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A Q&A with Paul Douglas, the evangelical Christian Republican poster boy for climate change 4.3.2015 MinnPost
Paul Douglas says he never intended to become a poster boy for climate change. But that’s what he is today, and the reasons why include the fact that his commercial news colleagues avoid the topic as they would an endorsement of pedophilia. Watch your friendly local TV weathercast and you’ll notice the words “climate change” are almost never spoken, and never in terms of human causation, i.e. “anthropogenic,” to use science jargon. In the absurdist universe where science has become a partisan political issue, the mere act of acknowledging the overwhelming consensus of climatologists on an advertising-supported broadcast medium guarantees a raging torrent of outrage. It’s as though climate deniers have complaint lines on speed dial. Sales departments like happy viewers, and if you can keep viewer happy by ignoring what may be the most impactful change of the 21st century, well, you know, sometimes you have to make concessions if you want to deliver shareholder value. Of course Douglas, now 56, served ...
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Europe blazes trail against climate change 4.3.2015 New Scientist: Health
Come flood, drought or heatwave, Europe is getting ready a whole host of projects designed to climate-proof the ...
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Climate change has negative impact on human health 4.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Minneapolis council moves to ban city investments in Big Oil 4.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
It's largely symbolic, since the city doesn't invest in fossil fuel firms. But a committee hearing on the matter drew many residents and students in support.
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The Obama Administration, Shell and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean 3.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Here’s a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it’s a pretty good guess that you can’t tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either. The answer: the Chukchi Sea and the adjacent Beaufort Sea, off Arctic Alaska, and you can commonly spot bowhead, beluga, and grey whales there, while fin whales, minkes, humpbacks, killer whales, and narwhals are all venturing into these seas ever more often as the Arctic and its waters continue to warm rapidly. The problem, however, is that the major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer and that could, in the long term, spell doom for one of the last great, relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet. Let me explain why Shell’s drilling ambitions are so dangerous. Just think of the way the blowout of one drilling platform, BP’s Deepwater Horizon, devastated ...
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The Science of Why Republicans Are Dead Wrong About Climate Change and National Security 3.3.2015 Mother Jones
At last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, GOP chairman Reince Priebus had some strong words about how President Barack Obama prioritizes threats to national security. "Democrats tell us they understand the world, but then they call climate change, not radical Islamic terrorism, the greatest threat to national security," he said . "Look, I think we all care about our planet, but melting icebergs aren't beheading Christians in the Middle East." The comment came after the president, in a lengthy interview with Vox, said that the media often overplays the danger of terrorism relative to climate change. It's not the first time Obama has made a point along those lines. In his State of the Union address in January, he  said that "no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations" than climate change. A few weeks later, in his 2015 national security strategy, the president referred to global warming as an "urgent and growing threat" to national security. But while Priebus's jab earned him ...
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Peace and Planet: The Wind and Rain of Nuclear Weapons Abolition 2.3.2015 Truthout.com
Wrecked framework of the Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, Japan, shortly after the dropping of an atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. (Photo: Everett Historical / Shutterstock.com ) In this address commemorating Bikini Day, March 1, 1954, the author lays out the strategy that will lead to the Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, to be held April 26 in New York, on the eve and first days of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Bikini Day Commemoration - Japan Council Against A- & H-Bombs (Gensuikyo) The 70th anniversary of the still-indescribable and unaccounted for crimes of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings, and the 51st anniversary of the Bikini H-bomb test - 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atom bombs - provide opportunities for reflection. Equally important, they encourage us to redouble our commitments to eliminate these abominable weapons whose detonation - intentional or accidental - would ...
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Antarctica today: -30 and perfect for penguins, unlike last ice age, study finds 2.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Current sea ice conditions may be optimal for emperor penguin population, which is estimated to be seven times larger than during ice age, researchers say

