User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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Viewing Trump's Extreme Climate Denial From a Small Island Nation in Peril 20.2.2017 Truthout.com
The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Global temperatures rose 0.4°C in the last three years and the impacts are evident on the small island nation of Palau in the Western Pacific. As vehement climate deniers took over the US government, the "Doomsday Clock" moved the closest it's been to midnight since the height of the Cold War. The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Babeldaob Island, Palau -- The Gaia principle, formulated by chemist James Lovelock, proposes that Earth is essentially a synergistic self-regulating complex system that actively perpetuates the conditions for life on the planet. The Republic of Palau, a small island nation of roughly 22,000 people in Micronesia, in the far Western Pacific, is what I would refer to as an altar of Gaia. Here, diving into the waters, ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Regime scrubs gov't website for kids to erase climate warnings 19.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 483rd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). The Green Spotlight appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the February 11 edition. More than 26,440 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in the series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Dartagnan writes— A Government Website For Kids Is Scrubbed Of Warnings About Climate Change, Fracking, And Coal : “An article jointly published in  Pro-Publica  and  The Atlantic shows that the incoming Trump Administration has taken its climate-change denier message to a new low by erasing inconvenient facts from a popular, award-winning website designed to inform children about forms of energy. Twenty years ago, the Energy Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Energy, created Energy Kids , a site to inform kids about energy sources and the ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Pruitt a menace; deferred maintenance takes toll at Oroville 16.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 482nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). The Green Spotlight appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Here  is the February 11 edition. More than 26,415 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in the series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  ClimateDenierRoundup writes— Congress Would be Pruitt-dent to Fully Examine EPA Nominee :  “To say that there are issues with Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA would be an understatement (check out  EWG’s top ten  reasons why he’s unfit for the job). One of Pruitt’s main issues is something that Trump and his supporters seem to a whole lot about: emails. During his hearing, Pruitt was pressed on his exceptionally cozy relationship with the fossil fuel industry, and senators requested Pruitt produce the documentation that could better illustrate his ...
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Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate 16.2.2017 Washington Post
A new paper found that oceans are losing oxygen, and it could have severe consequences to marine life if it continues.
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Auks transform Arctic ecosystems. 15.2.2017 Earth Times
The great auk was gobbled up by sailors. Now the importance of such species is highlighted in a study proving how the barren wastes are transformed into a “green” land where Inuits and Vikings found a haven.
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Wisconsin targets DNR magazine for elimination 14.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Read it while you still can. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources magazine is on Gov. Scott Walker's chopping block. The bimonthly magazine would be eliminated as part of the governor's budget plan, even though it would have no effect on the state's budget.
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Historic Boulder County property eyed as ‘EcoDharma’ refuge with activist agenda 13.2.2017 Denver Post: Business
The center is planned for a 180-acre parcel on Overland Road previously owned by Hazel Schmoll, who from 1919 to 1935 was Colorado's state botanist.
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African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change 11.2.2017 LA Times: Science

Climate change and overfishing off Africa’s southern tip have set a “trap” for endangered African penguins leaving their nests.

The young penguins swim thousands of miles from where they hatched, following biological signposts advertising a buffet of anchovies and sardines. What they don’t realize...

