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  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by wildcat
    +9 +1

    Climate change swelling Central American migration to US: experts

    Deepening climate change will swell Central American migration to the United States, the region's environment ministers and experts warned Tuesday as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Trump. "The next migrants are going to be climate migrants," El Salvador's Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lina Pohl told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Panama.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +14 +1

    The Atlantic and Pacific Ocean hurricane season is most powerful on record this year

    The oceans near North America have been angry this year. When all the hurricanes and tropical storms that have formed in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans this year are added together, the 2018 hurricane season is the most active season ever recorded, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach announced Tuesday. Florence and Michael were the most destructive storms in the Atlantic, while the eastern Pacific featured several powerhouse storms, including Lane, Rosa, Sergio and now, Willa.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +17 +1

    Climate change, overharvesting may doom a pricey parasite

    A parasitic fungus that grows wild throughout the Himalayas and sells for more than its weight in gold could vanish if current harvesting and climate trends continue, according to new research from Stanford University.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +20 +1

    If you were thinking of doing environmental crimes, now’s the time

    It’s open season for environmental crimes in the U.S., a new report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) suggests. Prosecutions under environmental law fell 10 percent for the 2018 fiscal year from their 2017 levels, which were themselves a substantial drop from prior years. Overall, federal prosecutions for environmental crimes are now down 40 percent from 2013 levels.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +15 +1

    We can save coral reefs by putting them on ice

    The planet’s coral reefs are in trouble. Thanks to warming and acidifying oceans, the animals that make up coral reefs are dying, turning the reefs themselves into algae-covered ghost towns. This represents a loss of habitat for numerous nearby creatures, many of which evolved to only live in the reefs. So the deaths of the corals can lead to the deaths of many other species. From monitoring the reefs by listening to them to local action and working to understand the dynamics of coral illness, scientists and conservationists...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ppp
    +9 +1

    Climate friendly cooling shows promise

    Researchers in the US have scaled up a new low-cost system that could provide efficient cooling for homes while using very little electricity. The team has developed a roof-top sized array, built from a highly reflective material made from glass and polymers. In tests, the system kept water around 10C cooler than the ambient air when exposed to midday sunlight in summer. The approach could also be scaled up to cool power stations and data centres.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by kxh
    +17 +1

    Global stilling: global land wind speeds slowing since 1960

    Wind speeds around the world seem to be decreasing in a phenomenon known as 'stilling' and European scientists are hoping to find out why.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +14 +1

    European Parliament to act on single use plastic pollution

    In order to reduce marine litter European Parliament has voted to ban a range of single-use plastics across the European Union. The European Union proposed a ban of single-use plastics earlier in May this year following the demand from public to reduce and fight marine litter. The proposal asked for EU wide rules that would target “10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items.”

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    Scientists are calling for a crash programme to scrub ‘vast quantities’ of carbon dioxide from the air

    Humanity may have to start removing as much carbon as all the world’s forests and soils currently absorb each year to meet Paris Agreement goals, according to Princeton climate scientist .

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +12 +1

    The Abandoned Graveyards on a Thawing Arctic Island

    HERSCHEL ISLAND, ALSO KNOWN AS Qikiqtaryuk, is fragile and losing ground. The whalers are long gone, and the Inuvialuit who once called it home now only pass through every once in a while, as a seasonal place to camp, or as a stopover while they’re out hunting. This 45-square-mile island in the Beaufort Sea, north of the Arctic Circle, is largely abandoned, and threatened by erosion and rapidly vanishing permafrost.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by doodlegirl
    +21 +1

    With global warming, whale carcasses will no longer be enough to feed polar bears

    In the face of global warming, polar bears continue to lose ground. The gradual withdrawal of the ice could lead to periods of scarcity with worrying repercussions. Among the victims of global warming, polar bears are probably the most iconic. These creatures have probably survived previous warm periods in the Arctic with stranded whale carcasses. However, this source of power may no longer suffice with the gradual removal of ice, reducing the number of platforms on the surface of which they can hunt seals.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +18 +1

