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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: Carbon Caps Help, Religions Agree, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 7:15 PM

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

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Forests are homes to some of nature's brightest jewels, such as this tufted coquette hummingbird in Brazil. Credit Michel Giraud-Audine at flickr

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Climate Change This Week: Solar For Everyone, Mothers Mass, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:13 PM

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

Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but sweet.

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Forests: the...

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Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 11:20 PM

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

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Macaws are just a few of the colorful unique birds found in Brazilian forests.

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Brazil Announces Massive Reforestation and...

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Climate Change This Week: The Extreme Weather Connection, Another Solar Breakthrough, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:45 AM

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

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Beautiful in so many ways: where people moved government to act on climate. Source www.infohostels.com

OO Netherlands: For First Time, A Court Orders A Government
To Act...

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Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:49 PM

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

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Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blogspot.com

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

OO Peru: New Reserve Will Protect Nearly A Million Acres...

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Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:46 PM

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

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In a 192-page paper Pope Francis lays out the argument for a new partnership between science and religion. Source the Daily Climate

OO Encyclical Reveals Pope's Deep Dive...

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Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 3:54 PM

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

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"Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like deforestation. Discovered on New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea in 2009, it remains undescribed.
Credit Piotr...

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Climate Change This Week: Solar-Plus Storage Push, Water and Energy Collide, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 1:38 PM

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

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Modern Art? No, It's a Rainforest map created from aerial laser scans produced by the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an important new forest conservation tool. Courtesy of CAO

That...

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Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation

(53) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:18 PM

In "Unrealized Horrors of the Population Explosion," Clyde Haberman, 70, beats an obsolete, dead horse, repeating observations made in previous articles over past decades that Paul Ehrlich's predictions of horrors stemming from our exploding population have not come true.

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(Source: Alan...

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Climate Change This Week: Nerd Power, Deadly Heat Waves, Biblical Deluges, and More!

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:54 PM

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

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Computer servers emit huge amounts of heat, a costly item to remove. One company is recycling it instead. Source www.bbc.com

OO Heating Houses With 'Nerd Power' - to...

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Climate Change This Week: Bi-Polar Problems, Solar Breakthrough and More!

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:01 AM

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

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OO Tech Companies Are Moving to 100 Percent Clean Energy -- Apple, Google and Facebook all are executing plans to power their massive server farms with renewables. What about...

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Climate Change This Week: CO2 Passes 400 ppm, President Can Act, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:15 PM

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

@@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm

Reversing CO2 levels will take an unprecedented worldwide effort, say NOAA researchers.


New Global Milestone: CO2 Levels Now Pass 400 ppm reports Doyle Rice at USA Today and reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, with March 2015 being the first month when levels of this main driver of global warming averaged above 400 ppm since the 1880s. During that time, Earth has heated up 1.6 F degrees.

What Does This Mean for Life on Earth?

@@ Climate Change Could Extinguish 16% of Wildlife - and many of us, too, through more catastrophic storms and droughts.

Remember all this next time you vote for your leaders!

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OO The Next President Can Hugely Impact Climate Policy -
Even Without Congress
via using the EPA to regulate pollution, eg, from fossil fuels, that endangers public health.

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Want to Stop Fracking? Go here to find out what you can do for your state. Peoplare fighting back!

Global Warming Methane Emissions Far Higher Than Thought from fossil fuel developments due to flawed methane monitors underestimating even large emissions, a new study as found, reports Lisa Song at InsideClimate News. Methane is far more potent than CO2 at quickly heating the atmosphere.

OO Huge Methane Leaks From Oil And Gas Wells
Cost Taxpayers Millions


OO Giant Methane Plume in Southwest - detected from an area dense with fossil fuel mining operations, say NASA and NOAA scientists.

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OO Fossil-Fuel-Free Funds Outperformed Conventional Ones - shows an analysis done by MSCI, the world's leading stock market index company,

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OO Global Warming Explained in 22 Cards - keep this handy dandy guide in your virtual hip pocket as a way of reminding yourself about the main facts -- and share with friends!

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Your Winter Vegetables: Grown by California's Vanishing Water in the Imperial Valley. which supplies 2/3rds of US winter veggies reports Tom Philpott at Mother Jones. A finite aquifer is being quickly emptied to grow them and cattle feed, as the other major supply, the Colorado River, dwindles from the drought. Meanwhile, western populations are surging. Not a pretty picture.

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OO Small Dietary Changes Could Cut Carbon Emissions Up To 40% says a new study: cut back on meat, and processed snacks; focus on vegetables instead. Hey, pass those carrot sticks n dip!

OO US Food Companies Aren't Prepared To Deal With Water Scarcity from climate change, groundwater depletion, and population growth, says a new report, failing to incorporate these factors in their business plans.

