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Groups challenge federal oil, gas leasing on climate grounds

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

California legislature passes climate change bills

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to extend the state's climate change fighting efforts out to 2030 on Wednesday, giving a new lease on life to the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program in the country.
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New Satellite System Analyzes Brazil’s Forests Weekly. Will It Help Curb Deforestation?

New Satellite System Analyzes Brazil’s Forests Weekly. Will It Help Curb Deforestation?Add Comment|PrintAerial shot of deforestation near Rio Branco, Brazil. Photo by Kate Evans/CIFOR A version of this post also appears on the Global Forest Watch blog. As Rio’s Olympic stadiums empty and athletes head home, Brazil’s big moment in the global spotlight seems to be drawing to a close. But if we take the opening ceremony’s commentary on forest restoration and climate change to heart, Brazil is...

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California moves to extend climate program despite weak auction results

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to extend the state's ambitious program to fight climate change beyond 2020, but minutes later it posted disappointing results from an auction of carbon permits that is key to the plan.
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Deforestation impacts felt for decades – scientists

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

Forest restoration can turn the clock back

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

Scientists to probe ways of meeting tough global warming goal

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists on Thursday set the outlines of a report on how to restrict global warming to a limit agreed last year by world leaders - even though the temperature threshold is at risk of being breached already.
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Most cities too hot to host the summer Olympics by 2085: study

BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, according to a medical journal's findings published this week.
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After scorching heat, Earth likely to get respite in 2017

OSLO (Reuters) - The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments' resolve last year in reaching a deal to combat climate change, scientists said on Wednesday.
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Antarctica's sea ice said to be vulnerable to sudden retreat

OSLO (Reuters) - Sea ice around Antarctica shrank in a warm period more than 100,000 years ago, an indication that man-made climate change could also trigger an abrupt retreat, a scientific report said Tuesday.
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Pacific islander dances to raise climate change awareness

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A weightlifter who lost his family's house in a cyclone danced off stage at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday to raise awareness of the threat climate change poses to his remote Pacific nation
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Obama previews new efforts to tackle climate change

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

‘Let’s get some perspective': Researchers say species face bigger threats than climate change

Washington Pot: Tackling climate change is the challenge of the century. But when it comes to endangered wildlife, scientists are arguing that we’ve got more pressing matters to worry about. A new comment just out today in the journal Nature contends that practices like hunting, fishing and agriculture are still the biggest threats to biodiversity on Earth -- and we need to be careful not to let our concern about climate change overshadow our efforts to address them. To be clear, the comment merely reflects the...

Adaptation to Climate Change: Need for a Human Rights Approach

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

Trump: Climate change won't be 'devastating'

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

As Earth swelters, global warming target in danger of being missed

OSLO (Reuters) - The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit in Paris just a few months ago is in danger of being breached.
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Guns, tractors 'threaten wildlife more than climate'

Agence France-Presse: The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a reset of conservation priorities. In an analysis of nearly 9,000 "threatened" or "near-threatened" species, the scientists found that three-quarters are being over-exploited for commerce, recreation or subsistence. Demand for meat and body parts, for example, have driven the Western...

Overshadowed by climate change

Deutsche-Welle: Climate change is a ubiquitous threat to species around world. But research by Australian scientists shows that some older, familiar enemies of biodiversity shouldn't be forgotten. Images of climate change are always arresting: Sometimes they come in the form of melting masses of ice, sometimes as torrential rivers or enduring droughts. The impact is always massive and visually striking and it lasts, regardless of the actual effects global warming is having. Because of that, climate change is...

Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings

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

In California's climate debate, state lawmakers push for more authority

LA Times: With negotiations over extending California`s landmark climate change programs struggling during the last month of the state`s legislative session, lawmakers are once again pushing for changes at the agency responsible for making the greenhouse gas reductions work. The target is the California Air Resources Board, which regulates pollution under the climate change program and determines how billions of dollars generated by that effort gets spent. Over the last two weeks, a bipartisan group...

An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser

Washington Post: Record-shattering temperatures this summer have scorched countries from Morocco to Saudi Arabia and beyond, as climate experts warn that the severe weather could be a harbinger of worse to come. In coming decades, U. N. officials and climate scientists predict that the region’s mushrooming populations will face extreme water scarcity, temperatures almost too hot for human survival and other consequences of global warming. If that happens, more conflicts and refugee crises far greater than those...

