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08/18/2014 10:49 AM
Change in critical grasslands diminishing cattle production
ASU: Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs are taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the ability of ecosystems to produce food – specifically meat. Half of the Earth's land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such...


08/18/2014 04:36 PM
Reason Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Validated
Huffington Post: Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere -- and now a new study shows that this is true. The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" and released...


08/18/2014 04:55 PM
Oregon Rejects Key Permit for Coal Export Terminal
EcoWatch: The state of Oregon stood up to dirty coal exports today by denying a key dock-building permit. This denial is a major victory for residents and climate activists who have waged a huge, high-profile campaign against coal exports. Oregon’s decision today shows that our state leadership values clean air, our climate and healthy salmon runs. Coal export proponent, Ambre Energy asked the Oregon’s Department of State Lands for permission to build a new loading dock to ship Powder River Basin coal down...


08/18/2014 12:47 PM
Figuring out the way to make really clean energy
Oxford Times: FOR years, scientists just down the road from Oxford have been quietly working at the forefront of a project that could change the world. But fusion power is the best invention you have probably never heard of. That may sound like a bold claim, but Prof Steve Cowley, chief executive officer of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, is convinced that it is the only solution to a fast-approacing world energy crisis. He has been working at the science centre since 2008, but the project – the...


08/18/2014 12:45 PM
United Kingdom: Anti-fracking group stages day of action
Guardian: Anti-fracking protesters caused peaceful disruption at several locations on Monday, gluing themselves to the doors of a government department, occupying a building used by an energy firm and blockading access to a test drilling site. Activists dressed in toxic hazard suits staged a protest outside the London offices of Political Planning Services (PPS), a PR firm that represents the oil and gas exploration company Cuadrilla. The stunts were part of a day of direct action declared by Reclaim...


08/18/2014 03:09 PM
As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest
Reuters: When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive. With a recurrence of El Nino, the weather pattern behind the drought, looming and dry conditions already affecting an area larger than South Africa, another major drought could be one struggle too many for farmers such as the Kendals. "In 2006, we saw the lowest amount of...


08/18/2014 03:15 PM
One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery
National Public Radio: Eric Knapp breaks apart a burnt pine cone, looking for seeds - in his line of work this is considered a clue. "Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing," Knapp says. He is standing in a part of the Stanislaus National Forest that was severely burned by the Rim Fire. Knapp, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is studying how forests recover. "It's completely dead," he says. "These trees won't be coming back to life." A lot of the forest was charred...


08/18/2014 10:04 AM
Fracking's Impact on Animals Still Largely Unknown
Nature World: Fracking's impact on animals is still largely unknown, which scientists see as a real problem given that business is booming. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no signs of stopping. Between 2005 and 2013, some 82,000 fracking wells were drilled into the shale deposits beneath 17 states, according to the environmental advocacy group Environment America. But scientists are concerned about this method of accessing oil and gas beneath the soil - which involves injecting chemicals into the...


08/17/2014 11:00 PM
A climate change convention: Clive Palmer really knows how to mess with Abbott’s mind
Conversation: Clive Palmer may have all sorts of motives but one surely is to drive Tony Abbott to distraction. As Palmer put it on Monday, after sending Joe Hockey’s chief of staff Grant Lovett on his way to do more work on budget measures, the government had found it quite surprising that it did not have the power to govern – that it had to go to PUP on things. Perhaps not so much surprising as infuriating and humiliating. Palmer announced, following his talks with the Hockey officials about the mining...


08/18/2014 05:00 AM
Older coral species more hardy, biologists say
PhysOrg: New research indicates older species of coral have more of what it takes to survive a warming and increasingly polluted climate, according to biologists from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. The researchers examined 140 samples of 14 species of Caribbean corals for a study published by the open-access journal PLOS ONE on Aug. 18. Jorge H. Pinzón C., a postdoctoral researcher in the UT Arlington Department of Biology, is lead author on the study....


08/18/2014 12:41 AM
Study finds link between Arctic change and extreme mid-latitude weather
PhysOrg: A team of researchers with members from Europe and the U.S. has found a possible link between Arctic amplification and severe weather in the northern mid-latitude parts of the planet. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers describe how they conducted a review of the findings of other researchers looking for a connection between Arctic warming and extreme weather events and what they found as a result. For the past several years planetary researchers have begun...


