Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
@@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds - a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s retro style.
OO How many more? Murders of Environmental Defenders Rising - with 116 murdered in 2014 alone; indigenous activitsts are especially targeted.
OO World's Plants, Soils To Switch From Absorbing
to Emitting CO2 By 2100, study shows, depriving humanity of a vast storage space for carbon emissions.
Sign of the future? People are depleting major aquifers, formerly vast but now dwindling finite stores of underground water, around the world. Credit AP photo, Jae C Hong
California's Groundwater Could Dry Up Soon -
Just As Saudi Arabia's Just Did reports Nathan Halverson at Reveal. Saudi Arabia allowed rich landowners to pump its major aquifer dry over 3 decades to grow wheat. No longer. Now, the country will have to spend far more on desalinating water and importing wheat to feed its citizens.
Rising global air temperature, rising CO2, the 10 hottest years recorded yet (all occurring after 1998), and 361 (so far) consecutive months of above normal global average temperatures all show where this planet is headed.
OO The State Of The Earth In 4 Climate Trends
US Solar jobs are booming, emissions are increasingly not tied to economic growth, the exploding growth of clean renewable energy worldwide, and increasing investments in renewables are all good signs of just how well we can address climate change. We need to do more, faster.
OO Four Hopeful Clean Energy Trends For Earth Day
OO U.S. To Focus On Climate Change, Oceans
As New Chair Of Arctic Council
Feedback Cycles Will Warm Arctic More, without further human intervention. Two big ones: melting permafrost (purple) releases further greenhouse gases; melting ice (blue) exposes darker waters that absorb far more heat; a smaller feedback: warmer waters will increase phytoplankton blooms (green), which trap more heat in the waters. All three cycles will further reinforce themselves.
OO Melting Arctic Permafrost Creating Unstoppable Climate Change Cycle - as the permafrost melts and decays, releasing vast carbon emissions slowly, but enough ultimately to drive the cycle without human input.
OO Blooming Algae Could Accelerate Arctic Warming - as warming waters increase phytoplankton blooms, which, in turn, warm surrouding waters; this could result in 20% more Arctic warming by 2100, a new study says.
OO Why Arctic Warming Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought
OO Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice And Ecosystem - speeding up the removal of ice, vital in protecting the Arctic from further warming.
You can sign up here to join the Keep It In the Ground campaign, urging major world funds to divest from fossil fuels.
OO Leading Scientists Say 75% Of Known Fossil Fuels Must Stay Underground to avoid the worst effects of climate change, with economists in an Earth Day 2015 statement.
OO Earth Shaking News:
Scientists Convinced Of Tie Between Earthquakes And Drilling
OO US Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked To Quest For Oil And Gas
OO Oklahoma's Clear Link Between Earthquakes And Energy Boom
OO The Link Between Fracking Activity And Earthquakes Is Getting Stronger
If we do not grow sustainably,
Our children will die inhumanely.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Engage social media and traditional media. Comment on social media, publish blogs, and write letters to the newspapers.Create a BUZZ!
And there are many more actions you can do, right here.
SOLAR KEEPS SMILING
OO SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1 Billion Fund
OO The Second Coming Of Solar Is Here -
With New Investment Opportunities
OO California: Company Provides Solar Power with Water Efficiency - NRG is the first solar company to do so.
OO The First Round-The-Globe PV-Powered Flight - the global journey is planned to last 25 days over five months, starting and finishing in the sun-scorched deserts of Abu Dhabi.
OO MIT Invention Turns Salt Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power
OO Does Going "Off The Grid" Actually Help The Climate? Not if the grid can distribute the power more efficiently to many users with far less redundant infrastructure.
OO China Adds Solar Power the Size of France in First Quarter 2015
OO Japan: Solar Energy Is on the Verge of a 'Global Boom' - as nuclear recedes and oil-fired power plants close, Japan is one of the world's largest markets for solar power.
Check it out here, right now!
GOOD CLEAN NEWS
OO Strong Future Forecast For Renewable Energy
OO The Age Of Wind And Solar Is Closer Than You Think - renewable energy, spurred by a crisis in climate, may usurp fossil fuels by mid-century.
OO Landmark US Govt Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments
OO Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency
OO Congress Passes Bill for Grid-Enabled Water Heaters - letting thesebig energy users become far more efficient.
OO EPA's Proposed Carbon Rule Would Create 100,000s Of Jobs, report says.
OO Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year
OO Methane Emissions Can Be Cut Cheaply Worldwide from leaks by oil and gas operations, says a new study.
OO China Could Get 85% Of Its Electricity From Renewables By 2050, report finds.
OO Chinese Banks Must Cut Coal Lending, Shift To Cleaner Businesses to win its pollution war.
OO China Reduces Coal Use And CO2 Emissions, boosting global climate talks.
OO China Plants the Most Carbon-Storing Trees With 'Green Great Wall'
OO Big Oil CEO Backs A Global Tax On Carbon - Eldar Saetre, CEO of Statoil, the Norwegian oil giant.
