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Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making" 4.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Tapajós River, Brazil. More than 40 dams would turn this free-flowing river and its tributaries into a vast industrial waterway threatening the Tapajós Basin's ecosystems, wildlife, people and even the regional and global climate. (Photo: International Rivers on Flickr, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license) Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans -- development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity , ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate. A total of 42 large dams are planned or under construction in the Tapajós Basin, a biologically and culturally rich region, and one of eight areas of Amazonian biological endemism . Fed by tributaries in the states of Mato Grosso, Rondônia and ...
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Kehkashan Basu, UAE-based Indian teen, wins Children's Peace Prize 3.12.2016 Hindu: International
"Do not stop what you're doing. No matter what happens, we have to continue to save the planet," the 16-year-old said.
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Who by Fire 1.12.2016 American Prospect
Israeli firefighters work in Haifa, Israel, Friday, November 25, 2016. The wildfires have finally died out. The fires in Israel began early last week and were only extinguished early this week. They spread into the well-off neighborhoods of Haifa, the ones close to the forests and far from the port, and destroyed hundreds of apartments. They swept through the hills west of Jerusalem. Even in places far from the flames, the smell of smoke mixed with the smell of dust in the dry wind blowing day after day from the desert. Remarkably, no one died. The last Israeli fire disaster, also in forests near Haifa, took 44 lives in 2010. Yet the fires this time blackened nearly as much land and cut deeper into built-up areas. Immediately, inevitably, fire became a subplot in Israeli-Palestinian politics. Evidence suggested arson in several blazes. Police arrested Palestinian suspects. Right-wing Israeli politicians seized on the incidents. “Only someone to whom the land doesn't belong is capable of setting fire to ...
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Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds 1.12.2016 NPR Health Science
Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found that more than 3,000 square miles of forest cover were lost between August 2015 and July 2016 — a substantial increase over the year before.
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Amazon deforestation rate up 29 percent from last year, study finds 1.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found that more than 3,000 square miles of forest cover were lost between August 2015 and July 2016 -- a substantial increase over the year before.
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Why extreme weather is the new normal 29.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
If it feels like it hasn't rained in months in the South, you're right. The region is experiencing an extreme drought. But just a few months earlier, we were talking about record-breaking floods in the South. These shocking extremes are happening more often, and it is all part of an unfortunate new normal in a world with climate change.
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US Retirement Funds Contribute to Deforestation and Climate Change 27.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
You may not realize that saving for your golden years could have an impact on the global climate, but a movement is currently underway to make the retirement funds relied on by millions of Americans free of any connection to deforestation and associated carbon emissions. Open burning in a newly cleared rainforest at Duta Palma's PT Ledo Lestari palm oil plantation, West Kalimantan, Borneo, 2009. (Photo: David Gilbert / RAN ) Even as a new administration hostile to efforts to combat global warming is poised to take over the White House, climate activists in the U.S. are continuing to push for action in myriad and sometimes even unexpected ways. For instance, you may not realize that saving for your golden years could have an impact on the global climate, but a movement is currently underway to make the retirement funds relied on by millions of Americans free of any connection to deforestation and associated carbon emissions due to investments in palm oil producers. Responding to the election of Donald ...
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Pacific Northwest Tribes Fight to Protect the Centerpiece of Their Culture 24.11.2016 Truthout.com
The Tulalip are one of dozens of Pacific Northwest tribes -- both in Washington State and British Columbia -- intertwined by their reliance on and reverence for salmon. This cultural icon is under assault from development, pavement, pollution, farming and a changing climate. (Photo: Environmental Health News) This story is part of " Sacred Water," EHN's ongoing investigation into Native American struggles -- and successes -- to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation. Tulalip, Washington -- The flat-bottom boat weaves across bends in the broad, mud-colored Qwuloolt Estuary, scaring up squawking blue herons and geese along the sloping banks of muck. Scattered log booms poke out. "A little more than a year ago we were driving cars out here," says Francesca Hillery, a Tulalip Tribes spokeswoman, tucked tightly in a raincoat and baseball cap to protect against the early autumn drizzle blowing in from the Sound as the skiff glides across the water. In August 2015, the U.S. Army ...
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As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout 19.11.2016 NPR Health Science
Negotiators had hoped the meeting would be the first step in implementing last year's Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the U.S. election has cast their plans into doubt.
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Marrakech climate talks accelerate Paris Accord, says UNFCCC 18.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
Marrakech climate talks accelerate Paris Accord, says UNFCCC
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Officials reassess impact of roads, trails on bull trout 18.11.2016 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Federal officials are reconsidering how roads and motorized trails in part of the Sawtooth National Forest could harm threatened bull trout following a lawsuit by an environmental group....
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Officials reassess impact of roads, trails on bull trout 18.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are reconsidering how roads and motorized trails in part of the Sawtooth National Forest could harm threatened bull trout following a lawsuit by an environmental group. As a result, a federal judge on Wednesday put a lawsuit by WildEarth Guardians on hold until Feb. 14 while the U.S. Forest […]
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Gray jay chosen as Canada’s national bird 17.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TORONTO (AP) — The Royal Canadian Geographic Society said its choice for Canada’s national bird epitomizes the best of the country’s national traits: smart, hardy and friendly. The Society said earlier this week that the gray jay, also known as the whiskey jack, was the winner of a two-year search for a fitting avian Canadian […]
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UN Environment Programme launches initiative to save peatlands 17.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
UN Environment Programme launches initiative to save peatlands
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Here's how the Obama administration proposes to reduce greenhouse gases 17.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Plant hundreds of millions of trees. Drastically reduce the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation. Perfect and employ new technology to capture and store carbon.

These are among the aggressive steps that U.S. officials outlined Wednesday as probably necessary to limit the worst...

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India bats for adequate, predictable climate finance 16.11.2016 New Kerala: World News
India bats for adequate, predictable climate finance
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It’s Really Not Easy Being Green Now 15.11.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Mosa'ab Elshamy) Protesters march against climate change on Sunday, November 13, coinciding with the COP22 climate talks taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco. Donald Trump’s policies can be hard to pin down, but it’s clear that on environmental issues—especially climate change and energy—a President Trump will do big damage, fast. President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda relied heavily on executive actions—actions that Trump can all but erase in his first days, if not first hours , in office, especially with Republicans controlling Capitol Hill. During the campaign, Trump threatened to “cancel” the Paris Agreement on climate change, which he has called a “hoax.” He pledged to eliminate regulations on oil and gas drilling. He called the Environmental Protection Agency’s work “a disgrace.” He said he would eliminate all “unnecessary” energy industry regulations, and promised “complete” U.S. independence from foreign oil. Of course, making campaign promises is one thing, and fulfilling them ...
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UN: 2016 likely to be hottest year 14.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
This year is "very likely" to be the hottest year on record, breaking the record set last year, the United Nations weather agency said Monday.
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Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed? 12.11.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WULAR LAKE, India (AP) — Tucked within Kashmir’s Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once among Asia’s largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid and stinking swamp. Just the sight of it makes Mohammed Subhan Dar feel sick. He admits he’s […]
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India sees Kashmir's storied Wular Lake worth more restored 12.11.2016 AP Top News
WULAR LAKE, India (AP) -- Tucked within Kashmir's Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once among Asia's largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid and stinking swamp....
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