4 Dec 2016

(1a) Global Warming Amplified By Arctic Sea Ice Loss
The decline of Arctic sea ice also has profound global climatic effects, or feedbacks, that are already intensifying global warming and have the potential to destabilize the climate system. ... the overall ice/snow albedo effect in the Arctic could add as much as 50 percent to the direct global heating effect of CO2. ... What is needed today is a widespread global campaign to actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ... initiatives to devise economically acceptable methods for carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere should be the most important concern of science and technology.
(1b) Extreme Artic Warming
... my hope is that these really conspicuous, rapid changes are going to be noticed by more of the public and they're going to realize that the people who've been saying that this is not a big problem, that it's really not happening and that humans don't have anything to do with it, they're going to start to question that opinion and realize that they've been fed a pile of lies, basically, and that this is a really big problem that's going to affect all of us.
(2) Investing In A Clean Energy Economy
Seriously addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 in the U.S. and across all major economies. ... three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently.
(3) Six Steps For Trump To Take To Address Climate Change
1) Make U.S. a clean energy leader ... 2) Reduce U.S. fossil fuel use ... 3) Enhance U.S. climate resilience ... 4) Publicly acknowledge that climate change is real & human-caused ... 5) Uphold U.S. commitment to Paris Climate Agreement ... 6) Protect scientific integrity in policy-making .... "You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy. ... We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action."
(4) Climate Denying By The House Science Committee
When science is denied by our decision makers, this cannot stand. We must persist in calling out such misinformation when we see it, whether it will come from the House Science Committee, the Trump administration, or other decision makers in the future. Americans deserve leaders who respect science and scientists.
(5) Scott Pruitt Nominated To Head EPA
Pruitt has been a staunch opponent of the EPA — fighting the Mercury Rule, which seeks to limit the amount of toxic heavy metals from power plants; fighting the Waters of the United States Rule, which seeks to protect drinking water sources for a third of Americans; and fighting the Clean Power Plan, a carbon-reduction plan that is seen as the country’s best chance of complying with the Paris climate agreement ....
(6) Localism To Fight Trump
Can we enlist those people and many others not just in opposing Trump, but also in building genuine local alternatives to the globalist excesses that elected Trump in the first place? That can only happen as the result of thousands, perhaps millions of honest conversations among neighbors, friends, and relatives, in towns and cities across the nation. Arguments about politics often accomplish little, but efforts to find common ground in community projects that meet people’s needs could eventually change everything. Localism done right—that is, in an inclusive rather than exclusionary way—offers the best path toward maintaining and building national cohesion. And stronger communities, local economies, and greater self-reliance are all things that many people in Trump’s America would support.
(7a) Trump's Energy Plan
... a memo prepared by Trump's energy transition head Thomas Pyle ... The agenda includes withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, eliminating the Clean Power Plan, increasing the leasing of federal lands for exploitation of coal, oil and gas, expediting the approval of pipeline projects including the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline and rolling back federal fuel economy standards.
(7b) How Trump Can Influence Climate Change
U.S. emissions 61.6 Gt CO2e Business as Usual vs 55.3 Paris Commitments. The United States is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China. If America does not fulfill its pledge, the world may not be able to slow the increase in global temperatures.
(7c) Trump Climate Change Research
The election of Donald Trump has climate scientists concerned about its implications for U.S. environmental policies and the worldwide effort to curb the worst effects of climate change. Though Trump recently said he would remain open-minded about climate change, he has surrounded himself with appointees who are fossil fuel advocates and climate change deniers ...
(8) Talking Climate Change With Kids
"The world is this incredibly beautiful, amazing, complex place. Sharing that beauty, that complexity, sharing that wonder fits very naturally with parenting. If you can give kids a foundation that makes them feel connected, makes them critical thinkers and makes them think the world is a place of wonder… that seems much more important to me than getting them to fix one particular problem." "...if we want our kids to do as we do—that is, to fight for a stable climate—we do better when we meet them on their own terrain—in the world of imagination, rather than in science and politics. "
(9) Trump's Bad Infrastructure Plan
“If you want a plan that is going to be economically transformational and deal with the fact of climate change, this is not your plan, ... It’s good for corporations and private interests. It’s bad for the average American and long-term economic performance.” ... Trump’s plan would suck up political energy, media attention, and tax revenue that would be better spent on a genuine effort to rebuild our crumbling, aging infrastructure. That’s worse than no plan at all.