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'Monster' wildfire season grips west coast residents with fears of future devastation 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Cindered homes and blackened trees illustrate a bleak portrait of summer in Oregon, as longer, more expansive fires become annual national emergency

In the end, Ira and Carolyn Hodge drove out with some photos, their clothes, their horse and their dog, Harley.

Their home took seven years for them to build and contained everything they owned - vehicles, mementos from their parents, memories. All of it was reduced to fine ash when the fire swept down the high sides of the densely forested gorge that bottoms out at Canyon Creek in Grant County, Oregon, six hours’ drive east of Portland.

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Obama focuses on Native issues, climate change as he starts Alaska visit 1.9.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The arctic is the fastest-warming region on the planet, the president noted, adding the U.S., as the world's biggest economy and second-biggest carbon emitter, played a role in that.
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Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth 1.9.2015 Wired Top Stories
Climate change will kill off plenty of species...leaving room for new ones to adapt and ...
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5 ways climate change is already affecting Alaska 1.9.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama is in Alaska this week, visiting melting glaciers and remote towns and meeting with other Arctic leaders. On Sunday, the president made a major statement by officially renaming Mt. McKinley - the U.S.'s highest peak - Denali, its traditional native ...
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Obama to appear on Bear Grylls TV show 1.9.2015 Telegraph: International
President Barack Obama will test his wilderness survival skills with an appearance on the TV show Running Wild in an Alaska adventure that will air later this year, the network NBC said today.
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Is Obama hypocritical on Arctic? 1.9.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Obama's on a climate tour of Alaska this week.
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Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice 31.8.2015 Durango Herald
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the...
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Worsening wildfire seasons tax the Forest Service 29.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs -- many of which would help prevent future wildfires.
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Severe wildfires threatening world's temperate forests 29.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 29 : More extensive and severe wildfires and a myriad other threats, including diseases and longer, more severe and hotter droughts are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a study says.
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Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service 29.8.2015 NPR News
The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.
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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems 28.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
While Washington pays lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities in the region are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation. The banner on this “Romero Vive” painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people." (Photo: EcoViva Photo Archive) Much of the news coming out of El Salvador these days highlights the violence and suffering plaguing the small Central American nation of 6.34 million people. The country has seen a worrying amount of violence of late, with 3,830 murders since the new year, earning it the dubious distinction of having one of the world's highest homicide rates. Along with many other countries in the region, El Salvador also faces widespread poverty, wealth disparities, narco-traffic and ecological degradation. Insecurity and violence have reached levels not seen since the end of the civil war in 1992. ...
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Expert: Sea level rise 'locked-in' 28.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
It was less than two years ago that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its all-encompassing assessment on the current state of climate change research and made projections for the future climate of our planet.
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Gabon: protecting vital forests, and communities 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The west African nation is working to balance competing demands of retaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change with the immediate needs of its people Anne-Marie Ndong Obiang has a machete attached to her belt, which she assures us is “for cutting off poachers’ fingers”. In her spotless forest-green camouflage uniform she does not appear to be joking. Working for Gabon’s National Parks Agency (ANPN) she has firsthand experience of the harsh conditions in the big reserves in the north of the country, some almost impenetrable. Gold prospectors, often from neighbouring Cameroon, have been known to leave craters 40 metres deep in the middle of the woods. Obiang is head of the Raponda Walker Arboretum close to the capital Libreville, which is on the Atlantic coast. Her priority here is to combat uncontrolled urban sprawl. “My fellow eco-wardens and myself can’t look the other way for a moment without someone starting to build beside the track,” she says. True enough quite substantial houses are ...
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European ‘extreme weather belt’ linked to worst drought since 2003 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Severe droughts that stretched across a central European band this summer are consistent with climate models for a warming continent, experts say

A swathe of central Europe has suffered the most severe drought since 2003 in what EU climate experts see as a harbinger of climate changes to come.

Rainless weeks and relentless heat desiccated a vast tract of central European land separating the continent’s drier south from its wetter north between 1 April and 31 July, according to a report by the European drought observatory (EDO).

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Washington state wildfires pose added threat for tribes 27.8.2015 LA Times: Nation
The worst wildfire season in Washington state history could be particularly devastating to the people who have lived here between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains since long before the region became part of the United States.
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Why we have such large wildfires this summer 26.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
With “unhealthy” forests choked by drought, conditions were ripe for wildfire. In the future, climate change won’t help.
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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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Tropical forests totalling size of India at risk of being cleared, study warns 25.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Washington-based Center for Global Development predicts 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests will be felled by 2050 based on current trends

Tropical forests covering an area nearly the size of India are set to be destroyed in the next 35 years, a faster rate of deforestation than previously thought, a study warned on Monday.

The Washington-based Center for Global Development, using satellite imagery and data from 100 countries, predicted 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests would be felled by 2050, with dangerous implications for accelerating climate change, the study said.

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When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up | Char Miller 24.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Freak wild fires are becoming the new normal as global weather patters have changed dramatically but we still not have accepted that Climate change is worsening the fires that ravage many parts of America each year. Grime-streaked firefighters battling one of the 167 active wildfires currently scorching portions of the US west will tell you as much. What they have encountered on the firelines in the past few years is evidence that everything has changed as a result of global warming. In mid-August, the day after a quick-moving fire first exploded southwest of Boise, Idaho, the blaze more than doubled in size to nearly 79,000 acres in one four hour stretch. Along the way, it sparked a “firenado” that rained hot ash and dirt on firefighters. Or consider the disturbing talk surrounding the still-smoldering fire named Rocky that this month scorched 70,000 acres near Napa, California: “This fire wants to do whatever it wants,” Jason Shanley, a Cal Fire spokesman, observed, adding “It’s defying all odds. 30 ...
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Opinion: 100 days to save the world 21.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
We've learned to be pessimists about climate change.
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