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UK Met Office Charts Life on a Managed Planet 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this year, the U.S. Climate Assessment warned of parched prairies and flaming forests if we don't reel in climate change right now. Sixteen retired US admirals and generals then warned that droughts and other climate disruptions were about to make the world a very dangerous place . Now the United Kingdom's weather service, the Met Office, has tried to put the basic science in a simple, poster-sized product called the Human Dynamics of Climate Change , which you can download here (PDF, 12 MB). Supplementary information is also available here (PDF, 629 kB). The map is actually a teaser to and a summary of a much more detailed technical report , but at first glance even this simple illustration is an ungainly thing with seven world maps and a large block of text: On closer inspection, it's a fairly simple starting point for people new to the climate dilemma, although the name is something of a misnomer, because it barely touches on the human dynamics of climate change. Instead, it offers a very ...
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Great Barrier Reef Will Be 'Pretty Ugly' By 2050, Researchers Say 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Great Barrier Reef's days may be numbered. Researchers appeared before an Australian Senate committee this week to review how federal and local governments have managed the reef. What they discovered is that the world's largest coral reef system is in bad shape . Professor Peter Mumby of the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland said that the Great Barrier Reef will be "pretty ugly" by 2050. " The reef is in the worse [sic] state it's ever been in since records began ," Mumby told the committee, according to the Australian Associated Press. Within 40 years, he expects, the Great Barrier Reef will lose populations of marine life and will feature far more seaweed and algae where coral once flourished. Mumby attributed the significant decline to coastal development and placed some of the blame on government action, such as approval of proposals involving dredging and dumping sediment along the Queensland coast. His statements were echoed by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg , a professor of marine ...
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Obama allocates funds to help communities build climate adaptation 21.7.2014 Environmental News Network
More extreme droughts, floods and wildfires – these are just some of the impacts of climate change that won't just occur in the distant future to our great-great grandchildren, but are happening now. To address the changing climate's current effects on communities in the U.S., President Barack Obama announced a plan to strengthen national infrastructure and help cities, states and tribal communities better prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
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4 ways to take green cities to the next level 21.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What will crystallize all of the best practices into common practice is the development of partnership templates and tools that link into a replicable model. 

4 ways to take green cities to the next level
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Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More! 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 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 US bakes in the west as it cools in the east; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. The North Pole is surrounded by land areas that are 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 patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. ...
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The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree.


NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt said the record was driven by unusually hot oceans, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans.


Heat records broke on every continent but Antarctica, especially in New Zealand, northern South America, Greenland, central Africa and southern Asia.


The United States had only its 33rd hottest June.


Global temperature records go back to 1880 and this is the 352nd hotter than average month in a row.

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Dahr Jamail | The Brink of Mass Extinction 21.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Polluted dawn , ice bergs via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO )March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. In May - officially the hottest May on record globally - the average temperature of the planet was .74 degrees Celsius above the 20th century baseline, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The trend is clear: 2013 was the 37th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures, and since the Industrial Revolution began, the earth has been warmed by .85 degrees Celsius. Several scientific reports and climate modeling show that at current trajectories (business as usual), we will see at least a 6-degree Celsius increase by 2100. In the last decade alone, record high temperatures across the United States have outnumbered record low temperatures two to one, and the trend is both continuing and ...
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California's Clean Energy Goals In Danger As Drought Drains Reservoirs 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qTT5Ej ) that many energy-generating reservoirs are low today, and future dry years could slash the amount of power flowing from the state's hydroelectric dams, putting higher demands on less clean and costlier sources. Less water forces power companies to buy energy from conventional plants that burn natural gas. "If there's less hydro, the power has to come from somewhere," said Victor Niemeyer of the Electric Power Research Institute. "You have to burn more gas, and that costs more money, all things considered." California has made strides to fight global warming, as the state pushes utility companies to obtain 33 percent of ...
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As Gray Seal Populations Boom, So Do Conflicts As Residents Decry Those They Once Protected 20.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt. The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century because of hunting, with Massachusetts keeping a seal bounty on the books until the 1960s. But scientists say conservation efforts, an abundance of food and migration from Canada combined to revive the population. Environmentalists cheer the resurgence, saying the gray seal boost is good for biodiversity and a boon for popular seal watch tours in coastal New England. But many fishermen say the seals interfere with fishing charters and steal catch. Beachgoers bemoan the 600-plus-pound seals taking over large stretches of shore, befouling beaches and attracting sharks, which feed on seals. Some residents of Nantucket are so fed up over the huge seal population that now calls the affluent island home that they have suggested a ...
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The Climate Post: White House Announces New Climate Change Initiatives 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The White House on Wednesday announced executive actions to help states and communities build their resilience to more intense storms, high heat, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. The actions, which involve several federal agencies , were among the recommendations by the president's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. "...Climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st century economy," said President Obama . "We're going to do more, including new 3D maps to help state, local officials in communities understand which areas and which infrastructure are at risk as a consequence of climate change. We're going to help communities improve their electric grids, build stronger seawalls and natural barriers, and protect their water supplies. We're also going to invest in stronger more resilient infrastructure." The National Journal runs down the individual efforts by agency, which ...
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Forest Fires In Northwest Canada Burning At 'Unprecedented' Levels 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article originally appeared on Climate Central. For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres. The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center . Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Territories are burning at rates "unprecedented" in the past 10,000 years according to the authors of a study put out last year. The northern reaches of the globe are warming at twice the rate as areas closer to the equator, and those hotter conditions are contributing to ...
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Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda 17.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion. Every year, 24 billion tons of fertile soil is lost through erosion and 12 million hectares of land are degraded through desertification and drought. These processes directly threaten the livelihoods of 1.5 billion people, and have broader consequences on growth and prosperity at the national and regional level. In countries such as Central African Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Pakistan and Tajikistan, land degradation is estimated to cause an annual GDP loss in the order of 1 to 5%. Pressure on land resources is expected to increase, largely driven by socio-economic development, as well as climate change. According to the FAO, population growth will lead to a 50% rise in the demand for food by 2050. The need to produce more food will increase the risk that land which is unsuitable for ...
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New Obama Initiatives Add Critical Elements to Climate Change Agenda 17.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Obama Administration today added critical components to the president’s climate change agenda by unveiling broad initiatives that will further protect public health, the health of the nation’s infrastructure, and the health of our economy.

