Climate Change This Week: Faster Heating, A Stitch in Time, and More!

01/24/2014 03:18 am ET | Updated Mar 25, 2014

Today, the Earth got a little hotter.

DAILY CLIMATE CHANGE: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 22 2014


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, another polar aneurism appears to be funnelling polar weather deep into the mid and eastern US. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. Daily updates of this map can be seen here.



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The People Vs. Carbon: Fossil Fuel Industry Challenges Rising Social Cost Of Carbon
, reports the Climate Reality Project (CRP). The Feds recently increased the Social Cost of Carbon to $37, that is, the cost to US society per ton of carbon emissions each year. Consider US total emissions, and that adds up to a lot. The fossil fuel industry is challenging this hike, since the rising cost encourages more people to shift to clean energy, threatening fossil fuel profits. CRP says you can challenge 'em back; CRP makes it easy for you to voice your support of the feds estimated cost here.

The Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Thought; Arctic 8x Faster Than Rest because gaps in Arctic temperature had led scientists to underestimate global warming says a new study, reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay. Not only is the Arctic warming eight times faster than the rest of the planet, but failure to account for temperature gaps has led global datasets to underestimate the rise of temperatures worldwide. By adding in new temperature data from satellites over the rapidly-warming Arctic, scientists report that the world's climate has not slowed in warming, as it previously appeared to some, but is warming as rapidly as predicted, with the Arctic currently facing the brunt of it.


By Tim Eagan via OO Climate Change in the Vortex of America's Bi-Polar Politics at Yale Climate Media Forum.

US Carbon Emissions Rise 2% In 2013 After 5 Yr Hiatus due to increase in coal consumption as the rising price of natural gas made coal more competitive, reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay. Doesn't sound like much? Scientists say that if global society doesn't rein-in emissions quickly and aggressively, future impacts could include mass extinction, agricultural collapse, water shortages, and even increased warfare. We have to change this, folks!


The Great March for Climate Action will start on March 1, 2014, and go from Los Angeles to Washington, DC to inspire our leaders to act now on climate change, notes The Great March website. Over 200* have signed up already, and the march is endorsed by ex leading US govt climate scientist James Hansen, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, 350's Bill McKibben and many green organizations. Sign up today for part or all of it; march for change!


UN: Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly reports Justin Gillis at the New York Times. Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, says a draft UN report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, experts found - and there's no guarantee we'll have the technologies or resources to deal adequately with the problem then... a stitch in time...

Top Secret Pacific Trade Agreement Sacrifices Wildlife, Environment, Climate reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay. The massive 12-nation free trade Trans Pacific Partnership agreement has been negotiated in secret now for almost four years, and the information release by WikiLeaks shows that key environmental safeguards in the agreement are being stripped away, including illegal logging, as well as legally-enforced pollution regulations, both of which would further contribute to climate change.


Deforestation in Malaysian Borneo. A recent analysis found that Malaysia, which is a part of the TPP, has the world's highest deforestation rate between 2000-2012. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler of

Green Billionaires et al To Map Out US Cost of Climate Change reports Sophie Yeo at RTCC. Risky Business is a year-long initiative that aims to calculate how much the effects of climate change - including damage caused to agriculture, property and infrastructure by heat waves and sea level rise - will cost America on a region-by-region and a sector-by-sector basis. Co-chairs include Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and Hank Paulsen.


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OO UN Climate Chief: Divest, Invest To Fight Global Warming

OO UN Climate Report Urges Quicker Switch to Low-Carbon Global Economy

OO UN Climate Chief Calls for Tripling of Clean Energy Investment to 1 Trillion yearly by 2030.


OO China: Beijing's Mayor Urges "All-Out Effort" To Curb Air Pollution - and walks the walk, pledging to cut coal, and creating a fund of $2+ billion to do so.


OO Fund Managers Who Ignore Climate Risk Breaching 'Fiduciary Duty'

OO World's Richest Nations 'Failing' To Address Climate Change says OECD.

OO Fossil Fuel Giants Face 'Climate Stress Test' Call At UN Summit
New York 'climate risk' meeting will call on oil majors to evaluate size of carbon reserves that are incompatible with warming world.


OO Climate Change Findings Distilled Into haiku. by Greg C. Johnson.