OO Japan Hikes Target For Emissions Cuts To About 25% By 2030 - every little bit counts.
OO Australia Run On 100% Renewable Power By 2050, report finds due to falling costs of wind and solar power.
OO Banking Giant: HSBC Warns Clients of Fossil Fuel Investment Risks
OO Big Insurers Warn US To Prepare For Climate Change rather than waste money responding to resulting disasters... a stitch in time...
OO Former Shell Boss: Fossil Fuel Industry Must 'Change Profoundly' and step up efforts to develop low carbon technologies.
OO World Bank: Climate Change Is A 'Fundamental Threat' to development. Then stop funding fossil fuel projects, WB!
OO No More Bulbs: Organic LEDs - made of thin layers, they can be used in every day objects, as they already are in TVs and mobile phones.
OO Liquid Batteries For Solar And Wind Power - flow batteries provide energy steadily over time and last much longer than other types of storage.
OO Turn Supermarket Fridges Into Energy Storage Assets - cool refrigerant liquid at night during cheaper off-peak hours, and use it to keep the fridges cool during the day and outages.
OO The New Carbon Tracker Initiative:
Blueprint For Fossil Fuel Divestment for Companies
OO Temperatures Could Rise By 6C By 2100,
With Cataclysmic Results say experts.
OO 75% Of World's Extremely Hot Days
Can Be Linked Now To Climate Change
OO Changes In Water Vapor And Clouds Are Amplifying Global Warming
@@ Looking for Global Warming? Check the Ocean
OO Under U.S. Leadership, Arctic Council Vows To Fight Climate Change
OO USDA Takes on Agriculture's Huge Contribution To Climate Change
OO White House: Upgrade Grid to Withstand Climate Change
WHAT DOESN'T WORK
Fossil Fuel Follies
OO North America: Oil And Gas Industry Has Grabbed 7 Million Acres
Of Crop and Range Land Since 2000 - decreasing ecosystem services and productivity for the US and Canada.
OO Earthquakes Linked To Fracking Activity Are Rising, says U.S. Govt
"These earthquakes are occurring at a higher rate than ever before and pose a much greater risk to people living nearby."
OO Replacing One US Pollution With Another:
Big Oil Uses Toxic Chemicals To Clean Up Spills
OO China's Pollution Challenge: Two Of Most Polluted Provinces
Fail To Limit Factory Emissions
OO GOP Conservatives Don't Think Climate Change Will Happen In Their Lifetimes says a new Gallup poll, even though ...
OO 83% Of Americans Say Climate Is Changing says poll conducted by world's largest reinsurance company. Go figure.
Even elephants can't survive on oil. Credit: Mary Ellen Harte
OO GOP Senate Agrees That Global Warming Occurring, Impacting US --
But Fails to Act in a recent vote.
OO GOP Republican Presidential Hopefuls Ignore Climate Issue
OO Oklahoma: Lawmakers Vote To Outlaw Fracking Bans
-- As Fracking Earthquakes There Rise -This is almost as good as flood-threatened Florida's governor refusing to let any state workers say "Climate Change". Just what DO they put in their Koolaid down in the Magnolia Zone?
OO On Earth Day, GOP Congress Targets America's Public Lands and Waters
OO GOP Weighs How To Undercut Obama's Climate Talks
OO President Ignores Fracking Risks In The Everglades
As He Urges Action on Climate
WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS
Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 4, 2015
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.
OO Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double by 2100 due to climate change, says a new analysis.
OO Since First Earth Day, U.S. Temps Have Been Rising
OO At $24 Trillion, Oceans Are World's 7th-Largest Economy -
But Its Resources Are Eroding due to over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said.
OO Viral Blight Could Ravage Earth's Wheat,
Aided By Rising Greenhouse Gases
OO Nearly Half of Biggest Investors Expose Their Assets To Climate Change and "gamble" on companies heavily exposed to environmental risks, says a new report.
OO Africa: Migrant Tragedies Will Worsen With Climate Change
OO Brazil: Drought Blamed For Upsurge In Dengue Fever
OO India: Farmers Commit Suicide As Crops Fail From Bad Weather and debts mount.
OO A Sea Dries, Exposing a Toxic Bomb of accumulated toxic pollution that the wind can now distribute.
OO 'Explosive' Wildfires Are Already Out Of Control
-- Months Before Fire Season
OO Dry, Warm Conditions Keep California's National Forests Parched
OO Nine More Ways The State Has To Change Its Water Ways - use wastewater, smart meters to fine violators, tiered pricing, and stop using up our aquifers, for starters.
KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon
Forests: worth saving. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay
OO McDonald's Commits To Zero Deforestation
Throughout Its Entire Supply Chain
OO Using Satellites To Stop Forest Destruction In Its Tracks - Orbital Insight plans to collect satellite imagery of tropical forests to track changes over time.
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 these crocuses 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.