Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
@@ The 2014 IPCC Synthesis Report Video - informative, engaging...
OO Study: Hotter Days In US Mean Less Cold Cash - Days that averaged about 77 degrees ended up reducing people's income by about $5 a day when compared with days that were about 20 degrees cooler.
OO American Drought: California's Economic Crisis - recent storms are not going to end the 'worst drought in a generation' that is turning much of central California into a dust bowl, and bringing one of the richest states in America to its knees.
OO Catholic Bishops From Every Continent Call
For 'An End To The Fossil Fuel Era'
SOLAR KEEPS FLYING, RISING, SAILING, SMILING, SURFING,
OO Texas: Austin Aims for 950MW of Solar Along With Bold Distributed Energy Goals
OO First Solar Plans to Expand US Solar to All
with Community Solar Projects - and has acquired a solar community project company to do so.
OO Distributed Generation Like Solar Will Double Globally By 2023 says a new report.
Latin America's Breakthrough Solar Year, reports Adam James at GreenTechMedia, is characterized by the fastest growing solar PV market in history. Chile dominates the solar boom, and has the largest merchant solar plant in the world. But the US Company SunEdison is scoring on the action as the major developer behind the boom... way to go, SunEd!
OO Australia Reaches 4GW Of Rooftop Solar PV
OO Solar Rises In Malaysia During Trade Wars Over Solar Panels
GOOD CLEAN NEWS
OO Copenhagen Lighting The Way To Greener, More Efficient Cities - a growing wireless network of streetlamps and sensors is saving money, cutting the use of fossil fuels and easing mobility, part of its ambitious goal of becoming the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.
OO Paying For A Healthier Planet - using green bonds to encourage Mexicans to save energy.
OO West Coast States Lead Electric Vehicle Adoption In U.S.
OO Great Wall Of Trees Keeps China's Deserts At Bay a new study says of the massive belt of trees being planted across China's arid north.
OO China Is In A Genuine Retreat From Coal,
Says Ex Energy Secretary Steven Chu
OO Many Govts Now Embrace Zero Carbon Emissions By 2050 - in a historic first.
OO Poll: Half Of Republican Voters Back Limits On Carbon - something for the GOP Congress to remember in 2015.
OO Top Scientists To Media:
Stop Using 'Skeptic' To Describe Climate Science Deniers
OO 'We're Running Out Of Time':
Leading Climate Scientist Unveils Latest Numbers On Climate Change
OO Seattle Billionaire Steps Into Coal Fight - to fund a suit against the Dept of Interior on leasing public land for coal. He's Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen.
OO Oregon: Most Residents Speak Against Proposed Southern Gas Pipeline
OO 11 SenatorsTold EPA How To Make Its Carbon Rule
Cut Even More Power Plant Emissions
OO Colbert Report: Obama Downplays Keystone Benefits, Highlights Drawbacks
OO Climate Change Should Be A Human Rights Issue announced the International Bar Associatio, able to be challenged in a court of law.
OO Greens Protest, And Company Backs Away
From Kenya's Rare Coastal Forest
OO Groups Call On World Leaders To Stop Incentives For Big Dams which often destroy communities, important habitat, and emit the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Humanity's choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9 °F over much of U.S.
OO What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts - here are two of them, above and below; remember, often climate models underestimate the real effects... and the costs.
Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for 2080-2099 with business-as-usual warming. By comparison, during the 1930s Dust Bowl, the PDSI in the Great Plains rarely exceeded -3 (see here). Source: Cook et al. and Climate Progress.
OO Here's What Will Happen This Century
If We Don't Do Anything About Climate Change Via cool graphics and animation, Global Weirding helps summarize how the planet may change over the rest of the century, using the most reputable source of information, the latest IPCC report.
OO Greenland's Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt - the sheet's dynamics are changing, which could ultimately raise sea levels that much faster.
OO Warming Ocean May Be Triggering Mega Methane Leaks Off Northwest Coast as methane that was trapped in crystalline form beneath the seabed melts and is being released. -- and fast.
OO 'Widespread Methane Leakage' From Ocean Floor Off US Coast
OO Mainstream Media - Newsweek - Tackles Overpopulation:
222 Million Women Need Access to Contraceptives - not just physical access with accurate information about their use and results, but cultural encouragement and freedom.
