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8 Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Africa 28.8.2015 Global Voices
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015, seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are in Africa.
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Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier 28.8.2015 AP Washington
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) -- Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascades off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream....
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Gabon: protecting vital forests, and communities 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The west African nation is working to balance competing demands of retaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change with the immediate needs of its people Anne-Marie Ndong Obiang has a machete attached to her belt, which she assures us is “for cutting off poachers’ fingers”. In her spotless forest-green camouflage uniform she does not appear to be joking. Working for Gabon’s National Parks Agency (ANPN) she has firsthand experience of the harsh conditions in the big reserves in the north of the country, some almost impenetrable. Gold prospectors, often from neighbouring Cameroon, have been known to leave craters 40 metres deep in the middle of the woods. Obiang is head of the Raponda Walker Arboretum close to the capital Libreville, which is on the Atlantic coast. Her priority here is to combat uncontrolled urban sprawl. “My fellow eco-wardens and myself can’t look the other way for a moment without someone starting to build beside the track,” she says. True enough quite substantial houses are ...
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The fascinating (and scenic) history of presidential visits to Alaska 25.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The fascinating (and scenic) history of presidential visits to Alaska
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Humans Are Set To Wipe An India-Sized Chunk Of Forest Off The Earth By 2050 24.8.2015 Think Progres

By 2050, an area of forests the size of India is set to be wiped off the planet if humans continue on their current path of deforestation, according to a new report.

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Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times 21.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention. ... It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress. Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster.—Pope Francis,  Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si,"  June 18, 2015 Regenerate - to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again." (New Webster's Dictionary, 1997) A growing number of climate, food, environment, health and justice advocates are embracing and  promoting  a world-changing concept: regeneration.   What is regeneration? And why are a so many public figures, including Pope Francis, calling for regeneration or revolution, rather than "halfway measures" such as sustainability or mitigation?  The inconvenient truth of course is that our degenerate ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Oil bust coming; how hot will it get? wind turbines vs. eagles 20.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Red-tailed hawk takes flight. See Kestrel's post . Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,275 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Welcome to East Liverpool, Ohio, home of one of the world's largest hazardous waste incinerators —by Samuel Vargo: "Much was promised when one of the world's largest commercial hazardous waste incinerators was being planned, and later, built, in East Liverpool, Ohio's East End. The big parent company that owns and operates the facility, Swiss-based Von Roll, would be like a magnet that would attract other industries with its hazardous waste incinerator operating here. That was the biggest hook: The city would return to its glory days, when it was the world's pottery ...
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Sargassum Seaweed Turns the Caribbean's Crystalline Waters Murky 18.8.2015 Global Voices
The dark brown seaweed that the Sargasso Sea was named for is washing up in bulk along Caribbean beaches. One diver takes us underneath the thick layer of algae.
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Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns 17.8.2015 Think Progres

Researchers say that land use changes meant to keep up with global demand for meat will be the leading contribution to species extinction in the future.

The post Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Could low oil prices be a good thing? It was the hottest July ever 16.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See Pakalolo's post . Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,240 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Big Oil in Retreat —by Michael Klare  via TomDispatch: "Big Energy is doing its best to remain optimistic about the situation, believing a turnaround is inevitable. 'Globally in the industry $130 billion of projects have been delayed, deferred, or cancelled,' Bod Dudley, chief executive of BP, commented in June. 'That’s going to have an impact down the road.' But what if we’ve entered a new period in which supply just keeps expanding while demand fails to take off?  For one thing, there’s no evidence that the shale and fracking revolution that has turned the U.S. into 'Saudi America' will collapse ...
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The Different Types of Renewable Energy Solutions 15.8.2015 Taylor Marsh
Renewable energy is generated from natural sources and sustainable replenished constantly. Different technologies are used to create energy and help a lot in improving efficiency in homes and ensure that family health is given the best. The energy reduces reliance on fossil fuels common, slows global warming, which has become a very serious problem and ...
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Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks 14.8.2015 Think Progres

For bacteria and viruses that cause diseases infecting millions across the globe, global warming presents a real opportunity.

The post Infectious Diseases Like It Hot: How Climate Change Helps Cholera and Salmonella Outbreaks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate Cast: Glaciers are melting faster today 13.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
On this week's Climate Cast, we have climatologist Karl Kreutz join us to discuss why glaciers are melting faster than ever and what consequences that will have for the rest of the ecosystem.
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Muslim Leaders Insist They Have A Religious Duty To Act On Climate Change 13.8.2015 Think Progres

“Islam teaches us: ‘Man is simply a steward holding whatever is on Earth in trust.’”

The post Muslim Leaders Insist They Have A Religious Duty To Act On Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on green news & views: the Durango spill; fossil fuel cash for candidates; permafrost melt 13.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,225 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Beneath the Wildfires in Alaska, Melting Permafrost is Releasing Massive Amounts of Ancient Carbon —by Pakalolo: "'The atmosphere thought it lost that carbon and all of a sudden it's being returned to the atmosphere after a prolonged period of time. That's the kind of carbon pulse to the atmosphere that actually can invoke additional climate change, above and beyond human emissions.' Merritt Turetsky, a research ecologist from the University of Guelph in Canada. [...] Land with underlying permafrost is called tundra and tundra covers the northernmost fringes of North America and Eurasia. The arctic tundra is treeless. ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: unveiling Clean Power Plan; tainting a river; exporting crude oil 9.8.2015 Daily Kos
See dcrowe's post below. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,165 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. "Catastrophe!" Screamed the Newspaper Headline —by Thinking Fella: "At approximately 10:30am on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, the wheels were set in motion for a man-made disaster in the Animas River watershed near Durango, Colorado. Truth be told--those wheels have been grinding slowly for decades, but on the date & time above the dam finally broke. Literally. [...] I suppose this story begins over a century ago, in the rugged & beautiful southern Rocky Mountains. The San Juan Mountains, beautiful as they are, held a thing even more desired than the gorgeous mountains that were full of game and ...
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Inanimate Objects You Really Should Follow on Twitter 7.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
Sometimes it's better to spend your time on Twitter following things for which it is difficult to feel contempt, things without ...
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Habitat III is all about cities. The UN should give them a seat at the table 5.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Habitat III will be the UN’s first urbanisation conference in 20 years – and some countries are trying to prevent cities from participating. Yet from the global economy to climate change, cities offer our best hope for solutions UN conferences on urbanisation occur just once every 20 years. The third, Habitat III, will convene in Quito, Ecuador late next year. It is a unique opportunity for the world’s nations to debate the future of their cities, as urbanisation becomes the defining social phenomenon of our time. There’s just one problem. It remains possible that the cities of the world – from small metropolises to New York and London and Tokyo – may not get a seat at the table. Even in a world that is now majority urban for the first time in history, the issues of city economies, slums and climate crises may well be discussed without a single mayor or city councilperson able to ...
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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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