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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: $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.

Related Headline:

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.


Related Headlines:

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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Check it out here, right now!
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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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Check it out here, right now!
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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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Check it out here, right now!
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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

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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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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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Climate Change This Week: Melting Poles, Fading Forest, Solar Soars, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:23 AM

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

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As we cut down much of the Amazon forest , much of the rest is starting to die off, greatly decreasing the cheapest way to store carbon in the world....

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Climate Change This Week: Warming Accelerating, US Utilities Going Green, and More!

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:34 PM

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

@@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed to say the words, but mother nature doesn't care - Florida is being increasingly flooded by rising sea levels from climate change.

@@ Brought to you by the Climate Change Youtube Channel

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OO Malawi: 'God Commanded' Family Planning,
Says Muslim Leader
in a flood ravaged village, where climate change and population are intersecting --So much so, that long-held cultural assumptions are starting to change.

Related Headline:

OO Population Increases Flood And Drought Threat To Cities

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A lush peat swamp, home to endangered wildlife. Rhett Butler at Mongabay

OO Scientists Warn Peat Fires, Global Warming May Intensify Each Other as peatlands are drained for agriculture or dry up from climate change.

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OO Solar Power Got Cheaper at a Record-Breaking Pace in 2014


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A new study implicates Arctic warming in helping create prolonged heat waves around the world, including Russia, as it did above during July and August 2010. Red dots indicate the heat wave, which also helped fuel many wildfires there. NASA

Summer Heat Waves May be Linked to Arctic Warming says a new study, reports Andrea Thompson at Climate Central. It implicates Arctic warming in helping create prolonged heat waves around the world by stagnating weather systems that allowed heat and dryness to build.

Related Headline:

OO Arctic Melt Brings More Persistent Heat Waves To US, Europe - the US, Europe and Russia face longer heat waves because summer jet stream winds that formerly brought cool ocean air have been weakened as climate change melts the Arctic, German researchers said.

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@@ Time to Wake Up: Corporate Climate Responsibility 2.0

It's time for a a US corporate step up to recognizing the importance of taking steps to address climate change - and many are doing so. When will Congress?

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The Kids Get It: climate change is real, and needs action. Now will Congress get it?

OO Poll: 90% Of 12-Year-Olds Understand That Climate Change Is Real - students will visit a dozen offices to ask senators -- including Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul -- to take a simple elementary school quiz on climate change science.

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Warming Could Hit Rates Unseen in 1,000 Years says a new study, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, especially affecting the northern hemisphere first, becoming so fast that "there's not going to be anything close to equilibrium," said lead researcher Steven Smith, underscoring the profound potential impacts on both the natural world and society.

Related Headline:

Rate Of Climate Change To Soar By 2020s
With Arctic Warming 1°F Per Decade
says a new study reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. It projects that the rate of climate change, which has risen sharply in recent decades, will soar by the 2020s. This is consistent with several recent studies and has dangerous implications for extreme weather, sea level rise, and permafrost melt.

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YOU CAN ACT: Keep It In the Ground Campaign

Join this new campaign launched by the UK Guardian, one of Britain's most reputable news organizations, in petitioning the world's top 2 charitable organizations to divest from fossil fuels. You can do so here.

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Caroline Bennett at instagram
@@ Everyday Climate Change at Instagram
Bringing you the face of climate change daily

Smelling the Peril of Oil: Cofán leader Emergildo Criollo smells remnants of crude oil in a river in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, where a legacy of destructive oil operations continues to contaminate the region's water supply and rainforest.

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The Mississippi floods. Margaret Croft/AP archive

OO River Flooding To Affect 40 Million People Annually By 2030

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SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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OO US Solar Capacity Up 30% in 2014 Over 2013

OO Batteries Paired With Solar Panels Could Shake Up Electric Utility Sector - Emerging plans to pair residential solar panels with mass-produced residential batteries are on the verge of confounding the electric power industry.


OO US Utilities Increasingly Focused on Solar Energy and Its Storage says a new report.

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OO You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds
Through Your Retirement Account

"You can earn good economic returns and do good with your money at the same time."

OO Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants in California, says a Stanford University study.

OO California Is Building the Largest US Floating Solar Project - the 12.5-megawatt project will be able to serve 3,000 homes.


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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO US Wind And Solar Are Growing Much Faster Than Fossil Fuels says a new federal report.

OO Wind Could Make Up 35% of US Electricity Generation by 2050 says the US Dept of Energy.

