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Stronger thunderstorms driving rise in tropical rainfall: study

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An increase in strong thunderstorms could be responsible for greater rainfall in the tropics as a result of climate change, new research says.

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The strong arm of the Grrrowd

Grrrowd is a powerful new model for crowdfunding legal cases involving human and environmental rights. It's the Kickstarter of class action suits, the Indiegogo of good cases for good causes.

It's the place where a poor Mexican community can get help fighting off the 86 appeals and other legal actions filed by big Agribiz companies who are trying to overturn a law protecting 8000 years of traditional corn cultivation.

Or where the indigenous people of Canada's Beaver Lake Cree Nation can get help standing up to protect the land and water of their traditional home – and the very future of a planet threatened by climate change – from the environmental nightmare of tar sands oil extraction.

Or where you can protect African Rhinos by challenging plans for a coal mine in a South African wildlife reserve.

Would you please take a minute to check out the links and see how you can add your weight to civil society's struggle?

Turning collective will into legal action

All of these cases involve rich industries locked in conflict with poor communities, the natural world, or future generations. Grrrowd can help them tip the scales of justice back into balance.

As our world becomes more connected and less encumbered by borders, the power of people banding together for a common cause grows stronger. As our ability to communicate, reach out and network with one another grows stronger, you might say our planet is developing a nervous system made of billions of human beings – synapses and nerve endings in a vast neural network that can sense and respond to threat. But to create transformative change, we need more than the sensing and communications that a nervous system provides: we need muscle.

Grrrowd is muscle. It's a great example of how we can turn our collective will into legal action for the good of the many, the future of our planet, and our rights as human beings.

Greenpeace and the rule of law

Is it confusing to read that Greenpeace believes profoundly in the rule of law? After all, we're not afraid of being arrested and put on trial for taking a stand, or to expose the special interests behind bad laws, or to challenge the authority under which bad laws are made.

But that's not disdain for the law.

It's disdain for the law's failure to protect the global commons, human rights, and the needs of future generations. In fact, over its 40-year history, Greenpeace is responsible for or has contributed to the MAKING of far many more laws than we've ever broken: and that's part of our mission. We raise difficult questions about what society deems acceptable, and seek to change that.

We stood up with our supporters to oppose nuclear waste dumping at sea in the 80s – it's now illegal. We stood up with our supporters to oppose international trade in toxic waste – it's now illegal. The dumping of oil rigs like the Brent Spar in the North Sea? Illegal. Commercial whaling? Illegal. Ozone-killing chemicals? Illegal. Logging in the ecologically sensitive areas of the Great Bear Rainforest? Illegal.

All of the laws that protect against those abuses were made on the back of public protest, civil disobedience, and the re-examination of the laws which once permitted what today are environmental crimes.

Human law is not written on stone tablets, it's made of clay. It's constantly reshaped.

Crowdfunding for justice and defending the global commons

Justice is supposed to serve the many, not the moneyed few. But when it comes to the rights of the natural world, or of future generations, who pays their legal fees to challenge laws that harm their interests? How does the ocean hire a lawyer? Where is the public defender who will prepare a case for my great-great-granddaughter's right to clean air, clean water, and healthy food?

All too often in the world today, in which corporations are granted the rights of personhood and our legal and legislative systems can be perverted to serve private gold rather than the common good, legal protection or redress can be a commodity – one whose cost is out of reach.

Too many people whose human rights have been violated or whose land or oceans have been ravaged could only turn out their pockets when asked, "How much justice can you afford?"

Now, by crowdfunding legal cases, everyone with a conscience can support 'David' in hauling 'Goliath' before the courts.

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International. He recently accepted an invitation to join Grrrowd's Advisory Board.


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BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change.

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Tracking 2020 Climate Action Pledges on the Road to Paris

In the lead-up to this year’s December climate summit in Paris, countries from around the world are proposing climate actions that will take effect after 2020, known as intended nationally determined contributions. Switzerland and the European Union were the first two proposals submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with more expected by the end of March and many others to follow. But 2020 is five years away. What about the actions countries pledged...

