Oregon Rejects Key Permit for Coal Export Terminal

EcoWatch: The state of Oregon stood up to dirty coal exports today by denying a key dock-building permit. This denial is a major victory for residents and climate activists who have waged a huge, high-profile campaign against coal exports. Oregon’s decision today shows that our state leadership values clean air, [...]

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Reason Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Validated

Huffington Post: Finally there’s good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it’s already working.
For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical to controlling and eventually diminishing carbon emissions in the atmosphere — [...]

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One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

National Public Radio: Eric Knapp breaks apart a burnt pine cone, looking for seeds – in his line of work this is considered a clue. “Going into an area after a fire, you almost feel like CSI, you know, sleuthing,” Knapp says. He is standing in a part [...]

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As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

Reuters: When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive. With a recurrence of El Nino, the weather pattern behind [...]

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July Ocean Temperature Hits Record High—Again

EcoWatch: Last month, Earth’s ocean surfaces tied the previous record for the hottest July during the 130 years the U.S. government has been compiling data.
The National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the average temperature was 62.56 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.06 degrees above the [...]

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Figuring out the way to make really clean energy

Oxford Times: FOR years, scientists just down the road from Oxford have been quietly working at the forefront of a project that could change the world.
But fusion power is the best invention you have probably never heard of.
That may sound like a bold claim, but Prof Steve Cowley, chief executive [...]

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United Kingdom: Anti-fracking group stages day of action

Guardian: Anti-fracking protesters caused peaceful disruption at several locations on Monday, gluing themselves to the doors of a government department, occupying a building used by an energy firm and blockading access to a test drilling site.
Activists dressed in toxic hazard suits staged a protest outside the London offices of Political [...]

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Change in critical grasslands diminishing cattle production

ASU: Half of the Earth’s land mass is made up of rangelands, which include grasslands and savannas, yet they are being transformed at an alarming rate. Woody plants, such as trees and shrubs are taking over, leading to a loss of critical habitat and causing a drastic change in the [...]

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Fracking’s Impact on Animals Still Largely Unknown

Nature World: Fracking’s impact on animals is still largely unknown, which scientists see as a real problem given that business is booming.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no signs of stopping. Between 2005 and 2013, some 82,000 fracking wells were drilled into the shale deposits beneath 17 states, according to the [...]

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Recent Glacier Losses Are Mostly Driven by Human Activity, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Roughly one-quarter of the global glacier mass loss between the years 1851 and 2010 can be attributed to human activities, and that fraction increased to more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010, according to research published in the journal Science. The study is the first to document [...]

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