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Climate Change and the Coming 'Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions' 2.12.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Climate change—and resultant natural disasters, droughts, and sea level rise—"could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions," senior military figures told the Guardian on Thursday.

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Climate Change Denial, The GOP, And President-elect Donald J. Trump 1.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PEOTUS Donald J. Trump says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese. Tell that to the people of Gatlinburg, Tennessee who just lost property, friends and family to freakish November forest fires — calling what occurred “an apocalyptic nightmare” — or the people of red state Georgia devastated by tornadoes in late November. A 2014 graph, “ Peak of Tornado Season Shifting Earlier in Tornado Alley ”, by Climate Central shows the improbability of this week’s devastating tornados. Rain accompanying the tornados failed to alleviate a severe drought afflicting the red-state Southeast. From the United States Drought Monitor before the deadly Gatlinburg fire: As reported by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), hundreds (at least 212) new fires have started in the Southeast, with 30 of them classified as large wildfires (100 acres or more), and burn bans were widespread across the region. Streams were at record and near-record low levels. Severe agricultural impacts (stock ponds drying up, winter ...
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Something Strange Is In the Air 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Oya Ayman

It was surprising when there were few fruits on the cherry trees at the beginning of summer, the very same trees that had blossomed with white flowers the previous spring. Most of the buds had been sunburnt and dropped before they could become fruit. We could not make sense of these small burnt fruit despite there being no frost. We stumbled upon the reason from an elderly farmer who has been taking care of cherry trees for many years. The things he had to say all showed signs of how climate change is going to affect food production:

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November Was A Bad Month For Arctic Sea Ice. The Overall Picture Is Much Worse. 1.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you stumbled across an alarming chart about sea ice  on Twitter last month and doomsday scenarios immediately leaped into your head, you’re not alone. What the graph illustrates is true: There’s substantially less sea ice in the world than ever before. The Arctic ― and, for completely unrelated reasons, the Antarctic ― just closed out November with less ice than any other year in history. But the real cause for alarm isn’t last month’s warming blip in the Arctic that temporarily stalled ice growth, an anomaly that happens from time to time. Nor is it the concurrent loss of ice in the Antarctic ― since, to the best of our knowledge, the behavior of sea ice in one hemisphere has nothing to do with the behavior of sea ice in the other. The scariest part of all this is the long-term warming trend it follows. “The 10 lowest years [of Arctic sea ice] have all occurred in the last 10 years,” said Julienne Stroeve, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Here’s why that matters, ...
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Climate Change This Week: Arctic Frying Disaster, Community Solar Is Competitive, And More! 1.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these monkey face orchids that occur in Peru, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source www.hideme.io Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Morocco Plants Millions Of Trees Along Roads To Fight Climate Change - A government-led tree-planting program is aiming to offset carbon emissions while propagating protected species. Source mongabay.com OO Peru Rainforest, the Size of 10 Manhattans, Further Lost To Illegal Gold Mining new aerial surveys show. Although currently declining, it's not likely to end anytime soon, and there are new incursions into primary forests and protected areas. The world lost out on yet another sizeable chunk of cheap carbon storage. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. * WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW @@ Climate Change 101: Why ...
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As Trump Continues To Flout Science, Top Researchers Make Urgent Appeal 29.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The leaders of 29 U.S. research and academic institutions have urged President-elect Donald Trump to name a senior science adviser during his ongoing appointment pageantry , stressing the need for “science and technology to address major national challenges.” The group ― whose signatories include the heads of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Association of American Universities ― sent a letter to Trump on Nov. 23, which was made public on Monday evening. “As President you will face a wide range of domestic and international challenges, from protecting national and energy security, to ensuring U.S. economic competitiveness, curing diseases, and responding to natural disasters,” it reads. “These challenges share one thing in common: the need for scientific knowledge and technological expertise to address them successfully.” The group called for the president-elect to appoint an adviser with the title assistant to ...
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Earth Observation Science, Public Policymaking, and the Trump Administration 28.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Now that President-elect Trump has left the rhetoric of the campaign trail, it is time to face the facts that confront the American government. Elements of economic and demographic life provide great challenges to our governments and leaders here in America and around the world. There are over seven billion people on the planet, and if economic growth continues along with better health care and birth control, human population will probably peak at 9 or 10 billion. Without immigration, population growth would have already stopped in wealthy urban nations; Japan, which resists immigration, is starting to lose population. Whatever number human population peaks at, the planet's economic output and use of natural resources is advancing at a ferocious rate. India and China, two nations of over a billion people each, are chewing up the planet faster than ever. The political pressure for rapid economic development is constant and deeply felt by the governing elites in the developing world. It is fed by the ...
