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Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte Ph.D. is a biologist who writes on climate change and population issues. She co-authored the free downloadable book, Cool the Earth, Save the Economy, at Cool the Earth, and produces the weekday "Climate Change Report," 90-second audio newscasts, as well as the Climate Change Reports blog.

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Climate Change This Week: The Coral Canary, a Windy US Future, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:50 AM

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

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Another Reason To Save Africa's Forests - its butterflies, such as these glass winged butterflies. Source www.zendegi993.blogfa.com

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Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 5:08 PM

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

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A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador (threatened by oil development - below); it illustrates the incredible biodiversity stored in rainforests, important...

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Feel Inspired Right Now: Meet the Goldman Award 2016 Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Goldman Awards reward those brave Davids that fight corporate Goliaths worldwide, trying to preserve their homes and communities from unjust, destructive development, and important ecosystems that benefit all of us.

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This is what binds our heroes this year: recognizing that...

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Climate Change This Week: Seas Rising 6 Feet By 2100, Xeroxing Solar Panels, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 3:22 PM

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

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Bizarre Beautiful Jewels of the Forest are another reason to preserve forests, as these US death's head caterpillars illustrate. Credit Eigor Siwanowicz

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Climate Change This Week: Big Savings Via Family Planning, Zooming Emissions, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 5:24 PM

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

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Fascinating Ants: Another Reason to Preserve Forests, as these Indonesian weaver ants demonstrate. Credit Eko Adiyanto

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Climate Change This Week: Rising Seas and Super Storms, Solar Gets Cheaper, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 2:12 PM

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

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Forests: Important To Our Life Cycles as they conserve our land, our climate, and sources of drugs, foods, and materials. Credit Eco Suparman

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Climate Change This Week: Frying February, Minimizing Methane, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 1:30 AM

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

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When Forests Go, So Do These and many other baby animals. Source fluffyfeet at pinterest

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Climate Change This Week: A Really Hot 2016 Start, a Really Cool Battery, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 3:11 PM

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

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When The Forest Goes, So Does This Beauty, a beautiful tropical forest hummingbird. Credit Michel Giraud-Audine at flickr

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GOP Reaps What It Sows: Donald Trump

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 10:29 AM

Republicans have used savvy marketing to successfully pad the pockets of their rich supporters over the past several decades as they misled the remaining majority. In doing so, they've created a duped, angry electorate that now threatens our democracy.

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Climate Change This Week: Coral Catastrophe, Ultra Thin Solar Cells, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:00 PM

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

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When Forests Go, So Do Captivating Critters, Both Prey And Predators - can you guess which one is which here? Credit Fahmi Bhs

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Climate Change This Week: Rising Seas, American Action, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 1:48 PM

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

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"Devilish" Biodiversity - another reason to save forests, as this Made-For-Halloween devil flower mantis from Africa illustrates. Source pinterest.com

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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Goes Bonkers, Voting For Climate Action, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 2:21 PM

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

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Bizarre Biodiversity - another reason to preserve forests, as this Brazilian Gorbatkov illustrates. (No, really, this is not photoshopped.) Source funganssi.blogspot.com

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Climate Change This Week: A Drying Southwest, Clean Cheap Power, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 12:02 PM

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

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Tiny Forest Fairy Lanterns are rare and considered threatened in Tasmania, which also harbors truly ancient forests. Credit Rosalind Smallwood at Flickr

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Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:59 PM

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

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The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence. Source fluffyfeet...

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Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:38 PM

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

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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Unique Giraffe Beetle, another biodiversity wonder, is threatened as Madagascar's forests continue to be destroyed. Wikipedia

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The American Zika Virus Threat: What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 5:36 PM

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Microcephalic Babies Are Tied to Zika viral infections during their first 3 months of fetal development. Source bn.thetodaypost.com

Zika virus (Zv) infects people via daytime mosquitoes carrying it, and rarely via sex with infected partners. Mosquitoes can bite infected people and...

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Climate Change This Week: Solar Job Boom, US Blizzard Gloom, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:19 PM

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

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It's a Cuke! It's a Popsicle! No, no, it's a ... Caterpillar! from an Asian rainforest: one more reason to preserve these carbon-storing ecosystems. Source bayucca at flickr

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Climate Change This Week: Future Major Power Disruption, Clean Energy Pays, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 4:45 PM

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

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Climate Change This Week: Climate Chaos, an Energy Revolution, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 6:18 PM

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

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One More Reason To Save Forests: The David Bowie Hunter, a spider newly discovered in the Malaysian highlands in 2015. Forests house fascinating forms of life. Credit Oskar87jk at flickr

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Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 8:59 PM

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
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Another Fantastic Reason to Save Forests is the Cassia's owlet caterpillar found in the Amazon rainforest. Credit pbertner at flickr

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