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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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Holiday Football? Try Planetary Pinball!

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:42 PM

The Pinball Machine of Climate Change

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I know, I know, it's football season. Across America, millions are planning their Thanksgiving weekend TV football feasts and parties. But before you settle into the couch and start chowing down on...

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Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:42 PM

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

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Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't understand how global warming can create both extremely cold and hot weather.

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Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

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


South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This Is Not Cool Series by Peter Sinclair.


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OO U.S., China Reach 'Historic' Deal To Cut Emissions - it's a long overdue beginning, and no where close to what it needs to be, but for now, "China, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...."

SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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Brazilian solar bids roll in at high volumes and low prices to supply solar power to the nation's electric grid, resulting in nearly a gigawatt of new contracts reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast. Less than 10% of the many proposals could be accepted, all at less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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Here Comes The Sun: America's Solar Boom - an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion recently, reports Tim McDonnell at Mother Jones: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That's without any changes to existing policy.

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Check it out here, right now!
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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Green Energy 'Creates More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels' study says.

OO Scotland Produced Enough Wind Energy To Power Every Home In October.


OO LEDs the Fast-Rising Heroes of Efficiency are becoming the affordable and more efficient replacements of compact fluorescent lights.

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EU Plans 'Supergrid' To Boost Security, Renewables reports Paul Brown at the Daily Climate. The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all 28 member states to one electricity grid.

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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You Can Help Fight Climate Change with Reality Drop, a project by the Climate Reality Project, to combat the rampant online misinformation about climate change and its solutions, especially clean energy. It makes it easy for you spread the truth or combat the denial surrounding hotly debated articles in their comment sections. Like a good fight? Here ya go!

OO We Must Manage Climate Risks By Cutting Carbon Pollution,
Top Scientists Conclude

OO Australia: Yawuru Native People Camp Out To Oppose Fracking

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Divestment Movement Growing Among NGOs, Cities reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast. The Oregon Environmental Council shed its dirty stocks and invested in green companies recently. And 350.org's Fossil Free movement enlisted its 30th city worldwide (Orebro, Sweden) to divest its investment portfolio from coal and oil.

The movement is growing, with campaigns up and running in London and eight German cities, and Paris waiting in the wings. Nearly 200 institutions, managing an estimated $50 billion, have pledged to divest since 2011; the number of investment professionals offering fossil-free portfolios has increased more than 50% this year.

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Where Voters Made a Difference on Climate:

Although the 2014 US elections shifted control of Congress under to a group dominated by climate deniers, who profess to understand nothing about the science, the elections also saw climate change solutions becoming a voting priority, reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast.

Fracking bans won in a Texas oil town, an Ohio college town, and in two of three California counties that voted on the issue. In the northeast, the voter elected Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, who promised to bring his state into the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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OO Americans Are Voting For Fracking Bans -
They Don't Trust The Oil And Gas Industry

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Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely:


Educating by Entertaining on Population, Health: African Radio - a new soap opera radio series launched in Rwanda aims to engage people emotionally as it confronts taboo subjects and informs on reproductive health and fertility, reports the Institute for Reproductive Health.

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The Latest Climate Change Statement:
Webcast Your Vasectomy
and be counted among the heroes on World Vasectomy Day, which was on November 14th this year, reports Jason Plautz at the National Journal. The day is a worldwide celebration of a different sort of sacrifice: men who get vasectomies.

Learning More About Climate Change:

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OO Getting the Picture: Our Changing Climate - a learning tool for students and educators.

Good Ideas:

OO A Web Vacuum That Sucks CO2 from Your Email - at gmail, by identifying all those 1,000s of old emails you have yet to clean out of your email box; storing them uses up energy. Check it out here.

OO Scientists Create First Detector
Of Fracking Contamination In Water
- they can trace leaks and spills of fracking fluids--and even detect their presence in treated water.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies:

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OO US Energy Boom Might Be A Short One since the majority of the country's shale oil and gas reserves could prove too deep and too expensive to drill.

