Global Warming for Dummies — Climate Change for Dummies

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s all about our economy, our future.   

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Another way to help? I  started a Clean Energy Voting pledge online, to let Congress know many voters are monitoring their action on climate change. When we can show Congress that a large voting bloc consider this an important voting issue, Congress will act seriously on it. You can pledge here:
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*SOME BASIC SCIENCE:

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

Why do some gases absorb more heat than others?

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

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

Nitrogen (2) makes up about 78 percent,

Oxygen (2) makes up about 21 percent

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

Physical and Ecological Feedbacks Mostly Speed Up Global Warming

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

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

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

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

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

About that “Sudden” Jolt of Heat

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

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

Sources:

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

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

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

3. Wikipedia, Composition of the Atmosphere:

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

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Welcome to the Climate Change Reports Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte

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Palm Oil Deforestation Invades the Amazon, and More!

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

Threats:

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Palm oil plantations eat away at forests in Borneo. Source: Mongabay.com

OO Palm Oil Deforestation Spreads to the Amazon –

Peru: Palm Oil Firms Plan To Destroy 57,000 Acres Of Primary Forest – after deforesting much of southeast Asia, palm oil cultivation is now starting in the Amazon.

OO Humans Cause Erosion 100 Times Faster Than Normal – via deforestation and agriculture, shows a study on the southeastern US.

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Milton’s Titi monkeys are a newly discovered and threatened species with flaming sideburns and tail. Credit J. Dalponte

OO Newly Described Monkey Species Found In Threatened Amazon Forest

OO Madagascar’s Frog Haven: Rich, Underexplored, Threatened – on an overpopulated island that has lost most of its forests, and continues to lose more.

OO Somali Charcoal: Funding Terrorism Through Deforestation

Solutions:

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When Borneo forests are protected from development, so are their orangutans.Source National Science Foundation

OO Borneo: East Kalimantan Reaffirms Moratorium On New Mining, Logging

OO 3M Unfolds New Policy to Reduce Its Deforestation Impact

OO Researchers, Locals Work Together To Save Ethiopia’s ‘Church Forests’

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Africa’s iconic baobob trees are endangered by the demand for firewood. Credit Kjdhambuza at Wikimedia Commons

OO Firewood Fervor May Turn Zimbabwe Into An ‘Outright Desert’ says a new study.

OO Colombia Proposes Protected Corridor Across South America

OO Employing Shame For Environmental Change – a new book explores another–arguably more positive–side of shame: its potential to challenge rule-breaking and ethically-defunct corporations.

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 protea I photographed last 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 textsare freely available.

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Climate: The Sex Trafficking Connection, Drowning Everglades, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 16, 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.

Social Repercussions:

OO Better Air Quality Helps Lungs Grow, Science Shows

OO Warming Spurt Looms is the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research.

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Not for Everyone? Climate change is already disrupting food distribution.Wikipedia.

OO Climate Change Poses Serious Threats To Food Distribution and is already impacting it.

OO Human-Caused Warming Helped Trigger Syrian Conflict, Rise Of ISIS

OO Climate Change Aids Sex Trafficking in the overpopulated islands of Bangeladesh, where climate change worsens poverty, pushing women to fall for false marriage proposals and being lured, instead, into the sex trade.

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OO California’s Terrifying Forecast Of Future: Droughts Almost Yearlysays a new study.

OO US Northwest: What A Record-Low Snowpack Means For Summer – it will probably affect salmon production, recreational activities, and later on, in drier areas, agriculture.

Natural Repercussions:

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Not Your Typical El Nino, this weather cycle is weaker and will not send California the rain that previous cycles have, but its warming effect will probably help set 2015 as a record hot year.

OO NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Niño,
2015 Poised To Beat 2014 For Hottest Year

Related Headlines:

OO Maps Show El Niño Won’t Help the West’s Water Woes

OO After Much Ado, El Niño Officially Declared

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OO Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

OO Once Again, A Record-Hot Winter for California

OO Drought Weakens the Amazon’s Ability to Capture Carbon

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The rare everglades cowhorn orchid, one of many plants threatened by rising waters.Credit Vince Lamb

OO Florida: Rising Seas Threaten Rare Everglades Plants say researchers

YOU CAN ACT

OO You Can Stop the Keystone Pipeline

*** Climate Action Across America, March 27 – April 12 ***

Join in: meet with your Congressional representatives, Senators, or their staff about the urgent need for climate action. This is during their Easter recess when they are scheduled to be home meeting with people in their districts. Bring along friends, and be some of those people!

