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Climate Change Gets Prime Spot At Wednesday's Democratic National Convention 28.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
PHILADELPHIA ― Climate change will get a star-studded, prime-time spot at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday with a short film from James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm. The five-and-half-minute film includes a number of celebrities ― Jack Black, America Ferrera and Don Cheadle ― as well as the voice of Hillary Clinton and footage of former President George H.W. Bush and the pope.  Drawn from Cameron’s Showtime television series “Years of Living Dangerously,” the film starts with a dark outlook on the current challenges of climate change: droughts, severe storms, floods, wild fires and record heat waves. “Crops are failing, food prices are rising, communities are threatened,” says the narrator, actress Sigourney Weaver. “Our children are at risk.” It also targets Donald Trump’s position on climate change ― that it’s a hoax created by the Chinese ― as “reckless” and “dangerous.” It juxtaposes that with Clinton’s argument that climate change is a threat worth confronting head-on. “I’m not going to ...
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'You Cannot Explain it by Chance': Climate Crises Can Fuel Armed Conflict 27.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Climate-related disasters heighten the risk of conflict around the world, according to new research.

Armed violence is likely to rise amid drought, heatwaves, and other crises, particularly in countries that are already fractured along ethnic lines, finds a new report from Germany's Potsdam Institute, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Climate Change This Week: A Hot New High, Kids Show the Way, and More! 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Europe's Oil Imports 'Dependent On Unstable Countries' OO Power From "The New Coal", Natural Gas, Expected To Reach A Record High, Despite Climate Concerns - bad news, because besides the bad methane emissions from its production and distribution, burning it adds further emissions. OO US Coal Ash Crisis Builds - Coal production and use has plummeted, but the wastes left behind after burning it keep on coming, and they have been stored in lightly regulated, water-filled basins since at least the 1950s. OO China Pledged To Curb Coal Plants. Greenpeace Says It's Still Adding Them. The construction boom would result in about 400 gigawatts of excess capacity and waste more than $150 billion on building unneeded plants, said the new a report. But ... OO Record Growth In Chinese Renewable Energy Markets OO Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom says Amnesty International report. <> OO Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion in revenue in the next 25 years due to global ...
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NASA spies major Hurricane Georgette 26.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Hurricane Georgette is a major hurricane in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the powerful storm that showed a clear eye.On July 24, at 21:20 UTC (5:20 p.m. EDT) the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of Hurricane Georgette in the eastern Pacific Ocean that showed an open eye with strong bands of thunderstorms circling the center.Shortly after Suomi NPP captured the visible image, Georgette's maximum sustained winds had increased to near 130 mph (215 kph) and Georgette became a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
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Earth's Climate Is Warming -- And We Can Fix It! 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The scientific community has long reached a consensus that human activities are altering the Earth's climate system. According to IPCC, the average Earth surface temperature has increased by 0.7 ± 0.2°C since the late 19th century, and is projected to rise another 1.5 to 6°C by 2100 without additional mitigation measures. Currently, global climate change has become the greatest threats to humanity. Due to the underlying complexity of climate system, potential consequences of climate change encompass a broad range of health and ecological implications that across national boundaries and beyond intergenerational limits, including spread of human infectious diseases, destruction of tropical coral reefs, extreme and unusual weather events, shrinking mountain glaciers, rising sea level, and accelerated species extinction. It is not merely an issue for people within a specific geographic location, but a threat to all mankind that living on Earth, and a catastrophic crisis to current and future generations. ...
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Get Used To These Extreme Summer Heat Waves 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sweltering heat waves like the ones plaguing the Midwest and Northeast in recent days will become typical summer weather if climate change continues its course, scientists warn.  Temperatures have been in the mid-to-high 90s across the northeast since Thursday, plaguing the New York tri-state area , Philadelphia , Boston , Washington, D.C.  and beyond. They follow a heat wave that struck the Midwest late last week, slamming Chicago with temperatures in the high 90s that felt more like 105 degrees.  And this comes just a month after triple-digit temperatures scorched the Southwest , breaking temperature records across Arizona and killing four hikers. At this rate, some experts are already saying there’s a 99 percent chance  that 2016 will beat out 2015 as the hottest year on record. Unless we slow down our fossil fuel consumption, we should get used to summers like these, climate scientists say.  “If we continue with business-as-usual burning of fossil fuels, and warm the planet by [3 degrees Celsius] by ...
