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Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils

ScienceDaily: While climatologists are carefully watching carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, another group of scientists is exploring a massive storehouse of carbon that has the potential to significantly affect the climate change picture. University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Aron Stubbins is part of a team investigating how ancient carbon, locked away in Arctic permafrost for thousands of years, is now being transformed into carbon dioxide and released into the atmosphere....

Global Warming "Pause" That Wasn't Explained One Simple Video Graphic

Daily Kos: Deniers have repeatedly claimed the global warming "hit the pause button" over the last few years. This idea that global warming had "paused" has been their biggest talking point of late. They have employed it to attack research that shows global warming was caused by increased emissions of greenhouse gasses. In short, they argued climate scientists were the ones "in denial" about "global warming," not them. They proudly proclaimed victory over "eco-alarmists," asserting that this "pause" demonstrated...

Leading group of climate change deniers accused of creating 'fake controversy'

Independent: The UK’s most prominent climate change denial group is launching an inquiry into the integrity of global surface temperature records. The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), established by notable climate-change sceptic Lord Lawson, announced an international team of “eminent climatologists, physicists and statisticians” would investigate the reliability of the current data. Professor Terence Kealey, the former vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, has been appointed chair of...

At $24 Trillion, Oceans World’s 7th-Largest Economy

Guardian: By Oliver Milman, The Guardian The monetary value of the world's oceans has been estimated at $24 trillion in a new report that warns that overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting an unprecedented strain upon marine ecosystems. The report, commissioned by WWF, states the asset value of oceans is $24 trillion and values the annual "goods and services' it provides, such as food, at $2.5 trillion. This economic clout would make the oceans the seventh-largest economy in the world although...

Pope Francis forces issue climate change

Grist: High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change. It`s Pope Francis`s latest effort to raise the profile of the issue among churchgoers, and it`s sure to make some Catholics hot under the collar. Since taking the helm of the church in 2013, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that Christians have a moral obligation to lower carbon emissions. He has spoken frankly about how global warming...

Renewable energy for all: How an Indian village was electrified

Let's accept it. Climate change is a reality and current and future generations are up against the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. Yet some people believe that there is a trade-off between combating climate change and delivering development for the people. Around this year's Earth Day, it is time to explode this harmful myth. It's time to accept that the key to dealing with both poverty and climate change is energy security. And that energy security can be achieved without fossil fuels.

On a global level renewable energy is winning the race against fossil fuels as more clean-power capacity is being installed than coal, oil and gas together. Solar power is growing faster than even we at Greenpeace predicted, and renewables are now the cheapest way to provide more electricity in an ever-growing number of countries.

Dharnai, a solar-powered village in India, shows how we can make the renewables boom deliver for all -- including the rural poor. Dharnai is located in Bihar, one of the poorest provinces in India. It did not have access to electricity for 30 years before a solar mini-grid was installed with the support of Greenpeace India in July last year.

The village faces extreme poverty, deep caste divisions and very high illiteracy rates. But life in Dharnai has been transformed in the last 10 months since an affordable solar-energy grid arrived. Dharnai is the first village in India where all aspects of life are powered by solar. The 100-kilowatt (kW) system powers the 450 homes of the 2,400 residents, 50 commercial operations, two schools, a training center and a health-care facility. A battery backup ensures power is available around the clock.

Solar-powered lighting means children can now go out and play after school and finish their homework after sunset. Women feel safer venturing out after dark and families at home do not have to spend time in darkness. The arrival of solar-powered water pumps has brought new hope to many farmers in improving access to fresh-water resources. With solar energy, more villagers have been able to recharge their mobile phones regularly, and so the solar grid has also opened up Dharnai to the world of the Internet.

This is just the beginning. Improvements in the quality of life of Dharnai's residents have become the talk of neighboring villages that are eager to understand and replicate the Dharnai model. India has 80,000 other villages that also need solar micro-grids.

That is why it is so important that Greenpeace India continues to work for a better life for India's citizens and to help deliver clean, reliable electricity for all. Dharnai shows what real development -- development that doesn't cost the Earth -- looks like. It is this kind of sustainable development that Greenpeace India stands for. And it shows the absurdity of recent suggestions that Greenpeace in India is acting against India's national interest.

