Climate Change This Week: The Soy Threat, The US Solar Explosion, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this collage of Amazon wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Two Different Greens, Soy and Forest – the first feeds cattle and ever more people; the second is vital to preventing dangerous climate change, and preserving vital biodiversity. Credit Ricardo Beliel at BrazilPhotos

OO Amazon Deforestion Once Again Soars Driven By Soy Production – and in the Bolivian savannah as well, exploding demands from growing populations outstrip current supplies. Takeaways:

  • Amazon deforestation has nearly doubled in 2 years to 2 million acres in 2016,
  • Driven by agro giants
  • Seeking remote lands with weak regulations
  • To grow mostly soy that fuels the production of meat for ever more people.

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Savannah is also an important carbon-storing and biodiverse ecosystem,

But Bolivia places food sufficiency over its preservation.

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Only about 15 % of the world’s forests remain – the rest are degraded and fragmented.

From Green to Gray – as Bolivian forest is destroyed to grow crops, especially soy. Imagine the thousands of species of plants and animals that have lost their homes due to deforestation. Credit Jim Wickens at Ecostorm

OO Brazilian Savanna, Bolivian Rainforest At Risk From Soy Production says a new report Takeaways:

Soy is the main feed for livestock that supply fast food chains like Burger King.

Soy crops occupy nearly 1 million square kilometers (386,000 sq miles) worldwide.

The production of Burger King’s meat may be linked to deforestation,

Despite an agreement with giant soy producers to not buy deforestation-linked soy.

Christmas Trees Under Climate Threat – balsam fir, favored for Christmas trees, is very vulnerable to warming temperatures.

OO Many Eastern US Tree Species May Be Unable To Adapt To Changing Climate says a new Woods Hole Research Center study of 40 tree species. Those tree most vulnerable to warming temperatures include:

  • balsam fir, grown for Christmas trees,
  • sugar maple, the source of maple syrup;
  • quaking aspen, the trees that cover western mountain slopes;
  • black cherry, used for wine, jellies, horticulture, and its valuable wood;

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  • yellow birch, an important hardwood timber tree
  • red maple, the most common tree in US deciduous forests;
  • red spruce, used to make paper, for construction, and for musical stringed instruments.

The Beauty of Yellow Birch in a Bowl with its shimmering golden grain, might ultimately be lost to climate change. Source http://www.knotsburls.com

Forests occupying complex terrain on large intact tracts of land, such as West Virginia forests, were found to be more resilient to climate change than other parts of the eastern US.

Oak Woodland Vs. Vineyards – these woodlands harbor unique biodiversity, habitat for wildlife and riparian habitat for healthy watersheds. Vineyards suck up local water supplies for irrigation. Credit QT Luong at terragalleria.com

OO California: Water Concerns Arise From Napa Vineyard’s Plan To Fell 14,000 Oaks – locals are concerned that:

  • the deforestation will destroy wildlife and riparian habitat,
  • make the area less resilient to climage change (forests create moist regional climates),
  • the vineyard will suck up local groundwater supplies for irrigation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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LISTENING TO THE ENCROACHING SILENCE OF EXTINCTION

Nature’s Choruses Are Slowly Fading – when we destroy forests and other natural ecosystems, we forever silence many voices that also had a right to live on Earth.

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HALF OF THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE MAY BE GONE BY 2050

A Few Of Many Friends We Are Extinguishing via a combination of numbers of people and our consumption of resources. Source www.somepets.com

OO Half Of The World’s Species Could Become Extinct By 2050 biologists say, unless we humans can tackle climate change and slow our population growth.

Dozens Of Animal And Plant Species Go Extinct DAILY, scientists estimate, disappearing at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate, primarily from human activities driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species and global warming. Source http://www.tourdestfu.com

OO At The Vatican, A Call To Avoid ‘Biological Extinction’ – ‘Nothing less than a reordering of our priorities based on a moral revolution can succeed,’ say sponsors of the recent conference.

A working draft of a paper presents the case that we are experiencing the sixth mass extinction of plant and animal life the globe has seen—with considerably dangerous, catastrophic consequences for humanity:

“Translated into the language of equity, humanity’s enormous success in recent decades is very likely to have been a down payment for future failure.”

@@ Biodiversity – Why Is It Important? A View From Down Under. It’s not just species, but the web of life, upon which humans depends, that is threatened.

The Two Most Necessary Actions Humanity Must Achieve:

  • Shrinking our populations humanely to sustainable levels via one child, or child-free families.
  • Consuming resources sustainably: no further destruction or damage of the regenerating sources of vital resources.

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NEARLY 50 % LIKELY:

GLOBAL WARMING WILL DRASTICALLY, RAPIDLY COOL

NW EUROPE, NE NORTH AMERICA, BY 2100

Feeling Chilly Yet? Global warming has a nearly 1 in 2 chance of triggering a rapid, drastic regional cooling within a decade for lands bordering the North Atlantic before 2100, much sooner than thought possible previously, new analyses show. Source “Day After Tomorrow” official movie trailer at youtube.com

OO Drastic Rapid Cooling Of Northwest Europe, Northeast America

By 2100 Nearly 50% Likely scientists warn, due to climate change. For millennia, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than lands elsewhere at the same latitude. New analyses of reputable climate models indicate:

  • An almost 50% chance of rapid cooling within a decade –
  • Of the North Atlantic, which will rapidly cool nearby northeastern America and northwest Europe.

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  • Normally, as seawater flows north it cools, gets denser and sinks,
  • Pushing warmer, deeper water to the surface –
  • It’s like a giant heat conveyor belt: this warms the regional climate .

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  • As global warming melts Arctic glaciers, the enormous flow of
  • freshwater forms a lighter layer over the heavier North Atlantic seawater;
  • this risks slowing and even collapsing the cycle of
  • sinking heavy cold water and uprising warmer deep water.

@@ How Climate Change Might Already Be Slowing the Heat Conveyor Belt as explained by some very respected atmospheric and climate scientists.

  • Such a collapse would shut off a major source of climatic heat
  • for the surrounding coasts, northeastern North America and northwest Europe,
  • far outweighing the global warming atmospheric effect.

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  • New research shows that this collapse occurs in nearly 50% of
  • the climate models that best simulate North Atlantic stratification (temperature layers).
  • Despite the usual uncertainty inherent in such analyses,
  • Researchers warn that overall, that percentage underestimates the real chances.

Now, imagine a little regional Ice Age in the northeast US. Gulp.

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A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE SEA RISE

OO OMG Measurements Of Greenland Gives Glimpse Of Future Sea Rise – The Oceans Melting Greenland project is taking important measurements to determine how fast sea levels will rise.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own 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

Trump:

OO establishes task forces to scrap ‘job killing regulations’ in every federal agency.

OO to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive actions, say briefed sources.

OO to propose 24 % Cut In EPA budget

Trump:

OO is being trumped by China on climate change, clean energy.

OO is making promises on coal mining jobs he can’t possibly keep.

OO presents false argument of “jobs vs. environment” , retreating from responsibility.

Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

EPA Head Scott Pruitt:

OO doesn’t believe carbon dioxide drives climate change.

OO vows to slash climate and water pollution regulations.

OO emails show he was arm-in-arm with fossil fuels industry.

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OO questions EPA’s authority to regulate climate changing carbon emissions.

OO thinks regulations should benefit the regulated, not the general public.

Credit Rex at Shutterstock

OO understands why some want to see the EPA ended completely.

OO is going to be very bad for Miami. No ignorance will stop the drowning of Miami from rising seas caused by human driven global warming.

@@ Fed Scientist Speaks Out As a Private Citizen what life is like in the new Trump universe, with Seth Meyers.

OO Climate Scientists Face Harassment, Threats And Fears Of ‘Mccarthyist Attacks’ for many, it has already started.

OO In The Face Of A Trump Environmental Rollback, California Stands In Defianceready to play a key role.

Given that utilities are traditionally subject to state, not federal laws, all states should be able to pursue their own energy plans, despite Trump.

That will include many red states that are developing clean energy industries:

Everyone talks about red states and blue states,” said Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation, a policy research group. “We really have to start talking about green states and brown states.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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HOT NEWS

February 2017: Notice the Main Color – oooh, and it’a all the way up at the top of the heat bar! Source Weatherbell Analytics

OO Here’s Why It’s So Frickin’ Hot Right Now – Takeaways:

  • as arctic warming continues to loosen the jet stream,
  • it’s shunting a series of storms to the west coast, and cutting off arctic air to the rest of the US.
  • Monthly record hot averages are being broken throughout the US, including night time average temperatures.
  • Both are signs of ongoing climate change.

This week has been an up close look at the DNA of what we are seeing in the big picture: relative to historical norms, extreme heat continues to outpace extreme cold across almost every place, season and time of day in the USA.” — Deke Arndt, who leads climate monitoring at the NCEI, National Centers for Environmental Information, a federal agency.

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MELTDOWN

@@ A New Gigantic Crack Presages a Coming Massive Antarctic Iceberg which could destabilize the ice shelf of the Larsen Ice Shelf. Each new iceberg helps further the speed of pouring more glacier into the sea, and ensuring more sea rise.

Think Ice Cubes – the iceberg, already overhanging the sea, doesn’t add to sea rise, but the ice behind it that is unleashed by the breakoff of the berg then becomes the new ice shelf – which is like adding more ice cubes – and sea rise – to the ocean.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO California Bill Aims For 100% Renewable Energy By 2045

OO Massachusetts Bill Would Require State To Use 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

OO The Age Of The Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us – That they may someday revolutionize electrical grids has long enthralled clean-power advocates and environmentalists. Now it’s attracting bankers with the money to make it happen.

OO What’s Next For Renewables In Cities? Plenty – it all depends on many factors, but rooftop solar is taking off in cities worldwide, as it becomes cost competitive with other energy sources.

OO Australian Consortium Launches World-First Digital Energy Marketplace For Rooftop Solar

homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies.

OO Australia: Solar Power, Wind Power: Labor Party Push To Grow Renewable Energy

OO China: This Is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the largest solar farm in the world, spreading over 10 square miles of the high desert landscape.

OO Mexico Is Now Home To The Lowest-Priced Solar In Latin America

OO Saudis Kick Off $50 Billion Renewable Energy Plan To Cut Oil Use

Demolishing a Dirty Plant Source WRAL.com

OO Trump Can’t Stop It: US Coal Plants Keep Closing On His Watch

OO Fossil Fuel Ceases To Be Asset:

Exxon Relents, Wipes Oil Sands Reserves From Its Books

OO UK Government Pension Trust Begins Ditching Oil And Gas Investments

OO Singapore’s Proposed Carbon Tax Will Likely Include Refineries

OO China’s Coal Consumption Falls For 3rd Year In A Ro

OO China Oil Giant Digs Deep To Bring Clean Energy To Homes

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

California Rainin’ and Flooding as winter storms kept dumping water right through February. Source http://www.newsok.com

OO Levee System Battered By Record Rainfall From ‘Atmospheric River’

OO Thousands Forced From Homes By Flooding In California Tech Hub, San Jose

  • See below for Why Califronia Is Flooding

OO South Florida Continues Prep For Sea Level Rise this sounds like a slow motion rollout of the little kid plugging his finger into the dike. Good luck at keeping back the sea.

OO New Hampshire: Maple Syrup Producers Face Challenges In Warming World and say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

OO Climate Change Predicted To Transform Vancouver Into San Diego,

But At A Heavy Cost in the coming decades, says a major climate change study, as Vancouver temperatures exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades.

OO Global Warming Is Shrinking US Colorado River, Vital To 40 Million Americans says a new study. The most important waterway in the American Southwest could reduce its flow by more than a third by 2100.

OO Africa: Somalia Faces Unprecedented Drought Even the hyenas won’t eat the dead sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia’s northwest Somaliland region. There is too little meat on them.

Waiting For Water as military trucks roam the city delivering water daily. Credit Christina Holmes

OO Peru: La Paz Struggles In A World Without Water after losing its glaciers. Takeaways:

  • Close to 40% of the andes’ tropical glaciers melted away between 1980 and 2009.
  • In La Paz, human incompetence further ate into finite water resources.

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  • Now, there is strict water rationing,
  • Unreliable water supply times,
  • And construction of a large reservoir.
  • But last season was 40% drier than average.

It’s not clear how long the city can survive.

