Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

Think of Earth as a big ball, covered with water and air. The sun heats up the water and air, and some heat becomes motion, moving the mix around the ball, just like heating moves water in a pot. The long-term patterns of this heat and these movements are our climate, changing slowly enough over the eons so that most life can adapt to it. But add to this water-air mixture a sudden jolt of heat,* and the planetary water cycle speeds up, something scientists are seeing now. This results in bigger and stronger storms and floods. The extra heat also creates more extreme heat waves, droughts, and melts ice globally, which raises sea levels.  All this is threatening our sources of food, water and shelter, the basics of our survival.

The good news is that we can stop too much harmful climate change if we act fast. We just have to stop emitting global warming gases. We can do this mostly by: a. using energy more efficiently; b. switching from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy — like solar, wind, and geothermal energy; and c. stopping deforestation. We’ve got the technology to do all this, and doing so would create more jobs and improve our economy, as other countries have already shown. So would another important solution: bringing our populations to sustainable levels.

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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*SOME BASIC SCIENCE:

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

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Space. The final frontier. But this is a planetary, not interplanetary tale. Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading. Earth’s cornucopia of plants, animals, and fungi is melting into oblivion before us, mocking the name we gave ourselves to distinguish us from them: Homo sapiens — Thinking Man. Clearly, we are not.

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Source wirednewyork.com

Ironically, galaxies of information divert us from hewing to a core, ancient tenet of survival. Consider biblical Eden: was the lesson of our exile “Obey God or else”? Or “You’ve been greedy, but I’m giving you another chance”?

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If the latter, then “go forth, be fruitful and multiply” means that we do so as we let the rest of life also be fruitful and multiply- ie, SHARE. If your greed harms the environment that sustains you, paradise will disappear, as it is doing today — the paradise of clean, safe water, air, food, shelter and climate that allowed humanity to expand over several millennia. As we selfishly expand over the rest of life, the consequences are becoming our ultimate undoing.

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Source http://www.city-data.com

Change is happening fast. Historically, we were islands of humanity surrounded by seemingly infinite green ecosystems. Within the space of a century, though, the situation has reversed: we are seas of humanity, surrounding ever-dwindling islandecosystems essential for our paradise. Within these seas, we are increasingly insulated from understanding how much we depend on these systems. Indeed, most of us never experience them, save through illusorily complacent nature films.

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Source Mongabay

The reality? Time is limited. Let’s look at forests. About 70% of our forests are now so fragmented that no part of a forest is farther than 3,000 feet from its edge, beyond which is land controlled by human activities. Up to 75% of the diversity of plants and animals living there can be lost to fragmentation. Such recent findings shocked even study researchers.

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Human-induced climate change is starting to cut our food production and water supplies even as demand rises. Our aquifers are emptying. Finite resources are bigger obstacles to hunger than distributing food – as are lifestyle choices. Most of us spend more on nonessentials (pets, vacations, etc.) than feeding the hungry poor.

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Credit Max Boschini at flickr

Climate change is accelerating. It is linked increasingly to violence worldwide, and collapses of past civilizations. Indeed, the U.S. General Comptroller noted recently that unsustainable U.S. policies are strikingly similar to those that ultimately brought down the Roman Empire.

Technology alone can only delay these problems briefly, as the Green Revolution has for global food security. Most political leaders are not acting adequately to spare our children from a worsening future. Most policy experts still believe in the tragic fallacy of infinite economic growth on a finite planet as integral to our well-being, even as 25,000 children younger than 5 die daily from inadequate resources.

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Can we change before our civilization deteriorates much further? Both toxic levels of consumption in developed countries, especially the U.S., and the sheer numbers of people in all countries are destroying our resource bases. So, the answer lies in developing a worldwide cultural ethos that accepts the need to turn our global population counter backwards, and minimize resource consumption.

The choice for humanity is stark: living sustainably and ultimately rebuilding our resources, or living miserably and dying inhumanely, with slow or no recovery of a decent life.

Building that cultural ethos is challenging. Desire is encouraged and reaches deep into our collective subconscious, as is the highly emotional desire for children. Even U.S. students of our unsustainable growth often separate theory from practice, often planning to have two children, not the needed sustainable choice of one or none; the discrepancy isn’t seen or acknowledged. Yet, if we let emotions rule our reproduction, the survival of all our children is threatened – a bitter paradox.

