06/25/2012 07:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Zombie Hurricane, Cooling It, and More

And the Heat Goes On: temperatures in the 90s and 100s soared throughout the northeast US last week, reported the Associated Press at the Washington Post, while Hurricane Chris, a zombie hurricane created over waters much colder than thought needed for such storms, became the earliest, most northerly storm to form ever recorded, reports AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydyowski.

Meanwhile, Cool it: Are you hot enough yet? Make Congress nervous! You can tell them here that you're committing your votes to a cooler planet and a heck of a lot more jobs by voting for candidates favoring a quick transition to clean energy. Meantime, make a cool neckband: Wet a terrycloth washcloth completely, place it flat, centered, on a 17-inch (or larger) square cotton scarf, and fold both diagonally into one triangle. From the longest side, roll the triangle into a long roll. Tie it around your neck, with the thickest part in back. Remoisten at will. Great for seniors, too!

California Waters Face Sour Future: Over the next few decades, coastal waters off of California, Oregon, and Washington will likely become acidic enough from increased absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide to harm the rich fisheries and diverse marine ecosystems there, according to a new study, reports Peter Spotts at the Christian Science Monitor.

Japan Jumps Into Renewables: Japan recently approved incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world's third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster, report Yuko Inoue and Leonora Walet at World Environment News.

"Now That We've Melted It, Let's Exploit It" Department: As Arctic ice recedes under global warming with the promise of ice free summers appearing within decades, oil companies such as Shell, spurred by better technology and high oil prices, are pursuing oil drilling up there, reports the Economist.

Driving Clean, Cheap and Electric: Americans are already driving a variety of plug-in cars that run at the equivalent of a dollar per gallon and run cleaner than gasoline, especially when the electricity is derived from clean renewable sources, reports Max Baumhefner at Greentechmedia.

Save Baby Arctic Chicks! Climate change has melted the ice pack food source of Arctic ice birds from 7 miles to 250 miles away from them and made their nesting habitat, Cooper Island, a prime target for hungry polar bears. These Arctic "penguins" and puffins,too, need more bear-proof nesting boxes from humans to keep their chicks safe. Time is running out. The bears are coming in two months. You can help here, and find out more about how dramatically climate change is changing their lives.

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded when I photographed this mountain not far from our research cabin. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a clean, safe future. If you'd like to tell Congress that you support clean energy and will vote for clean energy candidates, join the increasing numbers of people doing so here. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.