Fighting Climate Change: Why Clean Energy Helps Poor Nations, and More!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

Renewable Energy Capacity Grew At Fastest Pace Ever In 2013 reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. The International Energy Agency said renewables now produce 22 % of the world’s electricity, likely rising to 26 % by 2020 — though this pace won’t ultimately meet international climate targets.

OO Chile Is Poised To Pass South America’s First Carbon Tax

OO Grid Perfection, Not Defection: the Evolving US Microgrid Landscape

WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Why Clean Energy Bests Fossil Fuels To Power Poorer Economies, arguesenergy policy expert Carl Pope at GreenTechMedia, is rooted in the reality of those economies:

1.creating the grid to hook up most customers to fossil fuel power is far more expensive than distributed clean energy (solar and wind),

2. fossil fuel pollution is an economic drain,

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3. fossil fuels use much more increasingly scarce water, and

4. clean energy is now just as cheap as fossil fuels – even more so when you factor in health benefits.

OO ‘Urgency of Climate Change’ to Debut as Legal Defense

OO Gubernatorial Candidate Connects Pipeline To Climate Change

OO US Govt Estimate of High Social Cost of Carbon Is Accurate says a new Government Accountability Office report.

OO United Nations Predicts Climate Hell In 2050
With Imagined Weather Forecasts
‘Reports from the future’ warn of floods, storms and searing heat in campaign for climate change summit

You Can Act:

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Bus or Train to People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 20-21 – Multiple organizations have come together to organize the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 20-21. Buses and trains to New York City are available. For more details, go here.

#B4UMarch Campaign – Call Congress Sept. 15-19 -Whether you march or not, it is critical that Congress hear from Americans that we support climate action.

Using the hash tag, #B4UMarch, take a few minutes to call your state’s Congress people at their Washington, DC offices before the People’s Climate March. Get the Washington, DC contact information for your state’s Congressional representatives and Senators here.

Scientific Insights:

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In just 5 years, satellite maps that measure topographic height very accurately show that the melting of Greenlandic ice has doubled; for West Antarctica, it has tripled, says an author of a new study.

OO New Satellite Maps Show Polar Ice Caps Melting At ‘Unprecedented Rate’

Good Ideas:

Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer says a new MIT study, reports Brian Palmer at Climate Central. The effect of fossil fuel pollution is so economically disastrous to human health, cutting carbon emissions through a cap and trade policy would produce a 10x economic payback – for every $100 invested, the US would see a $1000 return. And that’s just the payback for cutting pollution.

The payback will be far larger, in terms of slowing climate change…such a deal! Tell your Congress people how much you want this!

OO How to Encourage Home Energy Savings – segue it with owners’ highest priorities: security, and economy ; it’s not that hard to do.

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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