Share your message with the public – letting them know that people across our country are speaking up for climate action, and urging them to contact their elected officials to support climate action.

Share the Facebook page for Climate Action Across America

On Twitter, use the hash tag, #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica.

 

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The True Cost of Gas, Climate Censorship, and Much More!

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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Credit University of Texas

OO California Orders Oil Companies To Stop
Drilling Near Drinking Water Supplies
after finding that the companies are contaminating water supplies with oil waste.

OO The True Cost of Gas?
About $4 More Per Gallon Than You Pay Now
says a new study that accounts for the social costs of burning it.

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Oil spill on the Washington River. Credit AP/ Washington Dept of Ecology

OO Motor Oil Spill Contaminates Washington River

OO Australia: Emissions Still Climbing As Coal Use Rises – despite climate change denying govt efforts to curb emissions, says recent report.

Misleading the Public

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has pled ignorance on an important security issue: climate change. AP

OO Florida Officials Ban The Term ‘Climate Change’ among employees.

OO Florida’s Not The Only State Censoring The Term ‘Climate Change’

OO Utilities Wage Campaign Against Rooftop Solar

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Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Credit AP/J. Scott Applewhite

OO Climate Traitor: GOP’s McConnell
Tells States To Ignore US Carbon Emission Rules

OO Doubting Climate Science: Produced by ex Tobacco Marketers – who misled the public on how bad smoking is, along with some new faces, all fueled by the fossil fuel industry.

Inadequate Funding

OO India’s Clean Energy Research Budget Disappoints Scientists

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Europe Urges US to Come on Board with a Climate Plan, and More!

WHAT WORKS

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Speaking Out:

OO European Union Submits UN Climate Pledge,
Urges US, China To Follow

OO Europe Warned Pollution Will Lead To Premature Deaths says the European Environmental Agency.

OO In India, An Indoor Health Crisis – from fire cookstoves also adds to carbon emissions says the World Health Organization; experts are pushing governments to tackle the problem.

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Informed Leadership:

OO Michigan Democrats Seek 20% Renewable Power by 2022

Good Ideas:

OO Your Shower Wastes A Lot Of Energy And Water:
Here’s What You Can Do

OO Climate-Friendly Refrigerants – ozone safe, climate friendlier refrigerants got the green light from the EPA.

OO Energy Efficiency Saves Consumers More
Than Searching for a Better Electricity Price

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OO Germany Tries Electric Car-Sharing Schemes To Boost Sales, Curb Emissions

Important Insights:

OO Oceans May Not Be Able To Cool Climate – as much as previously thought, especially over the next 15 years, says new research.

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Feds Help Farms Get Green Energy, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Once Extravagant, Renewable Power Plans Go Cheap

OO Texas: Incentives, Financing Make Going Green
Easier For Commercial Landlords

OO Colorado: US Ski Resorts Are Fighting Climate Change
By Galvanizing Politicians

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Wikipedia

OO The USDA Is Helping Rural Farmers Get Their Own Renewable Energy

OO Residential Clean Energy Financing Grows in California - Florida could be next.

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OO California: Growing Community Energy Efforts Are Shifting the Utility Model

OO How Connecticut’s Advantages Enable Green Energy Innovators To Succeed

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO Australia: Byron Bay First Regional City To Commit To Zero Emissions

OO Norway: Oslo Divests From Coal Companies

OO Waste-To-Energy Revolution Going Global

Spread Good Clean News to Your Elected Leaders

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Ready to Spread the Vision?

YOU CAN ACT

Make Sure Your Elected Officials Know the Difference Wind Power Can Make.

You can do so by making sure they see the Wind Vision report, which shows how wind power can be America’s largest source of electricity by 2050; the report was recently released by the US Department of Energy. Powerofwind.org makes it easy for you to send your elected officials a note here.

Be part of the clean energy revolution!

