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Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change

PhysOrg: A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that - if current trends continue - food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050. The study's authors say we should all think carefully about the food we choose and its environmental impact. A shift to healthier diets across the world is just one of a number of actions that need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change and ensure there is enough food for...
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Pests Pose Increasing Risk to Food Security

Climate News Network: Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. Wherever pests can make a living, they will. None of this bodes well for food security in a world of nine billion people and increasingly rapid climate change By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and...
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What I didn’t say to Gov. Scott about climate change

Tampa Tribune: I recently joined fellow climate scientists in a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott to discuss the threat climate change poses to our state. We appreciated the opportunity to have a dialogue with the governor, but we left the meeting with concerns about his willingness to take meaningful action to address this problem. This is a leadership moment for Scott, since Florida is ground zero for the impacts of climate change. We explained to Scott that the fundamentals of climate science are not complicated....
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A climate for change

Berkshire Eagle: Modest efforts to confront human-caused global warming are being overwhelmed by the pace of climate change, according to a draft of a major United Nations report to be released this fall. This conclusion is hardly surprising given what was already known. What would be surprising if there was meaningful reaction to it not sabotaged by politics. A copy of the draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was obtained by The New York Times, and while the report could change in the weeks...
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Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Associated Press: Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England's largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change. Environmental activists Ken Ward and Jonathan "Jay" O'Hara say they don't intend to dispute many of the facts of the case during their jury trial, which opens Sept. 8 in Fall River District Court. Instead, they want to prove that global warming is real and that bold auction...
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Environmentalists like Tom Steyer see Colorado as key in election

Denver Post: Environmentalists in Colorado may have lost a rallying cry this year when efforts to limit fracking didn't make the ballot, but that hasn't stopped eco-activists from painting a big, green bull's-eye on the state. Several national groups already have begun campaigning in Colorado in preparation for Election Day, and the Environmental Defense Fund on Tuesday vowed to make the state the centerpiece of a broad effort to highlight the issue of climate change. The overall aim is to energize young...
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What would GDP look like if it considered that industry tends to destroy the planet?

Fast Company: Considering that it's the basic yardstick by which we measure the health of our economy, gross domestic product (GDP) is pretty flawed. Critics have pointed out for decades that GDP fails to measure consequences of industry, which can in turn impede economic growth. (Think about, say, climate change, which promises to eviscerate certain cash crops.) GDP just doesn’t tell the whole story. But what if we factored air pollution into the equation? What if we actually calculated the premature mortality...
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Climate Change Ups Odds of a Southwest Megadrought

Climate Central: If you think the drought in California is bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. New research indicates that climate change is giving a boost to the odds of long-term drought across the Southwest. The research, published Thursday in the Journal of Climate, puts the chances of a megadrought lasting 35 years or longer at up to 50 percent in the region. It would be a drought of epic proportions that would wreak havoc on the region's already tenuous water supply for its growing population. "It's been...
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5 Terrifying Facts Leaked UN Climate Report

Climate Desk: Even if we slash greenhouse gases immediately, the dangerous effects of global warming will continue for centuries to come. How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN`s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim--dire, frightful--reality the we face if we don`t slash our global greenhouse gas...
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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Blue and Green: Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition is described as the first of its kind that has opened to allow members of the public to apply to address more than 100 heads of state and government. The summit will be held at UN headquarters in New...
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Climate Change Has an Outrage Problem

Motherboard: In the years to come, it’s not a stretch to imagine millions of people flooding the streets to protest--flooding in the streets. What will it take to turn climate change into a social movement? The struggles surrounding women’s suffrage, civil rights, the Vietnam War, South African Apartheid, the Arab Spring, and gay marriage were pervasive. They changed history. These movements had very visible leaders. They also had a role in shaping popular culture, with iconic music and movies. In hindsight,...
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Yale committee fails to back fossil fuel divestment

