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Australia Commits To Green Climate Fund After Prime Minister Abbott Changes Mind 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, a major policy reversal for the embattled former climate-change skeptic. The pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the latest in a string of stinging policy reversals for Abbott, whose struggling conservative government has hit record low approval ratings. "I've made various comments some time ago but as we've seen things develop over the last few months I think it's fair and reasonable for the government to make a modest, prudent and proportionate commitment to this climate mitigation fund," he told reporters in Melbourne. The money for Australia's contribution to the fund will be allocated from its foreign aid budget, Abbott said, and was greeted as a welcome surprise at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The GCF is a major part of a plan agreed in 2009 to raise financial flows ...
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No 'Time For Tinkering' On Climate Change Action, Says UN's Ban Ki-Moon 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal due in Paris in a year's time to limit rising world greenhouse gas emissions. "This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation," he said. Despite signs of progress, "I am deeply concerned that our collective action does not match our common responsibilities." "We must act now," he said. He welcomed signs of action, such as more businesses favoring carbon ...
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United Nations Climate Talks Resume In Lima As Pressure For International Agreement Mounts 1.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together Monday in Lima for the last main stop of the U.N. climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year. The slow-moving talks have gained momentum in the past two months with pledges from the world's top carbon polluters — China, the U.S. and the European Union — to limit their emissions in the next 10-15 years. "This sends an important signal for the rest of the world to come forward as early as possible with their own contributions," EU negotiator Elina Bardram said Sunday in Lima. "We have 12 months and the clock is ticking." India, Japan, Russia and Australia are among the major emitters that have not yet presented pledges for the new deal. By getting pledges on the table well ahead of next year's climate conference in Paris, governments hope to pave the way for the landmark climate agreement they failed to reach five years ago in Copenhagen. The goal is to slash the greenhouse gas emissions — ...
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Are Humans Going Extinct? 1.12.2014 Truthout.com
Without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. (Image via Shutterstock )August, September and October were each the hottest months ever recorded, respectively. Including this year, which is on track to become the hottest year ever recorded, 13 of the hottest years on record have all occurred in the last 16 years. Coal will likely overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, and without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. This is dramatically worse than even the most dire predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which predicts at least a 5-degree Celsius increase by 2100 as its worst-case scenario, if business continues as usual with no major mitigation efforts. Yet things continue growing worse faster than even the IPCC can keep up with. Scientific American has said of ...
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South Africa Turns To New Breed Of Anti-Poaching Crime Fighters 29.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Venom and Killer. These are members of a furry breed of anti-poaching operatives, dogs that can detect a whiff of hidden rhino horn in a suspect's vehicle or follow the spoor of armed poachers in South Africa's besieged wildlife parks. Dogs are a small part of an increasingly desperate struggle to curb poaching in Africa, where tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered in recent years to meet a surging appetite for ivory in Asia, primarily China. In South Africa, poachers have killed more than 1,000 rhinos this year, surpassing the 2013 record. Countries and conservationists are trying more robust patrols and surveillance, community programs and other tactics against criminal gangs that sometimes benefit from official corruption. As the conflict rages, elite dogs and handlers are drilling at an anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg. The course prepares canine units to find firearms or contraband, track suspects in the undergrowth and abseil in ...
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Mama Mia Mantis 27.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Will global warming bring more butterflies to northern Europe; can more species now live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We have to allow for changing habitat and even habitat preferences, if we are going to face the true character of global warming, drying environments or melting ice.
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? 24.11.2014 Current Issue
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
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Dutch Heath Authorities To Kill 8,000 Ducks To Prevent Bird Flu 22.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
AMSTERDAM, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. "It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003," when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals -- 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear that the close proximity of the farms ...
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Hang Out With The Shedd Aquarium's Precious New Sea Otter Pup (WATCH LIVE) 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just can't get enough of Pup 681, the abandoned sea otter pup who arrived at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium late last month ? You're in luck. At 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Shedd and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which originally discovered the pup on Coastways Beach in September, will co-host a Google Hangout On Air session to update the public on 681's progress in the weeks since she arrived at her new permanent home in Chicago. The "poolside" session will be moderated by journalist Bill Kurtis. Follow the action above, or register for the hangout to ask questions or make comments. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #puphangout. Want to see how far little 681 has come in just a few weeks? Watch the pup learning how to swim shortly after she arrived at the Shedd, and check out some of her baby photos, ...
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International Fisheries Body Raises Quota On Endangered Bluefin Tuna 17.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

MILAN (AP) — A multi-nation fisheries body has increased the quotas on Bluefin tuna fished in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea amid early signs of population recovery, raising concern among conservationists.


The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas on Monday raised next year's quota on Bluefin tuna off the United States, Canada and Mexico by 14 percent to 2,000 metric tons. It raised the quota on the Mediterranean Bluefin tuna population by 20 percent to 15,821 metric tons.


Amanda Nickson of the Pew Environment Group said the decision puts at risk the population recovery made over the last several years.


The World Wildlife Foundation called on fishers and consumers "to take greater responsibility" to ensure Bluefin tuna recovery.

