China Pledges to Cut Fossil Fuels, Vanishing Coastlines, and More!


Speaking Out:


OO In State of the Union Address, Obama Draws Line on Climate

“No challenge… poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. “

With that, he signaled a readiness to battle Congress to keep his climate and energy initiatives on track.

OO China: Leader Vows To Cut Fossil Fuels In Energy Revolution

OO Davos 2015: World Bank Chief Makes Climate Action Plea


OO Louisiana: Fishing Communities Accuse Big Oil, Gas
of Threatening Their Existence

OO Can Louisiana Hold Oil Companies Accountable For Its Vanishing Coastline?
As the state loses a football field-sized area of land every hour, Louisiana’s Flood Protection Authority has leveled a historic lawsuit against oil and gas companies.


OO Louisiana: Community Fights Fracking Threat to Its Sole Drinking Water Source

OO Louisiana: Native American Tribes Fight To Stop Their Land
From Literally Disappearin


OO Voter Groups to EPA: Regulate Airplane Emissions before it becomes a major US emissions source.

OO Shareholders Challenge BP to Confront Climate Change Risk

credit Steven Tuttle, via 350 org

OO Nebraskans File New Lawsuits That Could Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline

OO UK: Members of Parliament Demand Moratorium On Fracking

Good Ideas:


OO The Next Energy Revolution Is In Our Brains the US Navy and Marines have found: saving energy by changing how people think.

US households could save about 3% in total energy use (small percentage but BIG savings) if everyone set their thermostats to 68 F.

More Takeaways:

> for 2% more in US household energy savings, drvie at 60, not 70 mph
> for another 20% in savings, switch to energy efficient appliances – and switch HOW you use them

OO Sponge City: Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought

OO Portland’s New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water

Important Insights:


Climate Change Doubles Odds of Extreme La Niñas, Wild Weather says new research reports Brian Magill at Climate Central. Often alternating with El Nino weather cycles, La Ninas weather cycles can drive weather wild worldwide, worsening both droughts and flooding storms.

Back-to-back super El Niño/La Niña have played out before, but both are predicted to become more extreme and frequent.

OO Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S. – I personally can’t sleep well on warm nights…

Our unsustainable population growth is a major driver of climate change, and a host of other major social problems.

OO Why We Need To Address Population Growth’s Effects On Global Warming

OO 19 US Senators Urge Obama to Keep Supporting UN Population Fund – which promotes sustainable population policies.

Informed Leadership:

The Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unique wilderness, home to increasingly threatened herds of caribou and other threatened wildlife. Source:

OO White House Proposes Protecting 12+ Million Acres Of Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

OO New Initiative Will Help States Find Ways To Cut Their Emissions

OO UN Asks Countries For Climate Plans After Record Warm 2014


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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