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Hope in a post-nature society 28.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A writer seeks answers from Lake Powell.
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Africa's Smallholder Farmers Among The Most Hurt By Climate Change 25.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo: FAO Experts use many numbers when talking about climate change. However, rising temparatures, the resulting crop failure, and the consequent loss of livelihoods and destitution of millions of households are this year's most important and urgent developments for millions of smallholder farmers across the vastness of the African agro-ecological landscapes. To illustrate the unfolding crisis, let us consider the case of Malawi, one of the few countries to have achieved a fair deal of agricultural success but is now facing the worst drought in over three decades. As is the case with many countries in southern Africa, Malawi has experienced widespread crop failures due to a devastatingly strong El Niño. The country witnessed late on-set of rains, erratic rainfall, floods and prolonged dry spells this year. As a result, the production of maize - the country's main staple crop - is estimated at just over 2.5 million tonnes in 2016 . This is 16 percent lower than the reduced harvest in 2015 ...
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Climate Change This Week: Trumped By Climate, Record Solar Surge, and More! 24.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Air Pollution: The Next Generation Carries The Burden Of Our Inaction - adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child's lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life. OO Air Pollution Emerges As A Top Killer Globally says new research, a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change. * * FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE @@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels - and distributing the revenues back to all of us. The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What's not to like? Check it out! * TRUMP TRUMPED BY CLIMATE CHANGE Ggg donald trump family children grandchildren, Source heavy.com, ccr 356 Donald Trump's Children Likely Face Climate Apocalypse in their lifetimes; the likely crash of civilization that follows will crash ...
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Is climate change as bad as we thought? It's worse. 24.11.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), has just released her 2016 climate report. Chapter 1 is a brilliant summary of the science behind climate change, with a focus on how it will impact Ontario. Saxe pulls no punches. Her report contains a graphic asking, "Is it as bad as we thought?" The answer: "It's worse." For some time, there have been rumblings in the scientific community that politicians, the media and reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are understating the degree to which the Earth is in trouble from climate change.  Even as president-elect Donald Trump appoints his climate change-denying senior advisers, scientists report that runaway climate change is already ...
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How To Talk To Your Climate Change-Denying Relatives This Thanksgiving (Yes, You Can!) 23.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for feasts, family and a feigned headache every time politics is raised at the table by your climate change-denying, conspiracy-touting relatives. “What did you say, Uncle Charlie? Climate change is an elaborate gimmick created by the UN in a bid for world domination? Oh, look! The game’s started. Let’s continue this chat … later.”  One in 3 Americans still don’t believe that humans are the primary driver of climate change, and more than half don’t believe that global warming will pose a serious threat to them in their lifetime, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Engaging with climate deniers — even (or maybe especially) the ones you love the most — can be a frustrating and challenging exercise, and some say it’s not even worth trying given how entrenched these views often are.  But this year, I strongly urge you to consider making an attempt. With a president-elect who believes climate change is “bullshit,” record-breaking hot years becoming the norm , and the grim 2 degrees ...
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Donald Trump + EPA = A Potential Natural Disaster For The Environment 21.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A general who doesn't believe in North Korea's threat. A Federal Reserve chairman who doesn't believe in recessions. A surgeon general who doesn't believe in germs. Those are almost as bad as an Environmental Protection Agency transition head who doesn't believe in science. Meet Myron Ebell. In the midst of a tumultuous start to Donald Trump's presidential administration, you may have missed the stories about him. Let me recap. Ebell is a renowned climate denier, lobbyist, long-time D.C. talking head and, sadly, a supporter of many polluting energy companies. He's also heading up Trump's Environmental Protection Agency transition team. That's right. President-elect Trump chose a science skeptic and ally to companies with long histories of pollution to start his EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency plays a vital role in protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate on which we rely. Ebell, however, denies the science of climate change. He opposes policies to protect clean air and ...
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Three years after Haiyan 21.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On November 8, 2013, typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, resulting in unprecedented devastation in the country's history. As the strongest storm on record to make landfall, its impacts went beyond the 6300 confirmed deaths and more than USD 2 billion worth of destroyed properties it caused. Never before has an entire nation witnessed winds, rainfall, and storm surges as extreme as seen with Haiyan. Reports of typhoon victims resorting to looting and other violent acts unveiled the desperation people will resort to for their survival in a chaotic, post-disaster environment. It also revealed the lack of a coordinated, efficient response from the national and local governments, which further slowed down the recovery process that still continues to this day. This disaster occurred at a time when global temperatures has increased by 0.78°C relative to pre-industrial levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With the currently implemented climate mitigation mechanisms ...
