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Mongabay: When logging roads appear in forests, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. But a new study finds that the roads themselves can damage the environment – and may continue doing so for years after the logging stops. The study, published in Geoderma and conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri in the U.S., looked at logging roads in Mark Twain National Forest. They collected core samples from logging roads and log landing areas where...
Posted: August 29, 2016, 9:30 pm
Guardian: The Cannonball river flows into the mighty Missouri about 50 miles due south of Bismarck, North Dakota. At its confluence, a protest encampment – really a series of camps, on both sides of the Cannonball, strewn with kitchens and canteens, portable toilets, stabling for horses, sweat lodges and tall teepees, and stands selling indigenous art – has sprung up. The inhabitants are there to block the planned $3.7bn Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport fracked crude from the Bakken oil...
Posted: August 29, 2016, 8:17 pm
Guardian: There is a battle under way near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, over plans for a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline. The North Dakota Access pipeline will run just outside the formal boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, and tribal members fear it will pollute local drinking water and disturb sacred sites
Posted: August 29, 2016, 8:13 pm
Capital Journal: Around the numerous tents sprinkled amongst the hills along the northernmost border of the Standing Rock Reservation, tribal members continue strategic planning and prayers in their fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing the nearby Missouri River. Different areas of the camp have specific designations, including an area where tribal members participate in sacred rituals, including a sweat lodge, where access is restricted to preserve the sanctity of the ceremonies. Near the...
Posted: August 29, 2016, 8:09 pm
Climate News Network: China’s fast-rising population and its burgeoning economy make steep demands on natural resources, so steep that Beijing is searching constantly for supplies from overseas. And it wants to obtain them, naturally, as cheaply as it can. Now in prospect is China’s trans-Amazon railway – a 3,300 mile-long (5,000 km) artery to link the soya-growing areas and iron ore mines of Brazil to the southern Peruvian port of Ilo, providing a cheaper, shorter route than the Panama Canal. Feasibility studies on...
Posted: August 29, 2016, 10:29 am
Treehugger: Costa Rica just ran its electricity grid for 113 days in a row entirely on renewable energy. Using a mix of wind, solar and its abundant supply of geothermal energy (a nice boon for anyone wanting to have dispatchable renewables!), this small nation is proving that fossil fuels are no longer necessary to keep the lights on. That's just one snippet of news from Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged news update, which also includes some cool information about gigantic, 180-meter (590-feet) high, 8MW wind...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 7:45 pm
Deutsche Welle: Several hundred protestors from at least 100 Native American tribes have joined a weeks-long protest to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its bid to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The tribe argues that the $3.8 billion (3.4 billion euros) pipeline, which will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, threatens its sacred sites and drinking water. The Sioux group also says it was not properly consulted before construction began on the pipeline. As...
Posted: August 28, 2016, 10:17 am
Malaysiakini: International NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has urged Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio to return all funds that he and his eponymous foundation allegedly received from 1MDB-linked individuals. In a letter to the actor, BMF asked DiCaprio to disclose and return any funds that he may have received from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's stepson Riza Aziz, his associates Jho Low and Tan Kim Loong as well as Riza's production company Red Granite Pictures. "We are deeply disturbed that Leonardo DiCaprio...
Posted: August 26, 2016, 9:50 am
Associated Press: The federal government needs to consider greenhouse emissions and the potential contribution to climate change before allowing oil and gas development on public land, two environmental groups asserted Thursday in a lawsuit over drilling in Western states. Industry advocates stood by their own efforts to keep federal leasing moving ahead. The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges 397 oil and gas leases the...
Posted: August 25, 2016, 2:54 pm
Larampadinapoli: U.S. District Judge James Boasberg listened to arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says he will rule on the case by September 9. In its lawsuit, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to fully comply with the federal Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act when the agency approved the pipeline's construction on July 25. The pipeline is created to move North Dakota oil to IL. The tribe says...
Posted: August 24, 2016, 7:53 pm
