Category Archives: Climate Change

The Bluejay Paid A Surprise Visit

 

I was surprised to see this Bluejay:  I don’t think I saw one here – it’s quite far south for this bird.  Now that I think about it, I did hear something about the coming winter being quite cold – colder than in the past.  Will the appearance of the Lonesome Dove (in the last post) and this Bluejay prove that forecast to be correct?  We will see.

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I didn't wake Rusty to take a look at the Bluejay. I won't tell him what he missed!

I didn’t wake Rusty to take a look at the Bluejay. I won’t tell him what he missed!

I was quite excited to catch the silhouette of the Bluejay on the Robellini Palm tree.

I was quite excited to catch the silhouette of the Bluejay on the Robellini Palm tree.

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“CHASING ICE” Captures Largest Glacier Calving Ever Filmed

This is one of the most amazing videos EVER!  The largest calving of a glacier ever recorded.

Listen to the voice over which gives it more dimension.

 

 

Our Nation’s House Has Gone Solar!

Speaking of Sunshinebright!!

I didn’t know that the nation’s house was going solar!  I found out today with the arrival of an email from the White House with that announcement and video!  Take a look:

Hi, everyone —

On America’s path toward a clean energy future, solar power is an increasingly important building block.

That’s why we installed solar panels on the roof of the White House — it’s a clear sign of our commitment to energy efficiency.

Go behind the scenes with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and other experts, and take a closer look at the solar panels on the White House roof:

Learn more about the solar panels on the White House roof.

But it’s not just the White House that’s going solar.

Earlier today, President Obama announced that more than 300 organizations in the public and private sector have made commitments to advance the deployment of solar power and invest in energy efficiency.

These new commitments mean thousands of homes will go solar in the next few years, and electricity bills will be lower for more than 1 billion square feet of buildings.

Simply put, solar panels mean less carbon pollution, and more jobs for Americans — jobs that can’t be outsourced. They’re good for our energy future, and they’re good for our economy.

Last year, jobs in the solar industry increased by 20 percent. And a new American home or business goes solar every four minutes.

Find out more about this outstanding solar progress, and how it’s leading to a cleaner future and a healthier environment.

Thanks, and stay tuned,

John

John Podesta
Counselor to the President
The White House
@Podesta44

Good News Report from the White House, USA, Re: Climate Changes

The following is the report, with video, explaining how our government is meeting the challenge of climate change:

“Today, we released the third National Climate Assessment report, by far the most comprehensive look ever at climate change impacts in the United States.

Based on four years of work by hundreds of experts from government, academia, corporations, and public-interest organizations, the Assessment confirms abundant data and examples that climate change isn’t some distant threat — it’s affecting us now.

Not only are the planet and the nation warming on average, but a number of types of extreme weather events linked to climate change have become more frequent or intense in many regions, including heat waves, droughts, heavy downpours, floods, and some kinds of destructive storms.

The good news is that there are sensible steps that we can take to protect this country and the planet.

Those steps include, importantly, the three sets of actions making up the Climate Action Plan that President Obama announced last June: cutting carbon pollution in America; increasing preparedness for and resilience to the changes in climate that already are ongoing; and leading the international response to the climate change challenge.

We’ve made great progress in the year since his announcement — but there’s much more work to be done.

Watch this short video to learn more about the new report and see how climate change is affecting people across the United States today:

Learn more about the new National Climate Assessment report.

Explore the full report, and find out how you can help — because every one of us has to do his or her part to meet the challenge of climate change.

Thank you,

John

Dr. John P. Holdren
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House”