HOW THE WATER CRISIS IN THE WEST RENEWED THE DEBATE ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DAMS...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica   VIA TRUTHDIG     Glen Canyon Dam is located in Page, Arizona. (Jacqueline Poggi / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) This piece originally ran on ProPublica. Wedged between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles up river from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges and replacing the Colorado’s free-spirited rapids with an immense lake of flat, still water called Lake Powell, the nation’s second largest reserve. When Glen Canyon Dam was built — in the middle of the last century — giant dams were championed as a silver bullet promising to elevate the American...

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FARMING’S DIRTY NEEDS HAVE A DEADLY EFFECT...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network     Fertilizers are a major contributor to air pollution in the United States, Europe, Russia and China. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Farming is a dirty business—so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that kind of pollution. These particles are calculated to cause around 3.3 million deaths a year worldwide—and most of this lung-penetrating murk is from fertilisers. Back in 1950, the world produced 20 million tons of artificial fertilisers, but farmers now spread on their fields every year around 190 million tons. Ammonia from the nitrogen-based compounds gathers in the air, and combines with the...

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SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED EXACTLY WHAT AIR POLLUTION DOES TO YOUR ARTERIES...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Amel Emric A Bosnian man covers his mouth as he walks on the street during heavy smog in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, 140 kms. north of Sarajevo.   Air pollution has been linked to heart disease for years, prompting concern as well as some skepticism, as the physiological steps showing a cause-and-effect have gone less understood. But now, a multi-year study has for the first time documented that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, a condition that causes cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes. “What’s new here is the linkage between air pollution and actual evidence of progression of atherosclerosis, the underlying disease process that leads to most [heart] attacks and strokes,” Joel Kaufman, lead author and University of Washington professor,...

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PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jared Green  THE DIRT                                                                                         Gold Coast, Australia, beach erosion / csiro.au As the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) formulates a new approach to our changing world, its Board of Trustees sought to learn what other major design associations are doing to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. At ASLA’s mid-year meeting, representatives from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) explained how they are helping their collective membership, which totals hundreds of thousands, face the new challenges. Serene Marshall, executive director of ULI’s center for sustainability, said their goal is to reduce carbon emissions from buildings — which consume about 40 percent of global energy and produce around the same amount of emissions — by 50...

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FIVE MOMENTS OF CLIMATE PROGRESS SINCE ‘AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART Here’s something to smile about. Check out five climate successes in the past decade. The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.   This story is produced in partnership with The Climate Reality Project as part of the campaign to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of An Inconvenient Truth. Ten years ago, An Inconvenient Truth brought the issue of climate change out into the open and into mainstream culture like never before. People began asking tough questions about our climate and wanted to know what they could do to make our planet a safer, healthier place for us all. And 10 years later, we can see the results. Advertisement Last...

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PORTLAND BANS CLIMATE-DENYING TEXTBOOKS FROM ITS SCHOOLS...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock   Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward. Last week, the Portland Public Schools board voted to eliminate the use of any textbooks or other materials that are “found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.” “A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Bill Bigelow, a former Portland public school teacher, told the Portland Tribune. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.” In his testimony to the board, Bigelow quoted from the book Physical Science, published by Pearson. “‘Carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, power plants and other sources, may contribute to global...

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DOWN WITH GUILT! THERE ARE MUCH BETTER WAYS TO GET PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Heather Smith GRIST How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer has been to prod people into thinking about their role in causing it, to guilt trip them into action. Because any human who happens to live in North America has taken advantage of central heating, combustion engines, and the occasional monster truck rally. A recent study in the scientific journal Climatic Change has a surprising take on this long-standing practice. It finds that asking people to think about their individual guilt in causing climate change is about as effective as asking them to think about brushing their teeth. In other words, this research suggests that the common way organizations try to mobilize people around climate change is misguided. Better to frame it as...