Fish, Valuable Marine Assets, Are Declining from overfishing, habitat loss, pollution and climate change. Fish are an important source of omega-3 fats, vital to brain health, especially among the aging. Source Caters News Agency

OO The Ocean’s $24 Trillion Dollar Blue Economy:

Can It Be Saved From Us? Pollution (chemical, fecal, plastics), overfishing, habitat destruction, and the warming and acidification of climate change have all led to plummetting marine assets. A video explores the issue.

OO Plan To Save Great Barrier Reef Has Been Set Back Decades Australian experts say, at least two,

after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year.

OO Climate Change In The North Sea: Oysters In, Cod Out – as it warms, for now. MEH: As the sea further warms and acidifies, you can forget even oysters … start thinking jellyfish and algae, often toxic algae.

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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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GOOD IDEAS

Fueling For the Future – and fuel standards need to be part of it, the first step in transitioning away from fossil fuels. Shutterstock

OO Fighting Climate Change Without Washington:

States Tackle Their Own Fuel Standards

OO Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now there’s a new movement underway in California to revive them in order to ease California’s dramatic swings between drought and flood.

OO New York Energy Efficiency Could Offset Nuclear Plant Shutdown says a new report.

OO Urban Heat Islands: Cooling Things Down With Trees, Green Roads And Fewer Carsand other innovations as city temperatures rise.

OO High-Tech Film Cools Buildings Without Consuming Energy

A flexible white film about the thickness of a sheet of aluminum foil can cool objects in direct sunlight without energy or water consumption, researchers reported earlier this month in Science. Anthropocene Magazine.

OO Changing Carbon From Waste Into Gold by pulling out carbon dioxide from plant emissions, and using it to create saleable products. Can it help?

OO Drones Are Helping Design The Solar Power Plants Of The Future – A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms.

OO How EU Can Limit Coal’s Life For The Cost Of A Pint Of Beer – Charging a carbon tax of $32 per ton of carbon dioxide would cost each European about $5 annually, the price of a beer. It’s getting cheaper all the time to drive Europe’s dirtiest power plants into retirement.

OO What Will It Take To Get Canada’s Arctic Off Diesel? An Inuit community is building a small hydro project that might be a model for many others.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Rivers In The Sky: Why California Is Flooding Takeaways:

  • “Atmospheric rivers” (AR), formed near Hawaii and
  • Carried by upper level winds, ultimately “bump” into
  • California terrain, forming clouds and storms.

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  • AR cause most of CA’s heavy rain events.
  • As global warming helps warmer air hold more water,
  • And intensifies extreme weather,
  • Expect ever more extreme whiplashing CA droughts and floods.

OO Small Ponds Have Big Impact On Global Warming shows new research.

Under global warming, ponds of all sizes lose the ability to absorb carbon dioxide,

but emit increasing amounts of methane, a far more potent climate changing gas.

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Although occupying only a tiny fraction of land,

ponds account for 40% of methane emissions from inland waters.

As such, they might help speed further climate change.

OO Australia: Tasmanian Kelp Forests Dying As Water Warm a dive operator notes, echoing.

fears that these giant kelp forests are almost extinct.

OO Deep Sea Life Faces Dark Future Due To Warming And Food Shortage as a new study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures.

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SPEAKING OUT

Source NASA

OO Federal Climate Research Should Be Maintained And Expanded,

Says National Academy Of Sciences defending thee United States Global Change Research Program’s work as vital.

OO Health Industry Makes Plea To Gas Drilling Lobby To Embrace Methane Controls

OO Utah Students Organize Public Hearing On Climate Change

OO Divesting In DAPL In Favor Of American Indian-Owned Banks Tribes and individuals can look to 18 American Indian-owned banks as an avenue for divesting in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

OO Pipeline Fights Move From Dakota Prairie To Louisiana Bayous

OO Groups Sue EPA To Protect Wild Salmon From Climate Change seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

OO Kenya Conservationist Brings Water To Drought Stricken Wildlife raising money via online crowd funding to do so.

OO As Coral Reefs Continue To Struggle In Warming Oceans,

A Group Forms To Save Them

OO China’s Top Coal Miners Push For Beijing To Cap Output Again citing weakening demand and growing supply, two sources said.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO Fracking Led To More Than US 6,000 Spills In 10 Years study finds.

OO Repairs To Leaking Gas Line In Cook Inlet Not Expected Until At Least Mid-Marchdue to weather conditions, which are becoming more extreme under climate change.

OO US Coal Industry Misleads, Casts Itself As A Clean Energy Player

Even As Recent Heatwaves Spark Health Warnings – Australia’s government continue to ignore the link between that, and selling the coal that intensifies them via global warming. Note the purple – that where temperatures are soaring over 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Source news.com.au

OO Australia: Govt ‘Clean Coal’ Push Would Likely Make Emissions Worse

OO Australia Taxpayers To Pay For Oil Spill Clean-Ups Under Petroleum Resource Rent Tax

The Destiny of Many Eastern US Forests which are cut and sold to Europe to be made and burned as pellets.

OO The EU’s Renewable Energy Policy Is Making Global Warming Worse – with member countries wasting money by subsidising the burning of wood for energy says a new report.

OO Most Wood Energy Schemes Are A ‘Disaster’ For Climate Change – Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up, not slowing down, climate warming, shows a new study, which says emissions from pellets are higher than coal.

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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.

@@ 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

OO How Us Solar Power Capacity Exploded In 2016 Takeaways:

  • in 2010, the US installed 800+ megawatts; in 2016, 15x more was installed: 14.5 Gigawatts;
  • in 2010, there were 53,000+ projects; in 2016, nearly 375,000 projects.

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  • California’s renewable portfolio standard remains an enormous driver of the utility-scale solar market.
  • Loans and cash deals have effectively caught up to leases and power-purchase agreements
  • For financing solar installations.

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 9, 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.

Most of the US is experiencing far warmer temperatures than normal, with monthly average records being broken. Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep the state in a GROUNDWATER drought , which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes.

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 and beetle 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.

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Climate Change This Week: The Extinction Connection, Major Investors Urge Action, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Palawan Hornbill, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Ramon Quisumbing

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Their Only Home is Palawan for the endemic Palawan Bearcat, which faces hunting threats. Source Wikipedia

OO The Philippines Declares 100,000+ Acres As Critical Habitat On the island of Palawan, one of the last remaining expanses of intact forests, and most biodiverse area left in the country, home to many endemic species.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

Help Protect Its Home in French Guiana. Credit Bushmaster Pascual

OO YOU CAN ACT: The French government is quietly promoting the industrialization of the gold sector in French Guiana, which would have serious human and environmental impacts. You can sign an letter to the president of France urging a curb on industrial growth in that area here.

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GLOBAL WARMING THREATENS EXTINCTIONS FAR MORE THAN REPORTED

Babar’s Family Is Being Killed Off by poachers, humans and even climate change destroying their habitat. Elephants are now threatened with extinction.

OO Act Now Before Entire Species Are Lost To Global Warming say scientists, and are calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before entire species are lost for good.

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A VERY POTENT CLIMATE CHANGING GAS IS RISING

Cooling, And Oh So Climate Changing are air conditioners and refrigerators, which leak highly potent climate changing gases ultimately to the atmosphere, where they speed climate change. Laws keep changing the gases used, but never mandate vetting their replacements. Modified from http://www.lg.com

OO The One Greenhouse Gas That’s On The Rise Takeaways:

  • Emissions of the HFC pollutant
  • found in air conditioners and refrigerators
  • have risen rapidly, by 45% between 2005 and 2015,
  • as their use has increased.

HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) are thousands of times more climate changing than CO2.

New chemicals are being phased in, but the process takes time.

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS FOOD SUPPLY

A Disappearing Vision Under Climate Change which is decreasing the quality and quantity of food that can be grown, as human numbers and demands soar. Source rawrveganrawr.tumblr.com

OO Climate Change Is Transforming The World’s Food Supply In 3 key ways, experts say. Climate change will:

  • Reduce the amount of food grown around the world,
  • due to too much heat and more pests,
  • especially in the tropics,
  • where food production is normally high.

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  • Change and decrease where food is grown,
  • shifting from the tropics towards the poles,
  • as will fish, which will continue to decrease.

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  • Decrease food nutrition,
  • under increased CO2 levels,
  • as studies show,
  • increasing human nutrient deficiency worldwide.

Bye-Bye Fish N Chips? Warming, Acidifying oceans, pollution, and overfishing are decreasing fish stocks, and acidiying waters will prevent shellfish in the future from existing in oceans, studies indicate. Source http://www.oceantrawlers.com

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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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SCIENCE PREDICTED ARCTIC MELTING OVER 30 YEARS AGO

Ask Not for Whom The Glacier Cries – the melting of the Arctic will affect the entire planet. Source slightlywarped.com

OO Researcher’s 1979 Arctic Model Predicted Current Sea Ice Demise and holds lessons for future. The study predicted:

the fast, steep decline in sea ice;

the Arctic would be ice free in summers roughly around 2050,

When CO2 levels would be double that of pre-industrial levels.

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Although no one paid attention to the 1979 landmark study,

those predictions are playing out today,

and the paper noted that:

“Man’s continued insertion of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could cause dramatic climatic consequences worldwide.” And so it is.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own 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 Trudeau, Trump Meeting Sidesteps The Countries’ Climate Change Agreements

OO Trump’s Vow To Scrap Paris Climate Accord Faces Flack From GOP Moderates and leaders of corporations. Dumping the accord would get him into a complicated legal battle.

OO Trump’s Repeal Of Stream Rule Helps Coal At The Expense Of Americans, Climate And Life

China Is Winning the Global Clean Energy Race as Trump fails to recognize the economic and environmental promise of clean, renewable energy. Source http://www.smh.au

OO Trump Will Force China To Take Global Lead On Climate – Ma Jun, perhaps China’s best-known environmentalist, notes:

  • China put economic growth ahead of environmental protection,
  • And the country is suffering immensely for it now:

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  • 60% of groundwater is polluted,
  • 4,000 people die daily from toxic air,
  • As choking smog envelops the northeast.

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  • Now, China invests heavily in clean energy.
  • Trump could learn from China, bigtime.

Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

OO Scott Pruitt, Longtime EPA Adversary And Climate Skeptic,

Confirmed To Lead The EPA

OO Financial Backers Of EPA Pick Scott Pruitt Have Faced Hundreds Of Pollution Actions Conflict of interest? Of course!

OO Trump’s Likely Science Adviser Calls Climate Scientists ‘Glassy-Eyed Cult

OO A Government Website For Kids Scrubbed Its Climate Warnings In recent weeks, “Energy Kids” has reworked and cut information about fossil fuels’ environmental impacts.

OO Auto Ceos Want Trump To Order Review Of 2025 Fuel Rules – Fuel standards are perhaps one of the most significant ways to reduce emissions in the transportation sector.

Resisting Trump

Hand Over That Smartphone, Nice and Easy Now… if you don’t trust science, Donald Trump! The other sign requires high school math: the square root of a negative number is imaginary. Credit Anja Hoffman at twitter.com

OO The Best Signs From The Science Rally In Boston – where many stood up for science, with great signs.

OO Hundreds Gather In Boston To ‘Stand Up For Science’ The Rally to Stand up for Science in Boston was a call to fight against President Trump’s efforts to discredit science and climate research.

OO Under Trump, Scientists Could Face Broader Challenges Than They Did Under G. W. Bush

Climate Change In NASA Pictures says it all, including the landslides caused from increasingly extreme weather.

OO NASA Is Defiantly Communicating Climate Change Science Despite Trump’s Doubts – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration continues to inform the public about the greatest threat facing our civilization.

OO I’m A Scientist. This Is What I’ll Fight For – More than a skirmish over funding, censorship, and “alternative facts”, it’s a battle for the future, basic decency, and the people we love.

OO Modern Day Heroes: Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

200 adults just part of a larger nationwide army, came together at the University of California to rescue important scientific data before it disappeared on federal websites, the victim of Trump’s attack on the freedom of information.

Keep Your Frackin’ Hands Off Our Public Lands – sportsmen understand just how important the wilderness is for all Americans, not just the destructive greedy paws of the powerful few. Source Boise Weekly

OO Sportsmen Fight Trump Energy Plans Alongside Environmental Left – Outdoor sporting groups – often Republican in their support for guns rights and small government – now collaborate with the environmental left to fight Donald Trump’s push to open more public lands to energy development.

OO Investors With $2.8 Trillion In Assets Unite Against Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial – The world’s biggest investors are joining forces to unite against Donald Trump in the fight against climate change.

OO Scientists’ Group Launches Website To Help Federal Whistleblowers – Fearing a Trump assault on science, the Union of Concerned Scientists is creating a way for federal scientists to report abuses.

