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Climate Change This Week: Methane Blob, Renewables And Global Heat Rise, and More!

04/20/2015 04:32 pm ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015

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 As You Read This?
Click n See: The Rate Is Staggering.

Check out this interactive on coal, oil and gas extraction.

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Source Climate Progress

OO How To Tell If An Article About Climate Is BS?
Peruse quickly and discard if the articles:
- indicate the problem is hopeless or unsolvable: it isn't.
- are written by authors clueless on the subject; wiki them and their connections, if unsure.
- do not discuss specifically how to bring down emissions drmaatically.
- use Orwellion terms like "good anthropocene."

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@@ Tedx Talk: Researcher Warns Of Climate-Driven Public Health Impacts

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OO Ex US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson:
Short-Termism And The Threat From Climate Change

"By not acting now, we're allowing the future costs of the greenhouse-gas crisis to compound. Eventually, the consequences will be irreversible."

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@@ Bill Maher: Climate Denial's Zombie Lies

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Most US adults accept climate change exists - but most do not understand that it is manmade.
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

@@ Mapping US Climate Change Denial, County By County: A Valuable Portrait - Yale Climate Opinions maps http://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/ are a new tool from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

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This site provides estimates of U.S. climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences at the state and local levels - a new source of high-resolution data on public opinion that can inform national, state and local decision-making, policy, and education initiatives.

Related Headlines:

OO Your Beliefs On Global Warming May Depend On Where You're From

OO Most Americans Believe Climate Change Is Real, But Not Manmade

OO What Will Happen After People Stop Ignoring Climate Change? We'll debate policy - and it'll be a lot more productive.

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The carbon-storing Leuser ecosystem is the last Asian forest in which several endangered creatures, such as the Sumatran rhino, tigers, and others, still live and interact naturally. Palm oil producers are threatening to invade it, just as they have other rainforests already. Source: Rainforest Action Network

@@ One of the Last Most Pristine Rainforests Threatened


You Can Act here

OO Taking Action On Climate:The Ultimate No-Regrets Business Strategy - How much will a company - and all of us - regret not taking action if the outcomes are much worse? Given the day-to-day benefits of moving to a clean economy, corporate action on climate is the ultimate no-brainer.

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Trade winds linked to CA drought. Credit Earth Wind Map

Why is California Dry?
The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind
- the Pacific trade winds, that is. A cycle of strong trade winds has forced heat into the oceans, slowing land heating, and help set up the atmospheric ridges that are blocking storms from California, new research shows, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central.

Related Headline:

OO A Weird Warm Pacific 'Blob' May Be Fueling California's Drought - sounds like a 1950s horror movie monster, but it's a real-life ocean anomaly that kills seals, causes drought and is related to the East's terrible winter.

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The retreating Columbia Glacier in Alaska, one of a series of "Images of Change". NASA

OO 15 Before-And-After Images That Show How We're Transforming The Planet - from the NASA "Images of Change" series - intense and sobering.

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If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.

OO Iran: New Law to Increase Population Will Cost It Big Time - in unwanted pregnancies (already at 30% nationally), increased health costs, spread of sexual diseases, and increased unemployment and poverty, note Iranian medical experts.

YOU CAN ACT ON POPULATION

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 RISING

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OO Solar Installation - Smart Energy Home Company Partnersships Grow - as solar installers team with companies that can maximize home energy efficiency via smart meters.

OO Leading Solar-Plus-Storage Corporation Expands into Germany and the US

OO 'Load Defection' From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here

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OO $12 Million Invested to Develop In Home Solar Energy Storage - which eases demand on the grid, and gives rooftop solar owners even more energy independence.

OO Dividend Investment Company Buys $150 Million in Residential Solar Projects

OO China: First Major Solar Power Purchase Agreement Could Speed Up Solar Market Growth

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NREL

OO DOE Solar Employee Program Gets 1400+ To Go Solar

OO California Utility Tests Making Hydrogen Fuel From Solar for Pipeline Storage

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Solar powered ice cream truck. Source utopianist.com

OO Thin Film Solar Panels to Power Touring, Recreational Vehicles

OO Israel: New Company Facilitates Rooftop Solar Expansion

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Check it out here, right now!