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UK blocks sale of North Sea fields to Fridman fund 28.2.2015 Financial Times US
Department of Energy and Climate Change cites concerns over Russia sanctions impact on gas production
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Climate-warmed leaves change ecosystems: Study 28.2.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Agriculture in Caribbean vital to economic growth: UN official 28.2.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts? 28.2.2015 FactCheck
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency's proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That's debatable.
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What happened to the lobbyists who tried to reshape the US view of climate change? 27.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
In 1998 major fossil fuel companies put $2m behind a plan that would effectively fuel the fires of climate science scepticism among the American public. We reveal where the 12 people behind that plan are now In early 1998, some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world were hatching a plan to hijack the science of human-caused global warming. Representatives from major fossil fuel corporations and industry groups had joined forces with operatives from major conservative think tanks and public relations experts to draft what they called their Global Climate Science Communications (GCSC) plan ...
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Why the Environmental Battle at the Port of Seattle Matters Everywhere 25.2.2015 Truthout.com
A fight between activists and commissioners of the Port of Seattle over hosting Shell Arctic drilling rigs is representative of many environmental battles. Symbolic actions, like blocking the rigs, have real-world impacts, and to save the planet, we must act now. Children play on empty fuel containers in Savoonga, Alaska, April 25, 2011. The Obama administration is under pressure from all directions as it weighs whether to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic, where environmentalists say a spill could be catastrophic. (Loren Holmes/The New York Times). Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That’s Truthout’s goal - support our work with a donation today! In January, the Port of Seattle stumbled into a drama it did not expect ; a few days before one of their public meetings, port commissioners announced that their tenant, Foss Maritime, was going to sign a sublease with Shell to host its Arctic drilling rigs in the off-season. Mere days before that, the journal Nature came out with a ...
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Windfarm weirdness syndrome is real. Just look at our national 'debate' | Ketan Joshi 24.2.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
While Pacific Hydro’s report doesn’t prove the reality of ‘wind turbine syndrome’, it does show how windfarms irritate people in unique ways Windfarms irritate people in unique ways. It’s something I’ve paid keen attention to since I started out in the wind industry as a data analyst. The machines seem to provoke a discussion far from the norm, when it comes to energy technologies. For instance, in May 2012 The Australian published a column by conservative climate sceptic blogger James Delingpole, in which he quotes an unnamed sheep farmer declaring the wind industry equivalent to a paedophile ring. The Australian Press Council upheld a complaint against the line in question. No, animals become physiologically stressed when exposed to wind turbine noise (eg the Taiwanese goats who died, reported by the BBC, confirmed by the goat farmer and the Taiwanese Agricultural authorities Tiny samples are fine. Patients are a sample of one. Just one patient (or one black swan) is enough to prove a scientific point. ...
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Are low oil prices here to stay? 24.2.2015 BBC: Business
Is cheap oil here to stay?
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Is Bolivia going to frack 'Mother Earth'? 24.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

First steps towards producing shale gas meet with increasing concern among Bolivian civil society

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Should We Experiment With Climate Geoengineering? 23.2.2015 Truthout.com
The US National Academy of Sciences announced its long-awaited reports on climate geoengineering in mid-February. The reports intelligently state at the outset that geoengineering is no substitute for reducing emissions. But the call for experimentation and research - and for federal government funding for it - is pervasive, loud and clear. And worrisome. A similar call for research was published as a commentary in Nature. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced its long-awaited reports on climate geoengineering in mid-February. The reports intelligently state at the outset that geoengineering is no substitute for reducing emissions. But the call for experimentation and research - and for federal government funding for it - is pervasive, loud and clear. And worrisome. A similar call for research was published as a commentary in Nature, conveniently timed just a few ...
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How Screwed Are Your State's Oysters? 23.2.2015 Mother Jones
When carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and cars rise into the atmosphere, they don't always stay there. While the majority of these emissions hang around to create the greenhouse effect that causes global warming, up to 35 percent of man-made carbon falls into the ocean. When that happens, the pH level of the ocean drops, causing a phenomenon known as ocean acidification. Some scientists call this the "evil twin" of climate change . Over the last century, the oceans have become about 30 percent more acidic , a faster rate of change than at anytime in the last 300 million years. That's really bad news for any sea creatures that live in hard shells (shellfish) or have bony exoskeletons (i.e., crabs and lobsters), and for coral . Fish larvae and plankton can also be affected. And since many of these organisms are food for bigger fish and mammals, ocean acidification puts the whole marine ecosystem at risk . Of course, humans depend on these critters as well, especially in coastal communities whose ...
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Climatology versus Pseudoscience book tests whose predictions have been right 23.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

New book investigates climate prediction accuracy to determine who’s credible

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