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Here’s the Next Big Story on Climate Change 1.7.2016 Mother Jones
Last December, the climate summit in Paris offered journalists an unprecedented opportunity to reframe the global warming story. Climate reporting used to rest on the tacit understanding that the problem is overwhelming and intractable. That no longer rings true. While we have a better understanding than ever of the potential calamity in store, we finally have a clear vision of a path forward—and momentum for actually getting there. To that end, Paris was a turning point for me personally, too: It was the end of the beginning of my career as an environmental journalist. This week I'm leaving Mother Jones after five years covering climate and other green stories. Paris underscored that it's past time for me to look beyond the borders of the United States. That's why, this fall, I'm going to undertake a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship . For at least nine months, I'll move between Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria to document how climate change is impacting food security. I see ...
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Scientists Project Severe Fire Season And Drought Conditions In The Amazon Rainforest 1.7.2016 Think Progres

Droughts were once considered rare events in the Amazon, but they are increasing.

The post Scientists Project Severe Fire Season And Drought Conditions In The Amazon Rainforest appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Midday open thread: Scientists try to budge Congress on climate; DNA test can't say if you're Apache 1.7.2016 Daily Kos
• Study: Impact on global warming from permafrost thawing depends on how wet or dry soil conditions become . • Meanwhile leaders of 31 scientific organizations sent a letter reminding Congress of the urgent need for climate action : There was nothing in the letter that lawmakers with at least half a brain shouldn’t already know. “The severity of climate change impacts is increasing and is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades,” it stated. “To reduce the risk of the most severe impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must be substantially reduced. In addition, adaptation is necessary to address unavoidable consequences for human health and safety, food security, water availability, and national security, among others.” That response you hear from Republicans in Congress: la-la-la-la-la. • Testing the world’s most powerful rocket booster, including video : In the future, two boosters exactly like this one will provide around 80 percent of the lift that NASA’s  Space Launch ...
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This Man Says Exxon Has a Constitutional Right to Deny Climate Change 30.6.2016 Mother Jones
Does Exxon Mobil have a constitutional right to sow doubt about climate science? That's the subject of a high-stakes legal battle playing out between dozens of state attorneys general, members of Congress, corporate executives, and activists. Last fall, investigations by Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed that the oil giant has decades of internal documents showing that its own scientists and executives knew fossil fuels contributed to climate change. Publicly, the company argued that the threats posed by global warming were far from certain, presumably as part of an effort to fight off regulations. A March 2000 Exxon Mobil ad about climate science. (Click here for a larger image.) Greenpeace The revelations have sparked a barrage of legal actions. The attorney generals of Massachusetts, California, and New York launched investigations of Exxon, while Democratic AGs from other states have expressed their support. Some have drawn parallels to the tobacco industry's deception on the ...
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Donald Trump's Bill O'Relly interview is an instant classic 30.6.2016 Washington Post
Donald Trump's Bill O'Relly interview is an instant classic
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Thanks To Climate Change, Penguins Are Marching Into Colony Decline 30.6.2016 Think Progres

About 30 percent of current Adelie colonies may be in decline by 2060, and approximately 60 percent may be in decline by 2099.

The post Thanks To Climate Change, Penguins Are Marching Into Colony Decline appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Global warming is greening the Northern Hemisphere 29.6.2016 The Moderate Voice
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An international collaboration spanning more than a dozen scientific institutions across the world found the Northern hemisphere is largely getting greener. The main culprit has been identified as man-made greenhouse emissions. Rapidly increasing temperatures in the Arctic have led to longer growing seasons and changing soils for the plants. Scientists have observed grassy tundras changing [...]

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Just Five Common Foods Produce More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Nearly All Countries 29.6.2016 Think Progres

A new report from Oxfam America stresses that food producers must be a more vocal part of the climate solution.

The post Just Five Common Foods Produce More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Nearly All Countries appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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As Extreme Weather Sweeps Across US, Is New Democratic Platform on Climate Change Too Weak? 28.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles

Extreme weather is sweeping across the United States, from scorching heat in the Southwest to uncontrollable wildfires in California, to deadly flooding in Appalachia. In West Virginia, at least 23 people have died in once-in-a-thousand-year flooding, and a number of people remain missing across the state. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging up and down the state of California. At least two people have died, and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. May was the 13th straight month to smash global temperature records, amid increasing human-fueled global warming. We speak with Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University. Mann was in Phoenix last weekend to testify before the Democratic National Platform Draft Committee meeting.

