JOURNEY FOR EXISTENCE . . . . April 17- 23, 2015

QUOTE

“The ocean’s doing us a favor by grabbing about 90 percent of our heat.
But it’s not going to do it forever.”
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John Abraham, thermal sciences professor, University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

 

- Life always has dangers, and you don’t want to live your life in fear. The defense mechanism for sanity naturally gravitates towards ignoring unlikely dangers. However, when dealing with all of life’s entire ecosystem called earth, playing too close to the edge is insanity. – Editor

How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat

A raft of recent research finds that the ocean has been heating faster and deeper than scientists had previously thought. Vast and slow to change temperature, the oceans have a huge capacity to sequester heat, especially the deep ocean, which is playing an increasingly large uptake and storage role. That is a major reason the planet’s surface temperatures have risen less than expected in the past dozen or so years. But scientists say that when the cycle eventually swings back to its positive, warm phase, which history suggests could occur within a decade, the winds will wind down, the pumping will let up, and buried heat will rise back into the atmosphere. Given the enormity of the ocean’s thermal load, even a tiny change has a big impact. As for marine life, ocean heating already presents multiple, intensifying dangers. Warmer water holds less oxygen and other gases.
e360 Yale article
and
- It’s a startling fact that the most important and the most numerous organisms are invisible to the human eye, yet the foundation of entire chains of life. Harming the microscopic creatures in the ocean is not a great idea! – Editor

phytoplanktonWBThe importance of oceanic phytoplankton

The oceans are teeming with more than 5,000 species of phytoplankton — microscopic plants in a kaleidoscope of shapes and sizes. Together, phytoplankton anchor the ocean’s food chain, supplying nutrients to everything from single-celled organisms on up to fish and whales. Through photosynthesis, these tiny organisms supply more than half the world’s oxygen. Phytoplankton play a fundamental role in regulating Earth’s climate. But figuring out exactly how these organisms contribute to climate change is a tricky undertaking, primarily because they are so diverse.
Enn article

 

Wouldn’t you think that a country with a name literally meaning “Low Country,” and with only about 50% of its land exceeding one meter above sea level, would be leading the world in zero emissions efforts? Well, some people in the Netherlands get it! – Editor

floodingNetherlandsWBDutch government facing legal action over failure to reduce carbon emissions

The first public hearings will take place in the Hague on Tuesday in the first case in the world to use existing human rights and tort law to hold a government responsible for failing to reduce carbon emissions fast enough. The 886 citizens involved in the class action against the Dutch government aim to force it to take more robust action to reduce emissions. The campaigners hailed a breakthrough with the launch of the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations in London two weeks ago. Created by a group of prolific judges, advocates and professors, they argue that in failing to introduce adequate policy to tackle climate change, governments have already broken existing human rights, environmental and tort laws, regardless of agreements brokered at the international level.
Guardian article
For Oslo Principles
The Dutch Urgenda Foundation aims for a fast transition towards a sustainable society, with a focus on the transition towards a circular economy using only renewable energy. It works on solutions for this transition.
Urgenda
and

QUOTE

“Only the law can save us now”

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Roger Cox, attorney in the Netherlands and founder of the Planet Prosperity Foundation
Revolution Justified

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Revolution Justified

Pragmatic visionary Roger Cox analyzes energy stress tests, going on to explain why neither the market mechanism nor today’s political model are capable of initiating an energy revolution to solve these issues. This deadlock will at the very least put Western countries at risk of committing domestic human rights violations on a scale nobody had thought to ever see again after World War II. This threat of human rights violations puts the judiciary in a position to step in and lead Western governments out of the dangerous deadlock.
Revolution Justified 

OUR JOURNEY FOR EXISTENCE

“We’re walking for hope.
We’re walking to send a message to our people that we care,
starting at the birthplace of our people- a very sacred area.
It’s being heavily drilled now- we’re on the onset of a very large fracking boom.
It’s going to make us feel that we can take on the world.
I just want us to have a better future.
We want to show the world that we still exist.
Our hope is to inspire young people.”

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For video
Since January, over 70 Navajo people have joined a prayer walk called Journey for Existence across the American Southwest protesting a fracking oil pipeline in New Mexico. The walk aims to galvanize Native American communities to demand more from oil companies that profit from the reservations’ natural resources.
Redpower Media article
Follow them on Facebook

 

- People all over the world without multi-billion dollar backups are already in serious trouble. Here’s what the Navajos, who have lived on their land for thousands of years, are now facing. – Editor

‘We’re Going to Be Out of Water’: Navajo Nation Dying of Thirst

Navajo elders have noticed declines in snowfall, surface water and water supplies. Certain sacred springs, medicinal plants, and animals have disappeared or declined and dust storms have increased. We’ve lost a lot of fishing lakes over the years. The water table is not recharging.
Indian Country article

 

The Navajos deepest worries over fracking are for their religious heritage, but health is threatened, too. Showing graphics of where these chemicals harm the human body is an effective tool to make a point! - Editor

WastePitChemicalGuideWBFracking Waste Puts Public at Risk, Study Says

Three decades after EPA left regulation to states, they’re still taking a ‘see no evil’ approach to oil-and-gas-waste, Earthworks says. Weakness in state regulations governing hazardous oil-and-gas waste have allowed the leftovers to be disposed of with little regard to the dangers they pose to human health and the environment, according to a recent study. Earthworks makes 11 recommendations to mitigate the threats and calls on the states to “take immediate action” to correct the deficiencies in existing regulations.
Inside Climate News article
For the report Wasting Away: Four states’ failure to manage oil and gas waste in the Marcellus and Utica Shale

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6 Year Old Gets President Obama’s Attention With This Climate Change Video

You hear about kids like Noah Gue and you remember that the next generation understands what a bunch of people with advanced degrees claim not to understand. Gue, a six year old from Montana, traveled around his home state with his parents to document the impacts of climate change on his state. His adorable narration about such a pressing issue landed him a spot as one of 15 finalists in the White House Student Film Festival. And he even got a humorous shot out from President Obama.
“February in Montana at 9,000 feet! What a shame” he says as his skis hit weeds, not snow.
For two 2 minute videos one and two
Ecowatch article

 

- Solar bike lanes make so much sense! In the U.S., we don’t allow bikes at all on freeways, so this is a double win. – Editor

koreaSOLARbikelaneWBSolar Panels Cover Bike Lane in South Korea

South Korea is definitely out there among the biggest and greatest when it comes to technological developments. The latest incredible design is a 20 mile long bicycle lane, placed in the middle of a busy motorway that connects the cities of Daejeon and Sejong. Along the whole stretch of the lane, cyclists are nicely protected from the strong sun exposure by solar panels that also generate clean electricity all day long.
Green Optimist article
For the 3 minute video

 

- Fabulous! We can resolve problems with our critically important new technologies! Of course, new systems create new issues, but clever minds here solved a major problem- and quickly, too! – Editor

BLMsketchCrescentDunessunsolutionWBOne Weird Trick Prevents Bird Deaths At Solar Towers

America’s second solar power tower, the 110 MW Crescent Dunes project, the first US power tower to include storage, has been undergoing final commissioning. When the engineers focused 3,000 heliostats there on January 14th, 115 birds were killed as they flew through the concentrated solar flux at the focal point. SolarReserve shut down the test and brainstormed how to solve the problem. What we did is we spread them over a several hundred meters of a sort of ‘pancake’ shape so any one point is safe for birds — it’s 4 suns or less. We have had zero bird fatalities since we implemented this solution in January.
Clean Technica article 

 

- Making critical changes easy for consumers speeds up progress. The devil is in the details!! – Editor

ChargePointWBEV Charging At Apartments & Condos To Increase With New ChargePoint Solution

The company behind one of the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in the world, ChargePoint, will now be offering a new service designed specifically for those living in apartments and condos. ChargePoint will then bill the resident a one-time activation fee and a continuing monthly subscription fee for EV charging services for as long as the resident uses it. As there are no long-term contracts involved, everything is done on a month-to-month basis. When a resident moves out, the charging station will simply be deactivated until a new resident subscribes. The users of the service will be able to pay the property owner of their apartment/condo for electricity usage through their ChargePoint account — rather than through separate means.
CleanTechnica article 

 

HUMOR

Climate Change Denial Disorder:
“A rapidly spreading disease with victims unable to comprehend words like
world, melting, not good science, and factual.”

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ENJOY!!!

See Funny video

PEOPLE FIGHTING POWER . . . . April 10- 16, 2015

QUOTE
Long ago, fire made us human, and then fossil fuels made us modern.
But now we need a new fire that makes us safe, secure, healthy and durable, and that
turns out to be feasible, and in fact, to be cheaper than what we are doing.
The United States could run almost entirely on clean energy by 2050, with a larger economy,
$5 trillion in savings––and no acts of Congress.”

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Amory Lovins, clean energy visionary in a Harvard Climate Week speech
Inside Climate News article 

 

 

- BIG NEWS for New Mexico! Santa Fe local visionaries agree with Amory! What cheering there was last night during the Sustainable Santa Fe awards ceremony! After many months, incredibly hard work, and a steep uphill battle, the announcement that the hearing officer recommended to reject the current pro-coal proposal just a few hours before, sent the crowd into noisy ecstasy! His concerns centered on the proposed addition of 132 megawatts of coal-fired power. When data were reanalyzed, the pro-coal numbers disappeared, making solar shine towards a new, more sustainable, future. Heroes Mariel, and our David, must win against Goliath! – Editor

replacementpowerplanNEEWBHearing officer advises PRC to reject PNM’s power plan

A New Mexico hearing examiner declined Wednesday to give his blessing to a plan for filling the void that will be left by the partial closure of an aging coal-fired power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. His concerns centered on the proposed addition of 132 megawatts of coal-fired power. Environmentalists who have been pushing for PNM to tap more renewable energy praised the recommendations, saying the case could serve as a turning point for energy policy in New Mexico.
Santa Fe New Mexican article 
and this article also contains a list of legal documents presented:
Nan Winter, an attorney representing the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility District, writes in a brief that the district withdrew its original support for the stipulated agreement after discovering significant changes and “mistakes.”
Santa Fe Reporter article
For more information

QUOTE
Hawaii Electric saying it will allow circuits to go to 250 percent of DML (from rooftop solar) is laudable,
“but there’s no way that the grid that we know it today, tomorrow or in a year is going to be able to handle all circuits, or most circuits going to 250.
It’s too much (solar) power.”

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- When will we view “too much power” from solar as a good thing and make the necessary shifts in the grid? – Editor

Hawaii utility commits to highest-in-nation level for rooftop solar on circuits, but can grid handle it?