08/18/2014 06:35 AM
Royal Society Propose Framework Climate Engineer Experiments
Motherboard: The Royal Society of London, the world's oldest scientific publisher, has unveiled a proposal to create the first serious framework for future geoengineering experiments. It's a sign that what are still considered drastic and risky measures to combat climate change, like artificially injecting tiny particles into the Earth's atmosphere to reflect sunlight back into space, are drifting further into the purview of mainstream science. The august scientific body has issued a call to create "an open...


08/18/2014 08:00 AM
Wall Street warned $91 billion of high-risk oil megaprojects
InsideClimate News: Critics of environmentally risky oil projects proposed for deep undersea and Canada's tar sands got new ammunition last week when a report labeled those ventures and others as the industry's most financially questionable pursuits. The new report, published by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), identifies a host of drawing-board oil projects that would cost a combined $91 billion over the next decade--and that would lose money if lower demand, carbon restrictions or other factors forced crude...


08/18/2014 12:59 PM
July Ocean Temperature Hits Record High—Again
EcoWatch: Last month, Earth’s ocean surfaces tied the previous record for the hottest July during the 130 years the U.S. government has been compiling data. The National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the average temperature was 62.56 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.06 degrees above the 20th-century average. The ocean surfaces also reached that temperature in July 2009. It`s the third straight month this year that ocean surface temperatures set a record....


08/18/2014 08:40 AM
Scientists Say Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cont Wreak Havoc on Climate
EcoWatch: Two new scientific studies, reported by Climate News Network, have added still more links between human-caused release of greenhouse gases and climate change. In Austria, scientist Ben Marzeion of University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics was part of a team that tracked changes in glaciers around the world between 1851 and 2010, using 19th-century photos and paintings as a baseline. Computer models allowed them to take into account natural factors like volcanic eruptions...


08/18/2014 07:35 AM
Fracking the Arctic
Yale Environment 360: Among the dozens of rivers that flow unfettered through the Canadian North, the Natla and the Keele may be the most picturesque and culturally important. They are especially significant to the Dene people of the Sahtu region, which straddles the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories. Both of the rivers flow crystal clear out of the Mackenzie Mountains along the Yukon/Northwest Territories border before coming together in their final course to the Mackenzie River. For hundreds--if not thousands--of...


08/18/2014 10:02 AM
Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Activity, Study Says
Yale Environment 360: Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document the extent of human contribution to glacier mass loss, which is driven by both naturally caused climate factors, such as fluctuations in solar radiation, and anthropogenic influences. “In the 19th and first half...


08/18/2014 12:51 AM
Canada: A Gallon Of Tar Sands Oil Can Send An EV Over 30 Miles
Clean Technica: The Alberta tar sands are an all-around environmental disaster, though its defenders will claim that the energy wrung out of the ground is worth it. A new report published over at Hybrid Cars, however, reveals that the energy it takes to produce just one gallon of gasoline from the Canadian tar sands could propel an electric car or plug-in hybrid for more than 30 miles. I’ll readily admit that math isn’t my strong point, and as with any report or study on energy consumption, the Devil is in the...


08/18/2014 03:50 AM
Scottish North Sea oil reserves six times higher than estimated
Blue and Green: A new report from business organisation N-56 has said that revenue from oil in the Scottish North Sea could be as high as £365 billion over the next few decades, rather than the £57 billion previously estimated. The study argues that the figures put forward by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) for oil revenue for the next 30 years are far too pessimistic compared to the industry’s forecast. If measures to maximise profits are put in place, such as a new tax regime and the creation...


08/18/2014 09:13 AM
Half of world could face extreme water scarcity by 2095
Blue and Green: Without climate change mitigation policies, half of the world could face extreme water scarcity before the end of the century, a study has found. However, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) also warned that poorly planned policies could exacerbate the crisis. The study, which was carried out with the help of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, is comprehensive and used unique modelling technology. The model linked economic, energy, land-use and climate systems...