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But history shows that we are capable of great beneficial social change, when properly educated and motivated, and this cultural ethos is beginning to take root in diverse ways.

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Regarding consumption, recognition grows of the need to show and define that beneficial economic growth is sustainable growth, not increasing numbers: the stock dividends of today benefit no one if they rob us all of a viable future. We increasingly value how to minimize material consumption, via recycling, and more.

We are developing new ways to increase conservation and efficient use of energy and resources. Recognizing the economic, environmental, and social benefits of developing clean, renewable, and accessible energy sources has fueled the explosivegrowth of U.S. solar power, for example.

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OO “We only want one kid anyway,” most Chinese couples say. Source: Grist.org

Population attitudes are evolving. With its often tragically flawed one-child policy, 1980s China recognized how social benefit must trump individual desire to prevent destabilizing overpopulation.

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One child families. Sources bacc.cc, http://www.susannewmanphd.com

Americans are increasingly educating themselves and others about family planning, shown to be tied to economic prosperity. One child families are the fastest growing US family unit. U.S. awareness that a child-free life can be happy and fulfilling is gaining acceptance, even as studies link children to U.S. family poverty. Although the current ageing global population creates anxiety about an increasing elder social burden, many recognize that children are a far greater burden, requiring far more resources.

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United Nation experts recognize that 200+ million women worldwide need access to family planning materials and information, and not simply improved reproductive health. Melinda Gates found this out, when a poor Indian woman tried to give Melinda the unwanted baby she could not feed – the baby that the Gates Foundation had helped her to bear, but not prevent. The good news? The cost of providing access is relatively cheap; the challenge is granting women worldwide the right to access them.

Acceptance of family planning is increasing in many countries via radio serial dramas embedded with population messages created specifically for their targeted cultures, from the U.S. to Nigeria. That it can also be done via motivated leadership was illustrated by the successful 1990s population program developed by the Muslim leaders of Iran.

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Ethics are also evolving. Pope Francis stated how humans are ethically bound to protect the environment, even adding that humans do not need to breed like rabbits. The Episcopalian Church head recently stated that it is unethical for Christians to ignore God’s gift of knowledge about climate change; the same can be said for the knowledge of how unsustainable human populations harm the rest of life and humanity’s future.

More pragmatically, African religious leaders are promoting sustainable family planning. After watching how changing climate and dwindling resources ravaged his local community, an African Malawi Muslim leader stated that “God commanded” family planning; he now promotes it.

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“Please take my baby,” this poor woman pleaded with Melinda Gates, “I cannot feed her.” Source Gary L. Darmstadt at the Huffingtonpost

Yet the grim reality is that in 2012, 85 million pregnancies — 40% of all pregnancies worldwide — were unwanted. Clearly, far more needs to be done.

Ultimately, how we vote impacts how nations will act. Our choices should be based on how rapidly and capably our leaders act to bring our economy and populations to humanely sustainable levels. Doing so addresses our current voting priorities, i.e., economy, national security and health. Thus, we need to examine closely how prospective leaders plan to do so, and their record of experience, and then re-align our choices accordingly.

We can win this race of bringing our population to sustainable levels before a declining civilization prevents us from doing so humanely: Are we willing to act fast enough? Over 100 children have died since you began reading this article. The fate of the rest depends upon our choices.

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Tropical Forests Threatened by Farming, Global Food Demand, and More!

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

OO Condition Of Tropical Forests ‘Worsening’, Could Become ‘Critical’

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CreditPeter Van Der Sleen at http://www.rainfor.org

OO Global Warming Is Already Clobbering The Amazon – research data show mnay trees growing faster and dying younger, recycling their carbon faster. A tipping point is coming, but no one can predict the global ramifications.

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Where does your cholcolate come from? Wikipedia.

OO Peru Govt Allows Amazon Deforestation for ‘Ethical’ Chocolate and palm oil.

OO Illegal Deforestation Driven By EU Appetite For Beef, Palm Oil, Soy, say new reports.

OO Growing Need For Deforestation-Free Rubber
As Tire Demand Destroys Native Forests

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 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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Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2016!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

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Is it time to stop eating CA almonds? and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS extreme weather, California dryin’,
Google Weather around the world month year to get latest update from Jon Plotkin; ck the summary.

