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: The Population Connection, Protections Gone, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this montage of Amazonian wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.peruforless.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Credit Lorinda Taylor

“Save me!” Pygmy Hippos are now threatened in Liberia, as Liberia’s corrupt timber industry destroys its forest home, and people hunt them for food. You can take action here.

OO Keep Liberia’s Illegal Timber Out of the EU – sign here to urge to EU to keep illegal Liberian timber out of Europe. Keeping it legal will prevent rampant deforestation of Liberia’s threatened Upper Guinean Rainforest.

OO Deforestation Rises With Incomes In Developing Economies A new study examining the changes in forest cover along national borders finds that as incomes increase, so does deforestation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MERCURY RISES IN THE FOOD CHAIN AS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAYS OUT

The Mercury Food Chain In Action Credit Ian Adams Photography

OO After Decades Of Decreases, Mercury Rises In Great Lakes Wildlife Takeaways:

  • As coal consumption zooms in Asia and elsewhere,
  • So has atmospheric mercury pollution
  • Which travels quickly around the planet.

How Mercury Goes Through The Food Chain Source http://www.myhousecallmd.com

  • Scientists suspect that warming waters
  • Are quickly converting mercury into toxic methyl mercury,
  • And store less oxygen, requiring fish to pump water faster,
  • Increasing their exposure to dissolved toxics.
  • More precipitation on the lakes also dissolves more land toxics.

It’s another ecological problem borne of the complex interplay of toxics, global warming, our food and, ultimately, our health.

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HUMAN POPULATIONS WILL CRASH IF WE IGNORE EARTH’S FEEDBACKS

A Decent Family Size Ensures A Decent Future as the planet becomes increasingly hostile to the future of human existence under our current explosion of populations.

OO Modeling Sustainability: Population, Inequality, Consumption,

And Bidirectional Coupling Of The Earth And Human System – Takeaways:

  • Exploding human populations are dramatically changing Earth.
  • Resulting in climate change, widespread pollution, and
  • the destruction of ecosystems vital to human existence;
  • these growing feedbacks will dramatically cut future human population levels.

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  • Population growth projections do not fold in planetary feedbacks
  • Nor the effects of population on those feedbacks,
  • Thus, seriously underestimating future levels of human populations.

Running Out of Room Credit Alper Doruk at www.hongkiat.com

  • We are underestimating our level of future survival,
  • Both in numbers and the quality of that existence.
  • If we hope to have a decent future,
  • We have to confront the real effects of, and on, feedbacks
  • From our overabundance on this planet.

OO Confronting The Big Lie:

Unlimited Growth DOES Have Consequences – the planet is finite, and so is human growth. We can decide whether we will humanely sustain ourselves or be brutally decimated by the consequences of overshooting our resources.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own 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

Trump Starts Cutting American Safety Nets

OO Donald Trump ‘Taking Steps To Abolish Environmental Protection Agency Myron Ebell, a key presidential aide, said climate education material could be ‘withdrawn’ and review of car fuel efficiency standards could be reopened.

OO Trump Wants To Scrap Two Regulations For Each New One Adopted – even if it means lessening protection for Americans. Business comes first.

OO Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting The EPA With A Scalpel, Not A Cleaver he has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules, cut staffing levels, close regional offices and permanently weaken the agency’s regulatory authority.

Trump’s Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Army Corps Ordered To Issue Final Dakota Access Pipeline Permit two lawmakers say.

OO Donald Trump’s Inauguration Fueled By Tobacco, Oil And Drug Company Money

OO Exxon’s Ex CEO Is Now In Charge Of U.S. International Climate as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters.

OO Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Is Foe Of Major Modern Regulatory Law that matters greatly to climate change advocates.

Trump Doesn’t Want You To See This and other information from our national scientists showing the heating up of the planet through burning fossil fuels. Source NOAA

Trump Threatens Vital Science

OO NOAA Scientists Worry About Climate Change Skeptic In Trump Transition

OO Mounting Anxiety For Threatened Climate Research At National Labs

Still There, But Changes Afoot – elsewhere at the website, federal climate plans from Obama are now gone. Source screencapture, climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO The EPA Has Started To Remove Obama-Era Information And replacing pollution language with adaptation. Right, we’ll adapt to sickening pollution rather than remove it – brilliant!!!

OO Canadian Scientists Were Followed, Threatened And Censored:

Trump Could Do The Same Despite White House denial.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

Trump Misleads

OO Trump’s Promise To Pay For Infrastructure With Fossil Fuel Revenue Rings Hollow It is not a simple equation.

OO Green Movement ‘Greatest Threat To Freedom’ says Trump adviser. Climate-change denier Myron Ebell says he expects Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the global climate change agreement.

OO Only A Quarter Of Trump Voters Believe In Human-Caused Climate Change which is reflected with Trump’s gang, which has generally shown a lack of concern for human-caused climate change, at best — and, at worst, disbelief in its existence.

Resisting Trump

Scientists Take A Stand For Science Source Facebook

OO An Obscure Law To Ensure Accurate Information From Agencies

Might Prevent Censorship On Climate Change

OO Scientists Ready For A New Battle With Trump Over Censorship With new tools, like the 2012 WhistleBlower Protection Enhancement Act, government wide scientific integrity policies, and the changing mindset of scientists towards speaking out publicly on climate change when politics will not.

OO Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives’ NOAA Lawsuit fearing more to come under Trump.

Researchers strive to keep their unpublished work private.

OO In Age Of Trump, Scientists Show Signs Of Taking a Stand in a profession that has been loath to do so in the past.

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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

New York Banned Fracking in 2015 – Will Florida Follow? Source Getty Images

OO Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support

OO Maryland: Lawmakers Veto Override, And Renewable Energy Is On The Rise

OO Maryland: Fracking Opponents Press For Statewide Ban

OO Faced With US Retreat On Climate Change, EU Looks To China

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Jonathan Schmock at JonathanSchmock.com

OO GOP Congress Erased Some Very Important Environmental Protections – These included Obama era rules that:

  • Protect streams and drinking water sources from permanent coal plant pollution;
  • Curb climate changing methane emissions from fossil fuel operations on public lands.

Now, coal companies are free to permanently destroy US streams, and fossil fuel operations can spout a very potent climate-changing gas on public lands, without any legal oversight.

OO Coal Rule Killed By US Congress, Others Near Chopping Block – The U.S. Congress moved swiftly to undo Obama-era rules on the environment, corruption, labor and guns, and a rule aimed at reducing water pollution.

OO This Lawmaker Wants To Ease Rules On Drilling In National Parks – yes, he’s a Republican.

Preventing Climate Change, Pollution? Not Worth the Cost, Say GOP by their actions in Congress these days.

OO Repeal Without Replace: A Dangerous GOP Strategy On Obamacare And Climate – House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.

OO Rep. Lamar Smith Launches New Assault On EPA’s ‘Secret Science’

OO Republicans Want To Make The EPA Great Again By Gutting Health Regulations

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HOT NEWS

OO Intense Heat Grips Eastern Australia – Total fire bans issued as parts of Australia swelter in their hottest January on record, including Sydney and Brisbane.

OO Record Heat And Drought Seen In Amazon During 2015-16 El Niño on its rainforest, and that’s bad news for curbing climate change: carbon storing trees both die faster and grow slower, decreasing the ability of the Amazon to function as a major global source of carbon storage.

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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!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Electric Cars And Cheap Solar ‘Could Halt Growth of Fossil Fuel Demand By 2020’ a new report suggests.

OO Turbine Breaks World Record For Wind Power Generated In Just One Day and it happened in Denmark. The single, 700+ foot tall turbine produced enough power to power 240 US homes for a month!

