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Godzilla Niño and the Blob: How Weather Cycles and Ocean Temperatures Mask Global Warming 4.10.2015
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) The influence of Pacific Ocean temperatures on our climate is so great that the cool phases of natural cycles, like El Niño and La Niña, have masked much of the global warming that has occurred. Now these cycles have both switched to their warm phases. (Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) With our planet's temperature baseline ever rising, it is only a matter of time before we experience global weather patterns of outrageous proportion. The warmer it gets, the greater the risks become. Warmer temperatures add energy to earth's environmental systems creating extremes that far outpace the temperature increase because of feedbacks. About 90 percent of heat generated from greenhouse gases is absorbed by our oceans. Because ocean currents are driven by winds, earth's spin and unequal heating between the equator and the poles, heat is buried as warm surface water currents are obstructed and driven into the abyss. As warm water is buried, cold deep water surfaces in other ...
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'The Martian,' 'The Walk' and other new movies, reviewed 3.10.2015 Washington Post
'The Martian,' 'The Walk' and other new movies, reviewed
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India Just Promised To Install A Ton Of Renewable Energy 2.10.2015 Think Progres

India will need international help to meet its climate commitments.

The post India Just Promised To Install A Ton Of Renewable Energy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Why Tom Steyer's latest fight against climate change involves raising his own cattle 2.10.2015 LA Times: Commentary

Tom Steyer’s crusade to force politicians to confront climate change is well known, manifesting itself in millions of dollars of campaign funding, including the windfall he raised for Hillary Rodham Clinton recently in his San Francisco home.

Less well known is the billionaire’s crusade to force...

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How Global Warming Makes Overcrowded Prisons Even More Dangerous 2.10.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There is no population more captive to the effects of global warming than the incarcerated. And given the huge concentration of black and Latino prisoners in America, this is a classic case of environmental injustice, as these consequences fall widely on prisoners of color. A new study from Daniel W. E. Holt of the Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law explains over 144 pages what the climate-change toll truly is on the two-million-plus bodies caged in our prison system. How the Government Put Tens of Thousands of Prisons at Risk of a Deadly Disease The report focuses on the extreme heat effects from a destabilized climate—effects that are already turning some prisons into microwaves where prisoners bake between metal walls and bars with little air conditioning relief. Some courts have already ruled that extreme heat conditions in prisons qualify as cruel and unusual ...
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India pledges to source 40% of electricity from renewables by 2030 2.10.2015 Guardian: Environment

World’s third biggest carbon emitter submits climate change plan to UN ahead of Paris global warming talks

India, the world’s third biggest carbon emitter, has pledged to source 40% of its electricity from renewable and other low-carbon sources by 2030.

It is the last major economy, following 140 other countries including China, the US and the EU, to submit a climate change plan to the UN before international talks to reach a deal on tackling global warming in Paris this December.

