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Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

Environment News Service: Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report. The human and financial toll could be even higher if the damage from floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events is included, the bank says. "South Asia's economy is under serious threat and the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Asians inhabiting the region's...
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Leonardo DiCaprio voices climate change film

Politico: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change and calling for federal action over carbon pollution. "We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon -- now,' DiCaprio says in his narration of "Carbon,' released Wednesday. "If national governments won't take action, your community can,' DiCaprio says. "We can move our economy town by town, state...
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Impacts of climate change and land use on wildlife must be considered, say researchers

Blue and Green: Policymakers need to consider the impacts of both climate change and land use when studying ecosystems, researchers have said. A study has found that when the two factors are analysed together, there are variances in the findings depending on the region. Volker Radeloff, one of the researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, “For conservation, as the world is changing, we want to know, how will wildlife respond. We need to take both land use and climate into account as we look...
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Greens warn climate change could ruin 'outdoor' experience

Hill: Climate change is making ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy more prevalent, jeopardizing the outdoor experience, according to a new report. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) warns in a report released Tuesday that changes in weather patterns are also increasing the number of invasive pests that potentially carry diseases, or can harm those seeking to enjoy the outdoors. "The climate crisis is really impacting the outdoor American experience," said Colin O'Mara, president of NWF. "When you...
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Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9% by 2100

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 per cent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns. According to the ADB's report, titled Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia, the costs of countering climate change in South Asia will also increase over time and will be prohibitively high in the long term. Gross domestic product (GDP) losses are projected at 12.6 per cent...
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Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.







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Climate change to slash south Asian GDP

Financial Times: South Asian economies will be badly squeezed by climate change within a few decades if no action is taken to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Asian Development Bank. The report calculates that the six countries studied – India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives – would on average lose 1.8 per cent of their gross domestic product by 2050 and 8.8 per cent by the end of the century, under a “business...
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Reason Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Validated

Huffington Post: Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere -- and now a new study shows that this is true. The report, called "Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change" and released...
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Half of world could face extreme water scarcity by 2095

Blue and Green: Without climate change mitigation policies, half of the world could face extreme water scarcity before the end of the century, a study has found. However, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) also warned that poorly planned policies could exacerbate the crisis. The study, which was carried out with the help of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, is comprehensive and used unique modelling technology. The model linked economic, energy, land-use and climate systems...
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Scientists Say Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cont Wreak Havoc on Climate

EcoWatch: Two new scientific studies, reported by Climate News Network, have added still more links between human-caused release of greenhouse gases and climate change. In Austria, scientist Ben Marzeion of University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics was part of a team that tracked changes in glaciers around the world between 1851 and 2010, using 19th-century photos and paintings as a baseline. Computer models allowed them to take into account natural factors like volcanic eruptions...
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Towards A New Global Development Agenda: 5 Key Questions

After 17 months of debate among representatives of 70 countries, a UN Open Working Group has proposed a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire next year. The proposal is a significant accomplishment and a milestone in the ongoing intergovernmental process to forge a post-2015 agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and to accelerate a global transition to more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. So how do the proposed SDGs stack up against these ambitious aims, and what are some key questions going forward as the global community seeks final agreement a little more than a year from now?

Assessing the Open Working Group’s Proposal

While not consistent with its mandate that goals be “limited in number” and “easy to communicate"—17 goals and 169 targets, versus the MDGs' eight goals and 21 targets—the Open Working Group has offered a comprehensive and potentially transformative agenda. In addition to tackling core dimensions of poverty eradication, other critical areas of concern such as inequality, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, and sustainable cities are included. And other important areas have garnered strengthened attention—such as targets on ecosystems and natural resources, and on transparent institutions and access to information—that go well beyond the MDGs.

Yet there is considerable room for improvement starting with the need to make the goals and targets more explicitly universal in scope. This is fundamental to ensuring a globally-shared and transformative agenda. The lack of quantified targets throughout the proposal makes the level of ambition unclear. Targets need to be specific and measurable to spur action and to evaluate progress. While one strength of the MDGs was that they helped development actors prioritize and better coordinate their efforts, the sheer size of this agenda almost guarantees diluting focus. The Open Working Group’s goals and targets could well be consolidated without sacrificing issues on which consensus has been built. And the framework could much more effectively address the interlinkages between goals. For instance, there are targets for water that also contribute to food security and could be considered part of achieving both goals.