A pitched battle that stopped a solar boom in Hawaii is over, at least temporarily. Rooftop installations are increasing again for the first time in two years. The biggest utility in the Aloha State, Oahu-based Hawaiian Electric Co., or HECO, has reopened a blocked pathway to adding more local photovoltaics. It will allow new rooftop systems on crowded circuits that the utility had all but shuttered 18 months ago. The utility at the time said the move was needed for safety reasons, as a bounty of solar came on the grid and threatened stability. HECO now says it can handle more solar and is clearing a backlog of applications from homeowners. HECO now says in most cases it will allow solar on circuits until they reach 250 percent of daytime minimum load. That would be the highest level in the nation.
EE News article
and
- This latest analysis of the future of power is important! The grid has valid functions, yet alternatives are developing so rapidly, today’s form and function will not continue. So what are the best shifts to make? – Editor

Grid could provide just 3% of load in key US markets by 2040

The new RMI report looks at “load defection,” meaning that customers who install PV and batteries remain connected to existing networks and infrastructure, rather than wholesale “grid defection”. It compares either relying on retail electricity from the grid or going completely off grid, grid-connected solar plus storage will become the most popular choice in some areas, relegating centrally generated power to as little as 3% of load provision by 2040. The high likelihood of prices for grid connected electricity to continue rising will mean that a solar PV system with a connected battery will increasingly mean a good investment.
StoragePV article

RMILoadDefectionreportWBThe Economics Of Load Defection

In The Economics of Load Defection we focused our analysis that could represent an even greater challenge: customer economics for grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems. Findings: Solar-plus-battery systems rapidly become cost effective. Solar PV supplants the grid, supplying the majority of customers’ electricity. Potentially large kWh defection could undermine revenue for grid investment under current rate structure and business models.
CleanTechnica article
For the report (must sign in)

 

 

 

WATER HUMOR

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Watch and share this so very clever video!

Reality of California’s Historic Drought 

This clever, one-minute video highlights the tough decisions
Californians have to make with the Golden State in its fourth year of drought.
Save water and energy- use rain barrels, cisterns and curb cuts!
Save drinking water for drinking.
Santa Monica Bay 

QUOTE

“Governor Brown is forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought
by cutting their personal water use while
giving the oil industry a continuing license to break the law and poison our water.
Fracking and toxic injection wells may not be the largest uses of water in California, but
they are undoubtedly
some of the stupidest.”

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Zack Malitz, campaign manager environmental group Credo

California water restrictions should cover oil companies

One day after California Gov. Jerry Brown issues the state’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions, environmental activists are calling on officials to limit the use of water by oil companies. The executive order (had) nothing in the mandate regarding the oil industry, which uses some 2 million gallons of water every day during the production process.
RT article
and
Double whammy! Two major U.S. food-growing areas are both sucking aquifers dry! California is threatening enough, but the Ogallala aquifer underlies 174,000 mi2 in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, more than ¼ of irrigated U.S. farm land. Folks, start ramping up strong programs for local, year-round food now! – Editor

globalgroundwaterdepletionmapWBNASA: Major droughts threaten food supply, global security

Groundwater in the globe’s largest aquifers – the US High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China and India – is being depleted at alarming rates according to new analysis by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The majority of the aquifers lie under the world’s great agricultural regions – and 80 percent of the world’s fresh water usage is in growing crops – meaning their reduction poses a serious threat to the world’s food supply. Two of the United States’ biggest groundwater reservoirs – the Central Valley aquifer in California and the Ogallala aquifer, which stretches from South Dakota to Texas – are losing a combined 15.6 cubic kilometers of water annually due to farmers and cities using up the supply.
RT article

ACTION: Support California Farmers’ Fight Against Climate Change

Urban and rural alike depend on water to support the food system. For years, we‘ve donated to a wonderful organization working with California farmers to reduce and adapt food production to climate change- Editor

The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)- please join us!

 

– Our food crops are in danger from drought, fossil fuel extraction, and climate change. We cannot continue to decimate our pollinators, too! Do take action and share this! – Editor

SaveourBeesWBACTION: Save Our Bees: Tell Congress to Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act

Honeybees and other pollinators are suffering serious declines. Thankfully, a bill in Congress aims to protect them from the use of harmful pesticides. The Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) calls for the suspension of neonicotinoids, a class of systemic pesticides that are killing bees, until a full review of scientific evidence indicates they are safe. The U.S. is lagging behind many other countries. Tell your representative to support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act and protect our bees!
Petition 

QUOTE

“I don’t want to go ten years from now and really regret not doing anything about it.
Taking this sort of action is where we need to be.
It’s people-power that changes things.”
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The Crossing: The Climbers of the Esperanza

3 minute VIDEO in the voices of 6 people truly standing up to
destroying pristine parts of our world by oil companies

6 Greenpeace Activists Scale Shell’s Oil Rig to Protest Arctic Drilling

Today, six activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza have climbed aboard an Arctic-bound Shell oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, setting up camp on the underside of the Polar Pioneer’s main deck with enough supplies to last for several days. They took this action because last week the U.S. Department of the Interior approved Shell’s drilling lease in the Alaskan Arctic, despite having been previously overruled in court twice for failure to meet environmental regulations. So now, Shell could start drilling in 100 days. 

EcoWatch article
and
- Is this something to be proud of? – Editor

U.S. Leads Global Oil and Gas Production for Third Year

For the third year running, the U.S. produced more crude oil and natural gas than any other country in the world in 2014. More oil than Saudi Arabia. More gas than Russia. And it’s happening at time when the U.S. is trying to take a leadership role in slashing greenhouse gas emissions to avert the worst consequences of climate change.
Climate Central article
and
methanefromwatertapWB- You don’t light your kitchen’s tap water with a match if there’s no methane in your water! Here is the second “questionable study” this week alone! “Expert”” reports CAN be challenged! – Editor

Fracking Study on Water Contamination Under Ethics Review

Drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania close to natural gas sites do not face a greater risk of methane contamination than those farther away, according to a new study. But the study is now being called into question because of its methodology and some undisclosed ties to energy giant Chesapeake Energy. The findings contradict recent studies that identified a correlation between proximity to natural gas wells and higher methane levels in well water. A 2013 Duke study of 141 water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania found 82 percent contained methane. Contaminated wells within about a half a mile of an active gas well had concentrations of methane six times higher than those farther away.
Inside Climate News article
For the questionable study

LET’S MAKE SUPERHEROES . . . . April 3- 9, 2015

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The whole world is breaking the law by ignoring climate change

The countries of the world are violating national and international law by polluting the atmosphere and heating up the planet, according to a group of respected lawyers. Regardless of what kind of climate deal the U.N. comes up with in Paris later this year, governments already have a legal responsibility to take action, the jurists argued today in London as they launched what they’re calling the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations. The hope, it seems, is that governments around the world will consider these legal responsibilities as they make policy going forward.
Grist article
and
It may seem that, in the absence of explicit treaties, states have no legal obligations to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, if emissions continue on their present trajectory, the harms they cause will reach catastrophic proportions, putting the human rights of billions of people in jeopardy. International human rights law is legally binding on states, which are, therefore, not free to continue business as usual.
Yale article
For the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations

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US makes historic climate pledge, targets emissions cuts of up to 28%

The US government has confirmed it will target a 26-28% drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, in its contribution to a global climate change pact. The offer has now been formally submitted to the UN ahead of this December’s Paris climate summit. The European Union’s 28 member states, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland have also released their plans, meaning 24% of global emissions are now covered. China, India and Brazil are expected to release their own commitments later this year. Analysts at the Climate Action Tracker organisation, who have been assessing all pledges, say they are not sufficient to prevent warming of above 2C, a ceiling countries agreed to avoid 2009.
RTCC article
and

QUOTE
It’s based on existing laws that have been passed by Congress and therefore
no new legislation is necessary to realise the reductions we propose.

President Obama Statement On Manipulation In Oil Markets

Brian Deese, a senior advisor to President Obama

McconnellObamaWhiteHouseWBUS climate plans will survive Republican attacks, say officials

US proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28% by 2025 based on 2005 levels will be tough to stop, say White House officials, despite intense opposition from some Republicans. The news riled some Republicans hostile to any efforts to create a UN climate deal, notably Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell last month wrote to states urging them not to comply with the curbs on coal generation. But Brian Deese, a senior advisor to President Obama said the plans outlined in the US submission were consistent with current policies, and would require no further approval.
RTCC article  and

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Russia joins US in filing Paris climate change pledge

Russia joined the US late on Tuesday in meeting a UN deadline to deliver its initial offer for a UN climate change deal due to be signed off in Paris later this year. The Kremlin suggested it could slash greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% on 1990 levels by 2030, although it said the level of its ambition would depend on offers other countries put forward.
RTCC article

 

For a long time, the military implications of climate change- massive numbers of climate refugees pouring in to unprepared countries, civil uprising from drought-induced famines, and more- have been studied. This concept moves conversation into a new realm- if armed forces move in when hundreds or thousands of people’s lives are immediately threatened, then is it appropriate to intervene when millions of lives are at stake in the future? – Editor

brazilloggingmilitaryWBWhy climate hawks need to prepare their arsenals

Is it time to think about using force to prevent nations and groups from contributing to climate change? As evidence mounts that human-induced climate change is a serious and imminent threat to human lives, the will and ability to effectively coerce others into stopping climate damage will grow. Over time, climate hawks will emerge to argue that the threat of catastrophic climate change is far greater than military threats of the past that were met with the use of force. Now is the time to think carefully about coercing climate action. Pressures for the use of force will grow.
RTCC article

 

 

 

- When an essential system such as food is so wrong, it’s easy to jump in to join the fight, but be careful- the food systems labyrinth is far more complex that most realize. A few weeks back, in a discussion, veganism was being touted as the answer to climate change with adamant, evangelical force. Yes, industrial ag is unsustainable and disgusting, but animals are critical parts of sustainable food systems for multiple reasons. – Editor

calfonpastureWBFactory Farm Meat- Why Vegetarians, Ranchers and Conscious Omnivores Need to Unite

Meat (along with eggs and dairy products) from factory farms is literally killing people with diet-related diseases. Factory farms are a disaster, not only for the animals, but also for the communities where manure and chemical fertilizers and pesticides pollute the air, the soil, streams, lakes, rivers and drinking water. Factory farms and the GMO farms that supply them with animal feed are a disaster for the climate as well, releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases, including CO2, methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. The grasslands that support grass-fed beef, on the other hand, if grazed properly, sequester CO2 from the air and put it in the soil, while drastically reducing or eliminating altogether methane and nitrous oxide emissions. It’s time to stop fighting among ourselves about whether or not to eat meat. Americans need to boycott all factory farmed meat and animal products. Period.
Organic Consumers article

 

 

QUOTE
“Factory farms are growing at an unprecedented rate and wreak havoc in rural areas.
Reasons include agribusiness shifting their costs of production on to taxpayers like you and me, and right now our elected officials are actively cutting backroom deals to
open up our rural communities to foreign companies through international trade deals.
Agribusiness knows consumers want a better product, but instead companies are spending millions to mislead consumers to thinking that their factory-farmed products are different.
We are at a crossroads.
We can continue, or we come together and ask for real transformative change.
We’ve got to find common ground. These divisions within our community- infighting over ethical meat or no meat, are only giving the industry more power.
If we raised our dogs and cats the way animals are being raised in factory farms,
it would be criminal.”