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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Solar silicon wafers. Courtesy of 1366 Technologies

OO Look What's Cooking In Renewable Energy:
Innovations Point To A Hopeful Future
- from price dropping silicon wafers to floating wind turbines, and more that makes solar and wind ever cheaper and better.

OO Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule

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The future of clean energy investment is a burgeoning one, according to the 2013 Bloomberg BNEF. Source BNEF/Grist

OO Fossil Fuel-Free Funds Outperformed Conventional Ones, Analysis Shows - 12% more yearly over the past 5 years. .

OO U.S. Carbon Emissions Falling to Two-Decade Low in Coal Shift as utilities shift away from coal in favor of solar, wind and natural gas.

OO U.S. Power Sector In 2015: More Renewable Energy, Less Carbon Emissions

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OO Maryland Senate, House Pass Two-Year Fracking Ban

OO Mayor Garcetti Outlines Vision for a 'Sustainable' LA - that promises a very different city in 20 years.

Related Headlines:

OO L.A.'s New City Plan Will Make You Want To Move There

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What if streetlights came on only when needed? Source designboom.com

OO Smart US Cities Are The New Smart Grid Networking Opportunities - with Smart streetlight networks for beginners.

OO California Water-monitoring Software Company Raises $7 Million Amid Drought

OO US Energy Storage Management Systems Market to Grow Tenfold by 2019 - they're
integral to the development of clean renewable energy.

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New York's strategy on Climate Change - adapt and lower emissions with clean energy - bigtime.

OO New York Announces $160M for Large-Scale Clean Energy

OO New York's Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.

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OO No Red And Blue Divide Re Renewable Energy Innovation And CO2 Rules

OO White House: A Plan To Tackle The Health Threats Of Climate Change

OO Why 2015 Could Be A Record Year For The Greening Of US Energy

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Winning Combination: As green energy grew in the UK and household energy consumption slumped, carbon emissions decreased. Credit Julie Edwards, Alamy via the Guardian

OO UK Sees Biggest Drop in Emissions Since 1990

OO Canada: How Provinces Can Lead The Way On Global Warming

OO Electric Car Batteries Just Hit A Key Price Point - with a rapid worldwide drop in the cost of their key component -- batteries.

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Vancouver on the bay. Wikipedia

OO Vancouver, Confronting Toxic Oil Spill, Says It Will Go 100 % Renewable - nothing like toxic oil to push one towards cleaner alternatives.

OO Japan Will Promise To Reduce Carbon Emissions 20% By 2030 but is this significant?

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WHAT WORKS

Speaking Out:

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Hillary Clinton. Huffington Post

OO Hillary Clinton: Tackling Climate Change and Clean Energy Are Top Priorities - right next to helping families and small businesses succeed.

OO Canada: Thousands March To Call For Action On Climate Change

OO China: Thousands Protest Against Coal-Fired Power Plant

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Credit Daniel Kusick

OO US Midwest: Bakken-Bearing Pipeline Meets Stiff Opposition

OO Fracking Criticism Spreads, Even In Alberta And Texas

OO Greenpeace Activists Board, Stay On Oil Rig
Headed For The Arctic
despite legal threats.

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OO Top Academics Ask World's Universities To Divest
From Fossil Fuels

OO Harvard Climate Protest Grows
While MIT Joins Activists In Talks

OO Yale: Students Sit-In President's Office Seeking Fossil Fuel Divestment

Good Ideas:

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Yeah, I think we can all agree that we want less of this. Source RTCC

OO Power Plant Rules Could Unite States On Climate Action

OO Big Ideas From Obama's New Climate Change And Health Initiative

OO Innovative Govt Policies Let Conservative Texas
Lead In US Wind Power

OO Litigation: The Newest Tool For The Divestment Movement?

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How a flywheel stores energy in motion. Source pennergy.com

OO Flywheel Plant: New Energy Storage
Could 'Revolutionise' Renewable Sector

OO Michael Bloomberg Pours $30 Million More Into Fighting Coal

Insights:

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Too much carbon dioxide may have been the undoing of trilobites and most of Earth's biodiversity during the Permian-Triassic great extinction... now imagine what it could do to us... Wikipedia

OO Too Much Carbon Dioxide May Have Caused Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

OO North Pacific Temperature Patterns and the US East-West Weather Divide

OO California's History Of Decades Long Megadrought Repeats but development and climate change complicate predictions.