Blue and Green: The Yale Corporation’s Committee on Investor Responsibility (CCIR) has not recommended that the Ivy League school divests from fossil fuels, despite pressure from students. Instead shareholder proxy voting guidelines on climate change will be adopted. A survey conducted last year found that 83% of students at Yale University would like the school to free its endowment from fossil fuel investment, with over half of the undergraduate population taking part. After the referendum was set up an...
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Climate change's health toll: 'We can save millions of lives, even now'

Deutsche Welle: While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there's a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO's Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be adressed. DW: How much of a threat is climate change to human health? As the earth warms, it makes it easier to transmit diseases in many parts of the world - diseases like malaria, which kills around 600,000 people every year, or diarrheal disease, including cholera and other forms of diarrhea,...
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Climate change poses growing health threat

Agence France-Presse: Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday, saying extreme weather and rising temperatures could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and spread disease. "Climate change is no longer only an environmental issue," said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, head of the climate change team at the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency on Wednesday began a three-day conference at its Geneva base, folding together climate and health issues. The goal is to put health in the...
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Every living thing in the Antarctic Ocean mapped

New Scientist: WHALE what's going on here then? Climate change's dramatic effects on the Southern Ocean just got easier to track, thanks to a comprehensive biodiversity map of the region. Some estimates suggest that the Southern Ocean is home to half of all the human-linked carbon dioxide that the world's oceans absorb, and the consequent drop in ocean-water pH there has already begun to dissolve animal shells in the region. The new Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean will make it easier to monitor problems...
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Warming aids Arctic economies but far short of 'cold rush'

OSLO, (Reuters) - Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average.

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You are footing the bill for coal companies; some are losing a lot of money

You know that person who is always asking friends or family to help him pay his bills? You know the type, the guy who never seems to have his wallet, and always seems to forget to forget to pay you back?

Coal companies like Bumi Resources in Indonesia are just like this guy, except they run to the banks, and the customers of these banks are footing the bill.

There's mounting evidence that Bumi Resources is a black hole for investor's money.

The latest evidence is that the credit rating agency Standard & Poor has downgraded their credit rating to selective default from default imminent with little prospect for recovery. This downgrading is a strong signal of how risky it is to invest in coal companies like Bumi Resources.

The downgrading is also evidence that the efforts of Greenpeace and allies to warn regulators and investors of the risk of investing in Bumi Resources and other similar investments into unsustainable fossil fuels like coal are having an effect.

The evidence about Bumi's money problems has been building for some time. Now, it is Indonesia's most indebted coal company with $1 billion in obligations within the coming 18 months, making it the weakest of four coal mining companies in Indonesia, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Yet bondholders and banks continue to prop up Bumi Resources by extending their bonds and entering into loan agreements that allow Bumi Resources to get away with non-repayment! For example, the Chinese Investment Corporation (CIC) (China's sovereign wealth fund) loaned Bumi Resources $1.9 billion US in 2009.

Bumi Resources cannot pay back the loan, so now CIC is going to enter into a debt-to-equity swap with the company, so it doesn't have to pay back the $1.9 billion.

This effectively further increases the risk of CIC's investments, trapping their capital on a stranded asset. It is such a bad investment that the National Audit Office of China's central government has even come out and criticized CIC for its loss-making investments and lack of due diligence.

Similarly Bumi Resources currently has bonds due to the order of $375 million US, and because they can't pay their bondholders back, banks such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are currently extending their bonds once again.

Greenpeace and our allies have been trying to communicate to investors that they should stop rescuing companies like Bumi Resources. We have challenged Bumi' attempts at debt-restructuring by questioning its procedural adequacy with the Indonesian Securities Exchange. We've asked the Exchange to review Bumi Resources' capital raising attempts and its lack of full and frank disclosure for the environmental and financial risks involved in funding the company.

At the same time, we have been appealing to international investors and bondholders and communicating the environmental, financial risks in helping Bumi Resources.