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 27, 2015

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

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

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

Natural Repercussions:

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Source NOAA

OO 2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

OO Record Pacific Sea-Surface Temperatures Point To
Record Warmth In 2015-2016

Social Repercussions:

OO Water Insecurity Costs Global Economy Billions A Year

California Dryin':

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OO Climate Change And The California Drought – there are two supported links: climbing temperatures and a Pacific high pressure zone over unusually warm ocean water that is diverting storms away from California.

OO California Mandates 25% Urban Reduction of Water Use

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Once So Numerous, Now Gone: the sardine fishery off California has collapsed due to changing climate and overfishing. Wikipedia

OO California Sardine Population Collapses, Prompting Fishing Ban

OO CA Farmers Threaten Future Water Supplies
By Depleting Free Groundwater Now
– nothing regulates taking water from finite underground aquifers, which, when emptied, could be crushed by the land above, permanently depriving future inhabitants of a possible rechargeable store of water.

Is it time to stop eating CA almonds?

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US Oil Bomb Trains Threaten Communities, and More!

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

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Sources NYTimes, L, AP, R

@@ Danger on the Rails: Bomb Trains – that new oil from North Dakota is highly volatile, greatly increasing the probability of exploding trains — as they roll through your town or those of friends and relatives – and as they already have in the U.S. recently. A compelling video.

YOU CAN ACT
To Ban the Bomb Trains by signing a petition here.

OO US Oil Spills Are On The Rise offshore and onshore.

OO Fracking Waste Puts US Public At Risk, study says.

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Harvard’s Carbon Footprint harms communities far beyond its borders.Wikipedia

OO Harvard’s $36 Billion Endowment
May Have A 100-Million-Ton Carbon Footprint

OO U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Spiked 2% in 2013 – our air and future got a little dirtier.

OO Oil Layoffs Worldwide Hit 100,000 and Counting

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Source RTCC

OO Energy Companies’ Fuel Reserves Has 500% More Carbon Dioxide
Than Can Be Safely Burned
, report says. So why are they wasting billions looking for more?

OO Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases

OO Canada Far From Meeting Committments On Greenhouse Gas

@@ Mexico: 500,000 Left Without Drinking Water After Oil Spill

Bad Ideas:

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US Prairies store carbon, harbor unique flowers, and grow important food for our domestic bees. Source prairiegardentrust.org

OO Turning Prairies Into Gas: U.S. Biofuel Production Destroys Carbon-Storing Grasslands

OO Chinese Report Blames Indian Emissions For Pollution Of Tibetan Plateau – a vast area that influences weather worldwide.

OO China Used Water to Make Energy –
Now It Will Do the Reverse
and spike emissions further as thirsty cities plan to build desalination plants.

Clueless Leadership:

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

OO GOP Lawmakers Threaten To Throw Out All That Made Texas A Wind Power Leader

OO First 100 Days: GOP Congress Focused On
Undermining Energy, Environmental Laws

OO GOP Congress Is Pushing A Bill To Badly Weaken The EPA’s Climate Rule

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Source: politico.com

OO GOP Marco Rubio Doubts Manmade Global Warming,
Says ‘Climate Is Always Changing.’

OO Floridians A Lot More Worried About Climate Change
Than Marco Rubio

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OO Hypocrite: World Bank Fossil Fuel Financing Leapt In 2014
— Despite Its Calls To End Subsidies

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The Cutest Protestors You’ll Ever See, Volcanoes, Climate, and More!

WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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OO Harvard’s Heat Week Sparks Fire For Fossil Fuel Divestment – ‘We need disruptive politics,’ says professor as students begin sit-ins around campus.

OO Democratic Senators Outs GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Hypocrisy – McConnell exhorts governors to ignore climate rules, even as his state is addressing climate change.

OO Green Group Praises Bush On Climate Remarks – as Jeb said that the US should work cooperatively to reduce carbon emissions.

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Source: UK Guardian

OO Australia Coal Seam Gas Protesters Stage
‘Longest Ever’ Demonstration
along 2,000 km of highway; mining the gas uses and pollutes precious water supplies in drought-ridden Australia.

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Prime Minister Modi is encouraging the explansion of solar power in India.

OO Prime Minister Modi: India Must Lead On Climate Change

OO Dutch Citizens Sue Their Govt Over Failure To Act On Climate Change– a matter of human rights.

OO China, Other Big Emitters Challenge Australia
Over Its Poor Climate Change Policies

Good Ideas:

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What are your voting priorities – jobs, health, security? Leaders who address climate change will be improving all three.

