WHAT WORKS

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Speaking Out:

OO Scientists Call On Obama To Stop Logging In Old Growth Forests

OO Groups Sue EPA Over Failure To Regulate Emissions From Factory Farms

OO At Vatican, EPA Chief To Talk ‘Moral Issue’ Of Climate Change

Informed Leadership:

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What the solar powered soil moisture satellite will look like in space. Credit NASA

OO As Global Warming Evolves, NASA Launches Soil Moisture Satellite

OO Pennsylvania’s New Governor Will Ban Fracking In State Parks And Forests

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OO Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent

OO Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking

Insights:

OO Accelerated Ice Melt Causing Iceland to Rise which could affect its volcanoes and hastening eruptions that disrupt air travel.

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A supercell thunderstorm. Credit Lane Pearman at Flickr
Thunderstorms Help Bring Ozone Down to Earth, where it contributes to global warming, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, from its usual haunt high up in the atmosphere, where it acts as a UV shield. Research indicates that under continued climate change, storms could increase up to 40% by 2100 over the US, shifting planetary ozone function from shielding UV to accelerating global warming.

OO Climate Change USA: Snowier Winters, But Less Snowy Springs

OO Southern Forests’ Ability To Suck Carbon From The Air May Be Slowing

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Snowpack in the California Sierras. Source: http://www.kcet.org

OO Scientists See Shrinking California Snowpack As Harbinger – with future warming reducing California’s natural water reservoir – its mountain snowpack – by more than half by 2100.

Good Ideas:

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OO Making a Marketplace For Renewable Energy:
Utilities as Matchmakers
– matching up communities and farms with excess solar power with businesses wanting to buy that power.

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One global source of natural capital: fresh water. Rhett Butler at Mongabay.com

OO Accounting For Natural Capital On Financial Exchanges

OO Chinese Developers Get Active Building Passive Energy Homes

OO Save The World?
Less Beef And Travel, And Eat More Vegetables
– mom was right.

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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