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Spotlight on green news & views: GOP eager to gut eco-rules, public lands, climate science 9.2.2017 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the January 25 Green Spotlight. More than 26,365 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES The House Science Committee’s’ new go-to source for science.  The front page of today’s Daily Mail, in which the “ClimateGate 2” story appears.  The story may be found after the sex scandal pages. BoGardiner writes— Retired NOAA scientist feels slighted, sets world afire in revenge : “Take a good look at the front page of today’s Daily Mail.  Yes, children, this august institution is now to be our nation’s primary science source, driving the well-being of the planet and all who dwell upon it: The House Science Committee today erupted in an ecstatic tweetstorm when the Daily Mail screamed this ...
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Futures Shaped by Automation and Catastrophe: Peter Frase on Capitalism's Endgame 5.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
How might our social systems be transformed if and when most human labor can be automated? What do we do about the damage that capitalism has done to our ecosystems? Peter Frase, author of Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, discusses the possible futures outlined in his new book, from an egalitarian, post-class society to a grim dystopia. What will replace capitalism as we currently know it? (Photo: Wolf-Ulf Wulfrolf / Flickr ) Is capitalism's collapse inevitable? If so, what kind of post-capitalist society do we face? In Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, Peter Frase draws on social science, speculative fiction and social theory to create an engaging and thought-provoking portrait of four possible scenarios, some more dystopian than others. Order your copy of this book today from Truthout by clicking here! As we automate more jobs and continue on a road to scarcity of resources, whither capitalism? The following is the Truthout interview with Peter Frase, author of Four Futures. Mark Karlin: Your ...
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Washington Post Op-ed: Groundhog Day is silly. But as a scientist, I love it anyway. 2.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Every Feb. 2, as Punxsutawney Phil shakes the dust off his coat, emerges from his burrow, glances at his shadow (or not) and allegedly prognosticates winter’s end, I gather a group of professors, graduate students and other assorted science geeks at my UCLA lab. We nibble, drink, schmooze and revel in ground-hoggery in all its magnificent splendor. I study the behavior, ecology and evolution of groundhogs and the 14 other species of marmots — large, charismatic ground squirrels that live through... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Groundhog Day is so silly. But as a groundhog scientist, I love it anyway. 1.2.2017 Washington Post
Groundhog Day is so silly. But as a groundhog scientist, I love it anyway.
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Guy helping Trump choose NOAA chief works for group equating terrorists with climate scientists 1.2.2017 Daily Kos
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was established in 1970 as a source of objective scientific information in four specific areas: ecosystems, climate , weather and water, and commerce and transportation. It also conducts applied research and oversees the National Weather Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. But objective climate science is the last thing the Trump regime wants in the public’s hands as shown by the climate science deniers already appointed, though not yet confirmed. And then there are the teams assigned to fill other key posts with people exhibiting a mindset meshing with the regime’s denialist agenda. One team member hunting for people to appoint is Kenneth Haapala, a policy expert and economic modeler at the Heartland Institute, which is a leading denier and libertarian “think tank.” The Union of Concerned Scientists found 10 years ago that 40 percent of the funding Heartland received from Exxon-Mobil was ...
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Sundance review: 'Chasing Coral' 29.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
HHHhj ‘Chasing Coral’ U.S. Documentary; 93 minutes. The beauty of “Chasing Coral” is matched only by its urgency, as director Jeff Orlowski encapsulates the issue of global climate change by showing where it’s doing real, measurable damage in real time: The world’s coral reefs. Orlowski interviews an array of marine biologists who study coral reefs, which are to the ocean what trees are to rainforests: An anchor for an entire ecosystem. So when these scientists saw instances of “bleaching” ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Op-ed: Don't let the Great Salt Lake disappear 29.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I remember bobbing effortlessly in the Great Salt Lake…no floating apparatus needed … like being weightless in outer space. American White Pelicans flew overhead to nesting grounds on Gunnison Island. The buzzing black clouds of brine flies (that, by the way, do not bite) were annoying but tolerated because I knew they were a primary source of food for nesting birds. I was proud that our city was named after a lake that gave us memories, salt and a home for over half of the Rocky Mountain migrat...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Trump regime gags us all when it gags scientists and agencies 26.1.2017 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is  the January 11 Green Spotlight. More than 26,325 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  Username4242 writes— Ghost in the dunes--the cheetahs of the Sahara : “Evening, in the windswept dunes of southern Algeria, is a welcome affair. Somewhere in that fine line between day and night, the Saharan sun transforms from oppressively radiant taskmaster to beguiling friend. A steady breeze tosses about grains of sand, as though an hourglass was being slowly and imperceptively turned. As the desert sky fades from gold to blue, slow yet purposeful footsteps can be heard. A cheetah is on the prowl. That there are populations of cheetahs living in the Sahara desert and its southernly neighbor, the ...
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How Bucking the Climate Change Accord Would Hinder the Fight Against HIV/AIDS 25.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement has  broad implications  for society and the environment. While much attention has concentrated upon melting glaciers, rising sea levels and conflicts over scarce resources, another area represents a major cause for concern: human health. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ), global climate change has direct health impacts tied to changes in the frequency of extreme weather events including heat, drought and intense rain. Additionally, increasing temperatures alter ecosystem dynamics, making it easier for mosquitoes and other organisms to come into contact with human populations and spread infectious disease ( Smith et al. 2014 ). Climate change also undermines improvements in the management of existing disease outbreaks. This is the case in South Africa, a country where I have conducted extensive research over the past decade. As I detail in my book  States of Disease , the South African ...
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Running Out of Time: 60 Percent of Primates Sliding Toward Extinction 24.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
An assessment of 504 primate species found that 60 percent are on track toward extinction, and the numbers of 75 percent are going down. There are roughly 900 remaining mountain gorillas (pictured) on Earth. (Photo: SharonGraySalmons / Flickr ) Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans -- our great ape cousins teeter on the precipice of extinction. And it's not much of a secret that we humans have had a lot to do with putting them there. But what about the other primates? The news isn't much better, it turns out. According to a new study, 60 percent of primates -- including drills and gibbons, lemurs and tarsiers, bush babies and spider monkeys -- face the threat of extinction. Even those not in immediate danger of dying out are at risk, as the numbers of three-quarters of all primate species are trending downward. "The figures suggest that we may be reaching a tipping point or perhaps we are already there," said Alejandro Estrada, lead author of the study and a senior research scientist at the National ...
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Donald Trump Just Replaced the White House Climate Website With…This 20.1.2017 Mother Jones
As Donald Trump was sworn in Friday, the White House website got a major makeover. One of the casualties in the reset: any mention of the need to fight climate change. The original White House page dedicated to the problem of climate change and former President Barack Obama's policies to address it is now a broken link: "The requested page '/energy/climate-change' could not be found." Instead, the White House website features Trump's energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, "An America First Energy Plan"—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years." The page contains only the briefest of mentions of the environment: "Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural ...
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Steamboat briefs: Fire, wildlife, habitat talk to be held at library Thursday 19.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika and the Routt National Forest present “Fire, Wildlife & Habitat: An exploration of fire and its influence in the West,” an evening with U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Missy Dressen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. During this free talk, Dressen will explore the history of fire in the U.S. and work through a timeline to how fire is managed. Historically, fire patterns were altered across the West with fire suppression, but today’s conditions have changed with a buildup of fuels, homes in the urban interface and climate change. With these changes, wildlife habitats are likely experiencing changes beyond their historical range of variability. In some areas, habitats have remained for decades in a late successional phase, which may alter the wildlife dynamics, distribution and species composition. In other places, wildfire is changing Western landscapes, and fire’s role can have positive and negative effects on wildlife. A local case study will explore ...
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