Global Agreement or Collision Course

While the Open Working Group report is a major step, more intense negotiations and potential political obstacles lie ahead on the road to a UN Summit in September 2015 at which a final agreement is expected. With many issues still unresolved, here are five key questions to watch:

  • How can the weaknesses in the current draft—a lack of specificity, focus and integration across the framework—be improved while preserving the consensus that has been achieved? While there is considerable scope for improvement, many countries would prefer not to re-open the proposed goals and targets, and it is uncertain whether doing so would result in a stronger or weaker final outcome.

  • How will the most contentious issues, such as climate change, rule of law and peaceful societies, and sexual and reproductive rights, be addressed? While they all made it into the Open Working Group’s proposal, these topics are some of the most vulnerable when more countries have their say. Will they be strengthened, weakened or dropped altogether?

  • Will rhetoric around universality turn into tangible and substantial commitments by all countries? Much has been made of the idea that the post-2015 SDGs will apply to all countries—developing, emerging and advanced economies alike. How much of this will materialize in the final agenda and its subsequent implementation?

  • What will be the shape of a ‘new’ global partnership for sustainable development and will it be ‘fit-for-purpose’? Difficult work lies ahead on elaborating the policy, trade, technology, capacity development and financing measures needed to implement the post-2015 SDGs. The Financing for Development Conference in July will be a critical opportunity to set the contours for how the new agenda will be financed and implemented, and how to reshape the global partnership for development to meet the challenges of a universal sustainable development agenda.

  • Finally, whatever the final outcome, how can we package and communicate the agenda in a way that speaks to governments, civil society, the private sector and citizens? The agenda is only as effective as its ability to motivate action above and beyond business-as-usual. The complexity of the agenda needs to be distilled into a limited number of core messages that articulate a compelling vision and the potential that the post-2015 agenda represents to all countries and stakeholders—from heads of state to ordinary citizens.

As the answers to these questions unfold, it will become clearer whether we are on a collision course or turning toward a new and transformative global sustainable development agenda.

WRI is a member of IRF2015—a collaboration of 11 international research institutions providing critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. IRF2015 partners are preparing a more in-depth analysis of the OWG proposed goals and targets for release in September 2014.


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Royal Society Propose Framework Climate Engineer Experiments

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

Climate Central: Climate change is here, it's happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe's forests. A report published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased significantly in Europe's forests in recent years. An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest Institute that climate change is altering the environment, and it is long-lived ecosystems like forests...
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Real conservatives are conservationists

Herald Extra: Why is it that some political conservatives have been so obstinate in opposing any government action to address human-caused climate change? The answer is that they aren’t real conservatives. Real conservatives favor working toward a truly free and equitable society by intelligently considering our options and choosing those that will cause the least social upheaval and loss of individual freedom. This minimalist approach to managing change stems from a healthy respect for “the Law of Unintended...
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Extinction or 'translocation' as impacts climate change increase?

ClimateWire: Climate change is altering the way some scientists are trying to save endangered plant and animal species from extinction. For nearly 100 years, conservationists have focused preservation efforts on maintaining species' historical ranges and reintroducing captive-bred species to boost dwindling populations. Now, some scientists are experimenting with a new approach. "What's changed over the years is we introduce [species] into areas where they have never been before," said Philip Seddon an...
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Many Republicans privately support action climate

Bloomberg: In stark contrast to their party's public stance on Capitol Hill, many Republicans privately acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity is at least partially responsible for climate change and recognize the need to address the problem. However, they see little political benefit to speaking out on the issue, since congressional action is probably years away, according to former congressmen, former congressional aides and other sources. In Bloomberg BNA interviews with several dozen...
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On climate rules, regulators look beyond litigation

Texas Tribune: Gov. Rick Perry has said that a new federal proposal to cut carbon emissions is "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans." Texas should not bank on legal action to free itself from the Obama administration's proposal to tackle climate change, two state regulators said Friday. Referring to a string of recent defeats­ in challenges to U.S. EPA rules, Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman said regulators should think beyond litigation when...
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Fact-checking Obama's rules on carbon and coal plants

PolitiFact: President Barack Obama’s second-term promise to tackle climate change has clashed with election-year politics. Much of the political debate has focused on the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly proposed regulations on existing power plants. If enacted, the rules would curb carbon emissions that scientists say cause global warming. Misinformation about these new regulations started even before the EPA released them. In the days leading up to the EPA’s June 2 announcement, the U.S. Chamber...
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Why Does Less Meat Mean Less Heat?

