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Jairam Ramesh: India can't remain on the path of further destruction 2.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Former environment minister believes the cult of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment, reports Yale Environment 360 Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011 , he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. Today, Ramesh is one of the most outspoken critics of India’s environmental policy under prime minister Narendra Modi, who, despite his support of major investments in renewable energy, is otherwise widely criticized by conservationists for putting economic growth ahead of environmental preservation. This balance between economic growth and environmental protection is a core theme in Ramesh’s recently published book, Green Signals — ...
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Chinese INDCs will not keep global temperature rise below 2OC, says CSE 2.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, July 1 : In a major development, China, the world's largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, has submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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In the Warming Arctic Seas 1.7.2015 Truthout.com
The sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean can - as shown in this photograph - look more like Swiss cheese or a bright coastal wetland. As ice melts, the liquid water collects in depressions on the surface and deepens them, forming melt ponds. These fresh water ponds are separated from the salty sea below and around it, until breaks in the ice merge the two. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr ) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - I was standing in the back of the sled when it broke through the ice, plunging into the frigid water of the Hulahula River. Just in time, Robert yanked the machine. The heavy sled, instead of falling on me, gradually moved out of the shallow water. It must have been about 40 degrees below zero. I began to settle into hypothermia. Robert Thompson and his cousin Perry Anashugak quickly set up the tent and lit both burners of the Coleman stove. Inside a sleeping bag, I began to warm up. That day, I escaped death, barely. "The river is supposed to have solid ice on the surface ...
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Brazil agrees to cut Amazon deforestation and boost renewables 1.7.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
The country has committed to ending illegal deforestation by 2030, as it partners with the US on fighting climate ...
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Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US 30.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

President Dilma Rousseff pledged to restore 12m hectares of deforested land and increase renewable energy use by 2030 as part of climate partnership with US


Barack Obama and Dilma Rousseff put climate change at the top of their agenda at their bilateral meeting on Tuesday, with the US and Brazil agreeing to get up to 20% of their electricity from renewable power by 2030.

Brazil also committed to restore up to 12m hectares of forest – an area about the size of England or Pennsylvania – in another attempt to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change.

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Record heat in dry Northwest 28.6.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Though only six days old, summer is wasting no time and is forecast to bake the Northwest with record-setting 100-plus temperatures Saturday even as the region reels from drought.
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Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity 25.6.2015 AP National
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska residents endure the nation's harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight....
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Should People Give Up Nutella for the Sake of Our Trees? 24.6.2015 Truthout.com
Palm oil is used in a mind-boggling range of everyday products including shampoo, toothpaste, and Nutella. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually. As a result, tens  of millions of acres of forest have been cut down to make way for large-scale palm oil plantations, lending to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. There are more sustainable oils out there that offer more nutrition.  But what is the likelihood of giving up an iconic product like Nutella for the sake of Mamma Earth? Food Fight: France vs. Italy Italy and France are going at it again, this time it's a food fight over Nutella, arguably the world's most popular 'chocolate' hazelnut breakfast spread. About 365,000 tons of Nutella is made each year (about the same as the weight of The Empire State Building). Earlier last week, Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal stated on the French television network Canal+ France that, "We have to replant a lot of trees because there ...
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"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDA 22.6.2015 Truthout.com
The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. The dinosaur-like regulations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were developed way back in the 1980s before many of the new biotechnologies were even conceived. The USDA fails to regulate even as biotechnologists deploy risky new genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in an attempt to meet demand for a climate-friendly "bioeconomy." The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. (Photo: Dinosaur Fossil via Shutterstock) The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. There is the obvious point about scientists bringing back to life genetically engineered dinosaurs with no real concern for the havoc they may wreak. Then there is the very clear link to real-world "de-extinction" scientists who seriously aim to bring back mastodons and passenger pigeons, while others are finding ever more potent ...
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Dry forests have state fearing bad fire season 21.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Nationwide, wildfires are growing larger and becoming more volatile. Why experts say that’s happening and what they predict this season.
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Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves 17.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities Indonesia is home to the largest tracts of mangrove forests on earth – but they are disappearing at a rate of up to 2% a year, faster than anywhere else in the world. A study by Conservation International (CI) in West Papua province is trying to determine the potential value of these mangroves, both for Indonesia - the world’s third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - and for the Papuan communities that live among them. Threatened mangroves and coastal marine ecosystems in general get far less attention than tropical rainforests in climate negotiations, despite the many useful services they provide. Mangroves are highly efficient carbon sinks, absorbing up to five times as much carbon dioxide as tropical forests. They are also important ecosystems, providing spawning grounds and habitat for hundreds of species, many of them commercially important. They are natural ...
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Stop eating Nutella and save the forests, urges French ecology minister 17.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Ségolène Royal says Nutella is made using palm oil, which is contributing to deforestation, and urged Ferrero to make the spread with ‘other ingredients’

