SolarPower and Extreme Weather Surges, and More!

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

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OO Why Solar And Wind Energy Will Take Over Our Power Grid
Much Sooner Than You Think

1. Bipartisan political support is growing
2. Energy storage is getting better
3. Investment in renewables is growing

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OO Solar Energy’s Unexpected Conservative Backers
“Tea Party activists gravitate toward free-market choice… so naturally they came on board with solar, with choice and with competition,” says Debbie Dooley, founder of the Conservatives for Energy Freedom to promote clean energy among conservatives.

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A US supercell storm. Gabriel Galaz at WordPress

OO ‘An Era Of Extreme Weather’:
Big Weather Events Cost U.S. $19 Billion In 2014
– “Evidence shows that we are living in an era of extreme weather,” the report said.

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OO As Big Oil and Gas Rethink Climate, Expect Shifts To Clean Energyreports Nick Butler at the Financial Times. Why? Their scientists do understand climate change and its implications – and the companies care about their reputations. One exec noted, “I don’t want to work for the tobacco industry.”

But most of all, they want to make money, and as clean energy becomes competitive, matching the company’s current skills and geographic spread to an appropriate mix of activity in the new energy era makes sense.

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What We’re Losing…

OO Climate Change Could Disturb Marine Life For Millennia – not just centuries,
as previously thought, scientists said.

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OO A Ghost from the Past:
“America’s Most Trusted Man”, Walter Cronkite, Warns of Climate Change – in 1980!

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California’s Sierra spring snowpack, an essential reservoir, at average in 2010, left, and now in 2015. Credit NASA

OO Satellite Images Show Scope of Calif.’s Record Low Snow – a record low of 6%, as farmers prepare to take another hit this year…

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OO Bleak California Snowpack ‘Obliterates’ Record Low

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OO Green Bonds Market Tripled in 2014 – to $30+ billion as compoanies and investors increase financing for clean and efficient energy.

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OO Investments in Renewables Herald ‘Paradigm Shift’

OO Why Low Oil Prices Won’t Stop The Growth Of Renewable Energy

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Threatened by climate change. Joachim Huber at Wikimedia Commons

Climate Change Creature Feature:

OO Climate Poses New Threat To Survival Of Arabian Oryx

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Green jobs would explode and millions of lives would be saved if we limited global warming to 2 C degrees increase.

OO Limiting Climate Change Could Have Huge Economic Benefits – stopping global warming at two degrees would create nearly half a million jobs in Europe and save over a million lives in China, says an analysis of the emission pledges made by countries leading up to the UN climate talks.

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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Join the millions at the Global Population Speak Out Campaign – go here to check it out!

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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