Monthly Archives: March 2012

General Motors pulls funding from climate sceptic thinktank Heartland

Guardian: General Motors, the world’s largest carmaker, has confirmed that it is pulling funding from the Heartland Institute, an ultra-conservative thinktank known for its scepticism about climate change. The decision by the GM Foundation to halt its support for Heartland after 20 years underlines the new image the carmaker is seeking […] Read the original […]

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Japan reopens parts of Fukushima evacuation zone

Guardian: Japan is opening part of the evacuation zone around its leaking nuclear power plant for the first time since last year’s disasters, allowing up to 16,000 evacuees to return home. The 12-mile perimeter around the Fukushima plant remains largely intact, but the government said it would reclassify the least contaminated […] Read the original […]

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EU fails to resolve dispute over UN climate fund seats

Reuters: European Union ambassadors failed to resolve a dispute over the allocation of seats on the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund (GCF) board on Friday, possibly undermining the bloc’s credibility in international climate talks. The EU envoys were meeting for the second time in a week to decide which European nations […] Read the original […]

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Planet is in critical state, warns science declaration

SciDev.Net: Earth has only one decade to pull itself back from various environmental ‘tipping points’ — points at which the damage becomes irreversible, scientists have said. If it fails to do so, it is likely to witness a series of breakdowns in the systems that sustain people, such as […] Read the original post by […]

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Concerns over India rivers order

BBC: A supreme court order in India asking the government to link more than 30 rivers and divert waters to parched areas has sparked concerns in neighbouring countries. Bangladesh says it would be hardest hit because it is a downstream country to two major rivers that flow from India. New Delhi is […] Read the […]

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Extreme weather threatens rich ecosystems

ScienceDaily: Extreme weather such as hurricanes, torrential downpours and droughts will become more frequent in pace with global warming. Consequently, this increases the risk for species extinction, especially in bio diverse ecosystems such as coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Human impact means that flora and fauna become extinct at a rate […] Read the original […]

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Scientists Unlock Mystery Of Where CO2 Was Hidden During Ice Ages

Yale Environment 360: The question of why atmospheric concentrations of CO2 fall during ice ages, and where that CO2 is stored, seems to have been answered by Swiss and German scientists. Using a new method of measuring isotopes in CO2 trapped in Antarctic ice cores, the scientists determined that in […] Read the original post […]

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Public skeptical of press coverage of climate change

The Hill: The public is skeptical of the news media’s coverage of climate change, according to a new poll. Just 24 percent of those polled in a March Gallup survey say they believe the press is accurately portraying climate science. Forty-two percent say the news media is exaggerating the seriousness of climate […] Read the […]

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General Motors Decides Climate Change Is Real, Pulls Support From Heartland Institute

Huffington Post: After getting called out by an environmental group, General Motors has pulled support from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit well-known for attacking the science behind global warming and climate change. The automaker told the Heartland Institute last week that it won’t be making further donations, spokesman […] Read the original post by […]

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Canada: Harper bets on oilsands to revive Canada’s fortunes

Edmonston Journal: It may as well be called the Gateway budget. If there were any lingering doubts about Stephen Harper’s commitment to opening up Asian markets for Alberta’s bitumen, they were extinguished with Jim Flaherty’s budget. By moving to speed up reviews of major resource projects — notably Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway […] Read the […]

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