Climate Change This Week: Nuclear Climate Change Threat, Solar Pathways, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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That’s Not A Photoshopped Sky, Folks – super cell clouds are a type of extreme weather seen in the US, increasingly likely under continued climate change. You don’t want to be under it when it breaks. Welcome to 2017.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this beautiful butterfly in Papua New Guinea, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Solkadot at flickr

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Imagine This Polluted and Deforested – and treasure what you see now, a forest in Papua New Guinea. Credit Markus Mauthe at Greenpeace

OO Rainforests Of Papua New Guinea Threatened By Oil, Gas Boom

  • low levels of democracy and economic development,
  • combined with a recent history of resource extraction
  • that oversaw forest destruction,
  • indicates that the fossil fuel industry,
  • which, history shows, loves oil & gas far more than preserving forests,
  • will destroy yet more carbon storing forests
  • to extract climate changing fuels for profit.

Has anyone thought of boycotting the companies involved?

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Reducing Forests to Palm Oil and Pulp – is happening on Sarawak, the Malaysian part of Borneo, endangering orangutans, and destroying valuable biodiversity. Credit Matthias Klum

OO Palm Oil, Pulp Companies Behind Over Half of Malay Borneo Deforestation where one of the largest rainforests in the world is under siege.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHAT WE EAT

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No More Fried Fish? With climate change, fish are on the way out. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

OO Climate Change Could Have Devastating Impact On Global Fisheries if global temperature increases by more than the Paris agreement target of 1.5 C, finds a new study.

OO Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa: Shift In Climate Hits Coffee Harvest – To sustain the global two billion cup-a-day habit, new climate-resilient species of coffee must be developed, say scientists.

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STORMS HEAT UP

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OO Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) Landfalls
On The Philippines On Christmas
bringing destructive winds, massive storm surge flooding and torrential rainfall.

OO 2016: Top 10 Tropical Cyclone Events Potentially Influenced By Climate Change – they:

  • Showcased the type of future behavior to be seen increasingly under climate change;
  • Illustrated how the strongest storms are getting stronger, and
  • Are correlated with the hottest average ocean waters recorded.

“Tropical cyclones are heat engines which extract heat energy from the oceans and convert it to the kinetic energy of the storms’ winds.” notes one climate scientist.

  • Thus, it was not surprising that in 2016,
  • with the hottest ocean temperatures on record globally,
  • Also had the strongest landfall typhoons ever observed – with winds of 190 mph!

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OO Will We Miss Our Last Chance To Save The World From Climate Change?
“We have not hit the disastrous level,” says leading climate scientist James Hansen.

“But we are close.”

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Not a Nuclear Detonation, Which Will Be Much Worse – not only for those killed outright, but the hell that survivors will endure. This is a supercell cloud in Lubbock, TX in 2016.Credit tsd7t3 at http://www.reddit.com

OO A Nuclear Climate Change Threat:
World War Three, By Mistake
Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.

“Let it be an arms race,” says Trump.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ Late Night: Seth Meyers Slams Trump’s Climate Denial concluding – rightly, unfortunately – that what we do about it is a matter of life and death for us.

OO Trump Found The One Lonely Binder Full Of Climate Deniers
— And Hired Them All

OO Trumping The Environment – whether Clinton or Trump was elected, the environment was going to suffer.

But Trump’s nominations indicate that he will accelerate and amplify that environmental destruction to the undoing of all, including, ultimately, his own family and fortune.

OO Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary Flipflops On Climate Change Ryan Zinke took climate change seriously back in 2010, but not now.

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Credit Joel Pett at USA Today

OO Trump Says Energy Regulations Are Hurting Economic Growth:
The Evidence Says Otherwise
thanks to decades of innovation, smart regulation, and technology investment, the nation can grow and decarbonize at once.

OO Trump Team Asks State Dept. What It Spends On International Environmental Efforts as they appear to re-assess the worth of such efforts.

OO The Coming Battle:
Trump Team Vs. Economists – The True Cost Of Climate Change
The key difference, as Trump indicates, will be ignoring the facts.

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Preparing To Lose Jobs For the US Trump indicates he’ll focus on oil and gas instead of clean energy, which is a bigger employer than the fossil fuel industry.

OO Trump’s Potentially Toxic Effect On The Solar Industry – The US solar industry is a bigger employer than oil and gas extraction, but it fears disruption under a Trump presidency.

OO The Energy Dept Helped Start A Revolution –
But Doesn’t Know Who To Hand It Off To
– Costs for wind and solar have plunged 40-60 % since 2008. But the Trump administration wants to pursue fossil fuels.

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OO Canada’s Trudeau Says Trump Very Supportive Of Keystone XL and all the climate change it will enable. Jump for joy, kids!

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OO The Daily Show: Secretary Of State Nominee Rex Tillerson –
Mainlining Exxon Money Into Trump Treasuries
is probably Trump’s idea of his ultimate retirement nest egg. How?

  • Rex Tillerson’s500 BILLION oil deal with Russia
  • Fell through over its 2014 annexation of Crimea,
  • As part of US sanctions.

Guess who will probably pursue undoing those sanctions
So the deal can go through?
While flooding the world with lots more climate changing fuel?

Guess who will likely get amply rewarded after his presidency
— if not before then — by Exxon for doing so?

Trump will keep us guessing… he likes the suspense …

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OO Rex Tillerson’s Record On Climate Change:
Rhetoric Vs. Reality
– He walked a fine line, as Exxon CEO, between Exxon’s support of denial and accepting mainstream science.

OO When Tillerson Looked Into Putin’s Eyes, He Found Black Gold The lifelong oilman will face intense grilling in Congress: Can he can put the national interest first, especially ahead of Russia?

There, over two decades, he built a relationshipwith a former spy Senator John McCain called “a bully and a murderer.”

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama’s Climate Legacy Checkered By Triumphs And Lost Opportunities – By relying on executive orders and regulations after his legislative majority disappeared, President Obama leaves his climate policies at risk under Donald Trump.

OO Obama Bans New Oil, Gas Drilling Off Alaska, Part Of Atlantic Coast in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.

OO US Interior Dept Finalizes Rule To Protect Waterways From Coal Mining one of Obama’s last major environmental regulations that the incoming Trump administration is likely to target.

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MELTDOWN

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What Happens In The Arctic Doesn’t Stay In the Arctic – where melting ice fuels more warming that, in turn, fuels ever stronger and more damaging hurricanes in the US, and typhoons in Asia.

OO Arctic Ice Melt ‘Already Affecting Weather Patterns Where You Live Right Now’ The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists say.

OO Spiking Temperatures In The Arctic Startle Scientists and is linked to climate change, may lead to shrinking ice coverage and even more warming in the region, scientists said.

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OO North Pole To Warm To Near Melting Point This Week:
50 Degrees Above Normal
despite the complete lack of sunshine that far north in December.

OO North Pole Hits Melting Point In Time For Christmas so Santa can just swim to you now.

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Warming Arctic Makes the Polar Jetstream Go Floppy – sending cold air south — and warm air north. Source NASA

OO The Arctic Is Showing Stunning Winter Warmth
— And Here’s Why
Takeaways:

  • Under global warming, the Arctic is warming much faster than the temperate zone;
  • This weakens the jetstream, a polar band of winds, slowing it
  • and creating a wavy course, sometimes dipping deep into the US.

These winds bring Arctic cold to the US –
AND even more warmth to the Arctic from warmer climes.
Thus, even in winter darkness, the Arctic is hitting warm highs.

If that’s so, subpolar land temperatures should be getting colder from this cold Arctic air, even as polar areas get warmer from the warm air coming up from the south. And that’s just what scientists are seeing.

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Prescient in 2006, and Now Unfolding for both bears and humanity. Credit Jim Morin, Miami Herald

OO November, 2016: The Polar Bear Capital Of The World Is Snowless – and polar bears could be extinct in Canada’s Hudson Bay by 2050.

If the bears are in trouble, so are we.

OO The Climate Refugees Of The Arctic – Polar bears have been left stranded on land desperately seeking other things to eat.

OO Leaving The Arctic Alone President Obama’s decision to block drilling has been a boon to efforts to protect fragile environments.

OO Warming Is Sending Mountain Glaciers ‘Off A Cliff’ Clearer pictures of how glaciers worldwide are changing helps improve predictions of how everything from local water supplies to global sea levels could be affected as glaciers melt.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO 2016: A Year Of Transition From Talk To Action On Climate Change When it comes to climate change and tackling it, 2016 was a year of extremes.

OO EU Nations Back Stricter Emissions Rules For New Gasoline Engines after flaws were laid bare by the Volkswagen scandal.

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OO World’s First Solar Panel Road Opens In Normandy Village, France Where 2,000 cars use it daily in a 2 year test, to see if it can power street lighting.

OO Solar Panels Laid Atop Road Surface In Pilot Program At West Point around its visitor center, where the energy generated will help power it.

OO UK Hits Clean Energy Milestone:
50 % Of Electricity From Low Carbon Sources
– such as wind turbines, solar panels, wood burning and nuclear reactors between July and September.

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OO US Businesses Are Buying More Wind And Solar Electricity Than Ever Before to help lower their carbon footprint in offices, stores and factories, but wind has been historically cheaper, so it’s attracted far more attention.

Solar is playing catch up, however, as panel prices have plummeted via mass manufacturing, and new finance mechanisms make this honey pot even sweeter.

OO Republicans And Democrats Alike Want More Clean Energy and strongly support:

  • clean energy,
  • international climate agreements,
  • and cutting carbon pollution –
  • across the political spectrum, finds a new report.

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OO Keep Your Eye On The Climate Ball: It’s Not Trump, But India – Two big outside factors will be much more important than Trump: technological progress and policy in developing nations.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Climate Change Makes Women Question Childbearing as its projected impacts lead some to question how they could have a baby with such an uncertain future.

OO El Niño On A Warming Planet May Have Sparked The Zika Epidemic scientists report.

OO Climate Change Triggers New Diseases In Vietnam especially vector borne diseases, including dengue fever and malaria.

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The Tragic Young Face of Many thousands of children who are starving in Africa now. Source yournewswire.com

OO Hundreds Of Thousands Face Starvation And Death In Africa in the growing crisis no one is talking about. ‘As we enter 2017, over 37 million people across Africa are without food,’ warns International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO If You Want Peace On Earth, Take Care Of Creation

OO How To Convince Someone When Facts Fail Takeaways:

  1. keep emotions out of the exchange,
  2. discuss, don’t attack (no ad hominem and no ad Hitlerum)
  3. listen carefully and try to articulate the other position accurately,
  4. show respect,
  5. acknowledge that you understand why someone might hold that opinion,
  6. try to show how changing facts does not necessarily mean changing worldviews.

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A Gold Mine of Fertilizer and Fuel – these trees can be a source of heat energy and biochar, a soil conditioner and fertility stimulant that also helps store carbon.

OO Stockholm’s Ingenious Plan To Mine Yard Waste Plant waste will be transformed:

  • into biochar, a soil conditioner that improves fertility;
  • the heat generated from making it will be fed into the city’s heating system.

Integrating relevant city sectors –
parks dept, urban gardeners, waste disposal service, energy providers –
creates a streamlined efficient cycle,
and a model for cities worldwide.

OO New Project Aims To Lure People To A Greener, Climate-Healthier Diet – It’s all in the marketing:

  • use the right words: “healthy” is out, “superfood” is in;
  • reframe the message: for ex. a greener diet, not anti-meat;
  • package vegetarian foods like animal-based foods;
  • use celebrities to promote desired behaviors, either avoiding or choosing.

The good news is that more people are opting for greener diets.

OO The Cloud Needs To Get A Whole Lot Greener In 2017 – There’s a hidden cost to online streaming: the coal needed to power the computer data centers that deliver all that content.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO California Forests Failing To Regrow After Intense Wildfires – Huge, destructive fires are more common with climate change:

  • so many mature seed-producing trees burn over large areas,
  • that forests can’t reseed themselves.
  • invading shrubs further block new trees growing.

The inability to renew carbon storing forests threatens to worsen global warming.

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SPEAKING OUT

Fossil of the Day Awards – were given out at the recent 2016 Marrakesh climate meeting, COP22 – a way of engaging people on climate change.

OO Digital Media Are Shaking Up Reporting On Climate Change – helping boost badly needed discussion about it. New digital media players are doing so by:

  • Using a solution-based approach;
  • Taking the audience on personal journeys;
  • Employing quizzes,
  • lists (hey, isn’t that what this is?)
  • and lightening the tone.

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OO The Guardian View On Climate Change Action: Don’t Delay

OO 26 Lawmakers Defend Energy Department Scientists Against Trump – Keep your hands off our climate scientists.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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The Shale Gas Bubble Has Popped but wells keep increasing; defunct wells will continue to leak the potent climate changing methane well after the fossil fuel profiteers are gone.

