User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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Climate Change Is Driving Ocean Oxygen Levels Down, And That’s a Big Problem For Marine Ecosystems 29.4.2016 Think Progres

Lack of oxygen is a serious problem for ocean ecosystems.

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Oxygen levels in the ocean are falling as heat rises 28.4.2016 Daily Kos
Often, when we think of climate change, we don’t get past the changes in global temperatures. Those effects certainly contain enough potential for disaster. But there are chemical changes taking place beyond just adding 40 billion tons of carbon to the atmosphere each year. Those high levels of CO2 in the air are leading to increased uptake of CO2 in water, which in turn forms carbonic acid, causing ocean acidification. That acidification contributes to coral bleaching, to changes in ecosystems, and to reducing the ocean’s role as a buffer for the atmosphere. And there’s still another effect. Hot water simply can’t contain as much dissolved oxygen as cooler water. So as the ocean levels warm, oxygen levels decline . A drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large parts of the ocean between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study. Scientists know that a warming climate can be expected to ...
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From preserving ecosystems to building airports, Asia needs to work together | Vinod Thomas and Marco Gatti 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
When two or more countries come together they can solve the problem better than one on its own, with far reaching benefits and greater success rates In an increasingly fragile, interconnected world, where humanitarian and development needs are a burden on budgets , cooperation is a buzzword. The scale of the challenges facing humanity, and the scope of ambitions to leave no one behind under the new global development roadmap , have placed collaboration in the spotlight. This holds true for regional development as well as humanitarian initiatives. But international projects require time and effort, and a nagging question has long been whether all that work is worth the ...
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Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here's why. 26.4.2016 Washington Post
Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here's why.
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Scientists find a massive coral reef just chilling in the Amazon 25.4.2016 Washington Post
Scientists find a massive coral reef just chilling in the Amazon
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How hot is the earth now? 25.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
We worry now a lot more than before about the planet’s surface temperatures. Now the Arctic is defrosting and sea levels even affect your seaside holiday, perhaps it is too late. But given the unprecedented talking about carbon limitations and political action, the classic crunch could come next year, when there could be a slight cooling. If not, we can’t blame El Niño, as we do for this year’s record breaking.
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The Earth Doesn’t Need To Worry, But The Things That Live On It Do 23.4.2016 Think Progres

Earth Day is probably a good day to not buy anything and instead step back from hypermaterialism.

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Reprise of an Earth Day 2015 interview with Denis Hayes, who coordinated the original in 1970 22.4.2016 Daily Kos
What follows is a reprise of an interview I conducted for Earth Day 2015 with Denis Hayes, my onetime boss and now president of the  Bullitt Foundation  in Seattle. Hayes coordinated Earth Day 1970, as well as Earth Day 1990 and Earth Day 2000. I interviewed him for the 40th anniversary of that first Earth Day, and again in 2015 for the 45th anniversary. My questions and his answers to the 2010 interview can be found here . I'm going to repeat a portion of the introduction I wrote for that first interview:  Hayes in 2010 Although Earth Day 1970 focused desperately needed attention on the world's environmental troubles, it was also a distraction from the war in Southeast Asia. Many people on the left argued that environmentalism was a snare and a delusion. Despite the environmental horrors visited on third world people by the extractive industries of the imperialist powers, they viewed the whole movement as a low to nonexistent priority. They were reinforced in their views when the slaughter abroad came ...
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US claims success in efforts to save endangered species 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Obama administration puffs its chest out over apparent victories in removing animals from endangered species list at accelerated pace

The world may be hurtling to the worst extinction crisis since the dinosaurs were wiped out, but the US is claiming success in its own efforts to prevent species following the path of titanosaurs, dodos and passenger pigeons.

A total of 34 species have been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protections since 1978 due to them recovering, rather than becoming extinct. This pace has accelerated under Barack Obama’s presidency – 16 of the 34 recovered species have been delisted during the current administration.