OO If You See Something, Say Something is not just a motto for national security, but for climate security as well, and applies to scientists, says climatologist Michael Mann.

OO Clear Climate Risks Linked To Fracking, Scientists Told UK Govt

OO Australian Heat Waves More Frequent, Hotter and Longer, Climate Council Says


OO Under Investor Pressure, Major Utility To Study Emissions

OO Al Gore Says Use Of Geo-Engineering To Head Off Climate Disaster Is Insane

OO Greens Push Back On Obama's 'All-Of-The-Above' Energy Policy


People of the First Nations are leading the way in opposing Canadian Tar Sands, and are taking their fight to the courts. Credit John Isaac (United Nations) via

OO British Columbia Groups Ask Court To Block Approval Of Northern Gateway Pipeline

OO Singer Neil Young Blasts Oil Sands Expansion, Launches Fundraising Tour

OO Environmentalists 'Get Real Creative' to Combat Oil by Rail


OO Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper to President Obama: Let Governors Come Up with Energy Plan

OO Group Sues Feds Over Keystone XL's Impact on Endangered Fox

OO Rural Illinois County To Take Fracking Debate To The Ballot Box



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OO 10 Ways To Generate $36 Trillion Of Green Investments By 2050
Leading low carbon group CERES outlines how $1 trillion a year for low carbon infrastructure can be generated.

OO Danish Pension Funds Invest In Climate Fund

OO Indian Microgrids Aim To Bring Millions Out Of Darkness


OO China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

OO Democrats Plan To Pressure TV Networks Into Covering Climate Change

OO In New York, Mortgages May Be the Key to Unlocking Efficiency


Several states already have statewide renewable electricity standards that promote clean energy development through creating a market - it's time for this idea to go national, says Senator Ed Markey! Help promote clean energy and a safe climate future - you can sign the petition here, asking Congress to create a National RES.

OO OptiSense: Enlightening the Smart Grid With Optics

OO How Washington D.C.'S Sewage Will Soon Generate Electricity

OO How A New Rhubarb-Based Battery Could Massively Increase Renewable Energy Use


OO Pre-Assembled Solar Helps Reduce Installation Costs

OO Solarcity Lets Individuals Invest In PV Projects Through A New Acquisition

OO Solar Energy Firms Get Creative In Raising Funds


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OO WaterSmart Scales Up, Water Savings Add Up - using behavioral science, and customized efficiency tips.

OO Engineers Work For Solar-Powered, Self-Contained Toilet


OO Are The Economics And Ethics Of Fossil Fuel Divestment Aligning?

OO BP Sees Renewables Outpacing Fossil Fuels, Eclipsing Nuclear

OO Solar's Revival Sends Stocks on a Tear


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OO Google Acquires NEST Smart Meter Company, Will Speed Smart Grid - segueing neatly with Google's drive to promote energy efficiency.

OO Google To Invest $75m In Second Texas Wind Farm

OO Toyota Reports 43% Rise In Hybrid Sales


OO Obama Review Promises New Energy Blueprint

OO How the US Army Became a Leader in Third-Party Clean Energy Financing

OO Solar On A Grand Scale: Big Power Plants Coming Online In The West


OO Elon Musk's 5 Solar Energy Insights - It's exponential, a great brand that benefits from cheap Chinese imports - and you won't hear about "peak solar" for another 5 billion years...

OO Northeastern US States Tighten Carbon Trading Scheme - announces 45% cut in size of emissions cap in bid to boost market prices

OO Giant California Solar Star Power Plant Enters Service


Google's California headquarters is covered with solar panels. Wikimedia commons.

