User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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Are our gardens the monarch butterfly sanctuaries we think they are? 19.7.2017 Washington Post
Are our gardens the monarch butterfly sanctuaries we think they are?
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Gov. Brown makes dire plea to save California climate law 14.7.2017 AP Business
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday of a California ravaged by forest fires, disease and mass migration if lawmakers fail to renew the state's signature program to fight climate change, which he called "a threat to organized human existence."...
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'Chasing Coral' has an urgent message about climate change: The coral reef is dying 14.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

While governments and politicians dither about global warming, the world’s undersea coral is moving toward a devastating death. If you don’t believe that, or don’t think it really matters, “Chasing Coral” presents the evidence with beauty, intelligence and a surprising amount of emotion.

One of...

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California can fight climate change and reduce local pollution at the same time 10.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: This editorial concludes with the right message: So far our state’s climate change program has worked well and should be extended. (“California may be leading on climate change, but that doesn’t mean it can ignore local pollution,” editorial, July 1)

The role of offsets in California’s...

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Forget the wet winter; the West is burning hot and fast 9.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Summer in the American West. The time of flip-flops, river rafting, mountain fishing and Frisbee on the beach. But increasingly, also a time of stepping into our backyards and lifting our noses to sniff for smoke. For watching the flags atop the bank or outside City Hall to see how hard the wind...

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Trump's 'America First' approach receives a cold reception at global summit 9.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump's signature slogan — “America First” — lately got a tweak from administration aides eager to show that his nationalism is not at odds with the United States' traditional global leadership role. Their new version: "America first does not mean America alone."

Yet America was undeniably...

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As Habitat Fragmentation Increases, So Does Extinction Risk 8.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Researchers have long assumed that when animals are left without large areas of intact habitat, they are at greater risk of extinction: fragmentation leaves animals confined to ever-smaller areas, restricting movement and gene flow and leaving species vulnerable to threats ranging from poachers to climate change. A  study published July 3  in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) set out to quantify this risk for more than 4,000 land-dwelling mammal species across the globe -- and found that species with more fragmented habitats were at greater risk of extinction. This link persisted even when researchers accounted for other factors including species' body size and overall range size. "We used statistical models that evaluated the relative contribution of fragmentation and geographic range size, as well as body size, on extinction risk," lead author Kevin Crooks, a professor in Colorado State University's Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, told Mongabay by email. ...
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The next crisis for California will be the affordability of water 8.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The price of almost everything is on the rise, but we tend to shrug off inflation in goods and services we can cut back or do without. Not water, the rising cost of which is looming as a defining economic problem in coming years.

In California and across the nation, concern about water affordability...

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Europe's leaders stepping into bigger role on global trade and climate change 6.7.2017 L.A. Times - World News

When President Trump visited a NATO meeting and a G-7 summit on his first trip abroad as U.S. leader in May, some European leaders hesitated to say too much about his controversial views on such issues as trade, immigration and the environment.

But two months later, they appear more willing to...

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The G-20 should put climate change at the top of its list 6.7.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Accumulating evidence shows climate change is hurting the planet now.
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Garcetti for president in 2020? Who's asking? 5.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Excuse me, but what has Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti actually accomplished to be added to a short list of presidential wannabes? Is the Democratic Party’s bench so lacking that a mediocre-at-best mayor can be inserted into a serious presidential conversation for 2020? (“On the...

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The Energy 202: Four misleading claims Trump made in his big "Energy Week" speech 30.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President Trump said he didn't take any "heat" for the Keystone XL pipeline and touted nuclear energy as a "renewable" resource.
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'Green News Report' - June 29, 2017 29.6.2017 BradBlog
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Experimental 'clean coal' plant...switches to natural gas; Trump's EPA moves to undo landmark clean water rule; World's first floating wind farm takes shape off the coast of Scotland; PLUS: Utah lawmaker blames environmentalists for massive forest fire... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen ...
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Noel, other S. Utah politicians blame Brian Head Fire on ‘tree-huggers,’ beetles, but eco-groups say he’s off-base 27.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Southern Utah politicians on Monday blamed the Brian Head Fire’s fast pace and destructiveness on environmentalists who, they said, for decades have thwarted logging of trees killed by bark beetles. But the targeted groups contend climate change and excluding fire from the landscape are the real reasons Utah’s national forest are primed for blazes. Without citing a source, Rep. Mike Noel angrily alleged environmentalists would rather see the Dixie National Forest burn than see a single stump. “... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Climate Destabilization Causing Thousands of New Species Migrations: Plant, Animal, Insect, Bird 26.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A spate of new research studies has confirmed a disturbing pattern: climate disruption is confusing migratory birds, causing trees to relocate and allowing tropical diseases to spread northward. "Human society has yet to appreciate the implications of unprecedented species redistribution for life on Earth, including for human lives," states a study, " Divergence of Species Responses to Climate Change ," published May 17, 2017, in Science Advances. Imagine if you had to travel thousands of miles and arrive at a specific time each year, but you had no way of knowing the precise time you needed to get there. That's what it's like for many songbirds that migrate from Central and South America each spring to breeding grounds in the US and Canada. If they were to arrive too early, they wouldn't find food and could freeze to death. If they arrive late, the best nesting sites may be taken and there will be fewer opportunities to find a mate. For countless generations, these birds have been able to rely on ...
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Texas oil company cited for improper drilling in Colorado that spewed waste 26.6.2017 Denver Post: Business
A Texas oil company enmeshed in a decade-long dispute over leases to drill in western Colorado's Thompson Divide area was hit with three federal "non-compliance” notices for improper drilling last week that led to a spill.
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Religious, indigenous leaders demand rainforests be saved 19.6.2017 AP Business
HELSINKI (AP) -- Religious and indigenous leaders on Monday called for an end to deforestation in the first international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change....
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Spotlight on green news & views: NY Council votes for environmental justice; Al Gore optimistic 18.6.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 505th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the June 10 Green Spotlight. More than 27,210 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Storm chasing ColoTim writes— Chasing Down The Wild Wind (Photo Diary) : “Kossack Leftcandid has been a stormchaser for years.  A couple years ago, I had been talking with him about the fact that I had been born and raised in Kansas and while I had seen funnel clouds, I always missed seeing tornadoes that came into the area.  We went chasing tornadoes in 2015 by driving up to Nebraska, chasing this storm system. [...] We wound up missing a tornado by just a few seconds — we drove around a hill and during that time the tornado touched down and retreated towards the ...
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Ask Your Doctor if the Paris Climate Agreement Is Right for You 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Medical professionals are often the first to deal with the health harms caused by air pollution, heat waves, drought, famine and war brought on by climate change. The newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health representing 11 major medical specialty organizations in the US is working to build awareness among the public and lawmakers about the looming public health crisis precipitated by climate change. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum ; Edited: LW / TO) President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement has been condemned throughout the world for a long list of reasons. It's a manifestation of complete detachment from the reality of climate science. The US economy will crawl into hibernation in a cramped den of dirty energy while the rest of the world eagerly exploits the enormous economic opportunities of clean energy. And it has quickly and decisively knocked the US off the leadership podium on the most important issue in the history of mankind. The White House, cheered on ...
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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ reinvented to fight against climate change. 15.6.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
How will Paris be implemented? Will farming be a major player in preserving our environment as we feed more people than ever existed? The questions for future generations will be thorny, but the rainforest is a thorny clue about conserving what we have left!We're looking forward to seeing how the new NGO copes with expansion as the politics of climate mitigation progresses.
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