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Jon Stewart's Angry Balls Blast Wingnuts Denying Climate Change Over Cold Weather: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart's pipes are bursting over conservative pundits denying global warming because of all the cold weather around the country such as - guess who - Donald Trump and the trio at Fox & Friends. The War on Christmas is over and The War on Carbon is on!

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Philippines Delegate Launches Hunger Strike in Emotional Speech at UN Climate Change Conference: VIDEO

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Naderev "Yeb" Sano, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, received a standing ovation a the UN Climate Change conference in Warsaw Tuesday after delivering an emotional speech about the effects of Typhoon Haiyan on his homeland and family and announcing that he was beginning a hunger strike to demand action from the body on climate change.

CNN:

Sano said he will refrain from eating during the 12-day conference "until a meaningful outcome is in sight." He called for "concrete pledges" to the Green Climate Fund -- a U.N. fund aimed at helping developing nations reduce their climate change emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change -- and said he will continue to fast "until we see real ambition on climate action in accordance with the principles of the convention."

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NASA Predicts Drastic Temperature And Precipitation Changes By 2100: VIDEO

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Look out world, things are heating up! A recent study of global climate models has NASA predicting large and uneven temperature and precipitation shifts over the next 87 years (or until the year 2100). A new video indicates the fluctuations through shifting bands of heat and rainfall, and the results don't look pretty.

Of particular interest is the high temperature increase in North America, beginning with the northern stretches of Canada and moving down towards the States. Snow melt, NASA says, will cause less sunlight to be reflected back to space causing that continent to heat up at a faster pace than others. Similarly, the oceans are going to feel the heat less than the rest of Earth's land masses because of their greater ability to absorb the sun's energy. 

Gizmodo reports on NASA's model:

To produce visualizations that show temperature and precipitation changes similar to those included in the IPCC report, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation calculated average temperature and precipitation changes from models that ran the four different emissions scenarios. The final products are visual representations of how much temperature and precipitation patterns would change through 2100 compared to the historical average from the end of the 20th century.

The video shows a scenario where carbon dioxide concentrations reach 670 parts per million by the time we hit 2100. We're currently at 400 parts per million.

Pretty scary, and fascinating, stuff!

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Campaign Proposes Naming Hurricanes After Climate Change Deniers: VIDEO

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A worthy effort:

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy.

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Rush Limbaugh: 'If You Believe In God, You Can't Believe In Global Warming'

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During a recent speech which announced the creation of the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, John Kerry described "global climate change" as "a challenge to our responsibilities as the guardians--safe guarders of God's creation." Those comments apparently didn't sit well with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, who spoke out against Kerry's remarks on his soon-to-be-dropped radio show earlier this week:

"See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create."

Thankfully, ThinkProgress presented overwhelming evidence to the contrary in their report, stating that:

"In reality, millions of church-goers in the United States already recognize that the evidence for climate change is undeniable. A December 2012 survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that strong majorities of most American faith traditions agreed that the recent string of natural disasters were the result of climate change, especially among mainline protestants (65 percent) and Catholics (60 percent)."

Of course, those attempting to support Limbaugh's assertion may argue that popular opinion does not necessarily dictate the rules and teachings of any particular church. Luckily, ThinkProgress goes on:

"What’s more, scores of religious institutions have responded to our shifting environment in ways that fully acknowledge humanity’s role in creating the crisis. The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have all issued statements or launched initiatives aimed at acting on global warming, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops has an entire section of their website dedicated to combating climate change and its disproportionate impact on the world’s poor." 

Praying-in-churchApparently, Pope Francis even recognizes the existance of the phenomenon, and made it apparent as part of a prayer earler this year:

"Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

Unfortunately, according to ThinkProgress, Limbaugh isn't alone in expressing this erroneous sentiment, and chronicled similar statements made by members of Congress:

"On Tuesday, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) told constituents that 'It wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the earth.' North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx lamented that some environmentalists 'think that we, human beings, have more impact on the climate and the world than God does.' Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) told a congressional hearing: 'The earth will end only when God declares it is time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.'"

Perhaps all of these public figures should consult those sitting next to them on Sunday before speaking on behalf of their entire congregations (or religion). 

 


Obama Says He'll Address Climate Change in Major Speech: VIDEO

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In a major speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama says he'll unveil a sweeping plan to address the growing threat of climate change, Reuters reports:

Climate_obama"In his video message, Obama outlined what would be a major national effort to address climate change. He said scientists will be needed to design new fuels, farmers to grow them, engineers to devise new sources of energy and workers to build the foundation for a clean energy economy.

"There's no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can," he said.

Sources familiar with his plans have said Obama is likely to roll out a number of measures on climate policy. They may include a strategy to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, which account for roughly 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.

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