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CLIMATE MYTH BUSTERS!

OO The Reality of Climate Change – below are some of the biggest climate myths currently trending, compared to the reality. A good place for more details is here … where even more myths are busted!

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

OO A Rare Republican Call To Climate Action – A carbon tax proposal from party elders offers an opportunity to change the conversation on global warming.

OO Colorado Attorney General Sues Boulder County Over Oil, Gas Moratorium

Keeping Austria Beautiful means keeping its snowy mountains snowy, and safe from climate change. Source blogspot.com

OO Court Blocks Vienna Airport Expansion Due to Climate Change Concerns – Citing its accompanying rise in greenhouse gas emissions, an Austrian court says a new runway will work counter to the country’s pledge to Paris climate agreement.

OO European Union: Meps Approve Overhaul Of EU Carbon Emissions Trading Schemeto make it more effective.

OO Australia: Govt Coalition Gives $54 Million To Large-Scale Solar development which it says has the potential for pumped hydro storage.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

OO US Congress: How A Minor Committee Became A ‘Weapon’ Of The Climate Wars – A House panel overseeing science has transformed over the past two years from a sleepy backwater committee into a subpoena-wielding, headline-generating political actor feared by actual scientists.

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HOT NEWS

OO Heat Waves Scorch The Arctic, Australia, Parts Of US – Record-high temperatures spike concerns about climate change’s new normal in the melting Arctic and an already-hot Australia.

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MELTDOWN

As A Giant Iceberg Calves, Another Starts along the red dotted line, illustrating just how fast the Pine Island Glacier is breaking into the ocean under the onslaught of Arntarctic warming of both sea and air. Source NASA Earth Observatory

OO Antarctica Just Shed A Manhattan-Sized Chunk Of Ice

OO NASA Satellite Spots Mile-Long Iceberg Breaking Off Of Antarctic Glacier

OO Sea Ice Around Antarctica Hits Record Low preliminary US data show, after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming.

@@ VIDEO: Canada’s Arctic Glaciers Now A Major Contributor To Sea-Level Rise – The Queen Elizabeth Islands, which include Ellesmere Island and dozens more, saw surface melt on its ice caps and glaciers accelerate by 900% over the course of a decade.

OO As Arctic Warms, Canada’s Glaciers Playing Major Role In Sea Level Rise Since 2005, study finds that surface melt off glaciers in the North has risen by 900 percent.

OO Sea Ice Hits Record Lows At Both Poles – Antarctic sea ice set an all-time record low on Monday in a dramatic reversal from the record highs of recent years.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO US Scores High In Global Clean Energy Race says a new World Bank report. Takeaways:

  • 80% of 100+ countries have sustainable energy policies.
  • 90+ % of nations have renewable energy targets, and most have supporting legislation.
  • The world is racing fast to transition to clean energy.

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  • Poverty is a barrier for several African nations, where access can be expensive.
  • Technical efficiency in installing and integrating renewables with grids varies widely.
  • More countries need to bolster energy efficiency with policies,e.g., appliance labeling, and mandated vehicle standards.

OO California Demand For Wind Power Energizes Transmission Firms where one will soon build the largest wind farm in the US to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals.

OO America’s Climate Pollution Is Falling EPA report says, after 2 years of increases, reducing America’s overall climate pollution to below 1994 levels.

OO Wind Power Briefly Sets Record As Source For Electricity In US

OO ‘The Wild West Of Wind’:

Republicans Push Texas As Unlikely Green Energy Leader – The most oil-rich and fracking-friendly of states is also a national leader in a wind energy boom. Energy without the pollution or climate change!

OO The West’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing.

Not Even Trump Can Save It

The Saudi Solar Touch Source The Guardian

OO OPEC’s Top Producer Is Turning To Wind And Solar Power – Saudi Arabia is turning to wind and solar to generate power at home and help extend the life of its crucial crude franchise.

OO Indonesia: Coal’s Climate Threat Helps Its Decline – Environmental advocacy has significantly decreased the coal industry in many countries; pressure is now focused on places like Indonesia where coal remains relatively strong.

  • Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of thermal coal,
  • But as its main customers, China and India, scale back on coal use,
  • Indonesia is trying to boost its domestic coal industry.
  • But that might be hard, partly as foreign financiers are pressured by green groups to pull out.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

A Warmer Climate Helps Spread Zika virus, linked to the birth of tragically short-lived microcephalic babies, by increasing the habitable range of its carriers, mosquitoes. Now imagine the wide array of other pathogens that will be similarly helped in a heating world. Source bn.thetodaypost.com

OO Critical Condition: Health Experts Sound The Climate Alarm at a recent meeting, painting a dire wide-ranging portrait of climate change’s public health impacts, but noting that it could be reversed by dramatically switching to clean renewable energy.

MEH: and bringing our populations to sustainable levels – also quite doable now with the advent of effective longterm contraceptives.

Related:

OO Atlanta Conference Highlights Global Warming Threats

OO There’s Another Reason To Worry About Climate Change: Your Health as past history has shown, says an editor of the new book Climate Change and the Health of Nations.

The Growing Face of Climate Change in California is this photo of the massive damage to the Oroville Dam from the recent extreme storms that caused raging overspill. Source CA Department of Water Resources

OO Oroville Is A Warning For California Dams, As Climate Change Adds Stress as the state’s water infrastructure suffers from age and stress, older dams may not be designed to deal with severe weather patterns brought by global warming.

MEH: now imagine what the conditions are of dams of all sizes throughout the US…

OO How Did The Oroville Dam Crisis Get So Dire? Drought, climate change, and aging infrastructure combined to create a looming catastrophe that forced 188,000 Californians to evacuate.

OO California’s Biggest Security Threat? Climate Change, Says Former Adviser threatening our nation’s shores.

California Beaches at Record Levels of Erosion – as this pebble lined beach shows. Coastal erosion in general is increasing, as highlighted by houses that are falling off crumbling cliffs. Source wegophotography.com

OO Worst Erosion In 150 Years Hits California Beaches new U.S. Geological Survey report finds, with the 2015-2016 El Nino season sending erosion levels up to 70+% above normal.

OO Climate Change Whiplash:

California, Parched For 5 Years, Is Now Battered By Water as predicted further extreme weather, in the form of severe storms, refilled CA’s surface water supplies; its aquifers, still partly depleted, are still in a state of drought.

A Drying Kyrgyzstan Reservoir Feeds Central Asia’s Bread Basket, the Usbek Fergana Valley, considered the agricultural heartland of central Asia. This is just one of many signs pointing to the rising violence over shrinking resources. Credit John Wendle

OO Central Asia: When Climate Change Starts Wars – Takeaways:

  • Global warming is twice the global average in Central Asia
  • And larger in the last decade than any previous decade,
  • threatening its agricultural heartland.

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  • Political instability and violence are increasing there,
  • As the shrinking of already scarce resources forces
  • Villages to fight each other daily over water and land for survival.

Two-Thirds of the Melting Glaciers Will Be Gone by 2100 say scientists, down from their 1955 levels. They feed the rivers that feed the farms. Credit John Wendle

  • The heartland is heavily populated,
  • And ever shrinking resources
  • Ensure ever rising conflicts.

OO Drought Once Again A Concern In Oklahoma

OO Brazil Races Against Time To Save Drought-Hit City, Dying Crops – as its arid northeast weathers its worst drought on record. Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.

OO Fiji’s Human Cost Of Climate Change: Rising Sea Levels – 33 Fijian villages are earmarked for relocation, a direct result of climate change.

Farmers and fishermen will suffer: no relocation guarantees their former livelihoods.

Hey, What Happened To All The Snow? Climate change, that’s what. Already decreasing ski seasons worldwide, it will get worse as the world continues heating. This is the famed ski resort of Davos, Switzerland in December 2015. Photo Source SLF

OO Alpine Ski Resorts Could Lose Up To 70% Of Snow Cover By 2100 say Swiss experts.

OO Mexico City, Parched And Sinking, Faces A Water Crisis – as climate change threatens to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point.

OO Climate Increasing Future Risk Of Big Wildfires – even in New Zealand, says rural fire expert.

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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

OO Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Extremes – Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now California is trying to revive them to ease its dramatic swings between drought and flood.

OO In The Sierras, New Approaches To Protecting Forests Under Stress – In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the viability of forests. Some ecologists are saying that land managers now need to adopt radically new strategies.

OO Wind Turbines Inspired By Insect Wings Are 35% More Efficient Flexible blades shown to work better in a wider range of wind conditions.

OO Beyond Being Green: Many US Businesses Need To Urge Climate Action – the leaders of some are, but far more have to stand up and refuse to support Trump and the GOP’s climate inaction.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

The Everglades may be in trouble, wilted by decades of flood control and facing growing risk from sea rise driven by climate change.

OO Coastal Everglades Is Dying Of Thirst as Florida keeps depriving this national park of fresh water, pushing this unique marshy ecosystem to an unhealthy ‘tipping point.’ Everglades takeaways:

  • Decades of freshwater diversion, combined with
  • Rising sea levels via climate change,
  • Are now destroying peat soil
  • Which stores vast amounts of carbon.

Endangered Wildlife in the Endangered Everglades include the Florida panther, the Florida black bear, and the American Ghost Orchid.

  • Occurring much faster than expected,
  • The loss of peat soil threatens to
  • Turn land into vast expanses of open, dark water,
  • which further speeds soil loss,
  • And decline of the Everglades.

OO Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change scientists find.

An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease.

Those Fishes Will Disappear, Too as the now dead coral fails to provide needed cover and food for them. The tragic loss of coral on the iconic Great Barrier Reef continues. Source Australian Marine Conservation Society

OO Images Of New Bleaching On Great Barrier Reef Heighten Fears Of Coral Death further,

The embattled Great Barrier Reef could face yet more severe coral bleaching in the coming month, with areas badly hit by last year’s event at risk of death. The Guardian.

OO UK: Urban Butterflies Decline Almost 70%

Compared To 45% Drop In Countryside – Pesticides, paving and higher temperatures have put huge strain on butterflies in cities over past two decades, find study.

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SPEAKING OUT

OO World’s Top 20 Economies Urged To Ditch Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2020, Go Green – and the voices behind that urging are economically powerful: Investors and insurers with more than $2.8 trillion in assets under management.

Source inhabitat.com

OO Massachusetts: Environmentalists Push For 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use by 2035 and are supporting newly submitted state bills requiring that.

OO Virginia: Fossil Fuels Foe Calls Proposed Pipelines ‘Climate Disasters’ – when the true costs of fossil fuels are taken into account.

OO Responding To Protestors, Thailand Junta Puts Coal-Fired Power Plant Plan On Hold in an area known for its pristine tourist beaches.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

OO The United States Of Oil And Gas – Since 2010, the United States has been in an oil-and-gas boom, bringing ever more climate change to its citizens, and the world, to enrich the greedy few.

OO Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, But Jobs Are Left Behind as the industry replace men with machines. But as jobs go away, what of presidential promises to bring them back?

OO Virginia: Toxic Coal Waste Pollutes Water Supplies – highlighting the huge problem posed from burning coal – what to do with the toxic waste?

Past waste water disposal showed how coal waste can destroy what were clean water supplies. Now, green groups oppose a burial disposal plan that could further destroy clean water supplies.

Oh, India, Most Foul – where city air pollution has soared to levels such that even moderate physical activity outdoors could prove harmful. New Delhi on a “sunny” day. Source Money Sharma, AFP at Getty Images

OO India: The Foul Air We Breathe – of concern is that in the most polluted cities, even moderate physical activity could prove harmful, rather than be beneficial, as new research indicates.

India’s clean-up priorities need to shift gear urgently, covering both farm and city.

OO Balkans Rival Beijing In Worst Winter Air Pollution – in Pristina, Kosovo, as the coldest winter in a decade swept through, and ailing power plants belched ever more pollution.

OO What Oil Crisis? Arctic Drilling Off Norway Set For Record as explorers look set to drill a record number of wells in Norway’s Arctic waters this year, undeterred by oil prices apparently stuck below $60 a barrel.

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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 Yearlythe 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

OO US Solar Market Grows 95% In 2016, Smashes Record

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 2, 2074

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, not shown on drought monitor maps, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Most of the US shows below average temperatures, except for the east coast, which is experiencing unusual warmth.

The area around the North Pole is 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 butterfly 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.

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Climate Change This Week: The Population Connection, Protections Gone, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this montage of Amazonian wildlife, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source http://www.peruforless.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Credit Lorinda Taylor

“Save me!” Pygmy Hippos are now threatened in Liberia, as Liberia’s corrupt timber industry destroys its forest home, and people hunt them for food. You can take action here.