4 stories of Indigenous Peoples’ struggle for climate justice

Racism, deforestation, powerful mining companies, colonialism, the oil industry – Indigenous People across the world are fighting so many things in the struggle for climate justice.

From Canada to Honduras to Brazil to Finland, Indigenous Peoples face systematic oppression, government ambivalence and corporate greed - and with a changing climate their battles have gotten even bigger. When your life, existence and culture is threatened, you can't run away - speaking truth to power is the only way to live.

It is only Indigenous People that can tell us what it’s like to be at the forefront of Indigenous resistance. That’s why, in honour of Indigenous Peoples Day, I spoke to Indigenous People from across the world. Here’s what they had to say about the struggles they face.

Arnaldo Kabá Munduruku - General Chief – Cacique

Dams in the Tapajos region of the Amazon could be about to force the Munduruku Indigenous People to leave their home against their will, losing their way of life, culture and livelihood. One million people worldwide have backed the Munduruku’s call for an end to destructive dams in the fragile Amazon, and the world is beginning to listen. Just last week, the license for the first dam was cancelled. The Munduruku people are now fighting to stop the other dams which threaten their land. Most importantly, they are fighting to get their land recognised by the government. Respect for their ancestral home will stop the dams for good.

As with all of the people I interviewed for this article, Arnaldo is full of the kind of energy and determination that makes it clear that he will win. Here is why Arnaldo continues to fight:

"The river and the forest give us everything we need to survive. They give us our food, our water, our medicine. If they build this dam they will kill the river, they will kill my people, our culture. The future of our children is threatened by the ambition of the companies and the government. The forest is also important for other people from other countries because its belongs to everybody."

Jenni Laiti - Saami – Artist and Activist - Souhpanterror

Jenni, a member of the Saami People, is an artist and activist. She is a climate warrior with an unstoppable energy that can make the impossible possible. The Saamis, and their way of life, are currently under threat. They have won in the past and they will continue win.

"We are not included, we are not questioned nor answered, and we are not in the agenda. It's all the same with all the politics in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia and these countries are devastating and dividing us. We use our land in sustainable ways with traditional Saami livelihoods, but at the same time we have to live in colonial countries with their systems and their legislations where our own Saami customary law is not recognised. Our heritage, language and traditional knowledge vanishes everyday while it's covered under the Settler's culture.

"They see Sápmi and its last wilderness in Europe through a colonial perspective; they see us as an empty territory that they can still colonise, take away and practice any type of extractive and land grabbing activities. Once someone asked 'What local people?' We local people! We are not only fighting against colonialism and capitalism every day, but we are fighting against climate change as well: we see that our way of life is threatened and we are standing on the edge. For us to survive, there is no space for colonialism. There is nothing more to give for capitalism, we are already standing on the edge. I feel that me - my family, my people, my area - we are all threatened."

Gaspar Sanchez - COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras)

Gaspar is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. He is part of the Lenca Indigenous Peoples and a member of the Indigenous Lenca organisation COPINH co-founded by Berta Cacerés. There are 51 concessions for hydroelectric projects in the area and COPINH has complaints against 49 of them. Their struggle has taken away the lives of the people fighting against them.

"All of these projects are illegitimate and illegal. Illegal because they don’t follow international conventions such as article 169 that establishes the right to prior, free and informed consent (article 169 of the International Labour Organisation Convention). It's illegitimate because not one or the other decision is taken with any type of consultation from us.

Our territories are vastly militarised. When the communities decided to raise their voice and make it loud and clear, they are criminalised, harassed and killed. Comrades have been murdered because they protect our rivers, our territories. In the case of the defence of the sacred Gualcarque and Blanco rivers five comrades have been killed. Six, counting Berta Cáceres assassination. But, before them, there have been others because it’s clear than in this country there are no institutions to respond to the need of Indigenous Peoples. Currently we are defenceless: the State and any of the public institutions work together with politicians and corporations in collusion with drug traffickers, organised crime and there’s absolutely nobody left to protect Indigenous Peoples."

