02/03/2013 05:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Gargantuan Blue Blobs, Solar Spin Cells, and More!

And Now, FINALLY, Some Good News: US Cut Carbon in 2012! reports Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian, to 1994 levels by increasing energy efficiency and doubling its clean energy capacity. Okay, it wasn't much: 13% in the past five years - but hey, you gotta start somewhere...

@@ What Did Climate Change in 2012 Mean For You? Find out at this handy interactive US map, courtesy of the Natural Resources Defense Council....

****Revenge of Extreme Weather on World's Top Coal Exporters!!!****

Hazardous Fossil Fuel Pollution Forces China to Close Factories!

Australia: Fires, now Floods from Extreme Weather!

2012 Fits Global Warming Trend, reports the National Atmospheric and Space Administration. One of 9 warmest years on the planet since recording began in 1880, and all nine occurring since 2000. It's getting warmer, warmer....

MIT, NOAA and IEA All agree - Expect Global Temperature to Rise 10 Degree F by 2100!


Credit: National Science Foundation

Gargantuan Arctic Blue Blobs of Methane Are Escaping into the atmosphere, indicating a far greater release of this potent greenhouse gas from trapped, but now melting deposits than previously thought, reports Robert Krulwich at his NPR blog. Check out the totally awesome photos of these blobs.We are running out of time to stop this cycle from becoming uncontrollable, folks!

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Published April 30, 2012 at Cleantechnica in "Solarphasec -- Solar Power Meets Art"

Solar Spin Cell Will Make Going Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels! claims V3Solar company, reports Zachary Shahan at Cleantechnica. These beautiful blue spinning cones are 20 times more efficient at producing electricity than equal sized panels. Heck, I'd love to have these blue beauties on my roof!


An actual Solar 3D Spin Cell Generator - aka Solar Spin Cell, Credit: V3Solar

Another Likely Climate Change Effect: More Flu for Me and You! reports Umair Irfan and Climate Wire at Scientific American. A new study links earlier and more severe outbreaks with warmer winters over the past decade. Economic costs from flu number in the billions annually. And expect more as CC continues. Lucky us!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as this way-cool fly that I photographed one summer day reminded 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.