Why Beijing Is Cleaning Up Its Act Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China: Beijing Vows 30 % Cut In Coal Use In 2017 To Fight Smog

OO Deutsche Bank Pulls Out Of Coal Projects To Meet Paris Climate Pledge – not bad for the biggest bank in Germany.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

California Snowpack, 2014 and 2017 Source NASA

Moist On Top, Dry Below – describes California’s water supply: an ample 2017 snowpack supply hardly dents the large “groundwater drought” occurring in its aquifers, which are needed when rains and snow don’t come. Source NASA

OO Even As The Snowpack Piles Up, California’s Drought Is Not Over Say experts: a single snowy winter is just a drop in the bucket of groundwater storage needed to make up for the century long decline of underground water reserves in the agriculturally important Central Valley.

OO Kenyans Turn To Wild Fruits And Insects As Drought Looms part of the drying of the climate that is occurring.

OO In Peru, Droughts Give Way To Floods As Climate Change Looms – reeling from drought to devastating downpours, the sort of extremes in weather expected to be more frequent under climate change.

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GOOD IDEAS

Cutting Emissions Is Necessary No Matter What Source wwf.com

OO Confronting Reality: Renewables Can’t Deliver Paris Climate Goals Alone

– Big Cuts In Carbon Emissions Are Needed to stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warn.

OO Canada Pension Managers Weigh High Costs Of Climate Change

OO New York City Pension System To Analyze Carbon Footprint amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change.

These Solar Panels Power Air Conditioners Source http://www.nature.com

OO How Heat From The Sun Can Keep Us All Cool using heat-collecting solar panels that operate air conditioners, heating up environmentally friendly refrigerants so that they will condense and expel heat as the refrigerants are sent outdoors during the air conditioning cycle.

OO Phasing Out Cookstoves A “Win-Win” For Climate And Health study shows.

Replacing traditional wood and coal-burning cookstoves with cleaner technology worldwide could trim nearly a tenth of a degree from global temperature and save more than 10 million lives by 2050.

OO Scientists Measure Carbon Storage In Different Wetlands Worldwide Which are best, and why?

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Tiny Algae Kill Marine Goliaths – as the toxins from algal blooms in ever warmer Alaskan waters are linked to large kills of whales, including the threatened fin whale. Source http://www.adn.com

OO Warming Ocean Waters Off Alaska Bring Widespread Ecological Changes with more expected in the future. Fish, birds and other creatures are showing effects of warmer conditions, according to numerous studies.

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SPEAKING OUT

Source registerguard.com

OO The Constitution Might Be The Key To Climate Action and a group of young climate plaintiffs are making their case.

OO US EPA: Dem Lawmakers Boycott Committee Vote On Pruitt having no hope of preventing an incompetent from being nominated, lawmakers opt for taking a stand instead.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

The Best Way to Keep Coal Clean

OO The Myth Of Clean Coal:

Why Emissions Reductions From Coal Remain A Pipe Dream

OO Canada: More Oil Spills Reported

OO Java, Indonesia: Villagers Say Coal Plant Reduced Livelihoods,

Brought Little New Employment since construction began in 2007.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

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

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly

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

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

OO America’s Community Solar Market Will Surpass 400MW In 2017 By 2019, there will likely be 500 megawatts of community solar projects installed each year in states across the country.

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, Feb 16, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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

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

 

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Climate Change This Week: The Fossil Fuel Alzheimers Connection, Trump Threatens Farming, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian butterfly, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source hongkongkwildlifephotos.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Norway Starts $400-Million Fund To Halt Deforestation, Help Farmers by bolstering sustainable small-scale farming.

Norway is using $100 million to leverage the rest from other countries.

The aim is to preserve 500+ million hectares of peatlands and forest.

Bye-Bye Birdies? We will lose some of the most beautiful birds on Earth, such as many of these real hummingbirds that exist in the ever dwindling forests of the Amazon. Credit Ernst Haeckel via wikimedia commons

OO We Are Destroying Rainforests So Quickly They May Be Gone In 100 Yearsand stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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THE GROWING THREAT OF NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE

Now Imagine 100s of These Going Off in the US – and, yes, it would definitely change not only our landscape, our lives, our future, but our climate, too. The threat is real. Wikipedia

OO As Trump Promotes Arms Race,

Doomsday Clock Reset To 2.5 Minutes Before Midnight – its 1953 year level, when the US and USSR tested their first hydrogen bombs. The danger level has risen because, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists noted:

  • Humanity has failed to adequately address climate change and nuclear weapons;
  • The worldwide rise of nationalism heightens the likelihood of war;
  • Trump’s call for an expansion of nuclear weapons and an arms race further endangers the world.

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FOSSIL FUEL POLLUTION FUELS DEVELOPMENT OF ALZHEIMERS, DEMENTIA

OO The Polluted Brain: Evidence Builds That Dirty Air Causes Alzheimer’s, Dementia –Takeaways:

  • Smaller pollution particles can penetrate and damage human cells more than larger ones.
  • DNA and other cellular structures can be damaged.
  • Such fine pollution is already well linked to asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

Now, growing evidence indicates this pollution can significantly:

  • Harm the brain;
  • Increase cognitive aging;
  • Increase the risk of dementia such as Alzheimers.

Polluted Brains Aren’t Very Colorful as these MRIs show. Source brainpictures.org

How significantly? Studies found:

  • Areas polluted beyond EPA accepted limits nearly doubled dementia in older women;
  • This alone could account for 20+% of worldwide dementia cases.
  • Living within 50 m of a major road ups pollution 10x, and the dementia risk by 12%, than at 200 m away.

The research area is young, so links are controversial, but studies and evidence are growing: air pollution can drive you crazy as you age.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump Cuts Public Liberty Further on the right to know about climate change from federal scientists, by extending a blackout on climate change to the EPA website and banning any climate updates from federal agencies to the public. [modified from the February 3, 2017 cover of Der Spiegel, a high profile reputable Germany magazine followed by many internationally.]

OO Trump Bans Agencies From ‘Providing Updates On Social Media Or To Reporters’ – The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders.

OO Donald Trump Plans To ‘Reform’ The Way Environmental Agency Uses Science report claims.

OO Reports On Climate Change Have Disappeared From The State Department Website

For now, the information lives in archives.

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

OO Trump Administration Tells EPA To Freeze All Grants, Contracts which could affect everything from: state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.

OO EPA Science Under Scrutiny By Trump Political Staff

Danger: Something Trump Might Take Seriously – can you imagine his staff explaining to him how gigantic ice cubes aren’t really the answer?

@@ Futurama – Global Warming!

OO EPA Transition Leader: Need To Purge ‘Scientists Who Believe The Global Warming Alarmist’ Agenda

and floated the idea of downsizing EPA from 15,000 to 5,000 employees as an “aspirational goal”.

OO Trump’s New EPA Transition Team Draws From Oil Industry Groups Surprise, surprise.

Prove You’re Not a Clean Energy Loser, Trump!

OO Trump’s Energy Plan Is Nonsensical say experts; his plan is:

  • Short on details;
  • Full of contradictions;
  • Full of outdated assertions on the status of the US energy supply.

His plan to bring back coal and increase oil and gas defies reason.

OO Keystone XL, Dakota Pipeline Green-Lighted In Trump Executive Actions

OO Key Trump Donor Stands To Profit From Approved Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

A Heating Global View from NOAA shows how burning fossil fuels is changing our planet’s climate, especially the northern hemisphere, which includes the USA; the new boss of NOAA doesn’t want to discuss the cause, simply the effects. Source NOAA

OO Dept Of Commerce Trump Nominee Will Let NOAA Climate Scientists

Share Climate Impacts But Not Causes NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is one of the largest US agencies involved in weather and climate research.