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Open thread for night owls: Shift to clean energy could save millions from pollution-caused deaths 28.6.2016 Daily Kos
Phil McKenna at InsideClimate News writes— Shift to Clean Energy Could Save Millions Who Die from Pollution—And Protect the Climate : Extra investments to control deadly pollutants like smog and soot could cut worldwide deaths from air pollution in half in a few decades and end the growth of global warming emissions in just a few years,  international experts declared on Monday . In its first report ever to examine the links between these twin goals, the authoritative International Energy Agency said the solutions go "hand-in-hand." With a 7 percent increase in energy related investment, it said, the world could cut air-pollution mortality from about 6.5 million today to 3.3 million in 2040. And the changes would bring about a peak in CO2 emissions by 2020, it said. Along with spending on pollution control equipment, the keys, it said, are energy efficiency and the use of renewables like wind and solar. The report marks a new movement among those who favor the long term goal of fighting global warming ...
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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables 28.6.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America's electrical power by 2025....
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Humans are turning the Arctic green, research says 28.6.2016 Washington Post
A new study statistically attributes the warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons in the Earth's northern regions to human causes, including greenhouse gas emissions.
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What Brexit And Trump’s Rise Mean For The Global Community’s Fight Against Climate Change 27.6.2016 Think Progres

Brexit and Trumpism underscore that even rich, democratic nations deal poorly with a moderate amount of refugees, immigration, and economic dislocation. Imagine how we'll deal with the 100-fold escalation of those problems if we fail to stop catastrophic climate change.

The post What Brexit And Trump’s Rise Mean For The Global Community’s Fight Against Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Democrats should not be too cocky about defeating Trump 26.6.2016 The Moderate Voice
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WASHINGTON — “You must be having a blast.” If I had a nickel for every time somebody said this to me during this election, I could close Donald Trump’s fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton. But I’m not having a blast. As someone who delights in the absurd in politics, I should celebrate Trump: an orange [...]

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Milbank: Democrats should not be too cocky about defeating Trump 26.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON • “You must be having a blast.” If I had a nickel for every time somebody said this to me during this election, I could close Donald Trump’s fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton. But I’m not having a blast. As someone who delights in the absurd in politics, I should celebrate Trump: an orange buffoon who flies to Scotland in the middle of the Brexit crisis and boasts about his golf resort, who brags about his penis size in a televised debate, lies about his charitable g...
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Letter: Let's not put future athletes through this 25.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Imagine you are an Olympic athlete who trained for years, enduring many injuries. Now you need to decide between a gold medal and exposure to a disease carrying mosquito in Rio. Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of public health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has studied this Zika virus epidemic. In the five months preceding the epidemic, Brazil experienced unprecedented hot temperatures. Both the mosquito and the viral load it carries thrive in hotter temperatures. Is human caused global wa...
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Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment 25.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The oil giant is brazenly invoking the First Amendment to block a subpoena by state attorneys general into the company’s global warming research.
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Democrats must not grow too cocky about defeating Trump 24.6.2016 Washington Post
Democrats must not grow too cocky about defeating Trump
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Progressive congressional Democrats discuss treating Exxon and Big Oil like the 'new tobacco' 24.6.2016 Daily Kos
By now you’ve probably heard the story first dug out last year in a terrific series by the Pulitzer prize-winning InsideClimate News. ICN learned that Exxon’s own scientists knew global warming was a byproduct of burning fossil fuels nearly 40 years ago. Not only did the company’s executives cover this up, but they also poured money into climate denial propaganda and, later, smearing climatologists. This was similar to what Big Tobacco did: Lied about tobacco’s effects, smeared scientists who said otherwise, and continued to market their lethal product with particular emphasis on getting kids hooked on cigarettes.  At a forum Wednesday co-sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, participants discussed the theme of “Oil Is The New Tobacco.”  Zoë Carpenter at The Nation covered it:  “Just like RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris before them, Exxon Mobile said one thing in public, and something else in private,” testified Naomi Oreskes, a professor at ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Changing climate brings silence to entire eco-systems 23.6.2016 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 25,360 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  Pakalolo writes— A haunting silence is spreading over the natural world : “’These are soundscapes that no one will ever experience again in their natural state. They exist now only as an abstraction, a digital acoustic impression of what we once had.’ — Bernie ​ Krause . Climate change has brought entire natural habitats to complete silence. The song of birds, the croaking of frogs and the buzzing of insects have vanished in areas where climate change eco-system impacts kill species that are unable to evolve quickly enough to adjust to a rapidly changing environment. Species that can migrate ...
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