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Emergency Actions or Let It Get Worse June 27- July 3, 2014

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“If cities are going to drive the revitalization of this nation, then
we need to become the laboratories and incubators of change.
We must be the engines driving the local and national economy.”
JohnsonMayorSacramentoWB
Mayor Johnson, President U.S. Council of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento
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U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Conference ofmayorsJune2014WBThe U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group that represents the leaders of 1,400 cities, has called on the Obama administration and Congress to “enact an Emergency Climate Protection law that provides a framework and funding for the implementation … of a comprehensive national plan” to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
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“We know that the next several years will be critical for establishing
the policy and market solutions needed to avert dangerous climate change.
This report shows that well-designed climate mitigation efforts can result in
important economic and social benefits.”
CharlottePeraWB
Charlotte Pera, President and Chief Executive Officer of ClimateWorks Foundation

Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year

Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6 trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank. The new report, ‘Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the Benefits’, assesses the impact of potential government policies on energy efficiency, waste management and public transport across the six regions. It would also save around 8.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions being pumped into the atmosphere, and save the equivalent energy to taking 2 billion cars off the road.
It finds that implementing these new policies would have significant benefits for the economy, climate and health.
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For the report

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The timeline to act is really now.
It’s to our detriment to think that we have 50 years to solve the issue of unsustainable agriculture.”
DaniellenierenbergFoodTankWB
Danielle Nirenberg, founder Food Tank, a food sector research institute

- It takes years to develop effective and responsible food systems, so Danielle is right- start now. Whether it’s fast rising food prices, or severe events that prevent food from coming in, or numerous food sources no longer available- or all of these- we need to get creative in a multitude of ways to feed cities. Indoor food production must be a part of the new systems, with major advantages- avoiding weather catastrophes, reducing water needs, and far more. This burgeoning field of insects certainly has the “ick factor” but is actually healthier than high-fructose corn syrup that people devour every day. Can we accept these opportunities? – Editor

Brave New Food

Jena MartinAndrew Brentano

Weather is pummeling our food supply through droughts, wildfires and the changing climate. Meanwhile, the global population is exploding. (One answer: eating insects.) In some circles- typically those of the young, affluent and health conscious- the idea of eating insects, or entomophagy, has caught on, fast, spurred on by a 2013 pro bugs-as-food report from the U.N. Meat or no, people need protein, which is where the insects come in. “This bag by itself, which is about the size of a shoebox, will put out about two pounds of edible meat, which is nutritionally equivalent to chicken,” Andrew Brentano, a founder of Tiny Farms, an edible insect farm production company. With one of Tiny Farms’ bags, you can harvest about two pounds of mealworm meat every 26 days. And meat it is. When dried, the insects are more than 50 percent protein. Unlike other food animals, 100 percent of a mealworm is edible. Believe or not — the demand for human-grade edible insects far outstrips the supply. It’s a boom that has happened just in the past year and a half. Tiny Farms can’t make and ship their farms fast enough.
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We’re Tiny Farms- The edible bug company

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Open Bug Farm

Grow your own edible insects, at home. We’re building the world’s first Open Source insect farm kit. “Help revolutionize agriculture.”
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and another business- Bitty Foods makes delicious high-protein chocolate chip cookies with cricket flour-  Website 

Elsewhere: – Seems a bit like a new rendition of an old nursery rhyme- “All the (dictator’s) horses and all the (dictator’s) men couldn’t get (the food to grow) again.”- Editor

North Korea army mobilised as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said, prompting the isolated country to mobilise some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops.
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America’s Largest Companies are Jumping on Clean Energy Bandwagon and Saving More Than $1 Billion a Year

Recent corporate renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts equivalent to PowerForwardreportWBretiring 15 coal-fired power plants
The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report. The analysis, released today, reveals that these efforts are the new “business as usual” among many of the country’s largest companies, with 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies having set targets in at least one of three categories: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy efficiency, and procuring more renewable energy.
The report Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value, shows that clean energy is becoming mainstream for U.S. corporations – with 60 percent of the Fortune 100 having goals for renewable energy or greenhouse gas reductions.
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- When elections are more about money than understanding issues, where will this get us? – Editor

Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election

frackcoloradoWBIn what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory. Protect Our Loveland was likely outspent by a 100 – 1 margin by the most profitable industry on the planet.
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- Of course these dangerous chemicals should not be blasted deep into the ground for many reasons, but then they shouldn’t be above ground, exposing everyone, either. Guess that only leaves not using them at all! – Editor

Colorado suspends oil and gas wastewater disposal well after quake

Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said. It is the latest in a string of events linking oil and gas operations with seismic activity in the United States as energy drilling increases.
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Dumping (of fracking waste water) seems to be a really ongoing problem.
We’re seeing dumping down old mineshafts and dumping on roads where the spigot at the end of the tank is [allowed] to dribble all the way to the [disposal] well.”
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We have a health risk. In Ohio, we’re just ignoring it. With each law, we’re getting weaker, not stronger.
JulieRiceOhiofrackingWB
Julie Weatherington-Rice, senior scientist at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Ohio
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US fracking boom threatens water supplies

There is no overarching policy regulating how the industry uses water. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a provision known as the “Halliburton loophole” exempts oil and gas operations from almost all federal air and water regulations, leaving protection of these basic life necessities to the states.
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Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that some nurses told him they were not allowed to respond to complaints about gas drilling and the subject of natural gas development was considered “taboo” and was not openly discussed among fellow employees.
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Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

The researchers analyzed 24 chemicals commonly used by frackers — noting that those chemicals represent a small subset of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking, many of which are kept secret. Not only were most of the studied chemicals found to mess with our estrogen and androgen systems, but some of them were also found to affect hormones that prepare our bodies for pregnancy (progesterone), that break down sugar (glucocorticoid), and that regulate growth and development (the thyroid system). Only one of the 24 chemicals did not affect any of the hormonal systems studied.
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Endocrine Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and in vivo
Adverse Health Outcomes

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Hormone-Disrupting Activity of Fracking Chemicals Worse Than Initially Found

Mixtures of these chemicals act together to make their hormone-disrupting effects worse than any one chemical alone, and tested drinking water normally contains mixtures of EDCs.
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WHAT ADVERTISING SHOULD BE!

A MUST WATCH AND SHARE VIDEO!

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See what yes is doing

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Excerpts from this clever video “advertising” the truth in soothing voice, lovely music:
“We’re making the energy that hurts communities and harms the environment.
We need the energy to always ask:
Is there a better way to increase our year-end bonuses?
Are there ways to take fresh water from fish-bearing streams and dump more polluted water into our rivers?
Can we lobby the government to weaken regulations and impact aboriginal communities with impunity?
Can we cover up our impacts and accelerate climate change?
These are the questions we ask every day in playing our part to destroy the world we share.”

 

- THIS is the kind of advertising we need! Once forests and rivers are gone, they’re gone! Once hormone-disrupting chemicals have changed the sex of your baby from boy to girl, it’s done. Once your thyroid is shot, it’s pills every day for the rest of your life. There are many forms of emergency. – Editor

New Campaign Spoofs Suncor’s “What Yes Can Do” Green PR Blitz

SumOfUslogoWBA new website launched today by the corporate accountability group SumofUs.org asks ordinary Canadians to take a closer look at oilsands major Suncor’s latest ad campaign, “What Yes Can Do.” By launching their own version of the ad campaign at www.whatyescando.org , SumofUs.org is questioning the disparity between “what yes can do” as Suncor puts it, and “what yes has done” in the Alberta oilsands. SumofUs.org’s alternative campaign brings the pleasantries of corporate advertising into stark contrast with the difficult reality of oilsands development as it affects local water, the industrialization of the boreal forest, vanishing local caribou populations, and First Nation’s treaty rights.
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Welcome to SumOfUs

