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Category: Climate Change :: Climate Change Impacts
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Crisis, Opportunity and Climate Austerity in Drought-Stricken California 19.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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As Drought Grips California, Networks Come Up Dry on Climate Science 18.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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7 Risks That Are Making Climate Change Into One of the Biggest Security Threats of the 21st Century 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change is advancing. Its effects can be felt already today and will increase significantly in the coming decades even if the global community sets ambitious targets for reducing emissions at the end-of-year climate change negotiations in Paris. On behalf of the G7 foreign ministries, an international research consortium from Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA, led by the Berlin-based think tank adelphi, analysed what this means for global security and the fragility of states and communities. The findings were published in the report "A New Climate for Peace -- Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks." Climate impacts are intensifying crises and conflicts around the world One central finding is that there are no "climate wars," as some experts claim. Not today and, as far as we know, not tomorrow. Instead of wars directly caused by climate change, we are increasingly being confronted with crises and conflicts that are intensified by climate change. In particular, states that lack ...
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Extinction Machine: Fixable? 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the world's leading political, scientific and economic factions, are approaching the subject of accelerating, human-caused environmental collapse and impending mass extinction as a set of problems whose solution and remedy will likely be found in technical innovation and change. Unfortunately, the decimation of nature by human activity does not reduce to mistakes that can be fixed. To think so, is a blatant and very predictable instance of the failed, unawakened human perspective that has brought us to the current position. A perspective based on fiction. Natural habitats, ecosystems and living species that have evolved over millions of years, only to be quickly and casually annihilated in the wake of human profit driven activity, do not bounce back with the application of quick technical fixes. They disappear and do not resurrect. The dominant headline issues in the environmental collapse scenario, facing the world today, are climate change and global warming -- a ...
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Leo DiCaprio: ‘Unlocking Nature's Secrets Will Help Us Solve the Climate Crisis' 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The short film above, "Restoration," is the fourth episode in the Green World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media . By Leila Conners -- Tree Media On Earth Day, April 22, there will be awareness-raising events across the globe trying to connect people to the planet that is their only home. In this week alone, news about our planet is grave. The last male northern white rhino must now be kept under armed guard 24/7; one of the last six Irrawaddy river dolphins just perished ; the pace of deforestation in the Amazon has more than doubled in the past six months; the California drought data is more brutal by the day; and Arctic sea ice hit a record low for this time of year -- to mention but a few. As humans gnaw away at the planet day by day and the bad news piles up, it must be clear to most that we are literally biting the hand that feeds us. What is most poignant is that now, in the final death throes of these species and ecosystems, we are now beginning to wake up ...
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Climate Change This Week: The Hot Race of Clean Energy vs Worsening Weather, and More! 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Up In Smoke - the planet is losing sizeable forests each year, and the connection to climate change is clear. Credit Matt Granz, courtesy Twitter/Sacramento National Weather Service OO Earth Lost Nearly 70,000 Square Miles of Forest in 2014 About 2x The Area of Portugal - mostly due to wildfires, predicted to occur more often and more intensely, which could affect what replaces them. OO Agribusiness Giant Adopts Historic No-Deforestation Policy - activists are calling it "a major step forward for the soy industry." OO Despite Deforestation, The World Is Getting Greener: Scientists - but does the new greenery translate into increased carbon storage? Source mtinweekly.com OO Large Aspen Die-Offs Likely by the 2050s says a new study due to climate change if emissions are not cut dramatically, adding to a growing body of work suggesting forests worldwide may be imperiled by climate change. There is, of course, much more news on ...
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California's Drought is Only the Beginning 13.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order which mandated water restrictions across the state of California, it was a wakeup call for the world, which will continue to have water shortage problems caused by global warming and water pollution. California is grappling with trying to meet the ever increasing demand for water, while facing a limited supply . The year 2014 is Earth's warmest since 1880, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). High temperatures have been the principal cause of the drought which caused the state's governor to declare a water shortage emergency in 2014, and implement water regulations. According to PBS.org, the water shortage is so severe that the city of San Diego plans to recycle sewage water for human consumption. Recently, federal prosecutors charged Duke Energy with a crime for polluting the waterways in North Carolina, and subsequently South Carolina. Water pollution affects our environment, and global water shortages ...
