User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Ecosystems
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This week in science: 21st century schizoid man 6.2.2016 Daily Kos
Arctic sea ice set a record low this part month. Which doesn’t bode well for the minimum expected later this summer : This winter’s freezing season in the Arctic is falling short. The extent of Arctic sea ice this week is hovering near record-low values for early February, based on observations that extend back to the start of satellite monitoring in 1979. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that last month had the lowest overall Arctic sea ice extent of any January in the satellite record. As detailed in an NSIDC report on Thursday, the total extent of 13.53 million square kilometers (5.2 million square miles) was 1.04 million sq km below the 1981-2010 average and 90,000 sq km below the record from January 2011. I know you’re going to love the fact that 14 new species of tarantula have been named in the US. That includes one named for Johnny Cash! Some say the Earth and moon are really more like a binary planet system (Pluto and Charon definitely are). But the Earth by its ...
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Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows. 5.2.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The joy of mutualism is in forever finding new connections although in this case, we should have listened to the seers at least as long ago as 1653. Many crows and their relatives hoard food n activity known as scatter-hoarding. Even the giant of the family, the raven, has been recorded as encouraging the limited tree growth in isolated patches of almost-Arctic Shetland. No wonder the Norse regarded the species as among the gods.
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Report: Climate change threatens fish and shellfish in Northeast that humans rely on for food 4.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: River otters, tundra fires and permafrost thaws, methane leak 4.2.2016 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 24,550 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  Michigan: Rick Snyder channels the Wise Men of Chelm  written by Brainwrap: “One of the stories about the people of Chelm was about a playground located near the top of a cliff. Every once in awhile, a child would fall off the cliff and injure themselves on the ground below. The Wise Men of Chelm came up with an ingenious solution to the problem: They built a hospital at the bottom of the cliff. That way, the children could be rushed into the emergency room quickly for medical treatment. I was reminded of this story when reading  the following AP article posted moments ago:  Michigan Gov. ...
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Climate Change Is Putting Billions Of Fishery Dollars At Risk 4.2.2016 Think Progres

An ecosystem is at risk, and so is people's livelihood.

The post Climate Change Is Putting Billions Of Fishery Dollars At Risk appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate change and pets: More fleas, more heartworm 3.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Climate change doesn't just affect habitats for wildlife. It's also affecting cats and dogs. Fleas and ticks are getting smaller, but there are more of them, they eat more often, and they're causing problems in what used to be the colder months. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, but those ...
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Lake disappears as Bolivia dries up. 1.2.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The world's water problems do not simply include the Aral Sea and this Bolivian lake. Whole states and nations are suffering from droughts that goes unnoticed internationally. If we can alleviate the suffering of people and renovate some of the environmental conditions, then these neglected regions could achieve some of their former glory. In this case, ancient civilisations thrived in these high, inhospitable mountains, while we fail to maintain even a potable supply of water.
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Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits - nohare to be seen. 28.1.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The distribution of animals and plants can be absolutely fascinating. While fossils may not interest everybody, the mammals that occupy our earth currently give us a wealth of information. This concerns climate and geological change, as their ancestors, and those who didn’t make it, show us the details of the climate changes that concern us very deeply at this moment in time.
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What You Should Know About Zika, The Virus That’s Harming Unborn Babies’ Brains 25.1.2016 Think Progres

The urgent warnings seem to be coming straight out of a dystopian novel.

The post What You Should Know About Zika, The Virus That’s Harming Unborn Babies’ Brains appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Spotlight on green news & views: crime in Flint; slime in Malheur; storm in the East 24.1.2016 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 24,450 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 Daily Bucket - Entish trees in the rainforest  written by OceanDiver: “The story of the Ents is a sad one, not just for the loss of the forests they lived in, full of trees they looked after, but also for the loss of their beloved Entwives. If Ents are inhabiting this old forest, are they awake? Maybe I’m being fanciful but some of these giants in the rainforest even look fecund. These nodules almost look like new growth….a weird Entish ‘pregnancy’? (or maybe galls...of ?) The bumpy one is a hemlock and beside it is an old spruce. The tree below looks as if it is fissioning. Like a sea ...
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Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change 22.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Lake Poopó’s water, say scientists who blame a warming environment, El Niño and mining

Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.

Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone.

