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Science 2.0: Focus on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has led to a lot of confusion among the public: bad storms are caused by global warming but a lack of warming is not. There may be a reason things don't add up, according to a paper in Science. The circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth's climate, it finds. In their study, the researchers say the major cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 5:40 pm
WFSU: Environmentalists are attacking Gov. Rick Scott’s inaction on climate change at the same time a liberal-leaning superPAC is running climate-based ads against the Republican incumbent. But progressive groups don’t have a monopoly on environmental issues. A conservative organization taking root in Florida aims to promote green issues while keeping the executive branch red. More than 92,000 thousand people recently signed petitions asking Republican Scott to lead the fight against climate change....
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
New Scientist: It sounds bold and ambitious. European Union leaders last night signed off on an agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. But climate scientists are wary of applauding the plan. For one thing, the target is a cut of 40 per cent compared with greenhouse gas emissions in 1990 - nearly 25 years ago. Since then, the EU has made cuts of almost 20 per cent, mainly through burning less coal and outsourcing heavy industries to developing countries. So it is virtually halfway there...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Reuters: The United States has challenged the Japanese government over moves to ramp up exports of coal-fired power technology and to offer cheap loans to lure buyers, according to a U.S. source with direct knowledge of the matter. Japan's shipments of the equipment soared to nearly $8 billion last year as it looks to boost infrastructure exports, defying U.S. calls for developed nations to stop investment in foreign coal projects to curb greenhouse gas emissions. While the issue is unlikely to blow up...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Greenwire: Climate change and the environment aren't likely to be the dominant factors swaying midterm races across the country next month. That's according to recent polls gauging voters' priorities when they head to the polls on Election Day. It hasn't stopped some candidates and donors from seizing on the issues with the hope that they could tip the scales in some pivotal races where the environment is a hot-button issue, but at the national level, climate change and environmental issues are taking a...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: MARK COLVIN: Climate advocates aren't all that happy but they concede it's a good start. European Union leaders have struck a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030. It's what's being described as an opening gambit, as countries reveal their emissions pledges ahead of critical climate talks in Paris next year. The Labor government committed Australia to cutting emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 - a commitment the Abbott Government promised on this program to keep straight...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
CNBC: With surface water supplies decimated from the ongoing drought, more Californians are forced to use groundwater. But groundwater is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board. This problem is the longtime contamination from nitrates and arsenic. That's meant less drinkable water in California's struggle to survive more than three years of severely dry weather. "Most areas affected by contamination don't have surface water supplies so they...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Mother Jones: Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact--which was reached early Friday in Brussels--makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. At the Paris meeting, world leaders will attempt to hammer out a global agreement that will keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)....
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Truthdig: The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the UK failed to derail an agreement. The 28 nations of the EU also agreed to improve energy efficiency by 27% over the next decade and a half, and to ensure a continent-wide proportion of at least 27% renewable energy market share. In contrast, the production of carbon dioxide in the US increased in 2013, from roughly by 2.5 percent at a time when scientists are frantically signaling...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 1:02 pm
ScienceDaily: Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere. But in a new study published in Science, a group of Rutgers researchers have found that circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth's climate. In their study, the researchers say the major cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:40 pm
Christian Science Monitor: She’s as green as they come. Shenna Bellows, the Democrat running for Senate in Maine, proudly touts her environmental credentials. She rails against emissions-intensive oil sands from Canada, would tighten EPA regulations on greenhouse gases, and wants more investment in renewable energy. So why isn’t the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) – a big-name, big-money green group – endorsing Ms. Bellows? In short, it’s pragmatism. LCV instead endorsed Sen. Susan Collins, her Republican opponent,...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:20 pm
LA Times: California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming. To meet the requirement that it cut carbon emissions, for example, Southern California Edison recently sold its stake in one of the West's largest coal-fired power plants, located hundreds of miles out of state. But the Four Corners Generating Station in New Mexico still burns coal — only the power that Edison once delivered to California now goes to a different...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 11:02 am
ScienceDaily: Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, says research from the University of Toronto. A new study by Jacob Hirsh, an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga's Institute for Management & Innovation, who is cross-appointed to UofT's Rotman School of Management, demonstrates that a country's personality profile can predict its environmental sustainability...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 8:32 am
Blue and Green: The global trade in agricultural and timber products is pushing the planet’s forests to the brink, having been responsible for more than a third of recent deforestation, a new study has warned. The report, commissioned by the Center for Global Development think-tank, noted that deforestation has historically been driven by smallholder farmers and local demand for goods. But analysing deforestation in seven countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia, the study concluded that international...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 8:00 am
Zee News: It isn't just the atmosphere, but the circulation of the oceans plays an equally important role in regulating the Earth's climate, new research shows. The study revealed that the cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean - which pulls in heat and carbon dioxide in the Atlantic and moves them through the deep ocean from north to south until it's released in the Pacific. The ocean conveyor...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 6:03 am
New York Times: The deal reached early Friday by the European Union to cap its greenhouse gas emissions was meant to increase pressure on the rest of the world to achieve a landmark accord on climate protection next year, the bloc’s leaders said. The approval of a target to slash emissions by 2030 by at least 40 percent, compared with 1990 levels, makes the European Union the first major global emitter to put its position on the table ahead of an important United Nations climate meeting in Paris at the end of 2015....
Posted: October 25, 2014, 5:00 am
National Geographic: The oil-sands industry in Alberta has a problem: It's capable of producing more oil than it can get to market. It has tried building new pipelines south into the United States-the famous Keystone XL project-and west to British Columbia. But both projects are stalled and face stiff opposition. Now a battle is heating up over the latest proposal: a 2,858-mile-long pipeline to Canada's east coast. TransCanada, the same company that wants to build Keystone XL, says it plans to seek Canadian government...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:08 am
National Geographic: Thanks to the worst drought in eight decades in southeastern Brazil, water levels have dropped dramatically in the reservoirs that supply São Paulo, the country's largest city. New satellite imagery from NASA reveals that critical reservoirs there have dwindled to 3 to 5 percent of storage capacity, creating shortages in the region. Rainfall totals in the region this year are 12 to 16 inches (300 to 400 millimeters) below normal. According to a poll conducted this week, 60 percent of respondents...
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:08 am
Irish Times: ‘It’s impossible to respond to climate change without confronting historical injustice or talking about redistribution of wealth,” says Naomi Klein. “There are lots of greens who’d like me to be quiet about that because they think it’s a secret.” She laughs. “It’s not! People know. The cat’s out of the bag.” Klein sometimes laughs when talking about dark subjects. She laughs in the middle of pronouncements about our warming planet. She laughs when discussing the terrifying hubris of geo-engineers....
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Reuters: A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business. Industry bosses said they faced big challenges to adapt, while greener firms said the EU had aimed too low to spur low-carbon investment and climate campaigners said concessions to polluters made it "a dirty thirty", not a 2030 deal. The 2030 targets will follow existing 2020 goals that the EU is on...
Posted: October 24, 2014, 9:44 pm
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