Noam Chomsky: Why the Republican Party Is a Threat to Human Survival...

Jan 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Sanders has the best policies; GOP must be stopped at all costs. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Photo Credit: photo story/Shutterstock.com Renowned scholar and activist Noam Chomsky declared this week that the GOP and its far-right front-runners are “literally a serious danger to decent human survival.” Speaking with The Huffington Post on Monday, Chomsky cited the Republican Party’s refusal to tackle—or even acknowledge—the “looming environmental catastrophe” of climate change, thereby “dooming our grandchildren.” He went to rebuke the Republican party for its “abject service to private wealth and power” and dispossession of the poor. But Chomsky made it clear that his conviction that “the Republican Party has drifted off the rails” and must be stopped by no means amounts to an endorsement of Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton—who he has previously criticized...

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THE RIGHT-WING CLIMATE-DENIAL MACHINE IS CHURNING FASTER THAN EVER...

Jan 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock   By Heather Smith  GRIST In 2000, two sociologists at Washington State University, Aaron McCright and Riley Dunlap, examined all of the writing that conservative think tanks in the U.S. and Canada had published on the subject of climate change. The result of their labors — titled Challenging Global Warming as a Social Problem: An Analysis of the Conservative Movement’s Counter-Claims — was the first comprehensive look at how conservative think tanks were trying to shape the conversation on climate.Now, in a new study, Constantine Boussalis and Travis G. Coan, political scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Exeter, respectively, have set out to update that information. Sure, you worked hard to discredit climate science in the ’90s, conservative think tanks. But what have you done for us lately? The conservative think tanks that are now...

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WHY BIG BLIZZARDS IN WINTER DON’T DISPROVE GLOBAL WARMING...

Jan 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AerisWeather   Another epic blizzard threatens 50 million people on the East Coast, with a bulls-eye on Washington DC. And leading climatologists again explain how human-induced climate change, especially warming-fueled ocean temperatures, are super-charging the amount of moisture in the atmosphere the storm will dump on us. First, though, I think the name, Winter Storm Jonas, doesn’t do justice to this blizzard, especially since the Jonas brothers are a pretty harmless pop rock band. I’m suggesting the name, Superstorm (Edward) Snowed-In: Because it will turn DC upside down, bring the government to a standstill, and then flee the country. Seriously, though, please take this superstorm seriously. As meteorologist Paul Douglas notes, “The Washington D.C. office of the National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Watch for the first...

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HOW MELTING GIANT ICEBERGS MAY HELP SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE (JUST A LITTLE) WHO KNEW?...

Jan 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jacqueline Howard Associate Science Editor, The Huffington Post Eastcott Momatiuk via Getty Images Water dripping off of icebergs in the Antarctic Ocean contains nutrients for phytoplankton, which can help absorb carbon dioxide. Melting icebergs may be fighting against the very forces that cause them to melt, a new study suggests. Water dripping off icebergs and into the Antarctic Ocean, also known as the Southern Ocean, contains iron and other nutrients, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience. These nutrients fertilize phytoplankton, the microscopic marine life that plays a key role in oceanic ecosystems, and help the tiny plants absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as they grow into plumes. In other words, there might be even more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere if it weren’t for the help of phytoplankton, said Dr. Grant Bigg,...

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THERE IS SOMETHING ODD AND OMINOUS AFOOT IN GREENLAND. DID A HUGE MELT WATER PULSE OCCUR ON 1-16-16?...

Jan 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Pakalolo  DAILY KOS   RSS REBLOGGED BY Climate Change SOS After the last ice age, glacial melt caused sea levels to rise rapidly by 120 meters. Large expanses of land that were once migratory paths and habitations for prehistoric civilizations gradually submerged through a series of catastrophic floods and mega-tsunami. (Meltwater Pulse 1A and 2B are discussed in the video at the bottom of this story.) If this event in Greenland is the start of another Meltwater Pulse we are effed. From Robert Scribbler. The remnants of hurricane Alex were pulled into a storm system just south of Greenland on Friday January 15, 2016. An event that then flooded both Baffin Bay and Western Greenland with warm, tropical air. At the same time, Greenland observers both noted what appears to be ice mass losses over...

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GREENS BASH HEADS OVER HOW TO DEAL WITH WILDFIRES...