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Will India Pursue Solar-Powered Railways?

This post originally appeared on Responding to Climate Change. India’s rail network is a significant growth engine for the economy. But it’s not very green. An estimated 60 percent of its 65,000 kilometres of railway tracks are still powered by diesel. This makes it India’s largest consumer of diesel at 2.6 billion litres last year. It is also the largest consumer of electricity at 13.8 billion kWh and its energy consumption is rising by 5 percent every year. Electric power in India is...

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Australia: Climate change: Coalition accused of politicising greenhouse gas target

Guardian: The Abbott government has been accused of politicising the release of official greenhouse gas projections that confirm Australia’s international climate change pledge for 2020 is becoming easier to reach, but which will also increase pressure for Australia to adopt a more ambitious post-2020 target. The official figures have shown that the total greenhouse gas reduction required to meet Australia’s bipartisan minimum target of a 5% cut by 2020 is now 236m tonnes, a decrease on previous estimates....
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Florida's State Employees are Preparing for Climate Change, Even as Governor Bans Phrase

New Republic: From years of reporting on government employees, I know that they're in it for the long haul. Governors and news cycles come and go. The public's attention is beagle-fickle. But there are 25 years to go before pension. So I wasn't expecting any heroes to rock the boat from inside the vast bureaucracy that is Florida's government when I began to investigate the silent treatment given the terms "climate change" and "global warming" within state agencies. After we at the Florida Center for Investigative...
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Climate change could see deadly tropical diseases spread to the UK

Independent: Malaria, dengue fever and other deadly exotic diseases could become an established part of British life in a matter of decades, public health experts have warned. The emergence of the illnesses is likely to be driven by climate change, which will make it easier for mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects which transmit the diseases to become widespread in the UK. Dengue fever, West Nile virus and chikungunya have already reached parts of Europe and malaria has re-established itself in Greece...
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Awkward: Watch as Florida lawmaker mocks Rick Scott official refusing say ‘climate change’

Raw Story: A smiling Florida state senator mocked a state official after attempting to get him the say "climate change," a term reportedly banned by Gov. Rick Scott. Appearing before a Senate budget subcommittee, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Bryan Koon spoke at length of the need for funds to warn residents in advance of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes in Florida, reports the Miami Herald. Following some back and forth between Koon and State Senator Jeff Clemens (D), Clemens...
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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' Climate Change

National Public Radio: China's top weather scientist has made a rare official acknowledgement: climate change, he says, could have a "huge impact" on the country's crop yields and infrastructure. Zheng Guogang, the head of China's meteorological administration, tells Xinhua news agency that China is already experiencing temperature increases that outpace those in other parts of the world. As a result, China - the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - faces a possible "ecological degradation," he says. "As...
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Climate-sceptic US senator given funds BP political action committee

Guardian: One of America’s most powerful and outspoken opponents of climate change regulation received election campaign contributions that can be traced back to senior BP staff, including chief executive Bob Dudley. Jim Inhofe, a Republican senator from Oklahoma who has tirelessly campaigned against calls for a carbon tax and challenges the overwhelming consensus on climate change, received $10,000 (£6,700) from BP’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Following his re-election, Inhofe became chair of...
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Jerry Brown: Opposition on climate change borders on immoral

Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown said opposition to steps President Barack Obama is taking on climate change “borders on the immoral,” as he tore into Republicans in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Brown’s remarks came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged states last week to ignore federal directives to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Brown, a longtime champion of environmental causes, said McConnell was “representing his coal constituents” and putting at...
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Ted Cruz unfit to run for president because of his views on climate change, Jerry Brown says

Washington Post: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), speaking Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," deemed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) "unfit" to run for president because of his views on climate change. "That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data," he said. "It's shocking, and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office." Brown said there should be urgency to deal with climate change. "I think this almost has to be at the level...
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Radiation, climate force Bikini Islanders to seek US refuge