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Disappearance of Bolivia's No. 2 lake a harbinger 21.1.2016 AP Top News
UNTAVI, Bolivia (AP) -- Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain....
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Spotlight on green news & views: Melting ice in Greenland's canyons; oil-by-rail unregulated 21.1.2016 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 24,410 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 Real Zombie Apocalypse  written by Bill McKibben via TomDispatch: “When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the  wrongheaded  idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you died. The lesson seemed to be that it was hard to kill something off—if it wanted to keep going. Something similar is happening right now with the fossil fuel industry. Even as the global warming crisis makes it clear that coal, natural gas, and oil are yesterday's energy, the momentum of two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in a ...
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Bill would prohibit state agency from setting carbon cap 20.1.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- A new bill takes aim at Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon policies by prohibiting state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction....
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Spotlight on green news & views: Poisoned Flint calls for criminal action; no new coal leases 17.1.2016 Daily Kos
OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  In the USA, Over 200 Million People Will Suffer Serious 'Psychological Distress' From Climate Change  written by Pakalolo: “As our world begins to unravel,  the American people are becoming increasingly alarmed  as more  overwhelming evidence linking our use of fossil fuels to climate change disasters becomes obvious. Almost daily, we read news stories and watch video of horrific worldwide weather events that have been fueled by climate change (for some inexplicable reason  the press will not mention the word climate change anymore then my Governor Rick Scott  does). Greenhouses gases, have already provided us  14 of the 15 hottest years since 2000 . For comparison purposes the last time we set a global record cold temperature for the year was in 1911. Severe drought, catastrophic melt in the arctic, forest fires, tundra fires, flooding rains, dying tropical rainforests, bleaching of our corals, heat waves, disease, pestilence, stronger and stronger storms and elevated storm ...
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Study: Lake Superior is one of the fastest-warming lakes in the world 15.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A new study from NASA and the National Science Foundation shows that lakes are warming faster than the oceans.
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Spotlight on green news & views: poisoned in Flint; methane leak still spews in California 14.1.2016 Daily Kos
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The most recent Spotlight can be seen here. More than 24,300 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  No region in the world stands to suffer climate change more than the countries of the Caribbean  written by Pakalolo:  The Caribbean region is known for its  natural beauty  and its  unique culture  and  charm . Seventy per cent of the population lives in coastal cities, and the region is characterized by delicate terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems along with a high biological diversity outside urban areas. The two dozen island nations of the Caribbean, and the 40 million people who call the  Caribbean  home, will be confronted with extreme storms and hurricanes  now and in the future , more ...
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Environment group warns against reducing manatees' endangered status 12.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

US government move to downgrade the conservation status of manatees and green sea turtles is premature, group says, despite signs species are recovering

A US government move to downgrade the conservation status of manatees and green sea turtles is premature, an environment group has warned, despite encouraging signs that both species are recovering.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed that the West Indian manatee be down-listed from endangered to threatened under the endangered species act. The move follows a notable recovery in manatee numbers – in 1991, it was estimated there were just 1,267 of the hefty aquatic beasts off the coast of Florida.

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Starvation suspected in massive die-off of Alaska seabirds 12.1.2016 AP National
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Seabird biologist David Irons drove recently to the Prince William Sound community of Whittier to check on a friend's boat and spotted white blobs along the tide line of the rocky Alaska beach. He thought they were patches of snow....
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What does the Paris Agreement mean for the world's other 8 million species? 6.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
In December, the world’s nations agreed on the the most significant and aggressive plan yet to combat climate change. But what, if anything, will the landmark Paris Agreement do for thousands of species – named and unnamed, known and unknown – already under threat due to global warming? The word ‘biodiversity’ is employed once in the Paris Agreement’s 32 pages. ‘Forests’ appears a few times, but ‘oceans,’ like biodiversity, scores just a single appearance. There is no mention of extinction. Wildlife, coral reefs, birds, frogs, orchids, polar bears and pikas never show up anywhere in the document. This is hardly surprising: the landmark agreement in Paris – the boldest yet to tackle climate change (which is saying something, but not nearly enough) – was contrived by one species for the benefit of one species. It was never meant to directly address the undeniable impacts of global warming on the world’s eight million or so other species – most of them still unnamed. But many experts say this doesn’t mean ...
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