Monthly Archives: February 2012

Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case

Reuters: The Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority by moving to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial facilities, industry groups and representatives argued in federal court on Wednesday. In the second day of two-day arguments on a case seeking to overturn the agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations, challengers […] Read the original […]

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Snow, Deadly Tornadoes Slam Upper Midwest, Ohio Valley

Climate Central: An intense winter storm has brought blizzard conditions to the Great Plains and the Upper Midwest, while spawning a spring-like tornado outbreak across several states, killing at least nine people so far. A visible satellite image on Wednesday afternoon showing the storm center and heavy snow in Minnesota, and […] Read the original […]

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TransCanada to build southern half of Keystone to avoid State Department approval

Mongabay: Keystone XL is becoming the project that refuses to die: TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, has said it plans to build the southern half of the pipeline while it waits to determine a new route for the northern section. The company does not need approval from the State […] Read the original post […]

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Naomi Klein: ‘If You Take Climate Change Seriously, You Have to Throw Out the Free-Market Playbook’

Common Dreams: Perhaps one of the most well-known voices for the Left, Canadian Naomi Klein is an activist and author of several nonfiction works critical of consumerism and corporate activity, including the best sellers No Logo (2000) and Shock Doctrine (2007). In your cover story for the Nation last year, you […] Read the original […]

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California beach towns: Who wins, who loses as sea levels rise

LA Times: There will be winners and there will be losers as Southern California beaches erode unevenly in response to rising sea levels over the next century, according to a new study. Using models to project how climate change would alter the width of the sand, attendance and visitor spending at […] Read the original […]

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Study Finds Level of Overfishing That Threatens Seabirds

Yale Environment 360: A new study says that seabirds experience a precipitous drop in birth rates when fish supplies dip beneath one-third of maximum levels, a finding that could provide critical insight into how overfishing imperils numerous bird species. In an analysis of research conducted on 14 bird species — […] Read the original post […]

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Rural Women Are Leading the Way – Will the World Follow

Inter Press Service: The United Nations’ 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opened Monday in New York, with the empowerment of rural women high on a list of priorities for this year. According to a press release issued last week by UN Women, “Rural women constitute […] Read the original […]

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The Nuclear Ups and Downs of 2011

New York Times: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission spotted a few problems at American reactors last year and directed plant owners to fix them before they could cause accidents, but it also let a lot of problems slide and failed to follow up when there were indications of deeper troubles. That`s […] Read the original post […]

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Poll: Americans’ Understanding of Climate Change Increasing With More Extreme Weather, Warmer Temperatures

Climate Progress: The number of people who believe that the planet is warming is at its highest level since the fall of 2009. According to a survey conducted in December 2011 by the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change, 62% of Americans say they think global warming […] Read the original post […]

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International Bird Area in Kenya saved from conversion into biofuel crop

Mongabay: A campaign by NGO Nature Kenya has saved the Dakatcha Woodland Important Bird Area (IBA) from destruction for planting biofuel crops, reports BirdLife International. Located near Kenya’s eastern coastline, the forest is home to two IUCN Red List Endangered species, Clarke’s weaver (Ploceus golandi) and sokoke pipit (Anthus sokokensis), […] Read the original post […]

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