OO 2016 Shale Reality Check:
We’re Past The Bubble
– the best and richest wells have been drilled. These wells have short production lives.

MEH: but nothing stops them from leaking the highly climate changing methane in small amounts that, multiplied by millions of defunct wells, contributes substantially to climate change.

OO Black Lung, Incurable And Fatal, Stalks Coal Miners Anew – Appalachian health officials report a shocking rise in cases of black lung.

OO Abandoned Texas Oil Wells Seen As “Ticking Time Bombs” Of Contamination Texas is among several states grappling with a surge of abandoned drilling sites and dwindling funds to clean them up.

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Forest People Protect Forests Best Source Rainforest Rescue

OO Brazil’s Plan To Roll Back Environment Laws Draws Fire:
‘The Danger Is Real.’
Environmental and indigenous activists condemn a plan they say would threaten indigenous territories and make compliance with Paris deal impossible.

Indigenous forest people are the best preservers of forests, studies find.

OO New EU Wood Energy Rules Threaten Climate, Forests by allowing wood-fired power plants to keep claiming their operations are green for at least 13 more years — despite releasing more heat-trapping pollution than coal.

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A World of Endless Gray Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO Smog Linked To Third Of Deaths In China, Study Finds – (ie, close to a million deaths yearly) putting it on a par with smoking as a threat to health, based on the study of air pollution and mortality data in 74 cities.

OO Smog Returns To Haunt Several Chinese Cities Including Beijing on Christmas after a nearly week-long red alert for the worst smog of the year was lifted.

The solution?

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Why Should USA Care? What Happens in China Doesn’t Stay in China – their pollution hits the US 5 days later. Source NASA and ORBIMAGE

OO China Passes Laws To Tax Polluters –
But CO2 Doesn’t Make The Cut
– even though it is one of the major contributors to global warming.

OO China To Require Tougher New Vehicle Emission Standards For 2020

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

@@ Myth vs Truth: The Huge Value of Contraception is an incisive, heartfelt recognition of the value of contraception by Sarah Brown, CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly
the Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO India Plans To Generate Nearly 60 % Of Electricity From Renewables By 2027 – Its government forecasts that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris 2016 by nearly half, and three years ahead of schedule.

OO India Using Less Energy: A Win For The Climate – especially as the country rapidly switches to clean solar energy.

OO Australia: Solar Cooling Systems Take Heat Out Of Summer’s Hottest Days

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 5, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the areas surrounding the US are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California – despite the river of water expected within days. With warm temperatures, most of that won’t translate into snowpack that will store water for 2017 agriculture.

Much of the US is colder than normal, which is also expected under continued climate change, as the polar jetstream, weakened by Arctic warming, starts sending Arctic air down into the US – and warm air into the Artic, warming it even further.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Vanishing Life, Solar Power Boom Year, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in the blooming orchids and flowers in this gorgeous video, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests: 10% of all plants are endangered, a percentage growing as natural habitats are being wiped out by exploding human populations. Screen capture movingart.wistia.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Credit Rhett Butler, mongabay com

OO Indonesia’s Richest Are Deforesting It For Palm Oil
– And Helping Drive Climate Change
– nearly half of the 32 Indonesian billionaires listed in Forbes magazine have made their fortunes at least in part from palm oil, and that includes 6 of the country’s 10 richest. They sit at the top of a very unequal society… much like the US.

  • The expanding industry is decimating the country’s rainforests,
  • fueling a land-grabbing epidemic,
  • desiccating Indonesia’s vast peat swamp zones,
  • that fuel disastrous fires yearly, and blanket the region in a choking haze.

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Burning Up Our Future – as Indonesia sets fire to its peatlands (mostly) and forests, to clear them for the most lucrative agriculture: palm oil plantations. Source earthobservatory.nasa.gov

  • The entire planet suffers as resulting carbon emissions
  • Add to toxic air pollution and global warming,
  • And as we lose important carbon storing systems.
  • Ultimately, the future of rich and poor alike
  • will be destroyed by the
  • Avalanching effects of global warming.

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Forests Can Be Pandora Boxes Of Pathogens – We break them open at our own risk. Credit jarO at flickr

OO How Tropical Deforestation, Land-Use Change,
Is Driving Emerging Infectious Disease
is highlighted in a recent study of a global pathogen:

  • 250 known human emerging (new/newly increasing) infectious diseases are known
  • many have been traced to tropical rainforests, especially freshwater aquatic systems;
  • one such is the Buruli ulcer [BU] pathogen.
  • When deforestation destroyed a freshwater food web,
  • It destroyed top predators first –
  • allowing lower food chain organisms, hosting the BU pathogen, to increase –
  • the disease then increased in local human populations.

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A Single Explosion of a Pathogen Can Spread It as the Zika virus has shown.
Source Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Epilogue:

  • As deforestation increased further,
  • host organisms decreased;
  • Then both pathogen and human disease decreased.

Even a temporary explosion of a pathogen, however,
can result in its expansion (eg, the Zika virus),
or economically cripple an already struggling developing nation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MORE LIFE VANISHING

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Source discoverkenyaholidays.com

Cheetahs Are Racing Towards Extinction – one of the fastest animals on earth is no match for exploding human populations that are destroying its habitat.

OO Vanishing: The Extinction Crisis Is Far Worse Than You Think

In all of Earth’s history, there have been five mass extinction events.
The sixth is now underway,
Driven by the global scale of the human enterprise.
It can be stopped:
experts say we have the solutions we need.

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WHAT WE EAT

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OO Coffee Belt Feels Climate Squeeze – Takeaways:

  • Small-scale farmerrs grow most of the world’s coffee;
  • They now face falling production and quality
  • due to rising temperatures and extreme weather.

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Imagine That’s Squid Instead replacing the fish in this iconic English dish, fish n chips. But squid have much less of the omega 3 fats vital to human brain health. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

OO Fish Suppers Undergo Sea Change In UK as squid replace the fish; in the oceans, climate change appears to have benefited squids immensely.

OO Meeting Global Climate Target May Up Fish Catch
By 6 Million Tons Yearly
if countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new study has found.

  • But if we do not ultimately stop heating and acidifying oceans,
  • Through burning fossil fuels,
  • Humans could drive most types of fish to extinction.

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Oysters Are Also On the Climate Chopping Block – especially in the US northwest, where acid waters make growing the babies difficult. Source http://www.tabasco.com

OO Atmospheric Rivers Fueled By Climate Change
Could Decimate Wild Oysters In San Francisco Bay
– vis freshwater flooding from extreme storms, as happened in 2011, well before warming acidifying ocean waters do so.

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FEEL THE BURN YET?

@@ Jon Stewart’s 2014 Climate Protest Coverage,
& Hilarious Takedown of Climate Deniers
– okay, class, get out your paper mache and baking soda so we can show how climate science works to these nice people on the House Committee of Space, Science, and Technology – yes, yes, you’re right, Bobby, there’s mostly space between their ears…

Seriously, folks, it gets right down to clarifying to these IQ-challenged humans their confusion behind melting ice cubes in a glass…

TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Donald Trump’s Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Scientists Are Frantically Copying US Climate Data fearing it might vanish under Trump.

OO Trump Vows To Boost Drilling And Fracking;
Foes Turn To Courts

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OO Exxon Now In Charge Of US Climate Diplomacy – With Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, also a former head of a Russian company, as Donald Trump’s choice to head the State Department.

OO Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Is, Strangely, The Most Pro-Climate Trump Nominee – coming from a company that is struggling to come to grips with its role in global warming.

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OO Fiends Of The Earth – Trump’s Climate Denial Team – Highlights:

  • Secretary of State: CEO Exxon Rex Tillerson, who oversaw misleading the public on climate change over the past decade or so…
  • Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry, who likes Texas wind, but loves fracking and pipelines; climate change is a conspiracy, he says…
  • Secretary of the Interiror: Ryan Zinke, who says climate change is real, but would love to open public lands to more fossil fuel fracking. I guess he wants to spread the joy.

This comprehensive piece also covers numerous other minor figure; the team threatens to corrode any US efforts to act on climate change.

OO Trump’s Transition: Climate Deniers Guide Every Agency Dealing With Climate Change

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Credit Michael Lukovich

OO Climate Denial Rides Trump’s Coattails To A Roaring Comeback

OO The Oil And Gas Industry Is Quickly Amassing Power In Trump’s Washington

OO As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward – say governors and mayors.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Beautiful Green Portland, OR Source http://www.acube.org

OO Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Stand Against Climate Change using a zoning ordinance, the Oregon city bans new projects and expansion of existing facilities.

OO Texas: EPA Proposing More Emissions Restrictions

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MELTDOWN

Credit NASA

OO New NASA Imagery Shows How Fast Glaciers Are Melting – containing nearly 70% of the world’s freshwater, they are slowly slipping into the sea, and raising sea levels.

But —

OO Trump Likely To Scrap NASA’s Climate Research – worries a senior NASA official, as Trump selects a climate denier to lead it. This will rob the US of finding out just how fast the planet is changing from global warming.

OO Shrinking Mountain Glaciers Are ‘Categorical Evidence’ Of Climate Change,
Scientists Say
Smaller glaciers worldwide are also steadily shrinking – and scientists say they constitute some of the clearest signals of climate change on the planet.

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OO ‘The Arctic Is Unraveling,’ Scientists Conclude after latest sobering climate report, with unprecedented warming that has sent the Arctic into uncharted territory.

OO Incredibly Thin Arctic Sea Ice Shocks Researchers – it acts very differently from just 10 years ago, breaks up far more easily, and melts much faster.

OO Warm Ocean Water Is Melting The Biggest Glacier In East Antarctica scientists confirm. It’s the Totten Glacier.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Fossil Fuel Divestments Now Represent $5.2 Trillion A record number of investors have agreed to – or already are – kicking fossil fuels to the curb and investing in clean energy.

OO Emerging Markets Now Deploy More Renewables
Than Developed Nations
– the center of the clean energy universe has shifted.

OO America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Spins To Life – The Block Island Wind Farm paves the way for more offshore wind projects elsewhere along the US east coast.

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OO California Adopts Nation’s First Energy-Efficiency Rules For Computers

OO Michigan Passes Legislation To Boost Renewables Mandate which the governor plans to sign into law.

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OO Bill Gates Pushes Green Energy On Call With Trump,
While Building $1 Billion Fund
– the fund will emphasize investing in clean energy innovations.

The thing is, Bill: we already have enough innovations – now we need the gigantic investment in building clean energy sources…. Come on, Bill, take a BIG leap!

OO Australia: Queensland’s Largest Solar Farm Plugs Into The Grid A Month Early

OO Luxury Giant Corp Will Cut Emissions 50% by 2025 – Kering owns high-end fashion brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Study: Miami’s Causeways Highly Vulnerable To Sea-Level Rise

OO San Francisco: King Tides Expected To Have More Impact As Sea Levels Rise

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OO Why Britain’s Coast Is Doomed – rising seas and storms; during the 2013-14 winter, storms:

  • generated the maximum recorded sea level at 20 of the 40 tide gauge sites around the UK,
  • and the largest number of extreme sea level events in any season in the last 100 years.

OO For South Asian Policy-Makers, Climate Migrants Still Invisible – Crop failure, rising sea levels and flooding all caused by climate change is pushing migration like never before in South Asia, says a new study.

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A Risky, Often Lethal Ride – to a better life is sometimes the only choice open for people whose lives have been dismantled by climate change and violence. Source http://www.efddgroup.eu

OO Heat, Hunger And War Force Africans Onto A ‘Road On Fire’ – men and boys on the highly risky migrant trail out of countries like Niger and Mali say fickle rains and hotter days leave them no option.

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The Future Dries Up for many farmers in Africa, forcing many to become refugees. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times

OO Africa At Highest Risk Of Major Economic Blow From Future Climate Threats

  • Countries most dependent on agriculture are also
  • at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years
  • and face the biggest costs in dealing with the effects of extreme weather,
  • says a new global climate index.

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GOOD IDEAS

OO NASA Just Created A Stunning New 3-D View Of CO2 and how the potent climate changing gas moves through the atmosphere, thanks to NASA scientists, satellites and supercomputers.

OO Tackling New York’s Rising Power Demand With An Affordable Housing Microgrid The solar-plus-storage-plus-fuel-cell project showcases what utilities can do when they have the right incentives.

OO Breathe Less … Or Ban Cars:
Cities Have Radically Different Responses To Pollution
– When thick smog recently hit, Londoners were advised to avoid exercise, while Parisians got free public transport. Which is best?

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Pre-Cooked Beans Cut Firewood, Keep Forests as women need far less wood to reheat the beans, – and far less time to gather the wood and cook the beans.
Credit Pius Sawa at the Thomas Reuters Foundation

OO Pre-Cooked Beans Could Turn Down Heat On Africa’s Dwindling Forests – as factories pre-cook beans for mass distribution, it greatly reduces the firewood needed to reheat them, the cooking time, the levels of cooking pollution, and the levels of local deforestation.

