Climate Change in 60 Seconds, and More!

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

@@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds – a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s retro style.

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José Isidro Tendetza Antún, an activist murdered days before he was to attend the Lima climate talks in 2014. Source: The Guardian

OO How many more? Murders of Environmental Defenders Rising – with 116 murdered in 2014 alone; indigenous activitsts are especially targeted.

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OO World’s Plants, Soils To Switch From Absorbing
to Emitting CO2 By 2100
, study shows, depriving humanity of a vast storage space for carbon emissions.

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Sign of the future? People are depleting major aquifers, formerly vast but now dwindling finite stores of underground water, around the world. Credit AP photo, Jae C Hong

California’s Groundwater Could Dry Up Soon –
Just As Saudi Arabia’s Just Did
reports Nathan Halverson at Reveal. Saudi Arabia allowed rich landowners to pump its major aquifer dry over 3 decades to grow wheat. No longer. Now, the country will have to spend far more on desalinating water and importing wheat to feed its citizens.

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Rising global air temperature, rising CO2, the 10 hottest years recorded yet (all occurring after 1998), and 361 (so far) consecutive months of above normal global average temperatures all show where this planet is headed.

OO The State Of The Earth In 4 Climate Trends

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US Solar jobs are booming, emissions are increasingly not tied to economic growth, the exploding growth of clean renewable energy worldwide, and increasing investments in renewables are all good signs of just how well we can address climate change. We need to do more, faster.

OO Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends For Earth Day

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Arctic sea and sky. Credit USGS

OO U.S. To Focus On Climate Change, Oceans
As New Chair Of Arctic Council

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Feedback Cycles Will Warm Arctic More, without further human intervention. Two big ones: melting permafrost (purple) releases further greenhouse gases; melting ice (blue) exposes darker waters that absorb far more heat; a smaller feedback: warmer waters will increase phytoplankton blooms (green), which trap more heat in the waters. All three cycles will further reinforce themselves.

OO Melting Arctic Permafrost Creating Unstoppable Climate Change Cycle – as the permafrost melts and decays, releasing vast carbon emissions slowly, but enough ultimately to drive the cycle without human input.

Related Headlines:

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Phytoplankton blooms can trap heat in their surrouding waters. credit NOAA MESA project

OO Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming – as warming waters increase phytoplankton blooms, which, in turn, warm surrouding waters; this could result in 20% more Arctic warming by 2100, a new study says.

OO Why Arctic Warming Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

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Crushing Thin Ice Is Easy especially as more extreme storms create giant waves.Wikipedia

OO Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice And Ecosystem – speeding up the removal of ice, vital in protecting the Arctic from further warming.

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You can sign up here to join the Keep It In the Ground campaign, urging major world funds to divest from fossil fuels.

OO Leading Scientists Say 75% Of Known Fossil Fuels Must Stay Underground to avoid the worst effects of climate change, with economists in an Earth Day 2015 statement.

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The left map shows sesmic activity 1957-2012; the center and right maps show the current seismic activity, linked to fracking. Credit: USGS data, source New York Times

OO Earth Shaking News:
Scientists Convinced Of Tie Between Earthquakes And Drilling

Related Headlines:

OO US Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked To Quest For Oil And Gas

OO Oklahoma’s Clear Link Between Earthquakes And Energy Boom

OO The Link Between Fracking Activity And Earthquakes Is Getting Stronger

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Engage social media and traditional media. Comment on social media, publish blogs, and write letters to the newspapers.Create a BUZZ!

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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