User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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Spotlight on green news & views: ALEC on farm laws, Michigan wind power and Colorado wind jobs 24.7.2014 Daily Kos
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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 18,825 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. Sunday Train: What Future for America's Deadly Cul-de-Sacs? —by BruceMcF: "The Great Recession of 2007-2009 triggered the Depression that we appear to be exiting this summer. And it was triggered by the collapse of the Great Turn of the Century Suburban Housing Bubble. In coming out of the recent Depression, one driver of residential property values, the Cul de Sac, seems to be in conflict with a new driver: walkability. In October 2013, the Realtor(R) ...
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Wouldn’t you want to monitor these critters? 22.7.2014 Durango Herald
The Mountain Studies Institute has two training sessions involving classroom and field work scheduled for people who want to monitor a high-elevation relative of the rabbit that may be losing its home to global warming.The pika, which resembles a hamster, is disappearing in some Western mountains. Biologists say the tiny member of the...
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Spotlight on Green News & Views: Elephants on the decline, billboards vs. climate scientists 20.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 18,750 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. Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe —by FishOutofWater: "A mysterious crater almost the size of a football field discovered in a remote part of Siberia's Yamal peninsula known as the end of the world may have profound implications about the stability of Arctic methane  and catastrophic climate change. [...] The Russian expert's suggestion of a gas explosion is consistent with the missing mass in the ...
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The carbon taxes we're already paying 19.7.2014 LA Times: Commentary
In June, a decades-long open secret hit the media like a typhoon: Climate change is the fundamental economic challenge of our time.
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Obama administration approves using sonic cannons to explore for oil along US Eastern Seaboard 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Common Minerals: Lifeblood of the Economic System, Disappearing Along With Fossil Fuels 18.7.2014 Truthout.com

Minerals and fossil fuels that are rapidly being exhausted are described by professor and author Ugo Bardi as "Gaia's Gift": "It is a gift that was made only once in human history and that will not be made again in the future. From now on, we are on our own, and we must learn how to live with less." From our current depletable and polluting energy sources to the rare minerals that are vital to modern technology, the earth's nonrenewable resources are not far from disappearing.

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The One Metric That’s Hiding The True Cost Of Climate Change 17.7.2014 Think Progres

"Would you rather have a one percent tax increase on everyone in the country or kill one percent of the population? Because it's about the same impact [on GDP]."

The post The One Metric That’s Hiding The True Cost Of Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on Green News & Views: Temporary highway fund fix, the military boosts renewables 17.7.2014 Daily Kos
Juvenile snowy egrets 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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 18,600 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. Sunday Train: Crutches vs Splints for the Highway Fund's Broken Leg —by BruceMcF: "There was a gleam of hope this week for state officials faced with the prospects of having to start delaying projects and lay off people working on maintenance and new construction funded from the Federal Highway Fund: Bloomberg: Lawmakers’ fight over how to fund roads and transit probably will end with legislation from the Republican-led House sent to ...
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With the Plundering of Fossil Fuels, the Future May Be the Past: An Agrarian Society 16.7.2014 Truthout.com

Debates about how to respond to mineral depletion tend to focus on the short term. But let's try to glimpse a little bit further into the future. We see that we are squeezed between the two complementary problems of resource depletion and ecosystem disruption. 