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Kendra Kimbirauskas, Chief Executive Officer of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP)
Definitely worth listening to this 12 minute TED talk Don’t Let the Good Food Movement Become Only Feel Good

- If one eats no animal products, eating still continues, often more voluminously since animal products are nutrient-dense. Here is just a peak into a popular “plant-based milk,” often consumed by vegetarians and vegans. These crops consume precious water and are jeopardizing future food! “Lay off the almond milk, you hipsters” was on the Nov/Dec 2014 magazine cover. It’s not that simple, of course. – Editor

GB_USA_14_0596California goes nuts

San Joaquin Valley is technically a desert. California’s almond counties are the driest and the most over-pumped. Almond products—snack mixes, butters, milk—are flying off supermarket shelves. The value of the California almond market hit $4.8 billion in 2012. Almonds, along with California-grown pistachios and walnuts, are becoming so lucrative that big investment funds are snapping up land and dropping in trees. There’s just one problem: Almond orchards require about a third more water per acre than grape vineyards. In fact, they’re one of California’s thirstiest crops. It takes a gallon of water to produce a single almond— more than three times the amount required for a grape and two and a half times as much for a strawberry. There’s more water embedded in just four almonds than there is in a full head of lettuce. But unlike row crops, which farmers can choose not to plant during dry spells, almond trees must be watered no matter what. Groundwater was being pumped up at an estimated rate of nearly seven cubic kilometers per year. (In some areas) the water table’s dropping a stunning 10 feet per week. No one knows exactly how much water is left in the region’s aquifers.
MotherJones article and another 

California orders unprecedented water rationing to combat drought

Gov. Jerry Brown is taking drastic action to impose water rationing for the entire state, and unveiled an executive order mandating a 25% reduction of water usage statewide.
MSNBC article 

HealthandFrackingreportWBHealth professionals call for an immediate moratorium on fracking due to serious risks to public health

Medact’s new report Health & Fracking: the impacts & opportunity costs, concludes that hydraulic fracturing for shale gas (‘fracking’) poses significant risks to public health and calls for an immediate moratorium to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment to be completed. Working with various experts in energy policy and climate change, Medact’s report also describes how shale gas produces a level of GHG emissions that is incompatible with the UK’s commitments to address climate change.
MedAct article 

Also Guardian article

For the report

 

frackingchemicalreportWBEPA Report Finds Nearly 700 Chemicals Used in Fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on Friday that found there are nearly 700 chemicals used in the fracking process. The EPA completed the analysis by looking at more than 39,000 FracFocus disclosures in the last two years. The report has been heavily criticized for its reliance on a voluntary reporting system and for not probing deep enough into the toxicity of these chemicals.
EcoWatch article

For the report

 

- How do you really put a dollar value on the lives of ocean fish and mammals, a clean river, or non-toxic air and drinking water? No matter how much is spent on clean-up, oil- suffocated nature and lives have been harmed, often irreversibly. If fossil fuel and Big Ag industries actually paid for their poisonous messes, they would be out of business pretty darn fast! Accepting total responsibility is essential to draw back from insanity. Another reason to divest! - Editor

deepwaterhorizonburnsWBBP says paying a fraction of oil spill bill could put its U.S. unit in trouble

BP says fines above $2.3 billion for the Deepwater Horizon disaster would drain its U.S. oil business of available cash this year — even if U.S. crude returned to $100 a barrel – threatening its solvency and spending in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s less than a fifth of the environmental penalties U.S. prosecutors want BP to pay for the oil spill that fouled the Gulf five years ago. In rebuttal, the U.S. government said one of its experts showed at trial that BPXP could pay the highest potential fines.
FuelFix article 

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- Let’s make superheroes everywhere! - Editor

ACTION: Mary Jo White- Be our superhero!

Some of the country’s biggest good government groups launched a major DC media blitz against the anonymous ‘dark money’ donations polluting our democracy! We’ve blanketed Washington, DC’s Union Station with colorful comic book style ads targeting Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White, the superhero we need to save us from the menace of Dark Money Monsters. The ads are getting a ton of buzz!
Dark money is suffocating US democracy. Corporations are secretly spending hundreds of millions in political donations to influence policies that rig the rules in their favor. Meanwhile, investors, savers and retirees are left in the dark. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has one job to do: protect investors. It could act on its own, without a mandate from Congress, but SEC chair Mary Jo White has ignored this corrupting dark money scourge. She could be our superhero — but we’re still waiting for her to act. #WhereisMJW
Take Action and do share on Twitter and Facebook
For the creative 1 minute video

THE GROUND- ANSWERS, NOT PROBLEMS . . March 27- April 2, 2015

 

QUOTE
“Governments are wasting precious time squabbling
over emission cuts that are nowhere near where science demands.
Could (the drop in oil cost) be the shock that we harness for our big shift?
We can introduce a fair and meaningful carbon tax now,
which is much harder to do when petrol is expensive.
If public money is going to be spent for energy jobs,
it has to be for the jobs that will save us, not cook us.
In truth we have to wind down the parts of our economy that are fueling climate change, and
the price shock helps with that, too.
Now is the perfect time to unite behind bold demands to “Keep it in the ground”!

Let’s not blow what may be our last best chance to avoid catastrophic climate change.”

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Naomi Klein, author New York Times bestseller This Changes Everything

Let’s kick oil while the price is down

Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we’re not treating it as a real emergency. Naomi Klein believes that capitalism is at war with the climate, but she says sometimes it gives us a gift – the sudden drop in oil prices. So let’s not blow what could be our best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming.
Powerful 4 minute video- please share
For more on her book 
For the organization that uses the theme “Shocks, slides, and shifts”

noAtlanticdrillingWBACTION: Stop approval for coastal oil drilling

Scientists are warning us that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to leave ¾ of proven oil, gas and coal reserves in the ground. It’s not too late to take action. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is auctioning off drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico today, and comments on the proposed Atlantic drilling plan are due on March 30. Sign here for No Atlantic drilling

 

QUOTE
“We’ve known for decades that coal posed serious health and environmental risks.
Investors have been pushing for coal and other fossil fuel companies to face the facts and
adapt their business models to thrive in a carbon-constrained world.”

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Andrew Logan, director of the oil and gas program at Ceres

US coal decline a warning for fossil fuel investors

The study explains that the slump in coal prices over the last three years have driven at least two dozen coal companies into bankruptcy. Furthermore, many companies have lost 80% of their share value in the same period.
Blue and Green article
and
For the Carbon Tracker report- The US Coal Crash- Evidence for Structural Change

 

- Existing coal plants must be closed down, but how to switch to renewables? Years ago Climate Today wrote effusively about High-Voltage DC (HVDC) cables transforming our power system because HVDC could, without controversial towering above ground high transmission lines, and without loss of significant amounts of power along the way, carry remote renewable energy long distances to where the power was needed. Now the barriers are finally breaking down. Yes! – Editor

mostpollutingcoalplantWBAn ‘extension cord’ remedy for coal plant retirements

If all goes as planned, a virtual 1,000-megawatt power plant will “open” for business near Erie, Pa., in 2019. It would be just in time to help fill the void left by some of the coal-fired plants that are shuttered or scaled back in response to U.S. EPA’s climate and environmental rules. The power will originate not in Pennsylvania, but in Ontario, Canada, transmitted beneath Lake Erie on a billion-dollar, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power line. The project illustrates the potential of DC transmission lines to address some of the challenges of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, experts say.
EE News article 

 

While solutions vary by location, we can shift to sanity! We need to act and create the political will! – Editor

CanadaActingonClimatereportWBCanada Could Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2035 If Its Government Gets Serious About Climate Change

Canada can be a world leader in emissions reductions and renewable energy use, but only if its federal government decides to take climate change seriously, according to a new report. The report recommended that the federal government implement a nationwide price on carbon and eliminate subsidies to Canada’s fossil fuel industry — particularly, its tar sands industry.
Think Progress article 
For the report Acting on Climate Change- Solutions from Canadian Scholars

 

- Double your bang for the buck! Agriculture and food systems must change to both drastically reduce emissions while creating adaptable eco food systems. The importance of this pocketful of seed and soil articles may slip by many, yet safe, non-GMO, non-corporate, non-toxic seed research using heirloom seeds for climate adaptation is of utmost urgency. These are not GMO seeds! Our food plants evolved during past climatic conditions, yet we are swiftly moving to what plants must view as a different planet. For many years, Climate Today has shared articles about the importance of heirloom seeds and when farming, we’ve used many seeds from Native Seed/SEARCH, including these invaluable tepary beans. Try them! – Editor

SteveeebeinplotWBHopes grow for climate-proof beans (No GMOs Needed)

A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe. Typically, beans are not grown in environments where the night temperature is above 18C (64F). Night temperatures are especially critical because the bean flower pollinates itself during night hours and the pollination process is very sensitive to temperature.

