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Clean-energy programs are available in all U. S. states and Canadian provinces. Any homeowner, renter, or business that pays for their electricity can switch.
This morning, with one phone call, I switched my four electric utility accounts (two residential, two commercial) to 100% clean energy from renewable sources.
First there were the global warming sceptics and anthropogenic climate change deniers; now we are hearing from the downplayers and confuse-the-issuists like those who keep blaming everything on El Nino—a temporary, natural, cyclic phenomenon, not linked with human-caused climate change.
Another example of an effort to hold humans harmless is the debate around what is to blame for the early mass extinction of Pleistocene megafauna: humans or climate change? (unbelievably, still being debated after all these years.) Indeed, Discover.com has recently put out two differing articles with opposite titles, one blaming humans for what is known as the Pleistocene overkill (in an article entitled: “Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths“, the other backing the climate change as the agent primarily to blame, (Still, even that new study blames humans for the coup de grace that finished off the species now extinct).
Big-name companies like Coca-Cola, Walmart, Apple, and Google have pledged to tackle climate change.
Every homeowner in the U. S. and Canada has an opportunity to follow suit. Check my blog tomorrow for details.
BOWIE — Farmers from California and Arizona are pushing to drill wells and pump unregulated water in Cochise County, triggering intense rivalries and calls for a crackdown.
Some farmers from the drought-parched, increasingly regulated Central Valley of California want to plant pistachios and other crops here, largely to feed China’s growing demand for tree nuts. But others who are already here and pumping water want the state to limit new irrigation.
Everyone acknowledges that groundwater is a limited resource that will all be gone one day, but no one acknowledges that the riparian habitats along streams and springs fed by groundwater have either already disappeared or will disappear over the next few years. Such blind ambition is destroying our wildlife. Arizona farmers, "Wealth isn't just bank balances, it's also the beauty of our surroundings."
"I would like to point out a typical bias that I see and hear all the time. The Forest Service often promotes the idea that lodgepole pine stands are “overstocked”. Actually lodgepole and many other species always grow that way after a disturbance. There is frequently a significant amount of natural regeneration that is gradually whittled down by natural thinning agents like beetles or fire.
"It baffles me that the FS tries to prevent beetles from “thinning” the forest when indeed, they believe they are “overstocked”. Beetles, disease and fire will thin them naturally, and these agents are much better at selecting which trees should live and die than any forester." --George Wuerthner
GR: Many excuses for logging are offered as scientific justifications just as hunting is said to be good wildlife management. This article offers several solid counterpoints to the Forest Service's effort to justify logging as forest management. Recommended.
First the good news. James Hansen, one of the world's most recognized climate scientists, along with 13 of his well-decorated fellows believe that there's a way out of this hothouse mess we're brew...
According to this review of the latest climate model simulations, there is an immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, rising sea level, massive storms, and permanent winter in Great Britain (the map above) are only a few of the changes we can expect. Recommended reading.
Mercury is one of the most harmful pollutants faced by fish and wildlife. Toxic mercury is released from coal burning power plants across the country and accumulates in rivers, lakes, and forests.
Unfortunately, wildlife eat these mercury-contaminated fish their whole lives. Unlike humans, they can't "limit their consumption."
It was the winter of 1997-1998 when the granddaddy of El Niños—the one by which all other El Niños are judged—vaulted the climate term to household name status. It had such a noticeable impact on U.S. weather that it appeared everywhere from news coverage of mudslides in Southern California to Chris Farley’s legendary sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Basically, it was the “polar vortex” of the late ‘90s.
January and February 1998 were the wettest and warmest first two months to a year for the contiguous U.S. in the 104-year record at that time, according to NOAA. The position of the jet stream meant that some northern states saw temperatures up to 15 degrees above normal and both the Southeast and Southern California were awash in a series of storms.
GR: Strong El Ninos can produce strong weather events. But when, where, and even if are all uncertain.
Okay, so it's not fiction. But if your science fiction goes off planet, this is inspiring.
In the most recent showcase of animals showing compassion for one another, a herd of cows has helped save a stranded baby seal in England. The five day old seal Read More
The post Cows Help Stranded Baby Seal to Safety appeared first on Ecorazzi.
GR: The larger number of similar incidents across many species supports the idea that the emotions of other species resemble those of humans. For some humans, the similarity awakens sympathy for our fellow creatures. Killing them, eating them, and exploiting them becomes sad tragedy.
Businesses in London are unprepared for the impacts of global warming and more than half of FTSE 100 companies have no strategy to deal with climate change.
As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.
So, there is no need for logging companies to harvest the trees to protect us from fires.
A new report released by Natural England outlines what scientists in that country believe will happen to wildlife in England over the coming years as warming takes place.
According to the article, some bird species would probably disappear, but some ant species would probably increase.
Limiting climate change to 2°C is not going to protect us from devastating sea level rise, a new report has found.
According to the research, freshwater from land-based ice sheets melting into the oceans is inducing feedback that is accelerating the melting of ice shelves — a loop that indicates sea level rise will continue and could be devastating at much lower temperature changes than previously thought.
The study, authored by well-known climate scientist James Hansen and 16 other researchers, will be published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics this week. The research explains that there is an “amplifying feedback” as polar ice melts, because as more freshwater enters the ocean, it traps warmer sea water, which melts more ice. The effect is not included in the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) modeling but “extensive data indicate [it] is already occurring,” according to the report.
Many Arizona species with shrinking populations will never receive protection under the U. S. Endangered Species Act.
RT @bjenquist: Expert opinion on extinction risk and climate change adaptation for biodiversity http://t.co/1UqJba8LJs
GR: According to the authors of this article, "most experts are open to the potential benefits of managed relocation but are concerned about unintended harmful consequences, particularly putting non-target species at risk of extinction." The problem is that we know so little about ecosystems and species interactions that we can't predict the consequences of a relocation. Even the most basic knowledge, which other (non-target) species are present, is absent for virtually all prospective relocation sites.