Agence France-Presse: A tiny central Pacific community, forced to evacuate their homes because of US nuclear testing, are now demanding refuge in the United States as they face a new threat from climate change. "We want to relocate to the United States," Nishma Jamore, mayor of the atoll of Bikini, said on the weekend as Pacific waters continued to eat away at the small Kili and Ejit islands in the far-flung Marshall Islands archipelago. Jamore heads a community of about 1,000 islanders who have lived in exile on...
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Welcome to 'Double El Niño' and more extreme weather

Public Radio International: We’re about to experience a “double El Niño” -- a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago. That means two consecutive years of the concentration of warm water in the Pacific Ocean that brings West Coast storms, quiet hurricane seasons in the Atlantic and busy ones in the Pacific. The danger is that this could mean more than a few months of odd weather, but instead usher in a new phase of climate change. Last year was the warmest year on record; 2015 looks...
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Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens

ScienceDaily: A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. The gases, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone, appear to provoke chemical changes in certain airborne allergens that could increase their potency. That, in combination with changes in global climate, could help explain why airborne allergies are becoming more common. The findings will be presented today at...
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Climate change: China official warns huge impact

BBC: Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission. Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a "serious threat" to big infrastructure projects. He said temperature rises in China were already higher than global averages. China, the world's biggest polluter, has said its emissions of gases that cause climate change will peak by 2030. However,...
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Top China weather expert warns on climate change

Agence France-Presse: China's top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have "huge impacts" on the world's most populous country, state media reported Sunday. Global climate change will reduce crop yields, lead to "ecological degradation" and create unstable river flows, Xinhua news agency quoted Zheng Guoguang, chief of China's Meteorological Administration, as saying. "As the world warms, risks of climate change and climate disasters to China could...
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Climate change threatens world iconic ecosystems

Zee News: Without better local management, world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, warn researchers. Protecting places of global environmental importance such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon rainforest from climate change will require reducing pressures like over-fishing, fertiliser pollution and land clearing, they said. Writing in the journal Science, an international team of researchers warned that localised issues, such as declining water quality from...
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The global water crisis – The elephant in the room

Why are so few talking about coal's impact on already scarce water resources?

Despite the global water crisis being identified as the top risk to people across the globe, very few are taking a stand to protect dwindling water resources from the huge planned global growth of coal-fired power stations.

Although, water and energy are two hotly debated topics in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals discussions, no one seems to be joining up the dots by linking these two critical issues. The fact is that the planned coal expansion will contribute to water crises, as the energy sector usually wins against us when it comes to who gets access to this precious resource

Water risk is connected to two other big risks: failure to adapt to climate change and the food crisis. The World Economic Forum Global Risk Report has also reclassified it from an environmental risk to a societal risk, recognising the urgency to tackle water scarcity on various fronts. For people's wellbeing.

Despite the looming water scarcity crisis, there are plans for more than 1350 new coal plants expected to go online by 2025. Much of the proposed coal expansion is in already water stressed regions - regions that already have limited available water for sanitation, health and livelihoods.

Climate Scientists made it blatantly clear again in January 2015 that we need to keep more than 80 percent of current coal reserves in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change. So, besides coal being the largest threat to our climate - building 1350 proposed coal plants will make the 2 degree limit impossible – if the current expansion goes ahead, our scarce water resources will be diverted away from agriculture and domestic use to be used instead to burn coal and drive even more dangerous climate change. What's more important? electricity to power an ever more imbalanced global economy or billions of people having enough food and water to sustain themselves?

With energy, we have lots of options to choose from. With water, we don't.

You know why renewables like wind and solar PV don't need water? We don't use fuel. We don't wash fuel. We don't burn fuels. No need to use water for cooling. No need to use water to wash away the ash. No toxic wastewater to manage.