Ironically, Greenpeace India's work to bring energy to Dharnai has been rewarded with brickbats rather than bouquets by India's recently elected government. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has suspended Greenpeace India's ability to receive foreign donations and has also frozen the organization's domestic accounts.

Even as my Indian colleagues prepare to answer the MHA's allegations, in court if necessary, the Indian government's actions beg the question -- how does delivering electricity to a village that had none, or advocating for clean air, safe food, protecting forests and legally sanctioned rights equate to undermining economic interests?

But the story of Dharnai goes well beyond India. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide live without electricity. For them, the Dharnai solar-powered micro-grid could be a game-changer, a model for bringing clean, reliable energy to all.

Communities without electricity, and their governments, can make a leap forward by setting up their own renewable-power systems. They can avoid the pollution from coal-burning power plants and build a clean-energy system that local communities own and control.

If all of us put our efforts into achieving a renewably powered world, we can conquer climate change and vastly improve the livelihoods of people in even the poorest regions. That is the message of Earth Day in 2015. That is the message of Dharnai.

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

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Arctic nations to fight climate change despite Russia tensions

IQALUIT, Nunavut (Reuters) - The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

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Canada will need new regulations to meet climate targets: PM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada, heavily criticized over its environmental record, will need to introduce new regulations to meet updated international climate change targets, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

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Ocean wealth valued at US$24 trillion, but sinking fast

The value of the ocean's riches rivals the size of the world's leading economies, but its resources are rapidly eroding, according to a report released by WWF today. The report, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The case for action - 2015, analyses the ocean's role as an economic powerhouse and outlines the threats that are moving it toward collapse.
The value of key ocean assets is conservatively estimated in the report to be at least US$24 trillion. If compared to the world's top 10 economies, the ocean would rank seventh with an annual value of goods and services of US$2.5 trillion.
The report, produced in association with The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is the most focused review yet of the ocean's asset base. Reviving the Ocean Economy reveals the sea's enormous wealth through assessments of goods and services ranging from fisheries to coastal storm protection, but the report also describes an unrelenting assault on ocean resources through over-exploitation, misuse and climate change.
"The ocean rivals the wealth of the world's richest countries, but it is being allowed to sink to the depths of a failed economy," said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. "As responsible shareholders, we cannot seriously expect to keep recklessly extracting the ocean's valuable assets without investing in its future."     
According to the report, more than two-thirds of the annual value of the ocean relies on healthy conditions to maintain its annual economic output. Collapsing fisheries, mangrove deforestation as well as disappearing corals and seagrass are threatening the marine economic engine that secures lives and livelihoods around the world.
"Being able to quantify both the annual and asset value of the world's oceans shows us what's at stake in hard numbers; economically and environmentally. We hope this serves as a call for business leaders and policymakers to make wiser, more calculated decisions when it comes to shaping the future of our collective ocean economy," said Douglas Beal, Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group.
Research presented in the report demonstrates that the ocean is changing more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years. At the same time, growth in human population and reliance on the sea makes restoring the ocean economy and its core assets a matter of global urgency.
"The ocean is at greater risk now than at any other time in recorded history. We are pulling out too many fish, dumping in too many pollutants, and warming and acidifying the ocean to a point that essential natural systems will simply stop functioning," said Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the report's lead author and Director of the Global Change Institute in Australia's University of Queensland.

