logic grimly echoes 1930s Jews who ignored the signs of their coming demise.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

A Big Gas Problem – It Leaks as this graphic of methane leaks in Boston shows. Source NOAA, US Navy et al data at http://www.skepticalscience.com

OO Natural Gas Moves To The Naughty List – it burns cleaner than coal, but

  • · still emits climate changing pollution
  • · Its main component, methane is a far more potent climate changing gas than CO2
  • · Methane leaks from mining and distributing it help send methane levels soaring
  • · The US gas industry in 2016 emitted more emissions than coal for the first time.
  • · Green groups are gearing to stop gas fired plants
  • · Recognizing that this “bridge fuel” to clean renewable energy
  • · Must be left behind as soon as possible.
  • · The focus will be stopping gas fired plants and pipelines.

Time to surge the spread of clean renewable energy.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 04, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. As it is, much of California is now experiencing unusual warmth, as are much of the waters surrounding the US.

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

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: CO2 Levels Zooming Faster, First Protest in Space, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Brazilian treehopper, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source funganssi.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Endangered By Greed are Brazil’s forests, as corrupt lawmakers plan to open much of the conserved areas to deforestation for farms. Credit Rhett A. Butler at Mongabay.com

OO Brazil Lawmakers Moves To Cut Amazon Conservation Units By 3 Million Acres in the eastern Amazon.

  • · The winners? Brazil agribusiness.
  • · The losers? The world will lose another big carbon sink to store our pollution,
  • · and thousands more species are likely to go extinct when those forests disappear.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Under Trump, More US Children Will Die Prematurely From Asthma since his policies will worsen the air pollution that is linked to this lethal lung disease.

TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS – A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

OO Trump Gains, Science Loses Takeaways:

  • GOP Congress and Trump actions are the biggest effort yet
  • to cut basic US environmental protections,
  • Via a mix of executive actions, new laws, and budget cuts.

US Extreme Weather Disasters So Far In 2017 Have Cost A Record $5 Billion Credit Rick Meyer at UPI

  • Meanwhile, irreversible sea rise and loss of valuable species continue,
  • And US fiscal costs are escalating from climate change effects.
  • Putting environmental efforts on hold for 4-8 years is unthinkable for mnay scientists.
  • “We are in an emergency state for the planet,” said a global change biologist at Stanford University.

“The problem is not climate change alone. Pervasive pollution, invasive species, habitat loss and mass extinctions have swelled into critical problems within the United States and globally. Each compounds the other, and all are amplified by climate change.”

Credit Patrick Chappate at the New York Times

For a summary of the environmental disaster Trump and the GOP are creating, check out:

OO 8 Major Trump Executive Actions On Environment

OO 18 Proposed Rule Eliminations Through The Congressional Review Act

OO What’s At Stake In Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts – they go far beyond climate change, affecting clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.

OO Scientists Fear Climate Data Gap As Trump Aims At Satellites

And…

Under Trump, More US Babies Will Die Prematurely From Asthma since his policies will worsen the air pollution that is linked to this lethal lung disease.

Tracking Trump’s Treachery: Environmental Deregulations – the Columbia Law School (NY) keeps an ongoing track of Trump’s efforts, abetted by the GOP, to cut environmental protections:

OO Climate Deregulation Tracker – All Updates as of this writing, there are 47 of them.

OO G7 Climate Change Statement Failure Blamed On US which has ‘reservations’, even as Trump dismantles Obama’s ‘clean power plan’.

OO Signatories To Paris Climate Agreement In Dispute Over Financing –

A gap of at least $40 Billion in financing commitments

  • · hampers efforts to combat climate change,
  • · signatories to the Paris agreement have warned,
  • · as they try to keep the agreement going
  • · despite doubts over US support under President Donald Trump.

OO Trump’s Dirty Climate Demands Roil US Allies Documents show the administration pushed other G-7 countries to embrace larger roles for nuclear power and fossil fuels. They refused.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Legendary Climate Scientist Likes A GOP Proposal On Global Warming James Hansen, the “father of climate change awareness,” wants the same carbon fee–and-dividend strategy proposed by Republicans.

OO In Generational Shift, College Republicans Poised To Reform Party On Climate Change

“Climate change is really real and really alarming to me personally,” said Grace Woodward, the College Republicans’ president.

OO Salt Lake City Publishes Plan To Combat Climate Change, Carbon Pollution

The Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski have jointly published a plan to tackle climate change and carbon pollution after both made a promise last year to hit sustainability benchmarks by 2040.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO After Hyping Itself As Antidote To Fake News,

New York Times Hires Extreme Climate Denier New columnist Bret Stephens dismisses as “imaginary” the climate reality routinely reported by the Times. MEH: The NYT elsewhere defended its decision, saying “millions” agree with him. MEH: The same could be said for many fiction writers — I vote for Margaret Atwood!

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HOT NEWS

OO March Was Second Hottest On Record Globally It followed the second hottest February and third hottest January, showing just how much Earth has warmed from the continued buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

OO Atmospheric CO2 Levels Accelerate Upwards, Smashing Records despite data indicating a leveling of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

  • · The last two years had “unprecedented” increases of CO2,
  • · The primary driver of global warming, fueling disruptive climate changes and ocean acidification,
  • · According to the latest CO2 data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wildfires Send Plenty of CO2 Into the Atmosphere and have been increasing globally as the planet heats up.

The increase could be due to:

  • · Errors in estimating fossil fuel emissions;
  • · Increasing CO2 emissions from other sectors: agriculture, deforestation, undetected leaks, industrial pollution, for ex.;
  • · Climate change creating feedback cycles that increase CO2, such as: wildfires, melting permafrost.
  • · Our major CO2 sinks, the oceans and biosphere, may be absorbing less CO2. These sinks will eventually fill up.

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MELTDOWN

Vast Melting of Permafrost Is Already Occurring in Siberia creating a landscape of melt lakes.

OO Global Warming Could Thaw Far More Permafrost Than Expected, about 20% more, a new study says. Takeaways:

  • · Permafrost is landscape covered with frozen soil – nearly 6 million sq miles currently;
  • · It is estimated to store more carbon than is in the entire atmosphere.
  • · 40+ % of that could thaw even with just a 2 degrees C warming, a Paris climate accord goal.
  • · 30+% could thaw with a rise of 1.5 C.

Why care? If that much permafrost thawed, it would release enough climate changing gases to substantially speed global warming further.

Siberian Cities Face Collapse by 2050 as the permafrost beneath them melts. Source siberiantimes.com

· The thaw would also melt the ground beneath the homes of 35 million people.

OO Global Warming To Melt An India-Size Area Of Permafrost Each Degree WarmerTakeaways:

  • · As permafrost melts, organic matter decompose,
  • · Releasing climate-changing gases.
  • · Just a single degree C rise in temperature
  • · Will melt vast areas, releasing vast amounts of climate changing gases.

Related:

OO Global Warming Will Melt An Area Bigger Than AUSTRALIA

When The Wind Blows, The Sea Ice Will Break… especially if warming has thinned the ice already. Source Earth Nullschool

OO Brutish High Pressure System Wrecked Already Thin Arctic Sea Ice recently, creating a broad clockwise pattern of winds that shattered ice already thinned by unusual warming. Another climate-feedback cycle helping to destroy the ice and further fuel warming: stronger, more extreme weather.

OO Arctic Ice In Retreat The effects of climate change can be felt growing slowly but subtly in most parts of the world as temperatures inch up and extreme weather occur more frequently.

Prelude To A Huge Iceberg? Source satellite images via Stef Lhermitte at twitter

OO Scientists Just Found A Strange, Worrying Crack In One Of Greenland’s Biggest Glaciers – It portends a huge iceberg in coming years, weakening the bulwark that keeps roughly a foot of sea level rise stored in the Petermann Glacier in check on Greenland.

OO As Permafrost Melts, Uncovered Mammoth Tusks Boom Ivory Trade MEH: I can see Stephen Colbert making hay with this one… climate is upending humanity but, hey, want to buy some ivory?

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Saudis To Seek Bids For 700-Megawatt Wind And Solar Projects as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

OO China Solar, Wind To Attract $780 Billion Investment By 2030 – Research Report

China’s wind and solar sectors could attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($780+ billion) in investment between 2016 and 2030 as the country tries to meet its renewable energy targets.

OO Electricity’s Carbon Footprint In US Shrinks, Sets Record

Source econews.com.au

OO Countries Cut Carbon By Putting A Price On It Carbon taxes and cap-and-trade are two ways countries around the globe are using economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gases. They’re based on a simple idea: if something is made to cost more, there’ll be less of it produced.

OO The Quest To Capture And Store Carbon – And Slow Climate Change — Just Reached A New Milestone with the launch of the first US large scale facility combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage.

India Mines the Sun, Rather Than Coal with a national program encouraging the growth of solar power.

OO India Pivots Away From Coal-Fired Power chased by drought, rising costs, and clean technology; the world’s third-largest coal user joins China and US in a shift from black fuel.

OO After Years Of Soaring Growth, Asia’s Fuel Demand Falters

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@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Is Climate Change Affecting Us Now? Here’s a sampling:

  • · REGIONAL CONFLICTS: Climate change has increased drought in the middle east, and has contributed to the rise of ISIS, the destabilization of the middle east, and millions of Syrian and other refugees desperately fleeing to other countries.
  • · MIAMI IS SINKING: Many parts are already experiencing sea water regularly flooding at merely high tides, as a result of rising sea levels.
  • · FARMERS ARE UNDER STRESS: and trying to adapt to climate changes but with an increase in frequency and severity of drought and heavy rains, these extremes make getting crops difficult. Already crops are shifting north in the northern hemisphere.
  • · PINE BEETLE DEVASTATING FORESTS: The Pine Beetle has shifted further north with warmer winters and exploded with longer summers that allow it to reproduce 2-3x more, devastating extremely large pine forests from the US to Canada, and causing significant economic and environmental fallout.
  • · WILDFIRES ARE INCREASING: Wildfires are becoming more frequent, more severe and covering more ground due to climate change. This is killing people, burning communities out, reducing air quality substantially over major areas of continents, costing quite a lot, and adding climate changing emissions.
  • · INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE UP: Insurance companies have been paying out a lot more claims due to climate change, and thus hiking their premiums and rates. They see that climate change results in extreme weather events, causing significant economic damage. This forces insurers to adapt and lobby for change.

As Drought Envelops Africa, Many Are Starving Source yournewswire.com

  • · HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE ALREADY DYING ANNUALLY: A UN organization tasked with monitoring the impacts of climate change calculates that climate change is already causing 400,000 premature deaths a year.
  • · PERMAFROST IS MELTING: Northern communities housing 35 million people are built on permanently frozen ground, permafrost, which is already occurring, destroying buildings and infrastructure such as roads. Permafrost warming in parts of Alaska is accelerating.
  • · TORNADOES ARE INCREASING AND SHIFTING RANGE: occurring in clusters, increasing in destructive power and being seen further north and in different seasons, as predicted by models to occur under continued climate change. Communities without tornado experience or preparation are being hit.

No Coffee???

OO Six of Your Favorite Foods Are Threatened By Climate Change – they are:

  • · Coffee – yields are down globally due to hotter, drier weather; the most common species could be extinct by 2080.
  • · Avocados – are weather-sensitive and slow-growing, and recent droughts have dropped yields in the two major producers, Australia and California.
  • · Mangoes – will “burn” if it’s too hot, and its major producer, India is becoming extremely hot and drier, another challenge for mango production.

No Maple Syrup???

  • · Maple syrup – relies trees freezing at night, and then thawing during the day so the sap flows down the tree. But as winters get warmer, this process is becoming disrupted, decreasing sap flow – and the sugar content.
  • · Fish N Chips – relies on cold-water fish, which are migrating further north as seas warm, dropping accessibility; they are being replaced in UK waters by squid, sardines and anchovies.
  • · Chocolate – comes from a plant that is sensitive to dryness; as the major producer (50% of global production) dries, it is wreaking havoc on the cocoa bean, meaning less, more expensive chocolate.

No Chocolate???

Scientists predict that by 2050 temperatures will be too hot for the cocoa bean to grow in the main regions that produce chocolate, likely turning it into a rare and expensive delicacy.

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OO 11% Of Chinese Deaths Due To Air Pollution Tied To US, Europe Consumer Goods –says a new study. Takeaways:

· Such pollution killed 700,000+ people globally in 2007, the most recent year with data.

· Hardest hit were Asian countries, especially China,

· Where this causes nearly 110,000 premature deaths annually.

What Yellowstone Will Be Like in 2050 Credit Hannah Rothstein

OO Artist Shows What Climate Change Will Do To Our National Parks where the creep of change is playing out in places that Americans want to preserve for the enjoyment of future generations. MEH: That bear was drawn from a real photograph of actually a polar bear I’ve seen the photo.

OO Climate Change Is Ruining Farmers’ Lives, But Only A Few Will Admit It

King Tide in San Francisco Bay Source blog.savesfbay.org

OO Sea-Level Rise In California Could Be Catastrophic a new study says, with a 60+% chance of a 3+ foot sea rise by 2100 under business as usual.

OO Unless Emissions Drop, Much Of Coastal Louisiana Will Be Swamped – A few weeks ago President Donald Trump announced a trade: A few thousand temporary jobs for West Virginia coal miners in exchange for letting the Gulf of Mexico drown much of south Louisiana over the next 50 years.

OO Climate Change Is Hitting Home, And It’s Not Fair

  • · Polls show that most Americans think climate change is happening,
  • · But not affecting them.
  • · Untrue,
  • · but climate change is affecting the poor more than others worldwide.

OO Loss Of Coral Reefs Caused By Rising Sea Temperatures Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally – Loss of Great Barrier Reef alone could cost north Queensland 1m visitors a year, imperiling 10,000 jobs and draining $1 Billion from economy.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Mission 2020 campaign by former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres urges decisive action to curb emissions by 2020 on six fronts

Don’t Be Late!

OO Ex UN Climate Chief Campaigns For Decisive Action To Curb Emissions By 2020 On 6 Fronts – Christiana Figueres has started the Mission 2020 campaign with a decarbonization roadmap to reach these 2020 goals:

  • · Energy: Renewables will need to outcompete fossil fuels worldwide
  • · Transport: Zero emission transport options will be chosen in major cities and transport routes
  • · Infrastructure: Cities and states will be using plans to fully decarbonize infrastructure by 2050

How Palm Oil Fuels Climate Change: Deforestation Credit Matthias Klum

  • · Land Use: Large-scale deforestation to be replaced by land restoration; agriculture shifts to earth-friendly practices
  • · Industry: Heavy industry commits to being Paris-compliant
  • · Finance: Investment in climate action is $1+trillion per year, and all financial institutions have a disclosed transition strategy

Businesses and governments only have three years to act to steer away from a course that will lock in the most devastating impacts of climate change, says the campaign.