BBC article
and
Fastco article 
Additional article

 

- This video is fabulous! A must see and share! Diversity is the only way to protect future food supplies! We as individuals CAN help prevent this crisis! The way to ensure a balanced food supply in a world with changing climates is to protect heirloom varieties of food sources now, which vicious corporations do not want us to do. Once diversity is lost, you can’t get it back! Getting involved can reverse this frightening trajectory. – Editor

OpenSesameStoryofSeedsWBACTION: Buy and share the movie Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds

Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests or thrive in temperature extremes. This is essential in a changing climate.
For the movie 
For a short clip 
and
- Our planet is getting warmer and drier and their precious, specialized seed banks are truly invaluable to a warmer and drier climate!Donations are very welcome and needed! – Editor
Preserved in our seed bank are nearly 2,000 varieties of arid lands-adapted seeds, many of them rare or endangered. The tepary bean, nicknamed heat-beaters, could help maintain a valuable source of protein and iron for almost half a billion people as the world warms, if researchers are able to get seeds to farmers.
Native Seed 
– For a great read, even more relevant today- Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine by Gary Nabhan

OpposeDarkActWBACTION: Oppose the Dark Act

Congress is considering the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK – Act, which would not only block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, but make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling – despite the fact that over 90 percent of Americans support it! Let’s make it crystal clear to Congress that we MUST protect the right to label GMO foods.
Sign 

 

 

 

- The major trait put into genetically modified crops is resistance to poison, which means farmers are using far more poisons on GMO crops today than just 5 or 10 years ago! Even casual observers can see the health of Americans is deteriorating- obesity, diabetes, kids having problems in school, and more, and research implicates both GMO’s and their companion poisons. Superweeds are now going to be handled by adding yet another Agent Orange herbicide, even scarier! Eating strictly organically helps climate change, while also protecting both biodiversity and your family’s health! – Editor

New Report Shows That The Most Popular Weed-Killer In The U.S. Probably Causes Cancer

The most popular weed-killer in the United States — and possibly the world — “probably” causes cancer, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The Lancet Oncology’s report focuses on a chemical called glyphosate, invented by Monsanto back in 1974 as a broad-spectrum herbicide. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup. Aside from debate over its cancer-causing effects, the active ingredient in Roundup has been shown to be harmful to humans in other ways. When exposed to heightened levels long-term, the EPA says glyphosate can cause kidney damage, and could have harmful reproductive effects. Acute exposure can cause congestion of the lungs and an increased breathing rate, according to EPA.
Think Progress article

For the medical journal Lancet report  

 

 

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– Get a good laugh from Snow White, but really, such an astonishing increase in nasty poisons used on our food has serious impacts on human, soil, and ecological health. The hard thing to understand is the invisibility- food of today typically looks like the food of prior decades but, in reality, it is far more toxic! Protect your family and the earth- buy heirloom seeds and grow organic food! – Editor
The annual increase in the herbicides required to deal with tougher-to-control weeds on cropland planted to GE cultivars has grown from 1.5 million pounds in 1999 to about 90 million pounds in 2011.
Science Daily 

 

QUOTE
Upon this handful of soil our survival depends.
Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel, and our shelter and surround us with beauty.
Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it”
From Vedas Sanskrit Scripture – 1500 BC

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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD

 

- On the radio, author Courtney White was asked what would be the one thing he’d recommend to impact climate change. The answer: “Stop tilling.” Soils should have massive amounts of carbon, but tilling kills the fungi and bacteria, which then releases vast amounts of carbon. Even no-till using poisons is not long-term beneficial, because poisons do kill microorganisms. Many, many non-toxic techniques are now possible to restore carbon in our soils. Let’s use them and buy our food from people who build soil, not destroy it! – Editor

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

Tractor ploughingThis is the International Year of Soils, but you wouldn’t know it. Landowners around the world are now engaged in an orgy of soil destruction so intense that, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world on average has just 60 more years of growing crops. This is what topples civilisations. War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the soil and everything goes with it. Almost all other issues are superficial by comparison. What appear to be great crises are slight and evanescent when held up against the steady trickling away of our subsistence.
While it now seems that ploughing of any kind is incompatible with the protection of the soil, there are plenty of means of farming without tilling.
InternationalYearofSoil2015WBGuardian article

and

The International Year of Soils

 

 

- Back in 1939, Lowdermilk traveled the world and studied why civilizations failed- fascinating reading! Tilling, erosion, poor animal management, and deforestation have plagued humanity for a long time! – Editor

Conquest of Land Through Seven Thousand Years

W. C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief, Soil Conservation Service discovered that soil erosion, deforestation, overgrazing, neglect, and conflicts between cultivators and herdsman have helped topple empires and wipe out entire civilizations. At the same time, he learned that careful stewardship of the earth’s resources, through terracing, crop rotation, and other soil conservation measures, has enabled other societies to flourish for centuries.
Document

THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD . . March 20- 26, 2015

QUOTE
Keep It In the Ground
We feel that if we did not mount a serious journalistic response to the biggest issue of our age,
it would be a dereliction of editorial duty.”
GuardianKeepitinthegroundblog
and
The usual rule of newspaper campaigns is that you don’t start one unless
you know you’re going to win it.
This one will almost certainly be won in time: the physics is unarguable.
But we are launching our campaign today in the firm belief that
it will force the issue now into the boardrooms and inboxes of
people who have billions of dollars at their disposal.”
Guardian campaign 

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Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-chief, The Guardian

 

- We all need to get out of our day-to-day boxes and take a strong stand against climate change. Our only regret in the future will be that we didn’t follow our particular path sooner! What would your particular “dereliction of duty’ be?
Now the editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, of The Guardian newspaper in England, has taken his action- to start a powerful campaign against fossil fuels. The Guardian has 6 to 7 million readers, so this hero’s path is clear. This vital Keep It In the Ground campaign started Monday and is evolving rapidly! Exciting! Take advantage and join in. – Editor

ACTION- Keep it in the ground- sign the petition to Bill and Melinda Gates

KeepinGroundGuardianWBJoin us and more than 95,000 others in urging the world’s two biggest charitable funds to move their money out of fossil fuels
Guardian campaign
Sign the Keep It in the Ground petition
Subscribe to The Guardian
Why we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground | Keep it in the ground
Watch this 2 minute video and share on Facebook, etc.

 

Here is your carbon-free flight to an exciting conversation in King’s Cross, London. Discussions with bright, aware people can lead to exciting actions! – Editor

thebiggeststoryintheworldLOGOWBThe biggest story in the world- a new Guardian podcast series

Alan Rusbridger is looking for a new way to tell the story of climate change – but what does that actually mean? This week the team gathers to thrash out ideas. Some in the room believe a global problem needs a global political solution. But proposals of carbon budgets and auctions have proved hard to implement, summits fruitless and the fossil fuel companies are hugely powerful. Perhaps a people’s movement might work better. Would a divestment campaign have more success?
Guardian audio

 

Climate change is the biggest story journalism has never successfully told. The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, has decided to change that. This podcast series follows Rusbridger and his team as they set out to find a new narrative on the greatest threat to humanity
Guardian article 

 

QUOTE
“Even the term climate change- the language is stultifying, technocratic, and boring.
It also completely fails to capture what we are looking at.
It’s a bit like calling a bomb an unexpected delivery or an invading army an unwanted visitor.
We’re facing climate breakdown, catastrophic failure of the system that has permitted civilization to exist.”

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George Monbiot, columnist

- Now send this petition to everyone you can! – Editor

Revealed: Gates Foundation’s $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments

Analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s most recent tax filing reveals huge investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies. The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013.
Guardian article 

 

QUOTE
“We support divestment as it sends a signal to companies, especially coal companies, that
the age of ‘burn what you like, when you like’ cannot continue.
Everything we do is based on science and the science is pretty clear that
we need a world with a lot less fossil fuels.
We have lent our own moral authority as the UN to those groups or organisations who are divesting.”

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Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UN backing fossil fuel divestment campaign

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is backing the sweeping fossil fuel divestment from pension funds, universities, and cities campaign, lending its “moral authority” in the lead up to a major UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
BlueandGreen article 

Gagorder2WBFlorida’s Climate Change Gag Order Claims Its First Victim

Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott had directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to stop using terms like “climate change” and “global warming”. According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), that gag order has now claimed its first victim.
Barton Bibler is a long-time DEP employee attended a Florida Coastal Managers Forum at which climate change and sea-level rise were discussed. Mr. Bibler’s official notes on this meeting reflected that discussion. He was directed to remove explicit references to climate change, and then was given a letter of reprimand for supposedly misrepresenting that the “official meeting agenda included climate change,” and told to not return to work for two days. Two days later he received a “Medical Release Form” requiring that his doctor supply the DEP with an evaluation of unspecified “medical condition and behavior” issues before being allowed to return to work.
Desmog article

LouisianaBobbyJindalWBFEMA to States- No Climate Planning, No Money

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change. Over the past five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters. Among those who could face a difficult decision are Republican Governors Rick Scott of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Greg Abbott of Texas and Pat McCrory of North Carolina—all of whom have denied man-made climate change or refused to take action. The states they lead face immediate threats from climate change.
InsideClimate article

 

- People want to rely on reports, yet this is not the only case where “mistakes” in reports lead to the opposite conclusion, thus falsely influencing people and seriously misguiding decision-makers. Must be that dollar signs block 20-20 vision? In New Mexico, we have had a very important energy “report” that once clearly erroneous numbers were corrected, the opposite conclusion was reached! – Editor

Once errors corrected, Koch professor’s study shows economic benefits of renewable portfolio standards

Randy Simmons, the “Charles G. Koch” Professor at Utah State University and a major recipient of funding from the fossil fuel industry billionaires, released a study earlier this week attacking the jobs and consumer benefits of state renewable policies in Kansas and elsewhere. When major errors in the study’s methods are corrected, the study’s results actually confirm that state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) like those in Kansas create hundreds of jobs and save consumers tens of millions of dollars. A recent analysis by AWEA found that wind is providing billions of dollars in gross savings for consumers in Kansas and neighboring states.
AWEA article

 

- The bounty of fabulous vegetables, fruits and nuts in our New Mexico grocery stores is in large part because of California, especially in the freezing winter. With over $2 billion dollars already lost by California farmers because of the drought, and the increased expenses when water has to be pumped from deeper and deeper into the ground, it is past time to get serious, really serious, about local food using high, safe production and low water methods providing a far higher percentage of our food! It takes years to develop effective food systems! Start yesterday! – Editor

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California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?

NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. In short, we have no paddle to navigate this crisis.
LA TIMES article 
and

How CA drought will impact the entire US

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Chart  

 

and for a long list of California produce:

California: A Major Producer of Vegetables and Melons

USDA chart

 

Trying to stuff the evils of fossil fuels into the back closet is not limited to the U.S.! – Editor

underthedomeWBIn Reversal, Chinese Government Bans Pollution Exposé

Over the course of a weekend in early March, more than 175 million people in China tuned into a highly personalized and unprecedentedly science-driven documentary about the country’s debilitating smog problem. “Under the Dome” caught the Chinese public at a moment of intense focus on the wide-ranging impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions. A few days later, the government ordered media outlets to “absolutely discontinue coverage of the documentary.” When foreigners express anger over the ban, Chinese figures of authority get upset over what they see as foreign meddling.
ThinkProgress article
and
ChinaDigital article

CHANGING THE RULES TO SAVE THE DAY . . March 13- 19, 2015

QUOTE
“We need to plan for a primarily renewable system.
We want to pay [utilities] for doing things we want,
rather than paying for their return on investment for the things they build.”
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John Farrell, director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which advocates for breaking up the old utility model as a key solution to climate change.