Climate change is a leading cause of the ocean's failing health. Research included in the report shows that at the current rate of warming, coral reefs that provide food, jobs and storm protection to several hundred million people will disappear completely by 2050. More than just warming waters, climate change is inducing increased ocean acidity that will take hundreds of human generations for the ocean to repair.
Over-exploitation is another major cause for the ocean's decline, with 90 per cent of global fish stocks either over-exploited or fully exploited. The Pacific bluefin tuna population alone has dropped by 96 per cent from unfished levels.
It is not too late to reverse the troubling trends and ensure a healthy ocean that benefits people, business and nature. Reviving the Ocean Economy presents an eight-point action plan that would restore ocean resources to their full potential.
Among the most time-critical solutions presented in the report are embedding ocean recovery throughout the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, taking global action on climate change and making good on strong commitments to protect coastal and marine areas.
"The ocean feeds us, employs us, and supports our health and well-being, yet we are allowing it to collapse before our eyes. If everyday stories of the ocean's failing health don't inspire our leaders, perhaps a hard economic analysis will. We have serious work to do to protect the ocean starting with real global commitments on climate and sustainable development," said Lambertini.
WWF's global ocean campaign, Sustain Our Seas, builds on decades of work by the organization and its partners on marine conservation. WWF is working with governments, businesses and communities to encourage leaders to take urgent measures to revive the ocean economy and protect the lives and livelihoods of billions of people around the world.

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In Florida's Everglades, Obama wades into climate change politics

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama strolled past reedy sawgrass and twisted mangrove tree roots in Florida's Everglades on Wednesday, part of a push to get Americans thinking and talking about the damage climate change is causing close to home.

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Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding

OSLO (Reuters) - Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

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STATEMENT: Earth Day 2015: America Should Lead on Climate Change

STATEMENT: Earth Day 2015: America Should Lead on Climate ChangeApril 22, 2015 Today, on Earth Day, President Obama delivered remarks from the Florida Everglades on the impacts of climate change and how the administration is responding. Following is a statement from Sam Adams, director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute: “The message for Earth Day is clear: We need to do more to protect our lands and our communities from the impacts of climate change. From sea-level rise in...

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Global Warming Progressing Slower Than We Thought

Nature World: "Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now," researcher Patrick T. Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University, said in a statement. "But this could change." The new findings, based on 1,000 years of temperature records, shows that natural variability in surface temperatures - caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors - can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from...

Climate Change is Coming for U.S. Energy Infrastructure

ClimateWire: Climate change will be a major factor in the future of power lines, natural gas pipelines, fuel depots and rail tanker cars, according to the Department of Energy's first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), released yesterday. The 348-page document, stemming from the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, focused on how hydrocarbons and electrons get from point A to point B, mapping out the current state of affairs and recommending pathways to ensure that energy reliably gets...

Obama’s Florida Visit Will Hopefully Bridge Local, State and National Climate Action

Today, President Obama is visiting South Florida and the Everglades to draw attention to the impacts that climate change and sea-level rise are having on one of our national treasures. He won’t just find rising seas, though—he’ll witness bipartisan, local governments rolling up their sleeves and working to increase resiliency and help minimize future impacts. At the local level, people are not bickering about the existence of climate change or whether to address it. They’re on the frontlines...

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Australia approach to climate 'different', but 'fair, constructive'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: MARK COLVIN: Two days of climate talks in Washington have wrapped up with the lead negotiator for the US acknowledging that Australia's government has a 'somewhat different perspective' on managing climate change. But special envoy Todd Stern says Australia continues to play a "fair and constructive" role on the international scene. The Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane, who's in Washington for other meetings, has defended Australia's record. North America correspondent Lisa Millar...

America's about to hit a water crisis

Business Insider: Americans tend to take it for granted that when we open a tap, water will come out. Western states have been dealing with water problems for a while, but they won't be alone for long. As drought, flooding, and climate change restrict America's water supply, demands from population growth and energy production look set to increase, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. These two changes squeeze our natural water reserves from both directions. The stress is...

US disaster aid must be overhauled to deal with climate threats, insurers warn

ClimateWire: A coalition of insurance companies and environmental organizations is calling for a "complete overhaul" of the nation's disaster policies, which it says encourage dangerous development and wasteful spending after catastrophes strike. The SmarterSafer coalition urges policymakers in a 21-page report released today to increase pre-disaster spending on mitigation efforts, like raising homes and restoring oyster beds, to tackle climbing losses from floods and other perils exacerbated by climate change....

