– Major paradigm shifts create battling and conflicting beliefs. Obama and the Pope are smart enough to recognize profound problems, yet cling to obsolete, destructive beliefs. Driving with brakes on doesn’t win the race! First from Obama in his State of the Union address- “No challenge – no challenge – poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Then “And today, America is number one in oil and gas. The typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.” We can have it both ways- really?- Editor
State of the Union address 2015 transcript
“We need to see, with the eyes of faith, the beauty of God’s saving plan, the link between the natural environment and the dignity of the human person. Men and women are made in the image and likeness of God, and given dominion over creation.
As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.”
“Some think that, excuse me if I use this word, that in order to be good Catholics,
we have to be like rabbits.
No. Responsible paternity- that is clear.”
Pope Francis on the plane
- Next are the Pope’s conflicting paradigms. He clearly sees the “ravages” of both environmental and social impacts caused by unconstrained population growth. Yet modern contraception and abortion are forbidden! We will not solve the climate problem if numbers of people keep growing. – Editor
Polluting the planet is a betrayal of God, says Pope Francis
In comments made to reporters on board his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said that the “majority” of climate change is man’s fault, and that he had been disappointed at the political response in Lima.
Pope: ‘Catholics do not have to be like rabbits’
Pope Francis has supported the right of parents to choose the size of their families, saying good Roman Catholics did not have to keep having children. He told reporters on his flight home from the Philippines that the church supported safe, responsible parenthood.
Thirty-five of those members of Congress are self-identifying Catholics, 12 of whom have used the tenets of Catholicism to justify certain policy positions.
49 pc of U S Senate just voted against basic climate science
It’s pretty sad what hundreds of millions of dollars in oil money will do to a democracy. Maybe a vote on gravity is next?
New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax
Wednesday was a big day for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.
- Of course, Sen. Inhofe is from Oklahoma, where fracking for fossil fuels is worrying Oklahomans because of “incredible surges” of earthquakes! Wind and solar should be viewed as a blessing for this one reason alone- no creating unstable, quaking ground! – Editor
Vestas Signs On To 298 MW Oklahoma Wind Project
Danish wind energy juggernaut Vestas Wind Systems has announced it will be providing 149 wind turbines to the Kingfisher Wind project in Oklahoma.
- With solar and wind zooming forward, storage and 24/7 power are becoming more pivotal. Here’s one intriguing new system for 24/7 power generation! So many cities need to work on their pipes anyway, this could be invaluable! Get your city to review this! - Editor
A Portland start-up has tapped the city’s water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn’t disrupt fish migration or stream flows. Lucid Energy has installed a series of small hydroelectric generators inside a pipe that carries drinking water to the city. It’s the first of its kind in the country. Lucid Energy CEO Gregg Semler said his company’s in-pipe system offers a way to generate hydropower without environmental impacts. Plus, he said, it’s constant – unlike solar and wind energy. The Lucid system taps the power of gravity in the city’s water system. “There’s a huge amount of potential for this,” he said. The company is already working on possible projects in California, Arizona and Las Vegas.
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SIGN OF INSANITY
(London’s) Financial Times Stock Exchange’s 100 chief executives had surpassed
the average employees wage by their second day at work this year.
- Social justice is related to climate change. Power in the hands of a few who make addictive amounts of money from fossil fuels and other obsolete destroyers clearly isn’t working! – Editor
Richest 1% on track to own more than all the rest by 2016
Global inequality has been labelled as “simply staggering” after it was revealed that the wealthiest 1% is set to own more than the rest of the population combined by 2016. A report published by charity Oxfam, entitled Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, found that the wealth gap is continuing to widen, despite the issue rising up the global agenda. The study has been released to coincide with the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
For the report
- Every time it gets cold, climate deniers say “See?” This simple graphic shows why our air temperatures have not risen as much as some expected- it is the oceans that are taking in the most energy. Definitely serious because some feel there might be ways to get CO2 out of the atmosphere, but no way to get it out of the oceans! – Editor
The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists’ charts
Global warming is properly viewed as the amount of heat contained within the Earth’s energy system. The energy stored within the ocean (which is 90% or more of the total “global warming” heat), increased significantly. We can now say that the 2014 Earth had more heat (thermal energy) than any year ever recorded by humans. We can also say that the folks at NOAA will likely have to rescale their graph to capture the new numbers.
For the image, go to slide 2
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- Many corporations are making commitments and claims about reducing environmental impacts. Measuring emissions is critical but needs accuracy and consistency. These new standards are key to comparing corporations and really understanding progress. Send this report to corporations! – Editor
For corporations- The new GHG Protocol- What you need to report now
Businesses consume half of all the electricity produced, and generation of electricity, steam, heating and cooling accounts for 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. But an increasing number of companies are supplanting the energy purchased from nearby utilities with purchases of more solidly renewable sources. Given that the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard is used by most large companies the world over, with 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies responding to a Climate Disclosure Project survey about emissions using the GHG Protocol to report them, it’s likely to have a big impact
To standardize greenhouse gas emissions, the World Resources Institute released an updated Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. The new GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance covers electricity purchases of various stripes.
“We are seeing the accelerated impact of climate change. Last year was the hottest on record. That matters. Extreme weather is real.
It’s a complete no brainer to move towards cleaner, more livable cities.
The key is coming up with a vision of
how we are going to finance mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
If we can find ways of being creative, particularly on funding,
we are more likely to find agreement.”
Jim Kim, president of the World Bank
Davos 2015: World Bank chief makes climate action plea
The president of the World Bank has urged the international community to help developing nations cope with a warming planet as the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was dominated by calls to make 2015 a year of action on climate change.
Al Gore launched an initiative to get the world’s population behind climate change ahead of crucial United Nation talks scheduled to begin in November by teaming up with pop star Pharrell Williams. A 24-hour-long live music extravaganza is to be held in June.
- When I first felt how powerful Pharrell’s song Happy was (it’s hard to sit still), I immediately asked why we didn’t have music and popular icons as a powerful tool to grasp the hearts of the public on climate change. Looks like stiff Gore got the idea of using this upbeat cultural icon to reach those who bogey rather than dive into scientific reports. YES! Smart move! Bring on the singers, artists, pop stars of all genres to get people moving on stopping emissions and living the new life! – Editor
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Transforming the way the world feeds itself
“One acre of lettuce in California requires about 190 million gallons of water to bring it to market.
If you grow that hydroponically or aquaponically, you could save about 163 million gallons of water.
If you multiplied that out across the state’s production of lettuce,
this one step would solve the state’s water crisis.
Traditional food production right now is a leading cause of climate change
and a leading cause of habitat destruction.
We simply can’t keep doing it this way and feed more people.
The leading cause of habitat destruction is expanding agricultural needs. ”
Ecolife Conservation Foundation
– As water becomes less available and weather more extreme, the safest food supply can be the one requiring little water and protected indoors that you can also walk to. Every city needs large, productive urban ag programs, for both emissions reductions and adaptation- being prepared when, for example, California stops sending enough vegies in because their water has run out!The price of California vegies does nothing but get more and more expensive. – Editor