OO Keep Liberia’s Illegal Timber Out of the EU – sign here to urge to EU to keep illegal Liberian timber out of Europe. Keeping it legal will prevent rampant deforestation of Liberia’s threatened Upper Guinean Rainforest.

OO Deforestation Rises With Incomes In Developing Economies A new study examining the changes in forest cover along national borders finds that as incomes increase, so does deforestation.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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MERCURY RISES IN THE FOOD CHAIN AS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAYS OUT

The Mercury Food Chain In Action Credit Ian Adams Photography

OO After Decades Of Decreases, Mercury Rises In Great Lakes Wildlife Takeaways:

  • As coal consumption zooms in Asia and elsewhere,
  • So has atmospheric mercury pollution
  • Which travels quickly around the planet.

How Mercury Goes Through The Food Chain Source http://www.myhousecallmd.com

  • Scientists suspect that warming waters
  • Are quickly converting mercury into toxic methyl mercury,
  • And store less oxygen, requiring fish to pump water faster,
  • Increasing their exposure to dissolved toxics.
  • More precipitation on the lakes also dissolves more land toxics.

It’s another ecological problem borne of the complex interplay of toxics, global warming, our food and, ultimately, our health.

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HUMAN POPULATIONS WILL CRASH IF WE IGNORE EARTH’S FEEDBACKS

A Decent Family Size Ensures A Decent Future as the planet becomes increasingly hostile to the future of human existence under our current explosion of populations.

OO Modeling Sustainability: Population, Inequality, Consumption,

And Bidirectional Coupling Of The Earth And Human System – Takeaways:

  • Exploding human populations are dramatically changing Earth.
  • Resulting in climate change, widespread pollution, and
  • the destruction of ecosystems vital to human existence;
  • these growing feedbacks will dramatically cut future human population levels.

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  • Population growth projections do not fold in planetary feedbacks
  • Nor the effects of population on those feedbacks,
  • Thus, seriously underestimating future levels of human populations.

Running Out of Room Credit Alper Doruk at www.hongkiat.com

  • We are underestimating our level of future survival,
  • Both in numbers and the quality of that existence.
  • If we hope to have a decent future,
  • We have to confront the real effects of, and on, feedbacks
  • From our overabundance on this planet.

OO Confronting The Big Lie:

Unlimited Growth DOES Have Consequences – the planet is finite, and so is human growth. We can decide whether we will humanely sustain ourselves or be brutally decimated by the consequences of overshooting our resources.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Donald Trump’s Own 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

Trump Starts Cutting American Safety Nets

OO Donald Trump ‘Taking Steps To Abolish Environmental Protection Agency Myron Ebell, a key presidential aide, said climate education material could be ‘withdrawn’ and review of car fuel efficiency standards could be reopened.

OO Trump Wants To Scrap Two Regulations For Each New One Adopted – even if it means lessening protection for Americans. Business comes first.

OO Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting The EPA With A Scalpel, Not A Cleaver he has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules, cut staffing levels, close regional offices and permanently weaken the agency’s regulatory authority.

Trump’s Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Army Corps Ordered To Issue Final Dakota Access Pipeline Permit two lawmakers say.

OO Donald Trump’s Inauguration Fueled By Tobacco, Oil And Drug Company Money

OO Exxon’s Ex CEO Is Now In Charge Of U.S. International Climate as well as international aid efforts on climate-related disasters.

OO Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Is Foe Of Major Modern Regulatory Law that matters greatly to climate change advocates.

Trump Doesn’t Want You To See This and other information from our national scientists showing the heating up of the planet through burning fossil fuels. Source NOAA

Trump Threatens Vital Science

OO NOAA Scientists Worry About Climate Change Skeptic In Trump Transition

OO Mounting Anxiety For Threatened Climate Research At National Labs

Still There, But Changes Afoot – elsewhere at the website, federal climate plans from Obama are now gone. Source screencapture, climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO The EPA Has Started To Remove Obama-Era Information And replacing pollution language with adaptation. Right, we’ll adapt to sickening pollution rather than remove it – brilliant!!!

OO Canadian Scientists Were Followed, Threatened And Censored:

Trump Could Do The Same Despite White House denial.

Credit Adam Zyglis at the Buffalo News

Trump Misleads

OO Trump’s Promise To Pay For Infrastructure With Fossil Fuel Revenue Rings Hollow It is not a simple equation.

OO Green Movement ‘Greatest Threat To Freedom’ says Trump adviser. Climate-change denier Myron Ebell says he expects Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the global climate change agreement.

OO Only A Quarter Of Trump Voters Believe In Human-Caused Climate Change which is reflected with Trump’s gang, which has generally shown a lack of concern for human-caused climate change, at best — and, at worst, disbelief in its existence.

Resisting Trump

Scientists Take A Stand For Science Source Facebook

OO An Obscure Law To Ensure Accurate Information From Agencies

Might Prevent Censorship On Climate Change

OO Scientists Ready For A New Battle With Trump Over Censorship With new tools, like the 2012 WhistleBlower Protection Enhancement Act, government wide scientific integrity policies, and the changing mindset of scientists towards speaking out publicly on climate change when politics will not.

OO Climate Scientists Challenge Conservatives’ NOAA Lawsuit fearing more to come under Trump.

Researchers strive to keep their unpublished work private.

OO In Age Of Trump, Scientists Show Signs Of Taking a Stand in a profession that has been loath to do so in the past.

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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

New York Banned Fracking in 2015 – Will Florida Follow? Source Getty Images

OO Florida Fracking Ban Bill Draws Bipartisan Support

OO Maryland: Lawmakers Veto Override, And Renewable Energy Is On The Rise

OO Maryland: Fracking Opponents Press For Statewide Ban

OO Faced With US Retreat On Climate Change, EU Looks To China

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

Credit Jonathan Schmock at JonathanSchmock.com

OO GOP Congress Erased Some Very Important Environmental Protections – These included Obama era rules that:

  • Protect streams and drinking water sources from permanent coal plant pollution;
  • Curb climate changing methane emissions from fossil fuel operations on public lands.

Now, coal companies are free to permanently destroy US streams, and fossil fuel operations can spout a very potent climate-changing gas on public lands, without any legal oversight.

OO Coal Rule Killed By US Congress, Others Near Chopping Block – The U.S. Congress moved swiftly to undo Obama-era rules on the environment, corruption, labor and guns, and a rule aimed at reducing water pollution.

OO This Lawmaker Wants To Ease Rules On Drilling In National Parks – yes, he’s a Republican.

Preventing Climate Change, Pollution? Not Worth the Cost, Say GOP by their actions in Congress these days.

OO Repeal Without Replace: A Dangerous GOP Strategy On Obamacare And Climate – House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.

OO Rep. Lamar Smith Launches New Assault On EPA’s ‘Secret Science’

OO Republicans Want To Make The EPA Great Again By Gutting Health Regulations

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HOT NEWS

OO Intense Heat Grips Eastern Australia – Total fire bans issued as parts of Australia swelter in their hottest January on record, including Sydney and Brisbane.

OO Record Heat And Drought Seen In Amazon During 2015-16 El Niño on its rainforest, and that’s bad news for curbing climate change: carbon storing trees both die faster and grow slower, decreasing the ability of the Amazon to function as a major global source of carbon storage.

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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!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Electric Cars And Cheap Solar ‘Could Halt Growth of Fossil Fuel Demand By 2020’ a new report suggests.

OO Turbine Breaks World Record For Wind Power Generated In Just One Day and it happened in Denmark. The single, 700+ foot tall turbine produced enough power to power 240 US homes for a month!

Why Beijing Is Cleaning Up Its Act Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China: Beijing Vows 30 % Cut In Coal Use In 2017 To Fight Smog

OO Deutsche Bank Pulls Out Of Coal Projects To Meet Paris Climate Pledge – not bad for the biggest bank in Germany.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

California Snowpack, 2014 and 2017 Source NASA

Moist On Top, Dry Below – describes California’s water supply: an ample 2017 snowpack supply hardly dents the large “groundwater drought” occurring in its aquifers, which are needed when rains and snow don’t come. Source NASA

OO Even As The Snowpack Piles Up, California’s Drought Is Not Over Say experts: a single snowy winter is just a drop in the bucket of groundwater storage needed to make up for the century long decline of underground water reserves in the agriculturally important Central Valley.

OO Kenyans Turn To Wild Fruits And Insects As Drought Looms part of the drying of the climate that is occurring.

OO In Peru, Droughts Give Way To Floods As Climate Change Looms – reeling from drought to devastating downpours, the sort of extremes in weather expected to be more frequent under climate change.

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GOOD IDEAS

Cutting Emissions Is Necessary No Matter What Source wwf.com

OO Confronting Reality: Renewables Can’t Deliver Paris Climate Goals Alone

– Big Cuts In Carbon Emissions Are Needed to stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warn.

OO Canada Pension Managers Weigh High Costs Of Climate Change

OO New York City Pension System To Analyze Carbon Footprint amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change.

These Solar Panels Power Air Conditioners Source http://www.nature.com

OO How Heat From The Sun Can Keep Us All Cool using heat-collecting solar panels that operate air conditioners, heating up environmentally friendly refrigerants so that they will condense and expel heat as the refrigerants are sent outdoors during the air conditioning cycle.

OO Phasing Out Cookstoves A “Win-Win” For Climate And Health study shows.

Replacing traditional wood and coal-burning cookstoves with cleaner technology worldwide could trim nearly a tenth of a degree from global temperature and save more than 10 million lives by 2050.

OO Scientists Measure Carbon Storage In Different Wetlands Worldwide Which are best, and why?

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

Tiny Algae Kill Marine Goliaths – as the toxins from algal blooms in ever warmer Alaskan waters are linked to large kills of whales, including the threatened fin whale. Source http://www.adn.com

OO Warming Ocean Waters Off Alaska Bring Widespread Ecological Changes with more expected in the future. Fish, birds and other creatures are showing effects of warmer conditions, according to numerous studies.

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SPEAKING OUT

Source registerguard.com

OO The Constitution Might Be The Key To Climate Action and a group of young climate plaintiffs are making their case.

OO US EPA: Dem Lawmakers Boycott Committee Vote On Pruitt having no hope of preventing an incompetent from being nominated, lawmakers opt for taking a stand instead.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

The Best Way to Keep Coal Clean

OO The Myth Of Clean Coal:

Why Emissions Reductions From Coal Remain A Pipe Dream

OO Canada: More Oil Spills Reported

OO Java, Indonesia: Villagers Say Coal Plant Reduced Livelihoods,

Brought Little New Employment since construction began in 2007.

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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

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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS FLYING

OO America’s Community Solar Market Will Surpass 400MW In 2017 By 2019, there will likely be 500 megawatts of community solar projects installed each year in states across the country.

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, Feb 16, 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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but significantly depleted California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

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 these wild flowers 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.

 

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Climate Change This Week: The Fossil Fuel Alzheimers Connection, Trump Threatens Farming, 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.

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian butterfly, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source hongkongkwildlifephotos.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Norway Starts $400-Million Fund To Halt Deforestation, Help Farmers by bolstering sustainable small-scale farming.

Norway is using $100 million to leverage the rest from other countries.

The aim is to preserve 500+ million hectares of peatlands and forest.

Bye-Bye Birdies? We will lose some of the most beautiful birds on Earth, such as many of these real hummingbirds that exist in the ever dwindling forests of the Amazon. Credit Ernst Haeckel via wikimedia commons

OO We Are Destroying Rainforests So Quickly They May Be Gone In 100 Yearsand stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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THE GROWING THREAT OF NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE

Now Imagine 100s of These Going Off in the US – and, yes, it would definitely change not only our landscape, our lives, our future, but our climate, too. The threat is real. Wikipedia

OO As Trump Promotes Arms Race,

Doomsday Clock Reset To 2.5 Minutes Before Midnight – its 1953 year level, when the US and USSR tested their first hydrogen bombs. The danger level has risen because, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists noted:

  • Humanity has failed to adequately address climate change and nuclear weapons;
  • The worldwide rise of nationalism heightens the likelihood of war;
  • Trump’s call for an expansion of nuclear weapons and an arms race further endangers the world.