Related Headline:

OO Wind Could Power 35 Percent of U.S. Electricity by 2050 ...
IF Wind Power Got The Same Tax Breaks As The Fossil Fuel Industry
- but it doesn't look like Congress will renew it. Hey, what gives, Congress?

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US Utilities Moving Towards Renewable Energy:

OO Florida Utility To Buy & Shut Down Coal Plant Early - stopping 1 million tons of CO2 emissions yearly.

OO California: Utilities Commission To Replace Nuclear, Gas Plants
With Green Energy Options like renewables, energy efficiency and energy storage.

OO Largest US Utility to Rely More on Natural Gas, Renewable Energy - it's the TVA.

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Lithuania joins Sweden, Bulgaria, and Estonia in surpassing its clean energy goals.
Source: www.worldtravelguide.net

OO Four Countries Surpass EU Renewable Goals Early

OO Record First: Global CO2 Emissions Went Flat In 2014 While The Economy Grew

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China's use of coal dropped 3% last year, and now plans further cuts.

OO China Targets Coal Usage Cuts In Its New Energy Plan

OO China's Push To Cut Coal Use
May Be Bad News For US Exporters

OO The Electric Car Battery Race Is On: China vs. Tesla

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Rhett Butler at Mongabay

OO Scientists Warn Of Global Warming Threat To Temperate Rainforests and call to reduce emissions before it's too late.

OO Scientists Warn G20: $60 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Reinforces "A Dangerous Vision"
- infinite growth is unsustainable.


OO UN Report Warns Of Grave Consequences If Mangroves Not Protected impacting food security, biodiversity, and human coastal communites worldwide

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OO Christian Duty: Cardinal Indicates Themes
Of Pope's Climate Change Document

OO US Secretary of State Kerry:
Ignoring Climate Change Is 'Just Plain Immoral'

OO Lawsuit Seeks Strict Limits On Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas Emissions - brought on by a group of teenagers trying to make a difference - more power to them!

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Climate change is not good for brewing beer, and US brewers know it. Sources: Wikipedia, allthesamesong.com

OO US Beer Brewers Call for Action on Climate Change

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OO UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

OO Australia: Coal Is Burning Up Australia's Future say public groups, who are pushing elected leaders to account for their national commitments to lower carbon emissions to cap runaway global warming.

OO Bank of England: Climate Change Is One of the Biggest Risks
To Insurance Industry

OO London to Divest Fossil Fuels
From City's Pension Fund
- a $9 billion fund.

Good Ideas:

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US Interior Department

OO Public Lands May Be America's Best Climate Defense - they protect forests that help store atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions while providing space for renewable energy development and protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity, helping plants and animals adapt to climate change, says a federal official

OO Banks Increasingly Not Financing Mountantop Coal Mining

OO Germany Seeks To Boost Renewable Sources Of Heating for buildings.


Important Insights:

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The two cyclones on the right could jolt the El Nino weather effect. The lower one, Pam, has already wrecked Vanuatu. NOAA

OO 'Twin' Cyclones Could Jolt Weak El Nino - spinning opposite each other on either side of the equator.

OO Climate Change Can Skew Fish
Gender Ratios Towards More Males
-- with fewer females actually producing fish.

OO Climate Change To Blame For Mysterious Siberia Craters - say Russian scientists.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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One US legacy of coal: coal ash dumps pollute our landscape.

OO US, Chinese Companies Dominate List Of Most-Polluting Coal Plants


OO We Keep Spilling Oil Into America's Greatest Rivers

OO Crude-Oil Train Wrecks Raise Questions About Safety Claims - as 4 accidents in the last month show.

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Credit CBS News, screenshot

Related Headlines

OO Fast-Growing Railroads Will Miss Safety System Deadline

OO Train Deaths Rise Amid Energy-Driven Rail Transformation

OO Crude Oil Price Collapse Busting North Dakota Oil Boom

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Arctic drilling will add one more stress to the wildlife already stressed by rapid warming. Credit Gerard Van der Leun, Flickr

OO Shell To Start Arctic Oil Drilling This Summer

OO Shell Using Seattle Ports For Arctic Drilling Rigs
"If I had to pick a logo that says, 'I'm for climate chaos,' I could hardly do better than an Arctic drilling rig."


