01/20/2013 11:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Browning Dragon, Bright Ideas, and More!

Browning Dragon, Heating Planet: China's exploding fossil fuel use threatens far more climate change, reports Lucia Green-Weiskel at the Nation. Coal use is increasing much faster than clean energy, while new shale sources lessen incentives to go clean. And the new leadership is promoting consumption in a world where humanity is already consuming way too much. Too bad the US isn't setting a better example for this browning dragon...

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Newest Extreme Weather Casualty: Jakarta, Indonesia, a megacity of 10 million, is underwater, paralyzed, reports Sarah Schonhardt at the Christian Science Monitor, from extreme downpours, causing extreme flooding, and threatening investment... move over, Manila...


A satellite image of the 2005 drought, now megadrought, in the Amazon, with the worst imacts in red and yellow. (Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/GFSC)

Amazon Drying Out, Likely From Climate Change, a new NASA study indicates, reports Bailey Johnson at CBS News online. A megadrought that began in 2005 has persisted, and the area is showing widespread signs of not recovering quickly enough to withstand the new frequency of droughts occurring. No more panthers, peccaries and Morpho butterflies????? Nooooooooooooo!!!!.......

Re-volv Is A New Way to Spread Community Solar, reports Susan Cagle at the Grist. The nonprofit group will use donations to create a solar lease program, using the revenues to fund other community solar installations. It's the first group to leverage community cash to grow community solar projects. Watch the solar spread, folks!

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How Low Can You Go, Ole Mississippi? River, that is. Possibly low enough to halt vast amounts of shipping and drive up prices of basics like cereal grains and fuels, meaning higher prices for the rest of us, reports John Schwartz at the New York Times.

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This is YOUR Warming World! Have fun (heh, heh) with this interactive graphic, placing the marker to see how much your home, granny's or elsewhere has warmed since the 1950s. Then click at the top to show different global temperature maps from previous decades... we're getting warmer, warmer....

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this velvet worm (an onychophoran - not your typical worm) that Kenneth Chapin 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.