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Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Triassic Mass Extinction May Give Clues on How Oceans Will Be Affected by Climate Change 12.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Fragmentary fossil of pelycosaur, a mammal-like reptile from the Permian or Triassic Period. The end-Triassic mass extinction cleared previously abundant species from ecological niches while also having profound effects on ocean ecosystems. (Image: Triassic fossil via Shutterstock) Just over 200 million years ago, the end-Triassic mass extinction killed off more than half of the species of organisms living on Earth’s land and in the oceans. We are only just beginning to understand how this – and the period of runaway global warming that followed – changed the chemistry of open oceans. The end-Triassic mass extinction marked the transition between the Triassic to the Jurassic Period and the rise of the large herbivorous dinosaurs, such as the Diplodocus. The extinction meant that previously abundant species were cleared from ecological niches which allowed dinosaurs to move in with little competition from other animals. The Jurassic lasted another 55 million years until the beginning of the Cretaceous ...
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The Climate Post: Obama Releases Report, Other Initiatives Directed at Tackling Climate Change Impacts 10.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama announced a series of steps that aim to tackle the effects of climate change on the health of Americans. These 150 health-focused actions to boost climate change preparedness expand on the Climate Data Initiative launched this year. "The sooner we act, the more we can do to protect the health of our communities our kids, and those that are the most vulnerable," the White House said in a statement . "As part of the Administration's overall effort to combat climate change and protect the American people, this week, the Administration is announcing a series of actions that will allow us to better understand, communicate, and reduce the health impacts of climate change on our communities." Beyond the list of initiatives -- including expanding access to climate and health data, improving air quality data and convening a climate change and health summit -- the administration released a draft report on the observed and future impacts of climate change on our health. It focuses on risks ...
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As California Goes Dry, Rep. Kevin McCarthy Puts His Head in the Sand 10.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue 10.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo credit: wckiw/Shutterstock It's National Public Health Week , an important time to connect the dots between human health and climate change. Earlier this week, nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, researchers and other health professionals from 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia did just that, calling for bold action on climate in a letter delivered to President Obama. "The risks climate change poses to public health have been well-documented," they wrote. The letter, which we joined Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments to organize, continues: "Increased temperatures are spreading tropical diseases to new latitudes. Heat waves will likely cause more deaths across the world. Warmer temperatures and increased prevalence of drought threaten to reduce crop yields and lead to food insecurity and water shortages. And more extreme weather events, coupled with sea-level rise, will threaten low-lying cities globally. Detailing these impacts in ...
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"Cowspiracy": As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity and Climate Change 8.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As California experiences a massive drought, we examine the overlooked link between water shortages, climate change and meat consumption. With some 98 percent of the state suffering from a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25 percent. It is the first mandatory statewide reduction in California’s history. One group not facing restrictions is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California’s water. According to The Pacific Institute, 47 percent of a Californians’ water footprint is in meat and dairy products. We are joined by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the documentary, Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret. The film contends livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution despite many environmental organizations’ relative silence on the issue. TRANSCRIPT: AARON MATÉ: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to ravage California. Some 98 percent of the state is now suffering from a ...
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This Scientist Wants To Solve Global Warming. He's Turned To Coupons For Funding 8.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Kai Landskron is not a merchant. He doesn’t have an economics degree or a background in business, or a history of peddling or manufacturing goods. For the past few weeks, however, Landskron has played the part of salesman. Specifically, he is selling “ Dinner and A Movie ” discount cards for $10. This is not his platonic ideal of a hobby. Rather he’s hoping, earnestly and a bit desperately, that he will make enough money to supplement his other, real career. Kai Landskron is a chemist. He’s been fascinated by the science of matter since he was a child conducting classroom experiments in Kulmbach, Germany. The bug stayed with him through his pursuit of a Ph.D. at the University of Munich and postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto. Like many scientists, his attention drifted to America when he started contemplating his post-academic steps. And in 2006, in what was to become the launching pad of his career, he became an associate professor of chemistry at Lehigh University. But Landskron chose a ...