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Want a Drink? Neither do I. So why are fossil fuel companies putting waste water into our water supply?

OO Environmental Groups Sue To Stop Oil Companies
From Poisoning California's Water Supply
with injected waste water into drought depleted, supposedly protected aquifers. Someone should be jailed for this.

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As Arctic ice melts sooner and faster, plankton, the fish food for all the big fisheries there, stores far less fat. This means far less food value for fish - and far fewer fish. Sources wikipedia, NOAA

Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results for Fisheries reports Rose Hackman at the Guardian, with the lowest summer levels seen by satellite so far.

The melting also speeds global warming, since summer ice is an important planetary heat shield, reflecting 24 hour sunlight that is otherwise absorbed and transformed into heat by exposed waters.


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OO Young Thin Arctic Ice Creates New Climate-Driven Era - it speeds global warming by absorbing more sunlight, melts faster, allows more energy to warm the ocean below it, and harbors much less Arctic biodiversity below it than thicker ice.

OO Warming Arctic Kills Two Researchers - as they sank through thin ice and drowned - experienced explorers, who were documenting ice loss.

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OO Solar Becoming 'Least-Cost' Option for U.S. Utilities

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OO History Lessons for Climate Activists - Takeaways:

* don't wait for common sense to prevail
* bring the message into people homes and lives
* reach out to engage as broad a political spectrum as possible - for ex., couch arguments in libertarian terms, as in property rights wiped out by fossil fuels and their impacts.

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

OO Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely - FD, I wrote this. Let's bring a little humanity to the table when we talk population. Please share!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Support and elect politicians who are sensitive to issues of reproductive choice here in the U.S. and abroad.

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

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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO US SolarCity Installs Record Amount of Solar Power So Far in 2015 - and is still set on getting one million customers by 2018.

OO 'Massive' Solar Expansion Critical for Climate says a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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NREL

OO Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045

OO EU Agrees 'Landmark' Carbon Market Deal that claws back hundreds of millions of surplus allowances from Europe's emissions trading system. Yes!!!

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Who would NOT want to avoid tar sands? Credit Howl Arts Collective,flickr

OO Investors Urged to Avoid Oil Sands After Alberta Election

OO Canada: Tar Sands Province Elects Greener Leader

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OO Coal Investments Increasingly Risky, Say Bank Of America

OO Bank of America's New Policy to Limit Credit Exposure to Coal

OO Shale Boom Has Already Gone Bust

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OO India: World's Worst Air Spurs Modi's $25 Billion Utility Clean-Up Push

OO China To Expand Coal Ban To Suburbs - to takle air pollution.

OO Apple Expands Renewable Energy Goal

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Not in Our Waters! Say Seattle Mayor and Kayaking protestors about sheltering Arctic oil drill rigs. Source the Daily Climate

OO Seattle Mayor, 'Kayaktivists' Take On Arctic Oil Drilling - to block Shell Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's harbor.

OO Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns

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Telluride. Source the Daily Planet

OO Telluride, Colorado, And Other Mountain Towns Request Ending Coal Subsidies that support the very industry that is fueling a more erratic climate.

Good Ideas:

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OO California Drought Solution: Recharge the Aquifer by creating incentives for municipalities, farmers, and other water users to percolate water down into sub-surface aquifers for later use.

OO Colorado Begins Big Effort To Save Farm Water,
Use It To Make Power

OO Feds To Require Climate Change Plans For States Seeking Disaster Relief - a good idea that GOP Congress members are attacking.

OO A Tale of 2 Thirsty Cities: One Prices Water and Uses Less
Santa Fe NM has tiered pricing, and Fresno, CA does not: an important lesson.

Insights:

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Credit Victor at flickr

OO Sea Level Rising Faster Than Thought says new report based on refined satellite data.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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Source The Daily Climate

OO Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire, And Causes Town Evacuation In North Dakota

OO U.S States Attack Communities' Freedom to Limit Drilling - guess who's behind this?
http://www.dentonrc.com/business-tech/denton-business-headlines/20150509-u.s-states-move-to-quash-local-limits-on-drilling.ece

OO Scientists Discover Fracking Chemicals In Pennsylvania Drinking Water
"This is the first documented and published demonstration of toxic compounds escaping from uncased boreholes in shale gas wells and moving long distances [into drinking water]."

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Source the Environmental Health News

OO Poor in Pennsylvania? You're fracked. Fracking wells are disproportionately located in poor rural communities, which bear the brunt of associated pollution, says a new study.

OO In China, Coal Gas Means Cleaner air But Worse Climate - in past 2 years, China has enthusiastically embraced coal gasification.