OO Time To Focus On Cutting Manmade Methane Emissions which are growing faster than any time in the past two decades, most likely coming from food production, says an international team of scientists.

OO Scotland: Orkney Building A Hydrogen-Based Energy System,
Using The Wind And Ocean
– Scottish isles look to store and re-use excess generation from a tidal test bed.

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What A Fossil Fuel Investment Looks Like once it’s burned: climate change and toxic pollution.

OO Transparency Should Be Fossil Fuel Companies’ New Normal,
Say Climate Risk Experts
– economic experts unveil a set of recommendations to protect investors.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Polar Vortex: Expect More of These US Deep Freezers – as a heating Arctic loosens the jetstream up there, allowing it to loop deep into the US, bringing Arctic weather with it.

OO Global Warming’s Fingerprints Seen In 24 Weird Weather Cases in 2016 says a new scientific report. All studied heat related events were worsened by climate change.

OO Everglades’ Water At Risk From Sea-Level Rise, Scientists Say Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water – and potentially more taxpayer money – to save the Everglades, says a new study.

OO Killer Whales And Greenland Sharks Could See Polar Bears As Prey warn polar experts. Polar bears are already threatened by receding levels of ice and dwindling food sources in the Arctic.

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SPEAKING OUT

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“We’re facing big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world,” said CA Gov. Jerry Brown, and none know it better than the scientists under siege for uncovering the emerging reality of climate change. A group of them staged this demonstration on the city hall steps of San Francisco during the meeting.

OO ‘The Time Has Never Been More Urgent’:
At The World’s Largest Earth Science Event
– For some, the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union – the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world – was a call to action.

California’s governor, Jerry Brown, addressed the scientists, telling them, “the time has never been more urgent or your work ever more important. The danger is definitely rising.”

“We’re facing big oil, we’re facing big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world. It’s up to you as truth tellers, truth seekers, to mobilize.”

OO ‘An Epic Mistake’:
Environmental Groups Fume Over Rex Tillerson Nomination

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OO Actor Leonardo Dicaprio: Climate Action Is
US’s ‘Biggest Economic Opportunity’
in its history, no matter who holds political office, said the Hollywood star and environmental activist.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Source activistpost.com

OO Reversing Course, EPA Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water

OO Despite Oil’s Collision With Climate Change,
Exxon Still Stepping On The Gas
– extracting and exporting it. And we’re letting them do it.

OO Pipeline 150 Miles From Dakota Access Protests Leaks 176,000 Gallons Of Oil– Native American tribes and environmental activists have warned that a similar spill from the Dakota Access pipeline could contaminate water supplies for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

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This Is What 24 States Want More Of?? – whether they realize it or not, they will get more of it with more freedom to emit fossil fuel emissions, which worsen dangerous weather and increase asthma rates, especially among the young.

OO 24 State Coalition Urges Trump To Kill Obama’s Carbon Emission Plan the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants. But is it really the people of those states who want this, or the fossil fuel industry supported lawmakers of them?

OO Black Coal, Thin Pickings:
China’s Miners Are Sick From Coal, And Losing Jobs

OO Highways Shut, Flights Grounded As Smog Blankets China’s Tianjin

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO The U.S. Solar Industry Is Booming — and It Isn’t Afraid of Trump – Takeaways:

  • 2016 was biggest U.S. solar industry boom year yet
  • with a record-breaking 4,000+ megawatts of solar capacity added in the third quarter alone;
  • the fourth quarter is on track to surpass it,
  • with continued growth expected through the rest of the decade.

OO The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts – that is, all the energy that goes into making a solar panel, vs. all the clean energy it generates over its decades lifetime.

Solar panels are a much cleaner investment than any fossil fuel, and the energy they generate are just as cheap in many areas as climate changing fossil fuels. Will we learn in time?

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 1, 2017

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: although Pacific waters off California are now colder than normal, the effects of the warm spot (now centered further south) linger: high levels of toxin in Dungeness crab from the gigantic algal bloom earlier in 2016 limit the season’s crab harvest.

Despite recent rains and a wetter winter than last, the drought persists in much of California, and the snowpack, vital to storing water for agriculture, is below normal.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

Here’s to a Bright New Year in a Brave, New World!

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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Teenagers Sue For Their Future, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this African forest kissing lips plant, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Species of this group are becoming endangered due to African deforestation. Photo Source http://www.wonderslist.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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This Was Once Lush Forest in Africa and now a palm oil plantation. The world just lost one more clean water and air conditioning factory, and biodiversity and soil bank.

OO Palm Oil Boom: Companies Must Clean Up Their Act In Africa – Deforestation, climate change and land rights abuse: the palm oil industry has a troubled track record.

OO The Violent Costs Of The Global Palm-Oil Boom – People trying to reclaim land grabbed for palm oil expansion are being murdered, as are the lawyers trying to help them, around the world.

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From Seedlings Grow trees for wildlife and soil conservation on the moor. Credit Wayne Hutchinson at Alamy

OO England Deforestation Rising Above Tree Planting Replacement and government must keep to its targets to evade deforestation, say forestry groups.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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DENYING REALITY WITH FANTASY

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Source Political Humor at About.com

OO The Booming Conspiracy Culture Of Climate Science Denial – Conspiracy websites and hyperpartisan media outlets are building huge online audiences who want to hear climate change is a hoax.

Science Doesn’t Care About Your Opinion – cherry picking the facts won’t change them, or our future…

OO Note To Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real,
— And Stop Using Our Video To Mislead Americans!
97% of climate scientists agree: global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com recently wrote, which is a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case.

OO Fellow Lawmakers: Let’s Read Real Science News, Not Breitbar says the ranking member on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which recently tweeted a link to a widely debunked Breitbart article questioning warming due to climate change.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Donald Trump’s Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Trump Says ‘Nobody Really Knows’ If Climate Change Is Real –
Really, Donald, Most People Do – You’re Just Out of the Loop
– but he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris agreement.

OO How Far Must Trump Go To Gut US Climate Policies? Pretty far, actually, and he might not be able to count on Republicans in Congress for help.

OO Leaked: Trump’s Catastrophic Energy And Climate Agenda outlined in a leaked transition team memo obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy. Written by Trump’s head of the Energy Department transition team, it lists 14 planned policies. Here’s a sample:

  • Withdrawing from the Paris agreement;
  • Increasing federal oil and natural gas leasing;
  • Lifting the coal lease moratorium;

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Expect More Climate Change and Toxic Pollution From Trump‘s new policies.

  • Hitting reset on the Clean Power Plan;
  • Reconsidering the “endangerment finding” of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Redefining “Waters of the United States” – expanding the definition would trample state rights to regulate water quality.
  • Relaxing the federal fuel economy standards – a proven effective way to cut emissions.

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A Vast Array of Solutions Trump Wants to Erase – which, even in their entirety, is still inadequate to address continuing climate change. (That’s the More Needed part.)

OO How Trump Can Influence Climate Change Trump could weaken or do away with many of the Obama-era policies focused on greenhouse gas emissions, as this interactive shows.

OO Donald Trump Says He Will End Energy Regulations

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That’s EPruittA Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

OO Trump Picks EPA Enemy Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA and the US into fossil fuel polluting oblivion.

OO An Enemy Of The EPA Picked To [Be]Head It

OO Trump’s Picks For EPA And Interior Threaten The Future Of Clean Water

OO A Climate Denier Is Leading The NASA Transition

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Toxic Trio Trump, McCarthy, and Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn, McCarthy’s lawyer.

OO Trump’s Team Revives McCarthyism At Dept Of Energy – seeking names of employees and contractors involved in climate meetings, climate science, forging an international climate pact, and domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output. And the team isn’t even in the Whitehouse yet!

Roy Cohn, Joe McCarthy’s lawyer, was a mentor to Donald Trump.

OO Schnare Intimidated Climate Scientists — Now He’s Helping Trump Remake EPA

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama Administration Offers Parting Protections For Alaska Waters, Tribes closing off 40,000+ square miles of Bering Strait-area waters to future oil leases and requiring feds set up a system for increasing the input of Native people.

OO Army Blocks Drilling Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline ordered by Obama, but it’s only a temporary one, until Trump takes over.

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HOT MELTDOWN

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OO An Unusually Warm Arctic Year:
Sign Of Future Climate Turmoil
with significant effects on US weather. Takeaways:

  • barring a miracle, 2016 will be the warmest on record in the Arctic:
  • autumn temperatures soared 36 degrees F above normal over broad areas;
  • almost every month saw record high temperatures.
  • An Arctic hot spot above Scandinavia-west Russia will probably have big impacts on Asia weather.
  • All this is dramatically different from just 30 years ago:
  • Summer ice is disappearing fast, and
  • Winter ice is forming far slower.

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Warming Begats Melt, Begats More Warming is the point of how the albedo re-enforcing feedback loop works in the Arctic. As ice melts, the darker resulting water absorbs more heat, which melts more ice, which absorbs more… well, you get the idea. Source http://www.ClimateEmergencyInstitute.com

  • A major Arctic re-enforcing feedback cycle, the albedo effect,
  • – where warming melts ice, darker water absorbs more heat, melting more ice –
  • helps jumpstart other re-enforcing feedback cycles fueling further warming:
  • This increases global warming in a few ways:
  • Summer Arctic seawater absorbs far more heat than ice it replaces; and does so continuously as the sun never sets
  • Come fall, as ice forms, much of that heat is released into the air,
  • Keeping it warm for a long time.
  • Water vapor, a very potent heat absorbing gas,
  • is also released,
  • Which also keeps heat close to the surface, and
  • Helps more clouds form, which slows the escape of heat.

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Record Polar Heat Not Unexpected in the Arctic, says Jennifer Frances, an award-winning climate researcher at Rutgers University. It pretty much supports predictions of our human-caused climate change models. Photo Source http://www.theecologist.org

  • As Arctic temperatures warm closer to temperate ones,
  • The jet stream wind track wobbles,
  • looping way down into the temperate zone
  • And bringing lots of heat and water vapor from there to the Arctic,
  • Warming it further.

All this might signal a speeding up of global warming.

“This year was not unexpected —
it was a continuation in the losses of ice
and the warming in the Arctic.”

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Sea Ice Loss Dooms Polar Bears – And People, for dramatic changes in the Arctic foretell dramatic changes in the weather far south of there, where humanity lives. Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

OO Polar Sea Ice The Size Of India Vanishes In Record Heat
off Antarctica AND the Arctic
, where ice is at record lows for this time of year, in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.

OO Polar Bear Numbers To Plunge A Third As Sea Ice Melts in 25 years, says the first systematic assessment of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world’s largest bear.

OO This Is Not Normal, People:
Arctic And Antarctic Hit Record Low Sea Ice

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An Ice Giant Gone Soon Than Thought , new evidence suggests the giant ice sheet of Greenland can melt far faster and more far more frequently than thought. Photo Source The New York Times

OO History Reveals Greenland Ice Might Melt Much Faster Than Believed, having melted several times between ice ages, new evidence indicates. If so, expect sea levels to rise much faster, too.

OO Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Less Stable Than We Thought – Takeaways:

  • Evidence shows that the sheet melted to less than 10% of its current size,
  • And stayed that way for nearly 300,000 years within the past 1.4 million years.

If the entire sheet melts, it will increase sea levels by 24 feet, flooding out most major coastal cities.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Economic Growth Goes Up, As Emissions Down: Why Burn More Fossil Fuels?

OO US: State Emissions Decoupling From Economic Growth Decarbonization is happening at the states’ level. But it needs to happen faster.

OO Operations At World’s First Integrated Geothermal-Hydropower Plant Begin at its Cove Fort site in Utah.

OO Google Will Achieve 100 % Renewable Energy In 2017 – go, google, go! The web services leader crosses the finish line ahead of most of its peers.

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The Power of Speaking Out – public opposition has played a part in delaying and stopping other fossil fuel infrastructures, besides the stoppage of the Dakota access pipeline helped by the opposing Sioux Nation. Photo Source http://www.thegazette.com

OO Not Just Dakota: Many Other Fossil Fuel Projects Delayed Or Canceled, Too due to a combination of market forces and strong public opposition.

OO Protesters’ Win ‘A Wakeup Call’ For Other Pipeline Projects

but…

OO Dakota Pipeline Likely To Be Continued Under Trump – The decision to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is likely to be overturned by Trump’s gang.

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OO Germany’s Aggressive Switch To Renewables Will Save Nearly $200 Billion

OO Latin America Is Set To Become A Leader In Alternative Energy

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Canada Just Got More Beautiful – a carbon price might make it easier to see the beautiful aurora borealis up there. Source pinterest

OO Canada Set To Agree Carbon Price, Marking Climate Split With Trump

OO Five West African Countries Ban ‘Dirty Diesel’ From Europe – Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast to block imports from oil companies and traders of diesel with sulphur levels many times European limit.