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THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW BAD IT IS: INDIA ENDURES SEVERE HEATWAVE – VIDEO...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   India  THE GUARDIAN AP via THE GUARDIAN Residents of India’s north-western cities struggle to cope as record temperatures hit the country. Temperatures climbed to 45C on Friday in the city of Ujjain while the city of Phalodi reported temperatures of 51C. Local governments have set up free water stations for residents and visitors but one man in Ujjain says the tanks are running out rapidly because of the high demand for water Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51C...

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MAJOR OIL COMPANIES TREAD CAUTIOUSLY TOWARD RENEWABLES...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Kieran Cooke / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Nigeria’s Niger Delta has suffered severe damage from gas flaring and oil spills. (Chebyshev 1983 via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—The big oil companies’ on-off affair with renewable energies seems to be back on track. Recent reports say Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil conglomerate, is to invest $1.7 billion in forming a new company division aimed specifically at developing renewable energy and low carbon power.  This follows on the heels of an announcement by the  French oil company Total, another of the oil giants, that it is stepping up its investments in clean energy, spending more than $1 bn buying Saft, a major battery manufacturer. Total has also purchased  a majority share in SunPower,  a leading solar...

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RENEWABLES ARE LEAVING NATURAL GAS IN THE DUST THIS YEAR...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Nati Harnik, AP   In the first three months of 2016, the U.S. grid added 18 megawatts of new natural gas generating capacity. It added a whopping 1,291 megawatts (MW) of new renewables. The renewables were primarily wind (707 MW) and solar (522 MW). We also added some biomass (33 MW) and hydropower (29 MW). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that no new capacity of coal, oil, or nuclear power were added in the first quarter of the year. So the U.S. electric grid added more than 70 times as much renewable energy capacity as natural gas capacity from January to March. Of course, generating capacity is often quite different from the amount of power generated, since fossil fuel...

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TRUMP’S NEWEST ENEMY: ENVIRONMENTALISTS...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Paul Sancya Mary Dickens holds a sign outside a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign rally in Boca Raton, Fla., Sunday, March 13, 2016.   Donald Trump has officially taken aim at the environment. And environmentalists are starting to aim back. The billionaire and presumptive Republican presidential nominee fired first shots on Friday, when he announced his key energy policy adviser: U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican who loves drilling for oil and denies human-caused climate change. Cramer is staunchly opposed to president Obama’s landmark climate change regulations, and is widely expected to advise Trump to repeal them. Trump fired once more on Tuesday, telling Reuters that he would, at minimum, “renegotiate” the U.N. global climate accord, an agreement between nearly 200 nations to keep...

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THIS COUNTRY JUST SET A MAJOR RENEWABLE ENERGY RECORD...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Evelyn Anne CrundenCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock The Aldeadávila Dam, on the border between Portugal and Spain.   Last week, Portugal set a record for renewable energy use. Through a combination of hydroelectric, solar, and wind power, electricity use in the country was completely covered for four consecutive days. The news was reported by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) in collaboration with ZERO System Sustainable Land Association. According to their measurements, from 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 to approximately 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, Portugal was able to rely entirely on renewables for an impressive 107 hours, the longest the country has ever been able to go. Renewable energy records like these are something Portugal has been striving for: The country is working to create a dramatic shift in how...

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AN ORAL HISTORY OF “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH”...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Supported by Cool Effect  VIA GRIST Al Gore got stuck on a scissor lift. Studio execs fell asleep at a screening. And everybody hated the title. The amazing true story of the most improbable — and important — film of our time. A decade ago, climate change was a huge problem with a small audience. Unless you were among a handful of brave policymakers, concerned scientists, or loyal Grist readers, it’s fair to say the threat of a rapidly warming world took a back seat to High School Musical, MySpace, and whether or not Pluto was a planet (yes, those were all a thing in 2006). Then, An Inconvenient Truth happened. Somehow, a film starring a failed presidential candidate and his traveling slideshow triggered a seismic shift in public understanding of climate change....