In addition to water savings, renewable energy also cuts CO2 – two benefits for the price of one. Voila!

THIRSTY COAL SLIDESHOW

THIS SLIDESHOW ILLUSTRATES WATER USE AND IMPACTS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE COAL LIFECYCLE
Water is used to extract and to wash coal. In power plants, water is used in three main processes: cooling, pollution control and waste management.
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These conflicts are unfolding on an unprecedented scale but are avoidable.

With energy, we have lots of options to choose from. With water, we don't.

You know why renewables like wind and solar PV don't need water? We don't use fuel. We don't wash fuel. We don't burn fuel. No need to use water for cooling. No need to use water to wash away the ash. No toxic wastewater to manage.

Tweet your thoughts about why Coal is the enemy of water, rather than an 'Inseparable Friend'

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Thirsty coal impacts on people – The Facts

  • Let's try to put coal's water use in human terms: the World Health Organization (WHO) says that between 50 to 100 litres of water is needed per person per day for the most basic needs. That's 36.5 cubic meters per person per year. Coal plants globally consume 37 billion cubic meters (bcm) of water, according to a 2012 study by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Thus, globally coal plants consume as much water as the basic needs of 1 billion people.
  • 1.2 billion people, or almost one-third of the world's population, now live in countries with physical water scarcity (water resources development is approaching or has exceeded sustainable limits).
  • South Africa, a water-stressed country with a water availability of only 973m3 of water per capita, is over 90 percent dependent on coal for electricity generation. Eskom, South Africa's main energy company, consumes the same amount of water in one second to run its power plants as one person uses in a year. As a result, some local residents are forced to buy bottled water, because no clean drinking water is available.
  • India, with the second biggest proposed coal plant fleet in the world, is already a water-stressed nation, with an alarming 3.5 percent of the world's water resources to support 1.2 billion lives.
  • India's coal plants will consume water that can irrigate at least one million hectares of farmland. Over the last decade, 40,000 farmers have committed suicide in the state of Maharashtra due to lack of water for irrigation.
  • For China, the biggest proposed coal plant fleet in the world, has an alarming 5 percent of the world's water resources for 1.3 billion people.

Billions of cubic litres of water is used at each stage of the coal lifecycle. Water is used to extract and to wash coal, and in power plants, water is used in three main processes: cooling, pollution control and for managing coal ash.

Every 3.5 minutes a typical coal-fired power plant withdraws enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Coal's massive water grab will tip the water crisis over the edge, but it can be averted by
fast-tracking clean, abundant renewable energy resources, just look at the difference it would make, not just for our climate, but also to our water usage for power generation.

Iris Cheng is a Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace International


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How to Spend the Green Climate Fund’s $10 Billion?

If you had an initial $10 billion in capital to fight climate change and boost resilience, how would you decide how to spend it? This is one of the key questions facing the Green Climate Fund Board at its ninth meeting in Songdo, South Korea this week. So far, 27 countries have pledged $10.2 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which is expected to become the main vehicle for securing and distributing climate finance. With key funds committed, it’s now time to move the conversation away from...

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Adapting to climate change has repercussions

RedOrbit: Adapting to climate change could have profound environmental repercussions, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia. Research in Nature Climate Change reveals that adaptation measures have the potential to generate further pressures and threats for both local and global ecosystems. Lead researcher Dr Carlo Fezzi, from UEA`s School of Environmental Sciences, said: "Climate change is a just a little bit more complicated than we previously thought. We need to take into account...
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U.N. report: Earth only have 60 percent of water needs by 2030

The Week: A new U.N. report claims that without substantial change, Earth could face a massive water shortage as soon as 2030. The report, "Water for a Sustainable World," says that in 2030, the Earth will only have 60 percent of the water it needs, if we continue on our current trajectory. Countries such as India are "rapidly depleting" their groundwater sources, Time reports, and global rainfall is increasingly unpredictable, thanks to climate change. But the population is still increasing, raising...
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Welcome to Global Warming’s Terrifying New Era

