US Brain Eating Parasite Rising, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

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

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Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could dramatically dry out Yellowstone Park. Source: http://www.tourist-destinations.net

OO By 2100, Yellowstone National Park Likely To Be Incredibly Dry – as climate change helps destroy forests and streams, says a new report.

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Photo via Shutterstock

OO Top Oil-Producing Nations, Companies Pledge To Curb Gas Flaring,
A Major Source Of CO2

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Greenhouse Warning on Earth Day 1970: NBC News

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Credit Winfried Rothermel AP

OO Crushing US Southeast Forests into Pellets for Europe’s Biomass Market –
A Nightmare
– both for US forests and wildlife, and climate change, fueled by the emissions of burning wood.

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Halloween Comes Early: Brain Eating Parasite, Naegleria fowleri, an electron microscope view – no joke, despite the fact it looks like a howling ghost. Climate change is helping its spread in the US. Credit Francine Marciano-Cabral, Virginia Commonwealth University

OO Climate Change Does Have Some Winners, Like Brain-Eating Parasites – dengue fever, forest-destroying beetles, ratsnakes, hordes of jellyfish, and many other attractive life forms…. Besides fossil fuel companies. Who need epidemics, when we can have death by 1,000s of small outbreaks?

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Safe Sex Saves Wildlife – besides yourself from STDs; the fewer unwanted babies in this world, the less wildlife suffers.

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Climate Change Generators. Credit: Dan Chung for the Guardian

OO Scrap Fossil Fuel Subsidies Now And
Bring In Carbon Tax, Says World Bank Chief
– adding that poor countries are feeling “the boot of climate change on their neck”.

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Lantern bug, Fulgora lampestris, one of many unique fascinating Borneo creatures threatened by disappearing forests. Source: http://www.newsbeast.gr

OO East Asia Is Polluting Air of Borneo Forests – already under siege from human resource exploiters, like lumber companies.

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What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic: the melting of Arctic ice is increasingly linked to the slowing and increased waviness of the jet stream, which can then shuttle persistent extreme weather into the US, both cold and hot.Credit: NASA

The Arctic Is ‘Unraveling’ Due To Global Warming, With Global Consequences l says a new National Research Council booklet, reports Chris Mooney at the Washington Post, affecting US weather, seafood, rising sea levels (think Greenland ice), and worsening global warming itself, as white ice is replaced by heat absorbing darker sea water.

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Courtesy Nokero Solar

Solar Light Bulbs: Now 1+ Million in 120 Countries, reports Kris Frieswick atInc. Magazine, are all due to an insight inventor Steve Katsaros had one night walking past a string of construction lights.

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Steve Katsaros with customers. Nokero (“no kerosene”) designs affordable solar tech solutions for off-the-grid communities worldwide; it is the only solar company to winthe US PTO’s Patents for Humanity Award. Source presscenter.us

Nokero Solar produces a compact light bulb with a small solar panel that charges a battery, delivering 7 hours of light; each bulb lasts 3 years, paying for itself in weeks. Combating energy poverty, worldwide – way to shine, folks!

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If Climate Change Doesn’t Get Them, Pollution Will as a study shows how bears hormone systems are being disrupted by chemical pollutants. Source Wikipedia

OO Polar Bears Hit By Twin Threats Of Pollution And Climate Change – Greenland’s polar bears have a thyroid problem from a range of long-lived industrial chemicals and pesticides pollutants.

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Credit, Murdo Macleod at the Guardian

OO Keep It In The Ground: Why This Is Basic Ethics – If the purpose of your existence is to make the world a better place, why would you invest billions of dollars in companies that make the greatest contribution to global climate change?

Join the viral Guardian’s climate change campaign here.

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Imagine the blue as oceans: during cold phases of Pacific sea surface temperatures, global warming heat is being pushed into the oceans, so it doesn’t heat the air as much. But we’ve just started a hot phase (far right), which will step up global heating of the atmosphere – it’s going to get still hotter, faster.

OO The Pacific Ocean Enters A New Warm Phase Apparently —
The Climate Consequences May Be Dramatic
– such as accelerating global heating.

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Pope Francis has zoned in on the responsibility of humanity to protect the environment – that means halting climate change. AP photo Alessandra Tarantino

OO Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change
“[The conference hopes to] help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”

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Dead Monkeys For Dinner. Demand for food, water and natural resources are driving loss of biodiversity. Credit Mattias Klum

OO Pushing Earth Beyond Its Natural Limits – In Pictures by Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum reveal the current state of nine planetary boundaries, including freshwater use, land-system change and climate change in a new book Big World Small Planet.

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

OO Over-Consumption, Climate Change Threaten
Food Security, Water Supply: United Nations
– but if UN studies do not acknowledge let alone mention overpopulation, these problems will not go away.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Consider having a smaller family or have kids later in life. Encourage others to do the same. Adopt or become a foster parent.

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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