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The Dirty Secret Behind Europe's Renewable Energy Industry 28.8.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. Unfortunately, they underestimated the carbon intensity of burning wood (a.k.a. "biomass") for electricity, and they categorized wood as a renewable fuel. The result: E.U. countries with smaller renewable sectors turned to wood to replace coal. Governments provided incentives for energy utilities to make that switch. Now, with a bunch of new European wood-burning power plants having come online, Europeans need wood to feed the beast. But most ...
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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Requires Unity 27.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Scientists warn about 'precarious' state of world's primary forests 25.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Aug 24 : Scientists have warned about the precarious state of the world's primary forests, as a new study shows that say just 22 percent of these forests are located in protected areas, equivalent of only five percent of the original ones.
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15 amazing natural bridges 22.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
These rocky natural bridges were formed over millennia by flowing waters, which slowly eroded away the rock to create the shape of a bridge. Here are 15 of our glorious favorites from around the world.
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Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires 21.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.
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"Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens 18.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Anthropogenic climate disruption via Shutterstock) We begin this month's climate disruption dispatch with comments from NASA's Earth Observatory about the extreme juxtaposition of temperatures we are experiencing in North America this summer. "If you live in the northern hemisphere, the past few weeks have been strange," NASA states. "In places where it should be seasonably hot - the eastern and southern United States and western Europe - it's just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the summer - northern Europe, the Pacific coast of North America - it has been ridiculously ...
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After 2,000 years, California's sequoias face uncertain future 17.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Nature’s extremes may be putting giant sequoias at risk.
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On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency 17.8.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Study projects a megalopolis from North Carolina to Atlanta by the year 2060 11.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
That’s the U.S. Geological Survey’s projection for 2060 — a megalopolis.
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Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection Into Their Own Hands 10.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Local Briefs 10.8.2014 Durango Herald
Rotary Club of Durango to meet TuesdaySteve Ruddell of CarbonVerde, LLC will speak to the Rotary Club of Durango at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. After first presenting on the U.S. national climate policy since 2007 and where it is today, Ruddell will talk on how he is helping forestland owners access...
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Southeast could become an overdeveloped ‘megalopolis’ in the next half century 10.8.2014 Washington Post

Giant urban sprawl could pave over thousands of acres of forest and agriculture, connecting Raleigh to Atlanta by 2060, if growth continues at its current pace, according to a newly released research paper from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Prakash Javadekar at 18th BASIC ministerial meeting on climate change 8.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles 8.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday — but don't bring any candles to the party, please.
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Europe's forests 'particularly vulnerable' to rapid climate change 5.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

New research shows forest ecosystems have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades, reports Climate News Network

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Local people preserve the environment better than governments 3.8.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Conventional wisdom says governments are best placed to protect forests and wildlife, but the evidence shows that local communities can outdo ...
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Ghost of the cloud forest: Seeking the white possum 1.8.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Jo Chandler enters Australia's lost world of species marooned by evolution to meet one of its rarest, a creature uniquely vulnerable to climate change (full text available to ...
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From Fukushima fallout to retreating ice: 10 great New Yorker pieces now outside paywall 31.7.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Maureen McLaughlin Year after year, New Yorker writers are well represented in the "Best American Science and Nature Writing" annuals. Since The New Yorker's announcement of a summer-long relaxation of its paywall policies — allowing open access to all content published since 2007 — the blogosphere has been abuzz with read-it-while-it's-free advice on the magazine's best coverage of sports, business, food and other subjects. Strangely, there's been no similar attempt as yet (and as far as I know) to nominate standouts in the magazine's exemplary long-form coverage of  environmental and natural science subjects. It was The New Yorker, after all, that brought us Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" in serial form in 1962. In the same way that work changed forever the way we think of pesticides, and of ecosystems, Bill McKibben's "The End of Nature" and Elizabeth Kolbert's "Field Notes From a Catastrophe" would, decades later, reshape public awareness of global warming and its threats. Year after year, ...
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Floods submerge south Romania, 2 people drowned, around 2,200 homes flooded 31.7.2014 Star Tribune: World
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‘Maybe in America’ 31.7.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
There are too many people walking around the world saying, “Maybe in America, but not here,” writes syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman.
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