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Cristina Eisenberg

Safe Passages, or How Did the Grizzly Bear Cross the Road?

Cristina Eisenberg | March 3, 2015 | Green
One of the busiest Canadian roadways slices through Canada's Banff National Park, creating a lethal corridor for wildlife. In the 1970s, animals died so frequently here that people called the highway the "meat maker."
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Saola: Hunted, Trapped and Starved

Evaggelos Vallianatos | March 3, 2015 | Green
The author of this dramatic report is William deBuys, a prolific and important American writer. His latest of eight books, The Last Unicorn is an epitaph to the dying natural world in Laos. He tells his story by throwing light on a rare mammal known as the saola.
Craig Altemose

Could Lesley Be the First School in Boston to Divest?

Craig Altemose | March 3, 2015 | Green
With overwhelming evidence that climate change is already causing immense harm to our people and planet, we know it is immoral to continue to invest in an industry that directly undercuts Lesley's mission to contribute to shaping "a more just, humane and sustainable world."
Ann Morgan

If You Need a Sense of History, Read a Map

Ann Morgan | March 3, 2015 | Green
Stewart culled through scholarly works, diaries of expeditions, local histories, maps, railway guides and government documents to trace how Americans placed names on the land. But it is his insight and ability to comment on our culture that pulls all of this data into a story.
Eileen Flanagan

Small Quaker Group Takes Aim at Big Bank and Wins

Eileen Flanagan | March 3, 2015 | Green
As we fight to protect our communities and the climate, we all need to remember that, when we use unconventional tactics, ordinary people can win against giants.
Brad Johnson

Scientific Society Objects to Investigation of Its Anti-Science Members

Brad Johnson | March 3, 2015 | Green
The American Meteorological Society's executive director, Keith Seitter, has condemned a Congressional investigation of the potential corruption of scientific testimony on climate change by AMS members.
Dr. Cristián Samper

United Behind World Wildlife Day

Dr. Cristián Samper | March 3, 2015 | Green
Today, global citizens marked the second annual World Wildlife Day as the United Nations announced that the organized crime threat to wildlife species is on the rise. The work to combat these crimes is more important than ever as human impacts drive an unprecedented decline in our planet's wild species....
Joanna Zelman

Confessions From a Flawed Animal Advocate

Joanna Zelman | March 3, 2015 | Green
I now declare that I am going vegan about twice a month, usually after being disturbed by the mistreatment of yet another animal in the mainstream dairy industry. And then I'm at a restaurant and spy a cheese plate on the menu and it even includes Gruyere. Oh Gruyere, you are my weakness.
Shenggen Fan

From Famine to Feast in Forty Years: Policy Matters

Shenggen Fan | March 3, 2015 | Impact
In pursuing increased agricultural productivity at nearly all costs, global agriculture has become a major contributor of greenhouse gasses and resource use. Today, we are challenged with degraded lands, scarce natural resources, and a rapidly warming planet.
Edward Flattau

Arctic Mirage

Edward Flattau | March 3, 2015 | Green
The oil industry and other opponents of a wilderness designation want you to think they have overwhelming support of the native peoples residing in ANWR's vicinity. Not quite. Alaskan natives' spiritual affinity to their heritage and reluctance to totally discard a unique, deeply rooted lifestyle still have some staying power against cold, hard cash.
Robert Hii

Will the Year 2015 Bring Us Kinder Girl Scout Cookies?

Robert Hii | March 3, 2015 | Green
We cannot be lulled into complacency by commitments. A recent report by the BBC found that research by the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology gave the mammals of Borneo a "poor outlook" in terms of survival unless there is a shift in how things are done.
Tom Engelhardt

Green-Lighting the Oil Companies

Tom Engelhardt | March 3, 2015 | Politics
These last years have been a grizzly tale of the expansion of American oil and natural gas exploration, and drilling from the fracking fields of Texas and North Dakota to the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico.
Carl Pope

Beyond Keystone

Carl Pope | March 3, 2015 | Green
Alberta tar sands oil and North Dakota light shale oil flows into the same markets, have access to the same refineries, and rely on the same pipelines and railroads to get them to the same customers. So it was never terribly plausible that Keystone would be good for the U.S. -- it was designed to make Canadian oil more competitive in global markets.
Subhankar Banerjee

To Drill or Not to Drill, That Is the Question

Subhankar Banerjee | March 3, 2015 | Politics
The major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer and that could, in the long term, spell doom for one of the last great, relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.
Alaska Dispatch News

No Using Drones for Salmon Spotting, Says Alaska Fish Board

Alaska Dispatch News | March 3, 2015 | Technology
The Alaska Board of Game, which sets wildlife regulations, a year ago approved regulations blocking hunters from using remote-control aircraft to locate big game, and the Board of Fisheries has now moved to prohibit commercial fishermen from using drones to spot schooling salmon.
Woodrow Clark