France’s ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, has rankled the company that makes Nutella by urging the public to stop eating its irresistible chocolate hazelnut spread, saying it contributes to deforestation.

“We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil,” Royal said in an interview late Monday on the French television network Canal+.

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Greg Hunt 'ignoring advice' on danger to wildlife from Carmichael coalmine 16.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Green groups accuse the environment minister of failing to heed his officials’ own guidance on the risks to ornamental snake and yakka skink

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has been accused of ignoring his department’s advice on two vulnerable species when approving what would be Australia’s largest coal project, Queensland’s Carmichael mine.

The Mackay Conservation group, which is challenging the mine’s approval in the federal court, has seized on the discovery of what it alleges is Hunt’s repeat of a “fatal” error made in the case of a proposed mine in Tasmania’s Tarkine forests in 2013.

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Here's how global warming is affecting crop nutrient quality 13.6.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Jun 13 : A new study has suggested that increased carbon dioxide levels in air, due to global warming, restrict plants' ability to absorb nutrients.
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Climate Hope City: how Minecraft can tell the story of climate change 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As part of our Keep it in the Ground campaign, the Guardian has commissioned a Minecraft map exhibiting a city filled with real-world climate initiatives On the rooftops, there are endless luscious gardens, so that the skyline of the city looks almost like the tree tops of a vast rain forest. Beneath them, lining the roads, are multi-storey farms, producing fruit and vegetables for the local populace. There are strange sail-shaped constructions that suck CO2 out of the air, and along the canals, hydrogen powered boats glide silently through crystal clear waters. This is Climate Hope City – and for now, it exists only in Minecraft. When the Guardian launched its Keep it in the Ground campaign in March, editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, and other senior staff, spoke about the challenge of finding new ways to discuss and report on climate change – to break out of traditional journalism and explore fresh ...
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Watch: Gov. Brown discusses drought with Times publisher Austin Beutner 10.6.2015 LA Times: Environment
Amid one of the worst droughts in modern California history, Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times Publisher Austin Beutner met at USC on Tuesday, June 9, to discuss water and the state's future. Watch their conversation above, then read key points and analysis - and leave your comments - below....
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Drought hastens decline of the Joshua tree, California's desert symbol 6.6.2015 LA Times: Science
Under canopies of dead angular branches and drooping fronds, UC Riverside ecologist Cameron Barrows made his way across a forest of skeletal Joshua trees that have not reproduced in decades.
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G7 Bavaria summit: 26 hours of trade, ebola – and even an oompah band 5.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

World leaders at Angela Merkel’s summit in Schloss Elmau will discuss an eyewatering array of subjects, not least of them the food and entertainment

When Angela Merkel gathers six other world leaders in a Bavarian castle for G7 talks, they will face a heavy agenda, with 26 hours to cover everything from climate change and foreign trade to plastic waste and female empowerment.

During the weekend there will be some opera to lighten the load, performed by a star singer flown in for the occasion, as well as spectacular Alpine scenery to help inspire Merkel and her guests as they try to come up with solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems in their 1,000m mountain retreat.

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Seven new species of miniature frogs discovered in cloud forests of Brazil 4.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Tiny frogs smaller in size than bumblebees have evolved with fewer fingers and toes to reduce their size to adapt to life on isolated mountaintops

Seven new species of miniature frog, smaller than bumblebees, have been discovered clinging to survival on isolated mountaintops in Brazil.

The largest of the new discoveries has a maximum adult length of just 13mm. The frogs, which are among the smallest land vertebrates, have evolved with fewer fingers and toes in order to reduce their size.

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Poisonous orange mini-frogs discovered in Brazilian forest 4.6.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
They are some of the smallest vertebrates on land, but seven species discovered in cloud forests in Brazil could already be under threat from climate ...
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