- Elections are here, and some devastating results are being predicted. Climate change is not the Top Story, which is incredible when one understands the gist of the science. How can this be? What role do the media play? Who controls the media? How can other issues be more important? We have to change- and soon! Gary Larson is right- walnut brains didn’t work before. If we proceed without stopping climate change, are we also walnut brains? – Editor
“Climate change isn’t a top concern for most voters.
Only 3 percent think it should be the country’s top priority, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.”
“The picture’s pretty bleak, gentlemen…
The world’s climates are changing, the mammals are taking over, and
we all have a brain about the size of a walnut.”
“One of the things we always do is change in response to the changing world.”
Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR’s science desk
- Perhaps Anne lives on a different planet? Seems some big money is calling the shots from the back room. This is NOT in the public interest! Take a few minutes, contact NPR and share the Siemering quote below. – Editor
NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter
NPR has cut back on the number of staffers focused solely on the environment and climate change. Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR’s science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time. NPR’s decision to cut back its environment-focused staff comes at a time when other news outlets are ramping up their climate beats.
(On the other hand) the New York Times announced earlier this month that it added an editor and three reporters to focus on the topic exclusively. This is in addition to the four staffers already covering climate change.
ACTION: Contact NPR and share this quote, saying Anne is wrong!
PURPOSE OF NPR
“In its journalistic mode, National Public Radio will actively explore, investigate and interpret issues of national and international import. The programs will enable the individual to better understand himself, his government, his institutions and his natural and social environment so he can intelligently participate in effecting the process of change.”
William H. Siemering, 1972
ANOTHER EGAD QUOTE
‘I have studied (climate change) seriously for years.
It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.
There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past, and
there is no reason to fear any in the future.”
John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel
Weather Channel backpedals after its co-founder said humans aren’t causing rise in temperatures
The Weather Channel has released an official statement arguing that man-made global warming is real, just days its co-founder said it does not exist. The group claims said the planet is ‘indeed warming,’ with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6°C to 0.9°C) in the last 100 years. The Atlanta-based channel also states humans are helping make the planet warmer as a result of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
ACTION: Tell the Weather Channel Thank you- solving climate change is the most important thing we can do
Action - Click Feedback tab on right- then on Compliment
- Should politicians protect fossil fuel production? How much is a child’s health worth? Is it worth more if it is your child? If the background to this playground were solar panels and wind turbines, would the kids be getting sick? – Editor
How Houston’s Biggest Polluters Are Buying Texas’ Elections At The Expense Of Its Residents
People in Manchester and the surrounding areas are sick. Yudith Nieto, 25, an environmental justice advocate who has lived in Manchester most of her life, says her low-income, heavily Latino community has high rates of childhood leukemia, asthma, and bronchitis — and this includes her family members and friends. Her observation has been backed up by data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Texas which found “unacceptable” levels of cancer-causing pollutants in Manchester’s air.
“No candidate for office in Texas has put environmental interests at the forefront,” Diana Flores, a trustee of the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Oil and gas companies are buying them off and preventing things from getting done.” The most recent data is from the EPA, which conducted a study of East Houston’s air in 2010 and found the presence of seven human carcinogens that posed an “unacceptable increased cancer risk,” including diesel particulate matter, chromium 6, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Because of this, Manchester’s local schools are ranked among the top one percent of the most polluted in the country. The children who go there are 56 percent more likely to get leukemia than those living more than 10 miles away.
ACTION: Tell the Walton Family: Stop your hypocritical undercover campaign to destroy rooftop solar.
According to a new report, the Walton family, which owns Walmart, is working to radically undermine rooftop solar by promoting anti-solar state policies and donating millions of dollars to fossil fuel-backed front groups.
