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08/22/2016 04:05 AM
Deforestation impacts felt for decades – scientists
Climate Home: The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found. This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change – including forest restoration – should have started years ago. Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming. Burning, clear-felling and ploughing...


08/23/2016 01:34 PM
120 Great Lakes cities vs. Waukesha, Wisconsin in water diversion dispute
CBC: Cities that draw their water from the Great Lakes have aligned to oppose a decision that allows Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan to its community. In June, the Compact Council - the group which oversees details of how neighbouring American states manage use of the Great Lakes - allowed Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, to draw water from Lake Michigan, even though the city has access to the Mississippi River watershed. Waukesha made the application when the level of radium...


08/25/2016 08:54 AM
Groups challenge federal oil, gas leasing on climate grounds
Associated Press: The federal government needs to consider greenhouse emissions and the potential contribution to climate change before allowing oil and gas development on public land, two environmental groups asserted Thursday in a lawsuit over drilling in Western states. Industry advocates stood by their own efforts to keep federal leasing moving ahead. The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges 397 oil and gas leases the...


08/26/2016 03:50 AM
DiCaprio urged to return 1MDB money he allegedly received
Malaysiakini: International NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has urged Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio to return all funds that he and his eponymous foundation allegedly received from 1MDB-linked individuals. In a letter to the actor, BMF asked DiCaprio to disclose and return any funds that he may have received from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's stepson Riza Aziz, his associates Jho Low and Tan Kim Loong as well as Riza's production company Red Granite Pictures. "We are deeply disturbed that Leonardo DiCaprio...


08/24/2016 01:53 PM
Judge to rule on tribe's oil pipeline request by Sept. 9
Larampadinapoli: U.S. District Judge James Boasberg listened to arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says he will rule on the case by September 9. In its lawsuit, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to fully comply with the federal Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act when the agency approved the pipeline's construction on July 25. The pipeline is created to move North Dakota oil to IL. The tribe says...


08/22/2016 02:47 AM
Clean, Green, Class War: Bill McKibben's Shortsighted 'War on Climate Change'
Counterpunch: Across the USA, people from all types of backgrounds marinate for hours each day in the glow of nationalistic and militaristic news reports and entertainment. From the reverence directed toward its historical wars, to the imaginary wars featured in the entertainment industry, to the virtual wars of drone strikes (which blend politics and entertainment into ideological indistinction), glorification of war is ubiquitous. But though it may be amplified by the pervasiveness and invasiveness of social...


08/21/2016 02:36 AM
Forest restoration can turn the clock back
Climate News Network: The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found. This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change – including forest restoration – should have started years ago. Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming. Burning, clear-felling and ploughing of...


08/18/2016 09:21 AM
California's Blue Cut fire: climate change dismissed as 'excuse' on the ground
Guardian: James Webb huddled on the hill with his dog and watched the fire advance, the flames licking through the cherry trees, the oak trees, the peach trees, then swaying just short of his home, the last home left in this part of the valley. “We’ve been praying all day long, hoping for the best. I believe it’s working because our house is still standing even though everything around it has been burnt,” said the 20-year-old student. “It’s almost like a miracle.” It was sunset on Tuesday, just 32 hours...


08/13/2016 01:32 PM
Obama previews new efforts to tackle climate change
DBS: His term may be winding down, but President Obama is determined to continue hammering away at the effects of climate change. In a new video address, the president previewed his latest efforts to address what he called "one of the most urgent challenges of our time," noting that despite national -- and international -- movement on climate change, "there's still so much more to do." "We're not done yet. In the weeks and months ahead, we'll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty...


08/13/2016 01:13 PM
‘Let’s get some perspective': Researchers say species face bigger threats than climate change
Washington Pot: Tackling climate change is the challenge of the century. But when it comes to endangered wildlife, scientists are arguing that we’ve got more pressing matters to worry about. A new comment just out today in the journal Nature contends that practices like hunting, fishing and agriculture are still the biggest threats to biodiversity on Earth -- and we need to be careful not to let our concern about climate change overshadow our efforts to address them. To be clear, the comment merely reflects the...


08/13/2016 08:00 AM
Zika Virus: U.S. Surgeon general visits Miami clinic near Zika outbreak
Miami Herald: U.S. Surgeon General -- and dad-to-be -- Vivek Murthy paid a visit to his hometown Friday to drop by a medical clinic and reassure pregnant women as the number of local Miami Zika cases rose for a fourth straight day. Murthy, who graduated from Palmetto Senior High and whose wife is expecting a baby in September, met with about a half dozen women at the Borinquen Medical Center in the Wynwood area, which has been the epicenter for the virus in Miami. Just hours after his visit, state health officials...