Funding coal companies like Bumi has huge environmental consequences.

The production of coal causes environmental pollution. Land and water resources are destroyed.

Bumi Resources is a big player in this destruction since it is one of the largest coal mining companies in Indonesia. Bumi Resources is currently the most significant coal producer in Indonesia. Production in 2012 was 74 million tonnes.

It owns the Kaltim Prima Coal project in East Kalimantan that produces around 50 million tonnes a year as well as the Fajar Bumi Sakti project near Samarinda, the Pendopo project in Sumatra, the Berau Coal project and the Arutmin project in South Kalimantan.

Satellite imagery and on-the-ground reporting have linked Bumi Resources to human rights abuses and massive contamination of river systems.

Bumi's operations have had catastrophic impacts on local communities that depend on clean water for their livelihood, food, and cultural gatherings. These are just the local effects. When coal is exported and burnt, it worsens the rate of climate change that is already affecting our planet and causing human misery. Burning more coal will lead to more extreme weather events and more Arctic warming.

Marina Lou is a Greenpeace International Legal Advisor specializing in financial markets regulation.


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Bad news for Republicans: IPCC report warns 'irreversible' climate extremes

Examiner: Republicans won't be happy about the leaked Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft report on Monday, because it contains the most dire predictions about climate change to date, which is something they don't believe exists. The report is shocking in its bluntness, because it warns human-induced climate change may have already reached the tipping point and be past the point of no return and "irreversible". The IPCC report is the 4th installment of the 5th periodic climate progress...
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The writing's on the wall, now act on it!

News stories are circulating about a draft IPCC climate science report – a summary report for policymakers – which condenses three full reports of climate research. The summary report will officially be released in early November, but the bottom line of the more than 5000 pages is something most of us already know, even if many try to ignore it: climate change is here and it's already grown to be a huge threat to us and the generations which will follow. During our lifetimes the planet will go through catastrophic changes unless we come to the only sensible conclusion and start phasing out carbon emissions now and replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.

Climate change may seem complex and out of reach. But ultimately, it's very simple; burning fossil fuels – namely oil, coal and gas, causes the majority of the climate-warming emissions. To save ourselves, we must stop digging-up and burning more of it. That's the only conclusion one can draw from the science. Immediate action must also mean stopping deforestation and other carbon sinks.

The choice is up to us. Every day we allow fossil fuel use to continue unchecked – while new coal mines and oil fields are being planned – we are part of the problem. Every day we challenge the old powers and demand for clean and safe energy by building it ourselves, we are part of the solution – part of a rapidly growing movement for change that's sweeping across the world from China to the US.

Right now, as governments are preparing for a new global climate agreement to be signed in Paris, December 2015, the climate fight is being fought in the capitals of the world, where decisions on coal use, oil drilling, new pipelines and city infrastructure are made. It is fought when our politicians set targets for renewable energy, clean air, or climate emission cuts. Only by reflecting national interest to change can we expect breakthroughs at the international negotiation tables.

The good news is that climate change is back on the global political agenda – at the highest possible level. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon is convening a Climate Summit for heads of states on September 23, in New York City. He aims to build political momentum for a revived international cooperation. At best, we could witness signs of a new kind of leadership from emerging economies such as China, which has recently set radical policies to curb its coal use and to promote renewable energy, but has yet to turn its domestic action into leadership at the international level.

The dramatic growth rate of coal use in China has stalled at zero and shows signs of declining for the first six months of this year. This is a shift from the 10% average annual growth rate in 2003-2011. At the same time, US trends in coal use has changed dramatically too, resulting in absolute emissions decline. One wouldn't be surprised if coal was among the unifying themes when the leaders of two of the largest emitters seek common ground in New York.

But where are the European leaders; the ones who used to lead on climate action? Are they going to let the US and China make the high-level climate deals without them? Why is the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel planning to skip the Summit, while UK Prime Minister Cameron hasn't confirmed his participation? Is it because the weak 2030 climate targets the European Union is about to agree on in October embarrass them?

