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07/05/2015 04:26 PM
Canada: Actress Jane Fonda attends Toronto climate change rally
Toronto Sun: Actress Jane Fonda joined thousands of protesters at Queen's Park to call on government to do more to fight climate change. "I think that the coalition that is represented in today's march and rally ... will make a difference,' Fonda told reporters. "They are saying, 'We don't have to choose between the environment and the economy -- that is a false choice.'' Author and activist Naomi Klein and environmentalist David Suzuki were among those at the event called the March for Jobs, Justice...
07/05/2015 05:49 PM
Marching for Action on Climate Change, Jane Fonda Warns Against Arctic Oil Drilling
Take Part: Earlier this year, Grace and Frankie actor and lifelong political activist Jane Fonda urged women at the Sundance Film Festival to shame the studios for being so gender-biased. Now she’s calling on the international community to shame President Obama for what she called an "inconceivable" act, according to The Hollywood Reporter: allowing Shell to drill oil in the Arctic Ocean. The practice creates the potential for an oil spill and poses significant threats to the environment and wildlife, Fonda...
07/05/2015 05:02 PM
Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change
Seattle Times: THE long-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis to the world on the environment was released mid-June. The Lancet Commission, a distinguished United Kingdom-based health body, the following week released its report on health and climate change. The next day, the White House hosted a summit on the same subject. Will this unprecedented alignment of key official voices -- religious, scientific and governmental -- change the conversation on ecological destruction and whom it impacts? Pope Francis...
07/05/2015 07:02 PM
Rising fossil fuel energy costs spell trouble for global food security
ScienceDaily: Ongoing efforts to feed a growing global population are threatened by rising fossil-fuel energy costs and breakdowns in transportation infrastructure. Without new ways to preserve, store, and transport food products, the likelihood of shortages looms in the future. In an analysis of food preservation and transportation trends published in this week's issue of the journal BioScience, scientists warn that new sustainable technologies will be needed for humanity just to stay even in the arms race against...
07/05/2015 11:03 AM
What Greenpeace could learn from Manfred Mann about saving environment
Guardian: Can you save the planet by packaging up tiny parcels of it? Idealism may have withered over a plot to stop the third runway at Heathrow but it lives on in mid-Wales, thanks to prog-rock legends Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Some of the 100,000 people, including Emma Thompson and Alistair McGowan, who signed up to become beneficial co-owners of an orchard in the middle of Heathrow’s proposed third runway have been left fuming by the revelation that Greenpeace quietly sold the lease back to the original...
07/05/2015 12:01 PM
Peru declares emergency in 14 regions on El Nino worries
Reuters: Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency in towns in 14 regions to brace for possible damage from the climate pattern El Nino in the rainy season, state media reported Sunday. Peru has forecast a "moderate to strong" El Nino in the winter season and has not ruled out an extraordinary event in the summer, which begins in December in the southern hemisphere. The phenomenon, a warming of Pacific sea-surface temperatures, has wreaked havoc on local fishing in Peru and triggered landslides in years...
07/05/2015 10:45 AM
Saskatchewan evacuating thousands more as wildfires spread
Reuters: The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan said on Sunday it was evacuating an additional 8,000 people from the far north of the province, as wildfires continue to spread and threaten homes. The provincial government said that as of Saturday there were 114 active fires in the province. More than 5,000 residents have already been moved out of the area in the past week. The latest evacuations are around the town of La Ronge, roughly 600 km (370 miles) north of the provincial capital, Regina. ...
07/05/2015 04:28 AM
Straits Times: ow-lying atoll nations like the Maldives will be the first to face the threat of rising sea levels as the effects of climate change take their toll There was a time Maldives master fisherman Adam Naseer could catch as many skipjack tuna with a pole and line as he could handle. But as the world warms, life is no longer that simple. Sitting at a roadside stall on Fonadhoo island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the 45-year-old, who was captain of his own boat when he was 13, reflects on the...
07/05/2015 05:03 AM
Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say
Guardian: The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month found that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can lead, and has led, to the contamination of drinking water. It was the first time the federal government had admitted such a link. The study, based on “data sources available to the agency”,...