- Brilliant! Powerful opposition creates dangerous delays, so change the rules and get the opposition on our side! New York has just rewritten antiquated utility rules that hopefully will solve a major barrier to renewables swooping in to save the day! Other states need to follow! – Editor

20140923_zaf_v61_047.jpgNew York Just Showed Every Other State How to Do Solar Right

Until recently, the business model of electric companies hadn’t changed much since it was created a century ago. Even the most ardent climate hawks agree that we can’t afford for utilities to go out of business altogether. Someone needs to maintain and manage the grid. Now, under New York’s most recent reform, a utility’s revenue will instead be based on how efficiently and effectively it distributes power, so-called “performance-based rates.” This, finally, provides the incentive utilities need to make decisions that jibe with the state’s climate goals, because it will be to their advantage to make use of distributed energy systems. The change in New York could become a model for other states. “Everyone is watching to see what’s happening here.”
Climate Desk article
For the fabulous Institute for Local Self-Reliance 

TexassolarWBSolarCity Bringing Full Net Metering To Texas- This Is Big

In Texas (until now), most electricity providers have set limits on credits for solar energy “produced” — and/or have required homeowners/leasers to forfeit “unused” solar energy at the end of the month. The new partnership, though, will change this — with MP2 Energy not implementing any kind of cap for its program, and allowing customers to carry forward any excess generation to subsequent monthly bills. Otherwise known as “full” net metering, finally making solar a viable option for residential customers. With an average of 240 sunny days per year, Texas is often considered a sleeping giant when it comes to its potential for solar power, and unlocking this state has huge implications. To date, solar has only worked where there are local incentives. We are making solar a practical option for residential customers in Texas.
CleanTechnica article

Renewable energy is a California success story

All the leading utilities in the state have signed contracts ensuring the state will get more than 33% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. The Department of Energy’s federal loan guarantee program, it too has proved to be a win for taxpayers. The interest payments from the successful projects have brought in more money than what was lost. Today, the program is $30 million in the black.
LA Times article 

QUOTE
“It’s important to recognise that the countries which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol are roughly on track to hit their targets by the standards it sets out.
But, as these figures show, there is a flaw in the accounting,
because the rich countries are not held accountable for
effectively exporting emissions to the developing world.
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Bob Ward, policy and communications director, London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

 

Changing these rules is critical. Embodied energy in goods we consume is massive! – Editor

What are ‘outsourced emissions’

Cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990 have been cancelled out many times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries such as China, according to the most comprehensive global figures ever compiled.
Guardian article 
and

NaturalGasGambleUCUSAreportWBCarbon cuts by developed countries cancelled out by imported goods

Kyoto protocol means carbon footprints are calculated for the countries producing goods, not those consuming them. Our study shows for the first time that emissions from increased production of internationally traded products have more than offset the emissions reductions achieved under the Kyoto Protocol. Most developed countries have increased their consumption-based emissions faster than their territorial emissions.
Article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Also Guardian article Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre- The Guardian just launched a major climate change project

The Natural Gas Gamble A Risky Bet on America’s Clean Energy Future

The dramatic expansion of natural gas leads to complex risks that should not be ignored. Our analysis shows that investing more heavily in renewable energy and energy efficiency offers a smarter, faster, and less risky means of achieving a more affordable, reliable, and diversified electricity system that delivers not just short-term economic and environmental gains but also long-term reduction of emissions causing climate change.
For the report

QUOTE
If I talk with people about climate change, and they’re 40 and under,
it’s not hard for me to establish their interest in sustainable investing.
They know they and their children aren’t going to survive
if there’s not a greater adoption of sustainable investing.”
ClemDinsmoreWB
Clem Dinsmore, a financial adviser at Oppenheimer & Co. in Washington, D.C

You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account

Investing in solar energy through a retirement account just got easier, thanks to a new initiative.
Major solar provider SolarCity announced Monday that it was partnering with securities and investment firm Incapital to allow Americans to invest in Solar Bonds through their IRAs or financial advisers.
Think Progress article 
Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets have grown 76 percent in just two years and account for more than one out of every six dollars under professional management in the U.S. New offerings such as Solar Bonds make it possible for even more individuals to choose investments that serve both their financial and social goals.
NASDAQ article

QUOTE
The crisis in energy is going to be huge, is a clear and present danger right now (for those with the eyes to see), and is arguably going to grow into the biggest story ever:
not just in business and economy, but in the history of civilisation,
given the way the climate dimensions threatens the human future.”
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- Leggett is really worth following- an opportunity here! – Editor

Jeremy Leggett- world can win the ‘carbon war’

Jeremy Leggett’s new book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free. The ten part series will see a new section published every month in the run up to UN climate talks set to take place in December in Paris. The climate negotiations have been described as a last chance for action that will curb dangerous levels of climate change.
Blue and Green article
Leggett website
To download Winning the Carbon War for free

NEATMichiganwindturbineWBMichigan town has ‘NEAT’ idea to go 100 percent renewable

A group of residents in Leelanau Township are finalizing a goal of becoming a 100 percent clean energy community. A Renewable Energy Community Plan for the area (total population of about 2,000), is meant to be a template for other small towns to use. A team of graduate students from the University of Michigan are working with the Northport Energy Action Taskforce, a local nonprofit known as NEAT, started seven years ago by residents.
Article
For Northport Energy Action Taskforce- NEAT
and

Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years. It is clear that leadership on renewable energy will not happen at the federal level in Australia, and will have to occur from bottom up, rather than the top down approach.
Renew Economy article
and

QUOTE
It’s wonderful that we’re having a report that is brave enough to
raise these sorts of issues and tackle them at their source.”
referring to climate change, future food production,

land clearing, biodiversity loss, financial strain for farmers and suicide rates.

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Senator Larissa Waters

 

- Land use has significant and complex implications for greenhouse gas emissions, including critical recapturing. – Editor

Launched in Brisbane: Zero Carbon Australia Land Use report

The Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry report was launched at the University of Queensland in Brisbane in December 2014. The research report delves into the realm of trees, fires and cattle – the land use sector. This is the only sector that can take us to below zero emissions, through carbon sequestration.
Below Zero Emissions
For an 18 minute no mincing-of-words, fed up with denial talk- “And what a really, really tragic day to be part of this parliament” – by Australian Senator- Video  and
Senator Waters talk

 

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ACTIONS: Earth Day- Meet the world on the National Mall April 18th

Global Citizen site
Or if you don’t want to travel, celebrate at home- Speak up! Host your own Earth Day event- use our Leadership Guide
Sign the climate petition to save the planet

WINNING AGAINST GIANTS . . . . March 6- 12, 2015

QUOTE
Why Direct Action?
If we are in touch with our love for people and for our world, we won’t be satisfied with
just speaking our mind or just voting for what we want.
We’ll feel a deep need to reflect it in our practice.

Direct action allows us to feel like whole human beings, and
it gives our words greater residence because
there isn’t such a gap between what we believe and what we are doing.”

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Michael Gagne, Eco-Justice Organizer, from 2 minute video
EQAT Why Direct Action
Video
and
We call on people of all faiths to confront boldly those who would profit from the destruction of nature, and who think nothing of endangering human health and well-being.”

EQATlogoWB

About EQAT

 

Learn the array of simple, nonviolent tactics used. Guts, year-after-year determination, firm commitment to nonviolence mixed with charm can win the day! The techniques are great! – Editor

EQUAT2015-03-01WBSmall Quaker Group Takes Aim at Big Bank and Wins

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is not the kind of group you’d expect to break the resolve of the seventh largest U.S. bank, but that’s what happened today when, after five years of our pressure, PNC released a policy phasing out their financing of companies engaged in mountaintop removal coal mining. This news is especially significant because it is such a classic David and Goliath story: EQAT with an annual budget of $100K vs. PNC with profits over $4.2 billion last year. Such bold tactics helped us grow over the past few years from a small band of Philadelphia Quakers to a multi-faith, intergenerational network that last December pulled off 31 actions against PNC in 13 states. The reason PNC’s policy reversal is so important–in addition to further undermining the despicable practice of mountaintop removal–is that it proves that people working together can force the hand of even the biggest institutions. It’s why people need to keep telling the David and Goliath story. As we fight to protect our communities and the climate, we all need to remember that, when we use unconventional tactics, ordinary people can win against giants.
Huffington article
For press release
For Earth Quaker Action Team website
To follow on Facebook
To donate
For amazing Training for Change workshops

 

QUOTE
After interviewing local officials who protect local industries because they create jobs-
“Ten years ago I asked what that smell in the air was, and I got no answer.
Now I know. It’s the smell of money.
Even the strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves.
They must rely on each ordinary person like you and me, on our choices and on our will.”
And
“In Beijing in 2014, I could only take (my daughter) out when the air was good.
There were 175 polluted days last year.
That means that for half of the year, I had no choice but to keep her at home,
shut in like a prisoner.”

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Chai Jing, an investigative reporter and anchor at state broadcaster China Central Television

 

– Guts, perseverance, and total commitment motivated this angry mother of a sick daughter, and now she lights a global fire! Strong parental survival instinct needs to spread to the global issues that are threatening our kids now! – Editor

China Smog Documentary Goes Viral With 200 Million Views in 5 Days

Under the Dome, a documentary about China’s massive air pollution problem, has been viewed more than 200 million times since it was released last Saturday. It’s being hailed as China’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and an eye opener for the Chinese public. Chai used $160,000 of her own money and one year to make the documentary.
EcoWatch article
For 3 minute NPR audio
For Under the Dome, the hour and 43 minute video

 

- Nuclear plants have current and far into the future risks that never get added to proposed costs. Government subsidies are ignored, such as providing insurance when no insurance company would sanely take on such extreme risks, and now it is clear that the costs of decommissioning just escalate. How many wind turbines and solar systems could we have for nearly $70 billion? – Editor

sellafieldnuclearplantWBBritish Nuclear Power Plant Sellafield cleanup costs rise by £5bn (over $7.5 billion) in year, says watchdog

The expected cost of decommissioning and cleaning up Britain’s biggest and most hazardous nuclear plant, Sellafield, has increased by £5bn in a year, to £53bn (over $69 billion!) The increase in its lifetime cost estimates is mainly because it now has a better understanding of the scale and nature of the risks and challenges. “In particular, it reflects an improving understanding of the challenges, potential technical solutions and uncertainties still involved in the decommissioning projects and programmes to retrieve, package and store high risk, hazardous materials.
Guardian article

 

LAKOTA NATIVE AMERICAN PROPHECY
“Someday the Earth will weep. She will cry with tears of blood.
You will make a choice-
if you will help her or let her die.
And when she dies, you, too, will die.”
John Hollow Horn, 1932
And

QUOTE
It’s like Mother Earth against Father Greed.
You’re either for uranium or against it.
There is no middle ground.
and
“This film will help tell our truth to the world, all over the world water is in shortage, there are droughts or floods, or water is so contaminated it cannot be ingested by humans.
We tell our truth based on our love of our generations.”