Hermosa Beach -- Remember When -- Beach Boys

Woodrow Clark | March 3, 2015 | Green
The beach community attracted post World War II "baby boomers" who surfed and tanned in their bikinis and hot cars. John DeLorean brought the GTO car from GM and started a new market for America. Today, things are the same with one BIG difference.
Marc Bekoff

Why SeaWorld Can't and Shouldn't Float: Censorship and Business Ethics

Marc Bekoff | March 2, 2015 | Green
The panelists were told that, unlike all of the other sessions at the conference, the captivity panel wasn't going to be recorded.
Michael Green

Fracking With Your Health and Your Home

Michael Green | March 2, 2015 | Green
Given the dangers from fracking, it's not surprising when communities have fears about the effect that fracking could have on property values. But it's often surprising to hear how few rights land owners often have when conflicts arise around fracking
Eileen Gordon Chiarello

Should Kids Play With Their Food? Of Course!

Eileen Gordon Chiarello | March 2, 2015 | Green
There are so many ways that we can support our kids on their paths to become healthy eaters and sustainable food advocates, but I've found the more fun we're having, the better it is for all of us.
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate Change This Week: US Kabooming, Solar Winning, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | March 2, 2015 | Green
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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a litte more crowded. @@ Climate Change, The Elevator Pitch: Climatologist Simon Donner @@ How To Combat Climate Denial: the Online Course where you can see the above video and many more interviews at the new Skeptical Science Massive Online Course (MOOC) on climate denial; you can sign up here. A new dance production on climate change by Karole Armitage will premiere in New York City, March 25th at the American Museum of Natural History. @@ ON THE NATURE OF THINGS March 25-27, 2015, 8:00pm $25-35 The American Museum of Natural History, The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life Tony nominated choreographer Karole Armitage will premiere a new site-specific dance production about climate change and its cultural context, created specifically for the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Check it out! OO Dear Alaska: We Have Your Air. Please Come Pick it Up. And Bring us Back Ours. Love, Eastern US. Credit Max Boschini at flickr A Perfect Storm of Population and Climate Change: Water Rationing and Riots have begun in cities, especially in developing countries like Pakistan, reports Michael Specter in the New Yorker. Climate change has disrupted increasingly the natural global distribution of water into floods and droughts, as human populations have increased exponentially. So will social disruption, unless we confront both imbalances soon, and fast. Credit funnelogy at instagram @@ Everyday Climate Change at Instagram Bringing you the face of climate change daily Palm Trees Imperiled by rising water levels on Siargao Island, Philippines, where they are no longer supported by the soil that they grew from, now washed away by the tide. The coastline is being carved deeper and deeper by powerful waves as palm trees tumble down, one by one. The island is doing its best to adapt by protecting its wealth of mangrove swamp forests. * * * SOLAR KEEPS FLYING OO Getting Everyone Involved: Major US Solar Companies Announce Workforce Initiative - to diversify the force both in gender and economic backgrounds. OO Solar Energy's New Best Friend Is ... The Christian Coalition - as Christians note their mandate of preserving God's creation and their children's future. OO Buyers Will Pay More For Homes With Solar Panels says a new study. Source GreenTechMedia OO How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't - many homes have malfunctioning or even non-functioning systems, a study found, despite meters that tell owners how the system is performing. OO San Diego, CA Utility to Expand Solar-Power Microgrid With a $5 Million State Grant OO San Antonio, TX: Offer Free Electricity For Using Rooftops as Solar Power Sources - is the tack for a pilot utility program to spread solar rooftops into lower income communities. Source OO Decentralized Renewables Set for 70% Annual Growth in India says a new report. OO India Starts Building World's Largest Solar Plant, Overtaking U.S. - the 750 MW project could ultimately power some 2 million households. OO Bangladesh Aims to Be the World's First Solar Nation via rooftop solar mainly, says the government, with financial assistance from the World Bank and others. This man uses his solar panels (visible on the roof behind him) to power up villagers' cellphones. He charges them for 12 cents apiece. Credit: Tim McDonnell/the Climate Desk OO These Tanzanian Villages Don't Have Plumbing - They Have Solar Power OO One Million Solar Homes - Tanzanian Style - means designing, building and installing solar panels, lighting, batteries and a meter in an off-the-grid home, which is then paid in installments as cheap as twenty cents a day. It's a model that might light up Africa. Check it out here, right now! * * * GOOD CLEAN NEWS OO Deutsche Bank Seeks to Buy $1 Billion in Green Bonds OO Citigroup Sets $100 Billion Funding Goal for Green Projects OO Influential Financiers, From Warren Buffett To Bill Gates, Are Divesting