2014 Climate Insights, No Forests — No Farms, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Climate-Change Christmas Carols – by Ethan Kuperberg in “Shouts and Murmurs” at the New Yorker caught my eye. Okay, I admit I haven’t sung any of these – but one is SO tempted!

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OO 2014: Riding A Rocket, Divestment Movement Gains Momentum – there is a growing belief among global leaders, investors, scientists, and large corporations that the use of fossil fuels must be sharply curtailed–if not phased out–for the sake of future generations.

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Is Straw the New Black? The good guys, Presidents Obama (US) and XI Jinping (China) are first and third, from left to right; the “sold my soul to fossil fuel darkness” ones are Prime Ministers Tony Abbott (Australia) and Stephen Harper (Canada), second and fourth. Credit: Dylan Petrohilos

OO The Good, The Bad And The Ugly:
Who Fought Climate Change (Or Didn’t) In 2014

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Keeping Humanity Safe with Forests. Forests help regulate global climate, so their large scale loss through exploitation could spell disaster for our agriculture and drinking water supplies. Mongabay.com

OO Tropical Deforestation Could Disrupt Rainfall, Agriculture Globally – besides accelerating global warming. Global food production could be threatened by distorting rainfall patterns across, Europe, China and the US Midwest, says a new study.

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OO 9 Things Scientists Did This Year To Ensure A Better Climate Future

> “What We Know” Report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest US scientist organization – why scientists are highly alarmed at their own predictions, including a world mere decades away that can no longer support humanity, causing an end to “modern civilization as we have come to know it.”

<> 5th IPCC Assessment Report Set the Scene – for years to come; the major climate report on the planet.

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Just one of many climate effects impacting the US.

><>The US National Climate Assessment Report
Broke It Down By Region
– put together by 300 leading climate scientists and experts, it found that the impacts of climate change are happening now across the US.

<><>The New Climate Economy Report
Showed Us How To Get Somewhere Better
– the sooner, the better.

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Just a few of the thousands of species that comprise the vital biodiversity being lost to human activities. Source: IUCNredlist.org.

><><> The Living Planet Report : We’re Losing Vital Biodiverty FAST

> The World Energy Outlook Report Gave Some Stark News:
We’ll Enter a Climate Danger Zone by 2040
– without drastic action to cut emissions soon. One place to start is to cut fossil fuel subsidies, which do not help those that need it.

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From mood lights to heatlights, LEDs are saving people, energy, money, and carbon emissions.

<> Inventors Of The LED Won The Nobel Prize For Energy-Saving Technology

><> Scientists Asked Florida Governor Rick Scott To Take Climate Action

<><> Several Studies Show Natural Gas Is No Answer to Climate Change – it’s a dirty fossil fuel whose promotion delays needed investment in clean energy.

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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