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10/02/2013 08:14 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Climate Change This Week: Carbon Crash Diet, Attack of the Giant Hornets, and More!

IPCC Says: Humans Cause Global Warming, Need Crash Carbon Diet NOW in their latest report, notes InsideClimate News. To avert ever worsening catastrophic climate change, nations must dramatically cut carbon emissions now; the report specifies a needed carbon budget. Going on a reproductive diet would help, too...

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IPCC: How much we've warmed up so far...

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And where we're headed... pretend the map above looks just like the left map directly below to get the full impact. Credit IPCC AR5

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Feeding Cows Differently Could Lower Their Emissions By 30 Percent says a new UN study, reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Their emissions (burps, farts, and manure) are a significant global source of methane, a short-term but much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Feeding them more easily digestible food, and using the manure as fertilizer decreases methane emissions.

Holy Hornets, Batman! Thumb-Sized Insects Getting More Aggressive And Fatal As China Warms reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. These deadly hornets have proliferated and become more aggressive in the wake of intense summer heat waves in China, sometimes chasing (at 25 mph) and attacking people; 28 people have died in the past month, and hundreds more have been injured. This is SO not how I imagined Jumanji coming true....

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The Giant Asian Hornet, Vespa mandarinia, is multiplying and killing people as China warms. Credit: above, via climate progress; closeup of head, Gary Alpert via wikimedia commons.

Researchers Just Hit A New World Record In Solar Cell Efficiency reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. The new cells are nearly 45 percent efficient at converting sunlight into energy; this is about triple your typical solar cells on a roof, and well above the average 30 percent efficiency from wind power. The take home message is that as solar efficiency rises, solar power becomes an increasingly lucrative way to supplant fossil fuels - and that can't happen fast enough...

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@@ Check out this cool Interactive: Top Indicators of a Warming World here, at Climate Central.

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☼☼☼ On the Bright Side ☼☼☼

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☼☼☼ People Speak Out ☼☼☼

OO US Environmentalists Take Harder Line With Obama on Keystone Pipeline

☼☼☼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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OO NY Times Criticizes Canadian Censorship of Scientists Warning of Tarsands Problems

OO US Women Leaders: Ignoring Climate Change Is Like Sending 'A Child With A 105 Fever' To School

OO Hundreds Gather In Seattle In Opposition To Coal, Oil Exports

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OO German Voters Re-Elect Clean Energy Leader Angela Merkel

OO Australian Government Axes Their Climate Commission -- But Australians Bring It Back

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OO Native Americans To Protest Devastating Coal Mining In British Columbia

OO UK: Major Environmental Economist Stern Berates 'Marginal' Climate Deniers

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OO IPCC Report: Financial Markets Are Only Hope In Race To Stop Global Warming

OO Debt-plagued Greece Sees Economic Gains In Adapting To Climate Change

OO Climate Change Policy Is Just Good Economics

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The Ivanpah solar thermal facility. Credit: Aioannides at wikimedia commons.

OO California: World's Largest Solar Thermal Plant Plugs Into the Grid

OO Solar-Powered Desalination Will Transform Navajo Life

OO In 2013, Worldwide Solar Power Installations To Overtake Wind For First Time

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OO California: Solar Customers Who Use the Grid Less, Pay Less

OO Solar Garden: Model T Of Renewable Energy?

OO Kickstarting Your Electric Bill - New Funding Models Give Solar A Boost

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OO US: Obama Plan Hits Target to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 17% by 2020

OO India: Plans To Build The Largest Solar Plant In The World

OO China: Eases On Coal, Hikes Prices Of Clean Fuel To Urge Higher Output

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Our kids' future is worth saving. Credit Ramon Preciado/US Navy

OO Green Energy Pays For Itself In Lives Saved From Smog

OO Cutting Carbon Emissions Could Save 3 Million Lives Annually By 2100 study finds.

OO As Mayor Addresses Climate Change, New York City's Air Is Cleanest In Decades

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OO Coal Splutters As China Seeks Breath Of Fresh Air

OO China Pollution Control Plan To Slash Particulates that can penetrate deep into human lungs.

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Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via wikimedia commons.

OO Cleaner Cooker Reduces Black Carbon Problem

OO Cool Idea While nations concede we need to lower carbon dioxide emissions, other pollutants offer quicker paybacks.

OO How Algae Could Create Better, More Efficient Gasoline Than Corn

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The flag flies, May 21, 2013.

At Moore, OK, the day after a huge tornado demolished it.

Credit Major Jon Quinlan/defenseimagery.mil

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OO How The Koch Brothers Are Killing a Good Fed Energy Nominee - going after nominee for the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, who would help promote clean energy.

OO Government Shutdown to Close National Parks To Public But Not To Drilling

OO Ex-Halliburton Official Charged With Destroying Evidence In Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

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OO Boom In Unregulated US Gas Pipelines Posing New Risks

OO Environmental Inspections Of US Oil And Gas Wells Falling Short agency says.

OO Remember The Unstoppable US Tar Sands Leaks In July? They're Still Leaking

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OO Pollution Regs Bury Coal, Push Wind, Sun And Gas

OO New EPA rules: Coal's Future Depends On Cheap Carbon Capture

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OO CDC: Valley Fever A 'Growing Problem' In California

OO Colorado: After the Flood, Devastation that state officials say will take years to wipe away, estimated at $2 billion: entire roads have vanished, nearly 18,000 homes wrecked or damaged, and at least 50 bridges are gone.

