User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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From the Concorde to Sci-Fi Climate Solutions 29.1.2015 Truthout.com
The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The interior of the Concorde aircraft at the Scotland Museum of Flight. (Photo: Magnus Hagdorn ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can’t be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. Touting "sci-fi climate solutions" - untested technologies not really scalable to the dimensions of our climate change crisis - dangerously delays the day when we actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, I took my son to Scotland's Museum of Flight. Its proudest exhibit: a Concorde. To me, it looked stunningly futuristic. "How old," remarked my son, looking at the confusing array of pre-digital controls in the cockpit. Watching the accompanying video - "Past Dreams of the ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Senate fails to fast-track KXL, off-shore drilling plan announced 29.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Part of the Brooks range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Department of Interior  announced this week that its management plan for ANWR, including the petroleum-rich  coastal plain, will continue for the next 15 or so years. President Obama said he wants  98 percent of the 19.3 million acres of ANWR designated as wilderness, something only  Congress can do. That obviously won't be happening for the next two years. 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 21,710 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. An Open Letter To The Guys Who Run ...
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Monarch butterflies rebound 69 percent in Mexico, but numbers still dangerously low 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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It’s a Good Time to Be Concerned About Polar Bear Penises 27.1.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
It’s a Good Time to Be Concerned About Polar Bear Penises
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Life on Europe 25.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Deeply involved in the past, this insight into how the archipelago of Europe survived the terrible disaster of the K-Pg boundary is essential reading- if you are a North American dinosaur, that is!
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Scientists Just Found a Way to Make GMOs Much Safer 23.1.2015 Mother Jones
It's the worst nightmare of activists opposed to genetically modified crops: An errant GMO seed blows out of a wheat or corn field and breeds with a species in the wild or on a neighboring farm. The modified gene proliferates and spreads through the population, and pretty soon the line between engineered crops and their "natural" counterparts begins to disappear, with unpredictable consequences for ecosystems. This happened in 2010 in North Dakota, when scientists discovered that genes from genetically engineered canola —grown commercially for its oil across the state—were appearing in nearly every sample of canola taken in the wild. In that case, the "escape" of GMO canola turned out to be no big deal. But it raised eyebrows with plant scientists about how quickly modified genes can spread. Some warned that plants engineered to be especially hardy—for example, the drought- and heat-tolerant plants that agribusiness giants like Monsanto are pushing as a remedy to climate change—could drive out native ...
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Chimpanzee losses and successes. 22.1.2015 Earth Times
How DO we save our nearest relative? The wild chimpanzee is far different from the tea-swilling and ultra-cute babies we are used to in various disguises. The existence of these populations in Africa echoes our own origins, but differently! To allow the fabulous gorilla, the technology-using orang-utan or these bonobos and chimpanzee from our native Africa would be like allowing sand to slip through our despairing fingers. Stop the trapping and the logging. Immediate gain will not lead to any long-term advantage. We have lost most of the earth, so these precious animals and plants are just a dwindling reminder of the antics of ourselves and our ridiculous past.
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Water stress takes toll on California's large trees, study says 20.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
Drought, fire-suppression techniques and changes in land use have made California forests denser with smaller trees and more susceptible to fast-moving wildfires, a study to be released Tuesday has found.
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Spotlight on green news & views: 2014 hottest year on record, 11 Senate Democrats back KXL 18.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See OceanDiver's post on paths here . 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 20,600 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. 2014 Warmest year on record while solar cycle weakest in 100 years —by FishOutofWater: "2014 was the hottest on year record according to NOAA, NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency. The high temperatures were not associated with a strong El Nino or a strong solar maximum. There is no credible scientific explanation for the record high temperatures except record high levels of greenhouse gases. CO2 levels hit the ...
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Evil Cannibal Squirrels Could Make California's Drought Less Terrible 17.1.2015 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared at Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Among alfalfa farmers in Northern California, Public Enemy No. 1 is a promiscuous, photogenic fur ball that weighs only half a pound and spends most of its life asleep. But with the critter helping the state weather its worst drought in 1,200 years, that perception may soon be a thing of the past. The diminutive Belding's ground squirrel, an important link in the food chain for coyotes, bobcats, foxes, weasels, and raptors, has a long and troubled history as a major agricultural pest. Blame the squirrel's voracious appetite for alfalfa. Blame its fleas, which can carry plague. Above all, blame the complex network of burrows it digs, which trip up livestock and damage farm machinery. All told, there are few animals in greater need of an image makeover than the rodent known to biologists as Urocitellus beldingi, and to detractors as pot gut, sage rat, and picket pin. But now, courtesy of climate ...
