Energy Companies Play Dirty, Methane Menace, and More!

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies:

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Credit Dirk Ingo Franke at Wikimedia Commons.

OO “Delaware-Sized ” Gas Plume Over US West
Illustrates Cost Of Leaking Methane
– verified as the country’s biggest methane “hot spot,” by NASA and other scientists, it is the most dramatic example of a $2 billion leak problem: methane loss from energy production sites across the US.

OO Pennsylvania Report Details Troubling Legacy Of Coal Mining – in 10 counties, raising questions about the true cost of coal for those communities.

OO Energy Companies Try Legal Coercion on Local Community Fracking Bans

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 11, 2015

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US west are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, prolonging its extreme drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

OO US Must Face The Dark Side Of Climate Change: More Power Outagessays a new report.

OO 17 US Cities on Track for Hottest Year

OO US Eastern Shore Faces Sea Level Rise, a Consequence of Climate Change

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One of 6 charts showing just how hot DownUnder is getting.

OO Six Key Charts Show How Australia Is Getting Hotter

OO Australian Firefighters Battle Worst Bushfire In Decades

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All of these animals are nearly gone forever:
(top) the Western Lowland Gorilla, the Amur leopard, the Soala;
(mid) the Greater Bamboo Lemur, the Javan Rhino, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, the Sumatran Orangutan, the Vaquita;
(bottom) the black rhino, the Siberian Tiger, the Sumatran Elephant, and the Mountain Gorilla.

OO Human Populations Explosion, Climate Change,
Pushing Species Extinct in 2015: Intimate Portraits
– of 13 species among the dozens of species being lost every day from habitat destruction by human activities. Humanity is creating an historically massive extinction event.

OO Atlantic Salmon Face Extinction From Farms And Climate Change

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As permafrost beneath lakes melt, the bubbles rise through cold water, solidify, and wait for the spring melt to be released. Credit Chip Phillips at Flickr

OO Siberian Methane Release Is On The Rise from the region’s thawing permafrost.

OO Canadian North: Methane Release, Threatened Polar Bears
Top Environmental Stories Of 2014

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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