Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those other solution avenues are:

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Climate Change This Week: Nuclear and Congenital Climate Change Threats, China Leads On Clean Energy, and More!

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Indonesian Owl Moth, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO How One Conservationist Is Sparking A ‘Young Revolution’ In Indonesia by training the next generation of forest guardians.

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Credit Carla Schaffer at AAAS

OO ‘Last Frontiers Of Wilderness’: Intact Forest Plummets Globally shows a new study. Takeaways:

  • 7+ % of intact forest landscapes (IFLs) that is 500+ square kilometer sized forest ecosystems that show no signs of human impact, disappeared between 2000 and 2013;
  • the rate of tropical loss is accelerating dramatically: 3x more IFLs were lost during 2011-2013, than duringv2001-2003;
  • timber harvesting and agricultural expansion are the leading causes of IFL loss.

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The Last Seen Cambodian Tiger – in 2007 via a night photo trap. Conservationists estimate there are fewer than 100 left there, and not a functionally reproductive population. Source Getty Images

OO NASA Releases Images Of Dramatic Deforestation In Cambodia Takeaways:

  • Cambodia lost roughly 4 million acres of tree cover from 2001 to 2014,
  • just 3 % remains covered in primary forest;
  • much of this cover has been replaced by the rapid development of rubber plantations.
  • thus, wildlife habitat has declined and tigers have disappeared;
  • millions of tons of climate changing CO2 have been released.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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THE CARBON CLOCK IS TICKING: ONE YEAR LEFT

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The Global Carbon Budget Is Ticking Down here, showing that under current emissions rates, the world will hit a level of climate changing emissions that will lock in future global heating beyond 1.5 C, and far more damaging and dangerous climate change than we’ve bought so far. Source Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

OO We Have ONE YEAR LEFT To Prevent Drastic Future Climate Change resulting from a 1.5+ C rise in global temperatures – humanity has one year before it exceeds the global carbon budget needed to keep the rise there; previous analyses show that even a 2 C rise will result in far more damaging climate change than a 1.5 C rise.

Even with a far more damaging 2 C rise, the most optimistic estimates show we have only 23 years to transition to clean renewable energy before we go beyond that, and lock in far more dangerous threats to human survival from climate change.

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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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WATER, MORE AND LESS

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Credit Stephen B. Morton at AP

OO US Had More Floods In 2016 Than Any Year On Record – In total, 19 separate floods swamped the nation in 2016, says a new analysis.

OO Flooding In Denmark Becoming The Norm “Once-in-a-century” is already becoming far more frequent.

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Source droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Not Wet Where It Counts in California – central and northern California are out of drought, thanks to drenching rains – but not the agricultural center in the south, where partly empty aquifers will take several decades or more to replenish, depending on climate.

OO California Water Officials Optimistic

Despite ‘Gloomy’ California Snowpack Survey – but the update since this article is that the agricultural heartland in the south is still in drought, unlike the wet north.

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OO A Side Effect Of The California Drought: More Climate Pollution

  • Droughts are getting longer and more severe because of human-caused climate change
  • in the American Southwest and around the world.
  • This means electric power less from clean hydropower and more from fossil fuels,
  • The burning of which creates climate change.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

OO Anti Clean Energy Group Helping Shape Trump Policy:

Institute for Energy Research – and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance, founded by a former lobbyist of the fossil fuel, climate change denying Koch brothers, are helping shape Trump’s plans to dismantle Obama’s climate initiatives.

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Credit Christopher Weyant at The Hill, modified

OO Trump Increases Threat Of Nuclear Climate-Changing War:

Leaves No One In Charge Of Maintaining US Nuclear Arsenal – failing to announce any replacements for the current heads of the National Nuclear Security Administration when, at his request, they leave on January 20th.

What will our nuclear enabled adversaries think when they hear we have no one in charge of our nuclear weapons? An opportunity not to be missed?

VIA TRUMP, EXXON INCHES CLOSER

TO SELLING HUGE CLIMATE CHANGE

Takeaways:

  • a50 BILLION Russian deal Exxon had to produce climate changing oil and gas stopped when the US imposed sanctions on Russia for its 2014 invasion of Crimea;
  • Russian hacking favored the election of Trump;
  • Trump advisors include pro fossil fuel people with Russian ties, and climate deniers.

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Potential temporary winners from the megadeal:

  • Exxon, a corporate liar and merchant of climate change;
  • Russia, a corrupt dictatorship;
  • Donald Trump, likely to be rewarded by Exxon via his asset channels, especially after he leaves office.
  • Vladimir Putin, likely to get a hefty kickback via his corrupt government.

Potential losers:

  • humanity, democracy, and much of life on Earth.
  • Oh, and ultimately Donald Trump’s fortune, family, and legacy.

Latest updates:

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Credit Jeff Darcy at Cleveland.com

OO Exxon’s $180 Million Parting Package For Trump’s Secretary Of State, Rex Tillerson – a nice parting gift for an Exxon lifer, who is likely to fight for Exxon interests over the future of humanity in an ever hotter world. Prove me wrong, Rex!

OO Trump Suggests He Would Be Open To Lifting Sanctions On Russia – surprise, surprise, folks: it’s all part of the plan.

OO Federal Climate Investigation Of Exxon Likely To Fizzle Under Trump – Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s choice as attorney general, has been a vocal opponent of investigating the oil giant for climate fraud.

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WANT TO BOYCOTT TRUMP? GRAB YOUR WALLET…

Send Donald Trump A Message He Understands: Boycott His Assets

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A Trump Asset: New Job, New Brand – so why not boycott all of his brands? Until, of course, he starts working for and producing the future he promised during his campaign.

So far, it appears he’s only made America grate…

OO This Shopping Spreadsheet Is A One-Stop Way To Boycott The Trumps – started by some concerned grandmothers in November 2016, the list can be accessed here.

Feel free to email any of the retailers and let them know you will regretfully have to boycott them, until they let you know they no longer promote the Trump family. Throw a boycott party with your friends, emailing companies to let them know you’re boycotting them, and why!

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BUT WAIT – You can do MORE! Annoyed by yet another insane idea of his for your future?

Hold boycott rallies with your friends outside the businesses that support Trump products! Set up visiting delegations to their company heads, personally urging they drop the Trump brand! Protest at their stockholder meetings!

Finally, start emailing, visiting, and even picketing any of your representatives who support his insane actions, and let them know you will work to fire them, unless they stand up for your future.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Source Free Wallpapers

The Paris That Can Be, Once Again if its mayor is successful in dramatically cutting auto emissions.

OO Paris Mayor Unveils Plan To Restrict Traffic And Pedestrianise City Centre to try to halve the number of private cars on the roads.

OO President Obama On Clean Energy: Decarbonization Is ‘Irreversible’

“This should not be a partisan issue. It is good business and good economics to lead a technological revolution and define market trends.”

OO Climate Changing Agriculture Now Being Tackled Widely by countries trying to reach their Paris emissions cuts pledges.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credit Mike Luckovish at the Atlanta Journal Constitution 2013

OO Endangered Species Under GOP:

Climate Change Information On The Web – A recent scrubbing of the words “climate change” on a Wisconsin government climate change website could be replicated under a Trump administration.

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HOT NEWS

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OO NOAA: Earth IS Heating Faster shows a new independent test of global warming data, which confirms a groundbreaking 2015 study that showed warming was faster than prior estimates.

OO There Were A Crazy Number Of Record Highs In 2016 – many of them were heat.

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MELTDOWN

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Antarctica Is In Hot Water and it’s dramatically melting the continent’s glacial ice shelves. Source http://www.2luxury2.com

OO Antarctic Past Points To Sea Level Threat says a new study. Takeaways:

  • Nearly 15,000 yrs ago Antarctic ice sheets melted, raising sea levels by 10 feet;
  • it could happen again, as current global heating is setting up the same conditions.
  • Atmospheric conditions have changed the southern ocean:
  • it now has a layer of warm water on top,
  • which laps at the base of glaciers, speeding melt.

Related Headline:

OO Antarctic Ice Shelves Are Melting Dramatically, Study Finds

@@ BYU Studies Show Polar Bears On Thin Ice – And This Was Filmed In 2011…

OO Reject Drilling In Arctic Refuge Polar Bear Denning Grounds! According to new research, if we don’t address Arctic warming now, we may have only a few decades before polar bears disappear from Alaska completely. We must do everything we can to address climate change and keep their habitat wild.

Urge your senators to vote against any legislation that would open polar bear denning grounds in the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. Especially the newly introduced senate bill to open the refuge to drilling. You can email your senators here.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO China To Plow $360+ Billion Into Renewable Fuels By 2020 said the country’s energy agency said recently, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.

Keep flying, Green Dragon!

Related Headline:

OO China’s Bold Claim On Clean Energy Leadership:

Aims To Spend $360 Billion On Renewable Energy By 2020

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Climate Loser Donald Trump’s New Home: No Action Here – look to China instead as a world leader on clean energy and climate change action.

OO Where To Follow The Climate Action In 2017: The States, and Abroad Certainly not in Washington DC where GOPpers plan to destroy clean climate regulations. Takeaways:

  • 9 east coast states are operating a cap-and-trade program;
  • Washington state is considering a carbon tax;
  • California lawmakers have set the most ambitious 2030 climate targets in the world.
  • US Activists have helped prevent the building of yet more pipelines;
  • Green groups are preparing to engage yet more activists to engage locally.
  • US courtrooms will hear cases on the responsibility to provide a decent climate future for our children.
  • A growing number of private companies are investing in US clean renewable energy.
  • European Union will be pressured to reassess how clean biofuels are.
  • Global divestment from fossil fuels continues to grow.
  • China is assuming the role as clean energy leader in the world.

OO Sweet And Sour: Costa Rica’s Clean Renewables Conceal Dirty Dependence On Oil – Costa Rica produced nearly all of its electricity in 2016 without fossil fuels — but that makes up only 25% of its energy consumption: gas accounts for the rest, to fuel the rising number of cars.

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Scotland Blew Through 2 New Records recently with its beautiful wind turbines, which apparently do not affect tourism. Source Financial Tribune

OO Scotland Sets Two Wind Power Records – with its wind turbines generating power equivalent to all of the nation’s electricity needs for a record 4 straight days: December 23-26, 2016.

During that time, a new record was set for the most wind power generated in a single day — on Christmas Eve — with 74,000+ MWh of electricity sent to the National Grid. Go, Laddies, Go!

OO Cornish Village Marks 25 Years Of UK Wind Power – the people of Delabole initially dismissed wind power when it began in 1991. Now it’s one of more than 1,000 onshore projects across the country.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Orange, The New Polluted Color Of Western Wilderness Skies as the western drought enables more large wildfires to fill the air with pollution – and climate changing emissions.

OO Hazier Polluted Skies In Western Wilderness due to drought and forest fires, scientists find, as a climate shift favors droughts and more wildfires in the Western U.S.

OO Global Warming Allowing Pathogens To Kill Alaska Wildlife, Sicken People – growing evidence indicates that as the Arctic heats – twice as fast as the southern zones – southern pathogens and pathogen-carrying species are invading it. For example:

  • Southern disease-carrying ticks are now established in Alaska;
  • Raw oysters now sicken people due to a southern virus, actived by warming waters;
  • A sea otter died from a fungus found in Midwestern bats.
  • Many sea otters died recently, likely from a combination of pathogens and a toxic algal bloom.
  • Animals weakened by pathogens are also more likely to die from predators.

