100 percent renewable energy scenario for California

Deutsche-Welle: California could meet its energy needs with renewables alone, according to Stanford University researchers. The authors of a recent study say a transition scenario is economically as well as technically feasible.
If a group of Stanford University researchers had their way, California would leave the age of fossil and nuclear [...]

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Wildfires And ‘Biomass Burning’ Bigger Climate Change Threats Than Previously Thought

Business Times: Nearly one-fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans can be traced back to wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture and the burning of wood waste to produce power, a Stanford University report found. While “biomass burning” has long been considered a culprit of climate change, the new research is [...]

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Australia: The Great Barrier Reef and coal mine that could kill it

Guardian: These are dark days for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. On 29 July, the last major regulatory hurdle facing the development of Australia’s largest coal mine was removed by Greg Hunt, minister for the environment. The Carmichael coal mine, owned by India’s Adani Group, will cover 200 sq km and [...]

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Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world

Guardian: Indigenous tribesmen living deep in the Peruvian rainforest have emerged into the outside world to seek help, after suffering a murderous attack by probable drug traffickers.
The contact took place across the border in Brazil and was recorded in a video released on Friday. The tribesmen caught a serious respiratory [...]

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How Conservation & Groundwater Management Can Gird California for Drier Era

New York Times: It’s way past time for California to come to grips with the possibility that its extraordinary water woes are the new normal — and essentially the return of the old normal given the state’s climate history, in which drought has been the rule and the verdant 20th [...]

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California Experiencing Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded

EcoWatch: One of the worst North American droughts in history could be getting a whole lot worse. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map released on Tuesday, more than 58 percent of California is in an “exceptional drought” stage. That’s up a staggering 22 percent from last week’s report. [...]

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Fracking Makes California’s Drought Worse

EcoWatch: California is in the middle of an epic water shortage, with nearly 80 percent of the state experiencing “extreme or exceptional” drought conditions. Check out this animated map to get a sense of how extensively the drought has impacted the Golden State. Things have gotten so bad [...]

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Catching Waves in the Arctic

Environmental News Network: As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic [...]

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No record, but Arctic sea ice will be among 10 lowest

Climate Central: The extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean at the end of the summer season likely won’t surpass the record low of 2012, but 2014 will still likely rank as one of the lowest minimum extents (or areas) in the record books.
Arctic sea ice extent for July [...]

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Pacific nations most vulnerable

Agence France-Presse: Pacific leaders warned on Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the [...]

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