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At Passover and Easter, Remembering Climate Change Refugees 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"I have marked well the plight of My people... I am mindful of their sufferings." (Exodus 3:7) For Makay Borrow Shuriye, climate change is not a far-off concern. She and her five children live in Kenya's Nanighi community, in Garissa County, raising camels and other livestock. But the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, a clear consequence of climate change, is taking its toll. Less food is available for the camels as pastures disappear. The animals have become more susceptible to disease, and their migration to areas where food is still available introduces new diseases. She and the other mothers in the community work with the development organization CARE to explore climate change mitigation strategies, but Makay may well become a climate change refugee in the near future, living on the margins of a parched land. The movement of climate refugees has started and is becoming a major human tragedy. CARE estimates that minimally, 250 million climate refugees will be pushed out of their native ...
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Bighorn Sheep Die-Off Prompts End Of Hunting Season In Montana 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman March 23 (Reuters) - The die-off of bighorn sheep from pneumonia led Montana wildlife managers on Monday to take the unusual step of abruptly closing a hunting season tied to a wild herd near Yellowstone National Park whose seasonal mating rituals attract scores of wildlife watchers. The emergency closure came after state biologists estimated that pneumonia had claimed nearly 40 percent of a herd near Gardiner, Montana, whose numbers fell to 55 this month from 89 last year, state wildlife managers said on Monday. Such pneumonia outbreaks have been linked to contact between wild sheep and domestic ones that graze on public allotments and private lands across the Rocky Mountain West. More than 1 million bighorns once roamed the region but their numbers had fallen to just tens of thousands in the first decades of the 20th century because of unregulated hunting and disease, according to the Wild Sheep Foundation. Wildlife managers in Montana and other Western states have ...
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Is It Time To Take Green Sea Turtles Off Threatened Species List? 21.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's green sea turtles should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is small and nearly all of them nest at the same low-lying atoll, federal wildlife agencies said Friday. The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs petitioned the government in 2012 to study whether Hawaii's green sea turtles might have recovered to the point where they no longer need Endangered Species Act protections. But Patrick Opay, the endangered species branch chief of NOAA's Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office, said Hawaii has fewer than 4,000 nesting green sea turtles, and 96 percent of them nest at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This makes them vulnerable to outbreaks of disease, rising sea levels and other threats, Opay said. "You have all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak," he said. Green sea turtles nest on beaches and feed in the ocean, eating mostly seagrass and algae. Adult females return to the same beaches where they were born every two ...
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To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System 20.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Climate-change deniers can't be fiscal hawks 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The United States Federal Government spends more than $3 million every hour putting out fires and responding to extreme weather events. That figure will continue to grow as the prevalence of natural disasters increases because of climate change. Spending in response to these occurrences has gotten so out of control, that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office now includes climate change in its annual High Risk Report, noting that a failure to take action presents a significant financial risk. New York City got a taste of climate change in 2013 when Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, leaving $60 billion of damage in its wake. More than 8.5 million New Yorkers went without power, and 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. It caused the New York Stock Exchange to close for two days and shuttered our nation's largest public transit system. The city is now undertaking a massive effort to enhance resiliency to future superstorms and rising sea levels. Tens-of-billions of dollars are to be ...
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The Dark Humor of Climate Denial: Behind the Absurdity, A Serious Crisis 18.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Worried about climate change and the effects of extreme weather? Concerned about what the future holds for our nation's people, wildlife and infrastructure? Do you live in a place like Miami, where you no longer even need rain to get a flood ? Fear not. Florida Governor Rick Scott has a simple way to solve your problems: just abolish the phrase "climate change." You've probably heard by now that upon taking office in 2011, the Scott administration instituted an "unwritten policy" that forbade the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from using the words "climate change" or "global warming" in its official communications. This despite the fact that Florida is one of the states most threatened by climate change, and the DEP is on the front lines of studying and dealing with its effects. And employees of other state agencies responsible for preparing for the impacts of a warming climate on transportation, public health and water management have also reported being pressured to avoid using ...
