CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: AN EXXON US GOVERNMENT, STANDING UP FOR SCIENCE, AND MORE!

 

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly...

(note: OO are links for corresponding stories...)

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these ant mimicking south American treehoppers, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Gernot Kunz at treehoppers.insectmuseum.org

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon...

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Breaking Up the Amazon Rainforest destroys a significant carbon storage spot for the planet. Source Brazil National Institute for Space Research

OO Amazon Deforestation Increasing When The Planet Can Least Afford It - according to new satellite data.

OO How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests In Peril by helping agricultural powerhouses in Indonesia expand their plantation empires.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves...

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WE’RE LOSING CONTROL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Credit Jim Morin, Miami Herald

MEH: At most, dramatically cutting fossil fuel emissions will slow the pace and magnitude of climate change.

But even that is compromised if enough human-induced climate change occurs to start avalanching, self-reinforcing, feedback cycles that generate global warming INDEPENDENT of human activity. You are in control until you push the rock that starts the avalanche.

The following might be one of those cycles we’ve started.

OO Soil Carbon Emissions Are Kicking In say scientists, as warming soil releases yet more climate-changing gases that will further global warming - and the release of yet more of those gases, independent of burning fossil fuels.

Related Headline:

OO Arctic Soils To Release A Lot Of Carbon -
Far More Than Local Plants Can Absorb
- Soils worldwide will contribute vast new quantities of carbon to the atmosphere, especially in permafrost areas, a new study finds.

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FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE

 

@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels - and distributing the revenues back to all of us.

The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!

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WHERE CLIMATE CHANGE IS DESTROYING AMERICA...

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Sandwiched Between Melting Tundra and Sea this town will ultimately be destroyed by ever more intense coastal storms and flooding. Credit Josh Haner at the New York Times

OO Alaska: Climate Change Eats At US Towns
That Can’t Afford To Move—
A Ticking Time Bomb
- Takeaways:

  • Climate is warming twice as fast in Alaska than in the lower 48;
  • No sea ice means many (dozens) coastal towns are being eroded away,
  • While melting tundra at their backs threaten flooding.
  • Alaska is suffering from lack of oil revenues,
  • And can’t afford the expense of village relocations.
  • Announcing intent to move can cost villages needed funding.
  • A somber scenario is building: catastrophic evacuation
  • When towns are flooded as they wash away in storms.

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MASSIVE FOREST DIE-OFF...

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Two Atop An Ancient Tree Threatened by Climate Change and surrounded by younger dead trees, already fallen victims from California’s drought, dramatically worsened by climate change. Screen capture of a Novus Select Video

@@ Each Tree Has its Own Destiny - with a likely grim ending under climate change, as does this 1000s yr old sequoia face in drought ridden California; note the dead trees that surround it in the final half minute, as the camera rises above it.

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OO Drought Kills 100+ Million Trees,
Imperils Millions More,
Including The Ancient Giant Sequoia
- Takeaways:

  • California’s drought has killed 102 million trees since 2011;
  • 62 million of those have died in 2016 alone.
  • CA’s forests generate fundamental ecosystem services:
  • by creating healthy watersheds,
  • providing wildlife habitat,
  • and storing atmospheric carbon,

and they’re dying at unprecedented rates...

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Forest Present - Dead Forest Future? This aerial overview of Sequoia National Park shows drought damage that presages even further destruction from drought; the reddest trees are severely drought stressed. Credit Carnegie Airborne Observatory

  • Even giant sequoias are showing disturbing signs of stress,
  • With their crowns withering away, and many already dead.

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SINKING SOUTH FLORIDA: THE BEGINNING

 

@@ The Perfect Tide: Sea Level and the Future of South Florida

OO Trump’s Climate Denial Presidency Will Speed The Drowning Of South Florida and the ensuing disaster of its economy.

The great ice sheets are unstable, ice melt is speeding up, and deniers will soon be in charge. What could go wrong?

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TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE...

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Playing Loser Already Trump’s appointments will cost the US jobs, as the US fails to lead on addressing climate change via accelerating a transition to clean energy. Fossil fuels are SUCH losers!

OO Through Trump’s Climate Change Denial,
We’re Ceding Global Leadership To China
and we stand to lose economically and politically.

OO Climate Change Denial Will Be ‘Default Position’ Of White House says Trump’s chief of staff.