Verticaal Farming Is Sprouting Worldwide but it has its limits – imagine trying to grow wheat… Source http://www.newscientist.com

OO Eight Ways Cities Are Building Climate Resilience Takeaways:

  1. · Vertical farms indoors use a fraction of the energy and water needed by outdoor farms.
  2. · Using historical data to prevent flooding
  3. · Smart energy grids save money
  4. · Low-impact development standards for cities retains water and cools the city.

Local Nature Preserves Can Help Preserve Cities Source naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov

  1. · Use local natural systems like wetlands for water management.
  2. · Create urban ecosystem to supply important services like water management.
  3. · Give rivers more flood room so they don’t flood cities.
  4. · Account for climate change in planning city infrastrcture.

OO Next 10 Years Critical For Achieving Climate Change Goals says a new study. To have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, humanity needs to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking within the decade.

OO Project Drawdown Aims To Reverse Global Warming – this new book offers a pathway to get to the point where greenhouse gases peak in the atmosphere and begin declining by 2050.

OO Forget Dow Jones: Report On Climate Daily says Canadian star environmentalist David Suzuki to journalists.

OO Anatomy Of Climate Change Misinformation:

Heartland Institute’s Climate Denial Campaign Into Schools – they mailed a climate denial book to 25,000 US teachers around the US. How and why did they do it? What is the chief motivation? What are the techniques they employ to cast doubt on climate science? Check out more here.

Cover Cropping Helps Soil Absorb Carbon Source maumeeag.osu.edu

OO Joining The Fight Against Climate Change Would Help Farming Thrive – Farmers have the political clout necessary to influence environmental and climate change policies.

What can farmers do to help?

  • · planting cover crops,
  • · extending crop rotations or eliminating tillage;
  • · Help leverage the Congressional 2018 farm bill to fund green farming incentives.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Global Warming Could Make Hurricane Intensify More Quickly,

Making Forecasting More Difficult a new study suggests.

OO Great Barrier Reef Further Harmed By Run-Off Pollution From Cyclone Debbie – yet another sting, this time from the tail from Cyclone Debbie, with fresh run-off pollution from torrential rains sweeping into Great Barrier Reef water, smashing many corals.

OO Liana And Other Vines Impeding Carbon Storage In South American Rainforests – and Central American ones, too, as they proliferate under global warming.

“Once There Was A Butterfly…” may be what our future children will only know of many of these beautiful creatures, such as this English Peacock Butterfly. Source greenreview.blogspot.com

OO UK: Disastrous 2016 Data Show Butterflies Are ‘Failing To Cope’ With Climate Change and the pollution causing it:

  • · 40 out of nearly 60 species declined in 2016, with the survival on some in doubt.
  • · Three quarters of UK butterflies have declined over the last 40 years.

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SPEAKING OUT

Get the BIG Picture, Trump? Source The Autonomous Space Agency Network

OO ‘First Protest In Space’ Targets Trump With An Astronaut’s Famous Words originally used when viewing Earth from the moon: “You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a b****.’ “

OO UK: Lawyers Sue Government To Produce Plan To Fight Climate Change – as is now required by law. The government has 21 days to produce a plan or face legal action.

OO Emerging Nations Urge Rich Countries To Honour Climate Finance Pledges China, Brazil, India and South Africa have urged industrialised countries to honour financial commitments made in Paris in 2015 to help developing countries fight against global climate change.

Take It Away said the judge to the pipeline company, after hearing the case of the native Americans. Source iStock

OO Oklahoma: Tribal Members Defeat Natural Gas Pipeline Company – forcing the company to remove a pipeline they had installed on their lands.

OO Why Scientists Are Fighting Back: We’ve Had Enough Of Trump’s War On Facts

“the principle that demonstrable facts and evidence – not fake news, alternative facts, supposition or innuendo – must form the backbone of public decisions. It is what separates a democracy from a theocracy, monarchy, or dictatorship, all forms of government in which “the truth” is whatever the ruler says it is…”

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LET’S MARCH!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for action on the climate on April 29, 2017.

On April 29, NRDC will march for our communities, our climate, and for the well-being of our families and future generations. Will you join us?
NRDC Apr 17

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • · push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • · reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • · Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • · Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Coal Ash Pollution in North Carolina, Source WaterKeeper Alliance Inc at flickr

OO Tennessee: 2 Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard, Coal Ash, To Light Coal ash, the hazardous byproduct of burning coal to produce power, is a particularly insidious legacy of the nation’s dependence on coal: 100+ million tons are produced every year.

OO BP Struggles To Control Damaged Well In Alaskan Arctic

Source foodandwaterwatch.org

OO Our Most Iconic National Parks Are In Danger Of Becoming Oil And Gas Drilling Hot Spots under Trump’s 19th executive order, titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which may also make it easier for energy companies to drill in America’s national parks.

OO Methane Leaks From Canada Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances

And researchers call for effective monitoring in Canada.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, April 25, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

Much of the US and waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures.

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

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

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

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

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: Its Depressing Effects, Marching For Climate, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this beautiful Brazilian tanager, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Dario Sanches at flickr.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO How To Stop Deforestation: ‘Indigenous People Are The Best Park Rangers.’ Forests soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection? Their inhabitants know best, studies show.

OO Forests Offer Cool Way To Ease Climate Fears New global database of trees affirms the need for greater conservation and protection of forests to slow the pace of global warming.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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NEW SOCIAL THREAT: COMPLACENCY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Clean Power Is A Good Start… but humanity needs to make far more substantial changes that involve creating sustainable populations and economies, and regrowing forests, if we are to prevent civilizational collapse from climate change.

OO Complacency Threatens Climate Change Action says a leading academic.

  • · Besides oil companies wanting to delay real action,
  • · Academics, journalists and even some green groups also foster complacency,
  • · By promoting that renewable power or other simple solutions can tackle global warming.
  • · Humanity has only a 5% chance of keeping global warming below the 2 C Paris climate agreement goal under current national action pledges.

One Child Families: A Humane Way to Make Exploding Populations Sustainable

MEH: The far more substantial changes needed are:

  • · attaining sustainable population levels
  • · that run on sustainable, not growing, economies,
  • · and regrowing our forests to store carbon.

OO General Electric: Talking About Climate Action, But Not Doing So – Takeaways:

  • · Some US companies publicly defy Trump, calling for climate action, without doing so themselves,
  • · Trying to “greenwash” themselves and improve company profits via public approval.
  • · About 66+% of the US public will not support companies that appear to hurt the environment.
  • · Buy American, yes, but check that companies back up their talk with action.

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WATER, MORE OR LESS

OO California: Drought’s Over; But Climate Change Isn’t MEH: and if you count groundwater as part of our water budget, then we’ll be in drought for decades, until our aquifers replenish. Meantime, we have a far smaller agricultural safety net for the next drought…

OO California Snowpack Healthy Again, But Warming Looms Large – at 160% of normal levels, officials now face potential flooding as snowmelt runs into streams and reservoirs already swollen with winter rains.

OO Six Images Show What Happened To California’s Drought The state’s surface water drought was erased this winter after massive storms dumped precipitation. Here’s a look at what challenges lie ahead – like preparing for the next drought.

It’s Fine Until The Rains And Tides Come… to the exploding cities in the Pearl River delta. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times, modified

OO Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities – exploding development and populations are colliding with climate change in the Pearl River Delta.

Climate change, and land sinking under ever more development, are creating ever more intense and damaging floods, and tidal surges.

OO Vital Groundwater Depleted Faster Than Ever Globally – Global use of irreplaceable groundwater is exhausting the supply so fast that researchers say it will drive up food prices and hit international trade.

OO Peru’s Floods Follow Climate Change’s Deadly Extreme Weather Trend – an unusual coastal El Niño drove Peru’s deluge, in another signal that weather extremes are becoming wild cards as climate change warms the oceans.

OO The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces A Multitude Of Threats under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater intrusion downstream.

OO Climate Change Hits Alaska’s Rural Water And Sewer Systems

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ What Trump’s Climate Policies Mean For Global Warming – check it out: a good quick GRAPHIC summary of how:

  • · the US will lose out to other countries that take the lead,
  • · even as the US promotes policies that will only worsen climate change –
  • · and increase its economic damage and threat to US businesses and citizens.

OO Trump’s Policies Will Only Accelerate Climate Change and a warmer planet may not be able to return to the balance we once enjoyed.

OO “America First” Doesn’t Cut It When Fighting Global Warming – it’s not just wrong, but reckless.

Nature doesn’t distinguish the US from the rest of the planet, so we’re suffering from climate change, and will suffer far more, if we don’t take action.

Home to Caribou and Polar Bears – And In Trump’s Bullseye

OO Trump Preparing Order To Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

OO Opening Arctic For Drilling Is Trump Priority, key senator says.

OO Climate Change Would Swamp Trump’s Border Wall as rising seas lift the adjacent Rio Grande River, flooding it.

The Train Just Left — For Good in 220 cities, if Trump has his way. Mass transit keeps climate changing transport emissions down.

OO Trump To Defund Amtrak Train Service To 220 US Cities which would lose all passenger train service per Trump’s budget, creating a nightmare scenario for people who depend on passenger rail, transit, commuter rail, and even regional air service, from Wall Street to Main Street.

OO Renewable Energy Cuts Affirm Administration’s Motives: Pro Fossil Fuels Industry

OO The Regulatory Wrecking Ball – Trump has signed 11 deregulatory measures so far, creating extensive wreckage. 18 more rollbacks are planned.

OO Trump Plan To Slash EPA Budget Goes Even Deeper new memo shows, proposing to cut $2.5 billion, gutting all climate research and partnerships to cut industry emissions.

One Way Trump Is Killing US Babies – rolling back pollution limits will increase cases of asthma, which is strongly linked to US fossil fuel pollution, and has killed US babies and toddlers, who are especially vulnerable to harm from pollution.

OO Trump Plan Would Slash EPA Vehicle Testing Budget including for vehicle emissions and fuel economy but will seek to raise fees on industry to pay for some testing, says the plan.

OO EPA Reportedly Eliminates Program Helping Cities Deal With Climate Change

OO EPA Chief Says Paris Climate Agreement ‘Bad Deal’ For US

The United States should continue to be “engaged” in international climate change discussions but the Paris climate change agreement is a “bad deal” for the country, the head of the EPA said Sunday. Reuters. Apr 03

OO Climate Change Booted From US-China Agenda Under Trump unlike his predecessor.

OO While America Launches Missiles, China Quietly Leads On Climate Change

OO What President Trump Can Learn About Climate Change From President Xi China is:

· moving away from fossil fuels to renewable power,

· making major commitments to reduce both choking smog and climate-changing carbon emissions

It’s a Question of Vision: Which Do You Prefer? Under Trump, the Bureau of Land Management page literally went black, with a coal seam.

OO Public Lands Agency Changes Website From Family Visiting A Park To Black Coal the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees nearly 260 million acres of land, including ecologically vital conservation areas, has changed the image on its homepage from a scenic park vista to a massive wall of coal.

RESISTING TRUMP

Chesapeake Bay Is Worth Saving – A Mecca For Oysters and Wildlife Credit Andrew Morrell

OO Pennsylvania Resists Fed Efforts To End Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, Climate-Change Pollution

OO This Time Congress Is Not Helping Trump Destroy The Planet – He’s not happy about that.

OO New York, Other States Take On Trump Over Energy Efficiency Cuts saying his suspension of rules to improve appliance energy efficiency is illegal.

Credit Anja Hoffman at twitter.com

OO Trump Has Scientists Mad Enough To March On Earth Day – By marching for truth, scientists are not being political – they are merely doing their job.

OO EPA Watchdog Could Spark Internal Clash Over Pruitt’s Climate Denial – the agency’s scientific integrity officer, an ex environmental advocate, is tasked with evaluating EPA chief’s statements denying CO2 drives global warming.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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LET’S MARCH – TWICE!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for science on April 22nd, and for the climate on April 29th one week later.

OO April 22: Energy Grows For Worldwide March For Science,

As Trump Wages War On It – Nearly 400 marches in 37 countries will take place on April 22, demonstrating global resistance to Trump agenda.

AND …

@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here

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HOT NEWS

OO We’re Creating A Perfect Storm Of Unprecedented Global Warming If we do not reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, by 2100 the Earth will be as hot as it was 50 million years ago in the early Eocene, with CO2 levels over twice as much as today, shows a new study.

Green Plants Stored CO2 Over Millions of Years … And Now We’re Releasting It, As the Sun Gets Warmer…

OO Intensifying Sun And Increased CO2 A ‘Double-Whammy’ For Climate Change Takeaways:

  • · Over the past 400 million years, the sun has been intensifying
  • · and Earth has only escaped a frying because
  • · plants sucked up the extra carbon dioxide,
  • · reducing the heat caught in the atmosphere.

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  • · But now, we’re changing that,
  • · Literally putting CO2 back into the air
  • · By burning ancient dead plants, which comprise fossil fuels.
  • · Meanwhile, the sun keeps intensifying: both effects* will
  • · Warm the Earth more than previously thought.

*MEH: there is a substantial difference in the scale of change each can affect on our atmosphere: human activities that pump CO2 into the air at a huge rate are going to change the planetary heat balance over the next century far faster, especially with the help of natural feedback cycles that further add to the warming, than the changing intensity of the sun…

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MELTDOWN

OO Arctic Ice Is Melting From Above and Below:

Global Warming Is Literally Turning The Arctic Ocean Inside Out and speeding the melting of Arctic ice, a major planetary thermal shield – without it, Earth will warm much faster.

Takeaways from new research:

  • · Unlike the Atland and Pacific, the Arctic Ocean gets warmer with increasing depth.
  • · Because it is fed by heavier, saltier, warmer Atlantic water from the south, that stays deep normally.
  • · But as Arctic ice melts, the exposed surface is mixed by winds that
  • · Bring warmer water to the surface and speed melting of remaining ice.

“ The ocean’s role in sea ice retreat, it used to be minimal, but as sea ice retreats it’s one of those positive feedback mechanisms,” a researcher said. “And we’re talking a lot of heat in the Atlantic layer, it could melt all the ice in the Arctic if it were to pop up to the surface.”