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Researchers: carbon pledges lower warming forecast 1.10.2015 Washington Post: World
A climate research group says carbon emissions cuts pledged by governments could rein in global warming by up to 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) by ...
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Climate pledges by 140 countries will limit global warming – but not enough 1.10.2015 Guardian: Environment
Analysis of nations’ carbon emissions pledges ahead of Paris climate summit shows they would see 2.7C warming by 2100, breaching 2C ‘safety’ threshold Plans submitted by 140 nations to limit their greenhouse gases would go some way towards tackling climate change, but not enough to prevent the planet from warming by well over 2C compared to pre-industrial times, experts say. The plans by countries from Albania to Zimbabwe, led by top emitters China and the United States, were submitted by an informal United Nations deadline on Thursday as building blocks towards a climate accord that negotiators will try to clinch at a summit in Paris in December ...
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How to Go Green, Create Jobs and Live Happily Ever After 1.10.2015 Inc
How to Go Green, Create Jobs and Live Happily Ever After
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The Russians Are Bombing! The Russians Are Bombing! And Other Dubiously Reported Stories: 'BradCast' 9/30/2015 1.10.2015 BradBlog
Among the many stories covered on today's very newsy BradCast (which also includes some excellent listener calls today)... • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin stays an execution at the last minute, for once; • Democrats rescue U.S. House Republicans to keep the government open; • Hurricane Joaquin hitting Bahamas, U.S. East Coast flooding imminent ...
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World's energy systems at risk from global warming, say leading firms 1.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Energy grids, power stations and distribution networks are vulnerable to storms, flooding and heatwaves caused by climate change, say World Energy Council The world’s energy infrastructure is at risk from the extreme weather expected to result from climate change , a group of prominent energy companies has warned. Energy systems, including fossil fuel power stations, distribution grids, and the networks that reach to people’s homes, are all at risk from effects such as flooding, severe storms and sea level rises, according to a new report from the World Energy Council, which brings together energy companies, academics and public sector ...
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Ex-climate negotiator hopes for 'miracle' on people's pilgrimage 30.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Armed with Pope Francis’s blessing, Filipino Yeb Sano begins 1,500-km walk from Rome to Paris where he will arrive before crunch climate change summit A former international climate negotiator-turned-environmentalist is walking from Rome to Paris, hoping for a “miracle” that will push world leaders to strike a new deal on global warming. Wearing a pilgrimage T-shirt and a wooden cross hanging from his neck, Yeb Sano could be just another Catholic visitor to St Peter’s Square. But his canvas shoes point to another, more pressing purpose than a quick jaunt to the Vatican museums. “These are the shoes I’m going in on sunny days. When the rains come I have my hiking boots,” he said of his well-worn and very sensible footwear. Fresh from a meeting with Pope Francis, Sano appeared energetic and ready to embark on a 930 miles (1,500 km) journey to ...
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France to be ‘extra vigilant’ on climate negotiations 30.9.2015 Washington Post: World
French President Francois Hollande says that France must be “extra vigilant” over upcoming climate change negotiations in order to reach an ambitious agreement at a global summit in December in ...
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America's Most Notorious Coal Baron Goes on Trial This Week. Here's the Epic Tale of His Rise and Fall 30.9.2015 Mother Jones
The people of the Kentucky and West Virginia borderland, where Don Blankenship's family has lived for generations , have always clustered, out of tradition and necessity, along river valleys and in low-lying hollows amid the nubby Appalachian peaks. The winding roads there, crumbling under the weight of overloaded Mack trucks, are lined with trailers like the one Blankenship grew up in, many with "Friend of Coal" placards in their windows. But at the peak of his 18-year reign as the CEO of coal giant Massey Energy—as if in a symbolic nod to his rise from hardscrabble roots—Blankenship erected a four-story villa that evoked a fairy-tale castle on a Kentucky mountaintop. It was a short helicopter ride from his primary home, a gated estate on the other side of the Tug Fork River. From a white tower atop his Massey-owned mountain retreat, Blankenship could look out on the coal yards and misty hollows of West Virginia's Mingo County like a king surveying his domain. Former Massey Energy Co. Chairman and CEO ...
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'Green News Report' - September 29, 2015 30.9.2015 BradBlog
  IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: China to launch world's largest cap and trade system; Pope Francis calls for a comprehensive UN climate treaty; New report finds the entire world can move to 100 per cent renewable energy in just 35 years; PLUS: Shell pulls the plug on its Arctic drilling ...
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NASA Announces It Found Water On Mars, Rush Limbaugh Says It's a Liberal Climate Change Conspiracy 29.9.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Via Media Matters for America: Video OK, flowing water on Mars. If we're even to believe that, what are they going to tell us that means? That's what I'm going to wait for. Because I guarantee, let's just wait and see, this is September 28, let's just wait and see. Don't ...
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Interactive map lets you be global warming, shrinking the ice cap 29.9.2015 Boing Boing


The Atlantic: "On September 11 of this year, the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean reached its annual minimum. 2015’s minimum was the fourth-smallest ever recorded, and it nearly tied with the third-smallest on record. Which makes a certain amount of sense: In the satellite era, the ten worst years for Arctic sea ice have been the last ten.
Carly Fiorina Hints That She Doesn’t Actually Believe Scientists On Global Warming 29.9.2015 Think Progres

Fiorina indicated that she may not personally believe what the majority of scientists say about the reality of climate change.

The post Carly Fiorina Hints That She Doesn’t Actually Believe Scientists On Global Warming appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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What Exxon Knew and When They Knew It: 'BradCast' 9/28/2015 29.9.2015 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, first, a number of breaking news items, including Shell Oil coming up dry and calling an end (for now) to their misadventurous quest for oil in the otherwise pristine Arctic; NASA announcing the discovery of flowing liquid water on Mars, allowing for the possibility of human travel ...
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Synthetic Biology Is Not Just Good, It’s Good For You 28.9.2015 TechCrunch
 Synthetic biology (synbio for short) is a term that circulates freely through the tech world, but what exactly does it mean? It inspires both excitement and concern, depending on application and context. To advance uses of synthetic biology we need to promote better understanding of what these technologies mean, and how they can be used to improve the world around us in new and exciting ways. Read ...
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