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Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World is Baking in 2016 20.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

As the party of climate science denial convenes in Cleveland this week—minus the few Republicans who care about global warming—new data further confirms that the world is on fire.

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Why Electing A President Who Believes In Climate Change And Wildlife Conservation Is More Important Than Ever 20.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post Images The signs of climate change are there, we just need to pay attention. Weather patterns are shifting, 100-year floods are now a common occurrence, while drought and loss of water-sheds are as well. Climate change is happening. More Americans than ever believe that anthropogenic climate change is here. Yet somehow, Congress, hasn't gotten that message. Today's Congress is filled with professional politicians, who don't act on this critical, important, and extremely dangerous issue. Unfortunately though, it is time to act and stem the tide of climate change. Congress should have acted a decade ago, last year, last week, or even yesterday. But, they haven't. Not in any meaningful way. Yes, we sign climate accords and agreements, but, that only addresses one small facet of the problem. Energy. That is why it is time to "start over" and elect leaders who believe in climate change. Now. While we need a president who believes in climate change, a president only, is ...
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Fox News Rejects Parody Ad About Climate Denial 15.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new, humorous television ad criticizing Fox News for its notorious climate science denial and distortion has been rejected for broadcast by the network.

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Mobile app for rain forecasts raises farmers' yields 14.7.2016 Environmental News Network
A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time.The innovation is being used in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal to improve crop yields and optimise food production through information and communication technology (ICT) weather forecasting model that produces Global Positioning System (GPS)-specific forecasts.
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Views from people on the frontlines of climate change 14.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
July 14, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Between 2007 and 2010, researchers and community partners interviewed nearly 150 Elders and knowledge holders from Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut, about their observations of environmental changes across six broad categories: berries, other plants, animals, seasons, climate/weather, and impacts on traditional ways of life. Inuit Elders from across the Canadian Arctic share their observations of vegetation changes, thawing permafrost, changing wildlife patterns, and other ...
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Climate Change This Week: Massive Worldwide Tree Die-Off, Selling Solar Surges, and More! 14.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Amazon tree frog, is another reason to conserve carbon storing forests. Source www.theguardian.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon The Giants Nearby my home in California. I love them. Source www.resetsanfrancisco.org OO California Redwoods: The Ultimate Carbon-Storing Forests in the World a new study finds. <> Amazon Burning Credit Dado Galdieri at AP OO El Niño, Climate Change Are Making The Amazon Dry And Flammable says researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine. What were once considered once-in-a-century events are increasing as global warming takes hold. Just in the past decade, the Amazon suffered from two record drought years (2005, 2010), and massive fires thought to have been mostly caused by humans. Related Headline: OO Dry Amazon Could See Record Fire Season forecast researchers. <> OO 2015 Southeast Asian Fires Emitted Most Carbon Since 1997 - ...
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New Yorkers overwhelmingly support a clean energy future 13.7.2016 TreeHugger
The Nature Conservancy’s new research shows New Yorkers want to take action against climate change.
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Apathy To Our Overfished Oceans 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post Images We know there are only three northern white rhinos left on Earth. We know that thousands of elephants are savagely murdered each year for their ivory. We know pandas are endangered as they are frequently the "mascot" of environmental groups. We know that polar bears are at risk for extinction in the near future because of global warming. We know that certain tigers are near extinction. When we hear the plight of these land animals we noticeably become sad, upset, angered, and we campaign to save them. We set up camps, and park systems, and conservation areas to protect these beautiful animals; or we try to find scientific methods to keep them alive. Yet, when it comes to the oceans and Pelagic areas, many of us, and some "conservation groups" turn a blind eye, by not putting the resources into notifying the public of the sustainability problems betraying the oceans. Yes, there are a number of "sustainability seafood" charts, but in reality the idea of sustainable ...
