Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Are Speeding Extinction

Climate News Network: As global temperatures rise, climate zones will shift at greater speed, according to new research in Nature Climate Change. If greenhouse gas emissions carry on increasing, then about 20 percent of the land area of the planet will undergo change — and the creatures that have made their […] Read the original […]

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Why do conservatives like to waste energy?

Grist: Back in 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) declared war on energy-efficient lightbulbs, calling “sustainability” the gateway into a dystopic, Big Brother-patrolled liberal hellscape. When the lights went off during Beyoncé’s halftime set at the last Superbowl, conservative commentators from the Drudge Report to Michelle Malkin pointed blame (erroneously) at […] Read the original post […]

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Climate Change Could Adversely Impact DC Water Supply By 35 Percent

CBS: A new study finds climate change could cut stream flows in the Potomac River basin, a major source of drinking water in the Washington region. The study found by 2040 climate change could cut stream flows 35 percent. And a moderate drought combined with that worst-case scenario could mean mandatory […] Read the original […]

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China becoming ‘world’s renewable energy leader’

Agence France-Presse: China is rapidly assuming a global leadership role on climate change alongside the U.S., a new study said Monday, but it warned greenhouse gas emissions worldwide continue to rise strongly. The report by the independent Australian-based Climate Commission, “The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change,” presents an overview […] Read the original […]

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Sustainable restaurant rankings go global

BusinessGreen: Diners all over the globe will soon be able to find out just how sustainable their meals are, after a new international rating system was launched today. The method developed by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) scores restaurants on how they manage their energy, waste and water, as well as […] Read the original […]

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Deepwater Horizon damages weigh on BP’s profits

Guardian: BP’s profits slipped in the first quarter as it emerged that the oil company had paid out more than half of the cash it has set aside to pay for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s replacement cost profit – its preferred […] Read the original […]

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BP makes record profit as its safety record comes under spotlight again

Guardian: BP made a record pre-tax profit in the first quarter of double its $9bn for the same period in 2012, the company announced on Tuesday, as a Norwegian regulator rebuked the company for a 2012 oil spill in the North Sea. The company’s pre-tax profit was nearly $20bn in the […] Read the original […]

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Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warned

BusinessGreen: Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier that protects London from sea surges, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe’s environmental watchdog has warned. The […] Read the original post by […]

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Australia: The Clock Is Ticking on Koala Conservation

Inter Press Service: Australia’s iconic marsupial is under threat. Formerly hunted almost to extinction for their woolly coats, koalas are now struggling to survive as habitat destruction caused by droughts and bushfires, land clearing for agriculture and logging, and mining and urban development conspire against this cuddly creature. In the past […] Read the original […]

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Solomon Islands: Where the Sea Has Risen Too High Already

Inter Press Service: The deceptively calm waters of Langa Langa Lagoon on the west coast of Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands is home to thousands of people who have lived on artificial islands for centuries. For generations the islanders in this south-west Pacific nation have employed tenacity and ingenuity […] Read the original post […]

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