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Debra White Plume, a frontline activist challenging Canadian mining giant

 

Here is another angry mother- an Oglala Lakota Native American- with a very ill daughter and poisoned water. Remember, nuclear power plants begin with uranium mining. – Editor

PineRidgekidillmovieWBIt’s Mother Earth vs. Father Greed in New Pine Ridge Uranium Documentary

Uranium mining may be doing irreversible damage to the Ogallala Aquifer.
Elisha’s quest to determine the cause of her daughter’s birth defects leads her to the water on her homeland. Majoring in geology, she is mentored by Dr. Hannan LaGarry, a geology professor and author of 5 year study on hydrology the Ogallala Aquifer who teaches her to study water and uranium outcroppings on her homeland as a possible cause of the high number of birth defects and stillborn babies on Pine Ridge. “My little girl’s story is too big not to tell,” Yellow Thunder said. Water brought Elisha together with Debra White Plume, a frontline activist who is challenging Canadian mining giant Cameo, who operates the Crow Butte uranium mine near Crawford, Nebraska, near the Pine Ridge reservation.
Indian Country article
For the film Crying Earth Rise Up and pending DVD
For Facebook
For a short video clip showing of Lakota Natives, including a 92 year old woman, blocking tar sands trucks illegally driving through their land 

- If it takes one year to review 176 wells, then with 2,553, it’s more than 14 years before the obvious drinking water sources are protected. Probably more for PR purposes. What damage is there in the meantime? – Editor

California orders 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater

California officials, responding to concerns about groundwater contamination, are closing 12 wells in the Central Valley used to dispose of chemical-laden water from oil and gas production. California has about 50,000 underground injection wells, and 2,553 are in areas with aquifers that have been or could be a source of usable water. State regulators have been focusing their review on 176 wells and expect to complete their study in the next three months. It’s inadequate. They’ve allowed decades of injections into these aquifers that should have been protected. Even now, they’re still dragging their feet.
L.A. Times article

and
- Is it disingenuous to act surprised that there are hundreds of revolting “unidentified” “ponds” this huge in just one county that have no permit? Really? Any satellite photo could clearly document all of these! – Editor

pitswithfrackingwasstewaterWBHundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County

Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits. Inspections completed this week by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board revealed the existence of more than 300 previously unidentified waste sites. The water board’s review found that more than one-third are operating without permission. The pits raise new water quality concerns in a region where agricultural fields sit side by side with oil fields and where California’s ongoing drought has made protecting groundwater supplies paramount. Currently, linings for pits are not required. 

L.A. Times article
and

Can Fracking Pollute Drinking Water? Don’t Ask the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency embarked in 2010 on what was intended to be a definitive study to find out. The answer could prove critical to future U.S. regulation of the multibillion-dollar fossil fuel sector and to ensuring water safety for millions of Americans. But after five years of fighting with the oil and gas industry, the agency may still be unable to provide a clear answer when a draft of the study is published this spring. The EPA has been unable to collect the data it needs from the multibillion dollar oil and gas sector, which has stymied a five-year federal study. Legally EPA couldn’t demand companies do things. It all speaks to the influence that industry has over EPA.
Inside Climate article

QUOTE
You can’t have true intergenerational reporting
without examining global warming and pollution from fossil fuels.”

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Christine Milne, Australian Greens leader

 

- Australia’s Intergenerational Report focuses on the implications of demographic change for economic growth and assesses the financial implications of continuing current policies over the next four decades. How can anyone ignore climate change? Even if one just included 3 factors of climate change- impacts on food supply, costs of extreme weather, and pressing immigration from already desperate islanders and others, the picture is vastly different. Another example of politics blatantly ignoring science! – Editor

JOE HOCKEY INTERGENERATIONAL REPORTIntergenerational report- climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

This year’s IGR is mostly silent on the economic effects of climate change, which the 2010 report declared a ‘severe’ threat to the economy. Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for the economy, water availability and Australia’s unique environment will be severe.” But the 2015 report has struck a markedly different tone. It is silent on the economic consequences of climate change.
Guardian article
and for the report

Climate is an intergenerational issue, but the report ducked it

The past five years of toxic and partisan climate politics have made such reasoned discussion almost impossible, yet this remains vitally important. Its task seems too political to be handled by Treasury. Let’s instead hand the IGR process over to an independent body, which might be brave enough to raise unpalatable issues for us to consider. Only then will we be get proper warning about threats to our intergenerational prospects, before those issues hit us in the face.
Conversation article

QUOTE
“I discovered that there were groups who are paid by the fast-food industry and the soft-drink industry to
prevent you from knowing what’s in your food.
It was this total Orwellian world.
And then I found a hundred other such groups. Save Our Forests, which is all about trying to get us to log. Groups that were all doing the opposite of what they were stating.
Everything was this Orwellian opposite, and I thought, ‘That is wild.’”
and
“I think the key line in the film is, ‘Once revealed, never concealed.’
Once you know how the trick is played, you’ll know what to look for.”

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Robert Kenner

 

- While we as a society are ignoring the physical and biological sciences, big money is tapping into the social sciences with great aplomb! Maybe it’s time to reread Orwell’s 1984. Do see this movie reveal the techniques for creating confusion and apathy in the midst of the obvious. – Editor

MerchantsofDoubtmovieWB‘Merchants of Doubt’ shows how spin doctors operate

The shills and confidence men are on parade in “Merchants of Doubt,” a film that does not throw a spotlight just on them but also on the so-called think tanks that exist purely to add a sheen of respectability to their activities, a compliant (and sometimes complicit) news media, legislative bodies that provide them with platforms, and the plutocrats and industries that fund them.

San Francisco Chronicle article
A captivating feature film that exposes the ugly world of climate denial like never before!
For a trailer
For finding where playing

REVOLUTION TO BE GREAT ANCESTORS . . . February 27- March 5, 2015

QUOTE
We have a decision to make, and we don’t have much time.
This is no longer about just saving the oceans. It is about saving ourselves.
The oceans have the potential to go belly up in the next twenty years.

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Rob Stewart

 

– Last night, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute presented an amazingly powerful, exquisitely beautiful, award-winning movie- Revolution. For years now, Climate Today has shared articles explaining how important the collapse of our oceans really is. Now in this film, scientists from around the world are desperately trying to explain how close we are to the edge because of this hidden chemical shift in oceans! Can we even survive if we lose our oceans? The loss of living oceans can be viewed as even more important than what is happening on land! This is a must see and must share movie! After the viewing, several great local activists spoke about how we can join the fight to end our local electricity being powered by coal. Revolution is a great resource! Use it! – Editor

RevolutionmovieWBRevolution- A Story 3.5 billion years in the making

Filmmaker Rob Stewart brings us Revolution, a full-length feature film that is inspiring humanity to change the world and save our planet. Along with world renowned experts, he learns that past evolutions can help solve some of our current and future environmental problems. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution has already won awards at international film festivals and shows us that we can make a difference.
Revolution Movie
For the beautiful and powerful 2 minute trailer
For support and materials- Education- Awareness Changes Everything
Revolution Movie

Satellite link puts sharper focus on ocean acidity risesatellitemeasuringoceanacidityWB

Climate scientists are looking for a new perspective on the increasingly acidic oceans through a suite of satellites 700 km out in space, watching over parts of the seas that research ships cannot reach. Ocean acidity levels have risen by 26% over the last 200 years. The changes could almost certainly affect fisheries in the short term, and in the long term could possibly alter the continuous and vital exchanges between atmosphere and ocean that controls the climates of continents.
ClimateNewsNetwork 

QUOTE
How do we defend a sacred, alive world within the confines of
a system that has no concept of the sacred,
which instead sees the world as a collection of non-living resources?
By telling stories which refuse devastation, and which say yes to alternate narratives that transcend the supposed duality between economic progress and ecological protection.”

CaitlinSislin

Caitlin Sislin, Strategic Consultant to social organizations

On Being an Environmental Lawyer: Storytelling with a Purpose

 

Once you truly let the realities of today’s world into your heart, it’s not easy! Nothing will change if we putter around the edges- there simply isn’t time! Words of wisdom are essential- how do we deeply accept and move on? SEHN shares profound, helpful thoughts. - Editor

At the Threshold of a Dark Wood: to the activist who needs a game changer

To the activist who is alone, stuck; who knows the game is rigged; who needs a game changer: Three keys to doors for the journey and for the soul: the transformative power of grief; a new theory of agency – the authority to act; and, a new theory of power – the power of communion.
Grief, anger, and despair are normal responses to what you are witnessing: These are worthy emotions. How can an individual who is aware of the magnitude and complexity of our problems not also feel helplessness at the stark contrast to their individual impact? But facing this kind of cognitive and emotional dissonance is precisely how to break out of it. True power is communion. One way of cycling out of grief and despair is to make common cause with people in our communities to support each other in addressing the grief and anger around environmental matters. None of this work is ours alone, but borne out of and shaped by ancient headwaters, complex histories, and an abounding work already underway.
SEHN article
For the thoughtful February issue of Science and Environmental Network’s (SEHN) Networker- The Transformative Power of Storytelling in Law, Science, and Organizing
For The Story of the Elm Dance, by Joanna Macy

 

- What an important concept! How will we be viewed as ancestors? Think about this! - Editor
Becoming Great Ancestors – for a profound 15 minute TEDX talk by Carolyn Raffensperger, one of the founders of the Precautionary Principle and head of SEHN

Video

AustraliaCuttheSkyperformanceWBHow Indigenous philosophy could help us understand climate change

Indigenous Australians are always thinking “if we don’t keep that balance, there will be consequences.” Cut the Sky, a new dance work premiering at the Perth festival, draws on Indigenous Australian traditions to help audiences apply emotion, rather than cold logic, to climate change. Together they share the difficult task: how to artistically engage with the issue of climate change. Pigram says the climate change discussion is dominated by “a lot of people coming from logic and science.Cut the Sky attempts to access a very complex, global problem using a different language, of theatre and dance. And at its core the work is about “valuing an Aboriginal perspective of looking at country.” It becomes clear that it’s no easy feat. The non-linear storytelling also shakes the audience free from their default mode of logic, instead opening up their ability to feel.
Guardian article

 

 

 

QUOTE
“Consider the situation of London, which is protected against coastal floods through the Thames Barrier.
There was concern that rapid sea-level rise would not allow sufficient time to upgrade the Barrier because
such large engineering tasks require 25–30 years for planning and implementation.”