Clueless Leadership:

OO Ohio: Paying An Ecnomic Price for Stalling on Clean Energy

OO Four US States Push Koch-Backed Legislation
To Ban Funding EPA's Climate Rule
- as oil barons try to rule over the public.


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Croatia's lucrative beauty is at risk from developing fossil fuels industry in the Adriatic. croatiatravelco.com

OO Croatia 'Sleep-Walking' Into Destroying Tourism
With Adriatic Energy Industry


OO EU Nations Climate-Minded At Home,
But Promoting Coal Products Abroad

OO India: Solar Minded Minister Slashes Environmental Funding


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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 22, 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 NASA: Earth Tops Hottest 12 Months On Record Again,
Thanks To Warm February

OO Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

OO Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening,
Making Climate Action More Urgent

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center, AP photo

OO Hundreds Of Sick, Dying Sea Lion Pups
Are Washing Up On California's Shores
- as warmer waters have driven their food supplies away.

Social Repercussions:

OO Why Fresh Water Shortages Will Cause The Next Great Global Crisis

OO Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

OO "Monster" Cyclone Pam Destroys Much Of Vanuatu,
Officials Blame Climate Change


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A disappearing act? Concrete in southern California has contributed to the disappearance of cool, moist fog. Source www.geog.ucsb.edu

OO Southern California's Concrete Contributes to Drought,
By Discouraging Coastal Fog

OO Washington State Rain No Cure For Drought,
Due To Bleak Snowpack
- It is possible to have rain -- lots of it -- and still be plagued by drought.


OO Baked Alaska - If the Last Frontier is the canary in the climate coal mine, we're in trouble.

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OO Canada: Climate Change Spells End To Ice Hockey say experts.


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


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We all suffer when forests are destroyed. Source SOB - IAR Indonesia, RAN

Problems:

OO Soil Releases Carbon For Decades After Forests Are Felled study finds.

OO Endangered Forests Shrink As Demand For Soy Rises

OO Myanmar: Commercial Agricultural Expansion Fueling Illegal Logging, Land Conflicts

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One of the many gifts of carbon-storing forests. Credit Rhett Butler at www.mongabay.com

OO Brazil Confirms Rising Deforestation In The Amazon

OO Proposed Law Could Decimate Indonesia's Remaining Forests

OO Liberia: Local Land Rights At Risk From Push For Palm Oil


Solutions:

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Suriname elders. Mongabay

OO Suriname: Indigenous Leaders Present Plan
To Govt For Largest Official Protected Area

OO Palm Oil Giant Buys PNG Firm
Noted For Environmental Practices

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

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Climate Change This Week: The Chinese Connection, Solar Jobs Fly, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:53 PM

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


@@ Climate Change, the Elevator Pitch: Richard Alley,
Climate Scientist -- and Republican

@@ Richard Alley on being a Republican

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The Future Is Up Front: Wind turbines churn as coal cooling towers behind them emit steam in Germany 2009. Credit Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

2014: First Time in 40 Years, World Economy Grew But CO2 Levels Didn't! says a new International Energy Agency Report, writes Chris Mooney at the Washington Post. Several factors are at play here, such as: China and other countries move towards renewables, higher energy efficiency overall, more efficient cars, and gas replacing coal in the US and elsewhere.

Another myth shatters: we CAN economically prosper as we move towards clean energy!

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Time to Wake Up: Republicans Outside of Congress Support Action on Climate Change - this is an oldie but goldie from December 2013, but still relevant today - unfortunately.

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Credit Mark Abeln

Through a Christian Lens:
God Created Universal Laws That Explain Manmade Global Warming

writes Chris Mooney at the Washington Post, in response to Senator Inhofe's strange mix of willful ignorance and literal biblical interpretations. Understanding how those laws operate can be viewed as a form of religious devotion, as even Galileo once indicated.

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@@ Everyday Climate Change at Instagram
Bringing you the face of climate change daily

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An energy efficient tatami bedroom in Tokyo, Japan: One way the average Japanese person consumes roughly 50% as much energy as the average American is by sleeping in unheated houses even on nearly freezing winter nights The tatami (mat) room gets down to 46-50F, but it gets hot beneath the blankets stacked high.

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How Can 1 Billion Chinese Affect the USA?

Answer: China's Pollution Could Be Behind Cold, Snowy US Winters say NASA scientists, reports Michaeleen Doucleff at National Public Radio. As China has become a major carbon polluter in recent decades, more of its pollution (animation here) blows over the Pacific and ends up in Canada, where the carbon particles can form the nuclei of snow - lots of it, which then gets funneled into the northeast US. due to the changing jet stream.

