Forest restoration can turn the clock back

Climate Ark - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 08:36
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...
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California's Blue Cut fire: climate change dismissed as 'excuse' on the ground

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:21
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...
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Obama previews new efforts to tackle climate change

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 19:32
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...
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‘Let’s get some perspective': Researchers say species face bigger threats than climate change

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 19:13
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...
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Zika Virus: U.S. Surgeon general visits Miami clinic near Zika outbreak

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:00
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...
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EPA won't investigate scientist accused of underestimating methane leaks

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:00
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...
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This is no ordinary heat wave in the eastern U.S., as humidity reaches extreme levels

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:00
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...
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Chemists nearly unanimous in rejecting 'chemtrails' conspiracy theory

Climate Ark - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:00
Mashable: In a first of its kind effort, a large group of top atmospheric chemists has weighed in on one of the most persistent conspiracy theories on the internet: that the U.S. government is involved in a campaign to deliberately spray chemicals from planes at high altitudes. This "chemtrails" conspiracy theory is bunk, the experts conclude in a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Chemtrails is a conspiracy theory that pops up frequently in Reddit comment threads,...
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Adaptation to Climate Change: Need for a Human Rights Approach

Climate Ark - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 20:57
Inter Press Service: The memories of Cyclone Sidr and Aila are fresh in the mind of Razia Begum, a victim of climate change, of Dacope Upazila, Khulna. The standing field crops and houses of her community were destroyed, and they suffered the loss of cattle as well as people who perished in these natural disasters. She says mournfully that Saturkhali, Kamarkhola, Koilashganj and Baniashanta are the most vulnerable unions where access to necessary human rights is disrupted. Furthermore, salinity, flood, river erosion,...
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California lawmaker to float zero emission vehicle bill

Climate Ark - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 19:54
Reuters: A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025, her spokeswoman said on Friday. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says the legislation is needed to ensure that California's current zero emissions vehicle target is met with actual vehicles and not just clean car credits, which environmentalists claim have flooded the market. "Governor (Jerry) Brown has set an ambitious goal of 1.5 million electric vehicles by...
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Trump: Climate change won't be 'devastating'

Climate Ark - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 13:15
Hill: Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReport: Advisers see Trump as 'sullen, 'erratic,' 'beyond coaching' Sunday shows preview: Trump's tough week Fusion to host town hall with Libertarian ticket MORE said Thursday “there could be some impact” from a changing climate, “but I don’t believe it’s a devastating impact.” In an interview with The Miami Herald, Trump reiterated he’s “not a big believer in manmade climate change,” and while he acknowledged problems such as rising sea...
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Food insecurity follows floods in Sri Lanka

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:09
SciDevNet: Food shortages brought on by extreme weather events have resulted in almost a quarter of Sri Lanka's 21 million people becoming malnourished, says a World Food Programme (WFP) document. "The increased frequency of natural disasters such as drought and flash floods further compounds food and nutrition insecurity,' says the document, the latest WFP country brief for Sri Lanka, released in June. As per WFP's most recent Cost of Diet Analysis, almost 6.8 million (33 per cent) Sri Lankans cannot...
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Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:32
Guardian: The government expects solar and wind power to be cheaper than new nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed, its own projections show. Theresa May’s government last month made a surprise decision to delay a deal on Hinkley, prompting a renewed look at what alternatives could power Britain if ministers this autumn fail to back new reactors in Somerset. An unpublished report by the energy department shows that it expects onshore wind power and large-scale solar to cost around £50-75...
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Guns, tractors 'threaten wildlife more than climate'

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 09:34
Agence France-Presse: The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a reset of conservation priorities. In an analysis of nearly 9,000 "threatened" or "near-threatened" species, the scientists found that three-quarters are being over-exploited for commerce, recreation or subsistence. Demand for meat and body parts, for example, have driven the Western...
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Scotland completely powered by wind turbines for a day

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 08:48
Guardian: High winds on Sunday were strong enough to power the equivalent of all of Scotland’s electricity needs for the day, according to environmentalists. The Met Office issued a yellow “be aware” weather warning covering much of the country as wind speeds reached 115mph on the top of the Cairngorms and gusts of more than 60mph hit towns in the north. The weather brought travel disruption, with some bridges closed, ferries cancelled and trains affected but helped boost the country’s renewable energy...
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Overshadowed by climate change

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 08:25
Deutsche-Welle: Climate change is a ubiquitous threat to species around world. But research by Australian scientists shows that some older, familiar enemies of biodiversity shouldn't be forgotten. Images of climate change are always arresting: Sometimes they come in the form of melting masses of ice, sometimes as torrential rivers or enduring droughts. The impact is always massive and visually striking and it lasts, regardless of the actual effects global warming is having. Because of that, climate change is...
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How climate change is increasing forest fires around the world

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:58
Deutsche-Welle: Have wildfires increased globally over recent years? And if so, is global warming to blame? Research has illuminated this, along with what wildfires do to us and our environment, and which areas are most vulnerable. Are wildfires increasing around the world? Unusually large wildfires ravaged Alaska and Indonesia last year. This year, Canada, California and Spain have been devastated by uncontrolled flames, with Portugal and France as the newest victims of severe blazes. So, have wildfires...
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Climate Risk Is Poorly Represented in Company Financial Filings

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:55
ClimateWire: Corporate America has a split personality when it comes to climate change. When issuing marketing materials and press releases, U.S. companies frequently warn that rising global temperatures could cost them money. They tout specific green projects, like solar roofs and increased efficiency. But when it comes time to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the same companies stick to broad terminology and sanded-down statements. Take Target Corp., which outlined some of its efforts to...
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Scientists warn anthrax just one threat as Russian permafrost melts

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:13
Agence France-Presse: A recent anthrax outbreak in the far north of Russia left a child dead, 23 people infected and the government scrambling to deploy hundreds of rescue workers and soldiers to stop any further spread. The source, scientists say, seems likely to have been the long-buried corpses of reindeers on Yamal peninsula uncovered as Russia's permafrost melts -- and then been passed on to grazing herds. The fear now is that this is not a freak incident and that other diseases -- some dating back to the Ice...
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In California's climate debate, state lawmakers push for more authority

Climate Ark - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:06
LA Times: With negotiations over extending California`s landmark climate change programs struggling during the last month of the state`s legislative session, lawmakers are once again pushing for changes at the agency responsible for making the greenhouse gas reductions work. The target is the California Air Resources Board, which regulates pollution under the climate change program and determines how billions of dollars generated by that effort gets spent. Over the last two weeks, a bipartisan group...
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