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Source abc7news.com

OO Insurers Paid Out $50 Billion For Natural Disasters In 2016 Worldwide – almost double 2015’s payout of $27 billion, a major re-insurer said in its annual natural catastrophe review.

OO Record-Breaking Extreme Weather In Australia In 2016 Devastates Ecosystems and was driven by humankind’s burning of fossil fuels as well as a strong El Niño, noted the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement.

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The World Is Getting Too Hot For Some Babies’ Hearts – whether from nuclear or heat radiation, when a heart is being formed in the womb, research indicates that unusual levels of such radiation are more likely to damage it. Source screen capture at Chernobyl Children International at http://www.youtube.com

OO Hot Days In Early Pregnancy: A Potential Risk Factor For Congenital Heart Defects a new study indicates that exposure to high heat in early pregnancy ups the risk for congenital heart defects, the most common type of congenital defect, by 30+%.

OO Iran’s Intensifying Struggle With Climate Change – By 2070, if worldwide emissions aren’t sufficiently reduced, the Persian Gulf would experience heat waves impossible for many humans to survive, a recent MIT study concludes. An Iranian photographs climate change in Iran.

OO How Climate Change In Central Asia Threatens To Spark Regional Conflict – Competition for dwindling mountain water supplies in Central Asia could erupt into regional conflict, Chinese researchers warn.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Saving Money, Coasts, and Restoring Beauty are some of many reasons to restore wetlands. Source Top China Travel

OO Louisiana: Restoring Wetlands Would Reduce Coastal Damage

By $8+ Billion Yearly in 50 years, if a master restoration plan is implemented; it would create 800 more square miles of coastal wetlands and dry land.

OO How Do We Fix Air Pollution? It’s Simple But Not Easy –

It Needs Political Will – in the UK, diesel engines are to blame, but the government has yet to act.

OO Protecting Our Seas Stops Overfishing, Slows Climate Change indicates growing evidence; this is especially important for remaining pristine areas.

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An App For Avoiding This?

OO Carpooling Apps Could Slash Congestion, Fuel Use, And Emissions shows new research by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers.

OO As Clean Energy Grows, Electricity Markets Must Evolve – Power markets sometimes devalue the energy from the growing levels of wind, solar and other clean energy resources, often focusing solely on price, without valuing added benefits, like less pollution.

To address the ever-growing US appetite for the increasing, most affordable sources of cleaner, carbon-free power, markets need to reflect clean renewable energy’s real value rather than discriminate against them.

OO Lesotho, Africa: Drought-Resistant Farming

Could Also Lighten Female Domestic Burdens

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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New Changing Combinations of Species Mark Novelty Areas undergoing ecological change, as changing temperatures and precipitation create new weather regimes, and species shuffle, or die out. Areas high in such change are red, descending through yellow to blue. Source Ordonez et al, 2016, Nature Climate Change, at nature.com

OO A New Map Of Earth’s Ecology-Scrambling Climate Patterns

OO Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect US –

But Fewer Stronger Ones Still Threaten – periods of high hurricane activity create coastal buffers weakening storms at landfall, a new study indicates, but periods of low hurricane activity do not.

MEH: Previous studies show that under climate change, regardless of activity levels, extreme hurricanes are expected to intensify further.

OO Himalayan Bloom Brings Spring Forward Into Winter – The flowering season of Himalayan rhododendrons has moved forward by three months in response to climate change, with the peak shifting from May to February.

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OO Climate Change Threatening World’s Coral Reefs With Bleaching in which heat-stressed corals evict vital symbiotic algae, often followed by death. Nearly all coral reefs will be affected by 2100, indicates a new analysis that looks at local impacts.

MEH: a 2011 study of general impacts, however, indicates that most coral reefs could be gone by 2050. Alas, previous experience suggests that scientists tend to underestimate how rapidly climate change engendered disasters unfold.

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Nesting Avocets Source National Geographic

OO What’s Killing The World’s Shorebirds? These highly migratory birds meet many increasing challenges along the way from summering Arctic grounds to the southern hemisphere. Takeaways:

  • Crashing populations indicate many species could rapidly go extinct.
  • Causes include rapid climate change in the Arctic taking its toll;
  • Coastal development and agricultural shifts are destroying habitat;
  • Hunting in the Caribbean could also be important.

OO Climate Change Threatens Many Birds that migrate and need “rest stops” along the way. Takeaways:

  • Climate change could destroy migrant route rest stops,
  • Depriving birds of needed food,
  • By disrupting the life cycles of forage vegetation and insects.
  • The pace of climate change is likely faster than birds’ ability to
  • find new migratory stops, scientists worry.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Beautiful Brown University: The Only Ivy League That Signed On to a letter by hundreds of other US colleges and universities. Are you an Ivy League alumnus of Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, or Cornell University? Get your fellow alumni to urge your alma mater to sign the open letter.

OO On Climate Change, Higher Education Leaders Call On Trump To Reverse Course – In an open letter, more than 200 leaders from educational institutions urge support for the Paris agreement and other measures to tackle climate change.

OO Boston: Thinking Globally, Suing Locally – As sea levels rise, the toxic Exxon pollution of a local river could eventually come pouring into local homes of a Boston suburb.

For the first time ever, people are suing Exxon for failing to take steps to protect their homes from such a scenario.

OO Native Americans Fight Texas Pipeline Using ‘Same Model As Standing Rock’– The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US.

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A Safe, Just Future: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez wants it, and is willing to sue for it. Credit Nin Hindmarsh

OO Teenage Environmental Crusader Wants To Spark Youth Action:

Sues US Government for Destroying Her Future – along with a group of other young people; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez made headlines around the world when she stood before the UN Earth Summit in 2015 to speak about environmental.

OO Philippines: Group Wants To Suspend Bataan Coal Power Plant Operationsand called on concerned government agencies to uphold the suspension of the operations of the Limay Bataan coal power plant for dumping toxic coal ash.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Jobless From an Unreliable Dirty Industry – why are lawmakers trying to support a floundering industry that continues to dirty its citizens’ future?

OO Wyoming’s Great Disconnect On Coal – The state’s political leadership doubles down on coal while the industry flounders.

OO Ontario: Gasoline Prices Rise As Their Carbon Price Kicks In under the new cap-and-trade plan, and are expected to climb throughout 2017.

OO Population Growth To Fuel Surge In Energy Demand And Climate Change By 2040 notes Exxon if we don’t bring our populations to sustainable levels, and switch to mostly clean renewable energy. [FD: they didn’t mention the climate change connection.]

Exxon predicts oil will remain the primary fuel. Let’s prove them wrong!

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The Whitehouse Will Be Open For Business January 20, 2017

OO US On Track To Become Net Energy Exporter By 2026

– And Thus, a Merchant of Climate Change – The amount of energy Americans use and the pollution they emit from using coal, oil and natural gas are not likely to change radically over the next 30 years, says the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook.

OO High Stakes Lawsuit: UK Judge To Rule On

Rights Of Communities To Sue Multinationals For Pollution – specifically, Nigerian communities want to sue Shell Oil in London for polluting their environments as it profited from mining oil.

Depending on the decision, some legal experts predict this could attract more cases against multinationals in Britain.

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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.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO What Customers Need To Know Before Going Solar: A Quick Primer – Americans are going solar in droves. Here’s what you need to know as you join them.

OO Solar Industry Tackles Financial Barriers By Merging Two Key Organizations

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OO The States Most Friendly To Rooftop Solar, Ranked

OO Hawaii Electric Aims To Hit 100% Renewables 5 Years Early (2040) with a new power supply plan that involves an added mix of mostly solar power, some wind power, and demand response programs.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 17, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Solar Surges, Climate Change Got Real, 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. And no, this isn’t photoshopped.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this tiny mighty ant in Borneo, Indonesia, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Frenki Jung

OO Consumer Pressure To Ditch Deforestation
Reaching Indonesia Oil Palm Plantation Giants
says a new report, with some of the giants issuing stronger sustainability policies – but that’s far from enough.

OO After Asia, Palm Oil Faces Backlash In Africa – after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa.

OO An Indonesian Village’s First Female Chief Ended Illegal Logging with spies and checkpoints.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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This Was Once Amazonian Forest.

OO Brazil Risks Falling Behind on Climate Change As Deforestation Rises and the threat of anti-environmental legislation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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VANISHING LIFE

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A Clever Parrot Remembered, But His Species Is Nearly Extinct – Alex had a vocabulary of 100 English words by the end of his life, and showed just how intelligent parrots can be. Source http://www.africangreyparrot.org

OO Elephants, Giraffes, Cheetahs: We’ll Never See These Animals Again – in the multitudes that they were. Populations of many species are plummeting, and some may never recover, mostly because of habitat loss and human activities; climate change is also a factor.

  • Most scientists agree that we are experiencing a 6th mass extinction,
  • but unlike the previous 5 caused by cataclysmic natural disasters,
  • humans are responsible for this one –
  • and it’s happening incredibly fast.

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2016: CLIMATE CHANGE GOT REAL

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Source NSF Central Arizona Phoenix LTER site

OO The Most Important Climate Stories Of 2016 says Climate Central. Takeaways:

  • It was the hottest year on record – again.
  • July and August tied for the hottest month recorded yet.
  • The Paris Climate Pact began enforcement.
  • Carbon Dioxide levels hit 400 ppm permanently, ensuring worse climate change.
  • The world breached the 1.5 C increase threshold – briefly.
  • The Great Barrier Reef was decimated by hot waters.

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  • Fossil fuel divestment, and clean energy investment hit record highs.
  • The Arctic had a record heat wave during its winter twilight, and hit record highs;
  • Its ice dwindled to a record level for winter.

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Without US Help Coral Reefs Will Likely Disappear – how willing is the US willing to tackle climate change? Source qz.com

OO 2016: When Climate Change Became Undeniable to anyone paying attention to the news:

1. a record amount of coral perished on the Great Barrier Reef:
almost all of the nearly 3,000 corals were affected by coral bleaching to varying degrees:
2/3rds of shallow water corals in the northern part died as waters became persistently hot.

Related Headline:

OO The Great Barrier Reef Is Dying, And Global Warming Set The Scene – Greenhouse-gas emissions must come down, and rules restricting runoff and fishing must be tightened.

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2. Polar sea ice the size of India disappeared – ice at both poles is at record lows.
3. Biggest polar glacier is melting – adding to sea level rise.

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US East Coast Communities Felt The Brunt Of Sea Level Rise– which now floods some areas regularly. Source qz.com

4. It’s the hottest year yet – for the third year in a row…

5. Meanwhile, Brazil continues to eat up the Amazon forest, one of the planet’s major air conditioners and carbon storage areas, and coffee production is now threatened.

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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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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

OO 5 Under-Reported Climate Change Stories Of 2016

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The Good All Electricity Could Be Generated Cleanly From Renewables research shows, if governments focus on:

  • Integration of electricity grids
  • Paying individual energy generators to feed excess energy into the grids;
  • Setting up price structures according to demand at time of use.

Keep It In the Ground Movement – is surging as millions recognize that we can’t burn fossil fuels anymore and create a decent future with a safe climate.

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Credit Michael Lukovich

The Bad

US GOP Climate Denial Threatens Humanity by weakening US human will to confront an increasingly deadly reality and future.

Loss of Polar Ice which reflects light, a source of heat, back to space. Polar ice is at record lows as the poles heated to record highs.

