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The GOP's Big Chance to Prove Itself 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is the fifth and final post in a series about the prospects for an international climate agreement this year. The first four can be found in my Huffington Post archive . With their sights on the White House in 2016, Republicans say they will use their control of Congress to prove they can govern. But with voter confidence so low, what evidence would be convincing? Merely carrying out custodial duties like passing the federal budget on time without shutting down the government would be refreshing, but it would not be sufficient evidence of governance. It would be more convincing if Republicans resolved an issue of major national and international importance, especially one where congressional action has been stalled by partisan or procedural gridlock. Climate change comes readily to mind. It would be shocking in a good way if Republicans reversed course and took meaningful action in the next 10 months to reign in the nation's carbon emissions. That way, the United States could hold its head up high ...
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Jim Inhofe Brings A Snowball To The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Is A 'Hoax' 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor Thursday as part of his case for why global warming is a hoax. Inhofe, who wrote the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, took to the floor to decry the "hysteria on global warming." "In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, 'You know what this is?'" he said, holding up a snowball. "It's a snowball, from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable." "Catch this," he said to the presiding officer, tossing the blob of snow. Inhofe went on to list the recent cold temperatures across parts of the United States, which included 67 new record lows earlier this week according to the National Weather Service, as evidence that global warming claims are overhyped. "We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year ...
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For a Call From Manila 26.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the Philippines as elsewhere around the world, climate change is driving risk and multiplying the impact of all the other drivers of risk such as poverty, population growth, poor urban planning and eco-system decline. If good intentions were enough, then the Philippines would be a world leader in building resilience to disasters. The country has some of the best legislation and policy frameworks on climate change and disaster risk management. It also has strong institutions in the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and PAGASA's weather and climate services. Unfortunately, that's not enough in the face of shifting and unpredictable typhoon seasons which can produce super storms like Typhoon Haiyan. It was the strongest storm ever to make landfall, claiming nearly 8000 lives, affecting more than 16 million people, and causing irreparable damage to livelihoods and economic growth. Haiyan, which resulted in US$ 13 billion in damages, was also one of the top two most damaging ...
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Nearly All California Voters Think Water Shortage Is A Serious Problem, Poll Shows 26.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Nearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday. Winter storms that dropped up to a foot (30 cm) of rain on parts of California have modestly eased the dry conditions, according to U.S. drought experts, but the relief only put a dent in the drought entering its fourth year. Some 94 percent of polled voters said the shortage was serious, with over two-thirds describing the shortfall as extremely serious. Respondents in northern California, the Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area were more likely than their southern California counterparts to say the problem was extreme. About four in 10 voters said they felt the state's existing water storage and supply facilities could not meet the state's needs, a rate almost two times higher than when respondents were asked the same ...
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Extreme weather alert: Climate change is real 26.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Meteorologists, especially those on the television news programs, have a duty to state the cold, hard facts: Climate change is real, it is a planetary threat, and there is plenty we can do about ...
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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here 26.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'There Will Be A Reckoning' 25.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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We Make Progress -- but Need More -- on Climate Change 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While we were experiencing record cold weather in Central New York (-17°F on Feb. 16, 2015), it was hard to assimilate the Jan. 16 New York Times article headlined, "2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics." The article cited the recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that said that, in 2014, the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 1.24°F above the long-term average dating back to 1880. This makes 2014 the warmest year on record. Is it a contradiction that as the Northeast has had a very difficult winter, Alaska has had a modestly mild winter? Would we have thought that temperatures in Texas would be lower on certain dates in January and early February than those in Alaska? Clearly, in 2014, we observed some extreme temperatures in the United States, on both the low and high ends. An article written by Jennifer Francis and Stephen Vavrus in Geophysical Research Letters in 2012 suggested that the loss of Arctic summer ice is adding enough heat to ...
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Al Roker Says Harsh Weather Conditions This Winter Are Result Of Climate Change 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NBC weather anchor Al Roker believes that the extreme weather conditions the country is experiencing this winter are due to climate change. "We've been in a pattern now where five weeks in a row there's been a storm that comes up and then reforms off the mid-Atlantic/New England coast and dumps a ton of snow," he told Larry King during an interview Tuesday. "Is this all part of climate change?" King asked. "I think it is," Roker replied. "You can't point to any one event and say, 'This is climate change,' but what climate change opens the door for -- allows for -- are more extreme swings of weather." Roker pointed to the contradiction between the lack of rainfall on the West Coast and the deluge of snow and ice on the East Coast. "Climate change makes that more possible," he told King, adding that he prefers the term climate change to global warming. Roker's acknowledgment of the impact of climate change is notable considering the meteorologists and news anchors who have previously denied -- or simply ...
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Climate Change This Week: Apple Goes Solar, Apocalyptic US Droughts Predicted, and More! 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Small Earthquakes Linked To Fracking Could Lead To Major Ones - says a government scientist. OO Canada: Oil Train Derails, Spills Unknown Amount Of Crude Oil Source youmeanbiodiversity.wordpress.com OO Unusual String Of Bottlenose Dolphin Deaths Linked To BP Oil Spill Dangerously Dumb Ideas: OO Climate Hacking, aka Geoengineering, Is Barking Mad OO Biofuel Goals Could Require All the World's Crops - which is just how much of a nonstarter it is, made in the 2008 free, downloadable book, Cool the Earth, Save the Economy . OO Oil And Gas Companies Won't Have To Pay For Damage Caused To Louisiana's Coast, Judge Rules - the world is theirs to exploit and trash without blame... thanks, judge. OO Elon Musk Is Right: Hydrogen Is 'An Incredibly Dumb' Car Fuel - requiring far more mass and volume of the car, not to mention far lower efficiency in energy conversion. OO Scientists: No, We Can't Fight Climate Change By Burning Trees - because trees are the cheapest way to store carbon, and burning them adds to ...