Jan 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog GRIST There’s little doubt that wildfires are getting bigger, badder, and more damaging across the globe, but the question of how to deal with them is dividing environmentalists. According to most calculations, 2015 was a record-setting year for wildfires in the U.S. By the end, more than 10 million acres had burned across the country. Many of these were in the Western states, where hellish, otherworldly burns took over in normally temperate states like Washington and Alaska. In Boise, Idaho, a 100-foot-tall “firenado” sprouted from a blaze. California alone experienced more than 6,300 wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service recently named last year’s fire season as the worst in history. But this, according to some environmentalists, was a mistake — and one that’s only going to make the problem worse. The response to wildfires is generally to fight them: 1,200...

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THE PROBLEM WITH ROOFTOP SOLAR THAT NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT...

Jan 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Where does the green energy from your panels really go? —By Tim McDonnell   MOTHER JONES A couple of years ago, Steven Weissman, an energy lawyer at the University of California-­Berkeley, started to shop around for solar panels for his house. It seemed like an environmental no-brainer. For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCity would install panels on his roof. The company would own the equipment, and he’d buy the power it produces for less than he had been paying his electric utility. Save money, fight climate change. Sounds like a deal. But while reading the contract, Weissman discovered the fine print that helps make that deal possible: SolarCity would also retain ownership of his system’s renewable energy credits. It’s the kind of detail your average solar customer wouldn’t notice or maybe care about....

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2016 — THE YEAR OF GREEN FINANCE, THE VIEW FROM LONDON...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nick RobinsCo-Director, UNEP Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System Heading into the New Year, global financial markets are experiencing yet another bout of volatility and turbulence. Many political, economic and environmental uncertainties and threats cloud the year ahead. One thing is clear, however. From a strategic perspective, 2015 built a new set of policy foundations for the global economy, signaling new directions for the financial system. We now have the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the so-called SDGs, which, in essence, plot out an annual investment pipeline measured in the trillions to end poverty and also marry increased prosperity with social inclusion and environmental regeneration. And we also have the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which signaled the shift to a low and ultimately net zero carbon economy, stressed the urgency of improving...

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OBAMA ENDS NEW COAL LEASES ON PUBLIC LANDS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jenny Rowland –CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock   The Obama administration announced Friday that it is stopping most new coal leasing on America’s public lands as it moves to modernize and reform the federal coal leasing program, which has not been updated in more than 30 years. “Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that decisions about those leases can benefit from the recommendations that come out of the review,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Friday. The plan includes three measures to address these issues and update the federal coal program to account for taxpayer interests and environmental challenges. The Interior Department will conduct a review to identify potential reforms to the outdated program, put...

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BIZARRE & DISTURBING HURRICANE ALEX FORMS IN ATLANTIC, HURRICAN PALI IN PACIFIC IN JANUARY...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By FishOutofWater  VIA DAILY KOS   Hurricane Pali Tues Jan 12, 2016 near EQUATOR SW of Hawaii. Pali was the earliest hurricane to form in the central & eastern Pacific. Hurricane Pali is heading where no hurricane has gone before, within 5 degrees of the equator in the north central Pacific. Forecasters have been stunned by Pali. Tropical storms generally don’t form near the equator because they can’t develop enough spin there but a phenomenal atmospheric wave moved eastward along the equator all the way from the Indian ocean to the eastern Pacific over the last month. That massive wave of thunderstorms on both sides of the equator built a strong surge of westerly winds on the equator as it moved east. When those west winds reached the central Pacific where the Northeasterly...

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DISRUPTIONS ARE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green “The Paris climate agreement didn’t create the commitments we need to limit global warming to a 2 degree Celsius increase,” said Laura Tuck, vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank at Transforming Transportation, a conference in Washington, D.C. “But it was an awesome achievement. All 190 countries — everybody — is in.” All countries are now focused on how to achieve a net-zero carbon world by 2050. For Andrew Steer, president of the World Resource Institute (WRI), the success of the Paris climate meeting, and the long-term movement towards the ambitious 2050 goals, signifies the “renaissance of moral imperative around the world.” Tuck and Steer called for undertaking “disruptive approaches” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the transportation sector, which accounts for the second largest...

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WE’VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BENEFIT FUTURE GENERATIONS...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog When we talk about climate change, everyone is always going on about “saving future generations.” Well, what about the generations of 102,000 A.D.? Turns out we’re doing them a great favor! According to a study published in the journal Nature, climate change may have postponed the next ice age by as much as 50,000 years. Bloomberg reports: [R]esearchers in Germany were able to use computer models to replicate the last eight glacial cycles and provide predictions on when the next might occur. The scientists found that even without further output of heat-trapping gases, the next ice age probably wouldn’t set in for another 50,000 years. That would make the current so-called inter-glacial period “unusually long,” according to the lead author, Andrey Ganopolski. “However, our study also shows that relatively moderate additional anthropogenic CO2-emissions...

