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Scientists 'Virtually Certain' Climate Change Boosts European Heat Waves 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laurie Goering LONDON July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week - defined as three-day periods of excessive heat - are becoming much more frequent in the region. In De Bilt in the Netherlands, for example, a heat wave like the one forecast for the next few days would have been a roughly 1-in-30-years event in the 1900s, according to the scientists. It is now likely to happen every three and a half years, they said. In Mannheim, Germany, a heat wave like that of the last few days would have been a once-in-a-century event in the 1900s, but is now likely to happen about every 15 ...
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Catholic Colleges In No Rush To Divest From Fossil Fuels After Pope's Encyclical 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Students at Catholic universities across the United States are hoping the pope's encyclical on the environment , which lays out a moral argument for addressing climate change, will help them persuade their schools to drop investments in fossil fuel. “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay,” Pope Francis wrote in his June 18 encyclical. He pointed to an “urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.” Student campaigns for divestment were already underway at the very wealthiest Catholic universities in the U.S. But so far, not a single American Catholic college or university has announced plans to divest in light of the encyclical. Of the three ...
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Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices 2.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming decade. The crisis in California serves as an example of common agricultural policies and practices that damage our water supplies. The threat of water shortages will increase as climate change progresses, for example, by shrinking snowpack. Snowpack is vital to ecosystems and more than half of the world's population. Snowpack provides about a third of California's water supply when it melts in late spring and summer and replenishes reservoirs. California's snowpack is at its lowest level on record. Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources Governor Jerry Brown : "I can tell you from California that climate change is not a hoax. We're dealing with it, and it's damned serious." California water supplies ...
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In the Warming Arctic Seas 1.7.2015 Truthout.com
The sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean can - as shown in this photograph - look more like Swiss cheese or a bright coastal wetland. As ice melts, the liquid water collects in depressions on the surface and deepens them, forming melt ponds. These fresh water ponds are separated from the salty sea below and around it, until breaks in the ice merge the two. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr ) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - I was standing in the back of the sled when it broke through the ice, plunging into the frigid water of the Hulahula River. Just in time, Robert yanked the machine. The heavy sled, instead of falling on me, gradually moved out of the shallow water. It must have been about 40 degrees below zero. I began to settle into hypothermia. Robert Thompson and his cousin Perry Anashugak quickly set up the tent and lit both burners of the Coleman stove. Inside a sleeping bag, I began to warm up. That day, I escaped death, barely. "The river is supposed to have solid ice on the surface ...
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Think Today's Refugee Crisis Is Bad? Climate Change Will Make It a Lot Worse 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last year was the worst year on record for refugees. The number of people fleeing war and persecution jumped to nearly 60 million, the highest figure since the United Nations' refugee agency began keeping records 50 years ago, and that doesn't even include people driven from their homes by poverty, gang violence or natural disasters. Smugglers are preying on refugees, social services in poor Middle Eastern and African countries have been stretched to the limit, and Europe and Australia are turning back exiles at their borders. António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, acknowledged that relief agencies are overwhelmed. "We don't have the capacity and we don't have the resources to support all the victims of conflict around the world to provide them with the very minimal level of protection and assistance," he told reporters at a mid-June press conference. By all accounts, it's a mess. But it's likely only a harbinger of things to come if industrialized nations don't dramatically reduce carbon ...
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In the Warming Arctic Seas 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Why Cities Will Be Vital Players at Paris Climate Talks 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the next few days, leaders from cities, local governments and other organizations around the world will gather in Lyon, France . It is an important step toward COP21 , the UN conference on climate change that will happen in Paris in December. The bold actions taken not only by local leaders but also by all the range of non-state actors to reduce greenhouse gases place them at the forefront of the fight against climate change. This is the reason why we have decided to co-host in Paris the 4th of December 2015, during COP21, a summit for mayors and local leaders, called the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. Since cities and urban areas hold most of the world's population and contribute to 70 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions , they are key contributors to any global success at COP21. Our summit of cities and local governments in Paris at the Hôtel de Ville will be an opportunity for local leaders to strengthen their commitments, share experiences, learn from each other and deliver ...
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The Arctic Is Speaking Truths About Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening? 25.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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An Interview with Sara Terry on Effectively Documenting Climate Change 25.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sara Terry is a media force of nature; an award-winning filmmaker, documentary photographer, and journalist. While working as a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor, she made a bold move by leaving behind security and striking out on her own to fully unleash her talents as a media communicator. She founded The Aftermath Project in 2003, after documenting what she describes as the other half of the story, the aftermath of war in Bosnia, published as a book in 2005. She moved on to documentary filmmaking with the support of the Sundance Documentary Institute, with a film on a grassroots program in post-war Sierra Leone in 2011. One of the things she describes being most proud of is becoming a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Sara is a cherished member of the EverydayClimateChange (ECC) Instagram feed and a confidant on maintaining a high standard of photography and content on the feed. (Photo by Sara Terry @saraterry13 for @everydayclimate change: An artificial grass lawn in Venice Beach, CA. Scientists ...