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House panel clears bill targeting EPA 16.7.2014 Politico
The committee tackles everything from the Western sage grouse to George Washington's birthday.
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Spotlight on Green News & Views: GMO food labeling, polar vortex may bring relief this time around 13.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 18,700 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. Senator Bernie Sanders explains why a tax on carbon and methane is the best way to reduce emissions —by HoundDog: "Senator Bernie Sanders explains Why We Need a Carbon Tax, announcing that he is proud to have teamed up with Senator Barbara Boxer to advance the Climate Protection Act which would add fees to the largest emitters of carbon and methane. Sanders reminds us that 'Global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing the planet and averting a ...
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Lake of the Woods algal blooms are worsening despite phosphorus cuts 11.7.2014 MinnPost
A new survey of ecosystem health in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin — that complex of northwoods watersheds which includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park — finds great leaps forward in scientific understanding of the region's natural systems and their problems. It finds some progress, too, on pollution control and other efforts at environmental restoration, among many continuing problems in the region's much-loved and much-used lakes, streams and forests. Key points from the International Joint Commission's second "State of the Basin" report, released on Tuesday: Massive blooms of blue-green algae are on the rise in Lake of the Woods, despite reductions in flows of phosphorus into upstream lakes and streams from industrial polluters; some of this seems to be driven by phosphorus releases from lake sediments, and some by climate change. Rivers in the basin are showing improved water quality, primarily because of controls on paper mills and other industrial ...
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Spotlight on Green News & Views: 'Frackonomics,' exploding oil trains, hidden history of Yosemite 10.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Brown pelicans ponder life's wonders in the Pacific Northwest's Westport Harbor. 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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 18,600 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. How a Housewife Transformed an Open Sewer into a Swimmable River —by Ellen Moyer: "In the 1960s the Nashua River was starved of oxygen, biologically dead, and one of the ten most polluted rivers in the United States. The sludge-filled river, which flows through New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was a different color every day, depending on what was discharged that day. People ...
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Citing Sea Level Rise, California City Places Moratorium On Power Plant Plans, 9.7.2014 Think Progres

"Why in the world would anyone want to have a critical electrical facility that produces power for the entire region -- not just Oxnard -- within the coastal flooding zone?"

The post Citing Sea Level Rise, California City Places Moratorium On Power Plant Plans, appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Does climate change affect the wolverine? 8.7.2014 Durango Herald
BILLINGS, Mont. – A top federal wildlife official said there’s too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine – overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the “mountain devil.”There’s no doubt the high-elevation range of...
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Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines 8.7.2014 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine - overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil."...
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The Incredible Thing About Whale Poop Is That It Fights Climate Change 8.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in CityLab and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's not a good time to be living in the ocean. Aside from oil spills and the scourge of plastics pollution , the seas are becoming ever more acidic due to humanity's CO2 flooding the atmosphere. The altered PH of the water makes for a bevy of problems, from making fish act in really weird ways to dissolving the shells of creatures critical to the marine food chain. But a group of scientists from the University of Vermont and elsewhere think the ocean's future health has one thing going for it: the restoration of whale populations. They believe that having more whales in the water creates a more stable marine environment , partly through something called a "whale pump"—a polite term for how these majestic animals defecate. Commercial hunting of great whales, meaning the baleen and sperm variety, led to a decline in their numbers as high as 66 percent to 90 percent, the scientists write in a new ...
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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests 7.7.2014 Mother Jones
In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  With victims identified across more than 60 different locations, there's now a very real risk the outbreak will spread to even more countries, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which calls the epidemic out of control . WHO is now focusing on preparing for the disease's inevitable spread to neighboring countries, not a small ask in poor countries with poor health care systems. "We want other countries in West Africa to be ready—bordering countries, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Guinea Bissau—to prepare themselves in case people affected with the disease may be also traveling," WHO's Dr. Pierre Formenty told a recent briefing in Geneva. Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, 2014. Click ...
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Federal official: warming climate as a threat to snow-loving wolverine is "speculation" 7.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests 7.7.2014 Mother Jones
In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes to dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  With victims identified across more than 60 different locations, there's now a very real risk the outbreak will spread to even more countries, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which calls the epidemic out of control . WHO is now focusing on preparing for the disease's inevitable spread to neighboring countries, not a small ask in poor countries with poor health care systems. "We want other countries in West Africa to be ready—bordering countries, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Guinea Bissau—to prepare themselves in case people affected with the disease may be also traveling," WHO's Dr. Pierre Formenty told a recent briefing in Geneva. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 2014. Click ...
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