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More e-cars, more solar to reach tough new climate standards- 40% below 1990 levels, from 441 mt GHG to 260 mt

August 28, 2016
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Current laws get CA to 375 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030- 1/3 of the way to the new 2030 goal By Paul Rogers, progers@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted:   08/27/2016 02:36:47 PM PDT | Updated California is already a world leader in developing environmental policies that address climate change. But under a landmark bill […]

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Coal Executive Says His Industry Must Confront Climate Change

August 25, 2016
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Richard Reavey says climate denial is eerily parallel to the tobacco industry’s old tactics, which hurt that business long-term By Benjamin Hulac, ClimateWire on August 25, 2016 in Scientific American It’s one thing when environmentalists say that fossil fuel companies’ positions on climate change are similar to Big Tobacco’s past deflections about the hazards of […]

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Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline


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August 25th, 2016 By John Upton climatecentral.org http://www.climatecentral.org/news/study-biofuels-worse-for-climate-than-gasoline-20634 Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal [Climatic Change] on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based […]

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Biological invasions threaten developing countries and remaining biodiversity strongholds


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August 23, 2016 University of Exeter Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world’s poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows. The damage caused by non-native species like the Harlequin ladybird and mink threaten global biodiversity and cost global […]

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Forest and watercourse interplay important for restorations


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August 24, 2016 Umea University Humans utilise forests and watercourses in a way that depletes ecosystem habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Many areas are restored to break the trend, but to succeed you need to consider not only the ecosystem in mind, but also surrounding ecosystems. ….”Despite evident correlations between land and water ecosystems, forests […]

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New map shows alarming growth of human footprint- 75% of Earth’s land surface altered


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August 24, 2016 James Cook University … a new map of the ecological footprint of humankind shows 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered….”The most species-rich parts of the planet — especially including the tropical rainforests — have been hit hardest. In total, around 97 per cent of […]

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Humans have caused climate change for 180 years- much earlier than thought from even small amounts of carbon emissions


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August 24, 2016 Australian National University https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160824135035.htm An international research project has found human activity has been causing global warming for almost two centuries, proving human-induced climate change is not just a 20th century phenomenon….”…The climate warming we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago.” The new findings have important implications for assessing the […]

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Climate Change: Planetary Genetics vs Life Style Choices – Katharine Hayhoe


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Katharine Hayhoe on Climate and our Choices- Short Video Posted on 24 August 2016 by greenman3610 This is a re-post from Climate Denial Crock of the Week I was fortunate to catch up with Katharine Hayhoe in June, while I was interviewing TV meteorologists at a conference in Austin, TX.  She was there to present […]

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Rain bombs are coming to your town

August 23, 2016
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Forget Tornadoes. Rain Bombs Are Coming for Your Town Climate change is weaponizing the atmosphere. Eric Roston eroston July 29, 2016 — 3:00 AM PDT Evidence shows that the sky is coming down on our heads—the watery part of it, anyway, in larger and larger cascades. It’s largely our own fault. The past two months have seen […]

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CA Assembly approves climate change law update – 40% reduction from 1990 levels by 2030


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August 23, 2016 12:29 PM The bill now requires a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The current climate law, AB 32, required the state to reach 1990 levels by 2020. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article97383292.html Capitol Alert  By Anshu Siripurapu After an intense floor debate, a bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets squeaked by in […]

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