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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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We're putting a forest on a climate-change fast-track 28.7.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
An ambitious experiment that exposes a natural woodland to rising carbon dioxide levels will tell us what's in store for the world's trees, says Rob ...
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Firefighting costs rise, warming worsens 28.7.2014 Durango Herald
The costs of fighting wildfires are rising dramatically and could keep climbing in the face of climate change that’s contributing to longer fire seasons in the West and the spread of housing developments near forests, a science group warned last week.“The annual suppression cost has exceeded $1 billion in each year since...
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Guest: In the wake of state’s fires, learning how to fix the health of the forests 26.7.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Restore the health of state forests to prevent more disastrous wildfires, writes guest columnist Michael S. Stevens.
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This year, Pacific Northwest is at the center of an ongoing wildland fire catastrophe 24.7.2014 MinnPost
Behind President Barack Obama's declaration yesterday of a wildfire emergency in Washington State is a weather pattern fairly unusual by historical standards, but likely to become less so as a consequence of North America's changing climate. Though California has been suffering for months under tremendous, multiyear drought — and has plentiful fires of its own, in a burn season that now lasts all year — it's the Pacific Northwest that's the disaster zone of the moment in the nation's worsening wildfire patterns. Both Washington and Oregon have declared state-level fire emergencies. In Washington,  the center of concern is the Carlton Complex fire to the northeast and across the Cascades from Seattle. Having burned for about a week as of Wednesday, and only 16 percent contained at that point, it was the largest fire in state history at 243,000 acres, or 380 square miles, according to Reuters . The fire had also torched 200 homes, forced evacuation of more than 1,200 people in a sparsely settled area, and ...
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Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas 24.7.2014 Hindu: Home
Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters farther out. That was four decades ago. Since then, rising waters have gradually swal...
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Seeking to fend off rising sea, Cuba moves to save mangrove forests hurt by neglect, logging 24.7.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Give forests to local people to preserve them 24.7.2014 New Scientist: News
The best way to protect forests, and the carbon they contain that could otherwise cause global warming, is to hand them over to local ...
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Burning wood for power can be low carbon, UK government finds 23.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Report by energy department's chief scientist unlikely to result in new restrictions on biomass power stations

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Majority of Americans Favor of Action on Climate Change, and More 21.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse 19.7.2014 Mother Jones
This article originally appeared at Climate Central and is reproduced here with permission. For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres. The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center . Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Territories are burning at rates "unprecedented " in the past 10,000 years according to the authors of a study put out last year. The northern reaches of the globe are warming at twice the rate as areas closer to the equator, and ...
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Indonesia now country with world's highest deforestation rate 17.7.2014 New Kerala: World News
By Eduardo Mariz Cortinas, Jakarta, July 17 : Indonesia has double the deforestation rate in Brazil and has become the largest destroyer of forests housing some of the world's most endangered species.
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David Cameron's reshuffle gets rid of the 'green crap' 15.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Liz Truss replaces Owen Paterson as environment secretary, while William Hague and Greg Barker rare strong green voices in the Conservative party also leave government

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Australia has a choice: join others to combat climate change, or stand alone | Bill Shorten 14.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
We can be proud that we are making our contribution to a global effort, or we can be embarrassed by our lethargy. Which one is it going to be? There is no doubt our earth is warming and our seas rising or that humankind is the cause. There is no evidence to refute this or any genuine scientific counterargument in the climate change debate. This is not " absolute crap ". It is the inescapable truth. If we do not act, the consequences will be severe. It is predicted we will endure more droughts, more bushfires, more floods, more storms more extremes. The damage to our coasts, our farmland, our forests and our animal life will be irretrievable and irreversible. And today, we must decide whether Australia will step up and play our ...
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Lake of the Woods algal blooms are worsening despite phosphorus cuts 11.7.2014 MinnPost
A new survey of ecosystem health in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin — that complex of northwoods watersheds which includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park — finds great leaps forward in scientific understanding of the region's natural systems and their problems. It finds some progress, too, on pollution control and other efforts at environmental restoration, among many continuing problems in the region's much-loved and much-used lakes, streams and forests. Key points from the International Joint Commission's second "State of the Basin" report, released on Tuesday: Massive blooms of blue-green algae are on the rise in Lake of the Woods, despite reductions in flows of phosphorus into upstream lakes and streams from industrial polluters; some of this seems to be driven by phosphorus releases from lake sediments, and some by climate change. Rivers in the basin are showing improved water quality, primarily because of controls on paper mills and other industrial ...
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India's new policy puts roads ahead of wildlife concerns 10.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Faster approvals for military projects along China border could put 60 national parks and its iconic animals at risk

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University of Colorado discovers tiny hedgehog 9.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Researchers from the University of Colorado have discovered the fossil of a 2-inch-long hedgehog from 52 million years ...
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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests 7.7.2014 Mother Jones
In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  With victims identified across more than 60 different locations, there's now a very real risk the outbreak will spread to even more countries, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which calls the epidemic out of control . WHO is now focusing on preparing for the disease's inevitable spread to neighboring countries, not a small ask in poor countries with poor health care systems. "We want other countries in West Africa to be ready—bordering countries, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Guinea Bissau—to prepare themselves in case people affected with the disease may be also traveling," WHO's Dr. Pierre Formenty told a recent briefing in Geneva. Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, 2014. Click ...
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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests 7.7.2014 Mother Jones
In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes to dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  With victims identified across more than 60 different locations, there's now a very real risk the outbreak will spread to even more countries, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which calls the epidemic out of control . WHO is now focusing on preparing for the disease's inevitable spread to neighboring countries, not a small ask in poor countries with poor health care systems. "We want other countries in West Africa to be ready—bordering countries, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Guinea Bissau—to prepare themselves in case people affected with the disease may be also traveling," WHO's Dr. Pierre Formenty told a recent briefing in Geneva. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 2014. Click ...
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Billionaire clean-energy advocate’s dark past: coal profits 5.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The Maules Creek coal-mine project in Australia has an unlikely financial backer in the United States: Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in U.S. politics.
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