OO Trump’s Team Wants To “Recalculate” The Social Cost Of Carbon The far more realistic cost of burning fossil fuels to our society. Guess who will lose?

OO Even Before Formal Death Knell, Clean Power Plan Is History since none of its targeted industries will cut emissions while it is being challenged by environmentalists.

OO As Trump Ignores Record Temperatures, Taxpayers Are Paying A HUGE Climate Change Bill Takeaways:

  • Climate change is already costing US taxpayers, consumers, $10s billions
  • Due to increasingly extreme storms, droughts, wildfires.
  • Western wildfires have increased 500% in past 40 years.

Adopting better climate policies now will save future costs.

  • Trump is responsible for protecting Americans:
  • He needs to recognize the serious climate risks and costs,
  • And is morally obliged to act.

When a Dam Fails, Will The USDA Alert People in Time? There are many repercussions from limiting information flow between federal agencies and the public. Source floodlist.com

OO Trump Endangering Us Agriculture As He Gags Science Takeaways:

  • The Dept of Agriculture and other federal entities work closely with farmers,
  • supplying timely information such as monitoring dams and pest invasions.

Without the quick, efficient transfer of information:

  • Major crops could be lost if, as new pests invades, new pesticides are not developed fast enough.
  • Jobs will be lost that currently employ facilitators between government and farmers.
  • If a dam fails, lives could be lost.

What are the climate change connections? As climate changes, so do the ranges of pests; and ever worsening droughts can actually damage dams. These are just a few examples.

OO How Trump Could Help Spread Flesh Eating Bacteria by ignoring global warming: warming waters are linked to its spread.

The more Trump ignores warming, the more this vicious bacteria will spread, and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk.

The Climate Deregulation Tracker will track Trump’s terrible legacy.

OO Climate Regulations Under A Watchful Internet Eye – Bracing for a rollback, the Climate Deregulation Tracker website run by Columbia Law School alerts any time President Trump or Congress change a rule involving climate change or energy.

11 actions are already listed from January 30 to February 3, 2017.

OO Strangling Huge US Climate Policy Machine Won’t Be Easy For Trump

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HOT NEWS

OO Our Planet Is Breaking Global Heat Levels Every 3 Years Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels.

@@ Visualize 137 Years Of Global Warming via NASA global temperature data.

OO Rapid Cuts In Emissions Needed To Avert Looming Dangerous 2 Degrees C OfHeating – which is much closer than most scientists acknowledge, says a prominent climate scientist.

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MELTDOWN

OO Powerful Images Show Impact Of Global Warming On Greenland’s Ice Sheet

OO Europe Faces Droughts, Floods And Storms As Climate Change Accelerates – the northern hemisphere is warming faster than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says a new study.

OO Sea Level Rise Estimate Grows Alarmingly Higher

In Latest Federal Report – predicting a worst-case scenario of 8 feet of rise by 2100 says an Obama era NOAA report, just as Donald Trump takes office with pro-fossil fuel policies.

Ocean City: More Ocean, Less City – as severe flooding is projected to be severe on a monthly basis within 30 years. Source abcnews.go.com

OO This Week’s Jersey Floods Are A Taste Of What’s To Come – Every year or two, the Jersey Shore tends to get severe flooding; by 2050, the Shore should expect floods this bad every month, on average, say new projections.

OO People Of The Sea Ice See Cracks Forming – the “People of the Sea Ice” are seeing their namesake disappear, and must reinvent their lives amid a thawing landscape.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?

What You Need to Know – Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined says a new Department of Energy report. Solar power employed 43% of the electric power generation sector’s workforce in 2016, nearly twice that of fossil fuels combined.

Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000.

During the past decade, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33% while solar expanded 5,000%.

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OO Reuters: UK Offshore Wind Costs Fall By Nearly A Third In Four Years – Four years ahead of schedule, the cost now beats that of new nuclear power, said a new industry report.

OO Scotland Eyes 50 % Renewable Energy By 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil.

OO In Message To Trump, EU Says Will Remain Top Investor Against Climate Change

Says its European Investment Bank, aiming to invest around 20 billion dollars a year to fight climate change over the next five years.

A Clean Energy Mecca to Dawn? Perhaps, if Saudi Arabia goes through with its planned investments in clean energy. Credit Gab1209 at Flickr

OO World’s Largest Oil Company Considers Investing $5 Billion In Renewable Energy – Saudi Aramco, is considering as much as $5 billion of investments in renewable energy firms as part of plans to diversify from crude production, say sources.

Saudi Arabia is planning to produce 10 gigawatts of power from renewable energy sources including solar, wind and nuclear by 2023 and transform Aramco into a diversified energy company.

Fashion Goes Green as the industry becomes more sustainable. Source gucci.com

OO Luxury Fashion Executive: Why Green Is The New Black Takeaways:

  • Fashion is the second largest polluting industry (oil is first);
  • Long term investment is needed to keep fashion sustainable;
  • A start is tackling waste.

More luxury fashion companies are starting to tackle their carbon footprints.

OO Climate Change March To Descend On Washington DC In April – and will protest President Trump’s agenda of attacking climate action and promoting fossil fuel development.

OO Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built East Of Long Island with up to 15 turbines that can power 50,000 average homes over all.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO EU Economy Suffering The Worst Ever Impacts Due To Global WarmingImpacts have risen sharply since the 1980s; and are set to worsen under the continuing impact of global, says a new report.

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA):

  • the extreme weather has caused 85,000 deaths,
  • which amounts to nearly 393 billion euros between 1980 and 2016.
  • Annual 1980s damage from climate change averaged nearly 7.6 billion euros,
  • Reaching an average 13.7 billion euros by the 2000s.

OO As Pollution And Drought Make Clean Water Scarce, Fewer Americans Can Afford It – it’s true: many Americans cannot afford clean running water, an important component of maintaining good health. Trump ‘s Congress recently undid a law protecting US streams from pollution.

OO Without Enough Chill, Many US Crops Are Doomed Takeaways:

  • Crop trees – like peaches, almonds, pistachios – need a minimum number of “chill hours”
  • Frigid temperatures, between 32-45 F, for 700 hours each winter are needed for trees to bud.
  • Less chill time results in non-uniform budding, and dramatically lower yields.
  • Many California fruit trees are not getting enough chill time.

In California, rising temperatures might drastically cut down the ability to grow such crops by 2050.

OO Climate Change Poses Multi-Faceted Threat To Oregon report says.

The threat posed by climate change is real and the potential impacts if climate prediction models are correct will be acute in Oregon, a team of researchers said in a report to the state’s lawmakers. Portland Oregonian, Oregon.

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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

OO Study: Real Facts Can Beat ‘Alternative Facts’ If Boosted By Inoculation in the form of showing the flaws of misleading denialist myths when presenting the facts of climate change.

OO How To Boost Rural Incomes In Africa? Plant More Trees say researchers, especially fruit or cash crop (eg, coffee) trees, which are more resilient to extreme weather and climate shifts, producing when other crops fail.

OO Reaching Global Warming Targets Under Ice-Free Arctic Summers Requires Zero Emissions By 2045 – say researchers. Okay, so lets get started!

As darker, far more heat absorbing waters replace melting Arctic ice, the results add to global warming. What is less known, however, is the impact of a no-summer ice scenario on the world’s ambition to maintain global warming below 2°C by 2100.

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SPEAKING OUT

So Many Davids Vs. the Trump Goliath – a group of kids suing the government may well block Trump’s attempts to remove climate change information from federal websites. Credit Chris Pietch at AP for The Register-Guard

OO 21 Kids Stand In The Way Of Trump’s Attempts To Delete Federal Climate Websites They are already suing the US government and fossil fuel companies for failing to address climate change, even though the risks are well known.