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Obama: Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming isn't just affecting the weather, it's harming Americans' health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better understand and deal with the problem. Obama said hazards of the changing climate include wildfires sending more pollution into the air, allergy seasons growing longer and rising cases of insect-borne diseases. "We've got to do better in protecting our vulnerable families," Obama said, adding that, ultimately, all families are affected. "You can't cordon yourself off from air," Obama said. Speaking at Howard University Medical School, he announced commitments from Google, Microsoft and others to help the nation's health system prepare for a warmer, more erratic climate. Warning of the perils to the planet has gotten the president only so far; polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. So Obama is aiming to put a ...
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Building Momentum toward a Safer Climate and a Healthier Nation 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association April 6-12 is National Public Health Week , which this year carries the theme: " Healthiest Nation 2030 ." EPA and the American Public Health Association (APHA) are shining a light on the harmful health effects of climate change and making the case for strong climate action. We constantly see devastating climate impacts threaten the health of communities around the country. After Hurricane Sandy left New York City dark and underwater, nurses at NYU's Langone Medical Center had to use the glow of their cell phones to care for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The historic drought in the West has led to forest fires and water restrictions, and is still punishing people and businesses. Climate change supercharges risks for extreme storms, floods, fires, and drought that destabilize communities, especially those least equipped to defend themselves. Health risks from climate change are not ...
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Should Saving Birds Trump Climate Change? 7.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The California drought caused hydropower production to plummet by 46 percent. The silver lining? Solar power increased, making up for 83 percent of the hydropower decline. I'm a huge supporter of solar energy, which appears to be an inexhaustible and "free" source of energy. But an article in this week's New Yorker by National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen points out that solar panels, when not installed in rooftops but laid out in "horizon-reaching solar farms," can be just as bad, as can all forms of renewable energy. In Franzen's words: "We can dam every river and blight every landscape with biofuel agriculture, solar farms, and wind turbines, to buy some extra years of moderated warming." Franzen dissing renewable energy ? He is a thought-leader in environmentalism. His 2010 novel Freedom features environmentalist Walter Berglund as protagonist, fighting the immoral forces behind strip mining. In 2011, Franzen was included in The Guardian's top 20 Green Giants for setting the global ...
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Cowspiracy: As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity & Climate Change 7.4.2015 Democracy Now!
As California experiences a massive drought, we examine the overlooked link between water shortages, climate change and meat consumption. With some 98 percent of the state suffering from a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25 percent. It is the first mandatory statewide reduction in California's history. One group not facing restrictions is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California's water. According to The Pacific Institute, 47 percent of a Californians' water footprint is in meat and dairy products. We are joined by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the documentary, "Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret." The film contends livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution despite many environmental organizations' relative silence on the issue.
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Melting Accelerates in Antarctica: So Far, 2015 Is Hottest Year Yet 7.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Iceberg melt via Shutterstock) This month's Climate Disruption Dispatch brings reports on the Arctic and Antarctic, where record-breaking warm air and water temperatures are releasing more ice than ever before. This April could well mark the beginning of the end of the polar ice caps. (Image: Iceberg melt via Shutterstock) The dramatically rapid melting of the earth's poles is the biggest news in this month's climate dispatch. Increasingly fast melting in Antarctica, which will be discussed in more detail below, is now expected to increase sea levels by 10 feet worldwide in less than 100 years, according to recent NASA satellite calculations. This will "recurve" heavily populated coastlines and reshape the world in which we live, according to one geophysicist with whom Truthout spoke. In addition, a second geophysicist, from Harvard, said that parts of Antarctica are thawing out so quickly that the icy continent has become "ground zero of global climate change, without a doubt." According to ...
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The Great Burning: On Rising to the Greatest Challenge Humanity Has Ever Faced 7.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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