Pointers on Communicating Climate Change, and More!

WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Talking Climate Change With Family Deniers Over the Holidays:
Some Pointers

reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress, include:

* Cold weather? The planet is warming and that’s changing climate, causing both extreme hot AND cold weather. But the number of new heat records are far outpacing the cold records.

* There is no “pause” in the warming; some of the heat started going more into the oceans, but it’s still incoming, and 9 of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000.

* Forget conspiracy: there is broad consensus among scientists that climate change is happening, mostly because we burn fossil fuels.

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Warm weather might sound nice, but climate change affects us all, including our food as this interactive shows.

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What You and Your Conservative Family Can Agree On:
Some Pointers

reports Emily Atkin at Climate Progress, include:

* Let’s keep emotions out of it, and stick to the facts: refuse to be baited.

* Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.

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Peter Essick

* Carbon is bad, because of the sickening air pollution, and it can cause harmful irreversible effects that are economically damaging. Adaptation can only do so much.

* Carbon emissions threaten property rights: letting companies emit carbon that ultimately raises sea levels and floods coastal properties is not fair.

* Carbon emissions threaten homeland security, says the US Department of Homeland Security, because of the resulting harmful effects: damaging extreme weather, rising sea levels and more.

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Wikipedia

OO Pope Francis Issues Call For EU Green Jobs Creation

OO George Shultz Defies GOP In Embrace Of Climate Adaptation

OO Republican Senator: GOP Needs Real Position On Climate Policy

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OO Groups Sue US Interior Dept
Over Climate Impacts Of Coal Leasing Program
– burning the coal leased under this plan would unlock almost an estimated 17 billion tons of carbon pollution.

OO Other Texas Towns Join Denton In Challenging Fracking

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OO EPA Rejects Texas Clean-Air Plan,
Orders Upgrades On Some Big Coal Plants

OO California: Climate Change Lawsuits Press County Leaders

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Where the drilling was stopped: a view from Burnaby Mountain, where protestors stopped a company from drilling. Diane Worth/Flickr

OO Canada: Protestors Force Company to Stop Drilling

OO Canadians Want Action On Reducing Greenhouse Gases,
Poll Shows

Insights:

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Recent Warming Trends: Significant, Paused – Or What? Here’s how to interpret the temperature records for the planet, writes Stephan at RealClimate, where climate scientists explain the climate science.

As he summarizes: “since the 1970s we simply are in an ongoing global warming trend which is superimposed by short-term natural variability.”

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Where Do We Go From Here? Carbon Emissions Past, Present and FutureThis interactive shows how fast we are plowing through our planetary carbon budget that avoids a dangerous rise in temperature, and how we can extend it dramatically.

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A Colorful History of Our Planetary Carbon Emissions: this interactiveshows, through the floating, changing bubbles of Han Rosling’s famous and fascinating moving charts the expansion and ever-changing players that emit carbon on our planet. Although the US is a dominant culprit, China and India are now major players as they burn coal to develop.

OO How Global Warming Is Making Heat Waves And Precipitation More Extreme

Good Ideas:

OO The Intelligent Light Switch That Saves Energy – Remotely

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Think of it as a giant heating brick for your home: the German company Cloud and Heat is happy to heat your homes free by storing its heat-generating servers there.Cloud and Heat

OO This German Data Center Wants To Heat Your House With Its Servers

OO France To Stop Credits For Coal Projects In Developing Countries – vive la France!

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OO Financial Systems Must Consider Extreme Weather,
Or Risk Condemning Millions To Die
A new Royal Society report calls for changes to global financial accounting and regulation to ensure extreme weather risk is correctly accounted for.

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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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