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Renewable Energy Capacity Grew At Fastest Pace Ever In 2013 29.8.2014 Think Progres

The IEA said renewables now produce 22 percent of the world's electricity, likely rising to 26 percent by 2020 -- though this pace won't ultimately meet international climate targets.

The post Renewable Energy Capacity Grew At Fastest Pace Ever In 2013 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no 29.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent's coastal waters. It's an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.
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Why Coal Is (Still) Worse Than Fracking and Cow Burps 29.8.2014 Mother Jones
Is fracking for natural gas good for the planet? To understand the pitched fight over this question, you first need to realize that for many years, we've been burning huge volumes of coal to get electricity—and coal produces a ton of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind global warming. Natural gas, by contrast, produces half as much carbon dioxide when it burns, and thus, the fracking boom has been credited with a decline in US greenhouse gas emissions. So far so good, right? Umm, maybe. Recently on our Inquiring Minds podcast, we heard from Anthony Ingraffea , a professor of engineering at Cornell University, who contends that it just isn't that simple. Methane (the main component of natural gas) is also a hard-hitting greenhouse gas, if it somehow finds its way into the atmosphere. And Ingraffea argued that because of high leakage rates of methane from shale gas development, that's exactly what's happening. The trouble is that methane has a much greater " global warming potential " than carbon dioxide, ...
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Let's talk about the weather to revive climate debate 29.8.2014 New Scientist: Health
Explaining how climate change is affecting today's weather will be tricky, but it might bring home to the public the everyday reality of global ...
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A climate for change: The U.S. can help drive a new round of global carbon cuts 29.8.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
PROBABLY THE most persuasive argument against U.S. action on global warming is China. No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international ...
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Pumpkin spice lattes: A sinister plot revealed 28.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Pumpkin spice lattes: A sinister plot revealed
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And now the weather, featuring climate change blame 28.8.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Climate report grim, more on Icelandic volcano, wind power costs 28.8.2014 Daily Kos
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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . [Please note that the lack of a Wednesday Spotlight this week was a one-time schedule change.] So far, more than 19,170 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 Urban Metabolism: Understanding Your City by Understanding its Flow —by citisven: "As part of my work with the Ecocitizen World Map project (EWM) I'm currently learning about Urban Metabolism Information Systems (UMIS), a whole systems analysis that measures everything flowing into and out of a city over time and space. Created by the Consensus Institute's ...
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Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened 28.8.2014 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change....
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The Dirty Secret Behind Europe's Renewable Energy Industry 28.8.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010 to 2020. The 27 member countries set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 20 percent by 2020 and increasing renewables to 20 percent of their energy portfolio. Unfortunately, they underestimated the carbon intensity of burning wood (a.k.a. "biomass") for electricity, and they categorized wood as a renewable fuel. The result: E.U. countries with smaller renewable sectors turned to wood to replace coal. Governments provided incentives for energy utilities to make that switch. Now, with a bunch of new European wood-burning power plants having come online, Europeans need wood to feed the beast. But most ...
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Stark language of new climate report doesn't include 'we're screwed,' but without action now, we are 27.8.2014 Daily Kos
Several newspapers published summaries of leaked copies of the latest draft report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Tuesday. The news ain't good. But it's not new. Greenhouse gas emissions, the report says, are probably "unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years." That was hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans emerged. In the three decades from 1970 to 2000, the report stated, global emissions of greenhouse gases grew at 1.3 percent annually. But from 2000 to 2010, emissions expanded to 2.2 percent a year. The report is a 127-page "synthesis" of three highly detailed analyses making up the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report released over the past year. It's meant to highlight the panel's latest findings in a more easily understood summary. What's different is the language. That's being described as blunt and stark. And it includes words like "irreversible": “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are ...
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With This Decade's Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All 27.8.2014 Truthout.com

2014 827 clim fwThe Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. It removes up to 90 percent of global cooling sulfate emissions, but the majority of coal fired generation in the U.S. does not. (Photo: Bruce Melton)

Since 1986, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the prior 236 years, yet climate policy has only become approximately 13 percent more stringent. New knowledge suggests currently proposed policy will likely cause more warming in critical short-term time frames than if nothing was done at all. 

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6 Ways The Washington Post Could Show It’s Serious About Climate Change 27.8.2014 Think Progres

If the Post's editorial series means they're now serious about the threat of climate change, here's more they can do.

The post 6 Ways The Washington Post Could Show It’s Serious About Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Emissions swamp efforts on warming, report says 27.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new U.N. report.

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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked U.N. paper 27.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper 27.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations ...
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A Carbon Tax Is Absolutely Essential 27.8.2014 Truthout.com
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U.N. panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous 26.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A new international draft report says global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous. The report warns that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a draft of its final synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. The 127-page draft, obtained by The Associated Press, paints a stark ...
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Commentary: A raw deal for one of the Rockies’ fiercest citizens 26.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Fierce, cunning and built for survival on unforgiving mountain landscapes, wolverines can rip apart frozen carcasses and have been known to chase away grizzlies. But wolverines are caught up in a fight even they may not walk away from. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week overruled the recommendations of its own scientists and withdrew a proposal to protect them under the Endangered Species Act. The decision stands to have tragic consequences for one of the rarest mammals in the lower 48...
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Shifty Scott Brown reverses his 2012 stance on whether climate change is real 26.8.2014 Daily Kos
"Hi, I'm Scott Brown, and I'll say whatever will give me the most votes when it comes to climate change." Former Sen. Scott Brown has two opinions about whether scientists are right or wrong about anthropogenic global warming. In Brown's take on the subject, they're right or they're wrong—depending on where and when Brown is campaigning. At a Republican Senate primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday, Brown replied , "No," when asked, "Do you believe that the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven?" That wasn't his view back in 2012 when he was debating Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the Massachusetts. Er...let me rephrase that. That wasn't the view he expressed in that debate when he apparently calculated it would not be helpful in Massachusetts to tie himself to the deniers who—because they are ignoramuses or puppets—parrot the claims of fossil-fuel fools that human-caused global warming is not real and therefore requires no efforts to deal with it. In debating Warren, ...
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