OO California More Than Doubles Solar Energy Installs in 2013

OO Net Zero at Unprecedented Scale on Illinois Campus

OO Iowa Lawmakers Approve Resolutions Supporting Renewable Fuels Standard


OO Kansas Chamber to Target Renewables Mandate This Year

OO Offshore Wind Prospects Re-Energized in Maine

OO Coal-Dependent Michigan Ready To Make The Switch

OO Detroit Auto Show: Tesla And GM In Race For An Affordable Electric Car

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OO Vermont Proposal Would Tax Natgas Pipeline to Fund Clean Energy

OO NorthCarolina Researchers Find New Way to Store Solar Power


OO European Investment Bank Raised Green Bond To Record 1.5 Billion Euros

OO Solar Power Continues to Expand, Diversify Worldwide

OO Pakistan Turns To Solar Energy As Power Shortfall Widens


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OO Italian Oil Giant Eni Is Said To Abandon Polish Shale Aspirations

OO China to Boost Renewable Energy to Curb Air Pollution

OO Abengoa to Build 110 MW Solar Tower Storage Plant in Chile

OO Wind Energy Produced Half of Danish Electricity in December



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 Tornadoes, Flood, Drought Cost US Billions In 2013

OO Arctic Thawed-Ice Route Will Cost US Billions To Police

OO Rising Seas, Sinking Coast: The Eastern US Seaboard

OO Small Emission Sources Could Mean Big Pollution, But No One's Counting


OO Climate Coverage Drops At Major U.S. Newspapers, Flatlines On TV

OO How Broadcast News Covered Climate Change In Past Five Years MSM TV coverage increased slightly in 2013 but below the 2009 high. Sunday shows let GOP and celebrities guide global warming conversations; Sen. Bernie Sanders has launched an effort to increase climate change coverage on these shows.

OO Budget Deal Protects Fossil Fuel Interests


@@ Wetlands Up in Smoke is a youtuber that shows in graphic detail the effects of biomass harvesting on our southern forests. Screen capture by Mary Ellen Harte.

OO Louisiana Forests Being Sacrificed To Fuel Europe's Biomass Boom

OO US Oil Boom Will Slow In 2015, Feds Forecast

OO Blown Away? Us Suspends Wind Power Subsidies, For Now

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OO CA Gov. Brown Declares Drought Emergency Amid Broken Heat Records, Low Reservoirs

OO California Drought: Water Officials Look To Rules Of '70s

OO California Drought Expands, Fueling Heat and Fire


The recent Colby, CA wildfire. Credit: mattmartinez7/Instagram.

OO North California Drought Threatens Farmers, Ag Workers, Cities - And You

OO LA Area Fire Danger 'About As High As It Can Be,' forecaster says

OO Southern California Fire Burns Homes, Spews Smoke Over LA Basin


OO Extreme Red Flag Fire Warnings Across Southern California, As Drought And Wind Fuel Fire

OO Death Dust: The Valley-Fever Menance An endemic fever-causing fungus now dispersed by hot, dry, windy conditions, is increasing dramatically.

OO Far West Got Drier Last Year Data shows.


A house in Shishmaref falls into the sea from coastal erosion. Courtesy of Tony Weylouanna

OO Alaska: Shishmaref, A Village Eroding Due To Climate Change, Asks For Congressional Action

OO Colorado: Second Wave Of Flood Damage Feared By Some Boulder County Experts

OO Is Fracking the Cause of Increasing Earthquake Frequency in Kansas?
First Texas, then Oklahoma, now Kansas...


OO Maine: Acidifying Waters Seem To Be Destroying Shellfish Flats with disastrous economic implications for the industry and communities.


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OO New Mexico: Dwindling Rio Grande To Take Toll On Recreation Industry

OO Washington DC: Methane Leaks There, US Cities, Threaten Explosioins, Climate due to aging gas lines, says new study.

OO Lifting The Crude-Oil Export Ban Would Worsen Pollution And Climate Change

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

OO House Republicans Pick Climate Skeptic to Head Environment Subcommittee

OO In Colorado, Repeal Effort Targets Rural Renewable Energy Mandate

OO Climate Policy Debate Heats Up; Bill Would Prevent Executive Decree On Carbon Fuels


OO GOP Boehner: No New Regulations Needed After West Virginia's Major Chemical Spill - oh, really?

OO GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell Wants To Use New Tactic To Reverse Carbon Pollution Rules

OO Big Coal Undercuts Landmark US Overseas Investment Policy





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OO Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

OO Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc On Food As Farmers Suffer

OO Earth's Record 41 Different Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Of 2013


OO Population Growth And Associated Food Demand To Take Heavy Toll On Rainforests

OO 7 Countries Drive Most Of Global Warming - when including all past emissions since the Industrial Revolution., says study.


