User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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How To Save The Polar Bears 7.7.2015 Think Progres

A new report spells big trouble for the species. But there is still hope.

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A welcome dose of environmental optimism 4.7.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
From rainforest revival and green technology to social changes, the age of humans is not necessarily a one-way ticket to eco-disaster, argue three new ...
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New study warns of dangerous climate change risks to the Earth’s oceans | Dana Nuccitelli 2.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Immediate, serious efforts to curb carbon pollution are needed to minimize ocean ecosystem changes A new paper just published in Science summarizes the projected impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans, and consequently on humans and our economy. The study concludes that global warming beyond the international limit of 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures would pose serious threats to marine ecosystems and their millions of human dependents. It builds on the consensus science published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year. The study concludes, Ocean changes associated with a 2°C warming of global surface temperature carries high risks of impacts and should not be ...
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Jairam Ramesh: India can't remain on the path of further destruction 2.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Former environment minister believes the cult of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment, reports Yale Environment 360 Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011 , he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. Today, Ramesh is one of the most outspoken critics of India’s environmental policy under prime minister Narendra Modi, who, despite his support of major investments in renewable energy, is otherwise widely criticized by conservationists for putting economic growth ahead of environmental preservation. This balance between economic growth and environmental protection is a core theme in Ramesh’s recently published book, Green Signals — ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: More on the Pope's encyclical and more on carbon-cutting pledges 2.7.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See Wood Gas's post . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,050 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. "World's First Climate Liability Suit" Succeeds - Could Be "a Game Changer" —by sfinx: "In what is being called a landmark ruling that that could have worldwide effects, a Dutch court has ordered the government of the Netherlands to reduce the country's emissions by 25% within 5 years to protect its citizens from harm. [...] The question is whether courts and legal systems in other countries will enable such suits to succeed: 'It's a sea change ...
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In the Warming Arctic Seas 1.7.2015 Truthout.com
The sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean can - as shown in this photograph - look more like Swiss cheese or a bright coastal wetland. As ice melts, the liquid water collects in depressions on the surface and deepens them, forming melt ponds. These fresh water ponds are separated from the salty sea below and around it, until breaks in the ice merge the two. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr ) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - I was standing in the back of the sled when it broke through the ice, plunging into the frigid water of the Hulahula River. Just in time, Robert yanked the machine. The heavy sled, instead of falling on me, gradually moved out of the shallow water. It must have been about 40 degrees below zero. I began to settle into hypothermia. Robert Thompson and his cousin Perry Anashugak quickly set up the tent and lit both burners of the Coleman stove. Inside a sleeping bag, I began to warm up. That day, I escaped death, barely. "The river is supposed to have solid ice on the surface ...
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The West Is Literally On Fire, And The Impacts Could Be Widespread 1.7.2015 Think Progres

Large fires are burning from Alaska to Arizona, and the environmental consequences go far beyond burning trees.

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Peter Turkson: the public face of Pope Francis's war on global warming 1.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Ghanian cardinal who unveiled the encyclical on climate change is vital to the Pope’s vision of an outward-engaging church acting for the poor When Pope Francis decided after his election in 2013 that he wanted to transform the Catholic church’s teaching on ecology and equality – and put a call for environmental action at the heart of his papacy – Peter Turkson might not have been considered the best candidate to lead the mission. Although the Ghanaian cardinal was seen as affable and charismatic, his judgment had been called into question a year earlier when he aired an alarmist YouTube video about Islam during a Vatican meeting of bishops. The video, called Muslim Demographics, was criticised as “fear-mongering” and “propaganda” by Vatican Radio. Even the Vatican spokesman distanced himself from the clip, saying it did not represent the bishops’ ...
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‘This Is A Big Deal': United States And Brazil Announce Joint Clean Energy Pledge 1.7.2015 Think Progres

The deal was the second major international climate commitment of the day.

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Great Barrier Reef government panel to include climate change experts 28.6.2015 Guardian: Science

Australia’s environment minister Greg Hunt names scientists tasked to advise the government on Great Barrier Reef health priorities

Scientists with expertise in climate change and marine science are among a panel of 16 experts announced to advise the federal government on priorities and actions relating to the Great Barrier Reef.

The panel, who come from academia and institutes including the CSIRO, will be chaired by Australian chief scientist Prof Ian Chubb, environment minister Greg Hunt said in a statement on Saturday.

