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EARTH: The Operators' Manual
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Climate change is real, but so are we. We're not arguing, or complaining – we're getting busy. So can you.
Climate change is real, but so are we. We're not arguing, or complaining – we're getting busy. So can you.

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Climate data can by a bit hard to look at, in more than one way. One artist is attempting to make climate data points more compelling by turning them into art. Check out some of her pieces and the meaning behind them here:
http://bit.ly/1TZZdf5
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We've all heard smug remarks when a huge winter storm plows through town. "So this is global warming?" Yes. Yes it is. Larger, more powerful storms are exactly what climate models predict, regardless of the season. Ocean temperatures are at record highs, which means more moisture in the atmosphere, which means more snow in bigger storms. At least for now...
http://bit.ly/1ScMuq9
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Creating a carbon neutral economy means thinking about energy in different ways. There is energy flowing all around us, and beneath us in our cities. These innovative projects are working to capture that wasted energy and put it to use:
http://bit.ly/1ZVOvHP
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What system can produce food, sequester carbon, clean the oceans, provide and restore habitat, produce fertilizers, animal feeds, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, biofuels and much more - all with zero inputs from the farmer? GreenWave's 3D ocean farming combines seaweed, scallops, mussels, oysters and clams to do just that. The winner of the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, GreenWave is working to change our relationship with the oceans, from depletive to restorative.
http://bit.ly/1YQ2p10
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Today is a truly historic day for planet earth. Nearly 200 countries have come together to adopt the first world climate deal, committing all countries to cut emissions. The deal creates both binding and voluntary commitments to keep the world's temperature increase below 2ºC, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5ºC. Thank you to all who helped make this dream a reality. There is much work to be done, but today is a day to celebrate!
http://bbc.in/1NNbTTT
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Up from a mere $50 billion at this time last year, the divestment movement has been gaining momentum quickly, reaching an impressive $3.4 trillion in pledges from over 500 institutions worldwide. #keepitintheground
http://bloom.bg/1IH7KjW
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Bill Gates is leading the charge to convince the world's richest men to invest in climate solutions. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is a global group of private investors committed to “early-stage investing in potentially transformative energy systems” with “near zero carbon emissions.” Is it possible this small group of wealthy investors can do more than the world's governments to stop climate change?
http://for.tn/1TY95UC
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The world's astronauts have a unique perspective on our little planet, and what it means to be crew members aboard spaceship Earth. They have created a powerful message to world leaders at ‪#‎COP21‬ in Paris. This is a beautiful and moving video you have to watch:
http://bit.ly/1SHWUug

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The world's oceans are currently rising at a rate of about 1 foot per century. Combined with bigger storms, larger storm surges and heavier rains these climate-driven forces all add up to a higher FEMA disaster relief bill. This map shows how $48.6 billion in FEMA Public Assistance Grants were spent in the wake of floods each year from 1998 to 2014, and may be a good indication of where future flood disasters will strike.
http://on.nrdc.org/1NaQ64H
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Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change:
How much is the planet heating up?
Since 1880 when global records began, the Earth has warmed about 1.7ºF. That may not sound like much, but it's causing much of the world's land ice to melt. How about daily? Earth is accumulating heat at about 400,000 Hiroshima bombs-worth per day. Pretty dramatic, eh?
http://nyti.ms/1TDMwVi
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