Now lawyers for these kids, age 9 to 20, have notified the US government and fossil fuel companies that removing climate information from websites without archiving it could threaten the ability of students to make their case, and be in likely violation of the law.

OO Badlands National Park Goes Rogue On Trump, Tweets Global Warming DataWhich went viral, before being removed.

OO Climate Change Summit Scheduled To Replace One CDC Scrapped and Al Gore helped organize it.

Safe For Now is climate change information at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, thanks to employees who objected to the Trump plan to remove it. But the website material is “under review”, so its future is not certain. Source screen capture of climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO EPA Objects To Trump Plan To Scrap Climate From Its Website;

Trump Gang Backs Down for Now from its plan to remove climate information for now, but website material is “under review” so its future is uncertain.

OO Meteorologists Malpractice If They Do Not Face Causes Of Climate Change – meteorologists hold a sacred position between people and science, noted a doctor to an audience of meteorologists. Like doctors, when they fail to look at the systemic causes of the immediate problems in front of us, they are guilty of malpractice.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump Ready To Waste Taxpayer Money, Fueling Further Climate Change for a wall that will damage the US more than protect it.

OO Trump’s Envisioned Massive Wall: An Act Of US Climate Self- Sabotage – not just a costly mistake, but the massive amount of required concrete will create massive emissions that further fuel climate change.

  • Current walls create erosion and flooding in border communities
  • And block wildlife migration, further endangering already threatened wildlife.

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OO The World Passed The 400ppm Carbon Threshold: Why It Matters It’s a stark reminder that:

  • The world has failed to limit CO2 emissions and their climate impacts;
  • The planet is on course to hit 500ppm in 50 years, creating
  • Boosts in heat that would endanger human food supplies and
  • Cause disruptive mass migrations.

Past history indicate even 400 ppm CO2 levels will massively change our planet, in ways likely to threaten human existence.

  • Bringing CO2 levels down to at least 350 ppm to preserve conditions that
  • Nurtured the development of humanity will require a gargantuan effort.

OO Fossil Fuel Industry: Robots Reduce Already Poor Job Sourc and are taking over jobs on oil rigs now.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

OO Overpopulation: Overfishing, Pollution Tips Bay Of Bengal Towards Disaster – Takeaways:

  • Most of 200,000,000 coastal people depend on the bay for food and livelihoods;
  • water scarcity has driven desperate Indian farmers to fish;
  • overfished and polluted, the bay provides only a meager living for most.

Now:

  • a large dead zone has developed, and could ultimately envelop most o f the bay;
  • under climate change the bay is also heating, killing its already damaged coral reefs.

Neither India nor this article recognize how overpopulation contributes to this disaster.

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO National Solar Jobs Census 2016: 2% Of ALL New US Jobs Were Solar Ones – That is, one in 50 US new jobs. Takeaways:

Solar jobs have increased 20% yearly, over the last 4 years;

Solar employers expect to see total US solar jobs in 2017 to surge to close to 300,000.

Five top 2016 solar job states: California, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and Nevada

OO Who Installs More Solar Power? Republicans And Democrats Are Pretty Much Tied

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

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

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.

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

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – in fact, some areas are experiencing up to 40+ F degrees higher 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.

 

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: Trump Blocks Climate Information, Resistance Grows, 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 pygmy elephants in Borneo, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Rainforest Rescue

These elephants are already threatened by ivory poachers, but a planned road will greatly help poachers to invade their habitat. You can sign here to urge the plan is stopped!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What Consumers of Palm Oil Never See is what their consumption drives: deforestation and extinction. Source SOB – IAR Indonesia, RAN

OO UK Bank Financing Tied To Deforestation, Rights Violations For Palm Oil In Indonesia Greenpeace has published evidence of illegal deforestation and violations of local communities by companies receiving $16+ billion in loans and credit from the British bank HSBC.

OO ‘Out Of Control’ Wildfires Damage Protected Forests In Northern Peru – fueled by agriculture and drought, the fires burned around 5,000+ acres during late 2016.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year On Record – the third year in a row to do so, and a marker of global warming.

OO Earth Sets A Temperature Record For The Third Straight Year – Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will threaten both the natural world and human civilization.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist. We were looking in the wrong place for the extra heat, which went into the oceans, not the air. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

As the extra heat starts going mostly into the air again, expect an acceleration in the effects of global warming on climate.

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MELTDOWN

Nothing Like Drama To Emphasize Reality – from the “Day After Tomorrow” 2004 movie, a fictional depiction of the 2002 breakup of the Larsen B shelf in 2002. Once again, the Larsen shelf is in the process of shedding a tremendous amount of ice.

OO Larsen Ice Crack Continues To Open Up readying to calve a giant iceberg in the Antarctic.

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Nature Imitates Fiction: Similar to “Day After Tomorrow” Shot above, this is a REAL drone shot of a developing crack in the Brunt ice shelf that threatens the British Antarctic station. Screencapture of Jan 17, 2017 video at climatecrocks.com

OO UK’s Antarctica Research Base To Relocate As ‘Precautionary Measure’ amid concerns it could fall into a growing giant ice chasm.

OO Argentine Scientists In Antarctica Tally Toll Of Climate Change as a nearby glacier thunderously sheds ice into the ocean daily on King George Island in Antarctica, changing the ecosystem around it.

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Every Minute, The Sea Rises As Our Future Drowns Credit Ferdi Rizkiyanto at http://www.behance.net

OO Some Sea Level Rise Already Unstoppable;
Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Stop Even More
– due to the enduring effects of CO2, the global heating driving sea level rise will continue even after we cut emissions, making it ever more urgent that we cut emissions as much and fast as possible.

OO Ancient Warm Period Hints At Bigger-Than-Expected Sea Level Rise up to 18 feet over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said.

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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!

STAND UP FOR THE ARCTIC – Urge your senator here to prevent drilling for oil in the Arctic, which is already heating far faster than elsewhere due to the burning of fossil fuels.

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TIME TO STAND UP FOR A DECENT CLIMATE

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Shedding Icy Tears as humanity fails to muster the will needed to stop the unfolding climate catastrophe. Source slightlywarped.com

OO It’s Time To Stand Up For The Climate—And For Civilization says Bill McKibben. Takeaways:

  • 19th century scientists predicted how climate change could – and would – occur;
  • 20th century scientists documented developing climate change.
  • 20th and 21st diplomats built international bridges to tackle climate change.
  • These foundations of civilization – science, diplomacy and civility – were hard won, but could fade fast.
  • Trump could slow the pace of progress in tackling climate change,
  • Enough to ensure far more disastrous climate change than we might prevent.

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How Fast We Act on Climate Change Will Determine How Many Children Will Die From It now and in the future.

Related Headline:

OO Bill Moyers: The Climate Threat Posed By Right-Wing Populism’s Rising Tide – nationalist populist movements are skeptical about cooperative bodies, like the EU and the UN, which are essential for international progress on climate change.

But…

OO America Isn’t That Divided On The Environment – Studies show there is no political divide on:

  • Conserving water during droughts;
  • Conserving electricity;
  • For farmers, mitigating climate change by better soil management.

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Meh montage

OO As Trump Takes Power, Americans’ Concern Over Climate Change Hits Record Levels
with a clear majority backing action to tackle climate change.

OO Trump Doesn’t Represent American Views On Climate Change polls show, an issue that many experts consider to be one of the greatest threats of our time.

OO Americans Are Aware Of, And Want Action On, Climate Change poll shows.

OO Trump Supporters Don’t Like His Climate Policies – Recent polls indicate that most Republicans support:

  • participation in international climate agreements, like the Paris accord;
  • taxing and regulating carbon emissions.
  • getting more of US energy from clean renewable energy, and less from fossil fuels.