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FOSSIL FUEL POLLUTION FUELS DEVELOPMENT OF ALZHEIMERS, DEMENTIA

OO The Polluted Brain: Evidence Builds That Dirty Air Causes Alzheimer’s, Dementia –Takeaways:

  • Smaller pollution particles can penetrate and damage human cells more than larger ones.
  • DNA and other cellular structures can be damaged.
  • Such fine pollution is already well linked to asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

Now, growing evidence indicates this pollution can significantly:

  • Harm the brain;
  • Increase cognitive aging;
  • Increase the risk of dementia such as Alzheimers.
Polluted Brains Aren’t Very Colorful as these MRIs show. Source brainpictures.org

How significantly? Studies found:

  • Areas polluted beyond EPA accepted limits nearly doubled dementia in older women;
  • This alone could account for 20+% of worldwide dementia cases.
  • Living within 50 m of a major road ups pollution 10x, and the dementia risk by 12%, than at 200 m away.

The research area is young, so links are controversial, but studies and evidence are growing: air pollution can drive you crazy as you age.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Trump Cuts Public Liberty Further on the right to know about climate change from federal scientists, by extending a blackout on climate change to the EPA website and banning any climate updates from federal agencies to the public. [modified from the February 3, 2017 cover of Der Spiegel, a high profile reputable Germany magazine followed by many internationally.]

OO Trump Bans Agencies From ‘Providing Updates On Social Media Or To Reporters’ – The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders.

OO Donald Trump Plans To ‘Reform’ The Way Environmental Agency Uses Science report claims.

OO Reports On Climate Change Have Disappeared From The State Department Website

For now, the information lives in archives.

Credit Steve Breen at creators.com

OO Trump Administration Tells EPA To Freeze All Grants, Contracts which could affect everything from: state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities.

OO EPA Science Under Scrutiny By Trump Political Staff

Danger: Something Trump Might Take Seriously – can you imagine his staff explaining to him how gigantic ice cubes aren’t really the answer?

@@ Futurama – Global Warming!

OO EPA Transition Leader: Need To Purge ‘Scientists Who Believe The Global Warming Alarmist’ Agenda

and floated the idea of downsizing EPA from 15,000 to 5,000 employees as an “aspirational goal”.

OO Trump’s New EPA Transition Team Draws From Oil Industry Groups Surprise, surprise.

Prove You’re Not a Clean Energy Loser, Trump!

OO Trump’s Energy Plan Is Nonsensical say experts; his plan is:

  • Short on details;
  • Full of contradictions;
  • Full of outdated assertions on the status of the US energy supply.

His plan to bring back coal and increase oil and gas defies reason.

OO Keystone XL, Dakota Pipeline Green-Lighted In Trump Executive Actions

OO Key Trump Donor Stands To Profit From Approved Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

A Heating Global View from NOAA shows how burning fossil fuels is changing our planet’s climate, especially the northern hemisphere, which includes the USA; the new boss of NOAA doesn’t want to discuss the cause, simply the effects. Source NOAA

OO Dept Of Commerce Trump Nominee Will Let NOAA Climate Scientists

Share Climate Impacts But Not Causes NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is one of the largest US agencies involved in weather and climate research.

OO Trump’s Team Wants To “Recalculate” The Social Cost Of Carbon The far more realistic cost of burning fossil fuels to our society. Guess who will lose?

OO Even Before Formal Death Knell, Clean Power Plan Is History since none of its targeted industries will cut emissions while it is being challenged by environmentalists.

OO As Trump Ignores Record Temperatures, Taxpayers Are Paying A HUGE Climate Change Bill Takeaways:

  • Climate change is already costing US taxpayers, consumers, $10s billions
  • Due to increasingly extreme storms, droughts, wildfires.
  • Western wildfires have increased 500% in past 40 years.

Adopting better climate policies now will save future costs.

  • Trump is responsible for protecting Americans:
  • He needs to recognize the serious climate risks and costs,
  • And is morally obliged to act.

When a Dam Fails, Will The USDA Alert People in Time? There are many repercussions from limiting information flow between federal agencies and the public. Source floodlist.com

OO Trump Endangering Us Agriculture As He Gags Science Takeaways:

  • The Dept of Agriculture and other federal entities work closely with farmers,
  • supplying timely information such as monitoring dams and pest invasions.

Without the quick, efficient transfer of information:

  • Major crops could be lost if, as new pests invades, new pesticides are not developed fast enough.
  • Jobs will be lost that currently employ facilitators between government and farmers.
  • If a dam fails, lives could be lost.

What are the climate change connections? As climate changes, so do the ranges of pests; and ever worsening droughts can actually damage dams. These are just a few examples.

OO How Trump Could Help Spread Flesh Eating Bacteria by ignoring global warming: warming waters are linked to its spread.

The more Trump ignores warming, the more this vicious bacteria will spread, and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk.

The Climate Deregulation Tracker will track Trump’s terrible legacy.

OO Climate Regulations Under A Watchful Internet Eye – Bracing for a rollback, the Climate Deregulation Tracker website run by Columbia Law School alerts any time President Trump or Congress change a rule involving climate change or energy.

11 actions are already listed from January 30 to February 3, 2017.

OO Strangling Huge US Climate Policy Machine Won’t Be Easy For Trump

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HOT NEWS

OO Our Planet Is Breaking Global Heat Levels Every 3 Years Denial and “alternative facts” haven’t stopped the Earth from warming to record-shattering levels.

@@ Visualize 137 Years Of Global Warming via NASA global temperature data.

OO Rapid Cuts In Emissions Needed To Avert Looming Dangerous 2 Degrees C OfHeating – which is much closer than most scientists acknowledge, says a prominent climate scientist.

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MELTDOWN

OO Powerful Images Show Impact Of Global Warming On Greenland’s Ice Sheet

OO Europe Faces Droughts, Floods And Storms As Climate Change Accelerates – the northern hemisphere is warming faster than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says a new study.

OO Sea Level Rise Estimate Grows Alarmingly Higher

In Latest Federal Report – predicting a worst-case scenario of 8 feet of rise by 2100 says an Obama era NOAA report, just as Donald Trump takes office with pro-fossil fuel policies.

Ocean City: More Ocean, Less City – as severe flooding is projected to be severe on a monthly basis within 30 years. Source abcnews.go.com

OO This Week’s Jersey Floods Are A Taste Of What’s To Come – Every year or two, the Jersey Shore tends to get severe flooding; by 2050, the Shore should expect floods this bad every month, on average, say new projections.

OO People Of The Sea Ice See Cracks Forming – the “People of the Sea Ice” are seeing their namesake disappear, and must reinvent their lives amid a thawing landscape.

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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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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined says a new Department of Energy report. Solar power employed 43% of the electric power generation sector’s workforce in 2016, nearly twice that of fossil fuels combined.

Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000.

During the past decade, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33% while solar expanded 5,000%.

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OO Reuters: UK Offshore Wind Costs Fall By Nearly A Third In Four Years – Four years ahead of schedule, the cost now beats that of new nuclear power, said a new industry report.

OO Scotland Eyes 50 % Renewable Energy By 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil.

OO In Message To Trump, EU Says Will Remain Top Investor Against Climate Change

Says its European Investment Bank, aiming to invest around 20 billion dollars a year to fight climate change over the next five years.

A Clean Energy Mecca to Dawn? Perhaps, if Saudi Arabia goes through with its planned investments in clean energy. Credit Gab1209 at Flickr

OO World’s Largest Oil Company Considers Investing $5 Billion In Renewable Energy – Saudi Aramco, is considering as much as $5 billion of investments in renewable energy firms as part of plans to diversify from crude production, say sources.

Saudi Arabia is planning to produce 10 gigawatts of power from renewable energy sources including solar, wind and nuclear by 2023 and transform Aramco into a diversified energy company.

Fashion Goes Green as the industry becomes more sustainable. Source gucci.com

OO Luxury Fashion Executive: Why Green Is The New Black Takeaways:

  • Fashion is the second largest polluting industry (oil is first);
  • Long term investment is needed to keep fashion sustainable;
  • A start is tackling waste.

More luxury fashion companies are starting to tackle their carbon footprints.

OO Climate Change March To Descend On Washington DC In April – and will protest President Trump’s agenda of attacking climate action and promoting fossil fuel development.

OO Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built East Of Long Island with up to 15 turbines that can power 50,000 average homes over all.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

Flooding Is One of Many Climate Change Impacts on Europe Photo Source Source strangesounds.org

OO EU Economy Suffering The Worst Ever Impacts Due To Global WarmingImpacts have risen sharply since the 1980s; and are set to worsen under the continuing impact of global, says a new report.

According to the European Environment Agency (EEA):

  • the extreme weather has caused 85,000 deaths,
  • which amounts to nearly 393 billion euros between 1980 and 2016.
  • Annual 1980s damage from climate change averaged nearly 7.6 billion euros,
  • Reaching an average 13.7 billion euros by the 2000s.

OO As Pollution And Drought Make Clean Water Scarce, Fewer Americans Can Afford It – it’s true: many Americans cannot afford clean running water, an important component of maintaining good health. Trump ‘s Congress recently undid a law protecting US streams from pollution.

OO Without Enough Chill, Many US Crops Are Doomed Takeaways:

  • Crop trees – like peaches, almonds, pistachios – need a minimum number of “chill hours”
  • Frigid temperatures, between 32-45 F, for 700 hours each winter are needed for trees to bud.
  • Less chill time results in non-uniform budding, and dramatically lower yields.
  • Many California fruit trees are not getting enough chill time.

In California, rising temperatures might drastically cut down the ability to grow such crops by 2050.

OO Climate Change Poses Multi-Faceted Threat To Oregon report says.

The threat posed by climate change is real and the potential impacts if climate prediction models are correct will be acute in Oregon, a team of researchers said in a report to the state’s lawmakers. Portland Oregonian, Oregon.

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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

OO Study: Real Facts Can Beat ‘Alternative Facts’ If Boosted By Inoculation in the form of showing the flaws of misleading denialist myths when presenting the facts of climate change.

OO How To Boost Rural Incomes In Africa? Plant More Trees say researchers, especially fruit or cash crop (eg, coffee) trees, which are more resilient to extreme weather and climate shifts, producing when other crops fail.

OO Reaching Global Warming Targets Under Ice-Free Arctic Summers Requires Zero Emissions By 2045 – say researchers. Okay, so lets get started!

As darker, far more heat absorbing waters replace melting Arctic ice, the results add to global warming. What is less known, however, is the impact of a no-summer ice scenario on the world’s ambition to maintain global warming below 2°C by 2100.

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SPEAKING OUT

So Many Davids Vs. the Trump Goliath – a group of kids suing the government may well block Trump’s attempts to remove climate change information from federal websites. Credit Chris Pietch at AP for The Register-Guard

OO 21 Kids Stand In The Way Of Trump’s Attempts To Delete Federal Climate Websites They are already suing the US government and fossil fuel companies for failing to address climate change, even though the risks are well known.

Now lawyers for these kids, age 9 to 20, have notified the US government and fossil fuel companies that removing climate information from websites without archiving it could threaten the ability of students to make their case, and be in likely violation of the law.

OO Badlands National Park Goes Rogue On Trump, Tweets Global Warming DataWhich went viral, before being removed.

OO Climate Change Summit Scheduled To Replace One CDC Scrapped and Al Gore helped organize it.

Safe For Now is climate change information at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, thanks to employees who objected to the Trump plan to remove it. But the website material is “under review”, so its future is not certain. Source screen capture of climate indicators at http://www.epa.gov

OO EPA Objects To Trump Plan To Scrap Climate From Its Website;

Trump Gang Backs Down for Now from its plan to remove climate information for now, but website material is “under review” so its future is uncertain.

OO Meteorologists Malpractice If They Do Not Face Causes Of Climate Change – meteorologists hold a sacred position between people and science, noted a doctor to an audience of meteorologists. Like doctors, when they fail to look at the systemic causes of the immediate problems in front of us, they are guilty of malpractice.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

Trump Ready To Waste Taxpayer Money, Fueling Further Climate Change for a wall that will damage the US more than protect it.

OO Trump’s Envisioned Massive Wall: An Act Of US Climate Self- Sabotage – not just a costly mistake, but the massive amount of required concrete will create massive emissions that further fuel climate change.

  • Current walls create erosion and flooding in border communities
  • And block wildlife migration, further endangering already threatened wildlife.

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OO The World Passed The 400ppm Carbon Threshold: Why It Matters It’s a stark reminder that:

  • The world has failed to limit CO2 emissions and their climate impacts;
  • The planet is on course to hit 500ppm in 50 years, creating
  • Boosts in heat that would endanger human food supplies and
  • Cause disruptive mass migrations.

Past history indicate even 400 ppm CO2 levels will massively change our planet, in ways likely to threaten human existence.