Spectacular Calving of Glaciers and Icebergs Illustrate the Grand Global Melt Source Wodernvision 420 at Youtube

OO Fire And Ice: Tambora, Receding Glaciers And The Birth Of Modern Climate-Research

Glaciers worldwide have experienced a constant retreat. The general trend shows even a stronger acceleration in the last 30 years, causing concern among scientists.

OO The Massive Crack In The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Hanging On By A 12-Mile ‘Thread’ and once that breaks, it will release yet another massive iceberg signalling the continuing melt of ice at both poles from a heating planet.

OO The World’s Snowiest Place Is Starting To Melt in the mountains of northwestern Japan, which have long received up to 125 feet of snow a year—but that’s starting to change.

Credit Lisa McKeon

OO Documenting Glaciers In The Dying Days Of Ice in Montana’s Glacier National Park, as climate change hastens their end.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Renewables Cut Europe’s Carbon Emissions By 10% In 2015 – A surge in the use of wind and solar energy helped Europe to cut its fossil fuel consumption, says a new report.

OO More Renewable Energy For Less: Capacity Grew In 2016 As Costs Fell The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016 while spending less on clean energy development, says a new report.

OO Green Power: Wave Of The Future The price of renewable energy – especially solar power – continues to tumble, and the result is more green power generating capacity for fewer dollars.

OO Made In America: Trump Embracing Offshore Wind? Without officially fanfare, the Trump administration is deciding that the windmills can be made here after all.

OO Where The US Energy Storage Industry Is Happening Now – 5 US states have the potential to become energy hub and dominate the energy storage boom, bringing together workers, universities, entrepreneurs, benefactors and favorable policies: California, Nevada, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina.

OO New Energy Goes Mainstream As Majors Muscle In Utilities are grabbing share of renewables from smaller developers.

Both Scotland and California Pursue Clean Energy Vigorously so the pairing isn’t all that surprising.

OO California And Scotland Join Forces To Fight Climate Change

OO Appeals Court Upholds California’s Anti-Greenhouse Gas Program

OO Kenya: Solar Micro-Grids Boost Fortunes Of Lake Victoria Fishermen – solar power has help boost public access to electricity to 60% in Kenya, up from 27 % three years before.

OO The End Of Coal: EU Energy Companies Pledge No New Plants From 2020 Europe’s energy utilities have rung a death knell for coal, with a historic pledge that no new coal-fired plants will be built in the EU after 2020.

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OO Australia: Coalition Supporters Back Quicker Shift To Renewable Energy unlike their national leader.

OO Ontario’s First Cap-And-Trade Auction Sells Out Current Allowances,

Signals a Strong Start For the New Carbon Market but the real test of the system will be in the emission reductions it brings about.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Source familyfarmalliance.org

OO Analyzing How Climate Change Will Affect Farm Work A new analysis indicates:

  • · Farmers will have to plant earlier in the spring;
  • · Overall, huge changes will force a major rethinking of how to farm.

OO Farming Becoming Riskier Under Climate Change

OO Hawaii: A Brain-Invading Parasite Appears To Be Spreading Due To Climate Change – Takeaways:

  • · health officials warn residents not to touch snails or slugs with bare hands
  • · due to an increase in cases of people contracting a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm.
  • · Once the nematode worm invades the brain, death often results.
  • · Other states where it has recently popped up include California, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.

OO “Ecoanxiety”: Climate Change Is Causing PTSD, Anxiety, And Depression On A Mass Scale

– even suicide in some cases:

  • · Eco-disasters, both short term (eg hurricanes) and longterm (eg, drought, sea level rise) are causing mental trauma.
  • · Responses to climate change, including conflict avoidance, fatalism, fear, helplessness, and resignation are growing.
  • · Longterm disasters will cause significant chronic mental problems says a new study.
  • · These responses in turn are delaying national action on climate change.

OO Study: Climate Change Could Increase PTSD, Suicide, And Depression

OO Depressed About Climate Change? There’s A 9-Step Program For That

  • · Groups for coping with grief and anger from environmental destruction are forming;
  • · These help people to not be overwhelmed by anger but channel it productively.
  • · These groups can help create seeds of action.

@@ TORNADO TWINS & TRIPLETS!!! Unusual tornado family of May 24, 2016 is a great real time view of how tornadoes form and even split into 2 or more… compelling! This is Part 2 of a 3-part series of these tornadoes on May 24, 2016: view the equally compelling Part 1, The Ultimate Tornado Up Close and Part 3, Creepy Tornado Siren.

OO Tornadoes Striking At Record Pace In US So Far This Year Takeaways:

  • · The number of US 2017 tornadoes is climbing at a record pace.
  • · Powerful storm systems hit the West Coast,
  • · then head towards central and eastern U.S.,
  • · Creating tornadoes and other extreme weather events.

@@ How Soon Will We Use Up Our Carbon Budget For 1.5C Of Global Warming? 4 Years.

OO New Study Links Carbon Pollution To Extreme Weather Extreme weather can occur due to direct heating from global warming, but also, new research shows, from large-scale changes to the atmosphere and oceans:

  • · As global warming weakens the Arctic jet stream,
  • · It loops into the temperate zone, like the US, and stagnates weather systems,
  • · Causing flooding or heatwaves on the land beneath, depending on whether
  • · The system is a wet or hot, dry one.

When Biodiversity Is Threatened, So Are We

OO Climate Change Impacting ‘Most’ Species On Earth, Even Down To Their Genomes indicates 3 new studies:

  • · Species are changing genetically in response to climate change,
  • · But that doesn’t mean they are adapting successfully to it.

“In many instances genetic diversity is being lost due to climate change, not just in nature but also in resources that human’s depend on such as crops and timber,”

OO Climate-Driven Species On The Move Are Changing (Almost) Everything Climate change is driving a universal major redistribution of life on Earth.

OO Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Global Plant Growth – Scientists compiling a record of the atmosphere based on air trapped in Antarctic ice found that rising carbon dioxide has accelerated plant growth.

OO Brazil: Climate Change, Deofrestation Help Spread Lethal Monkey Virus killing both humans and many members of endangered species of monkeys.

OO Cambodia: Angkor Wat’s Ancient Collapse From Climate Change Has Lessons For Today

The powerful civilization was hammered into oblivion by drought and floods, underscoring the connections between climate and people, shows new research.

OO ‘Disaster Alley’: Australia Could Be Hit By A New Wave Of Climate Refugees a U.S. defense expert warns as people flee low-lying Pacific islands, a precursor to ‘climate-exacerbated water insecurities’ that could trigger wider conflict.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Credit Joel Pett at USA Today

OO Instead of the Threat of Climate Change, Promote the Economic Upside of Its Solutions

Embracing energy efficiency and a low-carbon economy promotes:

  • · Jobs
  • · National security
  • · Human health

MEH: BUT SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE: understanding the cascading threat of climate change helps speed action to a rate that prevents catastophic damage – which could overwhelm our society if we do not act fast enough.

OO It’s Good Business For Cities To Prepare For Climate Change

“As the impacts of climate change become more significant, cities’ resilience will become a factor of competitive advantage…”

OO India: Switching To Vegetables, Oranges And Papaya Could Help Save Water India could save water and reduce planet-warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits like melon, oranges and papaya to their diet while reducing wheat and poultry, researchers said on Wednesday. Reuters.

OO Farms Could Slash Pesticide Use Without Losses, Research Reveals

The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on most farms.

OO India: Court Says Glaciers And Rivers Are ‘Living Entities.’

Could The Same Approach Work In The US? As Indian glaciers retreat, Indian judges have moved aggressively to protect them.

UK: Diesel Pollution Now At Crisis Levels Source http://www.telegraph.co.uk

OO Make Car Makers, Not Drivers, Pay For The Diesel Crisis, experts say, as they do in Germany and France.

OO Salt, Silicon Or Graphite: Energy Storage Goes Beyond Lithium Ion BatteriesTechnologies that use gels, liquids, and molten silicon or salt could all claim a slice of the growing renewable energy storage market.

Our National Heritage Is Worth Its Maintenance and gives Americans far more happiness than any of Trump’s assets. Source US Interior Department

OO US Park Service Deserves A Bigger Check Americans love their parks and bringing the parks to full flower is a win-win-win not only for the jobs and national pride the project would generate but the political popularity that would accrue to those who made it happen.

OO Engaging The Unengaged On Climate Change – people who do not seek out information about environmental trends and their consequences. This great challenge can start within our own, personal networks.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO How Frozen Farmers’ Fields Are An Unexpected Culprit In Climate Change, according to a new study. When thawing, a vast expanse of farmers’ fields across Canada burp significant amounts of a potent climate changing gas, nitrous oxide into the air.

‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across 8,000km

OO Great Barrier Reef At ‘Terminal Stage’: Scientists Despair At Latest Coral Bleaching Data Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found.

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SPEAKING OUT

Paris, Home of the 2016 Global Climate Accord Source frenchseams.com

OO French Foreign Minister: The World Can’t Fight Climate Change Without The US — at least, not fast enough to prevent even further catastrophic damage.

OO Montana: Church Leaders Are Begging Their Senator To Give Up Global Warming Denial

“We cannot remain silent while a U.S. senator from Montana chooses willful ignorance of the greatest threat this state has ever faced and which is already causing extreme damage…“ said the church leaders.

“The simple moral truth is that United States is by far the world’s largest historic contributor to the climate crisis and therefore bears the greatest responsibility for addressing it.”

OO US Coal Companies Ask Trump To Stick With Paris Climate Deal arguing that the accord could provide their best forum for protecting their global interests.

Source Facebook

OO With Climate Change Deniers In Charge, Time For Scientists To Step Up says noted climate researcher Kevin Trenberth, who talks about why climate scientists need to speak out in the face of the Trump administration’s denial of the facts about climate change.

OO A Timeline Of The Trump War On Science which is in full swing. Check out this interactive graphic timeline!

OO Michael Mann: Trump Must Curb Carbon Emissions By 2020

This Is Insulting, Says Award-Winning US Teacher Brandie Freeman, who used the climate disinformation packet created by the Heartland [Heartless?] Institute to show her students how some right wing organizations mislead the public on climate change. Source The Sustainable Teacher

OO US Educators Decry Conservative Group’s Climate ‘Propaganda’ Sent To Schoolteachers

Science teachers and legislators are fighting back after a conservative advocacy organization, Heartland Institute, mailed false information on climate science to thousands of school science teachers nationwide.

OO EPA Should Not Be Allowed To Dodge Clean Power Plan Ruling, Cities And States Tell Court – urging it to reject the Trump gang’s request to stall decision on cornerstone climate regulations.

We Pay The EPA To Keep Our Air, Water, and Land Clean – and under Trump, it looks like we’ll have to sue to ensure that gets done. Source news.mynahcare.com

OO EPA Staffer Leaves With A Bang, Blasting Agency Policies Under Trump In his resignation letter, longtime EPA veteran Mike Cox wrote:

“The policies this Administration is advancing are

contrary to what the majority of the American people,

who pay our salaries,

want EPA to accomplish,

“which are to ensure the air their children breath is safe;

the land they live, play, and hunt on to be free of toxic chemicals;

and the water they drink, the lakes they swim in, and the rivers they fish in to be clean.”

Ridhima Pandey’s Home State Has Been Ravaged By Climate Change and deforestation. Flash floods and landslides there killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in 2013. Source http://www.independent.co.uk

OO Nine-Year-Old Girl Sues Indian Government Over Climate Change Inaction highlighting the growing concern over pollution and environmental degradation in the country.

OO Thailand: Fishermen Protest Proposed Coal-Fired Plant: ‘The World Is Watching’ to save their livelihood and quite possibly the ecosystem of Phang Nga bay.

This Dam Kills 19 Million Fish Yearly in Tajikistan. Source Courtesty of CIF Action

OO Green Groups Condemn UN Plan To Use $130+ Millions From Climate Fund For Large Dams

warning of serious environmental consequences for the projects in Nepal, Tajikistan and the Solomon Islands.

OO Australia: Don’t Fund Coal Mine, Activists Plead With Govt Agency Environmental action groups including Greenpeace, Oxfam and GetUp have said this in a signed an open letter to Australia’s export credit agency..

OO Canada: Teachers Urge $175 Billion Pension Fund To Flex Muscle On Climate Change

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump wants to change how the EPA calculates the cost of climate change.

@@ What Is The Social Cost Of Carbon? Takeaways:

  • · The social cost of carbon tracks just how much personal or group actions impact everyone’s climate.
  • · It tracks the costs of climate damages incurred by the carbon emissions of those actions.
  • · It underpins all federal climate protections.
  • · Trump wants to get rid of it in his government.

OO Carbon Footprint Of Canada’s Oil Sands Is Larger Than Thought

OO FALSE: EPA Head Scott Pruitt’s Claim That ‘Clean Coal’ Helped Reduce Carbon Emissions

and one of the reasons carbon emissions have been reduced to pre-1994 levels. The data show clearly that switching to natural gas and the growth of clean energy were behind this reduction.

OO Coal Is On The Way Out At Electric Utilities, No Matter What Trump Says Utilities are turning to natural gas, wind and solar to create power, a roadblock to the president’s efforts to revive the coal industry.

OO Trump Declares End To ‘War On Coal,’ But Utilities Aren’t Listening

OO Queensland, Australia: Giant Coal Mine Granted Unlimited Water Licence For 60 Years The proposed Adani coal mine, which will be Australia’s biggest, has been granted unlimited access to groundwater by the Queensland government in a move farmers fear will drain huge amounts of water. Now wait for the next big drought.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

Much of the lower 48 states are experiencing unusually warm temperatures as are the waters that surround them.

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Trump Policies Kill US Babies, Business Bucks Trump, and More!

04/12/2017 07:49 pm ET

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this slug moth caterpillar in Thailand, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OOAs Thailand Ramps Up Its Palm Oil Sector, Peat Forests Feel The Pressure

  • · In Thailand, the world’s third-largest producer of palm oil, about 70 % of oil palm land is held by small-scale farmers.
  • · The government is trying to reclaim land from palm oil encroachers in the Pru Kaching peat swamp forest protected area, but it’s difficult.
  • · In order to grow crops like oil palm in peatlands, the swampy peat must be drained – which releases carbon into the atmosphere and makes the forests that overlay them more susceptible to fire.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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TRUMP POLICIES KILL US BABIES

By executive orders and legislation, Trump and the GOP are promoting policies that will increase the number of US babies dying from their effects – most notably, from asthma. How?

