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SAVING EARTH

DEMAND A CLIMATE DEBATE FROM THOSE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020

As we get closer to the 2020 election, and more Democrats are saying they are going to run, please contact the Democratic National Committee and tell them you want to hear what candidates will do for our climate. As you know, we sure didn't hear much in the last Presidential race. Now is the time to make our voices heard on this issue.

Some Democrats are more inclined to talk about the climate now than they were in 2016, and Liberal Democrats rank global warming and environmental protection as two of their top four issues (Yale polling). Very impressive is the fact that a majority of adults under 30 years of age say that addressing climate change should be a top priority for the president and Congress (Pew Research Center). But we need a debate!

350.org has made a link available to us where we can go to sign a petition asking for a debate. Please take a moment today or tomorrow to sign the petition. Thank you so much.

Sign the petition here

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Here is a link to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

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A LITTLE ON METHANE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

How much do you know about methane gas? Here is a little about it. Consider it like Methane 101.

Methane by itself is not toxic, but it displaces oxygen. If you breathe too much methane-laden air, you will have headaches and nausea. When gas tanks leak, methane leaks out. In the past, our government has tried to protect our air from too much methane. The Climate Action Plan insisted that companies test emissions and monitor for leaks. The goal of the Climate Action Plan was by the year 2025 to have a 40 to 45% reduction in dangerous emissions, from our 2012 levels. The oil and gas companies didn't like this goal because they thought it would be too expensive. They're not willing to pay to clean up the air. They're more likely to say that oil and gas jobs are important. Jobs take priority over the environment.

In this present administration, methane protections have declined, eg: companies used to have 30 days to repair leaks; they now have 60 days. Companies once tested emissions every six months; they can now go two years or even longer.

Containing methane is important. Oil and gas companies such as Chevron and ExxonMobil must take it seriously. Leakage is a problem and we must address the problem. There is quite a bit of information written on methane gas, leakage, etc. Since it is present in our atmosphere, it would be good to know more about it. If you have a chance, check your library or Google it online. There is a wealth of knowledge out there.

THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE U.N. ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on October 8, 2018, that outlines the likely changes to the planet with each half-degree increase in global temperature. The earth is already hotter by 1 degree Celsius than it was before the Industrial Revolution. If the planet gets another half-degree hotter, the report warns, coastal flooding would increase dramatically, and ice-sheet collapse and other "large-scale singular events" would occur more often. But at 2 degree Celsius of warming, there would be catastrophic climate-related suffering: 10 million more people displaced from coastlines and hundreds of millions impoverished. As the global system stands today, we are on track for 3 degree Celsius of warming. The Trump administration has let slip that it's operating under an assumption of 4 degree Celsius by 2100.

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1.58 degrees F.--Average amount by which global January, 2019, temperatures were above average this year--which ties the third highest such value on record.

250 billion--Rough weight in tons of the Antarctic ice lost each year since 2009, per a new study; researchers found that the ice has melted significantly faster in recent years.

U.S. carbon emissions spiked in 2018--Carbon emissions in the U.S. rose by 3.4% last year, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a January 8, 2019, report from the Rhodium Group, an independent research group. The rise marks a change from recent years, when emissions fell as renewable energy became more popular.

2.5%--Percentage of the world's GDP that should be devoted to mitigating global warming over the next 17 years.

1.5 degrees C--Temperature rise at which we will begin to experience the worst effects of climate change; we have already hit 1 degree C.

100%--Percentage of cars that will need to be electric by 2030.