Slate: On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth's global temperature for February was among the hottest ever measured. So far, 2015 is tracking above record-warm 2014--which, when combined with the newly resurgent El Niño, means we're on pace for another hottest year in history. In addition to the just-completed warmest winter on record globally (despite the brutal cold and record snow in the eastern U.S.), new data on Thursday from the National Snow and...
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Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon

Guardian: The amount of carbon the Amazon's remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate change. Fall in amount of carbon absorbed by rainforest means even greater cuts to manmade emissions are needed to combat climate change, warn scientists. Trees in untouched areas of the forest have been dying off across the basin at an increasing rate, found the study, published...
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Activists want probe of alleged Florida 'climate change' word ban

United Press International: About a dozen members of the environmental group Forecast the Facts showed up to the state capitol building in Tallahassee Friday to deliver more than 40,000 electronically signed petitions asking for the probe, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The group members also demonstrated against such a policy by wearing duct tape over their mouths with the words "climate change" written across it. The petitions ask for an investigation by the inspector general of the Florida Department of Environmental...
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Lights are going out for coal - humans starting fight back against global warming

Telegraph: Perhaps I should cross my fingers before writing this, but it just may be that we have slipped, virtually without noticing, past a landmark in environmental and industrial history. Preliminary figures suggest that last year, for the first time, global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels failed to rise despite economic growth. Even more surprisingly, emissions seem to have fallen in China. If confirmed, these developments – only recently thought beyond the bounds of practical...
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As lakes become deserts, drought is Iran's new problem

Agence France-Presse: Nazar Sarani's village in southeast Iran was once an island. It is now a desert, a casualty of the country's worsening water crisis. "We live in the dust," said the 54-year-old cattle herder of his home in the once exceptional biosphere of Lake Hamoun, a wetland of varied flora and fauna, which is now nothing but sand-baked earth. Climate change, with less rainfall each year, is blamed, but so too is human error and government mismanagement. Iran's reservoirs are only 40 percent full according...
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Pharrell brings "Happy" message on climate change to UN

CBS: About 1,200 middle school children trudged through the latest snow storm to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday evening to hear hip hop singer and producer Pharrell Williams talk about climate change. The U.N. sponsored the event, along the U.N. Foundation and MixRadio, to celebrate International Day of Happiness, established by the world organization in 2012. It transformed a normally conflict-focused, staid venue into a dramatically "happy" environment with a clear message: The next...
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World's Most Iconic Ecosystems May Collapse Under Climate Change

Nature World: Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate change. It is well known that corals in the Great Barrier Reef, for example, are diminishing due to ocean acidification, and that the Amazon rainforest has been suffering from drought over the last decade. But in order to combat such climate change-related threats, we need to reduce the other pressures they face - for example, overfishing, fertilizer pollution or land clearing....
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Answers Sought After Reports Of 'Climate Change' Ban

CBS: An environmental group wants Florida`s inspector general to check out reports of an unwritten policy prohibiting state agencies from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming." About a dozen members of the group Forecast the Facts, many appearing with their mouths covered by duct tape emblazoned with the words "climate change," dropped off about 43,000 electronically signed petitions Friday with the receptionists at Gov. Rick Scott`s Capitol office. The petitions ask the state`s...
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'We only have one home': Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change

UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday.