Why did they vote for Trump? Many were convinced Hillary was worse, climate wasn’t a high priority, and they didn’t take many of his policy proposals seriously. (Current events must be jolting many of those Trumpers now.)

WHAT WE CAN DO
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OO The Anti-Trump Opposition Began At The Women’s March:
Here’s How To Grow It
– unite many factions around themes of broad agreement, one of which is climate change.

OO Support Science-Informed Leadership And Candidates Running For Office

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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 Aides’ List Of First Days’ Changes On Energy include:

  • Not weighing climate change when approving pipelines, allowing new drilling for oil, gas, or other major actions;
  • Ignoring the social cost of carbon emissions;
  • Removing the State Department’s ability to grant permission for cross border pipelines.

The above changes run counter to Trump saying “Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.” Surprised?

OO Trump’s Regulatory Freeze Halts
Obama Rules To Promote Greater Energy Efficiency

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Madagascar Drought Means Starving Children Credit Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times

OO How Climate Denying Trump Is Killing Children – By refusing to tackle it he allows the US to fuel the world with climate changing pollution that spells death for many children from increasingly extreme weather, such as the grisly drought in Madagascar, leaving a trail of dead children and desperate survivors.

OO Trump The Destroyer Arrives – His cabinet picks collectively will lead an effort to undermine the legacy of Mr. Obama on the environment, health care, immigration, civil rights and education – with no ideas on how to replace them.

Daily Climate Editor Laura Pyle notes: “We have by far the highest I.Q.,” Trump said, “of any cabinet ever assembled.” MEH: Perhaps he meant IQ as in Inauspicious Quacks.

OO Trump Tweeted The Wrong Ivanka. She Gave Him Climate Advice.

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OO The Real Climate Hoax:
Trump Cabinet Nominees Cast Doubt On Climate Change
even if they don’t flat out deny it or its cause, while the overwhelming scientific consensus shows their doubt to be unreasonable and misleading.

OO New Studies Show Rex Tillerson Is Wrong About Climate Risks – While he accepted climate change exists, the Secretary of State nominee nevertheless proceeded to downplay its risks.

OO Trump Nominees Pruitt And Perry Continue To Play Down Climate Change

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EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt:

  • Doesn’t know that abolishing each statute it administers would spark a debate in Congress;
  • Could be an EPA wrecking ball, given that his career has grew from suing the EPA
  • Pruitt’s EPA may loosen California’s car pollution rules and in other states, too, ultimately worsening US air pollution.

Department Of Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke:

  • promotes coal, ignores clean renewable energy,and the need to act on climate change.
  • pledges to undo federal regulations over federal lands while protecting them. Do you smell hypocrisy?

OO Rick Perry Pledges Support For DOE Research, Renewables
As Trump Plans Drastic Agency Cuts

OO Trump’s Education Nominee Betsy Devos Favors Policies That Dilute Science Education favoring diverting taxpayer dollars towards allowing enabling parents to use private schools where there is no accountability for the quality and accuracy of the science taught there.

@@ A Message to Trump from Climate Scientists – lets hope Mike Pence is watching this, since this is probably beyond Trump’s attention span… more importantly, Americans in general should see this.

OO Trump Ignores Climate At Our Peril

OO Climate Change A Growing Challenge For A New President
-Even As He Denies It

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Prove You’re Not A Loser, Trump!

OO Donald Trump Sees The Future In Coal.
China Sees The Future In Renewables.
Who’s Making The Safer Bet?

OO America Is Losing The Energy Innovation Race. Trump Can Help Win It – and create 1000s of new jobs, if he’s smart enough to recognize the opportunity.

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TRUMP DENIES PUBLIC ACCESS TO EPA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES

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OO Democratic Senators Launch Salvo At Trump’s Blocking Of Information in a letter to him and made public here.

OO Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies,
Closed To Public — AND Congress
in many cases.

OO Office That Protects Whistleblowers Fires Warning Shot Across Trump’s Bow:
Whistleblowers Rights Ride Above Trump’s Silencing

“Under the anti-gag provision, agencies cannot impose nondisclosure agreements and policies that fail to include required language that informs employees that their statutory right to blow the whistle supersedes the terms and conditions of the nondisclosure agreement or policy,” the OSC press release said.

@@ Erosion – Donald Trump Climate Denial Vs Reality Music Video, by Rapper Baba Brinkman. In the absence of federal information, this might become a more significant way to inform the public. Hit it, Baba!

OO Trump’s War On EPA Regulations Will Kill Jobs And A Lot Of People – Clean air and water standards create jobs, spur innovation, and save lives.

OO EPA Scientific Studies Must Be Vetted By Administration Before Release

OO EPA Scientists’ Work May Face ‘Case By Case’ Review By Trump Team official says.

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OO Trump WH Website Fabricates Benefits Of No Health Regulations On First Day Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than20 per person yearly, even if true.)
  • Its source was a flawed discredited 2015 economic study supported by the fossil fuel industry; it did not include the costs of pollution, especially on health, nor the world market trend away from fossil fuels.
  • The website distorted the findings of even this flawed study.

Welcome to Trump’s Dark Fantasy World!

OO All References To Climate Change Deleted From The White House Website

RESISTING TRUMP’S BLOCK OF VITAL SCIENCE

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Scientists Are Starting To Stand Up for Science Source Facebook

OO Scientists Are Planning The Next Big Washington March

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO President Obama Transfers $500 Million To Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal. This leaves the US owing $2 billion; Donald Trump is expected to stop further payments.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Wisconsin Chooses to Mislead Public on climate change ignoring on its state websites the overwhelming consensus that it is caused by burning fossil fuels.

OO Wisconsin: State Agencies Wipe Human-Caused Climate Change From Websites; Scientists Object saying

“Rapid changes in climate are threatening public health, safety, and natural resources. Failing to accurately inform the public about these threats and the opportunities to reduce them, violates the trust we place in our public institutions.”

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO China’s War On Coal Continues — It Just Canceled 104 New Coal Plants – these halted projects are equal in size to one-third of the US coal fleet.

It’s potentially a very, very big deal for efforts to fight climate change.

OO Toyota, Shell Among Giants Betting Nearly $11 Billion On Hydrogen As A Clean Fuel with plans to invest a combined 10 billion euros in hydrogen-related products within five years.

OO Saudi Arabia To Launch $30-50 Billion Renewable Energy Program Soon says its energy minister.

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The Sun Grinds the Grain at this solar powered mill in Zambia. Source news.trust.org

OO Africa: Zambia Tries New Way To Beat Drought – Solar Grain Mills hoping to hold down the cost of milling grain, and hold the line on food prices.

OO Norway: Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars To Combat Pollution despite angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO Climate Change Will Hurt Crops More Than It Helps Them study suggests, reaffirming an earlier study’s idea that high temperatures could seriously harm the production of some of the world’s most important food crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat.

Together, these 3 crops account for about a third of total cropland used on Earth.

The implications of these studies are catastrophic for the world’s food supply.

OO Big Unfinished Business For Trump:
Averting Serious Southwest Water Shortages
– Outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan this; whether Trumps uses it is unknown.

OO Indigenous Canadians Face A Crisis As Climate Change Eats Away Island Home – ask not for whom the bell tolls…

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GOOD IDEAS

@@ Limit Trump’s TV Viewing, Aides Try – to keep him from tweeting explosive and insane ideas he gets from watching TV, notes Seth Meyers truthfully in this recent “Late Night” segment.

OO Even Conservatives Question Trump’s Fitness: Maybe Trump Isn’t ‘Lying’

OO Psychological ‘Vaccine’ Could Help
Immunize Public Against ‘Fake News’ On Climate Change
– by showing the errors and illogic imbedded in the climate myths that climate deniers create, when communicating with the public on climate change.