LiveScience: After long focusing on fuel economy and energy production, environmentalists and scientists are now promoting a diet of more plants and less meat to slow climate change — but why? It's a problem with efficiency. Industrial farm-animal production — getting animals from farms to our plates — is inherently inefficient. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global animal agriculture produces vast amounts of crops to feed billions of farm animals long before they are...
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Humans to Blame for World's Melting Glaciers

Nature World: As our world warms, glacial ice continues to retreat. However, scientists have now come to realize that humans are mostly to blame, rather than being able to solely peg it on natural climate fluctuations, according to a new study. Glacier extent actually responds very slowly to climate changes. In fact, it typically takes glaciers decades or centuries to adjust. The global retreat of these massive chunks of ice started around the middle of the 19th century at the end of the Little Ice Age. Though...
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US cities combating climate change on the local level

Al Jazeera America: When it comes to climate change, a major part of President Barack Obama's plan is to promote ideas and solutions at state and local levels. Last month, surrounded by his task force of state, local and tribal leaders, Obama unveiled a national climate preparedness plan, pressing forward in his commitment to combat the effects of climate change in the United States. The plan activates a variety of federal agencies to implement recommendations from the task force. The Department of Agriculture...
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Want to change international climate change policy? Use your body

Crosscut: On Sunday, September 21, I will be with my daughter in New York City, marching with tens of thousands of concerned citizens demanding action on the climate crisis. The march is timed to build pressure on world leaders and show support for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's Climate Solutions Summit on September 23. Almost a year ago, in December 2013, I was in Warsaw at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change — the world's legally binding climate...
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'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans

Reuters: From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas. With stunning underwater footage, the film that airs on Friday on the online streaming service Netflix and in selected U.S. theaters, shows the devastating impact of pollution, overfishing and climate change on the oceans through the eyes of the renowned...
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Tuvalu PM Enele Sopoaga says climate change 'like a weapon of mass destruction.'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The Prime Minister of the small Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has compared climate change to a weapon of mass destruction, and warned Australia not to stand in the way of a new global agreement. Enele Sopoaga says his country and many other low-lying Pacific nations are facing serious threats from global warming. Mr Sopoaga says he'll be making his position clear when he co-chairs a UN climate change summit in New York next month. "We are caught in the middle, and certainly in Tuvalu, we are...
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Human impact on glacier melt increasing - study

RTCC: Human activity is playing an increasing role in the melting of glaciers, Austrian and Canadian scientists have found. One of the most disruptive effects of climate change, glacier retreat leads to rising sea levels, landslides and unpredictable availability of water downstream. Meanwhile, a separate study found ice discharge from the Antarctica could raise sea levels by up to 37cm this century, more than previously thought. Scientists and policymakers are calling for international collaboration...
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Humans to blame for much of recent glacier melt

Climate Central: From Alaska to the Alps, photos of today's diminished glaciers contrasted with grainy black-and-white images of their former, more massive states are some of the most widely used examples of the impact of human-caused climate change, with their melt threatening water supplies, enhancing sea level rise, and posing threats like floods from bursting glacial lakes. "Everybody is using [these photos],' said Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist with the University of Innsbruck in Austria. "But nobody actually...
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Is climate change key to the spread of Ebola?

CNBC: Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists have warned, as the deadly disease ravages four countries across West Africa. Nearly 2,000 people have caught Ebola since the epidemic started in February. More than 1,000 people have died. All four countries hit--Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria--have declared public health emergencies, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has termed the outbreak "unprecedented". Scientists are uncertain why...
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Corporate Australia in denial over climate change, former coal exec Ian Dunlop says

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Corporate Australia is in complete denial about climate change, according to former fossil fuels executive and energy commentator Ian Dunlop. Mr Dunlop, a former chairman of the Coal Association, said business should be condemning the chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council (BAC), Maurice Newman, for claiming the Earth is cooling. A newspaper article by Mr Newman said that governments, including the former Labor government, followed biased research "like primitive civilisations...
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Global Warming increasing moisture Earth's atmosphere driving Mother of all Feedback Loops

Daily Kos: We have long suspected that greenhouse gases which cause the Earth to warm would lead to a wetter atmosphere. The latest research published by Eul-Seok Chung, Brian Soden, and colleagues provides new insight into what was thought to be an old problem. In doing so, they experimentally verified what climate models have been predicting. The models got it right… again. The authors show that the long-term increase in water vapor in the upper troposphere cannot have resulted from natural causes – it...
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Tuvalu PM says climate change 'like weapon of mass destruction'