    Climate change is melting the French Alps, say mountaineers

    For the tourists thronging the streets and pavement cafes of Chamonix, the neck-craning view of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, is as dazzling as ever. But the mountaineers who climb among the snowy peaks know that it is far from business as usual – due to a warming climate, the familiar landscape is rapidly changing. “Global climate change has serious and directly observable consequences in high mountains,” says Vincent Neirinck from Mountain Wilderness, a campaign group that works to preserve mountain environments around the world.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by kxh
    +19 +1

    Oil Companies Want Taxpayer Dollars to Protect Their Facilities Against...Climate Change

    And yet, when you dig into it, it's money we should probably spend.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by 8mm
    +6 +1

    Rising CO2 levels reduce protein in crucial pollen source for bees

    Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have reduced protein in goldenrod pollen, a key late-season food source for North American bees, a Purdue University study shows. Researchers found that the overall protein concentration of goldenrod pollen fell about one-third from the onset of the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of the 21st century.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by timex
    +2 +1

    Climate Crisis to Cause Hundreds of Millions of Dangerous Nutrient Deficiencies—in Countries Least Responsible for Emissions

    A new study highlights a lesser-known but serious consequence of the climate crisis for hundreds of millions of people around the world—major nutritional deficiencies that are likely to hit impoverished populations the hardest, as carbon dioxide emissions seriously affect the quality of food crops. The study, completed by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that in just three decades, crops being grown around the world will lose many of their nutritional benefits...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +21 +1

    Climate change will make hundreds of millions more people nutrient deficient

    Crops grown in a high CO2 atmosphere are less nutritious, containing less protein, zinc and iron. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people, research has revealed, with those living in some of the world’s poorest regions likely to be hardest hit. Previous research has shown that many food crops become less nutritious when grown under the CO2 levels expected by 2050, with reductions of protein, iron and zinc estimated at 3–17%.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by lexi6
    +11 +1

    McCain Was Such A Climate Change Maverick That He Undermined His Own Good Work

    Climate change is one of the issues on which the late Sen. John McCain was roundly praised for bucking his party. But McCain was arguably the reason we don’t have a sane climate law in place right now. The Arizona Republican’s early work on climate change with then-Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) was indeed groundbreaking, producing the 2003 and 2005 iterations of the proposed Climate Stewardship Act. While those bills had little chance of success, they were presented at a time when the George W. Bush administration was prevaricating on...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zritic
    +23 +1

    We Cannot Fight Climate Change With Capitalism, Says Report

    As access to cheap, plentiful energy dries up and the effects of climate change take hold, we are entering a new era of profound challenge ― and free market capitalism cannot dig us out. This is the conclusion of a report produced for the United Nations by Bios, an independent research institute based in Finland.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +3 +1

    Samoan Prime Minister: Leaders Who Deny Climate Change Are 'Utterly Stupid'

    Calling for greater international action on climate change, Samoa’s long-serving prime minister minced no words in a recent speech lambasting world leaders who don’t believe global warming is occurring— saying such skeptics are “utterly stupid” and should be taken to a mental institution.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +2 +1

    Government inaction puts world on track for "catastrophic" climate change, U.N. warns

    A senior United Nations (U.N.) official has warned that government inaction has put the world on track to a catastrophic climate change situation, in which the global community fails to keep temperature rises below the vital 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degree Fahrenheit) cap. The warning comes ahead of climate-change discussions in Bangkok, Thailand, this week. Patricia Espinosa, who is head of the Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said nations have been too slow to reach to the threats posed by global warming.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +8 +1

    Global warming tops the agenda as climate brings down a third Australian prime minister

    Australia has two pressing environmental problems: climate change and finding a leader who can tackle it. Large swathes of the country are suffering the effects of a seven-year drought, the bush fire season has hit those parts two months early, and the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef grows more severe each year. Yet late last month, the country’s attempts to make some modest changes to its energy policy to help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions blew up an internal storm in the ruling Liberal party that cost Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull his job.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +15 +1

    Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study

    Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +31 +1

    The Great Barrier Reef Is Showing 'Significant Signs Of Recovery'

    After decades of damning reports, bleak images, and depressing headlines, one new report claims to have a “positive update” on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a non-profit organization, has published a report for the Queensland State Government that claims parts of the GBR are showing some “signification signs” of recovery from years of bleaching.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +3 +1

