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In visit to Everglades, Obama will address climate change, a term Rick Scott would like to ban 20.4.2015 Daily Kos
The Everglades face a boatload of human-caused problems, not the least of which is global warming. On Wednesday, traditionally Earth Day although many Earth Day events were held this past weekend, President Obama will be visiting the Florida Everglades to deliver a speech on the impacts of climate change on the environment, the economy and our health. Florida is ground zero for many of the impacts climate change is already visiting on the United States. That seems not to worry Gov. Rick Scott or the Senator-who-would-be-president Marco Rubio. Both are stubborn climate-change deniers although Rubio has danced around the subject a bit more than the governor. Employees of the state Department of Environmental Protection have been ordered not to mention "climate change" or "global warming" in official communications, emails or reports. It's not known whether Scott will require them to wear earplugs during Obama's visit. In his regular Saturday address this past weekend, Obama said : "There’s no greater ...
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Carbon Emissions From The U.S. Energy Sector Are On The Rise 20.4.2015 Think Progres

What is positive, though, is that the country's GDP increased more than carbon emissions did, indicating that America is doing a little better at decoupling emissions from economic growth.

The post Carbon Emissions From The U.S. Energy Sector Are On The Rise appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate Change Threatens More Than Two-Thirds of Rabbit Species 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
Climate change will have major effects on the ecology and distribution of  many animal species . Now new research suggests that rabbits will be particularly hard hit as climatic changes alter their habitat over the coming decades. Rabbits, hares and pikas could become this century's new climate migrants – with up to two-thirds of species forced to relocate. There are almost certainly going to be extinctions among some of the more sensitive and less adaptable species. Rabbits and their relatives hares (referred to in North America as jackrabbits) and the lesser known pikas belong to a group of mammals known as lagomorphs – of which there are 87 species worldwide. Lagomorphs are particularly interesting to ecologists – and those of my colleagues who work in  Global Food Security  – as they are a major human food resource, valued game species, agricultural pests, model lab animals and key elements in food webs. You can find rabbits, hares and pikas almost everywhere, across a huge range of environmental ...
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Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN 20.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Large emitters join other countries in challenging Australia on its emissions reduction target and commitment to renewables

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Will BRICS Carbon Traders Bailout Bankers' Climate Strategy? 19.4.2015 Truthout.com
The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy must be debated. Pirapora, Brazil. (Photo: guilherme/Flickr ) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy—the 1997 Kyoto Protocol—must be debated. Assuming a degree of state subsidization and increasingly stringent caps on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Kyoto posited that market-centric strategies such as emissions trading schemes and offsets can allocate costs and benefits appropriately so as to shift the burden of mitigation and carbon sequestration ...
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Lindsey Graham says he’s ’91 percent’ sure he’ll run for president 19.4.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said his decision on whether he'll run for president depends on whether he can raise enough money, but he said there's a "91 percent" chance he will."If I can raise the money, I'll do it," he said on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." He added, "I think I got a good message, I think I've been more right than wrong on foreign policy. I've criticized the president for leading from behind, being weak and indecisive. I've been a problem solver in Washington, and I think I've got something to offer the party in Washington."Read full article ...
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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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Obama in weekly address: 'No greater threat to our planet than climate change' 18.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
This is an issue that’s bigger and longer-lasting than my presidency. It's about protecting our God-given natural wonders, and the good jobs that rely on them. It's about shielding our cities and our families from disaster and harm. It's about keeping our kids healthy and safe. This is the only planet we've got. And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it. President Obama, in an early acknowledgement of Earth Day, focused this morning's weekly address on climate change, in a strong and passionate declaration of commitment and an outline of what's at stake. "There’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change," he told listeners, before listing the consequences: Stronger storms. Deeper droughts. Longer wildfire seasons. The world’s top climate scientists are warning us that a changing climate already affects the air our kids breathe. Last week, the Surgeon General and I spoke with public experts ...
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Obama's Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change 18.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day this week with a visit to the Florida Everglades....
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Calling climate change a great threat, Obama says he will visit Everglades for Earth Day 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Obama unplugged: President and aides try lashing out at GOP adversaries for a change 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Open thread for night owls: Can new populist agenda harness passions, create movement from below? 18.4.2015 Daily Kos
Joe Queally writes, Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? An excerpt: Hoping they can drive a revamped public conversation and fuel a populist counter-movement from the left against an otherwise rightward lurch in the country, a coalition of progressive organizations this week is championing a new agenda designed to galvanize those demanding an economic, political, and ecological transformation in the United States. Representing more than 2 million active members from their respective organizations in more than 32 states, the four members of the coalition—the Campaign for America's Future, National People's Action, US Action, and the Alliance for a Just Society—say that the nation's numerous and interwoven crises have drawn them together during a historic moment that demands a populist response. "We're in a populist moment here in America," said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future, on a Thursday press call. "Even conservative Republicans are ...
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Peevish tone or loaded for bear _ Obama getting blunt and tough on GOP critics 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Behind India’s ‘Epidemic’ Of Farmer Suicides 18.4.2015 Think Progres

About every 30 minutes, a farmer in India commits suicide.

The post Behind India’s ‘Epidemic’ Of Farmer Suicides appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Peevish or loaded for bear _ Obama getting tough on critics 18.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just as Congress is hitting something of a bipartisan stride on such issues as Medicare, Iran and trade, President Barack Obama and his White House team have decided to go after their Republican critics, picking fights and scornfully calling them out by name....
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Australia Just Gave $4 Million To A Climate Contrarian To Set Up A ‘Climate Consensus Center’ 17.4.2015 Think Progres

Bjørn Lomborg, who will head the center, argues that climate change is real but not a problem.

The post Australia Just Gave $4 Million To A Climate Contrarian To Set Up A ‘Climate Consensus Center’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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BP Shareholders Are Worried About Climate Change Affecting The Company’s Bottom Line 17.4.2015 Think Progres

BP shareholders voted that the company should provide more information about its "preparation for the low carbon transition."

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Four Ways To Know If The Climate Article You’re Reading Is Total B.S. 17.4.2015 Think Progres

If an article doesn’t explain how to start aggressive climate action ASAP and stay far away from catastrophic impacts, it’s wasting your time.

The post Four Ways To Know If The Climate Article You’re Reading Is Total B.S. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The renewable revolution 17.4.2015 Le Monde Diplomatique
Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining (...) - Open page
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Obama, Italian Prime Minister Renzi to meet at White House 17.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is getting an audience with President Barack Obama....
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