Agence France-Presse: Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga likened the impact of climate change on Pacific island nations to "a weapon of mass destruction" Friday, saying strong global leadership on the issue was needed. File photo taken in February 2004 shows the South Pacific pounding the coastline of Tuvalu's Funafuti Atoll as king tides caused by climate change threaten the tiny island nation - by Torsten Blackwood Sopoaga said a UN-sponsored summit on climate change in New York next month was a chance to set...
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A Little Touch of Climate-Change Despair

Huffington Post: Do methane bubbles in the Arctic signal a new level in our dangerous game with climate change? I was passing through Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport last Sunday, on my way home with my two sons. We'd just spent the past 13 days in the Republic of Congo, visiting the Mbendjele forest people, a forest concession and a very fine national park, in order to experience life in Africa. It had been a great experience, made more special by the absence of technology: No social media in the forest. Arriving...
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Trees lose out to climate change

Earth Times: Pollution and human encroachment may be a great threat elsewhere, but forests are suffering more from wind, bark beetles and wildfire. Europe's forests are very much protected these days, but climate change has been defeating the object of trying to maintain the vestiges of the great Eurasian forest that once covered the land. To check up on forestry worldwide, look at - The Earth Times Encyclopaedia. Studying the last decade, Rupert Seidii, Mart-Jan Schelhaas, Werner Rammer and Pieter Johannes...
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Humans now strongest driver of glaciers melting, study finds

Press Association: Melting of glaciers caused by human activity has soared in the past 20 years, a study has shown. Human influence is now the strongest driver of glacier melting, which has been occurring since the end of the “Little Ice Age” in the mid-19th century, it is claimed. Between 1851 and 2010, only a quarter of glacial mass loss was due to human-induced climate change, scientists calculated. But during the last two decades of that period the human contribution rose to two thirds. Lead researcher...
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Project survival: How Pacific island youth are facing down climate change

RTCC: "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation." Nelson Mandela, 1918 -- 2013 The small islands in the Pacific are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, heritage, rich ecosystems, biodiversity and incredible landscapes. I am fortunate to call one of these island countries my home. But because of the small geographical nature, the challenges our island nations face are many. One of these leading development challenges is climate change. Climate change is not...
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NJ announces climate change mapping website

Newsworks: Rutgers scientists and data managers announced a new climate change mapping website for New Jersey this week. NJADAPT.org contains interactive maps that allow community planners to see how infrastructure, population and the environment are vulnerable to storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea level rise. "We heard from a number of people who are doing community-based work that they're interested in certain assets or certain infrastructure within their communities," said Jennifer Rovito, a Rutgers...
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Humans to Blame for Much of Recent Glacier Melt

Climate Central: From Alaska to the Alps, photos of today's diminished glaciers contrasted with grainy black-and-white images of their former, more massive states are some of the most widely used examples of the impact of human-caused climate change, with their melt threatening water supplies, enhancing sea level rise, and posing threats like floods from bursting glacial lakes. "Everybody is using [these photos],' said Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist with the University of Innsbruck in Austria. "But nobody actually...
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Melting glaciers are caused by man-made global warming, study shows

Independent: The dramatic melting of the world’s mountain glaciers – from the Alps to the Himalayas – is mostly the result of man-made global warming rather than natural variability in the climate, a study has found. Scientists have laid to rest the idea that glaciers as far apart as Patagonia and Indonesia are melting primarily because of natural changes to the climate caused by such things as solar variability and volcanic eruptions. An assessment of about 200,000 glaciers in the world, some of which...
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Ebola & Climate Change: How Are They Connected?

EcoWatch: As the Ebola virus is ravaging parts of West Africa, recent reports are linking the outbreak to past studies holding climate change accountable for the uptick in viral diseases. In 2006, a study published in the journal Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene revealed that Ebola, a “violent hemorrhagic fever that leads to internal and external bleeding,” would be more frequent with global warming due to its intermittent connection to wildlife and climate. In 2008, another...
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Study focuses droughts & climate change in Sierra & beyond

Reno Gazette-Journal: The lingering drought now affecting Reno-area water supplies could be a sign of things to come, with scientists now studying how the region might respond to future droughts associated with a warming climate. Researchers with University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey are embarking on a $3.8 million project designed to examine the expected impacts of climate change, with the idea of developing policy options to deal with droughts of the future. "These...
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Climate change measures 'primitive civilisations offering up sacrifices appease gods'

