Environment and Climate Change

Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study

Current greenhouse gas concentrations could warm the world 3-7℃ (and on average 5℃) over coming millennia. Andrew Glikson  That’s the finding of a paper published in Nature today. The research, by Carolyn Snyder, reconstructed temperatures over the past 2 million years. By investigating the… Source: Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber. By JAYSON LUSK Large farmers — who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent ... Read More »

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat

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John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change John Abraham Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the… Source: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

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Roadsides are a haven for rare species, but council mowing is a threat. New schemes offer hope Jessica Aldred Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the… Source: Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow

The Arctic is warming, the ice is melting and a remote town of 4,000 will have to move before it washes out to sea. By ADAM POPESCU, The Washington Post BARROW, ALASKA—Here in the northernmost municipality of the United States, 510 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, people are facing the idea that they may soon be among the world’s firstclimate-change refugees. Warming air, melting permafrost and… Source: Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow ... Read More »

What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism.

It’s going to take global solidarity to avoid a climate-change doomsday. By Michael T. Klare In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the… Source: What’s the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism. Read More »

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Exclusive: MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators Michael Slezak Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the… Source: Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says

A defiant North Korea has restated its demand for recognition as a “legitimate” nuclear-armed state, as world powers ponder ways to punishPyongyang for its latest and largest atomic test. North Korea also vowed to increase its nuclear strike force “in quality and in quantity”, two days after its fifth test in a decade sparked international condemnation and moves for tougher United Nations sanctions…. Source: United States must recognise North Korea as ‘nuclear weapons state’, KCNA says – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification

The US and China – together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions – both ratify the Paris global climate agreement. After arriving with other leaders of G20 nations for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, Mr Obama said: “History will judge today’s effort as pivotal.” CO2 emissions are the… Source: Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification – BBC News Read More »

Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter

LONDON — Israel’s energy minister laid on the charm as he spoke to a few dozen oil executives, contractors and analysts in a crowded hotel conference room about the country’s natural gas prospects. By STANLEY REED  He crowed that the country could one day be a top supplier to Europe, while explaining how multinationals in other industries were already… Source: Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter – The New York Times Read More »

North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan

Seismologists in Japan have tracked, for the first time, a particular type of tiny vibration that wobbled through the Earth from the Atlantic seafloor. It was started by a “weather bomb”: the same low-pressure storm, off Greenland, which made UK headlines in late 2014. Tiny tremors, of two types, constantly criss-cross the deep Earth from… Source: North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan – BBC News Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve

President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy. WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy… Source: Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve – AMERICAS Read More »

Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’

Ken Salazar has previously claimed “there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Hillary Clinton has named her transition team should she be elected in November, and the roster—as many feared—is a who’s-who of establishment figures, including former Interior… Source: Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Powerbroker’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community Read More »

Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence

In an entertaining and somewhat chaotic episode of ABC’s Q&A (Monday 15th August) pitting science superstar Brian Cox against climate contrarian and global conspiracy theorist and now senator Malcolm Roberts, the question of cause and effect and empirical data was raised repeatedly in regard to climate change. Watching I pondered the question – what would I need to change my… Source: Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence Read More »

Kenya buys Sh3.6bn ship to battle illegal fishing in Indian Ocean

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Kenya has acquired a new ship to patrol its Indian Ocean territory as the country steps up the campaign against illegal fishing which has seen it lose up to Sh10 billion annually. The Sh3.6 billion ship, which has ability to detect illegal movement of fishing vessels in Kenya’s territorial waters, is expected in the… Source: Kenya buys Sh3.6bn ship to battle illegal fishing in Indian Ocean – Politics and policy Read More »