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OO International Energy Agency Cuts Coal Demand Forecast For Fifth Year In A Row – The volume of coal used across the world fell for the second year running in 2015 and is set to stay below peak levels in 2016.

OO Plans Falter For West Coast Coal Terminal – And Exporting Climate Changing Coal

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO Extreme Storms Will Be A Lot More Frequent As Climate Warms – The number of heavy downpours in much of the U.S. could increase five-fold by the end of the century, causing flash floods, mudslides and ruining crops, climate researchers predicted Monday.

OO Warming Climate Linked To Changes In Great Lakes Food Web says a new study, and that affects the fish we get out of it, and water quality.

OO The Pacific Warm Water “Blob” Really Messed Up The Northeast Pacific scientists confirm, and contributed to a record toxic algae bloom.

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Ask Not for Whom The Trees Die… these bells ring a warning for us.Source USFS at SF Chronicle

OO Spread By Trade And Climate, Bugs Butcher America’s Forests – An expanding army of insects is draining the life out of forests across the US.

Aided by global trade, warming climate and drought-weakened trees, the invaders have become one of the greatest threats to US biodiversity.

OO Unhealthy Forests Affect Distant Ecosystems – When a significant number of trees die, due to drought, heat, insect infestation or exploitation, the climate of forests in faraway lands is altered.

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Pikas Are Declining, Too! Living already above tree line, these baby bunny look-alikes have no where to go if it gets too hot for them. Source flickr

OO Surprising Number of Local Populations Of Species Going Extinct a new study says. Takeaways:

  • Hundreds of species around the world—plants, animals, marine life—
  • are experiencing local extinctions due to climate change.
  • Local extinctions hollow out a species, increasing its chances of going totally extinct.
  • Researchers say it’s likely to be just the beginning.

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A Great, Beautiful Kingdom Is Dying due to our greed for consuming things and reproducing, far beyond the carrying capacity of our home, Earth. Photo Source http://www.tourismontheedge.com

OO Great Barrier Reef Not Likely To Survive If Warming Trend Continues says report. Report projects by 2050 more than 98% of coral reefs will be afflicted by ‘bleaching-level thermal stress’ each year.

OO The Great And Dying Barrier Reef Australia persists in mining coal even though carbon emissions are killing the world’s most spectacular reef.

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SPEAKING OUT

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Isn’t What You Are Doing to Our Future Illegal? And these teenagers are suing right up the chain of US courts.

OO The Teen-Agers Suing Over Climate Change – Young plaintiffs in a number of states have sued the federal government as part of a legal effort to force action to address climate change.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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The 10+ Year California Drought Could Last Much Longer if the past 1,000 years is any guide. Megadroughts lasting up to 100 years occurred during this time.

OO Climate Change Costs: Congress Approves Nearly $560 Million For California Drought and many other water projects, too.

OO Uganda, Africa: Population, Climate And Food Issues – exploding human growth and worsening drought fueled by climate change, are causing agriculture to eat into valuable wetlands, which generate moist regional weather.

MEH: But as farming also sucks this area dry of water and soil fertility, it will dry the climate further: this
overpopulated country is headed towards becoming another tragic Sudan.

OO Northeast Christmas Tree Farmers Get Drought In Their Stockings – Drought has killed many young trees on farms across New England.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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GOOD IDEAS

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Then and Now For a Major Water Supply – is shown in these satellite images of California’s Lake Mead.

OO Mapping Three Decades Of Global Water Change via satellite image data.

  • New research reveals how water distribution has changed over the earth in the last 30 years.
  • It’s easy to see the effects of climate change: the US western drought, for example.

OO Hurricane Matthew Showed The Value Of Coastal Wetlands, Oyster Reefs to fight coastal erosion, and the value of conserving them. They worked as intended.

OO London Will Double Its Spending On Cycling Infrastructure

OO New Nanogenerator May Lead To Human-Powered Smartphones – Known as a biocompatible ferroelectret nanogenerator, or FENG, it could one day be used to generate power all sorts of portable and wearable devices using human motion, energy that can be converted into electricity.

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A Ticket To Ride To A Clean Solar Powered Future with the first US solar road being tested in Idaho. Source http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org

OO US Solar Panel Roadways: The First One Is Being Tested – solar panels covered with bulletproof glass. The developers think they will more than pay for their maintenance and cost with the power they deliver.

OO Why Electric Cars Are Only As Clean As Their Power Supply

OO Paris: If The Pool Is Warm, Thank The Washing Machine
– City Reuses Waste Heat in Clever Ways
– from unconventional sources like household wastewater.

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OO Across North America Native Peoples Push For A Renewable Energy Future

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Rice Is Nice, But Generates Methane in its growth, even if this farmer planted a really cool work of art.
Source thoughtpantry.wordpress.com

OO Atmospheric Levels Of Methane, A Powerful Greenhouse Gas, Are Spiking, scientists report, and blame increasing agriculture, rather than fossil fuels, for its increase.

OO Climate-Conscious Vietnam Choosing Coal Over Nuclear ,which is succumbing to rising costs and environmental fears, forcing Vietnam back into coal.

MEH: Why isn’t this country investing heavily into clean renewables and sustainable populations, instead?

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Buying Beneath the Waves What We Can’t Use – Offshore fossil fuels cannot be burned if we are to slow the pace and magnitude of catastrophic climate change. Credit Kein at Wikimedia Commons

OO Oil, Gas Industry Leaders Eagerly Invest
In Future Climate Change –
Take Stakes In Mexican Offshore Fields
paying billions in an auction of deepwater drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, further nailing the coffin lid of their children’s future – and ours.

OO Auto Group Tries To Block EPA From Finalizing Vehicle Rules with tough fuel economy standards through the 2025 model year — one of the most effective ways of cutting climate changing emissions.

OO North Dakota Could Be Biggest Loser In Ruling Against Oil Pipeline as delays cost pipeline’s builder hundreds of millions of dollars; the nation’s energy supply is unlikely to suffer.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO These 3 Maps Show The Absurd Growth Potential Of US Rooftop Solar – Takeaways:

  • in every state, home rooftop solar could be a major energy resource;
  • total US rooftop solar could supply 25 % of all the continental US electric demand.

OO Solar Power Will Cross A Carbon Threshold By 2018 – A new study shows that solar panels more than make up for the carbon that is released during their production.

Related Headline:

OO Solar Panels Have Been Benefitting The Climate ‘Since 2011’

OO New Storage-Paired Solar Tracker Expands A Solar Plant’s Energy Output

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 19, 2016

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is colder than normal as a weakened jetstream delivers Arctic weather deep into the US. Meanwhile, the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing far warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

Peace On Earth and Happy Holidays, All!

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Climate Change This Week: Extinction, Taxing Climate Denial, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Borneo proboscis monkeys, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Wikipedia

OO Deforestation On Borneo: Fighters For The Forest – As humans dramatically shrink Indonesia’s rainforests, 4 activists fight to stop the loss, using everything from their bare hands to smartphones.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Forest in Flames Fanning Climate Change releasing huge amounts of climate changing gases as it is destroyed. Credit Dado Galdieri at AP

OO Brazil: Amazon Deforestation Increased Almost 30% Over Last Year

OO Huge Peru Rainforest Lost To Illegal Gold Mining says a recent analysis, with up to 150,000+ acres of forest lost in four years.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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SOIL AND CLIMATE

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Imagine This Gone… Imagine Famine as the world’s population rises, and arable land falls. Source dujardindesign.com

OO Only 60 Years Of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues – Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years.

If current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said.

But, what if climate change accelerates soil loss?

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Flooding Causes Loss of Crops – AND Soil Source http://www.bbc.co.uk

OO Climate Change Impacts On Soil include accelerating erosion due to:

  • more frequent and intense flooding;
  • more coastal storm erosion;
  • more loss of arable soil through rising sea levels and salinization;
  • more droughts that desertify soils;
  • more intense wildfires that literally burn up the soil.

This means we likely have significantly less than 60 years of farming left.

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Photo Credit Lester Lefkowitz at Corbis

‘While it now seems that ploughing of any kind is incompatible with the protection of the soil, there are plenty of means of farming without it.’

OO What If The World’s Soil Runs Out? Flawed farming practices and policies are destroying the soil and fuelling health crises as well as conflicts, warns a soil expert. And climate change is helping.

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TAXING CLIMATE DENIAL

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The Two Scourges of Fossil Fuels: Global Warming and Toxic Pollution

OO Taxing Climate Denial
Via The Paris Climate Accord
– Takeaways:

Donald Trump’s administration plans to ignore climate change.

  • If the US fails to participate in the Paris climate accord,
  • US inaction could boost global temperatures up to nearly a 2 C rise by 2050,
  • Both through direct pollution,
  • and discouraging others to act.
  • Fossil fuels destabilize the planet via climate change,
  • And toxic air pollution that causes roughly 4,000 deaths daily.

Thus, the US should pay for the damage and deaths its promotion of fossil fuels will cause.

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Not Just Preserve But Regrow Our Carbon Storing Forests Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

The solution?

  • Have every participant of the Paris climate accord
  • Agree to impose a multilateral carbon tax
  • on the trade (goods and services)
  • of any country which abandons its agreement.
  • The tax would be used to promote carbon cutting solutions:
  • Vastly developing clean, renewable power globally;
  • Reforestation;
  • Developing water and food security measures.

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WE ARE THE EXTINCTION METEORITE

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Faces of the Doomed include many species of plants and animals that cannot adapt to climate change fast enough. We might be among them.

OO Climate Changing “Too Fast” For Species – A study of more than 250 species of plants and animals suggests their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change.

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TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Losing Out to China means losing the opportunity for the US to make billions in the global clean energy market, and to create thousands of good paying jobs.

OO With Trump, China Emerges As Global Leader On Climate – For China, it is a matter of self-interest – reducing the choking pollution in its cities and seizing the economic opportunities of a low-carbon future.

OO Trump To Scrap NASA Climate Research In Crackdown On ‘Politicized Science’ as Trump seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration. Talk about wasting money.

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Get Ready for More Of This – as regulations in the Clean Power Plan that cut toxic pollution are dropped, more children will get sick from it. Source EarthJustice.org

OO Obama Environmental Regulations In Trump’s Crosshairs – all rejected by the fossil fuel industry:

  • Clean Power Plan to address climate change; Trump can simply cut EPA funding.
  • Wetland and Stream Protection plan.
  • Preventing Leaks of Methane, a super climate changing gas, from fossil fuel facilities, present and future.
  • Preventing Another Deepwater Blowout rule.
  • Protecting the Endangered Greater Sage Grouse from extinction; doing so slows gas lease sales.
  • Improve Fracking Safety on public lands.
  • Regulating Disposal of Toxic Coal Ash.
  • Protect Fracking Workers From Silica Dust.

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Expect More of This Under Trump Source wwf.com

OO Trump Wants To Lift Restrictions On ‘Clean Coal.’
— Whatever That Is
and pledged that in his first 100 days in office he would abolish a host of regulations to stimulate domestic energy production.

OO Trump’s Coal Delusions Such as coal meeting US energy needs for the next 1,000 years. No official agency thinks so. And that’s just for starters.

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

OO Trump Admits Humans Have ‘Some Connectivity’ On Climate Change and wavered on whether he would pull the U.S. out of international accords aimed at combating the phenomenon.

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Photo Credit Lars Plougmann

“Climate change is real and a potential threat to global food security.” – Phil Miller, Monsanto Vice President

OO What Businesses Want Trump To Know About Climate Change – Nearly 400 companies and nonprofits, including Monsanto and Staples, signed a letter urging Trump to stay in the Paris climate agreement and support policies that combat global warming.

Combating climate change is good for their customers, and good for business.

OO Trump Doesn’t Need To Choose Between Economy And Environment – helping the environment will help the economy.

OO Progress Under Obama Won’t Be Undone By Trump,
Says EPA Chief,
arguing “the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation.”

She cited new actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO Obama’s Agencies Push Flurry Of ‘Midnight’ Actions, executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency.

OO Blackfeet Tribe Regains Sacred Land after Obama’s administration cancelled oil and gas leases on 30,000 acres of Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine region near Glacier National Park.

OO Canada: Trudeau Government Deserves Credit For Getting Rid Of Coal

OO EU Requires Pension Funds To Assess Climate Change Risks in their investment strategies, under a new law that ecologists hope will encourage money to flow out of fossil fuels and into greener sectors.

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HOT NEWS

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OO US Record Highs Will Far Outpace Lows With Warming says new research, showing how

  • even seemingly small increases in average temperatures can make a big difference to the extreme weather that people experience.