Well, that can still be fixed.

So, Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Cameron, why don't you do your homework and come to NY with real commitments?

Nowhere else is the speed of climate change as dramatic as in the Arctic. Greenpeace will be coming to the Climate Summit fresh from bearing witness of the melting sea ice in this fragile part of the world, delivering a message to world leaders from millions of Arctic defenders. In addition, Greenpeace is taking part in arranging a massive climate march in New York, on the 21st of September.

Kaisa Kosonen is a Climate and Energy campaigner with Greenpeace Nordic.


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Stephen Emmott's population book is unscientific and misanthropic

Guardian: Stephen Emmott's book on global ecological challenges is attracting much attention. The work is extremely short – perhaps about 15,000 words – and is in the form of notes that provide terse commentary on a series of graphs. It is little more than a Powerpoint presentation turned into a slim paperback. Although any attempt to increase mankind's alarm at the threat from climate change is welcome, Emmott's book is error-strewn, full of careless exaggeration and weak on basic science. Its reliance on...
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Dire Warnings From Leaked UN Report On Climate Change

RedOrbit: Bloomberg News has obtained a leaked copy of a United Nations report that predicts “severe, irreversible and unpredictable impacts for people and ecosystems” as a result of global warming. The document lays the blame for climate change on human activity and in particular on the effects of fossil fuel emissions. The leaked paper comes from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Bloomberg reporter Alex Morales describes the document as “the most important document produced by the...
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Why Republicans won’t back a carbon tax

Grist: Climate change activists across the political spectrum fantasize about it. No, it’s not another Kanye West video of snowy mountains and a topless Kim Kardashian. It’s a carbon tax. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don’t accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle dream that a carbon tax could win bipartisan support as part of a broader tax-reform package. A carbon tax could be revenue neutral, the dreamers point out, and if revenue from the...
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Experts at UN conference call for action to mitigate climate-related health risks

UN News Centre: Experts are urging the international community to act fast to reduce climate change and its health consequences at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened today at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). “The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Solutions exist and we need to act decisively to change this trajectory.” Measures to adapt to climate change...
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Catastrophic flooding turned U.K. into nation of climate change believers

Salon: What`s it going to take to convince people that climate change is a real and serious threat? I`m loath to think an eye-opening catastrophe`s the answer. Yet, there`s this: Half the people who lived through this past winter in the U.K. - which was marked by widespread flooding - said it made them more convinced that climate change is happening, according to a survey conducted by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. And over a quarter of respondents emerged with a strengthened belief that human...
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Threatened coral: Climate change puts 20 types at risk

Science Monitor: Washington -- The US government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. “Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, providing habitat for many marine species. Protecting and conserving these biologically rich ecosystems is essential, and the Endangered Species Act gives us the tools to conserve and recover those corals ?most in need of protection,” Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator...
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How climate change could ruin your Hawaii vacation

Christian Science Monitor: A University of Hawaii report is warning the state's tourism industry to start preparing now for the effects of climate change. The study says Hawaii will likely see more competition for visitors as warmer climate zones expand and new, easier-to-reach tropical resorts emerge in coastal regions from Texas to Florida, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sDkT0c ). Hawaii will be a hotter place, with fewer cooling trade winds and more drought, fewer waterfalls and forest...
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Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

Associated Press: The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species is because of future expected problems due to global warming, said David Bernhart, an endangered-species official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These coral species are already being hurt by climate change "but not to the point that they are endangered yet," he...
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Climate change could trigger deadly disease epidemics, researchers say

Science Recorder: Deadly tropical diseases, like dengue fever, are likely to spread as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia in the UK. One little-discussed question regarding the possible effects of climate change is how viruses and other infectious microbes will react to warmer, more humid temperatures around the globe. Now, however, a newly published article in the journal BMC Public Health takes a serious look at the major climatic influences on the ecology of...
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Global Warming Causing 'Irreversible Damage': UN Report