Obama visits Everglades to talk about climate change - goad Republicans to do likewise

Washington Post: President Obama will visit an ecologically sensitive national park on Wednesday in a politically sensitive state. Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Florida Everglades will be accompanied by historical dedications -- the Miami home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who famously called the Everglades a “river of grass” -- and much talk of the value of national parks -- a new National Parks Service report documents their value to the economy. But the political context is unmistakable: Obama’s climate change-focused...

At Everglades, Obama to warn of damage from climate neglect

Washington Post: With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida’s Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation’s environmental treasures -- and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it. Obama’s trip to the Everglades on Wednesday, timed to coincide with Earth Day, marks an attempt to connect the dots between theoretical arguments about carbon emissions and real-life implications....

Study finds low cost in reducing methane emissions

New York Times: Reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund. The amount of methane that escaped worldwide in 2012 was roughly 3.6 billion cubic feet and would have been worth $30 billion on the market, said Kate Larsen, a director of the Rhodium Group, which produced the study. A country that produced that amount of gas would rank seventh in the world,...

Obama to use Everglades trip to press climate agenda

New York Times: President Obama on Wednesday will make his first visit while in office to the Florida Everglades, choosing the backyard of a former Republican governor of the state, Jeb Bush, and its Republican senator, Marco Rubio, to demand action on climate change in a critical battleground in the 2016 presidential election. Officially, Mr. Obama will be commemorating the 45th Earth Day with a series of announcements, including the designation of a national historic landmark at the home of the environmentalist...

Philippine climate envoy steps down to lead 'pilgrimage'

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Philippines' climate change commissioner, Naderev "Yeb" Saño, who grabbed the limelight at U.N. climate talks with emotional pleas for action, stepped down on Wednesday to lead a "pilgrimage" to parts of the world hit by climate impacts.

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Natural Gas Leaks: A $30 Billion Opportunity and Global Warming Menace

Forbes: A new study released Tuesday suggests that the global oil and gas industries allow as much as 3.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas — and almost certainly far more — to escape into the atmosphere annually. The leakage rate represents at least $30 billion in lost revenues, the analysis found, and it reinforces previous studies suggesting that the much-touted climate benefits of the expanding shale boom are unlikely to be realized unless these so-called fugitive emissions are brought under control....

Big Insurance Companies Warning US To Prepare For Climate Change

ThinkProgress: A coalition of big insurance companies, consumer groups, and environmental advocates are urging the United States to overhaul its disaster policies in the face of increasingly extreme weather due to human-caused climate change. According to a report released Tuesday by the SmarterSafer coalition, the U.S. needs to increase how much it spends on pre-disaster mitigation efforts and infrastructure protection. That way, it asserts, the U.S. can stop wasting so much money on cleaning up after a disaster...

Global warming more moderate than worst-case models, empirical data suggest

ScienceDaily: We are seeing "middle of the road" warming. Natural variability in surface temperatures -- caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors -- can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from decade to decade, new data suggests. Credit: NASA image by Robert Simmon, based on data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would...

Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change

Reuters: Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming. Organizers of the April 22-25 symposium in Hong Kong, where the laureates will meet, said cities were key to tackling climate change, with more than half the global population living in urban areas. Within 30 years, 21 of a forecast 37 mega-cities of more than 10 million inhabitants worldwide will be in Asia, said the organizers,...

Which U.S. states worry the most about climate change?

LiveScience: Residents in California are much more worried about the warming planet than those in parts of the central United States, according to a new set of interactive maps showing public opinion on climate change. As a nation, 63 percent of Americans think the planet is warming and 48 percent of Americans think these changes are caused by humans. But "Americans don't speak with a single voice on the issue," said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and co-author...

Keeping up climate: efforts reduce African crop losses face extra hurdle of climate change

Mongabay: Farmers in tropical areas have long struggled to maximize their crop yields, but the strikes against them just continue to mount. To start with, they tend to lack storage and processing tools that industrialized countries take for granted -- things like refrigeration, ovens, and grain elevators. On top of that, they're working the land in places where climate change may already be wielding its effects, making disease, rainfall patterns, and crop yields less predictable. Africa, Latin America,...

