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Water Is Today's Risky Business 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Water is Today's Risky Business Recently, a bi-partisan group of political and business leaders including Henry Paulson, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Rubin, and Olympia Snowe issued a call to arms regarding a growing threat to America's prosperity. Their report , entitled "Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States" made clear that human-induced climate change leads to rising temperatures that will directly and indirectly cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century." The report found that each region of the country faces different types of risks and concluded some regions are more vulnerable than others. Overall, though, the report states that all regions will suffer from the effects of climate change. The report maintained that companies have a responsibility to determine the risks posed by climate-related threats and to factor in these risks when making critical business decisions. I applaud this report; however, I am concerned that ...
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Why we need stronger, smarter electrical grids 29.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

How antiquated technology and increased demand may be a perfect storm of electricity risk.

Why we need stronger, smarter electrical grids
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Coastal Flooding More Frequent In U.S. Due To Sea Level Rise And Sinking Land, Study Finds 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
July 28 (Reuters) - Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday. The study examined how often 45 tide gauges along the country's shore exceeded National Weather Service flood thresholds across several decades. The researchers found that the frequency of flooding increased at 41 locations. Moreover, they found that the rate of increase was accelerating at 28 of those locations. The highest rates of increase were concentrated along the mid-Atlantic coast. "We stress that in many areas, the frequency of nuisance flooding is already on an accelerating trajectory, and many other locations will soon follow" if trends in rising sea levels continue, the scientists wrote. The thresholds are usually associated with minor flooding, also called nuisance flooding, which can overwhelm drainage systems, cause road closures ...
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The Military Battles Climate Change 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama's carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change--and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate. In case you missed the report issued in May by the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board , which is comprised of sixteen retired Generals and Admirals from all branches of the services, the findings are grim. The research is a follow up to a 2007 report. Seven years later, the new title is "The Accelerating Risks of Climate Change." Underscored are the "severe risks for national security," which the team found "very sobering." With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling. The picture they have painted has the makings of a summer disaster movie. Elements include extreme weather events exacerbating ...
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Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More! 28.7.2014 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 276 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 continues to prevent much rain from reaching California; slightly warmer than average temperatures pervade much of the US. The areas surrounding the North Pole 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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People Go Hungry As Ozone Pollution, Climate Change Gang Up On Planet, Study Predicts 27.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ozone pollution, which worsens breathing problems and causes air quality warnings, may compound global warming's damage to the world's food crops, according to a new study. Ground-level ozone , formed mainly from pollutants emitted by burning fossil fuels for cars, industry and power plants, increases as temperatures rise. That's why air quality warnings are more frequent in hot weather and why global warming has the potential to boost ozone pollution. Once formed, ozone can travel long distances , affecting even remote areas. The new study, published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, used models and historical trends to analyze the impact of climate change and ozone on four of the world's major food crops: wheat, rice, maize and soybeans. Ozone can harm plants by slowing photosynthesis and killing cells. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture , “Ground-level ozone causes more damage to plants than all other air pollutants combined.” The study showed that climate change is likely to ...
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Earth Is In The Early Days Of A New Mass-Extinction Event, Researchers Warn 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Remember the mass-extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs? Earth is apparently on the verge of another great biological extinction, and humans are solely to blame. Scientists have previously classified five large-scale losses of animal life as mass-extinction events , all of which occurred millions of years ago. In recent years, the planet has seen the loss of hundreds of species of animals , and according to a new analysis from an international team, the planet may be in the early days of its sixth mass-extinction event . As part of the study, researchers analyzed previous studies and scientific data to draw their conclusion that human activities and population surges worldwide -- not a catastrophic event, like an asteroid impact, for example -- are responsible for the drastic decline of animal life. Lead author Rodolfo Dirzo , a biology professor at Stanford University, cites actions like overexploitation of resources and habitat destruction as examples of harmful human activities. Since 1500, ...
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Iceberg Collapses Off Coast Of Newfoundland, Terrifies Woman On Nearby Boat (VIDEO) 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Look out below! Boaters off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, got quite the show Tuesday when an iceberg collapsed before their eyes as they were observing floes in the Bay of Exploits. One woman in particular became extremely alarmed by the sinking ice, which generated some sizable waves. In a video, posted to YouTube this week, the woman can be heard screaming as the iceberg collapses into the bay. "Run, Rick. GO! GO!" she exclaims, addressing her husband. "GO! GO!" Identified as Newfoundland resident Wanda Stead, the woman in the video later explained that she feared the waves of ice chunks that were heading toward the boat, which was only about 100 to 150 feet away from the iceberg. " I think my heart came up, and I swallowed it . I was petrified," Stead told CBC News. "All I could see was this tidal wave coming toward us." While it's been a banner year for viewing icebergs in the northeast Canadian province -- Newfoundland saw the most sea ice along the coast since 2003 -- boaters are advised to ...
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'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosive oil trains; Big win in small Maine town over Big (tar sands) Oil; Sunday news shows discover global warming exists; PLUS: We're No.1! America and Rush Limbaugh lead the world...in global warming denial ... 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): Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots; Solar car sets new land speed record; Republicans always listen to the Pentagon -- except on climate change; Self-cooling solar cells generate more output; Oil industry damaged PA water sources 200+ times; Amid CA drought, Nestle guzzles private water; Forest managers ban exploding ...
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How Putin Is Shaping The Next U.S. Free Trade Deal 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Three dozen environmental groups sent a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday asking it to reject part of a proposed trade deal with the European Union that would give a major boost to fracking in the U.S. Multiple sets of documents leaked recently show the EU requesting shipments of U.S. oil and natural gas in negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It's an unusual ask in a trade deal, since countries typically demand restrictions on foreign imports in trade talks, while requesting special treatment of their own exports. The U.S. government banned crude oil exports in 1975 . The U.S. Department of Energy currently has the power to reject applications for natural gas exports to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. Given the sheer size of the EU economy -- roughly equivalent to that of the United States -- the proposal would dramatically increase the demand for American oil drilling and natural gas hydraulic ...
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Kevin McCarthy Bashes Obama's 'Climate Change Agenda,' Ignores Link To State's Severe Drought 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of using a trip to the West Coast to "push his climate change agenda" instead of addressing the California drought. In a press release issued Tuesday, McCarthy criticized Obama's travel agenda , saying, "[A]s the drought worsens, he uses hardship in California to push his climate change agenda and fails to take action to pull back harmful regulations or implement a pending proposal to bring more water to the Central Valley." California is dealing with a very serious drought this year. But that's not an issue divorced from climate change. As the Los Angeles Times notes, the National Weather Service reported that the first six months of 2014 were the hottest ever on record in the state, and were "nearly five degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934." Climate scientists say that greenhouse gases are driving higher average temperatures, which in ...
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Scientists Urge For Funds To Prevent Coastal Disasters, Not Just Recover From Them 23.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
July 23 (Reuters) - A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday. Urging a "national vision" toward addressing coastal risks, the report comes on the heels of a Reuters analysis published earlier this month showing that coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, with steep financial consequences. The great majority of money -- most of it federal dollars -- spent on coastal risks goes toward recovery after a disaster rather than on planning for and mitigating against storms, climate change and sea-level rise, the report said. Instead, the federal government should push for a national coastal risk assessment to identify best practices and uniform measures of progress, and move away from the current decentralized approach to coastal management, the ...
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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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