User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Climate change
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Sustainable Living Means Making Big Changes; Why Can't We Face Up to It? 29.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Get used to bike riding - cleaner cars won't be enough. (Image: Riding bicycle via Shutterstock) Despite the significant risks for human and non-human life, greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) are still rising. Something has to give – and that something would appear more significant than those with the power to stimulate change are willing to admit. The UK government’s Global Calculator is a good example. This recently released tool allows us to model the compatibility of our food, travel, housing and work environment with national targets to limit climate change. The climate secretary, Ed Davey, reckons the calculator shows “everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to two degrees, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.” Yet even the most ambitious changes the tool advocates deviate little from our current “normal” patterns of behaviour – supposedly “essential” appliances still include tumble driers, while under the “extremely ambitious” scenario, the urban car ...
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California drought goes from bad to worse as state grapples with heat wave 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Experts say fix requires global effort going into an era of climate change in which ‘the temperature is essentially always conducive to ...
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Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official

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A climate-change litmus test for politicians 29.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Barbaric? Maybe, but voters like capital punishment 29.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Economic activity isn't the only consideration in raising the minimum wage 29.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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PG&E defends its record on customer safety 29.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Put off by Obama's celebration of Bowe Bergdahl's return 29.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Totally non-judgmental edition 29.3.2015 Daily Kos
Leonard Pitts thinks Starbucks has a Venti heart. Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or Caffe Misto Venti with extra coconut. On Twitter, the campaign was dubbed “patronizing,” “absurd” and “a load of crap.” On The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Rosie Perez said, “I don’t want to be forced to have a conversation. Especially early in the f------ morning.” Some folks questioned the wisdom of calling for racial dialogue when your executive team has all the rich cultural diversity of a GOP convention in Idaho. Starbucks says there will eventually be more to the campaign, but what we’ve seen so far has been epically bad — naive at best, dumber than a sack of coffee beans at worst. Give it this much credit, though: It came out of an earnest ...
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'Supergoats' help Kenyan farmers adapt to climate change 29.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A newly introduced breed of supergoat is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.
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Spotlight on green news & views: Ted Cruz fact-checked on climate, Elon Musk rejects oil dependency 29.3.2015 Daily Kos
See Daily Bucket 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 22,030 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. The 2016 elections deserve probing questions from the press on a broken climate debate. —by Pakalolo: "'Arguing about the basic science gets us nowhere. Scientists are as certain that industrial activities are causing climate change as they are that smoking causes lung disease. They have robust estimates of how much heat industrial emissions are trapping in our atmosphere. It’s clear that recent climate change is not natural. So ...
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Eiffel Tower goes dark for 5 minutes for Earth Hour, months before Paris 2015 climate summit 29.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Mexico Commits To Cut Its Carbon Emissions 22 Percent, Peak By 2026 28.3.2015 Think Progres

Mexico becomes the first developing nation to offer post-2020 U.N. climate goals.

The post Mexico Commits To Cut Its Carbon Emissions 22 Percent, Peak By 2026 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Water shortages and water solutions 28.3.2015 Daily Kos
Drought as recorded in snowfall on Half-dome in Yosemite Valley on March 19 of 2012 and 2015. There was certainly no shortage of water in the Northeast this winter. Boston and several other communities saw record snowfall. But in other parts of the North America, a swinging jet stream exacerbated an already dire prolonged drought, stretching the breadth of the entire Southwest, from California to Texas. Even parts of the Midwest bread basket are thirsty. There are two factors driving the drought: growth, and climate change. As the population increases, demand on surface water and aquifers grows relentlessly. The dipping, winding jet stream, a phenomenon tentatively linked to amplified warming of the Arctic, denies water to much of the western half of the US while dropping more than needed further east. It's a fair prediction that there will be no relief in terms of reduced population growth or mitigating changes in climate anytime soon. But we don't have to count on lucky rainstorms to relieve water ...
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Book Review: The Powerhouse 28.3.2015 Mother Jones
By Steve LeVine VIKING Arguably no existing technology holds more potential to slow climate change and reboot the economy than the lithium-ion battery. Quartz reporter Steve LeVine chronicles the global race to develop a battery cheap and durable enough to supplant the internal-combustion engine. The field is littered with hype and people left in the dust—including LeVine, whose book, in its slow march to press, didn't get to the solid-state battery technology that's now at the cutting edge. Even so, he offers a revealing deep dive into the challenges of creating a killer app for the ...
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Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo 28.3.2015 FactCheck
Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on "global cooling" to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims.
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Mexico pledges 25 percent cut in greenhouse gas, soot emissions by 2030 for climate talks 28.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Ted Cruz Is Trying To Gut The Clean Air Act And Repeal All Climate Regulation 28.3.2015 Think Progres

The bill seeks to prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions through any of its executive agencies.

The post Ted Cruz Is Trying To Gut The Clean Air Act And Repeal All Climate Regulation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far 27.3.2015 Wired Top Stories
Costa Rica hasn't burned any fossil fuel for energy in almost three months. How'd they do ...
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Why Is Climate Denier David Koch on the Board of Top Science Museums? Letter Urges Cutting of Ties 27.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The nation's top museums are facing calls to cut ties with billionaire funders who profit from global warming. In an open letter, a coalition of climate scientists, museum experts and environmental groups says science and natural history museums should stop accepting money from fossil fuel corporations and individual donors like the Koch brothers. Koch Industries has extensive energy industry holdings and has funded climate denial. David Koch is a board member of both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of the most controversial exhibits is a Koch-backed installation at the Smithsonian that promotes the theory that humankind evolved in response to climate change. The letter is the creation of a different kind of museum — the new, mobile Natural History Museum, which seeks to "highlight the socio-political forces that shape nature." We are joined by Beka Economopoulos, co-founder and director of the new Natural History Museum, who coordinated ...
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