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Spotlight on green news & views: Lomborg's jackpot, Earth Day interview, renewables on the march 19.4.2015 Daily Kos
See madmsf's post . 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 22,285 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. We Just Had the Hottest March In Recorded History —by Dartagnan: "On Friday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its global temperature records for the month of March 2015, ranking it as the warmest March in their 136-year archive, or since 1880.  March now joins eight of the past twelve months which have set record temperatures for their respective months, globally. [...] Think (or maybe try to feel ) what "March" ...
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On the 45th anniversary of Earth Day 1970, five questions for its coordinator, Denis Hayes 16.4.2015 Daily Kos
Earth Day 2015 takes place this Saturday, April 18. In 2008, I conducted a five-question interview 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. You can read that interview here . This year, for the 45th anniversary of that first Earth Day, I interviewed him again. My questions and his answers can be found below the fold. But first I'm going to repeat a portion of the introduction I wrote for the first interview: 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 ...
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In The Future, Yellowstone National Park Could Look Like The U.S. Southwest 16.4.2015 Think Progres

Climate change could alter Yellowstone's landscape dramatically over the next century, according to a new report.

The post In The Future, Yellowstone National Park Could Look Like The U.S. Southwest appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Mystery blob in the Pacific messes up US weather and ecosystems 16.4.2015 New Scientist: Living World
Tropical fish in Alaska, stranded sea lions and more thunderstorms across the US Pacific coast have all been linked to an unusual blob of warm ...
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How Iran's Khuzestan went from wetland to wasteland 16.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Iran’s most south-westerly province is facing dust storms, dried-up rivers and mounting pollution

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Spotlight on green news & views: Chevron's lies on Ecuador, Franzen's flaws on wind, solar's gains 16.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Great Blue Heron. See RonK'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 Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 22,200 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. Bombshell video shows Chevron covering up its lethal tracks in the Ecuadorian Amazon!!! —by citisven: "A week after Chevron CEO John "Hell Freezer" Watson received a "Distinguished Citizen" award from the Commonwealth Club, the gods of irony must have felt compelled to present the public with documentation of just how distinguished this man's work is when it comes to running one of the most ruthlessly irresponsible ...
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Water on Earth is becoming rare. 15.4.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The consideration of all factors in your environment is a policy that escapes most politicians, many scientists and even you. Water is inescapable, becoming more scarce and highly useful for normal life. Just ask a Martian. When we look back on the 21st century, and not the 20th as we do here, it is certain that water will be seen as one of the most critical losses from our societies, from the African deserts, to the American groundwater crises; from Manila’s complex water privatisation to simple pollution by nuclear, chemical and fuelling industries.
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Mum's the word on global warming at Wisconsin land agency 14.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
If you've ever been to northern Wisconsin, you may have noticed it has trees. Lots of trees. Giant forests, in fact. They even have a name: the ...
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Triassic Mass Extinction May Give Clues on How Oceans Will Be Affected by Climate Change 12.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Fragmentary fossil of pelycosaur, a mammal-like reptile from the Permian or Triassic Period. The end-Triassic mass extinction cleared previously abundant species from ecological niches while also having profound effects on ocean ecosystems. (Image: Triassic fossil via Shutterstock) Just over 200 million years ago, the end-Triassic mass extinction killed off more than half of the species of organisms living on Earth’s land and in the oceans. We are only just beginning to understand how this – and the period of runaway global warming that followed – changed the chemistry of open oceans. The end-Triassic mass extinction marked the transition between the Triassic to the Jurassic Period and the rise of the large herbivorous dinosaurs, such as the Diplodocus. The extinction meant that previously abundant species were cleared from ecological niches which allowed dinosaurs to move in with little competition from other animals. The Jurassic lasted another 55 million years until the beginning of the Cretaceous ...
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Soon every summer will be too hot for corals 11.4.2015 New Scientist: News
The future is short for the world's corals, says the chief scientist of a global survey of reefs, but their demise must alert the world to the threat of ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: More on the parching of California, Koch lies about solar 9.4.2015 Daily Kos
For what this photo is about, see James Wells' post below. 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 22,140 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. If Only I Had the Official T Shirt —by James Wells: "As we were walking along the shore, we saw a seal coming ashore. It was one of those moments you hope for on a seaside day. There are still wonderful animals like this in the natural world, and every so often you get to see one. We have not destroyed everything quite yet. The seal came ashore with obvious intention. It wanted to lay on the beach ...
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"Cowspiracy": As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity and Climate Change 8.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As California experiences a massive drought, we examine the overlooked link between water shortages, climate change and meat consumption. With some 98 percent of the state suffering from a water crisis, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25 percent. It is the first mandatory statewide reduction in California’s history. One group not facing restrictions is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California’s water. According to The Pacific Institute, 47 percent of a Californians’ water footprint is in meat and dairy products. We are joined by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, directors of the documentary, Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret. The film contends livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution despite many environmental organizations’ relative silence on the issue. TRANSCRIPT: AARON MATÉ: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to ravage California. Some 98 percent of the state is now suffering from a ...
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Western Canada May Lose 70 Percent Of Its Glaciers By The End Of This Century 8.4.2015 Think Progres