Fossil Fuels A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come to the University of Colorado requesting it divest from coal and petroleum companies. Source: University of Colorado OO Fossil Fuel Divestment Effort Comes To Colorado - as activists ask the university to divest. OO Michele Bachmann Inspired Factcheck.Org To Debunk Lies About Science - finally, Michelle inspires truth, even if she has no idea what it is. OO Oil Price Drop Won't Derail Climate Push, Says White House Source, OO Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars OO Utilities Expand Into Charging Stations For Electric Cars >> OO Vanadium Flow Battery Aims to Compete With Lithium and Lead-Acid at Grid Scale OO Advances in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Offer Promise for Electric Cars Huffington Post OO U.K. Approves World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm * * * WHAT WORKS Speaking Out: OO Harvard Prepares To Fight Fossil Fuel Divestment Case In Court - as students represent themselves and future generations of Harvard students in the fight for a decent future. OO BP: Huge Rise In Energy Demand At Odds With Climate Change Fight - but is BP really going to do anything about it? Ha! OO Catholics Around The World Will Fast For Climate Action During Lent Bill Nye on the Bill Maher show. screencapture @@ Video: Bill Nye: Let's Be Honest, Climate 'Skeptics' Are Just Deniers OO World's Biggest PR Firm Calls It Quits With American Oil Lobby - despite a multi-million dollar relationship. Source: the Daily Climate OO Americans Should Consider Eating Less Meat For Environmental Reasons, Scientists Say OO Scientists, Policy Experts: Time to Phase Out Carbon Emissions Entirely OO State Lawmakers Push Electric-Car Ownership With Bevy Of Bills Future US landscapes? OO NASA Study Warns Of Unprecedented North American Drought * * * WHAT DOESN'T WORK Fossil Fuel Follies: OO Huge Explosion Rips Through California Oil Refinery, Adding Fuel To Oil Worker Strike Which Fire Do YOU Prefer? A serious accident - fire, explosion, toxic release - happens almost weekly in a US oil refinery. Electricity from solar power could power cars and heat homes instead. "Take a gallon of gasoline. Close it up. Put it on a hot barbecue grill. Multiply that by a million. That's a refinery." Oil Refinery Safety Expert Kim Nibarger testifying before Congress, 2013 YOU CAN ACT : Oil workers are 6 times more likely to die on the job than the average American. Demand safe working conditions at oil refineries now. Then resolve to personally divest from oil: get rooftop solar panels and an electric heater, for starters. The BP ad spoof that tells it like it is ... enjoy! OO Fed Predicts Up To 10 Derailments A Year Of Fuel-Hauling Trains OO California: Health Concerns Mount After Refinery Explosion Coats City With White Ash Exposure to amorphous silica, which Exxon said the dust was composed of, is associated with an increased risk for inflammation, granuloma formation and emphysema.. Source Daily Climate OO West Virginia In State Of Emergency After Massive Oil Train Explosion Related Headlines: OO West Virginia Oil Train Derailment Sends Crude Tanker Into River OO Train Carrying 3 Million Gallons of Crude Still Burning OO After W Va Explosion, Oil Trains Rerouted Through Virginia Towns Credit Andrew Breiner, images from AP, Shutterstock, CTV OO Four Oil-Related Spills Reported In North Dakota - Latest In A Week Of Oil Mishaps OO Bill Gates Still Ignores Climate Change -- It Will Undo His Foundation's Work Source: The Daily Climate OO US Charges Duke Energy With Illegal Pollution From 5 Coal Ash Dumps OO India's Air Pollution Is Cutting 3 Years Off Residents' Lives -more than half of the country's population live in regions with high levels of air pollution, a new study has found. Misleading the Public: * * Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, a scientist who promoted climate change as neither important nor manmade, listed his work as "deliverables" when billing fossil fuel companies that paid him to write climate doubting papers, discovered documents show. He often violated ethical publishing guidelines by failing to disclose his ties to these companies. Source: The Daily Climate OO Contrarian Scientist Is Accused Of Taking Corporate Cash For Science - Willie Soon: "no amount of money can influence what I say or do or research or write." If recently released documents are accurate, he is a liar. Related Headlines: OO Deeper Ties To Corporate Cash For A Doubtful Climate Scientist OO Documents Reveal Fossil Fuel Fingerprints On Contrarian Climate Research OO Taps Start To Run Dry In Brazil's Largest City - São Paulo water crisis is linked to growth, leaky distribution, climate change, and deforestation, and now officials contemplate evacuation. OO As China Gets Richer, The World Gets Dirtier, Via the Momentum of Over One Billion People - not surprising, especially as much of its one billion people rise above poverty and start consuming like the rest of the developed world, via rapid industrialization, the same process that has made it a major contributor of greenhouse gases. * * * WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 2, 2015 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US lower 48 are colder than normal, although the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot has drifted south and north of the California coast, but little rain is reaching the state, sending it into further drought. Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole, including Alaska, are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. Natural Repercussions: And The Heat Goes On... OO USA, January & February 2015: Vastly More Daily Warm Records Than Cold Ones OO Hottest 12 Months On Record Globally Thanks To Warm January, Reports NASA US 2015 winter snowfall to date vs the average. OO Dry or Snowy? Extreme Winter Weather Splits Much of U.S. OO Sea Ice Still Declining, Despite Antarctica's Gains Source, the Daily Climate OO California Sea Lion Deaths: Warmer Seas May Be To Blame which can affect vital things like food sources. Many of Madagascar's lemurs are endangered from deforestation; now climate change threatens them further. Wikipedia OO Climate Change Threatening Madagascar's Endangered Unique Lemurs - already declining from rampant deforestation and poaching, the lemurs will be further devastated by climate change. . Social Repercussions: Climate Change Threat to US Seafood and Fishing Economies Is Rising as ocean acidity rises, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, and a new study analyzes how this will affect US coastal economies. OO California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry - as the continuing drought forces much more energy to be used to pump water from groundwater rather than surface water supplies, such as rivers. OO Climate Change To Make Infectious Disease Outbreaks More Frequent Credit H. Raab at Flickr OO Climate Change Hampering World Food Production - profound societal changes will be needed in coming decades to feed the world's growing population, researchers at an annual science conference said. Like changing family size, humanely? Source: Climate Central OO Rising Sea Levels And Temperatures Ahead For NY City OO Global Warming Could Make NYC Super-Rich Jealous Of Row House Residents - as reports project what would happen if city buildings lost power in extreme heat and cold. OO SF, CA: King Tides At Candlestick Point Offer Glimpse Of Planet's Future - As recent king tides washed over a small beach there, San Francisco Bay became a classroom for teaching the grim reality of sea-level rise. OO Early Start To US West Wildfire Season - over the last forty years, the fire season has more than doubled across the West, now spanning 7 months or more. Source OO Millions At Risk From Rapid Sea Rise In Swampy Sundarbans - seas are rising more than twice as fast as the global average in this low-lying Bengal Bay delta of 200 islands, where some 13 million impoverished people live. Climate Deniers Fail To Convince Sardines, Which Vote With Their Fins - the Mediterranean food staple is swimming north to cooler waters. Source: The Daily Climate OO Sardines Swim North To Keep Cool - and escape warming seas, leaving Mediterranean fishermen with empty nets. * * * KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Indonesia To Squander Fuel Savings On Biofuel Subsidies That May Drive Deforestation, say environmental groups. YOU CAN ACT You cut down my home for fuel? Tell the Indonesian president here to stop this gift to the deforesting palm oil industry. Threats: OO New Guinea Rainforest Being Leveled For Palm Oil - revealing gaps in zero deforestation pacts. Many endangered chimpanzees in East Africa live in habitat threatened by oil palm expansion. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. OO Scientists Sound The Alarm On African Palm Oil Investment OO Chinese Banks Funding Rainforest Destruction In Indonesia Paraguay: A traditional communal Ayoreo house that was abandoned because of bulldozing activity. Photo courtesy of Survival International. OO Paraguay: Indigenous Communities Threatened By Deforestation, Despite Having Land Rights Solutions: OO Campaign Asks Consumers To Directly Support Forest Conservation Maintaining healthy biodiversity could reduce the threat of disease from wild habitats worldwide, a new study indicates. Credit Gui Becker at mongabay OO Biodiversity May Reduce The Threat Of Disease OO Indonesian Forestry And Fishery Ministries Move To Eradicate Corruption Credit Tiffany Roufs at Mongabay OO Local Technicians Effective At Forest Monitoring study finds. Insights: OO Brazil: Land Threatened By Dam Projects Belongs To Indigenous Munduruku Tribe - confirms the independent foundation, Funai. Brazil: A Munduruku indigenous native. Credit Marcio Isensee e Sá at mongabay OO Dams Or Indigenous Land: The Battle Over The Munduruku Frontier -The Munduruku indigenous tribe are marking their land boundaries , in an action that could halt Brazil's giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam,, which would flood this sacred land. 'We are not leaving,' says the village chief. OO Selective Logging Causes Long-Term Changes To Forest Structure There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I've compiled, "Climate Change News Resources," at here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here. To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check this out! Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by thesegentian I photographed one summer. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you'd like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It's our way of letting Congress know there's a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available. ...
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