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MELTDOWN

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North Pole, December 2016: Dark… and Unusually Hot with temperatures in some areas as much as 35+ F higher than normal. Source cci-reanalyzer.org

OO The Arctic Is A Seriously Weird Place Right Now – as intense warmth in both the air and oceans drove a mini-meltdown in November, when sea ice should have been rapidly growing.

It’s December now, and still abnormally hot.

OO Huge Antarctic Glacier Retreat, Triggered In 1940s,
Now Sped Up By Climate Change
– it now contributes more to sea-level rise than any other ice stream on the. A 1940s El Nino system enabled warm water to get under the glacier and melt the ice that had it hooked in place.

Once moving, however, global warming helps fuel its acceleration and melting.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Economics To Keep Wind And Solar Energy Thriving With Trump – Environmental rules and government subsidies are no longer the key drivers for clean power. Economics are.

OO Tesla Shock Means Global Gasoline Demand Has All But Peaked

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Keeping It Awesomely Beautiful the US is blocking new mining claims near Yellowstone.

OO US Moves To Block Mining Near Yellowstone – new claims, that is, to keep industry out of natural and environmentally sensitive areas.

OO Michigan’s Biggest Electric Provider Phasing Out Coal despite Trump’s stance.

OO Finland Set To Become First Country To Ban Coal Use For Energy and expected to announce a switch to renewable energy, becoming the first to outlaw the fossil fuel.

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Canada Just Got More Beautiful by planning to phase out coal use, which means clearer skies for viewing the aurora borealis. Source pinterest

OO Canada Announces Plan To Phase Out Coal By 2030 – coal currently accounts for close to 10% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Headlines:

OO Canada: Alberta Reaches $1+ Billion Deal To Shut Down Coal Plants

OO Environment And Climate Change Minister Plans To Move Canada To Cleaner Fuels – Minister Catherine McKenna is steamrolling ahead with growing measures to move Canada toward cleaner fuels and energy.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source ABC13.com

The Sea Slowly Reclaims at high tide on Palm Isle in South Carolina, a prelude of the eventual disappearance beneath the waves as sea rise proceeds.

OO Perils Of Climate Change Could Swamp US Coastal Real Estate – Homeowners are slowly growing wary of buying property in the areas most at risk, setting up a potential economic time bomb in an industry that is struggling to adapt.

OO On Virginia’s Vulnerable Coast, Fear Of Flooding Rises as experts warn that the Hampton Roads region is sinking while the sea is rising at the highest rate on the US East Coast.

OO Report: Climate Change Threatens New Mexico Surface Water Sources – Fallout from climate change is one factor straining the water supply in parts of Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, home to more than 200,000 residents.

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Bolivia: A Dried Dam and Thirsty Citizens Protest over water shortages.

OO Bolivia Declares State Of Emergency Over Worst Drought In 25 Years making funds available to alleviate a crisis that has affected families and the agricultural sector.

OO Bolivian Water Crisis As Glaciers Vanish From climate change impacts, and leave cities without water.

OO The Impact Of Bolivia’s Fast-Melting Glaciers – Takeaways:

  • Bolivia’s glaciers have shrunk by 40+% in the past few decades.
  • This further strains an already stressed water supply,
  • while the meltwater lakes left behind risk collapsing in sudden, catastrophic floods.

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The Hungry Faces of Climate Change worsened by an El Nino weather system; they queue for food in Malawi and elsewhere in southern Africa.

OO Southern Africa Cries For Help
As El Niño And Climate Change Savage Corn Harvest
– Malawi is one of seven southern African countries on the brink of starvation and requires immediate action, the UN says.

Not enough aid is being delivered.

OO Climate Change “Threatens Thai Fight Against Illegal Fishing” environmental groups say.

OO Death Toll From Australia’s Thunderstorm Asthma Reaches 6 and five remained on life support after the storm struck Australia’s second-largest city.

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GOOD IDEAS

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Solar New York Source inhabitat.com

OO How Cities Plan To Fight Climate Change In The Trump Years – Local leaders learned how to take action when Washington couldn’t. Now they’re betting those efforts can survive an age of science-denying federal overlords.

OO There’s A Right Way—And A Wrong Way—For Cities To Mitigate Climate Change -After Superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers initiated community-labor partnerships to decide on how they wanted their city to be made more resilient.

OO Analysis: Trapping Carbon Works, But High Cost Will Limit Its Use To Essential Processes

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OO If Climate Change Comes Up During The Holidays, It’s OK To Talk – Important topics don’t necessarily have to be unspeakable ones, if handled in the right way.

OO Climate Finance For Farmers Key To Avert One Billion Hungry – Agriculture and food security experts say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help smallholder farmers adapt to changing rainfall patterns.

OO From Black Bags To Green Gas: How Garbage Could Heat Our Homes – Last week, the UK’s National Grid announced a $10+ million investment in the world’s first commercially-operating plant to produce “green” gas from black bag rubbish.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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A Slope of Ghostly Trees Hint at the Future Credit Paul Hennon at http://www.treehugger.com

OO Alaska: Massive Die-Off Of Ancient Yellow Cedar Forecasts Big Future Losses– Yellow cedars, iconic temperate rainforest trees that can live 1,000 years, are dying over vast swaths of warming Alaska and British Columbia.

OO How Big Droughts, Forest Fires Could Be The New Normal In Appalachia – Wildfires have burned 100,000+ acres across seven states in the southern Appalachian Mountains since late October.

OO Hundreds Of Puffin Deaths Suggest Dangers Of Warming Seas

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SPEAKING OUT

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Now Investors Are Suing Exxon Credit Pat Bagley at the Salt Lake Tribune

OO Class-Action Lawsuit Adds To Exxonmobil’s Climate Change Woes – Investors allege Exxon should have adjusted its accounting of oil reserves based on what it knows about climate change and coming climate action.

OO New Voice For The Climate? Washington Teens Sue Over Emissions Policy – 8 teens asked a Washington state court recently to find the state in contempt for adopting what they argue are insufficient rules for lowering carbon emissions.

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As a glacier melts in the background, Peru mountain guide Saul Luciano Lliua sues a big energy giant. Source AFP

OO Peru Farmer Sues German Energy Giant Over Climate Change that has caused glacial melting in the Andes, threatening his home and livelihood.

OO Thousands Of Nigerian Fisherman Sue Shell For Destroying Their Communities and
Britain’s High Court is set to rule on the case.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO Oil And Gas Companies In North America Less Green than those in EU. ExxonMobil and Chevron among worst in terms of CO2 emissions and investment in renewables, says new research.

OO The Gulf Oil Spill Literally Caused Wetlands To Sink Beneath The Wavesscientists say.

A new study reports extensive shoreline recession in the Mississippi River Delta; the spill’s impact was even more widespread than the erosion caused by Hurricane Isaac two years later.

OO Oil And Water: 11,700 Gulf Oil Spills Since Deepwater Disaster Raise New Fears and include recent discoveries of illegal, unreported oil discharges and systematic dumping of chemicals from rigs and platforms.

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The Return of Heavy Metal? If coal revives, expect mercury levels in tuna to do so, too. Source nz296 at http://www.lab-initio.com

OO Bringing Back Coal – And Tainted Tuna – mercury contamination in tuna had declined as the US shifted away from coal; that could now change under Trump.

OO China Risks Wasting $490 Billion On Coal Plants that would be unneceesary, said a climate campaign group.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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OO Solar Power Store Highlights Bright Potential For Clean Energy

OO Solar, Wind Industries Hope Years Courting Republicans Pays Off Under Trump

OO Scientists Have Created A Solar-Powered Fabric composed of copper “ribbons” that are thin and flexible enough to be embedded in a woven fabric, and capable of harvesting and storing solar energy simultaneously.

“Instead of having two separate devices, we integrated [the solar cell and storage battery] into a single filament,” said the lead researcher.

The innovation could prove important for making wearable tech self-powering – perhaps one day you’ll be able to buy a solar-powered jacket that can charge your phone.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 6, 2016

Source cci-reanalyzer.org

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California, despite recent winter rains and cold.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Community Solar Is Competitive, And More!

 

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these monkey face orchids that occur in Peru, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.hideme.io

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Morocco Plants Millions Of Trees Along Roads To Fight Climate Change – A government-led tree-planting program is aiming to offset carbon emissions while propagating protected species.

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Source mongabay.com

OO Peru Rainforest, the Size of 10 Manhattans, Further Lost To Illegal Gold Mining new aerial surveys show. Although currently declining, it’s not likely to end anytime soon, and there are new incursions into primary forests and protected areas.

The world lost out on yet another sizeable chunk of cheap carbon storage.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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ARCTIC MELTDOWN

@@ How Melting Arctic Ice Could Cause Uncontrollable Climate Change

OO Arctic Ice Melt Could Trigger Uncontrollable Climate Change Globally – says a major new international study, 5 years in the making. Takeaways:

  • Arctic temperatures are right now 20 C (that is, about 40 F) hotter than normal – off the charts!
  • Sea ice is at a record low for November.
  • Arctic summer ice is disappearing,
  • Greatly increasing heat absorption,
  • Accelerating global warming,
  • Which will change wind and rain patterns globally.

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Greenland Melt Canyon Credit James Balog

  • The melting of Greenland ice is speeding up,
  • Adding to rising sea levels;
  • Its ultimate loss will change climate dynamics globally.

Defunding NASA climate research “would be like ripping out the aeroplane’s cockpit instruments while you are in mid-flight,” notes lead co-author Marcus Carson.

Related Headline:

OO Sea Ice In Arctic And Antarctic At Record Lows For this time of year.

OO Arctic Stunner: North Pole Is
An Insane 36 Degrees F Warmer Than Normal
as winter descends.

Imagine These Starving Many are linking a massive die off of tufted puffins to the off-the-charts hot Bering Sea that produced far too few fish to feed all the puffins, and will dramatically reduce the commercial fish harvested by the US fishing industry. Source news.nationalgeographic.com

OO A Hot Bering Sea, Dead Puffins,
And Major US Fisheries Threatened
– Takeaways:

  • The most productive seafood area in North America
  • is off-the-charts hot
  • with even the bottom layer about 12 F warmer than normal.

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A Looming Bust in US Fisheries is likely: dangerously hot waters in the Bering Sea are upending the marine food chain that produces huge commercial catches.Source followgreenliving.com

  • This has devastated the marine food chain,
  • resulting in far fewer, less nutritious plankton at the base,
  • producing far fewer fish, and
  • mass starvation of puffins.
  • Major US commercial fisheries are also at risk:
  • their fish and crab depend on this food chain, too.

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Puffins Plummeting Globally as the food stocks of these endearing birds, both in the north Pacific and Atlantic, are plummeting due to hot waters, linked to climate change and global warming.

  • Extensive periods of warm Pacific weather
  • helped create the giant blog of hot Pacific water,
  • which similarly starved birds and seals along California in 2014-2015.
  • Some of that hot water was pushed into the Bering Sea,
  • and persistent hot weather heated it further.

Such weather is expected to occur, and already is occurring, under continued climate change from global warming.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Donald Trump’s Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Climate Change May Be Escalating So Fast It Could Be ‘Game Over’scientists warn; new research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.

OO Trump’s Paris Climate Deal Breaker:
Ignoring Science Could Literally End The World

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

OO How Steve Bannon Is Shaping Trump’s Views On ‘Climate Change’ – Judging from the Breitbart News Network empire he led, environmentalists are “greentards” and “totally fu**ing wrong on climate change.”

But he’s not betting money that next year will be on average colder.

OO Dark Skies: Climate Protection Advocates Fear A Rollback Of Emissions Standards especially auto emissions standards, which could substantially affect pollution and emissions.

OO Could Donald Trump Kill The EPA?
Probably Not, But He Could Cripple It
Especially with choosing Myron Bell, a climate denier, to lead it.

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Show Us Your Not A Clean Energy Loser, Donald Trump! By taking action on two great deals: keep promoting clean energy and the US as a clean energy leader, and do that with a clean energy jobs program that will provide a huge number of good US jobs. We’ll be watching.

OO Trump Can’t Halt The Mostly Private-Driven March Of Clean Power

OO Trump May Slow But Not Derail America’s Clean-Energy Transition

OO Trump Could Reverse ‘Dramatic’ Progress On Clean Energy experts fear.

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What A Kidder He Is!… Uh, he was kidding, right? No China, he wasn’t. Thanks for pointing out how ridiculous his stand is that climate change is a Chinese hoax, and setting the record straight: GOP presidents started climate change negotiations in the 1980s.

OO China Rolls Its Eyes At Trump
Over His Ridiculous Climate Change Claim
Look at the history of climate change negotiations: it was in launched in the late ‘80s under the administration of Republican President Reagan and George Bush,” said Liu Zhenmin, China’s vice foreign minister.

OO Trump’s Pledge To ‘Open Up The Water’
For Central Valley Farms: Easier Said Than Done
– Campaign promises are one thing, says a water policy expert, but, “… the laws of physics apply to everyone equally.“ So do a network of regulations governing water distribution.