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A Melting Arctic and Weird Weather: The Plot Thickens 18.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Everyone loves to talk about the weather, and this winter Mother Nature has served up a feast to chew on. Few parts of the US have been spared her wrath. Severe drought and abnormally warm conditions continue in the west, with the first-ever  rain-free January  in San Francisco; bitter cold hangs tough over the upper Midwest and Northeast; and New England is being buried by a seemingly endless string of  snowy nor'easters . Yes, droughts, cold and snowstorms have happened before, but the persistence of this pattern over North America is starting to raise eyebrows. Is climate change at work here? Wavier jet stream One thing we do know is that the polar jet stream - a fast river of wind up where jets fly that circumnavigates the northern hemisphere - has been doing some odd things in recent years. Rather than circling in a relatively straight path, the jet stream has meandered more in north-south waves. In the west, it's been bulging northward, arguably since December 2013 - a pattern dubbed the " ...
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As UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis 17.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu is devastated by Cyclone Pam, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben links the storm to global warming and responds to the new decision by the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to back the fast-growing divestment campaign to persuade investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. This comes as University of Oxford alumni, donors and students are watching a vote set for today on whether the school will divest its endowment from the top 200 companies involved in exploring or extracting fossil fuels. McKibben also discusses news from NASA that California's water supply could be exhausted by next year. Meanwhile, the environmentalist and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge while in office. Nasheed became famous in 2009 for holding a cabinet meeting underwater to show the threat of climate change to his island nation. McKibben is the author of ...
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Officials Blame Climate Change for 'Worse Than Worst Case Scenario' in Vanuatu 16.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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As U.N. Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis 16.3.2015 Democracy Now!
As the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu is devastated by Cyclone Pam, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben links the storm to global warming and responds to the new decision by the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to back the fast-growing divestment campaign to persuade investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. This comes as University of Oxford alumni, donors and students are watching a vote set for today on whether the school will divest its endowment from the top 200 companies involved in exploring or extracting fossil fuels. McKibben also discusses news from NASA that California's water supply could be exhausted by next year. Meanwhile, the environmentalist and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge while in office. Nasheed became famous in 2009 for holding a cabinet meeting underwater to show the threat of climate change to his island nation. McKibben is the author of ...
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Ridley's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Fixates on the Past and Ignores the Present to Try and Predict the Future 16.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Longtime climate contrarian and " coal baron " Matt Ridley returns to the Wall Street Journal to try to argue against data that show clean energy rapidly scaling up, and the science of climate change that links last year's record heat and widespread extreme weather with carbon pollution. Ridley, whose family estate has a coal mine on it that will generate an estimated £4 million (or $5.8 million) every year until 2020, does the Journal's readers a grave disservice by distracting them from the coming energy disruption as renewables scale up. Ridley repeats unoriginal arguments, citing obvious benefits from the Industrial Revolution while dismissing the global consensus of the scientific community that carbon emissions are altering our climate, giving us record-breaking heat and contributing to extreme weather events like California's drought and, through warmed waters and atmosphere, strengthens hurricanes and cyclones like the one that just devastated Vanuatu . Ridley's love letter to fossil fuels is ...
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As Cyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu, Climate Experts Sound Alarm 14.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Vanuatu Suffers Cyclone Pam. 14.3.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How to help the several hundred thousand people of Vanuata and its neighbours as this terrible storm dies down from category 5 to 4? Donations, I’m sure will be accepted worldwide for this terrible taste of future storms, while money is probably the last thing on the minds of many residents and observers.
