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Guardian: Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The...
Posted: May 26, 2015, 5:00 am
Dissident Voice: Unless you are a new arrival from another planet, you have probably heard or read at least one of the following claims (among other possibilities):
Global warming is occurring--or, conversely, is not occurring. (Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has, for example, referred to global warming believers as “alarmists,” and has “compared people who think that the climate is warming to ‘flat-Earthers’ and described himself as a modern-day Galileo in an interview with the Texas Tribune.”)
Posted: May 26, 2015, 4:14 am
Agence France-Presse: The cedar tree, considered by many to be Morocco's national treasure, is coming under attack from climate change, greedy humans who indulge in illegal logging, and monkeys. The noble conifer Cedrus Atlantica covers about 134,000 hectares (330,000 acres) of the North African country. Although less well-known than its Lebanese cousin Cedrus Libani, the Moroccan cedar is still a potent symbol of national pride. The cedars cover vast stretches of Morocco's mountainous Middle Atlas, near the town of...
Posted: May 26, 2015, 3:58 am
Reuters: Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas...
Posted: May 26, 2015, 1:33 am
Reuters: North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies.
The partnership does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation and integrate more climate change-related policies into energy discussions between the countries, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said during a conference call.
All three governments said they will prioritize...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 9:48 pm
Guardian: Bosses at the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to a $1tn (£650bn) crescendo of spending on fossil fuel exploration and extraction over nine years, according to Guardian analysis of company reports.
The unprecedented push to bring untapped reserves into production, and to exploit new and undiscovered fields, involves some of the most complex feats of engineering ever attempted. It also reflects how confident ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP are...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 9:02 pm
Guardian: Wind turbines are becoming a familiar feature in the British landscape, and last year nearly 10% of the UK’s electricity demand was met by wind power (compared with 1.5% in 2007). The UK is considered to be one of the best locations in the world for wind power, but what happens when the wind fails to blow? The unreliability of wind is one of the most common criticisms of this form of power, but a new study shows that if you arrange your turbines carefully you can almost always catch a breeze.
Posted: May 25, 2015, 8:45 pm
National Public Radio: In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.
Posted: May 25, 2015, 8:31 pm
National Public Radio: Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.
Posted: May 25, 2015, 8:30 pm
Worcester Telegram: Will there be a time when the state’s official bird will be driven out of the commonwealth because it will no longer be able to survive in a changing climate?
In a 2008 paper on the possible changes to our environment caused by climate change, John A. O’Leary, assistant director of wildlife for the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the agency’s Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, posed that question.
“We at Fisheries and Wildlife have a duty to protect wildlife and address...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 8:24 pm
Independent: The activist who spent 66 hours suspended from the anchor of an oil exploration vessel has said she took strength during her protest from looking at the wildlife surrounding her.
Chiara D’Angelo attached herself on Friday evening to the anchor of the Arctic Challenger as it moored north of Seattle. The ship is among those that Royal Dutch Shell intend to use as they drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off northwestern Alaska later this summer.
Ms D’Angelo ended her protest at around 9.30m. Speaking...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 7:46 pm
Tampa Bay Times: An Associated Press review of thousands of documents and emails shows the state has yet to offer a clear plan or coordination on addressing rising sea levels, despite chronic flooding along Florida's coastline from storm surges and higher tides. It has yet to address the increasing problem of saltwater intrusion into drinking water wells, which has cities and counties scrambling to find new sources of fresh drinking water. And the AP review blamed this not merely on indifference but on the mindset...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 7:33 pm
Reuters: The governor of Texas on Monday declared states of disaster in 24 counties, citing the severe weather and flash flooding that have killed at least two people.
The state has been pounded by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electrical power.
In declaring the states of disaster in 24 counties, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 6:19 pm
ScienceDaily: You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work from Carnegie's Greg Asner illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region's topography. His team's work is published by Nature Geoscience. "Our findings tell us that lowland Amazon forests are far more geographically sorted than we once thought,"...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 5:04 pm
Independent: A female activist has spent three nights suspended from the anchor of a ship that is to be used in a controversial operation to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
Chiara D’Angelo, 20, attached herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger on Friday night, saying she wanted to draw attention to ship's role in the drilling operation.
Royal Dutch Shell intends to use the ship as a support vessel when it carries out exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea, off northwestern Alaska, this summer....
Posted: May 25, 2015, 4:46 pm
Guardian: World leaders missed the perfect opportunity to tackle climate change during the global economic crisis, according to the influential economist and academic Lord Stern.
The author of the seminal 2006 Stern review on the economics of climate change also criticised what he called a strange and anti-science wing of the Conservative party for putting the brakes on their leaders making progress on the issue in the UK.
Stern told an audience at the Hay festival the economic and technological conditions...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 4:07 pm
Reuters: Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F). Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 3:13 pm
Associated Press: Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.
Ragweed pollen levels are likely to quadruple for much of Europe because warmer temperatures will allow the plants to take root more, and carbon dioxide will make them grow more, says a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Other factors not related to man-made climate change will also contribute.
Ragweed isn't native to Europe, but was imported from America in the late...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 3:08 pm
Sputnik: Global warming poses the greatest risk to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt, said Monday.
"Climate change is the single biggest long-term risk to the reef," Reichelt told a parliamentary inquiry hearing, days before United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization makes a decision on whether the reef will be placed on the "endangered list," as quoted by Financial Review....
Posted: May 25, 2015, 2:44 pm
Agence France-Presse: UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) meeting comes ahead of a key conference in Paris at the end of the year which will be the first attempt to clinch a planet-wide deal on global warming since the near-disastrous 2009 UN summit in Copenhagen. The Paris accord, which would take effect from 2020, would aim at limiting global warming...
Posted: May 25, 2015, 2:05 pm