OO Liberal Groups Aim To Register A Million Climate Voters

OO Adidas Wants To Recycle Oceanic Plastic Garbage Into Shoes And Clothing

OO Turning Oil Companies Into Climate Allies

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Circular Economy. Source http://www.apdiltd.com

OO Circular Economy Could Bring 70% Cut In Carbon Emissions By 2030says a new study from The Club of Rome, a global thinktank, by using and re-using, rather than using up, yielding multiple benefits. .

OO Even Big Oil Stockholders Are Concerned About Climate Change

Related Headline:

OO BP Investors Want to Know How Climate Change Will Affect Assets

OO BP Shareholders Back More Disclosure On
How BP Will Affect Climate Change Risks

Important Insights:

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The Great Divide: unusually hot (red) and cold (blue) emperatures across the U.S.Credit: NOAA

OO The US East-West Weather Divide: Drivers Include
Pacific Climate Cycle, and the Arctic
indicate new studies.

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Credit NOAA photo library

OO Ocean Biosystem Is Very Sensitive To Climate Change Short term climate changes can cause major marine damage that requires up to 1,000 years for recovery says a new study.

OO CO2, and Ancient Earth Climates:
A Giant Ice Ball Became Liveable, Then Wiped Lifeless
– 240 Billion years ago, volcanism injected lots of CO2 into the atmosphere of iceball Earth, ultimately melting it into oceans surrounding land, reconstructs one study.

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Volcanism has driven major climatic changes in the past, just as humans do so now via the same mechanism: injecting massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.Source youtube.com

Yet another volcanic CO2 injection , just 250 Million years ago, caused the greatest extinction of life on the planet, warming the atmosphere, acidifying oceans, and wiping out most living species, evidence shows. Does that last scenario ring any bells?

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Got Tuna? Not for long, if we keep polluting its home and overfishing it. Oil can transform larvae (top) into fatally flawed babies (bottom). Credit John Incardona at NOAA

OO Oil Spills and Baby Fish Don’t Mix – Anywhere -meaning any marine oil spills worldwide can devastate fishing.

OO Argentina: Climate Change Threatens Wine Production says a new report.

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Clean Energy Rising, the Weatherman Gets It, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Clean Energy Seeing Global ‘Renaissance’ says the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit.

OO 40+ Global Companies Pledge Emission Cuts,
Call For Strong Paris Climate Deal

OO California’s Top Regulator Says 100% Renewable Energy Is Possiblefor the State

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Join the campaign to get even more TV weather broadcasters to broadcast the facts of climate change here; they are daily educators that people trust.
Source forecastthefacts.org

OO Most US TV Meteorologists Now Convinced Manmade Climate Change Is Happening – 70+% believe that climate change will influence weather in their areas over the next 50 years. Let’s hope they broadcast that message every time they talk weather…

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Source Dyson

OO Dyson Unveils LED Lights That Will Last 37 Years

OO Energy Efficiency Cut New England Energy Prices
by 24% in Winter 2014
– that’s a good chunk of change, folks!

OO US Support For Carbon Tax Reaches Almost 70% – especially if the tax is funneled back to households, poll finds.

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OO Renewable Energy Surge Revives Europe’s Power Trade as they juggle unpredictable supplies of wind and solar.

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Canadian tar sand developments make the country one of the worst contributors to climate change. Credit Robert Van Waarden At Greenpeace

OO Canada:Provinces Responding To Climate Change – as finally – FINALLY – their leaders plan to discuss climate change, amid proposals to limit emissions.

OO China Can Cut Cord on Coal (Mostly) by 2050

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Apple Builds Solar Farms in China, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO Small-Scale Solar Installations Are Taking Back The Power Grid – as little rooftop solar systems installed on homes, churches, nonprofits, and commercial buildings around the country make quite a dent in our overall energy production.

OO How Utilities and Solar Developers Can Deploy PV as a Grid Resource
site solar in grid hot spots – so solar can offset grid peak demand; diversify projects; emphasize outreach and education.

OO Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important,
But Only 6% Say They’ll Buy PV Today
– c’mon, folks, we can do better!

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OO US Solar Design Software Startup Lands $1 Million in Funding

OO Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels.

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OO China: Apple Grows Its Own Solar Farms partnering with SunPower to build two solar power plants totalling 40MW of capacity, to offset its growing carbon footprint in China.

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Check it out here, right now!

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