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UN World Heritage Sites Imperiled by Climate Change, New Report Warns 27.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

From the city of Venice to the Statue of Liberty, dozens of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries are under direct threat from climate change, warns a shocking new report from UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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Earth Feels What WE Eat 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Have you ever stopped mid-bite and wondered if what you are eating affects Earth? I'm sure we have all thought about how a particular food or meal might affect ourselves, but when we think of Earth, we think of a planet that sustains life, our life, animal life, and plant life, and will always do so, because it has always done so. Yet, scientists know that there have been mass global extinctions. Five. There have been five times in Earth's history where there have been mass die-offs of species. Scientists now believe we have entered the sixth mass extinction . The difference this time is that this extinction is instigated by humans. In the past 150-200 years, humans have changed the evolution and ecosystems of our planet through development, industrialization, economic and population growth, and greed. This sixth extinction has been coined: "The anthropocene-era extinction." According to this paper by Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment, in a natural state of homeostasis, Earth ...
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Campaign Forecast: Hot & Cold on Climate Change 27.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If it turns out as it appears that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the major parties' candidates for the presidency this year, one of their clear-cut differences will be their positions on global climate change. Secretary Clinton is a climate hawk; Mr. Trump is a climate denier. But if there must be a split between the candidates on this issue, it should not be about whether climate change is real or, as Mr. Trump would have it, a Chinese plot. Mother Nature is settling that argument, just as climate scientists said she would. No, the discussion should be about who will do the most to mitigate the risk that the weather disasters that are now so common will get much, much worse. For starters, both candidates should pledge not to backslide on the progress that President Obama has made. We are far from where we must be on climate action, but we are much farther along than we were eight years ago. And while a future president or Congress might find a better way to bring carbon emissions down, there ...
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This Is What Extinction Sounds Like 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We are all witnesses to climate change's devastating impact on our world. We just have to stop and listen. It was spring 2004. The air was cool and still, the encroaching dawn light outlined the horizon; and there, in the heart of California’s Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, was Bernie Krause busily setting up his microphone. The soundscape ecologist recorded the symphony of the forest’s sounds that day: the gurgle of the gushing stream; the melodic birdsong from sparrows and woodpeckers, robins and grosbeaks, towhees and wild turkeys. It was a rich and vibrant recording, a celebration of life and biodiversity. Krause returned last year to the same spot in Sugarloaf, located a short drive from his Glen Ellen home. The details of the recording session were the same: springtime in early dawn, a microphone and a tripod. But the habitat’s soundtrack had altered dramatically. “[It was the] first spring in my 77 years that was completely silent,” said Krause. “There were birds. But there was no birdsong ...
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Hundreds of Millions to Be Displaced by Climate Change, French Minister Warns 26.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Calamitous global conflict as a result of climate change will produce hundreds of millions of refugees by 2100, said France's environmental minister Ségolène Royal to representatives from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi on Thursday.

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Co-opting Climate Change - How the TV News Weather Became More 'Extreme' 26.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com One small aspect of a trip I took to El Paso, Texas, back in the 1970s remains in my mind: the weather. No, not the weather in El Paso, which is more or less the same much of the year, but the weather on the local television news. I remember watching a weatherman begin his report in -- of all places at the time -- the Persian Gulf and sweep swiftly and dramatically across the globe (and its various weather perturbations) before finally reaching El Paso where things were, of course, predictably hot and dull. It might have been my earliest introduction to the charms of the weather to television news, which could be summed up this way: plenty of drama -- storms, floods, droughts, fires, wrecked homes, weeping survivors, shipwrecked people -- and no politics to muck things up. Just Ma Nature, just The Weather! What was then a strange phenomenon on one city's news has since become the definition of all TV news. At this point who hasn't watched countless weather reporters ...
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Fort McMurray fire brings climate refugees to Canada 25.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Canada is only one of many countries dealing with climate refugees. South Pacific island nations are steadily being inundated by rising seas and India is seeing record-breaking heat ...
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Climate Change This Week: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More! 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in spring - another reason to help preserve these important carbon storing systems. Source LATimes Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Boreal Circle of Fire - a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, which helps produce climate-changing fossil fuels that, when burned, help warm and dry out boreal forests. Both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for... more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change. OO Global Warming Spurs Wildfires Increase In Boreal Forest - worldwide, scientists have warned for decades, as rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow spur increasing wildfires. Large-scale loss of boreal forest could help speed climate change, since their destruction releases vast ...