Nature World: Global warming is here, and "severe, widespread and irreversible" damage may be inevitable unless faster action is taken to reduce fossil fuel emissions, a newly leaked UN report has warned. The 127-page report states that further pollution - caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas - will contribute to problems like rising sea levels and extreme weather, such as heat waves, flooding and droughts. "Without additional mitigation, and even with adaptation, warming by the...
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What Global Warming Might Mean for Extreme Snowfalls

Climate Central: So if the world is warming, that means winters should be less snowy, right? Well, it's a bit more complicated than that. OK, it's a lot more complicated. Boston's North End neighborhood amid the snow drifts after a February 2013 blizzard. While the average annual snowfall in most parts of the world is indeed expected to decline, the extreme snowfalls -- those that hit a place once every 10 or 20 years and can cause major headaches and economic impacts -- may decline at a slower rate, and could...
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And now the weather, featuring climate change blame

New Scientist: A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather reports "Well, the record-breakingly hot summer is showing no sign of cooling down. No thanks to us: the heatwave was made 35 per cent more likely by human greenhouse gas emissions." CLIMATE scientists tend to shy away from assigning blame for extreme weather events like the fictional heatwave described above. But that may be about to change, thanks...
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Let's talk about the weather to revive climate debate

New Scientist: 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 warming LULL in the conversation? You can safely bring up the weather - no matter who you're chatting with, no matter where in the world you are. Unless you're talking to a climate scientist, that is. Unlike the rest of humanity, climate researchers have long avoided discussing what's going on outside the window - be it a heatwave or cold snap, drought...
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WHO Warns of Climate Change Dangers, Calls for Stronger Actions

Ria Novosti: The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning governments and the public of the negative effects that global warming is already having on people’s health, calling for urgent action, according to a press release published Wednesday. “The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said at a global conference on health and climate change, which opened in Geneva on Wednesday. Dr. Chan suggested that countries need to “act decisively...
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Paul Ryan rated 'Flat-Earther,' Scott Walker a 'Dodger'

Cap Times: The savvy team at Mother Jones magazine -- the highly regarded print and online investigative reporting enterprise -- provides many public services. But we were especially struck with their recent rundown on the stances on climate change adopted by the various and sundry prospects for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The levels of disengagement and denial are, we think, well summed up by the ratings of the 13 prospects as “(1) Flat-Earthers, who deny the existence of man-made climate...
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Obama Seeks International Climate Accord Without Congressional Approval

Yale Environment 360: The Obama administration is aiming to forge a legally binding, international agreement that would cut fossil fuel emissions and direct funds to poor nations dealing with climate change, without ratification from Congress, The New York Times reports. The agreement would combine legally binding updates to an existing 1992 climate change treaty -- allowing Obama to sidestep the constitutional requirement that treaties be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate -- with voluntary pledges for specific emissions...
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UN warns ‘irreversible change’ in draft climate report

Hill: Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing dramatically and will wreak havoc on the climate in the near future, the United Nations said in a draft report. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” if emissions continue to grow at a similar pace to recent years. The conclusions are in a draft report obtained by The New York Times. In a similar fashion to other recent U.N. reports about the climate, the most recent draft says...
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UK study eyes links between global warming, extreme flooding

Summit Voice: British scientists aren`t quite ready to say that last winter`s record flooding is linked with human-caused global warming, but in a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, they warned that more coastal flooding is likely as sea level rises. "We saw a number of examples last winter that demonstrated the vulnerability of coastal regions to flooding from surge events," said Dr. Jason Lowe, of the UK Met Office. "At present our best evidence points towards future increases in...
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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Associated Press: Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language...
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Climate change may disrupt global food system in a decade