  • Bringing CO2 levels down to at least 350 ppm to preserve conditions that
  • Nurtured the development of humanity will require a gargantuan effort.

OO Fossil Fuel Industry: Robots Reduce Already Poor Job Sourc and are taking over jobs on oil rigs now.

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If we do not live sustainably,

Our children will die inhumanely.

OO Overpopulation: Overfishing, Pollution Tips Bay Of Bengal Towards Disaster – Takeaways:

  • Most of 200,000,000 coastal people depend on the bay for food and livelihoods;
  • water scarcity has driven desperate Indian farmers to fish;
  • overfished and polluted, the bay provides only a meager living for most.

Now:

  • a large dead zone has developed, and could ultimately envelop most o f the bay;
  • under climate change the bay is also heating, killing its already damaged coral reefs.

Neither India nor this article recognize how overpopulation contributes to this disaster.

@@ 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help prevent unintended pregnancies in your community:

publicize where women can access affordable contraception.

They can go here to find locations:

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DRIVING

OO National Solar Jobs Census 2016: 2% Of ALL New US Jobs Were Solar Ones – That is, one in 50 US new jobs. Takeaways:

Solar jobs have increased 20% yearly, over the last 4 years;

Solar employers expect to see total US solar jobs in 2017 to surge to close to 300,000.

Five top 2016 solar job states: California, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and Nevada

OO Who Installs More Solar Power? Republicans And Democrats Are Pretty Much Tied

Check it out here, right now!

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

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.

Unusually heavy rains have released California from a SURFACE water drought, but California aquifers keep 60+% of the state in a GROUNDWATER drought, which will likely take decades to disappear. It also means this major US agricultural region has a small safety net, when the next dry year strikes. Dance in the rain while you can!

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – in fact, some areas are experiencing up to 40+ F degrees higher 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: Trump Blocks Climate Information, Resistance Grows, 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 pygmy elephants in Borneo, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Rainforest Rescue

These elephants are already threatened by ivory poachers, but a planned road will greatly help poachers to invade their habitat. You can sign here to urge the plan is stopped!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What Consumers of Palm Oil Never See is what their consumption drives: deforestation and extinction. Source SOB – IAR Indonesia, RAN

OO UK Bank Financing Tied To Deforestation, Rights Violations For Palm Oil In Indonesia Greenpeace has published evidence of illegal deforestation and violations of local communities by companies receiving $16+ billion in loans and credit from the British bank HSBC.

OO ‘Out Of Control’ Wildfires Damage Protected Forests In Northern Peru – fueled by agriculture and drought, the fires burned around 5,000+ acres during late 2016.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Officially Declared Hottest Year On Record – the third year in a row to do so, and a marker of global warming.

OO Earth Sets A Temperature Record For The Third Straight Year – Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will threaten both the natural world and human civilization.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist. We were looking in the wrong place for the extra heat, which went into the oceans, not the air. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

As the extra heat starts going mostly into the air again, expect an acceleration in the effects of global warming on climate.

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MELTDOWN

Nothing Like Drama To Emphasize Reality – from the “Day After Tomorrow” 2004 movie, a fictional depiction of the 2002 breakup of the Larsen B shelf in 2002. Once again, the Larsen shelf is in the process of shedding a tremendous amount of ice.

OO Larsen Ice Crack Continues To Open Up readying to calve a giant iceberg in the Antarctic.

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Nature Imitates Fiction: Similar to “Day After Tomorrow” Shot above, this is a REAL drone shot of a developing crack in the Brunt ice shelf that threatens the British Antarctic station. Screencapture of Jan 17, 2017 video at climatecrocks.com

OO UK’s Antarctica Research Base To Relocate As ‘Precautionary Measure’ amid concerns it could fall into a growing giant ice chasm.

OO Argentine Scientists In Antarctica Tally Toll Of Climate Change as a nearby glacier thunderously sheds ice into the ocean daily on King George Island in Antarctica, changing the ecosystem around it.

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Every Minute, The Sea Rises As Our Future Drowns Credit Ferdi Rizkiyanto at http://www.behance.net

OO Some Sea Level Rise Already Unstoppable;
Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Stop Even More
– due to the enduring effects of CO2, the global heating driving sea level rise will continue even after we cut emissions, making it ever more urgent that we cut emissions as much and fast as possible.

OO Ancient Warm Period Hints At Bigger-Than-Expected Sea Level Rise up to 18 feet over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said.

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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!

STAND UP FOR THE ARCTIC – Urge your senator here to prevent drilling for oil in the Arctic, which is already heating far faster than elsewhere due to the burning of fossil fuels.

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TIME TO STAND UP FOR A DECENT CLIMATE

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Shedding Icy Tears as humanity fails to muster the will needed to stop the unfolding climate catastrophe. Source slightlywarped.com

OO It’s Time To Stand Up For The Climate—And For Civilization says Bill McKibben. Takeaways:

  • 19th century scientists predicted how climate change could – and would – occur;
  • 20th century scientists documented developing climate change.
  • 20th and 21st diplomats built international bridges to tackle climate change.
  • These foundations of civilization – science, diplomacy and civility – were hard won, but could fade fast.
  • Trump could slow the pace of progress in tackling climate change,
  • Enough to ensure far more disastrous climate change than we might prevent.

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How Fast We Act on Climate Change Will Determine How Many Children Will Die From It now and in the future.

Related Headline:

OO Bill Moyers: The Climate Threat Posed By Right-Wing Populism’s Rising Tide – nationalist populist movements are skeptical about cooperative bodies, like the EU and the UN, which are essential for international progress on climate change.

But…

OO America Isn’t That Divided On The Environment – Studies show there is no political divide on:

  • Conserving water during droughts;
  • Conserving electricity;
  • For farmers, mitigating climate change by better soil management.

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Meh montage

OO As Trump Takes Power, Americans’ Concern Over Climate Change Hits Record Levels
with a clear majority backing action to tackle climate change.

OO Trump Doesn’t Represent American Views On Climate Change polls show, an issue that many experts consider to be one of the greatest threats of our time.

OO Americans Are Aware Of, And Want Action On, Climate Change poll shows.

OO Trump Supporters Don’t Like His Climate Policies – Recent polls indicate that most Republicans support:

  • participation in international climate agreements, like the Paris accord;
  • taxing and regulating carbon emissions.
  • getting more of US energy from clean renewable energy, and less from fossil fuels.

Why did they vote for Trump? Many were convinced Hillary was worse, climate wasn’t a high priority, and they didn’t take many of his policy proposals seriously. (Current events must be jolting many of those Trumpers now.)

WHAT WE CAN DO
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OO The Anti-Trump Opposition Began At The Women’s March:
Here’s How To Grow It
– unite many factions around themes of broad agreement, one of which is climate change.

OO Support Science-Informed Leadership And Candidates Running For Office

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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 Aides’ List Of First Days’ Changes On Energy include:

  • Not weighing climate change when approving pipelines, allowing new drilling for oil, gas, or other major actions;
  • Ignoring the social cost of carbon emissions;
  • Removing the State Department’s ability to grant permission for cross border pipelines.

The above changes run counter to Trump saying “Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority.” Surprised?

OO Trump’s Regulatory Freeze Halts
Obama Rules To Promote Greater Energy Efficiency

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Madagascar Drought Means Starving Children Credit Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times

OO How Climate Denying Trump Is Killing Children – By refusing to tackle it he allows the US to fuel the world with climate changing pollution that spells death for many children from increasingly extreme weather, such as the grisly drought in Madagascar, leaving a trail of dead children and desperate survivors.

OO Trump The Destroyer Arrives – His cabinet picks collectively will lead an effort to undermine the legacy of Mr. Obama on the environment, health care, immigration, civil rights and education – with no ideas on how to replace them.

Daily Climate Editor Laura Pyle notes: “We have by far the highest I.Q.,” Trump said, “of any cabinet ever assembled.” MEH: Perhaps he meant IQ as in Inauspicious Quacks.

OO Trump Tweeted The Wrong Ivanka. She Gave Him Climate Advice.

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times, modified

OO The Real Climate Hoax:
Trump Cabinet Nominees Cast Doubt On Climate Change
even if they don’t flat out deny it or its cause, while the overwhelming scientific consensus shows their doubt to be unreasonable and misleading.

OO New Studies Show Rex Tillerson Is Wrong About Climate Risks – While he accepted climate change exists, the Secretary of State nominee nevertheless proceeded to downplay its risks.

OO Trump Nominees Pruitt And Perry Continue To Play Down Climate Change

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Credit David Horsey at the Los Angeles Times

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt:

  • Doesn’t know that abolishing each statute it administers would spark a debate in Congress;
  • Could be an EPA wrecking ball, given that his career has grew from suing the EPA
  • Pruitt’s EPA may loosen California’s car pollution rules and in other states, too, ultimately worsening US air pollution.

Department Of Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke:

  • promotes coal, ignores clean renewable energy,and the need to act on climate change.
  • pledges to undo federal regulations over federal lands while protecting them. Do you smell hypocrisy?

OO Rick Perry Pledges Support For DOE Research, Renewables
As Trump Plans Drastic Agency Cuts

OO Trump’s Education Nominee Betsy Devos Favors Policies That Dilute Science Education favoring diverting taxpayer dollars towards allowing enabling parents to use private schools where there is no accountability for the quality and accuracy of the science taught there.

@@ A Message to Trump from Climate Scientists – lets hope Mike Pence is watching this, since this is probably beyond Trump’s attention span… more importantly, Americans in general should see this.

OO Trump Ignores Climate At Our Peril

OO Climate Change A Growing Challenge For A New President
-Even As He Denies It

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Prove You’re Not A Loser, Trump!

OO Donald Trump Sees The Future In Coal.
China Sees The Future In Renewables.
Who’s Making The Safer Bet?

OO America Is Losing The Energy Innovation Race. Trump Can Help Win It – and create 1000s of new jobs, if he’s smart enough to recognize the opportunity.

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TRUMP DENIES PUBLIC ACCESS TO EPA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES

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OO Democratic Senators Launch Salvo At Trump’s Blocking Of Information in a letter to him and made public here.

OO Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies,
Closed To Public — AND Congress
in many cases.

OO Office That Protects Whistleblowers Fires Warning Shot Across Trump’s Bow:
Whistleblowers Rights Ride Above Trump’s Silencing

“Under the anti-gag provision, agencies cannot impose nondisclosure agreements and policies that fail to include required language that informs employees that their statutory right to blow the whistle supersedes the terms and conditions of the nondisclosure agreement or policy,” the OSC press release said.

@@ Erosion – Donald Trump Climate Denial Vs Reality Music Video, by Rapper Baba Brinkman. In the absence of federal information, this might become a more significant way to inform the public. Hit it, Baba!

OO Trump’s War On EPA Regulations Will Kill Jobs And A Lot Of People – Clean air and water standards create jobs, spur innovation, and save lives.

OO EPA Scientific Studies Must Be Vetted By Administration Before Release

OO EPA Scientists’ Work May Face ‘Case By Case’ Review By Trump Team official says.

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OO Trump WH Website Fabricates Benefits Of No Health Regulations On First Day Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than20 per person yearly, even if true.)
  • Its source was a flawed discredited 2015 economic study supported by the fossil fuel industry; it did not include the costs of pollution, especially on health, nor the world market trend away from fossil fuels.
  • The website distorted the findings of even this flawed study.

Welcome to Trump’s Dark Fantasy World!

OO All References To Climate Change Deleted From The White House Website

RESISTING TRUMP’S BLOCK OF VITAL SCIENCE

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Scientists Are Starting To Stand Up for Science Source Facebook

OO Scientists Are Planning The Next Big Washington March

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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OO President Obama Transfers $500 Million To Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal. This leaves the US owing $2 billion; Donald Trump is expected to stop further payments.

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CLUELESS LEADERSHIP

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Wisconsin Chooses to Mislead Public on climate change ignoring on its state websites the overwhelming consensus that it is caused by burning fossil fuels.

OO Wisconsin: State Agencies Wipe Human-Caused Climate Change From Websites; Scientists Object saying

“Rapid changes in climate are threatening public health, safety, and natural resources. Failing to accurately inform the public about these threats and the opportunities to reduce them, violates the trust we place in our public institutions.”

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO China’s War On Coal Continues — It Just Canceled 104 New Coal Plants – these halted projects are equal in size to one-third of the US coal fleet.

It’s potentially a very, very big deal for efforts to fight climate change.

OO Toyota, Shell Among Giants Betting Nearly $11 Billion On Hydrogen As A Clean Fuel with plans to invest a combined 10 billion euros in hydrogen-related products within five years.

