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It's Time for a New Story of Humanity's Place in the World 2.8.2015 Truthout.com
The prevailing perception of humans as inherently at odds with nature is not only false, it's counterproductive. (Image: Nature in mind via Shutterstock) June 3, 2015 - It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change , overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue that our capacity for self-interest, avarice and ecological shortsightedness make us inherently unsustainable as a species . Not only is this way of thinking built on long-disproven myths about human nature and human origins, it also constrains how we think about solutions and alienates us from the rest of the natural world. We need to abandon this belief and not allow ourselves to be defined only by our most recent history. The truth of the matter is that we belong here, and belonging is a much more powerful narrative for sustainability than isolation. In western ...
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Police Remove Activists From Portland Bridge After They Blocked Shell Ship 31.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In Portland, Oregon law enforcement officers have removed Greenpeace activists who spent 40 hours suspended from the St. Johns Bridge in order to block an icebreaking ship commissioned by oil giant Shell from leaving for the Arctic. Hundreds of activists have been gathering on the bridge and in kayaks since Tuesday night in efforts to stop Shell's plans to drill in the remote Chukchi Sea. Early Thursday morning, the suspended Greenpeace activists successfully forced Shell's ship to turn back to port in a showdown that grabbed international headlines. Joining us to discuss the action is Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show in Portland, Oregon, where law enforcement officers have removed Greenpeace activists who spent 40 hours suspended from a bridge in order to block an icebreaking ship commissioned by the oil giant Shell from leaving for the Arctic. Hundreds of activists have been ...
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California's Drought and the Politics of Inequality 30.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in April , mandating urban centers to reduce water usage by 25 percent. His announcement came after Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  sounded the alarm that California water reservoirs and groundwater supplies are dramatically contracting . The state has only one year left of Mother Nature's ancient aquifers if climate change continues and the state doesn't curb usage. Since Brown's announcement, the situation has worsened. Mountaintops in California barely received a touch of snow in the spring, and  rainfall hasn't yet made up for the last few years of below normal precipitation . California is four years into an intense drought, and scientists have calculated that this year will be the driest in more than four centuries. A record number of fires have burned across the state after brief rains produced sprigs of greenery that quickly dried up, becoming starter fuel.  Cal Fire reported that it ...
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Why We All Need to Learn the Word "Anthropogenic" 30.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington's Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest alive and destroying an ecological Eden. In this season of drought across the West, there have been far bigger blazes but none quite so symbolic or offering quite such grim news. It isn't the size of the fire (though it is the largest in the park's history), nor its intensity. It's something else entirely - the fact that it shouldn't have been burning at all. When fire can eat a rainforest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn. And here's the thing: the Olympic Peninsula is my home. Its destruction is my personal nightmare and I couldn't stay away. Smoke Gets in My Eyes "What a bummer! Can't even see Mount Olympus," a disappointed tourist exclaimed from the Hurricane Ridge visitor center. ...
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Drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea isn't worth the risk 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Obama administration is being at least somewhat more cautious this time around in allowing Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. The company must keep its drills from reaching the oil reserves until it has the equipment in place that can shut down a well in case...
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Washington governor seeks plan to limit carbon emissions 29.7.2015 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to develop a plan to cap carbon emissions in the state and to increase enforcement of existing pollution laws, saying that the state can't wait for legislative action to address climate change....
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Twenty-Five Years After Exxon Valdez, Kayaks Charge Against Arctic Drilling and Climate Change 28.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A few days ago, concerned citizens and environmental groups gathered in San Francisco in solidarity with "kayaktivists" in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, who have been expressing outrage against Shell and the lack of leadership exhibited by President Obama. 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! It's been more than 25 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters in history that devastated nearly 1,300 miles of pristine coastline in one of the last remaining wild places on earth. On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef in Alaska, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil in an ecosystem that was once a rich, vital habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. Twenty-five years later, that ecosystem remains polluted by toxic contaminants. This week, Royal Dutch Shell PLC ...
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Obama Proposes Sweeping Ban On U.S. Ivory Sales 28.7.2015 Think Progres

New restrictions on ivory trade in the United States make selling the material across state lines largely illegal.