CBC: Cities that draw their water from the Great Lakes have aligned to oppose a decision that allows Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan to its community. In June, the Compact Council - the group which oversees details of how neighbouring American states manage use of the Great Lakes - allowed Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, to draw water from Lake Michigan, even though the city has access to the Mississippi River watershed. Waukesha made the application when the level of radium...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 7:34 pm
Climate Home: The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found. This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change – including forest restoration – should have started years ago. Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming. Burning, clear-felling and ploughing...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 10:05 am
Counterpunch: Across the USA, people from all types of backgrounds marinate for hours each day in the glow of nationalistic and militaristic news reports and entertainment. From the reverence directed toward its historical wars, to the imaginary wars featured in the entertainment industry, to the virtual wars of drone strikes (which blend politics and entertainment into ideological indistinction), glorification of war is ubiquitous. But though it may be amplified by the pervasiveness and invasiveness of social...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 8:47 am
Climate News Network: The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found. This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change – including forest restoration – should have started years ago. Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming. Burning, clear-felling and ploughing of...
Posted: August 21, 2016, 8:36 am
Guardian: James Webb huddled on the hill with his dog and watched the fire advance, the flames licking through the cherry trees, the oak trees, the peach trees, then swaying just short of his home, the last home left in this part of the valley. “We’ve been praying all day long, hoping for the best. I believe it’s working because our house is still standing even though everything around it has been burnt,” said the 20-year-old student. “It’s almost like a miracle.” It was sunset on Tuesday, just 32 hours...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 3:21 pm
DBS: His term may be winding down, but President Obama is determined to continue hammering away at the effects of climate change. In a new video address, the president previewed his latest efforts to address what he called "one of the most urgent challenges of our time," noting that despite national -- and international -- movement on climate change, "there's still so much more to do." "We're not done yet. In the weeks and months ahead, we'll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty...
Posted: August 13, 2016, 7:32 pm
Washington Pot: Tackling climate change is the challenge of the century. But when it comes to endangered wildlife, scientists are arguing that we’ve got more pressing matters to worry about. A new comment just out today in the journal Nature contends that practices like hunting, fishing and agriculture are still the biggest threats to biodiversity on Earth -- and we need to be careful not to let our concern about climate change overshadow our efforts to address them. To be clear, the comment merely reflects the...
Posted: August 13, 2016, 7:13 pm
Mashable: From New Orleans to Portland, Maine, the heat and humidity has hit oppressive levels for the second long stretch this summer. In New York City, for example, entire blocks smell like hot garbage, and the air feels like a wet blanket, with heat indices approaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit. While the actual air temperatures during this heat wave are not record-breaking in most areas, it is the humidity that stands out as the weather event's defining feature. The dew point, which is the temperature...
Posted: August 13, 2016, 2:00 pm
Miami Herald: U.S. Surgeon General -- and dad-to-be -- Vivek Murthy paid a visit to his hometown Friday to drop by a medical clinic and reassure pregnant women as the number of local Miami Zika cases rose for a fourth straight day. Murthy, who graduated from Palmetto Senior High and whose wife is expecting a baby in September, met with about a half dozen women at the Borinquen Medical Center in the Wynwood area, which has been the epicenter for the virus in Miami. Just hours after his visit, state health officials...
Posted: August 13, 2016, 2:00 pm
InsideClimate: A former Environmental Protection Agency adviser will not be investigated for scientific fraud, the EPA's Inspector General recently decided. The office was responding to environmental advocates who had charged that David Allen's work had underreported methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The North Carolina advocacy group NC Warn had filed a 65-page petition with the Inspector General calling for an investigation into a pair of recent, high-profile studies on greenhouse gas emissions...
Posted: August 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

One Response to NEWS CHANNEL

  1. Jonathan Aird says:

    Just read the latest Arctic ice volume data. This is probably the most important news to date because it can be seen by the public, through NASA cameras (as opposed to CO2).
    I think politicians should now decide to make Ireland an example to the world by :
    Reducing milk and meat output
    Huge subsidies for electric cars
    Big feed-in tariffs for solar with no PP required to place them on land
    Consider electricity storage measures through big batteries (Enercon has done one) or pumped storage until elec cars reach critical mass.

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