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Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world 8.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent studies from the University of California, Davis.Frogs are disappearing globally, and the studies examine why some survive while others perish. The studies reveal that thermal tolerance -- the ability to withstand higher temperatures -- may be a key trait in predicting amphibian declines.HEAT-TOLERANT FROGS ESCAPE DEADLY FUNGUSOne of the world's deadliest wildlife pandemics is caused by a fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd. The fungus is linked to several amphibian extinctions and global declines.
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Marshall Islanders Set To Become Climate Refugees Before International Law Can Catch Up 8.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As warming seas climb their shores, Marshall Islanders face becoming climate refugees before the international community can decide what rights, if any, that status confers. Sandbags surround the Majuro airstrip while hurriedly-built bridges span flooded sections of road, and many Marshall Islanders have built seawalls to protect their homes on this remote nation in the Pacific Ocean. The Marshall Islands are made up of five main islands and 29 coral atolls spread across three-quarters of a million miles of ocean, but they amount to just 70 square miles of actual land . And even that is now at the mercy of the seas, which are rising thanks to climate change. The United Nations has predicted sea levels will rise by up to three feet by 2100 if global carbon emissions continue unchecked, and a  recent paper published in the journal Nature said this estimate should be doubled to more than six feet because of ice melt in Antarctica. The Marshall Islanders seem destined to become climate refugees as the whole ...
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Characteristics improving bean resistance to drought identified 6.7.2016 Environmental News Network
The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is the most important food legume in the tropics. It is an inexpensive source of proteins and minerals for almost 400 million people, mainly from Africa and Latin America. It is generally cultivated by small farmers and subject to conditions limiting their productivity. Drought affects 60% of bean crops around the world and can cause from 10% in productivity losses to a total of 100% in some cases.Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Bean Programme at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia have identified drought-resistant genotypes and the morpho-physiological characteristics related to this resistance. The experiments were conducted in Palmira, Colombia, from June to September in 2012 and 2013, and the results were recently published in Frontiers in Plant Science.
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Climate Change This Week: Fossil Fuels Are Costing the US & World, Raising Royalties, and More! 6.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Brown to Green: fossil fuels to clean energy is the future. OO The World Is Nearing Peak Fossil Fuels (Especially The Developed World) - and not because of decreasing supplies, says a new Bloomberg analysis. Takeaways: Fossil fuels will peak by 2025 as clean energy becomes cheaper; Solar will be the least expensive form of electricity by 2030; by 2040, zero-emission forms of power will represent 60% of the global mix. For our children's sake, let's hope this happens faster. Michael Bloomberg Blooms Again as co-chairman of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. OO Cities Forge World's Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change - Takeaways: named the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; represents 7100+ cities in 119 countries on 6 contients, and 8 % of the world's population. Earth's cities consume 70% of the world's energy, and produce 75 % of our climate-changing emissions. Time to roll up your sleeves, mayors.... OO EU Smashes 2020 Emissions Target Six Years Early OO 72% of ...
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California droughts caused mainly by changes in wind, not moisture 5.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Droughts in California are mainly controlled by wind, not by the amount of evaporated moisture in the air, new research has found. The research increases the understanding of how the water cycle is related to extreme events and could eventually help in predicting droughts and floods.The findings were published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, on June 30. The research increases the understanding of how the water cycle is related to extreme events and could eventually help in predicting droughts and floods, said lead author Jiangfeng Wei, a research scientist at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences."Ocean evaporation provides moisture for California precipitation but is not the reason for droughts there, although the ocean evaporation is slightly lower during droughts," Wei said.
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Floating Solar: A Win-Win for Drought-Stricken Lakes in U.S. 29.6.2016 Environmental News Network
The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic overuse have taken their toll, to be sure, but vast quantities of water are also lost to evaporation. What if the same scorching sun that causes so much of this water loss were harnessed for electric power? Installing floating solar photovoltaic arrays, sometimes called “floatovoltaics,” on a portion of these two reservoirs in the southwestern United States could produce clean, renewable energy while shielding significant expandes of water from the hot desert sun. 
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