Bad Ideas:

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Source pinterest

OO Entertainment Devices Emerging As Energy Hogs In Homes

OO California: Land Use Policies Undermine Climate Goals - as recent land development has cut the ability of much land to store carbon.

OO Sea Rise Threatens Florida Coast, But No Statewide Plan - the state that refuses to s--- glug, glug, glug, >gasp

Clueless Leadership:

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Even elephants can't survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte

OO 'Pollute At Will' Bill Enjoys Widespread Support From House Republicans - move to slash budgets for clean air, clean energy and climate change planning called 'totally backwards' by critics.

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 18, 2015

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.

Natural Repercussions:

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Oklahoma City in May. Source www.theblaze.com

OO Warming Could Bring More Downpours Like Oklahoma City's where 7 inches in one day caused flash flooding, killing several.

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Source the Daily Climate

OO California Drought Creates Potential For Devastating Wildfires - destroying homes, damaging watersheds, and costing hundreds of millions to extinguish, say scientists..

OO Intense Wildfire Season Expected in West as drought worsens; Forest Service predicts spending up the $1.6 billion to fight fires.

OO Taiwan To Rein In Water Use Amid Unusual Drought as Pacific Ocean temperatures have locked it into one of its most severe droughts in decades, prompting rationing in heavily populated areas.

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 crocuses 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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Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:08 PM

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

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Space. The final frontier. But this is a planetary, not interplanetary tale. Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers...

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Climate Change This Week: Cloudy Problems, Solar Charity and More!

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:09 PM

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

@@ What Climate Change Looks Like: Beware The Blob - of warm air off the Pacific coast, that is - the blob that keeps diverting storms away from California, creating the worst drought in over 1,000 years, according to a recent tree ring study. Droughts aren't new - it's the extreme persistence and intensity that is. That's exactly what is predicted to happen under Climate Change. Check this out!

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Wikipedia

OO Overlooked Evidence - Global Warming May Proceed Faster Than Expected due to its influence on clouds which could reinforce the warming, new studies indicate.

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OO Solar Panels For Trees?
Kenya Barters To Rebuild Its Forests
offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.


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OO California's Drought Could Upend America's Entire Food System
California's farmers literally feed the country.

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OO Drought-Parched Lake Mead Could Leave Seven States High And Dry

Related Headline:

OO Pacific Northwest's 'Wet Drought': Possible Sign of Future - although wetter than California, the region now gets mostly rain - so there is little water storage and more wildfires.

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@@ Why We Need to Keep It In the Ground - short, graphic, compelling. Check it out!

Future Will Be Dangerously Hot under current goals and pledges:

OO Current Carbon Pledges Won't Stop Dangerous Global Warming,
Says Lord Stern
- that is,keep global warming below the crucial 2C target, says the famed economist.

OO Limiting Global Warming To 2 Degrees 'Inadequate', Scientists Say

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Fewer hospitalizations means cheaper health costs for all of us.

OO Obama's EPA Carbon Cuts Rule To Save 3,500 US Lives Annually - 1,000 hospitalizations, and 100s of heart attacks, shows a new study.

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Brazil nut trees store a lot of carbon compared to other trees. CIFOR/Flickr

OO Keeping Earth Cool:
Amazon - 1% Of Tree Species Store 50% Of Carbon
there, estimates a new study. The area is frequently dubbed "the lungs of the planet".

Related Headline:

OO These Are The Amazon Trees That Keep The Planet Cool

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Where Have All the Forests Gone... Mongabay

OO Hundreds Of Millions Of Acres Of World's Forest Could Be Lost By 2030, Say WWF in less than a dozen global hotspots for deforestation, conservationists warn.

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Source Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia

OO Organization Funds Solar Power Projects For Charities,
Crowd Funded By The Community

OO World Needs To Triple Investments In Clean Energy Innovation says a new study to prevent dangerous future climate change.

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Future Postcards from the Past? Flamingoes, Polar Bears, and Pikas are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of species threatened by climate change. Sources: WWF, Wikipedia

OO One In Six Species Could Be Wiped Out By Climate Change study says.

Related Headline:

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Extinct from Climate Change and other factors, the famed golden toad of Central America. Wikipedia.

OO What Animals Are Likely To Go Extinct First Due To Climate Change - Australia, New Zealand, and South America are among the hardest hit.

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OO What Severe Weather Season Looks Like in 8 Seconds -
Click here to link to the animation.


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

OO In Their Own Words: "I want family planning for my own health." - from A Woman in Guédiawaye: Family Planning for Health and Development in Senegal

High growth and unemployment spurs family planning in Senegal, and is considered key to Senegal's development.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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

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SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

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OO US Companies Now Sell Commercial Energy Storage Systems - batteries, software, and even inverters to make it easy for buildings to really save money w. stored solar energy.

