04/14/2013 09:42 pm ET Updated Jun 14, 2013

Climate Energy This Week: Healthy Clean Energy, Mideast Climate Change, and More!

Invest In Clean Energy To Reap Enormous Health Benefits says the UN, reports Alister Doyle at Reuters News, and help slow climate change. Fossil fuel burning pollution kills nearly 7 million annually, more than HIV or malaria combined. Hey, I'm game - how about you, Congress?


**Toward Perpetuity: Global Solar Is Skyrocketing, Will Soon Be Net Positive Energy Source credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL

** How 100 Percent Renewable Energy Could Be Cost-Effective For Australia By 2030

Dramatic Acceleration of Antarctic Melting Will Speed Sea Level Rise, says a new study, reports Paul Brown at the Climate News Network. An ice core shows the 10-fold increase in melting started 600 years ago, with the greatest acceleration happening in the past half century. Since it's melting off land into sea, it's not the time to invest in coastal properties...

Credit: Andy Lee Robinson

** Policy Is Driving California's Thriving Clean Economy

** New York moves toward adopting wind, other green energy totally by 2030

Hungry Now? Wait til 2050 when you'll REALLY feel it, says a new US government report and leading global food experts, reports John Vidal at the UK Guardian. Climate change will cause massive declines in food production as the population soars towards nine billion in 2050. What a great time to think twice about the size of your upcoming family....

** Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising

** China Says Their Warming Is Human Driven - now will it speed up their action on it?

☼☼☼☼☼ Want to know more about your state, and going solar in it? Check it out here!

Mideast Climate Change and Upstream Dams Suck Biblical Paradise Dry reports Julia Harte (FD: my daughter!) at the National Geographic Exlporers Journal. Climate change enhanced droughts, and dams built to feed Turkish energy demands, will continue to dry this already arid area in southern Iraq.


** Climate Change Will Keep Driving More Intense Precipitation - Study read: more flooding and storm damage. Courtesy of the USGS

** Nearly 80 Percent Of Americans Hit By Extreme Weather Disaster Since 2007, Report Finds

Nike, Starbucks, Intel to Congress: Address Climate Change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and cutting carbon emissions, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. Yet another Irish county heard from - in this case, one responsible for about 500,000 US jobs and a half trillion dollars in yearly revenues. Yo, Congress, are you listening?


** Climate Change Keeps Expanding Canada's Unprecedented Epidemic Of Forest-Destroying Beetles

** Climate change tough on Colorado Plateau

Fossil Fuel Resistance Is Growing Big - And Fast, reports Bill McKibben at RollingStone. What's fueling it? The rising success of clean energy industry and jobs, every new climate change catastrophe, and people's recognition of how we need to get dirty fossil fuels behind us as soon as possible. The real victory will be when Congress starts listening to them...

** Want to tell the feds to stop their coal leasing program? You can act here!

☼☼☼Acting Like You Care: The XL Keystone pipeline will make possible far more climate change, but President Obama might okay it anyway. Credo, 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.

@@@ Climate Change At the Movies!!! @@@

OO Heat and Harvest
Climate Change clobbers California agriculture in many ways, as this engrossing documentary illustrates, from cherries to potato chips...

OO Bill Maher on Climate Change Denial an oldie but goldie - check out his other gems along the same line...

OO The Beetles Are Coming.... more and more to Canada, wiping out more forests... too bad this is real, and not a 50s sci-fi flick... (and yes, more and more I feel like I'm living in one....)

And those are just a FEW of the headlines. For more, check out:

☼☼ The Daily Climate
☼☼ Climate Progress
☼☼ Marcacci Communications Energy and Environment News Roundup; for a more detailed daily roundup, substitute the desired date into the link here.

☼☼ InsideClimate News
☼☼ Climate News Network
☼☼ Climate Desk
☼☼ Climate Central
☼☼ RTCC, Responding to climate change

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 burrowing owl Jen Joynt so generously shared with me. 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.