  • · By promoting fossil fuel burning, and removing and preventing pollution regulations,
  • · These policies will result in increased US air pollution,
  • · Of the type shown to damage lungs, increase asthma, and worsen existing asthma;

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  • · CDC data show that 51 babies, including pre-schoolers, died of asthma in 2010,
  • · And in 2007, CDC stated that US asthma was increasing.
  • · Increased US air pollution increases asthma morbidity among children.

Increasing US air pollution will increase, not prevent, the deaths of US babies.

Thus, Trump policies will continue and increase the killing of US babies.

OOTrump’s Coal Revival Will Make It Harder To Breathe and certainly harm public health.

OOTrump’s Executive Order: More Fossil Fuels, Regardless Of Climate Change

The primary aim is to:

  • unleash fossil fuel, especially coal development, by
  • undoing policies that curb pollution from power plants.

Trump boasted, “We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal,” totally without evidence, for there is no demonstration that “clean coal” is economically feasible:

OOClimate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up

Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OORepublicans Try To Eviscerate EPA:Sneaky Plan Smothers Future Environmental Regulations

  • · The recently passed GOP House bill
  • · Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act [MEH: I’m not making this up]
  • · is a pernicious attempt to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from creating rules
  • · to protect the environment and public health:

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  • · How? By insisting EPA only use scientific studies for which ALL data is publicly available and results are easily reproducible.
  • · The problem? Many public health studies use private medical data, while others contain trade secrets and industry data.
  • · And public health studies are often impossible to reproduce – as when based on past events, for ex.
  • · “Almost everything that has been done in the last 10, 11, 12 years would not pass the standards.”
  • · independent EPA studies would be hobbled, too.

This will effectively stall regulations for decades.

Welcome to the GOP-Trump World of Suicidal Stupidity.

THE BIG PICTURE

@@Species On The Move: impacts on ecosystems and human well-being.

OO The Big Picture: How Climate Change Will Change Life On Earth, And Us – As the global climate changes, human well-being, ecosystem function, and even climate itself are increasingly affected by the shifting geography of life. Takeaways:

  • · the rate at which moveable species are moving is speeding up with climate change.
  • · MEH: but even this does not guarantee long term survival
  • · species respond differently and at different rates, causing disruptions in the web of life.
  • · Disruptions can change entire ecosystems, and impact human communities.
  • · Changes in the distributions of species affect:
  • · production of natural resources required for food security,
  • · patterns of disease transmission,
  • · climate-changing carbon storage processes.

MEH: Some places will get too hot to grow important cereal crops, for ex.

More takeaways:

  • · some range shifts even create feedbacks on climate, speeding up climate change.
  • · human policies need to recognize and incorporate this information.

Related:

OO Climate Change: Global Reshuffle Of Wildlife Will Have Huge Impacts On Humanity

says a major new analysis.

Extinct from Climate Change and possibly other factors, the famed golden toad of Central America is one of many amphibians that have disappeared worldwide. Wikipedia

OOCould Global Warming Cause Extinction Of Plants And Animals? Yes Takeaways:

  • · All plants and animals have temperature ranges beyond which they cannot survive;
  • · Some species can move, but that has limits – island edges, mountaintops, etc.
  • · Many species depend on others: when coral reefs die, so do many other dependent species.
  • · Climate change is evolving too fast for many (MEH if not most) species to adapt.

Aliens Threaten A US Native – dandelions came from Eurasia but are now all over the US, even in wilderness, threatening American native plants, like this native larkspur. Thousands of different alien plants threaten our native ones, and cost us billions to eradicate. Ask the plant pesticide industry.

MEH: climate change is just one of several extinction stresses on species worldwide, as in:

  • Loss of habitat
  • Harmful alien species
  • Pollution
  • Human hunting

Often extinction is a 1-2 punch:

it starts with a major die-off from one effect, such as climate change;

the last, weakened and stressed population is killed off by another effect, likean epidemic.

How We Destroyed Paradise is how our descendants will view ruefully what our short-sighted greed did to a planet that was formerly a very friendly environment for humanity.

OOA New Era Dawns – And It Won’t Be Human-Friendly – Human mistreatment of the planet is ushering in another era and it is not going to be pleasant, says a new book. Takeaways:

  • Our rampant, irrational use of the planet and its resources,
  • including our exploitation of climate-changing fossil fuels,
  • means we are disrupting the Earth system that sustains us.

Our refusal to regulate ourselves contradicts

every modern belief about the kind of creature a human being is.

OOSeven Things To Know About Climate Change in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic, shows, with lots of graphic imagery, that:

  1. The world is getting warmer.
  2. It’s because of us.
  3. We’re sure. And over 97% of all scientists are.
  4. Ice is melting FAST.
  5. Weather is wreaking havoc.
  6. Species are being disrupted.

7. We Can Do Something About It – switch to renewable clean energy, which is as cheap or cheaper than fossil fuels already in many parts of the world. The faster we do so the more money and resources we save.

MEH: Their featured solution is switching to clean energy, but no mention of addressing “the Tyrannosaurus rex in the room”: our unsustainably growing populations.

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@@ 5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change with Bill Nye, the science guy – the best one minute summary I know, done with humor and punch.

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THE ILLUSORY PROMISE OF GEO-ENGINEERING

Okay, Buddy, Put That Test Tube Down Realllll Slow… geoengineering trades one set of somewhat understood problems, stemming from some unintended human geoengineering, for another set of which we can know little in advance. NOT a good idea.

OOTechno-Fixes For Climate Change? Not So Fast – some envision geoengineering big changes to the air or oceans to “fix” the climate changes humans have created. But, wait…

  • · humans already unintentionally geoengineered big changes – and practically no leaders or scientists predicted the climate change outcome.
  • · This illustrates geoengineering flaws : it creates monumental consequences that are almost impossible to predict.
  • · Such grand experiments are “trading one set of problems that we kind of know about,” for another of which we know little.

You can download a guide to geoengineering here.

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CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION… MORE OR LESS

OOPBS Is The Only Network Reporting On Climate Change: Trump Wants To Cut It

MEH: Maybe if we show him graphic images of dead babies killed from climate change fueled disasters…

OO I Am An Arctic Researcher. Donald Trump Is Deleting My Citations even as the Arctic warms twice as fast as the global average.

OOMajor US TV Networks Devoted 50 Minutes TOTAL In 2016 To Climate ChangeMEH: abyssmal ignorance, or subversive censorship? You judge.

Meanwhile, back in 1980, TV got it right:

@@1980: Respected TV Anchorman Informs the Public on Global Warming

OOClimate Change Skeptic Group Seeks To Mislead 200,000 US Teachers Takeaways:

  • · Heartland Institute, a libertarian climate-change-denying thinktank, mass mailed US teachers
  • · A book and DVD rejecting overwhelming scientific consensus on human driven climate change.
  • · The utter nonsense is dressed up to “look like science” and thus confuse and mislead teachers.

Spread the Word: Don’t be fooled by these evil fools!

Related:

OO(Warning) Teachers: Be On The Alert For This Anti-Science Mailing!

OOHow To Raise Climate Literacy: Address Misinformation — Case Studies – It’s an academic paper, but here are the takeaways:

Case 1. For conservative leaning students:

  • · Give an example of how Democrats were motivated to believe in nonexistent evidence:
  • · This shows that everyone is capable of indulging in “motivate reasoning”.
  • · Follow up with a reading and discussion of a piece of climate change misinformation, and its debunking.
  • · The reading should encourage students to question “seemingly” reliable information sources,
  • · And consider the full array of arguments being made regarding human driven climate change.

Education, Then Exercising It is a good way for students to critically assess claims about climate change. Source http://www.theodysseyonline.com

Case 2. For undereducated students, teach critical assessment and communication techniques:

  • · Give them the basic scientific education for understanding climate change;
  • · Assign students research assignments to examine and debunk climate myths. Takeaways:

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  • · Warn readers up front of why misleading myths are created: to delay costly action;
  • · When debunking a climate myth, replace it with a simple explanation of the reality.
  • · Remind readers that ultimately climate change harms all of us.

Tweeting The Truth of Climate Consensus – Obama played a role in reaching out and educating people on the real overwhelming scientific consensus on human driven climate change.

Case 3. Closing the Consensus Gap via Social and Mainstream Media Outreach

  • · Many are misled into believing there is confusion among scientists over climate change;
  • · Public confusion delays pressure on leaders for action;
  • · Outreach on the real overwhelming consensus of climate change needs to be constant and across media channels.

OOCongress “Science”: Committee “Show” Hearing On Climate Change – was indeed a show. Takeaways:

  • · Overall, it was “a horrendously depressing display of scientific illiteracy”,
  • · With most witnesses articulating flawed thinking in their testimony on climate change.

But there was some surprising agreement among most witnesses:

  • · Climate change is occurring and at least in part due to human activities;
  • · Trump’s proposed cuts to Earth-observing systems at NASA, NOAA, and elsewhere are stupid.
  • · “Scientific uncertainty is not going to be eliminated on this topic before we have to act.” – that is, we can’t wait until we are certain of all the details to act on an increasingly threatening process.

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LET’S MARCH – TWICE!!

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future by marching for science on April 22nd, and for the climate on April 29th one week later.

OOApril 22: Energy Grows For Worldwide March For Science,As Trump Wages War On It – Nearly 400 marches in 37 countries will take place on April 22, demonstrating global resistance to Trump agenda.

AND …

@@ 7 INSANE Effects of Climate Change in Your Lifetime – compelling, but don’t watch while eating.

OO April 29: March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Big Companies Defy Trump On Climate Change – Two years ago, 365 companies and investors — including Nestlé, General Mills, Mars, Staples, Unilever, and others — signed a petition to state governors urging them to implement the Clean Power Plan. They’re still on board, despite Trump.

OO‘Climate Change Is Real’: Companies Challenge Trump’s Reversal Of Policy

“We’re disappointed the administration has decided to roll back climate regulations such as the clean power plan and others,” said Edward Hoover, a MARS senior manager. “Corporations can’t do it alone. Governments play a critical role…”

General Electric CEO Gets Real on Climate Change – we need more people like Jeffrey Immelt.

OO In Rebuke To Trump, GE Chief Says ‘Climate Change Is Real’ and said climate change “should be addressed on a global basis through multi-national agreements” such as the 2015 Paris Agreement.

OOWhy One Powerful Republican Doubts Trump’s Climate Policy

“If they don’t get it together, we’re going to have a different administration in four years” Said the chief utility regulator of Arkansas, and a main decision maker for energy policy, now that the feds are pulling out of it.

OOPresident Trump Risks The Planet by slashing policies that would slow the onset of further catastrophic climate change.

OOTrump Moves Decisively To Wipe Out Obama’s Climate-Change Record

OOPlanned Rollback Of Climate Rules Unlikely To Achieve All Trump’s Goals

“We don’t import coal. So … this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

OONew EPA Documents Reveal Even Deeper Proposed Cuts To Staff And Programs – the new, more detailed plan calls for:

  • · laying off 25 % of its employees;
  • · scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control,
  • · and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada.

OOTrump’s ‘Insane’ Climate Change Policy Will Destroy More Jobs Than It Creates says global warming expert, by speeding up global warming, thus ensuring more catastrophic disasters for more businesses.

@@Why Climate Change Researchers Are Freaking Out Some transparency advocates fear public access to data might disappear, under Trump.

OOAs Trump Halts Federal Action On Climate Change, Cities And States Push On – A joint statement opposing Trump’s position, signed by US leaders representing voters that account for nearly $3 Trillion, says, in part:

“ to act on climate is to act in our best economic interests. Through expanded climate policies, we have grown jobs and expanded our economies while cleaning our air.”

(cut to 2:30 minutes in)

@@Want To Fix Climate Change? Just Ban The Phrase! – The ingenious way Trump et al have devised to fix climate change: ban the words out of existence! At least at the EPA. In Late Night With James Corden he suggests subs for: Climate Change — “Endless Summer” , Tornadoes — “Fun Time Twisty Wind”, and Earthquakes — “Dirt Twerks”.

Seriously, this could really turn into a fun office game…. As the Trump circuse attains new heights in entertainment!

OOForbidden Phrases At US Dept. Of Energy: Don’t Use ‘Climate Change.’ despite rising ocean levels, a shrinking Arctic ice pack, and rising atmospheric CO2 levels. It doesn’t matter to Trump. Just don’t mention it.

OOScientists Are Mad And Fighting Back Against Attacks From GOP, Trump – with a historic march, as scientists insist that policy decisions are based on careful evaluation of empirical evidence.

19th Century Climate Scientists Who Could Teach EPA Head Pruitt if only they were alive: JB Joseph Fourier, Svante Arrhenius, and John Tyndall.

OO Scientists Understood The Climate 150 Years Ago Better Than Trump’s EPA Head Today – Takeaways:

  • · 1827: Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier showed how heat entered, was trapped by, and left planets, including Earth.
  • · 1860s: John Tyndall showed how gases absorb heat differently – and that CO2 was a big absorber.
  • · 1896: Svante Arrhenius accurately predicted global warming resulting from burning fossil fuels.

All of these scientists understood the climate better than EPA head Scott Pruitt – too bad they can’t rise from the dead to inform him!

OOTrump’s War On Science Is Via His Budget Plan – a narrow-minded document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics.

OOTrump Leaves Science Jobs Vacant, Troubling Critics

  • · Departures have practically wiped out the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
  • · the staff of the White House chief technology officer has dwindled to one.
  • · No scientist attends daily briefings.
  • · Trump is apparently not interested in what science has to offer policy.

OOTrump’s Pipeline Permit Is Bad For Both The US Economy And The Environment

OOChina Poised To Take Lead On Climate After Trump’s Move To Undo Policies

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Ex GOP Senator Bob Inglis Urges GOP to Tackle Climate Change Source www.pri.org

OOClimate Converts: The Conservatives Who Are Switching Sides On Warming – a small yet growing number of Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are starting to push for action on climate.

OOFlorida Congress House Bloc: Keep Drilling Out Of Eastern Gulf of Mexico say the 17 members.

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HOT NEWS

OOExpect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change says a new study, which finds that “we still have an unacceptable number of premature deaths related to heat waves,” in megacities under continuing climate change.

Under current trends, 350+ million additional people will be exposed to heat stress by 2050.

OORare Deadly Heatwaves Could Strike Yearly Even If Global Warming Targets Are Metwarn scientists. And if they aren’t, expect even worse, killing thousands more yearly.

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MELTDOWN

Check out the first 2 minutes…

@@ Glacier Change & Sea Level Rise – via a NASA scientist. The first 2 minutes summarize how global warming will be creating major rises in sea levels. How do the ocean and ice sheets interact to drive sea level change?