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Hotter Sex, Cooler Planet 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Originally published on TIME.com Earlier this year, NASA issued a report declaring that global warming isn't coming, it's already here. "This Is What a Holy Sh*t Moment for Global Warming Looks Like," according to a headline on Mother Jones. Two studies in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters reported that major glaciers that are part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appear to have become irrevocably destabilized. The collapse of these major glaciers now "appears unstoppable," according to NASA. An article in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association states, "Health is inextricably linked to climate change ," including respiratory disorders, infectious diseases, water-borne diseases and mental health disorders. Warmer oceans mean that sea levels will rise more than 3 feet in 200 years, or less, eventually triggering the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. When the ice sheet is gone, sea levels will rise between 9 and 15 feet, which will, over ...
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This Sea Otter Pup Loves Snacks, Milk And Toys Just As Much As Any Other Baby 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium clearly has a star on its hands. Just over two weeks ago, the facility took in a young, orphaned southern sea otter . Dubbing her "Pup 681" for now, Shedd employees provide her round-the-clock care, ensuring that the surprisingly furry critter learns basic otter tasks such as grooming, foraging, feeding and regulating her own body temperature. If the aquarium's latest video and photo releases are any indication, little 681's lessons appear to be going swimmingly. Footage shows the pup feeding from a bottle, playing with her toys and learning how to swim. She also appears to be growing and looks ever so slightly larger than the last time we saw her, about a week ago . The pup is also preparing for her first Google Hangout. On Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET, the Shedd will host a live “poolside” hangout with Pup 681. Moderated by veteran Chicago journalist Bill Kurtis, the event will provide the public with an update on her progress. Registration for the hangout can be accessed here. Go, ...
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Open Letter Poem 14.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A single fact to start: Nicholas Kristof (and others) have reported that more women were killed in the last 50 years just for being women than all of the men in all of the wars of the 20th century! Come again? It's a fact. The men bought it in World Wars or regional wars or battles sanctioned by the State -- the women all died because they had female body parts! Do we all know that a 27-year-old, critically ill woman (26 weeks pregnant) died recently while undergoing a Cesarean section ordered by a judge in Washington, D.C., in his attempt to save the fetus? (The judge, by the way, was aware of the great risk to the young woman's life.) The world was outraged by the YouTube beheadings of journalists by ISIS, but, folks, women are beheaded (or stoned to death) with appalling regularity in countries like Saudi Arabia. Just for "being women" -- or for acting on human desire, for having an opinion, for seeking to be educated. Sixteen-year-old Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai is shot in the head by the ...
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Mostly Plants: New Science Says a Healthier Diet is Best for the Climate 13.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment—Ignored at Our Own Risk 12.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Oil palm ecology suits some. 11.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How can we cope with the burgeoning oil palm plantations. Instead of just complaining, here is one piece of evidence from the Journal of Applied Ecology . Perhaps some other organisms can survive in these nightmares for many almost-extinct animals and plants.
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A Health Check-up for Our Environment - Ignored at Our Own Risk 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the 1950s, thousands of Baiji river dolphins (pictured) plied the waters of the Yangtze, Asia's mightiest river. The Chinese river dolphin had evolved over 20 millions of years, and was revered as the goddess of the Yangtze. By 1994, fewer than 100 individuals remained, and by 2006, the dolphin had become extinct . A proud branch on the tree of life had been destroyed in the blink of an eye by pollution, dam building, and reckless navigation. Sadly, the goddess of the Yangtze is not alone in her fate. The last Chinese paddlefish was sighted in 2003. The majestic Chinese sturgeon is considered to be critically endangered as well. Of the 143 fish species which were historically recorded in the Yangtze River, only 17 were left in 2013. As many as 30 million animal, plant and fungi species populate Planet Earth. About 1.7 million of them have been identified and described. What is the health of these plant and animal kingdoms? Which species groups are at particular risk? Are the extinct Chinese river ...
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Nevada Poachers Face Trial Charged As 'Serial Wildlife Killers' 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman Nov 10 (Reuters) - Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada, game officials said on Monday. Authorities uncovered the poaching ring after one of the defendants posted a photograph on Facebook of two deer he shot and killed out of season last June, said Cameron Waithman, who led the Nevada Wildlife Department investigation of the case. The ensuing probe found that Adrian Acevedo-Hernandez, 36, Jose Luis Montufar-Canales, 31, and J. Nemias Reyes Marin, 31, had been illegally killing and butchering animals across the state and bragging about the kills online since early 2013, Waithman said. The men, described by Waithman as "serial wildlife killers," were convicted in a state court of misdemeanor hunting violations earlier this year. In July they were indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas ...
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Bette Midler Starts Parody Kickstarter To Plant A Tree On The Moon 8.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Singer, actress and tree-hugger Bette Midler has done so much for conservation here on Earth. It's time to take it to the moon.

Midler has planted many trees in her time (when she's not wielding those amazing vocal cords), and in this Funny or Die parody of a Kickstarter initiative, the singer wants to take the next step in this cause that is near and dear to heart: She wants to plant a tree on the moon. But she needs your help to do it. And $174 million.

And if you help her out by donating, you could receive any number of gifts. For instance, if you give $5,000, she'll carve your name in the moon tree. For $100,000, Bette Midler will moon you from the moon!

Don't miss your chance to get in on this important cause, because if Bette Midler can't get a tree planted on the moon, who will?


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Colbert Calls Out Republicans' 'I'm Not A Scientist' Excuse On Climate Change 7.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"You don't have to worry about global warming anymore, because the Senate sure won't," Stephen Colbert quipped on Thursday's "The Colbert Report." Colbert slammed many Republicans' position on climate change after they gained a majority in the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's election. Environmental groups are fearful that progress on climate change and other environmental issues will suffer under the new Senate. As Colbert pointed out, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who literally wrote the book on climate change denial, is poised to take control of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Colbert described Inhofe's 2012 book, The Greatest Hoax, as being "like Harry Potter for people who thought Harry Potter had too much science in it." Like many others in the media , Colbert called out Republicans for using the " I'm not a scientist " defense when asked about humans' contribution to global warming. He specifically targeted newly-elected Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush for dodging questions about rising ...
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