OO SolarCity Coming To New Hampshire - the fastest growing US solar company installed 40 percent of all US solar panels in 2014.

OO California: New Utility-Driven Community Solar Program Evolving as three major investor-owned utilities plan to buy rooftop solar power and sell it to customers.

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Solar power at googleplex. Wikimedia

OO Corporate Customer Choice Is Growing, Easing Acquisition of Renewables

OO Nevada: Support Solar Power, Or Get Voted Out a new poll indicates, which also shows
strong support for solar energy efforts and net metering, where rooftop solar customers get a credit from the power company for excess energy they produce.

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Source Greentechmedia

OO Solar Power Part of Nepal's Disaster Relief - as nonprofits cobble together clean energy solutions in the quake's wake.

OO U.K. Solar Industry Leads Europe with 3 gw forecast to be added this year.

OO Coal-Shunning China Explores Solar Power, Alternative Energy Solutions to beat pollution. As solar costs fall, the market booms.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Obama Signs Energy Efficiency Bill Into Law

OO Major US Utility Shifts Away From Coal, and Towards Renewables - says its 2014 sustainability report.

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OO U.S. Economic Growth Increasingly Independent of Emissions - as energy efficiency and clean energy increase.


OO California: Governor Issues Most Aggressive US Climate Goal Yet - ordering the state to cut tcarbon emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, on the way to cutting them 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, a goal set by the previous GOP governor.

Related Headline:

OO California's New Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target Puts Obama's To Shame

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For some states, the answer to new federal carbon rules is blowing in the wind.

OO Minnesota: Wind Is Cheapest Way To Meet Carbon Rule says a new report.

OO Iowa: Wind Power On Course To Meet Federal Energy Goals - says a new report

OO California Eases Way to Cover Old Mines With Renewables

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Pope Francis Wikipedia

OO Vatican Called For A Moral Awakening On Climate Change

OO UN Climate Chief: There Is No Space For New Coal

OO Church Of England Divests From Coal, Tar Sands, --
Cites 'Moral Responsibility'

"Climate change is already a reality," a church leader said.

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David Fights Goliath: Micklo Corpus camps at the roadside of his tribe's land, and keeps turning back oil company trucks planning to frack without proper permission.

OO Australia: Indigenous Hero Keeps Turning Back Oil Fracking Company

OO Australia: Academy Of Science Urges Govt To Cut Emissions To Zero By 2050


Informed Leadership and Insights:

OO US Plans To Create Climate-Resilient Energy Infrastructure -
invest in solar, while creating a strategy for curbing methane and black carbon.

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OO Soil Needs Proper Care To Retain Vast Carbon Deposits - but agriculture worldwide is losing topsoil instead, and rising CO2 levels can result in soil releasing carbon.

OO Pollen Seeds Clouds And May Change The Weather study shows.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Nearly Half The US Population Still Breathes Polluted Air report says.

OO California Farmers Water Crops With Oil Wastewater,
-- And No One Knows What's In It
- although such water typically contains toxins and carcinogens.

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OO Coal Companies Are Cheating Taxpayers Out Of Billions,
Many Western Towns Say

OO Fracking Wells Could Pollute The Air Hundreds Of Miles Away

OO Mountaintop Removal Encroaching On Communities


Clueless Leadership:

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Even elephants can't survive on oil.

OO Texas Legislature Acts To Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling - Texas, where freedom dies.

OO GOP Leader McConnell Unveils Surprise Attack on EPA Power Plant Rule

OO GOP Leaders Plot To Seize And Sell America's Public Lands
which would potentially open them up for fossil fuel development and pollution.

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS extreme weather, California dryin',
Google Weather around the world month year to get latest update from Jon Plotkin; ck the summary.

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, OMay11, 2015

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.

Natural Repercussions:

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OO Marine Animals Suffocate, Die As Climate Change
Spreads Dead Zones
from coastal areas into open ocean now, says a new report.


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OO Marine Dead Zones. Climate change warms waters, a likely factor in the continuing spread of dead zones.

California Dryin':

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Source US Forest Service at Wikipedia

OO California's Tinderbox Trees Face Disastrous Fire Season

OO California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees
-- Just Since Last Year

OO California's Forests Have Become Climate Polluters

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Worse air quality means more asthma attacks among children.

OO Drought Making California's Air Quality Worse, American Lung Association says.