OO With Trump’s Election, Critical Climate Efforts Likely Fall To The Stateslike Virginia, already feeling the effects of global warming.

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Obama Climate Legacy Outshines Trump – given what Trump has said about acting on climate change… wait a minute… did he say ANYTHING?

OO Obama Blocks New Oil, Gas Drilling In Arctic Ocean where industrial activity will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife – and worsen global warming.

OO Obama’s Govt Released A New Oil And Gas Rule to keep public and native American lands clean.

OO BLM Rule To Slash Methane Emissions

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US Leads at Climate Summit with a Big Plan – Will Trump Keep Leading?
Credit Getty Images

OO White House Releases Optimistic, But Wishful Climate Pan before Trump takes office.

At COP 22, U.S. climate envoys lay out a vision to ‘deeply decarbonize’ the economy by 2050, just as a Trump presidency threatens to reverse all climate progress.

OO EPA Aims To Finish Climate Rules; Decisions Fall To Trump – Some of the largest ones, in fact. Oh boy.

OO US Already Ahead Of Clean Power Plan Targets
—And Bringing Back Coal Will Be Hard

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SPEAKING OUT

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Another Sign of HOT Times – yep, northern US states have been as much as 16 F above normal recently, and meteorologists are connecting the dots to climate change. Source PRISM, Oregon State University

OO America’s TV Meteorologists: Symptoms Of Climate Change Are Rampant, Undeniable

OO CEOs, Leaders Urge Trump To Stand By Climate Pact – Nations, businesses and Washington’s top diplomat urged president-elect Donald Trump recently not to withdraw the U.S. from the climate-rescue Paris Agreement and its commitments to preserve Earth for future generations.

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OO Bill O’Reilly:
Trump “Should Accept The Paris Treaty On Climate
To Buy Some Goodwill Overseas”
– Trump will need it.

OO Largest Bank In Norway Sells Its Assets In Dakota Access Pipeline which accounts for 10 % of its funding. Thanks for leading, Norway!

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ASTHMA STORMS

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Connecting the Dots Between Asthma and Thunderstorms – the more intense the storm, the more likely pollen will be broken up into lethally small pieces that can be inhaled and cause fatal asthma attacks. Source http://www.harvard.health.edu

OO ‘Thunderstorm Asthma:’ Increases As Storm Intensity Does Under Climate Change – as an unusually intense thunderstorm in Australia recently illustrated, leaving 4 people dead from asthma attacks.

The deadly illness can be caused by especially more intense thunderstorms, which will occur globally more frequently under continued climate change.

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CLIMATE FOG OF LIES

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Nature Doesn’t Care About Misleading Climate Change Websites – it will continue to respond — via the same physical laws that govern gravity — with climate change that is increasingly blatant and undeniable.

OO Seeding Doubt: How Self-Appointed Guardians Of ‘Sound Science’
Tip The Scales Toward Industry
– Funded deeply by the corporate sector, including tobacco, oil and gas, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the lobbying organization Sense About Science promotes anti-regulatory voices. Surprise, surprise.

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HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record, UN Says – World Meteorological Organisation figures show global temperature is 1.2C above pre-industrial levels and will set a new high for the third year running.

GLOBAL WARMING SYMPHONY

@@ 150 Years Of Global Warming In A Minute-Long Symphony – Sometimes, a tune can say so much more than an image or words. Here, we turn almost 150 years of global temperatures into music.

The higher the temperature, the higher the pitch of the note. And the louder the note, the more carbon there is in the atmosphere.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Clean Energy Can Be Colorful Source greentechmedia.com

OO The Clean Path Chosen: How Denmark Won, And Texas Lost on an energy challenge. After the 1970s oil embargo, Denmark and Texas reacted differently. Takeaways:

  • Denmark used government policies
  • To increase energy efficiency
  • And shift away from fossil fuels,
  • Making these a major economic focus
  • And source of national pride.

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Source Greenpeace

  • Now, Denmark ranks 1st globally in
  • energy security, energy equity and sustainability,
  • says the UN accredited World Energy Council.
  • Texas, by contrast, doubled down on oil and gas,
  • kept supplying climate changing fuels
  • that increased US pollution.
  • Texas wind power is finally being developed,
  • as weather gets ever more extreme there.

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OO The Coal Industry Isn’t Coming Back Market forces, not environmental regulations, have doomed coal.

OO Analysis Cuts Coal Growth Outlook In Half As China Peaks says the International Energy Agency, as it dramatically scales back its outlook over the next 25 years.

OO Canada: Ottawa To Announce Coal Phase-Out,
Aims For Virtual Elimination By 2030

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Climate Change Is Slowing Drowning Island Paradises. Credit Acepharma via Wikimedia

OO Climate-Threatened Nations Aim For 100 % Renewable
Energy As Soon As Possible
– as part of efforts to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

These include Pacific island nations, which are starting to flood from rising sea levels.

OO Fossil Fuel Emissions Stay Flat 2013 To 2015 but will rise unless nations act. to speed up new emissions policies, scientists say.

OO Germany Reasserts Climate Leadership,
Outlines Path To Carbon-Neutral Economy By 2050

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source News.com.au

OO The Cost Of Climate Change:
World’s Economy Will Lose $12 Trillion
Unless Climate Changing Emissions Tackled
– Damage caused by rising seas, increased storms and other climate-related problems pose ‘a very serious challenge’ to erasing poverty in the developing world.

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OO Disaster Loss Estimates Ignore Higher Cost To Poor – Natural disasters force some 26 million people into poverty each year, setting back global spending on goods and services by the equivalent of $520 billion annually, the World Bank said recently.

OO Zika Is Not A Global Emergency – It’s A Crisis And Ongoing Threat like malaria, says the World Health Organization, worsened as climate change enables the spread of its carrier, mosquitoes.

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OO Southeast US Wildfires Char Over 80,000 Parched, Drought-Stricken Acres – With conditions set to worsen, some of the blazes could burn for weeks in the already rain-starved region.

Related Headline:

OO North Carolina: Drought, Fires Reach Crisis Level,
State Of Emergency Declared
as fires scorched thousands of acres as a result of extreme drought and human carelessness across 25 western counties.

OO Chile Battles Raging Wildfires Fueled By Heat Wave, Winds – About 20 wildfires are spreading quickly in Chile’s central region, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people recently.

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What’s This Octopus Doing In My Parking Spot? Source http://www.miamiherald.com

OO Climate Change ‘Canary’: Tide Flooding Brings Octopus Into Parking Garage As rising sea levels mean King high tides now regularly flood Miami, as this poor stranded octopus illustrates.

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Drought Breeds Desperation, and Militancy Source http://www.todaygh.com

OO In Mali, Drought Disaster Of Fulani Herders Plays Into Islamist Hands – Fulani anger spreads jihad to central and southern Mali as climate change dries up Niger River, exacerbating conflict.

OO Drought: Zimbabwe Funding To Prevent Starvation Is $140 Million Short -Suffering from Zimbabwe’s worst drought in a quarter of a century millions of people need food aid, says the UN.

This is the dark danger of continuing climate change: donor fatigue will mean thousands of children, women and men will starve from a drought worsened by climate change.

OO Syria’s Food Production Edging Nearer To Collapse, UN Warns with wheat production having halved since its war began in 2011, and was already in the grip of a long, devastating drought worsened by climate change, and likely help fuel the war.

The drought continues, and the area of fields planted now are at an all-time low.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO During Superstorm Sandy,
Wetlands Averted US $625-Million In Damages
a new analysis confirms the protective role played by wetlands.

OO A Haven For Growing Clean Tech Startups: The Accelerator At Cyclotron Rd – Hit hard by a venture capitalism slump, startups here are funded by the Department of Energy to develop cutting edge concepts on energy efficiency and clean energy that might then attract venture capitalists.

OO Fighting Poverty Cleanly:
Turning Shipping Containers Into Solar Stations, Hydroponic Farms
– is what a new company, co-founded by an ex MSNBC talk show host, does.

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A Common Post-Typhoon Scene in China Source Chinatopix at http://www.ctvnews.ca

OO China Says Insurance Industry Must Respond To Climate Risks – its government is pushing the insurance industry to offer climate risk policies.

OO With Tougher Rules, China Wants Fewer, But Better, Electric Car Makers

OO Delhi’s Air Pollution: What China Got Right And Where India Falls Behind– China has actually undertaken far-reaching and difficult measures to ensure that the worst is over.

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The Swansea Tidal Plan for the world’s first tidal energy lagoon. Source subseaworldnews.com

OO For A Welsh City, The Tides Offer Renewable Energy And Economic Renewal

OO How Electric Vehicles Are Becoming A Tool For Grid Stability for California and Hawaii, as recent reports illustrate.

NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Source USFS

OO Massive Forest Death Continues In California where long-term drought has claimed another 36 million trees, the U.S. Forest Service said recently.

Since 2010, more than 100+ million trees have died across 7.7 million acres, the agency said.

OO Destruction Of Kelp Forests By Tropical Fish
Shows Impact Of Ocean Temperature Rises
– even small increases, an Australian study has found.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Fracking, the Gift That Keeps On Giving Headaches. Source http://www.huffingtonpost.com

OO Fracking Can Cause Earthquakes That Last For Months after the controversial gas extraction process ends, a new study finds.

OO Natural Gas Demand Will Outpace Other Fossil Fuels, IEA Says but this fossil fuel will not prevent further dangerous climate change.

OO Pennsylvania Gas Fire Plants Commissioned -Just what this world needs – more generation of climate change and toxic pollution.

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Credit Tom Tole at the Washington Post

OO Environmental Groups Call Subsidies To
Fossil Fuel Industry An ‘Anti-Carbon Tax’
Canada’s attempts to set a price on carbon are being undercut by subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, a new study shows.

OO Huge Deposit Of Untapped Oil Discovered In US
– But Must Stay In The Ground
– If we are to avoid dangerous climate change.

OO Maryland Asks EPA To Crack Down On Pollution From Midwest Coal Plants – 19 of them in five other states, whose emissions make MD air unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days.

Imagine what will happen with such a request under a Trump administration.

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A Forest Soiled by oil. Credit Paul Nicklen

OO Canadian First Nation Cleans Up Latest Fuel Spill Mess in beautiful Great Bear Rainforest, adding to pressure to cut fuel transport lines on Pacific Coast.

OO China’s Response To Beijing’s Persistent Pollution:
Scale Back Clean-Up Goals
– rather than confront government failure to enforce its regulations, due to lack of resources and planning. Now what’s wrong with that picture?

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

@@ The Cost of Unintended Pregnancy: Too Young

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR Analysis Shows That Community Solar Is Competitive in the Vast Majority of the US FLYING

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OO $270+ Million More In Residential Solar Loans Secured as part of a trend that will allow residential solar production to be owned by homeowners rather than leasing companies.

OO Community Solar Is Competitive In The Vast Majority Of The US says a new analysis.

OO Renewable Energy Is Seeping Into Small-Town America where a vast majority of people support it.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 29, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, you can see that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic: a broad swathe of abnormally high temperatures runs from the North Pole uninterrupted until it peters out in Mexico. much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and despite recent rains, so does the drought in much of California.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – off the chart temperatures that are in some areas practically 40 F higher than normal! Insane!!! And not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one summer. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly columns at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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Climate Change This Week: Trumped By Climate, Record Solar Surge, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Red-necked Tanagers in Brazil, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source mostbeautifullworld.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Eliminating Deforestation From Palm Oil Supply Chain:
Industry, NGOs Agree To Single Approach
– a first.

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Death By Fire happens to too much forest in Brazil, and fuels global warming. Credit Dado Galdieri at AP

OO Deforestation Forces Up Brazil’s Carbon Emissions despite Brazil’s attempts last year to drastically cut emissions.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Our Children’s Future will be more like this, under current conditions and Trump’s plans.

OO Air Pollution:
The Next Generation Carries The Burden Of Our Inaction
– adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child’s lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life.

OO Air Pollution Emerges As A Top Killer Globally says new research, a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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Donald Trump’s Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash their fortune and survival chances for their kids – and all of ours. Unless, of course, Trump acts to cut emissions, hugely. Source heavy.com

OO Climate Change May Be Escalating So Fast It Could Be ‘Game Over’scientists warn; hnew research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime.

OO Trump Presidency A ‘Disaster For The Planet’ Leading scientists warn the climate denier’s victory could mean ‘game over for the climate’ and any hope of warding off dangerous global warming.

Related Headline:

OO Warming Up: New Research Points To A More Sensitive Climate To Rising CO2 – Climate models may be underestimating how sensitive the planet is to rising greenhouse gas levels; new research indicates that global warming is about to speed up.

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@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

OO Physics Doesn’t Really Care Who Was Elected – Neither does gravity or climate change, both governed by the laws of physics, not those of the US. And Trump can’t change that.

