The Harm of Denying Climate Change, and More!

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

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@@ Funny or Die: Climate Change Denial Disorder – absolutely hilarious. Enjoy, and share!

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@@ How Much Fossil Fuel Is Extracted As You Read This?
Click n See: The Rate Is Staggering.

Check out this interactive on coal, oil and gas extraction.

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Source Climate Progress

OO How To Tell If An Article About Climate Is BS?
Peruse quickly and discard if the articles:
– indicate the problem is hopeless or unsolvable: it isn’t.
– are written by authors clueless on the subject; wiki them and their connections, if unsure.
– do not discuss specifically how to bring down emissions drmaatically.
– use Orwellion terms like “good anthropocene.”

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@@ Tedx Talk: Researcher Warns Of Climate-Driven Public Health Impacts

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OO Ex US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson:
Short-Termism And The Threat From Climate Change

“By not acting now, we’re allowing the future costs of the greenhouse-gas crisis to compound. Eventually, the consequences will be irreversible.”

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@@ Bill Maher: Climate Denial’s Zombie Lies

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Most US adults accept climate change exists – but most do not understand that it is manmade.
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

@@ Mapping US Climate Change Denial, County By County: A Valuable Portrait – Yale Climate Opinions maps http://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/ are a new tool from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

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This site provides estimates of U.S. climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences at the state and local levels – a new source of high-resolution data on public opinion that can inform national, state and local decision-making, policy, and education initiatives.

Related Headlines:

OO Your Beliefs On Global Warming May Depend On Where You’re From

OO Most Americans Believe Climate Change Is Real, But Not Manmade

OO What Will Happen After People Stop Ignoring Climate Change? We’ll debate policy – and it’ll be a lot more productive.

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The carbon-storing Leuser ecosystem is the last Asian forest in which several endangered creatures, such as the Sumatran rhino, tigers, and others, still live and interact naturally. Palm oil producers are threatening to invade it, just as they have other rainforests already. Source: Rainforest Action Network

@@ One of the Last Most Pristine Rainforests Threatened

You Can Act here

OO Taking Action On Climate:The Ultimate No-Regrets Business Strategy– How much will a company – and all of us – regret not taking action if the outcomes are much worse? Given the day-to-day benefits of moving to a clean economy, corporate action on climate is the ultimate no-brainer.

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Trade winds linked to CA drought. Credit Earth Wind Map

Why is California Dry?
The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind
– the Pacific trade winds, that is. A cycle of strong trade winds has forced heat into the oceans, slowing land heating, and help set up the atmospheric ridges that are blocking storms from California, new research shows, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central.

Related Headline:

OO A Weird Warm Pacific ‘Blob’ May Be Fueling California’s Drought – sounds like a 1950s horror movie monster, but it’s a real-life ocean anomaly that kills seals, causes drought and is related to the East’s terrible winter.

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The retreating Columbia Glacier in Alaska, one of a series of “Images of Change”.NASA

OO 15 Before-And-After Images That Show How We’re Transforming The Planet – from the NASA “Images of Change” series – intense and sobering.

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

OO Iran: New Law to Increase Population Will Cost It Big Time – in unwanted pregnancies (already at 30% nationally), increased health costs, spread of sexual diseases, and increased unemployment and poverty, note Iranian medical experts.

YOU CAN ACT ON POPULATION

Support and elect politicians who are sensitive to issues of reproductive choice here in the U.S. and abroad.

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

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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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