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Screencapture from the film Cowspiracy

The Ugly

Producing Meat Produces Lots of Climate-Changing Methane Worldwide.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO Oil Companies Face Deadline To Stop Polluting California Groundwater with their oily wastewater into Central Valley aquifers. What in heaven’s name were they thinking? Do any of them drink water?

OO China Fines 600+ Power Plants Nearly $50 Million For Environmental Breaches and falsifying data to claim green subsidies.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Credo of Wisconsin Leadership: Ignorance is Bliss! Source Political Humor – About.com

OO Wisconsin Dept Natural Resources Purges Climate Change From Web Page – removing the facts that humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change.

Good going, gov! That will be SURE to make it go away!

OO Tillerson Led Exxon’s Shift On Climate Change;
Some Say ‘It Was All P.R.’
History suggests that however earnest Exxon Mobil might sound in its shift on policy, it has done little or nothing to help put carbon taxes into effect.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

OO Scientists Show Just On How Much Trump Could Damage The Planet – creating far more damage by slowing US policies, and discouraging other countries from acting.

And some of that damage will likely be irreversible.

OO Tillerson Climate-Change Testimony Set Before Trump Sworn In Lawyers for teenagers claiming the U.S. government failed to protect the environment from global warming plan to question under oath Tillerson on his knowledge of climate change.

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Credit Mike Luckovish at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, modified

OO 2017: Trump Peddles Climate Doubt In A World Sold On Action in a world where climate change affects almost all international dealings.

OO Trump Spokesperson: No Climate Change, Earth Is 5500 Years Old says Anthony Scaramucci a member of the Trump transition team; as recently as June 2016, he had said was irrefutable, and decried climate deniers.

Yes – this flipflopper is a scarin’ me, too!

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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A Man of Courage – And Vision: John Kasich

OO Ohio Gov John Kasich Breaks With GOP,
Keeps Renewable Energy Standards
vetoing GOP legislators’ attempt to halt the state’s requirements that utility companies get more and more energy from renewable sources.

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Net Zero Never Looked So Beautiful – as the town of Burlington, VT, which has created a plan to use no more energy than it generates. Source http://www.icampix.net

OO Five US Cities At The Forefront Of The Fight Against Climate Change

  • Portland, OR has voted to ban construction of bulk fossil fuel facilities;
  • Burlington, VT has created a plan for the city to go ‘net zero’ – consuming only as much energy as it generates; in 2014, it became the first US city to run on 100% renewable power.

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  • San Diego, CA is the largest US city to commit to run on 100% renewables
  • Cleveland, OH is working on the first US freshwater offshore wind farm, on Lake Erie.
  • Baltimore, MD is the first US city to develop neighborhood disaster centers to help the neediest when disasters strike.

HOT NEWS

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OO 2016’s Super Warm Arctic Winter ‘Extremely Unlikely’ Without Climate Change scientists and a new analysis say.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Positive Environmental Stories From 2016

1) Global carbon emissions appear to have stopped increasing. As more clean energy and other lower-emitting sources of energy like natural gas replace coal. A good start, but emissions have to dramatically drop to really slow climate change.

2) Worldwide, wind and solar are booming. The U.S. solar and wind power industries experienced a blockbuster year in growth, which shows few signs of slowing.

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Credit Jean-Paul Pelissier at Reuters

Renewables account for only about 23 % of the electricity produced worldwide, but that will rise to 28% by 2021, says a new International Energy Agency report, as the costs of building wind and solar farms continue to decline.

3) Most world leaders seem determined to combat global warming, with nearly 200 countries joining a landmark climate accord in late October.

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OO Green Energy Can Increasingly Match – Or Beat – Fossil Fuel Prices a new report says.

OO Big Utility Sees More Efficiency, Cheap Renewables Lead To $10 Oil By 2025 if not sooner, says the innovation chief at French untility giant, Engie SA.

“Solar, battery storage, electrical and hydrogen vehicles, and connected devices are in a ‘J’ curve,” Thierre Lerpercq said.

OO China To Cut Solar, Wind Power Prices As Project Costs Fall due to solar panel price plunges of about 30% in 2016 alone. Wind turbine prices have also fallen.

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Bright Blows The Breeze and the homes it lights with the first US offshore wind farm.
Credit Michael Dwyer at AP

OO Block Island Wind Farm: First US Offshore Wind Farm should power 17,000 Rhode Island homes from 600-foot turbines, anchored in 90 feet of water fifteen miles off the coast.

OO Alberta’s New Carbon Tax Is All About The ‘Long Game, says deputy premier. Nearly
$10 billion of expected carbon tax revenues will either be siphoned back into the economy by way of diversifying the energy industry, or rebate it back to low- and middle-income Albertans.

OO Ontario Set To Tackle Climate Change With Cap-And-Trade Launch on Jan. 1, 2017.

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OO ‘This Is Possible. We Did It’:
The Week Portugal Ran On Renewables
proving they can replace fossil fuels.

OO Christmas Day 2016 Sets New UK Green Record for renewable energy use.

OO Top China Coal Province Vows 20 % Cut In Pollution By 2020 overseen by a government known to push people to fulfill public vows.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Now Imagine the First Floors Flooding before 2100 in Miami.

OO Which US Cities Will Climate Change Flood First? Takeaways:

  • Climate change is real,
  • Sea levels are rising, and pretty soon,
  • ocean-front property will become ocean-floor property.
  • Watch out Miami, New Orleans, New York – and coastal military bases.

OO Sea Level Rise May Permanently Flood Parts Of Tampa By 2040 says a new study released by the city and country planning commission.

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Faces Fleeing Climate Change seeking refuge at a center that will provide them food, after their own crops failed. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times

OO Photographing Climate Change Refugees by drone and on foot.

OO Smog In Northern China Shuts Highways, Causes Canceled Flights disrupting the first day of the New Year holiday.

OO Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest Faces Fracking Threat

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OO Major Flooding In UK Now Likely Every Year warns lead climate adviser, but ministers still have no coherent long-term plan to deal with it.

OO Rising Seas Drowning Maryland Refuge destroying habitat at Blackwater refuge, rising sea levels drown habitat and native plants, and converting nearly eight square miles of marsh into open water.

OO Climate Change Threatens Famed Tourist Destination: The Amalfi Coast As changing land use and increasingly intense rains threaten mudslides on its steep slopes.

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OO Fish Seek Cooler Waters, Leaving Some US Fishermen’s Nets Empty – Catch limits for fishermen are often based on where fish have been most abundant in the past. But they have failed to keep up with geographical changes, wreaking havoc among state fisheries.

OO Bangladesh Heads Towards A Water Crisis as mismanagement, pollution, declining groundwater tables and rising seas increase salt intrusion into dwindling supplies.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Source Reuters

OO The Next Wave Of Migrants Needs Better Policies To Ensure Their Survival Takeaways:

  • Given worsening climate change effects, from prolonged drought to rising seas,
  • the next wave of climate migrants will be bigger, mostly Asian,
  • and find a world less prepared to receive them.

Governments must:

  • educate citizens on the threats of climate change;
  • make it easier and safer for people to move – or stay.
  • Destination countries will need structures and services to receive migrants,
  • Or face the chaos these migrants will cause.
  • It’s time to start the discussion.

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Source blog.solargardens.org

OO How To Expand Solar Access To New York’s Affordable Housing Community by partnering with entities whose expertise combined can do far more in tackling technical and financial obstacles.

OO Ohio Considers Landfills For Solar Farm Sites

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Dangerous Climate Change Truths Are Growing as scientists understand better the links between extreme weather and climate change.

OO Climate Change Driving Birds To Migrate Early, Research Reveals, arriving at their breeding grounds earlier – where their food sources may not be ready.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Trump Trump: Fund Climate Action Abroad say 100+ organizations to Obama, before he leaves office.

How? Pay the remaining $2.5 billion pledged to the UN Green Climate Fund, which helps poor countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. This is something Trump could not undo.

OO A Climate Doubting Scientist Doubts No Longer:
Global Warming Is Melting Greenland Ice Sheet
– it took five years of increasing evidence to finally convince him. He’ll see a lot more in the years ahead.

OO Two Pipeline Protesters Arrested After Hanging Banner At Vikings Game protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Painting the River Black: Coal Ash gives you an idea of how coal ash can destroy an environment and your water, a valuable resource. Source wfae.org

OO More Coal Ash Concerns Uncovered
At North Carolina Belmont Duke Plant
Environmentalists say Duke Energy failed to inspect a potentially dangerous 50-year-old pipe.

OO Frack Drilling Site Noise Can Be Hazardous to human health, in addition to other hazards, like breathing silica dust or drinking methane-infused water, says a new study.

OO China Energy Consumption Edged Up 1.4 % In 2016

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Devastation Machine Faces Dark Future while Canada facese a greener one, as it stops turning carbon storing forests into dead martian landscapes. Credit Peter Essick at National Geographic

OO 2016: Canada’s Oil Sands Downturn Hints At Ominous Future

OO ‘Outrageous’: Aussie Coal Mine Gets Expansion Nod Despite Secret, Incomplete Studies

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO Solarcity Raises Another $241 Million To Deploy Ever More Solar – Keep it up!

OO Panasonic To Invest Over $256 Million In Tesla’s U.S. Plant For Solar Cells

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 10, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Climate Change This Week: Nuclear Climate Change Threat, Solar Pathways, and More!

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

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

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That’s Not A Photoshopped Sky, Folks – super cell clouds are a type of extreme weather seen in the US, increasingly likely under continued climate change. You don’t want to be under it when it breaks. Welcome to 2017.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this beautiful butterfly in Papua New Guinea, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Solkadot at flickr

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Imagine This Polluted and Deforested – and treasure what you see now, a forest in Papua New Guinea. Credit Markus Mauthe at Greenpeace

OO Rainforests Of Papua New Guinea Threatened By Oil, Gas Boom

  • low levels of democracy and economic development,
  • combined with a recent history of resource extraction
  • that oversaw forest destruction,
  • indicates that the fossil fuel industry,
  • which, history shows, loves oil & gas far more than preserving forests,
  • will destroy yet more carbon storing forests
  • to extract climate changing fuels for profit.

Has anyone thought of boycotting the companies involved?

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Reducing Forests to Palm Oil and Pulp – is happening on Sarawak, the Malaysian part of Borneo, endangering orangutans, and destroying valuable biodiversity. Credit Matthias Klum

OO Palm Oil, Pulp Companies Behind Over Half of Malay Borneo Deforestation where one of the largest rainforests in the world is under siege.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHAT WE EAT

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No More Fried Fish? With climate change, fish are on the way out. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

OO Climate Change Could Have Devastating Impact On Global Fisheries if global temperature increases by more than the Paris agreement target of 1.5 C, finds a new study.

OO Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa: Shift In Climate Hits Coffee Harvest – To sustain the global two billion cup-a-day habit, new climate-resilient species of coffee must be developed, say scientists.

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STORMS HEAT UP

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OO Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) Landfalls
On The Philippines On Christmas
bringing destructive winds, massive storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall.

OO 2016: Top 10 Tropical Cyclone Events Potentially Influenced By Climate Change – they:

  • Showcased the type of future behavior to be seen increasingly under climate change;
  • Illustrated how the strongest storms are getting stronger, and
  • Are correlated with the hottest average ocean waters recorded.

“Tropical cyclones are heat engines which extract heat energy from the oceans and convert it to the kinetic energy of the storms’ winds.” notes one climate scientist.