OOThe Arctic Is Warm Again Because… Of Course It Is! in a story that is basically writing itself, incredibly mild air is surging into the Arctic again, cranking up the heat as melt season gets underway:

Global warming > warms Arctic > weakens jet stream, making it loop into hotter southern zones > and ship hot air into the Arctic > warming the Arctic further…

“Doorway to the Underworld” Siberian Crater Is Growing – aka Batagaika, it continues to slump and spread, along its headwall anywhere from 30 to 100 feet yearly.

OOSiberia’s Crater Is Growing Fast, Uncovering Ancient Forests from 200,000 years ago. Deforestation allowed the ground there to warm faster and melt, ultimately causing the first crater to form as the ground collapsed. Later, flooding further enlarged the crater.

Siberia is melting and changing fast as:

  • Permafrost melts, creating lakes, and
  • releasing methane sometimes explosively,
  • creating huge craters.
  • Elsewhere, tundra starts bubbling beneath people’s feet.

@@ Is A Methane Bomb About To Explode? Explosively releasing vast amounts of Arctic methane, which could dramatically speed climate warming further? The anxiety is palpable in Arctic climate scientist Natalia Shakhova’s voice (at about 5:30 minutes) in 2013 as she explains how this could happen within decades.

On the other hand, NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt indicates that data do not support a likely explosion of methane release over then next few decades.

Overall, the chances of a methane bomb:

  • are high enough to merit alarm
  • but not enough to convince a number of reputable climate scientists.
  • But it fosters a middle group of scientists who believe in a troubling, medium release of the methane* –

*not a dribble, not a bomb, but somewhere in between, of an amount of carbon (both CO2 and methane) equalling up to a third of human emissions by the end of 2100.

That’s One BIG Bubble among thousands in Siberia that are getting ready to explode climate changing carbon emissions into the air from meltiner permafrost. Source Siberian Times

OO7,000 Underground Gas Bubbles Poised To ‘Explode’ In Arctic – scientists have found in Siberia. Recently formed large craters there have already been formed by explosive releases of methane.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OOOhio: Coal Employment Falls, As Solar Jobs Double In Cleveland but that could stumble from uncertainty over Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards.

OOUK Breaks Solar Energy Record On Sunny March Weekend

OONorway’s Fossil-Free Energy Start-Ups Are Growing

OOAustralia: Ignoring Federal Govt, Canberra Takes Lead In Renewable Energy Race

OOSouth Australia To Get $1 Billion Solar Farm And World’s Biggest Battery

OOMaryland Senate Gives Final Approval To Fracking Ban

OOWhy The West Will Continue To Green Without The Clean Power Plan

  • · California will continue to lead in clean energy;
  • · Western state energy mandates will keep fueling a clean energy transition;
  • · Coal plants will continue to close for economic reasons.
  • · But progress will be slower and spottier without federal help.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OOThe Mental Health Toll Of Climate Change Could Be Dire says a new report by the American Psychological Association:

  • · besides the trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder that can occur from extreme weather disasters like flooding,
  • · an individual’s core sense of identity could be undermined due to climate change disasters,
  • · and the binds that hold societies together might be pushed to their breaking point.

OOClimate Change Can Take A Toll On Mental Health besides our physical health, new report says:

  • · most dramatically through physical loss and social displacement from climate-change fueled disasters.
  • · Prolonged exposure to hot weather makes people more aggressive and decreases their cognitive skills.

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OOThe Unspoken Climate Change Problem: Anxiety And Depression – which is becoming significant, even as other, more obvious climate change problems grow.

OOClimate Change’s Mental Health Impacts Need Care, Too – Often overlooked, the mental part of dealing with extreme weather and other climate impacts is crucial, new report says.

Haiti Contributes Little To Climate Change, But Reaps Its Damage from ever more extreme hurricanes. Source AP Images

OOWhy Is Climate Change A Moral Issue? Because although the rich contribute far more per capita to climate change, the poor suffer far more from it, having far fewer resources to adapt.

OOClimate Change Is New Challenge In Fighting Disease Outbreaks says a UN health adviser, adding that poor countries need more resources and training to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to a changing climate.

Weather, or Climate Change? Actually, both: climate change affects all weather. Think about it: if the entire planet is absorbing heat, then EVERYTHING on the planet is experiencing it, indirectly, or directly. If you heat a pot of water, ALL of the water gets heated.

OOCommunities Retreat As Oceans Swell, Coasts Erode – An exhaustive new analysis highlights an emerging migration crisis that’s worsening as global warming overwhelms shorelines.

OOCoastal Community Retreat Underway in US And Worldwide

Louisiana: As Seas Rise, This Community Must Retreat Credit William Widmer

OOAs Climate Change Threatens, US Communities Retreat From Rising Seas – As Trump dismantles climate change protections, some US coastal communities are now planning a “managed retreat” from sea rise.

OORising Sea Levels Could Decimate Southern California Beaches By 2100

Credit Eric Anderson, Associated Press

OOTornadoes Striking At Record Pace In US So Far This Year Takeaways:

  • · The number of US 2017 tornadoes is climbing at a record pace.
  • · Powerful storm systems hit the West Coast,
  • · then head towards central and eastern U.S.,
  • · Creating tornadoes and other extreme weather events.

OO Even a Conservative View of Climate Change Shows It Is Here And Now – and changing our environment FAST. MEH:

Much accepted interpretation of scientific climate research is conservative, to increase consensus.

This results in major climate change reports under-predicting the disastrous effects of continued climate change.

Deforesting Laos For Needed Chinese Timber – a truck hauls the resource back to China. Credit Hoang Dinh Nam, Getty Images

OOA Population Bomb Explodes: As Populous China Exploits Global Resources,

It Is Harming Ecosystems, Biodiversity And Climate – boosting carbon emissions globally as it deforests, mines, dams, and farms globally, even as it pursues clean energy development at home.

OOPoor Farmers – Unlike Rich – Face Uphill Battle With Pakistan’s Climate Extremes – adopting drip irrigation and laser leveling to conserve water are out of reach for poor farmers.

Beneath A Dead Blue Sea, An Ancient Tale of Future Drought lies in its sediments. Credit Yair Aronshtam via Flickr

OODead Sea Warns Of Unprecedented Mideast Drought

  • · in its 100,000 yr old sediments,
  • · which shows the area getting just 20% of moden rain levels
  • · at temperature levels, 4 C higher than 20th century levels,
  • · towards which we are rapidly headed via burning fossil fuels.

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  • · Unlike ancient times, however, 400 million people
  • · Across the Mideast and North Africa are
  • · Already on daily water rations.
  • · Imagine the resulting refugee crisis if…

A Graphic History of Mayan Climate Change And WarWikimediaCommons

OOClimate Change Incited Wars Among The Classic Maya – As summer temperatures rose, so did Mayan conflicts, finds a new study.

  • · rising temperatures have been shown to increase human aggressive instincts;
  • · rising Mayan temperatures started producing shortfalls of the main crop, corn.
  • · And large scale deforestation by an expanding population sped the heating.

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  • · Facing food shortages, rulers might have increased conflicts
  • · To distract their people from home problems, and as a tool to maintain popular support
  • · Much like modern leaders today do.

Like the Mayans, conflicts will multiply as climate change and rising temperatures continue.

Surviving Children Rescued From Lethal MudslideSource thesun.co.uk

OOColombia: Climate Change Fueled Rains, Mudslides Leave Dozens Of Children Dead – unusually warm coastal waters intensified rains that flooded a city, and resulted in mudslides from surrounding deforested slopes.

OOColombia Mudslide, Flooding Kill 254 In Midnight Deluge in the city of Macoa, brought on by extreme downpours, and deforested mountain slopes.

OOPeru: Latest Example Of Climate Fueled Extremes

  • · extreme rainfall has created major flooding episodes in coastal areas over March,
  • · 110,000+ peopl have been displaced by flooding since December;
  • · 80+ deaths have occurred.

OOStrange Things Are Happening Off The Coast Of Peru, And Thousands Are Affected – An unexpected warmup in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean is causing heavy rains to repeatedly batter Peru, causing some of the worst flooding in decades.

Heaviest Human Impacts Are Darkest and reflect a combination of detrimental factors, including climate change. Shipping lanes also leave trails of accumulated pollution. Source http://www.nationalgeoraphic.com

OOAn Oceanic X-Ray Reveals Human Impacts with a new interactive graphic by National Geographic.

  • · Researchers were shocked to find two-thirds of the ocean show increased strain from human-related factors, such as fishing and climate change.
  • · Human driven stresses —including open-sea and deep-water fishing, commercial shipping, and climate change—damage ocean habitats.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

OOWorking With The Soil Helps Mitigate Climate Change and improves crop yields. Techniques include:

  • · Eliminate plowing
  • · Use nutrient enriching cover crops to revive soil between regular crops
  • · Enrishing soil with organic matter.

OONuclear Power Is Dying. Can Radical Innovation Save It? many startups are working on innovative new reactor designs that are smaller, safer, and (hopefully) cheaper than ever.

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Testing For Rare Treasures in AshSource pratt.duke.edu

OOAppalachian Coal Mine Waste Could Provide Key Ingredients For Clean Energy using the waste as a rich ore for rare earth elements needed for clean energy and other applications.

OONew Technologies Are Shrinking Wastewater’s Hefty Carbon Footprint

OOLarge-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future as a startup builds up the battery network needed to power homes through the night.

OOLow-Carbon Energy Boosts Human And Ecological Health by cutting in half the environmental impacts of power generation by 2050 says, new research.

OOSolar Energy And Salt Water Power Vegetable Farms In The Desert – a Norwegian company is setting up a solar-powered facility in Jordan, one of the world’s most arid countries, to grow vegetables without wasting a drop of fresh water.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Imagine Leaving A Faucet On… Now Think BIG – bathrooms flood when faucets are left on, and whole areas flood when a rain system stalls over them for days.

OOClimate Change-Fueled Jet Stream Linked To Brutal Floods And Heatwaves says study.

A slowdown in planetary winds triggered recent episodes of extreme weather by stalling weather systems.

OO Extreme Weather Linked To Climate Change Impact On The Jet Stream a polar band of wind. Takeaways:

  • · The jet stream is driven by the temperature difference between the Arctic and warmer zones below;
  • · This difference decreases as the Arctic heats much faster than those zones.
  • · This slows the jet stream, causing it to meander, looping deep into warmer zones.
  • · The meandering brings frigid cold into the southern US, and sends heat into Alaska.

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  • · But slower winds also create more stationary patterns,
  • · Increasing weather pattern stalls over areas:
  • · If it’s rain, this leads to flooding;
  • · If it’s hot, sunny weather, this can become heatwaves and droughts.

Normal in 1980, Extreme Weather Now as the jet stream creates these wind paths send cold south and heat north – and stalling enough to worsen weather from normal to catastrophic. Credit Michael Mann, Penn State

Now, research shows that 6 to 8 loops in the jet stream tends to create such weather stalls, which are linked to very extreme weather events, such as:

  • · The 2003 European heatwave,
  • · The 2011 Texas and Oklahoma heatwave and drought;
  • · The 2015 California wildfires.

Related:

OOClimate Change Not Only Intensifies Weather, It Alters Its Flow

OONew Arctic Algae Is More Proof Of Global Warming – Since 2011, algae has appeared there, brought to life by the thinning ice which allows more sunlight than ever before.

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SPEAKING OUT

OOCA Gov. Jerry Brown Calls Trump’s Exec Order On Climate Change A ‘Colossal Mistake,’ and says there will be a ‘counter-movement’, predicting Trump’s actions will mobilize environmentalists in a way President Obama never could.

OORussian President Putin: Climate Change Inevitable

OOSaving The Planet From Climate Change Requires Action – Now say popular ecologist and writer David Suzuki and Ian Hannington.

  • · With rapidly accelerating climate change threatening the very future of humanity, it will take nothing short of a revolution to turn things around.
  • · The degree of hardship and sacrifice that will entail depends on the determination, speed, and comprehensiveness of our actions.

Resisitng Dirty Coal in IndonesiaCredit Jurnasyanto Sukarno at Greenpeace

OOIndonesia: Thousands Of Anti-Coal Activists March, Deliver Complaints To Anti-Graft Agency – and focused on what activists call ‘coalruption’ in Indonesia’s mining and power sectors, which pollutes communities and destroys important community natural resources.

OOMexico: Oil Drillers Face An Angry Mob In Guerrilla Country

“With machetes, with pistols, with whatever necessary, we will defend our land.”

OOGroups File Suit To Halt Keystone XL Pipeline – Native American groups and environmental advocates challeng the State Department’s approval, based on its about-face on the environmental impact.

OOMontana Tribe, Conservationists Sue US Government For Ending Coal Moratorium – on public land without consulting tribal leaders and conducting a full environmental review.

OOVatican Says Trump Risks Losing Climate Change Leadership To China and urges Trump to listen to “dissenting voices” and reconsider his position on climate change.

OOClimate Change: China Calls US ‘Selfish’ After Trump Seeks To Bring Back Coal with a state-run tabloid saying that:

No matter how hard Beijing tries, it won’t be able to take on all the responsibilities that Washington refuses to take.” So true.

OOThe Republican Assault On Climate Science Is Evil, And Evil Must Be Fought

  • · The GOP climate change position has long been an infuriating and dishonest attempt to muddy the water and delay.
  • · This week it has gone from simple dishonesty to active destruction.
  • · This is the hill worth dying on.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Tar Sands Block Canada’s Climate GoalsCredit Todd Korol

OOCanada’s Climate Change Policies Keep Its Paris Commitments Out Of Reach With no rollback in Alberta tar sands production.

OOCanada: Alberta’s Oilsands Tailings Ponds Fail Cleanup Standards

OOCook Inlet: Oil Platforms Powered By Leaking Alaska Pipeline Forced To Shut Down

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

Practically ALL of the US is experiencing unusually warm temperatures, as well as its surrounding waters.

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.comhere. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: South America Disasters, “Worse Than Poop!”, and More!

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

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Asian scorpian spiders, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Burger King Is Driving Deforestation – But YOU CAN ACT Source Rainforest Rescue

  • While Burger King poses as a “good corporate citizen”,
  • Its suppliers burn Amazon forests to make industrial soy farms to feed cattle.
  • Thus, your local Burger King restaurant is also driving deforestation.

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  • As a corporate titan Burger King could
  • demand that its suppliers produce soy feed without harming nature – but it doesn’t.