Clayton Thomas-Müller - Mathais Colomb Cree Nation - Stop it at the Source Campaigner,

Clayton, a member of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan) in Northern Manitoba, Canada, spends his time being one of the coolest and most wonderful human beings I’ve ever met. He is a Cree activist for Indigenous self-determination and environmental justice.

"I feel very strongly that the shared consensus among many Indigenous Peoples here in Canada on the discourse of mitigating climate change and the development of adaptation programs to the global crisis is: the solutions lie in a much deeper dive into addressing colonialism and reconciliation. For Canada’s current economic model to be successful, They must enact policies that lead to the removal and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from our lands to extract natural resources to sell to the highest bidder on the international free market. This must change.

The neo-colonialism playing out through Canada's economic extractive policies in Indigenous territories is a double-edged blade. Here, in our lands, we are disproportionately affected by industries' impacts and also by climate change which affects our constitutionally protected inherent rights to hunt, fish and trap. G8 economies are using the climate crisis for profit. Through free trade agreements and institutions like the World Bank, Canada is banking on using carbon offset initiatives such as REDD and REDD+. By privatizing forests through the international carbon trading facility to be bought and sold as commodities, Canada can plant a million palm oil trees in the Global South to justify expanding controversial developments like the tar sands in the north. We have such a huge responsibility on our shoulders to keep the oil in the soil living in a region with the second largest carbon pool on the planet. If Canada’s tar sands are developed to the fullest of its capacity it's game over for humanity"

So what can be done to support Indigenous Peoples?

When asked what people could do to support Indigenous struggles Clayton said "Check your privilege at the door" and continued, "When organising, my resources are not focused on the ruling class. Instead, I look to communities whose liberation is tied to my liberation; whose oppression is tied to my oppression: solidarity is the most powerful device we have in our social movement's toolkits."

There are various ways you can put solidarity into practice: get versed in the issues, spread the word, send a message of solidarity, pressure companies and governments and take direct action. We need to build a diverse and inclusive movement, understand how race and class are barriers across the globe and ask ourselves: how can we work alongside and in solidarity with front line communities?

For more information about Indigenous struggles:

Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Climate Action

Environmental Justice Atlas

Indigenous Rising


Martin Vainstein is a social media intern with Greenpeace UK

With contributions by Suzanne Dhaliwal, co-director UK Tar Sands Network.

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Hollywood Is Finally Taking on Climate Change. It Should Go Even Further

Slate: Hollywood celebrities have long prided themselves as the social conscience of America. Now, it seems, they've widened their reach to the entire Earth. "Climate change is real, it is happening right now,' DiCaprio said in his Oscar acceptance speech in February. "Let us not take this planet for granted.' With those words, DiCaprio did more for climate change advocacy than any other individual effort, ever, according to a new study. Compared to the Paris climate summit last December--in which...

Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Turning Point' set for Toronto film festival

Canadian Press: Star-studded thrillers and horrors, and the world premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary "The Turning Point" are bound for the Toronto International Film Festival. On Tuesday, organizers unveiled this year's lineup of docs and shorts, as well as dark, twisted and boundary-pushing films for the edgy Midnight Madness program. Among the highlights is DiCaprio's climate change doc, which he made with actor-filmmaker Fisher Stevens, who won an Oscar for producing "The Cove." Meanwhile, Adam...

Rio Olympics: Why the opening ceremony’s spotlight on climate change matters

As a Brazilian, it saddens me to see so much bad press around my country now that the Olympics Games are happening. Two years ago, during the World Cup, it was a great conversation starter. People would ask if I was excited about it, and if I was going to the stadium to watch the teams play. Now, when someone wants to talk to me about my country, they ask me if I am glad that I am not there for the Games.

Performance around climate change during Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony. Credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil/Wikimedia Commons

There is such a complex mix of political, social and economic issues happening in Brazil right now, it is hard to know where to start. Should I mention the president’s impeachment? What about the corruption scandal involving so many Brazilian politicians right now? And don’t get me started on the Zika virus.

I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve seen talking about the water pollution in Rio and concerns for the health of the athletes and tourists. Even though I knew deep down that Brazil was not going to be able to meet the world’s expectations — or my own — before the Olympics started, I really hoped that they would somehow figure it out. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

Don’t get me wrong, amongst so much bad media, there is still good news. Brazil just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Soy Moratorium, an agreement that helps protect the Amazon from deforestation for soy farming. And I cannot forget to mention the huge news that the license for building a mega-dam in the heart of the Amazon was cancelled just last week. But there is always more to be done.

