Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

Washington Post: The water could start at any time.
Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields [...]

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South-west is the UK’s jellyfish hotspot, survey finds

Guardian: The south-west may be home to some of the cleanest beaches in the UK, but the first survey of its kind in over 40 years shows that it is also a thriving area for the country’s jellyfish.
More jellyfish were spotted per kilometre along the south-west coast than anywhere else [...]

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Climate change wins precarious slot in proposed development goals

Reuters: Proposed new global development goals, drafted by a U.N. working group, include a goal to take urgent action on climate change, despite opposition from some countries – even though the goal is weaker than many campaigners would like.
How the “post-2015 development agenda’ — which will follow the expiring Millennium [...]

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Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands [...]

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Scientists blast Australian government moves dismantle environmental protections

Mongabay: On Tuesday a prominent group of conservation scientists condemned the Australian government’s recent moves to eliminate protections for native ecosystems, cut research funding, backtrack on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and step up persecution of individuals and organizations that speak out on environmental matters.
Convening in Cairns, Australia at [...]

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Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

Reuters: Sheriff’s deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said.
The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a “blockade” at [...]

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Global warming emissions from meat consumption rising rapidly

Mongabay: Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production have increased by more than 50 percent over the past 50 years and are set to zoom higher as the developing world consumes more meat, finds a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The research is [...]

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Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time

Hill: Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis.
The group Media Matters released the analysis Monday, which regularly tracks coverage of climate change by broadcast news, found that coverage in [...]

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Roads through the rainforest: an overview of South America’s ‘arc of deforestation’

Mongabay: When a new road centipedes its way across a landscape, the best of intentions may be laid with the pavement. But roads, by their very nature, are indiscriminate pathways, granting access for travel and trade along with deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation. And as the impacts of [...]

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Poll 60% back carbon tax if used for renewables

USA Today: Most Americans oppose a carbon tax, considered by many economists a cost-effective way to fight climate change, but they are willing to support it if the money is returned to them or used to fund renewable energy, a poll Monday finds.
Only a third, or 34%, say they support [...]

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