Related Headline:

OO A Fake News Vaccine? Climate Change Misinformation Can Be Fought With ‘Inoculation’ scientists say.

OO Social Will Needed, If Technology Is To Stave Off Climate Change – without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough.

OO Evaluating The Social Cost Of Carbon Is Crucial
To Tackling Carbon Pollution
new ways to do so are evolving to keep up with the best available science.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Tibetan Tree Rings Trace Climate Change To 1870s when the Industrial Revolution revved up carbon emissions worldwide. The new study shows that before the 1870s, the temperature difference between summer and winter was widening.

After the 1870s, this difference started to decrease, a trend that holds to the present day: as temperatures rise overall, winters become warmer faster than summers, closing the temperature gap between the two seasons.

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Trying to Rid Itself of Killing Ticks, A Moose Rubs Itself Smooth Source New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

OO Ticks, Thriving In Warm Weather, Take A Ghastly Toll On New England Moose – Researchers say droves of winter ticks, which flourish when fall is warm and the winter comes late, are killing moose calves. They have “wasted away.”

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SPEAKING OUT

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A Bonnie Green Prince Charles Credit Richard Stonehouse at Getty Images

OO UK’s Green Prince Charles To Challenge Trump On Climate Change during the climate change denier’s scheduled UK visit – unless, of course, Charles can avoid Trump altogether and let his princely sons meet Trump instead.

OO Bernie Sanders To Scott Pruitt: ‘Why Is The Climate Changing?’ – Pruitt noted that humans may contribute to climate change “in some manner,” and Sanders insisted that the science says a great deal more than that.

OO Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel To Open Sundance Festival in an acutely political year.

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Viewing Climate Change From Decades of Winters in the Colorado Rockies, Billy Barr amassed a unique, massive and valuable record of climate data.

OO Billy Barr: The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science – Moving to the Rocky Mountains Biological Lab four decades ago, he started recording winter climate data that forms a unique, long term record of climate change in the Rocky Mountains. [FD: I know him personally, and he truly is an amazing person.]

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO The Great Lakes: Fossil Fuel Time Bomb Ticking In Largest US Freshwater Supply – Two 63-year-old pipes lie exposed at the bottom of the current-whipped Straits of Mackinac, “the worst possible place” for a spill in all the Lakes.

OO Taxpayer Subsidized Coal Mining On Federal Land Under Review – one of the only places where, because of taxpayer subsidies in the form of cheap leases, coal can compete with natural gas.

OO Land Rush For Oil In US Permian Basin: Exxon Mobil Is The Latest Player acquiring a major parcel in West Texas and New Mexico — more climate-changing fuel we should not use.

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Disappearing Views – and People as air pollution takes its toll on both. Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China, Japan, Vietnam: Air Pollution Map Reveals Countries At Risk Of ‘Airpocalypse. – A study from Greenpeace International and Harvard University has discovered coal-fired power plants built in these countries are slowly killing people and creating an “airpocalypse.”

OO Southeast Asia’s Coal Boom Could Cause 70,000 Deaths Yearly By 2030 report says. Conversely, about 50,000 lives could be saved yearly by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds.

OO China: Illegal Oil Refineries Produce High-Risk Fuel, Dump Acid Sludge To Make Toxic Lakes – A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards.

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Chairman Mao Would Have A Fit – all these bicycles for hire, discarded in a pile by people who were finished with them, but chose not to return them. Source Imaginechina/Rex/Shutterstock

OO Chinese Choose Polluting Cars Over Clean Bicycles – Where is Chinese enforcement when it really counts?

OO How Airlines Can Fly Around New Carbon Rules and a flying boom means a boom in airline pollution.

OO Canada’s Trudeau Is Under Fire For His Not So Green Record having approved two oil pipelines and a major gas facility.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

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

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

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO Republican Political Donors Install Nearly As Much Solar As Democratic Donors – political party affiliation doesn’t matter.

OO Despite Headwinds, Big Capital Continues To Flow Into Solar Projects, Processes And Startups – A billion-dollar roundup of some of the bigger and more interesting solar deals so far this year.

OO Mapping Tool Identifies Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Brownfield Sites For Solar Development identifying nearly 80 brownfield sites in the Upper Peninsula that could host the development of more than 750 megawatts of solar.

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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 30, 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, Canada, and the waters surrounding them are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and, despite recent precipitation, so does the drought in most of California.

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: Trump Fiction Takes Over, So Does Climate Reality, 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 arboreal Arabian Veiled Chameleon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What We Lose When We Lose Forests – many species need intact forests, not just patches, to survive. Source Imgion.com

OO Development Has Destroyed 7% Of Remaining Virgin Forests Since 2000 shows a new study, with implications for biodiversity, climate change, and human life.

OO Giant Congo Carbon Deposit Should Be Prtoected say scientists in a new study. The recently discovered area of peatland contains 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WOMEN, GREEN POWER TRUMPS TRUMP INAUGURAL

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Source National Park EarthCam

OO EarthCam Doesn’t Lie: Three Times As Many Attend Trump Protest vs. Inaugural – as shown in the Earthcam photographs of the National Mall on January 21, 2017 with overflowing sidestreets at the Women’s March, on top, and the day before at Trump’s Inaugural, bottom. Many people urging climate action were part of that crowd.

OO Photos: The Crowd At The Women’s March Vs. Donald Trump’s Inauguration – the women’s march included many groups, uniting under many causes, including civil rights, clean environment, tackling climate change and clean energy.

250,000 invite were invited to the Trump inaugural ; the pictures above indicate that three times as many attended the Women’s March. Trump, in typical fashion, spun out a wishful figure of 1.5 million attending his inaugural.

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OO At The Women’s March, A Call For Climate Protection, Too as amid a sea of signs and pink hats, plenty of people also marched for environment and climate science.

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HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Marks Three Consecutive Years Of Record Heat For The Globe says a new US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. Takeaways for 2016:

  • It was a record 2.5+ degrees F hotter on land above average.
  • It was a record 1.3+ degrees F hotter on the sea surface above average.
  • North America had its warmest year on record;
  • Arctic sea ice area was the smallest on record.
  • Antarctic sea ice area was the 2nd smallest on record.

How long NOAA will be able to report on this under Trump is anyone’s guess; read it while you can.

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OO US Mainstream Media Ignored Calamitous Global Warming Report,
— But SNL Didn’t
– you know, the report telling us about record planetary heat levels over the past 3 years, noted above? Maybe it was because of the new game that enthralls mainstream media: Trump’s Latest Lies.* No matter: Saturday Night Live, the new real news outlet, reported it this past Saturday.

[* Trump has plenty of motivation to lie – it distracts the media from focusing on (vs briefly mentioning) the many questionable and harmful things he’s doing to our country.]

OO No Pause In Global Warming: Excess Heat Went Into Oceans, Not Air – we were looking for global warming in the wrong place. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist, as every day, the total heat in the living envelope of air and water on this planet, increases.

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SCIENCE ACCURACY SOURCES DISAPPEAR

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Trusted By Many, Now Silenced – Jeffrey Beal, a University of Colorado librarian, helped the world distinguish between real and fake science by naming fake science entities.

OO Website Identifying Fake Science Sources Disappears without warning recently; its founder did not respond to inquiries. A close associate indicated that the website suffered an abnormal crash.

Beall’s List has been the world’s main information source on “predatory open access” journals that publish junk science – none peer reviewed by reputable scientists – as serious, reputable science. Widely praised by many, the list was criticized by a few who felt it was too broad.

In 2016, Beall revealed that a fake knowledge company has been buying up legitimate reputable journals, turning them into “zombie” journals that publish junk science, and using the journals’ former reputations to lure unsuspecting customers. Be warned!

