Indonesia forests so damaged they burn whether or not there’s drought

Mongabay: Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate impacts. While these fires are often termed “forest fires”, the reality is much of the [...]

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Faith Groups Divest From Fossil Fuels

Hispanic Business: Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
“The warning in scripture that ‘the wages of sin is death’ could not be [...]

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Anti-fracking billboards land Ohio man in hot water

Associated Press: An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.
Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid [...]

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Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake

Toledo Blade: From the boat docks of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, practically a stone’s throw from the party headquarters known as Put-in-Bay tiny green specs are in the early stages of bunching up and floating on Lake Erie’s surface. It’s been an all-too-familiar sight to Great Lakes scientists [...]

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Understanding How Ancestors Today’s Mammals Responded Climate Change

RedOrbit: About 10 million years into the current Cenozoic Era, or roughly 56 million years ago, during a climate that was hot and wet, two groups of mammals moved from land to water. These were the cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and porpoises, and the sirenians, with its sea cows, [...]

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Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns

Environment News Service: Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report.
The human and financial toll could be even [...]

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California Drought Threatens Salmon as River Water Levels Drop

EcoWatch: Recalling a disastrous 2002 salmon die-off in the rivers of northern California`s Klamath Basin, members of Native tribes in that area, including the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa, are pressuring the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to act to prevent another kill they say is imminent.
Tribal members are asking for the [...]

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Ohio River reopens as oil spill clean-up progresses

Reuters: The cleanup of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15-mile section of the river to limited traffic.
The Coast Guard closed a stretch of the [...]

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Drought in California in pictures

Guardian: As the severe drought continues for a third year, water levels in the state’s lakes and reservoirs are reaching historic lows

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US Sent Thousands of Sailors To Help With Fukushima Relief. Did Radiation Make Them Sick?

Climate Desk: A $1 billion lawsuit accuses the Japanese nuclear energy company Tepco of lying about radiation levels.
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The article was reported by the Guardian`s Suzanne Goldenberg, and the video was produced [...]

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