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Hundreds Of Dead Puffins Are Mysteriously Washing Ashore In Alaska 18.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The puffins were not supposed to be there. Though the birds are a common sight on the Alaskan island of St. Paul, they typically fly the coop before October, heading south to overwinter. But a few bedraggled birds had been discovered on the wind-swept, rocky shoreline of the North Pacific island during the first week of October. “It was odd because we don’t usually see them here this time of year,” said Aaron Lestenkof, who monitors the local environment as one of St. Paul’s  island sentinels .  Stranger still, the puffins didn’t startle and move away when people approached them. Some fell over onto their bellies, too weak to waddle. Local conservationists began investigating the cause of the orange-beaked birds’ incapacity. Then their probe took a grim turn. “By mid-October the dead ones started showing up,” Lestenkof told The Huffington Post over email last week. “The first week collecting birds, I went out every day and was picking up a carcass every 15 feet in some areas.”  Lestenkof had collected ...
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Saving seeds in the North Pole 18.11.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
With American climate policy now highly uncertain, the founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault talks about his efforts to protect our agricultural future.
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Coral Reefs: Living and Dying in an Era of Climate Change 17.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Long before the first dinosaurs walked the earth, before the first flower bloomed, and before the first bird took flight, coral reefs flourished in tropical oceans. Since then, coral reefs have proven that they are one of the most resilient ecosystems on earth; surviving everything nature has thrown their way. That is until we hit the scene. It has taken only about a century of modern humanity to put coral reefs on a collision course with extinction. And the recent election results in the United States suggest that we may be getting ready to hit the accelerator. The biggest risk to coral reefs is climate change . Already, coral bleaching is devastating reefs worldwide, which happens when the water gets too warm for too long. Many reefs have experienced three years' of bleaching in a row, and as the climate continues to heat up, we can expect the frequency of these events to increase. Corals are the architects and the foundation of the reef. Everything that depends on reefs is tied to the fate of corals. ...
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Broadcast Networks Largely Ignored Climate Change This Election Year 16.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ABC anchor David Muir's World News Tonight cited climate change only once this year in passing, but aired at least six pieces on NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Secretary of State John Kerry, in Marrakesh this week for international climate talks, recently said it "pissed him off" that there wasn't a single question asked about climate change during the six hours of televised presidential and vice presidential debates prior to the election. Kerry's annoyance is justified. Given rapidly rising global temperatures, dramatic extreme weather events, the global agreement to curb carbon emissions, and stark divisions among the major party candidates, climate change deserved to be one of the most talked-about issues of the campaign. And yet, outside of a passing reference during the "town hall" presidential debate, the candidates were not asked about it, despite the fact that queries about climate change were the fourth most-popular question category submitted by the public for the town hall debate, demonstrating ...
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Climate Change This Week: Ghost Forests, Sahara Solar, and More! 16.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Crested Guineafowl found in Cameroon, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source pixdaus.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Unleashing More Climate Change, Destroying His Last Home, for Palm Oil? Chimpanzees now number a few thousand in a very small area, and this forestis part of it. Once it's destroyed, the climate changing carbon released will add to the destruction of our children's future. Source rainforest-rescue.org, modified OO YOU CAN ACT: New York Investors Plan To Destroy Rainforest For Palm Oil Profit - replacing it with giant plantations in Cameroon, Africa. Sign here to urge Cameroon's president to say no to these short-sighted investors. OO Soil Could Emit CO2 Bigtime Within Decades, Unless We Increase Forests, ...
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President-Elect Trump, Please See The Unseen On Climate 16.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dear President-elect Donald Trump, Your probability-defying win showed that unexpected events are all around us. We don't always know what's going to happen. But with the climate system, there exist certain feedback loops that build upon each other exponentially. We can't expect rising temperatures to be contained. And we can't rely on the status quo to fight a disaster we know is coming, but whose contours we can't see clearly yet. The World Meteorological Organization just released a report on the state of the world's climate. As I've written on this blog before, 2016 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record. The organization reports: "Annual and long-term changes in the climate system can aggravate social, humanitarian and environmental pressure. According to International Organisation for Migration, population migration is expected to increase as a result of more frequent and potentially more intense weather-related disasters, competition and conflict over shrinking resources, and rising sea ...
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