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Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression 15.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Cheap gasoline, Arctic risks in 2015, voting on Keystone XL 15.1.2015 Daily Kos
See 6412093's post here . 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 20,570 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. Dawn Chorus(ish): Even More Bird Evolution —by matching mole: "Part II: Structure of Avian Genomes. Take Home Message: Birds have very compact genomes. The small genome size has been accomplished in several ways. Bird genomes are also very conservative, changing very slowly over time. What I (revealing my personal bias here) think is even more interesting is the information on how bird genomes have evolved. Having 48 genomes to look ...
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The Methane Monster Roars 13.1.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Icy waters , rising steam , gas jets via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) Losing Arctic sea ice due to rising global temperatures means releasing larger amounts of previously trapped methane into the atmosphere. This process will magnify the effects of feedback loops and climate disruption, which, scientists warn, threaten all plants, animals and humans on earth. (Image: Icy waters , rising steam , gas jets via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) During a recent hike in Washington State's Olympic National Park, I marveled at the delicate geometry of frost-covered ferns. White crystalline structures seemed to grow from the green leaves, encasing them in a frozen frame of temporary beauty. Progressing further up into the mountains, I stopped to lunch and sip hot coffee from a thermos while gazing across a river valley at a snow-covered mountainside, sizing up a frozen waterfall for a possible ice climb in the future. Yet I found myself beginning to wonder how many more winters ice would continue to form ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Keystone XL still up to Obama, Americans love public lands 11.1.2015 Daily Kos
See Bev Bell's diary here . 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 20,540 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. Michael Klare: Perpetuating the Reign of Carbon —by TomDispatch: "Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly  grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry. Oil prices are falling, colleges and universities are divesting from their carbon stocks, voters are instituting curbs on hydro-fracking, and delegates at the U.N. ...
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An Interview With Social Movement Leader and Parliamentarian Estela Hernandez 9.1.2015 Truthout.com
La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután. Pillars of La Coordinadora are participatory democracy, empowerment of women and youth, and – still in the works - education and health care for all. The communities are generating income through a green economy based on ecological agriculture and fishing. La Coordinadora is working to build food sovereignty , protect ecosystems, and preserve the largest remaining mangrove forest in the area. Estela Hernandez is a leader of La Coordinadora and its affiliated non-profit organization, the Mangrove Association. She is also an elected member of the national legislature. There, Hernandez sits on the Environment and Climate Change Commission, the body that drafts environmental legislation. Beverly Bell: Tell us about how La ...
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Climate change may halve giant panda's habitat by 2070 9.1.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
A warmer world may mean China's pandas have to be relocated to new areas if they are to ...
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California's bold attack on climate change 9.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
California is moving toward its goal of generating a third of its electrical power from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2020, as promised five years ago by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Spotlight on green news & views: mining Teddy Roosevelt's ranch, Ford's nuclear car, Keystone XL 8.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Grizzly at lunchtime. See RonK's diary here . 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 20,500 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. Nucleon: Ford's Plans for a Nuclear-Powered Car —by Lenny Flank: "In the 1950s, the United States fell in love with the atom. The atomic bomb became the backbone of the US military, which drew up plans for everything from a nuclear hand grenade to a nuclear-powered jet bomber. The 'Atoms For Peace' project proposed using atomic explosions to excavate canals and reservoirs, and producing commercial electricity with ...
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Save the monarch butterfly from extinction 7.1.2015 New Scientist: Being Human
US government may add monarch butterfly to endangered species list after its population dropped 90 per cent in 20 years to 35 million last ...
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Heat kills more when it is humid. 7.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
If you are living in a part of the world that suffers from summer heat, drought may be just one of the many dangers you are facing. The temperature at which your health becomes endangered is possibly much lower than you thought (that is, it is much lower than the human death point: normally 43oC.)
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