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Human Activity May Wipe Out One-Third Of North American Birds 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
More than one-third of North America's 1,154 native bird species are at high risk of extinction due to climate change and other manmade factors, a new report  found. Thirty-seven percent of the continent's bird species across 10 different habitat types need " urgent conservation action ," the North American Bird Conservation Initiative said in its annual "State of the Birds" report released Sunday. Forty-nine percent were identified as having moderate risk, while just 14 percent were marked as low risk.  Researchers categorized bird species based on their population size, population trends, population distribution and threats to both breeding and non-breeding members of the species. The decline of bird species is most pronounced in ocean and tropical forest habitats, where more than half were identified as having a high risk of extinction and are on the organization's "Watch List." "The outlook for oceanic birds — including seabirds and a group of landbirds found only on islands off the Mexican coast — ...
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While Nature Might Not Discriminate, the Effects of Climate Change Do 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For far too long, American popular opinion has relegated climate change to the ranks of pedagogical scientists, clearly siloed from our everyday lives. It is with this in mind that a number of environmental advocates kicked off a campaign this spring in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan . The legality of the EPA's carbon rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan will be determined in the State of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--the court case was originally scheduled to come before a three-person panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 2. As of last week, it has been delayed to September 27--but will come before a whole court. The campaign in favor of the Clean Power Plan is unique in that its rhetoric borrows from the gay rights movement: Joshua Dorner, a strategist at the Washington political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker who has experience working on same-sex marriage campaigns, ...
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In Extinction's Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's the stuff of legends. In April 2016, a rancher shot and killed a wolverine in North Dakota. Officials identified the animal as M56, a radio-collared individual from Yellowstone who rose to fame in spring 2009 when he dispersed over 500 miles across the Great Divide Basin, crossing Interstate 80 on Memorial Day weekend in the process, eventually turning up in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Until his collar quit working in 2012, its data indicated that he'd remained there among the snow peaks. How this peripatetic male had ended up in North Dakota, where his luck ran out, will remain a mystery. Wolverine, iStock Photo Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes. He made the ascent for no obvious reason and presumably left his urine on the summit to mark his turf. Such feats have inspired even the most staid ...
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How Climate Change Is Fueling Violence Against Women 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COPENHAGEN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Carla Lopez remembers the first time she heard a suggestion that climate change was a factor leading to the rape of young girls. "I was in Santa Maria Xalapan of Guatemala when a group of women said young girls were being kidnapped and raped because there was a water crisis. It was a revelation," said the executive director of the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres, a women's fund based in Central America. In the indigenous Xinca society of Xalapan, men often kidnap and rape young girls before marrying them, Lopez said, and for about a decade, the local women's group had been campaigning to end this trend. But in the last two years, groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region. As women and girls had to walk further to fetch water, the number of kidnappings and rapes more than doubled over that period, local women said. "The group of young women came to us and said that they were going to campaign for women's and ...
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We Just Completed A Full Year Of Record-Hot Months 19.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For the 12th month in a row, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced record-high global temperatures -- marking a yearlong heat streak that scientists say is grim sign of climate change in action. April 2016 was the hottest April ever recorded by NOAA since it started tracking global temperatures in 1880, the agency announced Wednesday. This is the 12th consecutive month the agency has identified a monthly global temperature record. That's the longest such streak NOAA has ever recorded.  "The April temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.98°F above the 20th century average of 56.7°F," NOAA announced. "This was the highest for April in the 1880-2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 0.50°F." Those temperatures are staggering, climatologists say.  "It's pretty striking," said Astrid Caldas , a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a Huffington Post contributor . "I'm just in shock. I wish it weren't so." Caldas noted that ...
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Climate Change This Week: Sobering Suicides, Battery Breakthrough, and More! 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests Protect The BUB: Bizarre, Useful and Beautiful biodiversity that sustains all of us, besides storing carbon -- and hooded Indian grasshoppers.Credit Kaushik GM at flickr OO India Is Set To Spend Over $6 Billion On Restoring Their Forests Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon * Boreal Circle of Fire - a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, a city devoted to producing climate-changing fossil fuels that help warm and dry out boreal forests; both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for... more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change. OO The Climate Context For The Fort McMurray Wildfire - Takeaways: warmer winters and springs are heating up the north; the fire season has increased 40% over the past 65 years; El Nino added to the heat and dryness this year. large wildfires ...