  • Thus, it was not surprising that in 2016,
  • with the hottest ocean temperatures on record globally,
  • Also had the strongest landfall typhoons ever observed – with winds of 190 mph!

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OO Will We Miss Our Last Chance To Save The World From Climate Change?
“We have not hit the disastrous level,” says leading climate scientist James Hansen.

“But we are close.”

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Not a Nuclear Detonation, Which Will Be Much Worse – not only for those killed outright, but the hell that survivors will endure. This is a supercell cloud in Lubbock, TX in 2016.Credit tsd7t3 at http://www.reddit.com

OO A Nuclear Climate Change Threat:
World War Three, By Mistake
Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.

“Let it be an arms race,” says Trump.

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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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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ Late Night: Seth Meyers Slams Trump’s Climate Denial concluding – rightly, unfortunately – that what we do about it is a matter of life and death for us.

OO Trump Found The One Lonely Binder Full Of Climate Deniers
— And Hired Them All

OO Trumping The Environment – whether Clinton or Trump was elected, the environment was going to suffer.

But Trump’s nominations indicate that he will accelerate and amplify that environmental destruction to the undoing of all, including, ultimately, his own family and fortune.

OO Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary Flipflops On Climate Change Ryan Zinke took climate change seriously back in 2010, but not now.

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Credit Joel Pett at USA Today

OO Trump Says Energy Regulations Are Hurting Economic Growth:
The Evidence Says Otherwise
thanks to decades of innovation, smart regulation, and technology investment, the nation can grow and decarbonize at once.

OO Trump Team Asks State Dept. What It Spends On International Environmental Efforts as they appear to re-assess the worth of such efforts.

OO The Coming Battle:
Trump Team Vs. Economists – The True Cost Of Climate Change
The key difference, as Trump indicates, will be ignoring the facts.

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Preparing To Lose Jobs For the US Trump indicates he’ll focus on oil and gas instead of clean energy, which is a bigger employer than the fossil fuel industry.

OO Trump’s Potentially Toxic Effect On The Solar Industry – The US solar industry is a bigger employer than oil and gas extraction, but it fears disruption under a Trump presidency.

OO The Energy Dept Helped Start A Revolution –
But Doesn’t Know Who To Hand It Off To
– Costs for wind and solar have plunged 40-60 % since 2008. But the Trump administration wants to pursue fossil fuels.

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OO Canada’s Trudeau Says Trump Very Supportive Of Keystone XL and all the climate change it will enable. Jump for joy, kids!

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OO The Daily Show: Secretary Of State Nominee Rex Tillerson –
Mainlining Exxon Money Into Trump Treasuries
is probably Trump’s idea of his ultimate retirement nest egg. How?

  • Rex Tillerson’s500 BILLION oil deal with Russia
  • Fell through over its 2014 annexation of Crimea,
  • As part of US sanctions.

Guess who will probably pursue undoing those sanctions
So the deal can go through?
While flooding the world with lots more climate changing fuel?

Guess who will likely get amply rewarded after his presidency
— if not before then — by Exxon for doing so?

Trump will keep us guessing… he likes the suspense …

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Source collapseofindustrialcivilization.com

OO Rex Tillerson’s Record On Climate Change:
Rhetoric Vs. Reality
– He walked a fine line, as Exxon CEO, between Exxon’s support of denial and accepting mainstream science.

OO When Tillerson Looked Into Putin’s Eyes, He Found Black Gold The lifelong oilman will face intense grilling in Congress: Can he can put the national interest first, especially ahead of Russia?

There, over two decades, he built a relationshipwith a former spy Senator John McCain called “a bully and a murderer.”

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama’s Climate Legacy Checkered By Triumphs And Lost Opportunities – By relying on executive orders and regulations after his legislative majority disappeared, President Obama leaves his climate policies at risk under Donald Trump.

OO Obama Bans New Oil, Gas Drilling Off Alaska, Part Of Atlantic Coast in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.

OO US Interior Dept Finalizes Rule To Protect Waterways From Coal Mining one of Obama’s last major environmental regulations that the incoming Trump administration is likely to target.

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MELTDOWN

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What Happens In The Arctic Doesn’t Stay In the Arctic – where melting ice fuels more warming that, in turn, fuels ever stronger and more damaging hurricanes in the US, and typhoons in Asia.

OO Arctic Ice Melt ‘Already Affecting Weather Patterns Where You Live Right Now’ The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists say.

OO Spiking Temperatures In The Arctic Startle Scientists and is linked to climate change, may lead to shrinking ice coverage and even more warming in the region, scientists said.

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Source http://www.dialaflight.com

OO North Pole To Warm To Near Melting Point This Week:
50 Degrees Above Normal
despite the complete lack of sunshine that far north in December.

OO North Pole Hits Melting Point In Time For Christmas so Santa can just swim to you now.

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Warming Arctic Makes the Polar Jetstream Go Floppy – sending cold air south — and warm air north. Source NASA

OO The Arctic Is Showing Stunning Winter Warmth
— And Here’s Why
Takeaways:

  • Under global warming, the Arctic is warming much faster than the temperate zone;
  • This weakens the jetstream, a polar band of winds, slowing it
  • and creating a wavy course, sometimes dipping deep into the US.

These winds bring Arctic cold to the US –
AND even more warmth to the Arctic from warmer climes.
Thus, even in winter darkness, the Arctic is hitting warm highs.

If that’s so, subpolar land temperatures should be getting colder from this cold Arctic air, even as polar areas get warmer from the warm air coming up from the south. And that’s just what scientists are seeing.

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Prescient in 2006, and Now Unfolding for both bears and humanity. Credit Jim Morin, Miami Herald

OO November, 2016: The Polar Bear Capital Of The World Is Snowless – and polar bears could be extinct in Canada’s Hudson Bay by 2050.

If the bears are in trouble, so are we.

OO The Climate Refugees Of The Arctic – Polar bears have been left stranded on land desperately seeking other things to eat.

OO Leaving The Arctic Alone President Obama’s decision to block drilling has been a boon to efforts to protect fragile environments.

OO Warming Is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off A Cliff’ Clearer pictures of how glaciers worldwide are changing helps improve predictions of how everything from local water supplies to global sea levels could be affected as glaciers melt.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO 2016: A Year Of Transition From Talk To Action On Climate Change When it comes to climate change and tackling it, 2016 was a year of extremes.

OO EU Nations Back Stricter Emissions Rules For New Gasoline Engines after flaws were laid bare by the Volkswagen scandal.

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OO World’s First Solar Panel Road Opens In Normandy Village, France Where 2,000 cars use it daily in a 2 year test, to see if it can power street lighting.

OO Solar Panels Laid Atop Road Surface In Pilot Program At West Point around its visitor center, where the energy generated will help power it.

OO UK Hits Clean Energy Milestone:
50 % Of Electricity From Low Carbon Sources
– such as wind turbines, solar panels, wood burning and nuclear reactors between July and September.

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OO US Businesses Are Buying More Wind And Solar Electricity Than Ever Before to help lower their carbon footprint in offices, stores and factories, but wind has been historically cheaper, so it’s attracted far more attention.

Solar is playing catch up, however, as panel prices have plummeted via mass manufacturing, and new finance mechanisms make this honey pot even sweeter.

OO Republicans And Democrats Alike Want More Clean Energy and strongly support:

  • clean energy,
  • international climate agreements,
  • and cutting carbon pollution –
  • across the political spectrum, finds a new report.

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OO Keep Your Eye On The Climate Ball: It’s Not Trump, But India – Two big outside factors will be much more important than Trump: technological progress and policy in developing nations.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Climate Change Makes Women Question Childbearing as its projected impacts lead some to question how they could have a baby with such an uncertain future.

OO El Niño On A Warming Planet May Have Sparked The Zika Epidemic scientists report.

OO Climate Change Triggers New Diseases In Vietnam especially vector borne diseases, including dengue fever and malaria.

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The Tragic Young Face of Many thousands of children who are starving in Africa now. Source yournewswire.com

OO Hundreds Of Thousands Face Starvation And Death In Africa in the growing crisis no one is talking about. ‘As we enter 2017, over 37 million people across Africa are without food,’ warns International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO If You Want Peace On Earth, Take Care Of Creation

OO How To Convince Someone When Facts Fail Takeaways:

  1. keep emotions out of the exchange,
  2. discuss, don’t attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum)
  3. listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately,
  4. show respect,
  5. acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion,
  6. try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews.

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A Gold Mine of Fertilizer and Fuel – these trees can be a source of heat energy and biochar, a soil conditioner and fertility stimulant that also helps store carbon.

OO Stockholm’s Ingenious Plan To Mine Yard Waste Plant waste will be transformed:

  • into biochar, a soil conditioner that improves fertility;
  • the heat generated from making it will be fed into the city’s heating system.

Integrating relevant city sectors –
parks dept, urban gardeners, waste disposal service, energy providers –
creates a streamlined efficient cycle,
and a model for cities worldwide.

OO New Project Aims To Lure People To A Greener, Climate-Healthier Diet – It’s all in the marketing:

  • use the right words: “healthy” is out, “superfood” is in;
  • reframe the message: for ex. a greener diet, not anti-meat;
  • package vegetarian foods like animal-based foods;
  • use celebrities to promote desired behaviors, either avoiding or choosing.

The good news is that more people are opting for greener diets.

OO The Cloud Needs To Get A Whole Lot Greener In 2017 – There’s a hidden cost to online streaming: the coal needed to power the computer data centers that deliver all that content.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO California Forests Failing To Regrow After Intense Wildfires – Huge, destructive fires are more common with climate change:

  • so many mature seed-producing trees burn over large areas,
  • that forests can’t reseed themselves.
  • invading shrubs further block new trees growing.

The inability to renew carbon storing forests threatens to worsen global warming.

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SPEAKING OUT

Fossil of the Day Awards – were given out at the recent 2016 Marrakesh climate meeting, COP22 – a way of engaging people on climate change.

OO Digital Media Are Shaking Up Reporting On Climate Change – helping boost badly needed discussion about it. New digital media players are doing so by:

  • Using a solution-based approach;
  • Taking the audience on personal journeys;
  • Employing quizzes,
  • lists (hey, isn’t that what this is?)
  • and lightening the tone.

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OO The Guardian View On Climate Change Action: Don’t Delay

OO 26 Lawmakers Defend Energy Department Scientists Against Trump – Keep your hands off our climate scientists.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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The Shale Gas Bubble Has Popped but wells keep increasing; defunct wells will continue to leak the potent climate changing methane well after the fossil fuel profiteers are gone.

OO 2016 Shale Reality Check:
We’re Past The Bubble
– the best and richest wells have been drilled. These wells have short production lives.

MEH: but nothing stops them from leaking the highly climate changing methane in small amounts that, multiplied by millions of defunct wells, contributes substantially to climate change.

OO Black Lung, Incurable And Fatal, Stalks Coal Miners Anew – Appalachian health officials report a shocking rise in cases of black lung.

OO Abandoned Texas Oil Wells Seen As “Ticking Time Bombs” Of Contamination Texas is among several states grappling with a surge of abandoned drilling sites and dwindling funds to clean them up.

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Forest People Protect Forests Best Source Rainforest Rescue

OO Brazil’s Plan To Roll Back Environment Laws Draws Fire:
‘The Danger Is Real.’
Environmental and indigenous activists condemn a plan they say would threaten indigenous territories and make compliance with Paris deal impossible.

Indigenous forest people are the best preservers of forests, studies find.