OO Texas: With Lakes Drying Up, Businesses Are Parched

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Credit Arivumathi at wikimedia commons

OO Will Offshore Wind Finally Take Off On US East Coast?

OO Washington's Top Firms Silent On Climate Risks Despite SEC Rule

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OO A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community's Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change

OO How Efficient Is Your City? America's 34 Largest Towns Get Ranked

OO Why Is This US Airline 26 Percent More Wasteful Than The Most Fuel Efficient Carrier?

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Via the University of East Anglia Climate Change webpage

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

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*Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the most reputable scientific group on climate change in the world today...

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OO The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: an Abstract - excerpts that cover the main points, good for those who don't want to slog through the entire thing...

OO Global Warming Likely to Breach 2C Threshold IPCC report concludes

OO 'Yet Another Wakeup Call': Man-Made Global Warming Is Here, We're Not Doing Enough To Stop It

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OO Climate Change: IPCC Issues Stark Warning Over Global Warming

OO Global Society Must Leave Fossil Fuels In The Ground, Unburnt, Says Top Official

OO New Map Shows Energy Sources for Every Nation - Cool!!!! Well, not, actually, in terms of global warming. The number of each country is the number of grams of carbon dioxide emitted per kilometer traveled there by electric car, which reflects the energy source used to generate the electricity.

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OO Climate Panel Says Emissions Are Nearing A Tipping Point

OO Why Is IPCC So Certain About The Influence Of Humans?

OO Radical Solutions Urged To Beat Growing Climate Threat

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OO Is The IPCC Right On Climate Change? Just Ask The World's Farmers

OO Ocean Warming Narrows Climate Options

OO Climate Change Devastating Fisherman: 'Sometimes We'll Catch 5,000 Pounds Of Jellyfish'

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What future lies in wait for this newborn, as climate change continues? Credit Ernest F at wikimedia commons.

OO Climate Change To Hurt Children Most

OO Everything About Climate Change Will Be Worse For Children

OO Climate Change Will Hit Poor Countries Hardest study shows.

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OO New Map Shows The World's Most Climate Vulnerable Regions - although the color code is inadequate and the map probably underestimates vulnerability...

OO Malaysia Clearcutting Carbon-Storing Forest Reserves For Timber, Palm Oil

OO Bangladesh: Environmentalists Dismayed By Destruction of Carbon-Capturing Forests

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A carbon-capturing forest being destroyed in Indonesia for palm oil. Preserving forests is the cheapest way to capture and store carbon on the planet. Credit Rhett Butler at www.mongabay.com

OO Climate Change Debate Muddied By Confusion And Doubt

OO Climate Change Message Lost in Media's Focus on Uncertainty of Minute Details

OO "Global Warming Pause" Debate Misses Big Picture

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OO Abundance Does Not Mean Cheap, Stable Fossil Fuel Supplies

OO Financial Seer Jeremy Grantham Predicts Environmental Catastrophe, Resource Wars

OO US Coal Future Depends On Untested Carbon Capture Technology

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Credit: Ansgar Walk via wikimedia commons.

Already battered by climate change, the Arctic remains unprotected from further devastation by oil drilling disasters.

OO Drill, Comrade, Drill: Why The Kremlin's Arctic Plan Worries Activists

OO Coal Prices To Feel Weight Of New Rules

OO World Bank Aids New Coal Project Abroad, Defying Policy environmental group says.

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OO Canada: Industry Calls To Shut Down Oilsands Environmental Agency

OO Insurance Industry Views Rate Hikes As Climate Change Hikes Hurricanes

OO France: Fracking Ban Faces Constitutional Test

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Typhoon Usagi has been the most powerful Pacific storm yet this season. Credit NOAA

OO Powerful Typhoon Usagi Kills 20 In Southern China, Swipes Hong Kong

OO Climate Change Hits Nepal's Upper Mustang

OO Mexico Faces Huge Rebuilding After Dozens Die In Twin Freak Storms

OO World's Biggest Businesses Understand 'Mother Of All Risks' But Fail to Address It enough.

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Ten Global Warming Indicators. Credit NOAA

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OO History Shows Tropics May Head North in a warming future, with the belt of hottest weather, the "thermal equator", moving north, says a new study.

OO Climate Change Pushing Tropical Trees Upslope 'Exactly As Predicted'

OO Tiny Plankton May Have Big Impact as they dominate increasingly acidic oceans.

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As tiny plankton dominate increasingly acidic oceans, they could seriously affect the rest of the food chain. Credit NOAA MESA Project

OO Climate Scientists Get Swift-Boated because influential deniers do not like the message of these messengers.

OO Faux Pause: Ocean Warming Now, But Surface Warming To Follow

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OO How Climate Change Threatens Fall Colors

OO Climate Change Could Make Mercury Pollution Worse via emissions from wildfires and thawing permafrost, among other things.

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Via Climate Nexus

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@@ Dramatic Video: Russians Confront Greenpeace Activists on Arctic Oil Rig

@@ Video: Amazon Gold Mining Devastation Goes Viral in Peru

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Screen capture by Mary Ellen Harte from video.

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Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this spectacular photo of a bat that literally flew into the toad's mouth, reprinted from this Huffington Post blog (the bat escaped!). 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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