User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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Sustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition 19.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The development targets that will come into force next year reflect high ideals, but delivering on them will involve a transformation of the global economy Next year, governments will agree a new global development framework of breathtaking ambition. We already know the likely shape of the sustainable development goals (SDGS) , which will include targets ranging from ending poverty to reducing inequality both within and between countries; from better governance and peaceful societies to action on climate change, ecosystem restoration, and a big shift towards sustainable consumption and production. But the real test of governments’ commitment isn’t the loftiness of the goals. It’s what they’re prepared to do to reach them. The SDGs are far more ambitious than the millennium development goals (MDGs), which they will replace, and delivering them will be harder. Unfortunately, there seems little prospect of a deal on delivery that is as ambitious as the goals ...
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Quiz: Extinct or Endangered? 18.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and see if you know whether these animals are extinct or extant (still living).  ...
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Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy 18.12.2014 New Scientist: Opinion
The molluscs provide homes, safety, privacy and food to many creatures, which makes it all the more important to stop their ...
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4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change 18.12.2014 Mother Jones
If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest level ever recorded , shrinking to less than half the area it occupied a few decades ago. Ice has rebounded somewhat in the two years since, but it is still on a downward trajectory of about 13 percent per decade and could disappear altogether in summer months by 2030. The distressing Arctic prognosis is made abundantly clear in a new report card issued today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report card comes out every winter and provides an update of where things currently stand in the Arctic. Here are a few key findings: Sea ice is disappearing: The 2014 summer sea ice minimum—a snapshot taken when sea ice is at its lowest—was 23 percent below the 1981-2010 average, a loss of ice 2.6 times greater than the ...
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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and The New Yorker 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! (A response to the article " Seeds of Doubt" by Michael Specter in The New Yorker) I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality. ‘Seeds ...
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Climate change will leave Christmas trees in hot water 16.12.2014 New Scientist: News
Declining snowfall in winter will leave Norwegian spruce trees at the mercy of sub-zero temperatures and insect ...
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9 Things Scientists Did This Year To Ensure A Better Climate Future 15.12.2014 Think Progres

Didn't read all of the major scientific findings this year? We've got you covered.

The post 9 Things Scientists Did This Year To Ensure A Better Climate Future appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Green Building Technology You’ll Never See But Can Experience Now 15.12.2014 techCrunch
 Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint, and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting climate change. Then imagine entering your workspace to find your desk light on and the temperature just as you like it. These innovations are already at work in some modern buildings, in the shape of the… Read ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Lima climate conference, prices pinch indebted shale oil drillers 14.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
We hope you don't forget these words, Mr. Secretary. We won't. 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 Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,290 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. Daily Tck: Day 9 of the UN climate talks in Lima —by Joshua Wiese: "History was made on Wednesday as the largest climate march ever in Latin America took place on the streets of Lima. Led by indigenous communities from across Peru and Latin America, an estimated 15,000 individuals took to the traffic-choked streets to call for climate justice. Our partners were also out in force, peacefully ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: COP-20 in Lima, trashing the Tongass and Apache sacred lands 11.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Flashy tribunal on a rooftop. See lineatus' diary . 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 20,260 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. Lima: Climate FairShares Tool Debuts —by boatsie: "Civil society groups yesterday launched a new online-tool providing the stark details of just how limited the space in the world's Carbon Budget remains and detailing what amount of space each country is allocated under UN Terms relative to "pollution targets and finance transfers" in the battle to combat climate change. The infographic is designed from a ...
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Reindeer Populations On The Decline Due To Climate Change, Study Finds 10.12.2014 Think Progres

Reindeer populations across the world are plummeting, thanks to a combination of factors including climate change and human interference, a new study has found. This decrease could actually have lasting effects on climate change, even outside of the Arctic.

The post Reindeer Populations On The Decline Due To Climate Change, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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6 Ways Climate Change Threw The Animal World Into Disarray This Year 10.12.2014 Think Progres

Climate change took a toll on creatures across the animal kingdom this year.

The post 6 Ways Climate Change Threw The Animal World Into Disarray This Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Melting Glaciers Threaten Rare Insect Found Only In Glacier National Park 6.12.2014 Think Progres

“Soon there will be nowhere left for the stonefly to go.”

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Coyote Booms, Bear Attacks And How Climate Change Is Wreaking Havoc On The Animal Kingdom 5.12.2014 Think Progres

As drought, heat and loss of habitat shrink the natural world, the most cunning animals are finding ways to cope with society.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Climate talks in Lima, world's largest solar farm fully operational 4.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Grand Canyon. See Marni McKinney'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 Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 20,175 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. Recent retreat of Alaska's Columbia Glacier’s West Branch takes scientists by surprise. —by Pakalolo: "The Columbia Glacier descends 10,000 feet from an ice field in the Chugach mountains and terminates at Prince William Sound in SE Alaska. This glacier is known as a tidewater glacier, a mountain glacier that terminates in the ocean. Since 1986, the glacier’s terminus, has retreated 12 miles up an inlet in Prince ...
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NOAA Makes Big Move To Protect Ringed Seals From Climate Change And Melting Ice 3.12.2014 Think Progres

The Arctic sea ice ringed seals depend on is shrinking, making an "endangered" listing for the seals possible in the future.

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'Mockingjay' can echo, not solve, our problems 1.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
I headed out in the snow on the night before Thanksgiving to catch up with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1." I enjoyed the film, although perhaps in ...
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Are Humans Going Extinct? 1.12.2014 Truthout.com
Without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. (Image via Shutterstock )August, September and October were each the hottest months ever recorded, respectively. Including this year, which is on track to become the hottest year ever recorded, 13 of the hottest years on record have all occurred in the last 16 years. Coal will likely overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, and without a major shift away from coal, average global temperatures could rise by 6 degrees Celsius by 2050, leading to devastating climate change. This is dramatically worse than even the most dire predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which predicts at least a 5-degree Celsius increase by 2100 as its worst-case scenario, if business continues as usual with no major mitigation efforts. Yet things continue growing worse faster than even the IPCC can keep up with. Scientific American has said of ...
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Open thread for night owls: New energy is transforming cities into centers of progressive innovation 1.12.2014 Daily Kos
Sarah van Gelder at Yes! magazine writes New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation. If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Big money’s dominance of elections, obstructionism by the Tea Party, and climate denial have brought action in Washington to a near standstill. But while the media focuses on the gridlock, a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are taking action. [...] While Congress debates whether climate change is a vast left-wing conspiracy, Houston is spending $200 million to restore wetland ecosystems in anticipation of increased flooding. The 4,000-acre Bayou Greenways project will absorb and cleanse floodwater while creating space for trails and outdoor recreation. “Houston’s best defense against extreme climate events and natural disasters is grounded in its local efforts to leverage ... its bayous, marshes and ...
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Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses. 30.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
In racial discrimination, we have problems, but in birds it is all about the mating prospects of similar individuals. In this case, the stonechat has already successfully colonised many parts of the Old World over millions of years. Here is an insight into evolution of the song and the bird as it continues the selection and the speciations that have made it successful for so long. The nightingale is mentioned as a plastic song
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