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CALIFORNIA CITIES FAIL TO KEEP HOMELESS SAFE DURING EL NINO RAINS...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A homeless man takes shelter under a freeway during an El Niño-driven storm in San Francisco, California, Jan. 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach By Aura Bogado GRIST El Niño has claimed its first life in California. Barbara Brown died from exposure last Thursday, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: A 60-year-old homeless woman died of exposure on a skid row sidewalk during Thursday’s El Niño storm, authorities said Saturday. The woman, identified by friends as Barbara Brown, died without a tent, rain-soaked and wrapped in a wet blanket on a piece of plastic, witnesses said. Los Angeles police Capt. Mike Oreb said the woman had refused an offer of shelter from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority the day before she died. The tent Brown had been living in burned down last...

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How the Koch Brothers’ ‘Bankers’ Snuck an Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Since 1997, the Kochs have given more than $79 million to groups that distort climate science and malign renewable energy. By Elliott Negin / The Huffington Post   VIA ALTERNET Charles and David Koch. Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey on Flickr In the run-up to the perennial debate in Congress over whether to extend a tax credit for the wind industry, The New York Times ran a provocatively headlined — and misleading — op-ed column denouncing it as corporate welfare. “Giving Billions to the Rich” was a broadside against Congress’ end-of-the-year tax extenders package, which renews temporary corporate tax breaks, and it singled out the wind production tax credit as one of the most egregious. The November 23 column was written by Marc Short and Andy Koenig, both from an organization called Freedom Partners. They...

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CATTLE GRAZING IS A CLIMATE DISASTER, AND YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Max Whittaker By Ben Adler GRIST The rules governing cattle grazing on federal lands are so obscure that your average climate change correspondent hasn’t given much thought to them. But now that a gang of pathetic losers with guns has occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon to gripe about the federal government’s audacity to set rules for how ranchers use publicly owned land, it’s worth taking a look at this policy. As it turns out, ranchers using federal land, like the Bundy family that is leading the occupation and the Hammond family in whose name they took up arms, are recipients of massive federal subsidies for activities that exacerbate climate change and damage sensitive ecosystems. It’s time the taxpayers stopped indulging these whiny welfare queens and kicked them off the dole. Why this...

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ONE OF THE LARGEST COAL COMPANIES IN THE U.S. JUST FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File Black Thunder Mine, in Wyoming, is owned by Arch Coal Co. Arch Coal, one of the United States’ largest coal companies, filed for bankruptcy on Monday in the hopes of eliminating more than $4.5 billion in long-term debt, according to a press release issued by the company. The news comes as several of Arch’s competitors — Patriot Coal, Walter Energy, and Alpha Natural Resources — have also filed for bankruptcy. Arch Coal is the second largest supplier of coal in the United States behind Peabody Energy, and its mines represent 13 percent of America’s coal supply. …it shows that the second-largest coal company in the United States is unable to pay its debts and provide any return at all to its shareholders...

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NEW MAP SHOWS THE IMPACT OF SEA LEVEL RISE...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New Map Shows the Impact of Sea Level Rise THE DIRT by Jared Green World leaders have begun to get serious about fighting climate change, but the incredible risk of a rising sea remains in this century and far into the future. According to Climate Central, a research organization, a 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) global temperature increase, which is our current path, could result in sea level rise that would submerge land where 470 – 760 million people now live. If the world’s governments actually meet the declared goal of the UN climate summit in Paris and reduce and draw down carbon emissions, keeping the world to a 2 °C warming (3.6 °F) temperature increase, 130 million would need to evacuate over coming decades. To understand how serious this could be, here’s some...

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HERE’S WHAT OBAMA CAN STILL DO TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN HIS FINAL YEAR...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Reuters / Carlos Barria By Ben Adler   GRIST There’s only one year left until President Obama leaves office, and there’s a fair chance he will be replaced by a climate science–denying Republican, perhaps one in the form of a comb-over-sporting reality TV star. So time may be running out for the U.S. to take meaningful actions to fight climate change. Obama already has some important climate achievements under his belt — most notably, paving the way for the Paris Agreement and cracking down on coal plant emissions through the Clean Power Plan. But there’s no way he can implement really big, comprehensive policy solutions — like a nationwide cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax — because Republicans dominate Congress. So what could Obama achieve in his last 12 months? Even without cooperation...