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Dr. Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum

ThamesBarrierWBIPCC sea-level rise forecasts “not fit for purpose” for high-risk coastal areas

The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not necessarily provide the right information for high-risk coastal decision-making and management, according to new research, as they exclude the potential for extreme sea-level rises. This missing information is crucial for a number of policy processes. The IPCC scenario range is not the right piece of information, because there is a 0–33 per cent probability of sea-level rise lying outside of this range. Such a high residual risk is not tolerable from the perspective of protecting major cities from sea-level rise.
Clickgreen
For the article Sea-level rise scenarios and coastal risk management behind paywall

 

- Boston’s Living with Water contest is totally amazing! First, actually facing the threat of 30% of your city being under water and giving it a matter-of-fact name Living with Water, and creating a new field- “blue architecture” that carries a positive attitude is without precedent. Would we know where Atlantis is now if they had done this? Second, planning can require huge bundles of money and typically limits ideas to just the firm hired. Here, for a relatively small fund, the City is getting creative ideas from a large number of sources, feeding this new field of “blue architecture” while paying modest prizes for 9 possible winners, each for $1,000. Every city should be following this process! Every city faces various climate challenges, and this innovative contest structure can be duplicated anywhere! Now we know, too, that the IPCC report is dangerously optimistic. – Editor

BostonLivingWithWatercontestWBDesigners Imagine Creative Ways That Boston Can Live When It’s Mostly Underwater

As climate change raises sea levels, many cities face the near certainty of flooding in the future. Take Boston. By 2100, forecasts show water levels climbing by five to six feet in its Harbor area, meaning that 30% of the city could be inundated. The designs here are some ideas for how it might cope. They’re all submissions to a city sponsored competition called Boston Living With Water, and they represent a useful primer to the field of “blue architecture.”
Fastcoexist
The Boston Harbor Association, City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Boston Society of Architects are pleased to host Boston Living with Water an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.
Boston Living with Water
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Sea levels in Northeast jumped 5 inches in just 2 years, study finds

Mashable  and Nature

 

- People must understand the human impacts of climate change that are happening NOW. The BBC news shows tens of thousands of desperate refugees risking their lives to escape the horrors of the Middle East conflicts to reach places like Italy. Losing food and water tied to your ancient home can lead to dangerous instability. – Editor

ISISHow Climate Change Helped ISIS

Many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad’s government. Rage at the regime’s callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising. In the ensuing chaos, ISIS stole onto the scene. If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan — potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school — would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags? There is no shortage of nations whose political stability and climate are both vulnerable. When we fail to get the facts right about greenhouse gas emissions, we may unwittingly enable ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other extremist groups to flourish. As we consider our personal positions on climate change, it is important to understand all that is at stake in our interconnected world.
Article
and some good things. Let’s get all U.S. religious groups to do the same-JordanmosquessolarpowerWB

Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques Will Soon All Have Rooftop Solar

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is collaborating with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to implement the project, which entails installing such systems at the country’s 6,000 mosques.
Jordan Times and

Think Progress

 

 

 

 

 

- Everything our cities do from now on must free us from fossil fuels and be based on conservation and renewable energy independence. Here’s a creative change that will be seen by 7,000,000 people a year! – Editor

EiffelTowerwindturbineWBEiffel Tower’s Custom-Painted Micro Wind Turbines Will Wow Millions

Last fall, France’s iconic Eiffel Tower completed its “most ambitious” makeover in 30 years, except for one piece of the puzzle: a pair of new micro wind turbines installed right within the tower itself. Now, the two turbines are in place and humming along, generating enough renewable electricity to power all of the commercial areas in a spectacular renovation that sees 7,000,000 visitors yearly. Together they are capable of churning out 10,000 kWh annually. They literally are parked inside the Eiffel Tower at about 400 feet above ground level. We’re thinking that some of those 7,000,000 visitors will come away from their Eiffel Tower tour with a new appreciation for micro wind turbines.
CleanTechnica
The two vertical axis wind turbines were specially painted to match the iconic tower, and are located 400 feet above ground level to maximize energy production.
Urban Green Energy 
For a cool 14 second video showing the turbines harnessing wind power from inside the Eiffel Tower

 

- Showing Revolution would be a great, and getting projects with the creativity of Living With Water could make a huge difference. Think big and deep! – Editor

EarthDayWBACTION: Earth Day April 22: It’s Our Turn to Lead

Great events take time to organize so here is some good support- the Leadership Guide for Earth Day April 22, 2015. Topics include: How to Organize a Memorable Event. Tools for leading the movement online. A Billion Acts of Green. Plan a Day of Conversation in Your town. Climate Education Toolkit.
Leadership Toolkit 

WHO ARE THE GOOD GUYS? . . . . . February 20- 26, 2015

QUOTE

“We need energy choice and freedom.
Many times the customer’s voice is drowned out by big money contributing to political campaigns.
This ballot initiative is extremely important because
the legislature has not acted the past few years to open up the market for solar.
We are taking our voice to the people
Free market principles should not be cherry-picked by groups
who have donors that have interest in fossil fuels.
A monopoly is not a free market!
This ballet initiative is about giving consumers the freedom of choice.”
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Debbie Dooley, Founder of the Conservatives for Energy Freedom
GreenTeaCoalition

- Such an encouraging article in the New Yorker! Do read and share it- amazing how she reflects the similar ideas of solar and climate activists, yet comes from a different view point! – Editor

Greening the Tea Party

Dooley had teamed up with the Sierra Club to form the Green Tea Coalition. Later, that coalition helped defeat an effort by Georgia Power to impose heavy fees on customers with rooftop solar systems. “If you mention climate change, they’re going to tune you out.” She meant her Tea Party compatriots,
Rooftop solar makes it harder for terrorists to render a devastating blow to our power grid,” she said. “There’s nothing more centralized in our nation. If terrorists were able to take down nine key substations, it would cause a blackout coast to coast.”
New Yorker article 

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Beware the #carbonbubble #divest now

Protesters blocked the entrance to the International Petroleum Conference
where Ben Van Beurden, Shell’s CEO, was due to make a speech.
Article 

 

- You don’t think of Nepal as a tony Wall Street investing neighborhood, but they went to the streets there, too! – Editor

DivestmentDayNepalprotestWBGlobal Divestment Day Was A Huge Success

At over 450 events in 60 countries, people around the world declared that it’s wrong to wreck the climate — and it’s wrong to profit from wrecking it. “From the Pacific Islands to South Africa, from the United States to Germany, we stood up to demand that our governments, universities and financial and religious institutions stop investing in the rogue industries that are destroying our planet. According to numbers provided by the Fossil Free, the group behind the campaign, an estimated $50,000,000,000 (that’s 50 billion) have been divested from fossil fuels to date. Over 181 cities, universities, and other institutions have committed to divestment.
Between February 9 and 15, 97,270,000 social impressions were tracked as well.
Website 
For video
and some continue to fight for the wrong side of their responsibility-
Harvard prepares to fight fossil fuel divestment case in court
Lawyers for Harvard University will appear in court on Friday afternoon to fight off attempts to force the world’s richest university to dump coal, oil and gas companies from its $36bn (£23bn) endowment.
Guardian article 

 

QUOTE
By disinvesting from (fossil fuel) shares, Church and other charitable and public investors may have great influence on the future of the planet, greater even than governments and the United Nations.
A small minority of consumers, who choose to buy wind power or not to fly, have little influence.
But a small minority of investors who disinvest from fossil fuel stocks
can have enormous influence on energy markets,
since they can influence the behaviour of the corporations which extract and market energy.”
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Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh
For BrightNow paper in U.K.

 

Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change.
OperationNoah
Is it ethical for the Church to invest in fossil fuels? For a paper discussing the ethics
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For a calendar of many actions we can take to reduce carbon, see Lenten Carbon Fast 2015- 40 days of Lenten green living 
MomentamoviecoalWB- Get people together to see this! – Editor

 

 

Watch Critically-Acclaimed ‘Momenta’
Momenta, a film which EcoWatch ranked as one of the 10 best documentaries of 2013, is now available online for free. The film brings awareness to a Pacific Northwest coal project that could threaten the global environment on a scale larger than the Keystone XL pipeline.
EcoWatch film

 

USNavyfloodingWBThe Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk

Naval station Norfolk is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic fleet. The land that the base is built upon is literally sinking, meaning sea levels are rising in Norfolk roughly twice as fast as the global average. There is no high ground, nowhere to retreat. There are 29 other military bases, shipyards and installations in the area, and many of them are in just as much trouble. Since 2008, Republicans have worked hard to undermine any connection between climate and national security (and) when the GOP turned into a subsidiary of Koch Industries.
Deniers in Congress have gone after the Pentagon where military officials feel it most: their budget. Last year, House Republicans tagged an AdmiralandInhofetalkWBamendment onto the defense appropriations bill that prohibited the Pentagon from spending any money implementing recommendations from the latest report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
And
Adm. Samuel Locklear correctly foresees that a world of climate-driven chaos is already upon us, and it’s only going to get worse. And we need to start talking about it now, because not only will the threats multiply, so will the questions we have to address. It’s one thing to plan for the invasion— it’s quite another to plan for being the rescue squad for the entire planet.
RollingStone article
and

Whenever another officer or a congressperson corners Rear Adm. White and presses him about why he spends so much time thinking about climate change,
he doesn’t even try to explain thermal expansion of the oceans or ice dynamics in the Arctic.

QUOTE
“I just take them down to Norfolk.
When you see what’s going on down there, it gives you a sense of what climate change means to the Navy — and to America. And you can see why we’re concerned.”

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Rear Adm. Jonathan White, the Navy’s chief oceanographer and head of its climate-change task force

US Navy Reacts To Blockbuster Rolling Stone Climate Change Story

The Navy’s climate change post starts off with a forceful declaration of support for the Rolling Stone article, it includes the subtitle “The leaders of our armed forces know what’s coming next – but deniers in Congress are ignoring the warnings,” and caps it off with the rather dramatic illustration from the publication.
Cleantechnica article 

ACROSS THE BORDER QUOTE
“There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are
opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels.
If violent environmental extremists engage in unlawful activity,
it jeopardizes the health and safety of its participants, the general public and
the natural environment.”