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Can Entrepreneurship Save the Planet?...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Watch a clip of the new documentary ‘Time to Choose’ from Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Ferguson. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Falco Ink. Climate change is the greatest crisis that humanity faces, and an opportunity to implement radical changes in infrastructure. Academy Award-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson’s new film TIME TO CHOOSE captures the scope of global innovation in response to climate change. In our journey to create a sustainable future and world for the better, Ferguson investigates the steps we can take to stop the global threat. The films’ scope across five continents, investigates the costs of fossil fuels and industrialized agriculture – and their drivers. From the poisoned waters of Appalachia, dangerous coal pits of China, deforestation in Indonesia the red night skies of Nigeria’s gas lands, the effects of...

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How the Sea Gets Its Smell—and Why It’s Important...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The ‘smell of the sea’ could play an important role in reducing the effects of climate change. By Ian Johnston / The Independent   VIA ALTERNET Beautiful blue sea, ocean, water and white puffy clouds. California Central Coast. Photo Credit: randy andy/Shutterstock Scientists have discovered just how the “smell of the sea” is produced by a tiny marine organism that is playing a major role in the fight against climate change. The microbes are so small that about half a million of them can be found in just a teaspoon of seawater. But they are also so numerous – they are among the most abundant forms of life – that they appear have a significant effect on the Earth’s climate. Writing in Nature Microbiology, scientists from the UK, US and China said that the microbe, called Pelagibacterales, were...

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NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS: ARE YOU KIDDING?...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageTHINK PROGRESS CREDIT: P Photo/Bebeto Matthews In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, center, speaks during a news conference in New York.   Not content to let the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology’s reputation for hating science rest for even a moment, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has now subpoenaed the New York attorney general over his investigation into Exxon’s role in sowing climate denial. Calling the investigation a “coordinated attempt to deprive companies, nonprofit organizations, and scientists of their First Amendment rights and ability to fund and conduct scientific research free from intimidation and the threat of prosecution,” Smith’s letter calls for documents and communication between the attorney general’s office and environmental groups, the EPA, and the Justice Department, and internally, regarding any...

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THIS RETIRED MILITARY LEADER IS NOW HELPING PREP THE BUSINESS WORLD FOR CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jeremy Deaton – Guest Contributor   CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld A man wades through flood waters in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11, 2016.   Retired Rear Admiral David Titley used to be a climate skeptic. But after decades in the service, he came to see the carbon crisis as “one of the preeminent challenges of our century.” As the Navy’s chief oceanographer, he spearheaded a task force to investigate the national security implications of climate change. Titley has since turned his attention to the world of business. He now teaches Weather Risk and Financial Markets at Pennsylvania State University, the capstone course for meteorology majors specializing in risk management. Titley explained in an interview that climate change will soon become a regular intrusion into the economy, dispensing heat waves, drought, and...

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NEW THREAT FROM ANTARCTIC GLACIER COULD RAISE SEA LEVELS BY NEARLY 10 FEET...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Totten Glacier is expected to melt far faster than previously thought. (Esmee van Wijk / Australian Antarctic Division) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—One of Antarctica’s great glaciers could become unstable if global warming continues at the present pace. As warm seas wash the ice shelf, the land-based mass of ice could begin to retreat, cross a critical threshold in the present century and then withdraw 300 kilometres inland. In the course of doing so it would spill tremendous quantities of water into the oceans: enough to raise global sea levels by 2.9 metres and threaten cities that are home to billions.  And here is the bad news: glaciologists have known for decades that West Antarctica’s ice sheets are unstable....

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THOMAS RAINER: THERE ARE NO MULCH CIRCLES IN THE FOREST...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green Planting in a Post-Wild World / Timber Press Instead of laying down a layer of mulch to separate plants, let native plants grow into beautiful, layered masses, said Thomas Rainer, ASLA, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, at the Potomac Chapter of ASLA Gala in Washington, D.C. Rainer believes it’s possible to both boost biodiversity and achieve beauty through the use of “designed plant communities.” It’s possible to avoid creating a “weedy, looking mess,” but still harness the “adaptive ability of plants.” In fact, only by taking this approach can landscape architects and designers “reconstruct natural habitats in our cities,” which Rainer thinks should be their goal for the 21st century. In the near future, Rainer sees a largely urban world dealing with the challenges of a...

