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A stunning prediction of climate science — and basic physics — may now be coming true 27.7.2016 Washington Post
NASA researchers suggest sea levels may be plunging around Greenland because of ice loss and a resulting decline in gravitational pull.
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On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems 27.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 27 : Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said on Tuesday, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.
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Sri Lanka to conserve climate-friendly mangroves ecosystem 26.7.2016 Washington Post: World
Sri Lanka’s government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests — the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis.
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How climate change can drive violent conflict around the world 26.7.2016 Washington Post
A new study found a significant link between natural disasters and the outbreak of armed conflict, specifically in countries with deep ethnic divides.
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How Utah Coal Interests Helped Push a Secret Plan to Export Coal From California 24.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This story was originally published on July 21, 2016 at High Country News ( hcn.org ). On June 27, hundreds of people packed the Oakland City Council meeting where a proposal to ban the transport of coal through the California city was up for a vote. Speakers on both sides of the issue delivered passionate arguments, pitting the promise of good jobs in a depressed area against concern about environmental impacts. The meeting quickly became rowdy. "There was a lot of tension," says Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland, who spoke in support of the ban. Pro-coal supporters stationed in the audience heckled him throughout his address, and at times, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, the council president, struggled to maintain order. "Officers," she requested, "please escort those persons who continue to have disrespectful outbursts outside of the chamber." The vote came after more than a year of heated debate over plans to build a marine terminal, from which coal mined in ...
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Esther Cepeda: For the sake of the kids, turn down that racket 24.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
CHICAGO • In his book “The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want,” Garret Keizer writes: “Noise is not the most important problem in the world. Compared to the disasters of famine, war, and global climate change, the existence of ‘unwanted sound’ hardly counts as a problem at all.” Of course noise doesn’t compare to all those disasters, but to me, it’s still a huge deal. As a person who has practically become a hermit because of the sound pollution permeating restaurants, coffee shops, cloth...
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Stan Cox: Your air conditioner is making the heat wave worse 23.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The heat wave that barbecued the Midwest this past week is pressure-cooking the East Coast this weekend. With temperatures and humidity indexes hitting triple digits, city dwellers have no choice but to keep thermostat settings low and energy consumption high. But we need air conditioning because we use air conditioning, and that circular logic is getting worse as global temperatures rise. Over the past half-century, American cities have taken on an unstable thermodynamic form, coming to resembl...
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Saturday severe risk, feeling 50 degrees cooler next weekend? 23.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Get ready for another round of severe storms Saturday.
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Your air conditioner is making the heat wave worse 22.7.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Climate control has become a necessity, but it's not a solution.
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Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests 22.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests
When lease sales for offshore oil and gas drilling are held online, environmental protesters won't have a place to protest. The post Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests appeared first on WIRED.
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2016 on pace to be hottest year ever as climate change trends reach ‘new climax’– UN 22.7.2016 New Kerala: World News

New York, July 22 : Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the United Nations weather agency said on Thursday.
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How Individualist Economics Are Causing Planetary Eco-Collapse 21.7.2016 Truthout.com
Capitalist economics can offer no solution to the impending ecological collapse because the crisis is the product of the same dynamic of competition-driven production for market that generates the ever-greater accumulation of wealth and consumption that Smithian economists celebrate. A selection from the cover of Green Capitalism: The God That Failed. (Image: WEA Books) For some in the environmental movement, it has been tempting to believe that "innovation" and free market solutions could address the challenge of climate disruption. In his provocative and robustly argued book Green Capitalism: The God That Failed, Richard Smith shows why that idea is a myth. Click here to order this important book today with a donation to Truthout! The following is an abridged excerpt from the essay "How did the common good become a bad idea? The eco-suicidal economics of Adam Smith," in Green Capitalism: The God That Failed. While capitalism has brought unprecedented development, this same motor of development is now ...
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Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report 21.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 21 : Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new United Nations report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.
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‘Way too many problems’ with state’s carbon-reduction rule, critics say 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Department of Ecology, working under a court-ordered deadline, pushes to finalize a carbon-reduction rule that has critics weighing in from all sides.
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The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement 20.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Green Climate Fund -- now there are three words guaranteed to raise the hackles of Republican members of Congress. The fund is little known outside the world of climate skeptics and policy wonks. Yet the $10.3 billion fund, to which the United States has pledged $3 billion over four years, is supposed to play an important role in delivering on the Paris Agreement, the international climate treaty signed last December as part of the UN Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement, it's worth recalling, is supposed to limit climate change to "well below 2 degrees Celsius of warming," and aspires to a 1.5 degree target that most nations consider to be a safer limit for avoiding the worst impacts of dangerous climate change. There's an underlying recognition that human actions produce the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, and that the historic responsibility -- and much of the current responsibility -- is borne by the United States, Europe, and other rich countries. The UN convention requires ...
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Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Nino and mitigate climate change 20.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 20 : The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.
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How did asteroid impact wipe out dinosaurs? 17.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
Tokyo, July 17 : While it is widely accepted that an asteroid impact caused the mass extinction of dinosaurs and other life forms, researchers have been stumped by the process of how. In other words, they had figured out the killer, but not the murder weapon.
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As an attorney general, I sued the tobacco companies. ExxonMobil is nothing like them. 15.7.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We had a convincing case and a noble cause. The same cannot be said for the current crusade.
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New UN-backed survey reveals alarming damage to world high seas and marine ecosystems 14.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 14 : More than half of the world's fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world's high seas and large marine ecosystems launched on Thursday by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
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Just How Bad Are Trump's VP Picks on Climate? 14.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Philippe Leroyer ) When it comes to energy and climate, Donald Trump is as establishment as they come. For his energy policy speech last May, he regurgitated the American Petroleum Institute's talking points. He has called climate change a myth and a hoax. And he insists that as president, he'll revive the American coal industry while going full bore at fracking natural gas, a contradiction in terms. Trump has narrowed his focus to three Vice Presidential apprentices, so we thought we'd investigate what kind of credibility each of them gives the Republican nominee on one of the most important issues of our time. (Spoiler alert: None.) Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is the less well known of the top three contenders, although some sources say he is the likely favorite. He was a longtime member of the House of Representatives and has been governor of Indiana since 2013. He's known for being a staunch conservative and gained national attention in 2015 for signing a law giving businesses the right to ...
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