Climate Change This Week: The state of the climate, Doritos, and More!

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


OO A “Cheesy Love Story” : The Fun Ad Doritos Doesn’t Want You to See – palm oil is bad for people and our carbon-storing rainforests. It’s in Doritos.

Related Headline:

OO Fake Doritos Ad Pressures Pepsi Over Palm Oil Policy

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The State of the Climate

Takeaways:

* Our global “water insurance,” glaciers, are melting away.

* Sea level rise: 8 inches over past century — now, rising much faster.

“The Fuse is Blown”:
Glaciologist’s Jaw Dropping Account of a Shattering Moment

Eric Rignot co-authored a paper last spring showing that large areas of the West Antarctic Ice sheet are now in “irreversible decline” — think irreversible sea level rise….

* Things are changing FASTER than the science predicted.

But we can act to address this fast – the solutions are relatively cheap!
Will you be part of the solution?

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Just how likely is global warming man-made, not random variability?

OO Go Figure: Figuring the Odds of Earth’s Hot Streak of Years – by statisticians on the warming being random, rather than man-made.

OO EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Cuts – up to 45% by 2025 (from 2012 levels) Well, that will hack away at a future source … but what about present sources from fossil fuel operations – and from the tundra due to global warming?

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 in 2016!) 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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