Monthly Archives: June 2014

GOP Lawmaker Says Climate Change Is ‘The Greatest Deception In The History Of Mankind’

Huffington Post: Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney (R) is accusing liberals, such as former Vice President Al Gore, of advancing “the greatest deception in the history of mankind” — man-made climate change — in a scheme to empower the executive branch and increase taxes. “A specter is haunting America,” Whitney, who […] Read the original […]

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Whaling Log Books Reveal Depth of Arctic Ice Loss

Nature World: Arctic ice fronts from the early 19th century were far more advanced than they are today, according to whaling log analyses from University of Sunderland researchers, giving scientists a clue to just how much climate change is affecting this region. As part of the ARCdoc research project, scientists analyzed […] Read the original […]

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New York state court OKs local fracking bans

Associated Press: New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals upheld a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and […] Read the original […]

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NASA Nears Launch of New CO2-Measuring Satellite

Climate Central: Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the 20th century, humans put some 300 to 600 billion tons of carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere from the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. About 200 billion tons of carbon has stayed in the […] Read the original post […]

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Malay citizens want govt spend more save native rainforests

Mongabay: As developing countries reach upper middle income (UMI) status, their populations are willing to pay increasing amounts toward tropical forest conservation, yet government spending on these programs lags far behind, concludes Jeffrey Vincent of Duke University and colleagues in a study available today in the PNAS Online Early Edition. UMI […] Read the original […]

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After the Trees Disappear

New York Times: This past winter was the coldest Detroit had experienced in 36 years. Across the upper Midwest, cities shivered, and more than 90 percent of the surface area of the Great Lakes froze solid. It seemed like ideal weather to kill an unwanted insect. But it did little to […] Read the original […]

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Study Digs Deep on Shale Gas Wells, Methane Leaks

Climate Central: Defects in fracked oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are leading to methane leaks in shale wells throughout the state — greenhouse gas emissions that could exacerbate climate change, according to a Cornell University study published Monday. The study, conducted by a team led by Cornell environmental engineering professor […] Read the original […]

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US to Face Profound Economic Risks from Changing Climate

Energy Collective: The U.S. economy could face significant and regionally diverse economic risks from climate change if it continues on its current path (“business-as-usual”) without proper risk management – i.e. risk mitigation strategies – such as timely “investments in adaptation or policy efforts to mitigate climate change through lowering carbon […] Read the original post […]

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Anti-Fracking Protesters Storm Cuomo Fundraiser Following State Ruling

NY1: The state’s highest court is weighing in on the controversial process of natural gas drilling known as hydro-fracking, saying that local municipalities can decide to ban it. But Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to even make a decision about whether to allow the procedure to move forward in New York […] Read the original […]

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New report: illegal logging keeps militias and terrorist groups in business

Mongabay: Deforestation has many harmful consequences, from loss of wildlife habitat to degradation of water and air quality, and many more. Now, a new report adds another repercussion to the list: the funding of terrorist groups and other crime networks. Entitled “The Environmental Crime Crisis” and released last week by the […] Read the original […]

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