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The Climate Post: Climate Pledges May Not Be Enough 13.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The European Union (EU) is now the second body to submit an official climate target to the United Nations ahead of talks to reach a global climate agreement in Paris later this year. One of the world's top emitters, the EU intends to reduce its emissions 40 percent (relative to 1990 levels) by 2030. This commitment is in addition to 2050 emissions reduction targets that a recent report published by the European Environment Agency claims may prove difficult to reach. "The level of ambition of environmental policies currently in place to reduce environmental pressures may not enable Europe to achieve long-term environmental goals, such as the 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent," the report said . It points to a 60 percent cut in transportation emissions toward which little progress has been made. Another study that looks at commitments by all nations to curb the effects of climate change suggests that the U.N. goal of avoiding 2 degrees Celsius of warming by century's end is ...
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Could China & India's Air Pollution be behind our Cold, Snowy Winters? 12.3.2015 Environmental News Network
It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on the ground. When is this winter going to end?Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington.But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India.
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CO2 increase may intensify future droughts in tropics 10.3.2015 Environmental News Network
A new study suggests that increases in atmospheric CO2 could intensify extreme droughts in tropical and subtropical regions -- such as Australia, the southwest and central United States, and southern Amazonia -- at much a faster rate than previously anticipated, explains University of Texas at Austin professor Rong Fu in a commentary in the March 9 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Climate Change May Have Contributed to the Rise of ISIS, and More 10.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: According to a new study, climate change may have contributed to the rise of ISIS; packaged snack foods may be responsible for inflammatory disease; Big Sugar is going to kill the Florida Everglades; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science and green news..... You need to know this. Climate change contributed to the rise of ISIS. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, human-caused global warming triggered "the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures" in Syria. That drought lasted four years, from 2006 to 2010, and it led to poverty, hunger and unrest, which triggered the civil war that spawned the creation of ISIS. The scientists came to this conclusion by studying the timeline of events leading up to the rise of that terrorist group. They explained, "While we're not saying the drought caused the [civil] war, we are saying that it certainly contributed to other ...
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Africa's women-driven agriculture movement a blueprint for a brighter future 10.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Few areas of the world live up to this year's International Women's Day theme to "Make it Happen" as well as the isolated villages of eastern Africa  -- where most women grow, process and cook food, often as the sole head of the family. This may surprise people who think of the women's rights movement as an urban trend based in the more affluent and liberal Global North.  But the fact is that rural African women, who shoulder most of the work in all stages of a food system -- seed selection, farming, processing, selling, meal preparation and composting --  are fashioning a food system based on principles of what's called ...
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Climate Change Poses Serious Threats to Food Distribution 9.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
By now there has been a steady stream of news about climate change's impacts on food production. Heat waves, drought, and wildfire are damaging harvests in California, Australia and Brazil. Warming and acidifying oceans threaten seafood stocks. Rising temperatures are causing declines in crops as different as wheat and cherries, while extreme precipitation and floods have destroyed crops across the US and Europe. Increasing temperatures and CO2 levels are  reducing the nutritional value of grasses  and  increasing heat stress , in the process  impairing animals' ability  to produce eggs, meat, and milk. At the same time, climate change is also beginning to disrupt another key aspect of food security: how food gets to market. The same effects that are hurting food production – storm surges, floods, and other extreme weather events all around the world – are also highlighting the vulnerability of food distribution systems that rely on long-distance transportation, centralized wholesale markets, and the ...
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Climate Change This Week: Siberia Holes Up, Solar Over Oil, and More! 9.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The aerial face of fracking on Earth. Source: safewatermovement org Fossil Fuel Follies OO Fossil Fuel Industry Manipulates Science says a new analysis by a watchdog group of over 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives. OO San Francisco Bay Area Workers, Unions, Finance The Fracking Boom via their pension funds, even though they are increasinly joining the climate justice movement. OO Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots Waste: OO Food Waste Contributes to Climate Change And Cost Billions Yearly says a new report. Clueless Leadership OO Arizona: Utility Board Approves Large Monthly Solar Fees - likely to discourage solar power in a sunny state... go figure. * * WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS extreme weather, California dryin', Google Weather around the world month year to get latest update from Jon Plotkin; ck the summary. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 8, 2015 How unusual has the weather been? No one event ...
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