Holy Hot Tamales, Climate Change Threat to Democracy, and More!

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

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OO 2014 Breaks World Heat Record – both NOAA and NASA, federal US science agencies, agree it is the hottest year our planet has experienced since 1880, when records began.

New Record is Remarkable in that previous global heat records were helped by the effects of the El Nino climate cycle; scientists say this new record is fueled primarily by global warming from fossil fuel burning.

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Just one of the colorful amazing – and yes, valuable – sealife threatened by humans, the harlequin shrimp.
Source: animaltheory.blogspot.com

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says reports Carl Zimmer at the New York Times. Analyzing data from hundreds of sources, scientists conclude that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and ocean life through habitat destruction, pollution and climate change.

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Climate Change Undermines Democracy, say science historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway via their new novel, The Collapse of Western Civilization since it leads, unchecked, to an increasingly catastrophic environment that threatens civilization and favors autocratic nations, which can act far faster and coherently to safeguard populations – assuming, that is, the autocratic leaders are intelligent, responsible and compassionate.

But if you’re looking to change peoples’ minds with a more gripping piece of science-based fiction, check out Nature’s End by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka. Although written in 1987, the reviews of it make it sound eerily prescient of where our world is headed today… and more likely to grab those who are sitting on the fence.

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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