User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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In the Caribbean, Colonialism and Inequality Mean Hurricanes Hit Harder 24.9.2017 Truthout.com
Hurricane Maria, the  15th tropical depression  this season, is now battering the Caribbean, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the region.  The devastation in Dominica is "mind-boggling," wrote the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit,  on Facebook  just after midnight on September 19. The next day, in Puerto Rico,  NPR reported  via member station WRTU in San Juan that "Most of the island is without power…or water."  Among the Caribbean islands  impacted by both deadly storms  are Puerto Rico, St Kitts, Tortola and Barbuda.  In this region, disaster damages are frequently amplified by needlessly protracted and incomplete  recoveries . In 2004,  Hurricane Ivan  rolled roughshod through the Caribbean  with wind speeds of 160 mph . The region's economy took more than three years to recover.  Grenada's surplus of US$17 million  became a deficit of $54 million, thanks to decreased revenue and the outlays for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Nor were the effects of a 7 magnitude ...
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The Year of Living Dangerously 20.9.2017 The Moderate Voice
For Americans and others inhabiting the planet Earth, this has been a year where being alive has been associated with danger. The threats have come from both nature and man-made conflict that is potentially even more fearsome than the natural disasters. From the oceans, nature has spewed one high-grade hurricane after another, wreaking death and ...
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The Energy 202: Hurricanes are dominating the news. But forest fires are raging out West. 20.9.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Hurricanes are dominating the news. But forest fires are raging out West.
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The Everglades have always been hit by hurricanes. Thanks to climate change, Irma could be a different matter. 16.9.2017 Washington Post
The Everglades have always been hit by hurricanes. Thanks to climate change, Irma could be a different matter.
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Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to ‘vulnerable’ status 15.9.2017 Washington Post: World
The elusive snow leopard — long considered endangered — has been upgraded to “vulnerable,” though conservations warned the new classification does not mean they are safe.
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What You Do Want to Know About Haiti's Sewage Crisis 13.9.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Tony Marcelli) Earlier this summer I opened my voicemail to a message from my dear friend Anne, who had left a message for me during her evening commute. She called me from the side of the road after having been so deeply moved by an unexpected NPR segment on the sanitation crisis in Haiti and the courage of Haiti's latrine cleaners, the  bayakou , across the country. Unlike Anne, who has long known of SOIL's work to  transform waste  in Haiti, most loyal NPR listeners in the US learned about Haiti's sewage system -- or lack thereof -- for the first time that day as they listened to Weekend Edition. As somebody who has taken every opportunity over the last decade to talk about waste treatment in Haiti to anybody that would listen, I was so moved to see  NPR shed light on the enormity of Haiti's sanitation crisis  and heartened by the corresponding reaction to the piece across the globe. In the weeks that have followed, I've heard from so many people, both friends and strangers, who were moved to ...
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Scientists say damage to Florida's coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges 12.9.2017 Washington Post
Scientists say damage to Florida's coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges
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Coffee, bees and climate change are linked in ways you may not have expected 12.9.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A new study projects that by 2050, climate change could reduce the amount of ground usable to grow coffee in Latin America by up to 88 percent. Bees play a key role in increasing coffee yields.
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Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters? 11.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters seem to be getting more severe. Is climate change to blame?
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Emails show clash between Facebook, Trump appointees over Zuckerberg glacier visit 7.9.2017 Washington Post
Facebook’s CEO wanted to visit Glacier National Park to see how the warming climate was melting the ice sheets, resulting in a conflict between political appointees and park service staff.
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Pope, Orthodox leader blame ‘moral decay’ for ecology crisis 1.9.2017 Washington Post: World
Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians are urging political leaders to “support the consensus of the world” that climate change and other environmental ills have created an ecological crisis that is harming the world’s poorest the most.
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Better drains can cut losses by 70 per cent, say experts 31.8.2017 Mumbai – The Indian Express
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To Avoid Climate Catastrophe, We'll Need to Remove CO2 From the Air 25.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Klaus Lackner has a picture of the future in his mind, and it looks something like this: 100 million semi-trailer-size boxes, each filled with a beige fabric configured into what looks like shag carpet to maximize surface area. Each box draws in air as though it were breathing. As it does, the fabric absorbs carbon dioxide, which it later releases in concentrated form to be made into concrete or plastic or piped far underground, effectively cancelling its ability to contribute to climate change. Though the technology is not yet operational, it's "at the verge of moving out of the laboratory, so we can show how it works on a small scale," says Lackner, director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University. Once he has all the kinks worked out, he figures that, combined, the network of boxes could capture perhaps 100 million metric tons (110 million tons) of CO2 per day at a cost of US$30 per ton -- making a discernible dent in the climate-disrupting overabundance of CO2 that has ...
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This is why when you talk about climate change, you can't ignore agriculture 23.8.2017 Washington Post
This is why when you talk about climate change, you can't ignore agriculture
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Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests 22.8.2017 AP National
APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) -- When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster....
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A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news 21.8.2017 Washington Post
A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news
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Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals 14.8.2017 Washington Post: World
The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.
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Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals 14.8.2017 AP National
VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut (AP) -- The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise....
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To Save the Rivers and the Woods, Try Hurling a Few Dead Fish 9.8.2017 Mother Jones
One cool September day, I visited a fish hatchery in Sweet Home, Oregon, a lumber town in the foothills of the Cascades east of Corvallis. I was there to see the year’s final holding of spring Chinook salmon collected, spawned, and ultimately tossed into a local creek as “stream enrichment”: fertilizer for the ecosystem. I […]
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Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival 7.8.2017 Truthout.com
The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) As human beings, our survival depends upon respecting the complexity of the Earth's ecosystems and protecting them, say the experts in Brazil tasked with protecting the Amazon rainforest from the effects of human-caused climate disruption. The Amazon is one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems, and it is being deforested at an astonishing rate. The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Brazil -- Warwick Manfrinato, the director of Brazil's Department of Protected Areas, has a deep understanding of biological interdependence, as well as its importance. "If we are of utter service to nature, then we provide the benefits to all other living things on the planet," Manfrinato told ...
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