01/13/2013 11:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Solar CrowdFunding, Wild Arctic Times, and More!

Climate Change Is Profoundly Impacting Americans already, reads the draft of the new US National Climate Assessment, reports Robert McKie at the UK Guardian. Think Hurricane Sandy or the US drought. Such climatic disruption will become commonplace in coming years... coming soon to a place near you!

Laying Their Bodies on the Line: Students Lockdowned at TransCanada offices (home of the XL Pipeline) in Texas and Massachussetts on January 7th... check it out -- The MA people could use our support!

Know What's Really Hot? Solar CrowdFunding Shares! the first of which, from Mosaic Solar, sold out in 24 hours, reports Dana Hull at the San Jose Mercury News. No wonder - the payback is estimated at over twice that for current Treasury Bonds, and you can be in for as little as $25. Keep an eye on THIS marketplace, folks!

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Australia Burns: hot times there continue, as extreme heat continues to generate myriad wildfires, visible from space! Credit: NASA

Expect More Wild Times From the Arctic, says a recent NOAA report, notes Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. Climate change is rapidly and massively reducing ice and snow cover, resulting in a host of biological changes in the Arctic - and a host of climatic ramifications for the rest of us living below it.

Check out this global Climate Change Map - it doesn't look pretty, especially for the US or the rest of the Americas!

Impending Global Collapse of Civilization? Rethink Your Priorities, say Paul and Anne Ehrlich at the Daily Climate. Solutions to overpopulation and overconsumption must be included when addressing climate change if civilization is to survive. Hmmm, responsible reproduction and sustainable economies vs catastrophic climate change and civilizational collapse... heck, yeah, I'll take the former....

The Outlook For Geothermal Just Got Better, as AltaRock Energy Inc has apparently been able to create artificial reservoirs (read cracks in hot rocks) to create steam sources for spinning turbines and generating electricity, reports Jeff Barnard at the Associated Press. If, true it will allow a much greater expansion of geothermal power worldwide. Get those hot rocks rocking!

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Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this sunset at Duxbury Reef recently photographed by my husband, John. 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.