Chinese Pollution Makes Life Horrendous for Chinese, Too:


What if YOU had to worry about your new baby surviving pollution? This gut- wrenching scene is the opening salvo indicting China's catastrophic and pervasive pollution.

@@ Full video: Under the Dome - Investigating China's Smog

OO China Blocks Web Access To "Under The Dome" - as it went viral, the searing documentary about China's catastrophic air pollution, had hundreds of millions of Chinese views, garnering praise for its honesty from official Chinese press. After one week, the government banned it.

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And New York Thought It Had It Bad...

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OO 8 Feet of Snow in 16 Hours dumped on Capracotta, Italy, a little mountain village, recently, breaking previous records. Source UK Telegraph


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OO 4 Cyclones Hovered over Australia Recently! Source Weather Channel

OO Satellite Data Suggests Forest Loss Is Accelerating much faster than previously thought. Oh-oh.

OO A New Price To Pay For Destruction Of Forests:
Resurgence Of The Plague
Deforestation to expand agricultural lands could be exposing more people to diseases like the "Black Death," which devastated populations in the Middle Ages


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SOLAR KEEPS SAILING

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OO US Solar Generation Doubled in 2014
Renewable Output Grew 11%
- and that's not counting rooftop solar or distributed renewables

OO Solar Energy Jobs Growing By Leaps and Bounds

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Source: gigaom.com

OO First Big US Solar Company Dives into Energy Storage - the development that cements solar's future, and SunEdison has taken the jump.


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New York City. Credit Emma Johnson

New York Just Showed Every Other State How To Do Solar Right by forcing utilities to partner with service providers of distributed clean energy, rather than own the energy providers: this sets up a healthy competition among providers and resets utilities' vital function in maintaining the grid in this new energy world order, reports Tim McDonnell at Mother Jones. It could be a national model.

OO Rise In Rooftop Solar Systems Is Game-Changer For Electric Utilities

OO Going Solar in CA:
A Comprehensive Guide to Rebates and Tax Credits

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO Solar Plane Completes First Leg
Of Record-Breaking Global Transit

OO Solar Global Transit Plane Resembles Wright Brothers Design

OO Google Will Soon Send Solar-Powered Drones Into the Sky

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Wikipedia
Harnessing solar energy from space?

Japan Space Agency Advances In Space-Based Solar Power reports Jun Hongo at the Wall Street Journal. It says that it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential technology needed for the realization of space-based solar power.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Once Extravagant, Renewable Power Plans Go Cheap


OO Texas: Incentives, Financing Make Going Green
Easier For Commercial Landlords

OO Colorado: US Ski Resorts Are Fighting Climate Change
By Galvanizing Politicians

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Wikipedia

OO The USDA Is Helping Rural Farmers Get Their Own Renewable Energy

OO Residential Clean Energy Financing Grows in California - Florida could be next.

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OO California: Growing Community Energy Efforts Are Shifting the Utility Model

OO How Connecticut's Advantages Enable Green Energy Innovators To Succeed

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO Australia: Byron Bay First Regional City To Commit To Zero Emissions


OO Norway: Oslo Divests From Coal Companies

OO Waste-To-Energy Revolution Going Global

Spread Good Clean News to Your Elected Leaders

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Ready to Spread the Vision?

YOU CAN ACT

Make Sure Your Elected Officials Know the Difference Wind Power Can Make.

You can do so by making sure they see the Wind Vision report, which shows how wind power can be America's largest source of electricity by 2050; the report was recently released by the US Department of Energy. Powerofwind.org makes it easy for you to send your elected officials a note here.

Be part of the clean energy revolution!

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WHAT WORKS

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Speaking Out:

OO European Union Submits UN Climate Pledge,
Urges US, China To Follow

OO Europe Warned Pollution Will Lead To Premature Deaths says the European Environmental Agency.

OO In India, An Indoor Health Crisis - from fire cookstoves also adds to carbon emissions says the World Health Organization; experts are pushing governments to tackle the problem.

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Informed Leadership:

OO Michigan Democrats Seek 20% Renewable Power by 2022

Good Ideas:

OO Your Shower Wastes A Lot Of Energy And Water:
Here's What You Can Do

OO Climate-Friendly Refrigerants - ozone safe, climate friendlier refrigerants got the green light from the EPA.