Social Repercussions:

OO Climate Change May Speed Asthma Spread

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OO Climate Change Will Greatly Impact Australians' Health

OO Heatwaves' Impact On Workplaces Costing Australia $8 Billion Annually

OO England Faces Major Rise In Record Hot Years
Due To Climate Change

OO China Says Climate Change Threatens Major Projects

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Iran: 20+ Year Megadrought Threatens To Make Its South Uninhabitable if it persists, predict experts, reports Thomas Erdbrink at the New York Times. Tehran, the capital, has depleted groundwater supplies, but many somehow believe the wells will refill even as average rainfall dropped and the city's population tripled over the past 30 years.

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OO Coffee Catastrophe Beckons From Climate Change, which is already hurting http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/04/30/3652671/study-tanzania-coffee-climate-change/ the most consumed coffee bean.

OO As Global Dairy Demand Grows, So Does Its Emissions

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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 crocuses 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: Earth Shaking News, Groundwater Disappearing, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:01 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OO The State Of The Earth In 4 Climate Trends

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

OO Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends For Earth Day

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Arctic sea and sky. Credit USGS

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


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

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

Related Headlines:

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

OO Why Arctic Warming Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Headlines:

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

OO Oklahoma's Clear Link Between Earthquakes And Energy Boom

OO The Link Between Fracking Activity And Earthquakes Is Getting Stronger


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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

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

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

SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1 Billion Fund

OO The Second Coming Of Solar Is Here -
With New Investment Opportunities

OO California: Company Provides Solar Power with Water Efficiency - NRG is the first solar company to do so.

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OO The First Round-The-Globe PV-Powered Flight - the global journey is planned to last 25 days over five months, starting and finishing in the sun-scorched deserts of Abu Dhabi.

OO MIT Invention Turns Salt Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power


OO Does Going "Off The Grid" Actually Help The Climate? Not if the grid can distribute the power more efficiently to many users with far less redundant infrastructure.

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OO China Adds Solar Power the Size of France in First Quarter 2015

OO Japan: Solar Energy Is on the Verge of a 'Global Boom' - as nuclear recedes and oil-fired power plants close, Japan is one of the world's largest markets for solar power.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Strong Future Forecast For Renewable Energy

OO The Age Of Wind And Solar Is Closer Than You Think - renewable energy, spurred by a crisis in climate, may usurp fossil fuels by mid-century.

OO Landmark US Govt Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

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OO Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency

OO Congress Passes Bill for Grid-Enabled Water Heaters - letting thesebig energy users become far more efficient.

OO EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule Would Create 100,000s Of Jobs, report says.

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OO Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year

OO Methane Emissions Can Be Cut Cheaply Worldwide from leaks by oil and gas operations, says a new study.

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OO China Could Get 85% Of Its Electricity From Renewables By 2050, report finds.

OO Chinese Banks Must Cut Coal Lending, Shift To Cleaner Businesses to win its pollution war.

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A Clearer Future? China pursues less coal and more clean energy to clear its air.

OO China Reduces Coal Use And CO2 Emissions, boosting global climate talks.

OO China Plants the Most Carbon-Storing Trees With 'Green Great Wall'

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Norway's nationally owned oil company backs a tax on carbon. Source UK Telegraph

OO Big Oil CEO Backs A Global Tax On Carbon - Eldar Saetre, CEO of Statoil, the Norwegian oil giant.

OO Japan Hikes Target For Emissions Cuts To About 25% By 2030 - every little bit counts.

OO Australia Run On 100% Renewable Power By 2050, report finds due to falling costs of wind and solar power.

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WHAT WORKS

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Speaking out:

OO Banking Giant: HSBC Warns Clients of Fossil Fuel Investment Risks

OO Big Insurers Warn US To Prepare For Climate Change rather than waste money responding to resulting disasters... a stitch in time...

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OO Former Shell Boss: Fossil Fuel Industry Must 'Change Profoundly' and step up efforts to develop low carbon technologies.

OO World Bank: Climate Change Is A 'Fundamental Threat' to development. Then stop funding fossil fuel projects, WB!

Good Ideas:

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Lighting the Future: an organic LED lamp. Source Fast Company

OO No More Bulbs: Organic LEDs - made of thin layers, they can be used in every day objects, as they already are in TVs and mobile phones.

OO Liquid Batteries For Solar And Wind Power - flow batteries provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.

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Storing Energy Is Cool when done at the right time. Source greenmyplanet.net

OO Turn Supermarket Fridges Into Energy Storage Assets - cool refrigerant liquid at night during cheaper off-peak hours, and use it to keep the fridges cool during the day and outages.

OO The New Carbon Tracker Initiative:
Blueprint For Fossil Fuel Divestment for Companies


Insights:

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Hot Times Ahead Wikipedia

OO Temperatures Could Rise By 6C By 2100,
With Cataclysmic Results
say experts.

