CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK: TRUMP FICTION TAKES OVER, SO DOES CLIMATE REALITY, AND MORE!

Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this arboreal Arabian Veiled Chameleon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests.

 

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 to corresponding stories)

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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What We Lose When We Lose Forests - many species need intact forests, not just patches, to survive. Source Imgion.com

OO Development Has Destroyed 7% Of Remaining Virgin Forests Since 2000 shows a new study, with implications for biodiversity, climate change, and human life.

OO Giant Congo Carbon Deposit Should Be Protected say scientists in a new study. The recently discovered area of peatland contains 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.

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WOMEN, GREEN POWER TRUMPS TRUMP INAUGURAL...

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Source National Park EarthCam

OO EarthCam Doesn’t Lie: Three Times As Many Attend Trump Protest vs. Inaugural - as shown in the Earthcam photographs of the National Mall on January 21, 2017 with overflowing sidestreets at the Women’s March, on top, and the day before at Trump’s Inaugural, bottom. Many people urging climate action were part of that crowd.

OO Photos: The Crowd At The Women’s March Vs. Donald Trump’s Inauguration - the women’s march included many groups, uniting under many causes, including civil rights, clean environment, tackling climate change and clean energy.

250,000 invite were invited to the Trump inaugural ; the pictures above indicate that three times as many attended the Women’s March. Trump, in typical fashion, spun out a wishful figure of 1.5 million attending his inaugural.

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OO At The Women’s March, A Call For Climate Protection, Too as amid a sea of signs and pink hats, plenty of people also marched for environment and climate science.

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HOT NEWS...

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OO 2016 Marks Three Consecutive Years Of Record Heat For The Globe says a new US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. Takeaways for 2016:

  • It was a record 2.5+ degrees F hotter on land above average.
  • It was a record 1.3+ degrees F hotter on the sea surface above average.
  • North America had its warmest year on record;
  • Arctic sea ice area was the smallest on record.
  • Antarctic sea ice area was the 2nd smallest on record.

How long NOAA will be able to report on this under Trump is anyone’s guess; read it while you can.

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OO US Mainstream Media Ignored Calamitous Global Warming Report,
— But SNL Didn’t
- you know, the report telling us about record planetary heat levels over the past 3 years, noted above? Maybe it was because of the new game that enthralls mainstream media: Trump’s Latest Lies.* No matter: Saturday Night Live, the new real news outlet, reported it this past Saturday.

[* Trump has plenty of motivation to lie - it distracts the media from focusing on (vs briefly mentioning) the many questionable and harmful things he’s doing to our country.]

OO No Pause In Global Warming: Excess Heat Went Into Oceans, Not Air - we were looking for global warming in the wrong place. Just goes to show that oceans matter, too, when measuring the progress of global warming.

OO Global Warming Never ‘Paused’ And Could Soon Accelerate warns NASA scientist, as every day, the total heat in the living envelope of air and water on this planet, increases.

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SCIENCE ACCURACY SOURCES DISAPPEAR...

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Trusted By Many, Now Silenced - Jeffrey Beal, a University of Colorado librarian, helped the world distinguish between real and fake science by naming fake science entities.

OO Website Identifying Fake Science Sources Disappears without warning recently; its founder did not respond to inquiries. A close associate indicated that the website suffered an abnormal crash.

Beall’s List has been the world’s main information source on “predatory open access” journals that publish junk science - none peer reviewed by reputable scientists - as serious, reputable science. Widely praised by many, the list was criticized by a few who felt it was too broad.

In 2016, Beall revealed that a fake knowledge company has been buying up legitimate reputable journals, turning them into “zombie” journals that publish junk science, and using the journals’ former reputations to lure unsuspecting customers. Be warned!

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Resist Trump’s War On Science urged one of many groups that turned out for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. Credit Julia DeSantis at Flickr

OO With Trump In Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website - Takeaways:

  • This happened within moments of Trump’s inauguration.
  • US govt climate change data is considered among the most authoritative worldwide.
  • Scientists worry that this stored data will be deleted during Trump’s tenure.
  • US university scientists nationwide have volunteered time and computer servers to save and store govt data at Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, NOAA, and the US Geological Services websites.
  • Such sites store key climate data such as air temperature trends, greenhouse gas emissions levels, and sea level rise records.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: Email the White House here DAILY (put a daily reminder in your email box) about the economic, health, and job benefits of promoting clean energy over fossil fuels. Share this with your social networks and families - it only takes 3 minutes.

Clean energy generates far more jobs than fossil fuels and improves health by reducing air pollution; both improve the economy (despite the fantasies the website now espouses - see below). Trump should be a clean energy winner - not a loser.

OO Trump White House Website Fabricates Benefits
Of No Basic Environmental Regulations On First Day
Takeaways:

  • The White House website said eliminating power plant climate rules, a clean water rule and other environmental rules would “greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than30 billion over the next 7 years.” (Less than $20 per person yearly, even if it were true.)
  • Its source was a flawed