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Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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Scientists aim to fight climate change with super plants 18.11.2017 LA Times: Science
The Salk Institute in La Jolla is launching a scientific initiative to develop new types of crops that can help fight climate change.
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The Importance of Biodiversity in Forests Could Increase Due to Climate Change 17.11.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. This is the result of a new study. In addition, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one service – such as wood production or nature conservation – as a second study demonstrates: several services provided by forest ecosystems can be improved at the same time. Both studies were led by scientists from Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and published in the prestigious journal Ecology Letters.
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Groundwater Depletion Could be Significant Source of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide 16.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, releases a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that has until now been overlooked by scientists in calculating carbon sources, according to the new study.
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New Research Could Predict La Niña Drought Years in Advance 16.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Two new studies from The University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists’ ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Niña – a recurrent cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Their findings, which predict that the current La Niña is likely to stretch into a second year, could help scientists know years in advance how a particular La Niña event is expected to evolve.
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Global Carbon Pollution Reaches Highest Levels Yet, New Report Shows 15.11.2017 WRI Stories
Global Carbon Pollution Reaches Highest Levels Yet, New Report Shows Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoal-fired power plant near Becker, Minnesota. Photo by Tony Webster/Flickr The Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia brought unwanted news this week: 2017 saw the highest levels of carbon pollution on record. Global carbon dioxide emissions from human activities and fossil fuels specifically will reach record highs by the end of this year. Over the past three years, carbon dioxide... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Yesterday's hottest summers are tomorrow's new norm 15.11.2017 Environmental News Network
The world’s hottest summers on record will be the new norm within 20 years due to human-influenced climate change, says the president of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria.Climatologist Francis Zwiers co-authored a study confirming that sweltering summers as gauged by a long-standing measurement of human heat tolerance have become at least 70 times more likely over the past four decades. By 2050, virtually every summer will be hotter than any experienced to date.
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Southern California smog worsens for second straight year despite reduced emissions 15.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California smog worsened for a second straight year in the latest sign that progress in cleaning the nation’s most polluted air is faltering.

The dive in air quality comes even though emissions are declining, forcing regulators to explain why returns are diminishing after years of progress...

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Why climate policy is good economic policy 15.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Thomas Stoerk More than 200 world leaders met over the last few days at the United Nations’ Annual Climate Change Conference in Bonn to discuss how to fill in the details of individual countries’ pledges of the Paris agreement. And while the United States has clearly ceded its leadership role to China, Germany, France, Canada and others, there are clear signs that adopting an ambitious climate policy is smart for long-term economic prosperity. Economists across the political spectrum agree that the market alone will not solve climate change, because carbon pollution is still largely unpriced. From an ideal point of view, the optimal climate policy would be a global carbon price. If an appropriate and sufficiently robust global carbon price existed, with clear declining limits on pollution, no other climate policy would be needed. Unfortunately, such a carbon policy does not currently exist. So, in the absence of such a global pricing regime, what kind of climate policy is cost-effective?   Each ...
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Study Settles Prehistoric Puzzle, Finds Carbon Dioxide Link to Global Warming 22 Million Years Ago 14.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle — and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming.
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Harvey's 'Biblical' rainfall is getting more likely 14.11.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says....
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Climate change upped the odds of Harvey’s extreme rains, study finds 14.11.2017 Washington Post
Climate change upped the odds of Harvey’s extreme rains, study finds
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Global carbon dioxide emissions projected to rise after three stable years 13.11.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
By the end of 2017, global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise by about 2% compared with the preceding year, with an uncertainty range between 0.8% and 3%. The news follows three years of emissions staying relatively flat.
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The Energy 202: With Chris Christie gone, wind energy may pick up speed in New Jersey 13.11.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: With Chris Christie gone, wind energy may pick up speed in New Jersey
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Fossil-Free Finance 13.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect.  Subscribe here .  Sitting shoulder to shoulder, holding signs that read “#Divest” and “Climate Justice Now!,” hundreds of student activists lined the halls of the third floor of the administration building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April of 2016. Outside, crowds gathered in solidarity. Pizza was brought in for the protesters. Fully aware of their imminent arrest—15 students had been arrested the day before—many still refused to leave. They were escorted out in handcuffs. One protester being led to a squad car had a cardboard sign hanging around her neck: “Arrested for protecting my future.” Elsewhere, Harvard students were arrested after hosting a sit-in inside the Boston Federal Reserve building. Some 3,000 miles away and two weeks later, Stanford students gathered outside Memorial Church protesting the school’s refusal to sell off fossil fuel investments, holding a banner that read “Temperatures Are Rising, So ...
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Fossil-Free Finance 13.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect.  Subscribe here .  Sitting shoulder to shoulder, holding signs that read “#Divest” and “Climate Justice Now!,” hundreds of student activists lined the halls of the third floor of the administration building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April of 2016. Outside, crowds gathered in solidarity. Pizza was brought in for the protesters. Fully aware of their imminent arrest—15 students had been arrested the day before—many still refused to leave. They were escorted out in handcuffs. One protester being led to a squad car had a cardboard sign hanging around her neck: “Arrested for protecting my future.” Elsewhere, Harvard students were arrested after hosting a sit-in inside the Boston Federal Reserve building. Some 3,000 miles away and two weeks later, Stanford students gathered outside Memorial Church protesting the school’s refusal to sell off fossil fuel investments, holding a banner that read “Temperatures Are Rising, So ...
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Fossil fuel emissions projected to reach an all-time high in 2017 - dashing hopes of progress 13.11.2017 Washington Post
Scientists thought global carbon emissions had flatlined. No such luck.
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New techniques for removing carbon from the atmosphere 10.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Of the approximately two dozen medical CT scanners scattered throughout Stanford’s main campus and medical centers, two can be found nestled in basement labs of the Green Earth Sciences Buildings.
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Research shows ice sheets as large as Greenland's melted fast in a warming climate 10.11.2017 Environmental News Network
New research published in Science shows that climate warming reduced the mass of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet by half in as little as 500 years, indicating the Greenland Ice Sheet could have a similar fate.
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China Experiences Sharp Drop in Coal-Related Emissions, Study Says 10.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Emissions of sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant produced primarily by burning coal, have fallen by 75 percent in China since 2007, while SO2 emissions in India have jumped 50 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland.
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