User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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Spotlight on green news & views: SEC looks into Exxon; California could last for centuries 22.9.2016 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 most recent previous Green Spotlight.  More than 25,525 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  FishOutofWater writes— 375 National Academy Scientists Rebuke Trump, Warn of Severe Outcome of Quitting Paris Climate Deal : “Today 375 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, warned that the consequences of opting out of the Paris climate agreement, as planned by Donald Trump, would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the credibility of the United States. Distinguished MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel, one of the authors of the letter, is a philosophical conservative who was driven out of the Republican party by climate change ...
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Court gives lynx ‘fighting chance’ in Southwest Colorado 19.9.2016 Durango Herald
A U.S. District Court has ordered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its decision to exclude the Canada lynx’s entire southern Rocky Mountain range — which includes Southwest Colorado — from designation as critical habitat.Lynx were re-introduced into Southwest Colorado in the late 1990s and have since...
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Extinction looms for native bird species on the Hawaiian island of Kauai 16.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Hawaiian honeycreepers have lived in the islands’ tropical forests for millennia, but the colorful finch-like birds are facing “imminent collapse” on Kauai, experts say.

Scientists have observed severe population declines in almost all of the island’s honeycreepers, a famously diverse family of...

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Washington state limits carbon pollution 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Seattle • Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, joining a handful of other states in capping emissions to address climate change. State environmental regulators finalized a rule requiring large industrial emitters to gradually reduce carbon emissions over time. The change will cover power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and other industries. “When we consider the challenges our communities face ...
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Washington state limits carbon pollution from large sources 16.9.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, joining a handful of other states in capping emissions to address climate change....
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Mass Fish Die-Offs Are the New Normal: Climate Change Shuts Down a Montana River 15.9.2016 Truthout.com
A dead mountain whitefish floats in the Yellowstone River in Montana. (Photo: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) An unprecedented fish kill in Montana's iconic Yellowstone River has brought the West's climate future in focus. Scientists say climate change killed the fish by creating a perfect environment for microscopic parasites, deadly to fish, to thrive. It's bad news for the West's outdoor economy. A dead mountain whitefish floats in the Yellowstone River in Montana. (Photo: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) Early in the morning on August 19, 2016, Chad Jacobson, a 36-year-old Montanan, lifelong fisherman and soon-to-be father received a text message from a friend who is one of Montana's many fly-fishing guides. "Can you believe they shut down the Yellowstone?" said the text. Jacobson grew up in a family of fishermen and makes it a priority to get out on the rivers as often as possible throughout the year. He was stunned. "I mean, you see this kind of stuff happening in rivers around here, it's ...
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Could Wisconsin study solve Mille Lacs walleye decline mystery? 14.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Warmer waters cited in walleye decline.
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Mostly cheers for Jerry Brown's climate action 14.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Thank you, Bettina Boxall and Dan Weikel, for reminding us to stay vigilant — our fight for Banning Ranch is far from over.

The Banning Ranch Conservancy’s plan for developing this land is in accordance with how Californians see themselves, as opposed to the real estate intensive...

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Jill Stein tells The Times editorial board why she thinks voting Democrat or Republican makes little difference 7.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The following is a transcript of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s meeting with the Los Angeles Times editorial board.

Nicholas Goldberg (editor of the editorial pages): Do you want to start with a very brief introduction?

Jill Stein: Yes, so… I’m a medical doctor by training. I’m a...

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Pandas removed from international endangered list, but China says they still face serious threat 6.9.2016 L.A. Times - World News

A leading international group has taken the giant panda off its endangered list thanks to decades of conservation efforts, but China's government discounted the move Monday, saying it did not view the status of the country's beloved symbol as any less serious.

The International Union for Conservation...