OO New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests by allowing wood-fired power plants to keep claiming their operations are green for at least 13 more years — despite releasing more heat-trapping pollution than coal.

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A World of Endless Gray Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO Smog Linked To Third Of Deaths In China, Study Finds – (ie, close to a million deaths yearly) putting it on a par with smoking as a threat to health, based on the study of air pollution and mortality data in 74 cities.

OO Smog Returns To Haunt Several Chinese Cities Including Beijing on Christmas after a nearly week-long red alert for the worst smog of the year was lifted.

The solution?

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Why Should USA Care? What Happens in China Doesn’t Stay in China – their pollution hits the US 5 days later. Source NASA and ORBIMAGE

OO China Passes Laws To Tax Polluters –
But CO2 Doesn’t Make The Cut
– even though it is one of the major contributors to global warming.

OO China To Require Tougher New Vehicle Emission Standards For 2020

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

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO India Plans To Generate Nearly 60 % Of Electricity From Renewables By 2027 – Its government forecasts that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris 2016 by nearly half, and three years ahead of schedule.

OO India Using Less Energy: A Win For The Climate – especially as the country rapidly switches to clean solar energy.

OO Australia: Solar Cooling Systems Take Heat Out Of Summer’s Hottest Days

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 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.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the areas surrounding the US are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California – despite the river of water expected within days. With warm temperatures, most of that won’t translate into snowpack that will store water for 2017 agriculture.

Much of the US is colder than normal, which is also expected under continued climate change, as the polar jetstream, weakened by Arctic warming, starts sending Arctic air down into the US – and warm air into the Artic, warming it even further.

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

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

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

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

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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: Vanishing Life, Solar Power Boom Year, and More!

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in the blooming orchids and flowers in this gorgeous video, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests: 10% of all plants are endangered, a percentage growing as natural habitats are being wiped out by exploding human populations. Screen capture movingart.wistia.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Credit Rhett Butler, mongabay com

OO Indonesia’s Richest Are Deforesting It For Palm Oil
– And Helping Drive Climate Change
– nearly half of the 32 Indonesian billionaires listed in Forbes magazine have made their fortunes at least in part from palm oil, and that includes 6 of the country’s 10 richest. They sit at the top of a very unequal society… much like the US.

  • The expanding industry is decimating the country’s rainforests,
  • fueling a land-grabbing epidemic,
  • desiccating Indonesia’s vast peat swamp zones,
  • that fuel disastrous fires yearly, and blanket the region in a choking haze.

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Burning Up Our Future – as Indonesia sets fire to its peatlands (mostly) and forests, to clear them for the most lucrative agriculture: palm oil plantations. Source earthobservatory.nasa.gov

  • The entire planet suffers as resulting carbon emissions
  • Add to toxic air pollution and global warming,
  • And as we lose important carbon storing systems.
  • Ultimately, the future of rich and poor alike
  • will be destroyed by the
  • Avalanching effects of global warming.

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Forests Can Be Pandora Boxes Of Pathogens – We break them open at our own risk. Credit jarO at flickr

OO How Tropical Deforestation, Land-Use Change,
Is Driving Emerging Infectious Disease
is highlighted in a recent study of a global pathogen:

  • 250 known human emerging (new/newly increasing) infectious diseases are known
  • many have been traced to tropical rainforests, especially freshwater aquatic systems;
  • one such is the Buruli ulcer [BU] pathogen.
  • When deforestation destroyed a freshwater food web,
  • It destroyed top predators first –
  • allowing lower food chain organisms, hosting the BU pathogen, to increase –
  • the disease then increased in local human populations.

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A Single Explosion of a Pathogen Can Spread It as the Zika virus has shown.
Source Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Epilogue:

  • As deforestation increased further,
  • host organisms decreased;
  • Then both pathogen and human disease decreased.

Even a temporary explosion of a pathogen, however,
can result in its expansion (eg, the Zika virus),
or economically cripple an already struggling developing nation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MORE LIFE VANISHING

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Source discoverkenyaholidays.com

Cheetahs Are Racing Towards Extinction – one of the fastest animals on earth is no match for exploding human populations that are destroying its habitat.

OO Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis Is Far Worse Than You Think

In all of Earth’s history, there have been five mass extinction events.
The sixth is now underway,
Driven by the global scale of the human enterprise.
It can be stopped:
experts say we have the solutions we need.

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WHAT WE EAT

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OO Coffee Belt Feels Climate Squeeze – Takeaways:

  • Small-scale farmerrs grow most of the world’s coffee;
  • They now face falling production and quality
  • due to rising temperatures and extreme weather.

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Imagine That’s Squid Instead replacing the fish in this iconic English dish, fish n chips. But squid have much less of the omega 3 fats vital to human brain health. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

OO Fish Suppers Undergo Sea Change In UK as squid replace the fish; in the oceans, climate change appears to have benefited squids immensely.

OO Meeting Global Climate Target May Up Fish Catch
By 6 Million Tons Yearly
if countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new study has found.

  • But if we do not ultimately stop heating and acidifying oceans,
  • Through burning fossil fuels,
  • Humans could drive most types of fish to extinction.

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Oysters Are Also On the Climate Chopping Block – especially in the US northwest, where acid waters make growing the babies difficult. Source http://www.tabasco.com

OO Atmospheric Rivers Fueled By Climate Change
Could Decimate Wild Oysters In San Francisco Bay
– vis freshwater flooding from extreme storms, as happened in 2011, well before warming acidifying ocean waters do so.

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FEEL THE BURN YET?

@@ Jon Stewart’s 2014 Climate Protest Coverage,
& Hilarious Takedown of Climate Deniers
– okay, class, get out your paper mache and baking soda so we can show how climate science works to these nice people on the House Committee of Space, Science, and Technology – yes, yes, you’re right, Bobby, there’s mostly space between their ears…

Seriously, folks, it gets right down to clarifying to these IQ-challenged humans their confusion behind melting ice cubes in a glass…

TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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

OO Scientists Are Frantically Copying US Climate Data fearing it might vanish under Trump.

OO Trump Vows To Boost Drilling And Fracking;
Foes Turn To Courts

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OO Exxon Now In Charge Of US Climate Diplomacy – With Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, also a former head of a Russian company, as Donald Trump’s choice to head the State Department.

OO Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Is, Strangely, The Most Pro-Climate Trump Nominee – coming from a company that is struggling to come to grips with its role in global warming.

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times, modified

OO Fiends Of The Earth – Trump’s Climate Denial Team – Highlights:

  • Secretary of State: CEO Exxon Rex Tillerson, who oversaw misleading the public on climate change over the past decade or so…
  • Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry, who likes Texas wind, but loves fracking and pipelines; climate change is a conspiracy, he says…
  • Secretary of the Interiror: Ryan Zinke, who says climate change is real, but would love to open public lands to more fossil fuel fracking. I guess he wants to spread the joy.

This comprehensive piece also covers numerous other minor figure; the team threatens to corrode any US efforts to act on climate change.

OO Trump’s Transition: Climate Deniers Guide Every Agency Dealing With Climate Change

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Credit Michael Lukovich

OO Climate Denial Rides Trump’s Coattails To A Roaring Comeback

OO The Oil And Gas Industry Is Quickly Amassing Power In Trump’s Washington

OO As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward – say governors and mayors.

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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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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Beautiful Green Portland, OR Source http://www.acube.org

OO Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Stand Against Climate Change using a zoning ordinance, the Oregon city bans new projects and expansion of existing facilities.

OO Texas: EPA Proposing More Emissions Restrictions

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MELTDOWN

Credit NASA

OO New NASA Imagery Shows How Fast Glaciers Are Melting – containing nearly 70% of the world’s freshwater, they are slowly slipping into the sea, and raising sea levels.

But —

OO Trump Likely To Scrap NASA’s Climate Research – worries a senior NASA official, as Trump selects a climate denier to lead it. This will rob the US of finding out just how fast the planet is changing from global warming.

OO Shrinking Mountain Glaciers Are ‘Categorical Evidence’ Of Climate Change,
Scientists Say
Smaller glaciers worldwide are also steadily shrinking – and scientists say they constitute some of the clearest signals of climate change on the planet.

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Source NOAA

OO ‘The Arctic Is Unraveling,’ Scientists Conclude after latest sobering climate report, with unprecedented warming that has sent the Arctic into uncharted territory.

OO Incredibly Thin Arctic Sea Ice Shocks Researchers – it acts very differently from just 10 years ago, breaks up far more easily, and melts much faster.

OO Warm Ocean Water Is Melting The Biggest Glacier In East Antarctica scientists confirm. It’s the Totten Glacier.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion A record number of investors have agreed to – or already are – kicking fossil fuels to the curb and investing in clean energy.

OO Emerging Markets Now Deploy More Renewables
Than Developed Nations
– the center of the clean energy universe has shifted.

OO America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Spins To Life – The Block Island Wind Farm paves the way for more offshore wind projects elsewhere along the US east coast.

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OO California Adopts Nation’s First Energy-Efficiency Rules For Computers

OO Michigan Passes Legislation To Boost Renewables Mandate which the governor plans to sign into law.

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OO Bill Gates Pushes Green Energy On Call With Trump,
While Building $1 Billion Fund
– the fund will emphasize investing in clean energy innovations.

The thing is, Bill: we already have enough innovations – now we need the gigantic investment in building clean energy sources…. Come on, Bill, take a BIG leap!

OO Australia: Queensland’s Largest Solar Farm Plugs Into The Grid A Month Early

OO Luxury Giant Corp Will Cut Emissions 50% by 2025 – Kering owns high-end fashion brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Study: Miami’s Causeways Highly Vulnerable To Sea-Level Rise

OO San Francisco: King Tides Expected To Have More Impact As Sea Levels Rise

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OO Why Britain’s Coast Is Doomed – rising seas and storms; during the 2013-14 winter, storms:

  • generated the maximum recorded sea level at 20 of the 40 tide gauge sites around the UK,
  • and the largest number of extreme sea level events in any season in the last 100 years.

OO For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible – Crop failure, rising sea levels and flooding all caused by climate change is pushing migration like never before in South Asia, says a new study.

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A Risky, Often Lethal Ride – to a better life is sometimes the only choice open for people whose lives have been dismantled by climate change and violence. Source http://www.efddgroup.eu

OO Heat, Hunger And War Force Africans Onto A ‘Road On Fire’ – men and boys on the highly risky migrant trail out of countries like Niger and Mali say fickle rains and hotter days leave them no option.

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The Future Dries Up for many farmers in Africa, forcing many to become refugees. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times

OO Africa At Highest Risk Of Major Economic Blow From Future Climate Threats

  • Countries most dependent on agriculture are also
  • at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years
  • and face the biggest costs in dealing with the effects of extreme weather,
  • says a new global climate index.

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GOOD IDEAS

OO NASA Just Created A Stunning New 3-D View Of CO2 and how the potent climate changing gas moves through the atmosphere, thanks to NASA scientists, satellites and supercomputers.

OO Tackling New York’s Rising Power Demand With An Affordable Housing Microgrid The solar-plus-storage-plus-fuel-cell project showcases what utilities can do when they have the right incentives.

OO Breathe Less … Or Ban Cars:
Cities Have Radically Different Responses To Pollution
– When thick smog recently hit, Londoners were advised to avoid exercise, while Parisians got free public transport. Which is best?