The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

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Texas City May Become First In The State To Ban Fracking 16.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote Tuesday night on a citizen-led petition. Industry groups and state regulators warn that such a ban could be followed by litigation and a severe hit to the city economy. The Denton City Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday night, with a vote to follow. If the council rejections the petition, it would likely still go to Denton's voters in November. Under the proposed ban, operators would be allowed to continue extracting energy from the 275 wells in Denton that have already undergone hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but not reinitiate the process on old wells. Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and an assortment of chemicals deep into underground rock formations to free oil and gas and has pitted environmentalists against oil and gas companies and state regulators in Texas. While the method ...
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Carbon Dioxide Suffers Just Like Jews In Nazi Germany, 'Expert' Says On CNBC 16.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler," said Princeton University professor William Happer while being interviewed on "Squawk Box" on CNBC. Before host Andrew Ross Sorkin could respond in incredulity, Happer went on to say, "Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." Happer was introduced as an expert on climate change, despite there being no proof that he is one . When ExxonMobil donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Happer's organization, the Marshall Institute, they probably didn't expect him to make such haphazard comments. These statements were in response to Sorkin's curiosity about a quote attributed to Happer where he compared climate change to the Holocaust. In the interview, Happer was visibly unhappy with Sorkin's prodding, pointedly telling him to "shut up" in response to Sorkin saying that Happer denies the existence of global climate change. Now Happer is absolutely correct when he says the world ...
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Drought Conditions Linked to Human Activity 15.7.2014 Environmental News Network
US Government scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion. "This new high-resolution climate model is able to simulate regional-scale precipitation with considerably improved accuracy compared to previous generation models," said Tom Delworth, a research scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., who helped develop the new model and is co-author of the research.
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Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Solar Keeps Spreading, and More! 14.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 13 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 eastern Pacific warm spot is changing in shape but continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. Much of the west coast of North America is far warmer than normal, while the mid-section is significantly cooler than normal. The North Pole is experiencing average summer temperatures, but the surrounding lands are 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 ...
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Hints Of Hope Emerge In Deadly American Bat Plague 13.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. About 6 million American bats have died from white-nose syndrome since its mysterious 2006 debut, and the disease's rapid spread still threatens the survival of some species. But if scientists are right about a few little brown bats in the U.S. Northeast, there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. A new study from Vermont suggests up to 96 percent of little brown bats survived last winter's hibernation in Aeolus Cave, a major bat hangout that has been riddled with white-nose syndrome (WNS) since 2008. First reported by the Associated Press, this is at least the third known case of WNS seemingly losing its grip on a bat colony. Two caves in New York have shown similar hints of recovery, and biologists in Vermont also recently found the rate of that state's bat die-off may be slowing down . The Aeolus Cave researchers radio-tagged 442 little brown bats before hibernation began last fall, then installed equipment to record how many tagged ...
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2014 Natural Disaster Damage and Death Toll Well Below Average 11.7.2014 Environmental News Network
Extreme weather events and other natural disasters claimed the lives of more than 2,700 people and caused around US $42 billion in damage worldwide in the first half of 2014, but this was well below the first half of last year and a 10-year average, according to new research from reinsurer Munich Re. However, the briefing report warns that towards the end of the year the natural climate phenomenon El Niño may impact regions differently in terms of the number and intensity of weather extremes.
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This Climate Change-Denying Rapper Is About As Dope As You'd Expect 11.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story first appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. For the past nine years, climate deniers from all over the world have gathered for the International Conference on Climate Change, brought to you by the Heartland Institute (the same folks who deny that tobacco causes lung cancer ). This year, they’ll do the denying in oven-hot Las Vegas , a city undergoing killer high temps and record-breaking extreme drought . Approximately 600 attendees paid $126 a pop to discuss the hoax of global warming , hear about how awesome fracking is , and gamble in casinos (presumably on our future), all while sweating profusely in 90-plus-degree heat. But what to do for entertainment? Since craps tables and the Michael Jackson/Cirque du Soleil show just aren’t enough to wash down hours of hearing about the evils of carbon pricing, the Heartland Institute booked a most fitting performer: a climate-denying rapper. Meet Austrian rapper Kilez More (not a call to violence, just a ...
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