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Reducing NYC's carbon emissions one building at a time 21.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Buildings cause 75 percent of the city's GHG emissions. Reducing their energy use is essential to mitigating citywide emissions and lowering costs.

Reducing NYC's carbon emissions one building at a time
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Urban Heat Islands Cooking U.S. Cities, Report Shows 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse. In the future, this combination of urbanization and climate change could raise urban temperatures to levels that threaten human health, strain energy resources, and compromise economic productivity. Summers in the U.S. have been warming since 1970. But on average across the country cities are even hotter, and have been getting hotter faster than adjacent rural areas. ( report continues below interactive) With more than 80 percent of Americans living in cities, these urban heat islands — combined with rising temperatures caused by increasing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions — can have serious health effects for hundreds of millions of people during the hottest months of the year. Heat is the No.1 weather-related killer in the U.S., and the hottest days, particularly days over 90°F, are associated with dangerous ozone pollution ...
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Hope for the Future: How American Chemical Society Student Representatives Increase Climate Science Literacy 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Far too often in the United States it feels as if the issues surrounding Climate Change are being completely ignored. However, stepping into a symposium on "Global Stewardship through Increasing Climate Science Literacy" at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco this past Tuesday provided a completely different feeling. In order to understand this symposium, it is helpful to describe the primary focus of the project that led to this symposium. ACS kicked off the recent 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) by sending two undergraduate students from York College of Pennsylvania along with two faculty mentors to the November 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. The primary goal of these students was to learn and report. From humble beginnings, the project has grown tremendously in scope. The initial two-student local cohort from a single institution has expanded to ...
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Lake Tahoe, Crown Jewel Of The West, Under Threat From Wildfires, Climate Change 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday. The warning came during an annual summit about protecting the iconic lake that straddles the California-Nevada border. The meeting brought unusual bipartisan consensus among federal lawmakers on at least one aspect of the threats to the Tahoe basin — that more logging should play a role in reducing the wildfire danger. Those in attendance said decades of suppressing wildfires, no matter how remote, has left many forests too thick with trees, leading to disease and stoking high-intensity wildfires. "The policy of the last 30 years has failed and failed miserably," said Republican Rep. Tom McClintock of California. He told more than 300 participants that revenue from logging could help fund forest improvements. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who convened the 18th annual ...
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New Jersey creates the nation's first Energy Resilience Bank 19.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The state-run bank will use Superstorm Sandy disaster relief funds to help finance increasing the number of distributed energy resources.

New Jersey creates the nation's first Energy Resilience Bank
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Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate 18.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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"Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis Deepens 18.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Anthropogenic climate disruption via Shutterstock) We begin this month's climate disruption dispatch with comments from NASA's Earth Observatory about the extreme juxtaposition of temperatures we are experiencing in North America this summer. "If you live in the northern hemisphere, the past few weeks have been strange," NASA states. "In places where it should be seasonably hot - the eastern and southern United States and western Europe - it's just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the summer - northern Europe, the Pacific coast of North America - it has been ridiculously ...
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To Save Endangered Tortoises, Wildlife Officials Take Unusual Step To Promote Sterilization 17.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials say they have to curb the backyard breeding of desert tortoises because the growing population of unwanted pet tortoises diverts resources from efforts to preserve the species in the wild. Mike Senn, assistant field supervisor for the Fish &Wildlife Service in Nevada, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it can be "a really difficult issue" to explain to people. He said simply breeding more tortoises won't save the species if not enough is done to improve and protect natural habitat and address threats in the wild. Captive tortoises threaten native populations because they can carry diseases with them when they escape or are released illegally in the desert. The agency will hold a two-day clinic in Las Vegas later this month to teach veterinarians from Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah new sterilization techniques from the ...
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Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More! 17.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US west is far warmer than normal, and the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. The eastern half continues to experience unusually cool weather. The Arctic ocean is ringed by landmasses experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind ...
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Communities Drying Out After Spate Of Flooding Hammers Towns Around The U.S. 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths. Long Island residents were urged to remain off the road Wednesday as a round-the-clock recovery continued after a record 13.26 inches of rain fell between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration for the Detroit area after rain sent mud cascading down embankments, closing stretches of freeways all of Tuesday and part of Wednesday. Officials at a Nebraska hospital said Wednesday its public cafeteria could stay shuttered for months after it was inundated by floodwater over the weekend. The latest iteration of wild weather hit the northeast Tuesday night and lingered through Wednesday. A slow-moving system, powered by tropical moisture and clouds soaring far higher than in usual summer storms, lashed communities from Maryland to New England. The hardest hit areas, Long Island's Suffolk County and ...