The post Obama Proposes Sweeping Ban On U.S. Ivory Sales appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Beneath Alaskan wildfires, a hidden threat: Long-frozen carbon's thaw 27.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As millions of acres of forests burn across the state this summer, there's growing concern about what impact that might have on permafrost -- and how melting permafrost might affect climate change.
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Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change 27.7.2015 Washington Post
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Hundreds of wildfires are continually whipping across this state this summer, leaving in their wake millions of acres of charred trees and blackened earth.At the Fairbanks compound of the state’s Division of Forestry recently, workers were busy washing a mountain of soot-covered fire hoses, which stood in piles roughly six feet high and 100 feet long. About 3,500 smokejumpers, hotshot crews, helicopter teams and other workers have traveled to Alaska this year from across the country and Canada. And they have collectively deployed about 830 miles of hose this year to fight fires.Read full article ...
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Tribes preparing for climate change impact on First Foods 27.7.2015 AP Washington
ELGIN, Ore. (AP) -- Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change....
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Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert 25.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

With an ageing society and more people living by the coast, China faces a challenge coping with climate change, reports China Daily

A recent study led by Georgina Mace, ecosystem professor at University College London, indicated that governments across the world have failed to grasp the risk that population booms in coastal cities pose as climate change continues to cause rises in sea levels and extreme weather events. Mace is director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.

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Building Islands and Burying Reefs in the South China Sea 24.7.2015 Truthout.com
Island-building isn't new. San Francisco built Treasure Island in the 1930s for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Miami's exclusive Star Island was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1920s. And of course there are more recent examples, such as Dubai's infamous Palm Islands.   Chinese development at the newly reclaimed Fiery Cross Reef, which lies on the west side of Spratly Island. China's island-building boom is widely seen as an attempt to tighten its control over the South China Sea. Now, China is fervently adding to that list at an unprecedented rate. For the past 18-plus months, China has been "reclaiming land" in the Spratly Islands, an island chain that consists of more than 200 identified reefs, atolls, islands, and islets in the South China Sea. A half-dozen nations make territorial claims over the strategically important area, and China's island-building boom is widely seen as an attempt to tighten its control over the South China Sea. So far, China has completed the ...
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Solar Power And Desalination Join Forces In California’s Central Valley 23.7.2015 Think Progres

Solar desalination combines two powerful technologies to make something even cooler. Developers hope it will go far in adjusting to California's drought.

The post Solar Power And Desalination Join Forces In California’s Central Valley appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Craziest Arguments From Congress’ Hearing On The Social Cost of Carbon 23.7.2015 Think Progres

A House committee held a hearing about the Social Cost of Carbon, and came up with some wild ideas about why carbon is good for society.

The post The Craziest Arguments From Congress’ Hearing On The Social Cost of Carbon appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Act on climate change now, top British institutions tell governments 21.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Joint letter by 24 scientific, medical and engineering bodies say mitigation will also bring economic and health benefits

An unprecedented coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies says immediate action must be taken by governments to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

But the joint communiqué, issued by 24 academic and professional institutions, also says that tackling global warming would drive economic progress, benefit the health of millions by cutting air pollution and improve access to energy, water and food. To have a reasonable chance of keeping warming below 2C, the internationally agreed danger limit, the world must end all emissions within the next few decades, the communiqué warns.

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Swamp power: how the world's wetlands can help stop climate change 20.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

From Asia’s peat swamp forests to Europe’s wetlands, swamp farming can provide valuable low-carbon energy, wildlife habitat and a means of depolluting waterways – and help reduce carbon emissions in the process

On a boat drifting through a swampy reed plantation in the Polish Baltic, Szymon Smolczyński surveys his blanket of green crops destined to heat northern European homes.

“Many animals have their homes in our reed fields,” he says. “There are thousands of wild boar in this area and plenty of roe deer too.”

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Lighting a Legal Fuse 19.7.2015 Truthout.com
Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington. Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution. The agency has until August 7 to reach an agreement with the youths, who sued after the department rejected their petition. Otherwise, the kids will go back to court. “I hope our voices are heard,” said Aji Piper, a 14-year-old and one of the plaintiffs. Judge Hollis Hill , for one, is listening. She agreed with the teens and tweens in a first-of-its-kind ruling, citing a “historical lack of political will to respond adequately to the urgent and dire acceleration of global warming.” Climate change mashes up environmental, moral, meteorological, economic, political, scientific, and industrial challenges. Given that complexity, it’s no wonder it took more than 25 years of international climate talks for global emissions to even stabilize. Slashing climate pollution may take ...
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'Green News Report' - July 16, 2015 16.7.2015 BradBlog
  IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Senator Lindsey Graham chides fellow Republican candidates on climate change; Regional cap and trade programs bring in big bucks for states; Dirty coal on the way out in the U.S.; PLUS: The climate action movement gets a big assist from a big boy band... All that ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Email trove busts Exxon on climate change; seabird population falls 12.7.2015 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 Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,140 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. Greenland is Experiencing a Sudden and Rapid Melt Season Onset —by Pakalolo: "Greenland had experienced a cool spring and a higher than average snowfall which has left the ice sheet relatively solid. The reduced melting and fresh snow had led to a whiter ice sheet, then what has been seen recently, reflecting sunlight back into space. In June and especially July, the albedo effect caused by warming temperatures, soot and melt water has turned half the Greenland ice ...
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