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How China's Filthy Air Is Screwing With Our Weather 30.1.2015 Mother Jones
As the snow began to fall earlier this week in the lead up to the season's first major blizzard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the Northeast was witnessing "a pattern of extreme weather that we've never seen before." Climate change, Cuomo argues, is fueling bigger, badder weather events like this one—and like Hurricane Sandy. While the science that links specific snowstorms to global warming is profoundly difficult to calculate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it's "very likely"—defined as greater than 90 percent probability—that "extreme precipitation events will become more intense and frequent" in North America as the world warms. In New York City, actual snow days have decreased, but bigger blizzards have become more common , dumping more snow each time. Mashable reported that all of New York City's top 10 snowfalls have occurred in the past 15 years. Scientists can trace the cause to the enormous amount of energy we're pumping into the oceans. Kevin Trenberth, ...
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Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems 30.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying  from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.
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Air pollution choking the life out of Asia 28.1.2015 CNN: Top Stories
At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of southeast Asia's worst-ever "haze episodes."
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How a Hard-Charging General Became an Environmental Crusader 26.1.2015 Mother Jones
Lt. General Russel L. Honoré first noticed something was deeply wrong in his home state of Louisiana in September 2005, a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast. Honoré, commander of the military's disaster response operation, was choppering back to his floating headquarters aboard the USS Bataan when he saw a ribbon of rainbow on the water beneath him. "What in the heck is that?" he recalls asking the pilot. "He said, 'Those are old oil wells, General—you see the derricks knocked down.'" Honoré was staring down at one of the storm's little-noticed consequences— millions of gallons of oil spilled into the state's fragile coastal wetlands. "And my heart almost stopped." As he recounts the story one Saturday morning outside a coffee shop near his home in Baton Rouge, Honoré's eyes widen incredulously. "Come to find out later, many of those oil wells were actually abandoned," he explains. "And even today—listen to me—the derricks are still on the ground. They've never been picked up." In ...
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The carbon that's killing India, and how California can help 26.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Pharrell Williams and Al Gore announce Live Earth 2015 21.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Williams says the event will see ‘humanity harmonise all at once’

The unlikely combination of Pharrell Williams and Al Gore have announced what they hope to be the largest campaign ever on the planet, in the form of a second round of Live Earth concerts to promote awareness of climate change. The concerts will take place across all seven continents – including Antarctica – on June 18.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the pair were joined by producer Kevin Wall to unveil a event that aims for a global television audience of 2bn across 193 television networks.

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Land of opportunity – and fear – along route of Nicaragua’s giant new canal 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an era of breathtaking engineering feats, there is unease about what this mega project will mean for people and their homes, wildlife and ecosystems. Will it bring wealth and growth or confusion and destruction?

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The Mediterranean's urban sprawl: 'You know a city's near by the plastic in the sea' 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Two French oceanography researchers expected to find pollution on their 8,345km, 14-month kayak journey from Gibraltar to Istanbul – but what shocked them was the endless spread of cities along the coast

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CTA bus garage could be part of Fisk power plant redevelopment 18.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A 60-acre site in the Pilsen neighborhood, once reviled for its smoke-belching power plant that contributed to premature deaths and asthma, could be redeveloped into a Chicago Transit Authority bus garage, park and nature ...
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A county divided: is Lancashire ready for its fracking revolution? 18.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
In less than two weeks, two sites in north-west England could become the test bed for the shale gas revolution. But while some on the Fylde welcome the prospect of jobs and money, others fear possible damaging effects on health and the environment. • Graphic: Fracking – the facts and the faults Robert Sanderson, a strapping dairy farmer, is standing in his muddy yard. He is in tears. Sanderson’s family and his Lancashire farm have, thanks to geological chance, ended up on the frontline of fracking in the UK. “I’ve never wanted to do anything but farm,” says Sanderson, part of the third generation of his family to farm near Kirkham. “All my young lad dreams about is farming. Last night he said to me, ‘When I grow up I want to have the biggest tractor in the world’. How can they just take away generations of work? It’s not bloody ...
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Airpocalypse Now: Beijing's Toxic Smog Measures "Beyond Index" Levels 15.1.2015 Mother Jones
No matter what desperate steps the Chinese government takes— banning coal burning plants within the city limits , shuttering more than 300 factories , wiping out old vehicles and boilers , forcing heavy trucking to go nocturnal —this just keeps happening: Beijing's smog has yet again soared off the charts. On Thursday local time, Beijing measured "beyond index" levels of the dangerous airborne particulate matter known as PM2.5—considered hazardous to human health because the tiny particles can embed deep in a person's respiratory system. Those sky-high levels have been measured several times since the US began measuring the city's air using a device installed atop its embassy in Beijing in 2008, most notably during a "crazy bad" incident in 2010 , and 2013's "airpocalypse" . Thursday's levels indicated the concentration of PM2.5 exceeded 500 on an "Air Quality Index" (AQI) measured from the embassy. The Beijing municipal government maintains its own index, always notably lower than the US readings, which ...
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What kinds of pollutants are ruining Taj Mahal's white marble revealed 8.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Jan 8 : Scientists have shed light on what kinds of pollutants are discoloring one of the world's celebrated wonders, Taj Mahal.
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N.M. regulators hear testimony 6.1.2015 Durango Herald
SANTA FE – New Mexico regulators began taking testimony Monday on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists argue it...
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Minnesota agency nets world record with giant paper ball 29.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An effort to encourage Minnesotans to recycle pays off for the state Pollution Control Agency.
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Farmers to EPA: Don't tell activists where we are 28.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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As US gas consumption plateaus to help climate, fuel exports pollute elsewhere 23.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Would it hurt City Hall to look into rise in worker injury claims? 21.12.2014 LA Times: Commentary
The cost of paying salaries to Los Angeles civilian workers who are temporarily disabled because they have been hurt on the job has gone up 50% over five years, reaching $18 million last year. Employees are claiming more injuries and taking longer injury leaves. City officials don't know why...
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US architect sparks row over Chartres Cathedral restoration 19.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Martin Filler accuses project boss of desecration, but Patrice Calvel says he is just ‘doing a bit of vacuuming’ in French cathedral

Chartres Cathedral in France is an awe-inspiring sight, renowned in particular for its medieval stained glass windows and stone carvings.

When the American architect Martin Filler and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, visited the country recently they decided to view the progress of an eight-year restoration project at the Unesco world heritage site, 50 miles southwest of Paris. Its soaring interior is being cleansed of centuries of pollution and grime from candles and oil lamps.

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Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk 19.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is nothing like any pop culture stereotype of a politician. He's not a boyishly charming airhead like George W. Bush or The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby, or a blunt, lovable grandpa like Joe Biden or The West Wing's Jed Bartlet. He's not even that much like the fictional politician based partly on him, The Wire's Tommy Carcetti, who like O'Malley became the unlikely white mayor of majority-black Baltimore. O'Malley has none of Carcetti's sleazy slickness. O'Malley comes across more like the sort of engaged administrator you would hire to turn around a moribund government agency. In January, O'Malley will leave office after eight years because term limits prevented him from running for a third term. He will likely run for president in 2016, despite low name recognition and a lack of classic charisma. But whatever his seeming political deficits, he has won a steady stream ...
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Quiz: Extinct or Endangered? 18.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and see if you know whether these animals are extinct or extant (still living).  ...
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