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What do the Wizard of Oz and Climate Change have in common? 13.8.2014 TreeHugger
Fossil fuels and solar power and clouds, oh my!
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U.S. Denies Endangered Species Protection For Wolverines, Despite Declining Populations 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday denied federal protections for rare wolverines, outraging conservationists but pleasing Western states that opposed adding the reclusive but feisty member of the weasel family to the endangered and threatened species list. Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed applying Endangered Species Act safeguards for the estimated 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48 states, most of which inhabit the high country of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The service had said global warming was reducing mountain snows the animals use to dig dens and store food. But on Tuesday federal wildlife managers said there was "insufficient evidence" that climate change would harm wolverines, which resemble small bears with bushy tails and which are known for their ferocious defense of their young. "After carefully considering the best available science, the Service has determined that the effects of climate change are not ...
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'Green News Report' - August 12, 2014 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: If it seems like there's more extreme weather -- you're right; What sanctions? ExxonMobil begins drilling with Russia in the Arctic; Methane rising in the melting Arctic; PLUS: Oops: Looks like the U.S. State Dept. vastly underestimated emissions from the Keystone XL pipeline ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has; Bamboo is the new 'green' steel; California Drought Transforms Global Food Market; Uranium mining poisons Navajo drinking water; Colgate Total Ingredient Triclosan Linked to Hormones, Cancer; Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie; Media Still Disproportionately ...
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Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More 11.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the western US continues to show warmer than average temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. The North Pole, which will have one of the smallest summer ice caps recorded this year, shows average temperatures but is surrounded by land areas experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the ...
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'Bad News' As Cod Nearly Disappear From Key Fishery In Northeast U.S. 10.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The level of codfish spawning in one of the most critical fisheries in the Northeast U.S. is at an all-time low, putting more pressure on a fishery already dealing with declining catch and dramatic quota cuts. National Marine Fisheries Service scientists say the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is estimated to be 3 to 4 percent of its target level. That number declined from 13 to 18 percent three years ago. Low levels of reproduction in the fishery are holding repopulation back, scientists say. They are investigating what might be driving down the numbers of cod but believe temperature change — which they have also linked to a declining Northern shrimp stock and northern migration of herring — may be one factor. The Gulf of Maine, along with Georges Bank, is one of two key areas where East Coast fishermen search for cod, a vital commercial fish in New England that appears in supermarkets and roadside fish-and-chip shops. An updated assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod ...
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87 Cities, 4 Scenarios and 1 Really Hot Future 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Global temperatures are rising, but nothing brings global warming home to people like a really hot summer day — those few days a year when it actually feels like the planet is boiling over. But what if those rare sweltering days, over 90° or 100°F, were not so rare and began to dominate summers? That could happen if carbon emissions continue unabated. In a new analysis, we estimate how many more “extremely hot” days different U.S. cities could feel by the middle and end of this century. Exactly how many will depend on how much higher heat-trapping gas emissions get, and it will also vary from region to region across the country. The term extremely hot means different things in different places. In order to provide a benchmark that translated across cities, the threshold was identified as the temperature exceeded at least one time per year, on average, between 1986 and 2005, using 90°F, 100°F, and 110°F as options. For example, in Phoenix, it was 110°F; ...
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Extreme Weather Producing Anthrax 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The extreme weather the Midwest and Plain states have experienced so far this year has brought about another severe consequence: anthrax. The potentially deadly infectious disease has been found in a bison herd in South Dakota. Health officials claim the threat to humans is minimal and there is no need for alarm. State examiners discovered the anthrax disease in the herd after local ranchers found six bison dead. Such an anthrax discovery is rare in the United States. Anthrax is a sometimes fatal disease brought about by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis in the ground. When animals graze or people are exposed to activated spores, the disease develops. And it can spread quickly. Extreme weather events , such as droughts or floods, can expose bacteria spores that lead to anthrax, according to agricultural experts and animal industry trade reports. South Dakota this year recorded some of its worst weather, with droughts replaced by the wettest periods in the state's history. "Significant climate change, such ...
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Climate Change – Point of No Return 7.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Climate Change: Point of No Return 7.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Climate Change Law in New York Bridges Partisan Divide 7.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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