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Pre-Cooked Beans Cut Firewood, Keep Forests as women need far less wood to reheat the beans, – and far less time to gather the wood and cook the beans.
Credit Pius Sawa at the Thomas Reuters Foundation

OO Pre-Cooked Beans Could Turn Down Heat On Africa’s Dwindling Forests – as factories pre-cook beans for mass distribution, it greatly reduces the firewood needed to reheat them, the cooking time, the levels of cooking pollution, and the levels of local deforestation.

OO Time To Focus On Cutting Manmade Methane Emissions which are growing faster than any time in the past two decades, most likely coming from food production, says an international team of scientists.

OO Scotland: Orkney Building A Hydrogen-Based Energy System,
Using The Wind And Ocean
– Scottish isles look to store and re-use excess generation from a tidal test bed.

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What A Fossil Fuel Investment Looks Like once it’s burned: climate change and toxic pollution.

OO Transparency Should Be Fossil Fuel Companies’ New Normal,
Say Climate Risk Experts
– economic experts unveil a set of recommendations to protect investors.

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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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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Polar Vortex: Expect More of These US Deep Freezers – as a heating Arctic loosens the jetstream up there, allowing it to loop deep into the US, bringing Arctic weather with it.

OO Global Warming’s Fingerprints Seen In 24 Weird Weather Cases in 2016 says a new scientific report. All studied heat related events were worsened by climate change.

OO Everglades’ Water At Risk From Sea-Level Rise, Scientists Say Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water – and potentially more taxpayer money – to save the Everglades, says a new study.

OO Killer Whales And Greenland Sharks Could See Polar Bears As Prey warn polar experts. Polar bears are already threatened by receding levels of ice and dwindling food sources in the Arctic.

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SPEAKING OUT

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“We’re facing big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world,” said CA Gov. Jerry Brown, and none know it better than the scientists under siege for uncovering the emerging reality of climate change. A group of them staged this demonstration on the city hall steps of San Francisco during the meeting.

OO ‘The Time Has Never Been More Urgent’:
At The World’s Largest Earth Science Event
– For some, the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union – the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world – was a call to action.

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, addressed the scientists, telling them, “the time has never been more urgent or your work ever more important. The danger is definitely rising.”

“We’re facing big oil, we’re facing big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world. It’s up to you as truth tellers, truth seekers, to mobilize.”

OO ‘An Epic Mistake’:
Environmental Groups Fume Over Rex Tillerson Nomination

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OO Actor Leonardo Dicaprio: Climate Action Is
US’s ‘Biggest Economic Opportunity’
in its history, no matter who holds political office, said the Hollywood star and environmental activist.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Source activistpost.com

OO Reversing Course, EPA Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

OO Despite Oil’s Collision With Climate Change,
Exxon Still Stepping On The Gas
– extracting and exporting it. And we’re letting them do it.

OO Pipeline 150 Miles From Dakota Access Protests Leaks 176,000 Gallons Of Oil– Native American tribes and environmental activists have warned that a similar spill from the Dakota Access pipeline could contaminate water supplies for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

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This Is What 24 States Want More Of?? – whether they realize it or not, they will get more of it with more freedom to emit fossil fuel emissions, which worsen dangerous weather and increase asthma rates, especially among the young.

OO 24 State Coalition Urges Trump To Kill Obama’s Carbon Emission Plan the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants. But is it really the people of those states who want this, or the fossil fuel industry supported lawmakers of them?

OO Black Coal, Thin Pickings:
China’s Miners Are Sick From Coal, And Losing Jobs

OO Highways Shut, Flights Grounded As Smog Blankets China’s Tianjin

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO The U.S. Solar Industry Is Booming — and It Isn’t Afraid of Trump – Takeaways:

  • 2016 was biggest U.S. solar industry boom year yet
  • with a record-breaking 4,000+ megawatts of solar capacity added in the third quarter alone;
  • the fourth quarter is on track to surpass it,
  • with continued growth expected through the rest of the decade.

OO The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts – that is, all the energy that goes into making a solar panel, vs. all the clean energy it generates over its decades lifetime.

Solar panels are a much cleaner investment than any fossil fuel, and the energy they generate are just as cheap in many areas as climate changing fossil fuels. Will we learn in time?

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 1, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: although Pacific waters off California are now colder than normal, the effects of the warm spot (now centered further south) linger: high levels of toxin in Dungeness crab from the gigantic algal bloom earlier in 2016 limit the season’s crab harvest.

Despite recent rains and a wetter winter than last, the drought persists in much of California, and the snowpack, vital to storing water for agriculture, is below normal.

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

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

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

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

Here’s to a Bright New Year in a Brave, New World!

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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Teenagers Sue For Their Future, and More!

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this African forest kissing lips plant, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Species of this group are becoming endangered due to African deforestation. Photo Source http://www.wonderslist.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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This Was Once Lush Forest in Africa and now a palm oil plantation. The world just lost one more clean water and air conditioning factory, and biodiversity and soil bank.

OO Palm Oil Boom: Companies Must Clean Up Their Act In Africa – Deforestation, climate change and land rights abuse: the palm oil industry has a troubled track record.

OO The Violent Costs Of The Global Palm-Oil Boom – People trying to reclaim land grabbed for palm oil expansion are being murdered, as are the lawyers trying to help them, around the world.

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From Seedlings Grow trees for wildlife and soil conservation on the moor. Credit Wayne Hutchinson at Alamy

OO England Deforestation Rising Above Tree Planting Replacement and government must keep to its targets to evade deforestation, say forestry groups.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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DENYING REALITY WITH FANTASY

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Source Political Humor at About.com

OO The Booming Conspiracy Culture Of Climate Science Denial – Conspiracy websites and hyperpartisan media outlets are building huge online audiences who want to hear climate change is a hoax.

Science Doesn’t Care About Your Opinion – cherry picking the facts won’t change them, or our future…

OO Note To Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real,
— And Stop Using Our Video To Mislead Americans!
97% of climate scientists agree: global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com recently wrote, which is a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case.

OO Fellow Lawmakers: Let’s Read Real Science News, Not Breitbar says the ranking member on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which recently tweeted a link to a widely debunked Breitbart article questioning warming due to climate change.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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

OO Trump Says ‘Nobody Really Knows’ If Climate Change Is Real –
Really, Donald, Most People Do – You’re Just Out of the Loop
– but he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris agreement.

OO How Far Must Trump Go To Gut US Climate Policies? Pretty far, actually, and he might not be able to count on Republicans in Congress for help.

OO Leaked: Trump’s Catastrophic Energy And Climate Agenda outlined in a leaked transition team memo obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy. Written by Trump’s head of the Energy Department transition team, it lists 14 planned policies. Here’s a sample:

  • Withdrawing from the Paris agreement;
  • Increasing federal oil and natural gas leasing;
  • Lifting the coal lease moratorium;

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Expect More Climate Change and Toxic Pollution From Trump‘s new policies.

  • Hitting reset on the Clean Power Plan;
  • Reconsidering the “endangerment finding” of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Redefining “Waters of the United States” – expanding the definition would trample state rights to regulate water quality.
  • Relaxing the federal fuel economy standards – a proven effective way to cut emissions.

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A Vast Array of Solutions Trump Wants to Erase – which, even in their entirety, is still inadequate to address continuing climate change. (That’s the More Needed part.)

OO How Trump Can Influence Climate Change Trump could weaken or do away with many of the Obama-era policies focused on greenhouse gas emissions, as this interactive shows.

OO Donald Trump Says He Will End Energy Regulations

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That’s EPruittA Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

OO Trump Picks EPA Enemy Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA and the US into fossil fuel polluting oblivion.

OO An Enemy Of The EPA Picked To [Be]Head It

OO Trump’s Picks For EPA And Interior Threaten The Future Of Clean Water

OO A Climate Denier Is Leading The NASA Transition

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Toxic Trio Trump, McCarthy, and Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s lawyer.

OO Trump’s Team Revives McCarthyism At Dept Of Energy – seeking names of employees and contractors involved in climate meetings, climate science, forging an international climate pact, and domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output. And the team isn’t even in the Whitehouse yet!

Roy Cohn, Joe McCarthy’s lawyer, was a mentor to Donald Trump.

OO Schnare Intimidated Climate Scientists — Now He’s Helping Trump Remake EPA

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama Administration Offers Parting Protections For Alaska Waters, Tribes closing off 40,000+ square miles of Bering Strait-area waters to future oil leases and requiring feds set up a system for increasing the input of Native people.

OO Army Blocks Drilling Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline ordered by Obama, but it’s only a temporary one, until Trump takes over.

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HOT MELTDOWN

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OO An Unusually Warm Arctic Year:
Sign Of Future Climate Turmoil
with significant effects on US weather. Takeaways:

  • barring a miracle, 2016 will be the warmest on record in the Arctic:
  • autumn temperatures soared 36 degrees F above normal over broad areas;
  • almost every month saw record high temperatures.
  • An Arctic hot spot above Scandinavia-west Russia will probably have big impacts on Asia weather.
  • All this is dramatically different from just 30 years ago:
  • Summer ice is disappearing fast, and
  • Winter ice is forming far slower.

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Warming Begats Melt, Begats More Warming is the point of how the albedo re-enforcing feedback loop works in the Arctic. As ice melts, the darker resulting water absorbs more heat, which melts more ice, which absorbs more… well, you get the idea. Source http://www.ClimateEmergencyInstitute.com

  • A major Arctic re-enforcing feedback cycle, the albedo effect,
  • – where warming melts ice, darker water absorbs more heat, melting more ice –
  • helps jumpstart other re-enforcing feedback cycles fueling further warming:
  • This increases global warming in a few ways:
  • Summer Arctic seawater absorbs far more heat than ice it replaces; and does so continuously as the sun never sets
  • Come fall, as ice forms, much of that heat is released into the air,
  • Keeping it warm for a long time.
  • Water vapor, a very potent heat absorbing gas,
  • is also released,
  • Which also keeps heat close to the surface, and
  • Helps more clouds form, which slows the escape of heat.

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Record Polar Heat Not Unexpected in the Arctic, says Jennifer Frances, an award-winning climate researcher at Rutgers University. It pretty much supports predictions of our human-caused climate change models. Photo Source http://www.theecologist.org

  • As Arctic temperatures warm closer to temperate ones,
  • The jet stream wind track wobbles,
  • looping way down into the temperate zone
  • And bringing lots of heat and water vapor from there to the Arctic,
  • Warming it further.

All this might signal a speeding up of global warming.

“This year was not unexpected —
it was a continuation in the losses of ice
and the warming in the Arctic.”

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Sea Ice Loss Dooms Polar Bears – And People, for dramatic changes in the Arctic foretell dramatic changes in the weather far south of there, where humanity lives. Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

OO Polar Sea Ice The Size Of India Vanishes In Record Heat
off Antarctica AND the Arctic
, where ice is at record lows for this time of year, in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.

OO Polar Bear Numbers To Plunge A Third As Sea Ice Melts in 25 years, says the first systematic assessment of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world’s largest bear.

OO This Is Not Normal, People:
Arctic And Antarctic Hit Record Low Sea Ice

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An Ice Giant Gone Soon Than Thought , new evidence suggests the giant ice sheet of Greenland can melt far faster and more far more frequently than thought. Photo Source The New York Times

OO History Reveals Greenland Ice Might Melt Much Faster Than Believed, having melted several times between ice ages, new evidence indicates. If so, expect sea levels to rise much faster, too.

OO Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Less Stable Than We Thought – Takeaways:

  • Evidence shows that the sheet melted to less than 10% of its current size,
  • And stayed that way for nearly 300,000 years within the past 1.4 million years.