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SCIENTISTS DISCOVER THAT MELTING GLACIERS ARE SLOWING DOWN THE EARTH’S ROTATION...

Jan 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Medlock    INHABITAT As climate change continues to affect the planet, rising sea levels are just one of the visible consequences. NASA has predicted a one meter rise worldwide in the next few centuries, which is disastrous for coastal communities – but that’s not all. Scientists studying the Earth’s core recently announced that changing sea levels are actually slowing down the Earth’s rotation. A study published in Science Advances this month investigated different contributors to both rising sea levels and a slowing down of the Earth’s rotation. It turns out that, over the past 3000 years, the Earth’s core has been speeding up while the mantle-crust (where we live) has been slowing down. One mechanism at play is the melting of our planet’s glaciers: as the polar water melts it is drawn...

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The Arctic Is Melting at a Record Pace — and It’s Having a Scary Impact on Global Weather...

Jan 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Scientists warn that we are entering uncharted territory when it comes to the loss of Arctic sea ice. By Dahr Jamail / Truthout   VIA ALTERNET Arctic sea ice is melting at a record pace – and every summer looks grimmer. This past summer saw the ice pack at its fourth-lowest level on record, and the overall trend in recent decades suggests this will only continue. “Using satellites, scientists have found that the area of sea ice coverage each September has declined by more than 40 percent since the late 1970s, a trend that has accelerated since 2007,” according to the recent report “Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic” by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The report added that by the end of each of the eight summers...

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THERE’S A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THE NEW FOOD GUIDELINES THAT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Jan 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] And it poses a big threat to health. —By Nick Stockton MOTHER JONES Climate change: It’s what’s for dinner. MaraZe/Shutterstock This story originally appeared in Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Every five years, the government tries to tell Americans what to put in their bodies. Eat more vegetables. Dial back the fats. It’s all based on the best available science for leading a healthy life. But the best available science also has a lot to say about what those food choices do to the environment, and some researchers are peeved that new dietary recommendations released yesterday seem to utterly ignore that fact. Broadly, the 2016-2020 dietary recommendations aim for balance: More veggies, leaner meats, try some fish! Oh, and eat way less sugar, no more than...

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ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE IS BAD ENOUGH TO CREATE A NEW GEOLOGIC PERIOD...

Jan 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso MOTHER JONES For over a decade, both climate activists and scientists have used one word to describe the mass-level changes humans are causing on Earth: Anthropocene. But whether or not this word actually describes a real, measurable geologic time period has been the source of major scientific debate. Now, a new study is adding fuel to that debate, finding that human influence on the environment changed the planet so dramatically that the world recently moved into a new geological epoch. In other words, there’s scientific proof that we’re living in the Anthropocene, the study’s researchers say. In the study, published Thursday in the journal Science, the international Anthropocene Working Group states that the man-made Anthropocene epoch is distinct and likely starts in the mid 20th century, as human influence...

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GUINEA PIGS MAY HAVE A SECRET DEFENSE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jan 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Kate Yoder   GRIST You might picture guinea pigs as sort of the Anne Geddes babies of the animal kingdom — sweet balls of fur perched in miniature tubs, playing with yarn, and frolicking atop piles of flowers. But you may not have guessed that these calendar-ready rodents could be resilient badasses when it comes to climate change. No surprise here, but guinea pigs (the epitome of test subjects) recently found themselves at the center of a study about climate change adaption. The results, from New Scientist: “For the first time, wild mammals have been seen responding to higher temperatures by altering chemical structures on their DNA.” More on the experiment from Nature World News: For the study, male wild guinea pigs were subjected to increasing temperatures at ten degree increments for a period of...

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EARTH IS EXPERIENCING A GLOBAL WARMING SPURT,...

Jan 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. By John Upton / Climate Central   VIA ALTERNET Cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years. While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change. High temperatures are bleaching corals, such as this bent sea rod off Florida. (image: U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr) A 2014 flip was detected in the sluggish and elusive ocean cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation,...

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A WILD LIBERTY: THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION...