Brazil may have missed the opportunity to have the sustainable event it planned, but the silver lining is that in this international spotlight, Brazil’s leaders can make the right choices for the environment. There are still other hydroelectric dam projects in the Amazon that should be cancelled. Brazil’s focus needs to be on clean energy options like solar and wind instead — energy sources that protect Brazil’s biodiverse ecosystems and the climate.

Maracanã Stadium lit up with fireworks during Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony. Credit: Getty Images/Clive Brunskill

Watching the opening ceremony, I was glad to see that at least one opportunity was not missed: bringing climate change front and center. Two powerful messages were delivered during the event. The first was a video about global warming. Seeing Amsterdam, Rio, Florida and so many other places around the world being flooded due to the rise of sea level gave me chills. These are the real consequences if the whole world does not commit to fight against climate change. The second message announced that more than 11,000 trees will be planted in Rio, representing each Olympic athlete.

This part of the opening ceremony was just a symbolic act, but I hope that both messages serve as a wake up call for everyone who watched it — and that the sense of togetherness it provided can make people feel that it is possible to make a difference, even through small acts like planting a tree. The fight against climate change is everyone’s fight. Even some Olympic athletes are recognizing the role they can play.

The whole ceremony was amazingly beautiful, inclusive and exceeded my expectations. It made me feel proud of being Brazilian, because it showed the whole world our culture, history and diversity. And it reminded us all that, if we are capable of joining forces to celebrate Olympic Games together, we can make the world a better place as well.

Diego Gonzaga is the Americas Communication Hub Intern at Greenpeace USA.

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Emerging diseases threaten Maasai and their herds

SciDevNet: For the semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists of Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, herding underpins lives, livelihoods and cultural identity. Cattle, goats and sheep provide food and income, so families move around to reach the food and water their animals need to survive. As a result, life is shaped by shifts in vegetation, weather and water levels. But this unique culture is endangered by climate change and emerging diseases, as well as by broader socio-political threats —access to land and...

Climate changes affecting Maldives coral reefs getting bleached due to warmer sea temperature

India Live: After the Great Barrier reef, Maldives is the new victim of climate change. About 60% of the once-pristine coral reefs of the Maldives have been bleached and in some area this figures reaches to 90%. The study was conducted by the Maldives Marine Research Centre and the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Indian Ocean archipelago is known for its colorful coral gardens but The Ocean Agency says that a strong El...

Study: DiCaprio’s Oscar Speech Did More For Climate Change Than Earth Day

Dispatch: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar acceptance speech comments urging action on climate change drew more attention on social media than Earth Day, according to a study out of the University of California San Diego. The study, titled “Big Data Sensors of Organic Advocacy: The Case of Leonardo DiCaprio and Climate Change,” was published Aug. 2 in scientific journal Plos One. It argues DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for best actor received much more attention on social media than it did on traditional...

Lake Tanganyika fisheries declining from global warming

PhysOrg: The decrease in fishery productivity in Lake Tanganyika since the 1950s is a consequence of global warming rather than just overfishing, according to a new report from an international team led by a University of Arizona geoscientist. The lake was becoming warmer at the same time in the 1800s the abundance of fish began declining, the team found. The lake's algae - fish food - also started decreasing at that time. However, large-scale commercial fishing did not begin on Lake Tanganyika until...

Vatican newspaper op-ed: address climate change now before it is too late

Catholic Culture: In a front-page column in the August 7 edition of the Vatican newspaper, Italian philosopher Luca Possati said that climate change must be addressed now before it is too late. Citing a report released on August 2 by the National Centers for Environmental Information, Possati noted that the year 2015 was the warmest since climate recordkeeping began in the nineteenth century. Recalling that the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change contains no sanctions, Possati called for a “new globalized approach...

