- 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
- 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
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.
– 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
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.
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.
“Only the law can save us now”
Roger Cox, attorney in the Netherlands and founder of the Planet Prosperity Foundation
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.
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.”
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
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- 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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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.
Climate Change Denial Disorder:
“A rapidly spreading disease with victims unable to comprehend words like
world, melting, not good science, and factual.”