Big Coal Protest in Europe, Understanding Climate Change, and More!

WHAT WORKS

Speaking out:

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Thousands formed a human chain protesting coal mining across the German-Polish border. Credit: AFP photo/DPA/Patrick Pleul Germany Out

OO 7,500 Form Human Chain
Across German-Poland Border to Protest Coal Mining

OO Washington Post: A Climate For Change:
America Should Not Wait While The World Warms

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General Mills and Kellogg’s are starting to champion action on climate change.

OO Major Food Companies Respond To Consumer Pressure On Climate Change – Kellogg’s and General Mills will join Mars, Unilever and Nestlé in signing BICEP’s Climate Declaration, proving consumers can influence global supply chains

OO Lawmakers, Homeowners Fight Rules Saying Solar Is Too Ugly To Install – what’s wrong with chartreuse?

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OO Pope Francis Petitioned To Drop Fossil Fuel Investments – time to walk the talk, Francis.

OO UK: Advertising Standards Authority Rules Peabody’s ‘Clean Coal’ Ad Misleading – ‘clean coal’ isn’t clean.

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OO PA, USA: Doctors Outraged That Residents
Sickened By Drilling Were Ignored
– calling for an investigation into the responsible health officials.

OO UK: Warmest Record For Jan-July Period Sparks Call For Greater Climate Action

Scientific Insights:

Understanding the Jet Stream: The actual mechanics of jet stream meandering can be compared to adding energy to a metal spring by squeezing it, notes Brian Palmer at Climate Central – when you release it, the spring boings back and forth for awhile, as it tries to restore itself to the original position. Thus, jetstream particles overshoot going south and north as they try to restore to their original position, existing before the energy of global warming was injected into the system.

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OO Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again
To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss
a new study says, fueling an increase in recent years of record-smashing extreme weather events and suspected that it’s linked to global warming.

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Wikipedia

Global Heat Was Diverted From Air to the Atlantic –
Will Heat the Air Again in 2020s
says new research, reports Adam Vaughan at the UK Guardian. The diversion of much of the global heat started around 2000, leading some to think that global heating had slowed – no such luck.

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Although global heating got diverted somewhat from the air, it didn’t stop Arctic ice from melting at record rates. Wikipedia

Previous studies indicated that much heat simply got diverted into the Pacific Ocean due to a change in a decades-long weather system. A larger study of ocean temperatures now indicates much was diverted into the Atlantic.

The bad news? The weather system should switch back in 10-20 years. Then watch air temperatures really start to zoom.

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Expect even more extreme heatwaves when the air heats more rapidly in the 2020s.

Related headlines:

OO Unpacking Unpaused Global Warming
– Climate Models Got It Right

OO New Study Provides More Evidence That Global Warming ‘Pause’ Is A Myth

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The European CryoSat-2 satellite collected crucial data showing enormous ice loss.Source: ESA

OO ‘Incredible’ Rate Of Polar Ice Loss Alarms Scientists – An European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland.

OO Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years
“That is the highest speed observed since altimetry satellite records began about 20 years ago.”

Good ideas:

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The remote US territory of Palau is already looking into the development of homegrown renewable energy. Source: dxing at communication

OO How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction With Renewables – most have military value and should follow the military lead, which is towards renewables.

OO Revenue-Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend:
A Potential Win for the Climate

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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