What Works on Climate: Stopping Big Dams, Speaking Out, and More!

WHAT WORKS

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Speaking Out:

OO Top Scientists To Media:
Stop Using ‘Skeptic’ To Describe Climate Science Deniers

OO ‘We’re Running Out Of Time’:
Leading Climate Scientist Unveils Latest Numbers On Climate Change

OO Seattle Billionaire Steps Into Coal Fight – to fund a suit against the Dept of Interior on leasing public land for coal. He’s Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen.

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Mail Tribune/Jamie Lusch

OO Oregon: Most Residents Speak Against Proposed Southern Gas Pipeline

OO 11 SenatorsTold EPA How To Make Its Carbon Rule
Cut Even More Power Plant Emissions

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OO Colbert Report: Obama Downplays Keystone Benefits, Highlights Drawbacks

OO Climate Change Should Be A Human Rights Issue announced the International Bar Association, able to be challenged in a court of law.

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The endangered golden rumped shrew inhabits an endangered habitat, an east African coastal forest.

OO Greens Protest, And Company Backs Away
From Kenya’s Rare Coastal Forest

OO Groups Call On World Leaders To Stop Incentives For Big Dams which often destroy communities, important habitat, and emit the potent greenhouse gas methane.

Insights:

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Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9 °F over much of U.S.

OO What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts – here are two of them, above and below; remember, often climate models underestimate the real effects… and the costs.

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Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for 2080-2099 with business-as-usual warming. By comparison, during the 1930s Dust Bowl, the PDSI in the Great Plains rarely exceeded -3 (see here). Source: Cook et al. and Climate Progress.

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The beginning of the global weirding interactive – hint, hint: the spinning ball gets redder as time rolls on…

OO Here’s What Will Happen This Century
If We Don’t Do Anything About Climate Change
Via cool graphics and animation, Global Weirding helps summarize how the planet may change over the rest of the century, using the most reputable source of information, the latest IPCC report.

OO Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt – the sheet’s dynamics are changing, which could ultimately raise sea levels that much faster.

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OO Warming Ocean May Be Triggering Mega Methane Leaks Off Northwest Coast as methane that was trapped in crystalline form beneath the seabed melts and is being released. — and fast.

See also:

OO ‘Widespread Methane Leakage’ From Ocean Floor Off US Coast

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OO Mainstream Media – Newsweek – Tackles Overpopulation:
222 Million Women Need Access to Contraceptives
– not just physical access with accurate information about their use and results, but cultural encouragement and freedom.

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Many orchids are now endangered or going extinct, as we destroy their special habitats.

As it is, our exploding populations are changing the climate and irreversibly extinguishing much of the beautiful tapestry of life on Earth, and our mega life support systems, our ecosystems.

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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