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Here's why African cities could lead in water innovation 25.4.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The urgency of the continent's crisis is inspiring a bold new network of organizations, called AfriAlliance, working on new approaches to conservation and recycling.
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An Earth Day Expletive 20.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What do we mean, when we say that climate change could “drive us off a cliff”, or, that President Trump and rabid anti-environmental policies championed by his administration are a “runaway train”? For our species, the maximal climate change event is the elimination of civilized society. In his 2011 “Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed” , Jared Diamond wrote how civilizations collapse repeatedly throughout human history. In the outerlying suburbs of humanity — in failed nation states like South Sudan and parts of sub Saharan Africa — much hotter temperatures are significantly contributing to starvation and war. On these fringes, affecting millions of humans, collapse isn't speculation. It is fact. There are approximately 7.5 billion people alive today. Only a small percent live in first world conditions and above the poverty line. In Western democracies, climate change is an accelerant to mass, uncontrolled migration. That is why, in large measure, Europeans are incredulous at the Trump ...
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Inaction on Climate Change Equals Human Annihilation 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Only dramatic and concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen from becoming the global norm. (Photo: Asian Development Bank ) Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O'Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries -- Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan -- as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid. "We are at a critical point in history," he declared . "Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the U.N."  Without coordinated international action, he added, "people will simply starve to death [or] suffer and die from disease." Major famines have, of course, occurred before, but never in memory on such a scale in ...
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Climate Change As Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation 20.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com . Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under Secretary-General of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries ― Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan ― as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid. “We are at a critical point in history,” he declared . “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the U.N.”  Without coordinated international action, he added, “people will simply starve to death [or] suffer and die from disease.” Major famines have, of course, occurred before, but never in memory on such a scale in four places simultaneously. According to O’Brien, 7.3 million people are at risk in Yemen, 5.1 million in the Lake Chad area of northeastern Nigeria, 5 million in South ...
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7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions 13.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the new administration is working hard to undo previous efforts toward reducing carbon emissions, but is that really what the voters wanted when they cast their vote for President Trump, or is this an unintended consequence? According to a recent report issued by Yale’s Climate Change Communication, “More than six in ten Trump voters support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming.” In fact, the majority of all Americans believe that global warming is happening and support a variety of policies that would reduce carbon emissions. Yet there is a perception that climate change is a partisan issue. Many of us can think back to a childhood spent in the woods, or a family vacation to see the glaciers, or a fantastic scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef – it was a childhood without worries that the bark beetles and fires might destroy that beloved forest , or the glaciers might not be there for much longer , or that the coral is bleaching and ...
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When Climate Change Was Part of the Farm Bill 12.4.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Ben Lilliston

Last month, Congress held initial hearings to inform the 2018 Farm Bill. Agriculture Committee members heard about the struggling farm economy, crop insurance and rural development. One issue that wasn’t discussed, despite its profound impact on farmers, is climate change. Both Republican House and Senate Agriculture Committee chairs are noted climate change skeptics.

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Climate Change Is Ruining Farmers' Lives, But Only A Few Will Admit It 10.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Christina Carter started growing vegetables 12 years ago, she looked forward to winters because they offered her the chance to recover from the strenuous growing and harvesting seasons. That’s no longer the case. Summers are hotter and stormier than they used to be, and fall never seems to come. A true winter also seems to be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean spring won’t bring the occasional surprise hailstorm. Today, Carter, who owns and operates the Ten Mile Farm  in Old Fort, North Carolina, is managing crops and dealing with repairs and maintenance to her farm year-round. “We used to have December, January and February off,” Carter said with a laugh. Though the lack of an off-season presents the opportunity of feeding people year-round, it comes with many challenges, too. Intense, sudden rainfall can knock out a whole crop, causing carrots to rot in the ground or beans to die out from overly saturated soil. The work days are becoming longer and sweatier. “We have neighbors who’ve lived ...
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NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Ernie Intensify 8.4.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
The storm formerly known as tropical cyclone 15S, now called Tropical Cyclone Ernie continued to strengthen as NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image that showed the storm developed an eye.
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Trump Circle Touts Risky 'Climate Engineering' 5.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While President Trump floors the accelerator for global warming through executive orders and appointments of notorious climate deniers to his administration, members of his inner circle are touting “climate engineering” as a cheap way to insure the planet against harm without any need to change lifestyles or curb the oil and coal industries. They resemble compulsive eaters who count on frequent liposuction rather than maintaining strict diets to keep their body fat in check and stay healthy. Many reputable scientists are calling for more research on what some call “Plan B”: planetary-wide interventions to engineer a way to avoid global climate disruption if measures to reduce carbon emissions fall short. But they approach such solutions with extreme caution, and critics warn that such a cure may be as bad as the disease. Evidence of climate disruption is all around us, including record-high temperatures, record-low sea ice, the die-off of major coral reefs, acidification of the oceans, drought-induced ...
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The Tropical Cyclone Report: A report card for every storm 5.4.2017 Environmental News Network
For every tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane in the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins, a comprehensive review, known as a Tropical Cyclone Report, is performed by the National Hurricane Center.
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Climate change puts California's snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts 4.4.2017 Environmental News Network
Skiing in July? It could happen this year, but California’s days of bountiful snow are numbered.After five years of drought and water restrictions, the state is reeling from its wettest winter in two decades. Moisture-laden storms have turned brown hillsides a lush green and state reservoirs are overflowing. There’s so much snow, Mammoth Mountain resort plans to be open for business on Fourth of July weekend.
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Climate Change Could Have A Serious Impact On Mental Health: Report 4.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change threatens our cities , our crops , our health and our safety . What many people don’t know is that it also threatens our minds. On Wednesday, just a day after President  Donald Trump signed an executive order undoing the Obama administration’s climate change efforts, the American Psychological Association and the environmental group ecoAmerica published a report describing how climate change is poised to take a grievous toll on our mental health. The report, “ Mental Health and our Changing Climate : Impacts, Implications and Guidance,” concludes that people living in a number of regions could become more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, suicide and other mental health issues as a result of climate change. “It all sounds quite drastic, but it’s not inevitable,” Susan Clayton, one of the authors of the report, said Wednesday during a webinar on the topic. In addition to outlining the connection between climate change and mental health, the report also ...
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As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump's Cuts Could Damage Local Climate Work 3.4.2017 Truthout.com
If the most prominent resident of Palm Beach County has his way, Sea Grant would cease to exist. President Trump's proposed 2018 budget seeks to eliminate the $73 million program, along with more than $177 million worth of other initiatives within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, many aimed at protecting communities from climate impacts. A man walks through floodwaters caused by an annual "king tide" at a construction site on Mola Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 14, 2016. (Photo: Scott McIntyre / The New York Times) Climate change isn't a nebulous threat for Palm Beach County, Florida, where sea creatures swim through driveways during seasonal king tides that flood low-lying streets. For years, the county has worked to address the problem by mapping flood risk, upgrading coastal storm protections and creating a regional climate action plan with three other counties . Later this year, local officials hope to host a sea level workshop by Thomas Ruppert, an attorney with the ...
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Why resilience is essential in a volatile world 3.4.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Companies and organizations that adopt full-spectrum thinking about a variety of modern risks will thrive in an uncertain future.
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‘Critical’ NASA Climate Missions Targeted in Budget Cuts 31.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Andrea Thompson