OO Saudi Arabia To Launch $30-50 Billion Renewable Energy Program Soon says its energy minister.

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The Sun Grinds the Grain at this solar powered mill in Zambia. Source news.trust.org

OO Africa: Zambia Tries New Way To Beat Drought – Solar Grain Mills hoping to hold down the cost of milling grain, and hold the line on food prices.

OO Norway: Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars To Combat Pollution despite angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago.

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO Climate Change Will Hurt Crops More Than It Helps Them study suggests, reaffirming an earlier study’s idea that high temperatures could seriously harm the production of some of the world’s most important food crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat.

Together, these 3 crops account for about a third of total cropland used on Earth.

The implications of these studies are catastrophic for the world’s food supply.

OO Big Unfinished Business For Trump:
Averting Serious Southwest Water Shortages
– Outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a game plan this; whether Trumps uses it is unknown.

OO Indigenous Canadians Face A Crisis As Climate Change Eats Away Island Home – ask not for whom the bell tolls…

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GOOD IDEAS

@@ Limit Trump’s TV Viewing, Aides Try – to keep him from tweeting explosive and insane ideas he gets from watching TV, notes Seth Meyers truthfully in this recent “Late Night” segment.

OO Even Conservatives Question Trump’s Fitness: Maybe Trump Isn’t ‘Lying’

OO Psychological ‘Vaccine’ Could Help
Immunize Public Against ‘Fake News’ On Climate Change
– by showing the errors and illogic imbedded in the climate myths that climate deniers create, when communicating with the public on climate change.

Related Headline:

OO A Fake News Vaccine? Climate Change Misinformation Can Be Fought With ‘Inoculation’ scientists say.

OO Social Will Needed, If Technology Is To Stave Off Climate Change – without the societal will to decarbonize, even the best technologies won’t be enough.

OO Evaluating The Social Cost Of Carbon Is Crucial
To Tackling Carbon Pollution
new ways to do so are evolving to keep up with the best available science.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

OO Tibetan Tree Rings Trace Climate Change To 1870s when the Industrial Revolution revved up carbon emissions worldwide. The new study shows that before the 1870s, the temperature difference between summer and winter was widening.

After the 1870s, this difference started to decrease, a trend that holds to the present day: as temperatures rise overall, winters become warmer faster than summers, closing the temperature gap between the two seasons.

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Trying to Rid Itself of Killing Ticks, A Moose Rubs Itself Smooth Source New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

OO Ticks, Thriving In Warm Weather, Take A Ghastly Toll On New England Moose – Researchers say droves of winter ticks, which flourish when fall is warm and the winter comes late, are killing moose calves. They have “wasted away.”

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SPEAKING OUT

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A Bonnie Green Prince Charles Credit Richard Stonehouse at Getty Images

OO UK’s Green Prince Charles To Challenge Trump On Climate Change during the climate change denier’s scheduled UK visit – unless, of course, Charles can avoid Trump altogether and let his princely sons meet Trump instead.

OO Bernie Sanders To Scott Pruitt: ‘Why Is The Climate Changing?’ – Pruitt noted that humans may contribute to climate change “in some manner,” and Sanders insisted that the science says a great deal more than that.

OO Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel To Open Sundance Festival in an acutely political year.

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Viewing Climate Change From Decades of Winters in the Colorado Rockies, Billy Barr amassed a unique, massive and valuable record of climate data.

OO Billy Barr: The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science – Moving to the Rocky Mountains Biological Lab four decades ago, he started recording winter climate data that forms a unique, long term record of climate change in the Rocky Mountains. [FD: I know him personally, and he truly is an amazing person.]

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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OO The Great Lakes: Fossil Fuel Time Bomb Ticking In Largest US Freshwater Supply – Two 63-year-old pipes lie exposed at the bottom of the current-whipped Straits of Mackinac, “the worst possible place” for a spill in all the Lakes.

OO Taxpayer Subsidized Coal Mining On Federal Land Under Review – one of the only places where, because of taxpayer subsidies in the form of cheap leases, coal can compete with natural gas.

OO Land Rush For Oil In US Permian Basin: Exxon Mobil Is The Latest Player acquiring a major parcel in West Texas and New Mexico — more climate-changing fuel we should not use.

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Disappearing Views – and People as air pollution takes its toll on both. Source AFP at http://www.scmp.com

OO China, Japan, Vietnam: Air Pollution Map Reveals Countries At Risk Of ‘Airpocalypse. – A study from Greenpeace International and Harvard University has discovered coal-fired power plants built in these countries are slowly killing people and creating an “airpocalypse.”

OO Southeast Asia’s Coal Boom Could Cause 70,000 Deaths Yearly By 2030 report says. Conversely, about 50,000 lives could be saved yearly by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds.

OO China: Illegal Oil Refineries Produce High-Risk Fuel, Dump Acid Sludge To Make Toxic Lakes – A recent drug crackdown exposed evidence that many illegal oil refineries still operate in China These refineries sell home-processed diesel and oil to trucks and create safety hazards.

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Chairman Mao Would Have A Fit – all these bicycles for hire, discarded in a pile by people who were finished with them, but chose not to return them. Source Imaginechina/Rex/Shutterstock

OO Chinese Choose Polluting Cars Over Clean Bicycles – Where is Chinese enforcement when it really counts?

OO How Airlines Can Fly Around New Carbon Rules and a flying boom means a boom in airline pollution.

OO Canada’s Trudeau Is Under Fire For His Not So Green Record having approved two oil pipelines and a major gas facility.

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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.

@@ 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 DANCING

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OO Republican Political Donors Install Nearly As Much Solar As Democratic Donors – political party affiliation doesn’t matter.

OO Despite Headwinds, Big Capital Continues To Flow Into Solar Projects, Processes And Startups – A billion-dollar roundup of some of the bigger and more interesting solar deals so far this year.

OO Mapping Tool Identifies Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Brownfield Sites For Solar Development identifying nearly 80 brownfield sites in the Upper Peninsula that could host the development of more than 750 megawatts of solar.

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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 30, 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, Canada, and the waters surrounding them are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and, despite recent precipitation, so does the drought in most of California.

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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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: Trump Fiction Takes Over, So Does Climate Reality, 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 arboreal Arabian Veiled Chameleon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What We Lose When We Lose Forests – many species need intact forests, not just patches, to survive. Source Imgion.com

OO Development Has Destroyed 7% Of Remaining Virgin Forests Since 2000 shows a new study, with implications for biodiversity, climate change, and human life.

OO Giant Congo Carbon Deposit Should Be Prtoected say scientists in a new study. The recently discovered area of peatland contains 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WOMEN, GREEN POWER TRUMPS TRUMP INAUGURAL

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Source National Park EarthCam

OO EarthCam Doesn’t Lie: Three Times As Many Attend Trump Protest vs. Inaugural – as shown in the Earthcam photographs of the National Mall on January 21, 2017 with overflowing sidestreets at the Women’s March, on top, and the day before at Trump’s Inaugural, bottom. Many people urging climate action were part of that crowd.

OO Photos: The Crowd At The Women’s March Vs. Donald Trump’s Inauguration – the women’s march included many groups, uniting under many causes, including civil rights, clean environment, tackling climate change and clean energy.

250,000 invite were invited to the Trump inaugural ; the pictures above indicate that three times as many attended the Women’s March. Trump, in typical fashion, spun out a wishful figure of 1.5 million attending his inaugural.

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OO At The Women’s March, A Call For Climate Protection, Too as amid a sea of signs and pink hats, plenty of people also marched for environment and climate science.

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HOT NEWS

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OO 2016 Marks Three Consecutive Years Of Record Heat For The Globe says a new US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. Takeaways for 2016:

  • It was a record 2.5+ degrees F hotter on land above average.
  • It was a record 1.3+ degrees F hotter on the sea surface above average.
  • North America had its warmest year on record;
  • Arctic sea ice area was the smallest on record.
  • Antarctic sea ice area was the 2nd smallest on record.

How long NOAA will be able to report on this under Trump is anyone’s guess; read it while you can.

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OO US Mainstream Media Ignored Calamitous Global Warming Report,
— But SNL Didn’t
– you know, the report telling us about record planetary heat levels over the past 3 years, noted above? Maybe it was because of the new game that enthralls mainstream media: Trump’s Latest Lies.* No matter: Saturday Night Live, the new real news outlet, reported it this past Saturday.

[* Trump has plenty of motivation to lie – it distracts the media from focusing on (vs briefly mentioning) the many questionable and harmful things he’s doing to our country.]

OO No Pause In Global Warming: Excess Heat Went Into Oceans, Not Air – we were looking for global warming in the wrong place. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist, as every day, the total heat in the living envelope of air and water on this planet, increases.

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SCIENCE ACCURACY SOURCES DISAPPEAR

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Trusted By Many, Now Silenced – Jeffrey Beal, a University of Colorado librarian, helped the world distinguish between real and fake science by naming fake science entities.

OO Website Identifying Fake Science Sources Disappears without warning recently; its founder did not respond to inquiries. A close associate indicated that the website suffered an abnormal crash.

Beall’s List has been the world’s main information source on “predatory open access” journals that publish junk science – none peer reviewed by reputable scientists – as serious, reputable science. Widely praised by many, the list was criticized by a few who felt it was too broad.

In 2016, Beall revealed that a fake knowledge company has been buying up legitimate reputable journals, turning them into “zombie” journals that publish junk science, and using the journals’ former reputations to lure unsuspecting customers. Be warned!

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Resist Trump’s War On Science urged one of many groups that turned out for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. Credit Julia DeSantis at Flickr

OO With Trump In Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website – Takeaways:

  • This happened within moments of Trump’s inauguration.
  • US govt climate change data is considered among the most authoritative worldwide.
  • Scientists worry that this stored data will be deleted during Trump’s tenure.
  • US university scientists nationwide have volunteered time and computer servers to save and store govt data at Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, NOAA, and the US Geological Services websites.
  • Such sites store key climate data such as air temperature trends, greenhouse gas emissions levels, and sea level rise records.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: Email the White House here DAILY (put a daily reminder in your email box) about the economic, health, and job benefits of promoting clean energy over fossil fuels. Share this with your social networks and families – it only takes 3 minutes.

Clean energy generates far more jobs than fossil fuels and improves health by reducing air pollution; both improve the economy (despite the fantasies the website now espouses – see below). Trump should be a clean energy winner – not a loser.

OO Trump White House Website Fabricates Benefits
Of No Basic Environmental Regulations On First Day
Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, a clean water rule and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than $20 per person yearly, even if it were true.)
  • Its source was a flawed 2015 economic study, not peer reviewed, discredited by experts and described by a Yale economist as “problematic from start to finish.” The fossil fuel industry supported study does not include the costs of pollution, especially on health, nor the world market trend away from fossil fuels.
  • The website distorted the findings of even this flawed study.

Welcome to Trump’s Dark Fantasy World!

SCIENCE CENSORSHIP VIA INTIMIDATION

OO Center for Disease Control Abruptly Cancels Long-Planned Conference On Climate Change And Health – likely intimidated, but this is not certain.

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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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HOT WATERS

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Too Toxic To Eat? In an ever hotter world, it’s ever more likely. Source http://www.centercutcook.com

OO Global Warming Could See Rise In Toxic Shellfish That Can
Lead To Human Memory Loss And Potentially Kill
Giant blooms of micro-algae that can produce a potent neurotoxin which gets into shellfish are increasing as the water warms, study finds.

OO Warmer Oceans Encouraging Two New Phytoplankton Groups – rare and different from any other known groups, they thrive in the world’s most barren – low nutrient – seawaters; they are likely to increase as the oceans deteriorate under further heating.

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Rising Sea Levels Begin Flooding Florida at high tide in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Credit Dave at Flickr Creative Commons

OO Even Short-Lived Climate Changing Gases
Produce Faster, Long Term Effects On Sea Rise
– Takeaways:

  • Short-lived gases like methane trap heat that is partly absorbed by oceans.
  • The oceans hold onto heat for several centuries, as it penetrates deep.
  • Heated oceanic water expands,
  • Resulting in sea level rise of about a foot per 1 degree C average heating of oceans,*
  • Compared to the many feet of sea level rise
  • Resulting from large scale ice melting.

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Oceans Expand As They Heat – although the expansion of seawater is different, and not as fast under climate change as in a water heater. Yet, because there’s so much water, heating the oceans even a little makes some difference in sea level — and we’re already starting to feel the difference. Sourcecainsableplumbing.com, modified

  • Currently, most sea level rise is from thermal expansion,
  • Which is felt faster than meltwater entering oceans.
  • Meltwater will overwhelm thermal expansion in raising sea levels, ultimately.