OO 75% Of World's Extremely Hot Days
Can Be Linked Now To Climate Change

OO Changes In Water Vapor And Clouds Are Amplifying Global Warming

@@ Looking for Global Warming? Check the Ocean

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Informed Leadership:

OO Under U.S. Leadership, Arctic Council Vows To Fight Climate Change

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO USDA Takes on Agriculture's Huge Contribution To Climate Change

OO White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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What Oil, Gas Does to Crop Land Credit AP Photo/ Charles Rex Arbogast

OO North America: Oil And Gas Industry Has Grabbed 7 Million Acres
Of Crop and Range Land Since 2000
- decreasing ecosystem services and productivity for the US and Canada.

OO Earthquakes Linked To Fracking Activity Are Rising, says U.S. Govt
"These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby."

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Pick Your Poison: the oil spill or the toxic chemical cleanup, Sources Wikipedia, Grist

OO Replacing One US Pollution With Another:
Big Oil Uses Toxic Chemicals To Clean Up Spills

OO China's Pollution Challenge: Two Of Most Polluted Provinces
Fail To Limit Factory Emissions

Ignorance:

OO GOP Conservatives Don't Think Climate Change Will Happen In Their Lifetimes says a new Gallup poll, even though ...

OO 83% Of Americans Say Climate Is Changing says poll conducted by world's largest reinsurance company. Go figure.

Clueless Leadership

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Even elephants can't survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte

OO GOP Senate Agrees That Global Warming Occurring, Impacting US --
But Fails to Act
in a recent vote.

OO GOP Republican Presidential Hopefuls Ignore Climate Issue

OO Oklahoma: Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Fracking Bans
-- As Fracking Earthquakes There Rise
-This is almost as good as flood-threatened Florida's governor refusing to let any state workers say "Climate Change". Just what DO they put in their Koolaid down in the Magnolia Zone?

2015-05-04-1430772628-2797000-publiclandsalefortimberSourcekswild.orgccr275.jpg The sort of stuff our GOP Congress would like to see converted into sofas rather than saved for future generations. Source kswild.org

OO On Earth Day, GOP Congress Targets America's Public Lands and Waters

OO GOP Weighs How To Undercut Obama's Climate Talks

OO President Ignores Fracking Risks In The Everglades
As He Urges Action on Climate

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 4, 2015

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.

Natural Repercussions:

OO Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double by 2100 due to climate change, says a new analysis.


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Go to the link below for the live interactive.

OO Since First Earth Day, U.S. Temps Have Been Rising

OO At $24 Trillion, Oceans Are World's 7th-Largest Economy -
But Its Resources Are Eroding
due to over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said.


Natural Repercussions:

OO Viral Blight Could Ravage Earth's Wheat,
Aided By Rising Greenhouse Gases

OO Nearly Half of Biggest Investors Expose Their Assets To Climate Change and "gamble" on companies heavily exposed to environmental risks, says a new report.

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Thousands have died already in 2015 trying to migrate away from Africa. Source The UK Daily Mail

OO Africa: Migrant Tragedies Will Worsen With Climate Change

OO Brazil: Drought Blamed For Upsurge In Dengue Fever

OO India: Farmers Commit Suicide As Crops Fail From Bad Weather and debts mount.


California Dryin'

OO A Sea Dries, Exposing a Toxic Bomb of accumulated toxic pollution that the wind can now distribute.


OO 'Explosive' Wildfires Are Already Out Of Control
-- Months Before Fire Season

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OO Dry, Warm Conditions Keep California's National Forests Parched

OO Nine More Ways The State Has To Change Its Water Ways - use wastewater, smart meters to fine violators, tiered pricing, and stop using up our aquifers, for starters.

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

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Forests: worth saving. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay

OO McDonald's Commits To Zero Deforestation
Throughout Its Entire Supply Chain


OO Using Satellites To Stop Forest Destruction In Its Tracks - Orbital Insight plans to collect satellite imagery of tropical forests to track changes over time.

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 crocuses 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: Forget Flaring, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:39 PM

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

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Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could dramatically dry out Yellowstone Park. Source: www.tourist-destinations.net

OO By 2100, Yellowstone National Park Likely To Be Incredibly...

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Goldman Prize Winners 2015: When Art Empowers Society, and So Much More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Once again, Goldman Prize awardees embody how single, determined individuals across the world can mobilize enough groundswell to conquer industrial Goliaths. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, these 2015 superheroes form a fountain of inspiration for all of us, and their weblinks show how we can act.

At the awards ceremonies,...

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Climate Change This Week: Methane Blob, Renewables And Global Heat Rise, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:32 PM

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

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@@ Funny or Die: Climate Change Denial Disorder - absolutely hilarious. Enjoy, and share!

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@@ How Much Fossil Fuel Is Extracted...