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OO Game of Thrones: a Parable on Climate Change - set in a time of changing climate, various power factions are too busy to notice it, or its grim consequences... hmmmm, sound like any country we know?

OO Poll: Brown Lawns Get Americans Worrying About Climate Change - nothing like the personal touch to jolt people awake.

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WHAT DOESN'T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies

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Really, folks, do we want more of this in our environment?

OO U.S. Leads Global Oil, Gas Production for Third Year

OO CA: Exxon Mobil Refineray Explosion Rains Toxic Ash - in February, but no one is talking about it. Why?

OO US State Department 'Secretly Approved' Two Pipeline Projects lawsuit alleges.

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Source ohiorealtors.org

OO Pennsylvania: Scientists Link Fracking Boom To Increased Radioactive Gas In Homes

Related Headlines:

OO Radon Levels Have Increased Near Pennsylvania Fracking Sites

OO Rise Of Deadly Radon Gas In Pennsylvania Buildings Linked To Fracking

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Source planetark.org

OO Saudi Arabia Boosts Crude Production to Highest Level on Record - just a thought: besides sticking it to Iran and driving US oil back into the ground, could they also be pumping madly before the carbon bubble bursts?

OO China to Pass U.S. As Leading Contributor To Modern Global Warming - even as the country moves away from coal.- it's that big.

Bad Ideas:

OO Hydropower Folly:
Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

"We expect these costs to rise further."

OO Nestlé's Bottled Water Business Is Under Fire
In Drought-Stricken California

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

OO GOP Pres Candidate Rand Paul Opposes Most EPA Regulations

OO Colorado GOP Launches Preemptive Strike On EPA's Clean Power Plan

OO Wisconsin GOP Members On Land Board Ban Work On Climate Change

OO Some Wisconsin State Workers Not Allowed To Say 'Climate Change'

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WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 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, 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.

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Permafrost eroding on Alaska coast. USGS

OO Permafrost Thaw Can Accelerate Permafrost Thaw - because the thaw releases greenhouse gases that induce yet more warming and thawing, creating a cycle outside of human control. Now THAT's scary.

OO Thawing Permafrost Will 'Not Explode' but Significantly Add CO2

OO Arctic Could Become A Major New Source Of Carbon Emissions confirm scientists.

Natural Repercussions:

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California heat record to 2014. NOAA via climate central

OO California Continues to Shatter Temperature Heat Records

Related Headline:

OO California's New Era Of Heat Destroys All Previous Records

OO Rapid Global Warming May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

OO Giant Global Warming Methane Mass Over Southwest - as big as the methane emissions of Sweden, it's centered over a major area of coal methane extraction... what a coincidence...

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Great Barrier Reef. Wikipedia

OO Great Barrier Reef Can Be Saved If
Climate Change Addressed
- James Cook University report.

OO Climate Change To Affect Florida Coral Reefs Sooner Than Thought

OO Mighty Rio Grande Now A Trickle Under Siege

California Dryin'

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OO Now, Every Day Is Fire Season In Drought-Era California, experts say.

OO California Faces 'Dust Bowl'-Like Conditions, says climate tracker.

OO Drought Is Behind CA Skyrocketing West Nile Virus

Social Repercussions:

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Climate change worsens disasters, increasing their death toll. Source China Daily

OO Is Climate Change Really Killing Us? A doctor's diagnosis. Climate change, whatever its cause, affects how we breathe, what we eat and what diseases we're exposed to. We can't overlook this. We need to act now... and all this via Fox News... who'da thunk?

OO Drought Threatens To Envelop Oregon as emergency requests flow in.

OO 'We're Going To Be Out Of Water':
Navajo Nation Dying Of Thirst

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Wood Duck - Hunters' birds are declining, and shifting their movements. Source ducks.org

OO Hunters See Climate Changing Their Traditions

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 stinging flower 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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