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We don't have to choose between jobs and climate action 24.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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The Arctic Is Speaking Truths About Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening? 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Arctic is screaming. Can you hear her in the floods of Houston, the drought in California and the epic snowfall in Boston this past winter? In Alaska, the only Arctic state in the United States, it was a record-smashing 89 degrees in Anchorage at 6:30 at night on June 15, 2015, one of several 80 degree days. Historically, June temperatures fluctuate between the mid-60s to mid-70s. Currently, 238 wildfires, burning 408 square miles, are forcing the evacuation of residents in several communities. Fifty-seven new fires ignited on June 22. Our collective failure to limit greenhouse gas emissions has pushed atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide -- the primary driver of climate change -- to levels not seen for millions of years, when the Earth did not support human life. These increases are causing significant changes in the Earth system and most profoundly in the Arctic. In the last half-century, Alaska and the Arctic have warmed twice as fast as the global average. In Alaska, record-breaking high ...
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EPA Report Reinforces 'Urgency' of Global Climate Crisis 23.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Not 'If' But 'How': New Study Shows Why All Extreme Weather Is Climate Related 23.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Tackling Climate Change Could Be The 21st Century's Greatest Health Opportunity, Medical Journal Report Says 23.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Swift action on climate--a fast transition from fossil fuels to clean energy--will save our country (and the world) so much money on healthcare that the transition would easily pay for itself and then some. That's the headline news in a new report on climate change and health released by an international group of medical experts and published in one of the world's most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet . Of course, the good news of solutions in not all these experts tell us. The Lancet report details the dangers that climate change already poses to human health--to your health and mine--that many of us are currently unaware of. Here we are talking about increased risks of death, injury and illness from extended heatwaves, far-reaching droughts, deep and dangerous floods, amped-up hurricanes, wildfires that burn longer and hotter than they did even 10 years ago. Already, doctors in places like Virginia, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania have documented increases in asthma and other breathing ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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GOP Candidates Bound to Feel 'Climate Shock' on the Campaign Trail 18.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Of the 12 declared Republican presidential candidates, only two have acknowledged climate-related problems. For the others, the campaign trail to the 2016 election is going to involve dancing around climate change issues depending on who their stump speech is directed at -- and it is getting tougher by the day. These candidates will have to adjust to a sea-change since the last presidential election as more and more campaign-giving businesses acknowledge the need to tackle climate change, including a new lineage of conservatives like North Carolina entrepreneur Jay Faison who has committed $165 million to his ClearPath Foundation to promote climate change solutions and persuade Republicans to accept actual climate science. This is particularly true if they really want to be the next president. First, keeping in mind that every U.S. president dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower has met with the reigning Pope (George W. Bush six times!), it might not be a good move for the candidates who evoke their ...
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Inside the Power Plant Fueling the US Drought 17.6.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: Michael Friberg / ProPublica) A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces — some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires into electricity. The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 ...
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The Hoax of Climate Denial: Why “Politically Motivated” Science Is Good Science 16.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Hoax of Climate Denial 16.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Recently, the Washington Post  reported  new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right. The authors of the study use Senator John McCain to illustrate the point. McCain's political odyssey is, in some dismaying sense, close to my own heart, since it highlights the Republican turn against science. As unlikely as it might seem today, in the first half of the twentieth century the Republicans were the party that most strongly supported scientific work, as they recognized the diverse ways in which it could undergird economic activity and national security. The Democrats were more dubious, tending to see science as elitist and worrying that new federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health would concentrate resources in elite East Coast universities. In recent decades, of course, the Republicans have lurched rightward ...
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The Hoax of Climate Denial: Why "Politically Motivated" Science Is Good Science 16.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Recently, the Washington Post  reported  new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right. The authors of the study use Senator John McCain to illustrate the point. McCain's political odyssey is, in some dismaying sense, close to my own heart, since it highlights the Republican turn against science. As unlikely as it might seem today, in the first half of the twentieth century the Republicans were the party that most strongly supported scientific work, as they recognized the diverse ways in which it could undergird economic activity and national security. The Democrats were more dubious, tending to see science as elitist and worrying that new federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health would concentrate resources in elite East Coast universities. In recent decades, of course, the Republicans have lurched rightward on many topics and now regularly ...
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