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Resist Trump’s War On Science urged one of many groups that turned out for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. Credit Julia DeSantis at Flickr

OO With Trump In Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website – Takeaways:

  • This happened within moments of Trump’s inauguration.
  • US govt climate change data is considered among the most authoritative worldwide.
  • Scientists worry that this stored data will be deleted during Trump’s tenure.
  • US university scientists nationwide have volunteered time and computer servers to save and store govt data at Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, NOAA, and the US Geological Services websites.
  • Such sites store key climate data such as air temperature trends, greenhouse gas emissions levels, and sea level rise records.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: Email the White House here DAILY (put a daily reminder in your email box) about the economic, health, and job benefits of promoting clean energy over fossil fuels. Share this with your social networks and families – it only takes 3 minutes.

Clean energy generates far more jobs than fossil fuels and improves health by reducing air pollution; both improve the economy (despite the fantasies the website now espouses – see below). Trump should be a clean energy winner – not a loser.

OO Trump White House Website Fabricates Benefits
Of No Basic Environmental Regulations On First Day
Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, a clean water rule and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than $20 per person yearly, even if it were true.)
  • Its source was a flawed 2015 economic study, not peer reviewed, discredited by experts and described by a Yale economist as “problematic from start to finish.” The fossil fuel industry supported study does not include the costs of pollution, especially on health, nor the world market trend away from fossil fuels.
  • The website distorted the findings of even this flawed study.

Welcome to Trump’s Dark Fantasy World!

SCIENCE CENSORSHIP VIA INTIMIDATION

OO Center for Disease Control Abruptly Cancels Long-Planned Conference On Climate Change And Health – likely intimidated, but this is not certain.

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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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HOT WATERS

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Too Toxic To Eat? In an ever hotter world, it’s ever more likely. Source http://www.centercutcook.com

OO Global Warming Could See Rise In Toxic Shellfish That Can
Lead To Human Memory Loss And Potentially Kill
Giant blooms of micro-algae that can produce a potent neurotoxin which gets into shellfish are increasing as the water warms, study finds.

OO Warmer Oceans Encouraging Two New Phytoplankton Groups – rare and different from any other known groups, they thrive in the world’s most barren – low nutrient – seawaters; they are likely to increase as the oceans deteriorate under further heating.

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Rising Sea Levels Begin Flooding Florida at high tide in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Credit Dave at Flickr Creative Commons

OO Even Short-Lived Climate Changing Gases
Produce Faster, Long Term Effects On Sea Rise
– Takeaways:

  • Short-lived gases like methane trap heat that is partly absorbed by oceans.
  • The oceans hold onto heat for several centuries, as it penetrates deep.
  • Heated oceanic water expands,
  • Resulting in sea level rise of about a foot per 1 degree C average heating of oceans,*
  • Compared to the many feet of sea level rise
  • Resulting from large scale ice melting.

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Oceans Expand As They Heat – although the expansion of seawater is different, and not as fast under climate change as in a water heater. Yet, because there’s so much water, heating the oceans even a little makes some difference in sea level — and we’re already starting to feel the difference. Sourcecainsableplumbing.com, modified

  • Currently, most sea level rise is from thermal expansion,
  • Which is felt faster than meltwater entering oceans.
  • Meltwater will overwhelm thermal expansion in raising sea levels, ultimately.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Climate Action, Clean Energy Key To US Prosperity,
Business Leaders Urge
Trump in an open letter to him, signed by hundreds of business leaders and investors; they stress the need to support clean energy and stay in the Paris climate agreement.

“We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy.”

OO Green Groups Sue Georgia Regulator over permits for five coal-fired power plants.

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Reframing Climate Change As Moral Issue

OO Priests, Pastors And Ministers Nationwide Are Spreading
The Gospel Of Climate Change
— as are imams and rabbis.

OO No More Pipelines, Louisiana Environmental Group Says citing 144 accidents that include catastrophic problems.

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OO Another Climate Change Push Comes From Exxon Shareholders who have introduced seven more resolutions, asking the company to address climate change and its risks, moving beyond Rex Tillerson’s resistant stance.

OO John Kerry Makes Final Plea To Continue Progress On Climate Change urging both government and the private sector to embrace clean energy.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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We’ll All Pay for This Loser

OO Trump Greenlights Dakota Access, Keystone XL Oil Pipelines – oil now takes precedence over communities.

OO Trump, Congress Could Halt State Action On Climate and preemptively prevent them from acting to slow global warming.

OO Trump’s ‘Extreme’ Cabinet Could Fuel Warming Crisis By Slowing Climate Action

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Here Are the Players, But This Is No Game – Trump is sinking his own boat as well as ours, as he impedes action on climate change, while voters get to experience ever more devastating extreme weather under continued climate change.

OO Trump’s EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It sources say. The Environmental Protection Agency has protected Americans from the worse ravages of fossil fuel pollution, the pollution of our air and waters, and climate change; muzzling the EPA means Americans just lost one of its most important champions.

OO Exxon’s Tillerson Murky On Future Of Paris Climate Pact and downplayed global warming’s dangers during a hearing into his nomination for secretary of state.

OO Rex Tillerson Doesn’t Sound Like A Climate Denier, But He Acts Like One As Exxon CEO, he pursued new fossil fuel frontiers despite claiming climate concern.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Your Stewardship Will Be Missed, Mr. President

OO Obama’s Energy Dept. Leaves Behind A New ‘Scientific Integrity’ Policy
To Protect Scientists
– especially climate scientists, from political intimidation, in the wake of Trump’s transition team giving out questionnaires on individual activities related to climate change.

Although the policy is reversible, Trump would invite public outrage if he were to reverse it.

OO Cuba, US Sign Oil Spill Deal Before Trump Inauguration jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as they rush to conclude deals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO The Irreversible Momentum Of Clean Energy – President Obama says that green energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels (um, he appears to include natural gas as green energy), cleaner for the environment, helps businesses save money, and ultimately benefits everyone. Oil and coal’s decline are irreversible.

OO Benefits Of State Renewable Energy Policies Far Outweigh Costs says a new report from the US national laboratories that examined states’ renewable energy goals.

It found that while renewables add costs up front, they more than make up for it in avoiding pollution and saving water.

OO New York Seeks To Develop US’s Biggest Offshore Wind Projects with Governor Andrew proposing to develop up to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million home,s as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production.

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Mud Mounds Murmur the geothermal energy beneath them and are located near the proposed site of a new geothermal plant in Imperial Valley, California. Credit Mark Boster at the LA Times

OO Australian Firm Plans Largest US Geothermal Plant In Imperial Valley

OO Dutch Trains Become 100% Powered By Wind Energy that generates the electricity that powers them, the national railway company said recently.

OO Sweet And Sour: China Decides To Use Cleaner Fuel –
But Will Likely Sell Dirtier Fuel To Nearby Countries

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO US Northeast Will Experience Faster Warming From Climate Change new study finds, over the next decade and beyond, than the rest of the planet.

OO Climate Change Is The World’s Biggest Risk, In 3 Charts– In its annual risk review, the World Economic Forum ranked climate change among its most likely and impactful risks in 2017.

OO Water And Climate Dominate World Economic Forum Risk Report
and worry business and political elite.

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Davos Is a Reminder of What Climate Change Can Melt – a snowy swiss wonderland. Source http://www.barrons.com

OO Davos Elite Focus On Climate Change, Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism
“The good thing is that the Paris agreement raised the bar for everyone,” said one fossil fuel industry leader. “Everyone feels the obligation to act.”