If the entire sheet melts, it will increase sea levels by 24 feet, flooding out most major coastal cities.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Economic Growth Goes Up, As Emissions Down: Why Burn More Fossil Fuels?

OO US: State Emissions Decoupling From Economic Growth Decarbonization is happening at the states’ level. But it needs to happen faster.

OO Operations At World’s First Integrated Geothermal-Hydropower Plant Begin at its Cove Fort site in Utah.

OO Google Will Achieve 100 % Renewable Energy In 2017 – go, google, go! The web services leader crosses the finish line ahead of most of its peers.

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The Power of Speaking Out – public opposition has played a part in delaying and stopping other fossil fuel infrastructures, besides the stoppage of the Dakota access pipeline helped by the opposing Sioux Nation. Photo Source http://www.thegazette.com

OO Not Just Dakota: Many Other Fossil Fuel Projects Delayed Or Canceled, Too due to a combination of market forces and strong public opposition.

OO Protesters’ Win ‘A Wakeup Call’ For Other Pipeline Projects

but…

OO Dakota Pipeline Likely To Be Continued Under Trump – The decision to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is likely to be overturned by Trump’s gang.

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OO Germany’s Aggressive Switch To Renewables Will Save Nearly $200 Billion

OO Latin America Is Set To Become A Leader In Alternative Energy

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Canada Just Got More Beautiful – a carbon price might make it easier to see the beautiful aurora borealis up there. Source pinterest

OO Canada Set To Agree Carbon Price, Marking Climate Split With Trump

OO Five West African Countries Ban ‘Dirty Diesel’ From Europe – Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast to block imports from oil companies and traders of diesel with sulphur levels many times European limit.

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OO International Energy Agency Cuts Coal Demand Forecast For Fifth Year In A Row – The volume of coal used across the world fell for the second year running in 2015 and is set to stay below peak levels in 2016.

OO Plans Falter For West Coast Coal Terminal – And Exporting Climate Changing Coal

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Extreme Storms Will Be A Lot More Frequent As Climate Warms – The number of heavy downpours in much of the U.S. could increase five-fold by the end of the century, causing flash floods, mudslides and ruining crops, climate researchers predicted Monday.

OO Warming Climate Linked To Changes In Great Lakes Food Web says a new study, and that affects the fish we get out of it, and water quality.

OO The Pacific Warm Water “Blob” Really Messed Up The Northeast Pacific scientists confirm, and contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

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Ask Not for Whom The Trees Die… these bells ring a warning for us.Source USFS at SF Chronicle

OO Spread By Trade And Climate, Bugs Butcher America’s Forests – An expanding army of insects is draining the life out of forests across the US.

Aided by global trade, warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to US biodiversity.

OO Unhealthy Forests Affect Distant Ecosystems – When a significant number of trees die, due to drought, heat, insect infestation or exploitation, the climate of forests in faraway lands is altered.

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Pikas Are Declining, Too! Living already above tree line, these baby bunny look-alikes have no where to go if it gets too hot for them. Source flickr

OO Surprising Number of Local Populations Of Species Going Extinct a new study says. Takeaways:

  • Hundreds of species around the world—plants, animals, marine life—
  • are experiencing local extinctions due to climate change.
  • Local extinctions hollow out a species, increasing its chances of going totally extinct.
  • Researchers say it’s likely to be just the beginning.

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A Great, Beautiful Kingdom Is Dying due to our greed for consuming things and reproducing, far beyond the carrying capacity of our home, Earth. Photo Source http://www.tourismontheedge.com

OO Great Barrier Reef Not Likely To Survive If Warming Trend Continues says report. Report projects by 2050 more than 98% of coral reefs will be afflicted by ‘bleaching-level thermal stress’ each year.

OO The Great And Dying Barrier Reef Australia persists in mining coal even though carbon emissions are killing the world’s most spectacular reef.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Isn’t What You Are Doing to Our Future Illegal? And these teenagers are suing right up the chain of US courts.

OO The Teen-Agers Suing Over Climate Change – Young plaintiffs in a number of states have sued the federal government as part of a legal effort to force action to address climate change.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The 10+ Year California Drought Could Last Much Longer if the past 1,000 years is any guide. Megadroughts lasting up to 100 years occurred during this time.

OO Climate Change Costs: Congress Approves Nearly $560 Million For California Drought and many other water projects, too.

OO Uganda, Africa: Population, Climate And Food Issues – exploding human growth and worsening drought fueled by climate change, are causing agriculture to eat into valuable wetlands, which generate moist regional weather.

MEH: But as farming also sucks this area dry of water and soil fertility, it will dry the climate further: this
overpopulated country is headed towards becoming another tragic Sudan.

OO Northeast Christmas Tree Farmers Get Drought In Their Stockings – Drought has killed many young trees on farms across New England.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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GOOD IDEAS

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Then and Now For a Major Water Supply – is shown in these satellite images of California’s Lake Mead.

OO Mapping Three Decades Of Global Water Change via satellite image data.

  • New research reveals how water distribution has changed over the earth in the last 30 years.
  • It’s easy to see the effects of climate change: the US western drought, for example.

OO Hurricane Matthew Showed The Value Of Coastal Wetlands, Oyster Reefs to fight coastal erosion, and the value of conserving them. They worked as intended.

OO London Will Double Its Spending On Cycling Infrastructure

OO New Nanogenerator May Lead To Human-Powered Smartphones – Known as a biocompatible ferroelectret nanogenerator, or FENG, it could one day be used to generate power all sorts of portable and wearable devices using human motion, energy that can be converted into electricity.

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A Ticket To Ride To A Clean Solar Powered Future with the first US solar road being tested in Idaho. Source http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org

OO US Solar Panel Roadways: The First One Is Being Tested – solar panels covered with bulletproof glass. The developers think they will more than pay for their maintenance and cost with the power they deliver.

OO Why Electric Cars Are Only As Clean As Their Power Supply

OO Paris: If The Pool Is Warm, Thank The Washing Machine
– City Reuses Waste Heat in Clever Ways
– from unconventional sources like household wastewater.

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OO Across North America Native Peoples Push For A Renewable Energy Future

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Rice Is Nice, But Generates Methane in its growth, even if this farmer planted a really cool work of art.
Source thoughtpantry.wordpress.com

OO Atmospheric Levels Of Methane, A Powerful Greenhouse Gas, Are Spiking, scientists report, and blame increasing agriculture, rather than fossil fuels, for its increase.

OO Climate-Conscious Vietnam Choosing Coal Over Nuclear ,which is succumbing to rising costs and environmental fears, forcing Vietnam back into coal.

MEH: Why isn’t this country investing heavily into clean renewables and sustainable populations, instead?

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Buying Beneath the Waves What We Can’t Use – Offshore fossil fuels cannot be burned if we are to slow the pace and magnitude of catastrophic climate change. Credit Kein at Wikimedia Commons

OO Oil, Gas Industry Leaders Eagerly Invest
In Future Climate Change –
Take Stakes In Mexican Offshore Fields
paying billions in an auction of deepwater drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, further nailing the coffin lid of their children’s future – and ours.

OO Auto Group Tries To Block EPA From Finalizing Vehicle Rules with tough fuel economy standards through the 2025 model year — one of the most effective ways of cutting climate changing emissions.

OO North Dakota Could Be Biggest Loser In Ruling Against Oil Pipeline as delays cost pipeline’s builder hundreds of millions of dollars; the nation’s energy supply is unlikely to suffer.

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO These 3 Maps Show The Absurd Growth Potential Of US Rooftop Solar – Takeaways:

  • in every state, home rooftop solar could be a major energy resource;
  • total US rooftop solar could supply 25 % of all the continental US electric demand.

OO Solar Power Will Cross A Carbon Threshold By 2018 – A new study shows that solar panels more than make up for the carbon that is released during their production.

Related Headline:

OO Solar Panels Have Been Benefitting The Climate ‘Since 2011’

OO New Storage-Paired Solar Tracker Expands A Solar Plant’s Energy Output

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 19, 2016

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is colder than normal as a weakened jetstream delivers Arctic weather deep into the US. Meanwhile, the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

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

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

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

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

Peace On Earth and Happy Holidays, All!

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Climate Change This Week: Extinction, Taxing Climate Denial, and More!

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Borneo proboscis monkeys, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Wikipedia

OO Deforestation On Borneo: Fighters For The Forest – As humans dramatically shrink Indonesia’s rainforests, 4 activists fight to stop the loss, using everything from their bare hands to smartphones.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Forest in Flames Fanning Climate Change releasing huge amounts of climate changing gases as it is destroyed. Credit Dado Galdieri at AP

OO Brazil: Amazon Deforestation Increased Almost 30% Over Last Year

OO Huge Peru Rainforest Lost To Illegal Gold Mining says a recent analysis, with up to 150,000+ acres of forest lost in four years.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SOIL AND CLIMATE

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Imagine This Gone… Imagine Famine as the world’s population rises, and arable land falls. Source dujardindesign.com

OO Only 60 Years Of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues – Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years.

If current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said.

But, what if climate change accelerates soil loss?

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Flooding Causes Loss of Crops – AND Soil Source http://www.bbc.co.uk

OO Climate Change Impacts On Soil include accelerating erosion due to:

  • more frequent and intense flooding;
  • more coastal storm erosion;
  • more loss of arable soil through rising sea levels and salinization;
  • more droughts that desertify soils;
  • more intense wildfires that literally burn up the soil.

This means we likely have significantly less than 60 years of farming left.

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Photo Credit Lester Lefkowitz at Corbis

‘While it now seems that ploughing of any kind is incompatible with the protection of the soil, there are plenty of means of farming without it.’

OO What If The World’s Soil Runs Out? Flawed farming practices and policies are destroying the soil and fuelling health crises as well as conflicts, warns a soil expert. And climate change is helping.

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TAXING CLIMATE DENIAL

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The Two Scourges of Fossil Fuels: Global Warming and Toxic Pollution

OO Taxing Climate Denial
Via The Paris Climate Accord
– Takeaways:

Donald Trump’s administration plans to ignore climate change.

  • If the US fails to participate in the Paris climate accord,
  • US inaction could boost global temperatures up to nearly a 2 C rise by 2050,
  • Both through direct pollution,
  • and discouraging others to act.
  • Fossil fuels destabilize the planet via climate change,
  • And toxic air pollution that causes roughly 4,000 deaths daily.

Thus, the US should pay for the damage and deaths its promotion of fossil fuels will cause.

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Not Just Preserve But Regrow Our Carbon Storing Forests Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The solution?

  • Have every participant of the Paris climate accord
  • Agree to impose a multilateral carbon tax
  • on the trade (goods and services)
  • of any country which abandons its agreement.
  • The tax would be used to promote carbon cutting solutions:
  • Vastly developing clean, renewable power globally;
  • Reforestation;
  • Developing water and food security measures.

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WE ARE THE EXTINCTION METEORITE

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Faces of the Doomed include many species of plants and animals that cannot adapt to climate change fast enough. We might be among them.

OO Climate Changing “Too Fast” For Species – A study of more than 250 species of plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change.

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TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Losing Out to China means losing the opportunity for the US to make billions in the global clean energy market, and to create thousands of good paying jobs.

OO With Trump, China Emerges As Global Leader On Climate – For China, it is a matter of self-interest – reducing the choking pollution in its cities and seizing the economic opportunities of a low-carbon future.

OO Trump To Scrap NASA Climate Research In Crackdown On ‘Politicized Science’ as Trump seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration. Talk about wasting money.

