Climate Change Follies: US Birds at Risk, Emissions Keep Rising, and More!


Fossil Fuel Follies:

OO People Who Live Near Fracking More Likely To Become Sick, study finds.

OO South Africa: Coal-Fired Power Stations Carry Heavy Health Costs

OO Tropical Dams Are a Methane Source and new data indicate the methane emissions from hydroelectric dams outweigh the benefits.

Clueless Leadership:

OO States Sue to Stop CO2 Cuts
But Prep For Them Anyway

OO As Obama Administration Orders Carbon Cuts, It Sells Coal Rights – oh no, O, say it ain’t so!


Greenhouse Gases Rising:


Earth’s atmosphere, seen from a satellite. NASA

OO UN Scientists See Largest Annual CO2 Increase In 30 Years:
‘We Are Running Out Of Time’

OO Jump in Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surprises Scientists – the latest World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin raises alarm about society’s inaction on curbing global warming.

OO Greenhouse Gases Are At Record Highs

Melting Ice, Permafrost:


OO Half of Carbon from Melting Permafrost Going Into Air,
Adding to Global Warming
– which will further melt permafrost…


OO Sorry Policy-Makers: The 2oC Warming Policy
Is Likely A Road To Disaster

OO Accounting Giant: We’re 20 Years From Climate Catastrophe – says Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their latest carbon economy index report.


OO Asia: Climate Change Is Cutting Youth Employment,
NGOs Need To Nurture ‘Green-Skills’


OO Half Of North American Birds Risk Extinction By Climate Change – through severe population declines by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, says a National Audubon Society study.

OO US: Iconic Bald Eagle, 10 State Birds, Others
Face Extinction by Climate Change
– over 300 species will be severely affected.

Source: National Audubon Society

OO Birds Of North America Under Threat From Climate Change : Pictures– warming temperatures are reducing the range of over 300 species, pushing many towards extinction.

OO Climate Change Gets Personal:
Minnesota Faces Loss Of Its Beloved Loon
-“It is the voice of Minnesota.”

Credit Shutterstock

OO Trees Are Dying From ‘No Obvious Cause’
In Rocky Mountains
says report, except for the most obvious one: the rippling effects of climate change.

OO Fungus Stoked By Warming Threatens Organic Coffee – an extreme outbreak has cut yields, lowered incomes and cut jobs from Peru to Mexico.

OO Mussels Can’t Stick Around In Acidic Ocean Water – acid water impairs mussels’ ability to attach to surfaces and get swept away, alarming commercial growers in the US Northwest.

OO As Greenhouse Gases Surge, Ocean Acidifies More – as it absorbs more emissions, reported the UN.
Extreme Consequences:

Credit Matt Granz at twitter

OO Washington State: 2014 Fire Season 6x Worse Than Normal

The Face of Future California Life: Desert Living is where the super-rich haven ofMontecito is headed, reports Nick Allen at the UK Telegraph. Extreme drought has cut water to mansions by 90%. Cacti, Astroturf, green paint or the brown look has replaced lawns. Short showers, paper plates and astronomical prices for imported water are the new life. As the drought continues, expect worse, especially for poorer people, here – and elsewhere.

OO West Nile Infections Slam California West Nile virus infections are soaring in California, fueled by a drought that experts say has helped make the state the country’s hot spot for the potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

Arizona recently experienced flash flooding due to record rainfalls. Source: Andrew Freedman at Climate Central

Wobbling Jet Stream Brings Weird Extreme Weather to US reports Andrea Thompson at Climate Central. The jet stream brought a cold front down into the heart of the US: from summer snow in Alberta, Canada, to lightning in Kansas and record rains in Arizona, creating flash flooding as drought-dry soils failed to absorb so much water so fast.



OO USA: How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges – with some 70% more water falling in the heaviest rainfalls now than it did about 50 years ago. Here’s why.

OO Raging Floods Kill Over 440 In Pakistan, India – due to extreme monsoonal rains.

We Face a Dangerous Climate Changing Future as Episode 8 of Years of Living Dangerously illustrates, notes John Abraham at the UK Guardian. Matt Damon, Thomas Friedman, and Michael C. Hall take us through human stories illustrating our impending dangerous future, if we let business continue as usual.

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.


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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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