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Europe’s narrow take on migration | Letters 26.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
It’s instructive that someone of Simon Jenkins’s elite western background perceives current patterns of migration so narrowly ( The human tide the west doesn’t want , 19 June). For him it’s primarily an immigration issue, a threat to his nation. National identity is fixed in history and geography, he says. But geography is transforming rapidly as a consequence of the west’s increasingly desperate efforts to maintain a fatally flawed ideology and way of life. After centuries of nation-building, expansion, colonialism, militarism, capitalism, exploitation, expropriation and extermination, the European international project of the last 500 years is collapsing. The writing on the wall couldn’t be bolder – climate change, destruction of habitats, the global economic crash, frenzied migration – but the elite continue to promulgate the old narratives and pretend to “carry on as normal” even as they bail out to become part of a global superclass. They exist in a new four-dimensional world created by the ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Keystone species; EPA says climate action will save money and lives 25.6.2015 Daily Kos
Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 22,975 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. When the mountain fears its deer: predators, trophic cascades, and ecological integrity - Part 1 —by Username4242: "In the Mukkaw Bay, the starfish Pisaster feeds on several species of barnacle. Where these starfish are present, the barnacles are restricted to a small band in the intertidal zone, outside of which one can find a litany of ocean dwellers, including anemones, chitons, limpets, algae, and sponges. To understand how Pisaster influences the ...
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Should People Give Up Nutella for the Sake of Our Trees? 24.6.2015 Truthout.com
Palm oil is used in a mind-boggling range of everyday products including shampoo, toothpaste, and Nutella. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually. As a result, tens  of millions of acres of forest have been cut down to make way for large-scale palm oil plantations, lending to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. There are more sustainable oils out there that offer more nutrition.  But what is the likelihood of giving up an iconic product like Nutella for the sake of Mamma Earth? Food Fight: France vs. Italy Italy and France are going at it again, this time it's a food fight over Nutella, arguably the world's most popular 'chocolate' hazelnut breakfast spread. About 365,000 tons of Nutella is made each year (about the same as the weight of The Empire State Building). Earlier last week, Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal stated on the French television network Canal+ France that, "We have to replant a lot of trees because there ...
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Groups clash in court over Columbia River Basin salmon plan 24.6.2015 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal authorities defended their latest plan for mitigating damage to salmon and steelhead imperiled by hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin....
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Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds 23.6.2015 Washington Post
A global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths annually by the end of the century while sparing the country hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic losses, according to a major government study on the cost of climate change.Read full article ...
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Study: The World Is In The Midst Of A Mass Extinction, And Humans Are To Blame 23.6.2015 Think Progres

Mass extinctions used to be caused by natural disasters, but a new report shows people are wiping out the earth's animals faster than ever before.

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault 22.6.2015 Washington Post
A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.Read full article ...
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Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal & Rick Santorum On Pope Francis Climate Change Leadership 22.6.2015 Crooks Liars
At last week's Faith & Freedom Coalition event, "The Road to Majority," Greenpeace asked presidential candidates about their reactions to Pope Francis' call for solutions to climate change, as justified by science, faith and morality in his freshly-released encyclical on ecology, climate change and poverty . As published by The Undercurrent , Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush surprised us. After being asked if he'd follow the lead of his father, President George H. W. Bush, on climate change, responding: "I embrace the reduction of carbon emissions that have taken place." As for the Pope's strong call for moral action on climate change, Bush appears more likely to follow his own father than the Holy Father: "He has every right to have a view on it," said Bush of Pope ...
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"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDA 22.6.2015 Truthout.com
The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. The dinosaur-like regulations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were developed way back in the 1980s before many of the new biotechnologies were even conceived. The USDA fails to regulate even as biotechnologists deploy risky new genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in an attempt to meet demand for a climate-friendly "bioeconomy." The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. (Photo: Dinosaur Fossil via Shutterstock) The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. There is the obvious point about scientists bringing back to life genetically engineered dinosaurs with no real concern for the havoc they may wreak. Then there is the very clear link to real-world "de-extinction" scientists who seriously aim to bring back mastodons and passenger pigeons, while others are finding ever more potent ...
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Coral comeback: Reefs have secret weapon against climate change 21.6.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Far from being helpless against warming, acidifying seas, corals are actually plucky little fighters with a few tricks up their sleeves (full text available to ...
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