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Climate Questions From Smart Young Students 22.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics. A little while back, I got an email from a 14 year-old Virginia middle-schooler named Emily, who was working on a debate project about global warming. She asked me the six good questions below, and I thought I'd answer them via this post. But first, my apologies to Emily for taking so long - her debate probably has already taken place. I hope these responses will help some other students with their assignments. As an environmentalist, what actions do you go out of your way to take to on a regular basis to help out the environment? Emily, our personal choices and habits matters. Mine aren't perfect, but here are a few things I do and don't do. I drive a hybrid car, and I bike to work when the weather is mild (good exercise). In our home, I have installed energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, EnergyStar appliances (like our ...
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To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges 21.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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As Extreme Cold Engulfs Eastern US, Fossil Fuel Mishaps Leave Disaster Areas on Fire 20.2.2015 Truthout.com
As extreme cold temperatures blast the eastern third of the United States, the fossil fuel industry has seen a series of disasters in less than a week. On Wednesday, an explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery south of Los Angeles rocked the surrounding area with the equivalent of a 1.4-magnitude earthquake. The blast in California happened as oil tank cars from a derailed train remained on fire Wednesday in West Virginia, two days after the accident. The derailment forced the evacuation of two towns and destroyed a house. The derailment in West Virginia happened just two days after another oil train derailment in Ontario, Canada, which also left rail cars burning for days. We are joined by Stephen Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. "Climate policy and energy policy are not usually discussed together in this country," Kretzmann says. "Climate change means that we need to transition away from fossil fuels, sooner rather than later." TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be ...
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Unprecedented California Sea Lion Strandings Linked To Warmer Pacific 19.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday. Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse. "These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they're capable of hunting effectively," said Shawn Johnson, director of ...
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Harsh winter in Eastern US result of warming Arctic and shifting jet stream 18.2.2015 Environmental News Network
Prolonged cold snaps on the East Coast, California drought and frozen mornings in the South all have something in common – the atmospheric jet stream which transports weather systems that’s  taken to meandering all over North America.Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis and colleagues link that wavy jet stream to a warming Arctic, where climate changes near the top of the world are happening faster than in Earth’s middle latitudes.A new study from Francis and University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist Stephen Vavrus, published in IOPscience, backs up that theory, with evidence linking regional and seasonal conditions in the Arctic to deeper north-south jet stream waves which will lead to more extreme weather across the country.
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Climate change may affect tick life cycles, Lyme disease 18.2.2015 Environmental News Network
A new study suggests that changing climate patterns may be altering the life cycles of blacklegged ticks in the northeastern United States, which could increase transmission among animals – and ultimately humans – of certain pathogens, including the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Other colder regions of the country that have sufficient populations of blacklegged ticks – particularly Wisconsin and Minnesota – may also experience a higher risk of Lyme disease. However, the changing life cycles of the ticks may result in a less-likely probability of transmitting a more deadly pathogen that results in Powassan encephalitis, the researchers say.
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Largest Solar Farm in the US Is Officially Operating, and More 18.2.2015 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Our nation's largest solar farm is officially online and it's operating on public lands; massive snow storms are directly related to hotter global temperatures; four states banned electric car maker Tesla from selling vehicles directly to customers, to protect car dealerships that primarily sell gas-burning vehicles; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. Every time meteorologists use words like 'Snowpocalypse' it seems like mother nature makes it a point to prove them wrong. However, this year, that prediction came true for folks in Boston, and global warming is likely to blame. Earlier this month, that city was hit with back-to-back record-breaking snowfalls, which brought the snow totals to more than 77 inches so far this season. Of course, any time we have some cold weather, anti-science conservatives love to deny that our climate is changing. But, even they have to admit that this ...
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Threat of Deadly Pathogens on the Rise Thanks to Climate Change 18.2.2015 Truthout.com
As West Africa slowly recovers from the Ebola outbreak, there are new fears that infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola could become more likely thanks to global warming and climate change. (Photo: The CDC ) Climate change is quickly becoming an infectious disease's best friend. Yesterday, after six long months, students in Liberia returned to their classrooms. Schools across Liberia had been shut down since the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. But, while schools may be reopened, they are taking plenty of precautions. According to Slate , "Liberian officials said more than 5,000 health kits with thermometers and chlorine for hand-washing, were distributed to schools. Education officials are also emphasizing that class sizes should be reduced - from the typical 100 to 40 or 50 students—to help avoid close contact that allowed Ebola to rapidly spread." More than 4,000 people have lost their lives because of Ebola in Liberia alone. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout ...
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Warming Planet Threatens More and Possibly Deadlier Pathogens, Warns Study 17.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Tiny Oregon Minnow Is Now First Fish Taken Off Endangered Species List 17.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe was to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon at a wildlife refuge outside Corvallis. The action comes 22 years after the 3-inch-long fish was first listed as an endangered species, and five years after it was upgraded to threatened. Paul Henson, Oregon director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, said the Oregon chub demonstrates that a lot of species can be brought back from the brink of extinction, if key needs are met, such as a safe place to live, even in an urban landscape. "This doesn't mean that all of a sudden it's hands off, and we never need to do anything for them," Henson said. "But we can at least put them back in the group of species that need attention, but don't need to go into the emergency room of the ...
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