OO India: Used To Nearby Warfare, Kashmir Border Farmers Now Hit By Drought

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Getting Hot Down Under for the Aussies

OO Climate Change: 90% Of Rural Australians Say Their Lives Are Already Affected
and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out.

OO Switzerland Just Had The Worst Month For Skiing In 100 Years – the ski season is a month shorter than it was four decades ago.

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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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Smartmeters Help Increase Energy Efficiency but bringing populations to sustainable levels will do far more to help nations reach their climate targets. Wikimedia commons

OO Energy Efficiency Rate Has To Double To Meet Climate Targets – via price incentives on energy efficient technology; at present, the rate at which energy efficiency is increasing is slowing down.

MEH: A far more effective way to meet the targets (not mentioned in the piece) is to start humanely shrinking our populations and decreasing our consumption levels.

OO Tidal Lagoons Could ‘Ensure U.K. Power Supplies’ says a former energy minister, who has led a review into the technology.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Not All Beluga Whales Respond to Climate Change The Same Way and the same is true for other species, too. Source no.walls321.com

OO Warming Affects Species Differently
Making Survival Hard to Predict
shows a new study on several different species.

OO Bird Species Vanish From UK Due To Climate Change And Habitat Loss – Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study.

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A Glimpse of What Was, Amidst a White Graveyard in the Sekiseishoko coral reef in Okinawa. When corals die, many of the animals dependent on them die, too.

OO Coral Bleaching Kills 70 % Of Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef – Warmer seawater temperatures last summer are believed to have caused coral bleaching to spread to 90% of this Okinawan reef.

OO Polar Bears Unlikely To Survive Without Climate Action– says the US Fish and Wildlife Service and “decisive” action is needed to slow climate change and stop sea ice melting that threatens to wipe out polar bears in the Arctic.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Fracking Benefits the Community – Seriously? Fracking is known to scar landscapes and contaminate groundwater and air, resulting in adverse health effects. Meanwhile, fossil fuel fat cats rake in the profits.

OO Study Finds Net Benefit For Fracking Communities,
But Critics Disagree
– saying the authors seriously overestimate those benefits, and note that most benefits go to out-of-state companies, while communities are harmed the most. Surprised?

OO New Texas $1 Billion Project Captures Carbon –
To Capture More Oil: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
– Once you capture CO2, why use it to pump out far more carbon, in the form of oil, that will ultimately release far more CO2? And there is no guarantee that the CO2 pumped far below will not make its way up again ultimately.

This is yet another way in which carbon capture falls flat as an efficient way to cut carbon emissions.

OO Australia: Gas Companies Have Manufactured Shortage Myth, Economist Says

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Tar Oil Sands Alberta, Before And After Credit Peter Essick at National Geographic

OO Canada’s Vast Source Of Climate Pollution May Go Bust As a result of the burgeoning US oil and gas market, and the trend towards ever cheaper renewable sources of energy.

OO British Columbia Approves Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Despite the uncertainty of it ever being used, given the current economic outlook for oil sands.

OO Indonesia: Coal Recovery Too Good To Resist For World’s Biggest Shipper

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

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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 SURFING

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OO Solar Power To Rise From Chernobyl Nuclear Ashes as Chinese companies plan over the next two years to build a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

OO Despite Problems, China Forges Ahead With Clean Energy – The world’s largest emitter of climate changing gases is investing heavily in solar, wind, and other clean energy sources, but is stymied by an economic slowdown, a dearth of transmission lines and persistent local favoritism towards coal.

OO Oil-Rich Gulf Countries Take Advantage Of Cheap Solar
To Diversify Energy Supplies

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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 24, 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: rains in California are helping, but much of the south remains in drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. 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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Trump Fuels His Illegitimacy Daily, With Ever More Lies: Move On, Media, With A Trump Lie Counter

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Who, me lie? Source businessinsider.com

Donald Trump’s lies are already legendary, and as they mount daily, fuel his presidential illegitimacy in ways no others can: lies fuel voter mistrust, disapproval (of which Trump has record high levels entering the presidency) and increasingly detract from their perception of his presidential legitimacy. Remember Richard Nixon?

An important, dangerous fallout, however, is that the lies provide yet more distractions from important stories for the puppy dog pack of mainstream media, infused with giddy happiness as they chase every lying ball Trump tosses.

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SNL Covers The Big Story, as Mainstream Media Act Like Silly Puppies – Wondering who covered the big story this weekend on one of the biggest problems confronting our survival? SNL did, but not the puppies, who were teething on Trump’s latest lies. screencapture at youtube.com

Thus, the post inaugural Sunday shows were not about the latest NOAA report noting the calamitous upswing in global warming (record high levels of heat for the past 3 years – oops, was that news to you?), but rather Trump’s latest lies about just how many attended his inauguration.

What to do? Yo, media, wake up and smell the coffee. Trump’s lies aren’t news! We all know that, based on his psychological makeup, they will increase with time. More importantly, they will increasingly undermine voters’ and other countries’ confidence in him, and undermine the legitimacy of his presidency and our country. Now, THAT’s news that should be covered, and presumably will, in due time.

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A Growing Nose Isn’t Accurate Enough – to estimate Trump’s increasing lies, and ultimately one runs out of space trying to show it. Source conservativepapers.com

In the meantime, the media can easily – and briefly – report on his lies using the handy, dandy method of estimating Trump’s lying rate presented here, and then setting up an estimated Trump lie counter on their websites. Alas, no one appears to have done a serious statistical study of the rate at which he lies yet, so this first try at an estimated Trump lie counter is, by necessity, a crude one – but helpful, especially if it gets the media to stop fixating on the lies and focus on the real harm Trump is doing to the country with his new (lack of sensible) policies.

There is one piece that did take a stab at Trump’s lying rate during the election campaign. “Lyin’ Donald Trump Is Literally Lying Every Five Minutes” noted one conservative documenter as they listed 101 of Trump’s numerous, nearly continuous lies way back in April 2016. Showing how you can’t keep a good liar down, Trump kept lying, as he called nearly every other candidate a liar.

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Credit Erik T. Johnson, Design by Kelly Niland, at the New Yorker

The “Lyin’ Donald Trump” piece estimated, based on their observations, that Trump was lying on average roughly every 5 minutes. That’s 12 times every hour (repeating a lie counts). Multiply that by 24 hours (hang on, got to find my calculator), that’s 288 lies daily, or 8,640 lies monthly. And the master liar is catholic in his scope: nothing is beyond his ability to create illusion for all, and delusions for himself.

[One might argue that he is not lying because he is delusional — but if that is so, doesn’t that justify his immediate removal based on mental incapacitation as stated in Section 4 of the 25th Amendment? So, for now, we’ll presume his party would rather have him seen as lying – or that they are equally delusional. You pick.]

Of course, that 5 minute average only takes into account observable lies, ie, those that were documented in some way. We have no idea what kind of impressive show behind the scenes is denied to us. One can only guess about the number of lies that flow in the privacy of Trump Tower and the White House, where, presumably, he is now able to lie fairly continuously to a continual flow of people wanting to transact with the U.S. president. Given that, let’s just round up the above estimated numbers of daily and monthly lies to 300 daily, or 9,000 monthly.

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And The Lies Keep Mounting… and Mouthing…

Now, every time the media flies feel drawn to the carrion of Trump’s lies, they can carry on by simply reporting the current estimated number, then focus on the real main stories – and note when Trump’s lies affect those stories.

Indeed, feel free to imbed an estimated Trump lie counter on your website, one that automatically adds one more to Trump’s total lies every 5 minutes: start the counter at 12 noon January 20, 2017. Refer to it briefly whenever you feel the urge to fixate on his lying. Mark impressive numbers: Trump will be passing the 100,000 mark somewhere into his 11th month.

Then focus on the real news.

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

 

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