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Climate Change This Week: The Hot Race of Clean Energy vs Worsening Weather, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:58 PM

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

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OO Why Solar And Wind Energy Will Take Over Our Power Grid
Much Sooner Than You Think

1. Bipartisan political support is growing
2....

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Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Antarctica, the Immoral Ethics of Denial, and More!

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 12:23 PM

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

Breaking: Climate Change Hoax Revealed!

Wow, this is SUCH a relief! I was really worried there, for a few decades...

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Okay, back to reality, after a late April fools... sigh...

@@ The Elevator Pitch on Climate Change: Naomi Oreskes
Harvard professor of scientific history, and author of OO Merchants of Doubt describing the industrial campaign to create public doubt and confusion about the science of climate change.

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Source idealpoutry.com

Climate Change Creature Feature: Scientists race to develop heat tolerant chickens, whose production is also a significant source of global carbon emissions.

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Wikipedia

How Should Journalists Treat Candidates Who Deny Climate Change? Educate the readers on the real reason for climate change denial, reports Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times - that is, the fossil fuel industries' financing of climate change denial candidates. Don't be fooled by their scientific sounding gibberish - follow the money, folks!

Related Headline:

OO Media Contribute to 'Hope Gap' on Climate Change - by emphasizing the catastrophes and under-reporting the technological and political solutions.

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Only two major large forests remain on Earth: in Brazil's Amazon, and in Africa's Congo Basin (blue patches). 70% of the remaining forests are within 1 kilometer of forest edge due to human induced fragmentation. Bar graphs show historical declines in Brazil forests. Source Climate Progress

There Are Only Two 'Big Blobs' Of Forest Remaining On Earth says a new study, reports Ari Phillips at Climate Progress - one in Brazil's Amazon, the other in the African Congo. Worldwide, 70% of remaining forest is within 1 kilometer of forest edge, as forests fragments under the increasing pressure of expanding human developments.

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Fragmentation results in up to a 75% loss of biodiversity, and seriously impairs ecosystem functions. Source: Mongabay

On the brighter side:

OO New Online Platform Tracks Corporate Actions In Tropical Forests - like illegal deforestation, or violating pledges not to destroy forests.

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*** As populations rise, we lose even more forests. ***

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

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Raise public awareness about the population problem. Talk to your friends and colleagues, to your representatives, and to the media.

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


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SOLAR KEEPS DANCING

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OO Solar Energy Emerging As Cheapest Power Source
In Many Parts Of The World
by 2025 says a new report, but the success of that scenario depends on stable regulations.

OO Georgia Legislature Unanimously Approves Third-Party-Owned Rooftop Solar

OO New Kind of Tandem Solar Cell uses two different layers of solar absorbing materials (silicon and perovskite) to harvest a far broader range of sunlight. This could up the efficiency of solar cells.

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The Ivanpah solar thermal facility.Credit Aioannides at wikimedia commons

OO California Leads States In Getting 5+% Of Its Power From Large Solar Projects

OO California: PG&E Hits A Milestone Of 150,000 Solar Customers

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OO Florida Conservatives Trying To Make Solar Energy More Accessible with a petition seeking to legalize the sale of solar power from one citizen to another.

OO Community Solar: Key Considerations in Designing a Successful Program are who owns the installation and where to locate it.

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Check it out here, right now!
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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Smog over the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via wikimedia commons.


OO China: Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution

OO China: Shenzhen City To Pump $800M Into Electric Car Incentives

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Coal Mines: Eyesores That Will Not Be Missed. Wikipedia

OO US Coal Sector In 'Terminal Decline' say financial analysts, with the coal industry losing 75% of its value in the US over the past 5 years, and over 200 mines closing.

Related Headline:

OO Deteriorating Coal Markets May Lead
Coal Companies to 'Run Out of Time'
says
BB&T Capital Markets analyst Mark Levin.


OO Plan To Expand Regional Support For Wind Power
Takes Shape In The Midwest

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Renewable Energy Grids Could Dominate 'in Our Lifetime' say a majority of energy industry experts, reports Julia Pyper at Greentechmedia. Getting to 70% renewable generation is not a technical question, but political one, says one exec.

OO US Cities and Towns Choose Renewables to Save Money

OO EPA: New Cars Are More Efficient Than Ever By Far

2015-04-06-1428335045-5302200-windfarmgreenviawinddailycomcctw97.jpg via winddaily.com

OO A Big, Clean Energy Industry Matures At Sea where unobstructed winds off the coast of Denmark, for example, are capable of spinning up enough power to electrify around 1 million German households.

OO U.K. And Norway To Build Multi-billion Electricity Link
To Access Renewable Energy
from Norway to UK, when needed, potentially cutting electricity bills.

