Scientists Voice Their Consensus on Climate Change, and More!

Speaking Out:

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Much of the public doesn’t realize just how much scientists agree on global warming.

97 Hours Of Climate Experts On The Global Warming Consensus took place over 4 days recently at the major global warming information website Skeptical Science to try to close the gap of public perception on how much all scientists really agree on global warming, report John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli at the UK Guardian.

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This is just one of 97 quotes; you can find out what the rest of these eminent scientists have to say with this fun cartoon interactive here – move the cursor over the scientist of your choice, and click to see what she or he has to say…

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Activists blocked a fossil fuels shipload with their lobster boat, saying it was necessary to prevent further climate change from more fossil fuels.

OO Judge Makes Legal History, Allows ‘Necessity’ Defense In Climate Trial – protesters defended their fossil fuel blocking actions as necessary to prevent more climate change. This possibly swayed prosecutors to drop charges.

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Credit Katie Valentine

OO Protesters Rally at White House To End Pollution
from Appalachia Mountaintop Removal Coal Mines

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Greenpeace

OO Emma Thompson to Tony Abbott: Climate Change Is Real – Thompson was on a Greenpeace Arctic mission recently, part of a series of international trips to highlight the threat of global warming.

Good Ideas:

Have Each Nation Pledge Their Own Goals, Agree to Periodic Reviews,argue former US Senators Tim Wirth and Tom Daschle at Yale 360. One unified climate treaty does not fit all national needs; having each nation create its own set of reviewable goals will create much more inspiration to act on them, and compete with other nations.

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Credit AllEarth Renewables

OO How To Set Up Your Own Solar School

OO Get Out Front With Clean Energy by starting your own state chapter of Mothers Out Front, a group of mothers, grandmothers and others spearheading two big goals in Massachusetts: getting state government to buy only clean energy, and residents to switch to it.

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OO Really Quick Ways to Reduce Oil Consumption, from the 2005 International Energy Agency’s Saving Oil in a Hurry.

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We Must Fight Gas-fired Power Plants writes Mike Ewall at Energy Justice Now, because the levels of methane gas leakage from nearly 500,000 active (PLUS old ones) and transport structures makes burning gas far worse than coal.

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Gas plants proposed for construction (yellow) or expansion (blue) in the US.

Why? Because over the first 20 years of its atmospheric life, natural gas (aka methane) is an 80 to 105 times worse global warming gas than carbon dioxide. Fracking methane emissions will zoom with the burgeoning of gas fracking.

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Source: Energy Justice Now

Environmental fracking hazards includes permanent (ie, too expensive to clean up) toxic contamination of soil, air and water supplies, affecting thousands of US communities; fracking has been correlated with nearby rises in poverty.

As in fighting coal, attacking proposed gas plants is the most effective way to stop the fracking madness. Energy Justice Now acts as an organizing and educational hub for communities fighting gas plants. Check out their September 2014 issue here!

OO New High-Resolution Maps Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions At City-Level – and by the hour.

OO Fungi Could Rid US Great Basin of Alien Grass,
Restoring a Vast Carbon-Storing System

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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