The Costs of Air Pollution, Hazards of Fracking, and More!

 

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies:

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Wikipedia

OO Fracking Risk Compared To Thalidomide, Asbestos
In UK Report
by chief national scientific advisor.

OO India: World’s Most Polluted City Urged To Close Schools On Bad Air Days – as fossil fuels worsen air quality to critical levels.

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OO Air Pollution Costs Britain £10 Billion A Year, a European Union agency report shows, and costs Europe up to £149 billion a year.

OO Climate Funds For Coal Highlight Lack Of UN Rules

Population Matters:

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OO Overpopulation Merges With Antibiotics to Create Spreading Epidemic – and pull resources away from addressing another byproduct, climate change. Overpopulation in developing nations also hampers the source of funding, the economy.

OO Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden On Planet – US researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance.

Consumerism:

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Prisoner541 at Flickr

‘A Quarter Of The Energy We Use Is Just In Our Crap’:
Black Friday And The Destruction Of Planet Earth
– Black Friday, notes Joe Romm at Climate Progress, has become an orgiastic celebration of unbridled consumerism. It’s a good time to look at how the global economic system is a Ponzi scheme, an utterly unsustainable system that robs our children’s future to pamper our present lifestyles.

Denial, Even As You Bake:

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Australians protest their government’s head in the sand approach to climate change.
David Gray/Reuters

Australia Govt Ignores Climate Change, Even With Its Hottest Spring and November Yet

Clueless Leadership:

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OO Careless About Climate Change Congress: GOP Leaders of Climate Denial, Skepticism – from left to right, Roy Blunt, unknown, John Barrasso, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and lastly, Jim Inhofe, in line to be head of the House Committee on Environment… so much for Congress acting on climate in 2015… David Gray/Reuters, Wikipedia.

OO Florida OKs Plan To Gut Solar, Conservation Incentives – hang on, isn’t that the state whose bustling tip is being eaten away by rising sea levels? Way to go, Florida!

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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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