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OO India: Renewables To Get Most Of $1 Billion Bank Credit

OO Oslo's Decision To Divest From Coal
May Inspire Bigger Cities To Do The Same
- a series of major urban areas have made bold moves recently, ridding themselves of fossil fuel investments and becoming more carbon friendly.

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Neil deGrasseTyson hosted the extremely popular series "Cosmos", which aired on Fox and National Geographic.

OO Neil deGrasse Tyson: Voters Are Responsible
For Electing Climate Leaders or Deniers
and need to be better educated on climate change.

OO Museums' Ties To Climate Denying Koch Brothers Not OK, Scientists Say

OO Oil Giant BP Drops Membership With Conservative Lobbying Group ALEC that pushes legislation favoring big polluters over citizens' health.

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Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, right, said that denying climate change is akin to turning one's back on God's gift of knowledge. CreditTonyAvelar/AP Photo

OO Episcopal Presiding Bishop Makes Religious Case Against Climate Denial noting that those who deny the overwhelming facts abuse God's gift of knowledge and the ability to think.

OO California Gov Jerry Brown: Ted Cruz Unfit for Presidency
Because of His Climate Change Views

OO Guardian Media Group Divests Its $800 Million Fund of Fossil Fuels

Informed Leadership:

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The summit of European city leaders comes after Paris was recently declared the most polluted city on the planet when a choking cloud almost obscured its most symbolic monuments. Photograph: Witt/Sipa/Rex

OO Leaders Of European Cities Make Pledge To Tackle Climate Change

OO Maryland: Senate Passes Bill
To Declare Fracking An 'Ultrahazardous Activity'

Insights:

@@ Jon Stewart Pretends Climate Change Doesn't Exist - the gem is 3 minutes in, with actual footage of a Florida state official trying not to say the words "Climate Change" with hilarious results - but stick around for understanding just who is sucking up all the water in California - and getting away with it. For a better video copy go here.

For just the gem I referred to above, watch:

OO Florida's Unspeakable Issue Leaves Climate Change Official Tongue-Tied

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Credit Matt Granz, Courtesy Twitter,/Sacramento National Weather Service

OO Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Japan Uses Climate Cash For Coal Plants

OO Canada Pushes Ahead with Alternatives to Keystone XL

OO Water Use For US Fracking Has Skyrocketed, USGS data show, even as the western drought makes the stuff ever more precious.

Bad Ideas:

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OO How Growers Gamed California's Drought - Consuming 80% of California's developed water but accounting for only 2% of the state's GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

OO China's Massive Use of Cement a Big Source of Carbon Emissions - and it is using more than it really needs.

Clueless Leadership:

OO Ted Cruz Is Trying To Gut The Clean Air
Act And Repeal All Climate Regulation

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 5, 2015

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.

Natural Repercussions:

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OO Antarctica: Record-Breaking Hot Temperature Recently - 63.5°F. Setting a new all-time temperature record for an entire continent is an exceedingly rare event, reports Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Meanwhile, new heat records worldwide are far outpacing new cold records.

Related Headlines:

OO 63.5°F in Antarctica - where the most recent century has been the fastest warming one in the past 2,000 years.

OO Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting 70% Faster a new study shows, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades.

OO Antarctica's Icy 'Doorstops' Thin, Creating Rising Seas Risk

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO The Gulf Stream System May Already Be Weakening: Not Good -this crucial heat conveyor belt hasn't been this weak in 1,100 years, perhaps due to an influx of freshwater from Greenland's melting ice sheet.

OO Report: Diversity Of New England Plant Life Is Threatened by climate change and expanding human development.

OO California Snowpack Hits All-Time Low: 8 %Of Average

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Starving sea lion pups are just the most visible dramatic effect of warming waters on US coastal ecosystems. Credit NOAA Fisheries West Coast at Flickr

OO The West Coast Is in Hot Water creating a slew of changes to marine food chains.

Social Repercussions:

OO The Salton Sea: A Time-Bomb Amid California Drought - As the sea dries, the toxic pollutants in its bottom are set to be dispersed by wind, polluting far and wide, as migrating birds are deprived of an important rest stop.

OO Florida's Climate Denial Could Cause Catastrophic US Recession - because there's now a trillion-dollar real-estate bubble in coastal property. When it bursts from a catastrophic storm, U.S. taxpayers -- all of us -- will have to pay the bailout bill.

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Indian traffic as monsoons flood. Credit Liji Jinaraj at wikipedia commons

OO Tropical Rainfall Rising As Big Storm Events Increase, especially big thunderstorms, study finds.

OO Australia: Queensland To Create Permanent Disaster Recovery Agency to deal with a future of more extreme cyclones and floods brought on by climate change.

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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 strawberries 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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