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Solar Generation and Jobs Keep Zooming, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO US Solar Generation Doubled in 2014
Renewable Output Grew 11%
– and that’s not counting rooftop solar or distributed renewables

OO Solar Energy Jobs Growing By Leaps and Bounds

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Source: gigaom.com

OO First Big US Solar Company Dives into Energy Storage – the development that cements solar’s future, and SunEdison has taken the jump.

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New York City. Credit Emma Johnson

New York Just Showed Every Other State How To Do Solar Right by forcing utilities to partner with service providers of distributed clean energy, rather than own the energy providers: this sets up a healthy competition among providers and resets utilities’ vital function in maintaining the grid in this new energy world order, reportsTim McDonnell at Mother Jones. It could be a national model.

OO Rise In Rooftop Solar Systems Is Game-Changer For Electric Utilities

OO Going Solar in CA:
A Comprehensive Guide to Rebates and Tax Credits

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO Solar Plane Completes First Leg
Of Record-Breaking Global Transit

OO Solar Global Transit Plane Resembles Wright Brothers Design

OO Google Will Soon Send Solar-Powered Drones Into the Sky

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Wikipedia
Harnessing solar energy from space?

Japan Space Agency Advances In Space-Based Solar Power reports Jun Hongo at the Wall Street Journal. It says that it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential technology needed for the realization of space-based solar power.

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Check it out here, right now!

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A Republican Climate Scientist Explains Global Warming, and Much More!

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

@@ Climate Change, the Elevator Pitch: Richard Alley,
Climate Scientist — and Republican

@@ Richard Alley on being a Republican

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The Future Is Up Front: Wind turbines churn as coal cooling towers behind them emit steam in Germany 2009. Credit Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

2014: First Time in 40 Years, World Economy Grew But CO2 Levels Didn’t! says a new International Energy Agency Report, writes Chris Mooney at theWashington Post. Several factors are at play here, such as: China and other countries move towards renewables, higher energy efficiency overall, more efficient cars, and gas replacing coal in the US and elsewhere.

Another myth shatters: we CAN economically prosper as we move towards clean energy!

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Time to Wake Up: Republicans Outside of Congress Support Action on Climate Change – this is an oldie but goldie from December 2013, but still relevant today – unfortunately.

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Credit Mark Abeln

Through a Christian Lens:
God Created Universal Laws That Explain Manmade Global Warming

writes Chris Mooney at the Washington Post, in response to Senator Inhofe’s strange mix of willful ignorance and literal biblical interpretations. Understanding how those laws operate can be viewed as a form of religious devotion, as even Galileo once indicated.

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Bringing you the face of climate change daily

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An energy efficient tatami bedroom in Tokyo, Japan: One way the average Japanese person consumes roughly 50% as much energy as the average American is by sleeping in unheated houses even on nearly freezing winter nights The tatami (mat) room gets down to 46-50F, but it gets hot beneath the blankets stacked high.

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How Can 1 Billion Chinese Affect the USA?

Answer: China’s Pollution Could Be Behind Cold, Snowy US Winters say NASA scientists, reports Michaeleen Doucleff at National Public Radio. As China has become a major carbon polluter in recent decades, more of its pollution (animationhere) blows over the Pacific and ends up in Canada, where the carbon particles can form the nuclei of snow – lots of it, which then gets funneled into the northeast US. due to the changing jet stream.

Chinese Pollution Makes Life Horrendous for Chinese, Too:


What if YOU had to worry about your new baby surviving pollution? This gut- wrenching scene is the opening salvo indicting China’s catastrophic and pervasive pollution.

@@ Full video: Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog

OO China Blocks Web Access To “Under The Dome” – as it went viral, the searing documentary about China’s catastrophic air pollution, had hundreds of millions of Chinese views, garnering praise for its honesty from official Chinese press. After one week, the government banned it.

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And New York Thought It Had It Bad…

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OO 8 Feet of Snow in 16 Hours dumped on Capracotta, Italy, a little mountain village, recently, breaking previous records. Source UK Telegraph

Meanwhile…
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OO 4 Cyclones Hovered over Australia Recently! Source Weather Channel

OO Satellite Data Suggests Forest Loss Is Accelerating much faster than previously thought. Oh-oh.

OO A New Price To Pay For Destruction Of Forests:
Resurgence Of The Plague
Deforestation to expand agricultural lands could be exposing more people to diseases like the “Black Death,” which devastated populations in the Middle Ages

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