    No, Capitalism Will Not Save the Climate

    We are facing deep-rooted climate, social, and environmental crises. The current dominant economic system cannot provide solutions. It is time for system change. For Friends of the Earth International this means creating societies based on peoples’ sovereignty and environmental, social, economic, and gender justice. We must question and deconstruct the capitalist logic of accumulation. The climate catastrophe is interwoven with many social and environmental crises, including oppression, corporate power, hunger, water depletion, biodiversity loss and deforestation.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wildcard
    +12 +1

    Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

    The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, and energy companies have long said that the rules requiring them to test for emissions were costly and burdensome.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +12 +1

    These robotic 'trees' can turn CO2 into concrete

    Tomorrow’s atmospheric scrubbers will suck carbon straight from the air

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +14 +1

    Nearly third of Earth’s surface must be protected to prevent mass extinction, warn leading scientists

    Two leading scientists have issued a call for massive swathes of the planet’s land and sea to be protected from human interference in order to avert mass extinction. Current levels of protection “do not even come close to required levels”, they said, urging world leaders to come to a new arrangement by which at least 30 per cent of the planet’s surface is formally protected by 2030. Chief scientist of the National Geographic Society Jonathan Baillie and Chinese Academy of Sciences biologist Ya-Ping Zhang made their views clear in an editorial published in the journal Science.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +1

    Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves

    If we want to avoid mass extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all plants and animals depend on, governments should protect a third of the oceans and land by 2030 and half by 2050, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity. So say leading biologists in an editorial in the journal Science this week.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    An Equator Full of Hurricanes Is a Preview of End Times

    The map looks terrifyingly unfamiliar. Not because of the outlines of the continents; those are comforting in their hooks, tails, splotches, and whorls. It’s the storms. Across the globe’s tropics right now, seven superstorms are swirling over oceans. Hurricane Florence is butting into the Carolinas on North America’s southeastern coast. Tropical storms Helene, Isaac, and Joyce are hovering over the Atlantic like jets stacked on approach to Charlotte.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +28 +1

    The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be "Highly Habitable"

    Just a cosmic hop, skip and jump away, an Earth-size planet orbits the closest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri. Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of sustaining life. Now, using computer models similar to those used to study climate change on Earth, researchers have found that, under a wide range of conditions...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +13 +1

    NASA has discovered Arctic lakes bubbling with methane—and that's very bad news

    Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane, and the release of this highly potent greenhouse gas has scientists worried. Last month NASA released footage showing the bubbling Arctic lakes, which are the result of a little known phenomenon called “abrupt thawing.” It occurs when the permafrost—ground that has been frozen for potentially thousands of years—thaws faster than expected.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by mariogi
    +15 +1

    In nearly 60 countries, solar power is deemed the cheapest source of energy power

    It is now official that solar power is recognized to be the cheapest source of energy power in countries with low income, providing companies and governments to let go of the coal and gas in exchange of renewable energy. Bloomberg New Energy Finance or BNEF provided a data that shows that in 2016, the average solar energy price in nearly 60 countries declined per megawatt to $1.65 million, with wind energy source at $1.66 million per megawatt.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by darvinhg
    +15 +1

    This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes?

    There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm – yet. The highest level – the top of the scale for the most powerful, most devastating hurricane or tropical storm capable of destroying entire cities like New Orleans or New York – is a category 5 storm. Meteorologists and scientists never imagined that there would be a need for a category 6 storm, with winds that exceed 200 miles per hour on a sustained basis, sweeping away everything in its path. Until now, such a storm wasn’t possible, so there was no need for a new category above category 5.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by dynamite
    +9 +1

    Pollution Is So Bad That Earth Is Now In The 'Plastic Age'

    Humans looking back on this period of history in future will be astonished by the huge amount of plastic this generation left behind – because rubbish waste is now so prolific it will become fossilised, a scientist has said. Dr Dan Parsons, professor of sedimentology at Hull University, says that it is inevitable there will be a record of the thousands of tonnes of plastic waste we generate as microplastics are already seeping into the earth and into the food chain.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Nelson
    +13 +1

    Global warming targets could be exceeded sooner than expected because of melting permafrost

    Planet on brink of 'tipping point' as thawing soil and sediment releases large volumes of carbon dioxide and methane into atmosphere. The world is on course to exceed global warming limits set out in the Paris climate agreement much earlier than previously thought, scientists have warned, following the first comprehensive study of the impact of melting permafrost.