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Leonardo DiCaprio: Green Tech Can Soon Meet 100% of Global Energy Needs 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The short film above, "Green World Rising," is the third episode in the Green World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media. A U.N. draft to guide upcoming climate summits is due to be published on Nov. 2 . The leaked UN report says climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on human society and nature. We don’t need fossil fuels anymore. Many would argue that the reason we can’t stop burning fossil fuels and address climate change is that our modern civilization can’t continue without them. The notion that we depend on fossil fuels is a myth; and it’s a myth that must be busted. And busted soon, given the rapid advance of climate change. For decades, we have had renewable technology on the shelf. We have already invented technologies -- in many cases, over 100 years ago -- that will be the basis of our future, sustainable civilization. Electric vehicles were invented in the early 1800s and had a heyday in 1900, with a hybrid car invented in ...
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Weather Channel Says Global Warming Is Real Following Co-Founder's Climate Denial 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Days after Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told Fox News that global warming is a myth , the cable network has clarified its stance on the matter. In an official “ position statement ” on global warming issued Wednesday, the Weather Channel said that man-made climate change is real . “The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 - 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century,” the statement reads, adding that climate scientists “nearly unanimously” agree that “the majority of the warming” over the last hundred years has been the “result of human activities.” The Weather Channel has an unwavering position on global warming, and you can read about it here: http://t.co/XHlxDwYBLT — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 29, 2014 Though the Weather Channel did not mention Coleman, who co-founded the media outlet in the early 1980s, or his recent comments in the statement, the timing of its release seems telling. On Monday, Coleman made headlines after telling ...
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Superstorm Sandy Two Years Later: New York Is Becoming More Resilient But More Is Needed 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Two years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy came barreling up the East Coast, killing 117 Americans and damaging hundreds of thousands of homes along the way. Here in my hometown of New York, it delivered an 11-foot storm surge and a reminder that climate change wasn't just a challenge for the future. On this anniversary, we honor those who lost their lives to the storm. And we acknowledge the thousands of survivors who suffered losses from the storm and who have yet to be made whole. The storm waters have long since receded, but Sandy left an indelible mark. It made climate resiliency a priority in our region. Many residents now recognize that climate change makes us more vulnerable to higher storm surges, frequent flooding and other extreme events. We have to brace for this new reality, and fortunately, we have begun. Avenue C and 14th Street during Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Matthew Kraus From reinforcing beaches in the Rockaways to installing generators at the Coney Island Houses and sealing holes ...
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Adélie penguin chick weights correlated to temperatures 28.10.2014 Environmental News Network
Oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks. Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased 2 degrees Celsius on average, and 6 degrees Celsius during winter.Adélie penguins are an indigenous species of the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most rapidly warming areas on Earth. Since 1950, the average annual temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has increased 2 degrees Celsius on average, and 6 degrees Celsius during winter.As the WAP climate warms, it is changing from a dry, polar system to a warmer, sub-polar system with more rain.
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Weather Channel Co-Founder Tells Fox News Host Global Warming Is A Myth 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman joined Fox News' Megyn Kelly Monday night to discuss the trials and tribulations facing one of the nation's most persecuted minority groups: climate skeptics . "Thank you for having me on your program," said Coleman. "A climate skeptic can rarely get on TV ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party ... it's a tough go for people who don't believe in climate change." Coleman stunned many global warming supporters in October with an open letter he penned claiming that the science behind climate change was "not valid." “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time," he wrote. Kelly pointed to several Republicans, like Jon Huntsman Jr. , who have argued that those who don't believe in global warming are "nuts." In response, Coleman blamed the media for spreading inaccuracies. "It's very difficult for anybody to be against it, because the media has told the nation over and over again, day after day for 20 years that the ...
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EU Just Shy Of Meeting 2020 Emissions Goal After New Greenhouse Gas Cuts Announced 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's environment agency says the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020. That goal is to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 20 percent compared to 1990 levels. The European Environment Agency said Tuesday that emissions already have fallen 19 percent, meaning the 28-nation bloc is likely to achieve a larger reduction than it aimed for. The EEA projected that 2020 emissions will be 21 percent or 24 percent lower than they were in 1990, depending on whether planned climate action is implemented in full. However, some countries weren't on track to meet their individual targets through domestic action, including Germany and Spain. Most scientists agree the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are the main cause of climate change. The EEA said the EU as a whole also was on track to meet its goals on ...
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The Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion, and Global Warming 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With large numbers of people now shivering in fear over Ebola, it has occurred to many that it would be nice if we had a vaccine against the deadly virus. If we had a vaccine, people in the countries where the disease is prevalent and the health care workers who care for the sick could get the vaccine and quickly bring the disease under control. The threat of Ebola would soon be history. The interesting part of this story is that we could have had a vaccine, if the government had been willing to put up the money. The New York Times reported last week about a vaccine that was developed nearly a decade ago with funding from the Canadian government. According to the article, the vaccine was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys exposed to Ebola from contracting the disease. However, it was never tested in humans. The cost of doing such testing would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. It could be as high $1 billion. To put that in context, this would be roughly $3 per person in the United ...
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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing African Lion As Threatened Species 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the African lion as threatened after a study showed the big cats were in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. A listing as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act would bar trafficking of the species as it faces dwindling habitat in Africa and more competition with humans. African lions, or Panthera leo leo, are found across a wide range in the continent, but about 70 percent, or 24,000, of them live in only 10 major strongholds, the service said in a statement. Listing the African lion as threatened "will bring the full protections of U.S. law to lion conservation, allowing us to strengthen enforcement and monitoring of imports and international trade," Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said. The main threats to the African lion are loss of habitat and of the animals lions prey on, and increased conflict with humans, the statement said. People and farming and grazing ...
