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Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems 22.11.2014 Truthout.com
A bike sharing rack on Dearborn street in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Esther Dyson ) Will Truthout’s mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on readers like you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! If you've been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Big money's dominance of elections, obstructionism by the Tea Party, and climate denial have brought action in Washington to a near standstill. But while the media focuses on the gridlock, a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are taking action. Climate change is a case in point. Cities are already experiencing the damage caused by an increasingly chaotic climate. Many are located along coastlines, where rising sea levels coupled with giant storms bring flooding and coastal erosion. Some low-lying areas are being abandoned. Others cities face protracted water shortages due to diminishing rainfall and shrinking ...
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Dutch Heath Authorities To Kill 8,000 Ducks To Prevent Bird Flu 22.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
AMSTERDAM, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. "It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003," when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals -- 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear that the close proximity of the farms ...
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From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather? 21.11.2014 Truthout.com
Record cold temperatures have been recorded across the country this week. The most extreme weather is hitting western New York, where at least seven people have died. At least six feet of snow has already fallen on parts of Buffalo, and another two to three feet is expected today. Tuesday was the coldest November morning in the country since 1976. Temperatures dropped below freezing in every state including parts of Hawaii on Tuesday and Wednesday. This comes just days after NASA reported last month was the warmest October on record. We look at the link between extreme weather and climate change with Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to extreme weather. Last week, the news was about the record heat. According to NASA, last month was the warmest October ever recorded across the globe. This week, much of the United States is experiencing record cold. Tuesday was ...
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From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather? 20.11.2014 Democracy Now!
Record cold temperatures have been recorded across the country this week. The most extreme weather is hitting western New York, where at least seven people have died. At least six feet of snow has already fallen on parts of Buffalo, and another two to three feet is expected today. Tuesday was the coldest November morning in the country since 1976. Temperatures dropped below freezing in every state including parts of Hawaii on Tuesday and Wednesday. This comes just days after NASA reported last month was the warmest October on record. We look at the link between extreme weather and climate change with Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate.
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11 Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
America has a food waste problem. A big one. In 2012, we threw away a fifth of the food that was grown, harvested, and bought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s another way to imagine that -- each day we throw away enough food to fill up the Rose Bowl stadium. Not only is this bad for our wallets, it’s bad for the environment. Wasted food can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions when it rots in landfills, not to mention that it takes a huge amount of water and resources to grow and produce this food in the first place. The good news? It’s not difficult for the average consumer to cut down on their personal food waste. With a little planning and mindfulness, it’s easy to throw away less. Challenge yourself by keeping track of what you throw out, and try to waste less each day or week. This week, Nov. 17 to 21, is the EPA’s Food Recovery Week of Action , so you won’t be alone in your efforts. Here are 11 tips to help you get started. Businesses and restaurants can get more ...
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Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction Requires Dealing With Climate Change 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week the United States and China signed a landmark agreement to combat climate change . This is an important step in guarding against even more damage from rising seas that threaten major cities, increasingly common and severe storms that devastate lives and property, wildfires, drought, and the huge economic costs that already are mounting from climate catastrophes. However, from my perspective as a paleontologist who has spent decades studying the impacts of climate change, both before and after people got into the act, there is an even bigger reason to forge global climate agreements. Allowing the climate change we're now causing to continue would virtually guarantee that human beings will be the first species in the planet's history bring on a mass extinction of life on Earth. Mass extinction means that at least three out every four species you are familiar with die out. Forever. Extinction of that magnitude has happened only five times in the past 540 million years, most recently 66 million ...
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12* Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the "ultimate dreamcrusher." That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week's election. After working on climate change solutions for over 8 years, we are finally beginning to take meaningful steps to curb this epic global challenge. I want my kids and others to have every opportunity to follow their dreams in the world we leave them. Now with the Republican controlled legislature, critical environmental gains are at stake - surely an unintended consequence. Republicans and the mighty fossil fuel industry are eager to gut environmental protections , especially the EPA's Clean Power Plan that will set standards on carbon pollution for the power sector. A host of climate deniers will now head up our nation's environment and science committees. For example, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will likely chair the Environment and Public Works Committee. In case you ...
