12/09/2012 07:42 pm ET Updated Feb 08, 2013

Climate Change This Week: Plastic Lightbulbs, Bye-Bye Reindeer and More!

Rudolph and friends are dying off, as Arctic snow now occasionally melts, then refreezes into impenetrable ice, covering reindeer food, explains Jeff Flocken at Living On Earth. Most herds have shrunk 60 percent or more. Meanwhile, many xmas tree seedlings died this year from drought, so... were you planning on a holiday tree in 2018?

Where There's Fire, There's Smoke... and Melting Greenland Ice, according to satellite imagery that shows how the smoke from Canadian tundra fires hung over Greenland just at its dramatic peak melt this past summer, reports Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian. When the smoke's soot settles on white ice, it absorbs more solar heat, accelerating melting -- just another example of how climate change can multiply its effects.


Things of beauty, harbingers of change: an Arctic iceberg in 2003 (Mary Ellen Harte)

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India Tries to Prep Farmers for More Climate Change, reports Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar at the Christian Science Monitor. Try hoarding more water, or planting different crops, for example. But all crops have thermal limits beyond which they will not grow, and we're starting to approach them - then what?

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Latinos Are the New Green Voters, reports Mark Hertsgaard at the Nation. They get climate change, and want clean energy. Now who's going to mold them into a political pressure force for getting Congress to ACT on clean energy now, well before 2014? Any green group listening out there?

World Climate Change Authority Underestimates It, reports Glenn Scherer at the Daily Climate. That's the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For example, they underestimated the rate of polar ice melt and ocean rise over the past 2 decades. So, if you thought what the IPCC said about climate change was bad, you were misled. It's worse. And it's urgent the world switches to clean energy. Happy Holidays!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this pic of late summer tundra I took in 2003. 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. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.