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Welcome to Haunted Planet, where things are much more than they seem. People are living beneath a microscope and don't even know it...or do they?

Transcript of Haunted Planet

Ken Jackson, Author and Artist Josiah Rector, Factsheet Composition and Editor Michelle Martinez, Editor and Production Manager All rights reserved for Haunted Planet and all related characters to Ken Jackson Thanks for putting up with us Circa Saloon!



Support for this project generously donated by The Sierra Club

Photo credit: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/sia/31.1/images/malone_fig11a.jpg

CLIMATE CHANGE: AN INVISIBLE ENEMYAround the year 1750, the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 in the atmosphere started rising, and Although people had burned coal and oil before, most machines were powered by water, wind,

its been rising ever since. What happened since then? Two words: the Industrial Revolution.

animals and human muscles. The Industrial Revolution changed all this, as people started to power

machines by burning fossil fuels. This led to the invention of trains, planes and automobiles, as well as cheap electricity and gas to light, heat and cool buildings. The Industrial Revolution made much of modern life possible.

started to change the climate. Changing the global climate means serious, irreparable weather disruptions. We are experiencing more hurricanes, floods, wildfires and droughts, which endanger people and plant and these problems will only get worse, leading our planet into crisis.

All of this came at a heavy cost, though. By pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere every year, we

animal species around the world. Scientists say that, if we dont begin to drastically cut our CO2 emissions,

Summary for Policymakers, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007.

My loyal citizens, congratulations.


We have defeated the last of Earths defenders. Prepare to colonize the masses.

CO2 levels are high from all the coal, oil and gas theyve been burning

Aim for the big cities where the population is high. The virus will spread faster there.

The Earthlings have done our work for us.

HahahaEarth will make the perfect factory for producing more drones like yourselves.


Hey would you keep it down in here?!

youre over here stuffing your face... and yelling at a

Im trying to finish this project...But


Maybe if you helped me with my Eco-Project you wouldnt be sitting around stressing out over a stupid video game!

What? So I can plant little flowers and shovel horse poop?

Some brother! Im actually out here solving real problems, like climate change and toxic chemicals in our air and water, while you just pretend to be a hero on the internet!

Get out! I dont wanna hear it, Carey

Well, youre gonna!

Do you know the power in this electric socket comes from a coal-fired power plant? How much coal gets burned so your tech-nerd friends can stunt in your cars and on Facebook?

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Plus all the CO2 they spew causes climate change, which means more hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires?

Every time people burn fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, we release greenhouse gases into the Earths atmosphere. These gases trap heat from the suns rays, which would otherwise escape into space. Over time, this trapped heat affects the climate, in a process is known as the greenhouse effect or climate change. The most powerful greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, or CO2. Most of the CO2 we Photo Credit:http://www.epa.gov/owow_keep/watershed/wacademy/acad2000/climate_water/ put into the atmosphere comes from images/img05new.jpg burning coal in power plants (to generate electricity), and from burning petroleum in cars, trucks and airplanes (to move people and goods around). Chopping down trees also causes climate change, because trees naturally suck CO2 out of the atmosphere, and give off the oxygen we need to breathe. How do we know CO2 can cause climate change? Climate scientists have looked carefully at the Earths history, to study the relationship between the climate (or weather patterns over time) and CO2 levels. They have discovered that, the last time CO2 levels were as high as they are today (about 400 parts per million) was 15 million years ago. Back then, the Earths climate was hotter, and sea levels were 75-100 feet higher. But then they went down, and this allowed ice sheets to build up on the South Pole, the North Pole and Greenland. From about 800,000 years ago until 250 years ago, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere stayed between about 180 and 300 parts per million. This kept Earths climate from getting either too cold or too hot for us to evolve and survive as a species.http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/last-time-carbon-dioxide-levels-111074.aspx Earths Hot Past Could Be Prologue to Future Climate, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, January 13, 2011.< http:// www2.ucar.edu/news/3628/earth-s-hot-past-could-be-prologue-future-climate>


Questions on Climate Change!

1) How does CO2 from burning fossil fuels cause climate change? 3) Have people always burned a lot of fossil fuels? more of ?

2)What are the two biggest sources of CO2 emissions in the world?

4) What are some of the weather patterns climate change will bring

...later ...

Yo, whats good? B-girl.

...Nothin, u?

Chillin, my sister wants me to help her with her stupid little club.


Shes that ecochick, right?

Thats dope.Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Did you hear, Detroit cant afford a recycling program? Guess were stuck with that dirty old trash incinerator

Hello?!?ZzzzZzzzz z

Are you there?!?


HOLY-Wake up

you will lose everything

if you do not wake up.

They are like flies around a dying animal ready to lay their eggs in your planet.

We thought we had outgrown the Mother Planet by digging up all her ancient fossil fuels, and burning them to get money

We thought we ruled the world.

and power

We made our planet so hot the ice caps melted, deserts spread and our oceans turned to acid.

And then...

...the Flies came.

They could sense all the CO2 in our atmosphere from light-years away!

Tell your people

before its too late!

Leave the dog!

Cervi wants him in the lab Hey, whats the big deal?!?

Dr. Loptra, is this it?Does it have a skeleton? Respiratory system? Ah yes, PERFECT!

Yes, Lord Cervi. This is the Earthling you requested. Yes, my lord, on the inside. Just like the dog.


With all the CO2 they put in their atmosphere, these Earthlings will make perfect hosts for our larvae.

Activate the thought projectors. I would like to see this things habitat.

HUMAN HEALTH AND ENERGY PRODUCTION The US generates most of our electricity from coal-fired power plants, followed by natural gas-fired and nuclear power plants. Pollution from coal-fired power plants causes global warming, smog and acid rain. People who breathe this pollution are also at greater risk for certain health problems. According to the American Lung Association, coal plant emissions can make breathing difficult and can worsen asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis and other lung diseases. These pollutants can cause heart attacks and strokes, lung cancer and other cancers, birth defects and premature death. Last year alone, 13,200 Americans died because of coal-fired power plant pollution. Thats more than 4 times the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks!Electrical power in the U.S. in 2009 came from coal (44.9%), natural gas (23.4%), nuclear (20.3%), hydroelectric (6.9%), renewables (3.6%) and petroleum (1%). American Lung Association, Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-Fired Power Plants, March 2011 Clean Air Task Force, The Toll from Coal 2010.

Questions on Human Health! 1) Where does most of our electricity come from? 2) Why does burning coal make people sick? 3) How many people are estimated to die every year from coalfired power plant pollution?Photo Credit: http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/pa_chapter_2008/conservation/air% 20qualty/mapping-coal-fired-emissions.html

You see, Doctor, this is exactly what we need!

Yes, my lord. All their consumption makes the atmosphere full of carbon, mercury, sulfur and nitrogen perfect for us!

Can we influence them to make more pollution? Eeeasily! Money can make them do anything. Anything?


What is this?

It appears to be another Earthling.

Do you know how much oil it takes to make all your stuff ?


And how much coal it takes to make it work when you plug it in?

If youre not a part of the solution

youre part of the problem.

Im from Mack and Bewick!

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My mind is free now!!

wind f ar m pane ls , t s , s olar rains an d e le ctric cars

We must protect our air, water and soil for all generations!

Climate scientists say we can still stop the worst effects of climate change. To do that, we need to cut CO2 emissions, which will require moving away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We can generate electricity from wind farms and solar panels, and use buses, trains and electric- and hydrogen-powered vehicles instead of gasguzzling cars and trucks. We can save money and protect the planet by conserving energy in our homes as well, by weatherizing them (so we need less gas to heat them and electricity to cool them). We can make many choices in our own