Published on February 12th, 2013 | by Jeremy Bloom0
Climate Action week – top climate stories for February 12, 2013
We’re counting down to the largest climate rally in history, coming to Washington DC on February 17. Every day this week we’ll be presenting links and excerpts to the best climate change and global warming diaries posted around the web, and as part of the Climate Change Blogathon.
Here we go for today, February 12:
…We have a moral obligation to ensure for a clean and safe planet for future generations. It is that simple, and it is why the Hip Hop Caucus rejects the proposed plans for theKeystone XL Pipeline project.
…The Hip Hop Caucus has joined with 350.org, one of the most dynamic and efficacious climate movement organizations in existence today, and the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the country, to co-convene the largest climate rally in U.S. history – Forward On Climate on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Over 80 organizations have partnered on this effort, and as a result of so many different groups and people coming together, the climate movement has never been so energized and mobilized… (read more…)
…Public Citizen is supporting the Forward on Climate rally not only because we recognize the scale of the climate crisis and the urgency of the need for action, but also because we challenge corporate threats to our democracy.
The fossil fuel industry pours tens of millions of dollars to gain direct access to our decision-makers. It invests millions more on campaigns and legal challenges to ward off legislation that threatens its government hand-outs and seeks to regulate its toxic products. Its top polluters have waged war on climate science by funding misinformation campaigns… (read more…)
…We began burning fossil fuels about 300 years ago but it was only about a hundred years ago that coal replaced wood as the major source of energy for our modern industrial economy. With the discovery of oil and natural gas a few years later we were launched on our great burning spree of the 20th century; riding the wave of chemical thermodynamics proudly into a prosperous future of comfort and convenience for all.
It took us awhile, as it usually does, to come up against the Law of Unintended Consequences. That’s how it works. We figure out a great short term marvel and then this Law takes it’s own time to meander up and bite us viciously. This time it was failing to notice that burning stuff makes smoke… (read more…)
…If thawed and released as carbon dioxide gas, this vast carbon repository has the potential to double the amount of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas in the atmosphere on a timescale similar to humanity’s inputs of carbon dioxide due to the burning of fossil fuels. …
… University of North Carolina’s Cory, the study’s lead author, [said] ”In this research, we provide the first evidence that the respiration of previously frozen soil carbon will be amplified by reactions with sunlight and their effects on bacteria.”
“Forward On Climate” Rally – February 17, 2013, 12:00 pm, Washington, DC
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