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05/05/2013 08:01 pm ET Updated Jul 05, 2013

Climate Change This Week: Whiplash Weather, Clean Energy Tax Breaks, and More!

US Gets Weather Whiplash With Climate Change notes Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. Warming air and oceans mean more moisture in the air, and the jet stream, altered by a warming Arctic, now ensures it goes away and comes down far more intensely -- and disastrously. Don't forget to order plenty of sun block when reserving your spot on the Ark.

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OO US Must Match Climate Goals With Clean Energy Goals, says Congressman Rush Holt, if we are to address climate change effectively.
OO Record US Drought Insurance Payout to Farmers by our government -- your tax payer dollars at work, folks, paying for climate change...
OO Climate Change Is Increasing US Disaster Relief Costs Oh, that's right - more climate change means more extreme weather destruction -- and the more we taxpayers pay for it... I wonder if prevention would be cheaper?

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OO 2012 Northeast US Waters Hottest in 150 Years - NOAA Hotter waters help create stronger hurricanes; think Sandy...
OO Northeast Precipitation Rose Sharply Over Past 60 Years Why, shucks, it's just basic physics: as air heats up, it holds more water, which means more eventually comes down...
OO New Research Finds Humans Causing More Strong Hurricanes That is, as we heat up the air, we're getting more and stronger hurricanes...

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OO Drought, Heat Fuel Early Fire Season in West as the current CA wildfires demonstrate...
OO Rising Sea Draws Ever Closer - An up-front and personal collision with climate change...
OO Climate Change Making US Beach Living Unsustainable ... is it really surprising, given what is happening with climate change?

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OO Many Americans Grow Climate Change Via Lawns which emit surprising amounts of greenhouse gases.
OO US Conservatives Tend to Diss Energy Efficiency People who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology.

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Coming Soon to a Park Near You: Oil/Gas Drilling Threatens National Parks, says a new National Parks Conservation Association report, notes Jessica Goad at Climate Progress. Drilling occurs in 12 so far, with plans for 30 others. Impacts include air, water, chemical and noise pollution, and light-polluted night skies... you know, all the things you try to escape, when going there...

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Via Eric Curren at Transitionvoice.com

Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Passing 400ppm milestone, reports John Vidal at the UK Guardian, well beyond the 350 ppm level that many experts consider to have a reasonable chance of keeping planetary warming and climate change at a safe level, while nations are years away from cooperating on reducing emissions. And away we go, with MORE climate change!

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The Keeling Curve: 50+ years of data show rising carbon dioxide levels

<<<< Climate Change Round the World >>>>

OO Harness New Carbon Markets, Says World Bank
OO Most Firms Mis-Report Their Carbon Emissions
OO New fossil fuel frontiers pose 'catastrophic' threat to global recovery

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OO The Trouble With Truffles Might Be Climate Change
OO Last 12 Years Were Among 13 Warmest On Record World Meteorological Organisation Says -- surprise, surprise, surprise...
OO Climate Change Affecting Amazon, Say Amazonians - river levels, weather, crops, and more...
OO Fast-moving Climate Zones Speed Extinction - not just the speed of change, but move to what? Often a species needs part or all of its habitat, including things like special soil, to survive...

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Credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL

Give Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks to Clean Energy say bipartisan senators, reports Lydia Beyoud at Bloomberg News. The bill proposes extending current fossil fuel tax breaks to clean energy industries, to level the playing field. This is one ball game I could really get into...

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OO Two-For-One: A New Solar Dish Delivers Low-Cost Electricity Along With Fresh Water
OO Solar Jobs Beat Out Ranchers In Texas, Actors In California, And Coal Miners Nationally
OO Religious Adopt Solar As Ethical Commitment

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OO Growing US Voting Majority Recognize Weather Worsening, Global Warming Affecting It -it is the dawning of the age of enlightenment... go on, sing the rest of Aquarius...
OO Consortium Sells Power From Electric Cars To Grid And Turns Profit
OO Average Fuel Efficiency Of New Cars Hits Record High

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White House 2B Told: Earth's Heat Shield Going Bye-Bye
reports Nafeez Ahmed at the UK Guardian. The summer Arctic ice cap is an important heat shield for Earth, reflecting back the substantial amount of 24 hour sunlight that falls on the planet, just like the heat shield tiles of NASA space shuttles. Without this fast disappearing shield, our planet will be absorbing far more heat, creating far more extreme climate change. And you thought it was hot and wild now... just wait!

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OO Media Miscovers Climate: It's Dumb Journalism, Stupid argues Todd Gitlin, a reputable investigative reporter and author.

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OO Bloomberg Lobotomy: Believes in Climate Change AND Fossil Fuels, Bloomberg News editors illustrated recently, favoring the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will promote further burning of fossil fuels, the main cause behind climate change...

OO NY Times Admits Folly In Saying Climate Catastrophe Can't Be Avoided

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These wheels (credit M.I.T., via climate progress) represent humanity's choice: the warming consequences of inaction (left) or action (right) on climate change... it's your choice, voters, especially in 2014! Personally, with this heat, I SO prefer the blue one...

OO Video: Nightline Does The Climate Math With Bill McKibben scroll down... BM always gives a passionate performance

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OO Film: A Fierce Green Fire: Movie On History Of Environmental Activism Premiers and check out the powerful trailer here

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☼☼☼Acting Like You Care: The XL Keystone pipeline will make possible far more climate change, but President Obama might okay it anyway. Credo, 350.org and others are asking people to stand up and be counted as nonviolent resisters or help in other ways. I did. If you ever wanted to do something big for your future, now's your chance - here.
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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 mating butterflies I photographed a few days ago. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you'd like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It's our way of letting Congress know there's a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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