In his most recent weekly address, President Trump praised NASA’s “mission of exploration and discovery” and its ability to allow mankind to “look to the heavens with wonder and curiosity.” But left out of his statements was the work NASA does to peer back at our home planet and unravel its many remaining mysteries — a mission targeted for cuts in his administration’s budget outline

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Trump’s Climate Order Will Put More People In Harm’s Way 31.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump ’s executive order on climate change threatens state and local governments’ ability to prepare for and cope with extreme weather events, climate and planning experts warn.  The executive order, issued Tuesday, goes beyond undoing Obama-era commitments to clean energy. It revokes an Obama-era executive order aimed at planning for natural disasters linked to climate change , including sea-level rise, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires and extreme heat. That now-revoked 2013 executive order, entitled “ Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change ,” charged federal agencies with helping states and localities improve resilience to natural disasters and established a task force of state, local and tribal leaders dedicated to determining needs. Trump’s action could sever those governments from important federal data and tools to help them prepare for extreme weather, experts said.  “It’s almost as if we think if we don’t have the information, it won’t happen,” said  Rachel ...
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The Climate Post: Trump Executive Order Takes Focus Off Climate Change 31.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump signed a long anticipated executive order greatly diminishing the role climate change plays in U.S. government decision making by directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the Clean Power Plan , which sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel fired power plants. The order directs each executive department and agency in the federal government to identify regulations, rules, policies, and guidance documents that slow or stop domestic energy production. In addition, the order also calls to review use the “social cost of carbon,” a metric for weighing the potential economic damage from climate change. Effective immediately, it instructs federal officials to use the 2003 Office of Management and Budget guidance “when monetizing the value of changes in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from regulations, including with respect to the consideration of domestic versus international impacts and the consideration of appropriate discount rates, ...
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Trump 'Disses' Mother Nature And She Gets Angry 30.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We should have known that Donald Trump’s disrespect for women would extend to Planet Earth. After all, Earth is governed by Mother Nature. This week Donald Trump signed executive orders undermining the 2015 international agreement to curb carbon dioxide emissions that causes global warming. With the stroke of his pen, denial of climate change and of scientific evidence became the official policy of the United States. As an initial step the federal agency that is supposed to provide environmental protection will stop enforcing requirements that prevent coal-fueled power plants from spewing carbon and other toxic waste into the atmosphere. So far international reaction is mixed. The Guardian , a British newspaper, reported widespread upset in the European Union. A United Nations spokesperson condemned the decision. In Asia, China reaffirmed its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, but India, the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide polluter, looks poised to join Trump’s attack on Mother Nature. The ...
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"Weather whiplash" triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest's drinking water, researcher says 29.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
One consequence of global climate change is the likelihood of more extreme seesawing between drought and flood, a phenomenon dubbed “weather whiplash.”
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Corn monitoring robots help scientists study the effects of climate change on food crops 29.3.2017 TreeHugger
The robots will help to discover which species of corn are most drought and heat tolerant.
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