OO Cheap Oil Bad For Carbon Cuts -
And For Fossil Investment, Too

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How close does your family live to an oil refinery? It's a Matter of Health
Find out on this interactive map here. Earth Justice

OO Rich Countries Subsidising Oil, Gas And Coal Companies $88 Billion A Year

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This is where the US is subsidizing exploration for oil we cannot afford to burn - the US, and Russia -- and Putin's buddies. To see where others are subsidizing this, go here:

OO How The G20 Subsidises Exploration For Fossil Fuel - Interactive

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Ajsmen91 at Wikimedia Commons

OO Air Pollution Exposure Can Drastically Increase
A Child's Chances Of Developing ADHD


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Wikipedia

OO Affordable Food or Cheap Gas? Choose One as food and fracking corporations fight for the same precious resource, water.

OO India: Air Pollution 'Cutting Crop Yields By Almost Half'

OO China's Reliance On Coal Costs Over 600,000 Lives A Year says a new study.

Clueless Leadership:

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OO Senate Republicans Vow To Dismantle Carbon Emissions Rules

OO Climate Change Denier Jim Inhofe (R)
In Line For Senate's Top Environmental Job

OO GOP Election Rout Delivers Blow To US Leadership On Climate Change

Inadequate Action:

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Even capping warming at 2 C will not prevent even more extreme weather in the future many scientists now say - unless we move dramatically to cut emissions via a transfer to clean energy and greater energy efficiency.

OO Capping Warming At 2 C Not Enough To Avert Disaster, many experts warn.

OO Cutting Methane, Soot Not Enough to Tackle Warming

OO Australia 'Losing Out' On Renewable Energy Investment - renewable energy investments there has dropped by 70% in the last year, says the national Climate Council, as foreign investors go elsewhere because the government has no clear renewable energy policy.

Faith in Techno-Fixes:

OO Many Experts Now Say: Technology Can't Fix Climate Change

Not Speaking Out:

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OO Censored: Acidification Tops List Of Important Stories Ignored By Media

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 17, 2014

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 switched suddenly to abnormally cold as a massive Arctic front moved in. This will happen increasingly often under climate change, as melting Arctic ice creates conditions that slow Arctic winds (the jetstream) and make their geographic patterns ever more wavy - with some of those big "waves" pushing Arctic cold deep into the US.

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California reservoirs remain low as the drought continues.

Meanwhile US waters and the far north are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, with Alaska warmer than Texas on some days. The eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further 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.

Extreme Weather:

OO 2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California's History

OO Heat,Drought Worsen Smog In California, Stalling Decades Of Progress


Social Impacts:

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Wikipedia

OO From Bar Fights To Wars, Climate Change Will Make Us More Violent

OO Hostages Of Climate Change: Trapped Poor Populations - the range of climate change calamities projected by many scientists - from floods to heatwaves and rising seas -will take its heaviest toll on the poor.

OO US: 'Nobody Is Truly Ready' For Rise of Seas

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USDA at Flickr

OO China: Drought Ends Run Of Record Corn Harvests

OO UK: Drought And Flood Fears After Warm 2014

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OO Climate Change Disrupts Bee's Pollination of Flowers - with increasing global temperatures to blame, says new research..

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Peru Has Massive Opportunity To Avoid Emissions From Deforestation

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A once rare malaria is on the rise in Malaysia as carrier monkeys, fleeing deforestation, encounter people.
Rhett Butler at Mongabay.com

OO Human Infections By 'Monkey Malaria' Increasing
As Forests Disappear


OO Central Africa: Chinese Companies Wreaking Environmental Havoc - as they exploit without oversight.


OO Reducing Tax Evasion Could Help Save The Amazon - through taxing already cleared, underused land, says a new study.

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Aaron Escobar via Wikimedia Commons

Brazil: Global Meat Demand Plows Up Vast 'Underground Forest' reports Autumn Spanne at the Daily Climate. Far more threatened than the Amazon forest, the vast lands of the Cerrado have deep roots that store vast quantities of carbon -- but industrial farming is releasing this fast.