Tell Burger King to get deforestation out of its supply chain! Go here.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

Two Big Sources of CO2: Burning Forests and Raising Livestock – and sometimes they go hand in hand, as when forests are burned to raise cattle for Burger King burgers. Source National Geographic

OO Global CO2 Fossil Fuel Emissions Are Flat For 3 Years Running

– But CO2 Still Rising because CO2 also comes from:

  • Human deforestation and clearing of peatlands;
  • Human agriculture, including livestock;
  • Human transportation;
  • Natural feedback systems kick-started by global warming, for ex: melting permafrost releases CO2.

We need to cut deforestation and fossil fuel burning dramatically to bring down CO2 levels to prevent further catastrophic heating of the planet.

Source Flickr

OO South Africa: Plans To Mine Coal In Protected Area

Trigger Conservation Battle in a country that is home to some of the most ancient and diversified plants in the world.

OO Indonesia’s Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Decline by 80+ % from 2015 to 2016.

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CLIMATE-CHANGE-DRIVEN DISASTERS HAMMER SOUTH AMERICA

South America contributes little to climate change,

but now suffers disastrous droughts and floods, significantly driven by it

and poor land use choices:

Credit Esteban Felix at AP

OO Chile: Record Wildfires From Drought, Record High Temperatures,

And Land Use Changes – such as replacing fire resistant native forests with highly combustible tree farm monocultures of eucalyptus and pine trees.

OO Peru: Lethal Floods Linked to Unusually Warm Coastal Waters Takeaways:

  • 80+ dead, 1000s evacuate from worst floods in decades,
  • Which came after a severe drought,
  • And are linked to abnormally hot coastal waters.

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  • Some scientists link these temperatures to a local “coastal El Nino,”
  • While other scientists believe it is linked far more broadly to
  • Rising global warming termperatures.

Source Colombian Army

OO Columbia: Intense Rains, Local Deforestation Drive Flood Disaster in Macoa:

200+ Dead, Hundreds Missing – Takeaways:

  • Columbia President Santos blamed climate change for the disaster,
  • Saying the city got one third of its usual monthly rain in just one night.
  • This sent rivers’ overflows ripping through the city.

Additionally, local deforestation prevented local mountain slopes from absorbing the rain.

MEH: climate change intensifies both wet and dry weather; forests absorb rain, helping prevent flooding.

OO South America 2017 Autumn Forecast:

Rain To Dampen Drought, Wildfires In Chile;

Brazil Faces Unrelenting Drought Threatening Amazon

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@@ Worse Than Poop! Is a pooping-car video about climate change for kids, but I suspect even Trump and his gang could understand it – Trump does have a 6 minute attention span, doesn’t he? Anyway, it’s GREAT!!! Check it out, whatever your age, and share!

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CENSORING CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION

In the US is:

  • Misleading the public;
  • Stalling needed national action;
  • Increasing the future costs and risks of climate change –
  • And the costs of slowing it.

OO CNN Viewers See 500 % More Fossil Fuel Advertising Than Climate Change Reporting Takeaways:

  • CNN aired nearly 5 times more oil industry advertising than climate change-related coverage
  • in the one-week periods after news that 2015 was the hottest year on record
  • and February 2016 was the most abnormally hot month on record.

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That does not include dozens of Koch Industries ads that also ran on CNN,

which boosted the image of the oil billionaire Koch brothers’ primary corporation.

OO Corporate Media Was Paid To Hide Climate Change News This should not be surprising:

  • The oil and gas industry spends millions in political contributions and lobbying efforts
  • and billions in advertising each year, mostly to Republicans.
  • In return, they get favorable treatment from Washington,
  • including close to $40 billion in tax breaks each year.

Credit Dan Piraro, modified

OO Broadcast Networks Get “F” On Covering Climate Change In 2016 Combined coverage of climate change declined from 2015 to 2016 despite opportunities to do so.

Broadcast news spent less than an hour covering climate change in 2016. Takeaways:

  • the Clean Power Plan was mostly ignored;
  • climate change issues were not covered during the campaign,
  • including climate ramifications of a Clinton vs Trump presidency.

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  • Bernie Sanders brought up climate change 4x more often than show hosts did.
  • There was a disproportionate airing of climate change issues AFTER election day.

Credit Rob Tornoe

Most networks failed to::

  • address economic impacts of climate change;
  • discuss climate change impacts on national security;
  • discuss the climate change impacts of building pipelines;

Sunday talk show coverage of climate change significantly decreased.

MEH: Let’s see if they uphold their public responsibility better in 2017.

OO China Blames Climate Change For Record Sea Levels says a government study. Takeaways:

  • coastal China sea levels have been rising 3+ mm per year since 1980,
  • a greater increase than the global average.
  • The rise of sea levels has been attributed to climate change,
  • which could lead to more typhoons and coastal erosion.

“Against the background of global climate change, China’s coastal air and sea temperatures have soared, coastal air pressure has fallen and sea levels have also soared.”

Related:

SAD: Google Misleads Public on Climate Change in the interests of presenting “all points of view” – including utter nonsense.

OO Google Says Its Job Is To Promote Climate Change Conspiracy Theories – in the interest of “all points of view” on a topic.

Totally SAD and BAD, Google!

Presenting utter nonsense on climate change in the Top Stories Window, which googles controls, lends credibility to nonsense.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

OO Trump And Family Cons The Public On Climate,

While China Leads, and US Communities Tackle Climate Change

  • “Green” Ivanka urges Dad to stay in the Paris accord, which requires no US action,
  • Rather than urge him to NOT cut the Environmental Protection Agency,
  • An effective enforcer for cutting carbon emissions and pollution.

Meanwhile:

  • China is investing hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy,
  • While US communities try to tackle climate change,
  • As do city leaders around the world – with no offers of help from Ivanka or dad.

OO Bizarre: Trump Budget To Cut Many Money-Saving Environmental Programs such as weatherization of homes. WT?

OO Donald Trump Approves Climate Changing Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

OO Trump Repeal Of Climate Rules Means US Paris Target Now Out Of Reach since he will, if anything, be promoting the burning of fossil fuels, and little else.

OO Trump Lays Plans To Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy but his announcements have have zero impact,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a professor of environmental law at Harvard.

“They don’t change existing law at all.”

Much of that task will now fall to Scott Pruitt, and it will take years, including forming a legal defense against an expected barrage of lawsuits almost certain to end up before the Supreme Court.

Trump Keeps Flubbing Along … Source change.org

OO Trump Refuses To Even Measure Economic Cost Of Climate Change

OO The White House Calls Climate Research A ‘Waste.’

Actually, It Is Required By Law

OO The EPA Needs Lots Of Money To Really Gut Itself – Trump’s budget proposal would slash funding to the agency, but replacing rules with far weaker ones is an expensive venture.

At the Core of Earth’s Climate History are records locked in ice within the US ice collection. Credit Sam Brasch at CPR News

OO A Major Climate Change Archive Is Aging And Full, Lacking Funds To Repair And Expand –

the US risks losing an important trove of Earth’s climate history due to Trump’s funding cuts. Takeaways:

  • The National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, Colorado
  • Is a major collection of cores from polar and glacial ice,
  • Documenting Earth’s climate and atmosphere over 100,000 years ago.

This valuable data shows how quickly Earth’s climate can change,

  • But there is no more room for new ice core samples,
  • And the intense cooling system needs an overhaul.
  • But its funder, the National Science Foundation, faces cuts under Trump.

‘Donald Does Florida’ On Climate Change Censorship letting his DOE poodle Perry ban the phrase “climate change” in any DOE memos.

You can see how well that worked in Florida: amazingly, rising seas still keep flooding Miami at high tides!! Credit Adam Zyglis, modified

OO Energy Department Climate Office Bans Use Of Phrase ‘Climate Change’

OO EPA Chief Calls Historic Climate Treaty A ‘Bad Deal’ – But Has He Read It? It doesn’t sound like it.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Source globaldaily.com

OO Worldwide, Women Mayors Are Fighting Climate Change – as they met recently, pledging further action.

“It’s not a coincidence that the president of the United States is not particularly concerned with climate or women’s issues. That tends to go hand-in-hand.”

OO Green Republicans Confront Climate Change Denial pushing “free enterprise” approaches, like carbon tax, instead of regulations that discourage using fossil fuels. The group:

  • includes conservatives, Catholics and younger Republicans who understand climate change;
  • has increased participation of Republicans in the Congressional voting bloc, Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • Belongs to the only major political party (GOP) in the world not convinced by climate change.

“Once they accept the reality and science of climate change, we will have reached a tipping point in the political will for solutions.”

You Can’t See Methane Leaks, But They’re There as this graphic of Boston shows. Source NOAA

OO California Adopts Strictest Methane Rule In The Nation

OO California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

OO Tom Steyer: The Billionaire On A Mission To Save The Planet From Trump – his organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy.

OO Colorado: Court Rules For Kids, Says State Must Protect Health And Environment

Before Allowing Oil And Gas Drilling siding with a group of teenagers and reversing a lower court.

OO Fracking Ban Nears Approval In Maryland

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Tom Toles at the Washington Post

OO House Science Committee To Hold Useless Climate Change Hearing – since the head of the committee denies its existence – and the list of “witnesses” that have a history of misleading the public on the real overwhelming consensus among scientists on climate change.

OO Lamar Smith: Admits House Science Committee Is Tool For His Political Agenda as he lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference – a shocking display of GOP abuse of science. MEH: If only all politicians could be so honest about their corruption!

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LET’S MARCH

We Resist. We Build. We Rise. Let’s March for our children and our future.

OO April 29, 2017. Let’s March For A Safe Climate. says 350.org. March with hundreds of thousands of others to:

  • push forward with a united vision of a clean energy economy that works for all.
  • reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate,
  • Push back against fossil-fuel-soaked nationalism, xenophobia, and hatred.
  • Push back against corporate censorship of climate change.

Create a huge impact on our leaders, as past marches have.

You can sign up here .

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HOT NEWS

OO Record-Breaking Climate Change Pushes World Into ‘Uncharted Territory’ says World Meteorological Organization scientists.

  • 2016 saw the hottest global average temperature ever recorded (back to 1880);
  • research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago;
  • Earth has not experienced such high levels of atmospheric CO2 for 4 million years.
  • 2017 has broken more heat records,
  • While the poles are showing record low areas of sea ice.

The Earth’s climate is in upheaval.

One of Many Results from Our Climate “Fingerprints” Credit Stephen B. Morton at AP

OO Climate Change: ‘Human Fingerprint’ Found On Global Extreme Weather – Global warming makes temperature patterns that cause heatwaves, droughts and floods across the Northern Hemisphere more likely, scientists find.

OO Gulf Of Mexico Waters Are Freakishly Warm,

Which Could Mean Explosive Springtime Storms

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Check it out here, right now!

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MELTDOWN

Record Bipolar Meltdown as both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice hit record lows this past winter. Source National Snow and Ice Data Center University of Colorado.

OO Ice At Both Poles Shrinks To Record Lows Arctic sea ice reached an all-time winter low while Antarctic ice withered to a summer low, all with global warming fingerprints.

OO Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low Peak For Third Year In A Row as well as thinnest in 4 years, satellite data show.

OO Climate Change Is On Pace To Kill An Ice Age Remnant ice sheet, as humans change the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in 2.6 million years.

Scientists Think Arctic May Already Be Emitting Methane as submarine frozen deposits melt. Source news.mongabay.com

OO Global-Warming-Triggered Release of Arctic Methane ‘’May Be Apocalyptic,’’

As An Ancient Methane Release Shows, Study Warns – Takeaways:

  • analyses of Permian (252+ Million Years ago) rocks
  • indicate that volcanoes released enough CO2 to globally warm Earth,
  • and melted and released vast amounts of methane
  • stored in land and sea as solid frozen hydrates.

Source Science Daily

  • The released methane roasted Earth to 17+ C (34 F) degrees higher than today,
  • Killing 70 to 90% of life on the planet.

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  • If our global warming triggers a similar explosive release of methane
  • That heats the planet to those levels again,
  • It would vanquish our civilizations and most of humanity.

The end Permian holds an important lesson for humanity regarding the issue it faces today with greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, and climate change.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Halting Global Warming Could Make World $19 Trillion Richer: Report if it rises to the Paris accord goals of limiting a global rise in temperature to 2 C (4 F). To do so:

  • The transition to clean energy needs go 7x faster than its current rate;
  • Requiring an annual global investment of $3.5 Trillion, but
  • That would boost jobs and economic growth,
  • Resulting in a NET global profit of $19 Trillion by 2050.

OO Quiet Efficiency Revolution Cuts Energy Consumption – Energy efficiency is changing the electricity industry and helping to save the planet from climate change.

OO World Abandoning Coal In Dramatic Style Raises Hope Of Avoiding Dangerous Global Warming says report. MEH: I’m skeptical, given that other drivers need to be addressed, as noted elsewhere in this column.

How Much Of This Will Be Wasted? The climate-changing waste is now driving hotel chains to reconsider their menus. Source Pinterest

OO US Hotel Chains To Target Food Waste By Rethinking Menus

OO Americans Ate Nearly 20% Less Beef and Decreased Their Carbon Emissions 9 %

From 2005 To 2014, a new report says, driven by health concerns and other factors.

OO Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines at sea.

OO Dubai Starts Desert Solar Plant As Part Of World’s Biggest Park a month ahead of schedule.

OO China’s Property Giants Launch Green Index to manage their supplier of cement, steel and iron, all of which require lots of energy to make, as China steps up its fight against climate change.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Intense Droughts Then Storms Often Mean Flooding and both are expected to further intensify under continued climate change.

OO Global Warming Is Increasing Rainfall Intensity And Droughts says a new study. Takeaways:

  • As the atmosphere warms, it holds more water vapor,
  • Fueling more intense downpours,
  • Which help fuel floods.

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  • But hotter temperatures also dry out land more quickly,
  • helping to fuel droughts.*
  • So expect even more future flooding and droughts under continued global warming.

*MEH: Soils dried by drought are less rain-absorbent, another factor that helps fuel subsequent floods.

Planned Cuts to US Climate Science Blinds the US To Its Future when satellites no longer are able to collect observations on how our world is changing. Source http://www.satnews.com

  • Climate science allows communities to plan for climate change,
  • But the current GOP US government is instead
  • Destroying its climate science infrastructure,
  • And US ability to predict and plan for the future.

OO One In Four Children Will Live With Water Scarcity By 2040 as a result of climate change, the United Nations has warned.

OO US Sees Furious Start To The Wildfire Season – with a whopping 2 million US acres burned so far in 2017, an area larger than the state of Delaware. Photo Credit Matt Granz

OO Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’

Forget The Soda, and Get Them Moving are two tips to keep kids fit and free of diabetes.