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'We only have one home' Pharrell Williams urges action climate change

Reuters: It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday. Singer-producer Williams, 41, partnered with the United Nations Foundation on the International Day of Happiness to raise awareness and call for more action on climate change. "If you look at our behavior is hard to believe we’re all aware we only have one planet," Williams said in a General Assembly hall crowded with young people. "My...
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Watch climate scientists give global warming elevator pitches

Mashable: For years now, climate science has suffered from a monumental public relations problem. The issue of manmade climate change has become so politicized that it's easy to forget that those who are conducting research into Earth's past, present and future climate are ordinary people -- not some elite cabal of brainiacs walled off in a lab somewhere. Climate activists have often lamented the ease with which climate change contrarians have painted global warming researchers as being part of some sort...
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The Guardian is declaring war on fossil fuels

Climate Desk: After 20 years at the helm of one of the United Kingdom`s most influential newspapers, Alan Rusbridger is about to step down as editor of the Guardian. He`s not going quietly: In an op-ed a couple weeks ago, Rusbridger pledged to use his waning weeks to launch a full-out war on climate change: So, in the time left to me as editor, I thought I would try to harness the Guardian`s best resources to describe what is happening … For the purposes of our coming coverage, we will assume that the scientific...
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Arctic sea ice: When the maximum is not enough

Ice is not exactly what's on top of your mind when you're sitting in an air-conditioned office, or in your cosy home. But if you're worried about climate change, like I am, then you might want to sit down before reading any further.

There are a few indicators that come out every year that really help us to grasp the magnitude of the changes going on in our world. The Arctic 'sea ice maximum' is one of these and the best thing about it is that you don't need to be a scientist (or in my case, a climate campaigner) to understand the urgent message loud and clear.

The Arctic sea ice maximum is the annual measurement of the maximum extent of sea ice reached in the winter months. Put simply: how much sea ice grows back each year. But this year is exceptional.

The folks at the NSIDC have just announced the annual Arctic sea ice maximum extent for this year and unfortunately it's not good news at all – it's yet another record low.

The extent of sea ice is 14.54 million km2, some 1.1 million km2 below the 1981-2010 average and 130,000 km2 below the previous lowest extent that occurred in 2011.

I don't know what you think, but I wonder what a 10 year old might say when looking at these pictures. For me it makes it crystal clear how cynical Shell's attempts to drill in the Arctic are. They're partly responsible for this uncomprehensible change and now they want to profit from it, and it makes me both scared and extremely angry at the same time.

What scares me is that the window to act is getting smaller and smaller. And I'm angered by the fact that we have all the technology needed to reverse this run away madness. If it wasn't for Shell and the other big fossil giants trying to stop us from developing, we would be well into a renewable economy by now. Unfortunately fossil fuels still recieve four times as many subsidies as renewble energy. And right now, Shell is hoping to receive a permit to start expoliting the Arctic from the Obama adminsistration.

But Shell won't ever have our permission! Help Save the Arctic.

Join us in build a movement of people around the world that is strong enough to stop a giant like Shell.

Isadora Wronski is a Climate Campaigner for Greenpeace Nordic.


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Scientists: Ted Cruz’s Climate Theories “Load of Claptrap”

Climate Desk: Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a probable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, shared his thoughts about climate change with late-night host Seth Meyers (video above). Here`s what he said: CRUZ: I just came back from New Hampshire where there`s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple. Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they`ve got a problem because the science doesn`t back them up. And in particular,...
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Florida Staffer Was Reprimanded for Talking About Climate Change

Huffington Post: A Florida Department of Environmental Protection land manager says he was sent home and formally reprimanded for speaking about climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline at an inter-agency meeting last month. The Tallahassee Democrat reported on the disciplinary measures Thursday, following a complaint filed on the employee's behalf by the Florida chapter of the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER. Bart Bibler, a land management plan coordinator, was served with...
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Revealed: Gates Foundation $1.4B in Fossil Fuel Investments

Guardian: The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013. The companies include BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, which was recently forced to pay a $5bn environmental clean-up charge and Brazilian...
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US Climate Change Envoy: China, US Working Closer on Deal

Associated Press: A U.S. envoy for climate change said Friday that China and the U.S. are working more closely than ever ahead of a conference this year in Paris that raises hopes for a global plan to cut greenhouse emissions. Special Envoy Todd Stern told reporters in Beijing that he still expects hard negotiations between many countries in advance of the U.N. summit. But he told reporters there's "a greater level of convergence on some very important structural issues" compared to the months before the last major...
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UN calls action as global water crisis looms

