Monthly Archives: April 2014

NASA on the trail of climate change, watches African rainforest turn brown

VentureBeat: It will be a profound irony if NASA`s lasting value will be to document from space the planet`s decline. Case in point: The agency released today a scientific visualization video showing the transition of the entire African rainforest in the Congo from green to a drought-stricken brown. The visualization is based […] Read the […]

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New data on what Greenland was like almost 3 million years ago

Environmental News Network: Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to […] Read the original post […]

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Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

Reuters: Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India’s massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources. The United States is taking action at the WTO over the domestic content requirements in India’s program, […] Read the original […]

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Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

New York Times: Years of drier conditions in the Congo River basin in central Africa appear to be affecting trees in the region’s vast rain forests, scientists reported on Wednesday. Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers said that the capacity of the trees to photosynthesize had declined, and […] Read the original post by […]

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Deforestation could cause Congo to warm 3C by 2050

RTCC: The Congo Basin will face disproportionately high levels of global warming by 2050 due to deforestation, researchers have warned. Shrinking rainforest cover means the area will heat up by an additional 0.7C by mid-century, on top of the 1.4C increase from today’s temperatures that rising global greenhouse gas emissions are […] Read the original […]

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Rand Paul bashes ‘alarmist,’ ‘ignoramus’ climate change claims

Washington Post: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that people who cite recent hurricanes as proof of climate change are ignorant. Paul was speaking Tuesday with former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He said evidence of man-made climate change being […] Read the original […]

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New Ways to Visualize Increasingly Hot Weather in U.S

MSN: The portion of days with warm weather in the U.S. have increased by 25 percent over the past 50 years according to a new data analysis. The analysis draws on publicly available data and represents the tip of the iceberg for how publicly available climate and weather data can […] Read the original post […]

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‘Little progress’ on forest protection plan

BBC: A global programme to reward developing countries for avoiding deforestation has made little headway, officials and conservationists say. The delays are proving particularly frustrating for communities concerned with conserving forests in those nations. Campaigners say that nearly eight years have passed since the programme, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation […] Read the […]

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Want to stop climate change? Take the fossil fuel industry to court

Nation: In November 2013, American climate scientist Richard Heede, of the Colorado-based Climate Accountability Institute, published a paper with a revolutionary thesis. After nine years of researching the energy industry in dozens of countries, he concluded that nearly two-thirds of the world’s carbon dioxide and methane emissions dating back to […] Read the original post […]

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In South Carolina leaders reconsider drilling along coastline

McClatchy: The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism. “If we had an event like they had in the Gulf it would be devastating for us,” […] Read the original […]

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