Speaking out:

OO Ex Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin: Tackling Climate Change Will Save Economy – not harm it, but we need a better measure of economic health than GDP.


Waiting to Slash CO2 Emissions Could Cost You and US says a Council of Economic Advisers report released by the White House, reports Bobby Magill atClimate Central. The cost of the U.S. delaying action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions could increase 40% each decade if no action is taken.

Extreme weather and sea level rise will cause climate costs, already monumental, to spike in the future if not dealt with now.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions sooner rather than later helps to offset the threat of sea level rise, higher temperatures and melting ice sheets, which could cause costly and widespread damage in the future if nothing is done to slash CO2, according to the report.

OO Judge Halts Plans To Drill Near California National Park citing competition for scarce water, and endangered wildlife.

OO 21 Protesters Arrested For Trying To Block The First US Tar Sands Mine in Utah.

Good Ideas:


OO New York: How Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath Is Creating a Smarter Power System

OO Electric Vehicles Offer a Major Growth Opportunity for Utilities

OO Netherlands: Town Uses Ocean To Provide Heat To Low-Income Residents – as fishing declines, the ocean now becomes a source of clean energy.

A villager harvests palm for construction. Credit: Rhett Butler at Mongabay.com

Local Communities Key To Saving Forests, Curbing Global Warming says a new report, writes Morgan Erikson-Davis at Mongabay. Deforestation is compromising forests worldwide, destroying vital habitat and causing greenhouse gases emissions that contribute to global warming. A possible solution? Protect forests by empowering the local communities that live within them.

OO Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes: The Low Cost Solution To Climate Change?

Scientific Insights:

OO Is Antarctica’s ice cover really increasing?

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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