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THE BIG ISSUE CALIFORNIANS ARE NOT HEARING ABOUT THIS ELECTION YEAR...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Bill Boyarsky  TRUTHDIG   An aerial view of downtown Malibu, Calif., and surrounding neighborhoods. (Doc Searls/CC BY-SA 2.0) California’s size and complexity make it easy to hide some of the real forces shaping the state this election year. Sure, California is deep blue, with Democrats in control of all offices. But don’t be misled. The most powerful force in the state—business—isn’t hung up on party labels. No matter what the color of California on the electoral map, there’s green to be made by business in shaping the laws of the Golden State. The difference between the surface show of politics and what goes on in the backrooms has always intrigued me. Although I enjoy covering the glamour of big campaigns, I know the real story is often found among the lobbyists and...

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TRUMP’S BIZARRE CLIMATE BELIEFS WOULD JEOPARDIZE MEANINGFUL GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION...

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: LM Otero, AP   Donald Trump’s climate science denial and dubious deal-making skills just raised the stakes of this election to “existential.” As Reuters reported Tuesday, the presumptive GOP nominee said he would seek to renegotiate the Paris Climate Agreement, “spelling potential doom for an agreement many view as a last chance to turn the tide on global warming.” For the mainstream media, Trump’s dangerous recklessness on the gravest national security threat the nation faces was mostly lost amid the incessant barrage of jaw-dropping things Trump has said to Reuters (and others), including that he would love to talk with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “He’s said one stupid, reckless thing after another,” GOP strategist Mike Murphy told MSNBC Tuesday night, “The guy has a chimpanzee-level...

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These U.S. Cities Are Best Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change...

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] While many municipalities have plans to cope with higher temperatures and rising sea levels, few have developed detailed strategies to implement them. By Padma Nagappan / TakePart  VIA ALTERNET Long exposure of the Baltimore Skyline and Inner Harbor Promenade, Baltimore, Maryland Photo Credit: Jon Bilous/Shutterstock Depending on where you live, climate change could lead to longer and hotter summers, heavier downpours, frequent flooding, and more intense wildfires. That has led scores of cities to develop strategies to adapt to climate change. A study just published in the journal Nature Climate Change found that such plans contained many good ideas for improving infrastructure, protecting ecosystems, and educating residents. But researchers concluded that many plans fall short on the details, such as how to prioritize the most urgent needs, estimating costs, securing funding to implement projects, and planning for uncertainties...

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Which Candidate Could Rally the Nation Behind Policies That Would Have Real Impact on the Climate Crisis?...

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The dangers of runaway climate change make this U.S. presidential race pivotal. By Sarah van Gelder / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET May 17, 2016 hillary clinton bernie sanders donald trump Photo Credit: jctabb (l), Trevor Collens (m), Joseph Sohm (r)/Shutterstock The burning of Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta is a terrifying glimpse of what a climate crisis looks like. While scientists are cautious about attributing any one event to global warming, the months without rain followed by unusually high temperatures are exactly the sort of conditions associated with a warming planet—and they set the conditions for big fires. The dangers of runaway climate change make this U.S. presidential race pivotal. Our next president must be someone who understands the science, can build support for a clean energy future, and...

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STORING THE SUN’S ENERGY JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT CHEAPER...

May 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRSS CREDIT: S&C Electric Company Part of a game-changing 4.2 MW solar + storage system in Minster, Ohio.   With prices dropping rapidly for both renewables and battery storage, the economics of decarbonizing the grid are changing faster than most policymakers, journalists, and others realize. So, as part of my ongoing series, “Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated,” I will highlight individual case studies of this real-time revolution. My Monday post discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) report that in the first quarter, the U.S. grid added 18 megawatts of new natural gas generating capacity, but 1,291 MW of new renewables. But one of FERC’s “Electric Generation Highlights” for March deserves special attention as a leading indicator of the revolutionary new economics of solar...