OO Step 1 Of Donald Trump’s Anti-Lobbyist Crusade:
Pack His Transition Team With Lobbyists
including fossil fuel ones.

OO Trump Looking At Fast Ways To Quit Global Climate Deal – said a transition team source, defying widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

TRUMP COAL CONUNDRUM

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Trump Skies under his current plans to scrap air emissions regulations for coal plants.

OO Ending ‘War On Coal’ Unlikely To Bring Jobs To Eastern Kentucky

OO Trump May ‘Dig’ Coal, But Industry’s Outlook Is Flat At Best say energy industry leaders and analysts, even if he rolls back regulations.

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OO Trump’s Climate Contrarian: Myron Ebell Takes On The E.P.A depicted on Paris lampposts during the 2015 Climate Summit by activists as one of seven “climate criminals” wanted for “destroying our future.”

OO EPA, Energy Department: Tears, Angst As Workforce Braces For Trump Takeover

DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE

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Keep Fighting For Their Future Source gscadventist.org

OO Six Reasons Not To Give Up Hope:
One Man Can’t Stop Progress On Climate

1. Cities and states are the new front lines in the fight to stop global warming.
2. Clean energy is getting cheaper every day – esp solar power.
3. The Paris Agreement isn’t totally screwed – he can’t just back out.
4. Americans love clean energy.
5. Coal ain’t coming back – ‘cause US natural gas killed it.
6. There is still strength in numbers of activists – keep fighting: you’re more important than ever!

OO Trump Insider: New Administration Won’t Attack Renewable Energy says a Trump insider.

OO States May Drive US Climate Policy Under Trump and are already laboratories for carbon-cutting policies, so they can make inroads if Trump refuses.

OO Despite Trump, Local & State Governments, Private Sector Can Make Climate Progress on achieving goals to slow climate change.

REALITY UNDER TRUMP

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OO With Trump’s Election, Science — And The Global Environment — Will Lose

OO Conservatives Elected Trump;
Now They Own Climate Change
– Anyone who voted for Trump shares the responsibility for the climate damages resulting from his presidency.

OO A Bad Day For Planet Earth – A president who has repeatedly denied the existence of climate change, going as far as to call it being manufactured by the Chinese government, will mean disaster for all of us.

EARTH GREENS BUT KEEPS HEATING

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Earth Greens – For Now as rising CO2 levels give a boost to plant growth globally and to carbon absorption by them; but further rising temperatures will lead to a browning, and release of climate-changing carbon.

OO Global ‘Greening’ Slows Rise Of Co2 In The Atmosphere –
But Nowhere Near Enough
To Stop Dangerous Climate Change
, a new study finds. Takeaways:

  • As CO2 levels rose, so did plant growth, upping their intake of CO2;
  • And plants’ release of CO2 slowed, as temperatures rose;
  • CO2 levels continue to rise at a steady rate since 2000.

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Extreme Weather Is Increasing – breaking weather records of all sorts.

But, this small TEMPORARY effect will not slow dangerous climate change:

  • CO2 levels are rising fast.
  • Earth continues to get hotter every year;
  • Extreme weather is increasing.
  • As it gets too hot for many plants to grow,*
  • The greening will stop, and
  • Plants will die and decay, releasing carbon.

* It is already becoming too hot in some areas to grow certain crops, like corn.

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More Than Ever, We Need To Preserve Forests, Mangroves, and other important carbon-storing ecosystems, the study shows. Credit Mario Tama at Getty Images

World Meteorological Organization secretary-general, Petteri Taalas:

“The effects of climate change have been consistently visible globally since the 1980s:

  • rising global temperature, both over land and in the ocean;
  • sea-level rise; and the widespread melting of ice.
  • It has increased the risks of extreme events, such as
  • heatwaves, drought, record rainfall and damaging floods.”

MOROCCO SUMMIT: TUNING A WORLD CLIMATE DEAL

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Gathering For Climate Action in Morocco Source OpenCanada.org

OO Morocco Climate Summit’s Urgent Goal: Cut More Emissions, Faster – negotiators gathering in Morocco for the next round agree its pledges do not go far enough.

OO Making Climate Rules At Marrakech -The United Nations conference on climate change drew up the first steps on enhanced finance and technology transfer, vital to advance the Paris Agreement that entered into force on November 4.

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HOT NEWS

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OO Last Five Years Were Hottest On Record,
More Signs Heat Is Man-Made
says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization, with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods and rising sea levels are stoked by man-made climate change.

OO Toasty October Keeps US On Track For 2nd-Hottest Year Ever recorded, going back more than 120 years, with every state in the Lower 48, as well as Alaska, recording well above-average temperatures through October.

OO Earth To Donald Trump:
2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record
– The planet is now more than halfway to the line scientists say we can’t cross if we’re going to avoid catastrophic climate change.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Obama Government Seeks To Speed Wind, Solar Development On Federal Lands in six Western states by establishing a competitive bidding process similar to how oil and gas leases are awarded. Of course, Trump could nix this…

OO World CO2 Emissions Stay Flat For Third Year helped by China falls, shows a new study.

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Clean Energy Blooms in the UK Credit Julie Edwards, Alamy via the Guardian

OO Half Of UK Electricity Comes From Low-Carbon Sources For First Time Ever claims new report.

OO Britain’s Last Coal Power Plants To Close By 2025 the government said.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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‘I can smell the smoke of wildfires 100 miles away,’ says Daily Climate editor Peter Dykstra, as the southeast US drought helps create widespread wildfires there.

OO La Niña Likely To Worsen Southern US Drought – as it brings warm, drier weather there, but thankfully its effects will likely be short-lived this year.

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A Flooded Future Awaits US Cities as sea levels rise fast. Credit Jessica Rinaldi

OO Global Warming To Cause Fastest Rate Of Sea Level Rise In Human History says new research, likely making it difficult for US east coastal megacities to adapt.

OO Why Scientists Are So Worried About Sea-Level Rise – Seas could rise by a foot off the U.S. east coast by 2040 if we continue our high level of emissions.

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Going, Going… Santa Barbara will soon run out of drinking water. Source http://www.letsdomore.com

OO California: A County’s Drinking Water Supply Is Nearly Empty Lake Cachuma, a giant reservoir built to hold Santa Barbara County’s drinking water, has all but vanished in California’s historic drought.

OO Why The Death Of Coral Reefs Could Be Devastating For Millions Of People – Researchers say the death of coral reefs could leave people worldwide without protection from storms and could harm fishing and tourism industries.

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Refugee Faces of African Drought Credit M. Ayene at picture-alliance

OO Africa’s Water Challenges From the Syrian conflict, to protests in Zimbabwe, Tunisia and India, to a deep drought destabilizing South Africa, water is playing a significant role in global civil unrest. Climate change is worsening water scarcity and adding to the unrest.

OO Tanzanian Herders, Hit By Drought, Trade Firewood For Food – Rangelands threatened further as pastoralists struggling to graze animals sell firewood so their families can eat.

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO Tax Meat And Dairy To Cut Emissions And Save Lives study urges. This would lead to huge and vital cuts in carbon emissions as well as saving half a million lives a year via healthier diets, according to the first global analysis of the issue.

OO Rethink Hydropower: Dams Emit Sizeable Climate Changing Emissionssays new research. And the increasing frequency of drought in an increasingly water-scarce world has already prevented some dams from working.

OO Rethink Energy, Justice Under Trump:
Help Ex Coal Miners With Clean Energy
Jobs via small scale clean energy projects that also reduce pollution and improve health in their communities, say experts.

SPEAKING OUT

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What the Future of US Cities Could Look Like Under Trump if he plans to nix important air and water regulations. Oh, and add flooding to this picture for coastal cities. Source Jason Lee at Reuters

OO If You Really Are A Smart Businessman, Donald, You’ll Go Green -as the single most effective domestic business plan for the US economy and the planet.

If not, rolling back clean air and water regulations will turn us into Beijing or Delhi.

OO China Warns Trump Against Abandoning Climate Change Deal saying he will be defying the wishes of the entire planet if he acts on his vow to back away from the Paris climate agreement.

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Richard Branson Shutterstock

OO Billionaire Richard Branson On Donald Trump: Focus On Climate Change
“It’s going to be up to us business people to make sure we create tens of thousands of jobs in the clean energy space.”

OO Investors Call For Moratorium On Arctic High Seas Oil & Gas Activity – the investors represent 5+ trillion euros ($5.53 trillion) in assets under management. They call on oil and gas companies to observe an unlimited moratorium on activity in the Arctic high seas.

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California Drought Insanity: Golfing in the Desert Credit Mustafah Abdulaziz at the New York Times

OO Photographing The Impact Of California’s Water Crisis in Mustafah Abdulaziz’s latest installment of his “Water” series; it explores various human interactions with the environment.

OO Australian Unions Call For ‘Just Transition’ From Coal-Generated Electricity calling for a new statutory authority to manage a “just transition”, supporting workers and communities that rely on fossil fuel-related jobs.

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

@@ Myth vs Truth: The Huge Value of Contraception is an incisive, heartfelt recognition of the value of contraception by Sarah Brown, CEO, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy Costs US Taxpayers:

Unintended Pregnancies Cost US Taxypayers Nearly $11 Billion Yearly
the Guttmacher Institute

Teen Childbearing Alone Cost US Taxpayers $9+ Billion In 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO IEA: 2015 Solar Power Grew At Record Rate and Level surpassing 227 GW of total capacity, and installing 51 GW, up from 40 GW over the previous two years. Way to GO!

OO Ballot Win In Florida Emboldens The Solar Industry: ‘Voters Have Spoken Very Loudly’ Takeaways:

  • Utilities paid 20+ million to restrict solar at the ballot box and failed;
  • Solar panel prices keep falling;
  • FL homeowners and businesses are projected to up solar capacity 1900% in the next 5 years, compared to the previous 5 years.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 23, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California, despite recent rain in the SF Bay area. In the south, Santa Barbara’s drinking supply is nearly gone.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Ghost Forests, Sahara Solar, and More!

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

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly.

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Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Crested Guineafowl found in Cameroon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source pixdaus.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Unleashing More Climate Change, Destroying His Last Home, for Palm Oil?Chimpanzees now number a few thousand in a very small area, and this forestis part of it. Once it’s destroyed, the climate changing carbon released will add to the destruction of our children’s future. Source rainforest-rescue.org, modified

OO YOU CAN ACT: New York Investors Plan To Destroy Rainforest For Palm Oil Profit – replacing it with giant plantations in Cameroon, Africa. Sign here to urge Cameroon’s president to say no to these short-sighted investors.

OO Soil Could Emit CO2 Bigtime Within Decades, Unless We Increase Forests, Grasslands from former human use, a new study shows. These, not carbon capture and sequestration, are the easiest, cheapest ways to store carbon and slow climate change.

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Source Rainforest Rescue

OO Indigenous Rights Are Key To Preserving Forests climate change study finds; it shows at least a quarter of forest carbon is stored on communal land, particularly in Brazil.

OO Failure To Secure Forest Dweller Rights Risks Carbon Emissions Spike a new report says, since dwellers protect these carbon storing systems that are their homes.

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US Coast Forests Dying From Salt by rising seas, which are now flooding wetlands among the coastal woodlands.

OO Ghost Forests: Rising Seas Are Killing US Woodlands pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to New Jersey.

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OO YOU CAN ACT: Sign The Wilderness Bill Of Rights Developed By The Wilderness Society,

“We, the American people, stand united to defend our wild. We call on our lawmakers to protect and preserve our national heritage. Public lands are what unite us. They are vital …”

A sampling of the 10 Rights:

I. The protection of our wild places will be an urgent priority.
II. Our public lands will not be sold off to the highest bidder.
III. America’s public lands will receive the funding needed to flourish and endure for generations.
VI. Fossil fuel development will be prohibited on lands that are too wild to drill.
VII. Public lands must be a central part of the solution to climate change.

These are rights that serve our children’s future, that we can all agree on. Read the full list and sign here.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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CLIMATE CHANGE LENGTHENING EAST COAST WINTERS

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Remember the Polar Vortex Invasion of 2014? Expect repeats. Source http://www.accuweather.com

Sounds crazy? Only if you still think that climate change only means warming – not more extreme changes… read on…

OO Polar Vortex Shifting Due To Climate Change, Extending US Winters in the east, a new study finds. Because of Arctic sea ice loss, the polar vortex is shifting and temperatures are turning colder during March.

OO Why Republicans Still Reject The Science Of Global Warming – it’s morphed into an “anything Obama supports, we’re against” religion, fueled with the campaign support of fossil fuel industries.

But even Charles Koch is acknowledging that climate change exists in part from humans – and now, Obama is being replaced by Trump… is this enough to evoke seismic change by the new party in power?

As it stands, “Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it’s in charge of the most important political body in the world.”