YOU CAN ACT to protect our homeland:

From re-elected Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg (Facebook: "Climate Action Across America"):

If 400,000 people can march for climate action in New York City, we can get 100 people to contact every Congress person by phone, email, or in person:

urge them to oppose the Keystone "export" pipeline and to act on climate.

It is okay to contact their offices regularly, and to invite others to contact them - they need to hear from Americans about the growing support for climate action.

<<1>> Please tell them we already have too much greenhouse gas pollution in our atmosphere, and building Keystone would make it even worse.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline would sacrifice American farms and endanger our water, so that a foreign company could export oil. Is this fair?

<< 2 >> You can add that Keystone would:

sacrifice American farms and ranches through eminent domain
and endanger our water -
just to let a foreign company export oil.

That would be #BadForClimate & #BadForAmerica, so say #NoKXL.

<< 3 >> Tell them to help US Wind Power instead: urge them to extend the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit.

Then let Rob know that you did it.

Finally, Endorse the EPA Carbon Pollution Rules here << Comment Deadline December 1 >> and be sure to copy your Congressional representative and Senators.

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 autumn tundra I photographed years ago. 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: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:26 PM

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

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Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos
Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspiring Message on Climate Change --
You, Too, Can Be a Non-Scientist! To see this hilarious video...

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Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded..... bwahahahahahaha!!!!!
Hmmmm.... Actually, this really IS scary....

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Fossil fuels are turning our planet into a pretty scary Jack o' Lantern. Vote for clean energy leaders on...

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Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 7:37 PM

The EV Revolution Is Here!

Takeaways:

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If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels,
the output would be three times the US transportation energy requirements.
We're wasting sunlight.

- notes Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar

Build a network of solar powered charging stations,
Where cars can get recharged for free.

- is a goal of Elon Musk, Wunderkind CEO of Tesla.

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A Nissan Leaf Ad: Electric cars can already go 257 miles on a charge, accelerate faster than regular cars, and cruise at 80 mph or more.

SOLAR KEEPS ZOOMING

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SolarCity Will Finance US Home Solar
To Make Rooftop Systems More Affordable
reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. Financing installations will overcome the hurdle of ownership costs. Its CEO predicts that such lease-like loans could be half of their new business by the end of 2015.

OO Florida: Thousands of Clean Energy Jobs at Risk - if state caves to pressure to gut energy efficiency goals.

OO Mexico: 250 MW of Distributed Solar Power to Be Developed

OO Australia Commissions 'Oceania's Largest' Solar Farm

OO Keystone XL's TransCanada Buys 3 Solar Plants from Canadian Solar; now all they have to do is transfer their product line completely to clean renewable projects, and clean up their tar sands mess... come on, TC (aka Tarry Calamity), you can do it!

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Check it out here, right now!

GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Raw Materials Are No Bar To Renewable Energy Future reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast. Shifting world electricity production to renewable sources would reduce air pollution and require a manageable quantity, says a new peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment.

Such a transition would save $1.8 trillion over the next two decades, says a study by the Climate Policy Initiative, which also found that governments and taxpayers will bear the greatest financial risk if fossil fuel reserves are stranded underground.

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This research follows a pair of studies by the International Energy Agency foreseeing that solar power--in a combination of photovoltaic and solar thermalplants--could supply more than a quarter of the world's electricity by 2050.

OO Efficiency Gains Over The Last Decade Saved More Energy
Than China or US Consumed In 2011
- and that's for just the advanced countries...

OO Besides Cleaner Energy, Renewables Are Much Greener to Build says a new study.

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Wikipedia

Americans' Cars Are More Fuel-Efficient Than Ever reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Plus, electric vehicle sales are up in the U.S., and the percentage of Americans who drive to work is down. The EPA announced a new gas mileage record for US cars and trucks: 24.1 mpg! Although gains are slowing as more people own SUVs and trucks.