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A New Congress, Fossil-Fueled Republicanism, and Planetary Disaster 18.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: A Texas Oil Regulator Won't Respect Will of Voters, and More 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Neuroscience may understand how another round of new climate-deniers got elected to Congress; next time you visit a salon, your hair style may come with a side of toxic chemicals; a Texas Oil Regulator says she won't respect the will of the voters; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. Considering the stark warnings that scientists have given about climate change, it's hard to understand how another round of new climate-deniers got elected to Congress. Well, neuroscience may have finally solved that riddle. According to a new analysis over at The Guardian, our brains aren't wired to deal with large, slow-moving threats, and businesses and organizations may be better equipped to get people involved in the fight to save our planet. As Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University explained, "Our brain is essentially a get-out-of-the-way-machine." He added, "Many environmentalists say climate change is ...
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Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More! 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 17, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US switched suddenly to abnormally cold as a massive Arctic front moved in. This will happen increasingly often under climate change, as melting Arctic ice creates conditions that slow Arctic winds (the jetstream) and make their geographic patterns ever more wavy - with some of those big "waves" pushing Arctic cold deep into the US. California reservoirs remain low as the drought continues. Meanwhile US waters and the far north are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, with Alaska warmer than Texas on some days. The eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further ...
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Supercomputers are helping scientists predict the future of climate change better than ever before 17.11.2014 TreeHugger
The latest supercomputers are enabling scientists to understand extreme weather patterns and more.
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White House Turns Climate Change Spotlight To U.S. Cities, Towns 17.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - After announcing a major deal with China to curb emissions and a $3 billion pledge into a fund to help poor countries fight climate change last week, the Obama administration will turn its focus to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming. On Monday, a task force of eight governors, 16 mayors and two tribal leaders will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials to present recommendations on how they can help local communities deal with extreme weather. White House officials will also unveil a set of measures, including a Web-based climate resilience toolkit, to help local leaders adopt measures to prepare municipalities for rising sea levels, droughts, diseases and other climate impacts. The recommendations come as Congress engages in sharp partisan debate over whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, and as new Republican leadership eyes reining in the executive ...
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Hotter Sex, Cooler Planet 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Originally published on TIME.com Earlier this year, NASA issued a report declaring that global warming isn't coming, it's already here. "This Is What a Holy Sh*t Moment for Global Warming Looks Like," according to a headline on Mother Jones. Two studies in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters reported that major glaciers that are part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appear to have become irrevocably destabilized. The collapse of these major glaciers now "appears unstoppable," according to NASA. An article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association states, "Health is inextricably linked to climate change ," including respiratory disorders, infectious diseases, water-borne diseases and mental health disorders. Warmer oceans mean that sea levels will rise more than 3 feet in 200 years, or less, eventually triggering the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. When the ice sheet is gone, sea levels will rise between 9 and 15 feet, which will, over ...
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Mohamed Nasheed: 'There's Nothing More Conservative Than Conserving The Planet' 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, stopping carbon emissions and adapting to climate change is a necessity. The Maldives sit at an average height of four feet above sea level , making them extremely vulnerable to rising seas. Nasheed, the the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, called attention to the issue in 2009 by holding the first ever underwater cabinet meeting . Dressed in scuba gear, Nasheed called on world leaders to cut their carbon emissions. He was also the subject of a 2011 documentary about his work on climate change, called " The Island President ." Nasheed at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival Nasheed's historic presidency was cut short in 2012 when he resigned under contested circumstances , and his bid for reelection in 2013 was unsuccessful. Since then he has continued to advocate for democracy and action on climate change . Last week Nasheed came to the United States to receive the Sylvia Earle Award at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation ...