OO Energy Efficiency Saves Consumers More
Than Searching for a Better Electricity Price

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OO Germany Tries Electric Car-Sharing Schemes To Boost Sales, Curb Emissions

Important Insights:

OO Oceans May Not Be Able To Cool Climate - as much as previously thought, especially over the next 15 years, says new research.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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OO California Orders Oil Companies To Stop
Drilling Near Drinking Water Supplies
after finding that the companies are contaminating water supplies with oil waste.

OO The True Cost of Gas?
About $4 More Per Gallon Than You Pay Now
says a new study that accounts for the social costs of burning it.

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Oil spill on the Washington River. Credit AP/ Washington Dept of Ecology

OO Motor Oil Spill Contaminates Washington River


OO Australia: Emissions Still Climbing As Coal Use Rises - despite climate change denying govt efforts to curb emissions, says recent report.

Misleading the Public

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has pled ignorance on an important security issue: climate change. AP

OO Florida Officials Ban The Term 'Climate Change' among employees.

OO Florida's Not The Only State Censoring The Term 'Climate Change'


OO Utilities Wage Campaign Against Rooftop Solar


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Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Credit AP/J. Scott Applewhite

OO Climate Traitor: GOP's McConnell
Tells States To Ignore US Carbon Emission Rules

OO Doubting Climate Science: Produced by ex Tobacco Marketers - who misled the public on how bad smoking is, along with some new faces, all fueled by the fossil fuel industry.

Inadequate Funding

OO India's Clean Energy Research Budget Disappoints Scientists

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 16, 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.

Social Repercussions:

OO Better Air Quality Helps Lungs Grow, Science Shows

OO Warming Spurt Looms is the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research.

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Not for Everyone? Climate change is already disrupting food distribution. Wikipedia.

OO Climate Change Poses Serious Threats To Food Distribution and is already impacting it.


OO Human-Caused Warming Helped Trigger Syrian Conflict, Rise Of ISIS

OO Climate Change Aids Sex Trafficking in the overpopulated islands of Bangeladesh, where climate change worsens poverty, pushing women to fall for false marriage proposals and being lured, instead, into the sex trade.

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OO California's Terrifying Forecast Of Future: Droughts Almost Yearly says a new study.

OO US Northwest: What A Record-Low Snowpack Means For Summer - it will probably affect salmon production, recreational activities, and later on, in drier areas, agriculture.

Natural Repercussions:

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Not Your Typical El Nino, this weather cycle is weaker and will not send California the rain that previous cycles have, but its warming effect will probably help set 2015 as a record hot year.

OO NOAA Announces Arrival Of El Niño,
2015 Poised To Beat 2014 For Hottest Year

Related Headlines:

OO Maps Show El Niño Won't Help the West's Water Woes

OO After Much Ado, El Niño Officially Declared

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OO Arctic Sea Ice Is Getting Thinner, Faster

OO Once Again, A Record-Hot Winter for California

OO Drought Weakens the Amazon's Ability to Capture Carbon

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The rare everglades cowhorn orchid, one of many plants threatened by rising waters. Credit Vince Lamb

OO Florida: Rising Seas Threaten Rare Everglades Plants say researchers

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YOU CAN ACT


OO You Can Stop the Keystone Pipeline

*** Climate Action Across America, March 27 - April 12 ***

Join in: meet with your Congressional representatives, Senators, or their staff about the urgent need for climate action. This is during their Easter recess when they are scheduled to be home meeting with people in their districts. Bring along friends, and be some of those people!

Share your message with the public - letting them know that people across our country are speaking up for climate action, and urging them to contact their elected officials to support climate action.

Share the Facebook page for Climate Action Across America

On Twitter, use the hash tag, #ClimateActionAcrossAmerica.


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

Threats:

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Palm oil plantations eat away at forests in Borneo. Source: Mongabay.com

OO Palm Oil Deforestation Spreads to the Amazon --

Peru: Palm Oil Firms Plan To Destroy 57,000 Acres Of Primary Forest - after deforesting much of southeast Asia, palm oil cultivation is now starting in the Amazon.

OO Humans Cause Erosion 100 Times Faster Than Normal - via deforestation and agriculture, shows a study on the southeastern US.

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Milton's Titi monkeys are a newly discovered and threatened species with flaming sideburns and tail. Credit J. Dalponte

OO Newly Described Monkey Species Found In Threatened Amazon Forest

OO Madagascar's Frog Haven: Rich, Underexplored, Threatened - on an overpopulated island that has lost most of its forests, and continues to lose more.