Warming climate expected to squeeze out Arctic bird habitat

Anchorage Daily News: Many species of shorebirds that migrate to the Arctic each year to breed their young will lose substantial amounts of their summer habitat to climate change, and the biggest losses in the coming decades will be in Alaska and neighboring parts of Russia, new research concludes. By 2070, higher temperatures brought on by climate change will eliminate important Arctic breeding habitat for at least two-thirds of the 24 bird species evaluated in a study published in the journal Global Change Biology,...

Australia: Labor slams Turnbull government 'flip-flopping' on CSIRO climate research

Sydney Morning Herald: Greg Hunt has revealed a plan to focus on climate science with millions more in investment that will create new jobs. The cuts had prompted widespread condemnation, and fears that Australia was undermining global efforts to monitor and predict climate change. The new strategy, which is yet to be fully devised, includes 15 new climate science jobs and research investment worth $37 million over 10 years. The government has increased CSIRO's agency-wide budget from $1.35 billion this financial...

Rejection of experts spreads from Brexit to climate change with 'Clexit'

Guardian: Brexit support and climate denial have many similarities. Many Brexit Leave campaign leaders also deny the dangers of human-caused climate change. Older generations were more likely to vote for the UK to leave the EU and are more likely to oppose taking action on climate change; younger generations disagree, and will be forced to live with the consequences of those decisions. On both issues there’s also a dangerous strain of anti-intellectualism, in which campaigners mock experts and dismiss their...

Climate change has made a mammal extinct, great job humanity

Metro: For the first time ever, human-driven climate change has caused the extinction of a mammal. The Bramble Cay melomys, a rodent, lived only in the Great Barrier Reef but has been wiped out by rising sea levels, according to Australian researchers. Delta Air Lines grounds ALL flights after massive system outage The long-tailed, whiskered creature lived only on Bramble Cay, a tiny island between Australia and Papua New Guinea, and was thought to be the only mammal native to the Great Barrier...

Aviation could consume a quarter of 1.5C carbon budget by 2050

Carbon Brief: The aviation industry faces huge challenges if it is to meet its own self-imposed climate change targets, according to a new UN report. And even if it does meet all its targets, aviation will still have consumed 12% of the global carbon budget for 1.5C by 2050, Carbon Brief analysis shows. If it fails to reach this target, its share of this budget could rise to as much as 27%. The sector has an aspirational goal to cap its emissions at 2020 levels, so that any growth after this year is achieved...

Great Barrier Reef rodent becomes first extinct mammal at the hand of climate change

ZME Magazine: Great Barrier Reef’s only endemic mammal, the Bramble Cay melomys, is now officially extinct, scientists say. The rat-like rodent occupied a very confined habitat spanning an area no larger than a football field called Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, Australia. Although pressured by human hunting and competition with other species, what ultimately killed off the species were surging seawaters and rising tides triggered by man-made climate change — the first mammalian...

More than 60% of Maldives' coral reefs hit by bleaching

Press Association: More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests. Bleaching happens when algae that lives in the coral is expelled due to stress caused by extreme and sustained changes in temperatures, turning the coral white and putting it at risk of dying if conditions do not return to normal. Unusually warm ocean temperatures due to climate change and a strong “El Nino” phenomenon that pushes...

NASA Has Mapped The Fragmented Underbelly Of The Greenland Ice Sheet

IFL Science: Thanks to a combination of climatological quirks and man-made climate change, the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet, and the Greenland Ice Sheet – the world’s second largest – is being obliterated at a remarkable rate. A new study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, reveals that something rather unfortunate is also going on beneath Greenland’s ice. Using a combination of modeling and imaging techniques, scientists have produced a subglacial...

Olympic Records Won't Come Easy in Rio Because of Climate Change

Bloomberg: Athletes at the Olympic Games may struggle to break world records as they compete with Brazil’s rising temperatures caused by climate change. Marathon runners, swimmers, volleyball players and even soccer referees will succumb to extreme heat and lose concentration during the games, in some cases risking their lives to heatstroke, according to a report released Monday by Observatorio do Clima, a Brazilian civil society group. “Because of warming, sport will never be the same again,” the report...

Rio Olympic effect: public discussion on issue of climate change increases

American Bazaar: When the Rio Olympics begins with a truly spectacular show at Rio, Brazil, just a couple of days ago, it had a segment on climate change that staged the perils of sea level rise on vulnerable nations and Ed Hawkins’ compelling visual spiral indicating global warming made it truly charming. It was a big hit on social media that also added the Leonardo di Caprio’s speech about climate change at the Oscars . This “Rio Olympic Effect” and “the DiCaprio Effect” resonates with the public on this issue...

Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar Speech on Climate Change Makes a Difference Based on Statistics

Nature World: It's no surprise how celebrities can cause a huge impact on world issues. In fact, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar speech on climate change, it got people talking. A study done by a group of researchers from San Diego State University prove that DiCaprio certainly made an impression. John Ayers led the research along with colleagues from the University of California San Diego and Santa Fe Institute. They studied the statistics and how DiCaprio's speech on climate change affected data analysis....

Rio Olympics puts climate change front and centre

Climate Home: Rio de Janeiro is pitching this Olympics as the "green games", as Friday`s opening ceremony made clear. Ceremony director Fernando Meirelles -- best known for the film City of God -- used one of the biggest international platforms going to raise awareness about climate change. Each of the 11,000 competitors was given a seed to plant, which will create an athletes` forest in the Deodoro zone. "Climate change and the depletion of natural resources need our attention and the Olympic Opening...

Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

New York Times: Australian researchers say rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to human-caused climate change. The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea. The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called...

Popular culture completely ignores climate change

Times of India: Amitav Ghosh, arguably the foremost Indo-Anglian author of our generation, has penned his latest non-fiction, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, recently. After the elaborate Ibis trilogy, the Hungry Tide author, in his latest book, argues about our 'imaginative failure in the face of global warming'. In a brief conversation with CT on Wednesday at Tollygunge Club, the author spoke about his concerns over the wrath of climate change, his love for authoring non-fiction and...

Warming Coastal Waters Lure Southern Species North

CBS: The fish population in New Jersey waters is growing more diverse, and a Rutgers University scientist says climate change is driving it. Dr. Ken Able is the director of Rutgers University`s marine field station in Tuckerton, where for 27 years, they`ve been studying the baby fish that come into the Little Egg Inlet. "And we have a distinct trend,” he says. “We have warming water temperatures, and we have fewer northern species and we have more southern species. And there`s good data to support...

Scientists warn mankind will miss crucial climate change target – eight months after agreeing it

Independent: A global warming limit agreed by world leaders with great fanfare is feared to be coming close to being broken just eight months on. Climate change scientists have warned it may be nearly impossible to keep global warming below the 1.5C target set at the Paris negotiations in December after temperatures peaked at 1.38C above pre-industrial levels in February and March. Met Office data analysed by Reading University professor Ed Hawkins showed average global temperatures were more than 1C over...

Olympics' climate change message sparks conservative backlash

Hill: Conservative backlash spread on social media after the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony featured a warning about climate change. The prime-time spectacle started with a young boy with a Pau-Brasil tree in the center of the stadium, a rare tree on the list of Brazil’s endangered plants. A video then showed a dramatic depiction of Earth and several major cities affected by rising water levels as Antarctic ice sheets rapidly melt. While some were happy the Olympics used its global...

India: Climate change hits apple cultivation

Tribune: Climate change is impacting apple cultivation, the mainstay of orchardists in Shimla, Kinnaur, Kullu, Mandi, Chamba, Sirmaur and Lahaul-Spiti, casting a shadow on production. The apple marketing season is at its peak, but the production is likely to dip this year and experts attribute it to climate change. "The production is likely to be about 50 per cent of the 7.55 lakh tonnes (3.80 crore) boxes produced last year as the crop has been adversely affected by scanty snowfall and poor rain,"...

Fishing contributes to climate change

Hindu: The yummy fish delicacy on your plate is contributing significantly to global warming and climate change. Fisheries scientists of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi, have estimated that fishery activities taking place on the Kerala coast adds 8.07 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. Annually around 6.7 lakh tonnes of fish are caught and brought to the Kerala coast by the fleet of both mechanised and motorised fishing vessels. One tonne of oil sardine, one of...

Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscars speech caused surge in climate change tweets and searches

NME: Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscars acceptance speech led to a huge surge in tweets and Google searches about climate change, a new report shows. The actor spoke about the issue while picking up his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant earlier this year. "Climate change is real. It is happening right now," he said during his speech. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating." A new paper published by PlOS ONE shows...

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