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Democrats crowd race for Washington public lands commissioner 29.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

With Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark not seeking re-election, the field is crowded for the state job, which influences fishing, timber and agriculture in Washington, as well as efforts to fight wildfires. The primary is Aug. 2.
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World Heritage Sites, including Statue of Liberty, threatened by climate change, UNESCO says 27.5.2016 Washington Post
World Heritage Sites, including Statue of Liberty, threatened by climate change, UNESCO says
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These animals relied on each other for 100 million years. Now climate change is killing them both. 26.5.2016 Washington Post
These animals relied on each other for 100 million years. Now climate change is killing them both.
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Colorado coal industry collapse leaving mining towns unsure 25.5.2016 Durango Herald
SOMERSET – Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and seven miles deep into Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine.Shiny black rocks fell past his helmet as he secured the tunnel, doing a job that is fast disappearing in Colorado: taking coal from deep inside Earth and sending it...
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Anohni's 'Hopelessness' And The Power Of Speaking Out 24.5.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
The former Antony And The Johnsons singer's first solo album combines dance beats with a stark look at global strife. "Raising your voice is the antidote to a sense of powerlessness," she says.
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In India's Sundarbans, People And Tigers Try To Coexist In A Shrinking Space 20.5.2016 NPR News
The vast patchwork of islands on a delta where three rivers meet is home to hundreds of tigers and 4 million people. As climate change squeezes the land they share, is increased conflict inevitable?
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The Death and Birth of the American Dam - WIRED 19.5.2016 dam - Google News
The Death and Birth of the American Dam WIRED In two very different parts of North America, two rivers are being transformed. Over the past six years, engineers have steadily corralled the Reventazón River in eastern Costa Rica behind a 130-meter-high dam, completed as of the end of March. Once it ...
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Canadian wildfire soot may accelerate Greenland ice melt 19.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Canada fires may accelerate Greenland ice melt this summer.
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Salt-Resistant Rice Offers Hope For Farmers Clinging To Disappearing Islands 18.5.2016 NPR Health Science
Climate change is reshaping land and lives in India's Sundarbans region, where paddies are being overrun by saltwater. But resilient varieties of rice may let vulnerable families stay a while longer.
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Wildfire could be bad in California in 2016 18.5.2016 Durango Herald
California could face a dangerous and difficult wildfire season in 2016 despite a relatively wet winter, federal officials warned Tuesday.Most of the rest of the nation is expected to see an average summer, but even that means thousands of wildfires, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said after a briefing from the U.S. Forest...
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Imported forest pests cause $2 billion in damage annually 17.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When Gary Lovett was studying the effect of acid rain in New York’s Catskill Mountains 20 years ago, he ended the experiment early because so many trees in the test plots were dying — not from acid rain, but from insect attacks. “I consider air pollution and climate change to be […]
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Climate change demands an electrifying solution 16.5.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

Recent forest fires are yet another reminder of the effects of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gases through, among other steps, better transportation systems.
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Travel and its effects on the environment 15.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

So now we should embrace global warming as a benefit to travel? What's next: iceberg melting tours; watch the polar bear demise package deal; Iceland and its disappearing glacier cruise? We should be concerned more about our carbon footprint and the legacy we are leaving generations to come.

​Gina...

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This could be the last mine - Colorado clean coal in decline 15.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
SOMERSET —Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and 7 miles deep into Arch Coal's West Elk Mine.
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UN agricultural agency and European Union step up efforts to combat illegal timber trade 14.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, May 14 :The United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the European Union (EU) will step up joint efforts to support tropical timber-producing countries in curbing illegal logging, improving forest governance and promoting the trade of legally sourced timber, under a USD 30 million funding agreement announced on Friday.
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20 Percent of Plant Species Could Go Extinct 12.5.2016 Mother Jones
One out of every five plant species on Earth is now threatened with extinction. That's the disturbing conclusion of a major report released this week by scientists at Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The planet's vegetation—from grasslands to deserts to tropical rainforests—is being hit hard by human activity. And deforestation, pollution, agriculture, and climate change are all playing a role. The sliver of good news, though, is that some researchers are hopeful that people will be able to act in time to avert the worst of the impending crisis. "I am reasonably optimistic," said Kathy Willis, Kew's science director, in an interview with our partners at the Guardian . "Once you know [about a problem], you can do something about it. The biggest problem is not knowing." But others take a darker view. "Regardless of what humans do to the climate, there will still be a rock orbiting the sun," said University of Hawaii scientist Hope Jahren in a recent interview with Indre Viskotas on the Inquiring Minds ...
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Network Newscasts Ignore Global Warming's Role in Canada's Wildfires 11.5.2016 Truthout.com
Also see: Climate Disruption Bring Record Wildfire to Kansas -- and It's Only Spring . As fast and furious as trailers for a Hollywood disaster movie, network news coverage of the massive fires ripping through Canada's tar sands hub has missed opportunities to provide real information about the heavily polluting tar sands industry and global warming's role in adding fuel to the flames. As of May 10, the fires have burned nearly 800 square miles in the province of Alberta and hit about 2,400 homes, businesses and other structures. In all,  nearly 90,000 people  in the Fort McMurray area have been forced to flee their homes. (If you'd like to contribute to help the fire's victims, the Canadian government is matching all donations to the  Red Cross Alberta Fires fund .) From May 2 to May 9, CBS News mentioned Canada's wildfires 11 times, ABC News ten times and NBC News four times. None of the stories mentioned global warming's role in contributing to the hot, dry conditions that make forests ripe for ...
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Warming, drought fueling fires that threaten vast boreal forest 11.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The near-destruction of a Canadian city last week by a fire that sent almost 90,000 people fleeing for their lives is grim proof that the threat to these vast stands of spruce and other resinous trees, collectively known as the boreal forest, is real.
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Royal Botanical Gardens: Mixed report on the world’s plants 10.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A report billed as the first comprehensive look at world’s plants finds a planet slowly being ravaged by changing land use, mostly conversion of forests to agriculture to feed a growing population, and climate change.
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One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction 10.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Global report highlights threat to food security and medicine supplies but also reveals 2,000 new species are discovered each year

One in five of the world’s plant species is threatened with extinction, according to the first global assessment of flora, putting supplies of food and medicines at risk.

But the report also found that 2,000 new species of plant are discovered every year, raising hopes of new sources of food that are resilient to disease and climate change. New finds in 2015 included a giant insect-eating plant first spotted on Facebook and a 100-tonne tree hidden in an African forest.

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