SumOfUs  is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.
Here’s what we stand for:
Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources
Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.
(And more, of course)
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Bjorn Yesterday: NY Times Runs Op-Ed Asserting Poor People Need More Carbon Pollution

- Just one example of far too many! Great climate reporters are being fired in so many companies. Ownership and advertisers permeate most media to cleverly not deal with greenhouse gases building up. – Editor

media confuscating climate science

The New York Times shuts down its environment desk and its Green Blog this year. Then last week, the Times’ public editor publishes a damning analysis showing that the paper’s climate coverage had dropped sharply.
The paper’s response? Devote some of its scarce op-ed space to the umpteenth rehashed Bjorn Lomborg piece touting more carbon pollution and R&D in place of climate action, The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels. If that headline sounds familiar, it’s because Lomborg had pieces in USA Today and National Post making similar arguments. Lomborg twists the facts beyond recognition.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/04/3018051/bjorn-lomborg-carbon-pollution/

Tasmania Aims For 100% Renewable Energy

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It will take commitment from all Tasmanians
if we are to achieve our shared vision for the future.

I am optimistic that while the task ahead is urgent,
we have built strong foundations that will
support Tasmania to adapt and prosper in a low-carbon economy.
Together, we can help shape the future in this,
the critical decade.

Cassy O'Connor Tasmania
Cassy O’Connor, Minister for Climate Change, Tasmania, and Visionary

- Continuing the vision of solutions even when her nation’s Prime Minister Abbott aims to repeal carbon emissions trading and has slashed funding for renewable energy! An example for us all! - Editor

Climate Smart Tasmania

Last week, the Tasmanian government released “Climate Smart Tasmania: A 2020 Climate Change Strategy.”  “Tasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse – our annual average electricity supply comes from 87 per cent renewable energy,” says the Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O’Connor. Tasmania has also set a goal of slashing its carbon emissions by 35% by 2020. The Strategy sets out 9 priority areas and more than 80 actions both to reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.
http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=4055
For the report Climate Smart Tasmania- A 2020 Climate Change Strategy- http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/212762/2020_Climate_Change_Strategy.PDF

Ready Or Not. Abrupt Climate Changes Worry Scientists Most

- At Climate Today, we have a file called Surprise Factor, stuffed with articles of scientists in a wide variety of fields being shocked because climate changes were happening far faster than they’d anticipated. The surprise file is the scariest of them all. Years ago, we reported on the book Abrupt Climate Change written in 2002- it’s more than tragic that we’ve known for so long and done so little! Some changes will occur very quickly and will be irreversible. Now the crazies don’t even want to fund a warning system! Don’t they have children? – Editor

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change

An expert panel at the National Academy of Sciences is calling for an early warning system to alert us to abrupt and potentially catastrophic events triggered by climate change.
The committee says science can anticipate some major changes to the Earth that could affect everything from agriculture to sea level. But we aren’t doing enough to look for those changes and anticipate their impacts. And this is not a matter for some distant future. The Earth is already experiencing both gradual and abrupt climate change.
To listen- http://www.npr.org/2013/12/03/248474721/ready-or-not-quick-climate-changes-worry-scientists-most
http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/other-reports-on-climate-change/2013-2/abrupt-impacts-of-climate-change/
For a 4 page summary- http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-on-reports/reports-in-brief/abrupt-climate-change-brief-FINAL-web.pdf
For the older book Abrupt Climate Change- http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10136

2014 Shrimp Season In The Gulf Of Maine Has Been Canceled

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I think everyone was startled by what we saw in 2012,
and there was a lot of pressure to close down the fishery for the 2013 season.
The survey this summer found just 20 percent of the 2012 record low,
so it has fallen off incredibly sharply.

