User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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How do squirrels think? This Berkeley lab is studying the ones on campus to find out 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Education: USC professors push for more protections for foreign and DACA students March 29, 2017, 5:42 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:A group of USC faculty members sent a letter to the school's leaders outlining...
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Spotlight on green news & views: 1000s of gas bubbles in Siberia; GOP lawmaker says God pollutes 23.3.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 490th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the March 15 Green Spotlight. More than 26,675 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 Chandler Robbins BoGardiner writes— A Legend Who Persuaded a Generation to Love Birds, Wild Places and Science Has Passed : “Thousands, maybe millions, this week will recall this gorgeous book with profound affection and tears in their eyes.  I can attest, as I seem to be having a bit of trouble myself writing this. Chandler S. Robbins, co-author of the classic Birds of North America (1966), more widely known to birders simply as “The Golden Guide,” died yesterday, March 20 -- a legend of ornithology and citizen science. Let me tell you about this man and his work, ...
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Moises Velasquez-Manoff 21.3.2017 NY Times: Editorials
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Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S. 21.3.2017 LA Times: Science

If the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear.

And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year.

Experts have...

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Extreme heat has caused the Great Barrier Reef to bleach three times in the last 20 years 18.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Global warning has likely caused permanent damage to the world's largest coral reef, according to a new report in the journal Nature.

In the last 20 years, rising temperatures have triggered three severe bleaching events in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The most recent was in 2016, when more...

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Here's What a Zinke-Led Interior Department Will Look Like 16.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Amid the flurry of Trump administration appointments in recent months, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke was one of the less controversial. The former Montana congressman says climate change is not a "hoax" and federal lands should not be transferred to states en masse. His January Senate confirmation hearing went fairly smoothly, with none of the major gaffes or arguments that have plagued other appointees' hearings. So far, his stated priorities for Interior have been vague but unsurprising: rebuilding trust between the public and the department, increasing public lands access for sportsmen, and improving outdated infrastructure at national parks. But considering the controversial issues embedded in those priorities he'll soon have to wrangle, the ride won't stay smooth for long. Perhaps the biggest questions around Zinke's Interior are how he will balance a mining and ...
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Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change 15.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Bandar al-Rowdah, Oman • The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India. Scientists who study the algae say the microscopic organisms are thriving in new conditions brought about by climate change, and displacing the zooplankton that underpin the local food chain, threatening the entire marine ecosystem. Khalid al-Hashmi, a marine biologist at the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, wrinkles his nose as the rese... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change 15.3.2017 AP Top News
BANDAR AL-ROWDAH, Oman (AP) -- The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India....
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Midday open thread: Effects of plankton eating plastic; will Congress squeeze non-defense spending? 15.3.2017 Daily Kos
• Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer’s non-profit group loses its tax-exempt status : The nonprofit run by one of America’s most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, has lost its tax-exempt status for failing to file tax returns with the federal government, according to  Internal Revenue Service  records. An inquiry by The Times also raised questions about whether Spencer had properly filed paperwork allowing the National Policy Institute to raise funds in Virginia, its primary place of business, and whether Spencer, a  Donald Trump  supporter, had flouted federal rules that forbid nonprofits from supporting or opposing political candidates. • Plankton filmed devouring plastic, with who knows what long-term ecological impacts : Dr Mark Browne, who has published numerous papers on the effects of plastic waste on the marine environment, said: "Plastic waste is infiltrating the ecosystem at a global scale and this video footage adds to the growing body of evidence showing that polymers are routinely ...
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Correction: Global Coral Die-Off story 14.3.2017 Washington Post: World
In early versions of a story March 13 about dying coral reefs, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the organization that documents reefs worldwide. The correct spelling is XL Catlin Seaview Survey, not XL Caitlin Seaview Survey.
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Correction: Global Coral Die-Off story 14.3.2017 AP Top News
SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives (AP) -- In early versions of a story March 13 about dying coral reefs, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the organization that documents reefs worldwide. The correct spelling is XL Catlin Seaview Survey, not XL Caitlin Seaview Survey....
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Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefs 13.3.2017 AP Top News
SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives (AP) -- There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What&apos;s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe....
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Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs 13.3.2017 Washington Post: World
There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe.
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Conservation group maps land protection strategy in 3 states 12.3.2017 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands in those areas through use-limiting easements or outright purchases....
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Leonardo DiCaprio Invests in Sustainable Farm-Raised Seafood Company 9.3.2017 Inc
The Oscar-winning actor will also sit on the advisory board of LoveTheWild, an aquaculture and meal kit company.
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Letter: Stop the perverse slaughter of wildlife 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Congress (H.J. Resolution 69) has voted to strip away protections for wolves, bears and other predators in national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, argues the rule “illegally seized authority away from the state of Alaska.” This rule was crafted by professional wildlife managers to stop the most appalling practices imagined in wildlife “management.” Young promotes killing wolf pups and hibernating bears in their dens, shooting grizzly bears from aircraft, and trapp...
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Tucker Carlson argues with Bill Nye about climate change 28.2.2017 Boing Boing

https://youtu.be/qN5L2q6hfWo

In this video, Tucker Carlson keeps saying Bill Nye is not a scientist, but a "popularizer," which Carlson seems to think means global warming is bogus. Best part is near the end when Nye picks up his phone and shows the stopwatch with six seconds on it and says to Carlson, "This is how long it takes you to interrupt me."

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Viewing Trump's Extreme Climate Denial From a Small Island Nation in Peril 20.2.2017 Truthout.com
The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Global temperatures rose 0.4°C in the last three years and the impacts are evident on the small island nation of Palau in the Western Pacific. As vehement climate deniers took over the US government, the "Doomsday Clock" moved the closest it's been to midnight since the height of the Cold War. The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Babeldaob Island, Palau -- The Gaia principle, formulated by chemist James Lovelock, proposes that Earth is essentially a synergistic self-regulating complex system that actively perpetuates the conditions for life on the planet. The Republic of Palau, a small island nation of roughly 22,000 people in Micronesia, in the far Western Pacific, is what I would refer to as an altar of Gaia. Here, diving into the waters, ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Regime scrubs gov't website for kids to erase climate warnings 19.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 483rd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). The Green Spotlight appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the February 11 edition. More than 26,440 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in the series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Dartagnan writes— A Government Website For Kids Is Scrubbed Of Warnings About Climate Change, Fracking, And Coal : “An article jointly published in  Pro-Publica  and  The Atlantic shows that the incoming Trump Administration has taken its climate-change denier message to a new low by erasing inconvenient facts from a popular, award-winning website designed to inform children about forms of energy. Twenty years ago, the Energy Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Energy, created Energy Kids , a site to inform kids about energy sources and the ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Pruitt a menace; deferred maintenance takes toll at Oroville 16.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 482nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). The Green Spotlight appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Here  is the February 11 edition. More than 26,415 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in the series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES  ClimateDenierRoundup writes— Congress Would be Pruitt-dent to Fully Examine EPA Nominee :  “To say that there are issues with Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA would be an understatement (check out  EWG’s top ten  reasons why he’s unfit for the job). One of Pruitt’s main issues is something that Trump and his supporters seem to a whole lot about: emails. During his hearing, Pruitt was pressed on his exceptionally cozy relationship with the fossil fuel industry, and senators requested Pruitt produce the documentation that could better illustrate his ...
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