As it is, our exploding populations are changing the climate and irreversibly extinguishing much of the beautiful tapestry of life on Earth, and our mega life support systems, our ecosystems.
WHAT DOESN'T WORK
The Legacy of Fossil Fuels, and Their Combustion:
"We have privatized profits and socialized costs"
Fossil Fuel Follies
OO Coal Demand Set To Break 9 Billion Tonne Barrier This Decade
OO Sloppy Fracking Practices Result In Large Methane Leaks
OO Florida Fracking: State Uilities Want You To Pay For It
OO Methane Still Belches From US's Old Oil And Gas Wells
OO As U.S. Cleans Up, It's Exporting More Pollution
A Tesla electric roadster: it can be a lot dirtier than it looks, depending on how the electricity was generated. Wikipedia
OO Without Clean Electricity E-Cars Aren't Clean says a new study; electricity from coal makes them worse than regular gas cars.
OO The U.S. Energy Story: Not a Pretty Picture
A new interactive map of US energy production over the past 20 years shows the biggest growth has been in natural gas, nuclear and biofuels; 2 out of 3 spout carbon emissions....
OO Most Americans Aren't Aware Of The Health Impacts Of Climate Change
Bad Ideas: Damning Big Dams
OO False Victories For Sustainability: Amazonian Hydropower - there is a rising backlash against the huge economical, environmental, and sociological costs dams bring.
OO Lao Hydro Dam To Seriously Affect Vietnam's Mekong Delta both agricultural and aquatic resources, experts warn.
OO Climate Accord Struck In Lima, But Key Decisions Postponed
WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS
Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 22, 2014
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent enough rain from reaching California, where the drought continues.
Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.
OO Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food
OO UN: Drought In Central America Has Pushed 2.5m People Into Food Insecurity
OO Climate Change In Nicaragua Pushes Farmers Into Uncertain World
OO Earth Faces Sixth 'Great Extinction' As a growing human population and climate change eats away vital habitats.
OO Peru's Melting Glaciers A Deadly Threat As Temperatures Rise - with up to 40% of ice lost, water is filling existing lakes to the brim and spawning hundreds of new ones.
OO Developing Countries Need A Lot More Investment To Adapt To Climate Change
OO World's Beaches Being Washed Away Due To Coastal Development increasing, and ever higher sea walls to defend against fierce winter storms and rising sea levels, say two of the worlds' leading marine geologists.
OO Rising Sea Levels Could Make Florida Residents 'Climate Refugees'
OO Waters Warm, And Cod Catch Ebbs In Maine
OO Under Current Practices and Climate Change, Aquaculture Boom Is Unsustainable
OO Australia: National Agency Warns Of '$1 Trillion' Natural Disasters Exposure
OO Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat
OO Reindeer Populations Declining Due To Climate Change, study finds.
OO California Animal Deaths Spike On Sierra Roads As Drought Hits Habitat sending bears and deer especially loping across roads and highways this fall, apparently searching for scarce food.
OO California's Drought Probably Wasn't Caused By Climate Change - But Worsened By It indicates new research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
OO Storm Pounds CA, But To The Drought, Just A Spritz
OO California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons of Water to Recover from Drought - ummm, that's 11,000,000,000,000 gallons.
KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon
OO Growth Of Forests May Not Be Keeping Pace With Rising CO2 Levels
OO Forest Conservation Tied To The Rights Of Indigenous Communities
OO Indigenous Communities 'Among The Very Few Best Protectors' Of Peruvian Amazon
OO Deforestation Puts Cultural Survival Of Forest-Dependent Peoples At Risk
OO Indonesia: Huge Borneo Forest Swath To Be Destroyed By 'Sustainable' Company
OO Bamboo Could Help Fight Global Warming as a fast growing forest species that can store carbon and repopulate degraded forest, and be harvested for commercial use.
OO An App To Save 400 Million Animals which are essential to the health of the forests that nurture them. The app helps track poachers, traffickers.
There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I've compiled, "Climate Change News Resources," , at Wordpress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.
To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out!
Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these wildflowers I photographed one spring. 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.
Happy Holidays, Folks!