The Heat is On, A Wind Power Tree, and More!

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

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Japan Meteorological Agency is the first of 4 major global temperature recordkeepers to release their data for 2014, notes Brian Kahn at Climate Central.

OO 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far – says the Japan Meteorological Agency; NOAA and NASA are expected to concur soon.

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Despite some winter rains, California remains in the depths of a prolonged drought, probably worsened by climate change brought on from burning fossil fuels.

Climate Change’s Connection to Extreme Weather Is Ever More Evident,reports Andrea Thomspon at Climate Central, as studies increasing show firm connections between climate change and extreme weather, especially extreme heat. The results support predictions of ever worsening heat, both globally and locally, and worsening extreme weather.

OO New Treelike Wind Turbine Is Small, Silent, Ideal for Cities says NewWind, the French company producing them. Small green plastic wind turbines on the treelike trunk harness power from the smallest breezes blowing through the Wind Tree.

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Over the past 17 years, Earth has had the 15 hottest average years ever recorded, with 2014 being the hottest yet. Imagine what 2015 will be like!

Climate Change in 2014: The Heat Is On reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Given the recent history – a staggering string of hottest years ever recorded on Earth with 2014 the hottest yet – it’s likely that the heat will keep increasing, worsening the climate change already under way.

@@ Featured New Video: ‘Sumatra Burning’ – the second of two hard-hitting documentaries illustrating the connection between climate change and the palm oil in the processed foods we eat.

Producing palm oil is nasty in many ways:

> destroying forest for palm oil plantations releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases

<> it destroys the cheapest way to keep massive amounts of carbon stored

><> it robs us of unique and important biodiversity

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When Sumatran forests are destroyed, orangutans, like this mother and child, die.Credit Vier Proten, Four Paws RHOI Rex AP

> it robs local communities of water supplies, weather conditioning, and tourism opportunities

<> palm oil is hazardous to your health

This film focuses on Sumatra, an Indonesian island experiencing some of the highest deforestation rates on the planet, as palm oil plantations spread.

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Kids calling for action on climate change at a San Francisco climate march.

OO 2014: The Year Climate Change Undeniably Arrived – the hottest year on record provided the setting for conclusive scientific findings as a mushrooming climate movement pressed world leaders to act.

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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