For the report How the Walton Family is Threatening Our Clean Energy Future
- Climate change speeds extinctions! Pulling out threads from our earth’s web of life is risky business, and this campaign begins to open the topic! All 5 are true (it should be all bees not just honeybees- read the amazing book The Forgotten Pollinators), but of course, even invisible soil organisms are critical, as well. And CO2 acidifying our oceans and weakening plankton is by far enough of a reason all by itself to stop increasing carbon in our atmosphere. – Editor
5 Animals Humans Need For Survival
Bees provide the world with something far more important than delicious honey: they provide pollination — which is what makes most of the plant life on Earth grow. It allows plants, flowers, trees and fruits to exist which, in turn, feed both other animals and humans. Bats comprise one in every five mammals in the wild, and are one of the largest consumers of insects on Earth. Why are plankton important? Because they’re the reason we can all breathe. Through photosynthesis and some healthy appetites, both phytoplankton and zooplankton play an important role in converting energy into oxygen and distributing it around the world. Plankton are responsible for half of the world’s oxygen.
“The argument that we need this baseload power ticking over in the background is basically false.
We don’t have a constant demand, so this idea that
we need a constant supply is a myth.”
Garth Heron, GM Australia for Windlab
Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too
It seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the – Australia’s- Abbott government): that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand. This old myth – long since busted by a UNSW research team, among others – “is based on the incorrect assumption that baseload demand can only be supplied by baseload power stations.” As for the suggestion that wind energy is too unreliable to make any kind of meaningful contribution to the National Electricity Market, that’s a myth too, says Heron. The literally unpredictable outages at fossil fuel plants aren’t the only x-factor clouding the horizon of traditional centralised generation networks, says Heron. The elephant in the room, he says, the point that’s usually missing from the fossil fuels vs renewables debate, is the idea that gas and coal and any fossil fuel have huge volatility on pricing.
- Politics! We CAN do renewables and efficiency, but reopening nuclear power plants continues to hold the big bucks in the bank accounts of the powerful few. – Editor
After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut
Kyushu Electric Power Co., the utility to which he must sell his electricity, has recently placed on hold all new (solar) applications for getting on its grid. Four other utilities have made the same announcement. The utilities say they can’t accommodate the flood of newcomers to the green energy business, throwing in doubt the future of Japan’s up-to-now aggressive strategy on renewable energy. The unfolding green glut in Japan echoes similar experiences in Germany and Spain. Prime Minister Abe’s conservative pro-business government is determined to restart at least some of the nuclear reactors.
Underwater “Windmills” Could Power One-Third of Scotland
A new tidal power plant to be installed off the Scottish coast this fall, will aim to make the country a world leader for turning sea flow into electricity. Unlike other renewable energy sources like sun and wind, tides come at the same time, and roughly the same speed, every day, meaning that the new plant will be able to rely on and plan for a fixed level of production.
Twenty-Four Reasons We Can Stop Climate Change
The climate challenge is urgent, but today we’ve got the technology we need to ditch the dirty fossil fuels driving the crisis, and the popular will to do it — all a whole lot easier and more affordably than ever before. What this means is that these days, you don’t need to look into a crystal ball to see a sustainable future taking shape. You just need to look out your window.
So we’re counting down the key 24 developments we’re seeing in areas like clean energy, community action, and international negotiations, with highlights from this year’s 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope. It’s no longer a question of how can we stop climate change, but how soon. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it.
For an upbeat video
To dedicate a day to change
ACTION: The Pricing Carbon Initiative- Sign up to organize an event in your community.
The Pricing Carbon Initiative (PCI) is encouraging communities around the country to organize a range of grassroots, locally-inspired events that convey the urgent need to address climate disruption with a price on carbon emissions centered around this November 14th, 15th, and 16th. These November events will serve as a launching point for the beginning of a national dialogue and movement to price carbon pollution in the United States.
The events are timed to occur after the November elections and before the next round of international climate negotiations in Lima, Peru. By coming together at this crucial time, we can add to the growing momentum for climate action in our country and point the way towards solutions.
Article and simple video explaining carbon tax