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WE CAN STOP SEARCHING FOR THE CLEAN ENERGY MIRACLE. IT’S ALREADY HERE....

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Justin Pritchard, AP   Key climate solutions have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected just a few years ago thanks to aggressive market-based deployment efforts around the globe. These solutions include such core enabling technologies for a low-carbon world as solar, wind, efficiency, electric cars, and battery storage. That’s a key reason almost everything you know about climate change solutions is probably outdated. In Part 1 of this series, I discussed other reasons. For instance, climate science and climate politics have moved unexpectedly quickly toward a broad understanding that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. But the media and commentariat generally have not kept up with the science or...

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WAVE IMPACTS SPEED GREENLAND ICE MELT...

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     An aerial view of icebergs in Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord. (Mark Garten/UN Photo) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Seismic waves that race through Greenland’s bedrock may help answer questions about the pattern of melting and freezing over the Northern Hemisphere’s biggest single sheet of ice. Scientists need answers because Greenland remains a puzzle: the glaciers may be accelerating their pace towards the sea—but, despite rising temperatures, the interior is not losing ice, according to a second study. And a third study presents a new paradox: there may be little ice melt over most of the icecap, but changing climatic conditions suggest that less snow is falling. There is enough ice packed on Greenland to raise global sea levels by...

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SOME OLD SPECIES ARE WELL-SUITED TO SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     The cane toad is one of the lucky winners of evolution’s lottery. (Shek Graham via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Swiss biologists believe they have identified the factors that could make vertebrate species withstand the shocks of climate change. In what sounds like an evolutionary tautology, the creatures most likely to possess resilience and staying power are also most likely to be those that have already been around the longest, and survived earlier phases of environmental change. This arrival at a general principle echoes another recent and more specific finding: that those African antelopes most endangered by climate change are those already most threatened by other pressures. That global warming, and attendant climate change, poses a threat...

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ONE BUILDING IS SAVING $1 MILLION A YEAR ON ENERGY. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS MORE EFFICIENT?...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic The U.S. Steel Building in Pittsburgh saves more than a million dollars a year after retrofitting for better efficiency.   Amid all the talk about transitioning to clean energy sources, consider this: The cleanest energy is the energy we never use. It’s also the cheapest, which is one reason that companies are embracing energy efficiency now more than ever. In fact, energy efficiency — now being rebranded for the business sector as energy productivity — is having a moment. “People have been working on this topic for the last 20 to 30 years, but there still are so many opportunities that need to be unlocked,” Jenny Chu, a manager at The Climate Group, told ThinkProgress. Chu was speaking from the Alliance to Save Energy’s...

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AMID DILMA ROUSSEFF’S IMPEACHMENT, BRAZIL PREPARES TO ROLL BACK ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jan Rocha / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Damaging new roads and other projects are likely to be nodded through in Brazil. (Lucas Kenzo 436 via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. SÃO PAULO—Taking advantage of Brazil’s present political turbulence, as the battle to impeach President Dilma Rousseff reaches its climax, reactionary politicians are quietly rolling back environmental and indigenous protection laws in defiance of the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. Environmentalists say that if the bill known as PEC 65/2012, now at the Senate committee stage, is approved, it means that major infrastructure projects will be able to go ahead regardless of their impacts on biodiversity, indigenous areas, traditional communities and conservation areas. Instead of a careful if somewhat slow licensing process which...

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ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS IS OUTDATED, PART 1...

May 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Schalk van Zuydam, AP Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons. First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy. Second, key climate solutions — renewables, efficiency, electric cars, and storage — have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected, much faster than the academic literature anticipated. The synergistic effect of all these light-speed changes is only now beginning to become clear (see, for instance, my recent post, “Why The Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable”. Third, the media and commentariat have...

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