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Coastal Flooding Will Hit World's Biggest Polluters Hardest 17.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three of the world's heaviest polluters will likely face the greatest human and financial costs caused by coastal flooding, one of the effects of climate change. According to a report released Monday by Christian Aid , an anti-poverty organization, people living in the U.S., China and India -- three of the world's very worst offenders in terms of greenhouse gas emission -- face the greatest risks posed by coastal flooding. By 2060, more than a billion people worldwide will likely confront coastal flooding due to sea level rise, storm surges and extreme weather, with the majority of those people living in major cities throughout Asia. Calcutta, India, tops the list, where around 1.3 million people are currently exposed to coastal flooding. By 2070, that number is expected to balloon to 14 million, according to the report. Mumbai ranks second, where an estimated 11.4 million people could face disruption due to flooding by 2070. Dhaka, Bangladesh, is third with a projected 11.1 million vulnerable ...
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Natural Disasters Already Cost $40 Billion A Year. It Could Get A Lot Worse. 17.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As climate change makes natural disasters worse, countries are struggling to cope.  The combination of climate change, population growth and urbanization has put an unprecedented number of people in the path of destructive weather events over the last 30 years, according to a report released on Monday by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.  Natural disasters now affect over 170 million people every year -- up from 60 million just three decades ago. The total cost of destructive storms, floods and droughts has jumped from $14 billion to $40 billion annually. As disasters worsen, people living in cities and costal regions are likely to suffer most, according to John Roome, senior director for climate change at the World Bank. "Increasingly, populations are also moving into urban areas and along the coast, making them vulnerable to natural hazards," Roome told reporters in a conference call last week. In 136 coastal cities, the value of property destroyed by catastrophic ...
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Noam Chomsky: Climate Change & Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans 16.5.2016 Democracy Now!
President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country. As war spreads across the globe, a record 60 million people were driven from their homes last year. Experts warn the refugee crisis may also worsen due to the impacts of global warming. Over the weekend, NASA released data showing 2016 is on pace to be by far the hottest year ever, breaking the 2015 record. Meanwhile, many fear a new nuclear arms race has quietly begun, as the United States, Russia and China race to build arsenals of smaller nuclear weapons. These multiple crises ...
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Climate Democracy for Rural Communities 15.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Anna Claussen

In early March, farmers and rural residents of southeast Minnesota gathered for three intensive days of presentations, discussion and deliberation around the thorny issue of climate change. The Winona, Minnesota Climate Dialogue participants, most of them in shirts and jeans, were a blend of ages, cultural backgrounds and jobs. Some had lived in the community their whole lives, while others had moved to the area recently. All said they loved where they lived and cared about its natural beauty—ideally positioned where fertile farmland meets the deeply carved Mississippi River Valley.

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The Market for Climate Resilience: Hidden in Plain Sight? 13.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Steven R. Wilson Steven R. Wilson manages projects related to climate change adaptation and resilience for the Multilateral Investment Fund. He recently co-created PROADAPT, a $12 million facility that helps build climate resilience in the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. Households, businesses, and communities everywhere are vulnerable to a growing array of risks related to climate change. These risks arise as a result of climate variability, caused primarily by the long-term emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. Climate risks are manifold: floods, drought, extreme winds, heat waves, sea level rise, invasive pests, and wildfires, among others. Understandably, extreme weather events such as hurricanes and major floods receive the most attention. But longer-term, incremental changes (such as in temperature and precipitation patterns) can be at least as costly and can threaten our very survival--endangering our food supply, water and energy security, health, ...
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Climate Change This Week; Suffocating Seas, Climate Votes, and More! 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Democrats, Republicans Form Bipartisan House Climate Caucus OO San Diego Republican Mayor Pushes Plan To Run On 100% Renewable Energy OO These Republican Lawmakers Are Turning To Climate Action To Help Keep Their Seats * * CLUELESS LEADERSHIP Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the U.S. face a serious impasse with "irreconcilable" differences in some areas, including environmental, according to leaked negotiating texts. OO Leaked TTIP Documents Cast Doubt On EU-US Trade Deal - The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. Oh no, say it ain't so, O! OO Trade Deal Could Trump Climate Pact - President Obama hopes to finalize both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But... Both trade agreements limit "the ability of governments to put in place climate and other public interest policies" and give "huge power" to big polluters," notes Ilana Solomon, director of ...
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