User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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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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Climate change taking toll on American pika's Western lands 26.8.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Populations of a small 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 of a study released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey....
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California's ocean waters due for a cooling trend after period of damaging heat, scientists say 23.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As a series of marine heat waves linked to climate change has thrown ocean ecosystems out of whack from Australia to the coast of California, a cooling trend called La Niña has given scientists hope that water temperatures could come back into balance.

But so far, the cooling weather pattern —...

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The West's "New Normal": Another Long Season of Volatile Wildfires 21.8.2016 Truthout.com
This story was originally published on August 13, 2016 at High Country News (hcn.org) . The morning of July 23, the city of Los Angeles was covered in a dusting of ash. An apocalyptic haze muted the sun, and the sky was an eerie, unnatural pink. Just a day before, a wildfire had broken out on private land 30 miles northwest, near Santa Clarita. Within 24 hours, the Sand Fire scorched 20,000 acres, and in a week, it burned another 21,000 acres. At least 10,000 people had to evacuate before it was contained by early August. The most volatile fire activity in the West this year has occurred in Central and Southern California -- from Big Sur to Carmel-by-the-Sea to San Bernardino -- causing the closure of the Pacific Coast Highway, the destruction of hundreds of homes, and the death of at least six people. According to experts, these blazes -- along with the 85 large fires currently burning across the country, many in the West -- offer a glimpse into the West's "new normal" wildfire season that has been ...
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Obama in weekly address: Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! 20.8.2016 Daily Kos
YouTube Video From Glacier and Denali to Gettysburg and Seneca Falls, our more than 400 parks and other sites capture our history and our sense of wonder. As FDR once said: “There is nothing so American as our national parks… the fundamental idea behind the parks… is that the country belongs to the people.”  President Obama marked the 100th anniversary of one of this country’s greatest achievements—the creation of our national park system—in this morning’s weekly address. He encouraged all Americans to vist a park this year, particularly since special events are planned around the anniversary. He closed with a reminder of what cliamte change could mean to this glorious system America has created: As we look ahead, the threat of climate change means that protecting our public lands and waters is more important than ever. Rising temperatures could mean no more glaciers in Glacier National Park. No more Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park. Rising seas could destroy vital ecosystems in the Everglades, ...
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Birds sing warnings to eggs so their children can prepare for a warmer world, study finds 19.8.2016 Washington Post
Birds sing warnings to eggs so their children can prepare for a warmer world, study finds
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The Climate Catastrophe Cannot Be Reversed Within the Capitalist Culture 18.8.2016 Truthout.com
The biodiversity that supports the planetary ecosystem as we and our ancestors have known it is imperiled. We face a clear choice: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction. Did you know that the Earth loses about one hundred species every day? In Extinction: A Radical History, Ashley Dawson ties together history, science and political theory to explain the impact of humans and capitalism on the world's ecosystems. Get your copy of this book by making a tax-deductible donation to Truthout! The following is the introduction to Extinction: A Radical History: His face was hacked off. Left prostrate in the red dust, to be preyed on by vultures, his body remained intact except for the obscene hole where his magnificent six foot long tusks used to be. Satao was a so-called tusker, an African elephant with a rare genetic strain that produced tusks so long that they dangled to the ground, making him a prime attraction in Kenya's Tsavo East National Park. These beautiful tusks also made him ...
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Marine Heatwaves Are Spawning Unprecedented Climate Chaos 16.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
Marine Heatwaves Are Spawning Unprecedented Climate Chaos
Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate The post Marine Heatwaves Are Spawning Unprecedented Climate Chaos appeared first on WIRED.
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Land use plan for California desert turns frequent allies into foes 16.8.2016 Washington Post
Though typically united behind conservation causes, solar-energy advocates and environmentalists have split over a plan to divide up the desert’s public lands between renewable energy and conservation areas.
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Can America's National Parks defeat the developers at their gates? 13.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To learn what most endangers national parks, on the occasion this month of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, look no farther than Mojave National Preserve, a vast swath of exquisite desert panoramas halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. These days, national parks struggle with all...

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Letters: Readers weigh in on the five-ring circus 13.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

I've been watching bits of Olympic competition on NBC, what I can catch between the commercials and the personal stories.

So far the USA is the only country to win gold, right?

Wes Correll

Monarch Beach

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I may be one of the few that prefer my sports not to be filled with politically correct messages...

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Scientists: Species face bigger threats than climate change 11.8.2016 Washington Post
A new commentary published in the journal Nature argues that because practices such as fishing and farming present the biggest threats to biodiversity, efforts to address them should not be overshadowed by concern over the climate.  
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We're trashing the oceans - and they're returning the favor by making us sick 9.8.2016 Washington Post
New research suggests that the warming of ocean waters is related to an increase of Vibrio bacteria, tiny organisms capable of causing deadly infections in humans and fish.
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Brazil opts for low-frills, 'cool' Opening Ceremony, with a warning about global warming 6.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rio de Janeiro • Brazil welcomed and warned the world Friday night, celebrating the country’s musical traditions and cautioning about the earth’s future in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. In front of 60,000 spectators at Maracana Stadium, Rio 2016 organizers mixed singing and dancing with a message of ecology in a four-hour show that was both simple and spectacular. A lower-budget, more modest version of the production’s earlier plan included the song “The Girl from Ipanema” — embodie... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Protected Is Not Conserved: The Implementation Gap in International Conservation Policy 6.8.2016 Truthout.com
On the northwest Iberian peninsula, in Galicia, local communities manage  more than 2,800  mountains. The Spanish coastline  includes  230 cofradías: ancient, locally run governance systems that provide 83 percent of the country's fishing employment and 95 percent of all Spanish ships.  Iniciativa Communales  estimates that roughly 60 percent of Spain falls under what international organizations call ICCAs: Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas. In Spain, these community-managed sites include forests, pastoral lands, Sociedades de Caza (hunting associations) and marine and coastal areas. ICCAs are defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international organization composed of civil society groups and governments with observer and consultative status at the United Nations. Founded in 1948, it is the world's largest and most diverse environmental network and receives counsel from about 16,000 experts. In 1961, it set up the World Wildlife Fund ...
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Desert elephants - nature, nurture, and we love them anyway! 4.8.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The existence of a water loving species in the middle of a great desert shocked early explorers and has that effect still. Memory, migration and magnificent skills serve the Namibian elephant well, as they probably have for other, long-dead elephant populations in the severest African climates.
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Spotlight on green news & views: NOAA's latest climate report; Black Mountain is burning 4.8.2016 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 most recent previous Green Spotlight. This is the 451st edition of this feature at Daily Kos. More than 25,425 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 OceanDiver writes— The Daily Bucket - summer skies : “Yesterday’s Bucket had some spectacular photos of stormy summer skies, what folks in the Eastern US are seeing these days with thunderstorms and unstable air. Over here in the Pacific Northwest, we rarely get thunderstorms, but about a week ago we had a doozy. It struck in the afternoon and went on all night. Ignited wildfires on the Olympic Peninsula. We had to go out to do something with the boat out before morning, so I was in the middle of the stormy drama that day as dusk ...
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Conservation group files federal suit to “protect, save,” Rio Grande cutthroat trout 30.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
A conservation group filed suit Friday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the Service does not do enough to protect the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
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