OO Global Warming Could Lead To 100,000 + More US Diabetes Cases A Year a disease in which the body can no longer process sugar, leading to general organ damage. Takeaways:

  • At lower temperatures the body uses fat to stay warm;
  • At higher temperatures, fat is not used as much,
  • And blood sugar levels are also higher.

Research indicates that

  • As average temperature rises, so does obesity
  • And obesity driven diabetes cases.

Diabetes also rises even independent of obesity.

OO Scorching Phoenix May Not Survive Climate Change – a 1.5 million desert metropolis has survived so far with just 18 inches of rain a year and scorching temperatures, but an even hotter, drier future lies ahead.

OO California: Drought -Induced Irrigation Destroys Soil,

But Creates Space For Solar Farms Takeaways:

  • Drought means longterm irrigation in semi-arid and arid areas,
  • But this ultimately leaves too much evaporated salt behind;
  • Some farms are being bought out, and their water rights sold.
  • Then solar farms are built on the land.

Children Suffer The Most in famine, because they have far less body fat than adults.

OO Africa: Drought And War Heighten Threat Of Not Just 1 Famine, But 4 – just 6 years after its last famine, another is starting in Somalia. South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also at risk.

OO Africa: Somaliland Drought “A Kind Of Nightmare” – and a security threat, as it loses its livestock, the basis of its economy.

As Heat Kills Reefs, Beaches Suffer because living reefs provide important barriers to storm and wave erosion. Credit Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies

OO Jamaica: As Coral Reef Dies, Unprotected Iconic Beach Disappearing – waves now pound it and wash away the sand.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Or Better Yet, Drive a Solar Car Source http://www.solarkingu.com

OO What You Can Do About Climate Change: Drive A 50+ Mpg Vehicle Takeaways:

  • If every US household did so, it would reduce U.S. emissions by 10 % – that is a lot!
  • This alone outweighs the effects of many other little changes we can make,
  • And shows how Trump is ready to place small profits over US climate safety,
  • By trying to trash mandated fuel efficiency standards.

OO How To Sell Conservatives On The Environment

Frame issues in terms of common values:

  • national security, small government, free markets, personal liberty and job creation.

Cast environmental protection in terms of

  • defending the purity of nature, expressing patriotism or obeying authority.

OO A Compact, Efficient System That Stores Solar Energy In Liquids has been devised in Sweden.

The system utilizes 80+ % of incoming sunlight, enabling both short-term solar energy storage in water and stable storage in chemical bonds for several months.

OO Don’t Link Carbon Markets – a global network would be more complex and result in

fewer emissions cuts.

OO Addressing Climate Change Requires Systemic Social Change,

Not Just Technological Optimism Takeaways:

  • Climate change is just one of several sustainability problems facing humanity.
  • Although numerous tech and economic strategies are popularized to tackle it,
  • Such as a clean energy transition, and a carbon tax,
  • Many overlook the fundamental social drivers of climate change:
  • overconsumption, poverty, industrial agriculture and population growth.

Learning Sustainability In the Field Credit Tristan Spinski, NYTimes

  • To encourage social behaviors that disable these drivers,
  • Education and incentives, such as taxes and subsidies, are needed;
  • Cases show these can do so
  • without overtly changing fundamental values.

Ultimately, social and technological innovation are equally important.

OO ‘Moore’s Law’ For Carbon Would Defeat Global Warming say scientists who propose it as a roadmap. Takeaways:

  • ‘Moore’s Law’ observes that innovation doubles the processing speed of computer chips every 5 years;
  • a “Carbon Law” would set goals of halving carbon emissions every decade,
  • via policies across all business sectors (transport, agriculture, etc.) worldwide,
  • to stimulate necessary innovations and actions.

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Renewable energy capacity is already doubling every 5 years

“Every journey, however long and complicated, is easier with a clear map.”

A Dirty Business, Ethically and Physically resulting in a dangerous climate.

OO Fossil Fuel Corruption Fuels Climate Change — It Must Be Stopped – Corrupt fossil fuel companies:

  • bribe corrupt governments for oil leases.
  • bribe lawmakers to ignore climate change and subsidize climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
  • Mislead the public on the threats of climate change.
  • Mislead the public on the health and climate dangers of fossil fuels.

Society needs to tackle this corruption if it hopes to survive.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

The Night The Mountain Collapsed can only be imagined from the aftermath shown here. Credit Bjørn Olson, Courtesy Of Ground Truth Trekking

OO Colossal Landslides And Subsequent Tsunamis In Remote Alaska

Illustrate Climate Change Effects as melting glaciers trigger them.

A 2015 landslide triggered a 600 ft wave that swept forests away as it traveled down an inlet to the sea.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Doctor: To Fight US Asthma, Fight Global Warming climate change is worsening allergies and air pollution, raising the risks for kids with asthma.

OO Doctors: Climate Change Is Already Making Us Kids Sicker and many other Americans, too, says a new coalition of over half of all US medical doctors.

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change:

  • Especially asthma, because they breathe faster,
  • Exposing them to more air pollution and allergens,
  • As climate change lengthens the pollen season.
  • Many US children are poor, worsening the problem.

OO Last Year’s Weather Proves Climate Change Is Real

With ‘No Room For Doubt’ say scientists. l

The astonishing 2016 weather and scientific advances show that:

  • ‘Human-driven climate change is now an empirically verifiable fact …
  • those who dispute [it] are not sceptics, but anti-science deniers’
  • Fossil fuel emissions are causing global warming –
  • And something must be done about it.

OO Union Chief Calls Out The ‘Insanity’ Of Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts which are aimed at destroying the agency that safeguards the nation’s air and water, says the head of the EPA’s employees’ union.

OO Trump Administration’s ‘Anti-Scientific Statements’ Alarm Ex-Energy Secretary

Carl Sagan of Cosmos Series Fame, Warned Of Today’s Problems when he co-signed the 1992 Warning to Humanity. Photo Source http://www.deviantart.com

OO 1992 World Scientists’ Warning To Humanity Stands Today Signed by some 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists, including the majority of science Nobel laureates it warned:

  • Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.
  • Human activities inflict harsh, often irreversible damage on environment and critical resources.
  • If not checked, they threaten humanity’s future,
  • And may dramatically change life on Earth.

Olympian Sustainability Goals For Our Survival were set forth in the 1992 warning: switch to clean energy, end poverty, stabilize population, conserve resources, and give women reproductive choice.

We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth’s systems we depend on. This means we must simultaneously:

  • Transition to clean renewable energy to cut climate changing emissions and pollution
  • Manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.
  • Stabilize population size.
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
  • Ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women reproductive choice.

Signatories included scientific luminaries such as Linus Pauling, and Carl Sagan.

TAKE ACTION here today!

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO Climate Change Makes Deadly China Pollution Worse

— And That’s Bad News For Australian Coal Exports – Takeaways:

  • China will be more motivated to cut down on coal,
  • And buy even less from a main supplier, Australia.

When Black Gold Becomes Real Gold For Terrorist Weapons as these seized Mexican cartel weapons illustrate, party funded by oil theft. Credit Mario Guzman at Corbis

OO Oil Theft ‘Provides Billions For Terrorists And Drug Cartels’ Oil theft is fuelling terrorist groups and drug cartels around the world, according to a new analysis.

OO Another Cook Inlet Pipeline Feared To Be Vulnerable, As Gas Continues To Leak

OO North Dakota: Pipeline Spill Larger Than Previously Thought about 3x larger, nearly 530,000 gallons of leaked oil. When have leaks ever been underestimated?

We’ve Got Plenty of Coal Ash Already… polluting our landscapes, as here in North Carolina in 2014. Source WaterKeeper Alliance Inc at flickr

OO Coal Ash: ‘Why In The World Would the US Be Importing It?’ but we are, even as America’s utilities are struggling to dispose of it.

OO In America’s Coal Country, States Emboldened To Ditch Efficiency – taking their lead from Trump.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

  • Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearlythe Guttmacher Institute
  • Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010
  • And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 5, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

Many parts of the US and surrounding waters are experiencing abnormally warm conditions. Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing MUCH warmer than normal temperatures, and record low areas of ice cover – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Harming US Health and Business, A Spinning Sail, and More!

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

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this ferocious looking Amazonian spiny harvestman, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Arthur Anker at flickriver.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Once A Green Rampart Against Storms, Now Crumbling Skeletons is a vast stretch of mangroves that once protected the north coast of Australia. Credit James Cook University

OO Australia: ‘They Died Of Thirst’: Extreme Conditions Wipe Out Forest Over 1000 Kilometres – a year ago, a vast stretch of mangrove forests along its northern coast; extreme conditions included record heat.

OO Brazil: Amazon Jungle Faces Death Spiral Of Drought And Deforestation,

Warn Scientists – The water cycle of the Amazon has been described as “one of nature’s great wonders”, but the forest is being eaten by the timber industry, agriculture and the effects of climate change.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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CLIMATE-CHANGING CO2 RISING FASTEST EVER

Source ISS, NASA

OO Carbon Dioxide In The Atmosphere Is Rising Faster Than Ever Recorded –

Takeaways:

  • For the second year running, atmospheric CO2 levels have climbed at a record pace.
  • NOAA data shows CO2 levels jumped by 3 parts per million in 2015 and 2016,
  • and now rest at just over 400 parts per million.
  • Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 ppm yearly.

OO US Climate Scientist Sounds Alarm Over Record Carbon Dioxide Readings – as it keeps surging to record levels, marking the 5th straight year in a row that CO2 has surged by 2ppm or more, says the director of of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network in Boulder, CO.

Warming Soils Speeds Release of Climate Changing Gases speeding the decomposing action of soil microbes on organic matter, resulting in such releases.

OO Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected As Climate Warms says a new study. Takeaways:

  • deeper soil layers are more sensitive to warming than previously thought,
  • shows a field experiment,
  • and thus, giving up more carbon as they warm.

We’ve Already Bought Some Future Climate Change … But Do We Want to Buy More?And yet we do, with every new ton of climate changing emissions we add to the atmosphere from fossil fuels.

OO Have We Passed The Climate Change Tipping Point? Climate change is a “moving train.” Takeaways:

  • We have already bought some future climate change,
  • But reducing emissions dramatically now
  • Prevents us from ensuring far worse climate change.
  • Exceeding one “tipping point” does not mean you cannot avoid another.

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  • Regardless of tipping points,
  • continued warming, rainfall pattern changes,
  • significant sea level rise and
  • continued northward and vertical migration of plant and animal species
  • in the Northern Hemisphere seem certain.

MEH: At what point, in the cascade of changes taking place, does a tipping point even become relevant?

Volcanoes Spurred Past Extinctions With The Same Gases We Emit Today but, unlike the past, we COULD control our emissions, if we chose, and save ourselves from a legacy of doom. Source youtube.com

OO The Same Climate Changing Gases That Doomed Life In The Past

Are Rising Today Takeaways:

  • Past mass extinctions occurred when natural events caused
  • the explosive release of the same gases that we emit today.
  • But unlike the past,
  • we could control them.
  • If we don’t, we doom our childen and legacy.

Related:

OO Grassland Lab Raises US Species Loss Alarm – Field experiment on a U.S. grassland shows how climate change could disrupt the delicate life cycle of ecosystems.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

What Part of Physics Don’t You Understand, Scott Pruitt? Climate change, like gravity, involves basic laws of physics. Source tvtropes.com

OO Climate Change Results From Basic Laws Of Physics’:

Scientists Rebuke EPA’s Scott Pruitt On Climate Change – humans add heat-trapping gases, mostly CO2, to the air, and physics does the rest. Get over it, Pruitt!

OO American Meteorological Society To EPA Head Pruitt: You’re Wrong in thinking that CO2 does not drive global warming and hence climate change.

OO Trump To Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews in decisions across the government, says a source.

OO Trump Is Poised To Issue A Sweeping Order Dismantling Obama’s Climate Plan

OO White House Calls Climate Change Funding ‘A Waste Of Your Money’ despite the fact that the Secretary of Defense calls it a threat to national security.

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

OO Trump Wants To Cut EPA,

End International Climate Work,

And Squelch Climate Research under his new budget. Climate change is indifferent to him, and us.

OO Trump Budget Would Cripple U.S. International Climate Change Work as funding for it, as in participating in the Paris climate accord, for example, is cut.

A Climate Realist Among Deniers Defense Secretary James Mattis sees the real time effects of climate change in the field where our troops are.

OO Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change As National Security Challengewhile Trump doesn’t. James Mattis believes it’s a real time issue, noting that, “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.”

OO The White House Doubts Climate Change.

Here’s Why The Pentagon Does Not Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sees climate change as a significant national security threat:

  • The Middle East recently experienced one of the worse droughts ever recorded,
  • Helping create conditions for mass displacement.

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  • Researchers predict it will only get worse,
  • with large swaths of the Middle East and North Africa,
  • already politically unstable,
  • becoming increasingly uninhabitable.

OO Trump’s Climate Skepticism A Threat To US National Security

This Will Get Worse If Trump Has His Way in loosening auto exhaust rules to fatten profits for automakers. The losers are Americans of all ages.

OO Trump And Automakers Target EPA Mileage Rules to scuttle car mileage standards.

OO How Federal Fuel-Efficiency Rules Help Fight Climate Change – Research suggests passenger-car standards work well to lower countries’ emissions.

OO Polluters Could ‘More Easily’ Commit Crimes Under Cuts – Funding for investigators that enforce federal environmental laws would be cut, uppting the chances that people, wildlife and the climate will be harmed by corporate pollution.

OO China, Leading On Clean Energy, Could Win A Resulting US Trade War

  • as Trump undercuts clean energy funding,
  • and China sells its innovations to other countries
  • who look to cut costs as they switch to clean energy.

OO Climate Change Denier Sen. James Inhofe Is Upending US Energy And Environmental Policies

At least 6 former aides to Sen. James M. Inhofe — and counting — have been hired into top positions at the EPA and the White House.

OO How Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases

Green groups may never get their day in court. Climate Desk.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

California Cleanin’ as solar and wind power proliferate under enlightened policies. Source http://www.gogreensolar.com

OO California Senate Leader Wants State To Go 100% Clean Renewable Electricity By 2045 and several experts saying it can be done, depending on definitions, advancing technology, and acceptable price tags.

OO House Republicans’ Group Launches Effort To Tackle Climate Change Framing the issue with economic imperatives, 17 Republicans urge the House to move beyond denial toward solutions.