Australia should cut emissions by 30% by 2025 to catch up, review says

Guardian: Australia should aim to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025, compared with 2000 levels, in order to catch up to other countries’ efforts and prove it is a “good global citizen”, according to a Climate Change Authority review. The CCA, an independent statutory agency that advises the government, also recommended that Australia ramp up its emissions cuts even further by 2030, within a target range of 40% and 60%, again based on 2000 levels. The report restates the authority’s position...

China could cut coal (mostly) by 2050

Climate Central: From a climate change perspective, China's carbon footprint is huge: It consumes nearly as much coal as every other country in the world combined. And it's the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter. But it may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85 percent of its electricity and more than 60 percent of its total energy needs from renewables by 2050, according to a study published Monday. Showing that it's feasible for China to...

Jeb Bush, 'concerned' about climate change, tries to stake out middle ground on the issue

ClimateWire: Jeb Bush detached himself from the growing group of conservative presidential candidates by speaking openly about climate change, analysts and strategists say, inviting support from moderate voters and attacks from the right. His comments Friday appear to be the first among Republican White House hopefuls to suggest that global warming is a problem that could be addressed by international negotiations to curb emissions in China and other nations. Many Republicans are critical of the talks and...

Major changes will be needed for US power infrastructure, says Obama report

Washington Post: The U.S. electric grid will require major changes to reposition itself for the future challenges of climate change, new technologies, and national security in coming decades, according to a first-ever “Quadrennial Energy Review” released by the Obama administration. The report says our system for getting electricity stands at a “strategic inflection point” and requires “significant change” in order to accommodate more renewables and the growth of distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar....

Batteries and renewable energy set to grow together

New York Times: The future of American energy, according to one widely held view, will include solar panels and wind turbines continuing to proliferate, churning out ever more electricity and eventually eclipsing fossil fuels to help offset the forces of climate change. With the cost of renewable technologies falling sharply, that vision is starting to take shape, especially in areas with abundant sunshine or steady wind. Here in California, the state is making such quick progress toward its goal of getting 33...

Climate pledges don’t go far enough, say scientists

Blue and Green: Follow us Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Connect on Linkedin RSS Feed Make a donation Log In Your Account or Register Home ›› News ›› Climate pledges don’t go far enough, say scientists Climate pledges don’t go far enough, say scientists Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 By Charlotte Malone Air emissions by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Climate change pledges made by countries ahead of a UN summit later this year are not ambitious enough to limit warming to the internationally...

Earth Day call double native forest canopy by 2035

Mongabay: A group of prominent researchers, philanthropists, and activists are calling for a doubling of the planet's native forest canopy by 2035 as a way to make a "U-turn" on global environmental degradation. "The Earth Day Declaration to Double Native Forests" was initiated by Randy Hayes, the head of Foundation Earth and the co-founder of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). It calls for a halt to all deforestation and massive restoration of native forests to stem climate change, biodiversity loss,...

Plants may not protect us against climate change

Science Now: Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it. But a new study finds that limited nutrients may keep plants from growing as fast as scientists thought, leading to more global warming than some climate models had predicted by 2100. Plants need different nutrients to thrive, such as nitrogen for making the light-absorbing pigment chlorophyll and phosphorus for building proteins....

Obama Says ‘Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored’ as Jeb Bush Admits He’s ‘Concerned’

EcoWatch: In honor of Earth Day this Wednesday, President Obama’s weekly Saturday morning address to the nation was titled “Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored.” He opened with an oblique dig at Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, head of the Senate Environment Committee, who “disproved” global warming on the floor of the Senate by throwing a snowball. “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record,” said Obama. “Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century....

Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN

Guardian: Australia has been been asked to defend the credibility of its Direct Action climate change policy at the UN after several countries submitted questions to the Abbott government querying how the policy would reduce carbon emissions. The US, China and Brazil – all large emitters – have joined other countries in challenging Australia on its emissions reduction target and commitment to renewables. The questions were submitted to the UN framework convention on climate change. Australia has not...