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9 WIRED Stories You Should Read This Earth Day 22.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
9 WIRED Stories You Should Read This Earth Day
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More than 1,000 species have been moved due to human impact 20.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist More than a thousand species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according to a top conservationist. Dr Axel Moehrenschlager said cases of “translocation”, such as India’s plan to relocate tigers to Cambodia or South Africa’s scheme to airlift rhinos to Australia , have increased exponentially in recent decades and will become more common due to human pressures driving species closer to ...
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Are Chinese businesses responsible for helping China achieve its climate goals? 20.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
With only 10% of Chinese firms carrying out sustainability initiatives, the country’s business sector will need to step up its game if China is to meet its emissions target China’s offshore oil drilling firm and the country’s largest oil producer with $98.53bn in revenue in 2014, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) inevitably disturbs marine life as it probes seabeds around the world for resources. Like other big oil firms, the company has caused its share of environmental disasters, including a 2011 oil spill that contaminated 840 sq km (324 sq miles) of Bohai Bay, off China’s northeastern shore. CNOOC got in trouble with government regulators for initially concealing the spill and has since been named in a lawsuit ...
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'We have lost the science of building cities' – meet Joan Clos, the unofficial world leader for cities 18.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Unaffordable housing, corruption, the lack of public space … can UN-Habitat improve the lot of the billions of people living in cities around the world? Mike Herd talks to Dr Joan Clos ahead of this year’s Habitat III summit

If there is such a thing as a world leader for cities, a spokesman for the planet’s exploding urban constituency, then perhaps it’s the likeable, silver-haired bundle of Catalan energy sitting across the table from me.

Dr Joan Clos, former mayor of Barcelona, is in the middle of a three-day conference in Prague which – despite feeling bewilderingly large to me – is merely a warm-up act for the really big United Nations summit scheduled to be held in Ecuador’s earthquake-hit capital, Quito, in October.

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Spotlight on green news & views: Are tigers recovering? Greenland melting early this spring 17.4.2016 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 24,940 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  FishOutofWater writes— Scientists Incredulous as 12% of Greenland's Surface Has Melting in April, 2 Months Early : “Danish scientists monitoring Greenland’s ice sheet didn’t believe what they saw, Monday. The model showed that over 10 percent of Greenland’s surface had melted a millimeter or more on the 11th of April, two months early. April 11 was a month earlier than earliest melt event on record in May, 2010. The Danish scientists were ‘incredulous.’ They started looking at the weather data to try to get a handle on what was wrong with the model. They were shocked. Warm rain had fallen at ...
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Why Should Baby Pandas Get All the Love? 15.4.2016 Mother Jones
Late last year, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's largest independent conservation organization, released " Ten to Watch in 2010 ", a list of endangered species facing natural and man-made threats around the world. Animals include the polar bear, the tiger, the Magellanic penguin, and the giant panda. As it turns out, just three of the ten—the blue-fin tuna, the leatherback turtle, and the Javan rhinoceros —fall under the International Union for Conservation of Nature 's (IUCN) category of "Critically Endangered", one step up from "Extinct in Nature." (The IUCN Red List is widely considered to be the standard-bearer for classifying endangered species). So why did the WWF select the critters that they did? Simply put, household names are more likely to open the hearts, and wallets, of enviro-friendly folks. According to the WWF, "Our conservation efforts are directed towards flagship species, iconic animals that provide a focus for raising awareness and stimulating action and funding for broader ...
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El Niño Has Peaked, And A Coral Ecosystem Is Utterly Devastated 13.4.2016 Think Progres

“There’s a good chance that this reef will never be the same."

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Inhofe Misleads on Bees 8.4.2016 FactCheck
Sen. James Inhofe made misleading claims in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency about the relationship between neonicotinoid pesticides and bees.
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Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward 7.4.2016 Truthout.com
Around the world, activists are struggling to develop, discuss and settle on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We offer this vision of a left agenda as our contribution to a global discussion. (Photo: JeffJuit ) Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We the signers of "Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward" think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing and settling on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis. We do this in the spirit of self-organization -- and as a rejection of preformed inflexible programs and agendas imposed on activists from above. We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change. To try to help, we have assembled some familiar programmatic ideas rooted ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: China proposes $50 trillion in renewables; toxic coal ash 7.4.2016 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 24,850 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  NBBooks writes— China proposes $50 trillion global renewable energy plan : “State Grid Corporation of China, which run’s China's electric power grid, has announced it has signed memorandums of understanding with Russian energy grid company Rosseti, Electric Power Co. of South Korea, and SoftBank Group of Japan, to begin moving forward with State Grid’s proposed $50 trillion global electricity network based entirely on renewable energy sources.The Wall Street Journal   reported on March 30  that State Grid chairman Liu Zhenya outlined the $50 trillion plan to create a world grid that would ...
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Federal court rules "time is now" to save wolverines 5.4.2016 Denver Post: Local
Wolverines imperiled by changing habitat will get another shot at protection after a federal judge Monday ruled the "time is now" to save ...
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