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Giant panda is no longer endangered, experts say 5.9.2016 AP Top News
BEIJING (AP) -- The giant panda, one of the symbols of China, is off the endangered list thanks to aggressive conservation efforts....
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World’s largest gorilla moved to ‘critically endangered’ status 5.9.2016 Washington Post
An update of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List contains bad news about the great ape species in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Why There Are No Good Choices When a Forest Fire Hits a National Park 3.9.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The town of West Yellowstone should have spent last week focusing on the influx of tourists in town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, the culminating huzzah of the much-publicized park centennial that's been taking place all year. Instead, they've been worrying about fire. The Maple Fire started on August 8 and has burned 33,000 acres inside the park, which makes it the biggest fire inside the park boundary since the massive fires of 1988. Two days before the 100th birthday celebration (last Thursday), smoke hung low in the streets, the sunrise was red and apocalyptic, and the entire town smelled like a campfire. As the fire continued to grow, air quality was downgraded from "unhealthy for sensitive groups" to just plain "unhealthy," and nervous tourists could be seen sporting surgical masks. The guy who gave me my motel key complained about his ...
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AP's Lederman Misreports Obama's Reference to Midway Island as 'Hallowed Ground' 3.9.2016 NewsBusters
It's hard to imagine a press report accomplishing the following three things at once: disrespecting U.S. servicemen, demonstrating fever-swamp presumptive support for the one-world "climate change" agenda, and vastly overstating a 2.4-mile atoll's significance to "native tradition." In a Tuesday morning dispatch, the Associated Press's Josh Lederman, in covering President Barack Obama's visit to Midway Island, was up to the ...
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Obama’s national monument expansion shows why conservation matters more than ever 3.9.2016 Washington Post: Editorials
Biodiversity is crucial to human safety.
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Obama tries to make a big splash on climate change on his way out 1.9.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Visit to Midway Atoll highlights the grand gestures presidents make as they ready to leave
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Climate Change Pledges Not Nearly Enough to Save Tropical Ecosystems 28.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
US Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Agreement at the UN in New York while holding granddaughter Dobbs Higginson on his lap. Scientists warn that the agreement is insufficient to prevent disastrous climate change. (Photo courtesy of US Department of State) The Paris Agreement marked the biggest political milestone to combat climate change since scientists first introduced us in the late 1980s to perhaps humanity's greatest existential crisis. Last December, 178 nations pledged to do their part to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels -- adding on an even more challenging, but aspirational goal of holding temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). To this end, each nation produced a pledge to cut it's own carbon emissions, targeting everything from the burning of fossil fuels to deforestation to agriculture. It seems like a Herculean task, bound, the optimistic say, to bring positive ...
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We Can Have a Healthy Climate With Zero Warming in Our Lifetimes 27.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A healthy climate is not always as it seems. Redkill Lodgepole Pine stand behind a field of Douglas' Sunflower at Steamboat Lake State Park, Colorado. Less than 0.7 degree Celsius of average warming across the globe was responsible for allowing the native mountain pine beetle to kill 20 percent of western US forests between the late 1990s and 2010. The attack continues today with the addition of spruce and fir beetles to the infestation. (Photo: Bruce Melton ) We can have a climate with zero warming. Some of the tools for getting us there, such as alternative energy, are widely known but they cannot reverse the trend in our lifetime. Atmospheric carbon renewal can, and we have the proven technologies to do it. A healthy climate is not always as it seems. Redkill Lodgepole Pine stand behind a field of Douglas' Sunflower at Steamboat Lake State Park, Colorado. Less than 0.7 degree Celsius of average warming across the globe was responsible for allowing the native mountain pine beetle to kill 20 percent of ...
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Coastal Commission staff calls for shrinking a proposed Orange County beach development 27.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In another twist in the struggle over one of the biggest coastal developments proposed in years, the staff of the California Coastal Commission has recommended that Newport Banning Ranch backers significantly shrink their project to protect wildlife habitat.

The recommendations, released Friday,...

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Climate change taking toll on American pika's Western lands 26.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Populations of a rabbit-like animal known as the American pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the West as climate change alters its habitat, according to findings released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The range for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is decreasing in southern Utah, northeastern California and in the Great Basin that covers most of Nevada and parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California, the federal agency concluded after studying the cuddly looking critter from... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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