A new study warns that if greenhouse gas emissions aren't curbed, glaciers in Western Canada could all but disappear by 2100.

The post Western Canada May Lose 70 Percent Of Its Glaciers By The End Of This Century appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Vote For The Endangered Animal March Madness Champion: Elephant vs. Sea Otter 7.4.2015 Think Progres

It's all come down to this. Which will you choose?

The post Vote For The Endangered Animal March Madness Champion: Elephant vs. Sea Otter appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Melting Accelerates in Antarctica: So Far, 2015 Is Hottest Year Yet 7.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Iceberg melt via Shutterstock) This month's Climate Disruption Dispatch brings reports on the Arctic and Antarctic, where record-breaking warm air and water temperatures are releasing more ice than ever before. This April could well mark the beginning of the end of the polar ice caps. (Image: Iceberg melt via Shutterstock) The dramatically rapid melting of the earth's poles is the biggest news in this month's climate dispatch. Increasingly fast melting in Antarctica, which will be discussed in more detail below, is now expected to increase sea levels by 10 feet worldwide in less than 100 years, according to recent NASA satellite calculations. This will "recurve" heavily populated coastlines and reshape the world in which we live, according to one geophysicist with whom Truthout spoke. In addition, a second geophysicist, from Harvard, said that parts of Antarctica are thawing out so quickly that the icy continent has become "ground zero of global climate change, without a doubt." According to ...
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Deforestation in the Amazon Aggravates Brazil's Energy Crisis 6.4.2015 Truthout.com
Rio de Janiero - In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Two-thirds of Brazil's electricity comes from dammed rivers, whose water levels have dropped alarmingly. The crisis has triggered renewed concern over climate change and the need to reforest river banks, and has given rise to new debate about the country's energy system. "Energy sources must be diversified and we have to reduce dependency on hydroelectric stations and fossil fuel-powered thermoelectric plants, in order to deal with more and more frequent extreme climate events," the vice president of the non-governmental  Vitae Civilis Institute , Delcio Rodrigues, told Tierramérica. Hydroelectricity accounted for nearly 90 percent of the country's electric power until the 2001 "blackout", which forced the authorities to adopt rationing measures for ...
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Climate change threatens goats 6.4.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – The American mountain goat has been called the greatest mountaineer the peaks ever have known, but now that high altitudes are warming – at a rate two to three times faster than the rest of the planet – the animals’ future is less than certain.Bruce Smith, a wildlife biologist and author, spent three...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Antarctica heats up, California dries up, GOP sings la-la-la-la 5.4.2015 Daily Kos
Check out Dartagnan's post on this subject. 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 22,130 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. Antarctica hits 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit as Mitch McConnell promises to sabotage global climate pact —by pakalolo: "National Geographic reports: Scientists have measured what is likely the highest temperature ever on Antarctica: 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 Celsius). The measurements were made last Tuesday at Argentina's Esperanza Base, on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, according to the meteorological ...
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Pick The Winners: Elephant vs. Narwhal, Sea Turtle vs. Falcon 3.4.2015 Think Progres

Which two will make it to the Final Four for a chance at a feature-length article?

The post Pick The Winners: Elephant vs. Narwhal, Sea Turtle vs. Falcon appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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April Fools, with the naughty bits explained! 2.4.2015 Earth Times
Have you ever wondered if pineapples grow on trees? Well, apparently, spaghetti does, with the emphasis on “apparently.”
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