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Get Ready for More Of This – as regulations in the Clean Power Plan that cut toxic pollution are dropped, more children will get sick from it. Source EarthJustice.org

OO Obama Environmental Regulations In Trump’s Crosshairs – all rejected by the fossil fuel industry:

  • Clean Power Plan to address climate change; Trump can simply cut EPA funding.
  • Wetland and Stream Protection plan.
  • Preventing Leaks of Methane, a super climate changing gas, from fossil fuel facilities, present and future.
  • Preventing Another Deepwater Blowout rule.
  • Protecting the Endangered Greater Sage Grouse from extinction; doing so slows gas lease sales.
  • Improve Fracking Safety on public lands.
  • Regulating Disposal of Toxic Coal Ash.
  • Protect Fracking Workers From Silica Dust.

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Expect More of This Under Trump Source wwf.com

OO Trump Wants To Lift Restrictions On ‘Clean Coal.’
— Whatever That Is
and pledged that in his first 100 days in office he would abolish a host of regulations to stimulate domestic energy production.

OO Trump’s Coal Delusions Such as coal meeting US energy needs for the next 1,000 years. No official agency thinks so. And that’s just for starters.

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

OO Trump Admits Humans Have ‘Some Connectivity’ On Climate Change and wavered on whether he would pull the U.S. out of international accords aimed at combating the phenomenon.

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Photo Credit Lars Plougmann

“Climate change is real and a potential threat to global food security.” – Phil Miller, Monsanto Vice President

OO What Businesses Want Trump To Know About Climate Change – Nearly 400 companies and nonprofits, including Monsanto and Staples, signed a letter urging Trump to stay in the Paris climate agreement and support policies that combat global warming.

Combating climate change is good for their customers, and good for business.

OO Trump Doesn’t Need To Choose Between Economy And Environment – helping the environment will help the economy.

OO Progress Under Obama Won’t Be Undone By Trump,
Says EPA Chief,
arguing “the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation.”

She cited new actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama’s Agencies Push Flurry Of ‘Midnight’ Actions, executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency.

OO Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land after Obama’s administration cancelled oil and gas leases on 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park.

OO Canada: Trudeau Government Deserves Credit For Getting Rid Of Coal

OO EU Requires Pension Funds To Assess Climate Change Risks in their investment strategies, under a new law that ecologists hope will encourage money to flow out of fossil fuels and into greener sectors.

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HOT NEWS

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OO US Record Highs Will Far Outpace Lows With Warming says new research, showing how

  • even seemingly small increases in average temperatures can make a big difference to the extreme weather that people experience.

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MELTDOWN

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North Pole, December 2016: Dark… and Unusually Hot with temperatures in some areas as much as 35+ F higher than normal. Source cci-reanalyzer.org

OO The Arctic Is A Seriously Weird Place Right Now – as intense warmth in both the air and oceans drove a mini-meltdown in November, when sea ice should have been rapidly growing.

It’s December now, and still abnormally hot.

OO Huge Antarctic Glacier Retreat, Triggered In 1940s,
Now Sped Up By Climate Change
– it now contributes more to sea-level rise than any other ice stream on the. A 1940s El Nino system enabled warm water to get under the glacier and melt the ice that had it hooked in place.

Once moving, however, global warming helps fuel its acceleration and melting.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Economics To Keep Wind And Solar Energy Thriving With Trump – Environmental rules and government subsidies are no longer the key drivers for clean power. Economics are.

OO Tesla Shock Means Global Gasoline Demand Has All But Peaked

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Keeping It Awesomely Beautiful the US is blocking new mining claims near Yellowstone.

OO US Moves To Block Mining Near Yellowstone – new claims, that is, to keep industry out of natural and environmentally sensitive areas.

OO Michigan’s Biggest Electric Provider Phasing Out Coal despite Trump’s stance.

OO Finland Set To Become First Country To Ban Coal Use For Energy and expected to announce a switch to renewable energy, becoming the first to outlaw the fossil fuel.

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Canada Just Got More Beautiful by planning to phase out coal use, which means clearer skies for viewing the aurora borealis. Source pinterest

OO Canada Announces Plan To Phase Out Coal By 2030 – coal currently accounts for close to 10% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Headlines:

OO Canada: Alberta Reaches $1+ Billion Deal To Shut Down Coal Plants

OO Environment And Climate Change Minister Plans To Move Canada To Cleaner Fuels – Minister Catherine McKenna is steamrolling ahead with growing measures to move Canada toward cleaner fuels and energy.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source ABC13.com

The Sea Slowly Reclaims at high tide on Palm Isle in South Carolina, a prelude of the eventual disappearance beneath the waves as sea rise proceeds.

OO Perils Of Climate Change Could Swamp US Coastal Real Estate – Homeowners are slowly growing wary of buying property in the areas most at risk, setting up a potential economic time bomb in an industry that is struggling to adapt.

OO On Virginia’s Vulnerable Coast, Fear Of Flooding Rises as experts warn that the Hampton Roads region is sinking while the sea is rising at the highest rate on the US East Coast.

OO Report: Climate Change Threatens New Mexico Surface Water Sources – Fallout from climate change is one factor straining the water supply in parts of Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, home to more than 200,000 residents.

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Bolivia: A Dried Dam and Thirsty Citizens Protest over water shortages.

OO Bolivia Declares State Of Emergency Over Worst Drought In 25 Years making funds available to alleviate a crisis that has affected families and the agricultural sector.

OO Bolivian Water Crisis As Glaciers Vanish From climate change impacts, and leave cities without water.

OO The Impact Of Bolivia’s Fast-Melting Glaciers – Takeaways:

  • Bolivia’s glaciers have shrunk by 40+% in the past few decades.
  • This further strains an already stressed water supply,
  • while the meltwater lakes left behind risk collapsing in sudden, catastrophic floods.

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The Hungry Faces of Climate Change worsened by an El Nino weather system; they queue for food in Malawi and elsewhere in southern Africa.

OO Southern Africa Cries For Help
As El Niño And Climate Change Savage Corn Harvest
– Malawi is one of seven southern African countries on the brink of starvation and requires immediate action, the UN says.

Not enough aid is being delivered.

OO Climate Change “Threatens Thai Fight Against Illegal Fishing” environmental groups say.

OO Death Toll From Australia’s Thunderstorm Asthma Reaches 6 and five remained on life support after the storm struck Australia’s second-largest city.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Solar New York Source inhabitat.com

OO How Cities Plan To Fight Climate Change In The Trump Years – Local leaders learned how to take action when Washington couldn’t. Now they’re betting those efforts can survive an age of science-denying federal overlords.

OO There’s A Right Way—And A Wrong Way—For Cities To Mitigate Climate Change -After Superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers initiated community-labor partnerships to decide on how they wanted their city to be made more resilient.

OO Analysis: Trapping Carbon Works, But High Cost Will Limit Its Use To Essential Processes

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OO If Climate Change Comes Up During The Holidays, It’s OK To Talk – Important topics don’t necessarily have to be unspeakable ones, if handled in the right way.

OO Climate Finance For Farmers Key To Avert One Billion Hungry – Agriculture and food security experts say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help smallholder farmers adapt to changing rainfall patterns.

OO From Black Bags To Green Gas: How Garbage Could Heat Our Homes – Last week, the UK’s National Grid announced a $10+ million investment in the world’s first commercially-operating plant to produce “green” gas from black bag rubbish.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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A Slope of Ghostly Trees Hint at the Future Credit Paul Hennon at http://www.treehugger.com

OO Alaska: Massive Die-Off Of Ancient Yellow Cedar Forecasts Big Future Losses– Yellow cedars, iconic temperate rainforest trees that can live 1,000 years, are dying over vast swaths of warming Alaska and British Columbia.

OO How Big Droughts, Forest Fires Could Be The New Normal In Appalachia – Wildfires have burned 100,000+ acres across seven states in the southern Appalachian Mountains since late October.

OO Hundreds Of Puffin Deaths Suggest Dangers Of Warming Seas

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SPEAKING OUT

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Now Investors Are Suing Exxon Credit Pat Bagley at the Salt Lake Tribune

OO Class-Action Lawsuit Adds To Exxonmobil’s Climate Change Woes – Investors allege Exxon should have adjusted its accounting of oil reserves based on what it knows about climate change and coming climate action.

OO New Voice For The Climate? Washington Teens Sue Over Emissions Policy – 8 teens asked a Washington state court recently to find the state in contempt for adopting what they argue are insufficient rules for lowering carbon emissions.

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As a glacier melts in the background, Peru mountain guide Saul Luciano Lliua sues a big energy giant. Source AFP

OO Peru Farmer Sues German Energy Giant Over Climate Change that has caused glacial melting in the Andes, threatening his home and livelihood.

OO Thousands Of Nigerian Fisherman Sue Shell For Destroying Their Communities and
Britain’s High Court is set to rule on the case.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Oil And Gas Companies In North America Less Green than those in EU. ExxonMobil and Chevron among worst in terms of CO2 emissions and investment in renewables, says new research.

OO The Gulf Oil Spill Literally Caused Wetlands To Sink Beneath The Wavesscientists say.

A new study reports extensive shoreline recession in the Mississippi River Delta; the spill’s impact was even more widespread than the erosion caused by Hurricane Isaac two years later.

OO Oil And Water: 11,700 Gulf Oil Spills Since Deepwater Disaster Raise New Fears and include recent discoveries of illegal, unreported oil discharges and systematic dumping of chemicals from rigs and platforms.

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The Return of Heavy Metal? If coal revives, expect mercury levels in tuna to do so, too. Source nz296 at http://www.lab-initio.com

OO Bringing Back Coal – And Tainted Tuna – mercury contamination in tuna had declined as the US shifted away from coal; that could now change under Trump.

OO China Risks Wasting $490 Billion On Coal Plants that would be unneceesary, said a climate campaign group.

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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.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO Solar Power Store Highlights Bright Potential For Clean Energy

OO Solar, Wind Industries Hope Years Courting Republicans Pays Off Under Trump

OO Scientists Have Created A Solar-Powered Fabric composed of copper “ribbons” that are thin and flexible enough to be embedded in a woven fabric, and capable of harvesting and storing solar energy simultaneously.

“Instead of having two separate devices, we integrated [the solar cell and storage battery] into a single filament,” said the lead researcher.

The innovation could prove important for making wearable tech self-powering – perhaps one day you’ll be able to buy a solar-powered jacket that can charge your phone.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 6, 2016

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these monkey face orchids that occur in Peru, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.hideme.io

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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

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Source mongabay.com

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

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

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

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ARCTIC MELTDOWN

@@ How Melting Arctic Ice Could Cause Uncontrollable Climate Change

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

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

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Greenland Melt Canyon Credit James Balog

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

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

Related Headline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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

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

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

OO BLM Rule To Slash Methane Emissions

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

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

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

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

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

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SPEAKING OUT

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

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

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

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

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

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ASTHMA STORMS

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

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

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

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CLIMATE FOG OF LIES

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

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

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HOT NEWS

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

GLOBAL WARMING SYMPHONY

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

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

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Clean Energy Can Be Colorful Source greentechmedia.com

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

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

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Source Greenpeace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source News.com.au

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

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

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

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

Related Headline:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOOD IDEAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source USFS

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

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

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

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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

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

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

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

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

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

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

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

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

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A Forest Soiled by oil. Credit Paul Nicklen

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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

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

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

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

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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