OO Somali Charcoal: Funding Terrorism Through Deforestation


Solutions:

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When Borneo forests are protected from development, so are their orangutans. Source National Science Foundation

OO Borneo: East Kalimantan Reaffirms Moratorium On New Mining, Logging

OO 3M Unfolds New Policy to Reduce Its Deforestation Impact

OO Researchers, Locals Work Together To Save Ethiopia's 'Church Forests'

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Africa's iconic baobob trees are endangered by the demand for firewood. Credit Kjdhambuza at Wikimedia Commons

OO Firewood Fervor May Turn Zimbabwe Into An 'Outright Desert' says a new study.

OO Colombia Proposes Protected Corridor Across South America


OO Employing Shame For Environmental Change - a new book explores another--arguably more positive--side of shame: its potential to challenge rule-breaking and ethically-defunct corporations.

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 protea I photographed last summer. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you'd like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It's our way of letting Congress know there's a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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Climate Change This Week: Siberia Holes Up, Solar Over Oil, and More!

(10) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:20 AM

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

@@ You Can Believe the Senator With a Snowball OR ...
After Senator James Inhofe tossed a snowball in the Senate to illustrate his ignorance of the link between extreme weather (both hot AND cold) and climate change, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse rode to the rescue of sanity on the subject.

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YOU CAN ACT... after you've dissolved into hysterical giggles at the absurdity of Senator Inhofe - and lob a snowball back at him!

Sign here and Environmental Action will deliver dozens of snowballs to Sen Inhofe's office (yes, they're serious), and they'll inscribe each one with a personal message from climate activists like you to the Pro-tem of climate denial.

Signing that made my day...

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Credit Katharina Hesse www.katharinahesse.com
@@ Everyday Climate Change at Instagram
Bringing you the face of climate change daily

The coast in Qingdao in Shandong province, China, during an upcoming rainstorm. Sea levels along the coast are rising faster than the world average due to climate change, recent China media reported.

But take another look at that picture.

The seemingly ordinary family in the foreground must be quite rich, for China levies significant fees beyond having more than one child. As China loosens its one child policy and the increasing, prosperous middle class explodes as energy consumers, so, too, will climate changing emissions and humanity's future explode, unless there is a dramatic switch to clean energy - and we ALL adopt a one child policy.

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Merchants of Doubt Documentary is OUT and it's hot! Look for it in your local theaters.

Related Youtuber:

@@ Merchants of Doubt: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco

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Overpopulation and Climate Change Helped Spark Syria Uprising
in conjunction with poor leadership, says a new study, reports the Business Standard. Five recent years of drought, intensified by climate change, slashed food production by a third as the population exploded from 4 to 22 million over the past half century. Poor, corrupt leadership added fuel to the fire.

"Rapid demographic change encourages instability" say the authors. Over a million hungry refugees added to the Iraqi war refugees already flooding city peripheries, and were ignored by government., as food prices and malunutrition soared.

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Faces of the conflict in Syria. Credit AP/Vadim Ghirda

A Prelude of Our Future? Only if we let it be: A small family is a healthy one - for the planet, too.

Related Headlines:

OO How Climate Change Helped Spark the Uprising in Syria

OO Climate Change a 'Contributing Factor' in Syrian Conflict

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A Sao Paulo reservoir gets ever lower. Source BBC

OO Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Growing Meat
Create Water Emergencies Worldwide
- think Pakistan, Brazil and California - but the list will expand into water wars worldwide, experts predict, as these three factors further stress water supplies, creating a thirsty, violent world.

OO The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?
As long as it embraces infinite, unsustainable growth - think cancer...

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New giant craters, presumably created by explosive releases of methane from melting tundra, have appeared in Siberia; in one case, a dozen smaller craters have appeared around a larger one. Credit: Vasily Bogoyavlensky at Siberiantimes

OO Dozens Of New Craters Appear In Northern Russia

Related Headlines:

OO New Giant Siberian Craters Spark Fears Of Arctic Natural Disaster - space satellite photos have revealed the dramatic mushrooming of the holes, believed to be caused by methane gas eruptions in melting permafrost due to climate change, scientists said.

OO Siberian Crater Saga Is More Widespread -- And Scarier
-- Than Anyone Thought

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SOLAR KEEPS RISING

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Sunny Side East: Solar Takes Off In Eastern U.S. a new report shows writes Bobby Magill at Climate Central. Utility-scale solar farms are exploding in North Carolina, while eastern U.S. utilities find their own ways to use solar power.

