This IS NOT Cool: Welcome to the Pliocene!

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Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have now reached those last seen in the Pliocene several million years ago,an unusually warm period of Earth’s history when mastadons roamed the plains. Unlike then, our atmosphere has changed far faster, and the water cycle on Earth is still in the process of reacting to that change via melting ice, warmer oceans, and rising sea levels. Wikipedia.

This IS NOT Cool: Welcome to the Pliocene! Is the latest in Peter Sinclair’s TINC series of video shorts on climate change. Here he interviews geologist and climate scientist Maureen Raymo who joins the likes of Charles Darwin as this year’s winner of the British Wollaston Medal, the first female honoree in the prize’s 183-year history. In 4 minutes, she succinctly summarizes where we are in an evolving climate, crystallizing the problem in a way people can understand.

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

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

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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