Obama: 'No Greater Threat' to Planet than Climate Change

Bloomberg: Global warming certainly has one politician's attention. In his weekly address President Obama cited climate change as Earth's single biggest threat. “Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” Obama said. “Climate change can no longer be denied or ignored.” Obama pointed out that 2014 was the warmest year on record, and that 14 of the 15 hottest years measured have occurred since the start of this century. The first three months of 2015 have been the hottest start...

Rubio's intellectually hollow position on climate change

Washington Post: Like many GOP presidential hopefuls, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is trying to locate the maximally spineless position on climate change, bending to the anti-scientist crowd without sounding wholly anti-science. And like many GOP presidential hopefuls, he looks not just cowardly but intellectually hollow. Here’s his latest attempt, on Sunday’s Face the Nation: Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe, for the following reason:...

Marco Rubio doubts manmade global warming 'climate is always changing'

Mashable: Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced his presidential candidacy last week, told Bob Schieffer of CBS News on Sunday that he does not believe in manmade global warming. Instead, Rubio said he recognizes the climate is changing, but that scientists have not determined what percentage of such changes are due to human activities, such as burning coal, oil and gas for energy, compared to natural climate variability. Unfortunately for Rubio, scientists have been quite clear that the majority...

China and other big emitters challenge Australia over climate change policies

Sydney Morning Herald: The world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including China and the US, have questioned the credibility of Australia's climate change targets and "direct action" policy in a list of queries to the Abbott government. In the latest sign of diplomatic pressure over Canberra's stance on global warming, China accused Australia of doing less to cut emissions than it is demanding of other developed countries, and asked it to explain why this was fair. China now the world's biggest emitter: Local...

Shrinking Antarctic has us skating on thin ice

Sydney Morning Herald: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was tucked away in a footnote. It stated that, of their various future sea-level scenarios, the estimate of the upper limit – a 1.1 metre rise by 2100 – was actually not the worst case. That is, the $226 billion value of Australian roads, rail, commercial buildings and homes spread over the coastal zone that may be underwater regularly by 2100 could be an underestimate. And they did not know by how much. The potential source of that extra water? A destabilised...

Can Saltwater Quench Our Growing Thirst?

Climate Central: It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it's drinkable. But it's far more complex than it appears at first glance. It's also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, development, droughts, climate change and more. That's why researchers and companies from the U.S. to Australia are fine-tuning a centuries-old concept that might be the future of quenching the world's thirst. "When it comes to increasing water supplies,...

Obama says 'no greater threat planet than climate change'

Agence France-Presse: US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat. "Today, there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change," Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22. "Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored," he added, noting that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The United States is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, and Obama has pledged to reduce US...

Don't be fooled by Jeb Bush's new rhetoric on climate change

Grist: Jeb Bush said some stuff about climate change on Friday that sounded "moderate." That is a shift from past statements that put him pretty squarely in the denier camp. But resist the urge to be impressed. He still doesn`t actually want to do anything about the problem. Speaking at an event in New Hampshire, Bush said: The climate is changing and I’m concerned about that. But to be honest with you, I’m more concerned about the hollowing out of our country, the hollowing out of our industrial...

Canada revises upward CO2 emission data since 1990

Agence France-Presse: Canada revised its greenhouse gas emission data from 1990 to 2013 in a report Friday, showing it had higher carbon dioxide discharges each year, and a doubling of emissions from its oil sands. All previous years were revised upward by around 12 to 24 megatons, which left total emissions up by 18 percent since 1990, according to the national report made under new reporting guidelines of a UN climate change agreement. Canadian emissions rose to 726 megatons in 2013, up from 715 megatons in 2012,...

Green group praises Bush on climate remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire activist Tom Steyer's climate change advocacy group offered unexpected praise on Friday to Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush for saying the United States should work with the world to reduce carbon emissions.

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Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

Agence France-Presse: Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle next week for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt. Global warming is happening twice as fast in the Arctic than elsewhere on the planet and many fear not only devastating impacts of warming but also from an influx of people and industry on the pristine environment, wildlife and Inuit culture. Kerry will attend a meeting of the Arctic Council in the northwestern Canadian...

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