OO By the Time You Read This,
They've Slapped a Solar Panel on Your Roof
- via continuing lower costs and faster installations. Viva la soleil!

OO Even At $10/Barrel, Oil Can't Match Solar On Cost says a new report from the National Bank of Abu Dhabi; it adds that future investment will be almost entirely in renewable energy sources.

OO SunEdison to Bring Electricity to 20 Million Poor Worldwide by 2020 via solar power, making renewable energy a long term, economically sustainable model for them.

Related Headline:

OO SunEdison's Next Market:
Solar Minigrids and Micropower Stations for the Energy Poor

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OO Google Invests $300 Million In US Residential Solar Projects

OO Solar Lights A Healthy - And Empowering - Path In Disasters

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OO Saving The Taj Mahal By Going Solar proposed India in 2013, by having its home city, Agra, go solar to prevent further corroding pollution.

OO India to Quadruple Renewable Capacity to 175 Gigawatts by 2022

OO Australia's Largest Solar Farm Ready To Break Ground

OO Jordan's 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar


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Check it out here, right now!
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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

OO Defying GOP, Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill-- but this is not a death blow to pipeline.

OO China's Coal Consumption Down 3% In 2014 -
Raises Fear Of Stranded Assets

OO China Cut Its Coal Use Last Year:
Will They Peak Coal Use Before 2020?
- don't be surprised if they do: that would help them peak CO2 emissions before 2030, which is what they told the world last year they would try to do.

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Look what the Eiffel Tower just got! Courtesy of UGE

OO The Eiffel Tower Just Got A Wind Turbine Makeover

OO UK Plans Unveiled for World's First Tidal Lagoon Power Plant

And Away They Go...

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Wikipedia

OO Gates Foundation Ditches McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Exxon/Mobil Stock - the foundation doesn't invest in companies whose corporate activity it finds to be "egregious," says its website.

OO Shell Withdraws From Largest Tar Sands Project Yet

OO World's Second Largest Mining Company May Exit Coal Business - Rio Tinto is making moves that could signal its intention to divest coal assets, as coal's price falls.

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Source: The Daily Climate

OO Colorado Anti-Fracking Groups Launch Campaign For Statewide Ban

OO Ten People Arrested Protesting Would-be Virginia Pipeline


@@ Time to Wake Up: Climate Change In Wisconsin

OO Recent Documentary On Air Pollution Grips China - as, many millions of Chinese watched, gripped and outraged, a 104-minute video , which even got favorable mentions in state Chinese media.

OO European Commission: We Must Act Urgently on Climate Change says a new memo to nation heads within the European Union.

OO Canadian First Nations Seek To Protect Forest Homeland from fracking and fossil fuels development, thus helping to slow climate change.

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YOU CAN ACT

An out-of-state oil company with a questionable track record wants to export its toxic fracking wastewater into Nebraska, dumping 80 truckloads carrying 10,000 toxic barrels daily into a disposal well in Sioux County.

This would transfer the risks of its toxic pollution onto Nebraska farmers and ranchers and our land and precious water resources, such as the Ogallala Aquifer a major source of irrigation for midwest farms..

Help us protect our lives and resources: Please sign the petition: Don't frack our water.

Good Ideas:

OO US Congress Democrats Demand Fossil Fuel Disclosure
Of Climate Denier Studies


Important Insights:

OO How The Sahara Keeps The Amazon Rainforest Going

OO How Sahara Dust Sustains the Amazon Rainforest, in 3-D - via an atmospheric pipeline, supplying the Amazon, with a crucial source of phosphorus, a vital nutrient. If climate change disrupts this source, massive biological changes could occur to the forest.

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OO Signs Of Spring 'Shifting' In Trees

OO Scientists Witness Carbon Dioxide Trapping Heat In Air - what the physical laws of nature say must be so, has now been witnessed in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild.

Dancing Towards Understanding

OO Australia: How Indigenous Dance Can Change
The Way We Understand Climate Change
- by appealing to feelings on climate change.

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A new dance production on climate change by Karole Armitage will premiere in New York City, March 25th at the American Museum of Natural History.

@@ ON THE NATURE OF THINGS March 25-27, 2015, 8:00pm $25-35
The American Museum of Natural History, The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Tony nominated choreographer Karole Armitage will premiere a new site-specific dance production about climate change and its cultural context, created specifically for the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Check it out!

