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Guardian: The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim. Talking ahead of a UN climate summit in Peru next month, Kim said he was alarmed by World Bank-commissioned research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, which said that as a result of past greenhouse gas emissions the world is condemned to unprecedented...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 9:01 pm
Reuters: A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck about 9:15 p.m. Central time on Saturday, said Dale Grant, an geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium,...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 7:10 pm
Reuters: Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Hundreds of members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. The National Weather Service said roads could flood quickly from snow...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 3:02 pm
Buffalo News: Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity. While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing. Meteorologists and geographers say that lake-effect snows have increased as temperatures have warmed in recent decades. That means more bizarre early-season storms, though not necessarily as bad as last week’s,...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Bloomberg: A majority of Americans support tougher pollution limits on coal-burning power plants even if it means paying more for electricity. The survey of 1,275 adults backs President Barack Obama's efforts to bypass Congress and enact climate regulations by executive authority. Two-thirds of those polled by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities support limits on carbon dioxide emissions even after being told such measures would raise power prices, they said on Wednesday. The survey also...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Victoria Advocate: About half of the potential whooping crane habitat along the South Texas coastline is projected to be lost to sea level rise. As the only wild flock of whooping cranes continues to grow, the endangered birds will need more space. For whooping cranes to be listed as threatened instead of endangered, the population must grow to 1,000 birds, a feat that will require 125,000 acres of wintering habitat, according to a recently published study. Researchers identified where the 5-foot-tall birds might...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Hill: Some 24 million Americans will cram into airplanes for Thanksgiving travel this year. They’ll face flight delays, bag fees and hassles with reclining seats. And most will fly home in inefficient planes that spew far too much climate-damaging carbon pollution. Greenhouse emissions from aviation are rising rapidly, even as scientists explain that we’re running out of time to avoid disastrous global warming effects, from dangerous temperature increases to food-supply disruptions. But the airline...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Daily Beast: One cold October day in 1968, I climbed out of a warm creek on the Yellowstone Plateau and came face to face with a huge grizzly. I froze, not knowing what to do. Since I was naked, my options were limited. I slowly turned my head and looked off to the side. The giant bear flicked his ears and, with unmistakable restraint, swung away and disappeared into the trees. Standing in the chill breeze of autumn, I knew something had passed between us. That peaceful standoff with the grizzly was the first...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
New Straits Times: CLIMATE change will affect all water-related sectors, including water supply and agriculture, resulting in drought, flood and degradation of coastal ecosystem. National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia's (Nahrim) Extension Study of the Impact of Climate Change on the Hydrologic Regime and Water Resources of Peninsular Malaysia shows there will be an increase in rainfall magnitude and intensity in the future. "Global warming will affect peak flow, causing more extreme floods at river...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
LA Times: Even though her street was buried under 3 feet of snow, Jean Ulrich considered herself lucky so far. The octogenarian and lifelong resident of Bowmansville, just outside Buffalo, has seen lots of snow before — but never, she said, like last week. Epic lake-effect snowfall pummeled the Buffalo region, dumping about 80 inches of snow, causing at least 13 deaths and virtually shutting down highways for days with thousands of stranded cars. This weekend the snow stopped, but more weather turmoil...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Detroit Free Press: A color-changing rabbit once found hopping through fields and forests across Michigan has become so rare, hunters choose not to shoot it. Not since the mid-1990s has a customer asked White Lake taxidermist Doug Ellis, 51, to mount a snowshoe hare. "They're beautiful," he said. "But you just don't see them." The rabbits have coats that adapt with the seasons to camouflage them with their environment. They turn white during the snow season and brown the rest of the year. With last winter an...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
BBC: A nuclear reactor at the Torness power station in East Lothian has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has said. EDF Energy said the 640MW Torness 2 reactor went offline at 01:16 on Friday. The unit was expected to remain unavailable for seven days, the firm said. It means nearly 5GW of British nuclear capacity is offline. The reactor normally has a capacity of 640 megawatts. Paul Winkle, Torness Power Station director, said: "The reactor shutdown safely and cooling to the...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Reuters: A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on the accord due in Paris in a year's time, also spurred by new scientific warnings about risks of floods, heatwaves, ocean acidification and rising seas. After failure to agree a sweeping U.N. treaty...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
National Geographic: In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan River. Until 1990, this point marked the smooth confluence of the river with Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S. But the lake has shrunk so much due to the recent drought that this waterfall has emerged, with sandy water as thick as a milkshake. My partner DeEdda McLean...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 1:05 pm
Maine News: Since long climate change has been on the cutting edge of both public plan and research. A recent research carried out in this context has found that the expanding agriculture production has a remarkable role to play in mounting carbon dioxide swings and hence contributing to climate change in the long-run. This study so done is a joint effort by researchers from Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 4:59 am
Rutland Herald: The Vermont Natural Resources Council recently joined low-income advocacy partners, business and academic leaders, and other environmental organizations to call for putting a price on carbon pollution and sending the money back to Vermonters. The plan was accompanied by an economic study that showed that a carbon pollution tax, coupled with cuts in other taxes, would create jobs and reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. (The study, by Regional Economic Models Inc. or REMI, can be found at energyindependentvt.org)....
Posted: November 23, 2014, 2:54 am
Nature World: Small volcanic eruptions over the years may actually helped slow climate change. That's at least according to a new study which details how minor eruptions between 200 and 2013 may have directly cooled the average global temperature. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, describes how volcanoes blast helpful particles, called aerosols, into the air during an eruption. When these sulfer dioxide aerosols reach the stratosphere (the second layer of our atmosphere), they...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 1:05 am
Statesman Journal: What does melting sea ice in the Arctic have to do with the barbarism of the Islamic State? The answer is scary: Rising sea levels eventually will overrun some Pacific island nations and will turn many low-lying villages around the globe into ghost towns. Where will the uprooted inhabitants go? At the least, they will endure the anxiety and grief of leaving their traditional homes. At the worst, the displaced residents will become a generational underclass - lacking adequate food, shelter and...
Posted: November 23, 2014, 12:55 am
Guardian: Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. The discussions in Paris in 2015 will be informed by the latest climate...
Posted: November 22, 2014, 10:44 pm
Guardian: 1 Global warming must be limited to 2C Every year, carbon emissions from cars, factories and power plants across the planet rise inexorably. The resulting elevation in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere mean that in 30 years temperatures on Earth will be 2C hotter than they were in pre-industrial times, scientists say. This is the maximum temperature that they believe the world can tolerate without there being devastating environmental consequences: spreading deserts, worsening storms and widespread...
Posted: November 22, 2014, 10:17 pm
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