Fighting Climate Change: Religion, Population Policy, and More!

WHAT WORKS

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Speaking Out:

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OO At EPA Hearing, Religious Leaders Call Carbon Pollution ‘An Affront To God’
Christian, Jewish, and Hindu leaders urged the EPA not to weaken their proposed regulations on carbon emissions from coal plants.

OO White House Chief Science Adviser: Wildfires Are Linked To Climate Change

OO PR Firms: We Don’t Want To Work For Climate-Bashing Clients

Informed Leadership:

OO Obama: Business Leaders Must Accept Climate Change

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OO India: Prime Minister Modi Pledges New Climate Action Funds In First Budget

Good Ideas:

OO California: Company Recycles Waste Vanadium To Produce Cheaper, Advanced Battery

OO Maps Show How Big Data Can Fight Climate Change – areas impacted by climate and pollution often also hold the greatest potential for clean energy investment.

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OO Californians Twitter To Shame Neighbors Who Waste Water

OO Washington State Is Gearing Up A System To Cut Its Carbon Emissions
State officials are considering both a cap-and-trade system and a carbon tax, to join California and some Canadian provinces in a coordinated effort.

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Reducing Carbon Emissions by Curbing Population notes Eduardo Porter at the New York Times is an obvious yet still touchy pollution and global warming solution. Slowing growth 15% by 2050 could deliver a nearly 30% reduction in emissions, reduce the needed 70% increase in food production, and help preserve carbon-storing forests.

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Wikipedia

Educating women and providing reproductive health services help bring down reproductive rates, and could be done relatively cheaply. Giving women reproductive choice worldwide is equally important:: in the Sahel, for example, where men oppose family planning, reproduction far exceeds sustainable levels.

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Emissions have grown far faster than both rich and poor populations, though, so material consumption needs to be managed, too, especially as populous poor nations become richer, consuming more, faster.

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Photo: US NIH collection

We can manage our populations humanely, or let them crash inhumanely via starvation and war. We can choose.

Education:

OO What Would Jesus Do (About Climate Change)? Gordon College science professor Dorothy Boorse wants evangelical Christians to connect practicing their faith with caring for the environment.

Scientific Insights:

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Atlantic Warming Causing Stronger Pacific Trade Winds reports
Tom Arup at The Age. The windy upsurge is partly responsible for pushing global warming heat into the ocean, thus slowing the heating of air surface temperatures. Australian researchers found that the warming Atlantic is creating lower pressure at the surface than higher up, driving large air masses high. Ultimately, these speed the trade winds and amplify the California drought.

Within 15-30 years other conditions will ease the trade winds, though – allowing the heat pushed into the ocean to rise, noted lead researcher Shayne McGregor.

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A large plume of methane rising from the Arctic sea floor, detected at roughly 60 m.University of Stockholm

Scientists Discover Vast Methane Plumes Rising From Arctic Seafloorreports Earth Sky
and Climate Change SOS at Daily Kos. University of Stockholm researchers noted that “these early glimpses of what may be in store for a warming Arctic Ocean could help scientists project the future releases of the strong greenhouse gas methane from the Arctic Ocean.”

Methane is about 80 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas in its 20 year average life in the atmosphere. Mega releases will accelerate global warming. And then what?

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This is the largest of a few Siberian craters recently discovered, and believed to be formed from the explosive release of methane from melting permafrost. Photo: AP television frame vis Climate Progress

Siberia: Craters Formed As Methane Released From Melting Permafrostreports Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Measurements at the bottom of the crater revealed high levels of dissolved methane. Unusually warm summers in 2012 and 2013 could have melted and collapsed the permafrost near the surface, releasing methane trapped beneath the ice.

Even if excaping methane could be held to 10% of the total planetary emissions, it will be a chronic source of carbon emissions for centuries – and that is worrying, noted one Australian climate scientist, who monitors greenhouse gas levels.

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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