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OO The Inventors Of A 'Revolutionary' Climate Solution
Just Won A Nobel Prize


OO CA's Drought Cuts Hydropower By Half
But Wind, Solar Help Fill the Gap

OO Northern Chile Has Top Renewables Market

WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Peterforsyth at Wikimedia Commons

OO Hundreds Of Hunting And Fishing Groups
Speak Out For Action On Climate Change

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OO Greenpeace Sinks Lego's Deal With Shell Oil Over Arctic Drilling - which included having toddlers get their plastic cars "filled" at Shell Gas stations... makes your heart curdle, just thinking about it...

OO Glasgow Becomes First University In Europe To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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OO Nobel Laureates Call For A Revolutionary Shift
In How Humans Use Resources

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OO Australian Anglicans Join Divestment Movement

OO Orange Country, CA: Growing Numbers Call for End to Fracking in GOP Area


Good Ideas:

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International Lawsuits Could Punish Carbon Emitters
Even If Governments Don't
reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. Improving climate science and the workings of international litigation could make courtrooms the next climate change battlefield, according to a new report.

OO We Can Meet 2C Climate Target,
But Success Depends On Immediate Action
say energy experts.

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OO Americans Can Save More Money By Not Burning It on fossil fuels, says a new study, through energy efficiency and accelerating a switch to clean energy - or pay far more later from ever worsening climate catastrophes.


New Insights:

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OO Sea Level Rise Over Past Century Unmatched In 6,000 Years says study.

OO NOAA: Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice as the freshwater flow from melting glaciers lowers the freezing temperature in the surrounding sea.

YOU CAN ACT

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Be A Climate Voter November 4 - the most important things you can do right now to promote climate action are register, vote, volunteer, and speak up publicly as a climate voter.

Please let candidates and the news media know that you are looking for candidates who will support climate action.

Speaking up makes a big difference. As one elected state senator notes,
"it is always reassuring to me as an elected official when my constituents tell me they support my work to promote climate action and sustainability, and it encourages me to do more.." Iowa State Senator, Rob Hogg.

Volunteer at a "climate voter" effort: the League of Conservation Voters, NextGen Climate, Climate Hawks Vote, and Vote-Climate.

Great March for Climate Action - a cross-country march from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, to support climate action - is now in Pennsylvania and scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC, on Saturday, November 1. You can join at any point for however long -- go here for details.

EPA Carbon Pollution Rules - Please Comment: Many groups are collecting signatures and comments in support of these rules; you can send comments directly to the EPA here.


Join the Citizens Climate Lobby.

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Pledge to VOTE here, then

MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE so that the daily demands of life doesn't sidetrack you. Here's a checklist to help:
* What time of day are you planning to vote on Tuesday, November 4th?
* How are you planning to get to the polls?
* Are you planning to bring the kids with you? Yes / No

Thinking through your plan to vote now makes it more likely that you'll vote on Election Day.
Need info on where you should vote? Go here.


WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies:

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Your dollars, going up in smoke, bringing you pollution and climate change.
Peter Essick

OO Bank of England Governor: Most Fossil Fuel Reserves Can't Be Burned - so coal, gas and oil assets are at risk of economic collapse.

OO Biomass Energy: Another Type of Climate Change Denial

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US Methane 'Hot Spot' Is Huge, But It's Nothing
Compared To Our Other Methane Sources
reports Emily Atkin at Climate Progress. A new study highlights the discovery of the spot, created from natural gas projects, but much more US methane, a short term but very potent greenhouse gas, is emitted yearly from U.S. agriculture, land use, forestry, landfills, and energy production in general.

OO Methane Emissions Soar In Drilling Boom

OO Growing Fracking Dilemma:
How To Dispose Of Radioactive Oil And Gas Waste?