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

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The aerial face of fracking on Earth. Source: safewatermovement org

Fossil Fuel Follies

OO Fossil Fuel Industry Manipulates Science says a new analysis by a watchdog group of over 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives.

OO San Francisco Bay Area Workers, Unions, Finance The Fracking Boom via their pension funds, even though they are increasinly joining the climate justice movement.

OO Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

Waste:

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Source: biocycle.net

OO Food Waste Contributes to Climate Change
And Cost Billions Yearly
says a new report.

Clueless Leadership

OO Arizona: Utility Board Approves Large Monthly Solar Fees - likely to discourage solar power in a sunny state... go figure.

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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, Mar 8, 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 A February First: Planetary CO2 Levels Pass 400 PPM Milestone - while many experts have said that 350 ppm and above allows the development of dangerous climate change.

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A Historical First: 2 Consecutve Record -Warm Winters in California are caused by a stable high pressure ridge just off the California coast reports Andrea Thompson at Climate Central. The ridge, in turn, is likely fueled by the extremely warm Pacific waters beneath it, says a NOAA climatologist.

Since ocean temperatures change very slowly, though, don't expect the ridge - or hot dry weather - to end anytime soon. Meanwhile, the state's water storage system, the snowpack, is at near-record low levels. The drought continues...

OO Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California's Drought

OO Sea Levels In Northeast US Jumped 5 Inches In Just 2 Years study finds.

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OO Global Warming Will See Australian Deserts Grow Bigger - says a new US study; not good, given how much desert already exists there.

Social Repercussions:

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Lake Mead. Source: The Daily Climate.

OO As The River Runs Dry, I: The Southwest's Water Crisis

OO As The River Runs Dry, II:
Southwest US Urban And Rural Water Users Battle

OO Massachusetts May Cut Coastal Building
As Costly Storms Take Their Toll
and even worse is predicted in coming decades.

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See all those dark brown areas? Under business as usual, US carbon emissions will likely create severe droughts in the US, Mexco and Central America by 2095. Via NASA

OO Carbon Emissions to Dramatically Increase Risk of Megadroughts
from US to Central America
says NASA report.

OO Immigration Crisis in the Making? If, as a major carbon emitter, the US is responsible for making Mexico and Central America, are we ethically obligated to accept these new climate change refugees into the US? Asks Joe Romm at Climate Progress.

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The face of climate change on coral: bleached of life. Source climateshifts.org

OO Florida: Global Warming Fuels Coral Killer worsening a disease that has almost wiped out Caribbean coral reefs, says a new study.


OO US Oyster, Clam Industry Face Economic Blow From Acidification says a new study... no more oysters on our menus?

OO Pacific Islands: Tomorrow's Climate Refugees Struggle To Access Water Today

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Get your coffee while you can! Coffee crops worldwide are threatened by disease and heat worsened by climate change. Wikipedia.

OO UK: Famous Botanical Garden Searches For Coffee
That Will Survive Climate Change

OO Malaysia: Climate Concerns Penang Fisheries as eroding coastlines send polluting sand and soil into coastal fisheries.

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

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OO Tropical Forests May Be Vanishing Even Faster Than Previously Thought - the rate of loss increased over 60% from the 1990s to the 2000s, says a new study.

OO Peru's Protected Areas Aren't Where They Should Be - and are not adequately protecting many Peruvian species, a new study finds.

OO Researchers Propose Improvements For Peru's Protected Areas

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Even selective logging often completely transforms a forests. Source: mongabay.com

OO Malaysia: Corruption Allows Illegal Logging To Destroy Sarawak Forests says a new report.

OO Biofuels Are Bad News For Forests, Climate, Food Security says report.

OO Brazil Arrests 'Amazon's Biggest Destroyer' of forests.

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A Tacana shows tourists how to set a trap. Credit: Barbara Fraser

OO Partnering For Conservation Benefits Tacana People, Bolivian Park

OO Santander Bank Cuts Off Majro Pulp n Paper Company, Due To Deforestation

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Protected areas like the Ankarana Reserve in Madagascar are important holdouts for threatened species, like this panther chameleon.

OO World's Protected Areas Receive 8 Billion Visits Yearly,
But Still Underfunded
yet these 140,000 areas likely brought in at least $600 billion to national economies, new research reveals.

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 peach blossom 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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