Fossil Fuel Follies, Islands of Wildlife, and More!


Fossil Fuel Follies:

OO Shell Agrees To Pay $83 Million For Devastating Nigerian Oil Spill – The original offer was as low as $6,000.

OO A First: Scientists Prove Fracking Caused A Sizeable Earthquake – enough to be felt by people.

Robbing Taxpayers:

OO Coal Companies Sell Coal To Themselves To Get More Govt Subsidies – it’s being described as a fundamental shift in how the coal industry does business. Oh, really?

Dirty Habits:

OO When Temperatures Plummet, Greenhouse Gases Rise –
Especially When You Idle Your Car
– According to the Energy Information Agency, cold weather was the main reason carbon dioxide emissions rose by 2.5 % domestically in 2013.

Rising Greenhouse Gases:

OO 2015 Begins With CO2 Above 400 PPM Mark – 50 parts higher than is considered safe to avoid catastrophic climate change.


Islands As Harbingers show another dark side of overpopulation, report Paul and Anne Ehrlich at MAHB.

“Humanity is rapidly remodeling all of Earth toward the island model…converting most natural habitats into mere islands in seas of human activity.”


The orange bellied parrot of Tasmania: one of many species nearing extinction.Credit: Paul Ehrlich

And even those “islands” have been modified by us. With less habitat, populations of most species are declining in both numbers and size.

Nearly extinct species. As populations blink out, so do the ecosystem servicesthey supply to humanity: the climate-regulating, freshwater supplying, pollinating, pest-controlling kinds of services.

But beyond the services mentioned above, are “the ethical and esthetic servicesthat are important to the psychological survival of many of us.”

What Can You Do? Support organizations that promote family planning and women’s reproductive rights in the US and worldwide.

Practice family planning.
Discuss the topic with your family, friends.
Make it a voting priority.
Get involved.

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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