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From a secret intelligence memo prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

 

- The total and absolute destruction of magnificent forests, rivers, and livelihoods from tar sands development, not to mention increasing climate change, is not a threat to “the natural environment,” but the people who care and want to stop this destruction are a threat to “the natural environment?Really? – Editor

tarsandsCanadaWBCanadian mounties’ secret memo casts doubt on climate change threat

The US security establishment views climate change as real and a dangerous threat to national security. But Canada takes a very different view, according to a secret intelligence memo prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).The memo, stamped “Canadian eyes only”, repeatedly casts doubt on the causes of climate change – the burning of fossil fuels – and its potential threat. The memo warns: “Violent anti-petroleum extremists will continue to engage in criminal activity to promote their anti-petroleum ideology”.
Guardian article 
and
Globeandmail article 

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Stockholm’s Newest Parking Garage Is Only For Bikes

When it’s built, the newest parking garage in Stockholm won’t hold any cars at all. It’s designed to hold 700 bikes instead. Unlike a regular parking garage, it’s a place where people might actually want to spend time. The garage, near a major train station, is being designed from the ground up for cyclists. Instead of doors with handles, entrances will automatically slide open, so cyclists can ride in directly from the adjacent bike path or street. The designers also plan to include a bike repair shop and changing rooms where commuters can shower, dress for work, and leave their helmets in lockers. The garage will be part of a building that also has almost 60 apartments. None of the residents are expected to own a car.
Fastcoexist article 
and for a higher tech solution for safely parking bikes in Japan, watch this surprising 40 second video

 

 

 

 

- WOW! Let’s make this happen across the U.S.! – Editor

More Electric Car Charging Stations Than Gas Stations In JapanMoreChargingthangasstationsJapanWB

The establishment of an infrastructure to support electric and plug in cars is proceeding rapidly in Japan. Nissan says there are now 40,000 public and private charging stations in Japan versus only 34,000 gas stations.
Gas2 article 

PG&E Corp., owner of California’s biggest utility, asked regulators Feb. 9 for permission to build a network of about 25,000 chargers in public areas over a five-year period.  Automakers have recognized that oil companies are unlikely to install plugs next to gasoline pumps, and are building their own networks.

Bloomberg article 

THEN YOU WIN . . . . . February 13- 19, 2015

ACTION: JOIN Global Divestment Day Friday and Saturday

GandhithenyouwinWBThe first ever Global Divestment Day kicks off today and Saturday 14 February. To(day)’s going to be huge — we’re talking epic – with more than 450 events spanning 58 countries on six continents.
And it seems you’ve already put the fossil fuel industry on the backfoot before we even get started! Earlier this week we got word that a Big Oil PR company released a, frankly, hilarious cartoon as an attack against Global Divestment Day. You know what that means? We’re really starting to rattle them, so let’s keep pushing until we win.
Website
Even if you can’t make it to a Global Divestment Day event next week, you can still be part of this movement and this moment. Here’s how:
1. Make sure your friends and family know that you’re standing with the fossil fuel divestment movement. The orange square has become an international symbol of solidarity and resistance against the fossil fuel industry. We’ve put together this handy tool to help you make your own orange square meme and then swap out your profile photo on Facebook.
2. Use the #divest hashtag on social media all next week. Let’s blow the conversation up online even as we’re out in the streets! We’ve more ideas on how to amplify the Global Divestment Day message.
3. Pledge to divest your own money. Make sure your values and your assets are in the same place. Join the thousands of individuals who have pledged to divest themselves from fossil fuels.
This week we got word that Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — at $850 billion, the world’s largest — is divesting from coal and tar sands companies on climate grounds. Last week, the New School in New York announced that they would divest from fossil fuels. So far, this movement has divested more than $50 billion.
We live in a profoundly altered world. It’s up to us to make sure that it changes for the better.
From 350.org email, February 8, 2015

 

QUOTE
Fracking is hurting our communities.
It is sucking our drought-ridden state of precious water resources,
contaminating our groundwater in a region where 25 percent of the nation’s food is grown, and contributing to the impending climate crisis.
Oil companies had made California citizens feel powerless and silenced,
for our governor seems to only be listening to their money!”
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Eva Malis, UC Berkeley student

 

- If California might seem far away from you so this isn’t relevant, how much of the fruits and vegies in your grocery come from bountiful fields of California? Your kids’ food could be being contaminated right now. And with water scarcity, how much should we take water away from growing our food? – Editor

Thousands march and rally in Oakland to call for ban on fracking

"MARCH FOR REAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP"Thousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state’s use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas. Environmentalists say fracking wastes millions of gallons of fresh drinking water and puts public health at risk in communities where fracking occurs by threatening groundwater and eroding air quality.
Article
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QUOTE
“Given that California is also experiencing its worst drought in 1,200 years,
it’s hard to overstate
just how thoroughly the regulatory system has failed to protect this extremely precious resource.”
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Briana Mordick, scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council

California’s Wastewater Injection Problem Is Way Worse Than Previously Reported

For every barrel of oil produced in California — the third largest oil-producing state in the nation, behind Texas and North Dakota — there are 10 barrels of wastewater requiring disposal. California produces roughly 575,000 barrels of oil a day, meaning there are nearly 6 billion barrels of wastewater produced in the Golden State on a daily basis — a massive waste stream that state regulators have utterly failed to manage properly.
Article

 

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It’s sad. Diving from this bridge when there was water in the river was a far less serious threat that agriculture not having water! This picture says a lot! – Editor

US harvest threatened by water-intensive oil and gas boom

The recent World Economic Forum Global Risks report identifies the 10 “biggest threats to the stability of the world”, (listing) water crises as one of the top global risks.
The US has a significant influence on the global food trade. The ongoing water crisis in California – the country’s largest agricultural producer – may threaten the price and availability of certain commodities worldwide. Electric utilities consume 11 times more water than all other industries combined.
Guardian article

For the World Economic Forum report 

 

G20 Governments are Spending $88B Each Year to Explore for New Fossil Fuels. Imagine if Those Subsidies Went to Renewable Energy?

FossilFuelBailoutreportWBGovernments across the G20 countries are estimated to be spending $88 billion every year subsidising exploration for fossil fuels. Their exploration subsidies marry bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the development of oil, gas and coal reserves that cannot be exploited if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

Article
Read and share this Fossil Fuel Bailout report 

 

 

 

 

QUOTE
“Our marine economy is at stake here.
The lobster fishery alone is worth $1 billion.
No one comes to the Maine coast to eat a chicken sandwich.
We lose our lobster, we lose our clams? We’ll lose tourism as well.”
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Maine Rep. Mick Devin (D)

 

- Fossil fuels not only destroy vast amounts of water essential for growing food on land, but pollution from them is also causing major threats to ocean life which feeds the world’s peoples over 100 million tons of rich protein a year! Very hard to replace! - Editor

Maine Report Warns Of ‘Urgent’ Need To Address Ocean Acidification

MainelobsterWBMaine will soon need to make “hard decisions” on what to do to protect its rapidly acidifying waters, according to a new report. Maine’s fishermen used to fish for multiple species throughout the year, but depleted stocks have forced fishermen to become heavily reliant on lobster. The problem is, if something now happens to the lobster, there’s a lot of communities that are totally reliant economically on lobsters.
Richard Nelson, a Maine lobsterman and member of the commission, is not only worried about lobsters themselves. He said he’s concerned about the entire ocean food chain, especially the creatures at the bottom of it, like plankton, that have a hard time building their shells in an overly-acidic environment.
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- Understanding such massive global changes isn’t easy. Here some scientists worry that ocean ecosystem collapse can occur even faster from “saturation” than from acidification. There is so much at stake here. – Editor

Is pH a Red Herring for Ocean Acidification?

oysterssaturationpointWBLow pH harms shellfish, most significantly by altering the internal chemistry of adult shellfish. But saturation state caused declines that will occur decades to centuries ahead of any pH-induced declines because saturation state is more sensitive to increasing CO2 than is pH and several coastal regions in the Pacific Northwest are already dangerously close to the saturation state threshold for oysters and other bivalves. Essentially, saturation state matters most and it matters first, says the team. As at Whiskey Creek, a dip in saturation state, even for as little as two days, during a crucial stage of shell development is enough to lose an entire population.
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Eating, it turns out, is
the most significant interaction most of us have with the environment.
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Chris Ying, Founder, food magazine Lucky Peach

We all need to get to net-zero carbon, restaurants included. Great progress here- inspire your restaurants locally to join this movement! When the private sector makes great progress towards net zero, government leaders are more willing to get serious, too. – Editor

How can you get more restaurants to go carbon-neutral? A: Make a lot of money at it!

restaurantgreenWBThe food system, including farming, shipping, cooking and food waste, accounts for 30 percent of carbon emissions worldwide. The food magazine’s founder, Chris Ying, has argued climate change directly concerns all people whose job it is to serve food.
Every decision at the Founding Farmers restaurant chain is intentionally made to connect diners to the Farmers Restaurant Group- which is run in part by the North Dakota Farmers Union- and to all small farmers who cultivate food. The desired product is a farm-to-table experience and to provide it in an environment that has a carbon footprint close to zero.
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- The real issue is speed of change- can we reduce emissions before major collapses such as ocean food production? – Editor

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewables Now

riserenewableschartWBHere are seven reasons why humanity’s transition to cleaner energy won’t be sidetracked by cheap oil. (Check out the first 6 reasons.) 7. Global Investment in Clean Energy Keeps Flowing
There are too many forces pulling (for direct investments in energy projects). Global investment in clean energy increased 16 percent last year, to $310 billion. The U.S. and China, the world’s biggest emitters, reached a historic deal in November to rein in greenhouse gases. Pope Francis is preparing a papal encyclical on climate change, a letter to the world’s bishops that will formalize the church’s moral position on the issue for 1.2 billion Catholics. He may also convene a summit of the world’s top religious leaders in advance of global climate talks in Paris in December. Those talks represent the world’s last best chance to mitigate the damage from climate change. National policies to reduce carbon pollution would speed up the adoption of clean energy. Even in their absence, the global energy shift away from fossil fuels has begun, and we know how it will end.
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For a good report on how to bring in renewables to the grid more easily – Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System-The Changing Roles of Consumers, Utilities and Regulators Within the Regulatory Compact