Jan 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Grant A. Mincy, Center for a Stateless Society | Op-Ed   (Photo: Deforestation via Shutterstock) The Sixth Mass Extinction Of all the complex, wicked problems addressed by the current environmental movement, perhaps the most urgent is the rarely discussed mass extinction. We are currently experiencing Earth’s sixth great mass extinction crisis — on par with the rate that ended the reign of the dinosaurs, thus terminating the Mesozoic. Stuart Pimm of Duke University, a recognized expert in the field of conservation biology, has published a landmark study in the peer-reviewed journal Science pertaining specifically to the causes of species decline. The number one culprit, by far, is habitat destruction. This is rather dangerous in regards to our surrounding ecology. Pimm’s publication describes the current plight of flora and fauna around the planet. Pimm notes...

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CLIMATE DISRUPTION AMPLIFIES ATLANTIC CURRENTS’ CONTRIBUTION TO SEA LEVEL RISE...

Jan 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) has progressed to a point where it is, literally, changing one of the most important ocean circulatory currents in the world. In a paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, NASA researchers confirmed that the circulation of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is slowing down. In 2009 and 2010 that shifting had already been linked to a sudden and extreme five-inch sea level rise on the East Coast. While most people have likely never heard of the AMOC, it plays a critical role in both global climate patterns and sea level rise along the Eastern Seaboard of the US – and it is being changed for the worse due to our carbon dioxide emissions. Before we can fully comprehend the ramifications of what is happening with this...

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3 New Years Resolutions That Will End the World’s Dependency on Fossil Fuels...

Jan 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The more renewable energy we use, the cheaper it gets. Fossil fuels get more expensive the more we burn them. So clean energy will win the affordability race. By Carl Pope / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: oatawa/Shutterstock 1. Take Delivery: Accelerate pre-2020 Compliance with Emission Reduction Pledges The Paris accord—by contrast with Rio and Kyoto—was a bottom-up exercise in open-source diplomacy. National governments largely were significantly influenced by the leadership of cities, the private sector and community and civic organizations. But it was still nations that agreed to the text. And the text, as massive commentary has groaned and complained, is not binding. (Neither, in any meaningful sense, were Rio and Kyoto. The U.S. violated Rio which it ratified, and Canada walked from Kyoto. No traffic tickets were issued). Renewable energy...

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THE PLANET MIGHT BE TELLING US THERE’S A BIG CHANGE COMING...

Dec 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The planet might be telling us that there’s a big change coming By Kate Yoder  GRIST It’s been over two years since Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book came out and more than two weeks since Kim Kardashian’s latest child came out — which means that a lot of us are fresh out of interesting topics to bring up at the holiday party. Well, I’ve got just the conversation starter for you: “critical slowing down.” No — wait! It’s the idea that complex systems — like ecological food webs, the Earth’s climate, or the human brain — display characteristic warning signals when disaster is nearing, taking longer and longer to recover from small disturbances as they approach a major transition. Natalie Wolchover from The Atlantic writes: Just as when the Earth periodically plunges into an ice age, or when grasslands turn to desert, fisheries...

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THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS ABOUT TO HAVE A RECORD FLOOD OUT OF SEASON...

Dec 30, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tech & Science By Zoë Schlanger On 12/29/15 at 6:21 PM Volunteers stack sandbags on the banks of the River Des Peres on December 29, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area and surrounding region are bracing for record flood crests of the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec Rivers after days of record rainfall. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Tech & Science The Mississippi River is flooding in a big way right now, at the wrong time of year, and is forecasted to match or break 22-year-old crest records over the next few days. Meteorologists are calling it “insane.” Over the next three to four days, the Mississippi is predicted to reach a crest height of 49.7 feet at Chester, Illinois, one of several locations where the National Weather Service records data about the river. As...

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CLIMATE CHANGE 2015: THE LATEST SCIENCE...

Dec 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Bruce Melton, Truthout | News Analysis West coast of Greenland. The fastest glacier in the world, Jakobshaven Isbrae, moving at 150 feet per day, dumps ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet into Disko Bay. (Photo: Bruce Melton) Climate science is way out in front of climate policy. Commitments at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris pale in comparison to those from the Kyoto Protocol with its beginnings in the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The cheap and unambiguous solution of removing CO2 directly from the sky has been discredited by the perceived debate. Previously assumed stable ice sheets are disintegrating. It is warmer than any time in the last 120,000 years. The Gulf Stream appears to be shutting down. Nearly 100 submarine glacial valleys beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet tunnel...

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