Deutsche-Weele: The UN has warned that the world will soon face a crisis of huge dimensions if water management does not improve. Population growth and climate change are among the factors fueling the problem. In its annual World Water Development Report released on Friday, the world body said if current trends of water usage continue, the demand for water will exceed its replenishment by 40 percent by 2030. The report said the rise in the world's population by some 80 million people per year was one of the...
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Prince Charles Presses Climate-Change Agenda With Obama

Bloomberg: While Prince Charles’s visit to the White House lacks the buzz created when his son called on the U.S. president in December, President Barack Obama still cares enough to time a climate-change announcement to the British royal’s arrival. Prince Charles, 66, has adopted climate change as his signature issue and called Earth a “sick patient” because of global warming. Obama on Thursday signed an executive order requiring the U.S. government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the...
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Amazon rainforest losing capacity fight climate change as trees die

Independent: The Amazon rainforest is losing its ability to absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as trees are dying, which could have negative implication on climate change across the globe. A study led by the University of Leeds revealed that tree growth in the Amazon rainforest has declined by one-third since the 1980s and that the net uptake of carbon dioxide in the rainforest has dropped by half. For the first time in history, carbon dioxide absorption by the Amazon rainforest has been surpassed...
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Sea Level Changes Caused Earth's Oldest Sea Turtles Become Extinct

Nature World: Changes in sea level reportedly caused Earth's oldest sea turtles to become extinct, providing insight into what could possibly happen to modern-day turtles battling climate change-related sea level rise. Little is known about the earliest sea turtle species that inhabited Earth millions of years ago. Although, in 2009 scientists discovered the remains of Hispaniachelys prebetica - supposedly the oldest sea turtle in southern Europe - in the Baetic Cordillera, in Jaén. They thought they had...
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Arctic sea ice is smallest size on record this winter

OSLO (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday.







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Carbon emissions flatlined last year

Mongabay: Global carbon emission plateaued last year, according to International Energy Agency, even as the world's economy grew three percent. This is the first time carbon emissions have stalled in the absence of an economic collapse. The news provides tentative hope that the world may finally tackling climate change ahead of much-anticipated climate talks in Paris. "This is a real surprise. We have never seen this before," said IEA's chief economist, Fatih Birol. "There could not be better news for Paris."...
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Carbon absorbed by Amazon has halved since 90s, says study

Blue and Green: A study has found that the net carbon uptake of the Amazon forest as halved since the 1990s. Researchers warn that the findings have implications for climate change and emission reduction targets. The research, which was led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature, notes that the amount of carbon absorbed by the Amazon peaked in the 90s at two billion tonnes each year, however, this has halved and is now, for the first time, being overtaken by fossil fuel emissions in Latin...
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Obama to order gov't to cut its greenhouse gas emissions

Associated Press: President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change. Obama's executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government's consumption. The White House said U.S. taxpayers could save up to $18 billion in electricity costs by reducing greenhouse gases 40 percent over the next decade, compared...
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Study: cost climate change to become ‘serious challenge’ by 2040

Blue and Green: Economists have said that the cost of climate change could increase significantly over the coming decades and become a “serious challenge” for businesses by 2040. They have urged businesses to consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to prepare for the future. The study was led by the Global Climate Adaption Partnership with Daniel Black & Associates and researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Bath. The study mapped key risk factors from climate change...
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Australia Farmers Challenged by Climate Change

ClimateWire: From tasteless carrots to sunburned apples, a new report by two University of Melbourne researchers paints a challenging picture for Australia's agricultural sector and the impacts of climate change in the decades to come. Through the examination of 55 food commodities and a breakdown of the ways each of the country's multiple climate regions will be affected by climate change, the study concludes the quality of beef, chicken and even kangaroo will suffer. The biggest challenge to come from...
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