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Policy Language: Forest carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is a function of forest health. Current academic work on forest CDR does not consider all forest health effects of current or future warming. Specifically, extreme acute events such as drought, fire, insect attack, and disease, are not modeled sufficiently to understand the permanence of forest CDR.  With…

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Batteries at Parity With Baseload Coal, Gas and Nuclear

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Bloomberg NEF – Battery Power’s Latest Plunge in Costs Threatens Coal, Gas March 26, 2019 It’s happened, decades ahead of schedule. Lithium-ion batteries are at parity with baseload coal, gas and nuclear.  Those new gigabattery factories are responsible. it’s amazing what giga scaling can do to costs.  The latest cost plummet was 35 percent since…

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Climate Change 2018 Review: The Good and Bad, What Have We Learned?

By Abrupt changes, adaptation, Agriculture, Arctic, Climate Catastrophes, Climate Policy, climate solutions, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Extreme Weather, Fire, flood, forest health, Forest Mortality, Fracking, Healthy Climate, Impacts, in-depth and Popular Press, IPCC, Negative emissions, Permafrost, pine beetle, Policy, politics, Reports, Scenarios, Solutions, Trump, Uncategorized

Climate Change 2018 Review:  Part 1 – The Bad  by Bruce Melton Climate Change Now Initiative, 501c3 (Link to Article) So much happened in our climate change world in 2018 that we are printing this article in two parts: The Bad, and The Good. We start with the bad, and as bad as it was…

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False Balance in the Media Reduces Climate Science Credibility, Oxford English Dictionary

By Climate Catastrophes, Climate Culture, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, communications, Deniers and Delayers, Extreme Weather, Impacts, Media, Messaging, Myths, Policy, politics, Psycho, Strategy, Trump, Uncategorized, What we can do

False Balance in the Media Reduces Climate Science Credibility, Oxford English Dictionary “Journalists have struggled historically to apply the notion of balance to the reporting of climate change science, because even though the overwhelming majority of the world’s experts agree that human-driven climate change is real and will have major future impacts, a minority of scientists dispute this consensus….

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Advancing Beyond the Moral Imperative Challenge

By alternatives, Climate Reform, climate solutions, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Legacy Policy, Messaging, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, Solutions, Strategy, Uncategorized

The “moral imperative challenge” is that thing where we feel it is our duty to create a fossil fuel extinction in order address climate change. This is something our climate culture has been striving for since about 1990. It is ingrained in our emissions reductions psyche and emblazoned across our foreheads. For a generation, emissions…

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Climate Change 2016: The Year the Future Arrived

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First published on Truthout, December 29, 2016. Our planet’s systems have a tremendous capacity to absorb punishment before they begin to show signs of degradation. Earth’s ecology self-heals like a cut on a finger. It assimilates pollution by chemical, physical and biological means — it changes pollutants into non-hazardous materials and proceeds upon its merry…

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The Beetles: Eighty-Nine Million Acres of Abrupt Climate Change

By Climate Catastrophes, forest health, Forest Mortality, in-depth and Popular Press, Uncategorized

First published on Truthout February 16, 2016 by Bruce Melton. We were awash for 19 days in a tumultuous sea of mountains and forests, drifting a course through the heart of the US Rockies on a 6,000-mile journey of observation. Our film, What Have We Done, the North American Pine Beetle Pandemic, was released in…

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Legacy Climate Policy: The Scale of the Current Science and Need for DAC

By Climate Policy, CO2, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, communications, Emissions, in-depth and Popular Press, Media, Myths, Negative emissions, Policy, Solutions, Uncategorized

In the run up to the Paris climate talks, current policy is far behind. Virtually unknown is science stating that the solutions to treating climate pollution are simple, cheap and radically change a generation of policy we are currently trying to implement. Legacy climate policy being enacted today, and proposed at the Paris climate talks is…

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Godzilla Niño and the Blob: How Weather Cycles and Ocean Temperatures Mask Global Warming

By El Nino, Gulf Stream, in-depth and Popular Press, Oceans, pause hiatus, Temperature, Uncategorized

First published on Truthout: October 4, 2015. Over 20 years after a global consensus of earth scientists at the Rio Earth Summit first suggested we control carbon dioxide emissions to prevent dangerous climate change, the United States has finally acted. This is excellent news for 20 years ago but today, Kyoto V2 (the EPA’s Clean…

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New Website and a Backlog of Posts

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Welcome to the 21st Century as the band’s song says, only this is about a new website for Climate Change Now and Climate Discovery. We have migrated to Climate Discovery.org, so your old links may be funky, hopefully not. We still own the .com and have it redirected it to .org. It’s been a busy…

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Fracking Sequestration?

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A gigaton per year in the Marcellus Shale alone? Findings from the University of Virginia show we can permanently and safely dispose of much larger amounts of CO2 than previously understood using played out fracked wells. Once pumped in, most of it the CO2 does not come back out. It is captured by kerogens in shale….

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies: World Monetary Fund

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed a new study that accounts fro global fossil fuel subsidies. Highlights of the study are listed below (from the report introduction): Post-tax energy subsidies are dramatically higher than previously estimated—$4.9 trillion (6.5 percent of global GDP) in 2013, and projected to reach $5.3 trillion (6.5 percent of global…

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My Experience with Climate Change Virtue Ethics

By communications, Deniers and Delayers, politics, Psycho, Uncategorized

Itzcuauhtli (Eat-Squat-Lee) is an 11 year old indigenous eco hip-hop activist who went on a 45 day silence strike to draw awareness to climate change. http://www.climatesilencenow.org/ This child’s action is extraordinarily selfless and I have something important to relate that is highly relevant. One of my climate science colleagues and I were talking about how…

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