Source Environmental Research Letters, via New Scientist

OO BP Study: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Likely Rise by Nearly a Third in 20 Years

OO EU Set To Propose 40% Carbon Reduction Target For 2030

OO Global Investment in Clean Energy Falls for Second Year in a Row


OO Climate And Nuclear Threats Leave World 'Five Minutes To Midnight'

OO Climate Change Could Exacerbate Drug Smuggling And Human Trafficking


OO During Fiery Heatwaves Australian PM Looks To Stall Thriving Clean Energy Sector


Australia continues to heat and burn. Credit Australian Bureau of Meteorology

OO Australia Dithers As Another Heatwave Strikes

OO Australian Tennis Tournament Invokes 'Extreme Heat Policy' To Suspend Outdoor Play

OO Australian Heatwave Set To Worsen As Fires Rage


OO Australia: Scorchers: The Reality Of A Sunburnt Country

OO Australia: Heatwave Frequency Increases As Climate Change Takes Effect

OO Hotter Longer Australian Heat Wave Threatening Major Crops, Cattle


An Australian ranch. Via Wikipedia. Continued heat will bring Australia's cattle to record low levels, impacting its economy: the country is a major exporter of beef, wheat and sugar. All are expected to suffer under continued climate change.

OO Fiji Relocates First Village Under Climate Change Programme

OO China's Water Squeeze Worsens As Wetlands Shrink 9%

OO Top Global Emitter China Best on Climate Change, UN Chief says


OO Beijing Gets Hit With First Off-The-Charts Air Pollution Day Of The Year

OO Climate Change Clouds Philippines' Dream Of Rice Self-Sufficiency


Climate change threatens the Philippines' ability to become self-sufficient in rice production. Rice fields in the Philippines, via wikipedia.

OO Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

OO Are Towns In England Being Bribed To Accept Fracking?

OO UK Has Made Largest Contribution To Global Warming says study


OO Alberta the Leader in Disturbing Canada's Natural Landscape, study says

OO Canada's Carbon Emissions Projected to Soar by 2030 Due to Expanding Oil Sands Projects

OO Extreme Weather Spotlights Canada's Aging Infrastructure



Ten Global Warming Indicators. Credit NOAA


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OO Big Old Trees Grow Faster, Store More Carbon Faster - making these increasingly rare old trees more valuable in storing carbon, and their conservation more important.

OO Some Fungi Found to Store Vast Amounts of Carbon in Soil - important, because it could change human understanding of what influences the storage of carbon in the natural world. Recently, another study indicated that fungi are major players in storing carbon in soil.

OO High-Living Frogs Hurt By Remote Oil Roads In The Amazon


Frog on a bromeliad, high in the Amazon rainforest. Photo by Bejat McCracken at Mongabay.

OO 2013 was a Year of Precipitation Extremes: NOAA

OO Rainy Mountains Speed CO2 Removal

OO Swiss Wildlife Heads Up The Alps To Escape Warming


Starfish off Vancouver are dying. Credit Jonathan Martin via Climate Progress.

OO Are Warmer Waters Causing Starfish to Disintegrate?

OO Seafloor Marine Life Face Major Threat from Climate

OO 'Missing Heat' Apparently Absorbed by Oceans


OO Sea Ice Cracks Causing Mercury Buildup in Arctic Air

OO Climate Fail: Geoengineering Would Cool Planet, But Screw Up Rainfall Patterns


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@@ "Breathtaking": White House releases climate heavy hitter on the polar vortex. The White House released a highly produced scientific video in which White House science adviser and physicist John Holdren dismantles silly claims that cold weather refutes global warming.

@@ Showtime Climate Change Series Travels Globe. Producers of a Showtime series on global warming, "Years of Living Dangerously," due this spring, said it was crucial to get celebrities and Republicans involved to spread the stories beyond people who already believe it's an important issue. It is to launch in April.


Screen capture by Mary Ellen Harte via Vimeo. Check out the trailer here.

@@PHOTOS: Floods And Landslides In Southeast Asia Displace Hundreds Of Thousands Extreme weather

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Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this pair of pelicans I photographed a few months 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.


*CORRECTION: This blog previously stated the number of participants signed up for The Great March for Climate Action as over 2,000.