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IPCC Chairman Pachauri Urges Governments To Keep Up hope Amid Climate Change Battle 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check. The IPCC is meeting in Copenhagen this week to adopt the final report in its gigantic assessment of climate change. A leaked draft uses starker language than three previous reports, warning of "severe, pervasive and irreversible" climate impacts if the world doesn't rein in its emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. "The synthesis report will provide the roadmap by which policymakers will hopefully find their way to a global agreement to finally reverse course on climate change," Pachauri said. Governments are aiming to reach such an agreement next year, but the negotiations have been hampered by ...
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The Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion and Global Warming 27.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Filling vaccine via Shutterstock) Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! With large numbers of people now shivering in fear over Ebola, it has occurred to many that it would be nice if we had a vaccine against the deadly virus. If we had a vaccine, people in the countries where the disease is prevalent and the health care workers who care for the sick could get the vaccine and quickly bring the disease under control. The threat of Ebola would soon be history. The interesting part of this story is that we could have had a vaccine, if the government had been willing to put up the money. The New York Times reported last week about a vaccine that was developed nearly a decade ago with funding from the Canadian government. According to the article, the vaccine was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys exposed to Ebola from contracting the disease. However it was never tested ...
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Nurses Emerge as Front Line 'Climate Workers' 26.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Climate Change May Cause 'Serious, Pervasive And Irreversible' Damage: Report 26.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OSLO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst. Delegates from more than 100 governments and top scientists meet in Copenhagen on Oct 27-31 to edit the report, meant as the main guide for nations working on a U.N. deal to fight climate change at a summit in Paris in late 2015. They will publish the study on Nov. 2. European Union leaders on Friday agreed to cut emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, in a shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energies, and urged other major emitters led by China and the United States to follow. "The report will be a guide for us," Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who will host a U.N. meeting of environment ministers in Lima in late 2014 to lay the groundwork for the Paris summit, told Reuters. He said the synthesis report by the ...
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Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening? 25.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water supplies in America's heartland. How much more do we need to know about the devastating effects of climate change before Congress takes action? In California, the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record, and 82 percent of the state is currently experiencing extreme drought. And the situation is expected to get worse -- recently scientists predicted that 2014 will end as the hottest year ever recorded. Experts also tell us that climate change has tripled the probability that the drought-causing weather conditions will continue. This historic drought is contributing to more frequent and intense wildfires. In the past, California's ...
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Two Years' Time: The Nature of Hurricane Sandy 23.10.2014 TreeHugger
Marking 2 years since Hurricane Sandy and the reality of a changing climate
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The Sum of Our Fears 23.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We who live in the industrialized world have put up a large retaining wall to safeguard us from the horrors that have plagued humanity throughout history. We no longer worry on a daily basis about some Genghis Khan figure sweeping through our towns and leaving great piles of skulls in his wake. We don't obsess about famines, which once appeared with the regularity of the seasons. The Black Death is behind us, as is cholera, polio, and numerous other epidemics. In other words, we've knocked three of the Four Horsemen from their saddles. War, pestilence, and famine, though still a presence in the developing world, have been largely put out to pasture in the rich half of the planet. When that fourth horseman -- the "pale rider" of death -- finally pays a visit, it's only after we've clocked seven or eight decades on average. Yet, for all our unprecedented good fortune, we are in a near-constant state of fear. Some portion of this fear is existential. We worry about global apocalypse delivered to us by way ...
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'The Blood That's to Come': Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More! 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Hundreds Of Hunting And Fishing Groups Speak Out For Action On Climate Change OO Greenpeace Sinks Lego's Deal With Shell Oil Over Arctic Drilling - which included having toddlers get their plastic cars "filled" at Shell Gas stations... makes your heart curdle, just thinking about it... OO Glasgow Becomes First University In Europe To Divest From Fossil Fuels OO Nobel Laureates Call For A Revolutionary Shift In How Humans Use Resources OO Australian Anglicans Join Divestment Movement OO Orange Country, CA: Growing Numbers Call for End to Fracking in GOP Area Good Ideas: International Lawsuits Could Punish Carbon Emitters Even If Governments Don't reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. Improving climate science and the workings of international litigation could make courtrooms the next climate change battlefield, according to a new report. OO We Can Meet 2C Climate Target, But Success Depends On Immediate Action say energy experts. OO Americans Can Save More Money By Not Burning It on fossil fuels, ...
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Climate Change on the Nuclear Subcontinent 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by William Blakemore In a recent blog post , Secretary of State John Kerry described climate change as a "gathering storm," already affecting millions around the world and posing direct challenges to our national security and global stability. In a new report , the Pentagon agreed. Indeed, our climate is changing in erratic but decisive ways, as the ice caps melt, seas warm (and rise), and the temperature of the globe increases over time. Diverse disciplines offer perspectives on these issues that could lead to our deeper understanding -- and mitigation. We seek to contribute by asking how these changes relate to geopolitical violence and terrorism, especially in the world's most unstable regions. One of those regions is the Middle East. In a September 29 post titled "How Climate Change Helped ISIS," we explored connections between a catastrophic, poverty-inducing drought and the rise of militant Jihadis in Syria, including ISIS (also known as ISIL or the Islamic State). The drought ...
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Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Climate Post: U.S., Military to Plan More Strategically for Climate Change 20.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change is a "threat multiplier" and worse than many of the challenges the U.S. military is already grappling with, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The New York Times indicated that the report marks a departure from the DoD's previous focus on preparing bases to adapt to climate change. The DoD now calls on the military to incorporate climate change plans in its strategic thinking and budgeting. "Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe." Climate change will now be factored into several day-to-day decisions , including ...
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