07/05/2015 07:09 AM
Heat Waves Europe Caused By Climate Change Says Scientists
Tech Times: Experts say that the latest heat waves in Europe is "virtually certain" to be caused by climate change. This week, Germany, Spain and London all experienced the hottest July day ever recorded. A group of climate experts from universities, meteorological facilities and research teams from all around the world came up with a real-time analysis of climate data on Friday, July 4. According to the scientists, the heat waves striking Europe this week, or coined as three-day periods of excessive heat,...
07/05/2015 02:15 AM
French renewables power grid pilot shows limits of batteries in Europe
Reuters: A major pilot project by Europe's largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe. The conclusion is a sobering one for proponents of sun and wind energy because as more of it comes on tap, better storage will be needed to keep the power produced when it is sunny and windy so it can be used at other times. The 30 million euro "Nice Grid" pilot is one of the biggest...
07/05/2015 01:18 AM
Bad economics has killed wind farm subsidies in the UK
New Scientist: ONSHORE wind energy in the UK is set to lose all subsidies in 2016. This, combined with plans to give local communities more power to reject wind farms could stop the country's cheapest big form of clean energy in its tracks. It's unclear how the government squares this with its commitment to "deliver clean energy as cheaply as possible", renewable energy targets, carbon budgets and the need to tackle climate change. At the heart of this issue is the fantasy of a free, level and unsubsidised electricity...
07/05/2015 04:31 AM
Some Private Island Owners Have Climate Change on Minds
NBC: Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls of A-list celebrities and billionaire businessmen who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who say they are concerned about climate change and are making efforts to address its impacts. "It's something I'm extremely concerned about," Copperfield, who owns Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay, a private island resort off Great Exuma in the Bahamas, told NBC News....
07/05/2015 08:00 AM
Peru: Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny
Chronicle: In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby. The petroleum stench is overpowering as David Benitez, who lives in the park and grazes his cattle among the wells, sifts tainted soil between his fingers. "The odor is much stronger in the summer, when there's no water to wash the oil downstream," says the...
07/05/2015 07:02 AM
Pink Salmon Risks a Double Threat of Acidification
Reuters: Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater. Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water. But the Canadian study found that acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger. Damage done by acidification...
07/05/2015 12:17 AM
Carbon tax repeal sparks jump Australia electricity emissions
Guardian: Electricity emissions have jumped since the repeal of the carbon tax, the Climate Council says. The council cites new data by consultants Pitt & Sherry, showing carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity grid went up 6.4m tonnes in the last financial year since the tax was axed. The increase of 4.3% has undone part of an 11% fall in emissions during the two years the tax was in place. The federal government will soon outline Australia’s post-2020 targets, before the Paris conference in...
07/05/2015 12:59 AM
Boris Johnson's sticky pollution solution shown to be a £1.4m failure
Guardian: Study finds mayor's trials to 'glue' pollution from vehicles to London's roads have not reduced fine particulate pollution
07/05/2015 12:03 AM
It’s too late to save our world, so enjoy the spectacle of doom
Guardian: In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government’s hand to agree to a third filth-generating runway at Heathrow, tipping all species on Earth towards extinction. Everything will die soon, except for cockroaches, and Glastonbury favourite the Fall, who will survive even a nuclear holocaust, though they will still refuse to play their 80s chart hits. In Norfolk on Thursday, the...
07/04/2015 10:13 PM
White House goes quiet on role of nuclear power in Brazil climate deal
Washington Examiner: A new nuclear energy deal between the U.S. and Brazil got lost in the shuffle this week, as the White House sought instead to play up a pledge between the two countries to increase renewable energy. Nevertheless, the two countries did also agree to collaborate on nuclear energy development as part of a broad plan to address global warming agreed to earlier this week in Washington. The new agreement between the two nations comes as nations prepare for international negotiations on climate change...
07/04/2015 06:34 PM
Jane Fonda sounds climate change alarm in Toronto
Toronto Star: Jane Fonda used to be a Blue Jays fan. “I loved them,” she says, perched cross-legged on a sofa at a downtown Toronto hotel. “Until I married somebody that owned another team.” But Fonda’s not in town to revive her fandom or her past betrothals. The 77-year-old actor and activist comes with a solar-fuelled fire in her belly. “The climate change problem is the issue of our civilization. It will affect everything about our lives if we don’t do something about it,” she says. Touching down Friday...