OO There’s More Than One Way To Destroy The Planet:
Trump Has A Lot To Learn About Climate Change

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OO Trump’s Folly: A Government Of Exxon By Exxon For Exxon As he appoints Rex Tillerson Exxon CEO as his secretary of state:

“From an Attorney General who sought to suppress Department of Justice inquiries into Exxon to an EPA head who tried to head off state-level Exxon investigations, to putting Exxon’s own CEO [Rex Tillerson] in charge of the country’s foreign affairs, Trump is creating a government OF Exxon BY Exxon FOR Exxon.”

OO Trump’s Cabinet Appointees Show
Dangerous Disregard For Climate Science

OO Trump Rollback Of Obama Climate Agenda May Prove Challenging

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The Koch Warriors Against Solar Power will have powerful influence in the Trump cabal. Credit Victor Juhasz at the RollingStone

OO Trump Brings Koch Network’s Anti-Green-Energy Stance from the fringe to the center of power.

OO Trump’s Energy Policy Advisors:
Climate Change Skeptics, Fossil Fuel Funded Lobbyists
from FF funded thinktanks.

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Trump Blinds NASA’s Eyes To Facts of Climate Change by appointing an unqualified person to lead the NASA team. Photo Source NASA

OO Global Warming Research In Danger
As Trump Appoints Climate Skeptic To NASA Team

OO NASA Should Focus On Its First Mission:
Earth, The Final Frontier

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Ice Has No Agenda, It Just Melts was one of the signs held by scientists standing up for science. Over 1,000 Americans stood with them. Source Facebook

OO Scientists Stand Up For Science,
Protest Trump Appointment
to a crowd of 1,000 or more recently in San Francisco.

OO 800 Climate Scientists Warn Trump Presidency Could Be Defined By “Denial And Disaster” and urged him to admit that climate change is real and to take specific steps to address it.

OO Trump Could Face The ‘Biggest Trial Of The Century’
- By Kids, Over Climate Change
- a surprising climate lawsuit filed by young people is gaining traction.

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More Children Will Sicken Under Trump - as regulations in the Clean Power Plan that cut toxic pollution are dropped. Source EarthJustice.org

OO How Trump Is Likely To Poison You - by repealing recent regulations,which include reducing air pollutants that sicken and damage the lungs of many Americans yearly. Takeaways:

  • The Congressional Review Act can repeal
  • Regulations from any independent agency (eg, EPA, FDA)
  • Within 60 days of their creation
  • Via Congressional and presidential approval.
  • AND it prevents similar future rules -
  • Unless specifically instructed by Congress.

OO Want To Know Why Trump Will Struggle To Save The Coal Industry?
Look At Michigan
where 8 large coal plants will close by 2030, whether Obama’s climate policies are repealed or not.


OO Trump Supports ‘Clean Coal’ - But Does It Really Have A Future? if you need to use energy to store it underground, the net energy you get out of coal becomes too expensive for storage to be widely used.

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OO Dear Ivanka Trump: Save The Planet From Your Dad - something that is important to your future, and your kids.

OO Trump Can’t Make Coal Great Again —
But Could Slow The Rise Of Renewables
Long-term market forces will keep miners from getting their jobs back. If Trump slows renewables in a futile attempt to salvage coal, he could also prevent retraining miners for clean tech jobs.

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CLIMATE LEADERSHIP...

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OO Obama Administration Denies Final Easement For Pipeline but Trump is likely to reverse that.

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MELTDOWN...

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OO NASA Photo Reveals A Startling 300-Foot-Wide Rift In Antarctic Ice Shelf The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling the Southern Ocean, according to new NASA data.

Daily Climate Editor Peter Dykstra: “NASA’s Earth Science work is possibly the only reason we know about this. President Trump has suggested that NASA won’t be funded to do things like this anymore.”

OO Odd Rifts In Antarctic Ice Could Mean ‘Sayonara, Glacier’ Unusual rifts in the middle of the ice shelf of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier could herald a new mechanism for the glacier’s collapse.

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GOOD CLEAN NEWS...

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OO Fossil Fuel Divestment Of Assets Reaches $5 Trillion Globally - with nearly 700 institutions and 60,000 individuals across 76 countries having committed to divest from fossil fuel companies, doubling the value of assets represented in the last 15 months.

  • Pension funds and insurance companies now represent the largest sectors
  • committing to divestment, reflecting increased financial and fiduciary risks of
  • holding