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SPEAKING OUT

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OO Climate Action, Clean Energy Key To US Prosperity,
Business Leaders Urge
Trump in an open letter to him, signed by hundreds of business leaders and investors; they stress the need to support clean energy and stay in the Paris climate agreement.

“We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy.”

OO Green Groups Sue Georgia Regulator over permits for five coal-fired power plants.

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Reframing Climate Change As Moral Issue

OO Priests, Pastors And Ministers Nationwide Are Spreading
The Gospel Of Climate Change
— as are imams and rabbis.

OO No More Pipelines, Louisiana Environmental Group Says citing 144 accidents that include catastrophic problems.

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OO Another Climate Change Push Comes From Exxon Shareholders who have introduced seven more resolutions, asking the company to address climate change and its risks, moving beyond Rex Tillerson’s resistant stance.

OO John Kerry Makes Final Plea To Continue Progress On Climate Change urging both government and the private sector to embrace clean energy.

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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We’ll All Pay for This Loser

OO Trump Greenlights Dakota Access, Keystone XL Oil Pipelines – oil now takes precedence over communities.

OO Trump, Congress Could Halt State Action On Climate and preemptively prevent them from acting to slow global warming.

OO Trump’s ‘Extreme’ Cabinet Could Fuel Warming Crisis By Slowing Climate Action

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Here Are the Players, But This Is No Game – Trump is sinking his own boat as well as ours, as he impedes action on climate change, while voters get to experience ever more devastating extreme weather under continued climate change.

OO Trump’s EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It sources say. The Environmental Protection Agency has protected Americans from the worse ravages of fossil fuel pollution, the pollution of our air and waters, and climate change; muzzling the EPA means Americans just lost one of its most important champions.

OO Exxon’s Tillerson Murky On Future Of Paris Climate Pact and downplayed global warming’s dangers during a hearing into his nomination for secretary of state.

OO Rex Tillerson Doesn’t Sound Like A Climate Denier, But He Acts Like One As Exxon CEO, he pursued new fossil fuel frontiers despite claiming climate concern.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

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Your Stewardship Will Be Missed, Mr. President

OO Obama’s Energy Dept. Leaves Behind A New ‘Scientific Integrity’ Policy
To Protect Scientists
– especially climate scientists, from political intimidation, in the wake of Trump’s transition team giving out questionnaires on individual activities related to climate change.

Although the policy is reversible, Trump would invite public outrage if he were to reverse it.

OO Cuba, US Sign Oil Spill Deal Before Trump Inauguration jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as they rush to conclude deals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO The Irreversible Momentum Of Clean Energy – President Obama says that green energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels (um, he appears to include natural gas as green energy), cleaner for the environment, helps businesses save money, and ultimately benefits everyone. Oil and coal’s decline are irreversible.

OO Benefits Of State Renewable Energy Policies Far Outweigh Costs says a new report from the US national laboratories that examined states’ renewable energy goals.

It found that while renewables add costs up front, they more than make up for it in avoiding pollution and saving water.

OO New York Seeks To Develop US’s Biggest Offshore Wind Projects with Governor Andrew proposing to develop up to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million home,s as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production.

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Mud Mounds Murmur the geothermal energy beneath them and are located near the proposed site of a new geothermal plant in Imperial Valley, California. Credit Mark Boster at the LA Times

OO Australian Firm Plans Largest US Geothermal Plant In Imperial Valley

OO Dutch Trains Become 100% Powered By Wind Energy that generates the electricity that powers them, the national railway company said recently.

OO Sweet And Sour: China Decides To Use Cleaner Fuel –
But Will Likely Sell Dirtier Fuel To Nearby Countries

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SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS

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OO US Northeast Will Experience Faster Warming From Climate Change new study finds, over the next decade and beyond, than the rest of the planet.

OO Climate Change Is The World’s Biggest Risk, In 3 Charts– In its annual risk review, the World Economic Forum ranked climate change among its most likely and impactful risks in 2017.

OO Water And Climate Dominate World Economic Forum Risk Report
and worry business and political elite.

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Davos Is a Reminder of What Climate Change Can Melt – a snowy swiss wonderland. Source http://www.barrons.com

OO Davos Elite Focus On Climate Change, Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism
“The good thing is that the Paris agreement raised the bar for everyone,” said one fossil fuel industry leader. “Everyone feels the obligation to act.”

OO India: Used To Nearby Warfare, Kashmir Border Farmers Now Hit By Drought

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Getting Hot Down Under for the Aussies

OO Climate Change: 90% Of Rural Australians Say Their Lives Are Already Affected
and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out.

OO Switzerland Just Had The Worst Month For Skiing In 100 Years – the ski season is a month shorter than it was four decades ago.

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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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Smartmeters Help Increase Energy Efficiency but bringing populations to sustainable levels will do far more to help nations reach their climate targets. Wikimedia commons

OO Energy Efficiency Rate Has To Double To Meet Climate Targets – via price incentives on energy efficient technology; at present, the rate at which energy efficiency is increasing is slowing down.

MEH: A far more effective way to meet the targets (not mentioned in the piece) is to start humanely shrinking our populations and decreasing our consumption levels.

OO Tidal Lagoons Could ‘Ensure U.K. Power Supplies’ says a former energy minister, who has led a review into the technology.

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NATURAL REPERCUSSIONS

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Not All Beluga Whales Respond to Climate Change The Same Way and the same is true for other species, too. Source no.walls321.com

OO Warming Affects Species Differently
Making Survival Hard to Predict
shows a new study on several different species.

OO Bird Species Vanish From UK Due To Climate Change And Habitat Loss – Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study.

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A Glimpse of What Was, Amidst a White Graveyard in the Sekiseishoko coral reef in Okinawa. When corals die, many of the animals dependent on them die, too.

OO Coral Bleaching Kills 70 % Of Japan’s Biggest Coral Reef – Warmer seawater temperatures last summer are believed to have caused coral bleaching to spread to 90% of this Okinawan reef.

OO Polar Bears Unlikely To Survive Without Climate Action– says the US Fish and Wildlife Service and “decisive” action is needed to slow climate change and stop sea ice melting that threatens to wipe out polar bears in the Arctic.

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FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES

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Fracking Benefits the Community – Seriously? Fracking is known to scar landscapes and contaminate groundwater and air, resulting in adverse health effects. Meanwhile, fossil fuel fat cats rake in the profits.

OO Study Finds Net Benefit For Fracking Communities,
But Critics Disagree
– saying the authors seriously overestimate those benefits, and note that most benefits go to out-of-state companies, while communities are harmed the most. Surprised?

OO New Texas $1 Billion Project Captures Carbon –
To Capture More Oil: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
– Once you capture CO2, why use it to pump out far more carbon, in the form of oil, that will ultimately release far more CO2? And there is no guarantee that the CO2 pumped far below will not make its way up again ultimately.

This is yet another way in which carbon capture falls flat as an efficient way to cut carbon emissions.

OO Australia: Gas Companies Have Manufactured Shortage Myth, Economist Says

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Tar Oil Sands Alberta, Before And After Credit Peter Essick at National Geographic

OO Canada’s Vast Source Of Climate Pollution May Go Bust As a result of the burgeoning US oil and gas market, and the trend towards ever cheaper renewable sources of energy.

OO British Columbia Approves Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Despite the uncertainty of it ever being used, given the current economic outlook for oil sands.

OO Indonesia: Coal Recovery Too Good To Resist For World’s Biggest Shipper

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A SWEET SPOT IN CREATING SUSTAINABLE POPULATIONS

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Triple Win: Using Profits to Provide Needed US Family PlanningMedicines360.org is key to creating a sustainable US population and bright futures for women – AND saving taxpayers many billions yearly in community costs by preventing unintended pregnancies. Source medicines360.org

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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 SURFING

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OO Solar Power To Rise From Chernobyl Nuclear Ashes as Chinese companies plan over the next two years to build a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

OO Despite Problems, China Forges Ahead With Clean Energy – The world’s largest emitter of climate changing gases is investing heavily in solar, wind, and other clean energy sources, but is stymied by an economic slowdown, a dearth of transmission lines and persistent local favoritism towards coal.

OO Oil-Rich Gulf Countries Take Advantage Of Cheap Solar
To Diversify Energy Supplies

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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 24, 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: rains in California are helping, but much of the south remains in drought.

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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Trump Fuels His Illegitimacy Daily, With Ever More Lies: Move On, Media, With A Trump Lie Counter

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Who, me lie? Source businessinsider.com

Donald Trump’s lies are already legendary, and as they mount daily, fuel his presidential illegitimacy in ways no others can: lies fuel voter mistrust, disapproval (of which Trump has record high levels entering the presidency) and increasingly detract from their perception of his presidential legitimacy. Remember Richard Nixon?

An important, dangerous fallout, however, is that the lies provide yet more distractions from important stories for the puppy dog pack of mainstream media, infused with giddy happiness as they chase every lying ball Trump tosses.

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SNL Covers The Big Story, as Mainstream Media Act Like Silly Puppies – Wondering who covered the big story this weekend on one of the biggest problems confronting our survival? SNL did, but not the puppies, who were teething on Trump’s latest lies. screencapture at youtube.com

Thus, the post inaugural Sunday shows were not about the latest NOAA report noting the calamitous upswing in global warming (record high levels of heat for the past 3 years – oops, was that news to you?), but rather Trump’s latest lies about just how many attended his inauguration.

What to do? Yo, media, wake up and smell the coffee. Trump’s lies aren’t news! We all know that, based on his psychological makeup, they will increase with time. More importantly, they will increasingly undermine voters’ and other countries’ confidence in him, and undermine the legitimacy of his presidency and our country. Now, THAT’s news that should be covered, and presumably will, in due time.

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A Growing Nose Isn’t Accurate Enough – to estimate Trump’s increasing lies, and ultimately one runs out of space trying to show it. Source conservativepapers.com

In the meantime, the media can easily – and briefly – report on his lies using the handy, dandy method of estimating Trump’s lying rate presented here, and then setting up an estimated Trump lie counter on their websites. Alas, no one appears to have done a serious statistical study of the rate at which he lies yet, so this first try at an estimated Trump lie counter is, by necessity, a crude one – but helpful, especially if it gets the media to stop fixating on the lies and focus on the real harm Trump is doing to the country with his new (lack of sensible) policies.

There is one piece that did take a stab at Trump’s lying rate during the election campaign. “Lyin’ Donald Trump Is Literally Lying Every Five Minutes” noted one conservative documenter as they listed 101 of Trump’s numerous, nearly continuous lies way back in April 2016. Showing how you can’t keep a good liar down, Trump kept lying, as he called nearly every other candidate a liar.

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Credit Erik T. Johnson, Design by Kelly Niland, at the New Yorker

The “Lyin’ Donald Trump” piece estimated, based on their observations, that Trump was lying on average roughly every 5 minutes. That’s 12 times every hour (repeating a lie counts). Multiply that by 24 hours (hang on, got to find my calculator), that’s 288 lies daily, or 8,640 lies monthly. And the master liar is catholic in his scope: nothing is beyond his ability to create illusion for all, and delusions for himself.

[One might argue that he is not lying because he is delusional — but if that is so, doesn’t that justify his immediate removal based on mental incapacitation as stated in Section 4 of the 25th Amendment? So, for now, we’ll presume his party would rather have him seen as lying – or that they are equally delusional. You pick.]

Of course, that 5 minute average only takes into account observable lies, ie, those that were documented in some way. We have no idea what kind of impressive show behind the scenes is denied to us. One can only guess about the number of lies that flow in the privacy of Trump Tower and the White House, where, presumably, he is now able to lie fairly continuously to a continual flow of people wanting to transact with the U.S. president. Given that, let’s just round up the above estimated numbers of daily and monthly lies to 300 daily, or 9,000 monthly.

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And The Lies Keep Mounting… and Mouthing…

Now, every time the media flies feel drawn to the carrion of Trump’s lies, they can carry on by simply reporting the current estimated number, then focus on the real main stories – and note when Trump’s lies affect those stories.

Indeed, feel free to imbed an estimated Trump lie counter on your website, one that automatically adds one more to Trump’s total lies every 5 minutes: start the counter at 12 noon January 20, 2017. Refer to it briefly whenever you feel the urge to fixate on his lying. Mark impressive numbers: Trump will be passing the 100,000 mark somewhere into his 11th month.

Then focus on the real news.

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