Archives for From the Desk of Lee Temple & Latest News

NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon

Original piece featured at the New York Times by Kenneth Chang On an average day, some 100 million tons of carbon dioxide is liberated from oil and coal by combustion, wafting into the air. The gas traps heat in the atmosphere, resulting in the gradual warming that has alarmed scientists and much of the public. But only half of the carbon dioxide stays up there; the other half falls back to earth. While scientists know what happens to half of that half — it dissolves into the oceans — the rest is a continuing puzzle. It is taken up by
Read More

Australia Carbon Tax Repeal Comes As New Research Blames Climate Change For Long-Term Drought

Originally posted at the International Business Times by Maria Gallucci Australia is already feeling the effects of man-made climate change, new research confirms, but the country is quickly losing the political will to fight back. The parliament, under a conservative coalition elected last year, this week repealed a two-year-old tax on carbon dioxide emissions – the country’s only legislated policy for reducing global warming pollution. Yet climate scientists say those very emissions are largely to blame for a decades-long drought. New model simulations indicate that the long-term decline in winter rainfall over parts of southern Australia – especially the southwest,
Read More

World Council of Churches divests from fossil fuels and encourages its members to do the same

Originally posted at Fossil Free by Melanie (no further credit mentioned-see link) The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a fellowship of over 300 churches, which represent some 590 million people in 150 countries, endorsed fossil fuel divestment this week. The WCC agreed to phase out its own fossil fuel holdings and encourage its members to do the same. The WCC Central Committee is made up of dozens of influential religious leaders from around the world, meaning the decision could resonate far and wide. 350.org founder Bill McKibben said: “The World Council of Churches reminds us that
Read More

Australia’s Carbon Tax Repeal Set For Final Showdown

Posted at HuffPost Green via Reuters, by Matt Siegel Australia’s lower house of parliament on Monday voted to scrap the country’s controversial carbon tax, setting up a final showdown in the Senate as early as Tuesday to decide the scheme’s fate. Abolition of the carbon tax was a centerpiece policy of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 2013 election, but he has struggled to repeal the tax as his government does not control the Senate. Last week the Senate rejected the repeal legislation after lawmakers from mining magnate Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party (PUP), which holds the balance of power in the
Read More

Dry as a Bone: Lake Mead’s H2O Situation Just Got A Lot Worse

Originally posted at takepart.com by Liz Dwyer The water reservoir has officially fallen to its lowest level since the Hoover Dam was built. The days of millions of Sin City residents and visitors who love swimming in, boating on, and drinking water siphoned from Lake Mead could be numbered. After 14 years of drought in the Southwest, the water reservoir created by the Hoover Dam has officially dipped to its lowest water level since it began filling up with water from the Colorado River in the 1930s. On Sunday, the lake’s water level dropped to 1,081.7 feet above sea level,
Read More

California’s Drought Will Cost $2.2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs This Year, but 2015 Could Be Worse

Original Post at takepart.com By Todd Woody (7/15/14) As California regulators vote to impose water rationing today, a new study estimates that the state’s epic drought will cost farmers $2.2 billion this year, while 17,100 agricultural workers will lose their jobs. But the worst may be yet to come. “We’re in a critically dry this year,” said Jay Lund, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, and a coauthor of the report, at a press conference Tuesday. “There’s a very good chance next year will be dry or critically dry.” Much of California’s $46 billion agricultural industry relies on
Read More

Little Lee’s *MY* Cloud Theory: A Brief Fable

Dear Friends, The fable that follows is soon to be published in two forthcoming volumes in the Global Awakening series: Volume 3, Glimpses of Oneness and Volume 4, First Light. It tells the story of how I first experienced being part of something much bigger than me, and the valuable lesson to be drawn from this simple realization and applied to our global climate crisis. Little Lee’s “MY Cloud Theory” by Lee TempleI can still remember the first time I ever experienced the “wild blue yonder,” or realized that I was a part of something much, much bigger than me—even though
Read More

New York’s Table Scraps Belch Methane in De Blasio Plan for Green Power

Reposted from Bloomberg, by Henry Goldman Bubbling black liquid churns inside 145-foot-high tanks at the Newtown Creek sewage-treatment plant in Brooklyn. Like robotic stomachs, they burp methane, a byproduct of processed organic waste. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says gas produced at the facility could heat more than 5,200 homes. To achieve that goal, he’s asking 100,000 households to separate food scraps from other garbage and leave them in city-issued plastic bins for curbside pickup. The food would be hauled to Newtown Creek’s egg-shaped tanks and mixed with sewage to create natural gas. Read Entire Article…
Read More

The Public Relations Debate About Global Warming Heats Up

Reposted from Forbes, by Robert Wynne The denial of man-made global warming is one of the greatest PR campaigns in history.  With echoes of the industry-funded research from tobacco companies that denied links between smoking and lung cancer, the well-coordinated PR plan has delayed new regulations for coal and petroleum industries and influenced millions of Americans. In simple terms, man-made global warming can be described as “the increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to rising levels of greenhouse gases,” according to NASA. “The most popular explanation for global warming is the burning of fossil fuels, mainly petroleum and coal,
Read More

A climate-change risk assessment

Reposted from The Washington Post. By Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson and Tom Steyer “If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing to disclose the significant and material risks associated with unmitigated climate change.” Managing risk is necessary for individuals, investors, businesses and governments. As individuals, we buy insurance for our homes, vehicles and health because the future is unpredictable. Businesses take similar actions and save, when they can, for the next economic downturn. Investors diversify their portfolios and hedge their bets for the same reason. And for governments,
Read More