Age: The Abbott government's chief business adviser says too much time has been spent focusing on global warming and as a result Australians are "ill prepared" to deal with the prospect of global cooling. Maurice Newman, who has been vocal in his climate change scepticism, has attacked governments, including the former Labor government, for pursuing "green gesture politics" by introducing carbon price signals in an opinion piece for the Murdoch-owned News Corp publication The Australian. He likened...
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Reef condition is ‘poor’, probably worse than healthcheck suggests

Conversation: The latest healthcheck of the Great Barrier Reef shows the overall outlook is “poor”, and getting worse. According to the Outlook Report produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, climate change is still the greatest threat to the reef. Other threats include runoff, dredging, incidental bycatch and illegal fishing. The report contains confronting evidence of a 50% loss of corals, another major outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish, further declines or no recovery in most species...
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Giant Sequoias Under Pressure from Climate Change

Nature World: Giant sequoias, some of the world's oldest and tallest trees, are under pressure from drought, wildfires and climate change, according to scientists with the US Geological Survey. Although sequoias aren't yet in trouble - even with the ongoing drought in California - scientists worry that them and trees alike, such as ancient redwoods and bristlecone pines, will soon be feeling the heat. These types of trees aren't built to withstand decades of dry and warming weather. Their seedlings and saplings...
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Jimmy Carter Blasts ‘Nutcases’ Who Block Climate Action

EcoWatch: Former President Jimmy Carter, in Aspen to receive a lifetime achievement award at the American Renewable Energy Day summit, pointed to "nutcases" who deny climate change, money in political campaigns and a Republican Party bent on blocking anything proposed by President Obama as obstacles to bringing the U.S. up to the renewable energy level of other developed countries. The now 89-year-old president created the Department of Energy and was known as an advocate for energy conservation and environmental...
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UN: climate change investment could secure Africa’s development

Blue and Green: Investment in climate change investment adaptation in Africa is vital to ensure that decades of development progress in the country is not reversed, according to a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As the effects of climate change impact Africa, the steps the country has taken to grow and secure a sustainable and more equitable future could be placed at risk, the report states. UNEP estimates that by 2050 Africa’s population will have doubled, reaching 2 billion people, with...
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Feds reverse course on wolverines

Associated Press: U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tuesday that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species. Wolverines, or "mountain devils," are rarely seen members of the weasel family that need deep, late-season snow to den. But while there is broad consensus climate change will make the world warmer, drilling down to determine what that means for individual...
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The meat you eat is worsening climate change

MainStreet: There's a huge contributor to climate change that gets ignored when talking about our warming world -- and it isn't coal or cars . Rather, it's what we most of us eat on a daily or near daily basis -- namely, meat and milk . Read More: Carbon Tax Gains Steam to Fight Global Warming In 2006, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations released a lengthy report entitled "Livestock's Long Shadow." Among the array of environmental problems the livestock industry is accused of contributing...
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'Unprecedented' flooding event in Detroit fits global warming pattern

Mashable: Detroit received 4.57 inches of rain in just a few hours on Monday, breaking its record for that date and coming in second place for the all-time wettest calendar day, behind a 4.74 inch deluge in July of 1925. The heavy rain -- which included more than an inch of rain falling in just 24 minutes -- led to some of the most widespread flash flooding on record in the Motor City. Every major interstate was affected by the flooding, which longtime weather forecasters in the area called an unprecedented...
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The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond

Conversation: Two landmark reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef have outlined the pressure it is being put under by climate change and other environmental factors. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s five-yearly outlook report found that the reef’s overall health is poor, and getting worse. But federal environment minister Greg Hunt said he is confident the reef will not lose its World Heritage Listing, which comes up for review next year. The federal and Queensland governments'...
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Kerry raises climate change in brief Solomons stop

HONIARA Solomon Islands (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flagged cooperation on tackling climate change during a brief stop in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, where he emphasized ties dating back to World War Two.







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EU Appetite Wood Pellets Leading to Deforestation in Southern US

Ecopreneurist: At a time when we`re well aware of the benefits of living forest ecosystems, in terms of not only mitigating the effects of air and water pollution, but also in recharging groundwater, storing carbon, serving as wildlife habitat, and perhaps even slowing climate change, it`s kind of silly to think of burning trees for electricity as being 'clean energy.` It`s even sillier to cut them down and ship them across the ocean to be used as fuel in power plants, because not only is the exportation of...
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