John Annala
John Annala, Chief Scientific Officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

- Here’s a small example of how precarious ecosystems and their bounty can be. When you hear words like surprised or startled, it’s not good. This is also a hint of why we at Climate Today are deeply concerned about the issue of food. Similar situations of reducing diverse food yields are happening all over the world. – Editor

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously to halt shrimping for the upcoming season. The annual shrimp survey in 2012 revealed the lowest abundance of adults ever recorded in the survey’s thirty-year history. During the last ten years the water temperature in the Gulf of Maine has been running about 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the previous one hundred year average. Even if Northern shrimp prove themselves to be more heat tolerant than scientists predict, the warmer waters in the Gulf of Maine are proving deadly to the shrimp’s food supply, tiny zooplankton. Last spring, the usual surge in plankton never happened.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/04/3021451/maine-shrimp-season-closed/

Preparing for Hell and High Water

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“Adapting to an evolving climate is going to be required
in every sector of society, in every region of the globe.
We need to get going, to provide integrated science if we are going to meet the challenge.
Richard Moss PNNL
Richard Moss, senior scientist, Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

In the journal Science, an international group of researchers urge the development of science needed to manage climate risks and capitalize on unexpected opportunities. Climate preparedness research needs to integrate social and climate science, engineering, and other disciplines.  The need to adapt and adjust is going to be global.
http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1020
For the article Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science “http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6159/696.summary?sid=f9097460-2c0d-4d2d-a856-0f2aac9893bc

Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate Change’

Dr Hansen's family
Here’s Dr. Hansen with his family. Which of your loved ones have rights to a healthy future?

- Dr. Hansen deeply loves his grandchildren, has warned about climate change for decades at the highest levels, and is now dedicating his life to his and our precious descendants’ rights to a decent future. Politicians have not listened well, so now to the courts. – Editor

sources of GHG chart

Earth’s history shows that 2C global warming is likely to result in eventual sea level rise of the order of six meters (20 feet). Moreover, we note that such warming level would induce “slow amplifying feedbacks”.
Our paper was initiated to provide the scientific basis for legal actions against national and state governments for not doing their job of protecting the rights of young people and future generations. A lower court ruling in the case against the U.S. federal government, suggesting that the “trust” doctrine does not give the court a constitutional basis for ordering actions on the executive branch, is now being appealed to a higher court. The appeal places greater emphasis on “equal protection of the laws” and “due process”, which the U.S. Constitution guarantees to all people.
From an email from James Hansen-http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2013/20131202_PopularSciencePlosOneE.pdf
Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate Change’- Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature
http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0081648&representation=PDF

ACTION: Rethink holiday consumerism.

Here’s a book suggesting ways to end the addictions of consumerism and flow into a cultural renaissance.
This might make a good gift. Give it to all the members of your book club or other group so all of you can discuss it. Our biggest event at Christmas now is with our neighbors, and we have a long table lined with 3 generations making delicious tamales! Great fun! No boxed gifts, no cards- just real gifts of laughter, sharing, special food, and LOVE! Try it! – Editor
The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction

Hidden Door

Many people sense that consumer culture is dragging us toward extinction. We must discover an exit. There is a door, hidden in plain sight. What sort of culture might appear if we took seriously the essential values and principles that form the deep structure of voluntary simplicity and used them to inform a new perspective of the good life? Can we find the passage leading to cultural renaissance? This book aims to help seed this renaissance by widening the conversation about how we transition from the road to extinction to a path with heart that has a future.
https://www.createspace.com/4477285
http://www.amazon.com/The-Hidden-Door-Sufficiency-Alternative/dp/0987588478

Did You Know?

Moving a person in a car requires moving 3000 pounds of metal.
It would take 81 electric bikes to emit the same amount of pollution as
one car traveling the same distance.
electric bike
From: Pedal Power- Taking E-Bikes Mainstream
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2013_11_19_Pedal_Power

- For a brief conclusion of the Warsaw conference, since last week it had not completely ended.- Editor
Warsaw climate talks set 2015 target for plans to curb emissions
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/24/warsaw-climate-talks-greenhouse-gas-emissions