Related:

OO 17 House Republicans Buck Trump, Call for Climate Change Solutions – with a House resolution that noting “human activities” have had an impact on global climate and resolving to create and support “economically viable” mitigation efforts…

Even as the Trump gang mostly rejects the science or importance of climate change.

When Not In Drought, Pakistan Is Often Flooding as climate change intensifies the dry seasons and the monsoons. Their government is taking action.

OO Pakistan: Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Tackling Global Warming Challenge and they did so unanimously – what a model for the US Senate! The country is facing crippling droughts following by flooding downpours as the seasonal weather gets more extreme.

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HOT NEWS

OO Scientists Link US Record-Breaking Warm February Weather To Man-Made Global Warming Takeaways:

  • The average February temperature was 40+ F degrees – 7+ degrees warmer than normal, NOAA reported.
  • A March frost could kill early blooming trees and flowers
  • the lack of a proper winter could lead to more mosquitoes and ticks in 2017
  • man-made global warming tripled the likelihood of February’s unusually warm month.

OO The First Climate Model Turns 50,

And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly

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MELTDOWN

@@ Alive And Well: Microbes Add To Melting Of Greenland Ice Sheet – Takeaways:

  • as wildfires create a rain of soot onto Greenland ice sheet,
  • absorbing sunlight, radiating heat and speeding its melt,
  • another factor is also at work: meltwater fosters algal blooms
  • that further darken the ice sheet and further speed melt.

Meanwhile…

Record Bipolar Meltdown as both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice hit record lows this past winter. Source National Snow and Ice Data Center University of Colorado.

OO Arctic Ice Loss Driven By Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind in recent decades says a new study, although 50-70% of the driver is estimated to be man-made.

OO Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Driven By Global Warming, Accelerated By Nature – with 50-70% shown to be caused by mankind.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Brooklyn: Solar Power Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves —dozens of homes and businesses have been wired into a microgrid, allowing members to exchange excess-electricity credits.

OO Why Solar Panels Bloom In Southwest’s Land Of Hydropower Electric utilities are seeking a new power mix, as shifts in precipitation diminish the role that dams have long played for western states.

OO Despite Trump, Washington D.C. And Other US Cities Push Climate Action

OO Wall Street Titan Now Recognizes Financial Risks Of Climate Change –

With Possible Shock Waves Through US Business Sector – The deep-pocketed investment firm BlackRock Inc. announced a series of steps to address the financial risks of climate change.

Thinking BIG: An Offshore Green Mega Power Plant centered around an artificial island hub is being planned. Source http://www.thetimes.co.uk

OO Artificial Island To Power Europe under amibitious plans for a vast offshore renewable energy plant to be built in the North Sea. Takeaways:

  • the island would distribute energy from 7,000 wind turbines, and solar panels
  • to Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Belgium.
  • The European Union-backed plans were created by
  • a consortium of Dutch, Danish and Deutsch energy companies.

OO Nevada: NV Energy Pulling Plug On Coal-Fired Power Plant

Credit Pedro Alverez for the Observer

OO South Australia: Four Renewable Energy Projects Ready To Go

OO Energy Carbon Emissions In 2016 Flat For Third Year,

But Much More Needs To Be Done says the International Energy Agency, to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures. A greener energy mix helped keep energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat in 2016.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health says a new report, as the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, comprised of 11 American medical societies, is publicly launched. Takeaways:

  • Climate change is already causing medical problems in all American communties,
  • But most Americans are not aware of this.
  • Few Americans can name a way that climate change harms our health,
  • Or that children and the aged are more vulnerable.

Doctors see a growing need to share this growing concern with the public.

OO Doctors Warn That Climate Change Makes People Sick – A changing climate is hazardous to the planet’s health—shrinking polar ice caps, eroding beaches, bleaching corals and more.

OO Climate Change Needs To Be Tackled For Better Health US medical groups urge, as they form

a new consortium on climate and health.

Extreme Weather Harms People Mentally and Physically

OO Here’s What Global Warming Actually Does To Your Body the new Consortium on Climate & Health , consisting of over half of all US medical doctors, have created a list of resulting health complications. A sampling:

  • rising temperatures can lead to heat stroke, dehydration, and the worsening of chronic diseases;
  • extreme weather can cause injuries and death;
  • pollution can exacerbate asthma, lung disease, and allergies;

Climate Change Helps Mosquito Borne Zika Virus Spread and other serious diseases as well.

  • increases in weather can help insect-borne diseases spread;
  • contaminated food and water can make us sick;
  • and natural disasters can trigger mental health issues.

OO Should Your Doctor Talk With You About Climate Change? Some doctors plan to start talking with their patients and communities about climate change.

OO Depression, Anxiety, PTSD: The Mental Impact Of Climate Change as many populations face threat of forced migrations, and exposure to catastrophic weather. Takeaways:

1. A new study found 35+% of flood victims diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

2. In terms of mental health, climate change has 3 main effects:

  • Rising violence with rising temperatures;
  • Floods and storms can force migration, linked to Isolation and depression;
  • Resulting loss of social networks and social capital incurs even more stress.

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POLITICAL CLIMATE TIME BOMBS

Imagine The Mideast Violence and Refugees When The Water Dries Up… Credit AP,Vadim Ghirda

OO New Evidence Confirms Risk That Mideast May Become Uninhabitable

In A Few Decades – deepening already existing fears, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

OO Climate Change Could Make North Africa And Middle East ‘Uninhabitable’

OO Climate Change Key Suspect In India’s Vanishing Groundwater as a new study links India’s water crisis to climate change, which has weakened recent monsoons. Imagine THAT country going dry.

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Climate Change Threatens Not Just Polar Bears, But the US Soda Industry Screen capture from Youtube

OO Over 900 Examples Of How Climate Change Affects US Business were illustrated by Harvard MBA students. Samples include:

  • How water scarcity will affect Coca-Cola;
  • How extreme storms affect insurance companies;
  • The environmental impacts of the apparel industry.

OO Maine: Farmers, Foresters And Fishermen Know All About Climate ChangeAlthough mostly conservatives, these people are happy to detail exactly how abnormally warm weather is affecting their livelihoods. A sampling:

  • Fishermen note that the lobsters and other fish are migrating to cooler areas;
  • Maple syrup farmers are coming up dry on the maple sap needed;
  • Timber workers complain of how costly it is to remove trees on thawing, rather than frozen, ground.
  • Lawmakers need to listen to the people who make a living off the land.

In California, That Water Likely Came From Snowpack that is becoming increasingly unreliable under continuing climate change.

OO Sierra Snowpack: As World Warms, California’s Most Important Water Source

Becomes Less Reliable Takeaways:

  • Between 2012-2015, snowpack was just 10% of what it is now;
  • As the planet warms further,
  • Snowpack could plummet even further to just 1+% of what it is now,
  • Indicate new studies.

California is an important source of vegetables and fruits for the entire US.

OO Global Warming Effects On Colorado River Is Serious responsible for up to half of the decline in the flow of the river, says a new study.

OO Climate Change To Up Wildfires In Mediterranean Europe says a new study.

From Ancient Colorful Reef to Rotting Corpses: Not What Tourists Want To See … Nor Smell – divers came up from dead areas of the reef reeking of the stench of rotting coral and other reef life. Such destruction undermines much of the biodiversity of and food from the sea, and our dependence on it. Source the Ocean Agency

OO Much Of The 500,000-Year-Old Great Barrier Reef Is Now Dead scientists find, with even the largest and oldest corals affected.

OO Great Barrier Reef Tourism Headed For Tough Times As Coral Bleaching Worsens

OO Coral Reefs’ Only Hope Is Halting Global Warming study says, as heat-driven coral bleaching continues worldwide to stress and kill these ecosystems vital to our well being.

Corals are the “canaries” of climate change. We ignore their demise at our own peril.

This Could Get Even Worse … as it is, Beijing often experiences hazardous air pollution that sickens many of its residents, old and young alike.

OO Global Climate Change May Worsen China’s Severe Air Pollution Problems says new US research. Takeaways:

  • Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall,
  • both caused by global climate change,
  • have shifted China’s winter monsoon,

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  • Which, in turn, helps create stagnant atmospheric conditions,
  • trapping pollution over the country’s major population and industrial centers.

“The very rapid change in polar warming is really having a large impact on China.”

OO ‘Airpocalypse’ Smog Events In China Linked To Melting Ice Cap which is caused by global warming, says new research. Takeaways:

extreme haze events in winter will likely occur more often in China as the Arctic heats further.

this increases the urgency to cut both air pollution and climate-changing carbon emissions.

human emitted greenhouse gases are responsible for 50-66% of the fall in summer Arctic sea ice since the late 1970s.

Capetown Botanical Treasures Are Also Threatened – many endemic flowers grow in and around Capetown, such as this flower that grows atop the town’s Table Mountain.

OO South Africa: With 100 Days Of Water Left, Cape Town Risks Running Dry The city is the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry.

OO Nearly All Caribbean Countries Have Experienced Prolonged Droughts that challenge their food production, in one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. Now, they’re trying climate smart agriculture.

OO Peru Floods Kill 67, Illustrating

How Unprepared Peru Is To Face Climate Change Takeaways:

  • intense downpours caused by high coastal ocean temperatures
  • caused flooding, death, and evacuations;
  • months earlier wildfires, enabled by drought,
  • created an official state of emergency.

The challenges of climate change will continue to increase, however, under global warming.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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GOOD IDEAS

Wind Power Is a Cheap Energy Source For Remote Northern Communities

OO Canada: An Indigenous Renewable Energy Alliance Aims To Cut Power Costs And Disadvantage by

helping support remote communities looking to make transition – and tackle climate change.

OO How To Store Clean Renewable Energy In A Defunct Coal Mine In Germany, one will be turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

It Doesn’t Look Like A Sail but when spun by a motor under the right wind conditions, it creates a massive thrust that moves ships forward.

OO ‘Spinning Sail’ Rebooted To Cut Fuel And Make Ocean Tankers Greener – invented almost a century ago, it could lead to more environmentally friendly tankers worldwide.

OO Forecasting Failure: Investors Should Treat Oil Company Energy Forecasts With Caution

says a new report which finds that oil company forecasts:

  • have the poor track record of oil company forecasting;;
  • have unlikely assumptions built into them,
  • with serious consequences of these forecasts for investments and for climate change.

The report:

  • finds that the companies are highly vulnerable to disruption by clean energy technologies;
  • includes recommendations for more robust ways to think about the future of energy.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Iced Cherry Blossoms Illustrate Out-Of-Sync Seasons Source @ProdigyNews

OO Climate Change Is Disrupting Seasons, And Seasonal Life Takeaways:

  • the warmer seasons are lengthening, as winter contracts;
  • as spring lengthens, disconnects develop among animals and plants –
  • migrant birds arrive out of sync with their food plants,
  • destroying their reproductive cycle for that season.

“Where’s Our Food?” you can almost hear these baby birds crying; when migrant birds breed out of sync with food plants that sprouted early and are now gone, such babies die.Source http://www.duskyswondersite.com

“A recent global survey found that climate change had affected 80+% of the biological processes that underpin all life…”

  • Yet we do not act to seriously tackle climate change.
  • Lived experience moves us; data do not.
  • Get out and experience nature personally,
  • Note the changes,

Then act – and tell your children what you know.

OO With Climate Change, Subarctic Shrubs And Trees Expand Northwards

OO As The Planet Gets Hotter, Some Mammals May Get Smaller says a new study, with the shrink in size directly related to how hot the planet gets.

Ants May Be Evolutionary Winners of Climate Change in Cities heartwarming, isn’t it?

OO Rapid Evolution May Help Some City Creatures Stand The Heat – Like Ants! Acorn ants, says a new study.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO Gallop Poll — Global Warming Concern At Three-Decade High In US Takeaways:

  • Americans worrying a great deal up 8 points to 45%
  • New high of 62% says effects of global warming are happening now
  • Belief that global warming poses a serious threat stretches to 42%

Record percentages of Americans are:

  • concerned about global warming,
  • believe it is occurring,
  • consider it a serious threat and say it is caused by human activity.

Source registerguard.com

OO ‘Biggest [Legal] Case On The Planet’

Pits Kids Vs. Climate Change he climate change lawsuit essentially asks a federal judge:

  • to order the government to produce a recovery plan
  • to reduce carbon emissions to 350 parts per million by 2100
  • (down from 400 ppm now) and stabilize the climate system.

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  • The courts are needed to step in because the government has not—
  • despite knowing for more than 50 years
  • that burning fossil fuels causes global warming….

Source Gabriel Galaz at WordPress

OO Climate Change Is Certainly Causing More Powerful Storms says ex NASA chief scientist James Hansen, and other reputable climatologists. Takeaways:

  • As the atmosphere warms, so does the water vapor it holds,
  • Resulting in heavier rain and snow storms;
  • Extra heat is also creating more extreme weather events: droughts, heatwaves, etc.

Political storms are also brewing via the general tactics of the Trump White House, focused also on climate change:

  1. promoting “get rich quick” schemes for the few rich at the expense of public safety;
  2. Promote ignorance and disinformation when facts get in the way of these’ schemes.
  3. Distract and confuse with anecdotal stories that promote intolerance and discriminatory practices.”

Barcelona’s Green Mayor Wants to Keep It Beautiful by cutting down on air pollution and traffic. Source http://www.hbc333.com

OO Barcelona Mayor Declares War On “Injustice” Of Of Private Car Use Air pollution is “a social issue because it affects the most vulnerable people – children, those who are ill – so it is a problem of the city, not just an issue that abstractly affects the sustainability of the planet.”

OO Australia: Sports Stars Call For Abandoning A Proposed Coal Mine Cricketing greats Ian and Greg Chappell have signed an open letter calling on Indian billionaire Gautam Adani to abandon his company’s proposed Queensland coalmine.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

US Automakers Seek Profits Before America’s Health – as both our climate and health suffers from relaxing fuel emissions.

OO US Automakers Sue To Overturn Obama EPA’s Emission Rules opening the door to lower standards, more hazardous pollution and further catastrophic climate change.

OO West Virginia: Lack of Solar-Friendly Regulations Impedes Solar Jobs – meanwhile, coal’s demise drags the state down with it.

Indonesia Already Emits Plenty of Pollution Without Coal – as the government fails to regulate deforestation. It needs to invest in clean renewable energy instead. Source RiauForest’s Facebook page

OO Indonesia’s Clean Coal Dreams Threaten Real Efforts To Meet Climate Goals – funding uncertain and inaccessible clean coal technology would mean less funds to switch to clean energy.

OO EU Lawmakers Reject Call For Ban On Arctic Oil Exploration

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, OMar30, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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