08/13/2016 08:00 AM
EPA won't investigate scientist accused of underestimating methane leaks
InsideClimate: A former Environmental Protection Agency adviser will not be investigated for scientific fraud, the EPA's Inspector General recently decided. The office was responding to environmental advocates who had charged that David Allen's work had underreported methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The North Carolina advocacy group NC Warn had filed a 65-page petition with the Inspector General calling for an investigation into a pair of recent, high-profile studies on greenhouse gas emissions...


08/13/2016 08:00 AM
This is no ordinary heat wave in the eastern U.S., as humidity reaches extreme levels
Mashable: From New Orleans to Portland, Maine, the heat and humidity has hit oppressive levels for the second long stretch this summer. In New York City, for example, entire blocks smell like hot garbage, and the air feels like a wet blanket, with heat indices approaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit. While the actual air temperatures during this heat wave are not record-breaking in most areas, it is the humidity that stands out as the weather event's defining feature. The dew point, which is the temperature...


08/13/2016 08:00 AM
Chemists nearly unanimous in rejecting 'chemtrails' conspiracy theory
Mashable: In a first of its kind effort, a large group of top atmospheric chemists has weighed in on one of the most persistent conspiracy theories on the internet: that the U.S. government is involved in a campaign to deliberately spray chemicals from planes at high altitudes. This "chemtrails" conspiracy theory is bunk, the experts conclude in a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Chemtrails is a conspiracy theory that pops up frequently in Reddit comment threads,...


08/11/2016 01:55 AM
Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings
ClimateWire: Corporate America has a split personality when it comes to climate change. When issuing marketing materials and press releases, U.S. companies frequently warn that rising global temperatures could cost them money. They tout specific green projects, like solar roofs and increased efficiency. But when it comes time to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the same companies stick to broad terminology and sanded-down statements. Take Target Corp., which outlined some of its efforts to...


08/12/2016 01:54 PM
California lawmaker to float zero emission vehicle bill
Reuters: A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025, her spokeswoman said on Friday. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says the legislation is needed to ensure that California's current zero emissions vehicle target is met with actual vehicles and not just clean car credits, which environmentalists claim have flooded the market. "Governor (Jerry) Brown has set an ambitious goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles by...


08/09/2016 06:07 AM
Right-Wing Group Continues to Diligently Stalk Environmental Leaders
EcoWatch: Last May, we introduced you to CoreNews.org, a fake news page dedicated mainly to tailing Hillary Clinton, Tom Steyer and Bill McKibben. It's the product of a GOP opposition research PAC America Rising, one so dedicated to blatantly false political attacks that even Fox News has had to fact check it. In the months since, they've been diligently stalking their targets and breaking big news like the time they caught McKibben as he committed the mortal sin of using plastic bags. This sort of unimportant...


08/12/2016 02:57 PM
Adaptation to Climate Change: Need for a Human Rights Approach
Inter Press Service: The memories of Cyclone Sidr and Aila are fresh in the mind of Razia Begum, a victim of climate change, of Dacope Upazila, Khulna. The standing field crops and houses of her community were destroyed, and they suffered the loss of cattle as well as people who perished in these natural disasters. She says mournfully that Saturkhali, Kamarkhola, Koilashganj and Baniashanta are the most vulnerable unions where access to necessary human rights is disrupted. Furthermore, salinity, flood, river erosion,...


08/11/2016 01:58 AM
How climate change is increasing forest fires around the world
Deutsche-Welle: Have wildfires increased globally over recent years? And if so, is global warming to blame? Research has illuminated this, along with what wildfires do to us and our environment, and which areas are most vulnerable. Are wildfires increasing around the world? Unusually large wildfires ravaged Alaska and Indonesia last year. This year, Canada, California and Spain have been devastated by uncontrolled flames, with Portugal and France as the newest victims of severe blazes. So, have wildfires...


08/12/2016 07:15 AM
Trump: Climate change won't be 'devastating'
Hill: Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReport: Advisers see Trump as 'sullen, 'erratic,' 'beyond coaching' Sunday shows preview: Trump's tough week Fusion to host town hall with Libertarian ticket MORE said Thursday “there could be some impact” from a changing climate, “but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.” In an interview with The Miami Herald, Trump reiterated he’s “not a big believer in manmade climate change,” and while he acknowledged problems such as rising sea...