Sydney Morning Herald: The world is headed "down a dangerous path" with disruption of the food system possible within a decade as climate change undermines nations' ability to feed themselves, according to a senior World Bank official. Rising urban populations are contributing to expanded demand for meat, adding to nutrition shortages for the world's poor. Increased greenhouse gas emissions from livestock as well as land clearing will make farming more marginal in many regions, especially in developing nations, said...
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Obama pursuing climate accord in lieu of treaty

New York Times: The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution,...
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6 Ways Washington Post Could Show ISerious About Climate Change

ClimateProgress: Cheers to the Washington Post for (finally) taking human-caused climate change seriously enough to launch a series of editorials demanding a change in both dialogue and action. Jeers for suggesting the paper will now be "more inclined to take op-eds that challenge" their view that climate science is real and that the threat posed by it is "existential." The Post`s first editorial in the series this week was about "The country’s sinking debate over global warming." It begins by stating "the national...
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Investment Key To Climate Change Solution

Forbes: Have you ever thought that really addressing climate change would require more than just swapping our light bulbs for compact florescent bulbs and LEDs? It is just that sort of thinking that created the Aspen Institute’s Accelerating Market-driven Partnerships program, the purpose of which is to build public-private partnerships, including both the corporate sector and nonprofits, to invest in projects and technologies that will protect the environment. Executive Director Robert Foster explains,...
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Bonanza for study of climate change's impact on marine methane

Science Monitor: Methane streaming from the seafloor at ~425 meters (1400 ft) water depth offshore Virginia. Such naturally occurring methane seeps are a bonanza for scientists trying to understand undersea methane's responses to climate change. Researchers have discovered hundreds of naturally occurring methane seeps along the margins of the East Coast's continental shelf – a bonanza for marine scientists trying to understand undersea methane's potential responses to climate change. In effect, these seeps...
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Trash Burning Worsens Air Pollution

Nature World: Trash burning around the globe is worsening air pollution, pumping more emissions into the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study. More than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases and particles that can substantially affect human health and climate change, estimates the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which led the study. The study looks at pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, and mercury that are emitted...
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Climate Change Impacts Already ‘Inevitable,’ May Soon Be ‘Irreversible’

Newsweek: The effects of climate change will be “severe, pervasive and irreversible” within the next few decades if countries burn more than just one-quarter of the fossil fuel reserves already found, according to a major new U.N. draft report. Already, failure to heed earlier scientific advice regarding fossil fuel emissions have “made large-scale climatic shifts inevitable,” but a significant reduction of emissions now could still slow these changes, and buy the human race some time to adapt to an altered...
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Global warming risks being irreversible, draft UN report says

Associated Press: Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language...
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Global warming already here & could be irreversible, UN panel says

Associated Press: Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous – and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn’t in the other more-detailed versions, but the language...
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Architects prepare for climate change

AAP: There's little question many architects and builders are convinced of the threat of climate change and urge clients to plan for a future of weather extremes. Those who design and construct buildings are required to look decades into the future and are expected to provide owners with the best advice on how and where they should proceed with their projects. Those considerations include everything from what kind of materials to use to best withstand more frequent downpours to whether to build in...
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Scott Brown Denies That Man-Made Climate Change Is Scientifically Proven

Huffington Post: New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has added his name to the list of Republicans who have dismissed the science behind climate change, despite previously stating that global warming is real. During a GOP primary debate on Saturday, Brown was asked if he believed that "the theory of man-made climate change has been scientifically proven." The former Massachusetts senator, who hopes to challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), responded, "Uh, no." Brown's response, posted in a video Monday...
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Climate change policies pay for themselves, study says

Christian Science Monitor: President Obama’s controversial plan to phase out coal and slash carbon emissions is an expensive one. But a new study suggests it could be cheaper than the alternative: pollution, poor air quality, and accompanying health costs. Cutting emissions might lower health spending so drastically that the US could end up saving ten times more than it would cost to implement carbon reductions, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change....
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