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

@@ Climate Change 101: Why Care?
What You Need to Know
– Bill Nye tells it all in five minutes amid graphic, dynamic, engaging, compelling imagery. Check it Out!

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US WEST DROUGHT

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The Big Shrink: A Bay Disappears as all of Great Salt Lake shrinks from human overuse of inflows and the drought. Source earthobservatory.nasa.gov

OO NASA Images: Utah’s Great Salt Lake Shrinking Dramatically – the largest US lake after the Great Lakes. Takeaways:

  • Farming has dramatically reduced the river inflows that feed this lake;
  • 5 years of drought have also helped shrink the lake.
  • It has shrunk to half its size since about 1850.

If it vanishes:

  • resulting toxic dust could cause massive, costly city pollution (think dust storms);
  • a57 million brine shrimp industry ends;
  • a70 million waterfowl hunting industry ends;
  • a1+ billion economy depends on it.

OO Global Warming Contributed To Record ‘Snow Drought’ In The US West in 2015, shows a new study. High temperatures resulted in record low snowpack in the northwest.

OO Colorado River: No Tech Breakthroughs Will Bring Back Water – disappearing due to the effects of climate change, says a new report.

OO Greenhouse Gases Made West Coast Drought Worse shows a new study.

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The Face of Rising Sea Levels: Melting Antarctica Source NASA

OO Climate Change Captured In Stunning Antarctic Ice Photos

OO Paris Climate Deal: Renewables Alone Won’t Stop Global Warming – it won’t happen fast enough, unless leaders to act to:

  1. dramatically cut off investment to fossil fuels and switch to clean energy;
  2. dramatically cut demand: bringing population/consumption to sustainable levels.

OO The Long-Term Environmental Impact Of Our Short-Term Politics will echo to the end of our civilization, as climate change, unchecked, seals its end. That means you, too, Trump.

“The window of opportunity for acting in a cost-effective way – or in an effective way – is closing fast,” said Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer.

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THE CASE OF THE VANISHING OIL RESERVES

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OO Someone Is Stealing The World’s Oil Reserves – But Who?

Takeaways in this mystery thriller:

  • Exxon and other big oil companies are decreasing their estimated reserves
  • Even though the price of oil is still comparable to what it was in the 1970s-80s.
  • But the remaining reserves are far deeper and more expensive to extract.
  • When it costs as much oil to extract an equal amount of oil,
  • Big Oil will be out of business.

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Going Below The Double Lines Is a No-No economically at current oil prices. We are currently depleting oil reserves that oil companies can profit from extracting. Source http://www.postcarbon.org

– OR

  • Big Oil raises oil prices and we decide to pay them, IF we can,
  • Even if it leads us into far more catastrophic climate change.
  • But will we?
  • – Or will we be driving EVs charged by clean renewably produced electricity?
  • Produced by former oil companies that decided to invest in renewables?

Stay tuned…

Related Headline:

OO Exxon’s Slashes Oil Sands Reserve Estimates,
But Keeps Producing Climate Change
– as it extracts climate changing oil. The future doesn’t look profitable.

But, hey, we know that just from unfolding climate disasters, right?

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MELTDOWN

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OO The Average American Melts About 540 Square Feet Of Arctic Ice Yearlydue to their abnormally high consumption of resources, a study found.

OO Around The Arctic In 20 Weeks:
By Sailboat Through Meltwaters
– another sign of the alarmingly fast meltdown of our planetary thermal shield.

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billy barr bares all about snow as this winter hermit measures snow data daily outside his snug cabin in the Colorado Rockies

OO Video: The Snow Guardian: Tracking The Warming Of The Rockies – for 40+ years, billy barr has lived alone every winter in his cabin, daily collecting snow data. It is now telling a hot story.
FD: I’ve known this remarkable man for decades, who works for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, my summer research haunt.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Oil Majors Join Forces In Climate Push With Renewable Energy Fund Players include Saudi Aramco and Shell.

OO Wind And Solar Could Fuel Africa’s Future with prices for renewables dropping, many countries in Africa might leap past dirty forms of energy towards a cleaner future.

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OO US, 35 States To Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Network The feds will establish 48 national electric-vehicle charging networks on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.S. states. Well, if Trump lets it.

OO Global Carbon Intensity Falls With Coal Use Falloff To Record Low in 2015, as coal consumption in major economies plummeted.

OO UK Coal-Powered Electricity Projected To Fall By Record Amount

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Kenya: Viva La Solar Revolution! Experimentation with solar lighting is fast expanding into broader use of renewable power for business, energy experts say.

OO Taste Of Solar Power Builds Appetite For More In Kenya one of the countries leading Africa’s push toward solar energy use, survey finds.

OO Indonesia, Vietnam Look To Blaze Trail For Solar In Southeast Asiaintroducing targets to fire up green energy generation as a landmark global agreement to curb pollution is set to take effect.

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Credit Ian Wylie at Foundation for Deep Ecology

OO New Landmark Deals Tackle Big Climate Polluting Sectors:
Planes, Ships And Coolants
albeit too slowly, so far.

OO Alberta, Canada Introduces Bill To Make Oil Sands Emissions Cap Law for the oil producing province.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit Stephen B. Morton at AP photo

OO Climate Change Is Already Forcing Americans To Move As global warming causes more extreme weather and sea-level rise, US coastal communities are thinking about people moving away from the water.

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Face of a Climate Change Future – continued global warming will have catastrophic effects on global food supplies Source Reuters

OO VIDEO: UN Paints Apocalyptic Climate Changing Picture Of Famine, War And Disease unless world wakes up to dangers of climate change.

The world will “grieve over the avoidable human tragedy” of climate change as refugees flee hunger, poverty, illness and conflict unless urgent action is taken, a new United Nations report warns.

Related Headline:

OO UN: Huge Emissions Cuts Needed To Meet Paris Climate Goals

OO Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set To Bust Global Climate Pact In 2030 says the U.N., based on national pledges so far.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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GOOD IDEAS

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OO To Deal With Climate Change We Need A New Financial System Starting with ending debt-based currency. Takeaways:

  • Debt-based currency: banks lend out 10x more money than they hold;
  • Thus, 90% of the money in our economy relies on debt.
  • but as a national debt grows, so must the national economy to pay it,
  • – and that further corrodes our global resource base.

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Source king-crew.com

Solutions?

  • Banks must back their loans with far larger reserves – or cut back loans;
  • OR let the government create money and spend it into existence – the Chicago Plan
  • This would dramatically cut private and public debt, and up stability.
  • Measure economic health not based on growth but sustainability.

Guess who won’t like this?
Banks and mega-rich, who profit from current debts.

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Another Way To Clean Toxic Air: Cut Down on Energy Use which, when fueled by fossil fuels, creates toxic air.

OO Save Kids’ Lives By Cleaning Toxic Air Takeaways:

  • about 2 billion children worldwide breathe toxic air by World Health Organization (WHO) pollution guidelines
  • about 300 million kids — almost 1 in 7 worldwide — breathe abnormally high toxic outdoor air.

OO Storing Electricity Underwater Two projects are testing the concept. The idea:

  • Use clean energy to compress air on land and
  • pump it into containers deep under water;
  • Compressing air creates heat that can be stored;
  • To generate electricity from stored air, release it to drive a turbine,
  • And use the stored heat to warm the turbine cooled by expanding air.

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Mangroves: One of the Best Ways to Store Carbon on Earth Source http://www.naturefoundationsxm.org

OO African Wetlands Projects: A Win For Climate And People,
If Well Managed
so that people also prosper, especially in developing nations.

Mangroves and wetlands worldwide:

  • suck up about 10 times more CO2 per acre per year than rainforests do;
  • store 3-5 times as much over the long term,
  • mostly in the soil that extends deep beneath their roots;
  • are disappearing much faster than rainforests,
  • due to coastal development, pollution, aquaculture, and overuse.

OO Tree Planting Pays Off For Minneapolis, Other US Cities providing shade, absorbing pollution; cities could see big returns on their investments in planting more, especially to adapt to climate change, says a new study

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It Eats Plants – AND Carbon Dioxide: the bacterium (little green sticks here) Clostridium thermocellum. Say it 3x fast. Source http://www.researchgate.net

OO Carbon-Eating Bacteria Could Be One Answer To Climate Change – a species that breaks down plant fiber, and can also break down CO2.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Bye-Bye Butterflies in the UK, like this peacock one, as climate change worsens, a new study concludes. Source greenreview.blogspot.com

OO Butterflies Could Be Soon Wiped Out By Extreme Weather Heat waves, cold snaps and heavy rain have probably already help crash populations of butterflies in the UK, says a new study, and will likely continue.

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Imagine Them Gone – many birds have been killed, and many more are threatened, from loss of habitat or hunting. Source http://www.puzzle-net.de

OO Hundreds Of Millions Of Birds Are Missing – Takeaways:

  • Bird trackers are seeing/hearing 420+ million fewer migratory birds since 1980;
  • Spreading human development robs them of vital habitat;
  • Humans continue to hunt wild birds by the millions.
  • Bird habitat needs to be conserved to save them;
  • Birds are important pest controllers for crops: they eat insects.

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Maybe They Can Turn It Into a Hotel – at least in the dry season. Source http://www.news.cn

OO China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Turns Into Prairie As human diversions of its feeder river, industrial use, and a prolonged dry season, of the sort expected under continuing climate change, takes its toll. Move over, Great Salt Lake!

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SPEAKING OUT

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Xie to Don: Get Real on Climate says China climate rep Xie Zhenhua, because there’s money for your country to be made if you do, both in savings on avoided climate catastrophes and jobs to address climate change.

OO China Climate Chief To Trump: Keep The US Part Of Paris Agreement – otherwise, US social and economic progress will suffer.

Related Headline:

OO China To Trump: Wise Men Don’t Sneer At Climate Change China and the US don’t need to go to war to destroy our civilization – just keep pumping the skies full of carbon dioxide for 75 more years, slowly turning much of the planet into a wasteland.

We’re on our way… enjoy the trip!

OO Nigeria’s Own “Inconvenient Truth” Brings Home Climate Threats which may help Boko Haram extremism and are an issue “we cannot afford to ignore,” filmmaker says.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Billion Dollar Greenwash For Fossil Fuels – a ‘climate’ fund by 10 of the largest oil companies seeks to limit gas leakage rather than promote truly clean renewable energy sources. Credit Jae C. Hong at AP

OO Oil Firms Announce $1 Billion Climate Fund
– Devoted To Fossil Fuels
– trying to clean up gas leaks and develop carbon capture and sequestration technology, which despite plenty of research has not been shown to be feasible on a large scale.

Analysts call their efforts to actually combat climate ‘a drop in the ocean.’

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As Oil Runs Dry, So Does Alaska Credit John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri, modified

OO Oil Addict Alaska Falling, As Oil Does – running a $3 billion deficit and the highest unemployment rate in the US, as government coffers, totally depend on plummeting oil revenues, dry up.

OO Fuel Prices Along US East Coast Spike After Alabama Pipeline Explosionwhich closed it for the second time within two months, showing how vulnerable the US East coast is to an accident on a single fossil fuel pipeline.

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Source Asian Development Bank

OO Overlooked Source Of CO2: Processing Sewage Water – which releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-derived chemicals in wastewater due to detergents used at home (showers, washing machine) and industrially, says a new study.

OO Southern California’s Deadliest Quake May Have Been Caused By Oil Drilling study says. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the deadliest ever recorded Southern California history, may have been caused by deep drilling in an oil field.

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An Expanding Wyoming Class: The Unemployed

OO Wyoming’s Trifecta – Coal, Oil And Gas – All Fall Down as unemployment once again rises from shuttered oil and coal production.

Fossil fuels are a dirty, unreliable source of unhealthy jobs.

OO The US Keeps Replacing Nuclear Power Plants With Coal Or Gas

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OO India’s Deadly Smog Beats Out China’s Toxic Air:
Urgent Actions Are Needed To Clear The Skies
– cleaner fuels, more energy efficient appliances, more clean energy plants.

But they never mention sustainable populations levels. Just hold your breath, India. There’s more to come.

Related Headline:

OO 1,800 Schools Shut Down Due To Pollution In New Delhi

OO Irony Not Dead:
Climate Scheme Funds Greece To Build Two Coal Plants

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

@@ How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Teen childbearing cost US taxpayers $9+ Billion in 2010
And the costs of raising a child usually ensures decades, if not a life, of poverty for its mother.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:
publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

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They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS GLEAMING

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Diamond in the Desert – the Noor Solar Plant will be the largest solar plant in Africa. Source http://www.npr.org

OO Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant Is Hard Act For Africa To Follow given it is largely funded by the European Union, but it may inspire the rest of Africa, which mostly uses solar panels to by-pass the power grid.

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Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 15, 2016

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the drought in California.

Much of the areas surrounding and including the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

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There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this wild flower I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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