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Climate Change Accelerates Water Hunt in US West 11.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

SAN FRANCISCO - It's hard to visualize a water crisis while driving the lush boulevards of Los Angeles, golfing Arizona's green fairways or watching dancing Las Vegas fountains leap more than 20 stories high.

So look Down Under. A decade into its worst drought in a hundred years Australia is a lesson of what the American West could become.

Bush fires are killing people and obliterating towns. Rice exports collapsed last year and the wheat crop was halved two years running. Water rationing is part of daily life.

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Gates Foundation stuck in tar, part 1 10.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm Salon has published on the biggest flaw in the strategy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I'm going to expand on that article in a two-parter here. The timing could not be better with the Tom Friedman "Ponzi scheme" . For while the the richest foundation in the world certainly has taken on the noblest and greatest of challenges -- to help billions of people who "never even have the chance to live a healthy, productive life" (see ) reach that opportunity themselves -- its efforts are ultimately doomed to fail if we don't stop catastrophic warming. Also, the two men who have donated much of their vast wealth to make it possible, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, are Exhibits One and Two of the "very serious people who are ...
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Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. West 10.3.2009 Environmental News Network
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It's hard to visualize a water crisis while driving the lush boulevards of Los Angeles, golfing Arizona's green fairways or watching dancing Las Vegas fountains leap more than 20 stories high. So look Down Under. A decade into its worst drought in a hundred years Australia is a lesson of what the American West could become.
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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction 9.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

All measures to thwart the degradation and destruction of our ecosystem will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, if we continue to reproduce at the current rate, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. This is a 50 percent increase.

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A Little Equality Could Save a Lot of Lives 7.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

UNITED NATIONS - When ministers and government officials meet at the end of this year for a critical U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen, they should bear in mind that the mortality rate for women during climate-related natural disasters is an average of 14 times higher than for men.

"Existing inequalities determine who is dying," Rebecca Pearl, the coordinator of the Global Gender & Climate Alliance, told IPS.

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Laurie David: Veteran Meteorologist Bravely Calls It Like He Sees It 6.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Local TV weathermen, who despite their careful tracking of weather disasters and trends, are hell bent on denying that global warming is happening. That's why today I have to take my hat off to veteran meteorologist Bob Ryan.
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Drought threatens Amazon, speeds global warming: study 6.3.2009 Grist News
PARIS -- Drought is killing off trees in Brazil's fragile Amazon rain forest and depleting the region's carbon reservoirs -- an ecological double-whammy with devastating implications, according to a study published Thursday. The Amazon's lush vegetation in a typical year absorbs nearly two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, one of the chief culprits causing climate change. But a 30-year study published by the journal Science found that the world's largest tropical rain forest is surprisingly sensitive to drought, and that the resulting loss of vegetation will have a greater-than-anticipated effect in causing a sharp spike in greenhouse gases. The Amazon tree canopy which absorbs massive amounts of greenhouse gases often succumbs to the effects ...
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Unstaining Al Gore's good name, part 2 4.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm I will examine here the February 24 New York Times by Andy Revkin to show that Al Gore is not "guilty of inaccuracies and overstatements," as he was accused. detailed how Roger Pielke, Jr. started all this by repeatedly misstating what Gore had said in his AAAS talk (video ). These indefensible charges would have died on the gossip grapevine of the blogosphere, had they not been picked up by Revkin. I have written multiple emails to Andy in an effort to get him to clear Gore's name in print, and he refuses. If he won't, I feel that someone must for the record and the search engines. If I could clear Gore's name without criticizing Andy, I would. But I can't. My reason for writing this post is simple. Having your reputation ...
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Thousands Storm Capitol Hill in Largest Protest Against Global Warming 3.3.2009 AlterNet
Climate change -- for many years the concern of scientists and policy wonks -- has finally birthed a broad-based citizens movement.
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Unstaining Al Gore's good name, Part 1 3.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm In all the hubbub about George Will's and Andy Revkin's in the New York Times , one simple fact has been a largely overlooked: Contrary to Revkin's assertions, Former Vice President Al Gore is not guilty of "exaggeration," let alone "guilty of inaccuracies and overstatements." Having communicated at length with Gore's staff and Revkin, I will show that not only did Gore do nothing worthy of the NYT 's criticism, but in fact he acted honorably and in the highest traditions of science journalism. Contrary to the impression left by Revkin in his February 24, "News Analysis" piece (see ), Gore and his team work overtime to accurately represent the data and the science. Gore is very careful in his use of language, more careful ...
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A. Siegel: Fire and Ice ... 2.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
10,000+ people are descending on Congress to lobby on climate change as part of Powershift 09. And, many of those will participate in what might...
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Thousands of Youth Storm Capitol, Demand New Climate Change Policy 2.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Just blocks away from Capitol Hill, a new conversation is sweeping the streets. Within the crowded sidewalks and cafes along H and 7th Streets, certain words likely will catch your ear: environmental sustainability, green economy, direct action, colonization, coal power plants and capitalism.

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Northeast and Southeast Snowstorm: Hundreds of Flights, Morning Rush Hour Treacherous 2.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TRENTON, N.J. — A massive late winter snow storm roared out of the Southeast and into the Northeast overnight, idling hundreds of flights and making...
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North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation 27.2.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-26-095.asp
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Adapting to Water Woes 27.2.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

The southwestern United States is moving headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions.

The already drought-prone region is almost entirely dependent on a shrinking snowpack and sparse rain in the Colorado River Basin. As the planet's climate changes, an already overtaxed and volatile water supply is expected to get even more unstable.

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Icy Global Seed Vault Hosts Global Warming Meeting 27.2.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-26-01.asp
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Global seed vault marks 1-year anniversary with four-ton shipment of critical food crops 26.2.2009 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY (26 February 2009)—Four tons of seeds - almost 90,000 samples of hundreds of crop species - from food crop collections maintained by Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, and three international agricultural research centers in Syria, Mexico and Colombia, were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as it celebrated its one-year anniversary. The repository, located near the village of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, has in one year amassed a collection of more than 400,000 unique seed samples – some 200 million seeds.
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Global seed vault marks 1-year anniversary with four-ton shipment of critical food crops 26.2.2009 Environmental News Network
LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY (26 February 2009)—Four tons of seeds - almost 90,000 samples of hundreds of crop species - from food crop collections maintained by Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, and three international agricultural research centers in Syria, Mexico and Colombia, were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as it celebrated its one-year anniversary. The repository, located near the village of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, has in one year amassed a collection of more than 400,000 unique seed samples – some 200 million seeds.
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Organic Farming, Promise in the Face of Global Warming 26.2.2009 Commondreams.org Views
Farmers dislike unpredictable weather patterns, the weather shapes our lives and therefore everyone else's. Impending global climate change worries us, at least those of us who work with natures cycles. The industrial agriculture crowd are, as usual, ready to fight nature in hopes of ultimate victory.

As global temperatures increase and carbon dioxide levels rise, crop yields will rise correspondingly, or so many farmers would like to think. Perhaps, in Northern Canada and Russia, for a time, but eventually heat and drought will shrivel crops even in the northern latitudes..

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Polar people are 'canary in the mine' of climate change - Feature 26.2.2009 Earth Times
Geneva - As a young girl, Elisapee Sheutiapik never wore short-sleeved shirts, but the weather in the summertime in recent years can reach 25 degrees in her hometown of Iqaluit, close to the Arctic Circle in northern Canada. Climate change has also i...
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