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Tar Sands Mining: The fossil fuel industry doesn't want you to think that this is dirty.
Howl Arts Collective at Flickr

OO Intense Industry Pressure Causes European Union
To Stop Calling Tar Sands Dirty

OO US Oil Trains Now Delay Transport of
Vital Consumer and Industrial Goods

Clueless Leadership:

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Even elephants can't survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte
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OO Three GOP State Legislators Want To Kill
Michigan's Popular Clean Energy Law



OO Fossil Fueled 'Scientist' Congressman: There's No Manmade Climate Change - says this professional medical GOP doctor, supported by the fossil fuel industry. Remind me to consult a climate scientist the next time I feel sick... which is right about now...

OO Senate GOP Candidate: Yeah, We Cause Climate Change - So What?


WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 20, 2014

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 to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further 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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OO 'The Other CO2 Problem':
How Acidic Oceans Will Cost Our Economy Billions
- and $1 Trillion annually worldwide, a U.N. report predicts, if carbon pollution is not curbed

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OO September Was Warmest on Record, NASA Data Shows

OO California Could Be Facing A Mega-Drought - think 30 to 100 years or more; 'our current ground water withdrawal levels are so dangerous that "We are essentially borrowing on tomorrow's future. We'll pay that price over time," says the director of the CA Department of Water Resources.

OO Not Just California: Droughts Extend Across Americas - a dry spell has killed cattle and wiped out crops in Central America; parts of Colombia are rioting over scarce water, and southern Brazil is facing its worst dry spell in 50 years.

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Via Climate Central

OO Cyclones Under Climate Change to Cost World $10 TRILLION by 2090 - if the prediction of fewer but stronger cyclones hold under worsening climate change. Most climate change predictions tend to underestimate emerging problems, though....

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Extreme rainfall that caused flooding in England is just one of many extreme weather events that scientists could be exploring as a possible tie to climate change for the upcoming supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

OO 2014 Extreme Weather: Looking for Climate Ties

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Wild wx at wildwx.com

Sea Level Rise Making Floods Routine for US Coastal Cities reports John Upton at Climate Central. East coast city tidal floods could triple by 2030 for some, says a new report, and increase 10 times by 2045.

OO Picture This: Monster Typhoon and Miami's King Tides

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Wikipedia

OO Price of Coffee Beans Soar To 2½-Year High nearly doubling this year, with thin rainfall clipping output from the world's biggest coffee grower and fueling worries about how already-weakened trees will fare next season.

OO Zimbabwe: Climate Change Hits Banana Farmers

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon


Julia Roberts is Mother Nature; see other hard hitting voices of nature here.

OO Next Big Idea In Forest Conservation? Empower Youth Leaders

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Forest Fragmentation's Carbon Bomb: 700+ Million Tonnes C02 Annually reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay. When forests are slashed into fragments, winds dry out the edges leading to dying trees and rising temperatures. Biodiversity often drops, while local extinctions rise and big animals vanish - and carbon emissions rise.

OO Brazil: Needs New Incentives for Ranchers to Keep Cutting Deforestation says new study.

OO Alaska: Summer Heat, Invasive Insects Cutting Down Birch Trees

OO Borneo: Indonesia To Set Up Palm Oil Monitoring In Bid To Cut Deforestation 80%

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 daisy I photographed in the African wilderness recently. 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: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 10:24 AM

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Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaeros Energies)


OO A Lighter-Than-Air Turbine To Harness High-Altitude Winds

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Climate Change This Week: Solar Sunflower, Banks Bank on Clean Energy, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 10:42 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 2, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 3:51 AM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 3:48 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 20, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming,...

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Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

(17) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 4:01 AM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 13, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming,...

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The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:17 PM

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time!

Here's my graphic line of connecting dots:

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1. Almost all scientists (97%) and businesses agree: our fossil fuel pollution is warming the Earth, which is making our climate more extreme -...

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Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 5:56 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 29 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 5:34 AM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 22, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 5:04 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming,...

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Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More

(6) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:27 AM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

(17) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 3:58 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 1, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More!

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:58 AM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 276 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming,...

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Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:14 PM

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

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...

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