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Sam Champion Disagrees With Weather Channel Co-Founder's Climate Change Denial 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Make no mistake about it: Sam Champion doesn’t agree with Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman's climate change denial. "I don't know what John Coleman's creds are. I don't know who he listens to," the Weather Channel anchor told HuffPost Live in a Thursday interview. "[But] I can tell you that I'm sure there are people out there sitting in the living room who agree with him; I can only tell you I don't agree with him." Coleman made waves in late October when he argued on Fox News that global warming was a myth. Despite that, research being conducted at the very network he helped start suggests otherwise, according to Champion. "I got 200 scientists in my building who are some of the smartest minds in the world, and if they walk in the door and they show me the data and we see that the climate is changing, then I'm going to go with that," he said. "I'm going to back them and agree with that and I'm going to say indeed, we need more study on ...
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Mostly Plants: New Science Says a Healthier Diet is Best for the Climate 13.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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What The U.S.-China Climate Deal Means For The Rest Of The World 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's outlook for reaching a global climate deal next year brightened Wednesday as China and the U.S. — the top two polluters — presented a joint plan to limit emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are blamed for warming the planet. The unexpected move was praised worldwide as a historic step in the fight against climate change, though some analysts said the targets aren't ambitious enough to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The announcements from the American and Chinese presidents, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, drew praise from environmentalists who had feared China's desire for fast growth and Obama's weakened political standing might prevent such action. They were a less welcome surprise for U.S. Republicans, who will take control of Congress next year. They pointed out that the deal lets China keep increasing emissions while U.S. has to cut. Here are some questions and answers about the significance of the announcement and the challenges ...
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Leonardo Dicaprio: Let's Not Wait Until We Pass More Tipping Points 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Around 250 million years ago most life was extinguished from our planet in a cataclysmic extinction event. Today, it could happen again. That's the story Leonard DiCaprio tells in Last Hours, another installment of a four-part climate change documentary series directed by Leila Conners, the director of the 11th Hour film. "Consider this," DiCaprio states at the start of the film, "Nearly all life on Earth could go extinct because of manmade climate change." The film then takes us back to the Permian Mass Extinction 250 million years ago, an extinction event that wiped out 95% of all life on the planet. Scientists, many of whom appear in the film, are just beginning to understand what caused the Permian extinction, and it's very bad news: that wipeout of life on Earth was caused by rapid global warming. As the film explains, science shows that massive volcanic eruptions near Siberia released enormous amounts of greenhouse gasses, sending the planet into a warming spiral. As temperatures increased, more ...
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Gunnison Sage Grouse's Threatened Species Listing Could Restrict Some Oil And Gas Drilling 12.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper immediately renewed the state's threat to sue to block the measures. He said the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignores 20 years of work by state and local officials to protect the bird. Some environmental groups praised the decision, while others said it did not go far enough. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said the bird qualifies as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, meaning it's likely to be pushed to the brink of extinction in the near future. Threatened status is less serious than endangered, which means a species is on the verge of extinction now and requires tighter restrictions to protect it. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. About ...
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‘Nobody Is Truly Ready' For Rise Of Seas 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central . Abandon Seaside! Globe is Flooding! Invest in Arks! So might scream tabloid headlines had news of projections for rising seas, which were contained in a bumper climate report published a week ago by the United Nations, been, well, new. They weren’t. They were a synthesis of previously published research on a decades-old topic. So the latest ringing of multi-decade flood warnings was engulfed in a wash of more general global warming coverage. But the sea level figures in the report, while not new to experts (and, by many expert accounts , dangerously lowballed), were nonetheless remarkable — and worthy of urgent reflection. A king tide floods a street in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2012. Credit: Forsaken Fotos /Flickr. The report warns that coastal property and infrastructure could be a foot lower in just a few decades than is the case today, portending an unprecedented crisis for which the nation appears to be frightfully ill-prepared. U.S. coastal cities, ...
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