Climate Change: Fragging Forests, Chicks, and More!

@@ The Elevator Pitch on Climate Change: Naomi Oreskes
Harvard professor of scientific history, and author of OO Merchants of Doubt describing the industrial campaign to create public doubt and confusion about the science of climate change.



Climate Change Creature Feature: Scientists race to develop heat tolerant chickens, whose production is also a significant source of global carbon emissions.



How Should Journalists Treat Candidates Who Deny Climate Change?Educate the readers on the real reason for climate change denial, reports Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times – that is, the fossil fuel industries’ financing of climate change denial candidates. Don’t be fooled by their scientific sounding gibberish – follow the money, folks!

Related Headline:

OO Media Contribute to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change – by emphasizing the catastrophes and under-reporting the technological and political solutions.



Only two major large forests remain on Earth: in Brazil’s Amazon, and in Africa’s Congo Basin (blue patches). 70% of the remaining forests are within 1 kilometer of forest edge due to human induced fragmentation. Bar graphs show historical declines in Brazil forests. Source Climate Progress

There Are Only Two ‘Big Blobs’ Of Forest Remaining On Earth says a new study, reports Ari Phillips at Climate Progress – one in Brazil’s Amazon, the other in the African Congo. Worldwide, 70% of remaining forest is within 1 kilometer of forest edge, as forests fragments under the increasing pressure of expanding human developments.

Fragmentation results in up to a 75% loss of biodiversity, and seriously impairs ecosystem functions. Source: Mongabay

On the brighter side:

OO New Online Platform Tracks Corporate Actions In Tropical Forests – like illegal deforestation, or violating pledges not to destroy forests.


*** As populations rise, we lose even more forests. ***

If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.


Raise public awareness about the population problem. Talk to your friends and colleagues, to your representatives, and to the media.

And there are many more actions you can do, right here.


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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