02/17/2013 11:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Melting Tundra, Red Hot States, and More!

Stop the XL Pipeline, Mr. President! said over 40,000 people concerned about climate change at the February 17th Washington DC Forward On Climate Rally, reports Jamies Henn at Many thousands more turned out at several other rallies across the US. If you still have your signs, plant them on your lawns, in your windows and elsewhere - and keep them there til the pipeline dies!


Public Health Announcement: Health professionals apparently feel that climate change, and the stuff that causes it, is not good for you.

Red Hot: 7 Out of 10 States Most Damaged by Drought Are Republican
, if you peruse the top ten unlucky ones reported by Alyson Kenward at Climate Central, and compare them to the 2012 electoral map. Will this make more Republicans sit up and smell the coffee about climate change? Don't hold your breath. Don't worry about the farms too much, though - government "handouts" (read: insurance) bailed many out.

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Melting Arctic Tundra Releasing Greenhouse Gases says a new study, reports Tim Radford at Climate News Network. This will accelerate global warming, which will accelerate melting tundra, which... well, you get the idea... someone tell this to the uninformed in Congress.


What can we, what WILL we, say to our kids?

Climate Change Poses Big Financial Risks to US Government says the Government Accountability Office in a new report, notes Lisa Fein and Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post, and the government is not positioned in a way to address them adequately. So, if you thought the national debt is bad now, wait til climate change accelerates further...

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Ex Head of IPCC: "We're on our way to a [6 to 10 degrees F warmer] world" says Sir Robert Watson, reports Alex Kirby at Climate News Network. Watson was pressured out of his former IPPC job by the US, right around the time ole Dubya had an oil magnate helping him run the US government. Sadly, nothing much has changed since then between the oil industry and addressing climate change adequately.


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Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by all these people I photographed at the San Francisco Forward on Climate Rally. 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.